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Updated: the deaths of two inmates at Stocken Prison are a mystery

The deaths of two inmates at a Rutland jail on the same day are a mystery, a watchdog chief has said.

Paul Mills, chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board for Stocken Prison, near Stretton, said it was “highly unusual” after David Saxton, 56, and Patrick Kettle, 39, were found dead in their cells in separate wings by shocked officers just after 6am on October 6.

Mr Mills, 69, said: “It is highly unusual that two prisoners died on the same day.

“We are now waiting to find out exactly how they died.

“It’s a mystery at the moment but we hope to find out what happened before too long.”

Stocken Prison deaths (4853980)
Stocken Prison deaths (4853980)

He said Saxton and Kettle, who are not thought to be local, were discovered dead by stunned officers carrying out routine early morning checks.

“They found the two men in their cells at about 6.15am.

“They immediately raised the alarm and paramedics raced to the jail but it was too late,” said Mr Mills, of Oakham.

“Investigations are now being carried out into the two deaths by police and the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

“I’ve spoken to prison governor Neil Thomas but we are still waiting for the results of toxicology tests and post mortems to come back.

“We haven’t got the causes of death yet.

“We will try to get to the bottom of what happened.

“But we are not aware of any foul play and it’s a very well-run prison where people are well looked after.

“It could well be natural causes or drugs - we just don’t know.”

The retired senior bank manager said the families of Saxton and Kettle had been “devastated” by their sudden deaths.

“They want answers.

“It’s very sad and I feel sorry for them,” said Mr Mills.

“We are in touch with the men’s families and they are trying to visualise what happened.”

The experienced prison watchdog inspector said he was alerted quickly as the drama broke at the 840-inmate Category C jail.

“I was on holiday in Croatia but I asked my colleagues to go in,” said Mr Mills.

“We will have a look at the reports and see if there are any lessons to be learned.”

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