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Prison governor removed from post following 'inappropriate emails' to a female colleague
10:49 GMT, 8 December 2012
John O'Sullivan has only been governor of Manchester Prison, also known as Strangeways, since September
The governor of Manchester Prison, formerly Strangeways, has been consigned to desk duties following allegations he sent rude emails to a female colleague.
John O'Sullivan has only been in the job at the high security prison since September.
The disciplinary action has been taken after O'Sullivan allegedly sent inappropriate messages to a female colleague, according to The Sun.
A formal Prison Service investigation is now underway.
A source told The Sun: 'O'Sullivan is accused of sending inappropriate emails to a female member of staff. He has been moved into head office while the probe is carried out. It's the talk of the jail among both officers and cons.'
A Prison Service spokesperson said: 'The
Governor of HMP Manchester has been moved to alternative duties
following allegations of unprofessional conduct.
An investigation has been commissioned to determine if there are any grounds for concern.'
O'Sullivan has previously been governor at HM Prison Onley in Northamptonshire and HM Prison Stocken in Rutland.
HM Prison Manchester (often referred to as Strangeways) is a high-security male prison, which holds prisoners remanded into custody from the courts in the Manchester area as well as a number of Category A prisoners.
It was rebuilt in 1990 following a major riot, notable inmates have included Ian Brady and Harold Shipman.
It has a maximum capacity of 1269 prisoners.