Hundreds of books donated to detainees

November 27 2015

AMNESTY Bookshop in Gloucester Road has donated hundreds of books to detainees in police custody.

AMNESTY Bookshop in Gloucester Road has donated hundreds of books to detainees in police custody.

It is part of a campaign, driven by police officer Sergeant Jon Hill, to improve the way new custody units are run and to ensure more reading material is available to prisoners.

The books have been distributed between the Patchway, Keynsham and Bridgwater custody units.

Sergeant Hill said: “A recent visit by an Independent Custody Visitor identified a lack of appropriate reading materials for young people in custody.

“If detainees, especially juveniles, have access to age appropriate reading material whilst their cases are processed, then this can make a real difference.

“Being on your own in a room for up to 24 hours can at best be boring and at worst frightening, especially for a child, so providing them with a distraction in the form of a book could really alter a young person’s experience of custody.”

Books have also been donated by charity Give a Book.

Sergeant Hill is now calling on other local businesses and charities to donate reading material.

For more information about how you can get involved, contact: jon.hill@avonandsomerset.police.uk