PRISONS are losing a record 125 officers a month as drug-fuelled violence soars.
More than 1,500 warders quit in the year to December 2018, up from 326 in 2010.
That is a 360% increase. The surge comes amid escalating violence as the zombie drug Spice sweeps through jails.
Glyn Travis of the Prison Officers Association said resignations undermined attempts to improve the Prison Service.
He added: “The Government’s belated attempt to get more officers is a sham if you cannot retain those already in service.
“The trickle of resignations has turned into a flood and we are being left with an inexperienced workforce.
“This is the Government’s fault for allowing prisons to become awash with drugs, which breed violence.
“Working conditions have deteriorated and many officers want out.
“Some are scared for their lives.”
Overall, attacks in prisons rose to a record 31,025 last year. This is almost twice the 15,644 assaults in the year to ALERT: March 2008.
“Some are scared for their lives”
A female officer just out of training was strangled unconscious by rapist Liam Mc-Carthy in January 2018.
She was attacked in McCarthy’s cell at HMP Littlehey, in Cambridgeshire, but survived.
Eight warders at Cookham Wood prison in Kent were put in hospital after a 20-strong gang of young thugs attacked them.
Trouble at the jail, for 15 to 18-year-olds, erupted in April 2017. Staff injuries ranged from cuts to a broken cheek bone.
And last month, an officer suffered multiple head injuries during a violent attack at the category A Long Lartin facility in Worcestershire.
The warder had boiling water thrown over him and was assaulted with a “shank” made from a shard of glass.
Officers at HMPs Manchester, aka Strangeways, and Birmingham, have been confronted with riots before.
A Prison Service spokesperson said: “We have the highest number of officers in post since 2012 and are working hard to retain them.”