A prisoner at HMP Holloway is sueing the Prison Service after giving birth to triplets on her own in her cell.
She allegedly pressed her call button to ask for help just after midnight on Wednesday, but the night warder told her she would have to place an application to see the doctor. As a favour he pushed two Paracetamol tablets under her door to ease her pain.
Miss X, the prisoner, told reporters that the final straw was having two warders enter her cell in the morning and remove the newborn infants because they weren't allowed 'in possession'. The babies were placed in her stored property, in the prison's reception, for her to collect when she is released in 18 month's time.
A Prison Service statement said that many female prisoners try to manipulate the system by having babies, knowing that they were not allowed them in possession. Holloway runs a strict IEP (Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme) and to allow women to keep babies would undermine the system. They said that, on her release, she will be able to collect the infants along with the rest of her property, in a back bin-liner, to take with her.