| Last updated
A prisoner has spoken out about the conditions he endured at a Yorkshire prison, claiming it was like 'a concentration camp'.
Luke Hudson from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, was locked up in HMP Hull for three months for assaulting a police officer before being released in August.
During the short stint, the 32-year-old alleges that he was threatened by officers and even had rats 'seven or eight inches long' in his cell.
"When I saw the rats running around during the day climbing up the windows, I thought 'wow that's bad'," he said.
"But then it happened at night. I heard rustling in the rubbish bag. I was on the top bunk, but I was just thinking they can climb.
"I didn't want an incontinent rat or a mouse weeing and pooing all over me while I'm asleep.
"Surely this shouldn't be happening in the 21st century? The only way I can explain HMP Hull is it's like a concentration camp."
Although he reportedly raised these issues with staff, Hudson claims they were brushed aside.
He added: "All I got out of them was: 'What do you want? A five-star hotel?'."
When Hudson was transferred to HMP Humber, 18 miles away, he says he was threatened by a member of staff who said they could 'make his life hell'.
"They [the officer] said 'I can make your life hell while you're in here'," he explained.
"For an officer to speak to me in such a derogatory manner without any provocation was totally disgusting from a professional.
"They do it quite frequently. I have seen them bullying some of the other prisoners. They do it on purpose to wind people up and get a reaction.
"I have worked in trusted roles myself. I've worked for the NHS. I wouldn't dream of speaking to anybody like that, so why should anybody speak to me like that? It's an abuse of power.
"I can honestly say every other staff member I came across and worked with was absolutely fantastic, but obviously this prison officer is in the wrong job.
A spokesperson for the Prison Service said investigations found no evidence of rats and 'no wrongdoing' when it came to staff behaviour: "All complaints by prisoners are taken seriously. These alleged incidents were investigated thoroughly and no wrongdoing was found."
They also told YorkshireLive that Luke declined the offer to hear the outcome of the HMP Humber investigation after his release.
The spokesperson went on to explain that a pest control contractor visits HMP Hull every two weeks to carry out 'preventative measures' and there has been no evidence of rodents in the Category B prison.
Chosen for YouChosen for You
Most Read StoriesMost Read