Female prison officer slashed across face, jaw and neck in brutal attack 'using Fray Bentos lid'

A female prison officer has been slashed across the face, jaw and neck in a brutal attack using what may have been a Fray Bentos lid.

The officer with two years service at Maghaberry prison was seriously injured and bled quickly as prisoners surrounded her.

She was given emergency first aid at the scene and was transferred to the Ulster Hospital for surgery this afternoon, Belfast Live reports.

A source at the jail said: “This young officer had told a prisoner yesterday that he needed to tidy his cell as it was in a dreadful state.

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