Two more prisoners confirmed dead after incidents at HMP Chelmsford

Several ambulance vehicles attended both incidents

Two prisoners have died following separate incidents at an Essex prison.

Emergency services were called on two separate occasions to HMP Chelmsford, following reports of medical emergencies at HMP Chelmsford.

One of the prisoners, who has been named by the prison services as Mark Jozunas, died on March 20.

Two ambulances attended the scene shortly after 6:30am but Mr Jozunas was confirmed dead.

The 50-year-old prisoner was serving a life sentence in prison after murdering his 78-year-old mother on September 8. He was found guilty by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court and was sentenced on October 30, 2020.

Mr Jozunas’ death is now a matter for the coroner.

A second prisoner, Ryan Flanagan, was taken to Broomfield Hospital following a medical emergency at the prison on March 16.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and an air ambulance attended to transport Mr Flanagan to Broomfield Hospital.

The 37-year-old prisoner later died in hospital on March 23.

The prison service did not confirm what sentence Mr Flanagan was serving. The issue is now a matter for the coroner.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: “HMP Chelmsford prisoner Mark Jozunas died on March 20. Prisoner Ryan Flanagan died in hospital on March 23. The Prisons and Probation Ombudsman has been informed.”

In relation to Mr Jozunas, an East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Two ambulances attended a medical emergency at HMP Chelmsford just after 6.30am on Saturday, March 20.

“Sadly, an adult male died at the scene.”

In relation to Mr Flanagan’s death, a spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “Two ambulances and a response car from the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance attended a medical emergency at HMP Chelmsford just before 11pm on Tuesday, March 16.

“An adult male was transported to Broomfield Hospital for treatment.”

Just two weeks ago on March 2, numerous ambulances were called to HMP Chelmsford just after 4.30pm on March 2 with reports of a medical emergency.

Prisoner Paul Joseph was found hanging in his cell. He was transported to Broomfield hospital but sadly died later the same day.

In response to the three incidents at HMP Chelmsford, which took place within three weeks of each other, Vicky Ford, Tory MP for Chelmsford said: “I am deeply concerned by this news. My thoughts are with the families of those affected. I have contacted both the Prison and the Prison Minister to get further information.”

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