Extremist books ‘found in prisons seven months after warnings’

The Ministry of Justice says all extremist books have been removed from prisons, after jihadi texts were found in chaplaincies seven months after the government was warned about the potential dangers.

The presence of the books – including antisemitic texts and literature that is thought to have inspired terrorism – was reported in November in a review of extremism in jails by the former prison governor Ian Acheson.

The BBC reported that the texts were still being discovered in prisons last month. At least one of the five extremist books identified by Acheson was found in nine prison chaplaincies during a follow-up review, the corporation said.