ISLE of Wight prison officers have returned to work following protest earlier today (Friday).

As reported, more than 100 prison officers and support staff from the Parkhurst and Albany sites walked out over health and safety concerns.

They said repeated staff cuts had left the prison dangerously understaffed, and violent assaults had rocketed as a result.

Similar protests, organised by the Prison Officers' Association (POA), were held across the country.

The POA has now called on its members to return to work.

In a statement, the union said: "Following meaningful engagement with minister Rory Stewart and a commitment to instruct the employer to meet the POA and agree a plan of action to address the concerns of the union, the POA has instructed members to return to work.

"The threat of court action against the union has been withdrawn and the union has stated they will engage with the employer to agree a timebound plan of action."

POA general secretary Steve Gillan said: "We must take things on face value following the meeting with the minister but the devil will be in the detail.

"The POA will not allow our members to suffer in silence the employer must be prepared to meet our demands and provide safe prisons."