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'WATCH YOUR BACK' CLAIM.

A prison officer was warned 'watch your back' after a colleague made a complaint against her which was later said to be forced.

Caroline Jones, 49, was accused in April 2002 by fellow officer Anna Ferdenzi of intimidating her.

But by May 2003, Miss Ferdenzi is said to have retracted her complaint and said she had been 'coerced' into making it by a senior manager, an employment tribunal in Cardiff has heard.

Miss Jones has taken Securicor Justice Services - operators of the privately-run jail - to the tribunal claiming she was discriminated against because of her sex, and was victimised because she complained about a male prison officer.

Nigel Bond is said to have told inmates she was a former lap dancer and ordered her to 'put the kettle on, you trout'. He was later stripped of his officer badge for abusing prisoners.

She believes the 'coerced' complaint was part of a hate campaign waged against her.

During cross-examination, Miss Jones, of Margam, Port Talbot, said she and Miss Ferdenzi were good friends when the accusation was made.

She said: 'There was certainly no atmosphere.'

Miss Jones alleged Miss Ferdenzi's complaint coincided with another she herself had made about manager Carol Freeman, who was later sacked. She added: 'Staff were saying watch your back because Anna's been called up to, senior manager Gaynor Flay's office to make a complaint.'

Miss Jones said Miss Ferdenzi confided in Parc's race relations officer in May 2003 that 'she had been told to put in a complaint for bullying about her'.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 19, 2004
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