Woman found dead in cell

A young woman has been found dead in her cell at a jail where five inmates have committed suicide in the past 15 months, it was disclosed yesterday.

An immediate investigation has been launched at Cornton Vale Prison, Stirling, into the death, which happened on Christmas Eve. The body of 22-year-old Yvonne Gilmour, from Glasgow, was found in her cell at the prison's Bravo block at 11pm. It is understood that prison bosses are treating the death as suicide. Earlier this year prison inspectors issued a damning report on Cornton Vale following a series of deaths there.

Ms Gilmour was serving a three-month sentence imposed at Glasgow Sheriff Court on 8 December for assault, shoplifting and breach of the peace.