20 staff hurt in Maze riot
Wednesday 15 March 1995
Imprisoned members of the Ulster Volunteer Force started a number of fires and attacked prison officers who were moving in to search their cells. Last night, one officer was very seriously ill.
The incident came just before it was announced that the first troop withdrawal is to take place from Northern Ireland after last year's paramilitary ceasefires. Four hundred men are to be moved to Britain, though the Government stressed that they would be available to return at short notice if needed.
More than 12,000 regular troops will remain in Northern Ireland for the moment, though if the ceasefires hold further withdrawals are likely.
Last night, the Northern Ireland Office said prisoners at the Maze had been secured within their wings and staff had established control. It added that while a full assessment would not be made until today, considerable damage had been caused. No concessions were said to have been made to the rioters.
Last summer, the authorities introduced a liberal regime at the prison under which, reliable sources say, inmates enjoy a striking amount of freedom.
The cause of the riot was a move by officers to search wings occupied by Ulster Volunteer Force members. For some hours more than a dozen inmates were on the roof of prison premises. More than 50 staff were said to have gone off duty as a result of physical injury, smoke inhalation and stress.
The local chairman of the Prison Officers' Association, Finlay Spratt, launched a fierce attack on the authorities, sayingthe prison was being run by the paramilitary organisations. The POA had twice warned that prisoners had access to the roof.
Mr Spratt said: "We understand why they objected to being searched. They didn't want to lose a lot of contraband. We believe this place is full of drugs, weapons and they've even got mobile phones." He called for the resignation of the Northern Ireland security minister, Sir John Wheeler, accusing him of incompetence.
Sex, drugs and drink, page 3
As anti-Semitic attacks rise, Grant Feller re-evaluates his identity
Savoury patisserie is a thing now
Meet the primary school where every day is National Poetry Day
Kirstie Allsopp has waded into the female fertility debate again
...and it wasn't caused by an asteroid crash, as first thought
Gillian Anderson lays into gender disparity in Hollywood
Striker ignored Brendan Rodger's request to applaud audience
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 35,000 walrus gather on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 4 Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Stella McCartney apologises over controversial 'very ill' model picture on Instagram
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
Brad Pitt, on the moment he completely lost his temper with Clint Eastwood's son
Cheryl Cole named 'the most dangerous celebrity' on the internet
Former Tory donor Arron Banks ups his Ukip donation to £1million following William Hague 'nobody' comment
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
- < Previous
- Next >
£45 - £50 per day: Randstad Education Group: Job opportunities for SEN Teachin...
£21000 - £35000 per annum: Randstad Education Cambridge: Secondary teachers re...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Room Leader PositionI am currently ...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Level 3 Nursery NurseI am currently...