HMP Northumberland: Prison back under control after reported takeover of wing
Reports of stand-off between inmates and guards just 'speculation'
Friday 28 March 2014
Prison officials have dismissed reports of a "stand-off" between guards and inmates who reportedly took control of a wing on Friday.
They confirmed a “disturbance” had taken place, but called the suggestion of a stand-off between inmates and guards "speculation". There were no reports of any injuries.
The incident broke out at the HMP Northumberland, in Morpeth, at about 7.30pm on Friday.
Steve Gillan, general secretary of the Prison Officers Association, told the BBC that prisoners had taken control of an area.
“We do not know what has sparked this major incident, but I do know that 50 plus inmates have taken over a wing,” he said on Friday evening.
“We have teams from other establishments trained to deal with riots on their way. There is concerted indiscipline and our officers will try to contain it.”
The trouble broke out after prisoners refused to go back to their cells, the BBC said, while police were put on standby ready to assist.
A spokesman for Sodexo, which operates the prison, said the situation had been resolved.
He said: “We can confirm there was a disturbance at HMP Northumberland.
“It was confined to part of one wing of the prison and has now been resolved. We will carry out an investigation into this incident.”
HMP Northumberland houses around 1,350 inmates and is a category C prison, for inmates convicted of less serious crimes who cannot be trusted in open conditions but who are unlikely to make a determined attempt to escape.
Private firm Sodexo Justice Services took over the management of the prison in December last year.
Additional reporting by Press Association
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Russian hack of President Obama's emails worse than previously admitted
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Nepal earthquake: US Pastor Tony Miano sparks outcry by suggesting Nepalis should convert and not rebuild their 'pagan shrines'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
- 1 I've been called an abusive and dangerous parent, when all I did was listen to my transgender child
- 2 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 3 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 4 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in