A wing of the Category ‘A’ prison at Long Lartin in Worcestershire, England has been taken over by prisoners.
An update a short time ago from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said “specialist staff” had been deployed “to manage an ongoing incident”.
The trained unit, known as a Tornado team, is brought in to manage riots.
“We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and face extra time behind bars,” an MoJ spokeswoman said.
Category ‘A’ prisons house prisoners considered the most dangerous. Long Lartin holds around 500 such convicted criminals.
Initial reports indicate that around 70 prisoners attacked prison officers with pool balls. One prison officer has reportedly been injured and taken to hospital and the situation remains ongoing and volatile, with a lesser number of prisoners believed now directly involved.
Prison Officers’ Association general secretary Steve Gillan tweeted: “At moment we do not know all the facts, but we fully support all our members at Long Lartin who are clearly facing a difficult evening with a disturbance.”