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Britain Probes New Year’s Day Prison Riot

Posted on Jan 2, 2011

Two investigations are underway into a New Year’s Day prison riot in Britain after inmates went on a rampage to protest a clampdown on “illegal drinking” within the walls. Damage from fires set by the inmates was put at more than $4.5 million. —JCL

The Guardian:

Two separate investigations will be held into the New Year’s Day riot at Ford open prison where balaclava-clad inmates torched buildings in protest at a clampdown on illegal drinking.

The prisons minister, Crispin Blunt, confirmed today there would be an internal Prison Service inquiry and a police inquiry into the violence, which is estimated to have caused about £3m damage.

Twenty-three inmates have been dispersed to secure prisons across the country after accommodation blocks, a gymnasium, a mail room and recreation room with 10 newly installed pool tables were destroyed in the blaze.

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