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
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.