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Two men on the run after escaping from prison in Doncaster

Police are appealing for information after two men escaped from a prison in Doncaster.

Barry John Henry Lynn, who is 35-years-old and from Newcastle, and Michael Forster, who is 41 and from Gateshead, escaped from Hatfield Prison near Doncaster at 1:06pm on Wednesday.

Officers in both the South Yorkshire and Northumbria force areas are currently looking for the men, who are thought to be in a new shape blue Vauxhall Astra.

There is a possibility that the men may be in the north east and enquiries are ongoing to locate them.

The public are urged not to approach the men but to contact police if they see them.

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and are currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Inquest opens into death of transgender inmate

An inquest has heard that a transgender woman who was found dead at Armley prison in Leeds was considered to be "at risk of self-harm".

Vicky Thompson & boyfriend Robert Steele Credit: Robert Steele

Vicky Thompson, who was 21 and from Keighley, died on November 13th. She had said she would kill herself if sent to a male prison.

The inquest at Wakefield Coroner's Court was adjourned for police and prison service investigations. Her death has prompted calls for a shake-up of the government's handling of transgender prisoners and a change in policy.

A minute's silence, attended by Vicky's boyfriend Robert Steele, was held in Bradford at the weekend.


Ministry of Justice in talks over Ranby prison riot

Talks are taking place at the Ministry of Justice this afternoon to discuss a riot over the weekend at Ranby prison - which was branded unsafe last week by the prison watchdog.

120 inmates refused to return to their cells during a disturbance at Ranby Prison Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Specially-trained guards were sent in to quell the disturbance involving around 60 prisoners, who took control of one wing of the jail on the outskirts of Retford for several hours. The prison service says no one was injured, but there was some minor damage. The Ministry of Justice is yet to respond to a request for comment.

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Ministry of Justice: HMP Ranby disturbance has ended

A disturbance involving prisoners at HMP Ranby has ended according to the Ministry of Justice.

A disturbance at HMP Ranby has ended, the Ministry of Justice said. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

The department said in a statement: "The disturbance at HMP Ranby has ended safely. No staff or prisoners injured. Visits tomorrow will take place as normal."


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Shouting and banging heard as vans leave HMP Ranby

Shouting and banging could be heard as a security vans left HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.

A police van outside HMP Ranby where a disturbance is taking place. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

A number of vehicles from the GEOAmey prisoner escort and custody company were seen entering the facility.

When they left a short time later banging could be heard on the sides of the vehicles and shouting from inside was heard.

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Firefighters enter HMP Ranby as disturbance continues

Firefighters joined their colleagues from the police at HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.

Fire fighters put on equipment before entering HMP Ranby. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Shortly after 7.30pm around 15 firefighters arrived outside the prison and began putting on their full kit before walking in through the main gate.

Officers carrying shields and other equipment were also seen going into the prison earlier.

Ranby Prison: Chronic staff shorfalls - claim

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) said today's disturbance was "no surprise" to the POA.

"It's all down to chronic staff shortfalls and a management that are hell-bent on delivering things they can't deliver safely. Prisoners are saying 'We're not dealing with this'. "They will react."

– Glyn Travis, Prison Officers' Association
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