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Tornado squads sent into HMP Hewell after riot breaks out

Tornado squads were sent to HMP Hewell near Redditch, Credit: PA

A prison wing at HMP Hewell is now back under control after Tornado squads were drafted in when a riot broke out.

Specially-trained prison security teams brought the trouble at the category B jail near Redditch, Worcestershire, under control.

One prison officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries and the incident has been referred to the police.

It is understood a handful of prisoners were refusing to follow prison officers' orders and had been attempting to cause damage to the wing.

Men shouting and swearing, as well as dogs barking, could be clearly heard coming from the scene late on Saturday.

Several loud quickfire bangs, thought to be distraction bursts being used by the prison authorities, were heard at the scene, greeted by loud shouts thought to be coming from inside the affected wing.

The main site, which houses about 1,000 inmates - some of whom are category A remand prisoners - is surrounded by farmland.

The prison is surrounded by farmland. Credit: PA

In an announced inspection report published in January, Hewell was described as "a prison with many challenges and areas of serious concern".

Peter Clarke, chief inspector of prisons, said the "main concerns at the closed site were regarding issues of safety and respect".

He said levels of violence were "far too high", communal areas "dirty" and many cells over-crowded, with some described as "filthy".

Almost two thirds (60%) had told the inspection team it was "easy" to get hold of drugs inside.

Inspectors also found levels of self-harm had increased, a quarter of prisoners "felt unsafe".

A Prison Service spokesman said: "We are currently managing an ongoing incident on a wing at HMP Hewell.

"A small number of prisoners are involved and there is no risk to the public."

The spokesman added: "We are absolutely clear that offenders who behave in this way will be punished and face spending extra time behind bars."

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