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Disturbance-hit jail was already "in crisis"

A critical report on HMP Ranby was released following an 11-day inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. It found that two prisoners died through "self-inflicted deaths" last year, and a further two have died in a similar way since the unannounced inspection in March.

Conditions in part of the prison, which holds more than 1,000 men, were dirty, prisoners were found to have climbed netting in a bid to force a transfer to another facility and nearly half the population said they had felt unsafe having been victimised or intimidated, findings showed.

Evidence was found of an increasing number of incidences of self-harm at the category C training prison, and the availability of legal highs was also found to have increased.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the report showed a prison "in crisis".

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Report showed HMP Ranby was 'in crisis'

HMP Ranby was described as "in crisis" by the Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick after a critical report was released about the institution.

Following an unannounced 11-day inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in March, the report found two prisoners died through "self-inflicted deaths" last year, and a further two have died in a similar way since then.

Conditions in part of the prison, which holds more than 1,000 men, were described as dirty and prisoners were found to have climbed netting in a bid to force a transfer to another facility.

Nearly half the population said they had felt unsafe having been victimised or intimidated, findings showed.

Evidence was also found of an increasing number of incidences of self-harm at the category C training prison, and the availability of legal highs was also found to have increased.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the report showed a prison "in crisis".

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60 prisoners 'actively involved' in prison disturbance

Sixty prisoners are "actively involved" in the disturbance at HMP Ranby after twice as many inmates refused to return to their cells, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) has said.

At around 12.30pm 120 prisoners refused to return to their cells. They have taken control of a unit.

We have got national resources at the prison trying to establish a surrender plan. We know 60 prisoners have been actively involved.

– Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association

Mr Travis 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, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association
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Inmates "take control of prison unit"

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA), said: "There is a serious incident at HMP Ranby. At around 12.30pm 120 prisoners refused to return to their cells. They have taken control of a unit.

"We have got national resources at the prison trying to establish a surrender plan. We know 60 prisoners have been actively involved."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "A disturbance involving between 30 and 60 prisoners at HMP Ranby started on one wing at around midday. Minor damage has been sustained and there have been no injuries to staff or prisoners. Prison staff are being deployed to resolve the incident safely."

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Serious incident at Ranby Prison

A disturbance has broken out at a prison after 120 inmates refused to return to their cells this afternoon. The Prison Officers' Association confirmed the "serious incident" at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire started at around 12.30pm and is ongoing.

Disturbance among 120 inmates
Ranby Prison Credit: PA

A spokesman for the Prison Service said minor damage was sustained and there were no injuries to staff or prisoners. On Thursday a report described HMP Ranby as unsafe with high levels of violence.

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Global interest for new King Richard III Centre

The City Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby has opened the new £4m Richard III visitor centre.

The exhibition called Dynasty, Death and Discovery examines Richard's life and the myths surrounding him, as well as the archaeological dig which uncovered his remains in a Leicester car park two years ago.

The centre has already attracted global interest with people from around the world booking tickets online. Among the first visitors this morning were a family from Holland holidaying in the UK.

Visitor numbers are expected to peak next spring when Richard's remains are reinterred at Leicester Cathedral.

See opening day pictures and video here.

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Tax on supermarkets 'would hit the poor hardest'

An extra tax on big supermarkets would hit the poorest families hardest, the Government has said.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has rejected calls from 20 local authorities for a new levy on supermarkets to help revitalise local shopping areas.

The Government said an extra tax on supermarkets would hurt poor households.
The Government said an extra tax on supermarkets would hurt the poor. Credit: Sean Aidan/Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

"Imposing new, additional taxes on supermarkets will push up the price of food and the cost of living, hitting low-income families the hardest," a DCLG spokesman said.

He said there were "much better ways to support small shops".

Read: Councils call for levy on big supermarkets

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