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MP: Problems at prison need dealing with 'quickly'

The MP for South Staffordshire, the constituency where HMP Oakwood is situated in, says the problems there need dealing with 'quickly'.

Tory MP Gavin Williamson says prison ministers and its operator G4S have been working together to resolve the 'teething problems'.

Britain's largest jail near Wolverhampton can hold 1600 inmates, but there has been a number of security alerts since it opened in April 2012, most recently prisoners climbing onto the roof twice in November.

Read: HMP Oakwood prisoners stage rooftop protest - again

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G4S: Incident at Oakwood Prison has been 'resolved'

An "incident" at Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton has been "resolved successfully" according to a spokesman for G4S, the company that operates the facility.

This incident was resolved successfully at 2.10am.

Police and internal investigations will now take place. It would be inappropriate to comment further until these have been completed.

– g4s spokesman

G4S: Incident 'contained' at Oakwood Prison

Security firm, G4S, has confirmed that there is an 'ongoing incident' on a wing at Oakwood Prison.

“The situation is contained and we are applying standard procedures to manage the incident.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."

– G4S Spokesperson

No further information was available about what had triggered the problem.

It follows a number of rooftop protests last year.

In July 2013, HMP Oakwood, in Featherstone near Wolverhampton, was one of three prisons in England and Wales to be rated 'of serious concern' by the Ministry of Justice.

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"There's a real issue" with overcrowding of sex offenders says MP

An MP says more must be done about the overcrowding of sex offenders at Birmingham Prison.

Khalid Mahmood visited staff and inmates after a critical report a year after the private security firm G4S took over. They were criticised for failing to keep sex offenders apart from other inmates.

The report also cited problems with rats in the kitchen. G4S told Central Tonight action has already been taken to address many of the issues.

Staff at Birmingham prison injured

Four staff have been injured in an altercation with an inmate at the G4S-run Birmingham Prison.

G4S has confirmed two staff suffered serious cuts and all four were taken to hospital for treatment.

It happened yesterday morning (7 November).

"Four members of the prison's healthcare unit were wounded in an altercation with a prisoner on remand, with two staff receiving serious lacerations."

– G4S Spokesperson

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