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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.

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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.


Investigation underway after rooftop prison protest

An investigation is underway after a rooftop protest at a prison in South Staffordshire.

Earlier today, six men scaled the walls at HMP Oakwood near Wolverhampton and set up camp.

"We can confirm that an incident involving six prisoners at HMP Oakwood has now come to an end.

”We are carrying out an investigation into what happened so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage.”

– Spokesman for G4S

Contingency plans in force amid HMP Oakwood protest

Bosses at security firm G4S, which runs HMP Oakwood in South Staffordshire, have put contingency plans in force as a rooftop protest continues at the prison.

A spokesman confirmed six prisoners were involved in the incident.

We can confirm that an incident involving six prisoners is taking place at HMP Oakwood.

The Ministry of Justice has been alerted and our normal contingency plans have been enacted.

– G4S spokesman
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