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Security teams sent to incident at prison

Specially-trained prison security teams have been drafted in to deal with an incident at HMP Hewell. So-called Tornado squads, equipped to deal with riots, were sent to the jail near Redditch in Worcestershire. Trouble broke out on a prison wing about 7:30pm on Saturday.

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

– Prison Service spokesman

It is understood the incident ended shortly after loud quickfire bangs, thought to be distraction bursts used by prison authorities, were heard at around midnight. Prison authorities are now back in full control of the affected wing.

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ROADS: M42 SOUTHBOUND - WORCESTERSHIRE - REDDITCH

The M42 Southbound is closed between Junction 2 A441 (Alvechurch / Redditch) and Junction 1 A38 / B4096 (Bromsgrove) due to emergency repairs needed from an earlier vehicle fire and serious accident involving three cars and a lorry.

Diversions are in place - follow the black hollow circle symbol, via the A441 heading southbound to the A448 at Redditch, then taking the A448 (Bromsgrove Highway) westbound to Bromsgrove before finally taking the A38 southbound to re-join the M5 at Junction 5 (Droitwich).

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