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Trouble at Maidstone prison

About 40 prisoners were involved in a disturbance that lasted three hours at Maidstone prison in Kent on Saturday.

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History of unrest at south's prisons

The riot at Ford Open Prison in 2011 Credit: ITV Meridian

A prison riot in Kent's Maidstone Prison involving up to 180 inmates from one wing is not the first large-scale uprising in a correctional facility in the south. The incident, which is believed to be resolved, follows a riot at Ford Open Prison, West Sussex, on New Year's Day in 2011.

It erupted after prisoners were ordered to undergo breathalyser tests for contraband alcohol. About 40 inmates smashed windows and set fire to eight blocks at the prison. Criminologist Professor David Wilson said prison guards would enact OperationTornado to bring the latest riot under control.

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