G4S: Incident at Oakwood Prison 'resolved'

An incident lasting more than five hours at the country's largest prison has been resolved, security firm G4S has said. The company, which operates Oakwood, refused to comment on what had happened.

Oakwood Prison was scene of rooftop protests last year

Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton has been the scene of rooftop protests by prisoners last year and has been criticised by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

The six prisoners protest on the roof of HMP Oakwood
The six prisoners protest on the roof of HMP Oakwood Credit: Express & Star

In October 2013 and again in 2014, prisoners climbed on the roof of the facility, which can hold 1,600 inmates.

A report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found inexperienced staff, high levels of violence and self-harm, and clear evidence of drug and alcohol use.

Jerry Petherick, managing director for G4S Custodial and Detention Services, said at the time that the company had taken steps to drive improvements.

Oakwood opened in April 2012 and holds a mixture of category C and D prisoners.

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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.