Dozens of inmates cause disturbance at 'crisis' prison

Dozens of inmates have been involved in a major disturbance at a crisis-hit prison after 120 prisoners refused to return to their cells.

Firefighters and police were called in to help quell a "serious incident" that lasted for around eight hours at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire, two days after a report condemned the prison as in "crisis".

The Prison Officers' Association said 60 prisoners were "actively involved" in the disturbance, which caused minor fire damage but no injuries to staff or inmates.

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Shouting and banging heard as vans leave HMP Ranby

Shouting and banging could be heard as a security vans left HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.

A police van outside HMP Ranby where a disturbance is taking place. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

A number of vehicles from the GEOAmey prisoner escort and custody company were seen entering the facility.

When they left a short time later banging could be heard on the sides of the vehicles and shouting from inside was heard.

Firefighters enter HMP Ranby as disturbance continues

Firefighters joined their colleagues from the police at HMP Ranby where a disturbance involving prisoners is ongoing.

Fire fighters put on equipment before entering HMP Ranby. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Shortly after 7.30pm around 15 firefighters arrived outside the prison and began putting on their full kit before walking in through the main gate.

Officers carrying shields and other equipment were also seen going into the prison earlier.

MP's warnings about HMP Ranby 'ignored'

The Labour MP whose Bassetlaw constituency includes HMP Ranby said his repeated warnings about "dysfunctional" management and serious staff shortages at the prison had been ignored by ministers and prison officials.

John Mann said: "It is a prison where, for quite a time, it's been clear prisoners have been running the prison."

He added that there were 80 fewer prison officers than previously - a 20% reduction - with many experienced individuals having been "forced out" over the past two years.

He said: "There are not the numbers or the expertise among the staff to deal with it. The governors were warned, the Government was warned, by me and by many others, that this would lead to disaster. He added: "I have raised this directly with the prisons minister more than once."

Fire started during HMP Ranby disturbance

A fire was started at HMP Ranby during an ongoing disturbance which saw 120 inmates refused to return to their cells, The Prison Officers' Association (POA) said.

A fire was started at HMP Ranby. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

A spokesman for the Prison Service said minor damage was sustained and there were no injuries to staff or prisoners.

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Report showed HMP Ranby was 'in crisis'

HMP Ranby was described as "in crisis" by the Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick after a critical report was released about the institution.

Following an unannounced 11-day inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons in March, the report found two prisoners died through "self-inflicted deaths" last year, and a further two have died in a similar way since then.

Conditions in part of the prison, which holds more than 1,000 men, were described as dirty and prisoners were found to have climbed netting in a bid to force a transfer to another facility.

Nearly half the population said they had felt unsafe having been victimised or intimidated, findings showed.

Evidence was also found of an increasing number of incidences of self-harm at the category C training prison, and the availability of legal highs was also found to have increased.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the report showed a prison "in crisis".

60 prisoners 'actively involved' in prison disturbance

Sixty prisoners are "actively involved" in the disturbance at HMP Ranby after twice as many inmates refused to return to their cells, the Prison Officers' Association (POA) has said.

At around 12.30pm 120 prisoners refused to return to their cells. They have taken control of a unit.

We have got national resources at the prison trying to establish a surrender plan. We know 60 prisoners have been actively involved.

– Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association

Mr Travis said today's disturbance was "no surprise" to the POA.

It's all down to chronic staff shortfalls and a management that are hell-bent on delivering things they can't deliver safely.

Prisoners are saying 'We're not dealing with this'. They will react.

– Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association

Ongoing disturbance at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire

An ongoing disturbance is taking place at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire after 120 inmates refused to return to their cells.

The Prison Officers' Association confirmed the "serious incident" began at 12.30pm with minor damage caused but no injuries to staff or prisoners.

The disturbance has occurred two days after a report described HMP Ranby as unsafe with high levels of violence. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire
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