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European judges to rule on UK prisoners voting case

European judges to rule on prisoners voting case Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

European judges will rule on whether the rights of 1,015 serving prisoners in the UK were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is due to announce its judgment on prisoner voting rights today.

Burglar becomes third prisoner to abscond from Gloucestershire prison in a week

Police are hunting a convicted burglar who has absconded from HMP Leyhill - the third inmate to go on the run from the prison inside a week.

Michael Dare Credit: Avon and Somerset Police handout

Avon and Somerset Police said Michael Dare - described as a risk to the public - was last seen at the prison in South Gloucestershire at around 5pm on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who is serving a 20-month sentence for a burglary committed in 2010, has links to Suffolk but is believed to be in Birmingham.

He is described as white, 5ft 11ins, of heavy build, with an angular face and receding brown hair.

A Prison Service spokesman said it had "tightened the eligibility for open prisons following a comprehensive review".

Prison officer taken to hospital after stabbing

A prison officer has been taken to hospital with facial injuries after he was stabbed by an inmate, the Prison Service has confirmed.

The Prison Service also said a small fire had broken out amid the 'incident at height' at Swaleside Prison on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

There is an ongoing incident at height at HMP Swaleside. Two prisoners gained access to internal netting in an isolated incident. Specialist staff are at the scene waiting to bring the situation to a safe conclusion.

– Prison service spokesperson

Two prisoners were involved, officials said, and one remains on netting on a prison ward after it was scaled by the inmates.

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