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G4S: Incident at Oakwood Prison has been 'resolved'

An "incident" at Oakwood Prison near Wolverhampton has been "resolved successfully" according to a spokesman for G4S, the company that operates the facility.

This incident was resolved successfully at 2.10am.

Police and internal investigations will now take place. It would be inappropriate to comment further until these have been completed.

– g4s spokesman

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.

Plane makes emergency landing after fuel runs dry

A light aircraft has made an emergency landing in a field near Wolverhampton after running out of fuel.

The plane came down near Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport, close to the village of Bobbington, near Stourbridge in the West Midlands.

Staffordshire Fire Service attended the incident but said it had already been dealt with when crews arrived at the scene.

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Police issue new appeal for witnesses to mosque bombs

Police have issued a new appeal for witnesses to the mosque bomb blasts as they continue to question two men in connection with the attacks.

There have been three bombs left at mosques in the Black Country.

We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the three explosions and are appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact us.

We do not underestimate the impact this will have on communities across the West Midlands.

The support of all communities has been fantastic with wider faith communities coming together to show solidarity.

– Marcus Beale, Assistant Chief Constable, West Midlands Police

Suspects face further questioning amid mosque attacks

Two men face further questioning today in connection with a series of explosions near mosques in the West Midlands.

General view of Wolverhampton Central Mosque.
Police confirmed they found evidence of an explosion near Wolverhampton Central Mosque. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The pair, both Ukrainian men aged 25 and 22, were arrested under anti-terror laws on Thursday in Small Heath, Birmingham, in relation to recent blasts close to mosques in Walsall and Tipton.

They are being held on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism.

Police say they are hunting a serial bomber of mosques

Police in the West Midlands say they are hunting a serial bomber of mosques.

They have linked three attacks across the area in recent weeks.

One of the devices, which exploded close to a mosque in Wolverhampton last month, has only just been found.

From the West Midlands ITV News correspondent Juliet Bremner reports:

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