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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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

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