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A1 Worksop Road closed at Ranby

The A1 Worksop Road is closed in both directions and there is stationary traffic due to an overturned vehicle between A57 / A614 Blyth Road (Apleyhead / Five Lanes End) and A620 / B6079 Retford Road (Retford / Ranby Turn Off). This is causing congestion on the A1 to A638 / A57 Cliff Gate / B1164 (Markham / Walesby Junction). Local diversions are in place. Trapped traffic is being release down the northbound entry slip road.

Man charged with manslaughter after prisoner's death

A 24-year-old man has been charged with in connection with the death of a man who was assaulted at Ranby Prison on Monday (15 June).

Thomas Axton, 37, of Bracknell, Berkshire, died from his injuries in hospital in Sheffield the following day.

Quinn Colley, of HMP Prison Ranby, Nottinghamshire, was charged with manslaughter on Thursday night. He appeared before Nottingham magistrates on Friday (19 June).

Three other men aged between 22 and 39 are currently on bail pending further enquiries.


Ranby Prison: Chronic staff shorfalls - claim

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA) 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, Prison Officers' Association

MP: "Inmates have been running Ranby Prison"

Labour MP John Mann, whose Bassetlaw constituency includes the prison, said his repeated warnings that "dysfunctional" management and serious staff shortages would lead to disaster had been ignored by ministers and prison officials. He said there were 80 fewer prison officers than previously - a 20% reduction - with many experienced individuals having been "forced out" over the past two years.

"It is a prison where, for quite a time, it's been clear prisoners have been running the prison. 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. I have raised this directly with the prisons minister more than once."

– John Mann, Labour MP for Bassetlaw


Inmates "take control of prison unit"

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the Prison Officers' Association (POA), said: "There is a serious incident at HMP Ranby. 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."

A Prison Service spokesman said: "A disturbance involving between 30 and 60 prisoners at HMP Ranby started on one wing at around midday. Minor damage has been sustained and there have been no injuries to staff or prisoners. Prison staff are being deployed to resolve the incident safely."

Serious incident at Ranby Prison

A disturbance has broken out at a prison after 120 inmates refused to return to their cells this afternoon. The Prison Officers' Association confirmed the "serious incident" at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire started at around 12.30pm and is ongoing.

Ranby Prison Credit: PA

A spokesman for the Prison Service said minor damage was sustained and there were no injuries to staff or prisoners. On Thursday a report described HMP Ranby as unsafe with high levels of violence.