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Kent prison disorder resolved

The Prison Service says an incident at Maidstone Prison, involving 40 inmates, has now been resolved without injury. National resources were deployed to deal with the incident. A second incident at Rye Hill prison in Warwickshire was also resolved.

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Union: Cuts to prison services 'caused Maidstone riot'

Staff numbers at Maidstone Prison have been cut back in recent years Credit: Press Association Images

Cuts of some £90 million to prison services in recent years are behind the riots at Maidstone Prison in Kent, the Prison Officers union has told ITV News.

"The reduction in staff numbers means there are fewer prison officers available to carry out a normal prison regime", Prison Officers Association vice chair Ralph Valerio said.

"This means that prisoners spend more time locked up in a contained space.

"That can get to you. Many of the inmates also have anger management issues," he said.

The current staff to inmate ratio at HMP Maidstone is 1:30, which meant the staff had to retreat quickly when the incident, involving up to 180 prisoners, began earlier today, Mr Valerio added.

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