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  • 27 July 2014, 1:07

Prisoners Riot At Nottinghamshire Jail

A riot broke out at HMP Ranby in Nottinghamshire after up to 60 prisoners refused to return to their cells after lunch.

The "serious incident" began about 12.30pm today, and saw a group of prisoners start a fire and take control of a section of the jail.

A spokesman for the Prison Service said no staff or prisoners were injured during the riot, which lasted several hours.

"A disturbance on one wing at HMP Ranby has ended. No staff or prisoners were injured and minimal damage was sustained," the spokesman said.

"Prison staff were deployed to deal with the incident, which involved between 30 and 60 prisoners.

"The prison will now return to normal operation and visits will take place as usual on Sunday."

Police, ambulance and fire crews responded to the riot. Officers carrying shields were seen going inside, later joined by around 15 firefighters in their full kit.

Glyn Travis, assistant secretary of the 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."

The riot came after a report released on Thursday described HMP Ranby as unsafe, adding that there were high levels of violence at the prison.

The report followed an 11-day inspection by HM Inspectorate of Prisons.

It found that two prisoners suffered "self-inflicted" deaths last year, while another two died in a similar way last March.

Conditions at the prison were also described as dirty and nearly half the prison's population said they felt unsafe.

The report found a growing number of self-harm incidents at the category C training prison, and the availability of legal highs was also found to have increased.

Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick said the report showed a prison "in crisis".

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