Jailbirds 'use plastic cutlery to escape cells' as anti-riot officers arrive at Winchester prison

Mail Online | 8/21/2019 | Mario Ledwith for the Daily Mail
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A group of prisoners escaped their cells by using plastic cutlery to pick through the crumbling walls, it was claimed yesterday.

Specialist anti-riot officers were rushed to HMP Winchester after the prisoners burst out on Sunday.

Prison - Officer - Wing - Victorian - Cell

The sole prison officer guarding the wing of the Victorian cell block had to retreat as the 19 prisoners took control and the wing was shut.

The Prison Officers Union (POA) said the incident raised serious questions about conditions within the category-B prison, which was built in 1846 and houses 690 prisoners, many of whom have been convicted of violent offences.

Break-outs - Prison - Year - Guards - Risk

At least 12 similar break-outs have unfolded at the prison in the past year, placing guards at risk, according to the POA.

It said that those behind Sunday evening's disorder had smuggled plastic cutlery from the kitchen and used it to force a way through the old walls surrounding their cell doors.

Ministry - Justice - MoJ - Claim - Prisoners

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) denied the claim, insisting the prisoners had used furniture to break 'weak points' in the walls after manipulating mortar around doors.

The incident started at around 11pm when four prisoners escaped their cells and then encouraged others to join in.

Tornado - Unit - Specialist - Officers - Riot

A so-called Tornado unit, involving specialist officers trained in riot control, was called in, along with officers from a rapid-response unit.

Some prisoners jumped on netting surrounding the prison landing before pepper spray was used to restore order.

B-wing - Incident - Place

The B-wing where the incident took place has...
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