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Prison hit by rioting inmates

PUBLISHED: 18:25 27 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:33 05 July 2010

FURNITURE was smashed and prisoners had to be moved by force in a disturbance at Blundeston prison, it was revealed this evening.

Six prisoners barricaded themselves in a cell, made threats to staff and smashed furniture in the incident, which lasted for several hours yesterday.

FURNITURE was smashed and prisoners had to be moved by force in a disturbance at Blundeston prison, it was revealed this evening.

Six prisoners barricaded themselves in a cell, made threats to staff and smashed furniture in the incident, which lasted for several hours yesterday.

They refused requests to come out and at about 10.30pm they were removed by force by officers wearing protective clothing. It is thought that alcohol was involved. There were no injuries.

The prisoners were split up after the disturbance and are likely to face disciplinary charges.

The 466-capacity prison is a category C training prison which includes offending behaviour courses, education and a therapeutic community. It opened in 1963 and mainly houses prisoners from outside the area. It does not accept prisoners who have less than 12 months to serve.

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