Prison staff fight youth offenders in serious disturbance

POLICE and the prison service were last night dealing with a “disturbance” at a prison for young offenders.
Officers were called at 11:46am to the incident at Aylesbury Young Offenders Institution in Buckinghamshire, a Thames Valley Police spokesman said. There were no reports of any injuries to offenders or staff.
The spokesman said: “Police are currently at Aylesbury Youth Offenders Institute supporting the prison service with a disturbance inside the building.

“Officers from Thames Valley Police are supporting the prison service at the perimeter.”

A Prison Service spokesman said: “We can confirm an incident of concerted indiscipline is ongoing at HMP Aylesbury today. The incident began at 11:15am.

“Specially-trained prison service staff are at the scene.”

Aylesbury holds up to 435 young men on the site of a Victorian prison and former borstal. Most are serving long sentences and there is a large ethnic minority population, according to a 2005 inspector’s report.

Tom Robson, executive officer of the Prison Officers’ Association, said prison officers were having to “fight” with the inmates to restore order.

He said it was a “serious incident” and officers from other prisons had been called in to help.

He said: “My understanding is there is a situation where prison officers are having to fight with prisoners.

“There have been some officers sent in from other establishments to assist them with dealing with the incident.

“There are no injuries at the moment. The police are not involved inside the prison but are around the perimeter.”


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