Friday, 16 December 2016

Winson Green prison riots LIVE: Inmates in control; chaos spreads to new wings; riot squads seen entering

Winson Green prison is on fire this afternoon as major rioting has broken out as with hundreds of inmates running wild. HMP Birmingham has been on lockdown since 9am today, December 16, after riots began with inmates stealing keys from a guard. The chaos was initially in one unit but eventually spread to four. G4S, the private firm which runs the prison, initially described the situation as "minor" but has since accepted it is not. It is understood at least three people have been injured and images from the prison have revealed large swathes has been wrecked.

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