Police and guards tackling 'riot' at HMP Bedford

Police have been called to a prison in Bedford following reports of a riot. Officers and ambulance crews were called to the prison in the town centre at around 5pm. A police spokeswoman said: "Bedfordshire Police is currently assisting HMP Bedford following reports of unrest within the prison. "We were called shortly before 5pm and have a number of officers at the scene working with prison staff to resolve the issue." It was reported that prisoners started a riot and have taken over parts of the category B prison. A Prison Service spokesman said: "Specially trained staff are working with the emergency services to resolve an ongoing incident involving a number of prisoners at HMP Bedford. "We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and could spend significantly longer behind bars."