Coronavirus outbreak at HMP Bedford leads to 24 hour lockdown and ‘mini riots’ by inmates


A residents’ group, representing owners of properties adjacent to HMP Bedford, has said that a Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak at the prison has made their lives intolerable.PJ Butler, governor of the prison, confirmed the outbreak in a message to an elected official at Bedford Borough Council, which was shared with Sean Nicklin and the Adelaide Square residents’ group.The outbreak means that prisoners cannot be sanctioned or moved.Inmates are currently confined to their cells 24 hours a day, with their meals delivered to their cell doors.