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Prison staff have lost crontrol of HMP The Mount for the second in 24 hours 

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A second riot has broken out inside HMP The Mount in just 24 hours.

Officers have been sent to the prison for the second time in 24 hours as unrest has once again broken out.

Inmates are once again in control over one of the wings within the secure unit.

A specialist ‘Tornado Team’ have been scrambled to the scene to restore order to part of the Nash Wing.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed the incident, but said the prison remained secure and there was no risk to the public.

The unrest happened less than 24 hours after staff had regained control of two wings on Monday.

Staffing shortages and an extended lock down of prisoners are reported to have left the prison as “a disaster waiting to happen”.

It is understood prisoners armed with weapons have seized control of part of Nash wing, which houses 250 inmates including many who are serving short sentences or have only three months left to serve.

On Monday, multiple prisoners were involved in a lengthy disturbance across two wings at the jail.

The incident came on the same day as a report warned the prison had lost experienced staff and last summer suffered problems including violence.
Prison affairs academic and blogger Alex Cavendish tweeted: “HMP The Mount: hearing about more trouble this morning. Staff said to have ‘lost control’ of part of Nash Wing. Awaiting more info.”
He then added: “HMP The Mount: report that Tornado Team has been called in. Command suite set up.”
A Ministry of Justice spokesperson said: “Specially trained prison staff have been deployed to HMP The Mount to resolve an incident involving a number of prisoners. The situation at the prison remains contained and there is no risk to the public.”

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
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