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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Second riot at Moorland Young Offenders Institution

Second riot at Moorland Young Offenders Institution

More than 50 inmates have been involved in a second night of rioting at a young offenders institution in South Yorkshire, the Prison Service has said.

About 55 prisoners at Moorland Young Offenders Institution near Doncaster refused to return to their cells on Wednesday evening.

They surrendered more than eight hours later after officers in riot gear were called in.

It is the second riot in two nights at the centre.

The Prison Service said one inmate had been taken to hospital with head injuries, but no prison officers had been injured.

As a result of damage caused to the buildings, 86 inmates were being transferred to other prisons.

In the first disturbance on Tuesday night, a fight broke out and 42 inmates refused to return to their cells, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said.

'Concerted indiscipline'

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "There was a second incident of concerted indiscipline at Moorland prison last night.

"At 6.30pm, around 55 prisoners on C Spur refused to return to their cells.

"Prison Service Tornado teams were on scene but the prisoners voluntarily surrendered with no intervention at 2.10am.

"Due to the damage on C Spur and resultant water damage to A Spur, 86 prisoners are being transferred to other prisons around the estate."

She added: "We will always press for the most serious charges to be laid against those who commit acts of violence in our prisons."

In both incidents prison officers in riot gear, known as Tornado response teams, were deployed.

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