Prison stand-off drama

PRISONERS had to be removed by force after they barricaded themselves into a cell during a tense six hour standoff.Six prisoners, thought to be drunk on home-made alcohol, barricaded themselves into a cell at Blundeston Prison, Lowestoft, on Saturday night.

PRISONERS had to be removed by force after they barricaded themselves into a cell during a tense six hour standoff.

Six prisoners, thought to be drunk on home-made alcohol, barricaded themselves into a cell at Blundeston Prison, Lowestoft, on Saturday night.

The prisoners made threats to staff and smashed up furniture.

Negotiators attempted to talk them out but, at about 11pm, prison officers in protective clothing entered the cell and removed them by force.

Kevin Reilly, governor at the Category C prison, which has a capacity of 466, said: “They do not want to be in this prison because they do not live in East Anglia and want a transfer.

“We initially negotiated with them by talking to them and persuading them to come out. But because we had suspicions that home-made alcohol was in there, we did not want things to escalate and we intervened and removed them by force.”

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Mr Reilly said the incident did not have an impact on the rest of the prison because of the “professionalism” of the staff.