UPDATE: Prison riot at Long Lartin brought under control

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PRISON riot officers have dealt with a disturbance at the high-security Long Lartin prison involving a large number of prisoners who became violent on Wednesday night.

The trouble was ended by 2am on Thursday, after ten rapid reaction Tornado teams, which are made up of prison officers specially equipped and trained to deal with riots, were sent in. They are believed to have confronted about 80 inmates, some of whom were armed with pool balls.

The incident took place on one wing of the 622-capacity category A jail, a Prison Service spokeswoman said. “Specially trained prison staff successfully resolved an incident at HMP Long Lartin on 12th October. There were no injuries to staff or prisoners,” she said.

“We do not tolerate violence in our prisons, and are clear that those responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.”