2 prison officers injured in ‘serious incident’ at young-offenders unit in UK prison

LONDON – Two officers were hurt in a serious disturbance at a young-offenders unit in southern England when prisoners refused to return to their cells, prison officials said Monday.

The incident involving inmates at Littlehey Prison was resolved at around 9:30 p.m. with no further injuries to staff or prisoners, a spokeswoman for the prison service said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity in keeping with departmental protocol.

She added that damage to the young offenders wing — which houses inmates aged 18 to 21 years old — was superficial and the “small number” of inmates involved will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

The spokeswoman said the disturbance at the prison in Cambridgeshire, north of London, started around 5 p.m. when prisoners refused to return to their cells. The four to five inmates involved have been relocated to a segregation unit and will be subject to disciplinary procedures, she added.

Her comments downplayed earlier remarks from a spokesman for the Prison Officers Association. Glyn Travis had said that a female officer was assaulted and a male officer was scalded with hot water in the incident. Travis said around 60 inmates were involved in the disturbance.

The incident follows a riot at a low-security prison just over a week ago, where inmates set fire to buildings at the Ford prison in West Sussex.

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