Learning prison off to riotous star

Wednesday 11th February 2009
Addiwell prison. Courtesy:http://www.kalyxservices.com

The £130m West Lothian HMP Addiewell prison, opened just two months ago as a "learning prison", with inmates having access to 120 computers which they can use for a range of courses, was the scene of a riot involving some 40 prisoners. The inmates barricaded themselves in and smashed up fixtures and fittings including TVs and other equipment during a three-hour rampage.

The riot involved prisoners in the Douglas Hall section on the ground floor of the jail, who kicked off their campaign at around 8pm. Police, fire engines and ambulance crews were called to the prison, near Livingston. The incident is now being investigated by police and a "small number" of inmates were put into the segregation unit following the riot.

Reports that the prisoners were rioting because they had not been fed for two days have been denied by the Scottish Prison Service. A spokesman said: "I heard the claims about them not being fed and it's just not true." No-one was injured during the incident, and the emergency services were called in as a precaution. No prisoners were arrested, however five people will be reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

Last month, 12 members of staff were sacked from the prison in West Lothian after bosses reportedly discovered they had criminal records.


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