Inmates involved in ‘passive demonstration’ in Northamptonshire prison

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The Ministry of Justice has revealed a “demonstration” at a prison on the Northamptonshire border yesterday involved 60 inmates.

However, the government has said the demonstration by prisoners at Rye Hill Prison, near Rugby, was unrelated to disorder in other prisons last night.

The Ministry of Justice said: “There was a passive demonstration at HMP Rye Hill where around 60 offenders refused to return to their cells. This was peacefully resolved within a few hours.”

Chris Heaton-Harris, MP for Daventry, said he was pleased to hear the disorder had been resolved peacefully.

The Tory MP, who represents the constituency where HMP Rye Hill is, last night said: “I have been to HMP Rye Hill a number of times and always been impressed by the conditions and controls they have in place and their excellent staff. I am please to hear that today’s issues have resolved peacefully.”

Rye Hill is a category B training prison holding 664 men who have been sentenced to more than four years, and have at least 18 months left to serve

Police and fire crews also had to be deployed to Maidstone Prison when the trouble erupted in one of the wings.

The Ministry of Justice confirmed that it was resolved last night. It is believed to have lasted more than three hours.

A prison services spokeswoman said the incident had been resolved without any injuries to staff or prisoners.

The Maidstone Prison riot was believed to have been in response to new regime changes and staff cuts that resulted in prisoners having to spend more times in their cells.