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Long-term prisoners received an additional sentence for participating in prison riots

Rioting took place at HMP Long Lartin in Worcestershire, where prison staff were attacked with billiard balls on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

On Friday, three inmates received additional terms for their roles in the violence.

As a result of the incident, the employees were attacked by prisoners who threw billiard balls at them.

As a result, the officers withdrew from the wing.

The prisoners then took control of the wing and, wearing masks in an attempt to hide their identities, began destroying CCTV cameras, causing floods and building barricades before setting the wing on fire.

Several Tannoy orders were issued to prisoners, ordering them to return to their cells and warning that failure to comply constituted a prison mutiny.

But the incident was only resolved after ‘Tornado teams’ were brought in from prisons across the country, including HMP Birmingham, HMP Bristol, HMP Woodhill, HMP Bullingdon, HMP Featherstone, HMP Brinsford, HMP Oakwood and HMP Cardiff.

Tornado teams are specialist prison control and containment teams.

West Mercia Police said that after entering the prison, teams regained control of the wing “within ten minutes”.

The force said the wing was so badly damaged that prisoners housed there were transferred to other parts of the prison and to other prisons across the country.

The damage caused is estimated to be over £110,000 – not including the costs of sending Tornado teams, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigades and West Mercia Police.

As a result of the violence, 38-year-old Dean Cody was given 45 months of continuous service of 21 years.

Derek Law, 40, was given 40 months to run concurrently for the 19 years he has already served, and John Ward, 43, was given 16 months to run concurrently for the 32 years he has already served.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Bellamy, who led the investigation, said: “I am pleased with today’s outcome, after a detailed and thorough investigation that spanned almost three years. We have worked closely with HM Prison Service and together we hope this sends a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in our prisons.

“In addition to the costs caused by the damage, it is important to highlight the impact this incident has had on the wider communities of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Fire, ambulance and West Mercia Police teams were involved in the mutiny for two days, taking away valuable services from our local communities.”