Staff hurt in prison disturbance

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Two members of staff suffered minor injuries in a disturbance lasting around seven hours at Scotland's newest jail.

The nature of the incident at Low Moss Prison, East Dunbartonshire, is not known but it is believed a number of inmates barricaded themselves in cells.

The injured staff were taken to hospital as a precaution and later returned to the prison in Bishopbriggs.

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) said it was "now a police matter".

The incident started at around 12:30 BST.

'Good order'

The number of inmates involved has not been revealed but an SPS spokeswoman said the officers "suffered only minor injuries".

The incident comes less than 10 days after a report on Low Moss revealed a total of 165 assaults took place at the prison last year.

Ten involved assaults on staff; there were 140 assaults by prisoners on fellow inmates while a further 15 were recorded as serious assaults involving prisoner-on-prisoner violence.

But the report, by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons David Strang, said Low Moss had "appropriate staffing levels" to "ensure good order is maintained".

The report though highlighted at least two areas of concern within the prison: an on-going dirty protest and the short amount of time allocated to prisoners receiving methadone.

The prison received its first inmates in March of last year and at the time the SPS described the complex as "state-of-the-art".

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