Hereford & Worcester

HMP Hewell disorder as inmates refuse to return to cells

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Image caption The Prison Service said the incident lasted less than four hours

Specially-trained officers were used to deal with a disorder at a prison after inmates on a wing refused to go back into their cells.

It happened on Friday night at HMP Hewell, near Redditch, Worcestershire.

The Prison Service said it was not a riot, and no staff or prisoners were injured.

The incident lasted less than four hours on one wing of the category B jail, which holds more than 1,200 inmates.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "Staff at HMP Hewell successfully resolved an incident in one wing of the prison on Friday 7 June.

"We do not tolerate indiscipline that threatens other prisoners and staff and those involved will be punished."

In February, a report said the prison was not "providing a service fit for the 21st Century" for inmates or staff.

The "poor environment" at HMP Hewell was highlighted in the Independent Monitoring Board's (IMB) annual report.

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