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HMP Birmingham disorder “contained inside prison walls”

16/12/2016

West Midlands Police has moved to reassure residents that disorder which broke out in HMP Birmingham this morning is contained within the prison walls.

It’s understood a set of keys giving access to residential areas was taken from an officer and that offenders have since occupied some blocks and exercise facilities.

No keys to perimeter access points were taken.

The Prison Service is leading the response to the disorder with specially-trained West Midlands Police officers playing a support role and offering visual reassurance around the perimeter.

Birmingham Police Commander Richard Moore, said: “At this stage there are no West Midlands Police officers inside the prison. This operation will be led by the Prison Service and its specialist teams which are well-drilled in tackling such situations.

“The disorder is contained inside the perimeter of HMP Birmingham…no offenders have breached the perimeter.

“This is a dynamic situation and our officers may be called to respond in a support role as the situation unfolds.”