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Prisoner stages protest by climbing on roof and setting his clothes on fire

A prisoner staged a protest by stripping off setting his clothes on fire after he climbed on top of the jail’s roof this evening. 

Emergency services – including 20 firefighters – rushed to HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury, Dorset, after the inmate started to get undressed on top of the building.

Around 60 prisoners had to be moved following the incident and reports suggest that part of the roof in one block was damaged at the category C training prison. 

A Prison Service spokesperson said: ‘Staff are responding to an ongoing incident involving one prisoner at HMP Guys Marsh.

‘There is no danger to the public and staff are working to bring the incident to a safe conclusion as quickly as possible.’ 

The prison, 30 miles north west of Bournemouth, opened in 1960 as a borstal but became a young offender’s institute 24 years later. 

In 1992, adults were sent there and it has now become a category C prison and is currently home to around 600 prisoners.

 

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