RIOT officers dealt with a disturbance at the high-security Long Lartin prison involving a large number of prisoners who became violent.
The trouble started on the evening of October 11 and had been quelled by 2am the next day, after 10 Tornado teams, were sent in to deal with about 80 inmates – some reportedly armed with pool balls. Here’s the lowdown on what happened.
PA:Press Association HMP Long Lartin is a maximum security jail in Worcestershire
Where is HMP Long Lartin?
HMP Long Lartin is a maximum security jail in Worcestershire which holds up to 622 male inmates.
The Category A men’s prison has housed a number of high-profile inmates including radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza and murderer Christopher Halliwell.
In December 2016, a mass riot in Birmingham prison saw guards attacked with pool balls after lags stole keys and freed 500 inmates.
Last month, two prisoners at the Worcestershire prison were convicted of murdering a fellow prisoner – making it the fourth prisoner killed at the jail in the last four years.
The three were child murderer Subhan Anwar strangled in 2013, killer John York beaten to death in 2015 and in June 2016, Sidonio Eugenio Teixeira was killed using a rock wrapped in a pair of socks.
What happened in the prison riot at HMP Long Lartin?
Prison staff were reportedly attacked with pool balls during a disturbance at a high-security prison on the evening of October 11.
Specialist Tornado squads were dispatched to high security Long Lartin prison to deal with about 80 inmates in a bid to restore order to E wing of the Worcestshire prison.
The Prison Service said the incident had been “successfully resolved” the following morning.
No staff or inmates were injured.
The Ministry of Justice said: “We do not tolerate violence in our prisons, and are clear that those responsible will be referred to the police and could spend longer behind bars.”
Is Ian Watkins an inmate at HMP Long Lartin?
PA:Press Association Former Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins is currently behind bars for a string of sex offences including the attempted rape of a baby
Who is Ian Watkins?
Lostprophets front man Ian Watkins is currently serving a prison sentence for a string of sickening child sex offences.
He was jailed for 29 years after admitting 13 charges in 2013 including the attempted rape of a baby and the sexual assault of a child under 13.
Watkins was transferred to HM Prison Long Lartin in 2014, so that he could be closer to his mother after she had a kidney transplant.
He was then transferred to HM Prison Rye Hill in Northamptonshire.
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UK weather could see Britain hit by 70mph Storm Dylan over Christmas after enjoying warmer weather this week
BRITS can look forward to the current cold snap finally coming to an end on Sunday as warmer temperatures are set to move in — but Storm Dylan could hit over Christmas. Temperatures dropped to as l…
BRITS can look forward to the current cold snap finally coming to an end on Sunday as warmer temperatures are set to move in — but Storm Dylan could hit over Christmas.
Temperatures dropped to as low as -6C overnight into Saturday leading to widespread frost and icy roads and pavements for much of the UK.
London News Pictures A young boy and his father playing with a puppy on frost covered landscape in Richmond Park, London Alamy Live News Freezing temperatures and bright sunshine in Glasgow. Warmer temperatures are expected after the cold snap clears this week
After a chilly day today, it should turn less cold for a time on Sunday before a milder spell early next week pic.twitter.com/MnMwWoB7EH
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 16, 2017
Christmas shoppers were warned to stay vigilant on the roads as a Met Office yellow ice warning was issued for Wales, Northern Ireland, northern Scotland and the east coast of England this weekend.
The mercury dropped to -6.4C (43F) in Tyndrum, south-west Scotland on Friday night and into Saturday.
Most places saw temperatures hovering around freezing or minus 1C (30F).
But those hoping for a white Christmas this year could find themselves disappointed, as milder weather looks set to return through next week.
London News Pictures It was frosty in London this morning after freezing temperatures overnight Alamy Live News People walking their dogs along the seafront road as the sun rises on a very cold but dry morning in Littlehampton on the south coast
The Met Office forecast highs will now hit up to 16C in England’s south-west and eastern Scotland by Tuesday – making it hotter than parts of Spain.
Bookies Ladbrokes have even slashed the odds on it being the hottest Christmas on record.
They are offering 3/1 that Christmas Day 2017 enters the record books as the warmest ever.
But the warmth will bring on unsettled conditions and winds of up to 70mph by Boxing Day — meaning Storm Dylan may be named.
The extreme shift is expected to spark travel chaos as more 29million cars hit the roads over Christmas.
London News Pictures A group of joggers let off steam in freezing Central London today
Heartbreaking photo of baby in hospital bed after being shot in leg with 30 shotgun pellets in traveller feud
HEARTBREAKING pictures show a baby with a tiny cast wrapped around his leg as he recovers from a cowardly shooting. Eight-month-old John Collins suffered a broken leg and arm following the senseles…
HEARTBREAKING pictures show a baby with a tiny cast wrapped around his leg as he recovers from a cowardly shooting.
Eight-month-old John Collins suffered a broken leg and arm following the senseless violence in a suburb of Dublin on Monday.
Mirrorpix Baby John Collins with a cast around his leg after being shot on Monday Mirrorpix The little lad was injured in a hail of 30 shotgun pellets with his mum and uncle
The tot, who suffered a broken leg and ankle, has now been released from hospital.
Speaking to the Irish Sun today, mum Lynn said the whole family were “over the moon” to have their little man back home.
She said: “Thankfully he came home yesterday, so he will be back home for his first Christmas.
“We are over the moon. Our little man is here alive but he is still in a lot of pain.”
Mirrorpix John’s uncle Matthew Collins was also seriously hurt during the shooting PA:Press Association Arthur Collins, the grandfather of a eight-month-old boy shot in a suspected travellers row, warned the feud was ‘only starting’
Baby John was caught in a hail of 30 shotgun pellets along with his mum Lynn Doyle, 29, and uncle Matthew ‘Matsie’ Collins, 17, as they were stood in the front garden of the family home in Mulhuddart, west Dublin.
The teen was “lucky to be alive” after pellets from the shotgun blast stopped just one inch from the main artery to his body.
Lynn said: “The best gift I got is our baby, myself and his hero uncle Matsie being alive.
“That’s all mommy and daddy could ask for.”
John was treated in Dublin‘s Temple Street Hospital after suffering a broken leg and several pellet wounds.
According to his mum, he will still require regular check-ups over the next few months to ensure his leg is healing correctly.
She said: “He will still have to go back to the hospital for check-ups to see how he is doing and how his leg is mending and his bones are developing.”
Baby John Collins suffered a broken leg in the attack that left mum Lynn Doyle injured
On Monday, distraught grandad Arthur Collins said: “We were putting up a Christmas tree and the next thing — bang, bang, bang.”
He suspected the shooting was a result of a disagreement between travellers, a burnt out was discovered nearby, and warned that this was just the beginning of a feud.
Arthur said: “Next thing I know is my son on the ground. My grandson shot in the body.
Matthew Collins, 17, was also injured in the attack in west Dublin
“The blood that was coming out of the child. I just grabbed him and held him in my arms.
“I seen my son, he was in a bad way. I have never seen anything like it. He wasn’t talking.
“He was on the ground and I was just trying to get him to come around by saying: ‘Matsie, Matsie, please talk to me, please Matsie, please Matsie, don’t die on me.’
“I seen the grandson and his mother was screaming and shouting, she didn’t know what she was talking about, she was hysterical.
PA:Press Association Collins told how he witnessed the attack, which left three family members injured PA:Press Association A man reacts by pulling his t-shirt off near to the scene of the shotgun horror
“I just got a towel as the ambulance man told me to do. But he was just going in and out of consciousness. He got it all up his side and down his body.”
Gardai and medics rushed to the scene shortly after the 12.30pm attack, and the three victims were taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown and Temple Street Children’s Hospital.
Arthur explained why he believed the shooting was related to an ongoing dispute between two families from the traveller community.
He explained: “This feud is only starting.
PA:Press Association Police and emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 12:30pm on Monday PA:Press Association Officers cordoned off the scene for forensic investigation
“The dispute that happened two or three years ago that we thought was over. These people won’t stop until they have their harm done.
“What type of person can shoot a eight-month-old baby into the body and into the legs?
“This is wrong, it’s wrong, it’s wrong.”
Meghan Markle is the fast-track royal to cheer up Britain — she has star quality just like Princess Diana
MEGHAN Markle is to be the first royal fiancée to share Christmas dinner with the Queen at Sandringham. Diana had to wait until she was married to Charles before getting an invite to eat turkey at …
MEGHAN Markle is to be the first royal fiancée to share Christmas dinner with the Queen at Sandringham.
Diana had to wait until she was married to Charles before getting an invite to eat turkey at Sandringham. So did Camilla.
AFP or licensors Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle can help transform the Royal Family’s stuffy image
Even as recently as William courting Kate Middleton, the invitation to the Queen’s Christmas lunch did not arrive until the happy couple were married.
But all the things that would have once counted against her — a divorced, mixed-race Catholic with a career in the entertainment industry, who at 36 is three years older than her besotted groom, are now seen as positives, demonstrating how much our royals and our country has changed for the better.
News of Meghan’s Christmas with the Queen was understandably accompanied by pictures of Meghan in the Santa suit she wore on the US TV quiz show Deal Or No Deal.
Hopefully she had a special costume for every passing season on Deal Or No Deal.
2014 NBCUniversal Media, LLC Meghan Markle one dressed as a sexy Santa when she was on Deal Or No Deal Incredible home movie gives a glimpse at a day in the life of 18-year-old Meghan Markle in Hollywood
Ardent royalists are already looking forward to seeing her dressed up as the Easter Bunny.
The Queen is right to fast-track Meghan into the heart of the Royal Family and to the centre of British life.
Why wait for her and Harry to walk down the aisle? We crave the Markle sparkle right now.
Inevitably, there will be comparisons with Diana. But what Meghan truly shares with Diana is she makes people feel that their lives matter.
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The cynics sneered, but that was why there was a profound sense of loss at Diana’s death.
The people felt Diana cared.
At a time when Aids was considered the modern plague, Diana held the hand of an Aids patient as he lay dying.
She picked up and cuddled a seven-year-old boy with Aids.
Diana single-handedly changed perceptions of the disease for ever.
Like Diana, Meghan has both star quality and the common touch.
Getty – Contributor Newly engaged Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will spend Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham
In a family where the lead characters can often seem stiff and distant, Meghan glows with human warmth.
She is destined to cheer up this old country beyond measure.
There will always be those who bitch and bleat at every turn of this royal romance, about how archaic it is to have a monarch as head of state rather than some grasping, lying politician in a cheap suit.
But the overwhelming majority of people in our country are royalists, although we are clear-eyed in our loyalty and support has to be earned with every new generation.
When Harry and William were falling out of nightclubs run by their chinless chums, it looked like the monarchy was finally falling apart.
Getty Images – Getty Prince William and Kate Middleton are already leading the next generation of royals
But as we saw when Harry, William and Kate attended the Grenfell Tower Memorial on Thursday, the bond between the young royals and the people is growing stronger.
Diana’s sons have both sobered up, grown up and been blessed with the love of a good woman.
This country is aching for Meghan to play the female lead right now.
In cold, gloomy, Brexit-battered Britain, she is a dazzling ray of sunshine.
And if Meghan wears that Santa suit to Sandringham, Prince Philip will definitely not be nodding off after his Christmas pudding.
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The big lie over EU vote
THE greatest lie told to you during the EU referendum of 2016 was that your vote was final.
It was a far, far bigger lie even than the apocalyptic warnings from Project Fear about instant mass unemployment if we voted to leave.
AFP Theresa May was defeated by a Tory rebellion on the Brexit bill tonight
And it was a far greater fib than any promise on the Leave battle bus that the £350million we send to Brussels every week would be immediately invested in the NHS.
Your vote was certainly not final. From the BBC to both houses of Parliament, the EU-loving establishment still hopes – and expects – to cast aside the vote of 17.4million people who chose to leave the EU.
And after Wednesday’s vote in the House of Commons, when MPs sided by 309 to 305 that THEY – and not the electorate – will have the power of veto over any deal negotiated by the British Prime Minister, it looks like their fantasy could become a reality.
The EU referendum result was not final for the 11 Tory MPs who chose to humiliate their Prime Minister just as she was about to board yet another plane to Brussels.
PA:Press Association This Brexit defeat has given us nothing but bitter humiliation
And the result was not final for Keir Starmer, Tony Blair, Jeremy Corbyn and a Labour Party that has never seemed more distant from the working class of this country.
And the EU referendum vote was not final for the BBC, that great, sneering, taxpayer-funded, openly-biased monolith that has lost all claim to be this nation’s broadcaster.
What wild scenes of jubilation greeted the vote in the House of Commons to give MPs, and not the people, the ultimate say in our departure from the EU.
How clearly those cheering MPs totally despise the ordinary voters of this nation, who decided that this country should get back control of its borders, its economy, its laws and its destiny.
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Never before have so many been derided as witless bigots by so few.
Personally, I would vote to leave in 100 EU referendums and I confess I don’t feel like a racist bigot. Do you?
This is what they never understood – and still don’t understand – in the currently crowing ranks of the Remainer camp.
Voting leave was never about hating anyone.
It was about loving this country – truly loving it, being proud of our past and confident of our future outside of an increasingly federalist EU.
EPA Getting away from Jean Claude Juncker’s EU vision will surely be worth it?
It wasn’t the deal we were sold back in the Seventies. We were promised a common market.
The British never asked for the federalist wet dreams of Jean-Claude Juncker.
And, I suspect, we never will – no matter how many times the establishment orders the peasants back to the ballot box to vote until we finally get it right.
And one black day those who spit in the eye of democracy will realise they are playing a dangerous game.
If you tell a people their vote is meaningless, then you deal democracy a fatal blow.
Enjoy your moment of triumph, all my Remainer chums. But be careful what you wish for!
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Running from just below her left breast to just above her left hip, the body art read: “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.”
The tattoo is still there, but “Stephen” has been sliced off – a much faster and more painful procedure than having it removed by laser.
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That’s the trouble with tattoos boasting of endless love.
They tend to last a lot longer than the endless love.
THE Sun ran a feature on pets who hate Christmas.
Furious moggies scowling from beneath their Santa hat.
Grumpy mutts adorned with felt reindeer antlers.
Splitpics.uk DEER ME… heaven nose how the real Rudolph endures this
But do pets know it’s Christmas time at all?
Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Stan, is the most sunny-natured dog in the world.
Stan loves all living creatures, four-legged and two-legged, and greets everyone with joy in his heart.
Splitpics.uk CAT IN A HAT… and a glum one at that
The only time Stan ever looks sorry for himself is when my wife dresses him up as Santa Claus.
It’s not Christmas these pets hate.
It’s all the stupid costumes that come with it.
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I DON’T remember missing one day of school because the weather had turned nasty.
Napoleon derided us as a nation of shopkeepers.
Now we are a nation of snowflakes.
TWITTER is allowing what it calls “non-offending paedophiles” to share their sick dreams.
But there is no such thing as a “non-offending paedophile”.
No such thing as harmless fantasies about child abuse.
“Non-offending paedophile” is a contradiction in terms – an oxymoron.
Whereas the bosses at Twitter are simply morons.
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Ullah was wearing suicide underpants.
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