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Emergency response teams called to HMP Swaleside Sheppey prison incident

By Chloe Holmwood

A disturbance at a Sheppey prison has now been brought under control.

At least one inmate was taken to hospital with what are believed to be minor, self-inflicted injuries following the incident at HMP Swaleside earlier today. 

The Tornado Squad - a rapid response unit trained specifically to deal with prison riots - was deployed this afternoon following the trouble involving a small number of inmates.

The entrance at Swaleside Prison, Sheppey, today

The entrance at Swaleside Prison, Sheppey, today

Ambulances waiting outside Swaleside Prison this evening

Ambulances waiting outside Swaleside Prison this evening

The incident was isolated to one wing and no staff members are believed to have been injured.

A prison service spokesman said this evening: "Specially trained prison staff successfully resolved an incident at HMP Swaleside on 3 December.

"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.”

A van leaving Swaleside Prison this evening

A van leaving Swaleside Prison this evening

The perimeter wall at Swaleside Prison

The perimeter wall at Swaleside Prison

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