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Wardens taken ‘hostage’ during prison attack

ON DUTY: Staff stand outside Full Sutton Maximum Security Prison (PA)

INMATES AT Yorkshire maximum-security prison have taken two of their guards hostage and injured them in the process.

Order has been since restored at Full Sutton prison near York after four-hour incident, according to the Prison Service.

The two injured prison officers were treated at hospital and have been discharged – a male officer sustained a broken jaw and a female warden suffered minor injuries.

Investigations into the incident, which is being carried out by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, has led to three prisoners being suspected of instigating the attack – two of the suspects are aged 25 and 26.

Although the Prison Service has not labelled the attack as being a hostage situation, the Prison Officers Association (POA) described events as a “hostage incident”.

POA general secretary Steve Gillan said: “Until the full facts of the incident are known, we do not wish to comment further for fear of compromising any police investigation.

“We can confirm that officers sustained injuries and, had it not been for the professionalism of prison officers dealing with this violent incident, the outcome could have been worse”, he added.

The POA is to send a union representative to the jail to establish the full facts.

According to the Prison Service, the incident began on Sunday (May 26) at 4.25pm and ended at 8.20pm after a staff intervention.

There had been reports one of the officers had been stabbed in the attack, however, this was neither confirmed or denied by the authority.

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