Tornado Team riot officers have been sent into The Mount prison to deal with a ‘serious disturbance’. The Ministry of Justice confirmed violence broke out at the Category C men’s prison in Hertfordshire at around 2pm this afternoon.
At least one wing of the prison is understood to be under the control of inmates. East of England Ambulance Service paramedics are at the scene but it is not yet known if there have been any injuries.
Specialist Tornado Teams are trained to bring prison riots under control. It has been reported The Mount – which holds around 1,000 offenders – had been on lockdown over the weekend due to staff shortages with prisoners being given meals at their cell doors.