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Potential Terror attack as HMP Whitemoor is ‘on lockdown’

Five prison officers have been rushed to hospital after an attack by two prisoners

[update]A Prison Service spokesperson has said five members of staff at HMP Whitemoor have been taken to hospital after a serious assault on an officer by two prisoners.

Counter-terrorism police are investigating after a prison officer was attacked by two inmates at a maximum security jail, with five officers taken to hospital.

A Prison Service spokesman said the incident on Thursday was “quickly resolved by brave staff” at the 458-capacity HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.

The two prisoners were wearing fake suicide vests during the incident.

He did not state the nature of the injuries to the officers.[update]

Official statement from the Ministry of Justice

A Prison Service spokesperson from the Ministry of Justice said: “Five members of staff at HMP Whitemoor attended hospital following a serious assault on an officer by two prisoners on 9 January.

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“The incident was quickly resolved by our brave staff and our thoughts are with the injured officers at this time.

“We do not tolerate assaults on our hardworking officers and will push for the strongest possible punishment. We have referred the incident to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

Who is contained in Whitemoor?

London Bridge Attacker Usman Khan was an inmate at Whitemoor where he was upgraded to a “high risk” prisoner. In Feb 2019 six staff were taken to hospital after a disturbance involving 40 inmates occurred. 

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This then begs the question as to what are the conditions and staff like in this prison to provoke these kinds of attacks, or is it due to having the highest risk prisoners all contained in one building?

More info follows.

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