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Inmates rioting in Cloverhill Prison

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Cloverhill Prison
Cloverhill Prison

UP to 60 inmates are rioting in the B-Division yard in Cloverhill as prison authorities prepare to send in riot teams to quell the disturbances.

Sources have confirmed to Sundayworld.com that inmates ripped down goalposts and razor wire in a protest sources say may be linked to efforts to clamp down on drugs entering the prison.

“The inmates were let into the B-Division yard as per usual when major disturbances broke out,”  a source said.

“A number of inmates ripped down goalposts in the yard while wire on the walls was pulled down and several inmates made their way onto the prison roof.”

It’s understood prison authorities are currently assembling riot control teams with the intention of entering the yard and quelling the disturbances.

Sources said a number of inmates are currently on the roof of the prison.

“The staff are managing the situation. Two guys have got up on the roof but there is no threat of escape,” a spokesman said.

Staff members from nearby Wheatfield prison have travelled to Cloverhill to assist with the ongoing operation, it was reported.

Inmates at Wheatfield have been locked into their cells while the staff have travelled to Cloverhill.