Category B prison is put on lockdown as ‘rioting inmates armed with knives chase staff off wing’
- Reports of prisoners waving knives at HMP Lowdham Grange in Nottingham
- The unrest was contained within Wing F of the privately-run male prison
- Police were not at the scene but prison staff battled for nearly six hours
Inmates were put on lockdown after a riot broke out at a male prison with guards desperately trying to regain control.
Security staff were scrambled to Lowdham Grange Prison in Nottingham after reports of inmates brandishing knives, according to the Daily Mirror.
The unrest, involving a ‘handful of prisoners, broke out on the F wing of the Category B prison, which has a capacity of 888 men in total.
A riot has broken out at Lowdham Grange Prison in Nottingham (pictured from above) after reports of inmates brandishing knives
The incident unfolded at 6pm on Thursday and was finished by 11.30pm.
A spokesman for Serco, who runs the prison, told MailOnline: ‘We can confirm that prison staff have taken action to resolve this evening’s incident of concerted indiscipline at HMP Lowdham Grange.
‘There was no resistance from the prisoners and there were no injuries to prisoners or staff.
‘The incident involved a maximum of six prisoners and was contained to one wing of the prison.’
An inmate inside the prison previously told the Mirror: ‘They’ve taken control of F Block.
‘The prison officers were chased off the wing at around 5.40pm, and we’ve been in lockdown since 6pm.
‘They’re armed with knives and weapons.’
Nottinghamshire Police spokesman told MailOnline they are not at the scene and operations are being run by Serco.