Detectives questioning more than 100 prison riot suspects

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Riot officers arriving at Moorland Prison (Closed) and Young Offenders Institute, Lindholme, South Yorkshire.
CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Riot officers arriving at Moorland Prison (Closed) and Young Offenders Institute, Lindholme, South Yorkshire.
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DETECTIVES investigating three prison riots in Doncaster have compiled a list of 102 suspects they believe were involved.

Officers are travelling to prisons across the country to interview inmates moved out of Doncaster after wings were damaged when rampaging prisoners trashed cells, offices and communal association areas.

The first riot broke out at HMP Moorland, Hatfield Woodhouse, Doncaster, on Tuesday November 2 when the young offenders’ section was affected.

Violence was repeated in another wing for young offenders the following night before a third outbreak in the adult section of the prison the next night.

On one occasion pool balls and cues were used as missiles to hurl at prison staff, fires were started and offices were destroyed.

A Prison Service review into the riots is underway.

The trouble led to 250 inmates being transferred to prisons in other parts of the country because of the extent of damage caused.

Detective Inspector Dave Mayfield said: “Detectives from South Yorkshire Police continue to investigate the serious disorder at HMP Moorlands Prison that happened over three evenings in early November last year.

“At this time, 102 suspects have been identified and the majority of these people have now been arrested, interviewed and bailed pending further enquiries.

“Officers have been in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and we anticipate that a charging decision will be made in the coming months.”

Prison officers working when the riots broke out had to withdraw for their own safety and specialist ‘tornedo’ teams were sent in to restore calm.

The Prison Officers Association blames funding cuts for the trouble, claiming inmates are spending too much time locked up.