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Prison Disturbances

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for the current year to date, and by location, the number of prison disturbances, showing in his answer (a) how long the disturbance lasted, (b) how many inmates were involved, (c) how many inmates received injuries and (d) how many prison staff received injuries.

The most serious incidents, involving a substantial number of inmates acting in concert and the use of violence towards staff or property, occurred at the following establishments:

Duration1Number of inmates injured2Number of staff injured
HMP Blundeston
Commenced at 1920 on 11 January, ended at 0620 on 12 January
HMP Manchester
1100 on 1 April—1820 on 25 April75197
HMP Long Lartin
2100 on 2 April—1100 on 3 April16
HMYOI Glen Parva
1930 on 6 April—0304 on 7 April5
HMP Dartmoor
1445 on 7 April—1645 on 8 April (although 1 prisoner remained on roof until mid-day on 14 April)9
HMP Cardiff
0830–1210 on 8 April15
HMP Bristol
1529 on 8 April—1430 on 9 April1225
HMYOI Stoke Heath
2025 on 8 April—1315 on 9 April3
HMRC Pucklechurch
1835 on 22 April—1340 on 23 April3541
HMP Winchester
2130 on 11 May—0932 on 12 May
Other incidents involving groups of inmates acting in concert and using a significant amount of violence towards staff or property occurred at the following establishments:
Duration1 Number of inmates injured2Number of staff injured
HMP Dartmoor
1035 on 13 January—1135 on same day11


1Number of inmates injured

2 Number of staff injured

HMP Kirkham

2025 on 1 April—2045 on same day

HMP Brixton

1136 on 8 April—1220 on same day4

HMP Hull

1505 on 8 April—1610 on same day1

HMP The Verne

0220 on 8 April—0207 on 9 April

HMYOI Everthorpe

1945 on 9 April—2245 on same day45

HMYOI Portland

1945 on 12 April—2040 on same day

It is impossible to be precise about the number of prisoners who were present in the particular parts of the establishments where incidents took place who were active participants. As regards the

Number of seizures and weight in grams of "crack" in 1990 to date by Police region in which seized and month of analysis

Police region
















1. Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire, North Wales11·80610·95514·2924·75
2. North East
3. Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire10·0522·5017·8810·10
4. West Midlands33·3510·13451·2123·12
5. Essex10·181Trace
6. Surrey10·09
7. Avon and Somerset, Dorset18·0032·0915·04
8. South Wales
9. Metropolitan Police520·128102·30169·43173·92147·49
10. Scotland

1Provisional figures to 29 May 1990.