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Order restored at riot jail.

An investigation was under way at a jail today after prisoners ran amok and smashed up two offices.

Up to 30 prisoners had been involved in the "concerted indiscipline" which began at about 8pm yesterday at Lewes Prison, East Sussex.

Security staff were sent into the jail's A Wing to restore order early today after prison officers abandoned the area. Around 20 inmates were being transferred out of the prison today. Some could face possible criminal charges, the Prison Service said.

It said in a statement: "Specially-trained control and restraint staff intervened to restore order and control in A Wing at 1.15am. By 1.33am the incident was over."

One prison officer was cut by broken glass last night and was treated in hospital. No-one else was hurt.

In recent years, the Victorian-built jail has been criticised for its high suicide rate and drug problems.

An annual report by the Board of Visitors for 1999-2000 said two wings were so poor they might contravene the Human Rights Act.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2003
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