Speaking from behind bars an inmate claims his prison is on the “brink of a riot” after staff were taken hostage and attacked by inmates.
The man said prisoners were able to take over two wings of HMP HUMBER in Everthorpe, East Yorks., on the same day they took a member of staff, believed to be a teacher, hostage.
He claimed numerous emergency service vehicles had to attend the jail on Friday, May 13, to control the scenes.
Speaking to the Hull Daily Mail via phone, the unnamed prisoner said: “Last Friday, a member of staff got taken hostage by two prisoners.
“The armed police had to take over the situation. There were police, fire brigade, and ambulances all at the prison. There were four ambulances at the jail on Friday afternoon.
“Three officers got attacked and they lost two wings of the prison. Prisoners took over two of the wings of the prison; the staff left it to them for their own safety for two hours. They were in charge of two wings.”
Humberside Police confirmed officers attended last Friday following reports of “an incident involving two prisoners”. A police investigation has now been launched.
The inmate said said the drug Spice, a synthetic cannabis, was rife among prisoners in the Category C jail.
“This Spice stuff is going crazy. Everyone is on that. It is on the brink of a riot.
“Everything is being kept under wraps. We had the armed police up here in the prison.
“The last two weeks there has been about four people got onto the roof of the prison to get out of the jail.
“Last Friday, a member of staff, a teacher, got took hostage by two prisoners and three officers got assaulted. One got hit and two got broken bones.
“It has been going crazy for the past three weeks. They have got big dogs in the prison, and have got German Shepherds walking around. It’s meant to be a category C jail and they have got these there.
“There are people attacking each other. The jail is on the brink of a riot.”
A Humberside Police spokesman said: “A 999 call was received from HMP Humber at around 12.15pm on Friday, May 13, reporting an incident involving two prisoners.
“There were no injuries to staff or prisoners and a police investigation has been launched.”
A prison service spokesman said: “Specially trained staff successfully resolved an incident involving two prisoners at HMP Humber on Friday, May 13, with no injuries to staff or prisoners.
“The police are currently investigating the incident.”