Riot Squad Deployed to British Prison As Inmates Take Over, Loot Riot Gear

Prisoners posted images and selfies of themselves rioting in real time from the inside of a British prison today after guards “lost control” of the facility. Inmates at HMP Birmingham, a privately run Category B prison in Winson Green, Birmingham rioted today in a disturbance that is beleived to have started after a set of keys was snatched from a guard. It is reported the keys were taken while the officer was distracted by an inmate threatening him with a used syringe. The disturbance started around 0900 Friday morning and was still ongoing as of Friday evening, with between 260 and 400 inmates not under control, reports the Birmingham Mail. Reports state the prisoners were able to take control of at least two wings and were occupying facilities including the sick-bay and guard’s equipment store. Their access to that room appears to be corroborated by images of inmates wearing riot helmets, carrying riot shields, and using telescopic batons. While prisoners in Category B facilities are not allowed mobile phones, the number of pictures emerging from the riot and the fact the Birmingham Mail has been telephoned by “a lot” of prisoners over the course of the day suggests this rule has not been enforced.