April 9, 1990 |
Inmates at seven British prisons rebelled against their guards in a spate of incidents aimed at showing solidarity with a group of prisoners who have occupied the Strangeways Prison in Manchester for eight days. The spreading disturbances included one at Dartmoor Prison, 180 miles west of London, where a prisoner was found dead in his cell after inmates surrendered. Besides Dartmoor, new disturbances were reported at Bristol, Stokeheath, Pentonville, Brixton, Hull and Cardiff.
April 26, 1990 |
The last five holdout inmates at Strangeways prison surrendered Wednesday, ending a 25-day takeover of the prison nine hours after a raiding party cornered them on the roof. The Home Office, which oversees the nation's 125 penal institutions, opted to use force to end Britain's longest prison siege after lengthy negotiations failed. The uprising at the prison in Manchester, 200 miles northwest of London, erupted April 1 as a protest against overcrowding and squalid conditions.
April 4, 1990 |
One of Britain's worst prison riots this century claimed its first confirmed fatality Tuesday, and an inmate's father said his son saw six men killed after convicts staged kangaroo court trials. The Home Office said that Derek White, 46, who was awaiting trial on sex offenses, was injured in the riot and died in the hospital where he was treated for head wounds and chest pains.