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The time a violent six-hour riot broke out at Swaleside prison

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Original article from Kent Live

Life in Swaleside prison, once previously labelled “stab city,” is dangerous and unpredictable.

In fact, the goings on inside the notorious prison should be enough to put off any criminals.

Damning insider accounts in recent years have revealed shocking details of what goes on within the walls of the Isle of Sheppey prison

The convicts were even able to get away with running a knife factory inside the Swale prison in 2019.

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But one of the most shocking incidents happened one day in December 2017.

What started as an altercation between inmates quickly erupted into violent chaos which lasted for six hours.

When the prisoners refused to follow orders to return to the cells, they barricaded themselves into a room and blocked the windows to stop prison officers looking inside.

They then went on to use a fridge freezer to break out of the room and used weapons taken from fixtures and fittings, causing prison officers to have to flee from the wing.

The prisoners then barricaded themselves in the wing

The prisoners then barricaded themselves in the wing using a pool table, football table and other items from the facility.

CCTV showed the inmates damaging and destroying cell viewing windows, recreational equipment, alarm buttons, washing machines, tumble dryers and CCTV cameras.

During the incident a small fire was also caused within the wing.

In order to gain back control, specialist officers from the National Tactical Response Group and Op Tornado officers stormed the wing with prison dogs, Pava spray and flash grenades.

The scenes were similar to a riot which occurred one year earlier in December 2016, when around 60 masked prisoners ran amok with snooker balls, a hose and pieces of wood in an uprising that saw them temporarily take control over part of the prison.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Matthew Robinson from Kent Police said: "This incident escalated in violence extremely quickly and was a frightening incident for the prison staff involved who had to ensure their own safety was made a priority as well as the safety of prison inmates.

"Tensions were high throughout this incident and had it not been bought under control safely it had the risk of escalating further. It was testament to the prison staff involved that their quick actions ensured that no members of staff were hurt during this incident.

"Behaving in such a manner inside prisons is not acceptable and will not be tolerated and we will not hesitate to ensure everyone involved in such behaviour is held accountable."

Prisoners run amok in Swaleside prison during the 2016 riot

Thirteen prisoners who took part in the riot and caused £160,000 worth of damage have been sentenced following four trials between March 2019 and May 2021.

The prisoners who were charged and found guilty of the prison mutiny and criminal damage are as follows:

  • Marcus Moore, aged 37 – Prison mutiny – Three years and six months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year and six months (concurrent).

  • Owen Lane, aged 26 – Prison mutiny – Two years and six months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year (concurrent)

  • Daniel Allen, aged 35 – Prison mutiny – Two years and four months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year (concurrent).

  • Anthony Bulmer, aged 29 – Prison mutiny – Four years (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year and six months (concurrent)

  • Kenny Garcia, aged 26 -Prison mutiny – Two years and eight months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year (concurrent)

  • Mohamed Mohamed, aged 29 – Prison mutiny – Three years and six months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year and four months (concurrent).

  • Louis Quatre, aged 26 – Prison mutiny – Two years (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year (concurrent).

  • Colin Weeding, aged 31 – Prison mutiny – Four years (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year and six months (concurrent).

  • John Woodfield, aged 27 – Prison mutiny – Two years and six months (consecutive). Criminal damage – One year and six months (concurrent).

The following prisoners were found guilty of the prison mutiny only:

  • Samuel Simon, aged 28 – Prison mutiny – Three years and six months (consecutive).

  • Jamal Ferguson, aged 30 – Prison mutiny – Three years and six months (consecutive).

  • Malki Ferguson, aged 29 – Prison mutiny – Three years and six months (consecutive).

  • Marcus McIntosh, aged 28 – Prison mutiny – Two years and six months (consecutive).

Gavin Aina, aged 43 and Jamal Green, aged 27, were both convicted of criminal damage. Aina was given a six-week concurrent sentence and Green was handed a nine-month sentence to be served consecutively.

Marvin Mclean, aged 34, pleaded guilty to both charges and is awaiting sentencing.

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