Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tornado Specialist Squads Scrambled to Troubled Prison

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Tornado Specialist Squads Scrambled to Troubled Prison

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Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@trinitymirror.com

NATIONAL security squads were called to a North East prison twice within 12 months.

Information released following a freedom of information request revealed Tornado response teams were called to HMP Northumberland in March and November last year. However, the overall number of times teams from nearby jails had been called was down.

In December 2013 the Acklington prison was taken over by Sodexo and immediately a number of jobs were cut. In the following 17 months a number of high profile incidents have taken place at the prison and an inspection from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons raised a number of concerns.

From 2013 to the start of 2015 there were nine incidents which resulted in the jail calling for external support from neighbouring prisons. Four took place in 2013, three in 2014 - including two incidents which required a response from a Tornado team - and in January this year there were a further two incidents. …

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