HC Deb 11 March 1982 vol 19 c467W
Mr. Tilley

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the incident in Brixton prison in which hydraulic jacks were used to break down a barricaded door.

Mr. Mayhew

On Monday 25 January 1982 three prisoners at Brixton prison barricaded themselves in two cells in protest against their impending transfer to Wormwood Scrubs prison. They were armed with a razor blade and chair legs. After several unsuccessful attempts to persuade them to remove the barricades and come out peacefully, a hydraulic jack was used to open the cell doors. The three prisoners continued to resist and, in removing them from their cells, three prison officers were injured, two of them being required to go off duty. Two of the prisoners received bruises and abrasions and one of them suffered a cut to the head; these received medical attention on arrival at Wormwood Scrubs prison.

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