Burglars steal tools after HMP Sudbury break-in

Burglars have broken into a Derbyshire prison and made off with workshop equipment.

Intruders broke through the perimeter fence at HMP Sudbury, an open prison, before forcing open the door of an outbuilding, police said.

The thieves got away with oxyacetylene cylinders, hoses and a number of metalwork tools.

Staff at the prison discovered the break-in on Monday morning and police said an investigation was under way.

A prison service spokesperson said: "There was a break-in at one of the workshops at HMP Sudbury.

"The prison is carrying out an internal investigation to see what lessons can be learned and will decide if any changes need to be carried out."

Built as a hospital for the US Air Force for the D-Day landings, HMP Sudbury was converted to a prison in 1948 and currently houses about 580 inmates.

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