Kent

Prisoner seriously injured in HMP Swaleside disturbance

Swaleside Prison
Image caption The incident broke out at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey earlier

A prisoner is seriously ill in hospital after a second disturbance within a week at a Kent prison.

The man was badly injured during an incident involving inmates at HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey at about 19:15 BST on Wednesday.

The Prison Service said: "Three prisoners were involved, one is being treated in hospital and two are being assessed for medical treatment."

On Friday, a prison officer was attacked with a blade at the jail.

'Seriously injured'

A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance said the injured inmate was in a "serious condition" in hospital.

She added: "We were called at 19:15 BST yesterday to the prison with report of an adult male who had been seriously injured.

"The patient was treated by our staff at the scene before being moved to Kings College Hospital in London."

On Friday, fires were lit at HMP Swaleside and the officer was attacked and injured with a blade on 3 October.

Ambulance crews treated the officer for an injury to his scalp before taking him to hospital.

Specialist staff were drafted in to quell the disturbance which continued into the evening as two inmates gained access to metal netting above the cells.

HMP Swaleside is a category B prison and holds about 1,100 inmates.

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