HMP Stocken mutiny-accused inmates appear in court

HMP Stocken
Image caption One prison officer was injured in the trouble at HMP Stocken

Nine men have appeared in court charged in connection with disorder that led to riot squads being called in to a prison last year.

Bins were set on fire and a prison officer was injured after trouble broke out at HMP Stocken in Rutland on 14 June.

A total of ten men have been collectively charged with prison mutiny, Leicestershire Police said.

One, Steven Walker, 36, of HMP Nottingham, is due in court on Tuesday.

Seven of the accused nine who appeared at Leicester Magistrates' Court are serving prisoners.

They are:

  • Matthew Hutchinson, 39, Michael Blackborow, 33, and Bradley Whelan, 24, all of HMP Nottingham
  • Daniel Dobb, 29, Wayne Eccles, 37 and Nathan Gordon, 24, all of HMP Ranby
  • Andrew Neale, 45, of HMP Peterborough

Two ex-inmates - Brendan Carey, 39, of Cathwaite, Paston, Peterborough, and Jamie Hill, 35, of Westwick Drive, Lincoln - were given unconditional bail following their appearance.

All are due before Leicester Crown Court on 6 June.

Image caption Leicestershire Police said ten men were collectively charged with prison mutiny

At the time, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) said about 60 prisoners were involved in a "serious incident of indiscipline" at the jail.

All 120 prisoners on a wing had to be moved to other parts of the jail or other prisons.

Specially-trained prison officers were called in at about 23:00 BST before the situation was brought under control in the early hours of the following day.

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