Sussex

Seven in court over Ford Open Prison riot

Buildings on fire at Ford open prison
Image caption Several buildings were burnt to the ground during the incident at HMP Ford on New Year's Day

Seven men facing charges after a riot at an open prison in West Sussex have appeared before magistrates.

Six are charged with an arson offence and violent disorder and the seventh is charged with violent disorder after the riot at Ford Prison, on New Year's Day.

All the defendants appeared before Chichester magistrates, who committed the case to Lewes Crown Court.

No pleas were entered and the group are next due to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 15 August.

Buildings burnt

Roche Allen, Lennie Franklin, Ryan Martin, Thomas Regan, Lee Roberts and Paul Hadcroft are all charged with arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and violent disorder.

The seventh, Carniel Francis, is charged with violent disorder.

During the disturbance at the jail near Arundel, several buildings were burnt to the ground.

HMP Ford accepts category D offenders who have less than two years of their sentences left to serve.

The prison holds about 500 inmates and in the early stages of the disturbance, two officers and four support staff were on duty.

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