Prison guards hurt in copycat attack at Durham jail

The entrance to Durham Prison.
The entrance to Durham Prison.
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THREE guards were rushed to hospital after violence erupted at a prison.

Tensions have been running high at North East jails after triple killer Kevan Thakrar was last week found not guilty of attempting to murder three prison guards at HMP Frankland.

The 24-year-old had admitted stabbing staff at Frankland, near Durham City, with a broken sauce bottle in March last year.

Craig Wylde, 29, of Seaham, and a colleague were left with serious injuries and have so far been unable to return to work.

Thakrar was cleared of all charges after claiming he had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), brought on by earlier beatings by officers at a prison in Milton Keynes.

Yesterday, there was a violent outbreak at HMP Durham, where Thakrar was housed during his trial.

He has since been relocated to Wakefield Prison.

The inmates are said to have shouted “PTSD”, a reference to Thakrar, as they launched their assaults on E-Wing.

A source at the prison, who did not wish to be identified, said: “The prison guards went to open the cells as normal and a few inmates burst out and attacked them.

“In total, four were attacked and I know that three are currently in the University Hospital of North Durham for treatment.

“One suffered a broken nose. They were shouting ‘PTSD, ‘PTSD’ while they were doing it.

“They were obviously doing it in reference to Thakrar.

“The atmosphere inside the prison for the guards at the moment is totally flat.

“The morale couldn’t be lower. It’s at rock bottom.

“It shows that violence is spreading to other jails after Thakrar was found not guilty.”

A spokesman for the Prison Service confirmed the attack.

“Three prison officers from HMP Durham were treated at an outside hospital for injuries sustained during an incident on Tuesday,” he said.

“Violence in prisons is not tolerated in any form.

“Assaults on prison staff are taken very seriously, and this incident is now subject to an internal and police investigation.”