A specialist “Tornado team” has been sent into the Hertfordshire prison as prisoners are reported to have gone on a rampage.
A staff source within the jail said:HMP The Mount is ‘bomb waiting to go off’ The prison had been on lockdown for three weekends and there was not enough staff to even take inmates out of their cells for showers.
Ambulances and paramedics are on the scene along with the Fire Service and the Police.
A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “Specially trained staff are working to resolve an incident involving a number of prisoners at HMP The Mount.” The spokesman went on to say :There is no risk to the public while police and the prion service deal with the situation.
There are reports a second wing has also been taken over by prisoners.