Rooftop protests in Britain prisons have spread from the three jails on the Isle of Wight to a jail outside London and one in Scotland.
Rooftop protests in Britain prisons have spread from the three jails on the Isle of Wight to a jail outside London and one in Scotland. The trouble started in Albany Prison on the Isle of Wight -- one of Britain's toughest prisons -- on Saturday (26 August) and went on for several nights. Prisoners burnt their bedding and wrecked the prison furniture.
The rooftop protests started at Parkhurst Jail, near Albany, as a sign of support for the Albany prisoners. Then, prisoners at the third jail on the Isle of Wight -- Camp Hill -- joined in their own rooftop demonstration.
On Wednesday (30 August) the trouble spread to a prison outside of London and one is Scotland. At Chelmsford, east of London, convicts ripped doors from their hinges, broke into offices and, after ransacking the canteen, seventy of the men climbed onto the roof and shouted that they wanted better conditions.
At Peterhead Prison in Scotland, one-hundred and seventy men joined the rooftop demonstrations by clambering on top of a hospital block. A prison official said "it's not clear what they're protesting about."