Twenty two charged following Doncaster prison riots

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Riot officers arriving at Moorland Prison (Closed) and Young Offenders Institute, Lindholme, South Yorkshire.

CREDIT - Jonathan Pow / rossparry.co.uk''Riot officers arriving at Moorland Prison (Closed) and Young Offenders Institute, Lindholme, South Yorkshire.

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TWENTY two people are due to appear in court today charged in connection with a Doncaster prison riot.

Police have charged a host of inmates believed to have been responsible for violent clashes with prison officers at Moorlands Prison in November 2010.

A total of 16 people have been charged with riot and six have been charged with violent disorder. They are all due to appear at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court today.

The disorder at the jail near Lindholme, caused millions of pounds of damage to the prison as well as severe disruption with a number of prisoners moved across the country to help alleviate the issue.

Det Insp Dave Mayfield, investigating officer, said: “The investigation has been a lengthy and time consuming one with a number of inquiries and interviews conducted.

“Working in conjunction with the Prison Service and the Crown Prosecution Service, we are pleased we have now got it to the stage where a number of people have been charged for their alleged involvement.”

Brian Coffey, deputy governor of HMP Moorland said: “I am pleased that the criminal investigation has got to a stage where 22 people have been charged in relation to the disorder at HMP Moorland in November 2010.”