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Prisoners take over wing after attacking staff with pool balls

A general view of Long Lartin Prison near Evesham in central England, on November 13, 2012, where terror suspect Abu Qatada was held. Britain released on November 13 Abu Qatada from prison on bail after judges ruled that the man dubbed Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe should not be extradited to Jordan. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Long Lartin Prison near Evesham in central England (Picture: Getty)

There was serious disturbance at Long Lartin Prison this evening, as prisoners took over a wing and pelted staff with pool balls.

They damaged part of the building and one officer had to go to hospital after indirectly sustaining an injury in the incident.

A specialist unit of prison officers, known as a Tornado Team, have been sent to the Category A prison in an attempt to restore order.

A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: Specialist staff have been deployed to manage an ongoing incident at HMP Long Lartin.

We are absolutely clear that prisoners who behave in this way will be punished and face extra time behind bars.

Ten inmates forced staff to retreat from a wing of the prison in Worcestershire.

At moment we do not know all the facts but we fully support all our members at Long Lartin who are clearly facing a difficult evening with a disturbance. Perhaps Mr Buckland should focus on resolving Prison crisis rather than running POA into court. Steve Gillan Gen Sec

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EVESHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 13: A general view of the signs for the prison HMP Long Lartin that was holding Abu Qatada near Evesham on November 13, 2012 in Worcestershire, England. Abu Qatada was released on bail, having won his appeal against deportation claiming he would not get a fair trial in Jordan, where he is accused of plotting bomb attacks. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

The high-security prison has the capacity for 622 inmates and is believed to currently hold around 500. (Picture: Getty)

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