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Friday, 1 September, 2000, 21:40 GMT 22:40 UK
Prisoners stage seven-hour protest
Prisoners at Wandsworth prison
The prisoners returned to their cells voluntarily
Officers at Wandsworth jail have been praised by the director general of the Prison Service after a seven-hour protest by inmates ended peacefully.

A total of 51 prisoners staged the stand-off on Friday by refusing to return to their cells after a morning exercise period.

Prison Service negotiators were sent to talk to the group but it is not known what the motive for the protest was or if any demands were made.

The protest ended peacefully at about 1845 BST on Friday when all those concerned returned voluntarily to their cells.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "It was not necessary for prison staff to intervene during the incident. The rest of the prison was peaceful but run on a restrictive regime.

Martin Narey, the Prison Service's director general, praised the professionalism of staff at the jail for bringing the incident to a peaceful conclusion.

A full investigation into the protest will now be launched.

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