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Last Updated: Monday, 3 July 2006, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
Devon rooftop jail protest ends
Rooftop protest by prisoners
An inquiry will investigate inmates' concerns about food preparation
A rooftop protest at a Devon jail has ended peacefully after about 28 hours.

Ten inmates at HMP Channings Wood, near Newton Abbot, had been protesting about their food being cooked by prisoners on the sex offenders' register.

The category C prison, which can hold 667 inmates, has specialist units for sex and drug offenders.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The rooftop protest at HMP Channings Wood has ended peacefully with no injuries to prisoners or prison staff."

Earlier on Monday afternoon three of the inmates gave up their protest. Then, at about 1830 BST, the remaining inmates quietly left the roof of the prison.

Shortly afterwards, three officers inspected the roof and removed banners which the inmates had been waving.

Trained negotiators were at Channings Wood and the Prison Service said the safety of the prison had not been compromised.

A spokesman said an internal inquiry would take place and the concerns of the prisoners would be investigated.




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