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Inmates wreck prison room
Computers, office equipment and windows have been smashed in a 10,000 wrecking spree by four prisoners who barricaded themselves into a room at a Leicestershire prison.

The trouble started at HMP Ashwell, when an officer found an inmate had been drinking alcohol in his cell.

The officer was attacked by the inmate, who then barricaded himself into a room with three other prisoners.

Computers, office equipment, a TV and windows were damaged in the incident, which lasted until 0415 GMT on Wednesday.

Prisoners transferred

A Prison Service spokesman said: "There was obviously alcohol on his breath but we do not know if he had made hooch, or what."

The damage would cost "more than 10,000 but probably not much more," the spokesman added.

Firefighters were called in case the men attempted to set fire to the room but were not required.

No-one was injured in the incident and the men involved are to be transferred to another jail.

The jail is classified category C with 480 inmates.

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