In October 2017 ten ‘Tornado Teams,’ teams of prison officers specially equipped and trained to deal with riots, were called into Long Lartin to quell a disturbance at the Jail. Around 80 inmates some armed with pool cues had become violent and had forced staff to retreat. However, the riot was quickly subdued without any injuries to either police or prisoners.
In October 2018 there was a rather more serious incident where 6 police officers were injured. Once again Tornado Teams were brought in to quell the riot, this time it took over 8 hours for peace to be restored.
All six officers were admitted to hospital suffering from head injuries, two had suspected fractured jaws and one has a broken arm. Seven prisoners were put in isolation and later moved to other prisons.
Attack on Governor
In May prison governor Claire Pearson was attacked and suffered a broken jaw. Pearson had to have surgery to repair her jaw and was off work for several weeks. The attack appeared to be unprovoked and the attacker received a further ten years to his sentence.
There have been four notorious murders behind the bars of HMP Long Lartin since 2014. Subhan Anwar, a child murdered was strangled in 2013, and killer John York was beaten to death in his cell in 2015.
In June 2016, Sidonio Eugenio Teixeira was killed using a rock wrapped in a pair of socks by Victor Castigador.
And two inmates who murdered a fellow prisoner were jailed for life this year.