“The prisoners have just taken control of the gym and they’re trying to take control of the health care.
“They’ve taken control of the N and P wings. They are close to the G wing which is where the vulnerable prisoners including mainly sex offenders are. If they get into the G wing then it will cause uproar and there will be people killed tonight”.
Cavendish said inmates have since gained access to the offender management unit (OMU), where their paper records are stored and which were being burnt.
He later tweeted to say prisoners were dousing incoming riot teams with paint.
HMP Birmingham: rioting prisoners are spraying Tornado team with paint, covering their helmet visors, then using fire hoses. This is chaos.
“I am hearing there is a very badly injured casualty (prisoner), and the prisoners are throwing computers out of the OMU window - destroying records,” Cavendish added.
After the disturbance ended, ta Prison governors’ Association spokesperson said: “It would appear, on the face of it, that the private sector has now been infected with the same disease that has had such a debilitating impact on the running of public sector prisons: an erosion of respect and a disregard for authority which has emboldened prisoners across both the public and private sector.
“Any suggestion that this riot is evidence that the staffing levels in public sector prisons are not a factor, or an insignificant one, is too simplistic.”
The category B jail, which was built in 1849 and is close to the city centre in Winson Green, can hold 1,450 adult remand and sentenced male prisoners.