14/09/2015 11:36 BST | Updated 14/09/2015 13:59 BST

Stuart Horner's Strangeways Prison Protest Enters Second Day As He Continues Vandalism Spree

Murderer Stuart Horner is now on the second day of his rooftop protest at notorious UK prison Strangeways where he has been passing the time by vandalising the facility and performing for crowds gathered nearby.

Horner, 35, scaled a fence around 2pm Sunday while stripping down to just a pair of Manchester United boxer shorts. He then ripped panels off the roof and smashed glass to the cheers of his fellow inmates.

The action is over the conditions in Strangeways, Horner announced Monday, while telling onlookers he will stay on the roof for 40 days and nights.

Horner is serving 27 years for killing his uncle and is thought to have only recently been moved to the Category A Manchester prison after trying to escape from another facility.

Stuart Horner is now on the second day of his protest on the roof of Strangeways prison in Manchester

Earlier Monday Horner, dressed in yellow and blue trousers, walked across the prison's glass roof smashing panels with a wooden stick. Around 1pm he reportedly pulled a superhero-style pose while wearing a plastic bag as a hat. Horner completed the look by using a blanket as a cape.

He was also said to have shouted to members of the public and news reporters "Tell me mam I'm alright" as he lay on the glass roof. Horner added that he was having the time of his life.

Overnight, the Manchester Evening News reported that Horner was serenaded by Phil Collins' hit In The Air Tonight at around 2.15am by a man who played it from his car stereo.

Horner had encouraged onlookers to "come back tomorrow lads, we'll have some fun."

Horner has passed the time by smashing windows and glass panels and ripping metal off the roof

According to the Mirror, although Horner was given breakfast, a prisoner inside shouted out that inmates weren't getting food until he gets down. The prison has not commented on this.

The website reported that prisoners had been informed that as a result of Horner's actions "there may be some additional regime curtailments", but prison authorities would "try to deliver as much as possible including medications".

A notice given to inmates warned that there was glass and debris scattered throughout the prison which may "present a health and safety risk to you".

On Sunday it was reported that Horner said he was protesting "on behalf of everyone here".

He said: "Sort the jail out. I’m sick of it here. I want to change prison history.”

Horner's announcement was said to have been met with cheers from inmates who hurled toilet paper out of the prison windows.

Warner initially stripped down to a pair of Manchester United boxer shorts before choosing a pair of comfy blue and yellow trousers to recline in

One inmate is reported to have said: “It’s 2015. Prisons like this are treating people like shit.”

Another shouted: “Get on to the government about the conditions in here. We’re using jay cloths as toilet paper.”

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And a third said: ”If you treat us like animals we are going to behave like animals. I’ve been locked up for days.”

Police and prison riot officers are said to be monitoring Horner. A police spokesman has said there is no risk "of escape".


The Mirror reported that Horner had only recently been moved to Strangeways from the Category B HMP Garth, in Leyland, after damage was found in his cell, thought to have been caused by an escape attempt.

An investigation is now said to be underway to determine how Horner managed to get on to the rooftop.

April marked 25 years since the infamous Strangeways riots - a 25 day protest against conditions which became the longest in British penal history. One prisoner was killed during the riot and a prison officer died of a heart attack. And more than 140 prison officers and 47 prisoners were injured.