Strangeways Prisoner Stuart Horner Gives Up Three-Day Rooftop Protest After Securing Pizza And Coke

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A prisoner who scaled the roof of Strangeways jail has ended his three-day protest after prison wardens bribed him down with the offer of a 12 inch pizza and a can of coke.

Murderer Stuart Horner, 35, who was locked up in 2012 for killing his uncle, came down from the roof of HMP Manchester during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

He had originally clambered up an 18ft wall of the prison's secure exercise yard before stripping to his underpants.

The man caused thousands of pounds of damage by pulling up metal roof trusses and using them to smash a series of large skylight windows and attack CCTV security cameras.

Horner passed the time by smashing windows

Prison officials tried to use a fire brigade cherrypicker crane to reach him to try talking him down after the protest began at around 3.30pm on Sunday.

But the Manchester Evening News reported that at around 3am, as he made his way down from the roof in a crane, Horner said: "I've proved my point. I've got a 12 inch pizza and a can of coke.

He told a reporter: "I've done what I wanted. I've had a mad one."

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Stuart Horner's Strangeway protest

Horner is set to face punishment for breaking prison rules and probable prosecution for criminal damage.

Over the three days, members of the public congregated outside the prison and held "party protests" in the middle of the street.

He was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 27 years before parole, for blasting his uncle Ian Taylor, 44, with a shotgun in June 2011 after a family feud.