Arrest following a fire at HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury

12 March 2017
Officers have arrested a man following a fire on the roof of a building within HMP Guys Marsh in Shaftesbury.

Emergencies services were called to the incident at around 8pm on Friday 10 March 2017.

All prisoners and staff were accounted for and a total of 64 prisoners were evacuated from the affected area of the prison by prison staff.

One prisoner who was reported to be on the roof of the prison building during the incident was brought back down to safety and checked over by paramedics.

There was no immediate risk to those living in the surrounding area.

Following an initial investigation, a 29-year-old male prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and is being questioned by detectives.
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