Guys Marsh Prison: Evacuation after fire is started 'by inmate on roof'


Around 60 inmates were evacuated after a "large fire" broke out at a prison near Shaftesbury in Dorset. It is understood a prisoner clambered onto the pitched roof of one of the house blocks at HMP Guys Marsh, took off his clothes and set fire to them. The fire is believed to have damaged the roof and inmates in the block were taken to a secure area. The prisoner has been brought down from the roof and the Prison Service said there was no risk to the public. BBC home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said it is believed the prisoner was drunk and was protesting at changes to the prison regime. A source said the protest started around 17:00 GMT and hours later the prisoner started ripping off roof tiles before setting his clothes alight.The inmate was treated by paramedics as a precautionary measure but had not been arrested.