Leaked video of prison brawls has been a bit of a theme this week. We already showed you the footage that emerged from a refereed bout, but the video below certainly does not fit in the same category.
The brawl takes place at HMP Onley, Northamptonshire, between two prisoners allegedly from rival London gangs in Hackney and Peckham.
Incredibly an inmate has a camera phone ready to record the brawl and managed to leak the video via WhatsApp.
It starts with the pair scrapping in the hallway before inmates manage to initially diffuse the scenes, but things quickly escalate once more inside a cell.
Guards are slow to react to the incident, with one anonymous source suggesting they are scared to step in.
The source said:
All the offices have cameras that monitor the landings, but the officer on duty had to call for backup as he would have got outnumbered by the prisoners.
At night time there is apparently only one officer, they can’t really stop stuff like this.
This is what’s called ‘outside beef, inside’. If me and you have war outside and we’re in jail and there’s no knives or guns we just have to fight it out.”
The Prison Service is investigating and has said “We have a zero tolerance approach to violence in prison and work closely with the police to prosecute those who assault our staff or other prisoners.
Anyone found to have broken prison rules will be stripped of their privileges and could have time added to their sentence.”
Well based on what we have seen this week inmates do not seem to fear the consequences of ‘zero tolerance’.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.