Counter-terror police probe after prison officer attacked at top security jail

Counter-terrorism police are investigating after a prison officer was attacked by two inmates at a maximum security jail, with five officers taken to hospital.

A Prison Service spokesman said the incident on Thursday was “quickly resolved by brave staff” at the 458-capacity HMP Whitemoor in Cambridgeshire.

He did not state the nature of the injuries to the officers.

The spokesman said: “Five members of staff at HMP Whitemoor attended hospital following a serious assault on an officer by two prisoners on January 9.

“The incident was quickly resolved by our brave staff and our thoughts are with the injured officers at this time.

“We do not tolerate assaults on our hardworking officers and will push for the strongest possible punishment.

“We have referred the incident to the police and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The incident is being investigated by counter-terrorism officers and no arrests have been made, the Met Police said.

A spokesman said: “Due to certain circumstances relating to this incident, it was deemed appropriate for the investigation to be carried out by officers from the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command.

“However, we must stress that at this early stage of the investigation we are keeping an open mind with regards to any motives and inquiries to establish the full circumstances of the incident are ongoing.”

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