CT police investigate attack on prison officers at Whitemoor
Counter Terrorism Policing are investigating an attack by two inmates at HMP Whitemoor that resulted in five prison officers being taken to hospital.
The incidents, at the maximum-security jail near Cambridgeshire, reportedly involved two prisoners wearing fake suicide vests and brandishing improvised bladed weapons. One of the attackers is serving a sentence for a terrorism offence while the other had been jailed for a violent offence.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP), has now confirmed the matter is being treated as a terrorist attack and the investigation continues at pace.
HMP Whitemoor is a 458-capacity maximum security prison housing more than 400 Category A and B prisoners on three wings, including a number of the highest-risk inmates.