Trial of four inmates told theft of keys forced staff to evacuate areas of jail as they ‘lost control’ of four prison wings

More than 500 prisoners were freed from their cells using stolen keys during a 15-hour riot at HMP Birmingham, a court has heard.

The trial of four inmates at the jail was told staff were sprayed with fire hoses after keys for “key” doors and gates, including some leading outside the prison, were taken from a senior prison officer.

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