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Six men guilty of prison mutiny

Six men have been convicted today for leading a riot inside HMP Birmingham last year that caused damage estimated at three million pounds.

John Burton and Luke Mansell, denied prison mutiny but were found guilty by a jury, while fellow inmates Ross Wilkinson, Robert Smith, Nathan Weston and Grant Samed all admitted the same charge.

The group acted as ringleaders during the disturbance on 16 December last year, sparking the trouble and urging others to join the rampage. 

Hundreds of prisoners escaped during the disorder which lasted 12 hours before specialist Prison Service ‘Tornadoes’ and West Midlands Police public order trained officers stormed the prison to regain control. 

The judge will sentence the men on Monday. 

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