Multiple wings at HMP Birmingham in Winson Green have been compromised after its believed a member of staff was assaulted and keys stolen were by inmates at around 9AM this morning (16/12).

The incident spiralled into a large scale disorder which saw a number of inmates running amok.

G4S, which runs the prison with 1450 inmates, has this evening handed over control of HMP Birmingham to the Prison Service. Riots teams are trying to contain the disorder and return inmates to their cells.

G4S Managing director for custodial and detention services, Jerry Petherick, said: “Given the scale of this incident and deployment of national resources, we have agreed that the overall operational responsibility for the response will transfer to the Prison Service with immediate effect.

“Our command team remains on site and our staff will be actively involved in the recovery of the affected wings.”

West Midlands Police has moved to reassure nearby residents that disorder is contained within the prison walls.

The Prison Service is leading the response to the disorder with specially-trained West Midlands Police officers playing a support role and offering visual reassurance around the perimeter.

Birmingham Police Commander Richard Moore, said: “At this stage there are no West Midlands Police officers inside the prison. This operation will be led by the Prison Service and its specialist teams which are well-drilled in tackling such situations.

“The disorder is contained inside the perimeter of HMP Birmingham…no offenders have breached the perimeter.

“This is a dynamic situation and our officers may be called to respond in a support role as the situation unfolds.”