Prisoners in two-hour stand-off with guards at new Scottish jail
'Three or four' confined themselves within a prison hall and refused to leave at HMP Grampian in Peterhead.
Protesting prisoners at Scotland’s newest prison were involved in a two-hour stand-off with guards.
"Three or four" inmates at HMP Grampian in Peterhead confined themselves within a prison hall and refused to leave.
Guards wearing body armour were forced to enter negotiations with the prisoners, which went on for around two hours on Tuesday afternoon.
HMP Grampian admitted its first inmates on March 3 after replacing HMP Peterhead and Craiginches.
A spokesman for the Scottish Prison Service said: “There was a very small number of prisoners who didn't comply with instructions.
“It was a local incident based within one hall in the prison and as per our normal arrangements we began a process of negotiating with the prisoners.
“Three or four prisoners had confined themselves in an area of their hall and refused to move, it was resolved in around two hours. There was nobody seriously injured.
“There is always a review in these incidents and where there has been any discipline issues that will be dealt with and if there has been anything criminal that will be reported to the police.”
Local MSP Stewart Stevenson said: "It's regrettable this has happened and regardless of the fact that the new prison is still bedding down, such incidents cannot be tolerated.
“I'm sure the prison authorities will be reviewing the matter to ensure the potential for further disruption is minimised."