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Inmate on roof of Strangeways prison ‘willingly’ ends 12-hour police standoff

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The inmate who climbed on top of Strangeways prison yesterday (Wednesday, April 12) "willingly" came down in the early hours of this morning, police have said.

Police were informed that a male prisoner at the Category A lock-up, now officially known as HMP Manchester, had made it onto the roof at around 4.30pm.

Today (Thursday, April 13) they announced that the lag chose to end the stunt at around 4.15am, meaning he was up there for nearly 12 hours.

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Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "At around 4:15 am this morning (Thursday 13 April) the male prisoner willingly came down from the roof and is back in the custody of prison staff."

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "Staff safely resolved this incident and the prisoner will face punishment as disorder in prisons is not tolerated."

The Manchester Evening News reports that the prison was put on lockdown during the incident.

Police cordons have been removed and ambulances were seen leaving the prison north of Manchester city centre in the early hours.

During the protest the prisoner wrote on the roof 'FREE IPPZ' – which it is believed refers to Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences (IPP) which were abolished in 2012 and branded 'unjust'.

IPP sentences were indeterminate rather than fixed-term. They could be imposed by courts and were designed to detain offenders who posed a significant risk of causing serious harm to the public until they no longer posed such a risk.

Famously, this wasn't the first time a prisoner has made it onto the roof of Strangeways.

In what remains the longest prison riot in British penal history, lags took over the prison for 25 days and scaled the roof in April 1990.

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