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Officers in talks to end prison protest

Officers at Jurby prison are in discussion with a group of inmates who are refusing to return to their cells.

The Department of Home Affairs has described their protest as 'peaceful' and in a short statement says it's hoping the matter will be concluded through negotiation.

Reports say around 40 inmates are refusing to lock-up in a protest over the prison’s no-smoking rule.

The action’s understood to be taking place in A-wing.

There's been no comment so far from the prison. It's understood police in Ramsey are aware of the situation, but have not been asked to attend. 

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