INMATES at Portland Prison have staged a protest over poor conditions.

Three inmates at HMP/YOI Portland climbed onto the highest roof to express their concerns over what is understood to be their poor treatment and living conditions 

They got onto the roof shortly after 2pm yesterday before coming down shortly after 9.30pm.

A Prison Service spokesperson, said: “Staff have successfully resolved an incident at height involving three prisoners at HMP YOI Portland.

“There were no injuries to staff or prisoners.”

A spokesman for Dorset Police, added: "We were called at 3.20pm on Wednesday 8 August 2018, by staff at HMP Portland to reports of three prisoners on the roof.

"Officers and the NPAS helicopter were at the scene working with prison staff to resolve the issue.

"There was no danger to the wider public."

A friend of one of the inmates who didn't want to be named, said he was "shocked" to hear that his friend had taken to the roof to protest. 

He added that they were "not coming down until further notice."

The incident comes after a report, released on Friday by the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) raised serious concerns over the management and running of HMP/YOI Portland, a Category C facility which accommodates 500 male adult and young offenders aged 18 and over.