BRITISH prisons minister Crispin Blunt promised last night that lessons would be learnt after rampaging inmates torched buildings in an "unprecedented" jailhouse riot.
After examining the damage at Ford Open Prison near Arundel, West Sussex, Mr Blunt said an inquiry into the incident would examine what sparked the violence.
The comments came a day after offenders took control, smashed windows and set fire to buildings at the centre. It is thought the violence started after guards attempted to breathalyse inmates for contraband alcohol in the early hours of New Year's Day.
During the early stages of the rebellion, just two officers and four support staff were on duty, at a centre that holds around 500 inmates. The rampage had destroyed a sizeable part of the complex.