A group of convicted youths sparked a ‘riot’ at HMYOI Polmont after ‘locking the guards out’ of a jail hall.

Chaotic scenes are understood to have broken out at around 4.30pm on Friday, July 30, with inmates believed to have smashed up furniture, sinks and other property in Iona Hall.

One jail insider told the Daily Record that tensions had been building between staff and inmates due to a perceived ‘lack of ‘respect’ which resulted in the gang barricading a door.

It is understood that objects were also thrown at staff during the incident.

The source said: “Four of the boys have locked the screws out of Iona Hall.

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“They just think we’re silly wee boys and they don’t give us any respect. They wouldn’t do that at a real prison.

“But now they’ve run for the hills. The whole place is being smashed up. TV’s, sinks, everything."

The Scottish Prison Service said: “We can confirm that an incident took place at HMYOI Polmont on Friday afternoon.

"This was brought to a safe conclusion within 90 minutes by staff without the need for other agencies to get involved."

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