Men charged over Ford Prison riots

THE Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Sussex Police to charge seven men in relation to the mass disturbance at Ford Prison on New Year’s Eve.

Simon Ringrose, crown advocate from the South East Complex Casework Unit of the CPS said: “I have today advised Sussex Police to charge seven men in relation to the mass disturbance at HMP Ford Prison during the early hours of New Year’s Day this year during which a number of inmates were engaged in a concerted attack on prison property and threats made to other inmates and prison officers. This decision was taken in accordance with the Code or Crown Prosecutors.”

Roche Allen, Lennie Franklin, Ryan Martin, Thomas Regan, Lee Roberts and Paul Hadcroft are all charged with arson being reckless as to whether life endangered and violent disorder.

Carniel Francis is charged with violent disorder

The defendants will appear at Chichester Magistrates Court on July 29.