Category Archives: Prison – Manchester

Strangeways roof top protest ends

Stuart Horner
Stuart Horner

A prisoner who scaled the roof of a jail in Manchester has ended his one-man protest after three days.

Murderer Stuart Horner, 35, who was locked up in 2012 for killing his uncle, came down from the roof of HMP Manchester during the early hours of Wednesday morning.

On Sunday he clambered up an 18ft wall of the prison’s secure exercise yard before stripping to his underpants.

During his protest on the rooftop of the prison known as Strangeways, he caused thousands of pounds of damage by pulling up metal roof trusses and using them to smash a series of large skylight windows and attack CCTV security cameras.

Prison officials tried to use a fire brigade cherrypicker crane to reach him to try talking him down after the protest began at around 3.30pm on Sunday.

Horner was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 27 years before parole, for blasting his uncle Ian Taylor, 44, with a shotgun in June 2011 after a family feud.

The Manchester Evening News reported that at around 3am as he made his way down from the roof in a crane, he said: “I’ve proved my point. I’ve got a 12in pizza and a can of coke. I’ve done what I wanted. I’ve had a mad one.”

He is set to face punishment for breaking prison rules and probable prosecution for criminal damage.

Over the three days, members of the public congregated outside the prison and held “party protests” in the middle of the street.

People danced to music and others left messages to prisoners on a sheet.

Strangeways roof top protest continues

            A convicted murderer is staging a rooftop protest at HMP Manchester in his underpants over prison conditions. Stuart Horner, 27, from Wythenshawe, Manchester, first clambered up a wall and onto the roof of the prison on Sunday afternoon. He stripped to his Manchester United underpants at one stage, smashed… Continue Reading

Naked protester at Manchester Prison

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Our powder-keg prisons: Strangeways – the lesson we failed to heed

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Cop Killer Cregan On Hunger Strike

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