Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 or Email ALL news; ads call 1-284-440-6666                               Tune into 90.9FM from 04 September until 12 October for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League: visit for more information: 1 284 340 3461

UPDATE: Recent incident @ HMP had potential of escalating- Source

The incident at Her Majesty's Prison on June 1, 2017 had the potential of escalating into a riot, according to a source at the prison. Photo: VINO
Both a prison guard and an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison were reportedly injured following an altercation today, June 1, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
Both a prison guard and an inmate of Her Majesty's Prison were reportedly injured following an altercation today, June 1, 2017. Photo: VINO/File
BALSAM GHUT, Tortola, VI- The June 1, 2017 incident that resulted in a security guard and an inmate receiving injuries at Her Majesty 's Prison in Balsam Ghut had the potential of escalating into a major one, according to a source at the prison.

It is our newsroom’s information that during the altercation, which saw a prisoner wounding an officer, several other inmates rushed to overpower the officer.

"This was going all the way up to a major riot in here," related one inside source; however, the situation was quickly dealt with as other prison officers rushed to the scene and arrested at least two other inmates and took them into confinement.

The wounded officer was treated and discharged from Peebles hospital. It is not clear if any of the prisoners involved were charged.

Police Information Officer Diane Drayton had confirmed to this news site on June 1, 2017 that police were “investigating the incident.”

See previous article published June 1, 2017

Inmate & prison officer injured during altercation @ HMP

An inmate and an officer of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut were both taken to hospital after they were reportedly injured in an altercation on the prison compound today, June 1, 2017.

It is not clear what cause the confrontation, but according to reports reaching this news site from sources at HMP, it was close to 10:00 AM when a prisoner allegedly hurled a rock at a prison guard, causing him injuries to his head.

It is also alleged that the prison officer retaliated, reportedly resulting in both of them being taken to Peebles Hospital.

Police are said to be investigating the incident.

31 Responses to “UPDATE: Recent incident @ HMP had potential of escalating- Source”

  • just asking... (01/06/2017, 13:41) Like (14) Dislike (25) Reply
    Where is foot the great white hope?
    • Answer to your question (01/06/2017, 14:09) Like (30) Dislike (8) Reply
      Foot up yuh A$$........... From asking piss!!!!!
    • Yes (01/06/2017, 14:46) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
      Lolll. Foot sleeping ,Dr. Smith sleeping so who the hell is wake loll.
    • Yep (01/06/2017, 14:49) Like (14) Dislike (16) Reply
      Exactly! This very site was filled with comments talking about UK come help us and UK this and that. The two UK heads are a waste of time, Police and Prison.
      • wize up (01/06/2017, 17:12) Like (17) Dislike (11) Reply
        @ yep: words well spoken and because them white no one finding any fault with there level of job performance however some of us quick to cuss out and point fingers at the locals in leadership post.....looks like the inmates running that asylum and the masked gun men running the streets
    • Laugh (01/06/2017, 15:01) Like (24) Dislike (2) Reply
      He gone to look for a head. How can a foot run a prison without a head.
    • Isayso (01/06/2017, 15:50) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
      On Long Bay Beach, Beef Island, walking his dog. He's having a long paid vacation at our expense and the prisoners running the prison. Convicted murderers getting leave to walk the streets, go wh**e house and may even be committing other crimes. Great White Hope? You mean Great Fat Joke!!
    • snuffleupagus (09/06/2017, 22:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      im surprised you can't smell it,take whiff!
  • soon come (01/06/2017, 14:41) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    This too will pass. What's to come is greater than what is. Hmmmm.
  • me (01/06/2017, 14:44) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Ever so often on the internet it always an inmate attacking an officer what is really going up there where is the Honorable Walwyn and Foot in all of these incident nothing been put in place to correct these kinds of situation. This place is crazy officers risking their lives goin to work everyday to be going through this kind of crap. The government needs to address these situations before they end up killing each other.
  • Hmm (01/06/2017, 14:48) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
    They need to get rid of Foot because he aint doing a good job at all. We need a new face in that institution. Where did the prisoner get the rock from?
  • UK (01/06/2017, 15:14) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    U.K. People can't handle crime such as in the bvi, so stop call for U.K to come they are not ready for the bvi
  • mean while (01/06/2017, 15:14) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
    Pico taking trips to see how to remove fowls and goats and dogs while the prison, schools and ports need fixing.
  • Real Talk (01/06/2017, 15:17) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    The frigging officers them need to strike then the government will see the seriousness about it.
  • Ruff (01/06/2017, 15:28) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Them need to strike
  • Immate (01/06/2017, 15:44) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    Another dept under funny man who wants to be premier
    • wize up (02/06/2017, 02:25) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      @ inmate: leave funny man because HMP filled with choice male inmates!!!!!!(USDA)
  • JYD (01/06/2017, 20:12) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    Dont blame Mr Foot for what going on at the prison at all blame BVI SYSTEMS because when a person goes to jail he belongs to the crown but in this NATURE LITTLE SECRETS the prisoner has more power than the PM himself .because first them dont look like prisoners at all them need jumpers mark with prison no shoes and a cap i see prisoners in more gold and brand name cloths baggy pants and when them out on appointments them families girl friends and partners in crime coming to visit and hug chat and exchange stuff which is not within the law. there is to much friendly behaviour between prisoner and prison officer in public and when a prisoner can send an officer to buy snacks for him what nx will he do si the whole place needs a massive shaking up and act like a jail. eat the food cook or drink water and bread if you dont want it stay out of jail. these prison officers are to friendly with prisoner and their families and spouses so it the whole of BVI to blame for what goes on at the prison but it boils back to the ruling parties.
    • @JYD (02/06/2017, 01:56) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
      You sound bitter like one ah we tek way your woman but yeah I cud see where you coming from
    • jr (02/06/2017, 09:10) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      Correct me if I am wrong, but you sound like you are the most PERFECT human being to ever walk the face of this earth. So perfect that you have appointed yourself Judge & Jury. Must be nice.

      FYI not because someone goes to prison makes them a horrible person and it certainly does not mean they shouldn't have any rights whatsoever. Prisoners aren't necessarily bad and officers aren't always good. And you sound very ignorant when you talk about the girlfriend or families that visit them. Obviously they see the good in that person, they see a side of them and others don't so why are you so upset? People like you are very unhappy with your life and don't have a choice but to sit and judge others. Don't worry, when you are fully matured you will think differently.
  • wize up (02/06/2017, 02:21) Like (7) Dislike (8) Reply
    The locals were removed from head of prison and head of police in favor of the white man because some thought the white man could do the better job(you be the judge)
  • de silent one (02/06/2017, 09:49) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    There are too much violence taking place at that institution far too often. You are not even hearing measures been put in place to help combat them, guess until someone gets kill be it an inmate or an officer.
  • Concerned (02/06/2017, 19:09) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    we have to realize that the head alone cannot make a change they have to get help from their management team. putting all politics aside the whole prison staff and police force has to unite for the British virgin islands to see any change in those institutions. they have to work with the same goal in mind. we also as a community has to help them uphold whatever rules that are made for the public to follow also being willing to offer the necessary information needed to keep the bvi safe.#thinkingoutloud
  • Good Going (02/06/2017, 21:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The prison officer did the right thing to retaliate. Let them know you ain't up for their sh**

    I hope you buss his head back as childish as it sounds. These prisoners have no discipline.
  • Just saying (09/06/2017, 19:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Foot must go
  • Good Going (09/06/2017, 20:19) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    Call me cruel but, the prison officer should have took him back to the cell, locked the door and put a good A$$ whipping on him untill he begged for mercy. Keep their behinds lock up in there cell all the time only let them out to eat and shower.
  • So sad (10/06/2017, 05:37) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our human race is in such a turmoil. We are all fighting against each other. If we all take away the anger and vengeance we possess within our minds we will have a peaceful world where we can all live out our lives enjoying our so very short stay on this earth. We sit and blame this person and that person when if you sit and contemplate, look at the bigger picture, it is left to each and everyone one of us to work on ourselves to make it all better. This is too deep for some of us to understand because some stay on the surface of our minds and are not able to focus on the root cause of all our conflict. Our egos rule our behaviors. Start working on yourself to be better, if each of us can do that the problems will not exist. Blessings!

Create a comment

Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.