Twelve inmates have been moved from Winchester Prison following a riot that left six staff were injured.

Inmates on B wing armed themselves with weapons including tins in socks.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said about 20 prisoners were involved in the disturbance on Sunday.

As reported by the Daily Echo, a female nurse was attacked by an inmate during an outbreak of violence and was taken to hospital with minor injuries but later returned to duty.

Today the MoJ confirmed that five other members of staff were hurt, none of whom required hospital treatment.

All the prisoners involved in the riot have now been transferred to other jails and will also have to serve longer sentences as a result of their actions.

A Prison Service spokesperson said: "A number of prisoners were involved in an accident at HMP Winchester.

“This was quickly resolved by staff and all prisoners responsible have been moved to other prisons. The police are also conducting an investigation.

“We do not tolerate violence in our prisons. Those responsible for violence face spending longer behind bars.”

The reason behind the riot is unknown.