Con­victed mur­derer Stu­art Horner com­plained re­peat­edly about prison con­di­tions. Frus­trated by of­fi­cial in­dif­fer­ence, he took his show not ‘ on the road’ - but on the roof

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Stu­art Horner was con­victed of mur­der­ing his un­cle in 2012. Re­ceiv­ing a life sen­tence with a min­i­mum of 27 years be­fore be­ing el­i­gi­ble for pa­role, he wasn’t in the best of moods. Horner com­plained bit­terly and re­peat­edly about con­di­tions at the max­i­mum- se­cu­rity Strange­ways prison in Manch­ester but didn’t get the re­sponse he wanted.

His com­plaints cen­tred mainly around the amount of time he spent locked in his cell, prison san­i­ta­tion, in­creased drug abuse among the in­mates, lack of work, gen­eral bore­dom and lack of vis­its from rel­a­tives. If things didn’t im­prove, he’d warned, there could be a re­peat of the in­fa­mous 1990 Strange­ways riot that caused mil­lions of pounds of dam­age.

By Septem­ber 2015 he’d had enough. Not see­ing a riot ac­tu­ally hap­pen­ing and an­gered by what he saw as a lack of con­cern from prison staff, Horner de­cided a one- man rooftop protest would have to do. Scaling a fence onto the roof of E Wing, Horner spent the next 60 hours wreck­ing the roof, a se­cu­rity cam­era and smash­ing as many win­dows as he could reach. Hav­ing dam­aged £ 1 mil­lion of prison fixtures, he later re­ceived an ex­tra nine years for his stunt.

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