Inmates roll joints, eat cockroaches, riot and make rap videos in lawless jail

Prisoners inside the lawless HMP Birmingham are filmed rolling cannabis joints, making rap videos, eating cockroaches and smashing up their cells during riots.

These are just some of the worrying incidents that led to the prison being taken back into Ministry of Justice management from outsourcing giant G4S.

Video filmed over the past two years highlighted the escalating problems at the jail.

Blatant drug taking, violence, use of mobile phones and social media and of course the notorious riots of 2016 have all been captured in astonishing clips taken by the prisoners themselves.

In one video, a criminal hurled a table in the stairwell of the prison during the riots while another bashes the lights with a wooden plank until they break, plunging part of the building into darkness.

In a separate clip, an inmate introduces himself as being on "I’m a Celebrity HMP Birmingham" as he gestures to two large cockroaches he is being urged to eat.

In the Bushtucker Trial-style challenge, the prisoner then bites into the bug and chews profusely, the Birmingham Mail reports.



More footage filmed on prisoners’ illegal mobile phones documents their daily lives, showing the inmates smoking cannabis and enjoying music in what seems to be a communal area.

An offender then offers: "If any drug dealer wants to fund my lifestyle in exchange for month’s visits, you can come up and bring some parcels."

In February, several ‘drugged-up’ inmates were filmed knocked out in a prison cell after reportedly taking Black Mamba in the prison.

The cameraman – also a prisoner – focuses on a dark corner of the room with two men slumped by a toilet.

Sounds of someone throwing up can be heard in the background.

A concerned girlfriend of the man who filmed the footage said she wanted to highlight the problems of the "drug-ridden" prison which she said "is not serving its purpose of rehabilitation."


In December it was reported how a ruthless gunman who shot a young man had appeared in a video rapping and firing mock shots while in HMP Birmingham.

Tyann McCooty was also shown smiling and flexing his muscles in pictures taken in prison and posted on an Instagram account, bearing the name LikkleDanger.

The criminal, currently serving a 12-year sentence, raps: “Don’t think of that guy coming to test me, I’ll be getting bags like Tetley, sitting in my Burberry with my neck peas [expensive jewellery].”

McCooty, 21, says he will be “touching road” soon and fires off mock gunshots with his hands, as fellow inmates nod along to the music and laugh.

In one of the shots he displays his bare arms and designer-style watch, with the caption: “Christmas Day On The Wing Feeling Merry Fresh Home Ina Bout Twenty.”

The picture was posted online on December 25, 2016, before his current time at Her Majesty’s pleasure for the city centre shooting.

He is understood to be serving his latest sentence at HMP Birmingham.

In another snap he flexes his abs with his hair covered with a bandanna. The caption reads: “On Da Wing Looking Beast Soon Time For My Release !!!”

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The picture was posted in January, long before he was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on December 21.

In the video, which was viewed almost 17,000 times, he stands facing the camera as he raps over an instrumental version of Drake’s ‘Pound Cake’.

The shock video compilation comes as calls were made to launch an inquiry into the crisis-hit prison after a damning report.

The Chief Inspector of Prisons, Peter Clarke, urged the Justice Secretary to investigate how HMP Birmingham has “slipped into crisis” in just 18 months.

Inspectors visiting the Winson Green prison found the jail in “an appalling state” with high violence, widespread bullying, squalid living conditions and poor control by scared staff, who suffered an arson attack on their secure car park during the unannounced inspection.

It is only the second jail ever to be assessed by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) as poor – its lowest assessment – across all key aspects of prison life.

During the inspection which took place from July 30 to August 9, it was noticed many prisoners were under the influence of drugs and blatant drug use went largely unchallenged.

Staff often did not know where their prisoners were and there was “a general lack of order on some wings”.

Many of the staff were inexperienced, lacking confidence and skills, and were poorly led, the report said.

Officers were also said to be ‘fearful’ of inmates.

During the inspection, criminals launched an arson attack on the supposedly secure staff car park – setting fire to the cars of two visiting inspectors.

The report also told how communal areas were filthy, with cockroaches, vermin, blood and vomit.

Virtually every window was damaged and many were missing in the older wings.

Education, work and training were ‘inadequate’ and measures to protect the public from high-risk men – while in prison and on release – were very poor, the report said.

The HM Chief Inspector of Prisons has invoked an urgent notification protocol’ which informs the Secretary of State that urgent action is needed to address significant concerns at the jail, which he called the most violent in England and Wales.

Mr Clarke wrote:“I was astounded that HMP Birmingham had been allowed to deteriorate so dramatically over the 18 months since the previous inspection.

“A factor in my decision to invoke the Urgent Notification protocol is that at present I can have no confidence in the ability of the prison to make improvements.

“There has clearly been an abject failure of contract management and deliver.

"The inertia that seems to have gripped both those monitoring the contract and delivering it on the ground has led to one of Britain’s leading jails slipping into a state of crisis.”

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