Prisoners dance to techno music with no guard in sight in TikTok video

Raving mad! Prisoners cheer and dance to pumping techno music behind bars without a guard in sight then triumphantly post the footage on TikTok

  • Inmates appear to be enjoying a rave to techno music at a ‘HMP’ prison  
  • They are seen dancing, shouting and raising hands in video posted on TikTok 
  • The Prison Service says it has since had the account removed from TikTok

Prisoners appear to be enjoying a rave behind bars as they’re seen dancing and shouting without a guard in sight in footage which emerged on TikTok – despite it being illegal for inmates to have phones. 

A group of inmates in a packed ‘HMP cell’ jump around to techno music in a viral video posted over the weekend.

They are seen raising their hands in the air and chanting as they party around a darkened room. 

Another clip shows a prisoner busting some moves beside a cell toilet as his friends watch on and laugh.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) told the Mail Online they have had the account removed from TikTok and warned any inmates found with mobile phones face extra time behind bars. 

It comes after the MoJ announced earlier this year they had installed new technology in prisons to detect contraband items as they enforced a ‘zero tolerance approach to drugs, knives and mobile phones in prisons.’ 

Footage emerged showing prisoners dancing to techno music in a packed cell 

They can all be seen raising their hands, shouting and chanting in the videos posted online

Videos were posted to TikTok on Saturday and Sunday but it is not clear exactly when they were filmed

Inmates appear to be dressed in Christmas jumpers and hats but one of the captions included the hashtag ‘Halloween’

The videos’ captions include hashtags of ‘Halloween’ and ‘party’ but the video appears to show some individuals with Christmas jumpers and hats on so it remains unclear when they were recorded, though they were posted online on Saturday and Sunday.

Other hashtags used include ‘behind bars,’ ‘prison’ and ‘disco’ to brag about the rave’s venue.

Hashtags also reference #magic and #md, words often used to refer to MDMA or Ecstasy.

The videos were viewed more than half a million times, with other baffled users bemoaning that the prisoners ‘have a better social life than them’.

One commented: ‘I would be dancing like that too if I wasn’t paying for my gas and electric atm.’

Another said: ‘Prisoners with a better social life than me.’

A third said: ‘Looks great, where do I get a ticket?’

A fourth joked: ‘If this is what jail looks like I wanna go.’

A Prison Service spokesperson said they have had the account removed by TikTok

The Prison Service warned they do not tolerate mobile phones in prison and those found with them face extra time behind bars

The videos were viewed more than half a million times, with other baffled users bemoaning that the prisoners ‘have a better social life than them’

Other footage from the account reportedly shows what appears to be a prison wing and cells, although it’s not clear which prison they were shot in.

A Prison Service spokesperson told the Mail Online: ‘We do not tolerate mobile phones in prison and those found with them face extra time behind bars. 

‘We have had this account removed by TikTok.’

This comes after the Government claimed tougher airport-style security rolled out across the prison estate in England and Wales has intercepted almost 20,000 attempts to smuggle illegal contraband behind bars. 

The Ministry of Justice said in May that over the last two years, more than 70 ‘cutting-edge’ X-ray body scanners have been installed in all closed male prison which give sharp images of concealed contraband so staff can easily find and stop dangerous items from entering jails.

They said that since the beginning of the year 42 of the most challenging prisons have been kitted out with new drug-trace machines.

‘Gates at these prisons have also been beefed up with new metal detection archways and wands, extra drug dogs and biometric identification for the public,’ they said.

‘As a result, for the first time ever staff can effectively search visitors coming into jails and seize items such as phones and weapons that can fuel further crime and violence behind bars.’

Deputy Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Dominic Raab at the time said: ‘With this innovative new technology, we are enforcing our zero tolerance approach to drugs, knives and mobile phones in prisons. 

‘Illicit contraband endangers our hard-working staff and thwarts the efforts of other prisoners who are serious about their rehabilitation.’

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