Prisoners enjoy ‘Christmas Day jail rave’ as inmates dance to deafening music

Prisoners enjoy an ‘impromptu rave on Christmas Day’ in a video which was caused widespread outrage after emerging online.

A former officer said the video of cons dancing made him want to "vomit".

The clip is believed to have been filmed by a prisoner in HMP Lancaster Farm in North Lancashire, reports the Daily Record.

Mobile phones are not allowed in prisons.

The video has emerged on two Facebook pages so far, one of which said it happened on Christmas Day and both of which identified the same jail.

They have received more than 500,000 views with nearly 2,000 comments.

In the short clip, it shows the prisoners dancing  while listening to deafening music.

The prisoners, who appear to be on a landing in an open area of HMP Lancaster Farm, are waving their hands in the air with one dancing away in a Santa hat.

They are gleefully chanting along to the song "Whoomp There It Is" by Tag Team as they party it out.

Another prisoner is seen smiling and puts his arms up in the air showing his Hugo Boss jumper before the clip moves over to a guy in a grey t-shirt robotically dancing.

An inmate in a Santa hat then attempts a cartwheel before going to the floor to move backwards like a worm.

Meanwhile in the background a two litre bottle of fizzy juice can be seen on a table.

Sam Riley wrote under the Facebook post: "As a retired Prison Officer these scenes make me want to vomit.

"The Governors at the Farms should hang their heads in shame. Total disgrace."

Phil Kuczer added: "Looks like f*****g Butlins not prison. Absolutely shocking."

Nathan Sweeney wrote: "It’s a prison. Not a playhouse. No wonder people aren’t a***d if they get sent down any more.

"Absolute joke if you think they should have the right to party like that."

Shaun Nixon posted: "Criminals getting a bed and Christmas dinner whilst ex- servicemen and women are homeless for Christmas. Absolute joke."

James Adam Jackson said: "The fact that they are in jail but they are happy. It shows how much they don’t take their punishment seriously and just don’t care about our joke of a justice system."

Dona Shand said: "F*****g joke this is. They have a better life in jail than us out here."

Simon Gaskell said: "Taxpayers money well spent again I see. What a joke this country is."

A Prison Service woman said: "This behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

"We have recruited an extra 3,500 prison officers over the last two years and are investing an additional £40 million in safety and security.

"Anyone found with a mobile phone faces extra time behind bars and we are spending £2 million to detect and block them from being used."

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