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Prison officers deny wrongdoing as Woolwich suspect Michael Adebolajo loses teeth in jail

Prison officers "strenuously deny any wrongdoing" after Woolwich murder suspect Michael Adebolajo lost two teeth when he was restrained in jail, a trade union said yesterday.

The 28-year-old was injured at high security Belmarsh prison in south east London on Wednesday, where he is being held on suspicion of murdering soldier Lee Rigby. Yesterday the Prison Officers' Association (POA) hit out at the Ministry of Justice, claiming it had done "little to avoid sensationalist reporting" the incident.

The union said: "The POA are aware of an incident that took place on Wednesday which involved a prisoner being subjected to restraint using approved techniques called Control and Restraint.

"Our members strenuously deny any wrongdoing and the POA will be supporting them legally and emotionally during this difficult time. Restraint is only used where necessary when dealing with incidents up and down the country." The union vowed to co-operate with any police investigation, and expects the officers to be "fully exonerated".

Adebolajo is accused together with Michael Adebowale (22) of hacking Fusilier Rigby to death near Woolwich Barracks on May 22 and are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on November 18.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident.

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