Hurricane Irma: More than 100 high risk prisoners escaped

Source: BBC News

More than 100 prisoners escaped when Hurricane Irma hit the British Virgin Islands, Foreign Office minister Sir Alan Duncan has confirmed.

He told MPs there had been a “serious threat of the complete breakdown of law and order”.

Royal Marines were sent in on Friday to “protect the Governor”, he added.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is on his way to the Caribbean, amid criticism that the UK’s response has been “too slow”.

More than 500,000 British nationals have been in the path of Hurricane Irma, Sir Alan said, adding that five people are now known to have died in the British Virgin Islands and four in Anguilla.

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