Who said the SAS feed only on enemy sentries and terrorists?

Rowdy prisoners can occasionally form part of their diet as well.

Scotland — 1987.

Thirty years ago, a prison riot in Peterhead turned ugly. Fifty inmates had managed to take control of D-wing. The riot had begun by the stabbing of an officer, but it had quickly escalated in a hostage situation. Two wardens were taken hostage. One of them, however, was released because of wounds; the other was about to endure a five-day ordeal that would only end with the storming of the black-clad SAS troopers.

Peterhead Prison was infamous for its Victorian workhouse conditions. Electricity in cells was limited, the food was awful, and the drainage horribly unsanitary.

The 50 rebels were all lifers and thus had scant to lose. Stuffing petrol in his pockets, they had paraded Jackie Stuart, the prison officer, through the roof and threatened to burn him alive.

“They were going to set fire to me if they didn’t get something,” the warden remembers.

They also beat him numerous times.