Guard hurt in prison dis­or­der

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

A PRISON guard and pris­oner were in­jured dur­ing a dis­tur­bance at the Townsville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre on Satur­day night.

Up to 10 pris­on­ers were in­volved in the dis­tur­bance that started about 5.30pm, with one of them al­legedly armed with a screw­driver.

A prison of­fi­cer and a pris­oner were cut by glass bro­ken dur­ing the in­ci­dent and taken to hos­pi­tal.

A Queens­land Cor­rec­tive Ser­vices spokesman said the ma­jor­ity of pris­on­ers com­plied with di­rec­tions to re­turn to their cells, but two pris­on­ers re­fused, with the in­ci­dent fi­nally re­solved at 8.30pm.

Aus­tralian Prison Of­fi­cers As­so­ci­a­tion spokesman Brian New­man said he was con­tacted by mem­bers at the Townsville Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre on Satur­day night, alert­ing him to a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent con­cern­ing the in­jury of an of­fi­cer.

“The in­ci­dent had been de­scribed ini­tially as a riot, but fur­ther in­quiries re­vealed that the in­ci­dent con­cerned a sin­gle pris­oner al­legedly armed with a screw­driver,” he said.

“We un­der­stand that the in­jured of­fi­cer is re­cov­er­ing from his in­jury well and should be re­turn­ing to work once they are fit for duty.”

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