Guard hurt in prison disorder
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.”