Jail guard poi­soned in at­tack

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A PRISON of­fi­cer has been taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a sus­pi­cious pack­age was found at Yatala Labour Prison.

Emer­gency crews were called to the prison about 9am yesterday when a ten­nis ball was dis­cov­ered in an area in­ac­ces­si­ble to pris­on­ers.

The SA Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion says within the ten­nis ball, which is thought to have been thrown over the prison wall, was white pow­der.

A male guard suf­fered con­vul­sions soon af­ter com­ing into con­tact with the pow­der and was rushed to hos­pi­tal. He is in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

The prison was placed into lock­down for sev­eral hours as emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing the Metropoli­tan Fire Ser­vice, re­sponded to the con­tam­i­na­tion.

Pub­lic Ser­vice As­so­ci­a­tion man­ager of pol­icy and strat­egy Austin White said the in­ci­dent was an­other rea­son why pris­ons should not be pri­va­tised.

“Con­tra­band be­ing in­tro­duced into prison is a con­stant cause of con­cern, our mem­bers are trained to de­tect and deal with this con­tra­band,” Mr White said.

“We ex­pect that staffing num­bers and train­ing in pri­va­tised prison will be re­duced.”

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