Five inmates injured in prison fight

Police say it is too early to say whether a fight at Hawke’s Bay Prison was gang related.

A 35-year-old inmate is in Hawke’s Bay Regional Hospital with head injuries. He is in a stable condition. Four other inmates were injured from the fight, which broke out at around 5pm yesterday. They were treated at the prison.

Detective Senior Sergeant Dave de Lange says it appears two groups were involved in the incident.

“As far as we are aware, no weapons were involved. Prison staff handled the initial incident quickly and effectively, locking down the unit to ensure nothing else happened.”

Mr de Lange says a scene examination is being carried out and police will soon interview other inmates.



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