Guards lose control of prison riot

Emergency services remain on standby at the prison in South Australia’s north where inmates have rioted.

A police tactical response unit is trying to negotiate an end to the stand-off at the Port Augusta Prison, about 320km north of Adelaide.

It is understood about 34 inmates from the jail’s high security Bluebush division rioted yesterday afternoon in a protest over conditions.

Some have been seen on the prison roof with banners and banging what appear to be makeshift weapons.

South Australian Correctional Services spokesman Chris Thompson said this morning no injuries had been reported and authorities were hoping to achieve a swift resolution to the stand-off.

“We have had no reports of anyone being injured, I think things have gone relatively smoothly overnight,” he said.

Mr Thompson said he was unable to confirm what the prisoners were rioting over.

However, he said concern had been expressed about recent lock-downs at the facility.

Emergency services on stand-by at the prison also include fire and ambulance services.

source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/national/guards-lose-control-of-prison-riot/2008/10/10/1223145575747.html

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