3 Jan – The administration of Australia’s Bathurst prison located some 125 miles west of Sydney on Monday used tear gas against more than 70 prisoners to stop a riot.
The incident began at around 1.30pm when an inmate became argumentative with jail staff and refused to leave a maximum security wing at the jail.
As the inmate was restrained, another inmate attempted to intervene by striking an officer in the head a number of times.
The Immediate Action Team was called to the wing and took charge of the two inmates.
A spokesperson for Corrective Services said as the officer was being taken to the clinic for treatment, inmates in the yards became unsettled and began calling out abuse.
As a result, the inmates were secured in their cells, but a number of inmates in two yards refused to comply and chemical munitions had to be deployed.
The officer who was injured in the incident received treatment and was offered counselling.
NSW Police, Fire and Rescue and ambulance officers also attended the centre in case of further problems.