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Quiet night following NZ prison riot

A riot in a New Zealand Prison which left three guards injured has been suppressed but there have been subsequent minor flare ups.

 
 

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A riot in a New Zealand Prison which left three guards injured has been suppressed but there have been subsequent minor flare ups.

Twenty-seven inmates rampaged through a part of the prison on Saturday, setting mattresses and rubbish on fire amid violence which left three guards with broken bones and two prisoners also injured.

The riot which was quelled by Saturday night occurred at Spring Hill prison, near Huntly in the Waikato region of North Island.

There had been a bit of disorder overnight but “nothing major”, Inspector Steve Kose of police northern communications told AAP on Sunday morning.

Police will go into the prison on Sunday to investigate, he said.

Corrections Minister Anne Tolley says the violence may have erupted because of a power struggle between members of the Killer Beez gang, which has a number of members at Spring Hill.

“We have moved some out over the past few months … so this might be a power vacuum, this might be about control,” she told the Sunday Star-Times.

The rioting inmates were expected to face charges of arson and assault.

“This was a serious event and regrettable,” Corrections northern region commissioner Jeanette Burns, said in a statement on Saturday night.

There was a heavy staff presence at the prison overnight and police, fire and ambulance officers remained at the scene as a precaution.

Aerial footage from 3News on Saturday afternoon showed bonfires in the yards and prisoners waving weapons.

Police later declared a no fly zone around the prison and thick smoke could be seen billowing out of the prison.

 
 

 
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