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Lithgow Correctional Centre disturbance quickly suppressed

Issued: Thursday, 3 September 2015
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Corrective Services NSW has praised staff who quickly suppressed a disturbance at Lithgow Correctional Centre this afternoon (Thursday 3 September). 

At 3.15pm 35 inmates refused to return to their cells and jammed the door of a day room at the centre, throwing around garbage bins and television sets, and lighting a small fire. 

At 3.57pm 20 staff regained control of the area using tear gas. The inmates withdrew to their cells and no one was injured. 

"Fortunately all our staff are well trained to deal with inmate unrest," said Assistant Commissioner (Custodial Corrections) Kevin Corcoran. "I congratulate the Lithgow officers who were able to reassert control promptly, efficiently, and without any injuries." 

An investigation into the incident has begun. Initial estimates are that damage to the centre is minimal and the cause of the disturbance was the segregation of a non-compliant inmate yesterday.  

The unit where the disturbance occurred will be locked down for the next few days while disciplinary action and possible charges are considered.


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