Auckland Prison 'operating as normal' after three prison guards arrested

Auckland Prison at Paremoremo is operating as normal, its director says.
GRAHAME COX

Auckland Prison at Paremoremo is operating as normal, its director says.

Corrections says Auckland Prison at Paremoremo is operating as normal after three prison guards were suspended. 

The prison has an unusual number of prison guards who did not turn up for work over the weekend, after the arrest of three prison officers who allegedly used excessive force against inmates. 

It related to an incident where one officer received multiple stab wounds following an alleged attack by inmates. 

Three prison officers were arrested and charged with various offences including causing grievous bodily harm, assault with intent to injure, and attempting to pervert the course of justice. 

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Two inmates were charged over the alleged stabbing of another officer.

Inmates at the maximum security jail were reportedly kept in their cells longer over the weekend, due to a staffing shortfall.

On Monday prison director Andy Langley said the prison was operating as normal with usual staffing levels. 

However, he said there had been a high number of staff absences on Saturday, and "contingency plans" were in place to deal with it. 

That included bringing in outside staff, and restricting regimes. 

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The number of officers off work reduced by Sunday, he said. 

"The prison functioned well over the weekend and there were no incidents of note," he said. 

"We will continue to support staff and address any concerns they have, while at the same time giving full support to the ongoing police investigation." 

Corrections chief executive Ray Smith visited staff at the prison at the same time. 

 

 - Stuff

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