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Jail drama

Tuesday, 4th December, 2018

Police officers gather in the front yard of the jail yesterday afternoon. PICTURE: Michael Murphy Police officers gather in the front yard of the jail yesterday afternoon. PICTURE: Michael Murphy

By Michael Murphy

Police rushed to the local jail yesterday afternoon and quickly surrounded the perimeter to thwart any escape by prisoners.

About a dozen uniformed officers and plain clothes detectives quickly descended on the scene just before 3pm, and stood watch at strategic points outside the main fence.

Police could be seen inside the prison’s front grounds, pointing to the razor-wired roof of the main building while a drone hovered about 30 metres above it, presumably with a camera attached to inform police on the ground.

The drama appeared to end about 30 minutes later without incident when the drone took off and police and prison guards converged in front of the jail to debrief. Staff could also be seen re-entering the main building.

“Police are investigating an alleged attempted escape by three inmates at the Broken Hill Correctional Centre,” Acting Inspector Ben Clavel said yesterday.

“Police responded and worked with Corrective Services to resolve the matter.

“No actual escape occurred.

“The wider community was not affected in any way.”

It’s the second serious incident at the jail this year. In April, three inmates escaped by getting into the ceiling and out through the roof. They kicked in a skylight to get to the roof, found a part that was not fortified with razor wire and then jumped off and ran away.

Within 35 minutes two of them were caught three blocks away by police and prison officers near the water treatment plant on the Joe Keenan Lookout behind the Central School.

The other was recaptured in Argent Street later that night.

One of the escapees caught at the lookout broke his foot getting out of the jail.

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