Riot squads called in at notorious jail as fires are started during WILD prisoner rampage – just months after a similar uprising caused carnage
Riot squads have been called into to a notorious jail in Sydney’s west after fires were started during a wild prisoner rampage.
Firefighters rushed to Parklea Correctional Centre on Sunday afternoon following reports multiple fires had been lit inside the facility.
Officers from the public order and riot squad unit also attended the scene to assist with the incident.
It is understood the fires have been extinguished and around a hundred people have been evacuated from the jail.
Riot squads have been called to Parklea Correctional Centre, in Sydney’s west, (pictured) to quell a prisoner rampage
Footage obtained by 9News shows prisoners lined up in rows, laying face down, on a basketball court as authorities worked to bring the situation under control.
The riot comes after an uprising at the prison in July saw inmates torch one of the jail’s wings before escaping onto the roof of the building.
Flames could be seen pouring out of the windows of one building as smoke billowed into the air.
Around 10 inmates, apparently brandishing makeshift weapons, made their way to the roof shirtless and in shorts, cheering and screaming as they were filmed by photographers.
Firefighters were also called to the facility following reports multiple fires had been lit inside
After three hours of mayhem, the jail’s Immediate Response Team used smoke grenades on the protesting prisoners before moved into to retake the rooftop.
Correctional Centre Governor Paul Baker praised the jail’s Security Operations Group and the centre’s Immediate Response Team officers for safely resolving the incident.
‘The officers have done an excellent job, utilising their specialised training, to resolve this situation safely,’ he said at the time.
The jail is home to both maximum and minimum security prisoners and can house 1350 inmates.
Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne spent three weeks of his five year jail sentence in the prison earlier this year before he was moved to Cooma jail on May 26.