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Corrections officer injured at Westgate

A prison officer was injured in an attack by an inmate at Westgate Prison on New Year's Day, a government representative said last night.

A spokesman for the Ministry of National Security said that the officer was assaulted by the inmate while on duty.

He added: “As a result of the assault, the duress system was activated and the staff responded as per normal protocol.

“The officer involved received minor injuries and was attended to by corrections health services staff as a precautionary measure.”

The spokesman said that the inmate who attacked the officer was moved to disciplinary segregation at the prison.

He added: “The matter is now under police investigation and it is expected the inmate will be charged in due course.”

The spokesman said that two unrelated medical emergencies had also taken place at Westgate this week.

He said that an inmate was found in an “unresponsive state” on New Year's Day.

Another inmate was sick on New Year's Eve.

He said: “Staff responded as per normal protocol to both incidents, and the inmates were transferred to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.”

He added that both men remained in hospital in stable condition.

Westgate Prison is seen in this file photograph

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Published January 04, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated January 04, 2020 at 8:00 am)

Corrections officer injured at Westgate

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