Prisoners display a banner that reads COVID FTS (F**k That S**t). Picture: 7 News
Prisoners display a banner that reads COVID FTS (F**k That S**t). Picture: 7 News

Jail Riots: Fires have been started, buildings trashed

Prisoners have caused damage across large parts of Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre - including lighting fires and smashing windows - resulting in multiple "code blacks" and forcing medical staff to walk off the job, prison officers say.

Prison sources have told The Courier-Mail that inmates caused havoc throughout the night - with rioting continuing today - with multiple units around the prison left damaged by fire and flooding.

A banner that reads COVID FTS (f**k that s**t) is being displayed from the side of a building.

The remnants of one of the fires started by rioting prisoners at Arthur Gorrie jail. Picture: 7 News
The remnants of one of the fires started by rioting prisoners at Arthur Gorrie jail. Picture: 7 News

 


The Queensland Police Service dog squad are currently running frantically inside the prison grounds, as fire fighters remain on standby at the scene.

Prisoners have smashed windows and thrown rubbish and debris across the grounds, as they hang signs showing messages about COVID-19 from their cells.

Multiple contracted cleaners are onsite waiting to gain access into the grounds, which was just an hour ago heavily guarded by police.

Several ambulances remain behind the locked prison gate.

The prison is currently managing several medical emergencies as inmates continue to damage the buildings. Several ambulances are inside the centre.

In one unit, doors were left unlocked and prisoners left their cells to trash the area.

Buildings have been trashed during the riots. Picture: 7 News
Buildings have been trashed during the riots. Picture: 7 News

 

Multiple code blacks were called at 10pm, with police fire and paramedics rushing to the jail.

Some inmates were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with smoke inhalation.

Authorities were also forced to call a "code purple" - an external threat - when a drone was spotted hovering overhead.

The Courier-Mail was also told nurses walked off the job in the early evening over concerns for their safety.

It is understood prisoners were not able to be treated or medicated by the prison's medical staff throughout the night.

Queensland Corrective Services has been contacted for comment.

Massive riots are under way inside Arthur Gorrie jail. Picture: 7 News
Massive riots are under way inside Arthur Gorrie jail. Picture: 7 News


The prison union have this afternoon told The Courier-Mail they are deeply concerned over the events over the last 24 hours, as prison staff are having to continue working under very difficult circumstances.

"Together members are deeply concerned about the incident last night at Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre," a Together spokesman wrote in a statement.

"These events highlight the importance of prison safety for staff, prisoners and the community.

"The staff at the Centre are continuing their work in very difficult circumstances in a dedicated, professional way and deserve our respect.

The Queensland Ambulance Service is part of the response to a fire at Arthur Gorrie.
The Queensland Ambulance Service is part of the response to a fire at Arthur Gorrie.

"We will continue to engage with management at the Centre and with QCS to ensure that our concerns about Workplace Health and Safety at our prisons are addressed."

People with loved ones inside the prison have this afternoon pulled over outside the facility to inspect what has happened.

They've told The Courier-Mail they've not been officially alerted to the events that have taken place over the last 24 hours, and have been using the media as a point of contact to learn of what's happened.

Originally published as 'COVID F**k That S**t': Wild riots break out at Arthur Gorrie


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