Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Australia prison riot ends with police assault

02 July 2015, 06:55

Sydney - Three hundred prisoners who rioted in a Melbourne jail ahead of a smoking ban were back in their cells on Wednesday, prison authorities said, after police stormed the compound with tear gas and water cannon.

Four injured prisoners, two with dog bites, were taken to hospital after police teams moved in at 03:30 am (17:30 GMT on Tuesday), about fifteen hours after the riot began.

Prisons across the state are in lockdown with inmates confined to their cells.

Victoria State Corrections Commissioner Jan Shuard told reporters the smoking ban, which began on Wednesday, was probably the cause of the riot, but an investigation would be held.

Also Read: Smoking ban sparks riot at Australian prison

The state government said the ban would be enforced despite the riot, and smoking was now unlawful in Victorian jails.

Meanwhile, prison staff in the larger state of New South Wales are bracing for similar disturbances when a smoking ban in prisons starts there on August 10.

About 85% of prisoners smoke, and state governments across Australia have brought in bans for health reasons.

Prisoners advocate Brett Collins of Justice Action said the smoking ban was causing enormous stress and tension inside jails.

He told broadcaster ABC the smoking ban was a "denial of their rights" and it was like taking away prisoners' wages as cigarettes were like currency inside jails.

"It shows a lack of concern for these people as human beings and a lack of appreciation that jail is their home," Collins said.


Tags australia

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...