9 Jun 2012

Prison officers assaulted

6:03 am on 9 June 2012

Two prisoners assaulted their guards during an incident at the Northland region corrections facility on Thursday.

The Corrections Department says a prisoner tried to access the staff base and attacked two officers in the process.

A fight then followed in which he and another prisoner, assaulted three more officers.

The department says one was taken to hospital and five were assessed at a medical centre with injuries ranging from bruising and swelling to missing teeth.

Sixteen prisoners have been reclassified as maximum security and moved from the prison.