Four inmates charged after inciting riots at Parklea Correctional Center in Sydney’s western Sydney

Four inmates face charges after climbing onto prison roof during riot that had to be broken up with ‘chemical ammunition’

  • Four inmates have been charged after a riot in Parklea Correctional Center
  • Fires were lit in the wings and 14 inmates climbed onto the roof on July 12
  • The four inmates who allegedly instigated the chaos have been accused of rioting
  • They appear in Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday 17 July

Four inmates have been charged after allegedly inciting a fiery riot and climbing the roof of their prison.

On July 12, 14 inmates reportedly set fires in the prison wings of the Parklea Correctional Center in Sydney’s west.

A group of them climbed onto the roof with weapons while other inmates refused to follow the guards’ directions.

Four inmates in their early twenties were arrested Friday afternoon at Riverstone Police Station.

The detainees were charged with rioting and will appear in court in Parramatta on Saturday.

Inmates (pictured) were seen apparently brandishing weapons around 2pm on Monday 12 July while shirtless and in shorts on the roof of the private prison, and four were charged with rioting on 16 July.

Flames could be seen through prison windows as fires raged in a building and smoke poured from the roof vents.

Inmates ostensibly brandishing weapons while shirtless and in shorts reached the roof of the private prison around 2 p.m. Monday.

Those on the roof played with photographers as guards tried to control the situation and Fire and Rescue NSW attended the blaze.

Smoke was visible from the roof vents and flames were visible through windows as fires raged in the building below, captured in footage of the scene

Smoke was visible from the roof vents and flames were visible through windows as fires raged in the building below, captured in footage of the scene

Prisoners paraded on the roof and played for photographers (pictured here) as guards tried to control the situation, and the accused are set to appear in Parramatta Bail Court on July 17

Prisoners paraded on the roof and played for photographers (pictured here) as guards tried to control the situation, and the accused are set to appear in Parramatta Bail Court on July 17

In the prison courtyards, another 50 inmates confronted employees who used “chemical ammunition” to clear the area, a spokesman for Ventia who runs the prison said.

Prisons Governor Paul Baker praised the prison’s Security Operations Group and the staff of the center’s Immediate Response Team for safely resolving the incident.

“The officers have done an excellent job, using their specialized training, to resolve this situation safely,” he said.

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