26 Jan 2016

Guard beaten in Noumea prison riots

8:42 am on 26 January 2016

A guard has been beaten and briefly held prisoner by inmates at New Caledonia's East Camp prison.

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The police say about 20 detainees in Noumea's overcrowded facility burnt furniture and mattresses during Sunday night.

About 11pm a patrolling guard was assaulted by several inmates who had managed to open the doors of their cells.

A police spokesperson says he was kicked and punched in the head and kept in a cell for about half an hour before being freed by other guards.

Firefighters and police intervened to stop the riot which lasted three hours.