Western Australia prison escape prompts warnings for residents to lock doors
Western Australia Western Australia prison escape prompts warnings for residents to lock doors
Five inmates on the run and another five captured after breakout at Greenough prison
Four men remain on the run after a mass escape from a maximum security jail in Western Australiaâs mid west and residents and drivers are being warned to lock their doors and windows.
The escape occurred during a dist urbance at the Greenough regional prison, which houses men and women, near Geraldton on Tuesday afternoon, WA police said.
A sixth inmate was taken into custody on Wednesday, leaving four still at large: Bradley Silvester, 35; Alan McDonald, 28; Brendan Bartley, 22, and 18-year-old Darryl Councillor, according to police.
Assistant Commissioner for regional WA, Murray Smallpage, warned the men were considered âunpredictableâ, but reassured Geraldton residents police were doing all they could to hunt down them down.
The men are believed to still be in the Geraldton area and Smallpage warned residents and drivers to lock their doors and windows.
âThey are well-known,â he told ABC Perth. âThey have family up there. If any family - if any community members - know of these men, weâd encourage them to (get them to) surrender to police as soon as they can.â
An extra 150 police have been sent to Geraldton to help the large-scale effort, includ ing specialist investigators, the dog squad, tactical response officers and the air wing.
It is believed some inmates climbed on to a roof and others scaled a perimeter fence just after 4pm when prison officers went to extinguish a cell fire and âlost control of part of the prisonâ, corrective services commissioner Tony Hassall told the West Australian.
âIt started with a cell fire and then there were a couple of other fires lit in the prison,â he said.
âThey broke into some staff offices, got some equipment and used that to cause some damage. From the information I have, they got some equipment and scaled the perimeter fence.
âWeâll do a full investigation into exactly what happened and what the causes were.âTopics
- Western Australia
- Crime - Australia
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