Prison officer gets 14 stitches after Midlands Prison fight; at least one other also injured

Prison officer gets 14 stitches after Midlands Prison fight; at least one other also injured
Portlaoise Prison

At least two prison officers have been injured during an incident at the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise.

It is understood staff intervened after a fight broke out among a group of prisoners.

One prison officer is reported to have received a knife wound.

Deputy general secretary of the Prison Officers Association Jim Mitchel said: "The information is quite scant at the moment…Two of our officers were injured and both had to be hospitalised.

"One received a blade injury and received 14 stitches…A lot of the details are sketchy at the moment."

There are reports the man was slashed across the buttock with a makeshift 'shiv' knife.


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