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AustraliaGuard in hospital with 'unidentified illness' after 'suspicious package' found at Adelaide prison

05:30  07 december  2018
05:30  07 december  2018 Source:

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Guard in hospital with 'unidentified illness' after 'suspicious package' found at Adelaide prison© Provided by ABC News The Yatala Prison is in full lockdown. One person has been taken to hospital after a suspicious package was found at Adelaide's Yatala Labour Prison this morning, believed to have been thrown over the fence.

Emergency services are currently on the scene, with police, paramedics and MFS crews called to the prison at about 9:00am.

Police said one person had been taken by ambulance to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a stable condition.

Nev Kitchin from the Public Service Association said he believed the package was a tennis ball which had been thrown over the prison fence.

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"First and foremost our thoughts are obviously with the officer involved, but what appears to have happened is a tennis ball containing a substance has been thrown over the fence," he told the ABC.

"An officer, as part of his duties, has found the ball in question and on opening the ball has been affected by its contents.

"We don't know what the contents are but what it means in the interim is that the institution is in full lockdown, prisoners are not being transferred to their prisons and emergency services are on-site."

The Department for Correctional Services confirmed the incident in a statement to the ABC.

"I can confirm that a suspicious package has been identified at Yatala Labour Prison," deputy chief executive of the department Jackie Bray said.

"MFS and SAPOL are on site to undertake an investigation into the package.

"One staff member has been to taken to hospital in a stable condition with an unidentified illness."

Investigations into the package are continuing.

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