Three prison officers badly hurt in Midlands Prison

Three prison officers were badly hurt today
Three prison officers were badly hurt today

After recent concerns over prison officers’ safety in our prisons it emerged that a number of them were injured at Midlands Prison today in Portlaoise.

There were two separate incidents. In the first one officers were trying to stop a fight between two inmates when one of the guards was slashed across the buttocks with a sharp implement.

He needed 14 stitches as a result of the attack.

In a separate incident one officer sustained suspected broken ribs and another broke his ankle when they were trying to move a prisoner.

They are receiving treatment in hospital for their injuries.

There is not believed to be any connection between the two incidents, and authorities are investigating the attacks.