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Prison officers hospitalised after being attacked with brush handles

It happened on the A1 landing as officers were clearing out the cells.

Image: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

TWO PRISON OFFICERS have been hospitalised after they were attacked in Mountjoy Prison at 10:30 this morning.

Brush handles were used to assault the officers as they were moving prisoners from their cells.

One of the officers has head injuries while another received injuries to his arm, both are being treated at the Mater Hospital.

A source told TheJournal.ie that this was a “totally unprovoked attack”.

The Irish Prison Service says the first prisoner to hit out was restrained by staff and while they were removing him from the landing a second prisoner threw the head of the brush in the officers direction, striking a second officer in the head.

This latest assault comes after a spate of violent attacks in prisons in recent weeks.

The most recent of which was a nurse being knocked out by prisoner Jeffrey Dumbrell at Wheatfield Prison on Tuesday morning.

While on Saturday night a Cork prisoner was stabbed to death over an argument about a remote control.

Earlier this month at the Prison Officers Association’s Annual Conference the POA called for the physical safety of it’s members to be a top priority.

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