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Ontario prison facing lockdown after overnight riot‎

By KJ Mullins     Jul 22, 2009 in Crime
Warkworth Institution in Ontario is the scene of a prison revolt that started Tuesday night at 9 p.m. when inmates refused to return to their cells.
Warden Charlie Stickle told the Peterborough Examiner officials are assessing the situation.
"We're just in the middle of trying to get a handle on the situation," he said. "We don't have any concerns for the public at this time."
The Vancouver Sun reports more than 200 inmates took over part of the prison over night. They gained control of the infirmary that houses the prison's collection of different medicines. There have been four overdoses since the take over. Those inmates have been sent to a hospital in Campbellford. All of those inmates are in stable condition.
At the time of the takeover the inmates were outside in the yard where they refused to leave. Throughout the night there were a number of fires set.
The Winnipeg Sun reports:
"They are burning anything they can get their hands on," a firefighter on scene said, adding he understands the inmates' recreation centre may have been torched.
At 6 a.m. Wednesday morning the prison invoked the Riot Proclamation Act. That Act allows for officials at the prison to use whatever force they deem necessary to regain control of the situation. The prison staff are working at this hour to get the prisoners back to their cells.
The prison has 576 inmates and 337 employees.
This is not the first situation at the prison this year, there have been several lockdowns. The prison is and will remain in lockdown until further notice.
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