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EXCLUSIVE: Inmate infiltrates jail staff room

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Ray received a tip-off that inmates at Bathurst jail have been breaking into staff areas of the facility.

Inmates have reportedly made use of a blind spot in the wing, stealing items from the staff meal area, in some cases tampering with food.

One inmate even stole a TV.

“Where’re they going to take it, the pawn shop in Bathurst? Not likely,” says Ray.

The listener who gave Ray the tip-off said seven metres of rope was also stolen.

“The system is broken, there is no leadership and the staff will be the ones that ultimately pay the price,” he writes.

A response from NSW Corrections confirms the claims, telling Ray an inmate did steal a TV and has been charged.

“An inmate has been charged internally after he removed a TV from a vacant office in the minimum-security area of Bathurst Correctional Centre about a month ago.

The TV was the type that inmates can purchase on the inmate buy-up scheme.

Investigations continue into claims inmates had tampered with food in a nearby staff room.

Staff located a seven metre rope in the cell of a medium-security inmate last Wednesday (9 May).

The rope was made from cords used to tie laundry bags and taken from the industries area of the prison.

The centre was placed into lockdown and a search of the area found other, shorter sections of similar cord.

Corrective Services Industries at the prison is reviewing use of those particular cords following the incident.”

“It appears the inmates at Bathurst are in fact running the asylum,” says Ray.

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Ray Hadley
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