Tear gas deployed in ‘major incident’ at Long Bay prison

SEVERAL inmates have been taken to hospital following a violent brawl at a maximum security prison in Sydney.

The violence broke out inside the Long Bay Correctional Centre, 14km south of the city’s CBD, on Sunday afternoon.

It’s understood authorities were forced to use tear gas to bust up the brawl.


7NEWS reporter Laura Banks broke the news on Twitter just after 2.30pm.

A fleet of nine ambulances was dispatched to the prison, where paramedics assessed five patients.

Three inmates are believed to have been injured, with two reportedly sustaining puncture wounds.

Long Bay Correctional Centre in Sydney | Source: J Bar via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.5)

It’s understood two of the injured prisoners have been taken from the facility in ambulances.

At this stage, no staff are thought to have been injured.

The prison, which houses both minimum and maximum security inmates, has been locked-down and a major incident control centre has been setup.

No further information was available at the time of writing.