Prisoners riot at Cessnock jail, lock themselves in rooms, reportedly light fires

By Nick Bielby and Ian Kirkwood
Updated April 30 2020 - 11:10pm, first published 11:00pm

A riot that broke out at a Hunter jail on Thursday - with inmates locking themselves in rooms and some reportedly seen lighting fires on the roof - was over a call for drug withdrawal therapy, the state's prison authority says.

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