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More than 20 inmates charged over a riot earlier this year at Cessnock Correctional Facility

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More than 20 inmates have been charged over a riot at Cessnock Correctional Centre in the Hunter Valley earlier this year. 

A number of inmates allegedly caused $130,000 worth of damage at the facility on Thursday 30th April and end up on the roof of the premises causing a riot. 

No police response was requested at the time.

Police will allege that the men threatened unlawful violence towards Corrective Services NSW staff and damaged several areas of the facility, including the ceiling, doors and roof, along with items inside. 

Hunter Valley Police District officers did launch an investigation, and have now issued Court Attendance Notices (CAN) to 21 men – all aged between 22 and 39 – for the offences of riot and participate in criminal group.

Of the men:

  • Nine were served a CAN at a correctional facility at Goulburn (aged 22-39)
  • Six were served a CAN at a correctional facility at Cessnock (aged 24-32)
  • A 24-year-old man was served a CAN at a correctional facility at Kempsey
  • A 28-year-old man was served a CAN at a correctional facility at Wellington
  • A 33-year-old man was served a CAN at a home in Hamilton South
  • A 32-year-old man was served a CAN at a home in Gosford

The 19 men are due to appear at Cessnock Local Court today (Thursday 30 July 2020).

A 32-year-old man was arrested at Surry Hills Police Station and served a CAN yesterday. He was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today (Thursday 30 July 2020).

A 39-year-old man was arrested at a home in Tamworth and served a CAN earlier this month. He was refused bail and appeared at Tamworth Local Court on Friday 3 July 2020 where he was granted conditional bail to next appear at the same court on Monday 24 August 2020.

Police have worked closely with CSNSW Special Operational Group North staff and officers during this investigation.

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