Prison authorities are planning how to respond to two inmates
who are refusing to come down from the roof of Manawatu
Prison after staying there overnight.
The prisoners are understood to have climbed onto the roof
yesterday afternoon and remain there this morning.
"There is no possibility of the pair escaping, nor any danger
to the community and prison authorities are considering their
next move. Ensuring the safety of both staff and prisoners is
of paramount importance," said Manawatu Prison manager Peter
Due to security reasons details of the planned response would
not be made public at this stage, he said.
Police have set up cordons and prison staff have increased
patrols around the perimeter of the prison.
It is understood the prisoners cannot be seen from the road.
A prison spokesman would not identify the prisoners or say
what they were in custody for.