Inmates on roof of prison

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 Howe.

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.

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