A bus carrying inmates to a Central North Island prison broke
down on the Desert Road last night.
Corrections Department Acting National Commissioner Jeanette
Burns confirmed police assisted Corrections staff to escort
the transport bus "carrying a number of prisoners to a nearby
prison" after it broke down.
"The prisoners were contained in the bus at all times.
Corrections and police staff were on hand and there was no
risk to public safety."
Ms Burns said Corrections had robust plans in place for
incidents of this kind and its response was "successfully
A full investigation will be undertaken into this incident.