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UPDATED: Mayor calls on town to picket jail

Grafton Gaol Picket line - community come out in support of job losses: The crowd keep building late into the afternoon. Photo Lynne Mowbray / Daily Examiner
Grafton Gaol Picket line - community come out in support of job losses: The crowd keep building late into the afternoon. Photo Lynne Mowbray / Daily Examiner Lynne Mowbray

UPDATE 8.30pm

We've added Lynne Mowbray's photos and Debrah Novak's video from the gathering around the jail. Check out the video and the photo gallery linked here.

UPDATE 6pm

We've had reports that the prison vans will now arrive early hours of the morning. Members of the blockade are settled in for the night, and are awaiting the arrival at both entrances.

UPDATE: 4pm

They are expecting trucks at 5pm and people are being instructed to walk back and forth at the gate. "Stay disciplined" is the message

UPDATE: 3.30pm

A truck has pulled up to help the blockade

UPDATE: 2.30pm

Four prison trucks spotted this side of Kempsey. The picket line at the gates of the jail will stay until they arrive. They're prepared to stay the whole weekend if they have to.

 

Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson has urged the Clarence Valley community to gather at Grafton Correctional Centre to stop what is expected to be the transfer of all prisoners from the jail.

At around 2pm he posted to Facebook : "The trucks have been sent from Sydney to collect the prisoners from the Grafton Jail. It's now time for the community to stand up for the City. Come to the jail now to stand together to stop this. Donate some time to help if you can."

It is expected the trucks will arrive around 4pm to collect the prisoner, and already word of the hastily organised picket is spreading like wildfire through social media, and across local radio stations.

Topics:  grafton, jail closure, richie williamson


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