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Prison officers staged a protest outside the Hamilton Police Station on Wednesday evening, following the arrest of a female officer at Westgate on Sunday.

A number of officers walked off the job to picket outside the police station.

Head of the Prison Officers Association, Timothy Seon confirmed that the perimeter at Bermuda’s maximum security prison “was breached with contraband thrown over the wall”.

“Subsequently, there was an officer arrested and detained for questioning in regards to that matter,” he said.

“There are concerns, because the POA are questioning how this matter has become an external matter.”

On that note he added that senior management were “not doing their due diligence, or abrogating from their duties to investigate the matter”.

“That’s the reason why officers are in today in support of their colleague,” said Mr Seon.

While noting that the prison officer in question has been released on bail, he said this matter was “not resolved at the moment”.

“We will definitely have to have some talks tomorrow (Thursday).”

Meanwhile, National Security Minister Wayne Caines confirmed that the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) is “currently investigating an incident of a suspected perimeter breach at the Westgate Correctional Facility”.

“Consequently the BPS is questioning a Corrections Officer as part of its investigation,” he said.

“It would be premature to comment further as this is an ongoing investigation.”