- Prisoners are caught trying to escape after making a hole in the ceiling
- Ten inmates were trying to flee from the Casa de Custodia in Teresina, Brazil
- This is the third attempted prison escape in less than a week
Prisoners have been caught red-handed trying to escape a Brazilian prison after one of them got stuck dangling from the ceiling.
Ten inmates were trying to flee from the Casa de Custodia in Teresina in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Piaui.
The jailbirds had somehow made a hole in the concrete ceiling of their cell and attempted to get through it until they were caught in the act by military police and prison officers.
Dangling: Prisoners are caught red-handed as one of them is left with his legs dangling as he tries to escape
The officers even had time to snap pictures one crook’s legs dangling as he tried to desperately get through the hole.
Legal adviser of the Union of Penitentiary Agents of Piaui Vilobaldo Carvalho said the prison suffered from frequent breakout attempts partly because it was so overcrowded.
He said: ‘Currently the House of Custody has 336 places and has 1,036 inmates, that is, 700 more than its capacity, basically triple.’
The convicts involved in the escape were isolated in another section of the prison and the escape hole was covered.
Caught in the act: The jailbirds somehow made a hole in the concrete ceiling of their cell during an escape attempt
Ten inmates are caught as they tried to flee from the Casa de Custodia in the north-eastern Brazilian state of Piaui
Military police and prison officers prevented the convicts from escaping when they arrived at the scene
However, it appears these escapes are not uncommon with this being the third attempted prison escape in less than a week in Teresina.
Two previous attempts were also stopped in the Irmaos Guido prison which is in the southern part of the city.
Local prisons boss Daniel Oliveira said: ‘We are taking preventive action to prevent prisoners from causing disturbances. The prompt action of the custody team within our security planning was instrumental in stopping the attempted escape.’