Two lovesick prisoners desperate to share a cell have set fire to an Auckland women's prison in a bid to be together.
A distressed transgender inmate who had previously identified as female and been housed in the women's prison also caused chaos demanding to return to the men's prison.
'Over the last few days, a small number of prisoners have been causing damage, inciting violence and putting other prisoners and staff at risk due to their poor behaviour at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility,' Regional Commissioner Jeanette Burns told Daily Mail Australia.
Female prisoners in Australia's biggest women's prison, Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre in Sydney (pictured)
Two lovesick prisoners desperate to share a cell have set fire to Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility (pictured) in a bid to be together
'Two prisoners who were in an intimate relationship, and who wanted to be placed in a unit together, have been at the centre of the unrest and had made it clear they would create as much disruption as possible until they got their way,' Ms Burns said.
'This led to the lighting of two small fires on Monday night, which staff quickly extinguished. The prisoners are currently residing in separate units and both are settled and compliant.'
More than 40 Corrections officers specially trained in containing large-scale prison unrest were needed to control the