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Allegations of sexual assaults, extortion emerge from Mt Eden Prison

A day after the Department of Corrections announced it was stepping in to run Mt Eden Prison, more allegations about sexual assaults and extortion have emerged.

Labour Party corrections spokesman Kelvin Davis said he had received a "tsunami" of information regarding the Serco-run jail.

"So there's three rape allegations, there's an extortion allegation and there's others that I just can't go into ... I just have to give them over to the police and leave them to deal with it and investigate," he told ONE News.

Police confirmed they have received the allegations from Mr Davis and are now assessing the information.

Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga said: "We've taken steps, serious steps to fix the problems within Corrections. But look, there will be further steps going forward, there's a lot of work to do within our prisons and I'm here to fix it, I've been given that task and that's what I'm going to do."

Today, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English appeared to down play aspects of the scandal.

"We'd be a bit naive to think prisoners don't fight. It seems to be regarded as news that there's fights in prison. There's fights in 15-year-old rugby teams," Mr English said.

The Department of Corrections will take over the management of Mt Eden Prison from Monday.

A day after the Corrections Department said it would take over control of the prison, allegations of sexual assaults have emerged. Source: 1 NEWS