'Shawshank Redemption' escape foiled in Oz

Tim Robbins (left) and Morgan Freeman in the 1995 movie The Shawshank Redemption. A similar escape attempt has been thwarted in NSW. Photo / supplied
Tim Robbins (left) and Morgan Freeman in the 1995 movie The Shawshank Redemption. A similar escape attempt has been thwarted in NSW. Photo / supplied

Australian prison officers have thwarted a Shawshank Redemption-style prison break in northern NSW.

Guards discovered a fake section of wall during a routine check of Grafton Correctional Centre's minimum security area on Saturday, the ABC reports.

After noticing irregularities in a section of the wall, a closer inspection revealed bricks had been removed and reset.

When guards pushed the wall it collapsed to reveal a hole large enough for an adult to squeeze through, the ABC says.

Inside were jail-made tools wrapped in a T-shirt.

A police spokesman refused to confirm there had been an attempted escape but did say an investigation was underway.

"About 3.30pm (AEST) on Saturday, Corrective Services officers located implements within a minimum security accommodation unit," police said in a statement.

"Local police were notified and the implements were seized."

A NSW Department of Corrective Services spokeswoman said she could not comment on the matter while a police investigation was underway.

- AFP

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