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Banksia Hill Disturbances Continue as Inmates Trash Jail

After movie night the 22 detainees were being escorted back to their units, when three absconded.

Only one Youth Custodial Officer was with the group.

They trashed the site office, admin building, teaching unit, smashed windows and doors, and started fires.

They had a lighter and can of accelerant, as well as a mobile phone.

Staff were told to lock themselves in where ever they could. They turned the lights off and were left hiding in offices, while the three detainees tried to set fire to offices around them.

Incident was under control by 2.30am, when Police, police helicopter, fire fighters arrived.

It was not brought under control by PRT.

Facility is still in lock-down.

FACTS:

  • There was no recovery/emergency response team on site during the incident.
  • The incident was only taken under control when Police arrived.
  • These boys were aged: 16, 17 and 18yrs.
  • The 18yr old involved has already had multiple damage and assault reports within the centre.
  • The boys were housed in Murchison Unit - the "good behaviour/ self managed" unit.
  • No injuries.
  • Detainees set multiple fires, the most damaging to the lockers in the staff room.

For more on this issue see:


ABC ONLINE: REPEAT OFFENDER INVOLVED IN JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE FIRES

Juvenile detainees at Perth's Banksia Hill detention centre have been involved in a disturbance at the facility for the third time in five weeks, damaging a building.

Police and firefighters were called to the centre at 10:00pm following reports of unrest.

A Department of Corrective Services spokesman said a section of the centre was damaged by three inmates, who had gained access to a part of the prison and grounds they were not supposed to be in.

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THE WEST AUSTRALIAN: BANKSIA HILL IN LOCKDOWN AS TENSIONS ERUPT AGAIN
By Clarissa Phillips

In the third major incident at the centre in five weeks, three detainees trashed the site office, administration building and teaching unit.

The trio allegedly broke windows and doors as they started fires using a lighter and a can of accelerant.

Police, supported by Polair, and fire fighters were called at about 10:00pm on Friday to bring the situation under control.

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WA TODAY: PRISONERS TRASH BANKSIA HILL DETENTION CENTRE - AGAIN
By Adrian Beattie

Three young offenders have caused thousands of dollars of damage to Banksia Hill Detention Centre, trashing an office, administration area and teaching unit as well as setting several fires.

A spokesman for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services said they were called to the Canning Vale facility just before 10pm on Friday.

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THE AUSTRALIAN: TEENS RUN AWAY FROM BANKSIA HILL DETENTION CENTRE, TRASH JAIL
By Paige Taylor

Three teenagers from a unit for Western Australia’s best-behaved juvenile detainees ran away from guards at the end of a movie night and trashed parts of the state’s jail for minors last night.

Police, fire fighters and an emergency response team from within the Department of Corrective Services were called in to respond after the youths bolted from their minders in the grounds of the Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and broke into the administration building.

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PERTHNOW: DISTURBANCE AT BANKSIA HILL JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE CAUSES $10,000 DAMAGE
By Phil Hickey 

A DISTURBANCE at Banksia Hill Youth Detention Centre has caused damage worth an estimated $10,000.

Firefighters were called to the youth facility just before 10pm to put out a fire with five fire trucks and two support trucks called to the scene.

DFES has put the damage bill at approximately $10,000, however the Department of Corrective Services maintains the level of damage and value has yet to be determined.

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