At least six people have been injured after a riot broke out in a juvenile detention centre in New South Wales.
Scores of police officers are still stationed at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre near Gosford on the Central Coast, after fights broke out overnight.
As many as eight youths have been stabbed, after detainees used chainsaws to cut open all the cell doors, before running rampant through the facility.
ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER THIS ADVERTISEMENT
Additional resources have been called in from neighbouring police districts, as well as the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Dog Unit, PolAir, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, the Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit, and other specialist resources.
A secure perimeter has been set up inside the Kariong facility this morning, with some detainees sitting on top of one of the roofs.
Police have confirmed that all detainees have been accounted for, and have noted the following injuries in the incident.
An 18-year-old suffered stab wounds and facial injuries and was transported to the Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious condition.
Another 18-year-old suffered stab wounds to his head and hands; a 20-year-old suffered facial and hand injuries; a 17-year-old had facial and head injuries; while another 20-year-old suffered injuries to his hand, leg, and arm.
Another 17-year-old dislocated his ankle after jumping off a roof.
They have all been taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment.
A seventh juvenile was later treated at the scene for a broken nose.
Negotiations were still ongoing at the time of writing, while investigations are underway.
A number of crime scenes have been established inside the centre.
It’s unclear how many youths were involved in the riot, though it’s understood some have surrendered.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.