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Prison staff in hospital after disturbance at young offender institute

The Ministry of Justice said the incident at Feltham on Friday was under control ‘within 25 minutes’.

Feltham Young Offender Institute in west London, where the disturbance took place (Johnny Green/PA)
Feltham Young Offender Institute in west London, where the disturbance took place (Johnny Green/PA)

By Ryan Hooper, PA Chief Reporter

Prison officers were taken to hospital after violence broke out at a young offender institute.

Around 14 staff at Feltham in west London were treated after the disturbance, which occurred at lunchtime on Friday.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said there were no serious injuries, and the matter was brought under control “within 25 minutes”.

It is not known how many youngsters were involved.

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Feltham Young Offender Institute in west London, where the disturbance took place (Steve Parsons/PA)

A Prison Service spokesman said: “An incident at Feltham Young Offender Institute was quickly resolved by our brave and diligent prison officers.

“We will never tolerate violence against our staff and will punish those involved.”

Feltham is home to around 100 boys and young men aged between 15 and 21.

An inspection report published in June identified soaring levels of violence and self-harm, high use of staff force, poor care and long periods of lock-up in cells in Feltham A, which holds offenders aged 15-18.

It prompted the Government to halt placements at the unit.

The MoJ said there had been a sustained reduction in levels of assaults on staff, self-harm and use of force between the start of May and the end of August, but there are no plans to return the establishment to full capacity.

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