Around 14 prison officers taken to hospital after outbreak of violence at young offenders institute

Joe GampContributor, Yahoo News UK
File photo dated 12/01/09 of Feltham Young Offenders Institute. "Radical" and "lasting change" is needed at the prison for child criminals which saw an "appalling" drop in standards, inspectors said.
File photo dated 12/01/09 of Feltham Young Offenders Institute. "Radical" and "lasting change" is needed at the prison for child criminals which saw an "appalling" drop in standards, inspectors said.

A number of prison officers have been taken to hospital after violence broke out at a young offenders institute.

The disturbance took place on Friday lunchtime at Feltham Young Offender Institute in west London and has left 14 staff members requiring hospital treatment.

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The Ministry of Justice confirmed there were no serious injuries and the incident was brought under control "within 25 minutes".

Feltham Young Offender Institute, where a disturbance occurred at lunchtime on Friday requiring around 14 staff to be treated (PA)
Feltham Young Offender Institute, where a disturbance occurred at lunchtime on Friday requiring around 14 staff to be treated (PA)

However, it is not clear how many people were involved.

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."

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Around 100 boys and young men aged between 15 and 21 are held at Feltham Young Offender Institute.

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.

Sir David Ramsbotham said Feltham was guilty of institutionalised neglect with youngsters spending up to 22 hours a day in filthy, cold cells with nothing to do (GETTY)
Sir David Ramsbotham said Feltham was guilty of institutionalised neglect with youngsters spending up to 22 hours a day in filthy, cold cells with nothing to do (GETTY)

And in October, inspectors found the safety of the prison had dropped to an "appalling" level over the first half of the year.

According to the inspectors' report, there was a 45 percent rise in violent incidents over six months, while cases of self-harm had tripled.

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