Children injured, guard’s keys taken at Victorian juvenile prison

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Attorney-General Jaclyn Symes says there will be consequences for offenders after a prison guard’s keys were taken and three children were hospitalised after an incident at a central Victorian youth justice centre.

Symes, speaking outside Victorian Parliament on Wednesday morning, confirmed police were called to the Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre in the Macedon Ranges on Tuesday.

The Malmsbury Youth Justice Centre, near Kyneton in central Victoria, was the scene of a prison riot in 2017.Credit: Paul Jeffers

“There’ll be consequences as a result of that,” Symes told reporters.

She added: “My information is that they obtained a set of keys for a guard, yes.”

Symes was unable to answer whether prisoners took control of the facility after they got the keys because she was still to be fully briefed on the incident. She also said she did not know the motivation for the incident.

Ambulance Victoria confirmed paramedics were called to Malmsbury around 4.20pm on Tuesday where three young people were treated for upper body injuries and taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Staff shortages in Victorian prisons caused the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) to raise concerns earlier this year that tensions between prisoners and correctional officers were rising, putting guards at risk.

Victoria Police and the Department of Justice and Community Safety have been contacted for further comment.

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