Sunday 22 January 2017

Staff threatened with boiling water by youths who barricaded themselves in kitchen - Crisis at Oberstown

Robin Schiller

Published 08/09/2016 | 11:54

Two youths at the Oberstown detention facility have caused considerable damage to a unit at the facility while threatening staff with boiling water.
Two youths at the Oberstown detention facility have caused considerable damage to a unit at the facility while threatening staff with boiling water.

Two youths at the Oberstown detention facility have caused considerable damage to a unit at the facility while threatening staff with boiling water.

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It is understood that the incident took place in Unit 5 of the complex this morning. The two young offenders are believed to have locked themselves into a kitchen in the unit and proceeded to destroy equipment and furniture.

When staff attempted to intervene, they were threatened with boiling water by the teenagers. A spokesperson for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs confirmed that a “small incident took place and is being dealt with”.

“As it’s an operational issue the Minister will not be commenting,” the spokesperson added.

The incident comes just over a week after young offenders caused millions of euro worth of damage to facility after climbing onto the roof and setting fire to a unit.

The situation deteriorated to a point where the Garda Public Order Unit as well as armed officers were called to the Lusk facility.

A member of staff was also seriously assaulted by up to eight teens and suffered a broken nose and serious lacerations to his face.

Six units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were required to deal with the massive blaze, and the stand-off eventually ended some 10 hours after it began.

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