Teenager charged over stand-off

A TEENAGER has been charged in connection with an alleged violent rampage at a young offenders' institution near Woodbridge.

A TEENAGER has been charged in connection with an alleged violent rampage at a young offenders' institution near Woodbridge.

A trail of destruction left Warren Hill YOI at Hollesley with damage estimated at around �50,000.

A 17-year-old male will appear before South East Suffolk magistrates tomorrow accused of taking part in the disorder.

He was charged by Metropolitan Police after being questioned on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said no one else has been arrested in connection with the alleged incident, however inquiries are continuing.

The allegation surrounds extensive damage to the education block after a 12-hour stand off between staff and four people housed at the secure unit.

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It is believed desks, chairs and computers may have been damaged in the outbreak of disorder.

During the incident those responsible are said to have armed themselves with makeshift weapons, believed to have been made from some of the damaged property.

Earlier this year Suffolk police confirmed a senior officer was called to the young offenders' institution, nearly five hours after trouble broke out on January 26, to provide support and advice.

The incident was reported at 10.30am.

At one stage two people were alleged to have climbed up on to the roof of the unit.

The situation was resolved by 10.30pm.

No one was seriously injured, although one of the youths from the institution was said to have sustained an injury to his leg.

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