Police have stormed a major disturbance at an infamous juvenile detention centre after a riot broke out among inmates.
Up to 15 police cars arrived at Don Dale Detention Centre, in the Northern Territory, on Tuesday night after a reported ‘disturbance’.
Shocking video footage shows the detention centre bursting in flames and blanketed with thick black smoke.
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Up to 15 police cars rushed to Don Dale Detention Centre (pictured), in the Northern Territory, on Tuesday night after a reported ‘disturbance’
The video, shared by 9 News, reveals the dire situation at Don Dale which has been under-reported as just a ‘disturbance’ by the state government department for young people.
A Territory Families department spokeswoman said police were called to the scene at 6.45pm on Tuesday to investigate the ‘disturbance’.
In a statement she said: ‘The police have been called and are currently assisting to resolve the situation.’
The centre received national attention in 2016 when the ABC’s Four Corners aired a report showing the abuse of the juveniles.
One harrowing image of an Aboriginal boy Dylan Voller pictured in a restraint chair wearing a spit hood prompted a royal commission into juvenile detention.
Dylan Voller (pictured) was one of the high-profile faces of the youths handcuffed, hooded and strapped to restraint chairs at Don Dale in the footage aired on ABC’s Four Corners in 2015
The royal commission into the Norther Territory’s youth detention was finalised last November and found ‘shocking and systemic failures’ in the system.
Former inmate Dylan Voller, who was the boy in the restraint chair footage, said the royal commission was a ‘waste of money.’
His comment came just after police announced no charges would be laid despite the commission’s findings.
The latest fire comes just months after four boys were accused of setting the centre alight in July.
Police have stormed a major disturbance at infamous juvenile detention centre after a riot broke out among inmates on Tuesday night