Ashley Youth Detention Centre escapee detained and charged

(IMAGE: Department of Health)

Last night Police responded to a report of a youth allegedly escaping custody at the Ashley Youth Detention Centre near Deloraine at approximately 7.15pm.

Police responded quickly and located the youth hiding in bushes nearby a short time later. The youth was arrested and taken into custody.

The 17-year-old was charged with Escape and Attempted Carjacking and was scheduled to appear before the Youth Justice Court this morning.

The Department of Communities Tasmania has commenced a formal review into the incident that occurred at the Ashely Youth Detention Centre (AYDC) last night.

“This is a standard practice when such incidents occur, as it is important that we understand how they occurred and what measures can be put in place to prevent them happening again.” Said Roger Jaensch, Minister for Human Services

“It’s important to understand that AYDC is a therapeutic facility that aims to safely and securely accommodate young offenders with a view to rehabilitation and a positive return to life within our community.”

The Centre is set to receive a $7.3 million major infrastructure redesign and upgrade to ensure its fit for purpose as part of a state-wide, contemporary, therapeutic youth justice system.

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