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‘Serious violence’ at Cookham Wood youth jail

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:52 GMT, Sep 22, 2015 |
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Prison inspectors have expressed concerns about levels of serious violence directed at staff and inmates at a Kent young offenders institution.

Improvised weapons such as sharpened cutlery had been used during fights at Cookham Wood in Rochester, they found.

An unannounced inspection found an increase in the number of boys needing hospital treatment for head injuries.

Prison officials said they had taken measures to improve safety and behaviour since the inspection.