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Two on run after secure unit riot

St Mary's Kenmure
The unit can hold up to 36 young residents

Ten young offenders went on the run from a secure unit after a late-night riot, it has emerged.

Police are still hunting two of the youths who escaped from St Mary's Kenmure in Bishopbriggs, East Dunbartonshire early on Sunday.

The building was badly damaged after fires were started, computers smashed and staff attacked.

Twelve of those involved in the disturbance are due to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court later.

The unit is run by the Cora Foundation, which is owned by the Bishops' Conference of Scotland. It can hold up to 36 youngsters aged between 11 and 16.

One male member of staff suffered a slight cut in the disturbance, which began on Saturday night before escalating in the early hours of Sunday.

The disorder ended with 10 young people breaking through security-toughened glass in an accommodation block
St Mary's Kenmure spokesman

A Strathclyde Police spokesman confirmed: "Ten youths made off from the premises and eight were traced a short time later.

"Inquiries are continuing to trace two males, aged 14 and 16.

"A total of 12 youths have been arrested in relation to the incident and are presently in police custody."

He added that a report would be sent to the procurator fiscal.

A spokesman for the unit's board of managers said the facility had been temporarily closed while an investigation and repairs were carried out.

The spokesman added: "The disorder ended with 10 young people breaking through security-toughened glass in an accommodation block.

"During the disturbance there was minor fire damage to carpets and the electronic security system was damaged, along with a number of rooms and public areas."

Behaviourally challenged

A Strathclyde Fire and Rescue spokeswoman confirmed they had attended the unit after reports of an alarm being activated.

St Mary's Kenmure is a residential facility designed to offer support and education to behaviourally challenged young people who are referred from the Children's Panel system and sometimes from Sheriff Courts.

It is not a prison, although the young residents are not free to leave unless under supervision.

Rooms at the unit have en-suite toilet and shower facilities. It also features a swimming pool, gym and all weather playing fields.

A Scottish Government spokesman said the justice secretary had been made aware of the incident and was being kept up to date with developments.

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