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Medway youth offenders centre: More abuse arrests

The Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester Image copyright PA
Image caption The Medway Secure Training Centre takes people aged from 12 to 17 years old both on remand and on conviction

Five more people have been arrested after a BBC Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at a young offenders centre in Kent.

An investigation into allegations of abuse at the G4S-run Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester was launched by Kent Police in January.

Two men and three women have been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office, Kent Police said.

They remain in custody, a spokesman said.

In May an inquiry found complaints about three G4S-run youth offender centres had been ignored by the Youth Justice Board.

Details emerged in a report into Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent, where the BBC's Panorama secretly filmed staff assaulting children.

Following the broadcast in January four men were arrested on suspicion of child neglect while a fifth was held on suspicion of assault.

All were released on police bail.

Image caption Panorama filmed undercover at the unit

The Panorama programme included footage apparently showing staff mistreating and abusing inmates.

Allegations relating to 10 boys, aged 14 to 17, included use of unnecessary force, foul language and a cover-up at the centre.

Five members of staff were sacked and three more suspended, while the unit's director Ralph Marchant stood down.

In July the government is to take over the unit which takes youths aged 12 to 17 both on remand and after conviction.

Justice Secretary Michael Gove said a new governing body would scrutinise and support all three secure training centres at Medway, Oakhill in Milton Keynes and Rainsbrook near Rugby.

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