The Police Service says it is conducting investigations into an incident involving several wards of the State, which occurred at the St. Jude’s Home for Girls, Belmont.
In a statement this afternoon, the police said officials at the home reported that several girls began behaving in a very violent and aggressive manner toward staff at around 2:00pm on Monday during which the dormitory and library areas sustained significant damage.
The staff at the home said they were forced to lock themselves in the reception area before calling the police.
Officers of the Belmont Police Station and the Child Protection Unit responded.
During the incident, six wards escaped, but through swift work by officers of the Western Division, five were held shortly after, and taken into custody.
One of the girls who fled was still at large, while another who attempted to leave the premises, sustained an injury to her leg and was taken to hospital for treatment.