A small riot broke out at a juvenile detention centre in Sydney’s west this afternoon after a number of inmates climbed onto the roof and started wreaking havoc.
It is understood at least three inmates at the Cobham Youth Justice Centre in Werrington climbed onto the roof of the facility about 12.30pm.
NSW Police confirmed they were called to the facility following reports of youths on a roof.
The incident sparked a response from the riot squad, with officers seen surrounding the facility as the young offenders damaged property and played with basketballs on the roof.
Footage from the scene showed three boys running on top of the facility with their shirts off.
At one point one of the inmates had what appeared to be a large pole and began smashing multiple skylights on the roof.
The inmates were also seen throwing items off the roof, playing with basketballs and dancing.
About an hour after the incident began two of the boys willingly climbed off the roof and were immediately taken away by police and correctional officers.
The third boy was filmed climbing along a fence surrounded by razor wire to position himself above the pool.
He was seen taking his shoes off before leaping into the water.
Police in riot gear quickly pulled him from the pool and took him back into the facility.
The three boys, two aged 17 and one aged 15, were arrested and remain in custody at the facility.
Investigations are continuing into the circumstances surrounding the incident.
This incident comes six months after a violent riot broke out at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre at Kariong on the New South Wales Central Coast.
The riot lasted for almost 24 hours with more than a dozen inmates going on a rampage and climbing onto the roof.
Seven people were injured in the incident, with two inmates stabbed and one found in a critical condition.