Staff member injured, police negotiating as five offenders escape onto roof of youth justice facility near Christchurch

The rooftop stand-off between four youth offenders and Police is over, Oranga Tamariki say. 

The situation began on Saturday when five youth offenders at the Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo youth justice facility near Christchurch escaped on to the roof. One offender came down on Saturday. 

Oranga Tamariki Deputy Chief Executive Mike Bush said in a statement the incident is now over after police escorted the remaining four people off the roof using a ladder at around 10:45am.  They are now in police custody. 

"This was a serious situation that was managed with extreme caution, we acknowledge the significant support from Police," Bush said. 

"There was no risk to public safety. I will be thoroughly reviewing what has led to this occurring."

Four young people spent the night on the roof Bush said. 

A staff member was injured on Saturday when the offenders escaped their unit and headed for the roof and Busgh said they sustained a fractured wrist. 

Police confirmed to Newshub they were called to the Christchurch Youth Justice Facility, Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo at 11am and are assisting Oranga Tamariki with the situation. 

Bush confirmed late on Saturday morning that five youths escaped their unit and accessed a roof area in the facility.

He told Newshub a staff member was injured during the incident and was taken to Christchurch Hospital with minor injuries.

Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo Youth Justice Facility in Rolleston near Christchurch.
Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo Youth Justice Facility in Rolleston near Christchurch. Photo credit: Google Maps

Just four months ago in February, a similar incident occurred when a staff member was stabbed with a makeshift weapon after five youth offenders tried to escape Te Puna Wai ō Tuhinapo. 

The five youth offenders spent around three-and-a-half hours on the roof before they were brought down.