Riot squad rush to WA detention centre after detainee ‘stabbed’, fire lit

WA Police’s riot squad has been deployed to the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre on Thursday morning following unconfirmed reports of a stabbing and fire inside the facility overnight.

Nine News Perth reporter Kelly Haywood, who was at the scene in Northam, said detainees within the centre had sent videos to her showing a man being detained while another was receiving CPR.

“People inside have been sending us videos and telling us what’s happening, we’ve seen some pretty horrific things that we’re obviously not showing on TV,” she said.

“We’ve had detectives, forensics and police coming and going all morning, the riot squad is currently inside ready to go.”

An ambulance left the centre in the early hours of Thursday however the condition of the injured detainee is unknown.

WA Police is yet to confirm any details of the incident.

The centre holds people awaiting or fighting deportation from Australia. In 2020, there were around 260 people staying at the facility.

Riots have previously broken out at the centre, including in 2018 after a detainee self-harmed.

More to come.

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