Police Respond to Report of a Riot at Sununu Youth Services Center

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Police responded to the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester Aug. 16 and again last weekend.


MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester police and New Hampshire State Police were on scene at the Sununu Youth Services Center juvenile detention facility at 1066 River for a reported riot Tuesday night.

Just after 8 p.m. a radio broadcast from state police asked that “all available units respond to the Sununu Center in Manchester for a riot.” The Manchester police dispatch log shows Manchester police responding to a riot at 8:06 p.m.

Manchester police didn’t immediately respond to request for information, and a State Police dispatcher said there was no information available.

A steady stream of cruisers responded through Manchester and about 14 cruisers could be seen parked outside of the main entrance of the building. By 9:34 p.m. there were five state police cruisers on the scene.

A state police broadcast advised responding units that the staff had possibly secured themselves in a room, and that they did not believe the residents had weapons.
Published reports indicate there are only about a dozen teens at the 144-bed juvenile detention center that is scheduled to close next year.

Also known in the past as the Youth Development Center or YDC, the state-run facility is being sued by hundreds of people who say they were physically and sexually abused there when they were juveniles.

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