Acmena youth worker rushed to hospital

REPORTS that a youth worker has been assaulted at the Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre at South Grafton have once again raised questions over the adequacy of employees' security at the facility.

The worker, a 46-year-old man, was taken to Grafton Base Hospital at noon on Sun- day after allegedly being pushed against a wall.

The man is believed to have suffered chest injuries during the incident.

Yesterday, it was unclear whether one or a number of inmates were involved in the alleged attack.

Police are investigating. They wish to speak to the man before issuing a report.

The incident has prompted State Opposition spokeswoman for juvenile justice Catherine Cusack to question the Carr Government's attitude to Acmena's young offenders since rioters left a $620,000 trail of destruction in December, 2003.

"It show's that all of this (transfer of rioters to corrective services) is for nothing unless the Government changes its attitude and understands that many of these young offenders are dangerous," the Op- position spokeswoman said.

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