Second youth prison officer at Oakhill in Milton Keynes attacked by children

A second officer has been assaulted at Oakhill '˜youth prison' just days after his colleague suffered a critical head injury.

Wednesday, 29th March 2017, 3:48 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 8:19 pm

The latest victim is believed to have been “jumped” by three young people and has a fractured cheekbone as a result.

Police are investigating the incident, which happened on Wednesday last week.

Seven days previously 21-year-old rookie officer Ryan Goodenough was attacked by five young inmates while he was alone with them on the facility’s Astroturf pitch.

Ryan was airlifted to John Radcliffe hospital with life-threatening head injuries.

After emergency surgery, he was kept in an induced coma to give his brain a chance to heal.

This week Ryan’s family breathed a sigh of relief when he started showing the first signs of recovery.

“He’s responding to our voices and understanding what we’re saying to him,” said dad Tim Goodenough.

“He can move his limbs slightly and is trying to say a few words. But his speech is slurred and he is starting speech therapy.”

Doctors have said there is a good chance Ryan will make a full recovery - but warned he will need months of rehabilitation first.

“He will have to learn how to walk, talk and even feed himself all over again,” said his dad.

He said Ryan remembers nothing about attack.

Five boys aged between 14 and 16 were arrested for assault and have been moved from Oakhill to other secure training establishments.

Oakhill is run by G4S security company but they are in the process of selling the contract - possibly to a private probation services company.

A G4S spokesman has confirmed that a secure custody officer was assaulted last week and said the case has been referred to police.

She added: “There is no place for violence in our centre and we will always work with the police to push for the strongest possible sanctions in court.”

Oakhill source confirmed: “The inmates are classed as children but many are highly dangerous.”