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South Portland police assist with 'ongoing unrest' at Long Creek

A small group of residents allegedly broke windows and inflicted 'significant' damage to the facility, the Maine Dept. of Corrections said.

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — UPDATE: A spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Corrections said a small group of residents inflicted "significant damage" at the facility including breaking windows and "tearing apart classrooms, offices, and living spaces."

South Portland police were called to Long Creek Youth Development Center for about six hours overnight Sunday to assist with an unspecified "incident," South Portland Police Lt. Todd Bernard said in a release Monday.

The Maine Department of Corrections called South Portland police at about 8 p.m. Sunday, asking officers to secure the exterior of the building following a report of "ongoing unrest," Bernard said.

Bernard said officers "took up positions until Department of Corrections could summon additional staff to handle the incident." He added that no South Portland officers interacted with anyone inside the facility.

Bernard referred all calls about the incident to the Department of Corrections.

Spokeswoman Anna Black did not immediately return a call for comment.

Bernard said Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough police assisted South Portland with routine calls during the Long Creek incident.