17th April 2019

We are now instructed by over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. On top of this more than 1300 former inmates have also reported abuse – both physical and sexual. In recent weeks five former employees of Medomsley Detention Centre have been convicted and are in the process of being sentenced.

It has become clear that Medomsley was an institution in which physical and sexual abuse were commonplace. The convicted men are the tip of an iceberg of others who took part, turned a blind eye or failed to investigate. Therefore we strongly believe that a public inquiry is required to fully investigate the events at Medomsley Detention Centre. Last week we wrote to the Home Secretary and the Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) calling for a full public enquiry.

The Chronicle are supporting our call for a public inquiry. They have also shared stories from survivors of the Medomsley regime. Most recently the Chronicle reported on the many failings and missed opportunities over the years which we have also detailed in our letter calling for a public inquiry.

Jonny Hall, Students from the Student Law Office with Andrew Freckleton and Rachel Floyd of Ben Hoare Bell LLP. Photo courtesy of Newcastle Chronicle
Jonny Hall, Students from the Student Law Office with Andrew Freckleton and Rachel Floyd of Ben Hoare Bell LLP. Photo courtesy of Newcastle Chronicle