16th February 2016

Durham Constabulary has been contacted by over 1000 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. Victims report that they were physically and sexually abused by members of staff at the detention centre between the 1960s and 1980s.

The investigation named ‘Operation Seabrook’ is the biggest investigation into child abuse in the UK.

As part of the Police investigation into the abuse statements have been obtained from former inmates and several former members of staff have been identified and formally interviewed. The complex Police investigation into the abuse is ongoing. It is hoped that by the middle of 2016 the Crown Prosecution Service will have reached a decision as to whether former officers of the detention centre will be charged with criminal offences arising from the abuse they inflicted on inmates. If a positive charging decision is reached then any trial will not likely take place until the end of 2016 or early 2017.

At Ben Hoare Bell we represent a large number of former Medomsley inmates in respect of compensation claims both to the Ministry of Justice and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

If you are a former inmate of Medomsley Detention Centre our initial advice is to:

  1. Contact Durham Constabulary as soon as possible on 0345 60 60 365 to make a criminal complaint and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation.
  2. Contact a solicitor specialising in the field of child abuse to discuss whether you are able to pursue a claim. There is no need to wait until the outcome of the criminal investigation before getting some advice.

If you wish to discuss a new enquiry please do not hesitate to contact our team on 0191 516 0466 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk

Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Personal Injury and Police Misconduct Solicitor