6th August 2018

It was announced on 1 August 2018 that 11 men who were investigated by Durham Constabulary as part of Operation Seabrook will face no further action. Operation Seabrook is Durham Constabulary’s long running investigation into allegations of abuse at the former Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett. The police investigation is now in its 6th year. Over 1,600 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook Team to report either sexual or physical assaults during their detention at Medomsley. The Detention Centre opened in the early 1960s and closed in 1988.

Seven former prison officers have been charged with abusing young men at the Detention Centre and are due to go on trial before Teesside Crown Court. Three trials are listed to be heard. The first trial begins in September 2018 and involves one Officer, Christopher Onslow, who is charged with misconduct in public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.

The November trial involves former Officers John McGee, aged 74, Brian Johnson Greenwell, aged 71 and Neil Sowerby, aged 61 who are charged with misconduct in public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.

The third trial is listed for January 2019 and involves David McClure, aged 62, Alan Bramley, aged 69 and Kevin Blakey, aged 66 who face charges of misconduct in public office and physical abuse only.

All 7 Officers who have been charged deny the offences.

Ben Hoare Bell LLP act for in excess of 400 survivors of abuse alleged to have been inflicted during their detention at Medomsley. To date we have obtained significant awards of compensation for many clients. If you suffered abuse during your detention at Medomsley Detention Centre please contact our specialist team of solicitor comprising Richard Hardy, Andrew Freckleton and Katy Stephenson on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk.


Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner