8th July 2015

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 now the biggest investigation into child abuse in the UK.

As part of the Police investigation into the abuse approximately twenty former members of staff have been formally interviewed about the abuse. Files have now been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service who will assess the available evidence with a view to make a charging decision by early 2016. It is then anticipated that any Trial would then take place towards Autumn 2016.

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

Blog by Andrew Freckleton, Solicitor