13th March 2019

The BBC will tonight air a programme detailing an in-depth investigation into the physical abuse and sexual abuse which occurred at Medomsley Detention Centre between the 1960s and 1980s.

Durham Constabulary continues to conduct a large scale criminal investigation into abuse which took place at Medomsley. As part of the investigation over 1600 former inmates of the detention centre have come forward reporting have suffered abuse during their time at Medomsley Detention Centre.

Yesterday five former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre were convicted of physically abusing inmates whilst Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson were previously convicted of sexually abusing inmates.

Inside Out (North East & Cumbria) will air at 11:35pm tonight on BBC One.

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 arising from abuse suffered.

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

  1. Contact Durham Constabulary as soon as possible on 0191 3752381 or via email at operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk to make a criminal complaint and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation. The ongoing investigation, Operation Seabrook, was launched in August 2013 and so far, more than 1,620 former detainees have contacted Operation Seabrook to report allegations of abuse whilst detained at Medomsley Detention Centre.
  2. Contact one of our specialist solicitors Andrew Freckleton or Richard Hardy on 0191 565 3112 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk to discuss whether you are entitled to compensation for the abuse suffered.