22nd December 2017

Seven former officers of Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham have appeared in court this week after they were charged with a number of offences including physical abuse and sexual abuse of former inmates.

Approximately 1,400 men have claimed they were abused by officers whilst serving sentences at Medomsley Detention Centre in the 1970s and 1980s.

No pleas were entered at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this week. Instead the former officers were bailed and will now appear at Teesside Crown Court on 16 January 2018.

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 the 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 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, Solicitor