24th April 2019

We are now instructed by over 400 former inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre. In total over 1600 former inmates have made reports to Durham Constabulary about the physical and sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of prison officers during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. Five former prison officers of Medomsley Detention Centre have now been convicted and given prison sentences.

Earlier this month we reported that we have written to the Home Secretary and the Chair of IICSA calling for a full public inquiry into the abuse at Medomsley. The Chronicle continues to support our call.

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.