21st November 2019

Two former members of staff who used to work at Medomsley Detention Centre, County Durham appeared before Teesside Crown Court today to enter their pleas. The former staff members were accused of sexually and physically abusing young inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre.

The hearing took place before Judge Crowson. Ian Nicholson, 74, pleaded not guilty to all eight offences which he has been charged with. Alexander Flavell, 86, did not enter a plea as he is waiting for the outcome of a medical examination.

A trial is listed to take place on the 23 November 2020 and is expected to last 4 weeks. In the meantime, both men have been granted unconditional bail.

At Ben Hoare Bell Solicitors 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 1,800 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, Richard Hardy or Katy Stephenson on 0191 565 3112 or by email to advice@benhoarebell.co.uk to discuss whether you are entitled to compensation for the abuse suffered.