Charges Pending on Sex Abuse Claims at Medomsley; 1,400 Ex-Inmates Lodge Complaints with Police

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Charges Pending on Sex Abuse Claims at Medomsley; 1,400 Ex-Inmates Lodge Complaints with Police


Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron

ALMOST 1,400 ex-inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre who are involved in the biggest child abuse inquiry in the UK are one step closer to claiming justice.

Officers investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse on inmates at a County Durham young offenders' centre have submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging advice.

In August 2013, Durham Constabulary announced it was opening a new investigation - Operation Seabrook - into allegations from ex-inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

The former detainees were all teenagers when they were sent to Medomsley at various dates from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988, for what were often relatively minor offences.

They typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released.

Previous police investigations in 2003 and 2005 led to the conviction and jailing of Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson, former members of staff at the centre, who have since died.

Since August 2013, a total of 1,396 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report they were victims of either sexual or physical assaults. Of the sexual reports, approximately two-thirds have said they were sexually assaulted by either Husband or Johnson.

In November 2014, police began the process of interviewing ex-members of staff who worked at Medomsley during the 1960s and through to the 1980s. …

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