Monday, 4 December 2017

A Call To All Former Victims

The Medomsley Detention Centre 


Call To All Former Victims


As We Have Been Informed By The CPS Seven Men, Who Are Aged From 61 to 73, Will Appear On 19 December at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates, To Answer Charges Of Misconduct in a Public Iffice And Alleged Physical Abuse Offences. Some Will Also Answer Sexual Abuse Charges.

In The Best Interest of Justice We Ask All Victims Not To Attend This Hearing !

This Is Not a Trial” We Understand That Some Victims Will Attend The Hearing.

To Those Who Intend To Attend The Hearing’ We Have It In Good Authority That a Strong Police Attendance Will Be Present ’ As Will The Media.

We Ask Yous to Conduct’ Yourselves in a Orderly Manner ! And So Doing Not To Give The Police Reason To Caution Or Arrest Fellow Victims For Public Disorder Offences.

Any Public Disorder Offences Carried Out By Victims Will Be Highlighted By
The Media And Will Benefit The Alleged Suspects !

“Who Are Innocent’ Until Proven Guilty”

Medomsley Will Be In The Publics Eye And To Date We Have Followed Our Own Calendar” For Decades We Have Continuously Demolished Barriers !

We Have All Done The Impossible” Punched Our Way Out Of The Black Hole That We Have Been Shackled To Since We Were Young Lads.

OperationSeabrook Investigation Are Still Carrying Out Ongoing Lines Of Inquires !

They Are Also Confident” Further Suspects Will Be Brought To Account.

Please Do Not Give The Suspects Defences a Glimmer Of Light”!

That Could Lead To Suspect Charges Being Dropped Through Technicalities ! By Actions Carried Out By Ourselves.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Seven summonsed over detention centre 'abuse' with others under investigation

Wednesday, 22 November 2017 Written by Tom Wilkinson 



The detective leading one of the country's biggest inquiries into historical sexual and physical abuse was "very confident" more former staff members of a detention centre will be prosecuted for allegedly preying on teenage inmates.

Seven ex-employees of Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court next month.

The men aged in their 60s and 70s will face charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse when they appear on December 19.

Four of them will also face sexual abuse charges.

Since Durham Police launched Operation Seabrook four years ago, 1480 ex-inmates have spoken to detectives and said physical or sexual abuse happened at Medomsley, with allegations dating from the 1960s to its closure in 1988.

Teenage inmates at the young offenders' centre typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released.

These days such offending would typically be dealt with by community punishment.

Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green (pictured), leading the investigation, said: "There are more suspects that we are investigating and as the weight of evidence develops and our identification improves of those individuals, I am very confident that more people will face prosecution in the future, though next year."

He said the "long and complex" investigation was one of the biggest of its kind in the country.
Durham Police said Christopher Onslow, 71, John McGee, 73, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, and Neil Sowerby, 61, will face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.

The force said David McClure, 62, Alan Bramley, 69, and Kevin Blakely, 65, will face misconduct and physical abuse charges only.

Copyright (c) Press Association Ltd. 2017, All Rights Reserved. Picture (c) Tom Wilkinson / PA Wire.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Medomsley Detention Centre: Seven charged with historic abuse of young men

The detention centre housed Teesside inmates :: The accused will appear at court next month

The investigation into assaults on inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre is now the biggest child abuse inquiry in the UK

Seven men have been charged with abusing young men at a detention centre.
The men face allegations of abuse at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett, which housed Teesside inmates.

They will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 19, to answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences. Some will also answer sexual abuse charges.

The men accused are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61. They are all former members of staff at Medomsley.

The investigation – named Operation Seabrook – was launched in August 2013 and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

So far, more than 1,480 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, said: “Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in what has been, and continues to be, a long and complex investigation.

“Enquiries do not stop here – the Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward.

“In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions. A number of people are still under investigation so we do not rule out further charges in the future.

“I would like to reassure victims and survivors that they are at the heart of everything we do.
“Professional support has been offered to anyone who needs help.”

He added: “Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should call us on 101 or email operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk.”

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Police charge seven suspects detention centre abuse

  • 1,480 former residents have come forward to report abuse at Medomsley
  • County Durham Police reopened their inquiry after accusations it was flawed
  • Force charges seven people with physical and sexual abuse and corruption
Seven men have today been charged with historic abuse of young inmates at a County Durham detention centre - and more could follow, police said today. 

More than 1,480 former residents have come forward to report they were physically or sexually abused by staff at Medomsley in the 1970s and 1980s.

Today County Durham Police charged seven former staff with a number of offences including corruption, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

The group, who are all men aged between 61 and 71, will appear in court next month.

Seven people will today be charged with serious offences after more than 1,480 former residents have come forward to report they were physically or sexually abused by staff at Medomsley (pictured)
They are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61. They are all former members of staff at Medomsley.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, said: 'Today's announcement marks a significant step forward in what has been, and continues to be, a long and complex investigation.

'Enquiries do not stop here – the Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward.

'In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions. A number of people are still under investigation so we do not rule out further charges in the future.

'I would like to reassure victims and survivors that they are at the heart of everything we do. Professional support has been offered to anyone who needs help'. 



John McCabe revealed earlier this year was attacked by members of a gang he said raped him 'every single day' at Medomsley.

Police re-launched their investigation called Operation Seabrook four years ago after complaints were ignored, amid claims many boys were systematically abused by 'agents of the state' in the 1970s and 1980s. 


Two prison officers were jailed after a 2003 investigation, Lesley Johnson for six years and warden Neville Husband for 12 years. It was Husband who abused Mr McCabe. Both are now dead. 

Victim of abuse John McCabe successfully campaigned for a new police investigation into sex crimes at a Durham borstal. Prison guard Neville Husband (right) was jailed for 12 years for his abuse
Police have been accused of botching previous investigations and in one case a victim allegedly spoke to police about being abused in the 1970s and was told to 'f*** off' or he'd be sent back to prison.

Mr McCabe, who suffered six months of attacks and has waived his right to anonymity to tell his story, told the Daily Mirror: 'I was asked to work in the kitchens. That's where I met him (Husband). He told me if I didn't do what he wanted he'd kill me and nobody would care.

'I thought I was the only boy he abused. Now I know there were more. A lot more. And it wasn't just him.

'I'm fighting for justice for those boys, for myself. Too many people have got away with this for far too long.'

Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should call Durham Police on 101 or email: operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk 

Former staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre to appear in court over abuse allegations

The former Medomsley Detention Centre closed in 1998 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
 
 
Seven former workers at Medomsley Detention Centre, in County Durham, are set to face charges in relation to allegations of abuse.

The men have all been summonsed to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 19 to answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences. Some will also answer sexual abuse charges.

The men are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61.

Durham Police launched Operation Seabrook, in August 2013 and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

So far, more than 1,480 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988.

The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, vowed the operation will not stop here.

He said: "The Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward.

“In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions. A number of people are still under investigation."

Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police can call Durham on 101 or email operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk.

Seven men charged with abuse at detention centre

Seven men charged with abuse at detention centre

Claims of physical abuse have been made by more than 1,480 former inmates at Medomsley Detention CentrePAUL FAITH/PA
Seven former members of staff at a detention centre are to be prosecuted for alleged abuse and misconduct after an investigation involving claims from almost 1,500 young offenders.

The men, who worked at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear before Newton Aycliffe magistrates’ court next month.

Officers investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse on inmates at the young offenders’ centre submitted 32 files to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for charging advice.

Durham police launched Operation Seabrook more than four years ago to investigate alleged abuse at the centre. It is one of the country’s biggest investigations of its kind, involving almost 1,500 former inmates.

The ex-detainees were all in their teens when they were sent to…

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Former detention centre staff face abuse and misconduct charges

Seven men who worked at Medomsley detention centre near Consett are being prosecuted after inquiry involving almost 1,500 ex-inmates

 

Teenage inmates at the young offender institution typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released. Photograph: Andrew Aitchison/Corbis via Getty Images


Seven former members of staff at a detention centre are being prosecuted for alleged abuse and misconduct following one of the country’s biggest investigations of its kind involving almost 1,500 ex-inmates.

The men, who worked at Medomsley detention centre near Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear before Newton Aycliffe magistrates next month.

Durham police launched Operation Seabrook more than four years ago into alleged abuse at the centre, which closed in 1988.

A spokesman said the seven men, who are aged from 61 to 73, will appear on 19 December to answer charges of misconduct in a public office and alleged physical abuse offences. Some will also answer sexual abuse charges, the force said.

Durham police said more than 1,480 men have contacted the inquiry team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley, with some claims dating back to the 1960s.

The force said there could yet be further charges.

Those charged are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61.

Teenage inmates at the young offender institution typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released. These days such offending would be dealt with by community punishment.

DCS Adrian Green said: “Today’s announcement marks a significant step forward in what has been, and continues to be, a long and complex investigation.

“Enquiries do not stop here – the Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward. In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions.

“A number of people are still under investigation so we do not rule out further charges in the future.”

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