Wednesday, 5 February 2014

200 Potential New Victims Of Abuse At Detention Centre

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11:23am 5th February 2014
(Updated 2:58pm 5th February 2014)

More than 200 potential new victims have now come forward as Police investigate allegations of child sex abuse at a County Durham detention centre.

The case into Medomsley was re-opened last August by Durham Police.

It is alleged young men sent there were subjected to abuse at the hands of staff in the 70s and 80s.

An earlier investigation led to a former catering officer at the centre, Neville Husband being jailed in 2003 for abusing a number of young men over a period of time. He died in 2010, following his release from prison.

Up to last Monday, 27th January police had spoken to 143 people, the vast majority of whom were victims who had not previously come forward.

The total also included a small number of possible witnesses or callers who had information which might help the police enquiries.

Widespread media coverage of the investigation has since prompted a further 232 calls to police, bringing the total to 375. 

All those who have rung over the last ten days will be seen by an officer over the coming weeks and steered towards the appropriate support and counselling.

Detective Superintedent Paul Goundary from Durham Constabulary is leading the investigation and said:
“Our aims all along have been to gain a clearer picture of what happened at Medomsley, obtain evidence which may lead to a criminal prosecution and, most importantly, to leave the victims in a better place than they were before,” said

“The recent coverage in the media has brought forward another 230 people who might not otherwise have contacted us.

"That suggests these victims have a level of confidence in us and feel we can help and support them.
“As our enquiries continue we are constantly learning, not only from the victims but all the agencies we are working alongside such as the NSPCC and the Sexual Assault Referral Centre at The Meadows.

"I think at the end of this investigation we will have some very important learning points to take on board, not just for ourselves but for the police nationally.”