The detention centre housed Teesside inmates :: The accused will appear at court next month
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
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.
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.
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
“Enquiries do not stop here – the Operation
Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed
in continuing to move the investigation forward.
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.”
added: “Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already
contacted the police should call us on 101 or email operation.seabrook@ .”