Operation Seabrook - Medomsley Detention Centre

 07/07/2017

​‘Operation Seabrook’ is the criminal investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by staff against detainees at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett, County Durham.

 

It was launched in August 2013 and is investigating incidents which happened over many years, principally the 1970s and 1980s. 

 

The three main aims of the investigation are:

* to ensure support is provided for victims so they are in a better place after contacting the police    

* to gain the fullest understanding of how Medomsley operated during those years 

* to secure evidence so that any potential offenders are brought to justice.

 

Anyone needing to make contact with the team in writing can email  operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk

 

Men to be prosecuted as part of Medomsley Detention Centre historic abuse investigation
SEVEN men have been summonsed to court in relation to allegations of abuse of young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett. 
The men, who are all former members of staff at Medomsley, are due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 19.
There the following men will answer charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences:
Christopher Onslow, 71, John McGee, 73, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70 and Neil Sowerby, 61.
The following will answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences:
David McClure, 62, Alan Bramley, 69 and Kevin Blakely, 65.
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.
“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.”  

 

Important - If you are a victim and your contact details have changed, for example, you have moved house or have a new phone number then please email the Seabrook team or call them via 101 so they can update their records.

 

 

Durham Constabulary continues to work with various organisations to provide the best possible support for victims. Access to support is available without the need to contact the police for those who feel unable to do so.

 

 

 Independent Psychotherapist Zoe Lodrick

 

 

 

The following organisations can be contacted independently of the police for support .

 

 

 

NSPCC FREEPHONE HELPLINE (24 hrs):
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children                                                                                    0808 800 5000
The helpline is available for anyone who has concerns about a child or anyone including adults who wish to discuss their own experience of abuse as a child or young person.
Contact can also be made via e mail : help@nspcc.org.uk  or by text 88858
Contact can be made anonymously if the caller so wishes.
 
NAPAC
Freephone from all landlines and mobile networks 0808 801 0331.
Calls do not show on your bill; lines are open 10am to 9pm Monday - Thursday, and 10am to 6pm on Friday. NAPAC is unable to take messages or ring back. 
 
The Meadows:
0191 372 9202
T
he Meadows will accept calls between the hours of 9am-3.30 pm Monday to Friday and can arrange one-to-one counselling sessions and can make referrals to similar centres throughout the UK.

 

 

 
Counselling does not involve discussing what has happened in relation to the assault, it aims to help you work through your feelings to aid the healing process.
Staff at the Meadows will not contact the police without your consent unless there are current concerns in respect of a child or vulnerable adult.