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 Operation Seabrook - Medomsley Detention Centre

 24/10/2019

​‘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

 

 

Two men at court in Medomsley Detention Centre abuse investigation 
 
Two men have appeared in court charged with abusing young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

Alexander Flavell, 86, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with one count of misconduct in a public office, one of indecent assault, one charge of buggery and four charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Ian Nicholson, 74, appeared at court to face one count of misconduct in a public office, three counts of buggery and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Both men, who are former members of staff at the detention centre, were released on bail to appear at Teesside Crown Court on November 21.

An investigation into allegations of abuse at the detention centre, which closed in 1988, was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013.

Named Operation Seabrook, it is now one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK and is supported by a dedicated team of officers.

So far, 1,848 men have come forward to police to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.
 
 
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.