Operation Seabrook - Medomsley Detention Centre


​‘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


Former prison officers deny abuse - June 29, 2018
SEVEN former prison officers have denied abusing young men at a former detention centre.
The men, who are all former staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Friday, June 29.
Christopher Onslow, 72, John McGee, 74, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, and Neil Sowerby, 61, face charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.
David McClure, 62, Alan Bramley, 69, and Kevin Blakey, 66, face charges of misconduct in public office and physical abuse only.
All defendants pleaded not guilty to the offences and were bailed to return to court for three separate trials.
Mr Onslow’s trial will be held in September, the trial of Mr Sowerby, Mr McGee and Mr Greenwell will be held in November, and Mr McClure, Mr Bramley and Mr Blakely will return to court in January for their trial.
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 1,620 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.
Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should call Durham Constabulary 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 .




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.
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
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.