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 Operation Seabrook - Medomsley Detention Centre


An investigation into allegations of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett, 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.


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


October 15, 2020: An update for all survivors and victims from Senior Investigating Officer (SIO), Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green: 
Once again as Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Seabrook I would like to update you on the very recent developments regarding the impending criminal proceedings against the two remaining defendants Alexander Flavell and Ian Nicholson. As you may already be aware their trial was listed for November 23, 2020.
Given the current situation, Judge Crowson has taken the view the trial would be unworkable due to the number of parties required in one courtroom and the length of time required for the evidence to be heard.  As a matter of safety for all concerned the trial has been postponed until the October 18, 2021.
I appreciate this delay will be disappointing for many victims/survivors still seeking closure and would again like to thank you for your continued patience and support to date but we would not want a trial that risks peoples health or has to be stopped half way through. The investigation team are committed and will remain in place and we will of course keep you updated.
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 :  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.