Cleveland Police as part of Operation Magnolia, their investigation into abuse at Kirklevington Detention Centre in Yarm, have arrested one man aged 70 on suspicion of rape and a 61 year old man on suspicion of misconduct.

The investigation was launched last year by Cleveland Police in response to allegations of physical and sexual abuse by former residents. Two hundred and fifty men have come forward to complain about the abuse they suffered there between the 1960’s to the 1990’s. Kirklevington was a detention centre operated by the Home Office for boys aged from 14 to 17 years for periods of between 4 weeks to 3 months detention. It was converted to a resettlement prison for adult male offenders in 1992.

Andrew Drabarek one of the complainants has stated that, “the minute you walked through the gate to the minute you left it was just abuse. I got punched; I wend blind for three days. I was punched at the dining table because I was the last one to leave. You accept punishment but not like that, being beaten by a grown man when you are a teenager is something else.”

Both men have been released on bail and the Police are continuing their investigation into the allegations. The Ministry of Justice has urged anyone with allegations to report them to the Police.

We have successfully represented and obtained compensation for clients who have suffered abuse whilst at Kirklevington and continue to act for a large number of Claimants. Our advice to anyone affected is to contact Cleveland Police by calling the Police 101 service. We would urge anyone who would like help in pursuing a claim to contact us.

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