Two former staff members of the Medomsley Detention Centre have been charged with historical sex offences, which follows on from 5 other former officers being convicted and jailed for similar offences earlier on in the year.

Ian Nicholson, 74, will answer one charge of misconduct in a public office, three counts of buggery and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and Alexander Flavell, 86, will answer one charge of misconduct in a public office, one of indecent assault, one charge of buggery and four charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Both men will appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on 24 October 2019 having been arrested as part of Operation Seabrook.

An investigation into allegations of abuse at the detention centre in Consett, which closed in 1988, was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013 and is now one of the largest investigations of its kind in the UK and so far a total of 1848 men have come forward to the Police and Operation Seabrook to report allegations of sexual and physical abuse whist detained at Medomsley Detention Centre.

Earlier this year, five former prison officers – Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Alan Bramley, Kevin Blakeley and Brian Johnson Greenwell – were jailed for a total of more than 18 years for abusing former inmates at the detention centre following three separate crown court trials.

Jordans Solicitors have settled a significant number of cases in relation to Medomsley Detention Centre, and currently represent a large number of clients who allege physical and sexual abuse. We are part of a Steering Group collectively handling claims for over 1,000 clients affected by abuse at Medomsley. We continue to work closely with Durham Police with their investigation.


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