Ian Nicholson and Alexander Flavell two former Officers at Medomsley Detention Centre have today attended at the Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court charged with the sexual and physical abuse of detainees.

Neither man entered a plea and they were bailed to appear at the Teesside Crown Court on the 21st November 2019. The men were investigated as part of Operation Seabrook which was launched by Durham Constabulary in 2013. This is the largest investigation of its kind, with 1848 men to date coming forward to report allegations of abuse.

Ian Nicholson 74, has been charged with 4 offences of assault occasioning actually bodily harm, 3 serious sexual offences and misconduct in a public office.

Alexander Flavell 86, has been charges with 4 offences of assault occasioning actually bodily harm, indecent assault, a serious sexual offence and misconduct in a public office.

Earlier this year, five former prison officers – Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Alan Bramley, Kevin Blakeley and Brian 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.

Jordans Solicitors have a dedicated team of highly specialist lawyers who can ensure your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best outcome from those responsible for your traumatic experiences.

If you would like help with pursuing a claim, please make contact with us by e-mail, telephone on our freephone number 0800 9555 054 or by completing a request a call back form

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