Nearly 600 men have contacted police to say they were abused as teenagers by staff at the Kirklevington Detention Centre.

Jordans Solicitors have represent over 180 victims who were sexually and physically abused by many of the officers who worked at Kirklevington.

Cleveland Police who are investigating the abuse which took place at Kirklevington under Operation Magnolia, have stated that they have now arrested or interviewed under caution 17 former prison officers who worked at the detention centre.

These officers aged 50-90 years have been released under investigation while their inquiries continue. One of the officers known as Harrison faced allegations of both physical and sexually abuse from 273 men but died before any charges could be brought.

Allegations by 594 men date from the 1960s to the 1990s. In 2017 414 ex-inmates reported abuse to police. Five years since the investigation into the former detention centre was launched, Cleveland Police says it’s still receiving reports from men who say they were abused and investigating other former officers who had not yet been questioned. Kirklevington was converted into a resettlement prison for adult male offenders in 1992.


If you went to Kirklevington and would like to speak to one of our specialist abuse lawyers in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact us. We can advise you on the available options for pursuing a civil damages claim. Jordans successfully represent and secure compensation for numerous victims of abuse and are experts in overcoming the particular challenges that arise in these sensitive cases. Our abuse team can be contacted free on 0800 9555 094 or you can request a call back and a member of our team will contact you.

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