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 Men at court in Medomsley Detention Centre abuse invsetigation

 24/10/2019

​Two men have appeared in court charged with abusing young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.


Alexander Flavell, 86, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning charged with one count of misconduct in a public office, one of indecent assault, one charge of buggery and four charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.


Ian Nicholson, 74, appeared at court to face one count of misconduct in a public office, three counts of buggery and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.


Both men, who are former members of staff at the detention centre, were released on bail to appear at Teesside Crown Court on November 21.


An investigation into allegations of abuse at the detention centre, 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.