Friday, 10 February 2017

Hundreds of boys did not have to be abused. But police had their eyes closed
















Topics: United Kingdom, imprisonment, sexual violence

Fourteen former inmates of a detention facility in Durham Medomsley complained that they were at the time of their stay in custody sexually abused. After the release of their traumas reported to the police, but she did not respond. The case concerns the operation of Seabrook, which revealed widespread abuses conducted by the now deceased prison officer Neville Husband, who had played over five hundred victims, writes The Guardian.

The men were among 1,396 former prisoners who resided in custody aged between 17 and 21 years and who also reported sexual abuse. One of them is John McCabe, who said that hundreds of young boys might be sexual or psychological violence saved if the police take complaints seriously.

Details about the number of men whose complaints were ignored by the police learned of the McCabe-mail from the former chief of operations Seabrook detective Paul Goundrayho.

"Of the fourteen men who had filed a complaint of abuse, six of them were by a guard, who is already deceased," writes Goundray in an email.

"I have repeatedly informed the media in interviews and in writing, that the police did not pay enough to the case and should be considered mired in shame," he added Goundray. But fears that it will begin a new investigation, because there is not enough detail. Paul Gundray retired from the police in October last year and is currently doing an agency that helps victims of sexual abuse.

Former Superintendent Neville Husband in 2003 was sentenced to imprisonment for eight years for sexual abuse of five young boys in detention facilities Medomsley from 1977 to 1984. His sentence was extended in 2005 for 10 years after he signed up four more victims.

Seabrook operation was started in 2012 after the Guardian reported that sexual abuse carried out by former Superintendent Neville Husband was more extensive than originally thought.

During the investigative survey it revealed that systematically abused young inmates for fifteen years, while other employees over turned a blind eye. Total abused over five hundred victims.

Medomsley detention facility was closed in 1988. Neville Husband died in

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Stovky chlapců nemusely být zneužity. Policie ale měla zavřené oči

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Čtrnáct bývalých vězňů detenčního zařízení Medomsley v Durhamu si stěžovalo na to, že byli v době jejich pobytu ve vazbě sexuálně zneužiti. 

Po propuštění svá traumata nahlásili na policii, ale ta nijak nezareagovala. 

 

Případ se dotýká operace Seabrook, která odhalila rozsáhlé zneužívání, které prováděl dnes již zesnulý dozorce Neville Husband, který měl na kontě přes pět set obětí, píše The Guardian.

 

Muži patřili mezi 1396 bývalých vězňů, kteří pobývali ve vazbě ve věku mezi 17 a 21 lety a kteří rovněž nahlásili sexuální zneužití. Jedním z nich je John McCabe, který řekl, že stovky mladých chlapců mohlo být sexuálnímu nebo psychickému násilí ušetřeno, kdyby policie brala stížnosti vážně.

Podrobnosti o počtu mužů, jejichž stížnosti byly policií ignorovány se McCabe dozvěděl emailem od tehdejšího šéfa operace Seabrook detektiva Paula Goundrayho. „Z těch čtrnácti mužů, kteří dnes podali stížnost na zneužití, šest z nich měl na svědomí dozorce, který je již zesnulý,“ píše Goundray v emailu.

„Opakovaně jsem informoval média v rozhovorech i písemně, že policisté se případu dostatečně nevěnovali a měli by se za to utápět v hanbě,“ dodal Goundray. Obává se ale, že nebude zahájeno nové vyšetřování, protože není dostatečné množství detailů. Paul Gundray od policie odešel v říjnu loňského roku a momentálně dělá v agentuře, která pomáhá obětem sexuálního zneužívání.

Bývalý dozorce Nevill Husband byl v roce 2003 odsouzen k odnětí svobody na osm let za sexuální zneužití pěti mladých chlapců v detenčním zařízení Medomsley v letech 1977 až 1984. Jeho trest byl v roce 2005 prodloužen na 10 let poté, co se přihlásily další čtyři oběti.

Operace Seabrook byla zahájena v roce 2012 poté, co Guardian podal zprávu, že sexuální zneužívání prováděné bývalým dozorcem Nevillem Husbandem bylo ještě rozsáhlejší, než se původně myslelo.

Během investigativního šetření se ukázalo, že soustavně zneužíval mladé vězně po dobu patnácti let, zatímco ostatní zaměstnanci nad tím zavírali oči. Celkem zneužil přes pět set obětí.

Detenční zařízení Medomsley bylo zavřeno v roce 1988. Neville Husband zemřel v roce 2010 ve vědu dvaasedmdesáti let.




Sunday, 5 February 2017

UK police ignored complaints of abuse by prison staff, say victims

Hundreds of boys could have been spared if police had acted, says former inmate of Medomsley detention centre in Durham

Kevin Young, who was abused while a teenager at Medomsley. Photograph: Gary Calton 

At least 14 former inmates of a detention centre who reported sexual or physical abuse by prison staff soon after being released were ignored by police when they complained.

The men who have made the complaints are among 1,396 former inmates, aged between 17 and 21 when they were detained, who have come forward to allege they were sexually and/or physically abused at Medomsley detention centre in Durham.

An investigation into Medomsley, being carried out by Durham police and known as Operation Seabrook, is the largest single abuse inquiry in the UK.

Operation Seabrook was launched after the Guardian reported in 2012 that the sexual abuse carried out by former prison officer Neville Husband was more extensive than previously thought. In March 2014, Durham police announced it was investigating a paedophile ring operating around Medomsley.

Thirty-two files on surviving suspects have subsequently been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service and charges are expected to be brought later this year.

McCabe, 52, was in Medomsley in 1983, and says Husband repeatedly took him out of the centre to be raped by another man. “What eats away at me is the knowledge that victims complained to the police as far back as 1977,” he said.

“If the police had acted on those complaints, as they were duty-bound to do, myself and hundreds of other boys would have been spared the abuse we suffered at the hands of Husband and others in the perverted circle he belonged to.”

Husband, by then a church minister, was jailed for eight years in 2003 for committing sex attacks on five young male Medomsley inmates between 1977 and 1984. His sentence was increased to 10 years in 2005 after new victims came forward and he admitted to attacks on four more boys.

Husband had been in sole charge of the kitchens at Medomsley. The 2012 Guardian investigation revealed he had raped boys on a daily basis for more than 15 years, while other staff allegedly turned a blind eye. His former colleague Leslie Johnson, a storeman, was jailed for six years in 2005 for sexual offences. Both are now dead. Medomsley was closed in 1988.

In the Guardian’s original investigation, Kevin Young, who was detained at the age of 17 and whose evidence helped convict Husband, said he had been taken to Husband’s house in 1977, ligatured and blindfolded and raped by three men. On the day of his release from Medomsley, Young went to Consett police station and reported Husband’s abuse. He said he showed a police officer the ligature marks on his neck, but was told it was a criminal offence to make such allegations against a prison officer. Durham police later confirmed that Young’s complaint had not been acted on.

One of the boys was accompanied by his parents when he reported the abuse to the police.
In the same email to McCabe, Goundry stressed that the abuse was not confined to the detention centre and that there could be a Masonic link to the paedophile ring.

“Husband took numerous inmates off site to be abused by others,” he wrote. “I believe this was a paedophile ring and that those involved could have come from a number of associations that Husband had eg his church activity; his drama group, his homosexual connections, his Medomsley work colleagues, his Masonic colleagues, potentially a mix of above.”

McCabe, who helps run the support group for victims of Medomsley, expressed concern about the length of time it was taking for the CPS in bringing prosecutions relating to Medomsley. He said victims were told almost two years ago that potential suspects had been identified and names sent to the CPS.

“We know that Husband and another convicted Medomsley abuser are dead and no doubt many of the victims have passed away. It seems sometimes as if the powers that be are waiting for these suspects to die before they face charges.”

David Greenwood, of Switalskis solicitors, which acts for some of the alleged victims, said: “It is unforgivable to make the victims (and indeed the accused) wait for so long before a CPS charging decision is made. This type of delay only fuels suspicions that powerful institutions like the police and prison service can use the system to their members’ advantage”.

Durham constabulary has confirmed the number of detainees who went to the police soon after release alleging they had been abused at Medomsley.

“Some reported these concerns at stations within County Durham, others went to their local police station which would have been in other force areas,” said Supt Steve Chapman, Operation Seabrook’s senior investigating officer “This remains an open line of inquiry and actions are in hand to establish whether there is a realistic possibility of any individuals who remain alive being identified.

“We have said from the outset this would be a long and complex investigation, and we understand the frustration many victims may feel, as well as the potential suspects and key witnesses. All victims are kept regularly updated and we are working closely with the CPS on a number of key areas, with a view to charging decisions being reached later this year,” said Supt Chapman.

A spokesman for the CPS North-East said: “The inquiry into alleged historic sexual and physical abuses at Medomsley detention centre is almost unprecedented in its scale. During the police investigation, approximately 1,350 former inmates reported that they had been subject to abuse while at Medomsley, with 32 suspects initially identified.

“For each file passed to the CPS there is a significant amount of evidence to scrutinise before a prosecution decision can be made, in line with the code for crown prosecutors. Before any such charging decision can be announced publicly, our first duty is to inform all of the victims in this case, which will require a significant amount of work in conjunction with our police partners.”

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Thursday, 2 February 2017

Police send 32 files to Crown Prosecution Service following investigation into Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett

DETECTIVES leading the country’s biggest investigation into historic sexual and physical abuse on inmates at a former North-East detention centre have submitted 32 files to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Following an investigation spanning more than three years, 1,403 victims have come forward to tell Durham Police they were abused by staff who ran the notorious Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett – including four in the last two days.

And detectives say Operation Seabrook, launched by the force in August 2013, could continue a further year as yet more alleged culprits are identified.

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Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Chapman, who is leading Operation Seabrook, said: “We have now been successful in taking 32 files to the Crown Prosecution Service for charging advice.

"That is ongoing and we would expect to get decisions in the summer. The investigation does not stop there.

“The investigation team constantly reviews all new material and this number may increase.”

The ex-detainees were all in their teens when they were sent to Medomsley at various dates from the 1960’s to when the centre closed in 1988, for what were often relatively minor offences.

They typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released.

The centre gained public notoriety when guard Neville Husband and accomplice Leslie Johnson were jailed for a reign of terror which saw them commit sex acts on vulnerable young men.

One trainee was sexually abused after having a bread knife held to this throat, another was attacked after he stole marzipan and icing from a store.

Previous police investigations in 2003 and 2005 led to the conviction and jailing of Husband and Johnson. Both have since died.

Of the 405 allegations of sexual abuse made since Operation Seabrook was launched, 270 - or two-thirds – were related to either Husband or Johnson.

In November 2014 police began the process of interviewing ex-members of staff who worked at Medomsley, from the 1960’s to the 1980’s.

While several have died in the intervening years, 32 suspects have been identified and spoken to.

Temp Det Supt Chapman said: “We now have a significant understanding of how Medomsley Detention Centre operated during that time.

“It was about “short, sharp shock” treatment, which was in the guidance at the time.

“The reality is that a significant number of people stepped way above that and and we ended up with both sexual and physical abuse, which was quite horrendous.”

He added: “We have ensured victims have been fully updated on the investigation so far. Counselling and professional support has also been available to anyone who needed help, and I am really pleased that so many people have taken us up on this offer.”

“I am really pleased with the progress of this investigation so far and the dedication of both the investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service in working together to ensure all available evidence is considered in the lead up to decisions being made.”

Counselling and support remains available by contacting the local Sexual Assault Referral Centre, The Meadows, on 0191 301 8554.

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1,400 ex-inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre are one step closer to claiming justice

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After almost 1,400 men alleged to have been abused, Durham police have now handed 32 files to the Crown Prosecution Service offering advice on charges

Almost 1,400 ex-inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre who are involved in the biggest child abuse inquiry in the UK are one step closer to claiming justice.

Officers investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse on inmates at a County Durham young offenders’ centre have submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging advice.

In August 2013 Durham Constabulary announced it was opening a new investigation – ‘Operation Seabrook’ - into allegations from ex-inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

The ex-detainees were all in their teens when they were sent to Medomsley at various dates from the 1960’s to when the centre closed in 1988, for what were often relatively minor offences.

They typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released.

Previous police investigations in 2003 and 2005 led to the conviction and jailing of Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson, former members of staff at the centre, who have since died.

 
Since August 2013, a total of 1,396 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report they were victims of either sexual or physical assaults. Of the sexual reports, approximately two-thirds have said they were sexually assaulted by either Husband or Johnson.

In November 2014 police began the process of interviewing ex-members of staff who worked at Medomsley during the 1960s and through to the 1980s.

While several have died in the intervening years, 32 suspects have been identified. All have now been spoken to, the majority as voluntary attenders at local police stations.

The officer leading Operation Seabrook, Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Chapman said the investigation remains focused around its original objectives.

“We now have a significant understanding of how Medomsley Detention Centre operated during that time and we have ensured victims have been fully updated on the investigation so far. Counselling and professional support has also been available to anyone who needed help, and I am really pleased that so many people have taken us up on this offer,” he said.

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Medomsley abuse probe could see 32 face charges

Hundreds of former inmates have come forward to report abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre 

More than 30 people could face prosecution as part of an investigation into sexual and physical abuse at a County Durham detention centre.

Almost 1,400 men have claimed they were abused at Medomsley, near Consett, during the 1970s and 80s.

Durham Police said it has put forward 32 cases to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will offer advice on whether the suspects should be charged.

It added it hoped to have decisions on each one "sometime in the summer".

Detectives launched the investigation, called Operation Seabrook, in August 2013 and have interviewed former members of staff.

It followed previous probes in 2003 and 2005 which resulted in the jailing of former Medomsley wardens Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson.

Both have since died.














Neville Husband was jailed in 2003. He died in 2010 following his release from prison  

Officers said of the 1,396 men who contacted Operation Seabrook to report abuse, approximately two-thirds said they were assaulted by either Husband or Johnson.

In a statement, police said 32 suspects have been identified and all had been spoken to, the majority voluntarily.

Det Supt Steve Chapman said: "We now have a significant understanding of how Medomsley Detention Centre operated and we have ensured victims have been fully updated on the investigation so far."

He said the investigation team are constantly reviewing all new material and so the number of cases forwarded to the CPS could increase.

The former detainees were all teenagers when they were sent to the centre - often for relatively minor offences.

The facility closed in 1988.

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Files submitted on 32 suspects in young offenders' centre 'abuse' inquiry

Police have identified 32 suspects

2 February 2017 11:15AM
Detectives investigating hundreds of allegations of sexual and physical abuse at a young offenders' centre have identified 32 suspects who may be charged.

Since August 2013, Durham Police have run Operation Seabrook into claims from 1,396 ex-inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

The force has put forward cases to the Crown Prosecution Service which will offer charging advice in the coming months.

The inmates were in their teens when they were sent to the centre for what were often minor offences which typically now would be dealt with in the community.

The alleged offences date from the 1960s to when Medomsley closed in 1988.

Inmates typically spent six to eight weeks at the Home Office-run facility before being released.

Previous police investigations in 2003 and 2005 led to the conviction and jailing of Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson, former members of staff who have since died.

Operation Seabrook has looked at more allegations involving these two and other members of staff.

Durham Police said of the men claiming sexual abuse, approximately two thirds said they were assaulted by either Husband or Johnson.

Detectives identified other staff they wanted to speak to and while some had died, they managed to interview others.

The force has now identified 32 suspects.

All have now been spoken to, the majority as voluntary attenders at local police stations.

The officer leading Operation Seabrook, Temporary Detective Superintendent Steve Chapman said: "We now have a significant understanding of how Medomsley Detention Centre operated during that time and we have ensured victims have been fully updated on the investigation so far.

"Counselling and professional support has also been available to anyone who needed help, and I am really pleased that so many people have taken us up on this offer.

“While 32 advice files have now been submitted to the CPS, the investigation team constantly reviews all new material which enters the incident room, and this number may increase.
"We hope to have specific charging decisions sometime in the summer.

“I am really pleased with the progress of this investigation so far and the dedication of both the investigators and the Crown Prosecution Service in working together to ensure all available evidence is considered in the lead up to decisions being made.”  

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Medomsley Secure Training Centre Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd January 2017

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Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham 

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date officials from her Department plan to contact or meet the steering group of solicitors dealing with cases arising from Operation Seabrook.

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Sam Gyimah The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Government Legal Department (GLD) is acting for the Ministry of Justice in relation to these cases. GLD is planning to meet the steering group committee next month, although the precise date for this meeting has yet to be finalised.

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