Friday, 5 May 2017

Operation Seabrook - Medomsley Detention Centre

01/05/2017

​‘Operation Seabrook’ is the criminal investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by staff against detainees at Medomsley Detention Centre near Consett, County Durham.

It was launched in August 2013 and is investigating incidents which happened over many years, principally the 1970's and 1980's. 

The three main aims of the investigation are:
* to ensure support is provided for victims so they are in a better place after contacting the police    
* to gain the fullest understanding of how Medomsley operated during those years 
* to secure evidence so that any potential offenders are brought to justice.

Anyone needing to make contact with the team in writing can email  operation.seabrook@durham.pnn.police.uk

The 'Seabrook' team has now heard from more than 1,350 former inmates at Medomsley who have reported they were abused while detained at the centre.
 
All of the surviving main suspects - 31 in total - have been identified, interviewed and prosecution files submitted to the CPS for advice.  This advice will then identify those individuals who are likely to be charged and also which victims or witnesses are likely to give evidence.
 
Update on the current state of the investigation; May 2017

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman said;

"I am pleased to confirm that we remain on track, working closely with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to establish who will be charged and with what offences, later this year. 

"The commitment of all officers/staff involved continues to ensure the investigation keeps victims/survivors at the ’front’ and ‘centre’ of this complex enquiry, with every effort being made to bring the perpetrators of abuse to justice.

"We now have 1,436 people who have made complaints of various degrees of physical/sexual assault and this number continues to grow.

"As we move closer towards the prospect of charges the momentum for the investigation increases, with many people being contacted/re-contacted to provide additional information in support of a prosecution e.g. identification procedures, additional statements and/or an indication if victims/survivors are willing to attend court.

"This is normal practice and will continue in the coming months.

"Resourcing for the enquiry has not diminished and is constantly reviewed, in line with the investigation strategy.



Detective Chief Insp Steve Chapman (left) - SIO for Op Seabrook. Sergeant Claire Errington remains as the supervisor for the dedicated Seabrook team.  Within the team are co-ordinators who are at hand to help and assist with any issues or concerns peple may have.

Important - If you are a victim and your contact details have changed, for example, you have moved house or have a new phone number then please email the Seabrook team or call them via 101 so they can update their records.



Durham Constabulary continues to work with various organisations to provide the best possible support for victims. Access to support is available without the need to contact the police for those who feel unable to do so.
 

Independent Psychotherapist Zoe Lodrick

 


The following organisations can be contacted independently of the police for support .

NSPCC FREEPHONE HELPLINE (24 hrs):
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children                                                                                    0808 800 5000
The helpline is available for anyone who has concerns about a child or anyone including adults who wish to discuss their own experience of abuse as a child or young person.
Contact can also be made via e mail : help@nspcc.org.uk  or by text 88858
Contact can be made anonymously if the caller so wishes.

NAPAC
National Association for People Abused in ChildhoodFreephone from all landlines and mobile networks 0808 801 0331.
Calls do not show on your bill; lines are open 10am to 9pm Monday - Thursday, and 10am to 6pm on Friday. NAPAC is unable to take messages or ring back. 

The Meadows:
The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Darlington and Co Durham) 0191 301 8554
The Meadows will accept calls between the hours of 9am-3.30 pm Monday to Friday and can arrange one-to-one counselling sessions and can make referrals to similar centres throughout the UK.

Counselling does not involve discussing what has happened in relation to the assault, it aims to help you work through your feelings to aid the healing process.
Staff at the Meadows will not contact the police without your consent unless there are current concerns in respect of a child or vulnerable adult. 

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

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

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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.

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.

Charges Pending on Sex Abuse Claims at Medomsley; 1,400 Ex-Inmates Lodge Complaints with Police









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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson Reporter lisa.hutchinson@ncjmedia.co.uk @lisachron
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 former detainees were all teenagers when they were sent to Medomsley at various dates from the 1960s 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. …

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Way back to the trial!

We were born many things, Stupid was not one of them!


Operation Silence!

A leading MP has called for a public inquiry into the sexual abuse suffered by inmates at a North East detention centre.

On Tuesday, a Chronicle probe revealed shocking evidence about the targeting of young offenders at Medomsley Detention Centre in the 1970s and 1980s.
The scandal of the `short, sharp, shock' centre, in Consett, County Durham, emerged when ex-kitchen officer Neville Husband was convicted of molesting a string of boys.

But papers unearthed by us provided a catalogue of fresh revelations.

We told how married father-of-one Husband, 69, of Shotley Bridge, Durham, had been probed for importing child pornography 10 years before working at Medomsley, and prison officer police statements told how they suspected Husband was abusing boys but were afraid to speak up to bosses.

Tyneside North MP Stephen Byers has a victim of Husband's brutal regime living in his constituency, and this has led to him pressing the Home Office for a fresh probe into what happened at Medomsley.

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In a question to Parliament, Mr Byers wrote: "To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish an independent and public inquiry into the abuse of inmates at the Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham between 1970 and 1990." Mr Byers has been told there are a number of compensation claims being lodged against the Home Office by victims of Husband, which means an inquiry will not be launched at this stage.

But he also wants a review of the law which governs when child sex abuse victims can launch compensation bids.

He has lodged a second question to the Lord Chancellor, set to be answered on Tuesday, which reads: "If he will review the provisions of the Limitations Act 1980 in so far as they apply to victims of child sexual abuse."

There have already been wrangles over the Limitation Act in relation to abuse suffered at Medomsley.

Victim Kevin Young, of Jarrow, South Tyneside, has waived his right to anonymity to speak out.
He was brutally targeted by Husband in 1977 while serving a three-month sentence.

Mr Young was granted the right to pursue a compensation claim by Leeds Crown Court in November.
But last month, an appeal court judge over-ruled the decision, saying too much time had passed between him knowing about the assault and lodging a claim.

Now he hopes pressure from MPs will help bring about a change in the law and get justice for him and other victims.

Mr Young said: "I have always said, it's not about money or anything like that. "It's about getting accountability for what went on.

I believe people knew what was going on in there but did nothing. "Also, I should never even have met Husband because he shouldn't have been working as a crown officer after being investigated for importing child pornography. "

Although he was not prosecuted back in 1967, this clearly showed he had an unhealthy interest in young men sexually." Our investigation revealed Husband had claimed he was writing a book about homosexuality when he was caught with the pornography.

Other revelations include he had regular shipments of pornography sent to Medomsley.
We also lifted the lid on the fact a second officer was convicted of assaulting another inmate.

"After Husband was taken down to the cells ready to go to prison, at the end of his trial, the judge Esmond Faulks had it in his power to have those who were in charge of Medomsley Detention Centre arrested, as well as all those officers who knew what was happening and did nothing to stop it, deciding to destroy all evidence of his crimes and cover up any link back to husband."

Blog "THE LAW AND EVIDENCE" Mr Young, 45, said: "I've said from the start, this is not about money.

It is about the principle that people knew this was going on but nothing was done about it.
The experience left him mentally scarred, and he was determined to help bring his tormentors to justice.

This started when police officers asked him to tell his story back in 1998 as part of the operation rose years ago. The evidence and testimonies of the many victims and other prison officers from Medomsley at the time Neville Husband was there, were instrumental in bringing him to justice.

 Jurors heard how Husband used intimidation and fear to ensure the silence of his detention centre victims, all from damaged backgrounds. Judge Esmond Faulks told him: "Their fear of you caused them to submit to your unwelcome attentions and this was in my judgement a gross breach of trust.
You and others like you helped cause their damaged personalities. Until now they never thought anyone would believe them.

After the case, Det Insp Simon Orton, who led the Durham Police investigation, said he was delighted by the outcome of the case.

“It is clear this man feasted himself on these young men who were in his charge," he said. "
I hope that this will bring closure for the victims. I have no doubt in my mind their lives will always be affected by what happened in Medomsley.

My thoughts are very much with the victims still. DI Orton said: "He has never acknowledged any guilt." “They have been very brave." Following the news coverage of his first trial, that Neville Husband was called back to court.

More than seven new victims had come forward, and he eventually pleaded guilty and what’s more dropped his appeal against his original 10 year sentence.

Tim Newell was Governor from 1979 to 1981 at Medomsley. He was at Grendon prison as well as the architect of the restorative justice reforms. He says in his statement…

“About five years after leaving Medomsley I was on a course at the Prison Training College at Wakefield, when I bumped into a Medomsley colleague John McBee. John told me that Neville had to leave the service over an allegation that he had abused a boy.”

That would make it around 1985/86 when Husband, “Had to leave the service over an allegation that he had abused a boy.” In 1985/86, after being forced to leave Medomsley then got a promotion to senior officer at the Frankland Maximum security prison in Co Durham.

Martin Narey was the governor at the Frankland from 1986 to 89, and the governor when Husband was promoted to a senior officer as ‘punishment’ for being caught sexually abusing boys. "Public Relations"

Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will establish an independent and public inquiry into the abuse of inmates at the Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham between 1970 and 1990. [69466] Mr. Sutcliffe[holding answer 9 May 2006]: The Government are aware of outstanding civil claims relating to abuse of prisoners at the Medomsley detention centre which closed in 1983.

While these civil actions are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment on any calls for a public inquiry.

Gerry Sutcliffe, parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Home Office is aware of outstanding civil claims relating to abuse of prisoners at the Medomsley detention centre which closed in 1983.
His view is that while these civil actions are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment on any calls for a public inquiry.

“A cash boost in May this year thanks to £1.25million funding for voluntary and community organisations throughout England and Wales, announced Home Office Minister Gerry Sutcliffe. "Sexual crimes can result in high levels of distress and can be the most damaging physically and emotionally.

This funding will help to ensure that victims of these terrible offences have timely access to advice, information, care and counselling that meets their individual needs no matter where they are in the country.

 "I am determined that the needs of victims of crime must be better met and this funding is part of a wider programme of Government initiatives to put the needs of those affected by crime central in the criminal justice system."

This is what Gerry Sutcliff says in public; however when in private he is as bad as the abusers.
He is allowing the suffering of all the victims from Medomsley to continue, and has failed to respond adequately to calls for a public inquiry into Medomsley Detention Centre and the decades of sexual torture many young kids were put through.

The sexual abuse of a child is a uniquely horrible crime, because it destroys the child's sense of him or herself and undermines the capacity to trust.

The fact that this crime is usually carried trusted and respected adults of some standing, makes the damage worse.

Mr. Young, says that it is not just him, but other Medomsley claimants are still locked in an ongoing high court case against the Home Office. Mr Young, from York, said: "I saw some things that nobody should have to see as a young person.

Governors of the Medomsley Detention Centre and their senior management "were aware of what was happening" at the centre and "failed to stop or act upon, in accordance with the prison protocols of that time." Many if not all of the vulnerable youths were from broken homes and fractured backgrounds.

They took on the baggage of being in the care system, where they were also sexually and physically abused, not to mention ill educated.

This was the only alternative to being looked after by the church. And we all know where that leads. In fact the Medomsley Detention Centre annual report of 1977 says it all... 1977 inspection report described Medomsley as `Dickensian' and read: "The detention centre has never hit the headlines and within the Prison Department has apparently been accepted as a place where nothing of any import ever occurs and one which is unlikely to cause any problems."

I believe Husband had access to all the records about the inmates he chose to serve in his kitchen; he used these to great effect.

I also believe that he was not!! allowed to have access to these private documents that were for the eyes of the governor and senior officers only ad he would use these to make his decision on who he could abuse.

Who has little contact with the outside world? Who doesn’t have parents? How many come directly from the care system or had abusive parents? In Medomsley, we would start work early as we had to get all the breakfasts ready for all the other inmates.

Husband would always be there, almost superimposed on every synapse of each young mind in his charge.

He had enormity and presence in his own kingdom. I’ll not bother telling you how breakfasts were in Medomsley … sufficed to they were fast! Everything worked that way in places like that. Once you were at work, Husband would make an excuse to get past you while you were, lets say, tending the potato peeling machine.

As he did so he would press his penis towards your backside fleetingly then carry on what he was doing. On the way back he would do the same thing only with more gusto, and we all knew what might follow.

He would sense everything from the initial contact in the dining hall, where he would inspect the newest intake to the centre that day, and then he’d choose who would work in the kitchen.

All his victims were threatened with their lives. Neville Husband laid claim to being in the Military and was trained to kill. “You could disappear in places like this and nobody would ever know.” “You could be buried in the bottom sports field and nobody would care.”
 "Betrayal"

The UK's most vulnerable children are being "betrayed" by a care system that is guilty of a catalogue of failings, according to a damning report.

The majority of young people leaving institutions are destined to become prostitutes, homeless or spend time in prison, the study states.

Harriet Sergeant, author of ‘Handle with Care: an investigation into the care system’, said: "It is not just a tragedy for the individual.

A successful system of care would transform this country. "At a stroke it would empty a third of our prisons.

It would halve the number of prostitutes, reduce by between a third and a half the number of homeless and remove 80% of Big Issue sellers from our street corners.

"Not only is our system failing the young people in care, it is failing society and perpetuating an underclass."

The report says that out of the 6,000 people who leave care on average every year, 75% (4,500) will have no educational qualifications and within two years 50% will be unemployed, while 20% (1,200) will be homeless.

Just one out of a hundred will make it to university. In the year ending March 31 2005, 60,900 children were taken in care - most placed with foster parents or in children's homes.



Failings of the care system included children being moved among foster carers too often, and homes focusing on short-term containment rather then the long-term well-being of the youngsters.

The report concluded the system should be reformed to provide "secure, stable, long-term and loving care for difficult children".

New initiatives that might help children should be explored and young people should be tracked after leaving care in order to build up a true picture of how the system was working, it added.

Hugh Bayley MP for York is supporting Mr Young in calling for a full and independent inquiry into the sexual abuse of inmates at the Medomsley Detention Centre...
"Hypocrisy"

One would think the Crown and its employees could not act with absolute carelessness and abandon. One would think that it has sufficient morals of the sort that bind humanity together, yet the above comments show that this is far from the truth.

Even today, despite the sector’s growth in statistical knowledge and greater education, young people are still not tracked after leaving care.

A public servant is allowed to continue sexually assaulting children with absolute and total impunity.
The authorities, being in full knowledge of these horrors are allowed to escape liability for the damage done whilst simultaneously, those same authorities don’t hesitate to punish a child for stealing a watch.

It is clear from what has happened, that carelessness and abandon are words that do describe the actions of the Crown and those public servants who are only there at all because they have our trust.
 We the undersigned hope that you can bring these matters to light in an effective way.

This will make a difference not only to us, but the thousands of other abuse survivors whose abuse originated from being in the care of government institutions.

To this end, we will be cooperative in any projects you wish to propose that we feel are for the greater good.

Kevin Young suffered at the hands of Husband, while he was serving a short sentence at the Medomsley Detention Centre, Consett, Co Durham in 1977.

The Home Office ran the detention centre where Husband worked. Mr Young decided to take the authorities to task, and despite the Home Office’s attempt to block the move, Mr Young won his hearing in Leeds against the Home Office last year.

This case is now a landmark legal case that allows Kevin Young to launch a bid for compensation. The Home Office tried to get the case thrown out, and their plea was that too much time has passed since the crimes occurred.

This has customarily worked well as a defence for child abusers in the past, as the 1980 Limitation Act states claims for compensation need to be lodged three years after attacks took place.

But Mr Young's legal team argued there was provision for people to lodge claims three years after the "date of knowledge". Abuse victims may not realise how badly they have been harmed until years after the attacks took place.

"Manifestly unjust and oppressive"

The current laws of statute in the United Kingdom are “Manifestly unjust and oppressive” because it not only continues the victimisation of all survivors of sexual abuse, it helps influential high ranking professionals and the people that serve them to manipulate the law and favour their friends and employees when and if they have litigation levied against them as well as to keep these malfeasant dysfunctional people from the public’s knowledge allowing them to continue abusing the young and vulnerable.

This is clearly seen in the young v Catholic Care & Home office, case when Edward Faulks QC attempted to snip a little bit off the top of one statute and stick it onto another so he could have the statute the way he wanted it.

However one of the judges says you cant just remove part of a statute and attach it to another “It doesn’t work like that.” Here we are sitting in a courtroom listening to this man trying to protect the church and the home office at all costs when all the time he knew that the facts of the case were true and with his statement at the very beginning of the proceedings “We neither accept nor do we deny the offences took place,

” Strange thing to say when there has been two trials and guilty plea’s handed to a crown court and the perpetrator of the crimes is in prison serving 10 years.. "Minister for Constitutional Affairs, David Lammy" THE Home Office and Roman Catholic Church are appealing against a York abuse victim's landmark legal victory.

Kevin Young was allowed by a judge last autumn to press ahead with suing the two organisations over alleged abuse at two children's homes, including one near Tadcaster.

But the decision, which could pave the way for thousands of other abuse victims to sue for compensation, will be overturned if the Government and church succeed at a Court of Appeal hearing later this year.

Their appeal is based on the 1980 Limitation Act, under which claims for compensation need to be lodged within three years of an incident.

Mr Young, 45, successfully argued at Leeds County Court that he had been so badly affected psychologically by assaults that he had not fully realised the significance of any injury until much later.

His solicitor, David Greenwood, argued there was provision in the Act to allow people to pursue claims from a "date of knowledge". Lawyers for Catholic Care, in the Diocese of Leeds, say in their skeleton argument to the Court of Appeal that the case raised important questions about the proper approach to limitation in abuse cases, and argue that the judge reached the wrong conclusions.

But Mr Young said he was winning growing support from senior MPs for a change in the limitations law in abuse cases.

York MP Hugh Bayley told him he had written to the then Minister for Constitutional Affairs, David Lammy, to support such changes, which had been recommended by the Law Commission several years before.

Mr Bayley has now written to Mr Lammy's successor, Bridget Prentice, to find what progress has been made in implementing the Law Commission's recommendations.

The MP said in his letter to the minister that the Government had accepted the recommendations in principle in July 2002, and that he understood legislation would be introduced when a "suitable legislative opportunity arises.

" Mr Young, who works for justice4survivors.org, was abused by Neville Husband while he was serving a short sentence at Medomsley Detention Centre in the north-east in 1977 for burglary and handling stolen goods. Husband was jailed in 2003.

Mr Young's claim against Catholic Care, of the church's Leeds diocese, is based on allegations he was abused while staying in the 1970s at St Camillus, a children's home at Scarthingwell, near Tadcaster, for which the church had responsibility.

He said his aim in taking on the case is not just about winning damages, but to establish the Statute of Limitations should not be allowed to prevent victims of child abuse seeking damages later on in their lives. Updated: 09:42 Wednesday, March 08, 2006

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Timeline

1969: Prison guardian Neville Husband is arrested for possession of pornographic material while working in a kitchen at Portland Borstal in Dorset. The material depicts teenage boys. Police and the prison service accept his explanation that he was researching a book on homosexuality.

1970: Husband moves to Medomsley.

1977: Kevin Young is sent to Medomsley and immediately after his release reports being raped by Husband to local police. He is told he will be arrested for making complaints about prison officers.

1985: Storeman Leslie Johnson is arrested at Medomsley. Prison officers find pornographic material and sex aids in Husband's locker. Husband is transferred to Frankland prison. No action is taken against him.

1990: Husband retires from the prison service and receives an Imperial Service medal for serving with "diligence and fidelity".

1990: Johnson pleads guilty to sexually assaulting two boys, one at Medomsley. He receives a nine-month suspended sentence.

2003: Husband is jailed for eight years for attacks between 1977 and 1984.

2005: Husband's sentence is increased to 10 years after he admits further abuse.

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2005: Johnson is jailed for six years for separate sexual offences.

2007: The CPS decides it is "not in the public interest" to proceed with charges that Husband abused a boy at Deerbolt youth offenders' institution after he left Medomsley and Frankland.

2009: The government pays £512,000 in compensation to 12 victims.

2010: Husband dies.

2012: The Guardian reveals that Husband's abuse was on a greater scale than previously thought. Police re-open the investigation after more victims come forward.

2014: Durham police say they are investigating an organised paedophile ring operating from Medomsley with more than 500 potential victims.

2017 1400 victims & stuck in CPS Limbo!

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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