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Medomsley Detention Centre – Compensation for Abuse Victims

Medomsley Detention Centre, Country Durham, was a correctional facility opened in February 1961. The aim of the facility was to provide an alternative to prison for boys and young men aged 17-21.

First reports of abuse emerge

The first report of physical abuse appeared in the media in 1967. David Watkins MP raised concerns about the treatment of inmates at the facility, after hearing claims from a mother that her teenage son was subjected to repeated beatings. The boy spent 5 weeks in hospital.

Mr Watkins took his complaint to the Home Secretary. The MP received a response from the then Home Office minister Lord Stonham, stating that the mother and son’s claim was unsubstantiated. The matter was not pursued.

Rape at Medomsley Detention Centre

In 2003, prison officer Neville Husband was convicted of raping inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre. The conviction covered allegations of rape throughout the 1970s and the 1880s.

Husband was suspected of operating as part of paedophile ring. Further investigations led to the arrest and conviction of Leslie Johnson, a storeman at Medomsley.

Husband and Johnson have both since died in prison of natural causes. The centre was closed, and has been reopened as Hassockfield Secure Training Centre (STC).

Compensation awarded to victims of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre

In excess of £1million has been awarded in out-of-court settlements to the victims of physical and sexual abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre.

Prime Minister David Cameron has assured Durham MP Pat Glass that “help and support” will be given to the small local police force in Durham, as up to 500 people may have suffered abuse at the centre.

Payments to victims are thought to average around £40,000

Taking action – how Hampson Hughes Solicitors can help you

If you have experienced physical or sexual abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre, and you would like expert advice, we can help.

Our experienced Criminal Injuries & Sexual Abuse Team is currently supporting those affected by the events at Medomsley Detention Centre.

We will ensure that your case remains confidential, and that all guilty parties are held accountable.

For further information, please contact Andrew Fairman on 0800 888 6888

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