MEDOMSLEY DETENTION CENTRE – 7 Ex officers charged 21st November 2017


The Crown Prosecution Service and Durham police have charged 7 men who used to work at Medomsley Detention Centre, Consett, County Durham, with a series of abuse offences.
The charges arise out of ‘Operation Seabrook’, a police investigation that has been running since 2013 into allegations by over 1,400 ex-detainees that they were abused at the centre. The abuse allegations include incidents of both physical and sexual assaults allegedly committed by a large number of officers.
Medomsley was open from the 1960’s until 1988 and housed young inmates on relatively short-term sentences, many of whom had been sent there for relatively minor offending.
Kevin Blakely, Alan Bramley, Brian Greenwell, David McClure, John McGee, Christopher Onslow and Neil Sowerby, aged between 61 and 73, are due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court on 19th December. They face charges relating to individual complaints by ex-detainees and have all been charged with Misconduct in a Public Office.
The police have confirmed that their investigation continues with the CPS still considering files relating to a number of other ex-officers. They will welcome contact from ex-inmates who have not previously spoken to them, and ask that they be contacted on the police ‘101’ number or by email at
Switalskis Solicitors have for a number of years been representing clients who were abused at Medomsley and currently have a substantial number of clients whom we are assisting in making claims against the Ministry of Justice. If you have been affected by treatment you received at Medomsley then our experienced and expert team will be able to talk with you in confidence about how we may be able to help you.
If you would like a private consultation then please do not hesitate to contact our Caroline Chandler or Rob Casey who are dealing with claims arising out of Medomsley abuse, under the expert guidance of our David Greenwood, one of the leaders in the field nationally in this area of law.
We can be contacted on 01924 882000 or by email ( or

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