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Medomsley Detention Centre Abuse Claims

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Tilly Bailey & Irvine are the largest Solicitors in the Tees Valley and have secured compensation for a number of former inmates that were sexually, physically and mentally abused whilst detained in Medomsley Detention Centre between 1960’s and 1980’s and Kirklevington Detention Centre between the 1970's and 1990's.

One of the former inmates was subjected to sexual abuse on a daily basis and this continued even after he was released from the centre. We recovered £27,000 by way of compensation, a sum that will hopefully make a difference to his life, meaning that he can move forward, however we very much doubt he will ever be able to leave his dreadful past behind him

If you have been a victim of physical, mental or sexual abuse and you would like to speak in confidence to a Personal Injury Specialist about how to make a claim for compensation, then please contact us to speak with any member of our Personal Injury Team.

Call: 01429 405117 or Email: 

What is Abuse?

Abuse can take many forms, whether it be physical, sexual or psychological. It can occur over a period of time or may even be a single incident. In some cases, the abuser is known to the individual suffering, possibly a family member or a friend, which is why the abuse can remain unreported for many years.

Abuse can occur in a variety of circumstances. Claims could be made against:

  • The individual who committed the abuse
  • An organisation responsible for that person, usually an employer
  • An organisation that should have taken steps to prevent the abuse but failed such as social services, religious organisations and sports clubs.

We are currently acting for a number of former inmates that were detained in Medomsley Detention Centre and Kirklevington Detention Centre that were subjected to physical and sexual abuse from prison officers.

Medomsley Detention Centre 

Medomsley Detention Centre operated from the 1960’s and closed in 1988. The aim of the centre was to provide a ‘short, sharp, shock’ treatment to young offenders aged between 17-21 years and was primarily designed to prevent them from being sent to a mainstream prison.

Unfortunately, allegations began to surface from former inmates who were subjected to sexual, physical and mental abuse from prisons officers whilst they were detained in Medomsley. More than 1,500 former inmates have now contacted Durham Police, who are dealing with the investigation named ‘Operation Seabrook’.

This is the largest investigation of its kind within the UK.

Seven former prison officers appeared at Teesside Crown Court on 16th January 2018 and have been charged with the offence of misconduct in a public office, some have also been charged with physical and sexual offences. The defendants have now been formally identified as Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell, Neil Sowerby, David McClure, Alan Bramley and Kevin Blakely.

Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should contact Durham Police by telephoning 101 or email

We have managed to settle a number of cases for former inmates that were subjected to sexual abuse. We hope that we can make some progress with the physical cases once the criminal proceedings are concluded.

Kirklevington Detention Centre

Kirklevington Detention Centre was for young offenders aged between 14 to 17 years old. Similar to Medomsley Detention Centre, allegations arose from former inmates about the physical and sexual abuse they were subjected to in their short periods of detention from the prison officers.

Cleveland Police are investigating allegations from the 1970’s up to the 1990’s under ‘Operation Magnolia’.

The force said Operation Magnolia has now heard from over 400 former inmates and we understand that a case file has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.

Two former prison officers were arrested and interviewed as part of the police investigation. The Crown Prosecution Service will consider the evidence gathered to decide whether any criminal charges should follow.

Anyone who believes they are a victim and has not already contacted the police should contact Cleveland Police by telephoning 101.