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

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. The stories you need to read, in one handy email Read more One of the victims, John McCabe, said hundreds of boys could have been spared being abused if police had acted on the complaints.The details of the number of men whose complaints to police were ignored emerged in an email to McCabe from the then head of Operation Seabrook, Det Supt Paul Goundray.