Medomsley – Police Incompetence or Corruption?

I requested Durham Police release some very basic information in a freedom of information request about what is going on about prosecutions for Medomsley. They refused. I therefore requested an internal review of the refusal, and I said that their refusal to publish may fuel fears that they were covering up child sexual abuse again. They said I was being “accusatory”.

Lets examine that police record to see what the facts are.

Neville Husband, one of the most brutal and prolific abusers at Medomsley was investigated by Police as far back as 1967 for a possible offence under the Obscene Publications Act 1959 and Post Office Act 1953.

The Director of Public Prosecutions instructed the Police in 1967 to investigate Husband,  for importing obscene and lewd photographs from Sweden, as is shown by this memo from the Governor of a Borstal at Portland, Dorset.

 

The Governor was HH Harrison. According to the Times 1 Feb 1967 he was to be Governor at Portland so in June 1967 he must have been relatively new in the job.

                                                            Times 1 Feb 1967

A second document, dated July 1967, reveals no further action was taken by the police and Husband was allowed to continue working with children in the prison service. (The allegations made against him in 1967 were brought up again when he was quizzed regarding sex abuse claims in 2001).

The Chronicle [13] accessed a transcript of a police interview with Husband, dated July 1967, during which he admits the pornography he imported showed images of children. An officer from Consett police station asked him: “And I understand that while you were in Portland, an investigation took place regarding you importing pornographic pictures of teenage boys, is that correct?” Husband replied: “There was, yes there was.” Seconds later, Husband, who claimed he was writing a book about homosexuality, adds: “The pornography at that time was, it was soft porn, but again I wasn’t aware that it was boys because you got sent what you got sent.” [13]

Fourteen survivors from Medomsley have said that they told the police and their complaints were ignored when they told police soon after getting out! [1] FOURTEEN – that is unconscionable institutional incompetence at the very least, whichever way anyone tries to spin it.

Neville Husband was finally brought to justice 36 years later in 2003, sentenced to several years in prison for abusing 5 victims, and he died in 2010 [23] shortly after being released. How many more victims were there?

One of those who reported abuse was Kevin Young, who said he had been ligatured and blindfolded and raped by three men. On the day of his release from Medomsley, on 17 Jun 1977, 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. Who was that officer?

Until recently, Durham Police denied that he had made a statement on his release, but they now admit that a number of complaints were made by former inmates, “particularly in the 1970s and 1980s” [12]

Police also took no action in 1985 against Husband, even when Leslie Johnson was charged with abusing an inmate and told police Husband had ‘given him’ the boy. The boy told police that Husband had also abused him. Police took no action [12]

Johnson said “We joined the freemasons at Chopwell and got on quite well together”

The Police Officer until recently in charge of Operation Seabrook, Det Supt Paul Goundry was excoriating of the police who did not act on these complaints. He said “I have repeatedly informed media in interviews and in writing that the officers in question should hang their heads in shame…”

FOURTEEN youths reporting abuse and not only the police repeatedly refusing to do anything but also in one case stating falsely that it was an offence to report someone whilst on licence from Medomsley. That is unconscionable lie and institutional incompetence at the very least.

Five of the 14 who reported sexual abuse, reported it to Durham Police, the others are of unnamed police forces.

As over 1400 people have contacted Operation Seabrook [2] then hundreds of boys could have been saved from abuse if the police had acted upon these reports.

This utterly unacceptable and disgraceful situation is part of a pattern throughout the country – that the police failed children complaining of child sexual abuse on a huge scale. They were also part of an institutional cover up at the least and sometimes were also part of the abuse.

Durham is far from the only force who have covered up child sexual abuse – Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Devon and Cornwall Police, Met Police, Greater Manchester Police,  Lancashire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Police Scotland, North Wales Police spring to my mind but there are many others. Obviously Police failures to investigate abuse, or react to reports of abuse, then to cover up the abuse, and also the links with Police and freemasonry and abuse needs to be investigated and written on in more detail. It should also be being investigated by IICSA.

Have Police started an investigation into who those 14 officers were who did not act on abuse reported by those fourteen survivors? Have they identified the patterns of behaviour in those fourteen instances? If not then they are failing in their duty to the public to bring criminals to justice. It is a no excuse to say it is a long time ago, especially without having started an investigation.

Det Supt Paul Goundry said “I have not instigated any inquiries to trace who these individuals reported to as there is insufficient detail to have any prospect of ID”. It is more likely that this course of action would be unpopular with the police and his colleagues. Even if the individuals could not be identified, an investigation might narrow the number of suspects and show patterns or modus operandi.

Further, the Durham Police should not investigate themselves. Police have got away for years with investigating themselves, either the same police force or a different one. This rarely works for public benefit.

Even if a police corruption investigation into themselves does reveal something due an an honest investigator who outwits the corrupt management, then the report goes missing in due course and the public never get to see it.

The inappropriately named Independent Police Complaints Committee, was recognised by a previous IPCC Commissioner Deborah Glass, several years ago as “not very effective” [24]

[24] You Tube Deborah Glass Commissioner of IPCC IPCC “not very effective” 

The IPCC  is “not very effective” partly because most of the complaints are referred back to the Professional Standards Department of the very force that is being complained about. The colleagues of the officers at fault investigate the complaint! It is designed not to be effective. The regulatory mechanism is faulty, so the barrel gets more full of rotten apples.

The “independent” part of the IPCC is just not independent enough with a large percentage of former police.

Operation Seabrook

The most recent Police investigation into Medomsley, Operation Seabrook was officially opened in Aug 2013 according to the Chronicle [13]

In 2010 John McCabe went to his local MP Michael McCann. Michael McCann Tells How Medomsley Abuse Probe Was launched [27] He told of being raped every day in Medomsley in 1983.

McCann raised it with Keir Starmer, then head of Crown Prosecution Service and also at Prime Ministers Questions, 2012 May 23 Hansard Prime Minister’s questions Michael McCann asked about Medomsley [29] He mentioned that senior figures in the establishment knew what was going on, saying that the CPS was refusing to pursue these matters and Home Office was seeking to issue compensation payments.

Prime Minister Cameron gave his usual evasive reply but did mention that the Home Affairs Committee had looked into Medomsley and made a number of recommendations – [Has anyone got a reference to Home Affairs Committee recommendations?]

McCann also mentioned Medomsley in Parliament in 2014 when May was Home Secretary, 2014 July 7 Hansard McCann re Medomsley to May  [28]

He accused the Home Office of knowing evidence but not investigating.

[Hansard may be worth further research on Medomsley, please let me know if there is anything signficant]

A Guardian article in 2012 also revealed horrendous violent abuse on Kevin Young [16]

9oo victims had been identified by Nov 2014 and approximately 70 detectives were working on the case Sky [13] .

Yet it is now June 2017, over 7 years on from John McCabe telling his MP about abuse, and 5 years on from that Guardian article on Kevin Young. We are 50 (FIFTY) years since the Governors report which mentions that Police knew that Husband was importing pictures of boys.

There is very little public information about what is happening. Prosecutions have still not been brought. The public has no effective mechanism to scrutinise an investigation by Durham Police into child sexual abuse at Medomsley – the same force that should have investigated properly decades ago, and a number of times over the years. This is why FOI is so important and why Durham Police should be transparent. They choose not to be.

Now this is a third or fourth go at investigating, after the Durham Police had already allowed the abuse to develop into a massive problem in which they are complicit.

Dave Greenwood, solicitor for many victims said in February this year  “It is unforgivable to make the victims … 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” [1]

Justice delayed is of course justice denied.

In February 2017, the Advertiser stated that police 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.”

“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.” [2]

So that article just raises questions. What exactly is a file?  What is charging advice? When were they sent off? Is each file on a different perpetrator? How much counselling is available, are survivors happy with the counselling?

Many survivors had faith in Det Sup Goundry. However he was removed from the case in Oct 2016 and his place as Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) has been taken by Det Supt Chapman. Many survivors felt let down by this. Why was Goundry removed? John McCabe reports it was done by “The Golden Executive Group” [see comments below]. Who is this group?

Timeline (Brief)

1967 Feb Memo from HH Harrison which shows that The Director of Public Prosecutions instructed the Police to investigate Husband,  for importing obscene and lewd photographs from Sweden, of boys.

1967 Jul Police interview Husband

1985 Police also took no action against Husband, even when Leslie Johnson was charged with abusing an inmate and told police Husband had ‘given him’ the boy. The boy told police that Husband had also abused him [12]

1999 Operation Halter opened

2003 Trial of Neville Husband at Newcastle Crown Court

2003 -2005 Investigation into Husband and Medomsley, [still Operation Halter ][30]

2005 Second Investigation into Husband [still thought to be Operation Halter]

2006 Dec 14 Kevin Young Supreme Court Catholic Care and Home Office v Kevin Raymond Young 14 Nov 2006 Supreme Court (St Camillus and Medomsley) [31]  

Overcoming the statute on limitations was the breakthrough using vicarious liability coupled with the Fraud Act. If there was an active covering up of all information then fraud was used to keep this quiet [HT @randolphtrent]

2007 Crown Prosecution Service announced it would not be charging Husband over an allegation that he went on to abuse a boy in Deerbolt

2009 Husband was out of prison

2009 John McCabe reported his abuse to Durham Police and his MP Michael McCann

2009/10 Jack Straw preparing and trying to ban children from childrens homes being allowed to speak about their abuse in Part 2 of the Children, Schools and Families Act 2010, see Children in Childrens Homes CAN Speak Out Against Abuse [32]

2010 Husband died

2012 May 23 Hansard Prime Minister’s questions Michael McCann asked about Medomsley [29]

2013 Aug – Operation Seabrook started

2014 July 7 Hansard McCann re Medomsley to May  [28]

 

Freedom of Information Request

My request was trying to ascertain why it is taking so long to bring perpetrators of abuse at Medomsley to justice from Operation Seabrook.

I asked Police in a Freedom of Information request [9] if they would tell me how many MG3 forms (forms requesting a charging decision) have been sent to CPS regarding abuse at Medomsley, and the date when the last was sent off?

Durham Police refused, citing a number of exemptions [9a]

The Crown Prosecution Service however in an answer to their FOI confirmed that 30 MG3’s were submitted for suspects, and later said that another two were returned to Police as CPS have not provided a charging decision on those [18]

They gave a table for 20 MG3s. It appears that the Police had only filled in the date on 20 forms.

The CPS divulging the information shows that the Durham Police were unnecessarily secretive, and brings into questions the exemptions they used, and why they used them.

The Police had  stated that the following “harms” may occur

“disclosing the information requested may have a negative impact on on-going investigations by putting into the public domain information which would allow suspects to prepare a defence or may taint witnesses.”
“Disclosing information during an on-going investigation would undermine operational capabilities and subsequent court proceedings by allowing potential offenders to avoid detection, prepare defences or taint witnesses.”
“To disclose information which would or could undermine ongoing investigations and subsequent court proceedings would, potentially, allow offenders to avoid detection or prosecution. This would be in direct conflict with the police service’s prime duties to protect life and property and prevent and detect crime.”

I therefore asked for an internal review of the Durham Police decision, especially at that time as it would have helped clear up the discrepancy at that stage between the 32 MG3s sent off by police and 30 said to have been received by the CPS.

Most of my request for Internal Review is below in Appendix 1 and the Durham Police Internal Review Reply in Appendix 2. For full details check the FOI [9]

I pointed out that the Durham Police had not explained how releasing the data requested could possibly have the effects they said ie “undermine operational capabilities and subsequent court proceedings by allowing potential offenders to avoid detection, prepare defences or taint witnesses” .

I also added that

“Stating the last date as requested will also give an idea of timescale for the public and victims who have been waiting 50 years in some cases for the police and other authorities do the job they are paid to do rather than cover up child sexual abuse.

Further failure to release even figures as innocuous as these will of course fuel fears that the Durham police are once again covering up child sexual abuse.

There is a tendency of Police to refuse information because they can, and try to find a reason to fit, which is not the spirit of the Act, nor doing the Police job as a public service. I hope that is not happening here. The public rightly judge the police by things such as this.”

As the evidence above in this post shows, it is wholly factual to mention the Police carried out flawed investigations and covered up child sexual abuse for 50 years. The public interest test should have taken into account the fact that the police have failed to investigate child sexual abuse at Medomsley properly. It should have taken into account that Durham Police covered up child sexual abuse making the balance of the public interest test is more tipped to transparency and publication, to show the public if the Durham Police are carrying out a proper investigation or are continuing to delay and cover up.

It was a disappointment but no surprise to me that the Internal Review carried out by Leigh Davison, Head of Information Rights & Disclosure Unit of the Durham Police rubber-stamped their previous decision. It also gave no further explanation of the absurd claim that to release the information would “undermine operational capabilities and subsequent court proceedings by allowing potential offenders to avoid detection, prepare defences or taint witnesses”.

Instead of internally reviewing fairly, they stuck by their secrecy and attacked me as “accusatory” to deflect from their embarrassing inadequacies. They also falsely characterise the request as what “one person might find it useful” by omitting the reasons and picking on the word “useful” and guessing that only myself is interested in this information.

If the reasons given by the Durham Police were valid then the CPS would have engaged those same exemptions. They did not. They published the information. Are Durham Police accusing the CPS of undermining “operational capabilities and subsequent court proceedings by allowing potential offenders to avoid detection, prepare defences or taint witnesses”?

The police as public servants should be a great deal less arrogant, a great deal more humble, admit their past mistakes, be a great deal more transparent and answer FOI questions as required under the FOI Act.

The Durham Police just have proved my claim that “There is a tendency of Police to refuse information because they can, and try to find a reason to fit, which is not the spirit of the Act, nor doing the Police job as a public service. I hope that is not happening here. The public rightly judge the police by things such as this.”

Durham Police actions are of a police service with something to hide and a public service that is not properly accountable to the public it is meant to serve.

Durham Police have still not even provided a blank MG3 form some 3 weeks after pointing out that they had failed to answer that part of the question. How long does it take Durham Police  to scan a form?

The CPS should also be examined closely as it appears that some charging decisions appear to have taken a long time, but perhaps more information is needed on that.

  • The failure to investigate child sexual abuse properly by Durham Police in Medomsley is not in doubt.
  • The cover up of child sexual abuse by police is not in doubt.

Many questions remain

  • Was it incompetence or was there a deeper underlying corruption in the police either generally or specific to child sexual abuse or Medomsley?
  • Were the police involved in child abuse?
  • How much was freemasonry a factor?
  • Why is the investigation taking so long?
  • Why are Durham Police being so untransparent?
  • Who are the establishment figures who knew about abuse at Medomsley that MP McCain talked about?
  • Why has Home Office been sitting on evidence and offering compensation orders?

Even if and when some victims and survivors achieve some sort of justice via trials, questions will still remain on the following issues and others

  • Why was there a culture of abuse and sexual abuse at Medomsley
  • Why was the widespread abuse not picked by by the channels supposed to check – eg Prison Service
  • Who knew what, and when?
  • Who should have done something about the abuse?
  • What were the actions of the Police for 50 years in flawed investigations and cover ups
  • What was the role and actions of the Home Office?

Should this not be addressed by a public inquiry?

Over 1000 boys have been abused. although some were 17, they were mainly 18 to 21 and not covered by IICSA unless they make an exception.

The government had a duty of care for over 100 boys, and failed to exercise that duty of care properly. Despite numerous warnings, they failed to act. WHY? There must be an inquiry into that.

John McCabe has updated me [see comments] that in fact it was SIXTEEN victims that reported abuse to Police on their release.

Please also see his other comments. It appears from his email that police are trying to put forward the scenario that it was just one officer who happened to be the recipient of 5+ peoples stories. This seems ludicrous cover story or “school play” even on the surface. and if they they are trying to spin nonsense this like that, would appear to be perverting the course of justice and fraud.

Furthermore the figures of victims and description John has given of his efforts at attempting to get justice are are even more disturbing than I had first thought. I have put his comments in Appendix 3

Please feel free to give your views, anonymously if you wish in comments below about how long the investigation is taking, whether there is enough counselling, or any other view

Other Notes

Prison Officers at one time was approximately 30 and more than one shift, who all knew about the abuse

Links

[1] 2017 Feb 5 Guardian UK police accused of ignoring claims about abuse by prison staff https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/05/police-ignored-complaints-of-abuse-by-prison-staff-say-victims-medomsley archive http://archive.is/ExB1A

[2] 2017 Feb 2 The Advertiser Consett and Stanley Police send 32 files to Crown Prosecution Service following investigation into Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett http://www.consettstanleyadvertiser.co.uk/news/15065633.Police_send_32_files_to_Crown_Prosecution_Service_following_investigation_into_Medomsley_Detention_Centre__near_Consett/?ref=mrb&lp=2

[3] 2005 Jun 18 Chronicle Live North East MPs demand inquiry into historic child sex abuse cases http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/north-east-mps-demand-inquiry-7288479

[4] 2014 Mar 28 Guardian Durham police uncover paedophile ring with more than 500 potential victims https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/28/durham-police-uncover-paedophile-ring-500-potential-victims

[5] 2013 Oct 31 Mirror Borstal governor was ‘a leading member’ of paedophile ring which preyed on inmates, victims claim http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/medomsley-detention-centre-paedophile-ring-2658573

[6] 1967 Jun 2 Memorandum from Governor Portland Borstal, to Establishment Officer. https://cathyfox.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/medom1q7okvi3i.jpg

[7] 2014 Mar 29 The Advertiser Durham Police to review all deaths at Medomsley Detention Centre as part of abuse probe http://www.durhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/11112114.display/

[8] 2017 May 1 Durham Constabulary Operation Seabrook – Medomsley Detention Centre https://www.durham.police.uk/news-and-events/Pages/News%20Articles/Operation-Seabrook—Medomsely-Detention-Centre.aspx

[9] 2017 Mar 13 WDTK FOI Durham Police re Medomsley https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/medomsley#outgoing-632333

[9a] Answer https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/medomsley#incoming-977930

[9b] Answer pdf download https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/394834/response/977930/attach/9/SKM09217051214140.pdf

[10] 1967 Feb 1 Times [11] 2007 May Operation Rose Blogspot Grim Revelations http://operationrose.blogspot.co.uk/2007/05/grim-revelations.html

[12] David Icke Forum Neville Husband Timeline https://forum.davidicke.com/showpost.php?s=edd93a4c0a3b47dd322eb2871bf0dc14&p=1061672499&postcount=3

[13] 2017 Feb 2 Chronicle 1,400 ex-inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre are one step closer to claiming justice http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/1400-ex-inmates-medomsley-detention-12544306 32 files

[14] 2015 Mar 31 Guardian Medomsley abuse inquiry: two former officers arrested on suspicion of abuse https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/mar/31/medomsley-abuse-inquiry-two-former-officers-arrested-on-suspicion-of-abuse

[15] Monster of Medomsley website http://themonsterofmedomsley.blogspot.com/

[16] 2012 Apr 13 Guardian A true horror story: The abuse of teenage boys in a detention centre The prison service and police knew of his interest in young boys. So how did Neville Husband get away – for decades – with the horrific abuse of teenagers in his care? https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/apr/13/abuse-teenage-boys-detention-centre-crime?guni=Article:in%20body%20link

[17] 2017 Feb 6 WDTK FOI to CPS https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/medomsley_child_sexual_abuse#outgoing-621724

[18] 2017 Feb 6 FOI to CPS  https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/medomsley_child_sexual_abuse#incoming-964562

[19] https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/medomsley#outgoing-639930

[20] 1967 Feb 1 Times

[21] 2016 Mar 29 Spidercat https://spidercatweb.blog/2016/03/29/37-famous-scots-among-child-abuse-suspects-where-are-the-arrests-sco/

[22] Islington Gazette http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/islington-kids-homes-scandal-why-did-police-pull-plug-on-new-child-abuse-probe-1-5022869

[23] 2010 Sept 3 Chronicle Paedophile preacher Neville Husband dies http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/paedophile-preacher-neville-husband-dies-1419391

[24] You Tube Deborah Glass Commissioner of IPCC IPCC “not very effective”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7iNpbwJayc

[25] 2017 May 5 Cathy Fox Blog Barrie Trower interviewed young offenders in 70’s abused by VIP’s https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/05/05/barrie-trower-interviewed-young-offenders-in-70s-abused-by-vips/

[26] 2017 May 1 Durham Constabulary webpage Operation Seabrook – Medomsley Detention Centre http://archive.is/k7pAE

[27] 2014 Nov 13 Sky Michael McCann Tells How Medomsley Abuse Probe Was launched http://news.sky.com/video/michael-mccann-tells-how-medomsley-abuse-probe-was-launched-10382636 Michael McCann explains how a meeting with an old schoolmate eventually led to the opening of a “huge” investigation into abuse at the Medomsley Detention Centre. 2010 McCabe visit with McCann Mccabe told him he was raped every single day at MEdomsley. Raised at PM questions, raised with DPP Keir Starmer . 9oo vitims by Nov 014 approx, 70 detectives.

[28] 2014 July 7 Hansard McCann re Medomsley to May  https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2014-07-07/debates/14070736000001/ChildAbuse?highlight=medomsley#contribution-14070736000127

[29] 2012 May 23 Hansard Prime Minister’s questions Michael McCann asked about Medomsley https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2012-05-23/debates/12052368000029/Engagements?highlight=medomsley#contribution-12052368000194

[30] 2013 Oct 16 Shields Gazette Detention centre abuse – 83 new victims come forward http://www.shieldsgazette.com/news/crime/detention-centre-abuse-83-new-victims-come-forward-1-6152268

[31] 2006 Nov 14 Cathy Fox Blog  Catholic Care and Home Office v Kevin Raymond Young 14 Nov 2006 Supreme Court (St Camillus and Medomsley) https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/catholic-care-and-home-office-v-kevin-raymond-young-14-nov-2006-supreme-court-st-camillus-and-medomsley/

[32] 2013 Dec 21 Cathy fox Blog Children in Childrens Homes CAN Speak Out Against Abuse https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/it-is-legal-for-children-in-children-homes-to-speak-out-against-abuse/

Appendix 1

My request for Internal Review

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Durham Constabulary’s handling of my FOI request ‘Medomsley’.

My reasonable request for “how many MG3 forms have been sent to CPS regarding abuse at Medomsley, and the date when the last was sent off?” has been refused.

The reasons given are included in full at the end of this internal review request . However I include some here

“disclosing the information requested may have a negative impact on on-going investigations by putting into the public domain information which would allow suspects to prepare a defence or may taint witnesses.”
“Disclosing information during an on-going investigation would undermine operational capabilities and subsequent court proceedings by allowing potential offenders to avoid detection, prepare defences or taint witnesses.”
“To disclose information which would or could undermine ongoing investigations and subsequent court proceedings would, potentially, allow offenders to avoid detection or prosecution. This would be in direct conflict with the police service’s prime duties to protect life and property and prevent and detect crime.”

It does not explain how something as simple as this request would have those effects, nor does it provide any “evidence” merely assertion for the evidence of harm test. I would suggest the release of the numbers would not have the effects stated.

However it the above is true then police have already broken the “prime duties to protect life and property and prevent and detect crime.” as a figure of 32 was released by the police http://www.consettstanleyadvertiser.co.u…

The Crown prosecution service say they have received 30 MG forms https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m…

Hence I think it would be useful to clear up which figure is right, so that any discrepancy can be looked into, or even if forms have gone missing, a benefit missed out of your public interest tests. Certainly the dire effects outlined as a reason for refusal are not going to take place by correcting the figures.
Stating the last date as requested will also give an idea of timescale for the public and victims who have been waiting 50 years in some cases for the police and other authorities do the job they are paid to do rather than cover up child sexual abuse.

Further failure to release even figures as innocuous as these will of course fuel fears that the Durham police are once again covering up child sexual abuse.

There is a tendency of Police to refuse information because they can, and try to find a reason to fit, which is not the spirit of the Act, nor doing the Police job as a public service. I hope that is not happening here. The public rightly judge the police by things such as this.

Appendix 2 – Internal Review Answer By Leigh Davison Durham Police


Appendix 3

Some comments from John McCabe which are at the end of this article

This Was Sent To SIO Stephen Chapman New Head Of OperationSeabrook and
Sgt. Claire Errington Who Heads Investigation Team.

As You’s Eill Read The following Letter Has Been Sent To IPCC and The Media and MP’s.

I Can Not Attach The Documentation Mentioned in My Mail ! As I Do Not Have Permission From The Medomsley Victims in Question.

Here is the letter:

Hi Stephen’ Claire.

The mail below will be forwarded to
The IPCC and the following agencies and individuals’ listed below.

This is not attack on either yourself Stephen or Claire”
As we believe neither of you’s were stationed at Durham Constabulary at the time of the dates mentioned.
We certainly do not believe that yourself Stephen” was involved in the first 2 investigations.

My concern’ is to why a member of The Golden Executive Group” stepped down to send out January’s Victims Update letter.

Very odd’ but logically by doing so, was concerned about matters’ involving the investigation” our thinking is the 14+ victims who contacted on North East Police stations, on they’re release ! 5 at Durham.

These issues will not fade away’ take my word on this.
If Durham continue to insult our intelligence by standing by this story of the 5 + victims
complaints were all dealt with with the same Durham Police Officer”
I promise you that I will be the one that will expose this nonsense’ we know who the victims by name” and when they’re complaints were made”

We also know that one of the victims mother and father, were present at Durham at time of complaint.

We can see by this individual “Police Officer”
coincidentally being on duty, when all victims reported abuse at Medomsley has been hung out’ for damage limitation.

We will clear this officer of any incompetent procedures !

If Durham are prepared to continue with this explanation”
I again will set the foundation with reference to filing a law suit against Durham Constabulary.

Regarding any conversation either by phone” or in person with yourself Stephen”
Will only take place’ once The CPS has made the long awaited decision on alleged suspect charges.

The IPCC’
The HASC’ ( Chair ) Yvette Cooper MP.
MP Dr. Lisa Cameron.
David Collins ( The Times )
Eric Allison ( The Gaurdian )
David Cowan ( ITV )

Dear Sir / Madam

I write to formally make the following complaints against Durham Constabulary.

I have attached documentation with references to 2 Investigations carried out by Durham Constabulary in 1999 OperationHalter and the 2nd investigation 2003.

The issues I am raising is regarding the timespan between the victims involved in both investigations.

The current investigation OperationSeabrook was launched on the 14th August 2013′ after 4 years of continuous fighting for justice and accountability for alleged abuses inflicted by staff employed at The Medomsley Detention Centre.
Both my former MP Michael McCann and myself John Francis McCabe’ convinced The CPS to launch this 3rd investigation.

I would ask you to please look at the documentation I have attached” and beginning with Durham’s 1st investigation in 1999:
This which led to the trial and conviction of Neville Husband in 2003.
Within this investigation was 6 victims’ I will not mention they’re names as they are all listed in attached documentation.

The sexual abuse inflicted on these victims spanned from 1977′ 1979′ 1981′ 1983′ and 1985′ over a 8 year period !
If you request and read the court trial transcripts of this case’ it is beyond belief that any investigating officer “Senior or Otherwise” could not have concluded that due to the timespan there may well be more victims involved.

Durham Constabulary failed to form the obvious opinion’ and for whatever reason did not look further into Medomsley Detention Centre.

Whilst Neville Husband was on trial at Newcastle Crown Court in 2003″
Durham Constabulary were investigating a further 6 Victims who had came forward and gave them testimonies of similar crimes of sexual abuse !

Within this 2nd investigation were 6 victims
but this time the timespan was over 13 years.

Again I will not name the victims’ as the are also listed in the attached documentation’
The 1st victim a child under the age of 16yrs
in 1972″ to the last victim’ in 1985.

2 investigations’ 12 victims of sexual abuse related crimes’ from 1972 to 1985 and Durham Constabulary still fail to notice the inevitable” The balance of probabilities are there are more victims.

Durham Constabulary ended all criminal inquiries into both Neville Husband and Medomsley Detention Centre in 2005.

I was a former detainee at Medomsley Detention Centre in 1983″
Related crimes of Sexual Abuse’ were inflicted against myself whilst I was in Medomsley.

I came forward in 2009″ but as I said it took me 4 years to convince The CPS to launch the present investigation’ as in 2010 after giving my testimony to Durham Constabulary on 2009, The CPS decision was not to proceed’ as it was not in the Publics Interest.

This decision did not discourage me from continuing to seek Justice !
Today there are 31 alleged suspects files in the hands of The CPS, awaiting charges.

My complaint” is of incompetence for reasons only known within Durham Constabulary”

Why it took myself to go through the shame of giving up my anonymity on the 14th August 2013′
To expose what Durham Constabulary failed to a decade earlier.

Why ?
Since OperationSeabrook was launched in 2013″
Today they have 1,436 alleged victims testimonies ?
1,436 Victims ! Which does not include the fellow 12 victims from the previous 2 investigations.

There are many serious concerns regarding Durham Constabularies investigating capabilities.
During this present investigation’ I raised this following serious issue’ with the former head of investigation SIO Paul Goundry.

14+ Victims on they’re release from being detained in Medomsley Detention Centre,
reported allegations of sexual abuses inflicted against themselves at North East Police stations.
5 of these Victims complaints were made at Durham Constabulary HQ’ The first victim to make a complaint was in 1981.
When I raised these victim reporting allegations at Durham HQ’ with SIO Paul Goundry’ his explanation was unacceptable.

Mr. Goundry, informed me that all 5 victims who made their complaints at Durham HQ’
Had all given they’re allegations over several years timespan to coincidentally the same individual Police Officer !
I am informed that the officer has now passed’ to which I sent my condolences.

Mr. Goundry, therefore attempted to imply that due to the officers passing’ this line of inquiry was exhausted.
Unless the Policies and Procedures in relation to taking a statement from a complainant that only consists of 1″ officer carrying out interviews of such serious crimes, as “Sexual Abuse.” Durham Constabulary believe they are a law unto themselves.

The above complaints have also have been forwarded to HASC’ not only relating to Durham Constabulary’ But also CPS Jim Hill
who was the Crown Prosecutor not only in the first 2 investigations’ but current investigation OperationSeabrook.

Your a Sincerely
John F McCabe

Appendix 4

Trigger warning

Photo of Neville Husband HT Trent

 

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]
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16 Responses to Medomsley – Police Incompetence or Corruption?

  1. johnfcaba says:

    You information is incorrect” regarding you’re Medomsley timeline

    • ok tell me what is wrong and how to correct it

      • johnfcaba says:

        Paul Goundry, retired in October last year’
        SIO Stephen Chapman has replaced him’ but he has been put they’re by The Golden Executive Group.

        OperationSeabrook was not launched on the back of The Gaurdian article in 2012.

        This is how OperationSeabrook was launched
        http://news.sky.com/video/michael-mccann-tells-how-medomsley-abuse-probe-was-launched-10382636

        There are 16 + Victims who reported abuse’ on the day of they’re release.

        Could catch up with you later, but not tonight, I’ve had 6 meetings with Durham’ at Durham HQ and here in Glasgow.

        Your definitely on the same path as myself” I can assure you’ your no conspiracy theorist.

        When Durham stated to Eric Allison ( Gaurdian)
        This year’ in relation to The 14 victims !
        They’re response was “Fantasy” Doesn’t Exist ”
        Media Propaganda.

        They weren’t long in changing they’re position’ when
        Eric enlightened them to the fact that he was in possession of numerous e-mails from a victim discussing the 14 victims with Paul Goundry back in February 2015.

        Durham asked who was the victim’ Eric told them it was myself.
        Kindest Regards
        John McCabe

        Sent from my iPhone

        • Thanks John. I have now added your information and some more. Let me knwo waht else to add. Would also like info on Golden Executive group

          • John McCabe says:

            This Was Sent To SIO Stephen Chapman New Head Of OperationSeabrook and
            Sgt. Claire Errington Who Heads Investigation Team.

            As You’s Eill Read The following Letter Has Been Sent To IPCC and The Media and MP’s.

            I Can Not Attach The Documentation Mentioned in My Mail ! As I Do Not Have Permission From The Medomsley Victims in Question.

            Here is the letter:

            Hi Stephen’ Claire.

            The mail below will be forwarded to
            The IPCC and the following agencies and individuals’ listed below.

            This is not attack on either yourself Stephen or Claire”
            As we believe neither of you’s were stationed at Durham Constabulary at the time of the dates mentioned.
            We certainly do not believe that yourself Stephen” was involved in the first 2 investigations.

            My concern’ is to why a member of The Golden Executive Group” stepped down to send out January’s Victims Update letter.

            Very odd’ but logically by doing so, was concerned about matters’ involving the investigation” our thinking is the 14+ victims who contacted on North East Police stations, on they’re release ! 5 at Durham.

            These issues will not fade away’ take my word on this.
            If Durham continue to insult our intelligence by standing by this story of the 5 + victims
            complaints were all dealt with with the same Durham Police Officer”
            I promise you that I will be the one that will expose this nonsense’ we know who the victims by name” and when they’re complaints were made”

            We also know that one of the victims mother and father, were present at Durham at time of complaint.

            We can see by this individual “Police Officer”
            coincidentally being on duty, when all victims reported abuse at Medomsley has been hung out’ for damage limitation.

            We will clear this officer of any incompetent procedures !

            If Durham are prepared to continue with this explanation”
            I again will set the foundation with reference to filing a law suit against Durham Constabulary.

            Regarding any conversation either by phone” or in person with yourself Stephen”
            Will only take place’ once The CPS has made the long awaited decision on alleged suspect charges.

            The IPCC’
            The HASC’ ( Chair ) Yvette Cooper MP.
            MP Dr. Lisa Cameron.
            David Collins ( The Times )
            Eric Allison ( The Gaurdian )
            David Cowan ( ITV )

            Dear Sir / Madam

            I write to formally make the following complaints against Durham Constabulary.

            I have attached documentation with references to 2 Investigations carried out by Durham Constabulary in 1999 OperationHalter and the 2nd investigation 2003.

            The issues I am raising is regarding the timespan between the victims involved in both investigations.

            The current investigation OperationSeabrook was launched on the 14th August 2013′ after 4 years of continuous fighting for justice and accountability for alleged abuses inflicted by staff employed at The Medomsley Detention Centre.
            Both my former MP Michael McCann and myself John Francis McCabe’ convinced The CPS to launch this 3rd investigation.

            I would ask you to please look at the documentation I have attached” and beginning with Durham’s 1st investigation in 1999:
            This which led to the trial and conviction of Neville Husband in 2003.
            Within this investigation was 6 victims’ I will not mention they’re names as they are all listed in attached documentation.

            The sexual abuse inflicted on these victims spanned from 1977′ 1979′ 1981′ 1983′ and 1985′ over a 8 year period !
            If you request and read the court trial transcripts of this case’ it is beyond belief that any investigating officer “Senior or Otherwise” could not have concluded that due to the timespan there may well be more victims involved.

            Durham Constabulary failed to form the obvious opinion’ and for whatever reason did not look further into Medomsley Detention Centre.

            Whilst Neville Husband was on trial at Newcastle Crown Court in 2003″
            Durham Constabulary were investigating a further 6 Victims who had came forward and gave them testimonies of similar crimes of sexual abuse !

            Within this 2nd investigation were 6 victims
            but this time the timespan was over 13 years.

            Again I will not name the victims’ as the are also listed in the attached documentation’
            The 1st victim a child under the age of 16yrs
            in 1972″ to the last victim’ in 1985.

            2 investigations’ 12 victims of sexual abuse related crimes’ from 1972 to 1985 and Durham Constabulary still fail to notice the inevitable” The balance of probabilities are there are more victims.

            Durham Constabulary ended all criminal inquiries into both Neville Husband and Medomsley Detention Centre in 2005.

            I was a former detainee at Medomsley Detention Centre in 1983″
            Related crimes of Sexual Abuse’ were inflicted against myself whilst I was in Medomsley.

            I came forward in 2009″ but as I said it took me 4 years to convince The CPS to launch the present investigation’ as in 2010 after giving my testimony to Durham Constabulary on 2009, The CPS decision was not to proceed’ as it was not in the Publics Interest.

            This decision did not discourage me from continuing to seek Justice !
            Today there are 31 alleged suspects files in the hands of The CPS, awaiting charges.

            My complaint” is of incompetence for reasons only known within Durham Constabulary”

            Why it took myself to go through the shame of giving up my anonymity on the 14th August 2013′
            To expose what Durham Constabulary failed to a decade earlier.

            Why ?
            Since OperationSeabrook was launched in 2013″
            Today they have 1,436 alleged victims testimonies ?
            1,436 Victims ! Which does not include the fellow 12 victims from the previous 2 investigations.

            There are many serious concerns regarding Durham Constabularies investigating capabilities.
            During this present investigation’ I raised this following serious issue’ with the former head of investigation SIO Paul Goundry.

            14+ Victims on they’re release from being detained in Medomsley Detention Centre,
            reported allegations of sexual abuses inflicted against themselves at North East Police stations.
            5 of these Victims complaints were made at Durham Constabulary HQ’ The first victim to make a complaint was in 1981.
            When I raised these victim reporting allegations at Durham HQ’ with SIO Paul Goundry’ his explanation was unacceptable.

            Mr. Goundry, informed me that all 5 victims who made their complaints at Durham HQ’
            Had all given they’re allegations over several years timespan to coincidentally the same individual Police Officer !
            I am informed that the officer has now passed’ to which I sent my condolences.

            Mr. Goundry, therefore attempted to imply that due to the officers passing’ this line of inquiry was exhausted.
            Unless the Policies and Procedures in relation to taking a statement from a complainant that only consists of 1″ officer carrying out interviews of such serious crimes, as “Sexual Abuse.” Durham Constabulary believe they are a law unto themselves.

            The above complaints have also have been forwarded to HASC’ not only relating to Durham Constabulary’ But also CPS Jim Hill
            who was the Crown Prosecutor not only in the first 2 investigations’ but current investigation OperationSeabrook.

            Your a Sincerely
            John F McCabe

          • John McCabe says:

            Cathy
            I will discuss and assist you and anyone else’ who’s agenda is to find Justice in any form or manner in relation to exposing The Authorities.

          • Thanks very much John , I will read and digest what you have written above.

  2. What is worse: the public losing confidence in Government or Police?
    What is worse: Police stitching up innocent people or Courts helping in their cover-ups?
    I was glad to see the Met in your list of ‘culprits’, Cathy!
    As a ‘stitch-up victim’ of the Met and the secret family court at the Royal Courts of Justice I have asked Sir James Munby for a Serious Case Review and suggested a Royal Commission as a solution that goes beyond the restrictions of power that IICSA has. My one-page analysis is on https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8aTrTXscxFFSjJiM1FQYnZsMkU/view?usp=sharing

    The Royal Commission into New South Wales set the precedent already in 1996 and included Satanic Ritual Abuse! https://victims-unite.net/2012/03/12/corruption-reform-and-paedophilia-the-topics-of-the-royal-commission-into-new-south-wales-police-in-australia/

    I can only conclude that “something is rotten in the state of… “

  3. Reblogged this on Buried News and commented:
    A considerable number of abuses cases have had more publicity, but if you want to understand sexual abuse on a industrial scale this case is worth studying.

  4. John McCabe says:

    The Devil is in the Detail” In relation to IPCC Article .

    Do I expect Durham to Cintact me within 16 days ? (No !)
    Do I believe Durham Constabulary will investigate themselves ? (No !)

    Complaint- IPCC

    IPCC Complaint Ack – 2017XXXXXX
    Dear John Francis McCabe

    Thank you for contacting the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC). We acknowledge receipt of your email dated 08 June 2017 regarding your complaints against the Durham Constabulary. The case reference number is
    2017/XXXXXX which you should quote in all future correspondence.

    We are completely independent of the police service and are responsible for making sure that the police complaints system in England and Wales works effectively and fairly.

    As each police force is responsible for considering complaints made against that force and recording your complaint, I have passed the matter to the Professional Standards Department (PSD) of the Durham Constabulary for them to consider. The PSD will now be required to decide whether or not to record your complaint, and if they do not record it you have the right to appeal to us against this decision. If they do record the complaint, they will also be required to make an assessment, under the Police Reform Act (2002), whether or not the allegations in your complaint meet the criteria for mandatory referral to the IPCC.

    If you have not heard from the relevant police force within 15 working days you may wish to contact them directly.

    Durham Constabulary
    Professional Standards & Legal Services Department
    Peterlee Police Office
    Saint Aidan’s Way
    Peterlee
    SR8 1QR

    Tel: 101
    E-mail: Complaints@durham.pnn.police.uk

    If you have any further information you wish to pass on, please forward it directly to the PSD at the above address.

    Yours sincerely
    Jessica North
    Customer Contact Advisor
    Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
    PO Box 473
    Sale
    M33 0BW
    Tel: 0300 020 0096
    Email: enquiries@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk
    Twitter: @ipcc_enquiries
    http://www.ipcc.gov.uk
    IPCC Statutory Guidance on the handling of police complaints

    The IPCC is committed to treating everyone who contacts us politely, promptly and equally. To help us monitor and improve our service, if your recent enquiry with our Customer Contact Centre (CCC) is now complete, we would like to hear your views about your experience.
    Please click here to open the survey and provide your feedback – it will only take five minutes. Thank you in advance for your time.
    Any information you provide will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act, and will not have any impact on any IPCC case that you might be involved with.
    Os bydd arnoch angen yr arolwg hwn yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch â ni ar userfeedback@ipcc.gsi.gov.uk os gwelwch yn dda.

  5. goody says:

    Former staff members at Medomsley Detention Centre to appear in court over abuse allegations

    21 Nov 2017

    Seven former workers at Medomsley Detention Centre, in County Durham, are set to face charges in relation to allegations of abuse.

    The men have all been summonsed to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, December 19 to answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences. Some will also answer sexual abuse charges.

    The men are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61.

    Christopher Onslow, John McGee, Brian Johnson Greenwell, and Neil Sowerby, will answer charges of misconduct in a public office, physical abuse and sexual offences.

    David McClure, Alan Bramley and Kevin Blakely, will answer charges of misconduct in a public office and physical abuse offences only.

    Durham Police launched Operation Seabrook, in August 2013 and is one of the largest of its kind in the UK.

    So far, more than 1,480 men have contacted the Operation Seabrook team to report allegations of either sexual or physical assaults while detained at Medomsley from the 1960s to when the centre closed in 1988.

    The officer leading the investigation, Detective Chief Superintendent Adrian Green, vowed the operation will not stop here.

    He said: “The Operation Seabrook team and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) remain committed in continuing to move the investigation forward.

    “In February this year, we submitted 32 files to the CPS for charging decisions. A number of people are still under investigation.”

    http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2017-11-21/former-staff-members-at-medomsley-detention-centre-to-appear-in-court-over-abuse-allegations/

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