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tv   Inside Out North East and Cumbria  BBC News  March 17, 2019 9:30pm-10:01pm GMT

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at 10pm, clive myrie will be here with a full round up of the day's news. first now on bbc news, a special edition of inside out investigates how the abuse of hundreds of young men was kept out of the public eye. chris jackson s report contains you may find upsetting. this week saw the end of the biggest historic abuse enquiry in english legal history. inside out has had exclusive access to the police investigation, which uncovered a regime of terror at a detention centre in county durham. tonight, we ask how decades of sexual and physical abuse could go unchecked for so long.
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he shoved me against the wall, put his hand around my throat, squeezing and squeezing tighter and tighter. and all the time, telling me, you know, "you will do what you're told to do." it was put away for a long time, but it's not a memory that fades, it's not a memory that gets easier. i want to say things, i want to tell you things that, you know, some of the feelings, physical and emotional that happened... well... come along. keep going! let's smile, look as though you're enjoying it. medomsley, near consett, a place where unspeakable acts of violence were carried out across three decades.
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this site is the sole reminder of a regime where state employees beat and abused vulnerable young men they were paid to look after. the remote location kept this atrocious secret hidden for years. a new youth jail was built here in the 90s. the old detention centre, which rarely housed more than 100 inmates, closed in 1986 and became derelict, but memories of the brutal regime lived on though scores of wrecked young lives. behind its high fences, medomsley was a regime where youths, aged between 17 and 21, were beaten into submission as soon as they passed through the prison gates. he come and punched us in the stomach. he said "i told you when i get in here, i want you to your feet. do you understand 7 " i says, "yes." he punches us again,
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he says "it's yes sir, after everything you say to us." so that was your introduction? that was the first five minutes i was in there. dave stoker from blythe was sent to medomsley for theft. i was told to stand on a line, that was on the floor. i was standing on the line and one of them come along and stamped on my toe, which hurt because he had big boots on. he says "i told you to stand behind the line, not on it." dave ended up working in the prison kitchens. they were run by this man — neville husband, a violent sexual predator. and he stated i was to go in the kitchen as a butcher, and they had a store room upstairs, above the kitchen. he took me upstairs and he told me to take my clothes off and sit on the bed. and he told us, he says if this gets out, he said
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he would make me life hell, and i was just frightened to tell anybody, because i didn't think anybody would... details of the abuse husband inflicted on dave, when he was just 17, are too horrific to broadcast. i was so disgusted. i mean, when it was happening, i could feel the sweat running down the side of us, but there was just nothing i could do about it. i felt dirty and ashamed of myself. 0bviously, i've been married 30 years now, i didn't even tell me wife. well, i turned to the drink, that's what me problem is now, terminally, cirrhosis of the liver. and i was mostly termed as like a loner... iwould... becoming emotional. i would drink on my own and,
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you know, ijust didn't want to tell anybody. husband appears to have had free reign to run the kitchens as he wished. that meant he could abuse at will. kevin young — another one of his victims — says that he tried to report that he'd been raped as soon as he was released back in 1977. within days of being released, i went to durham police station. i was taken into a small room, where i basically told them of my experiences while at medomsley and that i was fairly sure that other people who were still there were probably struggling. i was told to hop it, i think was the expression. it took 20 years to bring husband tojustice.
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finally, in 2003, he was jailed for raping five teenagers, including kevin young. more were to come forward. he shoved me against the wall, with his hand around my throat, squeezing and squeezing tighter and tighter, and all the time telling me, you know, "you will do what you're told to do" and all the rest. "you could disappear. nobody would ever know." and while he's doing that, i'm going unconscious, i can feel myself going unconscious. and the next thing i remember is i passed out and i was bent over one of the boxes, and he was preparing himself to rape me. ray poar was 17 when he was sent to medomsley for stealing biscuits in a factory. he contacted the police, after publicity following
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the 2003 trial. ijust let him do it, you know, i didn't want to go through that again. ididn‘t want... i didn't want to think that i was going to die, you know what i mean? and it was the same time every time from then on. it became part of my day, and that really sounds terrible, doesn't it? you know what i mean? you know, i'm ashamed of myself for that. god, there's so many things i could tell you, oh god. in 2005, husband pleaded guilty to raping ray and three other teenagers in the prison kitchens. despite increasing numbers of men recounting their ordeals, the crown prosecution service decided not to pursue any further criminal action. ray added his voice to other victims‘, who wanted
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the investigation widened. as far as they were concerned, it was damage limitation, we've done ourjob, tick that box, end of story. in 2008, husband was released from jail. he died two years later. he'd served just five years for nine rapes. the survivors of those prosecutions have always said that there are hundreds of victims here and they've always said that this abuse involved many more prison wardens, and went right to the top. the short, sharp shock is no longer an experiment. it is now being given a permanent place in every detention centre in the country. mr brittan came to medomsley, in county durham, to see it for himself today. finally, in 2013, pressure from those who felt abandoned forced durham police to reopen their inquiries into medomsley. it was to become the force's biggest investigation. i want officers at durham to take pride in the fact
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that we are getting to the bottom of this case and we are going to get to the facts of what has occurred at medomsley over the two decades. every available detective was drafted in. seasoned officers were shocked by what they were hearing. he was systematically raped by neville husband, working in the kitchens. that involved having a ligature tied round his neck, to the point of him passing out. some of the boys would lay at the bottom of the stairs and ask another boy to jump off the stairs andjump onto theirlegs, so they could break a leg, so they could be removed from medomsley detention centre, in order that they couldn't be subjected to any more beatings anymore. they were lifting the lid on a regime of extreme violence and sexual abuse. all the lads knew that if you were held back in the kitchen on a night—time, that you were the one who was going to get it. it broke him. he describes himself as a stick that was just snapped in half and broken. people talk about the short, sharp shock, right? we are hearing more and more that it wasn't a short, sharp shock, this was brutality. when we first reported
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on the police investigation, about 100 men had come forward. they were telling you you were worthless, that's why you were in there, you were no good, nobody wanted you. you curled up into a ball and took what they threw at us and thought well, tonight it's my turn, it'll be somebody else‘s tomorrow. following the programme, hundreds more former inmates came forward — men who, for all of their adult lives, had bottled up the horror of their time at medomsley. around a third claim that they'd been sexually abused, mainly by the prison cook. neville husband was now emerging as one of the country's most prolific sex offenders. detectives believe he attacked around 300 young men. the actualfigure could be much higher. we've learnt that so far, the government has paid out £3.6 million to 237 of the men husband abused. that figure is expected to soar,
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as there are more than 1200 claims outstanding relating to allegations of sexual and physical abuse at medomsley between 1969 and 1984. many of them were in there for being carried in a stolen car, pinching a pedal cycle, minor shoplifting, stuff we would never dream of nowadays. and, yet, when they went to this place, they were faced with what was effectively a brutal regime. and if you ended up in the kitchens in that brutal regime, you would almost certainly be raped and sexually assaulted. so my feelings, and that of the team, are dead straightforward, this is horrific. where are we with the counselling services? we've had 141... obviously, victims are coming countrywide. in fact, worldwide. we have some international complainants at the moment, who are living abroad now.
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hello, could i speak to mr sound dipped, please? most of the chaps that have come forward find it difficult to deal with the fact that they were submissive throughout, whether that be physical or sexual, and for a man, that's really difficult to deal with. these will be no holiday camps, and i sincerely hope that those who attend them will not ever want to go back there. it's very hard, very hard indeed. until he saw news reports, gary mcevitt from cumbria, like many other, had buried the memory of sexual and physical abuse at medomsley. crying 0h, ican‘t. yeah, it brought it all back. painful. i'm a little bit scared again, now. it's strange.
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i used to come over scared, you know, and i'd heard a lot of rumours about what it was like, but... gary was sent to medomsley in 1985 for stealing a handful of sweets from a shop. it's a different place. it's a different person but the same pain. he was put away for a long time, but it could have happened yesterday. so it's not a pain that ever... it's not a memory that fades, it's not a memory that gets easier. the tough regime was encouraged by politicians like the then home secretary, leon brittan. i think we've got it about right. i wanted to see for myself how it worked out in practice and i think we have got it about right. left, right, left, right. it is very hard, very hard indeed. gary says even when he was interviewed at the time of leon brittan‘s visit, he was being intimidated by the prison staff. you know, the discipline in general, you know, you have to do what you're told when you're told.
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what you can't see is the screws stood behind that with his fist clenched. so i couldn't say a word, i couldn't say — that was all bullocks. it might as well have been all written down for me. i was schooled before i got there about what to say. part of gary's schooling was a punch in the face by the same prison officer who was monitoring his television interview. hejust cracked me in the nose, because i never called him sir, and that was... that was my moment in there, that's what we call a wake—up call. where's your boots? me shoes have been stolen, sir. and you want to go get a new pair, don't you? yes, sir. make sure you do it. the short, sharp shock regime was the subject of a documentary, which had lain hidden for years in a film archive. it was to prove valuable to the police investigation. cleaner‘s party, stand at ease. detectives had to identify potential
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suspects, most of whom were only known to their victims by nicknames. i believe you've got pet names for most of them. yes, got hot dog, cold cut, cool cat, german. get the legs up, higher, get up, higher, higher. reach for it, reach for it. but one man stood out above all others, christopher 0nslow. 0nslow, a former servicemen, ran the gym with a rod of iron. his name was known and feared. they're not allowed out where they normally get fresh air, so this is where we try to exercise. so we can be reasonably fit while we are in here. he was a vicious, nasty man. giving me extra pe stuff, physically, clipping me
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calling me fat bastard, kicking me at the backside. do you think he actually enjoyed doing that to people? yes, sadist, absolutely enjoyed it. paul was 18 when he was sent to medomsley for football hooliganism. it was the day that we used to run the fence, and do the assault course. and he could not get over the net which was about 20 foot high. i was struggling to get up it. and hit him... eventually i fell from the top, landed and i was injured. subsequently i was diagnosed with three crushed vertebrates but they were actually making me do set ups. "you're only winded, you fat, lazy bastard". come on, get those legs up, come on. lift up, that it's a good one. the injury he inflicted on paul left in a back brace for six months but the mental scars were more long—term. definitely suffered a great loss of confidence, probably did not go out of the house for quite a while when i came home and i could not walk
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with a body cast on. but, i did not socialise with people very much. and i almost became a bit of a loner. hundreds of interviews and many months of a painstaking trawl of evidence led to this... 0nslow‘s arrest more than 30 years after he left the detention centre. and a search of his house was to yield more clues. despite telling detectives that he had no recollection of the attack on paul, 0nslow had kept an official report of the incident. this document here... what's that? it is a report you have done to the warden at medomsley detention centre in relation to injury that occurred to paul. yeah, that's mine. do you remember doing that report? no. he denied that ever happened. "no, that was not me,
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that did not happen, no one fell off of my net". i cannot remember writing it. i don't remember him. i certainly did not throw stones at any inmate. ok. the net was tightening around 0nslow. and there was more evidence emerging of his brutality. this time, in black and white. in 0nslow‘s annual appraisal. "mr 0nslow is inclined to look upon physical activities more as a punishment and trainees will no doubt always remember him long after they have left medomsley". i think itjust gave an indication of what people were saying about him was then wrote down by a governor saying that well, for us looking at it, he was punishment. at it, pe was punishment. yelling. he was one of seven former officers put before the court. they were all accused of crimes of violence and misconduct
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in the public office. an allegation they'd wilfully failed in their duties as public servants. four were also accused of sex offences. men who were once paid to administerjustice were now on its receiving end. 0nslow was convicted of carrying out a series of vicious assaults on inmates as well as misconduct in the public office. he was cleared of all allegations of sex abuse. when i actually seen him, i thought sad old man, and you deserve it and what you are going through now, you should have thought of what you put other people through. john mcgee, known to his accusers as big john, was convicted of assault. he and johnson greenwell, aka puppet, where both convicted of misconduct in the public office. none of the latest allegations of sex crimes were proven in court. kevin blakely, aka broken nose, and alan bramley, known as bung eye, were convicted of misconduct in a public office.
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others were acquitted of all charges. all of the guilty men will be sentenced at a later date. the case became the largest abuse investigation in legal history, involving some 1,700 men. but, for many, the trials failed to answer some fundamental questions. how could such violence be allowed to happen and go unchecked for so long? i find it difficult to understand that people would not know, wouldn't hear the rumours, couldn't have intervened and if people are out there, who were in those positions, and did know, then shame on them. at husband's trial, prison officers gave evidence about what was going on in the kitchens. they said husband's abuse was an open secret.
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0ne even claimed he felt sorry for the kitchen lads, but didn't report him, because he thought husband was protected by senior management. i would provide a background of discipline and control but within that, we can develop personal relationships with the young men here, so that they are able to achieve a balance in their life. it is not personal relationships, ever, no, no way. you don't recognise that description? no, not in any way whatsoever, from the officers, no—one spoke to anybody on a personal matter. there was no kind of human kindness or anything. it was just not true, it was brutal. all day, every day. tim newell was governor during the period that police now say the physical and sexual abuse was at its height. he socialised with neville husband outside of the detention centre. he was also an active member of a local amateur dramatic society run by husband. the pair were also near neighbours.
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he was full of praise in husband's annual report. "it is a pleasure to work with a true professional who can combine dedication to his work with a care for individuals, and a real concern for their welfare". tim newell even offered to support him over the abuse allegations. at his trial, he described husband as very effective and a nationally recognised prison caterer. i can't place judgement on tim newell, but we need to ensure that there's rigorous processes around the governance that he had the responsibility for. and to really dig in, to see why he, of all people, he, who had charge of that place, did not know, place, did not know, when it seems everybody else, had a real in—depth understanding
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of the levels of abuse that were occurring. tim newell was questioned but never charged in the recent police investigation. in the 30 years since medomsley closed, he has dodged public comment about his role, but i managed to track them down. chris jackson, from bbc television, i wanted to ask you about your time as governor of medomsley and how it is... no, sorry. i'm just going to a meeting. i know, but how is it when you were in charge that neville husband could abuse hundreds of young men, it was a widespread regime of abuse. and yet you say you know nothing about it? i did know nothing about it. but how is that possible? and i was very sorry it happened. but how could you not have known when it was common knowledge amongst the staff? it wasn't. under oath, officers said in court that they didn't report neville husband for instance because they felt he was protected at the top and ultimately that is you. that is rubbish. i was not protecting him at all. but you did know him as a friend, as well. well, i knew he was
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a member of staff. but you did say at the time when you were a governor, you did say at the time when you're governor, this is a nurturing environment but it was anything but. we tred to make it a caring environment. i did my best, as did a lot of the officers that work very hard. but no responsibly, i mean hundreds of young men who suffered... while you were in charge. i do feel the impact of that, i can assure you. and, obviously, i have been very anxious about it. but i have said all along that i never knew anything about it. and that is the truth. does that absolve you of any responsibility? no, of course it doesn't and i do accept there was a failure in the institution and i'm very sorry about it. but the failure is such, it devastated lives, the men will say it has run their lives. yeah. you have gone on and forged a career
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in the criminaljustice system when you left medomsley and they have been crushed by it. yes, i am very sorry for that. ultimately, is there any way of repairing that damage to individuals? well, i have said from the start that i would be happy to meet with them, to explain my situation, and to say how sorry i am and i hope that they will, there will be an opportunity at some time. i am very sorry that it has come to this. it must weigh very heavy on your conscious and that this has happened, while your name is above the door. was above the door. of course it does, yeah. mr newell‘s invitation to meet the victims too late for men like dave stocker, he passed away since we recorded our interview. medomsley made him the man he was, because he tried to hide it and hide it and hide it. he drunk more and more and more. but he couldn't take any more. medomsley. ..
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medomsley, it killed my davey stocker. details of organisations offering information about support and abuse is online and you can call for free at any time to hear recorded information. good evening. it's been an unsettled weekend, which has rounded off a stormy week of weather. we've had gale force gusts of winds, some heavy snow over the hills, lots of heavy rain around, which has caused some flooding. this picture was taken in herne bay in kent on sunday afternoon. some big shower clouds, there has been some hail and some thunder mixed in with those showers, too. here's the satellite image from earlier on. you can see we've got largely clear
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skies with patchy shower cloud here and there. a little bit more cloud working out towards the west and that will push into parts of northern ireland through the second half of tonight, splashing some patchy rain across northern ireland and western parts of scotland, during the early hours of monday. further east though, we keep those clear skies and it's here we'll see the temperatures falling the lowest. so —2 degrees or so, even in some of our towns and cities. could be colder than that in the countryside. not quite as cold further west during the morning because we have that cloud moving in. so a few spots of rain for the south—west of england, wales, north—west england, scotland and northern ireland. further east across the uk, you should keep the sunnier skies for a good part of the day. turning a little bit cloudier, during the afternoon. now, temperatures still not great for the time of year — between a round about 8 to 12 degrees. certainly a touch warmer than it was during the weekend and we've lost that significant wind—chill we've seen over recent days. now, here is the pressure set up as we look towards the first part of the week. we've got high pressure that's trying to push in from the south—west. weather fronts do try to move in from the north—west, so i think through tuesday, with the influence of higher pressure in the south, it should stay dry with some sunny
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spells towards the south and the south—east. slightly breezier with a few spots of rain across parts of northern and western scotland, for instance. temperature—wise though, it's starting to get a little bit milder by this stage in the week. up to around 13 or 1a degrees by the time we get to tuesday and that theme continues. this is the air mass, looking into the middle of the week and you can see the yellow colours returning to the map. so that means temperatures are on the rise. slightly cooler conditions are working in from the north as we head through the day on thursday. a little bit breezier here too, but in general things are looking relatively dry and settled through wednesday and into thursday too. temperatures, particularly in the south up to 16 degrees. that will feel a lot nicer than it has done over recent days. but then it does look like things turn a little bit cooler with some rain in the north as we look towards the end of this week. bye— bye.
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