Durham Constabulary

Two more men charged over Medomsley abuse

Two more men will appear in court over allegations of abuse of young men at the former Medomsley Detention Centre.

The men, who are both former members of staff, are due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on 24 October.

Ian Nicholson, 74, is charged with misconduct in a public office, three counts of serious sexual assault and four counts of actual bodily harm.

Alexander Flavell, 86, is also charged with misconduct in a public office, indecent assault, one serious sexual assault and four charges of actual bodily harm.

Earlier this year, five former prison officers were jailed for a total of more than 18 years for abusing former inmates at the centre following three separate crown court trails. Three are pictured below. All five have since appealed against their convictions. These are ongoing.

John McGee left, Christopher Onslow centre, and Kevin Blakely right have been jailed
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Since Operation Seabrook was launched by Durham Constabulary in August 2013, 1,884 men have come forward to report allegations of abuse while detained at the centre.

Family's tribute to 'much-loved man'

The family of a man who died when he was hit by a car near Durham has paid tribute to him.

Jake Paul Miller was struck on the A690 westbound carriageway in the early hours of Saturday and pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of the 24-year-old said: "He was a much loved son, brother, boyfriend, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend to all and will be sadly missed."

They thanked everyone for their support at "this impossibly difficult time".

The driver of the white Toyota Avensis was not hurt .

Durham Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time or has dashcam footage to contact them.

Jake Paul Miller

Mental health incidents being dealt with by north east forces increases

BBC Look North

North East and Cumbria

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of mental health incidents being dealt with by our region's police forces.

Figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 Live show Durham Police saw an increase of almost 250% between 2014 and 2018 - to more than 21,000.

There was a 63% increase for the Cleveland force, with the number staying roughly the same for Northumbria Police.

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