Former Medomsley Detention Centre workers, aged 86 and 74, in court on abuse charges

Two former members of staff at a detention centre have appeared in court charged with historic abuse dating back to the late 1960s.

Thursday, 24th October 2019, 3:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 24th October 2019, 4:39 pm
Ian Nicholson after he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court charged with historic abuse dating back to the late 1960s. Picture by: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

Alexander Flavell, 86, and Ian Nicholson, 74, who worked at Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham, appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing.

Flavell is accused of misconduct in a public office, indecent assault, one charge of a serious sexual assault and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Nicholson, who used a walking aid to leave court, faces one charge of misconduct in a public office, three counts of serious sexual assaults and four counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

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Alexander Flavell outside Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court. Photograph by: Tom Wilkinson/PA Wire

No pleas were entered.

District Judge Helen Cousins sent their case to Teesside Crown Court for a hearing on November 21 and remanded the pair on unconditional bail.

She imposed a reporting restriction which prevents the media from publishing either defendant's address.

Medomsley Detention Centre closed in 1988.