3rd December 2009
Update: Adam Rickwood & The medomsley Heroes
Harrowing stories of abuse suffered at a North East borstal are featured in a new documentary. Pervert prison officer Neville Husband preyed on inmates at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, in County Durham, in the 1970s and 1980’s.
Decades later, two criminal cases were brought against him and he was jailed for 10 years at Newcastle Crown Court. They arose from victims of the married father-of-one finally finding the courage to speak-out about their ordeal.
Last month, we told how a group of former inmates from Medomsley won damages of more than £500,000 after bringing a compensation case against the Home Office, saying more should have been done to protect them.
Now, their stories will be featured in a hard-hitting film set to be released on DVD. The documentary, by London-based company Pie ‘n’ Mash Films, also features the tragic tale of Adam Rickwood, who became the youngest person to die in custody four years ago.
He was being held in the Hassockfield Secure Training Centre, former Medomsley, when he was found hanged and his family have hit out at the way he was treated in the run-up to his death.