Abuse victim's plea for others to come forward to help police investigation

Child sex abuse victim Richard Hall, 50, urges other 'victims' to help police with their enquiries into abuse at Medomsley Dentention Centre

Simon Greener Richard Hall who helped convict a paedophile prison officer is appealing to other potential victims to come forward
Richard Hall who helped convict a paedophile prison officer is appealing to other potential victims to come forward

A man who helped convict a paedophile prison officer is appealing to other potential victims to come forward.

Richard Hall, 50, believes up to 100 young boys may have been abused by Neville Husband at Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett during the 1970s and 1980s.

Waiving his right to anonymity, Mr Hall, hopes others suffering in silence will speak to Durham Police officers currently investigating senior managers who potentially may have ‘turned a blind eye’ to his crimes.

Mr Hall said: “Husband used to read the files and he would pick the vulnerable kids where they wouldn’t have any visitors or family.

“I’d been in care since I was three weeks old. He would swat up on their backgrounds and pick you to work with him in the kitchen.”

In 2003 Husband, who would later become a minister in the United Reformed Church in Gateshead in 1994, was jailed for eight years for molesting Richard and for other at the facility for young offenders between 1975 and 1981.

He died in 2010 aged 72.

In August this year Durham Police re-opened their investigation with Detective Superintendent Paul Goundry tasked with unravelling crimes which happened to boys taken ‘off-site’.

Det Supt Goundry said: “If there were officers who ignored evidence about a paedophile ring at Medomsley then they will be traced and investigated too.”

Richard, who lives in Newcastle, spent three months in custody at the centre in 1980 for being a passenger in a stolen car.

His abuse started within days in a room above the kitchen.

However, he knows of other boys who were blindfolded and taken off-site in Husband’s car.

“What he did to the ones he took away in his car is unspeakable and it was more than one person involved,” he said.

“If this was looked at under the context of the Geneva Convention it would be classed as torture but because it’s little boys it gets the label of ‘historical abuse’.

“I’m determined now to see that justice is done before time runs out.

“People are getting older and everyone involved needs to be held to account.”

Richard, alongside the other victims who helped convict him in 2003, believe the real figure of those abused at Medomsley will be at least 100 by the time the investigation is finished.

He said: “We’ve had 60 come forward this summer on top of the 22 around the time of the original trial but from people close to the centre of the investigation I’ve heard it’s nearly 100. The man was there for 17 years so there’s others out there.”

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