A spokesman for Durham Constabulary has said that they welcome the investigation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse at the former detention centre:
“We welcome the news that Lord Justice Goddard will examine the Medomsley Detention Centre investigation.
To date more than 1,200 victims have come forward to report both physical and sexual abuse. Our overarching priority has been to support these victims through this difficult time and to help bring closure for them.
Durham Constabulary has spent millions of pounds on this ongoing inquiry and dedicated a huge amount of highly-skilled officers and staff to find out what happened at the centre.
Indeed, this has become the biggest investigation of its kind in the country.
Victim care is foremost in our minds and we look forward to co-operating with any national inquiry.