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Police quiz former detention centre staff amid abuse claims

Detectives investigating allegations of historical sexual and physical abuse on inmates at County Durham Young Offenders' Centre have begun interviewing former staff.

The alleged abuse took place between the 1960s and when the centre closed in 1988.

Since August last year, 915 former inmates have contacted police to report they were the victims of physical or sexual assaults.

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Up to 70 detectives involved in detention centre probe

Up to 70 detectives have been involved in the investigation into alleged physical and sexual abuse at a former detention centre in County Durham, police have confirmed.

Det Supt Paul Goundry, who is leading Durham Constabulary's Operation Seabrook, said there was "still a huge amount of work which has to be done" in the investigation.

He confirmed his team had been in "close contact" with the Crown Prosecution Service, who will ultimately decide if there are grounds to charge individuals with criminal offences.

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