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Eight charged as police step up probe into controversial Medway Secure Training Centre

PUBLISHED: 16:54 21 September 2016

Medway Secure Training Centre

Medway Secure Training Centre

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Undercover footage filmed by the BBC showed inmates at the centre being physically assaulted and bullied

An investigation into alleged abuse at a controversial secure training facility in Rochester has led to eight people being charged.

The government confirmed earlier this year that is to take over running of the Medway Secure Training Centre, which was described in a report as “a place of coercion”.

Security company G4S announced back in February that it will be selling its children’s services business, which includes the contract to manage the Medway Secure Training Centre.

The company came under fire earlier this year after undercover footage filmed by the BBC showed inmates at the centre being physically assaulted and bullied.

G4S subsequently fired four members of staff involved before director, Ralph Merchant, stepped down.

Now police have charged Peter Scott, 29, of Goodwood Crescent, Gravesend, with taking photographs and making recordings inside a prison contrary to the Prison Act.

Futrhermore, Anthony James Dance, 26, of Hailsham, Christopher Lomax, 34, of Timbertops, Chatham, James Beech, 26, of Chilton Avenue, Sittingbourne, Jonathan Kane, 34, of Stratford Lane, Gillingham, Matthew Cunningham, 35, of Megby Close, Gillingham, and Gareth Evans, 25, of Tintagel Gardens, Rochester, have all been charged with misconduct in a public office.

Evans will appear before magistrates on October 18, Scott the following day, and the remaining five will appear on October 25.

Police also arrested two men aged 25, 35 and 27 and two woman aged 26 and 42, all of whom have been released without charge, however a 25-year-old man from Oxfordshire arrested in connection remains on police bail until November 3.

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