7 Charged Over Youth Jail Abuse Claims

Detectives investigating reports of alleged abuse and mistreatment at a Kent youth jail have charged another seven people.

An inquiry started after undercover footage from the Medway Secure Training Centre in Rochester was screened as part of a documentary in January.

Kent Police said Peter Scott, 29, of Goodwood Crescent, Gravesend, was charged this week with taking photographs and making recordings inside a prison contrary to the Prison Act.

Six others have been charged with misconduct in a public office. They are: 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.

Evans will appear in court on October 18. Scott is due to appear on October 19 and the remaining men will appear before magistrates on October 25.

Rebecca Harold, 24, of Grecian Street, Maidstone, became the first person to be charged in connection with the investigation.

Last month, she appeared before Medway Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to common assault on a 15-year-old boy. She will stand trial at the same court on October 26.

Two people remain on bail pending further inquiries.


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