The trial of a former prison officer at a detention centre accused of a string of sexual and violent offences against young inmates dating back to the 1960s and 70s has got underway.

Last month, Alexander Flavell was ruled unfit to stand trial but a jury will rule on the facts of the charges, including two charges of assault, one of indecent assault and another of buggery.

Medical reports submitted on behalf of the pensioner showed that he would be unable to take part in his trial at Teesside Crown Court.

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The 89-year-old is also charged with misconduct in a public office from his time working at the Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham.

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A jury was sworn in to hear the evidence which is expected to get underway in the morning.

Judge Howard Crowson told members of the jury that their role was to listen to the evidence and make their decisions based on the facts they hear.