'Hundreds of boys say they were subjected to sexual and physical abuse amounting to “torture” in youth detention centres, sparking calls for a public inquiry.
A lawyer representing the alleged victims said they had been raped, beaten and sexually assaulted during the 1970s and 1980s.
David Greenwood, the head of child abuse at Switalskis Solicitors, said he was already representing more than 400 men and being “approached constantly” by new claimants.
“Clients I’ve spoken to have said it was like torture – they were locked up and couldn’t get away,” he told The Independent.
“Most of them say it made them anti-authority, they felt as though they couldn’t trust people.
“For boys in for stealing to be subjected to this indiscriminate violence was a shock, and I say it was unlawful.
“It made boys who had obviously done wrong in some respect into boys who were worse, and ended up in violence.”
Former inmates at Eastwood Park Detention Centre in Gloucestershire have told Mr Greenwood they were punched if they did not answer officers’ responses with “Sir”.'
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