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St Gilbert's: Men face charges over 1960s school abuse

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Two 86-year-old men will appear in court charged over historic abuse at a boys’ school in Worcestershire.

One, from Cambridge, faces nearly 30 charges of sex offences against 18 boys in the 1960s and 70s.

His co-accused, from Longniddry, East Lothian, is accused of assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting or abandoning a boy in the 1960s.

The school in question, St Gilbert’s in Hartlebury, no longer exists.

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The men have been summoned to Birmingham Magistrates Court on 16 October following a lengthy police investigation into allegations of historic abuse.

St Gilbert’s was run by a religious order under the governance of the Home Office and received schoolboys as young as 11 when they were convicted of petty misdemeanours.

A spokesman for West Mercia Police said: “The two men were arrested as part of Operation Quail.

“This operation was launched in September 2014 investigating alleged abuse at St Gilbert’s School dating back to the 1940s, 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”

*An earlier version of this story carried two names which have been removed for legal reasons.


Source: BBC Here