Richard Alston: Ex headteacher arrested in historic child sex abuse probe
The 69-year-old taught children with emotional and behavioural problems
A FORMER headteacher has been arrested in connection with alleged historic child sex abuse – following a Sunday People investigation.
Detectives swooped at the home of Richard Alston, 69, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
He was held after we put a witness in touch with Met Police working on Operation Fairbank.
The man – now in his 40s – claims to have information about a high-level paedophile ring.
Alston was arrested on August 20 under Operation Cayacos – a new strand of Fairbank.
He was questioned before being released on police bail and is due to appear again in November.
Alston is former head of New Barns School, Toddington, Glos, which closed in 1992.
The independent boarding school took children aged six to 12 with emotional and behavioural problems.
When told the People knew he had been arrested over historic sex allegations, he replied: “That’s true, but I have no wish to say anything further.”
A statement from the Met Police said: “We can confirm that officers from Operation Fairbank have arrested a 69-year-old man in connection with historical allegations of sexual assault.
“The man was arrested at an address in Suffolk on August 20, taken into custody locally and later bailed to return, pending further enquiries. ”