Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

Kesgrave Hall, Suffolk

Operation Garford

Kesgrave Hall and Beam College pupil abuse suspect charged

Kesgrave Hall
Kesgrave Hall boarding school was set up in the 1970s and closed in 1993

A man has been charged with 16 sexual assaults against three children at schools in Suffolk and Devon.

John McKno is accused of abusing two boys at the former Kesgrave Hall boarding school in Suffolk in the late 1980s.

Mr McKno, of Alby Hill, Alby, Norfolk is also charged with assaulting a boy at the former Beam College in Great Torrington, in the 1970s.

The 69-year-old is due before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on 14 April.

The alleged offences relate to boys under the ages of 14 and 16.

It is understood Mr McKno, who was first arrested last May, worked at Kesgrave Hall but was not a teacher.

BBC 25/03/15

Last week detectives said they were re-opening the 1992 inquiry into alleged abuse at Kesgrave Hall independent school.

The investigation, codenamed Operation Garford, comes after former students’ calls for it to be re-opened were backed by Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter.

Responding to the new inquiry, Dr Poulter said: “I am pleased that Suffolk Police are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the alleged child abuse at Kesgrave Hall school, following my intervention.

“A number of people have written to me raising concerns about abuse when they or their family members were pupils at the school, and I would again urge anyone who has been the victim of abuse to come forward and immediately contact Suffolk police.”

Four people were suspended in 1992 during the Kesgrave Hall inquiry. No charges were ever brought. The school closed in 1993.

However, a woodwork teacher Alan Stancliffe, was convicted and jailed in 1999 and again in 2007 for indecent assaults on three ex-pupils.

EADT 04/02/13

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