Colet Court, Barnes

Colet Court, Barnes

Operation Winthorpe

Colet Court is the preparatory school for St Paul’s School in the City of London.

A 56-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault by police probing historical child abuse allegations at two top public schools.

The man is the seventh person to be arrested by officers from Operation Winthorpe, which is investigating claims of sexual abuse and misconduct at St Paul’s school in Barnes, south-west London – whose former pupils include the chancellor, George Osborne – and its prep school Colet Court.

The Metropolitan police said the man was being questioned “on suspicion of a non-recent sexual offence” at a west London police station.

It is the latest in a string of arrests following a number of sex abuse allegations relating to the private school, which was established in 1509.

Former Colet Court classics master Anthony Fuggle, 57, from Sandy Lane in Sutton, Surrey, is due to appear at Kingston crown court in September charged with 11 offences of making indecent images of children and six counts of possessing indecent images of children.

Four other men, aged 61, 65, 67 and 68, and a 52-year-old woman have all been arrested in connection with allegations of sexual and indecent assaults. They have been bailed until dates in September and October.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to the allegations to contact the investigation team via opwinthorpe@met.pnn.police.uk or 020 7161 0500, or call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or e-mail help@nspcc.org.uk.

The Guardian 01/08/14

 

Alan Doggett, a choirmaster who helped launch the careers of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has been named was also named as one of the teachers involved in the abuse of children as young as ten.

The teacher, who committed suicide in 1978, is believed to have been a serial abuser while teaching at Colet Court – even making sex attacks part of his choir’s audition process for some boys.

Daily Mail 01/05/14

 

A choirmaster who helped launch the careers of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice has been named as one of six teachers at George Osborne’s former school who allegedly abused boys as young as ten over at least two decades.

The staff all worked at the prestigious St Paul’s School in London – or its prep school Colet Court – between 1960 and the mid-1980s.

Alan Doggett became close to Lloyd Webber and Rice and later conducted recordings of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita.

But the choirmaster is believed to have been a serial abuser while teaching at Colet Court – even making sex attacks part of his choir’s audition process for some boys.

He was allowed to quietly resign his post when a string of indecent assaults came to light.

Daily Mail 25/03/14

 

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