St Paul’s School, Barnes

St Paul’s School, Barnes

Operation Winthorpe

Detective who led Jimmy Savile inquiry called in to investigate claims 18 paedophile teachers abused boys at George Osborne’s old school St Paul’s

  • Former pupils claim masters at St Paul’s School abused many young boys
  • They say pupils were also abused at its preparatory school Colet Court
  • The claims stretch over a 50-year period from the mid-1960s until 2013
  • Operation Winthorpe has been launched to investigate the allegations
  • It is headed by ex-Operation Yewtree chief Detective Inspector David Gray

Detective Inspector David Gray, who led the Metropolitan Police’s Operation Yewtree, will command an investigation into claims that staff sexually abused pupils as young as nine as St Paul’s School in central London and its preparatory school Colet Court.

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne is among the former pupils of St Paul’s, which was established in 1509 and is considered one of the leading schools in the country.

The allegations were apparently reported to the police in recent weeks and focus on accusations from a number of former pupils that eight former schoolmasters sexually abused dozens of young boys between the mid-1960s and last year.

The victims are thought to have been aged between nine and 17, and were abused in dormitories, classrooms, a swimming pool, inside a car, and at teacher’s home.

According to The Times, detectives have already compiled a list of 100 victims, suspects and potential witnesses following the claims against the former schoolmasters – some of whom are no longer alive.

The paper also revealed that a second teacher, Tim Harbord, 61, was arrested on suspicion of grooming a child. However he was not charged and denies the allegations.

The involvement of Mr Gray, who is the head of Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit, will be to oversee the carrying out of a ‘thorough and transparent review’ of alleged sexual abuse at the two schools.

He said: ‘The investigation will be conducted by a dedicated team of specially-trained officers who have experience of historic child abuse investigations and are sensitive to the needs of the victims.’

 Claims: Chancellor George Osborne (left) and Attorney General Dominic Grieve (right) attended St Paul’s at the time of the alleged abuse

Operation Winthorpe officers have set up a telephone hotline and dedicated email address to allow former pupils to come forward with any relevant information that could help the investigation.

In February, former St Paul’s master Patrick Marshall, 65, was arrested on suspicion of indecently

…The investigation will be conducted by a dedicated team of specially-trained officers who have experience of historic child abuse investigations and are sensitive to the needs of the victims’

Detective Superintendent David Gray

assaulting a pupil in the 1970s. He denies any wrongdoing.

In the same month his former colleague Keith Perry, 70, was given a suspended sentence for possessing hundreds of vile images of extreme child abuse.

Mr Fuggle, who left his post in September, was reportedly arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of young boys, some of which may have been stored on a school computer. He is currently on bail.

The investigation into Mr Fuggle is believed to have been sparked when photographs of boys were found on a school computer during IT checks.

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.

After he left Colet Court he was given a job at the equally prestigious City of London School but threw himself under a train when he was charged with the indecent assault of a ten-year-old boy.

The Metropolitan Police began looking into historical claims after a number of pupils who attended the school between the 1960s and 1980s came forward with new information.

 Daily Mail 01/05/14

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