Axwell Park School

Axwell Park School, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

The school was run by the Home Office ‘for troubled youngsters’.

Blyth man is charged with historic sex assaults at Axwell Park School

  • Nov 27, 2014 

William Burnett will appear in court next month after being charged over assaults at Axwell Park School in Blaydon

A man has been charged with historic indecent assaults at a Gateshead school.

William Burnett will appear before magistrates in Gateshead next month.

The 86-year-old, of Blyth, Northumberland, was charged with the assaults dating back to the 1960s at Axwell Park School in Blaydon.

A Northumbria Police spokeswoman said: “William Burnett, 86, of Blyth, has been charged with a number of historic indecent assaults dating back to the 1960s, which happened at Axwell Park in Gateshead.

“He is due to appear at Gateshead Magistrates’ Court on December 18.”

Axwell Park School was a Home Office-run school for troubled youngsters in Blaydon, in Gateshead.

Administration of the school transferred from the Home Office to Newcastle City Council in 1973.

 Chronicle Live 27/11/14

 

Peter Howarth abuse victim backs wider probe calls

14 Nov 2012

A THIRD North East victim of prolific paedophile Peter Howarth has come forward to reveal his ordeal, adding his voice to calls for a full investigation into abuse at a Gateshead school.

A THIRD North East victim of prolific paedophile Peter Howarth has come forward to reveal his ordeal, adding his voice to calls for a full investigation into abuse at a Gateshead school.

As revealed in the Chronicle, Howarth taught at Gateshead’s Axwell Park School from 1966 to 1973. But rumours about him were never acted on and he was then appointed deputy head of Bryn Estyn in North Wales, where he committed crimes that saw him jailed in 1994.

He later died in prison.

Following recent claims that Howarth was part of a paedophile ring with Jimmy Savile, National Crime Agency chief Keith Bristow has been appointed to run a new inquiry and examine whether the Waterhouse inquiry that examined claims of abuse in children’s homes in Wales during the 1990s was thorough enough.

His North victims, together with Dave Anderson, MP for Blaydon, are calling for the inquiry to be extended to his actions on Tyneside.

After years of battling to blank out his abuse, a Chronicle reader from the Chester-le-Street area, who is now in his sixties, said he was sexually abused by Howarth over a period of eight months in 1967 and that other staff were aware of what went on.

He said: “I had an idea about what was happening when I first got there, as I could see him doing favours for other lads and giving them special treatment. He would pick special groups of lads to go camping in the woods, and that’s where it started.

“He would perform sex acts on me and make me perform them on him. It would happen two or three times a week.”

The 61-year-old told how Howarth groomed his victims.

“It sounds strange to say it, but at the time I thought he was a nice gentleman.

“I’d never had a dad and he was a bit of a father figure at first when he singled you out and started offering you cigarettes or weekend leave.

“He never threatened or punished me, but now I realise he was grooming us.”

Blaydon MP Dave Anderson said: “I am clear there should be absolutely no no-go areas in getting all the facts of this horrendous abuse exposed.”

Chronicle Live 14/11/12

North Wales abuse team urged to look at Tyneside school

CHILD abuse investigators probing the North Wales care home scandal must direct their inquiries to a trouble-hit Tyneside school, an MP said today.

Labour’s Dave Anderson made the call as the Chronicle revealed the paedophile at the centre of the North Wales outrage had been in charge of scores of vulnerable Tyneside children.

Peter Howarth taught at Gateshead’s Axwell Park School from 1966 to 1973, before going on to be jailed for horrific crimes against children in his next post in Wales.

Now it is claimed he was part of a paedophile ring with Jimmy Savile and a senior Tory politician – allegations to be reviewed.

But it was during his early career at the Home Office-run school for troubled youngsters in Blaydon his predatory actions first began, documents reveal.

However, no action was taken and the pervert was then appointed deputy head of Bryn Estyn in North Wales, where he committed the vile crimes that saw him jailed in 1994. He later died in prison.

Today, as one of his alleged North East victims speaks out for the first time, fears have been raised there could be more victims too afraid to come forward.

Now calls have been made for Keith Bristow, the National Crime Agency chief tasked with running the new inquiry into abuse in the North Wales, to extend his inquiry to:

look at how Howarth’s pattern of behaviour began on Tyneside, revisit records of “malicious rumours” about Axwell Park School that were dismissed, and ensure any potential Tyneside victims are able to get justice.

Today his alleged victim, said: “I was there from 1969 and Howarth was the house master. I’ve never gotten over what happened to me but I couldn’t tell anyone because I was too scared. When I heard about what had been happening in Wales, I knew this had happened to me before it happened to these guys down there.

 North-East Chronicle 10/11/12

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Another victim tells of abuse at Axwell Park School

Convicted paedophile Peter Howarth, former teacher at Axwell Park School, Gateshead

ANOTHER Tyneside victim has come forward to speak of life in the care of one of Britain’s most notorious paedophiles.

As revealed in Saturday’s Chronicle, Peter Howarth taught at Gateshead’s Axwell Park School from 1966 to 1973 before going on to be jailed for horrific crimes against children in his next post in Wales.

Now calls have been made for high-profile child abuse investigators probing the North Wales care home scandal to also direct their inquiries to the Home Office-run school for troubled youngsters in Blaydon.

Today a Chronicle reader, who is now in his 50s, has spoken for the very first time about the ordeal he suffered at Axwell Park, where Howarth operated a “flat list” system that would see “favourite” boys singled out for late- night “counselling” in his home where they were made to wear only pyjamas.

“I had gone to his flat two or three times. You were supposed to be privileged to go there,” said the man.

“I sat on his knee. He did touch us but nothing more than that. It was an absolute shock when I read this, I just wanted to speak to someone.

“I was in quite a few institutions. At Axwell Park I ran away three or four times. I hated the place and it’s just horrible memories.

“I have not told anyone, not even my partner or kids.

“When I have read these stories about Savile and different things, I just have to flick past, I can’t read them. In Axwell Park we used to do your things during the day, the workshops.

“You thought you were privileged if you were allowed to go to his flat. I can still see the flat and his two big black Labradors.

“You used to go up there and you would think it was great because you were getting extra cigarettes. You would go in and sit and watch TV. You always had to have pyjamas on, no one was ever in there without pyjamas.

“He used to pick who he wanted to sit on his knee. I can remember he absolutely stunk of pipe baccy.

North-East Chronicle 12/11/12

11 responses to “Axwell Park School

  1. after reading this i felt i must come forward i was there at axwell park i ran away every other week howarth my parents lived in gateshead then howarth used to try and catch me in gateshead he did one time went back made me go in the shower stood and watched me rubbing himself he had a dog called skippy it was a gorgy dog and i remember his pipe to well i was in axwell house right next to howarths room he loved his golf i used to go in his room in pyjamas sit on his knee he would rub his stubble chin on your face touch you its in my mind always will be mr hazel and mr arnald where the headmasters then i am now 60 but cant and never will forget .

  2. david halse

    i am 64 and i was in there from 1965 till 67 68 ? i have a name in my head its a nick name barny baloote i carnt remember his real name but he took us camping to wooler cos i was a footballer thats what the reason was.i can remember 1 lad he was getting abused he went one night and never came back ,they said oh he is dead committed suiceside i would like to see pictures and then i would no which one abused me cos there was more than 1 so if you can shine a light on anything get intouch

    • david halse

      i am 64 and i was in there from 1965 till 67 68 ? i have a name in my head its a nick name barny baloote i carnt remember his real name but he took us camping to wooler cos i was a footballer thats what the reason was.i can remember 1 lad he was getting abused he went one night and never came back ,they said oh he is dead committed suiceside i would like to see pictures and then i would no which one abused me cos there was more than 1 so if you can shine a light on anything get intouch i think one name was burnett he lived in blyth.he was tall skiny with big nose and nickname as i say barny baloote but carnt be sure until i see a pic there must be one

    • Alan tyzack

      Do you remember Alan Tyzack ? He was in Axwell Park from Jan 1964 till July 1966.

  3. david halse

    the lad who went missing and never came back was called HADAWAY

  4. alan tyzack

    I was in axwell pk school from Jan 64 till July 66 my number was 54 and I was in strathmore house my school teacher was bill rumford and headmaster was Mr Richmond

  5. William burnett guilty on 15 of 18 of sex on boys in his care .ROT IN HELL BARNY BALOOT

  6. rob barrass

    i went to axwell park in the 60s but the abuse to lads started after i left but everyone was careful not to be alone with mr burnett

  7. bill

    i remember “davo” halse. can anybody remember the heating pipes in the bootrooms.?

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