Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

Operation Tweed.

Review into Underley Hall abuse investigation

A review has been announced into how Cumbria Police investigated allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse at a former school in the county.

The alleged victims of historical abuse at a Cumbrian school have spoken of their relief that the police investigation into their claims is to be re-examined.

The Cumbria force says it will carry out an internal review of its own investigation into claims reported in 1996 and 1997 – they relate to Underley Hall boarding school in Kirby Lonsdale. Former pupils say they were subjected to sexual and physical assaults there in the 70s and 80s. Ashley Derricott reports.

A Cumbrian MP has welcomed a decision to review how police investigated allegations of historic sexual abuse at a former school.

Police looked into the allegations at Underley Hall in Kirkby Lonsdale in the 1990’s. South Lakes MP Tim Farron has been calling for a review of that investigation, which Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner has now ordered.

The former school was closed in 2012
The former school was closed in 2012 Credit: ITV Border

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes has instigated an internal review into how Cumbria Police investigated allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse at Underley Hall, a former school in the county.

“Last week I met with Joseph Ryan and Martin Dye on behalf of previous boys at Underley Hall School, Kirkby Lonsdale, who raised questions about the police investigation in 1996/1997 into sexual and physical abuse at Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale.

“I have referred the questions raised during the meeting to the Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary. The Chief Constable and I are in agreement that an internal review will take place immediately focusing on the standard of the 1996/1997 investigation and if there were any misconduct issues.

“A Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) from Cumbria Constabulary will lead the review. The DCI has played no part in the historic or current investigation (Operation Tweed).

“As Police and Crime Commissioner I will be consulted on the Term of Reference for the investigation to ensure the issues raised at the meeting on the 25th September are appropriately included.

“It is expected that the Internal Review will take at least a month to complete.

“Both the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Cumbria Constabulary have spoken to the IPCC to keep them informed of developments. The IPCC have explained the referral process and given advice on handling.

“I would urge any victims or witnesses to come forward and help the Police with their current investigation.”

Child abuse probe investigates former Underley Hall School

Police investigating allegations of historical child abuse are probing activities at a former school in Cumbria.

Underley Hall School, a residential boarding school in Kirkby Lonsdale, closed in 2012.

Cumbria Police confirmed it is looking at the establishment as part of an investigation into abuse claims in residential schools across the county.

The allegations date from the 1970s to the 1990s.

A spokeswoman said detectives were “investigating these reports thoroughly” as part of Operation Tweed.

‘Get to the truth’Cumbria County Council said it was one of a number of local authorities from across the country which used the school and said it was “working with police to review any files relating to Underley Hall”.

A spokesman said: “Underley Hall was a private school.

“It closed in 2012 following an Ofsted inspection which judged it to be inadequate.

“All children placed at the school by the county council were removed following the inadequate judgement.”

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron, whose Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency the school was in, has contacted the Home Office to call for an inquiry after being approached by a former pupil.

He said: “We must get to the truth about what happened at Underley Hall to make sure that victims receive justice, any perpetrators are held to account for their crimes and that children are protected in the future.”

MP Graham Stringer, who represents Blackley and Broughton in Greater Manchester, has also written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, after he too was contacted by a former Underley Hall pupil who lives in his constituency.

BBC News 01/08/14

In Cumbria, John Wadlow, a teacher at a residential school for children with behavioual problems, Underley Hall, was charged with a dozen sex offences but committed suicide in 1997 after absconding from a bail hostel.  His initial accuser, a former boy at the school, also committed suicide.

Forgotten Children, Christian Wolmar, 2000, p.37


493 responses to “Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale

  1. tony buck

    wouldnt mind going back one weekend ,, hopefully bump into chrisine denison or little fiona that used to work in the kitchens

  2. Aareet Tony did u get my text message what I sent earlier on your mobile, just wanna make sure you’ve still got the same mobile number, if not let me know, something has come up and need to get in touch with you, be careful what u say on here certain people have been reading our comments, get back to me if you’ve still got my number, cheers mate.

  3. I can’t really say on here but we’ve been reported, nothing worth worrying about, just have to be careful what we say on here from now on, it’s one of the teachers, can’t say which one as don’t wanna get myself in anymore shit but he’s worried that’ll do for me haha haha let him have sleepless nights i could give u a clue, we’ve both had a good beating off him several times and it’s not the Nazi

    • tony buck

      bet its the one that had his twin growing out of his neck and had breath like he ate shit 3 times a day,, should put our own complaints to the police,, still got the scar on my head from when errol put my head threw the assembly room win

  4. They’ve taken our comments off here, have u noticed

  5. They haven’t took our comments off there just on old comments now

  6. Alright Tony, how’s it going mate, I’m not saying nowt else on here, it seems like the life wrecking child beaters are now being protected by the authorities, trust no one mate, especially on here, I’m done with all this Underley Hall bull-shit, they didn’t believe us then and they won’t believe us now the whole thing is just a scam to protect people who abuse vulnerable children whether it’s sexual or physical, makes me feel fucking sick. The AUTHORITIES, there all in it together whether it’s Education authorities, Local authorities, the Police or the Court’s. At the end of the day who sent boys to Underley Hall, the Education authorities or Local authorities, if you ran away after being beat up then got court who took you back, the Police again the authorities only to get another beating off Meyer’s then they turned a blind eye probably laughing as they drove off in their panda car knowing what was gonna happen to a vulnerable child. Fuck the authorities fuck society fuck you’s all and anyone that defends or protects child abusers you’re all fucking sick in the head, good fucking bye, keep in touch Tony or John Brown or anyone else I was mates with at Underley Hall

  7. tony buck

    will text you when i get my back from the repair shop mate

  8. Ok Tony, nice one mate

  9. Ok mate, nice one Tony

  10. They’ll even get protected by the prison authorities, if they go down, the whole system of authorities is all set up to protect child abusers, that’s just the way society is, try your best to avoid the authorities, they ruin life’s


    Hi mark if thay get off iv got a good way of torturing people so if you want masks boiler suit and we will torture the dirty twats


    yes i will keep in touch with you mark, could do with some good friends


    put them in a barn and burn it with them in burn them all


    ww3 will be coming soon there will be no law and order soon …..

  15. tony

    ha ha ha go on jon lad

  16. Wendy burton

    My dad Brian Burton went to that school anyone remember him?

  17. Wendy burton

    He said to ask how your doing Martin

  18. Wendy burton

    Yes he is doing ok he said it’s nice hearing of you after all these years

    • Martin Dye

      I’m in contact with a lot of guys who remember your Dad,I hope we can get him to one of our regular reunions,if you ask admin of this site they’ll put us in touch or you can find me on facebook.

  19. Wendy burton

    Ok will do he will. Be chuffed to see you all again

  20. Wendy burton

    What’s your picture on Facebook Martin there are quite a few with your name

  21. Wendy burton

    I can’t find you on there can you add me

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  23. Tony buck

    Who the fuck is silly billy

  24. Dyslo

    Knew they’d walk, but then, they were protected way back when, so they’ll be protected now. Judge can’t go on much, end of the day we were all ” troubled teens ” so the judge and the auth aren’t going to take anything we say seriously. There is no way we can grind up concrete evidence, it’s been over 20 years for most, a lost cause, and they’ll get away with it most of them, and they wonder why the majority of people don’t trust in the law? Anyway I’m walking, putting it all behind me, not letting their filthy and disgusting acts come before anything anymore, they aren’t worth an ounce of agro. Laters all, have a good one.

  25. David Haworth

    Hi I’m David Haworth is there any one that remembers me. I went uhs back in the 70s

  26. Hi there. Was at Knowl View School, Rochdale, 1969-1972. Don’t know whether anyone on here remembers me. Its a long shot but you never know. Best Wishes, Ray.

  27. c

    I remember you too David. You and crooky were tallest guys in school. C.
    Martin can get you in touch with everyone.

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