Underley Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
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.
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.
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