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NAPAC (The National Association for People Abused in Childhood)– 0808 8010331
RASAC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Service ) – 01483 546400
NSPCC – 0808 800 5000
Victim Support – 0808 168 9111
Crimestoppers – 0800 555 111
The Oaks Centre Children’s Home, Woking, aka Kinton Approved School and Kinton Community Home with Education (Kinton CHE) (thanks to Graham for this correction).
The National Association for Young People in Care (naypic) received allegations of abuse at this institution.
Victims of paedophile to sue council
TWO victims of a man jailed two weeks ago for abusing boys in his charge at a Surrey school are to pursue their grievances through the civil courts.
Keith Hammerton, 69, of Battersea was jailed for six years on November 1 for sexual offences he committed against boys while employed as a housemaster at Kinton approved school in Mayford in the 1970s.
Now two of his victims, who wish to remain anonymous for the time being, are to bring civil actions against Surrey County Council, which ran the school.
Lawyer for the pair will be Tracey Emmott of Luton-based firm Pictons, a specialist in child abuse law and a panel member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.
She has been instructed by two former pupils of Kinton School to bring an action on behalf of the men for the trauma and distress they suffered at the hands of Hammerton for about three years.
“My clients were preyed upon by someone whose job it was to care for vulnerable,” Ms Emmott said. “He took advantage of his position of authority over them, subjecting them to regular and sustained sexual abuse.
A CARE worker who lured boys into sex with the promise of alcohol at a Woking care home was jailed for six years on Tuesday.
Guildford Crown Court heard how Keith Hammerton, 69, from Battersea, sexually abused boys in his care at the Kinton Boys’ Home in Mayford in the 1970s.
The court heard how Hammerton would invite as many as three boys at a time to his room to perform sex acts on him in return for beer from a barrel he kept there. He would perform sex acts on them too.
For the prosecution, Joanna Cutts said Hammerton, then employed by Surrey County Council as a house warden at the home, would, smelling strongly of alcohol, wake boys and expose himself before inviting them to his room to smoke, drink and abuse them.
Ms Cutts said Hammerton, a loner who had few friends, made one victim, who he abused regularly while he was aged 14 and 15, perform oral sex on him in the boy’s mother’s kitchen during a weekend visit.
ER warden at a children’s care home in Woking was warned on Tuesday that he faced jail after admitting a string of sex attacks on teenage boys in the 1970s.
Keith Hammerton, 69, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of indecent assault involving two victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the home and one count of battery against a third boy.
The pensioner was due to stand trial last week but skipped his bail and disappeared from his home at Connors Court in Alfreda Street, Battersea, failing to turn up for his trial first scheduled for last Monday.
Hammerton was on the run for more than a week and fled to Ireland but he was arrested at Gatwick Airport as he returned to this country at the weekend.
He was brought back before a judge at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday, where he changed his pleas to guilty.