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Sex abuse claims made at Stratford children's home

A major police investigation is taking place into alleged historical sexual abuse at a Stratford children’s home.

It was launched last year by Warwickshire Police after the force was contacted by multiple people who made allegations concerning alleged offences committed in the 1970s and 1980s.

A man in his 50s was arrested as part of the investigation on suspicion of the rape of a female aged 13-16, buggery and indecent assault of a 13-year-old boy and indecent assault of a 10-year-old boy.

Police said the man was compliant with voluntary interview requests and was subsequently released from bail pending further investigations.

The case file is currently with the Crown Prosecution Service which is in the the process of deciding whether any charges should be brought against him.

Police have yet to confirm the name of the children’s home concerned but according to Herald sources it was on Drayton Avenue and is understood to have closed in the mid 1980s.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said: “In August 2015 Warwickshire Police launched an investigation following allegations of sexual abuse from a number of people at a children's care home in Stratford-upon-Avon in the 1970s and 80s.

“As part of the investigation a man has been voluntarily interviewed by officers and a file has been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Warwickshire County Council ran the county’s children’s homes until the mid-1980s before closing such facilities to concentrate resources on its fostering service.

A spokesperson for Warwickshire County Council said: “We are fully cooperating with the police investigation made in relation to a former children’s home.

"Warwickshire made a decision to close the county’s children’s homes around thirty years ago.

“The funding for maintaining such establishments was reinvested into enhancing and developing the fostering service, allowing children to be cared for in family and community environments which we believe offer better support to young people and have far better long term outcomes for their welfare."

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