Eight men charged over al­leged abuse at chil­dren’s home

AL­LE­GA­TIONS OF CRU­ELTY STEM FROM BE­TWEEN 1981 AND 1997

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By BEN EC­CLE­STON Crime Re­porter ben.ec­cle­ston@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

EIGHT men have been charged in con­nec­tion with al­le­ga­tions of his­tor­i­cal abuse at a former Coven­try chil­dren’s home.

The charges re­late to al­le­ga­tions of abuse on young­sters at Wis­te­ria Lodge, in Earls­don, be­tween 1981 and 1997, and all of those charged worked at the former home.

Wis­te­ria Lodge was sit­u­ated in Earls­don Av­enue South and was de­mol­ished in 2009. The eight men are:

■ Phillip Bar­nett, 64, of Hart­ing­ton Cres­cent, Coven­try, charged with three counts of child cru­elty be­tween 19811986;

■ Rus­sell Garner, 58, of Or­chard Street, Bed­worth, charged with two counts of child cru­elty be­tween 1989-1995;

■ Ivan McCh­leery, 76, of Greens Road, Coven­try, charged with two counts of child cru­elty be­tween 1993-1995 and two counts of in­de­cent as­sault be­tween 1996-1997;

■ Pat Duig­nan, 59, of The Rid­dings, Can­ley, charged with four counts of child cru­elty be­tween 1988-1990;

■ Peter Moore, 72, of Win­ston Ave, Wood End, is charged with three counts of aid­ing and abet­ting an in­de­cent as­sault on a child be­tween 1995-1997;

■ David Saun­ders, 64, of Sibton Close, Bell Green, is charged with one count of child cru­elty be­tween 1993-1994;

■ David Fox, of 74, of Abbey Road, Bos­ton, Lin­colnshire, is charged with one count of child cru­elty in 1989;

■ Alan Todd, 72, from Coven­try, is charged with seven of­fences of child cru­elty, one rape of a child and three in­de­cent as­saults be­tween 1983 -1995.

All are due to ap­pear at Coven­try Mag­is­trates’ Court on Oc­to­ber 26.

Det Insp Wes Martin, who is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “These charges fol­low a long in­ves­ti­ga­tion by my of­fi­cers, who have worked closely with the lo­cal au­thor­ity and part­ners.

“Any­one who has been the vic­tim of abuse, no mat­ter how long ago, can con­tact Po­lice on 101 and re­port their con­cerns.”

If you have been af­fected by this story then con­tact Safe­line on 01926 402498 or email of­fice@safe­line.org.uk, or al­ter­na­tively con­tact the Coven­try Rape & Sex­ual Abuse Cen­tre (CRASAC) on 024 7627 7777, email helpline@crasac.org.uk or text 07936 816130.

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