Teen held on ‘sex at­tacks’ at nurs­ery

Scottish Daily Mail - - The Brexmas Election -

CLAIMS of a se­ries of sex­ual of­fences against up to 12 chil­dren at a nurs­ery were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by po­lice last night.

A male em­ployee, thought to be in his teens, was ar­rested af­ter a child told their par­ents about an al­leged se­ri­ous as­sault.

Po­lice have re­viewed more than 250 hours of CCTV footage from the nurs­ery and con­tacted more than 100 fam­i­lies.

It is un­der­stood there could be up to 12 vic­tims be­tween the ages of two and five.

Of­sted in­spec­tors sus­pended the li­cence of Jack and Jill Child­care in Torquay, Devon, last month in the wake of the po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Up to 52 chil­dren nor­mally at­tend the nurs­ery.

Act­ing De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor James Stock said: ‘On July 29 po­lice re­ceived an al­le­ga­tion of a se­ri­ous sex­ual as­sault at Jack and Jill Child­care in Torquay.

‘A sus­pect was ar­rested on the same date and later re­leased on po­lice bail with strict con­di­tions. The con­tact ap­pears to be lim­ited to within the nurs­ery set­ting over a lim­ited pe­riod of time and are the ac­tions of one in­di­vid­ual. We do not be­lieve that any other mem­ber of staff had knowl­edge of th­ese mat­ters.’

Last night, fam­i­lies said they had been ‘left in the dark’ and were ‘an­gry’ at be­ing ‘drip-fed’ de­tails from Of­sted.

The nurs­ery’s li­cence is sus­pended un­til De­cem­ber 24.

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