Up to six former members of staff at St Williams Children’s Home in Market Weighton could face prosecution over allegations of physical and sexual abuse dating back to the 1960s.

Operation Reno is the third investigation carried out by Humberside Police, the first two resulting in the former principal of the school, James Carragher being convicted and sentenced to a 7 year custodial sentence in 1993 and a 14 year sentence in 2004, on multiple counts of serious sexual assault. Humberside Police have not yet commented as to whether Carragher is the subject of any of the intended prosecutions.

Over the course of the three year investigation, Humberside Police have spoken to 94 alleged victims and questioned 16 former members of staff and have now passed their file to the Crown Prosecution Service and hope that a decision will made as to whether to prosecute the alleged abuser within the coming months.

Jordans Solicitors are dealing with civil compensation claims on behalf of approximately 160 victims of abuse suffered at the hands of staff at St Williams and members of the Roman Catholic lay order, the De La Salle Brotherhood, who served at the school until its closure in 1993.

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