An investigation into child abuse at St Gilbert’s Catholic Approved School in Worcestershire has been widened to encompass another decade.

Victims who suffered abuse at the school during the 1970’s are coming forward in droves to speak of the shocking treatment they endured.

Previously, police had limited their inquiry to the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s and found that most of the abusers from those decades had passed on.

With the new decade now under scrutiny some of the abusers may be still alive and could face prosecution.

Those admitted to the school were usually boys between the ages of 11 and 15 who had been convicted of petty crimes.

Victims have come forward saying they had been beaten and raped by members of staff who were associated with the De La Salle order, who ran the school under direction from the Home Office.

Brother Maurice, the deputy headmaster, was convicted of six counts of sexually abusing boys at St Gilbert’s but was later reinstated as a teacher following a term in jail.

Jordans Solicitors are heavily involved in cases involving homes and institutions ran by the De La Salle order.

Lee Fannon, a solicitor at Jordans who deals with cases involving St Gilbert’s, said: ”The widening of Police Enquiries into the history of abuse at St Gilberts is something we welcome. The investigation of abuse cases should not be limited by the time period it occurred in. The fact that more people are coming forward suggests a bigger problem.

“The increasing number of police investigations into historic abuse serves to highlight how many lives have been horribly impacted by abuse. Those who have been affected by abuse may also be entitled to claim compensation and I would urge those who have to take advice and look at the options available to them.”

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