LEADING child abuse lawyers at Jordans are “delighted” following an announcement that a new police investigation will be made into care homes and secure units in Nottinghamshire.

Operation Xeres will investigate alleged abuse at ten institutions within the area including Whatton Detention Centre.

Jordans represent clients who were abused at Whatton and Nigel Berrington, a former detainee who is pursuing a claim for compensation with the firm, spoke out in January in in the hope other ex-detainees would attempt to seek justice.

Operation Xeres is to build on the work of Operation Daybreak which is already looking into child abuse at homes in Nottingham in the 1960’s.

David Gibbs, Chartered Legal Executive at Jordans, expressed his satisfaction at these developments.

He said: “We have spoken to a number of victims of abuse at Whatton Detention Centre and are delighted that the police are now taking these complaints seriously. Many of our clients suffered severe physical and sexual abuse at Whatton, the effects of which have blighted their entire adult lives.

“Whilst the investigation cannot repair the damage done to the victims, the fact that their voices are now being heard will being some satisfaction and any prosecutions which arise from this investigation will give them a sense of justice

“I would urge any victims of abuse at Whatton, or indeed any of the institutions being investigated, to speak to officers involved in Operation Xeres as soon as possible so that they can investigate the complaints thoroughly.”

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