Six men appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates Court in Kendal on the 15th February 2017 to be charged with offences they are alleged to have committed whilst working at Underley Hall School between the 1970’s and 1990’s.

Underley Hall School near Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria was a residential school for boys which operated between 1976 and 2012. It was closed down following an Ofsted Inspection which showed the school to be inadequate.

There has been a recent investigation following allegations by former pupils that they were physically and sexually abused whilst resident at the School between the 1970’s and 1990’s. Operation Tweed was launched in 2014 by Cumbria Police to investigate these allegations.

All men denied the charges which are alleged to have taken place mainly during the 1980’s. The men were bailed and will appear at the Carlisle Crown Court on the 20th March 2017.

Derrick Cooper 76 and Errol Mayer 72 denied charges of assault and child cruelty. Frederick Taylor 74, James Farish 57, David Hadwin 70 and John Studley 65 denied one charge of assault each.

Jordans Solicitors are acting for victims who suffered abuse whilst they attended the school. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police and report their allegations. If you would like help in pursuing a civil claim, please make contact with us by email, telephone or by completing a request call back form.


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