Six men charged with physical assaults of boys in their care at Underley Hall School deny charges at Carlisle Crown Court yesterday.

The hearing lasted 40 minutes and each of the men entered not guilty pleas. The men were granted unconditional bail.

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.

Operation Tweed was launched in 2014 to investigate allegations from former pupils that they suffered physical and sexual abuse whilst resident at the school between the 1970’s and 1990’s.

The Court heard 38 separate charges in respect of 22 complainants during the period of 1976 to 1993.

Errol Mayer 72 from Kirkby Lonsdale denied 18 charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and 11 counts of cruelty to a person aged under 16 years;

Derrick Cooper 76 from the Isle of Man denied 6 charges of ABH and 2 counts of child cruelty;

David Hadwin 70 from Kirby Lonsdale denied 1 charge of ABH;

James Farish 57 from Kendal denied 1 charge of ABH;

John Studley 65 from Silverdale denied 1 charge of ABH;

Fred Trevor Taylor 74 from West Yorkshire denied 1 charge of ABH;

The trial has been listed to be heard in January 2018 and is expected to last between 8 to 10 weeks.

Jordans Solicitors are acting for victims who suffered abuse whilst they were resident at Underley Hall School. We would urge anyone affected to contact the Police to report their allegations. If you would like assistance in pursuing a civil claim please contact us for more information.

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