Police have charged 8 men who worked at Wisteria Lodge, a former Coventry children’s home with abuse. Wisteria Lodge was demolished in 2009.

The charges date back to between 1981 and 1997. The men are accused of 29 offences including sexual, physical and emotional abuse against 15 children.

  • Phillip Barnett, 64, from Hartington Crescent, Coventry, has been charged with three counts of child cruelty between 1981 and 1986.
  • Russell Garner, 58, from Orchard Street, Bedworth, is accused of two counts of child cruelty between 1989 and 1995.
  • Ivan McChleery, 76, from Greens Road, Coventry, has been charged with two counts of child cruelty between 1993 and 1995 and two counts of indecent assault between 1996 and 1997.
  • Pat Duignan, 59, from The Riddings, Canley, Coventry, faces four counts of child cruelty between 1988 and 1990.
  • Peter Moore, 72, from Winston Avenue, Coventry, is accused of three counts of aiding and abetting an indecent assault on a child between 1995 and 1997.
  • David Saunders, 64, from Sibton Close, Bell Green, Coventry, has been charged with one count of child cruelty between 1993 and 1994.
  • David Fox, 74, of Abbey Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire, is accused of one count of child cruelty in 1989.
  • Alan Todd, 72, previously from Coventry, is charged with seven offences of child cruelty, one rape of a child and three indecent assaults between 1983 and 1995

The men are due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on the 26th October 2017.

The investigation by West Midlands Police was launched in April 2017 after the convictions of Alan Todd and Kenneth Owen. Both were found guilty of physical and psychological abuse of teenagers in the 1980’s.

Todd, 70, was jailed for eight years and eight months, while Owen, also 70, jailed for four years and two months.

Detective Inspector Wes Martin, who is leading the investigation, said: “These charges follow a long investigation by my officers, who have worked closely with the local authority and partners. Anyone who has been the victim of abuse, no matter how long ago can contact Police on 101 and report their concerns”

Jordans have successfully represented and obtained compensation for former residents of children’s home who have suffered abuse. We would encourage anyone affected by this article to report their allegations to the Police. If you would like assistance in pursuing a civil claim we would urge you to contact one of our child abuse lawyers.


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