There is an ongoing Police investigation into historic abuse at Beechwood; Skegby Hall; Hazelwood and Whatton Detention Centre children’s homes in Nottingham between the 1940s and 1990s.
Nottingham council are working closely with the Police investigation and are encouraging anyone affected by abuse they have suffered at these institutions to come forward and speak to the City Council on 0115 876 4800 or the Police on 101. All calls will be treated with confidentiality.
Operation Daybreak was launched in 2011 to investigate the criminal allegations. It has resulted in several arrests and charges. A further police investigation, Operation Xeres, was launched in 2014 looking into similar allegations in north Nottinghamshire. Both councils are taking the allegations very seriously and are helping the Police with their investigations.
Nottinghamshire Police are now investigating allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse from 292 victims under Operation Equinox, of whom 172 come under Operation Daybreak which is looking at historical cases in the City of Nottingham and 120 come under Operation Xeres which covers the county of Nottinghamshire. Operation Equinox has resulted in 20 arrests and four have been convicted.
Andris Logins, 57, former social worker, is the first carer to be convicted of abuse at Beechwood Community Home. Logins was aged 22 to 27 at the time he abused two girls and two boys. He was found guilty of 17 charges at Nottingham Crown Court on 23 March 2016. Logins admits that there was abuse at the home, but denies that he ever committed any offences.
Detective Inspector Mandy Johnson said the “brutal” regime at Beechwood made children too afraid to report abusive staff. “Punishments were quite brutal, people being kicked and punched, and split lips and bloodied noses, which made it very difficult for the children to be able to go to staff to disclose what was happening to them.”
Dennis Young has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault on a boy under 14 whilst he was employed at Skegby Hall. The offences are alleged to have been committed between October 1958 and December 1961. The offences are denied by Dennis Young, of York
Jordans are representing a client who spent six months in Whatton Detention Centre, Nottinghamshire – now an adult prison. He has said that Deputy Governor Keith Innes regularly sexually and physically abused him during his detention.
A 63 year old was arrested in December 2016 on suspicion of six sexual offences at Hazelwood children’s Home in Nottingham. The alleged abuse is believed to have occurred in the early 1980s against five victims. The man is now on bail whilst the Police investigation is continuing.
Jordans Solicitors have a specialist team of Lawyers serving adults who have experienced sexual abuse during their childhood. We use our skills and litigation experience to achieve justice for those who have been harmed and betrayed by trusted individuals and institutions. We represent numerous victims from these homes in Nottingham. If you are a survivor of child sexual abuse call us today and our legal team will work with you to determine how best to proceed with your claim against the person or institution that caused you harm.