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.

Today, five men go on trial accused of physical abuse of former pupils of the school at the Carlisle Crown Court. The trial is expected to last between 4 to 6 weeks. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1976 and 1993 and there are 22 male complainants.

Derrick Cooper, 76 has pleaded not guilty to 6 ABH charges and 2 charges of child cruelty;

James Farish, 57 has pleaded not guilty to 1 charge of ABH;

David Hadwin, 70 has pleaded not guilty to 1 charge of ABH;

John Studley, 65 has pleaded not guilty to 1 charge of ABH;

Fred Taylor, 74 has pleaded not guilty to 1 charge of ABH;

Errol Mayer, 72, has denied 18 charges of ABH and 11 charges of cruelty to a person under the age of 16 years. He will not on go trial on health grounds

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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