Dean Gathercole 52, a former care worker at Amberdale Care Home in Nottinghamshire, is due to attend trial today for historic sexual offences including two alleged rapes and six alleged indecent assaults.

Amberdale Care Home in Stapleforth opened in 1982. It was initially a 22 bed secure unit which later had another 8 bed unit added. It was surrounded by a loft perimeter wall and with secure doors and windows. It was for young people with a history of getting into trouble with the law absconding from other homes. It closed in 1995-1996 and reopened in 1977 as Clayfields House Secure Unit which is still open.

The offences are alleged to have taken place in 1987 at Amberdale’s Observation and Assessment Centre. The charges were brought following an investigation by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Equinox.

Operation Equinox is Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated team investigating allegations of historical abuse of children at children’s homes and other institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. At present there are 22 children’s homes being investigated by Nottinghamshire Police over abuse allegations. Only 3 of the homes are still in use today.

In October the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will look into whether children in the care of the city and county councils were let down by the two authorities.

The homes which are presently being investigated by the Police are:

Ashley House Beechwood Berry Hill Open Air School Bracken House
Cauldwell House Cobblestones Greencroft Hazelwood Red Tiles Repton Lodge
The Ridge Risley Hall Skegby Hall South Collingham Hall Sycamnore Home
Three Roofs Whatton Young Offender Institute Wollaton House Wood Nook


Jordans Solicitors represent victims who suffered abuse at the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Children’s Homes. If you would like help in pursuing a claim please contact us. We have a highly specialist team of lawyers who can ensure that your claim is handled sensitively, enabling you to secure the best level of compensation form those responsible for your traumatic experience.

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