Investigation into historical abuse allegations at Swaylands School

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Kent police are currently investigating reports of sexual abuse at Swaylands School in Kent which was a residential school for children with behavioural difficulties.

The abuse is thought to have taken place between the years 1967 to 1993. Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham said "Following new information that was given to us last year (2012), we launched a new investigation into the abuse of children at a school in Penshurst during 1967 to 1993. "A dedicated team of investigators have identified a number of suspects and many people who are either victims or witnesses in this investigation.

"We now want to speak to anyone who has information or witnessed anything relating to the abuse of children, particularly anyone who worked at the school, either employees or casual staff, between 1967 and 1993.

"So far, our investigation has identified around 50 victims in this large scale abuse inquiry. We are committed to bring any perpetrators of this horrific crime to justice."

The outcome of the criminal investigation is currently awaited. BL Claims has been instructed by a number of former pupils in relation to pursuing civil claims.

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