Hereford & Worcester

St Gilbert's school abuse inquiry suspect arrested

St Gilbert's building in the 1950s Image copyright unknown
Image caption A housing estate is built on the site where the school used to stand

An ex-member of staff at a Worcestershire school has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and grievous bodily harm.

The man was detained in Cambridgeshire, in connection with offences dating back to the 1960s and 70s, West Mercia Police said.

He has been bailed until June while investigations continue.

Boy aged 11 to 15 were sent to the now-closed St Gilbert's in Hartlebury after being convicted of petty crimes.

Police launched an investigation last year into allegations of abuse at the approved Catholic school between the 1940s and 1970s after former pupils were interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester.

The school, run by brothers from the De La Salle order, no longer exists and the site now has housing built on it.

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