Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford nursery closed over indecent images probe

A nursery in West Yorkshire has been closed after allegations indecent images were found on a computer linked to the establishment.

Police said there was no evidence to suggest any children attending the Short Circuits Care Club on Hollingwood Lane, Bradford, had been harmed.

No arrests have been made but police have interviewed three men and a woman.

Ofsted, which regulates the nursery, has "suspended the registration" while inquiries are carried out.

Short Circuits is listed as a private day nursery with places for 35 children.

West Yorkshire Police said parents of children at the nursery had been informed of the allegations.

Inquiry 'early stage'

A police spokesman said four people were interviewed as part of the inquiry on Tuesday.

They are a man and woman, aged in their 40s from the Bradford area, and two other men aged 22 and 25.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "The investigation into these allegations is at an early stage but officers would like to stress that, at this current time, we have no evidence to suggest that any children who attend the premises have in any way been harmed.

"All parents of children at the establishment have been notified of the allegations."

An Ofsted spokeswoman said: "Ofsted is aware of an incident at the Short Circuit Nursery and is working with the local authority and the police to support their investigation.

"We have taken action to suspend the registration of the setting while the investigation is being carried out."

'Wellbeing of children'

Bradford council said it did not have any formal links with the nursery but was "working with partner agencies including the police to look into the issue".

Kath Tunstall, the council's strategic director for children's services, said: "We are aware of allegations being made and we are working closely with partner agencies including the police to look into this issue.

"We will continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of children in the district."

No-one from the nursery was available for comment.

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