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Solar Centre abuse charges decision to be reviewed by CPS

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is reviewing its decision not to prosecute over allegations of abuse at a day centre in Doncaster.

Police originally investigated claims of abuse at the Solar Centre in Balby in 2007 and it was decided there was insufficient evidence for prosecution.

The inquiry was reopened last year but the CPS again said last month there was insufficient evidence.

That decision will now be reviewed by the CPS's complex casework unit (CCU).

Martin Goldman, the chief crown prosecutor for Yorkshire, said that following an initial assessment of the decisions it was "clear" that a full review of the case was needed.

Family letters

He said: "Lawyers from the CCU will consider all of the evidence in this case from 2007 to the present day.

"This review will be carried out as quickly as possible."

Mr Goldman said the CPS would write to the families concerned to explain the decision.

He added: "Once the review is complete, we will advise the families of the outcome. Any decision will also be made public."

South Yorkshire Police reopened the case last October after viewing the findings of an investigation by the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (RDASH), which concluded that incidents of abuse had taken place.

The inquiry related to allegations of mistreatment at the centre, in the grounds of St Catherine's Hospital, between 2005 and 2007.

In a statement, RDASH said it would "co-operate fully" with the review.

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