Tyne & Wear

Northumbria Police investigate care home abuse claims

Howestead Lodge
Image caption Privately-run Howestead Lodge is used by Northumberland County Council

An investigation is under way following allegations of abuse at a home for young people on Tyneside.

Howestead Lodge in the Fenham area of Newcastle is used to house children placed into care by Northumberland County Council.

Police have begun an inquiry into standards of care, following concerns raised by a former member of staff. Its eight children have been rehoused.

No-one from the privately-run home was available for comment.

Northumbria Police said they had spoken to the young people believed to be involved and staff at the home were co-operating with the inquiry.

A spokesperson for Northumberland County Council said: "We are aware of an ongoing investigation being conducted by the police and are working closely together with them and other agencies."

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