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Probe into abuse allegations at Westfield School in Fraserburgh

Westfield School

Allegations of physical abuse of children at an Aberdeenshire school for pupils with special needs are being investigated by police.

The alleged incidents concern nursery and primary-aged children at Westfield School in Fraserburgh covering a period between 2013 and this year.

Three members of staff have been asked to stay away from the school during the investigation.

Aberdeenshire Council said it was "understandably a worrying time".

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Police Scotland can confirm we are conducting an investigation following complaints received of allegations of physical abuse of children at Westfield School in Fraserburgh.

"Police are working closely with colleagues from Aberdeenshire Council and the Care Inspectorate to safeguard the wellbeing of children at the school."

'Providing support'

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: "We are co-operating fully with Police Scotland as they conduct their investigation into these serious allegations regarding Westfield School.

"This is understandably a worrying time for staff, pupils, parents and carers and we are providing support to the school while the investigation takes place.

"As this is a live investigation it would be inappropriate for us to comment any further at this time."

The Care Inspectorate said: "The safety and well-being of children is always our first priority and we are working closely with Aberdeenshire Council and Police Scotland to ensure that the rights of children are respected and their needs met.

"Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact our helpline on 0345 600 9527."

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