Child abuse probe investigates former Underley Hall School

Police investigating allegations of historical child abuse are probing activities at a former school in Cumbria.

Underley Hall School, a residential boarding school in Kirkby Lonsdale, closed in 2012.

Cumbria Police confirmed it is looking at the establishment as part of an investigation into abuse claims in residential schools across the county.

The allegations date from the 1970s to the 1990s.

A spokeswoman said detectives were "investigating these reports thoroughly" as part of Operation Tweed.

'Get to the truth'

Cumbria County Council said it was one of a number of local authorities from across the country which used the school and said it was "working with police to review any files relating to Underley Hall".

A spokesman said: "Underley Hall was a private school.

"It closed in 2012 following an Ofsted inspection which judged it to be inadequate.

"All children placed at the school by the county council were removed following the inadequate judgement."

Lib Dem MP Tim Farron, whose Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency the school was in, has contacted the Home Office to call for an inquiry after being approached by a former pupil.

He said: "We must get to the truth about what happened at Underley Hall to make sure that victims receive justice, any perpetrators are held to account for their crimes and that children are protected in the future."

MP Graham Stringer, who represents Blackley and Broughton in Greater Manchester, has also written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, after he too was contacted by a former Underley Hall pupil who lives in his constituency.

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