Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire nursery sex assault case: Sixth arrest

A sixth man has been arrested in an investigation into a sexual assault at a children's nursery in Worcestershire.

A mother told police her child had been attacked at one of three branches of Bright Eyes nurseries, based in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich.

Five men were arrested on Thursday and six properties searched, including the three nurseries.

Another man "identified as having regular access to nursery premises" was also later arrested.

All six have since been released on police bail for two weeks.

West Mercia Police said the owners of the three branches had taken the decision to close all three premises while the police investigation continues.

Ofsted has since suspended Bright Eyes' registration while investigations continue, meaning the nurseries are unable to offer childcare.

No-one from Bright Eyes has wished to comment.

Police were due to hold meetings for parents with children at any of the three nurseries on Friday evening.

Det Supt Amanda Blakeman said: "Our criminal investigation continues at the three nurseries and we are liaising with partners such as Ofsted, Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board and local councils about the practices at the business over recent years and whether they were up to the standards parents would expect."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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