Lancashire

Stonyhurst College voyeurism arrest nurse found dead

A nurse at a private Catholic school in Lancashire was found dead at his home days after his arrest on suspicion of voyeurism.

Neil Riley, 54, was discovered on 16 November, five days after he was arrested by Lancashire Police.

Mr Riley, who had been bailed by police, worked as a nurse at Stonyhurst College near Clitheroe.

Officers were investigating claims he had set up a hidden camera at the school.

A statement issued by the college, which was founded by the Jesuit religious order in 1593, said: "Concerns were raised two weeks ago by other staff about Mr Neil Riley, a member of the nursing staff at Stonyhurst.

"It was thought he may have set up a hidden camera in a staff bedroom for voyeuristic reasons."

The college statement said as soon as the concern was raised Mr Riley was sent home and police were asked to investigate, with social services informed.

It added: "We have also been in touch with the family of Mr Riley to offer our support."

Lancashire Police said there was an on-going police investigation to identify any offences and victims who may need counselling.

Stonyhurst, whose alumni include the creator of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, England rugby star Kyran Bracken and former BBC director general Mark Thompson, is one of the UK's oldest Roman Catholic private schools, with fees reaching more than £28,000 a year.

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