School abuse investigation

Police in Suffolk are investigating allegations of historic abuse at a school in Stowmarket.

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Four men due in court over Stowmarket school abuse investigation

Four men are due to appear in court in relation to historic abuse at a school in Stowmarket.

The investigation relates to alleged offences carried out between 1975 and 1999 at Oakwood School and officers have spoken with more than 100 people since it began in 2011.

A 58-year-old man from Southampton, a 69-year-old man from Gislingham, a 59-year-old man from Northampton and a 65-year-old man from Lancaster have been reported for summons to court.

They are due to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court in connection with child cruelty and assault offences.

Eric De Smith, 74, of Danes Close, Stowmarket, was previously charged with gross indecency and indecent assault.

Man charged in relation to historic abuse at school

A man has been charged in relation to historic abuse at a school in Stowmarket.

The investigation relates to alleged offences carried out between 1975 and 1999 at Oakwood School and officers have spoken with over 100 people since it began in 2011.

74-year-old man Eric De Smith, of Danes Close, has been charged with gross indecency and indecent assault.

He is now due to appear in Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court on Tuesday 1st October.

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