Nursery sex assault inquiry

West Mercia Police has launched an investigation after a young child told their family they had been sexually assaulted while at a children’s nursery in Worcestershire.

Six bailed in nursery sex assault inquiry

Bright Eyes Nursery under investigation Credit: ITV News

Six men arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a nursery have been released on police bail for two weeks, pending further investigations.

Last week, a mother contacted police after her child disclosed they had been assaulted by someone while at one of the three branches of Bright Eyes Nurseries, which are in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich.

Last night, West Mercia Police held five meetings for any parents whose children attend Bright Eyes.

Cannabis plants found in grounds of one of the Worcestershire nurseries under investigation following alleged sexual assault

Police have found six small cannabis plants in a private building in the grounds of one of the nurseries being searched following an alleged sexual assault.

The discovery will be dealt with in a separate investigation.

All three branches of Bright Eyes Nursery, in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich have been searched by police.

Meetings were held tonight for those affected by the current investigation.

A mother contacted police last week after her child claimed they had been assaulted by someone while at one of the three branches of Bright Eyes Nursery.

A sixth man has been now arrested in connection with the investigation. All have been released on police bail.

We have given those who attended some new information, not just about our investigation into the sexual assault, but also findings we feel they would want to know about the way the nurseries were being managed.

During our searches, we found six small cannabis plants in a small private dwelling in the grounds of the Droitwich branch, which will be dealt with by a separate investigation.

– Detective Superintendent Amanda Blakeman

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Sixth man arrested in nursery sex assault investigation

A sixth man has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault on a child at a day nursery. The man was arrested yesterday by West Mercia Police.

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The five men arrested yesterday by police have all been released on bail. They were arrested after the mother of a child who attends the Bright Eyes Nurseries premises reported an incident which allegedly happened last week.

The alleged assault is said to have taken place at one of three premises run by the nursery in Broomsgrove, Redditch and Driotwich, all in Worcestershire. The nurseries have been searched along with three other properties, police said.

Three nurseries closed in sexual assault investigation

Police investigate branches of the Bright Eyes Nurseries Credit: ITV News Central

West Mercia Police have revealed that three branches of Bright Eyes Nurseries, which are in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich, have been closed while investigations into claims of a sexual assault continue.

They have confirmed that Ofsted are involved.

Five men were arrested this morning. Some of the men arrested are said to be nursery workers.

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Police taking nursery assault claim 'extremely seriously'

A young child has made a disclosure that we are taking extremely seriously. We also are treating it as sensitively as possible due to the nature of the offence and the very young age of the child involved.

Our primary concern is their welfare as well as that of the other children who attend the nurseries. We are working with our partner agencies in the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board as part of our response.

The investigation is at its early stages and five men have been arrested as we endeavour to identify the person responsible for the assault.

We fully understand how concerning this disclosure will be to those people whose children attend Bright Eyes Nurseries, as well as the wider community.

All parents and carers who have visited the nurseries today were given a letter explaining, as far as possible, the reasons for our activities, while police staff are available to discuss any immediate worries they may have.

– Superintendent Kevin Purcell, West Mercia Police

Investigation into sexual assault at nursery

West Mercia Police has launched an investigation after a young child told their family they had been sexually assaulted while at a children’s nursery in Worcestershire.

Last week, a mother contacted police after her child disclosed they had been assaulted by someone while at one of the three branches of Bright Eyes Nurseries, which are in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich.

An investigation was launched and this morning five men were arrested and six properties were searched, including the three nurseries.

They are currently in custody at Worcester and Kidderminster Police Stations.

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