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Sixth man charged with assaults at former boys boarding school in Cumbria


A sixth man has been charged with assaults at a former boarding school for boys.

The alleged historical offences are said to have taken place at Underley Hall School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Derrick William Cooper, 76, of Hillberry Green, Isle of Man, has been charged with six offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two offences of child cruelty, a Cumbria Police spokesman said.

The force said the charges were part of its Operation Tweed investigation - launched in July 2014 - into reports of non-recent abuse in residential schools in the south of the county.

Cooper is due to appear at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court on Wednesday morning.

Five other men are also due to appear in court on Wednesday charged as part of Operation Tweed.

Errol Mayer, 72, of New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, is accused of 18 counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and 10 counts of child cruelty.

John Studley, 64, of Maryland Close, Silverdale, Lancashire; Frederick Taylor, 74, of Lower Park Royd Drive, Sowerby Bridge, Calderdale, West Yorkshire; James Farish, 57, of Oakwood, Kendal, Cumbria, and David Hadwin, 70, of Raygarth Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, have each been charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Underley Hall was an independent residential school for boys with behavioural difficulties which opened in 1976 and closed in 2012.