Knowl View Investigation

Police have reopened investigations into allegations of historical sexual abuse at Knowl View residential school in Rochdale. It follows the publicity surrounding Sir Cyril Smith last year and relates to the period from the 1970s onwards.

New complaints over abuse at Rochdale's Knowl View

Knowl View.
Knowl View.

Further victims have come forward to make complaints of abuse at Knowl View, a former residential school for boys in Rochdale.

Greater Manchester Police said 18 victims have so far come forward and the complaints relate to child abuse from 1969 until the school closed in 1990.

The allegations relate to physical and sexual abuse that took place by adults upon pupils and between the pupils themselves.

Over the last month 14 men, aged between 35 and 66 have been interviewed under caution for a variety of offences including allegations of both sexual and physical offences.

“The investigation into abuse at Knowl View School continues and since the start of the inquiry further victims have come forward.

“These are serious allegations made against both staff and pupils at the school and are being thoroughly investigated.

“We are currently working through the allegations and as a result 14 people so far have been interviewed under caution.

“Greater Manchester Police takes allegations of abuse very seriously and continues to do so and if anyone has been a victim of abuse, we ask them to contact us.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson, Greater Manchester Police

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Police think there may be more victims in abuse school investigation

Detectives have reopened an investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse at a school in Rochdale from the 1970's onwards. It follows publicity surrounding Sir Cyril Smith last year and relates to Knowl View school.

"I would encourage anyone who was a victim of either sexual or physical abuse to come forward and speak to police as the more evidence we have the better the chances of bringing abusers to justice. We totally understand that for many people they will not want to relive the abuse they suffered, but for those who do want to come forward I want to give you complete confidence that your complaints will be treated seriously and thoroughly investigated."

– Detective Inspector Caroline Ward, Greater Manchester Police

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