Man arrested over historical rape allegation at Chetham's School of Music

A man has been arrested by detectives investigating historical sex abuse at Chetham's School of Music. The 57-year-old man was this morning arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in police custody for questioning.

"We understand the need for as much transparency as possible so what we can say is this investigation is looking into more than 20 individual reports of sexual offences reported by former pupils at the school.

“In relation to allegations made, we have today arrested a 57-year-old man from Cheshire on suspicion of committing rape. This also relates to historic offences and he will be interviewed later today by detectives.

“Various names have been mentioned in the press of people involved in offences, clearly we will use this information, comparing it against allegations made. If any of those publicly named wish to speak to police directly now, we will of course interview them to take their account.

“In the meantime we will continue to interview witnesses and victims and take action following this.

“These are historic offences which involved a relatively small number of teachers."

– Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson