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Sexual abuse investigation in Haringey

Specialist officers from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Investigation Team are encouraging any victims of non-recent sexual abuse in Haringey to come forward.

The team is leading investigations into several allegations of non-recent sexual abuse in connection with three schools in Haringey. There is no link between the three separate investigations or the schools concerned.

The cases being investigated relate to:

• Greenfields School, Coppetts Wood: 1980-1985 • Highgate Wood School: early 1980s • Muswell Hill Primary School: 1966-1970

Each of the schools and the local authority are aware of the allegations and are supportive of police action. Greenfields School closed down several years ago.

DCI John Foulkes of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation & Child Abuse Command said:

“Victims should have the confidence to come forward and report these matters, either to us or the NSPCC. You will be listened to and you will be believed. We have been working with our colleagues from the NSPCC and if you don’t wish to speak to police I would urge you to speak to them to get any support that you need.”

Anyone who wishes to report any information to police regarding these matters should contact the Haringey Child Abuse Investigation Team on 020 8721 6834 (between 8am - 6pm).

Alternatively, the NSPCC can be contacted on 0808 800 5000 or email.

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Docklands Light Railway workers to be balloted for strikes

Workers on London's Docklands Light Railway are to be balloted for strikes in two separate disputes over pay and conditions.

Credit: PA

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch campaigns of action, with the results due on May 12.

The union has had no option but to move to a ballot of both the directly employed DLR staff and those hired in through Interserve in these two separate disputes. The union will not sit back while core issues on pay and working conditions are left unresolved. Our reps are in no doubt that we need to send a clear message to management that staff are prepared to fight to demand decent rewards and recognition, a safe working environment, decent working conditions and will not be forced into accepting inferior pay arrangements.

– Mick Cash, RMT union

This is a dispute between the RMT leadership and Keolis Amey Docklands and Interserve who employ the staff concerned. We urge all parties to sit down and talk through the issues to try and resolve them as soon as possible.

– Rory O'Neill, Transport for London's director of the Docklands Light Railway
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