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Sixth arrest in Barnes child sex abuse investigation

A sixth person has been arrested this evening as part of the Metropolitan Police investigation into historic child sex abuse allegations in Barnes.

Operation Winthorpe centres around Chancellor George Osborne's old school St Paul's, where it is alleged a number of pupils were abused, mainly in the 1960s.

Today a 68-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child. Five others aged between 52 and 67 have previously been arrested, and one man has so far been charged.


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Rare lapwing chicks born at London Wetland Centre

Five broods of lapwing chicks have hatched at the 105 acre WWT London Wetland Centre in Barnes.The lapwings were once a familiar farm bird but have seen numbers decline significantly and are now on the RSPB’s Red List for endangered species.

A lapwing chick out for a stroll. Credit: Mike Caiden

One female has three chicks. In the chilly weather we’re having at the moment, they huddle under her, using their mother as a lapwing radiator.

The chicks gather for warmth under their mother... Credit: Mike Caiden

This is normal behaviour for lapwings, although sometimes it can be a bit of a struggle to find space among all the legs as this bemused looking chick discovered.

...though one chick found it hard to squeeze in. Credit: Mike Caiden

Met launches child abuse investigation

The Metropolitan Police has launched Operation Fernbridge looking into historic allegations of child abuse in the early 1980s at at guest house in Barnes.

They have said that the investigation into the Elm Guest House in Rocks Lane was started after they were passed information by the Labour MP Tom Watson. The Met added that the investigation was not connected with the current residents of the address.