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Police to probe new abuse allegations at Chetham's

Michael Brewer and his former wife Kay have been convicted of indecent assault. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Police have confirmed they are investigating new claims of abuse following the jailing of a choirmaster at the prestigious Chetham's School of Music in Manchester.

Michael Brewer and his former wife Kay, both 68, were convicted on Friday of indecently assaulting a former music student more than 30 years ago.

Their victim, 48-year-old Frances Andrade, killed herself shortly after testifying against them.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said "several people" had come forward to speak to police since last week's convictions, while detectives had also received a "list of potential victims from a newspaper".

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson said the investigation was at an early stage and said officers would be "working very closely with the school in the coming weeks and months".

He urged anyone who wants to report abuse at the school to contact GMP on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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