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Three arrested over abuse at former private schools

Three people have been arrested in connection with physical and sexual abuse at a group of former private schools.

The arrests were made by police investigating historic allegations relating to Badgeworth Court and Dowdswell house in Gloucestershire, and Clouds House in Wiltshire.

The former Badgeworth Court boarding school Credit: ITV West Country

A 74-year-old man from the Tewkesbury area and a 71-year-old man from Dyfed Powys were questioned in connection with physical abuse.

A 65-year-old man from Cheltenham was questioned in connection with physical and sexual abuse.

All have been released on police bail until October.

The former Clouds House boarding school Credit: ITV West Country

All three schools are no longer private schools and the current occupiers have no connection to any of them.


Swindon striker Nicky Ajose agrees move to Charlton

Swindon's Nicky Ajose has agreed terms to join Charlton Athletic on a permanent deal.

The 24-year-old striker 24 goals in 38 appearances for the Robins last season finishing as League One's second top goalscorer.

The former Manchester United academy player has signed a three-year deal and joins the Addicks for an undisclosed fee.

Thangam Debbonaire latest Bristol Labour MP to resign from shadow front bench

Thangam Debonnaire, the Labour MP for Bristol West, has become the latest to resign from the front bench. Credit: PA Images

The Bristol MP for Labour West Thangam Debbonaire has become the latest to resign from the shadow front bench.

In a statement she said:

"I have resigned today from the shadow front bench."

"I was delighted when Jeremy Corbyn asked me to serve as his Shadow Arts and Culture Minister. I gave the role my all and I know many arts and culture organisations valued the opportunity to be consulted about Labour’s position on the arts."

"I have spent the last few months working hard for the constituency; for my boss Maria Eagle, the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport; and for a vote to ‘Remain’ in the EU referendum last week."

"In Bristol West, we voted overwhelmingly for ‘Remain’, and I know that activists worked their socks off for the campaign. I was therefore very disappointed that Jeremy Corbyn did not put his heart and soul into arguing for our membership of the EU."

"Furthermore, David Cameron’s resignation is likely to spark a general election. We need to be ready to win it. I believe that, with Jeremy Corbyn in charge, we would not be in a position to win over the general public."

"And I know he is not the right person to show strong leadership through Brexit negotiations."

"My resignation letter makes it clear how sincere my respect for Jeremy is and how difficult this decision has been."

"Many constituents have contacted me over the weekend, both in defence of Jeremy and in asking him to resign. Given that opinion is evenly split, I feel I can confidently follow my own views on this matter. I do understand that some people will be disappointed with my decision."

"I know that in time we can move forward as a strong, united Labour Party, working hard for Bristol and the country."

– Thangam Debbonaire, Lab, Bristol West
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