Four charged with historic sexual abuse at children’s homes in Leeds

Three men and a woman have been charged with historic offences relating to sexual abuse at children’s homes in Leeds.

The four were arrested as part of Operation Polymer, an ongoing investigation into physical and sexual abuse at children’s homes in Leeds in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

70-year-old Roy Lovatt from Redcar has been charged with five counts of indecent assault and seven counts of buggery. The charges relate to the former Thorp Arch Grange Children’s Home, in Wetherby, in the 1970s and 1980s.

A further three people have been charged in relation to events at the former Shadwell children’s home in the 1980s and 1990s.

69-year-old Melvin Hamilton Blake from Menston, Ilkley, has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, two counts of buggery and 17 counts relating to possession of prohibited images of children and possession of extreme pornographic images.

Len Anthony Lake, 61, of Ireland Wood, Leeds, has been charged with two counts of indecent assault.

Marion Beresford, aged 60, of Glasgow, has been charged with seven counts of indecent assault.