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Police Investigate Abuse at Wood End Assessment Centre in Wigan

Greater Manchester Police are investigating physical and sexual abuse complaints at Wood End Assessment Centre in Atherton, Wigan.

The former children’s home in Atherton housed hundreds of young boys and police say they are looking into more than 40 complaints of abuse. 

Wood End Assessment Centre was opened by Lancashire County Council in 1969. It was managed by Wigan MBC as a remand centre for juvenile offenders from 1974 until the centre closed in 1994. 

Both Wigan MBC and Lancashire County Council have said that they will cooperate with the police investigation which is operating under the name Operation Milan.

As well as investigating complaints of abuse at Wood End Assessment Centre, Operation Milan is also looking into other child sex abuse cases such as allegations against former MP Cyril Smith. 

If you or anyone you know has suffered abuse at Wood End Assessment Centre then please contact Operation Milan at this stage. 

Hywel Thomas is a Personal Injury Associate Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Manchester. 

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of Abuse Lawyers who understand the difficulties in speaking out faced by those who suffer abuse and have many years of experience dealing with abuse cases. For a free consultation call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. Any communication will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.  

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