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Operation Polymer: Four Charged with Non-Recent Abuse in Children’s Homes

Four people have been charged with non-recent sexual offences at children’s homes in West Yorkshire.

The offences are alleged to have taken place at the former Thorp Arch Grange children’s home in Wetherby and the former Shadwell children’s home in Leeds during the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

70-year-old Roy Lovatt is charged with 12 offences relating to Thorp Arch Grange, including five counts of indecent assault.

The other three – 69-year-old Melvin Blake, 61-year-old Len Lake and 60-year-old Marion Beresford – have all been charged with various sexual offences relating to the Shadwell home.

Operation Polymer

The four were arrested as part of Operation Polymer – a West Yorkshire Police investigation into abuse in children’s homes from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Blake, Beresford and Lake are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 13 November whilst Lovatt is due to appear at the same court on 9 December.

Anyone who has suffered abuse at Thorp Arch Grange or Shadwell is urged to contact West Yorkshire Police as soon as possible.

Hywel Thomas is an associate solicitor at Slater and Gordon in Manchester. Hywel has extensive experience of claims relating to abuse in care homes.

Slater and Gordon UK have the most experienced team of abuse lawyers in the country and are currently representing over 800 victims of child sex abuse, many of whom were abused at institutions such as children’s homes and private schools.

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