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Police Charge Man for Alleged Abuse at Southampton Children’s Home

Police investigating non-recent child sex abuse at a former Southampton children’s home have charged a man in connection with a number of alleged offences against young boys.

Colin Davis, the former boss of Salerno Road Children’s Home, which closed in 2013, has been charged with 36 counts of indecent assault. The offences are alleged to have taken place against nine boys under 18, during the 1970s and early 1980s.

Davis, 74, is now on conditional police bail and is due to appear at Southampton Magistrates Court early in the new year, on Thursday 7 January 2016.

Operation Marmion

The charges against Colin Davis were brought by detectives from Operation Marmion, Hampshire Constabulary's ongoing review of non-recent child sex abuse.

Commenting on the scope and scale of Operation Marmion, Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson from Hampshire Constabulary confirmed that “24 investigations are ongoing with at least 20 suspects identified.”

Mr Pearson also called for other survivors of abuse in Hampshire to come forward, saying: "Our review has reached a stage where we want to appeal again to anyone who is affected by child sexual abuse, either previously or presently.

“Operation Marmion is exploring further opportunities to build the trust and confidence of more victims, offering support with the expertise of professionals from our partner agencies."

“It is our aim that no child should have to suffer sexual exploitation, and that all victims deserve a future with brighter prospects away from harm.”

Anyone wishing to report abuse at Salerno Road Children’s Home – or any other institution in the area – are advised to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

Hywel Thomas is an associate solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK, specialising in non-recent child abuse cases.

Slater and Gordon’s specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse, including people who were abused at children’s homes when they were younger.

For a free and completely confidential consultation, call us 24/7 on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and let us know where and when you’d like us to call you.

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