Devon school abuse probe could last until spring

The BBC is reporting that an investigation into allegations of physical abuse of vulnerable boys at a Devon school could last until spring 2016.

Chelfham Mill, near Barnstaple, Devon, was closed in July, after claims from pupils against what detectives say is a small number of staff. 

A Devon and Cornwall Police source told the BBC the investigation was expected to take about six more months…

A team of about 10 detectives has been assigned to the inquiry. 

“We’re looking at the last five years of the school’s activities,” the source added. 

Chelfham Mill has voluntarily given up its licence to operate as a school while the police investigation is ongoing. 

A parent of a boy at the school, who asked not to be named, said: “We’re angry because we haven’t been given any information about what’s going on.”

…The principal of Chelfham Mill, Katy Roberts, said: “I can confirm that we have no comment on this at this time.”

…Chelfham Mill cared for 41 boys aged seven to 18 with emotional and behavioural problems.

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