Kesgrave: Ex-student makes allegation of abuse at boarding school

DETECTIVES today said they have received an allegation of abuse from a former pupil of Kesgrave Hall boarding school.

The school is at the centre of accusations relating to physical and sexual abuse made by a number of ex-students.

However, until the last few days Suffolk Constabulary had not received any official complaints.

Former pupils have been calling for a review of an inquiry which took place in 1992 amid concerns about the conduct of some staff at the school.

Last month police and the county council said they were unable to find any documents relating to the inquiry.

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Just before Christmas Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dan Poulter became involved, sending a letter to chief constable Simon Ash asking for the investigation to be looked at again.

Now, one of those who claim to have been mistreated at the school has contacted Suffolk police.

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It is understood the man, like many other former students, does not live in the county. A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary confirmed the man had been in touch with officers.

Detectives have also made contact with another former pupil following comments he made in the media about what he alleges happened to him at Kesgrave Hall.

Last week, in response to Mr Poulter’s letter, Suffolk police said they would be reviewing the original inquiry conducted more than 20 years ago.

Mr Poulter had expressed extreme concerns about allegations being made by around ten men who said they were abused, or had witnessed abuse at the school, dating back to the 1970s.

Although the force originally replied to a Freedom of Information request stating it did not hold any files relating to the inquiry, police have now confirmed papers have been retrieved from its storage facility.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “Suffolk Police continue to review the information surrounding the investigation of alleged abuse at Kesgrave Hall Boarding School in 1992.

“Any reports of abuse of any kind linked to this case or any other will be treated very seriously and thoroughly investigated.”

During the original inquiry three members of staff were suspended after accusations were made.

The 30-pupil school had been subject to inspection by Suffolk County Council.

The inquiry began in July 1992 after allegations were made by a former member of care staff who had left the school two years earlier.

A teacher at Kesgrave Hall, Alan Stancliffe, was subsequently convicted of sexual assaults on pupils in 1999 and 2007, and jailed on both occasions by Ipswich Crown Court.

Kesgrave Hall was a school for emotionally disturbed boys. It closed in 1993.

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