Calls for report on Staines school at centre of Jimmy Savile abuse claims

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By mattcollison | Tuesday, October 09, 2012, 10:48

CALLS to address "serious irregularities" at the former Staines school where Sir Jimmy Savile is alleged to have abused girls have been made.

The late television presenter was interviewed under caution by Surrey Police in 2007 about alleged abuse of girls at the now defunct Duncroft Approved School for Girls.

Liberal Democrat campaigner and Stanwell resident Andrew Mcluskey has called on Surrey County Council (SCC) to produce a report into the management of the former school in Moor Lane, Staines.

Speaking at the SCC local committee for Spelthorne on Monday evening (October 8) Mr Mcluskey, of Diamedes Avenue, said: "Given the recent media and press reports suggesting serious irregularities at the former Duncroft Approved School for girls, will the officers agree to produce a full report for the next meeting of this committee of the management of the school in the 1970s?"

County councillor Denise Saliagopoulos, who represents the Staines ward, has also requested more information about the school.

The calls were made after the screening of an ITV documentary, presented by former Surrey Police detective Mark Williams-Thomas, which claimed Sir Jimmy sexually assaulted girls at the school during the 1970s.

One woman told how the former BBC DJ and broadcaster assaulted her in a caravan on the school grounds when she was 14-years-old.

Another former pupil claimed she was abused by Sir Jimmy whilst riding in his Rolls Royce.

In a statement read on Monday night's meeting, Surrey County Council said: "The information we have is that Duncroft school was run by the Home Office until April 1973 when it was taken over by the national mental health association, now known as MIND, and was later run by Barnado's.

"As regards a paper from the committee, it is not in the remit of the local committee and it will need to be referred to children's services committee."

Mr Mcluskey was told to write to Mary Angell, cabinet member for children and families, for more information about the management of Duncroft.

      

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