Historic sex abuse claims investigated at leading boarding school

The Northern Echo

Stuart Minting

POLICE are investigating two cases of alleged historic sexual abuse at a boarding school dubbed the Catholic Eton.

North Yorkshire Police confirmed one man has been arrested and enquires are ongoing at Ampleforth College, near Thirsk.

The school, which opened in 1802 and is run by the Benedictine monks and lay staff of Ampleforth Abbey, is being investigated by the Goddard Inquiry into child sexual abuse.

The independent inquiry was launched in 2014 to investigate how seriously public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse.

The inquiry team has pledged to demand accountability for past institutional failings, support victims to share their experience of abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure children are protected.

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