21st Jul, 2019

Eight men charged over historic abuse allegations at Coventry children's home

EIGHT men have been charged in connection with historical abuse allegations at former Coventry children’s home

The charges relate to allegations of abuse on children at Wisteria Lodge between 1981 and 1997.

The home, which was situated in Earlsdon Avenue South, was demolished in 2009.

All are due to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court on October 26.

Police announced today the eight men, who all worked at the former home, have been charged with a total of 29 offences including sexual, physical and emotional assault involving a total of 15 children.

They are:

• Phillip Barnett 26/4/53 from Hartington Crescent, Coventry, charged with three counts of child cruelty between 1981-1986

• Russell Garner 20/6/59, from Orchard Street, Bedworth, charged with two counts of child cruelty between 1989-1995

• Ivan McChleery 22/6/41, from Greens Road, Coventry, charged with two counts of child cruelty between 1993-1995 and two counts of indecent assault between 1996-1997

• Pat Duignan 10/07/1958 from The Riddings, Canley, Coventry charged with four counts of child cruelty between 1988-1990

• Peter Moore 4/2/45, from Winston Ave, Wood End, is charged with three counts of aiding and abetting an indecent assault on a child between 1995-1997

• David Saunders 20/2/53, Sibton Close, Bell Green Coventry, one count of child cruelty between 1993-1994

• David Fox 20/2/53, Abbey Road, Boston, Lincs, one count of child cruelty in 1989

• Alan Todd, 3/5/45, from Coventry, is charged with seven offences of child cruelty, one rape of a child and three indecent assaults between 1983 -1995.

Detective Inspector Wes Martin, who is leading the investigation, said: “These charges follow a long investigation by my officers, who have worked closely with the local authority and partners. Anyone who has been the victim of abuse, no matter how long ago, can contact Police on 101 and report their concerns.”

West Midlands Police emphasises it works with a number of partner agencies who give support through counselling and specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) who help with reporting to the police and throughout the legal process.

Police added that anyone affected by any of this information and require support can contact these charities for support:

Safeline on 01926 402498 or email office@safeline.org.uk

Coventry Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) on 02476 277777, email helpline@crasac.org.uk or text on 07936 816130.


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