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JULY 5, 2012

New allegations from former pupil as abuse probe continues By RICHARD EVANS

INQUIRY: Rydal School is continuing to investigate claims of child abuse in the 1970s and 80s.

A COLWYN Bay school is continuing its investigation amid more claims of child abuse during the 1970s and 80s.

This week another former pupil of Rydal contacted the Weekly News claiming to have reported the matter to the school during the 70s. The man, who is now in his 50s and lives in North Wales, says he and others made several complaints to the boarding school on Pwllycrochan Avenue during the early to mid 1970s. In a statement this week the school says it is continuing its investigation and is advising any other claims of abuse to be reported to both the school and North Wales Police. Current headmaster Patrick Lee-Browne commented: “To the best of my knowledge no new action has been taken by any former pupils to make a report to the police or seek any other formal remedy.

“The school’s investigation remains ongoing, and I can only respond to information from other former pupils if they make me aware of it by contacting me either as well as, or instead of, the press. “Any information will, of course, be treated sensitively and confidentially for the purposes of my investigation, and will help me to get the fullest possible picture of the allegations. “I encourage former pupils to contact me or the police if they feel that is the appropriate course of action.”

Several former pupils have come forward in recent weeks complaining of abuse by more than one member of staff at the school in the 1970s and 80s. Whilst the school is investigating the matter, none of those who claim they were abused or say they witnessed it wish to instigate a police investigation, although North Wales Police has been informed. All the former members of staff accused are now deceased and all claims of abuse are historical.

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