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Children’s home ends with no charges made

28th Sep 2008 | in Looked after Children

Children’s home inquiry ends with no charges made
Gravesend Messenger Thursday 18 September 2008
AN INVESTIGATION into alleged abuse and malpractice at a children’s home in Gravesend has closed with no charges being brought.
In July 2007 Kent Police revealed that 20 years after allegations were first made, the case of Kendall House, Pelham Road, was to be revisited.
Officers undertook a full review of the case files relating to allegations from the 1970s and 80s, and consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service.
After examining fresh lines of inquiry, it was decided there was insufficient evidence to charge any person with an offence.
A Kent Police spokesman added: “However, the matters will be reconsidered should any fresh evidence come to light and the CPS will continue to provide legal guidance to Kent Police as and when requested.”
Kendall House was a home for young girls in the 1970s and 80s. When it closed, the building was bought by Gravesend Churches Housing Association. Renamed Doris Law House, it became accommodation for the homeless.
The home is also the subject of a book by one a former resident, Teresa Cooper, who alleges she was abused by staff.
* If you were a resident during the 1970s or 80s or have any new information call North Kent Public Protection Unit on 01474 366321 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Comments

  • On 28th Sep 2008 at 09:52 AM Teresa said...

    Kent police did NOT fully investigate at all
    and they have failed the KH girls miserably yet again just like they did in 1986 when they didnt investigate the foster father who went on to abuse again and was convicted for it and again in 1994 when their idea of investigating started off great and when it got bigger they just up and dropped it all and yet another repeat performance for Kent Police this time around. Round of applause for Kent Police and as for the officer investigating, he could do with some people skills and manners

  • On 29th Sep 2008 at 08:25 AM Barbara said...

    It’s the same old story. One big whitewash after another, all round the country and the same is happening in Jersey.

    Well they may as well just legalise pedophilia then, instead of pretending that we have laws against this vile act, but doing everything possible to sneak out of enforcing them, because the way I feel is that victims of child abuse don’t have any rights anyway.

    At least if they just went ahead and legalised it, the whole country would be so up in arms about it they might actually be motivated to get off their backsides and do something. If these blinking politicians had a mailbag of letters complaining about the disgraceful way abuse survivors are treated, if people really cared enough to write a letter to these people who are supposed to make sure pedophiles do not wreck people’s lives, if people would just put pen to paper, then something might change for the better.

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