Children’s home ends with no charges made
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.
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