Monday, 22 February 2016

Police Scotland have opened new investigation into abuse at Queen Victoria School

"POLICE have launched a new investigation into the shocking claims that a VIP paedophile ring operated at a top military boarding school."

"The probe represents a major development in a 25 year campaign for justice by a retired teacher who risked his career to expose the alleged abuse."

"Glenn Harrison was a housemaster at Queen Victoria School in Dunblane when he began to suspect that pupils were being preyed upon."

"He claims that boys were often taken away for unofficial overnight trips with dignitaries, while sexual abuse and bullying in the dormitories was ignored."

"Some youngsters appeared badly traumatised, yet when he tried to speak to them or discuss his fears with fellow teachers he was told that certain aspects of school life must remain `secret`."

"In December 1991, he made a report to the old Central Scotland Police and officers responded by breaking down the door to his flat and seizing his journal, computer files and other paperwork."

"Mr Harrison, who had already handed in his notice at the school, was then escorted from the school premises and interviewed by detectives."

"He moved to the Shetlands and resumed his career as a teacher, although he continued to campaign for a proper investigation into his allegations."

"After police concluded there was `no cause for further action on their part`, the only inquiry was carried out by the old Scottish Schools Inspectorate."

"Last year, details of the case were passed to the Scottish Government's historic child abuse inquiry and Mr Harrison made another official statement to police in Lerwick."

"He has also been pursuing a complaint with the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), which concluded in December that officers could have done more to look into his allegations."

"Now, in a move which has delighted Mr Harrison and his supporters, the single force confirmed that detectives have opened a new investigation into claims of abuse at Queen Victoria School..."

Last night, a spokeswoman for the Army in Scotland said: "We will give police every assistance in this investigation that we possibly can."

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