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Midlands School: Police Launch Sex Abuse Inquiry
A high level police inquiry has been launched into historical claims of widespread sexual abuse at a school for problem youngsters in the Midlands in the 1960s and 70s.
The West Mercia Police major investigation unit said the inquiry is "gathering pace" after it was tasked by the Crown Prosecution Service with looking into claims of abuse at the school, which can't be named for legal reasons.
The force has reassured alleged victims that they will be listened to but warns it is a complex inquiry.
More than 150 witnesses and potential witnesses have already spoken to police during previous investigations into the school, but the West Mercia force said more people are coming forward to say they were abused.
In an email to one alleged victim, Det Chief Inspector Alison Davies said: "At this time the investigation is gathering pace, it is acknowledged that there is a large volume of information that needs to be understood in order that all aspects of this case are considered.
"This may appear that progress is slow however this inquiry is complex. It is imperative that all matters are appropriately addressed, the time is right for victims to be heard."
DCI Davies said the investigation is looking at "what information/evidence ... the increasing number of victims/witnesses may add to the previous investigations."
West Mercia Police confirmed the inquiry involves both its major investigations unit and the protecting vulnerable people team which Superintendent Steve Cullen was appointed to lead earlier this week.
A force spokesman told Sky News: "We can confirm we have received new information about this matter. This information will form part of a wider review that is ongoing."