Four men to appear in court on Oakwood School abuse allegations

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Four men are to appear in court on child cruelty and assault allegations in relation to historic abuse at Oakwood School in Stowmarket.

Following the recent charge of Eric De Smith, of Stowmarket, a 58-year-old man from Southampton, a 69-year-old man from Gislingham, a 59-year-old man from Northampton and a 65-year-old man from Lancaster have been reported for summons for court.

A police spokeswoman said; “They are due to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court where they will be dealt with for offences of child cruelty and assault.”

The investigation relates to alleged offences carried out between 1975 and 1999 at Oakwood School.

Officers have spoken with more than 100 people since the investigation began in 2011.