Morton to meet police

Samantha Morton arriving for the UK premiere of John Carter at the BFI Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 1, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Samantha Morton arriving for the UK premiere of John Carter at the BFI Southbank, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 1, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Actor Samantha Morton is to meet Nottinghamshire Police at the end of the month after claiming she had been abused as a child.

Last month, the 37-year-old former West Bridgford School pupil told the Guardian newspaper she was abused by two residential care workers at the Red Tiles home, in Bulwell, when she was 11 years old.

A spokesman for the force said: “We have agreed a date and time towards the end of this month to meet with the individual concerned to discuss the matter.”

Red Tiles, which has since closed, is among 13 care homes and secure units where former residents have made compensation claims.

Ms Morton later moved to another home, Wollaton House, where she said she was physically abused.

She said that although she reported the abuse to authorities, the incidents were never investigated, and the force says it has no record of sexual abuse.

The actor spent much of her childhood in care homes run at the time by Nottinghamshire County Council. She said that news of the 1,400 children sexually exploited in Rotherham sparked her decision to come forward.

Speaking last month she said: “I just wanted to go public with this, to say, we know it’s rife but why are there not further investigations into other areas? It isn’t just Rotherham, I’m sure it’s not just Rotherham.

“There was no support, no offer of counselling, no wanting to delve deeper. Maybe they just assumed I had been abused already, or was being, anyway. A lot of people who abused my friends were people in very, very top jobs within the social services.”

Nottinghamshire Police is carrying out an investigation – Operation Daybreak – into claims of sexual and physical abuse from the late 1960s until 2000 at Beechwood, in Mapperley; Sycamore House, in Sherwood; Bracken House, in Bulwell; Wollaton House, in Wollaton; and Hazelwood, in Nottingham.