Abuse allegations at Bulwell children’s home being investigated by police

ALLEGATIONS of abuse at five children’s homes - including the former Bracken House in Bulwell --are being investigated by police.

The claims of physical or sexual abuse against more than 50 alleged victims date from 1973 to 2000.

The investigation, entitled Operation Daybreak, is being led by Det Insp Yvonne Dales.

She said: “This is a thorough but sensitive and complicated investigation and some of the allegations date back many years.”

Bracken House, at the junction of Commercial Road and Thames Street, was a Nottinghamshire County Council home.

The establishment closed in 1993 after long-standing complaints by neighbouring residents about unruly behaviour by young people who were housed there.

The home has now been replaced by a block of flats.

The other homes being investigated are Beechwood in Mapperley, Ranskill Gardens on Bestwood Park Estate, Wood Nook on Beechdale Estate and Risley Hall in Derbyshire.

A joint statement by the county council and Nottingham City Council reads: “We are aware of a number of historic allegations relating to residential establishments and, where idntified, appropriate action has been taken.

“A full and robust investigation is being undertaken, led by the police and involving relevant agencies.”