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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 January, 2004, 18:35 GMT
Special school staff cruelty charges
Banham Marshalls College
The school was for children with learning and behavioural problems
Five men, including four teachers, who worked at a private special school in Norfolk, have been charged with offences against children over 26 years.

The men worked at Banham Marshalls College, a school for pupils with special needs.

Two of the five have been charged with indecently assaulting children.

They are former principal and owner of the school George Robson, 62, from Bridgham, Norfolk, and Robert Wilson, 53, from Ipswich, Suffolk.

Mr Robson has been charged with 23 offences including conspiring to ill-treat children, cruelty to children and indecent assault.

Mr Wilson has been charged with nine offences of conspiring to ill-treat children, cruelty to children and indecent assault.

Care assistant

Derek Holesworth, 47, from Banham, has been charged with five offences including conspiring to ill-treat children and cruelty.

Anthony Robson, 59, from Banham, has been charged with 12 offences of conspiring to ill-treat children and cruelty.

The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1976 and 2002.

They have all been bailed to appear at Thetford Magistrates' Court on 22 January.

The fifth man, a former care assistant David Clarke, 52, also from Banham, has been charged with eight offences of cruelty to children.

He has been bailed to appear at Thetford Magistrates' Court on Monday 26 January.

Banham Marshalls College, near Diss, catered for 113 children from six to 16 with a range of special educational needs.





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