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LANCASHIRE POLICE LAUNCH MAJOR HOMES CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY

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Police have begun a major investigation into allegations of institutionalised child abuse at Lancashire CC children...
Police have begun a major investigation into allegations of institutionalised child abuse at Lancashire CC children's homes. The allegations relate to past events, but some are against people still working.

The inquiry, codenamed Operation Nevada, is looking at private and council-run children's homes, residential schools and other care establishments across the county. It was triggered by other police investigations into child abuse and will be carried out by detectives and social services inspectors.

Detective inspector Steve Marston, who is leading the operation, said: 'The inquiry will centre on those alleged offenders still working with children or operating in the care environment.

This is likely to be a large-scale inquiry and could involve a number of establishments across the county, some of which have been closed.'

Lancashire CC said: 'The allegations are believed in the main to be historic. Rigorous screening procedures are in place so that anyone applying for a post working with children within the county is thoroughly vetted.'
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