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POLICE INVESTIGATE SOMERSET CARE HOME ABUSE CLAIMS

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Police have launched an investigation into what could turn out to be one of the country's biggest child abuse scand...
Police have launched an investigation into what could turn out to be one of the country's biggest child abuse scandals, involving as many as 20,000 children in council care.

The Guardian (p9) reports that Avon and Somerset Police have set up incident rooms in Bristol and Taunton to investigate allegations of institutional abuse during the 1960s, 70s and 80s at residential homes.

The investigation has so far focused on three homes - two in Bristol and one near Taunton. The inquiry was launched after several former residents came forward following the recent north Wales care homes scandal.

Several arrests have already been made but senior detectives are said to be overwhelmed by the scale of abuse they have uncovered.

A force spokesman confirmed that a 50-year-old man arrested in connection with the Taunton inquiry had been released on police bail. A 55-year-old man who worked in the Taunton home was bailed pending further inquiries.

A Somerset CC social services spokesman said: 'We are co-operating fully with the police and will do all we can to assist them in their inquiries.'

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