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 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.'