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Developments in Bright Eyes investigation
9:42am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
THERE have been significant developments in the police investigation of sexual abuse of young children at a nursery in Worcestershire, as well as other suspected criminality, including one man being charged with a drug offence.
In May, a mother contacted police after her child disclosed they had been assaulted by someone while at one of the three branches of Bright Eyes Nurseries, which are in Bromsgrove, Redditch and Droitwich. West Mercia Police later received a second complaint about a further sexual offence against a second child.
An investigation was launched and six men were arrested; three of them have since been released without charge.
Of the three men who remained on bail, two have now been released without charge in relation to the child abuse offences. However, one of these men remains on police bail whilst detectives investigate offences against a former member of staff, including harassment and sexual assault.
Also, on Wednesday, September 18, Ryan Lowe, aged 37, of Bodium Close, Worcester, was charged with the production of cannabis after a small cultivation set up was uncovered at his home address. He was released on bail until he is due to appear at Worcester Magistrates’ Court on October 4.
Mr Lowe is not a suspect in either of the sexual assault reports and his charges are not connected to six small cannabis plants found by officers in a small private dwelling in the grounds of the Droitwich branch. His role at Bright Eyes was as a minibus driver, transporting children between the nursery sites, as well as undertaking various maintenance tasks and occasionally supervising children.
These developments mean one man now remains on police bail as a suspect for the two complaints of sexual offences against children as well in connection with the cannabis found at the Droitwich branch.
Detective Inspector James Hopkins, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our investigation is now four months old and we continue to see significant developments resulting from it.
“As well as the first charges for unrelated offences, we are now at point where we can confidently say we believe the sexual offences against children were carried out by someone directly linked to Bright Eyes nurseries and no one else is being sought at this time.
“We are liaising with the Crown Prosecution Service about the evidence we have gathered and I hope we will have a decision on charges in the near future.
“I can also confirm the directors of Bright Eyes have withdrawn their registration with Ofsted and will no longer provide any early years provision for children.”
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