WESSINGTON COURT, HEREFORD
Wessington Court first opened its doors in 1966 and closed in 1983. It took 30 boys at a time and provided residential care as well as schooling on-site. It was fed by local governments around the country, which provided boys with a variety of pre-care issues, the majority of which were educational/behavioral in nature. In terms of overzealous and overly harsh punishment, the abuse was not only sexual but also physical. Corruption was alleged to be widespread because the headmaster was one of the principal abusers.
The abuse occurred between 1970 and 1985. Dennis Eagles, Patrick Duggan, and Michael Ryan were the convicted abusers. West Mercia Police, based in Hereford, was in charge of the operation.
My previous firm organised a Group Action against the school. It closed on 4 p.m. on December 5, 2003. The Group collapsed due to the school's lack of insurance coverage, the business in charge of the school having gone into liquidation with no assets many years previously. Attempts were made to pursue the local authorities and one of the abusers. Fresh cases are always taken into account.
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