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Man (70) charged with abusing boys at school

BY PAUL KEAVENY

A 70-year-old man has been charged in connection with historic sexual abuse at a private school.

Detectives are investigating sexual abuse at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, which is said to have occurred in the 1970s.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, from Crookham Common, Thatcham, in Berkshire, has been charged with 19 counts of indecent assault against boys under 14, which relate to four victims between 1973 and 1975, Cheshire Police said in a statement.

The alleged victims were aged between nine and 12 years old at the time.

A police spokesman said Cavendish-Coulson is due to appear at South Cheshire Magistrates Court on September 10.

Last night the spokesman added: "Cheshire Police take all allegations of sexual abuse seriously and would encourage anyone who has been a victim to contact police.

"Specialist trained officers are available to provide support throughout the investigation."

Terra Nova's website says the school is a "co-educational independent school" for children aged three to 13 and based close to Alderley Edge.

It says its 36-acre location is "rural, but our technology connects children to the world whilst they benefit from a peaceful environment in which to thrive".

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