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Two charged in schools abuse probe

Police investigating claims of historic sexual abuse at two top independent schools have charged two more people.

A total of five people have now been charged by officers from Operation Winthorpe, Scotland Yard's investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse at St Paul's School in Barnes, south-west London - whose former pupils include Chancellor George Osborne - and its prep school Colet Court.

Michael Ellis, 69 and Carol Chandler, 53, are the latest to be charged.

Ellis, of Bolton Road, Chiswick, west London, is accused of one count of indecent assault on a 14-year-old boy in 1973, one count of indecent assault on a 16-year-old boy in 1992 and four counts of making indecent images on or before July 8 last year.

Chandler, of Ercall Lane, Wellington, Shropshire, has been charged with three counts of indecent assault and two counts of gross indecency on a male under the age of 16 between 1983 and 1985.

They were both bailed to appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 8.

One man remains on bail pending further inquiries.


From Belfast Telegraph