Ex-Feversham School staff charged in child abuse inquiry

Three men have been charged with sex offences following an investigation into alleged abuse at a Newcastle School during the 1970s and 80s.

Northumbria Police said the charges relate to Feversham School and other locations across the UK.

Former staff Brian Tansey, 67, of Retford, Nottinghamshire, Kevin Brown, 56, of no fixed address and John Leslie Duncan, 59, of Gateshead are on bail.

They are charged with serious sexual offences and indecent assault.

Feversham School was a residential establishment for children with behavioural problems and is now closed.

Mr Tansey is charged with seven offences between September 1984 and April 1991, including serious sexual offences with a boy under 16 and indecent assault.

'Sensitive inquiry'

Mr Brown is charged with 17 offences between January 1978 and November 1990, including serious sexual offences with a boy under 16 and indecent assault on a boy under 14.

Mr Duncan is charged with 17 offences between March 1982 and July 1989, including serious sexual offences with a boy under 16, indecent assault and gross indecency.

Det Supt Steve Wade said: "This is a sensitive and complex inquiry which has led to three men being charged with a large number of offences."

Mr Tansey is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 13 February 2013.

Mr Brown and Mr Duncan will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on 23 November.

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