Leeds & West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire children's home abuse inquiry: four charged

Police investigating historical sex offences at children's homes in West Yorkshire have charged four people.

The offences allegedly happened at the former Thorp Arch Grange Children's Home in Wetherby and at the former Shadwell children's home in Leeds.

Three men and a woman will appear before magistrates in Leeds later either this month or in December.

They were all held as part of Operation Polymer, an inquiry into children's home abuse from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Melvin Hamilton Blake, 69 and from Menston, Ilkley, is charged with 11 counts of indecent assault, two other sexual offences, 17 counts related to the possession of prohibited images of children, and possession of extreme pornographic images.

Len Anthony Lake, 61 and from Ireland Wood, Leeds, is accused of two counts of indecent assault, while Marion Beresford, 60 and from Glasgow, has been charged with seven indecent assaults.

The charges relate to the former Shadwell children's home in the 1980s and 1990s.

All three are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 13 November.

Roy Lovatt, 70, from Redcar, North Yorkshire, faces five counts of indecent assault and seven counts of another sex offence relating to the Wetherby home in the 1970s and 1980s.

He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 9 December.