A man has been found guilty of non-recent sexual offences against children, committed at a school in Worcestershire in the 1960s and 70s.
Maurice Lambell, 68, of Platt Fold Street in Leigh, Wigan, was found guilty by a jury at Worcester Crown Court earlier today Monday 24 July.
Lambell had been charged with 41 counts of sexual offences including indecent assault and buggery. Today (Monday 24 July), he was found guilty of 30 offences - those where the victims were under the age of 16.
His co-accused Keith Figes, 73, of Breach Close in Bourton, Dorset, previously pleaded guilty to 11 counts of specimen offences.* He had been charged with 51 counts of sexual offences, including indecent assault and buggery.
Both males have been placed on the Sex Offenders register and will be sentenced at a later date.
The abuse took place at Berrow Wood School in Pendock, on the Worcestershire/Gloucestershire border between 1966 and 1974 when both men worked at the school.
The school catered for boys who were considered to have behavioural or learning difficulties or had been excluded from mainstream education owing to disruptive behaviour.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Mark Walters, said: “I would like to thank the victims in this case for coming forward and reporting the horrific abuse they suffered.
“Investigations of this nature are complex however I hope today’s verdict highlights the extent we will go to and ensure justice is done, no matter how long the passage of time since the offences took place.
“It is clear that both men who have been convicted deliberately sought out young and vulnerable children who were living away from their families and abused them, when in fact they should have been protecting them.
“Today’s verdict will not take away the pain and suffering victims have suffered but hopefully provides some solace that they have been listened to and heard.
“I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of non-recent sex abuse to come forward and report this to us, we have specially trained officers who will work with you and ensure you have the necessary support.”
If you are worried about reporting yourself, you can ask a friend or family member to report on your behalf.
If you feel able to, you can visit your local police station and speak to an officer.
You may feel that in the first instance contacting a support organisation such as the West Mercia Rape Crisis Centre or the West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre rather than the police is preferable. These organisations are experts in helping victims. They will support and guide you on your next steps.
*a specimen charge can be made when an individual has been charged with numerous violations of the same offence.