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Fifth man arrested in connection with Life Wirral school investigation

Fifth man arrested in connection with Life Wirral school investigation

A fifth man has been arrested on allegations of child abuse at an independent school.

Merseyside Police confirmed on Tuesday, July 9, that a 21-year-old man from Neston had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse. He has been remanded in custody for questioning and is currently on conditional bail.




Last week, detectives investigating allegations of child abuse at Life Wirral school arrested four men. On July 4, Merseyside Police said a 50-year-old man from Birkenhead had been arrested on suspicion of child abuse. He was remanded in custody for questioning but released on conditional bail.

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On July 3, Merseyside Police also announced that a 43-year-old man from Meols, a 21-year-old man from Wallasey and a 26-year-old man from Irby had been arrested. They were also held for questioning and later released on conditional bail.

Life Wirral, an independent SEND school based in Victoria Road, Wallasey, made national headlines last month after an undercover investigation by BBC Panorama, titled Cruelty in the Classroom, saw an undercover reporter sent to the school posing as a student on a placement.

The independent school was regulated by the Department of Education and Ofsted, but also received more than £2.2m from Wirral Council. Ofsted rated the school as “good” and found no issues during an emergency inspection carried out after concerns were raised about the school.