OAP charged over abuse of children in police probe which led to death of Barnsley man

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A pensioner has been charged with sex offences against children in a probe into abuse at boarding schools which led to the death of a Barnsley man.

Police have been investigating alleged abuse at the former Kesgrave Hall boarding school, Suffolk and the defunct Beam College in Great Torrington, Devon, after concerns were raised about the behaviour of staff during the 1970s and 1980s.

A 69-year-old North Norfolk man was charged this week with a total of 16 sexual assaults.

Two other men who were questioned and bailed as part of the investigation have since died.

One died of natural causes while the other, Kenneth Wheatley, 62, of Cliffe Crescent, Dodworth, died after being struck by a train between Dodworth and Silkstone Common, last April.

He was quizzed on suspicion of indecently assaulting a boy in care.