Man charged with child cruelty and six offences of assault

By The iomtoday newsdesk in Local People

A man from Douglas has been charged with child cruelty.

He is among six men who have appeared in court charged with assaults at a former boarding school for boys.

The alleged historical offences are said to have taken place at Underley Hall School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Derrick William Cooper, aghed 76, of Hillberry Green, was charged with six offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two offences of child cruelty.

A spokeswoman for South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court said all six men were given unconditional bail and would appear at Carlisle Crown Court on March 20.

Cumbria Police said the charges were part of its Operation Tweed investigation - launched in July 2014 - into reports of non-recent abuse in residential schools in the south of the county.

Underley Hall was an independent residential school for boys with behavioural difficulties which opened in 1976 and closed in 2012.