CLAIMS of historical abuse at three boys' boarding schools, including one in Wiltshire, are being investigated by police.

The allegations centre on Clouds House in East Knoyle, as well as Dowdeswell Court and Badgeworth Court schools in Gloucestershire, all of which are privately run.

Former pupils at the schools have alleged they were abused in the 1970s and 80s by staff, leading to the investigation by police.

Wiltshire Police's Detective Chief Inspector Tim Corner, said: “Wiltshire Police are proactively reviewing our records, in conjunction with Gloucestershire Constabulary, further to contact made by a member of public in April.

“It is the aim of the review to build on the initial information that we have received, review our own records, and establish if any criminal offences have potentially been committed such that offenders are brought to justice.

“Wiltshire Police want to reassure the community that we take all allegations of physical and sexual abuse very seriously and if a member of public wishes to make a complaint, we will fully investigate the matter.

“We have dedicated officers who are trained to support victims throughout any process and we encourage anyone who has been the victim of physical or sexual abuse to come forward and report it to us.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our societies and we treat every case of reported physical or sexual abuse extremely seriously.”