More arrests in St Williams’ case

POLICE have swooped to arrest six men after new alleged abuse victims from St Williams’ Home for Boys came forward.

Detectives arrested the six, who are all in their 60s and 70s, as part of Operation Reno, in connection with serious sexual assaults which allegedly took place at the Market Weighton school for troubled boys.

The home, which closed in 1992, has already gained notoriety after former principal James Carragher was jailed for sexually abusing boys systematically over three decades.

He was jailed in 1993 for seven years, then for 14 years in 2004 after more victims came to light.

It is the third time Humberside Police have launched an investigation into the home, and it is thought further men will be arrested in the coming weeks and it could take months before the work is complete.

The Catholic home was open for three decades taking in young boys who had committed crimes or were unable to settle.

A civil case continues today after the High Court said the Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough was responsible for the home, a ruling disputed by the their lawyers who say the De La Salle Order, who they say ran the home day to day, should take the responsibility.

More than 150 victims are seeking compensation for the alleged abuse they suffered.