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Sexual abuse inquiry at former Glasgow children's home

Officers want to speak to former residents and staff at Park Lodge Children's Home.

Abuse: Police carrying out enquiries (file pic).
Abuse: Police carrying out enquiries (file pic). © SWNS Group

Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at a former Glasgow children's home.

Officers want to speak to people who lived and worked at Park Lodge between 1979 and 1985.

Their investigation is being carried out independently from the national inquiry into child abuse in Scotland.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We would like to speak to anyone who was either employed or was a resident within the Park Lodge Children's Care Home between 1979 and 1985.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact detective constable Stuart Esplin of the Greater Glasgow Public Protection Unit at London Road Police Office."

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is examining care homes and boarding schools, as well as organisations run by the church and NHS.

Enquiries are being made into 69 institutions in Scotland, but Park Lodge is not on that list.

The 20-bed home was run by Strathclyde Regional Council until the local government reorganisation in 1996, when responsibility passed to the new city council. It was later closed and has since been renovated into a private residence.

A spokeswoman for the local authority said: "It would be inappropriate to comment on an on-going inquiry. However, we will offer police any assistance we can should they wish to get in touch."

The Scottish child abuse inquiry has been hit by a series of high-profile resignations.

Glenn Houston, who was the last original member of the board, stepped down in February.

His departure followed the resignation of the inquiry's original chairwoman, Lady Susan O'Brien, and panel member Michael Lamb.

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