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Operations Daybreak and Xeres

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Operations Daybreak and Xeres are two investigations being run by the Force into historic child abuse in the county.

Operation Daybreak

Operation Daybreak is a historic child abuse investigation being conducted by Nottinghamshire Police, with assistance from partner agencies, into allegations of abuse which relate to the former Beechwood Community House in Nottingham.

The first allegation of abuse made by a former resident of the home was brought to the attention of Nottinghamshire Police in August 2010.

More people subsequently came forward to allege that they were also victims of abuse either while resident at Beechwood Community House or had been abused elsewhere in the care system in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire by individuals who had worked at the home and by others.

Allegations include claims of physical, emotional and serious sexual abuse.

The building is no longer in use.

As the common link to these allegations was Beechwood Community House, the decision was taken in 2011 to co-ordinate all investigations of abuse under one operational structure - Operation Daybreak - with a dedicated team of officers and staff.

Although other care homes have been named in allegations and in publicity surrounding Operation Daybreak, these have tended to be isolated incidents but are still linked to Beechwood.

By the start of May 2015, more than 130 people had made allegations which are being investigated by the Operation Daybreak team.

A total of 12 people - not all of whom worked at or had any connection with the home - have been arrested in connection with the allegations and two people have been charged with serious sexual offences.

Operation Xeres

In April 2015, Nottinghamshire Police launched a second investigation into allegations of historic child abuse at a number of different care facilities in the county.

The allegations date from the 1940s to the 1990s and most relate to former care homes, schools and a youth detention centre. None of these properties are in use in the care system today.

Those properties are:

  • Skegby Hall
  • YOI Whatton
  • Repton Lodge, Worksop
  • Laybrook, Mansfield
  • Berry Hill Open Air School, Mansfield
  • The Ridge, Mansfield
  • Amberdale, Stapleford
  • Ashley House, Worksop
  • South Collingham Hall
  • Caudwell House, Southwell

Once again, the allegations range from low-level physical abuse to serious sexual abuse and the decision was taken to co-ordinate the investigations under a single operational banner – Operation Xeres (pronounced Zeres).

By the start of May 2015, more than 50 separate allegations had been made and were under investigation by a dedicated team of officers and staff.

Operation Xeres is distinct from Operation Daybreak because the allegations being investigated are not linked to Beechwood Community House.

Help and support for victims

If you believe you have any information which is relevant to either of these operations or you are the survivor of child sexual abuse and you have not yet spoken to the police, please call us on 101.

Your GP can arrange for counselling and support to help you deal with the day to day effects of child sexual abuse.

There are also a number of support organisations in Nottinghamshire who can arrange counselling and advice for those survivors who feel they would benefit.  These organisations can be contacted directly.

101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.

National advice line for the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. Call 0808 801 033.

S.H.E. provides a variety of self-help based support for adult female survivors of childhood sexual abuse over the age of 16 and information.

A range of individual support for men including phone, online and face-to-face counselling.

National advice line providing information, support, counselling for men who have been sexually abused. Available 7pm to 10pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays on 020 3598 3898.

Individual counselling and support for female survivors of sexual abuse.