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Investigation continues into Highland abbey school abuse claims

By SPP Reporter

Investigation into abuse claims is continuing
Investigation into abuse claims is continuing

Police Scotland are continuing their investigations in relation to allegations of historic physical and sexual abuse carried out at Fort Augustus Abbey and Carlekemp School.

The investigation under the direction of Crown Office began in March 2013 following a report from a previous pupil.

A police spokesperson said: "The investigation has so far identified more than 20 possible victims and extends to liaison with a number of law enforcement agencies across and outwith the UK.

"Specialist officers from Police Scotland will carry out a thorough investigation and thereafter will report their findings to the specialist prosecutors of the Crown Office National Sexual Crimes Unit which leads the prosecution of the most serious sexual offences.

"If anyone has any information about this case, they are encouraged to come forward and report this to Police using 101 or emailing:


"Wherever criminal offences are committed victims can have confidence that all enquiries will be dealt with very sensitively by trained officers, be vigorously investigated and those who commit offences can expect to be brought to justice."

Police Scotland have established a number of support mechanisms including a helpline run by Children 1st.

Their call takers, who are trained to provide advice and guidance, can refer callers or forward any relevant information to the Police, or to the appropriate agency to provide further support locally.

The helpline number is 0800 345 7457

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