Hampshire Police chief constable Andy Marsh said there was no need for an inquiry into the claims of sex abuse at Stanbridge Earls School

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police Chief Constable Andy Marsh Hampshire Police Chief Constable Andy Marsh

HAMPSHIRE'S top police officer has rejected calls for a public inquiry into a school hit by sex abuse claims.

Chief constable of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Andy Marsh, who was cleared of any wrongdoing surrounding police inquiries into Stanbridge Earls, said there was no need for such an inquiry as it was clear what lessons needed to be learnt.

He was speaking at a public meeting with Hampshire's Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Hayes, during which he was questioned on confidence in the force.

Daily Echo: Stanbridge Earls School

Stanbridge Earls School near Romsey was subject to allegations of sex abuse

Several questions were fired at him regarding the allegations surrounding the school, near Romsey that was closed last year, and was asked if such an inquiry was needed to ensure lessons are learnt.

Mr Marsh said: “I have to say my understanding of it is that the lessons are laid bare.”

As previously reported by the Daily Echo, Mr Marsh was under investigation by Essex Police on behalf of Mr Hayes, amid breach of confidentiality and contempt of court claims.

But last month the senior investigating officer notified Mr Hayes that there were no grounds to justify the serving of misconduct notices upon the chief constable.

And this week Mr Marsh received a letter from Essex police, confirming they found no evidence of wrong doing and stated that he had “conducted himself entirely properly”.

Mr Marsh said he welcomed the outcome of the investigation, and thanked everybody for their support over the recent months.

He added: “Effective policing requires high public confidence across our communities. This trust helps police to protect vulnerable people and to create a hostile environment for the most serious criminals.”

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10:39am Wed 11 Jun 14

Tallship says...

As an ex-pupil of Stanbridge Earls I am deeply saddened at what has happened to what I and many of my school chums refer to as a brilliant school.

Unlike the Chief Constable I think there must be a Public Enquiry. Why I say this is for a number of reasons: The school were ordered to pay the parents of the alledged victim a huge amount of money by the Special Education Needs Tribunal, the police sent time investigating and nobody was charged and a number of MPs got invoved and finally as a result of all the bad press both local and national the school was forced to close.
As an ex-pupil of Stanbridge Earls I am deeply saddened at what has happened to what I and many of my school chums refer to as a brilliant school. Unlike the Chief Constable I think there must be a Public Enquiry. Why I say this is for a number of reasons: The school were ordered to pay the parents of the alledged victim a huge amount of money by the Special Education Needs Tribunal, the police sent time investigating and nobody was charged and a number of MPs got invoved and finally as a result of all the bad press both local and national the school was forced to close. Tallship
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