Historic abuse claims at school attended by Nicky Campbell investigated

The BBC presenter claimed he was the victim of abuse at Edinburgh Academy during the 1970s.

Police investigate historic sexual and violent abuse claims at Edinburgh Academy attended by Nicky Campbell LDRS

A police investigation is being carried out into allegations of historic sexual and violent abuse at a private school in Edinburgh.

Police Scotland confirmed that a “live and ongoing investigation” was being carried out into abuse claims at Edinburgh Academy and “a dedicated team” were carrying out enquiries.

BBC presenter Nicky Campbell has claimed he was the victim of abuse at the school during the 1970s.

The broadcaster, 61, said witnessing incidents of both sexual and physical abuse at the Edinburgh Academy had had a “profound effect on my life”.

In a statement earlier this year, Edinburgh Academy said it “deeply regrets” the alleged incidents and “wholeheartedly” apologised to those involved.

“We have worked closely with the relevant authorities including Police Scotland with their inquiries and would like to provide reassurance that things have dramatically changed since the 1970s,” the statement read.

“The Academy has robust measures in place to safeguard children at the school with child protection training now core to the ethos of the Academy.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “This is a live and ongoing investigation in which we have a dedicated team carrying out enquiries.

“While the investigation of child abuse, particularly non-recent offences, can be complex and challenging, anyone who reports this type of crime can be assured that we will listen and we will investigate all reports, no matter when those offences occurred or who committed them.

“If you have suffered abuse, or you know anyone who may have been the victim of child abuse then please call Police Scotland on 101.”

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