Inquiry on abuse claims at care home


London - Police are investigating allegations that children with learning disabilities were sexually abused in a south London care home, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

The alleged abuse, including rape, is said to have happened at the Betts Way home, a unit run by Bromley Council. The home offered respite to families with children with learning disabilities until it was closed in the spring.

"We can confirm that officers from the child protection team are investigating allegations of sexual abuse that took place several years ago in a children's home in the borough of Bromley," a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

Hundreds of people may have been at risk of sexual abuse at the home over the last 12 years, the BBC reported on its website.