School issues statement after two Great Denham men are arrested

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Two men, both from Great Denham, arrested on suspicion of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, have been bailed with conditions while the police investigation continues.

The 39-year-old man and a 60-year-old had been remanded in police custody for questioning.

One of the men is believed to be a teacher at Wootton Upper School.

In response, Michael Gleeson, Executive Principal of the Wootton Academy Trust has issued the following statement:

“This morning, Wootton Academy Trust was made aware of an allegation on social media. The allegation is of a safeguarding nature concerning a member of staff. Some parents, governors and members of staff have contacted me during the day to ensure I am aware of the allegation.

“The purpose of this statement is to ensure you know:

  • we are aware of the allegation;
  • we take safeguarding very seriously;
  • we are working with Bedfordshire Police and the Local Authority
  • we will update as further information is known

“In the meantime, I would ask that parents/carers and others allow the Trust, Local Authority and the police to deal with the allegation and to not get involved in the process.

“If you have any information in respect of this allegation I will provide a dedicated mobile telephone number for you to make comments on in the next forty-eight hours.’

“While a video has been shared on social media of the men being confronted as part of a ‘sting’ operation, Bedfordshire Police have commented, “Our advice is to never take the law into your own hands.

“There are strict laws to ensure a fair legal system and anyone who is not used to working within those laws could put cases in jeopardy and run the risk of genuine offenders not being brought to justice.

“We would urge anyone who has any information about a crime to pass it onto police who will take the appropriate action.”