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Man charged with sexual offences
Sunday 30th March, 2014

A man has been charged as part of an investigation into child sexual abuse at a primary school in Wigan.

Nigel Williams (born 01/03/1964), of Bradshaw Street, Orrell has been charged with 18 sexual offences against children.

The boys were aged between nine and thirteen at the time of the offences.

He is due to appear at Wigan Magistrates Court on Tuesday 8th April.

In November 2013 Greater Manchester Police were contacted by a man, who reported that he had suffered sexual abuse while a pupil at Pemberton Primary School between 2001 and 2004.

As a result of police enquiries two further men reported being sexually assaulted while at Wigan swimming baths during the same period. Pemberton Primary School was demolished during 2006.

Detective Constable Suzanne Rigby, from Greater Manchester Police (INPT), said: "I want to reassure local residents, and more importantly parents of children formerly of Pemberton Primary School.

"While we do not believe there is any reason for pupils or their families to be unduly concerned, this is extremely serious and upsetting for the victims in this case, who we are continuing to provide specialist support to.

“The allegations are very serious and we are conducting a full and thorough investigation and I would urge anyone who may have any information about incidents at the school or elsewhere to come forward and speak to us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.

- If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.

- You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.

- St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.

- Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.

- Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact 07919246267.

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