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Wisteria Lodge: Seven men deny child cruelty

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Seven men have denied charges of child cruelty and indecent assault at a Coventry children’s home.The men, who all worked at Wisteria Lodge, faced 29 charges at Coventry Magistrates Court, relating to 15 children between 1981 and and 1997.The home, which was in Earlsdon Avenue South, was demolished in 2009.All seven defendants were granted unconditional bail and will appear at Warwick Crown Court on 23 November.Midlands Live: Failed student guilty of aiding knife terror plot; Poundland remodels chocolate bar based on Midlands hillFive of the men denied child cruelty charges on Thursday:Philip Barnett, 64, from Hartington Crescent, Coventry, denied three counts of child cruelty
Russell Garner, 58, from Orchard Street, Bedworth, denied two counts of child cruelty
Pat Duigan, 59, from The Ridings, Canley, denied four counts of child cruelty
David Saunders, 64, from Sibton Close, Bell Green, has denied one count of child cruelty
David Fox, 74, of Abbey Road, Swineshead, Boston, Lincolnshire, denied one count of child cruelty
Ivan McChleery, 76, from Greens Road in Coventry pleaded not guilty to child cruelty charges as well as two counts of indecent assault.Peter Moore, 72, from Winston Avenue, Coventry, denied three counts of aiding and abetting an indecent assault on a child.An eighth man, Alan Todd, 72, previously from Coventry, appeared before magistrates earlier charged with seven offences of child cruelty, one rape of a child and three indecent assaults and did not enter a plea. He is also due to appear at Warwick Crown Court in November.
Source: BBC Lincs