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Church pleased police investigation into Pluscarden Abbey ends, no charges

A Police Scotland statement said that ‘the case has been closed pending any further information’

A police investigation into allegations of historical abuse at Pluscarden Abbey (above) has closed with no charges being brought.

A spokesman for the Catholic Church said they were pleased that the matter was now at an end.

“We are happy that this matter has concluded with no charges brought,” he said. “The Church has fully co-operated with the investigation since its inception.”

In August last year it emerged that police were investigating the Benedictine abbey in Moray following allegations dating back to the 1960s and 1980s. A Police Scotland statement has now confirmed that the investigation has ended.

“The investigation regarding the report of non-recent sexual abuse at Pluscarden Abbey in Moray has concluded,” the statement said. “The case has been closed pending any further information.

“Child abuse is a complex, challenging area of policing and we owe it to all those affected, whether now or in the past, to thoroughly investigate each and every report we receive.

“If anyone is or has been the victim of child abuse then we encourage them to come forward in the knowledge that we will listen and we will investigate.”




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