Owner worries for future of nurseries as inquiry ends without charges

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The owner of two York nurseries at the centre of a police investigation has admitted the future of the business has been compromised as the inquiry has hung over it like the “sword of Damocles”.

Lynn Dyrdal has criticised education authorities for refusing to reveal the nature of the charges following the launch of the probe at Heworth House and Little Joe’s day nurseries last August, which led to the arrest of six women.

She said: “We are upset and angry about the vagueness of the allegations. We are constantly being accused of hiding details. The truth is no one would tell us anything while the police were investigating.

“This ‘sword of Damocles’ has been hanging over our heads since August last year and it has totally compromised the future of the business.

“We will fight on to clear our name.”

It comes after four arrested nursery workers were released this week without further police action, bringing to an end criminal proceedings. The women had been on police bail while York Council, Ofsted and North Yorkshire Police conducted a joint probe after concerns were raised about the quality of care and the welfare of the children.

A statement released by police on Tuesday said a welfare requirement notice, which had been served by Ofsted last year, had now been met by the nurseries.

York Council has emphasised throughout that the allegations did not relate to sexual abuse.