Police continue investigating Ballet West sexual misconduct claims

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Police are still investigating a number of reports regarding allegations of sexual misconduct at Ballet West.

A dedicated email address for anyone wanting to report any information or concerns about the Taynuilt dance school has been set up by Police Scotland at OperationTele@scotland.pnn.police.uk

A police spokesperson said: ‘Police have received a number of reports regarding alleged activities at Ballet West, which are being thoroughly investigated.

‘Police Scotland is committed to bringing sexual offenders before the courts and treat all reports of sexual abuse with the utmost seriousness and sensitivity.’

Ballet West is being liquidated. Its business activities are being wound down after Eileen Blackburn, of accountancy firm French Duncan LLP in Edinburgh, was appointed provisional liquidator.

The trustees of charity registered Ballet West made the liquidation application at Oban Sheriff Court due to the decisions of some key customers and partner organisations, as the business was no longer financially viable.

Allegations made about activities at the school led to the suspension of its principal Gillian Barton and to the resignation of her son, Ballet West Scotland’s vice principal, Jonathan Barton. Mr Barton has denied any wrongdoing.