A MAN charged with historic sex offences at a Hampshire children’s home is due to go on trial today.

William John Gillham, 64, of Rue des Fours Ecoine, Deux-Sèvres, France, faces 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s.

The charges relate to the former Palmerston House children’s home at Botley Road, Romsey.

Hampshire police have said that the investigation did not involve alleged offences at any other children’s homes or institutions.

Gillham will appear at Southampton Crown Court for a trial by jury.

It follows inquiries conducted by detectives from Operation Marmion, Hampshire Constabulary’s review of non-recent Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and abuse cases.

The review includes a re-examination of available evidence, and the offer of additional support alongside partner agencies to those affected by CSE and abuse.

The work of Operation Marmion also involves child protection specialists from local authorities.

Previous victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse or anyone with information can contact Operation Marmion by phoning 101.