Operation Marmion leads to arrest of Hampshire man after historical Child Sexual Exploitation investigations undertaken

For those living on the South coast, you may have come across the recent coverage of “Operation Marmion”, a process launched at the request of crime commissioner, Simon Hayes, alongside Hampshire Police.

A series of investigations have been conducted over several months as part of Hampshire Constabulary’s ongoing review of non-recent Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) cases. There is currently a national police action plan on CSE, but Simon Hayes requested to review cases locally between 1997 and 2013. This review was named Operation Marmion.

Marmion re-examined evidence from various child protection specialists from four councils in the force area, including Hampshire, Southampton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

So far the investigation has led to a series of arrests, including the latest case of a 74-year-old man who was charged on 5th December with historical sex crimes against nine boys at the Salerno Children’s Home in Southampton during the 1970s and 1980s.

Operation Marmion has led officers to work on thirty nine cases of child exploitation and thirteen outstanding missing persons cases. Twenty four are ongoing cases which have resulted in at least twenty suspects that have been identified.

If you or a loved one may be affected by any of the Marmion enquiries, or specifically by the Salerno Children’s Home case, Verisona Law is well-equipped with knowledgeable experts who can handle all cases sensitively and confidentially. Charles Derham is Head of the Abuse team at Verisona Law and you can contact him directly with any enquiries.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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