CPS East of England advises charges over Essex nursery case

31/03/2014

CPS East of England has advised Essex Police that two women should faces charges following allegations of ill treatment of children in an Essex nursery.

Senior District Crown Prosecutor Punam Malham from CPS East of England said: "I have today (31 March 2014) authorised Essex Police to charge nursery manager Emma Panting with four offences and nursery worker Rosie Dunn with one offence following complaints about the treatment of children at Abacus Day Nursery in Billericay, Essex.

Emma Panting faces two charges of common assault, one charge of racially aggravated harassment and one charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a young person.

"Rosie Dunn faces a charge with racially aggravated harassment. All the allegations are said to have occurred on dates between 1 September 2013 and 28 February 2014.

"The decision was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to prosecute.

"They will appear at Basildon Magistrates Court on 10 April 2014.

"Criminal proceedings are active and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."