Stonyhurst College nurse found dead after voyeurism arrest

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A NURSE at Hurst Green’s Stonyhurst College has been found dead at his home days after he was arrested on suspicion of voyeurism.

Neil Riley (54) was discovered on November 16th, five days after he was arrested by Lancashire Police.

Mr Riley, who had been bailed by police, worked as a nurse at Stonyhurst College.

Officers were investigating claims he had set up a hidden camera at the school.

A statement issued by the college said: “Concerns were raised two weeks ago by other staff about Mr Neil Riley, a member of the nursing staff at Stonyhurst.

“It was thought he may have set up a hidden camera in a staff bedroom for voyeuristic reasons.

“As soon as the concern was raised, Mr Riley was sent home and the police were asked to investigate. The college has also informed social services of this. Sadly Mr Riley was found dead at home by the police on Friday November 16th.

“We understand the police have still to conclude their investigation, and of course we are co-operating with them fully.

“Staff, parents and pupils have been made aware of this matter, and we have offered support to those who have been upset by it. We have also been in touch with the family of Mr Riley to offer our support.”

A spokeswoman for Lancashire Police confirmed a 54-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Great Harwood on Sunday November 11th on suspicion of voyeurism after concerns were raised by staff at Stonyhurst College.

“The man was a non-teaching member of staff who was employed as a nurse at the college.

“He was subsequently bailed pending an examination of the cameras seized and other computer equipment.

“On the evening of Friday, November 16th, officers sadly found the man deceased at his home address. There are no suspicious circumstances.

“There is still an ongoing police investigation and we will work closely with the college to identify any offences committed, any persons who may be victims, to ensure they are safeguarded and offered any support or counselling that may be required.”