Issues - Domestic Violence - Abusive refuges
The deaths of a baby and six children
in the 1970s are being investigated by police.
Detectives in Lancashire and Scotland are carrying out a joint
inquiry into the deaths, which all happened in women's refuges.
On Friday, detectives appealed for information about the death
of 10-month-old Albert Rogerson in December 1973.
His body was found at the Parkinson House refuge, at West
It is believed Albert had been staying at the hostel prior
to his death.
Detective Superintendent Paul Buschini said there were six
women staying at the hostel at the time of Albert's death,
five of whom detectives are trying to trace.
"It is important that these people are traced as they
may hold vital information, which could help this investigation,"
"We appreciate the need for confidentiality of the hostel
residents and will continue to respect the wishes of the individuals
Records from the hostel - which was run by Preston Moral Welfare
Council - show the women's names were Christine, Patricia,
Delia, Norma and Gabby.
However, no surnames were recorded and the names could have
"The investigation is being conducted in conjunction
with the Lothian and Borders Police, who are investigating
the circumstances surrounding the deaths of a further six
children in their police area prior to 1973," said Mr
Anyone with information regarding Albert's death should contact
police in Preston or ring Crimestoppers.