Nelson woman accused of poisoning schoolgirl


A former Nelson woman who now runs an online educational system to assist children with learning problems has been accused of poisoning a schoolgirl who is now in her teens.

Mary Kidson (55) is due to appear before Hereford magistrates on January 29th, and is currently on bail. She is charged with “three counts of administering poison to a female juvenile with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm”.

The alleged victim has not been identified.

Miss Kidson attended Nelson Grammar School after being born in Lancashire. But she now lives in Ledbury in Herefordshire. She studied environmental science at Aberystwyth University. And she opened her tutoring company in 2008.

West Mercia Police she cover the area have said: “The allegations relate to a child who is now aged in her teens and are alleged to have taken place between December 2010 and March 2013.”

Miss Kidson was first arrested in March last year. The alleged offences took place in Ledbury, and a long-running police investigation has been taking place. They have been working with Children’s Services and the health authority in Ledbury.