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A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
Allegations of historic child abuse at an orphanage have been described as “absolute rubbish” by two former residents. One witness to the Scottish Child Abuse inquiry said he had been “extremely well treated” at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The man, now in his late 60s, said the nuns who ran…
Nuns at an orphanage used anti-Semitic threats while beating a boy of Jewish descent, an inquiry has heard. The witness, who was at Smyllum Park in Lanark during the 1940s and 1950s, said he is "haunted" by memories of his time at the facility. He told how he is still…
A Scottish health board is redeploying office staff and postponing non-urgent procedures amid soaring demand for accident-and-emergency (A&E) services across the country. NHS Lanarkshire said its three hospital sites at Hairmyres, Wishaw and Monklands had been "inundated" over the festive period and "exceptional measures" were necessary to ensure patient safety.…
A homeless man who stood guard by an open car to make sure a handbag and money was not stolen has been overwhelmed by a campaign that has now seen more than £8,000 raised for him. James McGeown noticed that John McMonagle had left the window down of his car…
Anti-rape apps create a "climate of fear" where responsibility for gathering evidence of a sexual assault is pushed on to victims, according to a new study. Researchers at Glasgow Caledonian University and Trent University, Canada, found personal smartphone technologies place the emphasis on women to take "routine" daily measures to…
A young boy at an orphanage in the 1960s did not die as a result of an attack by a nun, an inquiry has been told. The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry heard that Samuel Carr died of a brain haemorrhage at the age of six following an E.coli infection, which…
A young boy was beaten "black and blue", as though he had been in a boxing match, after catching two nuns in an embrace, an inquiry has heard. A man said he was six or seven when one of the nuns went "mental" and "ballistic" as she lashed out at…
A nun broke a young girl's arm as she reacted to discovering the child was being sexually abused by a priest, an inquiry has heard. A witness told how she had hoped she would be protected when the nun walked in on the assault in 1970, when she was eight,…
A former altar boy has waived his anonymity to tell a child abuse inquiry of beatings and sexual abuse at an orphanage. William Connelly broke down in tears as he told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of his experiences at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The 69-year-old, who stayed at the…
The First Minister of Scotland has given a prestigious lecture at the University of Strathclyde, on children’s services and the rights of children. Nicola Sturgeon delivered the 14th Kilbrandon Lecture at the University’s Barony Hall on Thursday 23 November. In her lecture, Ms Sturgeon outlined her vision for securing the…
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