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The Government would be acting unconstitutionally if it stepped in to pay compensation to abuse victims in Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley has insisted. The Secretary of State said an intervention on the emotive issue would undermine the terms of 1998 peace agreement. Mrs Bradley has faced criticism for not taking…
A former Irish president has revealed her youngest brother was "seriously, physically, sadistically" abused by a paedophile priest Fr Malachy Finnegan. Mary McAleese said her brother only revealed the abuse at the age of 49. She said the physical abuse happened throughout his seven years at St Colman's College in…
An independent reviewer of child sex abuse by Church of England clergy was not shown documents that may have shed light on previous offending, an inquiry heard. Roger Meekings, who carried out a 2009 past case review for the Diocese of Chichester, told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse…
Sexual abuse thrived in the Anglican Church due to clerical naivety about exploitation risks and an "excessive emphasis" on forgiving predators, an inquiry has heard. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse was told that young victims were often made to feel responsible for their experiences when they reported concerns…
A Catholic bishop in Northern Ireland has resigned following claims he celebrated Mass alongside a priest he knew was a paedophile. Dr John McAreavey was Bishop of Dromore. Diocesan secretary Fr Gerald Powell said he had resigned with "immediate effect". Fr Malachy Finnegan has been accused of sexual abuse by…
Former child migrants who were exposed to sexual violence and other threats during a "fundamentally flawed" overseas settlement policy should be offered financial compensation by the Government, a report has concluded. Britain's child migration programmes saw thousands, many in care or from poor backgrounds, sent to countries including Australia and…
Lord Janner's children have been denied core participant status in the inquiry into allegations of child abuse in Westminster. The late politician is alleged to have abused youngsters over a period spanning more than 30 years dating back to the 1950s - allegations strenuously denied by his family. A strand…
The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Scotland has risen in the last year, figures show. NSPCC Scotland found there were 4,762 offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17, up 9% from 4,368 in the previous year. The most common form of offence related to indecent images of…
Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been branded "the devil incarnate" by a judge who jailed him for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers he coached. The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of 50 child sexual offences committed between 1979 and…
A former victim of Barry Bennell's abuse told jurors that ex-Wales manager Gary Speed and three other men linked to the paedophile coach when they were young footballers had gone on to commit suicide. He told the court that he tried to contact the parents of Speed, who hanged himself…
Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been convicted of abusing more young footballers after grooming them with claims that he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport. The 64-year-old, who has previously received three jail sentences for similar offences, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of 43…
Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell is facing a fourth jail sentence after a jury convicted him of 36 counts of historical child sex abuse. On Tuesday, Bennell, 64, was found guilty of offences of buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault against 10 complainants between 1979 and 1990. Jurors at Liverpool…
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