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A child was force-fed to the point where his mouth would bleed during a time in care that was “hell itself”, an inquiry has heard. A witness also told how he thought he was going to die during beatings at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s and 1970s. He…
A man who spent two years in hospital after being subjected to cold baths for wetting his bed in a children’s home has described the institution as a “prison camp”. Thomas Hagan, 82, was a resident at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire between 1938 and 1952 and said it “ruined” his…
A former resident of a children’s home has told an inquiry that suffering abuse “became a way of life” for him at the institution. The man described how his house parents at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire in the 1960s would hit, push or shout at children habitually, on a daily…
An MP has expressed concern the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse (CSA) has fallen despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale". Rotherham MP Sarah Champion (pictured) said fewer cases are being passed on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police "cannot…
The epic scale of the National Crime Agency's (NCA) Rotherham investigation is in stark contrast to the way the hundreds of victims were ignored by the authorities as young teens. The NCA's Operation Stovewood inquiry into child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013 has 250…
A gang of seven men has been convicted of sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham. One of the complainants told a trial at Sheffield Crown Court (pictured) how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was…
A former orphanage resident has delivered a scathing attack on the organisation responsible for her care, saying it needs to take “responsibility” for the impact it has had on people’s lives.The witness said those who stayed at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire had been left living as “charity cases”.She also claimed…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry he was sexually assaulted by three men over a number of years during his time in care.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse in Inquiry in Edinburgh.The inquiry heard he was admitted…
A financial compensation scheme for victims of child abuse in care is to be set up by the Scottish Government.Ministers also intend to make fast-track payments to survivors aged 70 and over, and those approaching the end of their lives through illness.An independent inquiry is currently examining historical allegations of…
More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcement was made during the opening statements in phase three of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) in Edinburgh on Tuesday.It is now looking…
The third phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is to open with an investigation of residential childcare establishments run by large-scale care providers.The inquiry is tasked with examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and began taking statements from witnesses in the spring…
A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths, 61, (pictured) abused the girls in a number of locations including at a sex party on a…
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