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Victims of Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall will feel let down by the Dame Janet Smith report and will see it as "an expensive whitewash", according to a lawyer representing them. Liz Dux, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers, who represents 168 victims, said: "All the Savile…
The BBC Trust has published in full the report by Dame Janet Smith DBE of her inquiry into the BBC’s culture and practices during the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall years. The Review was established in October 2012 to conduct an impartial, thorough and independent review of the culture and…
An independent inquiry into the abuse of children in care is to take evidence from some seriously-ill and elderly victims "as a matter of urgency", its chair has announced. Susan O'Brien QC (pictured) said that while the inquiry is "not quite ready" to call for survivors and witnesses to come…
Institutions facing investigation in the independent abuse inquiry are set to be identified. Justice Lowell Goddard, who is leading the probe, will make a statement on its progress later. It is understood the New Zealand judge is expected to name a number of institutions that will be examined. The chairwoman…
Child abuse victims will begin giving testimonies for the first time next week about their ordeal as part of the huge independent inquiry into alleged sexual abuse in Westminster and beyond. The Truth Project starts in Liverpool on Monday with survivors of abuse speaking to inquiry members during three weeks…
Scotland Yard has brought all its ongoing historic child sex abuse investigations together under the control of a single team of detectives. Operation Midland, which is investigating allegations of murder by a so-called Westminster paedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s, and Operation Fairbank, which is looking at allegations of…
Two panel members have been appointed to Scotland’s Historic Child Abuse Inquiry by Education Secretary Angela Constance. Glenn Houston and Professor Michael Lamb will undertake the important work of the Inquiry, alongside the Chair, Susan O’Brien QC. Mr Houston is Chief Executive of the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority of…
The troubled inquiry into historical child abuse has been hit by a fresh blow after an adviser resigned. Former child protection manager Peter McKelvie announced he had "reluctantly" concluded it would not be appropriate to continue in his role as a member of a panel set up to assist the…
Information provided by victims to the independent child abuse inquiry has been deleted, it has emerged. The inquiry said that due to a change in its website address on September 14 any submissions through an online form between that date and October 2 was "instantly and permanently deleted" before it…
A public inquiry into the historical abuse of children in care in Scotland will formally start its work today. The Scottish Government pledged to ''shine a light in the dark corners of the past'' earlier this year when it announced Susan O'Brien QC would chair the inquiry. It will cover…
Spy chiefs warned the Thatcher government that allegations an MP had a "penchant for small boys" risked causing it political embarrassment, documents have revealed. Child abuse investigators found no consideration had been given to the threat to children the politician posed but MI5 had warned senior officials that the accusations…
Former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan has been named in top secret files uncovered following a review into historical child sex abuse in Westminster. Peter Morrison, who was an aide to Margaret Thatcher, ex-diplomat Sir Peter Hayman and former minister William van Straubenzee are also mentioned in the documents released by…
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