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The Pope vowed to pursue justice for victims of church abuse in Ireland as he ended his historic visit to the country by seeking forgiveness for its dark litany of clerical crimes. Addressing a large crowd of pilgrims at an open air Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park, Francis laid bare…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said there is “no legal basis” to suspend Alex Salmond from the SNP, following accusations of sexual harassment. She said her party had not received any complaints about her predecessor’s conduct – nor had it carried out the investigation – but the matter would be…
A former ice-cream seller has been jailed for "using his position" to groom and then abuse children. David Budd, 72, was handed an eight year and 10 month sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court (pictured) in north-east London on Thursday after admitting a string of historical offences, Metropolitan Police said. Budd's…
Nicola Sturgeon has said harassment complaints against Alex Salmond will be "upsetting" for the SNP but that due process must be followed. The Scottish Government has confirmed it received two complaints regarding the former first minister, who has described the allegations as "patently ridiculous". Mr Salmond intends to take court…
Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond has denied claims of harassment made against him. The Daily Record reported that allegations about his conduct towards two staff members in 2013 - while he was in office - have been handed to police. In a statement, Mr Salmond denied the claims…
The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland says meeting sexual abuse survivors is difficult for all involved, as victims do not trust the church. Speaking at the World Meeting of Families media briefing on Thursday, Bishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland, said…
A man abused for eight years by a notorious paedophile priest has said the Pope’s actions will speak louder than his words during his visit to Ireland. Sean Faloon (pictured), 39, from Hilltown in Co Down, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and flashbacks of attacks by Malachy Finnegan, who died…
Nuns are among 12 people arrested over alleged historical abuse at Smyllum Park orphanage. Police Scotland said 11 women and one man, aged between 62 and 85, have been arrested as part of an investigation into the Lanark home which was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent…
Actress Michaela Coel has claimed she was sexually assaulted by strangers, but said that writing about it for a new TV show has been "therapeutic". Coel, who wrote and starred in Bafta-winning E4 comedy series Chewing Gum, told the Edinburgh TV Festival of the "life-changing" experience, but did not say…
Nine people have been arrested, including six youths aged between 13 and 17, as part of a police probe into the sexual exploitation of teenagers. Officers carried out a series of raids in Portsmouth and Havant on Tuesday as part of the inquiry. Hampshire Police said a number of victims…
Survivors of clerical abuse in Northern Ireland must be included in a meeting with the Pope when he visits Dublin this weekend, their lawyer said. Claire McKeegan (pictured) said she had received no response from the organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin and claimed her clients'…
An artist's impression of an alleged sex attacker has been released after the attempted rape of an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham. West Midlands Police said the youngster was attacked as she was walking through Babbs Mill Park in the Solihull area of the city at around 2.50pm on Friday June…
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