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Britain's biggest police force witnessed a 700% spike in the number of online child abuse cases referred to them by national investigators over three years, an inquiry has heard. The National Crime Agency (NCA) alerted Scotland Yard to potential paedophiles operating over the internet on 647 occasions between January 1…
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…
A former house master at a top private school has been jailed for four years for sexually abusing four of his pupils. Peter Webb (pictured) would sneak into dormitories to fondle the schoolboys while they slept at Christ's Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex. The children would wake to find…
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,…
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