January 20, 2005

Ex-resident's writ against boys' home

The Comet

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A WRIT has been issued against the organisation behind a former boys' home in Shefford by a former resident.

The man alleges that he was subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse while a pupil at the St Francis Boys' Home in the 1950s and 60s.

This is the latest in a number of allegations of abuse to hit the boys' home, which closed in the 1970s.

The writ has been filed in Manchester County Court by solicitors representing a 56-year-old man who now lives overseas.

He was a pupil of the home between 1956 and 1963 and is claiming up to 50,000 for "assault and for personal injuries and loss and damage, which said injuries loss and damage were occasioned by reason of the negligence and/or breach of statutory duty of the defendants".

Posted by kshaw at January 20, 2005 06:14 AM