Around 140 men are planning to sue the Roman Catholic Church for damages over alleged physical and sexual abuse suffered while in care. The action is being taken against the organisations responsible for running St William’s Community Home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire over a 20-year period. If successful, damages could run into millions of pounds.
The men are suing the Diocese of Middlesbrough, which owned the home, and the De La Salle Brothers, a Christian order of lay teachers for what they say they had suffered physically, psychologically and sexually at the hands of a number of members of staff at the home.
Former principal James Carragher was jailed for 14 years in 2004 for abusing boys in his care over a 20-year period. He was previously jailed in 1997 for seven years for abusing nine boys