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Four men face charges over 'abuse' at Catholic school in Fife

Four men have appeared in court over years of alleged physical and sexual abuse of boys at a Fife school run by a controversial Catholic group.

Michael Murphy, 74, of Dunfermline, William Don, 60, of Leven, Edward Egan, 76, of Altrincham, and Timothy Foxall, 63, of Hexham, face 68 charges.

The abuse is alleged to have taken place at the former St Ninian's school in Falkland, Fife, which was run by the Irish Christian brothers.

All four made no plea and were bailed.

A further two men are being sought by police after failing to turn up at Dundee Sheriff Court to face the charges against them.

John Farrell, 71, of Coatbridge, and Paul Kelly, 61, of Plymouth, are accused of a series of assaults and indecent assaults over a five-year period.

The Irish Christian Brothers has had more allegations of abuse made against it than any other order in the Roman Catholic Church.

In 2009, the order announced it would be paying £145m in reparations.

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