Manchester

Twenty more report St Anne's Catholic School in Ancoats abuse

At least 20 more people have told solicitors they were victims of sexual abuse by a former Catholic primary school head teacher in Manchester.

John Mulligan was accused of abusing pupils at St Anne's Catholic School in Ancoats in the 1960s.

An appeal was issued by solicitors after Mr Mulligan, who died in 2010, aged 84, was too ill to stand trial in 2006 on indecent assault charges.

Manchester City Council said it took all abuse allegations seriously.

Law firm Abney Garsden represents one victim, aged in his 50s, who claims he was abused by Mr Mulligan between the ages of 10 and 13.

'Cathartic effect'

The man is seeking legal action against Manchester City Council, the local authority which was in charge of the school at the time.

The solicitors later urged anyone else who believed they had been abused by Mr Mulligan to come forward.

Lawyer Peter Garsden said: "In cases where abuse took place in an institution, the chances of the incident being isolated are extremely slight.

"I have no doubt that the process of telling their stories has been of enormous cathartic effect."

A Manchester City Council spokeswoman said: "We take all allegations of abuse seriously and are committed to helping ensure such claims are looked into compassionately and comprehensively.

"It would be inappropriate at this stage, however, for us to comment any further on these particular allegations."

Greater Manchester Police has not commented.

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