Calls grow for new sex abuse review

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An new group is putting pressure on the police and councillors for an independent inquiry into the historic sexual abuse in Nottinghamshire care homes.

The newly-formed Nottingham Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA) action group, formed through former Forest Town man and abuse victim Mickey Summers, is fighting to bring forward the review into the abuse which stretches back to the 1960s.

Nottinghamshire Police are still running Operation Daybreak, their own investigation into the abuse across several council-run homes, which includes Laybrook in Mansfield and Skegby Hall.

But the CSA want a review free from the police and the Nottinghamshire County and Nottinghamshire City Council.

Scores of victims have already come forward, many of whom have been in contact with the CSA.

Leading the group is close friend of Mickey Summers, and retired Army officer, David Hollas MBE , who said: “ We’ve had people come forward because they feel like they don’t have the confidence to go to the police.

“They need a supportive network.

“People feel that they are dealing with it on their own.

“They can now come to a group of people who have walked the same journey.”

The group’s primary aim is to force the independent inquiry, but are concerned they will not achieve this until Operation Daybreak is completed.

Daybreak has been running since 2010, and despite a number of arrests, there is yet to be a conviction.

Mr Hollas said the need for a fresh review has been heightened given the recent apparent failings of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council over historic sex abuse, and the high-profile probe into abuse at Westminster.

Mr Hollas added: “How many more do we need to have before we draw a line underneath it all?

“I’m confident we will get the inquiry, the question is, when. This needs to be kept in the public eye, and we will keep the pressure on to deliver it.

“We will keep banging on the table to bring an early conclusion to Daybreak.”