Abuse Survivors Blog

Emmott Snell complete Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Jacqui Morton on 26 Sep 2017

On 21 September 2017 Emmott Snell took part (and we are pleased to say completed!) the Bedford Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around Bedford. The walk started at Riverside Square and ended at the Park pub for a well deserved beverage where a raffle was held to raise further funds.  The walk was organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust to raise money for local advice services. Emmott Snell are pleased to be supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support, and delighted to have exceeded our fund raising target of £500. Emmott Snell would like to express our thanks to all our sponsors, fellow walkers and marshals and those kind enough to donate raffle prizes. If you would like to donate to please visit our fundraising page.

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Emmott Snell show support by participating in the Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Tracey Emmott on 31 Aug 2017

Emmott Snell are delighted to be taking part in the Bedford Legal Walk organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

This 10km sponsored walk will raise money for local advice services who have been affected by funding cuts to allow them to continue to provide support and assistance to those that need it. Emmott Snell are supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support who provide emotional and practical help to those that have been affected by crime.

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Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Apr 2017

A survivor of sexual abuse by one of Britain’s most notorious paedophile shines light on stories of high level conspiracy allegedly involving senior political and establishment figures.
Stephen Briggs, now living in Scotland, has won a legal action against the school where abuse first took place, and he has been awarded a five figure sum in damages.
Mr Briggs, now 51, was 12 in 1977 when he was first assaulted, whilst a pupil at the Cavendish School in Ealing, London.

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42 counts of abuse proven against former Bedfordshire children’s home worker

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Oct 2016

Press Release: A former Bedfordshire children’s home worker was today proven to have committed sexual and physical assaults on boys in his care following a 6 week trial at the Old Bailey.
James McCann was found to have committed 42 out of the 50 charges against him, including causing bodily harm, indecent assaults, and indecency with children.
McCann pleaded not guilty to all charges, but on the second day of his trial last month he was taken ill.

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Our client gives £30,000 damages award to orphanage

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Sep 2016

One of six high profile former victims of a disgraced paedophile has donated his £30,000 damages award to an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, in Kenya.
The six men were all abused as children by David Lowe, a former house master at two prestigious catholic schools, Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London and Ampleforth in Yorkshire.
In February 2015, Lowe was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of abusing 10 former pupils between 1978 and 1984, and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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St. Francis Boys' Home Criminal Trial of the Facts of Former Houseparent

Written by Tracey Emmott on 16 Sep 2016

James McCann, a former houseparent at the Catholic children's home in Shefford, Bedfordshire, faces 34 counts of ABH, 15 counts of indecency with a male person, and four counts of indecency with a child. Last week McCann suffered a stroke in court resulting in the judge ordering a Trial of the Facts.

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St. Francis Boys' Home Criminal Trial - Scout Master Convicted

Written by Tracey Emmott on 16 Sep 2016

St. Francis Boys' Home Criminal Trial - Scout Master Convicted Two key carers at a Catholic children's home have been charged with offences against children during the 1960s and 1970s. One of them, a scout master, Christopher Cahill, ran a scout troop specifically for boys at the home between 1965 and 1966.

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Stowmarket child abuse claim settled out of court

Written by Tracey Emmott on 29 Feb 2016

A girl from the Stowmarket area who was sexually abused by her grandfather has been awarded a six figure sum in compensation for her psychological injuries.

Miss B was seven when the assaults took place in August 2002. Her grandfather was found guilty of indecent assault at a criminal trial at Ipswich Crown Court in August 2008.

He was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment and his name was recorded on the sexual offenders register.

Miss B attended a child psychiatrist, Dr Robin Benians. His view was that she suffered a major depressive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. She also showed symptoms of aversion. All those problems were attributable to her grandfather's conduct towards her.

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Church of England's response to Bell victim

Written by Tracey Emmott on 03 Feb 2016

Dr Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester's response to our client making her story public.

'It is testimony to her courage and integrity that the survivor who brought the allegations against George Bell has been prompted to speak out... 

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Our client Bishop George Bell's victim compelled to speak out

Written by Tracey Emmott on 03 Feb 2016

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