A children's charity volunteer wrote a reference for paedophile Stuart Hall praising his charity work, a court was told.
Hall's barrister Crispin Aylett QC told Preston Crown Court how Patricia Macmillan, who is chairman of the East Cheshire branch of the NSPCC, wrote a letter of reference praising Hall's work as a charity auctioneer since 2008.
However the children's charity has said that the letter constituted the personal views of Ms Macmillan and did not speak for the charity.
The NSPCC did not supply a character reference for Stuart Hall. The views were of a volunteer speaking in a personal capacity and do not in any way reflect the views of the NSPCC. Child sexual abusers like Hall do lifelong harm to children and we believe that if found guilty they should be sent to jail.
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