Victims of alleged sexual assault welcome inquiry

NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless will head the inqury into historic sex abuse claims within Parliament.
NSPCC Chief Executive Peter Wanless will head the inqury into historic sex abuse claims. Credit: NSPCC

Lawyers representing alleged victims of sexual abuse welcomed Theresa May's announcement of an inquiry into the duty of public bodies to protect children from paedophiles.

Alan Collins, a lawyer at Slater and Gordon which represents 176 alleged victims of abuse by Jimmy Savile, said: "All the victims we represent will welcome today's announcement.

"It is vital we get to the bottom of how abuse inside institutions was allowed to go unchallenged for decades."

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