Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am Shocked at the Findings of the Inquiry. I Told the Truth'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'I Am Shocked at the Findings of the Inquiry. I Told the Truth'

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RICHARD Farnell has denied lying to the national inquiry on child abuse, declaring himself 'shocked' at its findings.

"Failures by Rochdale council, the police and other agencies in protecting children from abuse should never have happened," he said.

"The inquiry covered events going back 60 years.

"For the period in which I was leader of Rochdale council from 1986 to 1992, I am deeply sorry and I apologise to all those who suffered as a result of the grave mistakes made and the unacceptable failings of the council in respect of the children being cared for at Knowl View. However, I am shocked at the findings of the inquiry. I told the truth."

In his statement, Coun Farnell refuted the claims of the inquiry's report. "There is clear evidence that I was NOT informed about Knowl View during my time as leader," he said. …

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