Probe Police 'Trawl' Methods - Demand; Call for Inquiry into 'Dangerous Investigations'
Byline: Steve Tucker
PEOPLE claiming to be falsely accused of child abuse have called for an inquiry into police methods 'trawling' for evidence.
Around 200 supporters of the the Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT) group backed the move at a conference at Dinas Powys Parish Hall.
Merseyside-based FACT was formed in 1999 in response to police investigations in the North West of England.
The conference was supported by The Friends of Derek Brushett, the Dinas Powys teacher serving a 12-year sentence for physical and sexual abuse of boys in the 1970s.
Speakers included the investigative journalists Bob Woffinden and Satish Sekar, criminologist Dr Bill Thompson and consultant psychiatrist Janet Boakes.
"We hope this will spread the word that false allegations are being made and warn carers and teachers that they could be next, " said FACT secretary Tom Carroll, whose father was accused of abuse.
Rory O'Brien, accused of abusing boys and sent to prison for three years before being freed on appeal, said the level of allegations was reaching epidemic proportions. …