On Monday, June 9th at Loxley House Station Street in Nottingham, there was a protest – Michael Summers wanted answers as to why child abuse was allowed to happen within Nottingham children’s homes, and why nothing was done to stop it or bring the offenders to justice
Michael Summers and approx 80 other victims were sexually, physically and emotionally abused at a number of children’s homes in the Nottingham area.
In August 2013, Mr Summers waived his legal right to anonymity as a an alleged victim of a sexual offence to tell his story
Mr Summers said: “The people of Nottingham need to know what went on and I want a full apology from both councils. I believe any public inquiry should be led by someone of at least Queen’s Counsel (QC) standing.”
Nottingham council later issued an apology to Michael after it emerged his care files had apparently been destroyed in the 1970s.
He had asked both Nottingham City Council and Notts County Council for the release of his files to help his case against his abusers
But the records, kept by the county council on behalf of the city, have not been found.
Under current regulations, records must be kept for 100 years but this was not the case when Michael Summers was in care.
Yesterday, city Councillors accepted full liability and accountability and promised their commitment to support and help michael and the other victims in their quest to piece together and bring charges against the offenders with help from IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) and solicitors.
Beechwood Community House in Mapperley closed eight years ago and was run by both authorities because of a boundary change.
Beechwood Community House in Mapperley, Nottingham (pictured below)
Nottinghamshire Police said allegations relating to three other homes in the county were also being investigated, which has become know as operation Daybreak