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Apology: Brendan McAllister

Apology: Brendan McAllister

Apology: Brendan McAllister

A serious data breach involving victims of historical institutional abuse could potentially result in compensation claims running into millions of pounds, a legal source has said.

Concerns were raised after the details of 250 people, including abuse victims, were leaked on Friday in an email error from the office of Brendan McAllister.

A victims' group and several political leaders have already called on Mr McAllister, the interim Advocate for Victims and Survivors of Historical Institutional Abuse, to step down immediately.