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Sacked social worker loses legal challenge

A social worker who was sacked over unproven allegations that he was part of a paedophile ring has lost a legal challenge over the way police handled his case.

The man was contesting a ruling that the PSNI owed him no duty of care when informing his bosses at a children's home in Londonderry that he was not regarded as fit to continue in the role.

Judges in the Court of Appeal in Belfast upheld the decision after finding no evidence of negligence by the police. The man, who has not been named, worked at Nazareth House Children's Home during the 1980s and 1990s.

He was suspended in 1996 when a sexual allegation was made against him by a former resident.

Following an investigation he was reinstated and informed by the Director of Public Prosecutions that no further action was being taken.

But a year later, two children — one aged five, the other 14 years of age — identified him as being part of a ring of up to 50 adults involved in child sex abuse in the north west.

Inquiries were carried out on both sides of the border before it was again decided to take no further action.

An acting assistant chief constable replied that RUC and Garda investigations led to a direction of no prosecution.

After the man was dismissed in 1999 industrial tribunal proceedings resulted in a £5,000 payment being made to him.

Belfast Telegraph