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Knottfield inquiry looks to widen remit

Tynwald to be asked to approve the move

An investigation into abuse at Knottfield former children's home could soon widen to hear the stories of victims unrelated to the site.

Chairman of the Social Affairs Committee David Cretney MLC is asking Tynwald to expand the scope of the inquiry . He'll look to convince members to support a motion for this when Parliament meets on Tuesday (19 June).

The investigation has heard from victims, police and judiciary in both private and public.

Christine Urquhart and John Guest , who were both resident at the Douglas home, gave harrowing accounts of their treatment by the manager of the home Joseph Marshall.

Chief Constable Gary Roberts had apologised for the police's shortcomings in dealing with the matter, whilst the Attorney General John Quinn was at a loss to explain why the systematic abuse wasn't stopped at an earlier date.

Mr Cretney says it was evidence given by fellow MLC Kerry Sharpe that convinced him of the need to cast a wider net in the body's investigation.

Ms Sharpe is writing a book on the history of children in care on the Island and believes the abuse at Knottfield was part of a much wider problem.

The committee was tasked with exploring the issue last year after a successful push by Tim Baker MHK. The residential arm of Knottfield officially closed in 1983.

Mr Cretney explained why he feels compelled to move beyond Knottfield in this investigation:

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