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Former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter accused of 84 sex offences against children

Written by on 26/11/2020

A former porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been charged with sex offences against children.

Paul Farrell, 55, of Camden, north London, faces 84 charges including rape, attempted rape, sexual assault of a child under 13, and indecent assault on a male, police said.

The charges relate to seven victims, with the alleged offences committed between 1985 and 2018.

Farrell, who was arrested in January, is in custody ahead of a plea hearing at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.

Great Ormond Street, one of the country’s best-known children’s hospitals, said: “These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions.

“Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we cannot go into the details of the case, but we can confirm that the individual who has been charged was dismissed from the trust and we are continuing to work closely with the police.

“Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide and our policies are in line with national best practice.

“If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed.”

 Sky News

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