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How opportunities were missed to stop a head teacher who abused boys in his care for decades. Lucy Hester finds out why thousands of schools could become academies.

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Good evening. Tonight we brhng you the story of the man whose life was


saved by three complete str`ngers. Welcome to Inside Out. I'm Paul


Hudson. Late in the programle, we will hear about a man who collapsed


while running, but then destiny intervened. I thought he was gone. I


really thought he was dead. Also tonight, the missed chances to stop


a headteacher abusing children. You couldn't scream and say, get off me,


because he had the power. And later in the programme, one girl's battle


against all the is. More than 200 men say that they were


abused as children at Saint Williams approved school in East Yorkshire.


Today in a test case, five of them started a civil claim for


compensation. Inside Out has discovered the Catholic Church had


several chances to investig`te the abuse, but failed to act. C`roline


Bilton has this. It was a home for troubled


boys, but some who came here left more damaged


than when they first arrived. I live with it every


day until I die. Nigel was one of 2,000 children


who was sent to the St Williams approved school


near Market Weighton. St Williams is to me the biggest


single home where boys were abused These were supposed to be


religious people, respected, There have been three


police investigations The former principal James Carragher


is currently serving his thhrd prison sentence for physically


and sexually abusing The school's chaplain,


Anthony McCallen, was sentenced in January for also


abusing boys in the home. But despite this, campaigners feel


they're still not being heard. It was all pushed under a c`rpet


for every victim. It's been a long time coming,


but today they got what thex've been waiting for - the start of one


of the biggest compensation claims against the Catholic church


in the UK. The home was run by the brothers


of the Catholic De La Salle order on behalf of the Middlesbrotgh


Diocese. According to the De La Salld


website, the brothers were "committed to the ideals


of Christian education to whom the future could


safely be entrusted". Tonight, however, we can reveal how


the abuse started in the 1970s, and those who ran St Willials had


numerous chances to But their failure to do so leant


boys continued to be This is where we used to cole up,


play, enjoy ourselves. Nigel Feeley grew up


in Bramley in Leeds. Up until the age of 12,


he had a happy childhood. My friend had a pigeon


hut and we used to stay in there and talk about lifd,


you know, what we're going to do, I didn't deserve what they did


to me. It was after stealing some sweets


from a local factory that Nhgel He was 13 when he was sent


to St Williams, where he was beaten They were the most evilest people


I have met in my life. He used to take us swimming,


so of course you go into the swimming area


and you get undressed. So you think you're going to put


trunks on, but he says He's got children all lined up


like soldiers with nothing on. I thought it really strange


when he started coming You couldn't scream at him


and say go away get off me In 2004, James Carragher was found


guilty of abusing Nigel during his time at the home


in the early 1970s. Carragher had joined


St Williams in 1968. He was promoted to principal


a year later. But I've seen court documents


which state that James Carr`gher was being investigated


as early as 1970. There's little detail,


but what we know is that on the 6th of April,


an "incident" was investigated by what's described in the documents


as a sub-committee of managdrs. It concluded, "Brother James


is a conscientious and useftl member of the staff,


and having expressed his regret Carragher himself said in court last


year that his first sexual He further admitted the abuse


continued up to 1980. When questioned by Oliver S`xby QC


about his last act of abuse, Asked why that was the last time,


he said, "because I was discovered". When asked if he was challenged


about the abuse in 1980, Asked if there were


any sanctions. Oliver Saxby then says: "Let us be


frank ? you got away with it." If a person with more scruples had


got in earlier and done a proper investigation, Carragher wotld have


been kicked out of the placd The court heard how


it was James Carragher himself who brought


in the Catholic Child Welfare Society to


investigate the allegation. A process set out in this ldtter


sent in 1992 to the then It says reporting of incidents came


through the principal. In other words, for 14 years


allegations were dealt with by the very man


who was carrying out the abtse. He had a gold card to


sexually abuse children. Not only did James Carragher get


away with it, he was allowed to continue in his role as principal


for a further ten years. On his retirement, James Carragher


was awarded the highest pap`l award. Within a year of receiving this


he was being investigated This man worked at the


home for many years. He's asked that we conceal his


identity. He says it was common practhce


for James Carragher and othdrs Both him and Father McCallen


and possibly other brothers As long as we knew where thdy were,


there were no concerns raisdd. There was other brothers cale


and visited quite regularly, and they would take children


out on occasions. The deputies were all strong


Catholics, so it was a bit of a clique, was the senior


management structure. We know questions were being asked


about James Carragher's conduct as early as 1970,


and those running the home continued to be alerted to his


behaviour into the 1980s. I've seen a written testimony


from a child in 1983 which describes how James Carragher hit the boy


on the head with his fist then dragged and kicked him and pulled


him down a flight of stairs. On this occasion, James Carragher


was subjected to an internal disciplinary hearing


and was given a warning, but despite this, four months later


he assaulted another boy. It was a perfect opportunitx


for abuse. They had complete control


of the situation. But if someone knew these


investigations were taking place, they must have had an inkling that


something was going wrong. Decades may have passed,


but many of the boys who cale to St Williams are still tormented


by their time there. Those acting on behalf


of the victims say there have been This lady says her partner


was haunted by his memories of the home right up to his death


three months ago. He'd go from like crying


uncontrollably, literally tdars just dropping off his face,


and then real anger. He'd be like walking around


with his fists clenched. It were like a life


sentence for him. The torment for some has bedn


compounded by the fact that they feel they've


never been believed. Darren Furness went


to St Williams in 1985. He's now leading a campaign calling


for a public inquiry He's gathered nearly 100,000


signatures. Arena we need some answers. Lets


hope you get them. I've had people crying


on my shoulder about it wanting to give me a cuddle and sayhng,


"You're so brave." It's about getting recognithon


of what has gone on and somdbody to hold their hand up


and accept responsibility The abuse at St Williams


is not unique. There are six other schools


in the UK which were run by the Catholic De la Salle Order


where historic child sex abtse We're dealing with a hideous


organisation. It's the Catholic church


defending its reputation and itself. Neither the Diocese of Middlesbrough


or the De La Salle have responded to these allegations,


but in statements the De La Salle offered an "unreserved


apology" to those "affected" They say they "deeply


regret what happened". The Diocese says "these


offences are historic" and are a "matter of profound


regret" for which they "apologise". Both reiterated that they now have


"robust" safeguarding They've waited 12 years


for the civil case for If successful, it could lead


to payouts of millions of pounds. But for Nigel, what he wantdd more


than anything cost nothing. Something he still feels he is


waiting for. The Catholic church who are supposed


to love people, to protect, I've never had a proper


apology, a sincere apology. Some believe those


answers will never come. And if you have got a story you


think we might like to cover, you can get in touch on Facebook or on


Twitter. Coming up on Insidd Out: The man who collapsed while running


a race, but who was saved bx strangers.


Jessica Simpkin's battle with brain tumours began


The odds then of her surviv`l were extremely low, but Jess,


who's from Rainworth in Nottinghamshire, has


continued to defy the experts despite recurring cancers.


Now in her 20s, Jess was recently diagnosed


But new treatment in Sheffidld may offer her some hope.


Are you making your wish? Yds! You can't tell anybody.


Jess is wonderful, funny, whtty quite charming and so, so c`ring.


She cares more about other people than she does herself.


I used to think it was very unfair, but now I just take life as it comes


To come through everything she's been through and to face thd next


step that she needs to go through, she's exceptional.


There are two smaller ones tp here, they are only small, but shd is


young, so there is potential for it to grow.


She's going to keep fighting it and fighting it as long


as she possibly can, and that's what we all do.


A lifetime of brain tumours, but Jess Simpkin isn't beatdn yet.


Now the scans show she's facing her biggest challengd so far.


Aged four, Jess was diagnosdd with a medulloblastoma,


an aggressive and malignant brain cancer.


Early warning signs of chronic headaches and sickness


The odds were stacked 70/30 against Jess's


She was so young and I'd never been in this situation


before and I didn't know if I was going to get Jess back


Making it to her teens was considered exceptional.


Then on her 19th birthday, another tumour.


Now, ten years on, five more are growing


Being told when you were little you weren't going to survivd


and now reaching 29 and I'vd beat it all up to now.


Jess has learned to live with learning difficulties


She's missed out on teen stuff her peers take for gr`nted.


But she's alive, and she knows how to keep her carer


It's lovely coming to see hdr, it really is.


Jess has been a regular pathent at the Queen's Medical Centre


She even jokes she has her own room here.


Now she's fundraising for the Children's Brain Tulour


I want to help people who'vd had tumours and are going to get them


so they get diagnosed earlidr and don't go through what I have.


Aged four, Jess was part of an international trial


into combined chemo and radiotherapy.


They now know it was that sdven weeks of radioactive exposure


which caused the tumours she continues to have.


She has had to tackle a lot of things, and if we can halve the harm


of our treatment of the tumours I think that will be a step forward.


500 children a year are diagnosed with brain tumours in the UK.


Conventional surgery is no longer an option for Jess, though.


Going back into her brain could cause more damage and risk


the strokes she's already begun to have.


We know the tumours are growing and we know we have to treat them


now because radiation-inducdd tumours in someone young


And it is only a matter of time before they start pressing on the


brain and giving her a serious problem.


This is the only treatment we can try.


Yes, but there's no guarantde this will kill them.


I know, but what do we do, Jess At the end of the day, we know they are


growing, and if we don't do anything about it, what is going to happen?


I'm damned if I do and damned if I don't.


The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield is home


to the National Centre for Gamma Knife Radiosurgerx.


Here they treat the rare and more complex cases.


She knows the risks and has been making plans which she's


I don't know anyone that's had party poppers!


If they don't, there will be trouble.


I want it to be my funeral, not somebody else's idea


How she sees life and how she wants to get things sorted is just


It's the hardest thing, handing over your daughter,


but hopefully she will wake up and she will be just fine.


Jess has asked to be put to sleep before the frame which guidds


It is focused, it doesn't touch the rest of the brain but only


The scan that we were looking at this morning was from last xear so


it may be that they have grown a bit in that time, so we need to see what


they are like today and plan the treatment from today's imaghng. They


are small, but they were definitely not there on the original scan.


The team have discovered a new area they're not happy with.


Instead of five tumours, they're targeting six areas instead.


She's always relied on mum for strength and support,


and this time we can't be with her it's hard.


Just think of life that is fun. You can't let it beat you. You have to


beat it, really. You need to keep the strength up,


and you can get through it. It is not going to beat you. You're going


to beat it. Every time it comes I will fight it with all my mhnd.


Alan Ford from Barnsley lovds his running. One weekend back in July he


was taking part in a 14 mild race in Northumberland, but within sight of


the finish line, he suddenlx collapsed. The Khalifa him, a group


of strangers were on hand to bring him back to life. -- Ella Kdlly for


him. Coming up to the finishing line and


seeing your husband lying on the sand, sudden panic.


In effect I've been dead for ten minutes, and without the help


of the people on the beach, that would've been a completely


I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.


This is the story of a remarkable rescue.


The Northumberland Coastal Run is under way between Beadnell


More than five miles of it is actually ran


Depending on the tides, some years it can be just


13 and a half miles, but sometimes it's more


But for Barnsley Harrier Al`n, it shouldn't have been too difficult.


Alan is obviously a very good runner.


He was due to finish in arotnd about an hour and a half,


The winner was only ten minutes ahead of him.


Alan geared himself up for the race at home in South Yorkshire.


Having done it before, I knew what to expect.


I'd had a few issues with what I thought was a chest


infection prior to it, but I thought that I could lanage


But that chest infection turned out to be something much more sdrious.


The event of me actually collapsing, I've got no recollection of it.


Luckily for Alan they were hn the right place at


He didn't put his arms out to stop himself.


And then a guy called Phil was running past us at the time


He was breathing, but he wasn't breathing normally.


So that was a worrying sign to start with.


So I moved on, I checked his airway and breathing.


I checked his circulation and he didn't have a pulse.


So we got him onto his back and started chest massage.


Can somebody ring 999? One linute gone.


We continued that until the defibrillator came


I was delighted to have won the race.


And it was on my warm down when I come across Alan


and all these people panickhng, shouting for help.


The important thing with resuscitation is you rdcognize


somebody's had a cardiac arrest that you get help early bec`use of


that ? so that's the first stage in the chain of survival.


The next thing is you have prompt starting of chest compressions,


then defibrillation as soon as it's available.


So having already run for more than an hour,


Carl had to sprint back to the finish line again.


And six minutes felt like shx hours, to be honest with you.


It was quite impressive watching the guys club together as a little


I just thought, there's no way they can bring him back.


But when they put the defib on him and it zapped him,


and then eventually he started kicking again.


Within ten minutes, the Great North Air Ambulance had


As I came off the road I he`rd somebody say watch out


And I could see Alan and a lot of people attending to him.


Alan was transferred to the cardiothoracic


centre at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.


And you can see here that hhs right coronary artery was normal.


But his left coronary artery was not normal.


It was blocked, and was almost certainly responsible for the MCI


and the subsequent cardiac `rrest that he'd had on the beach.


I don't think I realized th`t he'd had a full on heart attack


until I was sat in the waithng room at the hospital.


And then it dawned on me, this is a big deal.


The first thing I remember is actually waking up


on the hospital ward, seeing my wife Kelly and nurses


and just really wondering what had happened to me.


Having a cardiac arrest, my heart not beating for ten minutes,


it doesn't really seem that real to me sitting here right now.


But obviously that's what's happened to me,


so in effect I've been dead for ten minutes.


And without the help of the people on the beach and the air ambulance


and the hospital in Newcastle, then that would've been


Around a third of people in the UK have underlying cardiovascular


So while it might seem unlikely, heart attacks


Our average age of somebody having a myocardial infarction


is usually in their 60s, 70s or 80s.


We do occasionally get younger patients, so whilst


it's uncommon or rare, we do see it.


Of course he had no risk factors really for MCI


He ate well, he ran a lot, so it was unusual,


It was only because of the good fortune and the skill


of his colleagues who were running along with him that he survhved that


day, and was able to get to us to have his arteries fixed.


So we didn't actually save his life per se,


that had already happened on the beach.


It's time for Alan to say thank you to those extraordinary


Nice to see you. You look rdmarkably well. I feel fantastic, to be


honest. It's amazing I'm able to talk


you today and see you all. When I saw you up on that


path after I hadn't I know you were asking me


is he all right, but I just had no idea cos nobody had told me,


so yeah, I mean I'd have probably given


you a big kiss and a hug. Looks completely different


since the last time I seen him. He really was ill that day


so you think, even if he dods make So to see him ? he's


made a full recovery. It's a lot more emotional


than I was expecting. I don't think I'd really prdpared


myself for how I'd feel tod`y. It's a bit emotional,


to be honest, coming I'm in admiration, really,


for what they did for me. It's nice to be able


to shake their hand and just Talk about being in the right place


at the right time! That's it from us, in fact, that is it frol this


series. We will be back in the New Year. Hope you can join us then


Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire presented by Paul Hudson.

Caroline Bilton reveals how opportunities were missed to stop a head teacher who abused boys in his care for decades, Lucy Hester finds out why thousands of schools could become academies, and we hear the story of a man whose heart stopped while he was running a race, and of his remarkable rescue by three strangers.

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