24/02/2014 East Midlands Today


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life changing experience. The question is whether the Games will

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deliver a lasting With the news for the East Midlands,

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I'm Anne Davies. First tonight, the Catholic Church

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says it has no evidence that a priest sexually abused children as

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long ago as the late 1950s. Today, Father Francis Paul Cullen, who is

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85, admitted a catalogue of offences in Derby, Buxton and Nottingham. He

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also spent more than 20 years on the run in Tenerife. Mike O'Sullivan

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reports from Derby Crown Court. At Patrick Reed priest, Father

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Francis Paul Cullen abuse seven younger than is over 34 years.

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Today, pleading guilty at court, to 21 offences in parishes in Derby,

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Buxton and Nottingham. His actions were pure evil. Sexual abuse of any

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person, particularly an innocent child is absolute evil and it cannot

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be justified in any sense whatsoever. Father Cullen came to

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Derby in the 1950s to prepare the way for this church, Christ the

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King. From 1957 into the 1970s he abused for altar boys. He was a

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charismatic young priest who had been sent in here to set up this

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parish. And you had no idea about this other side of him? None at

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all. Well you surprised? Surprise and horrified. The abuse continued

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in St Anthony Buxton. It targeted a young girl and a teenage girl. He

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was pictured with Bob Geldof in the 1980s. He retired on the grounds of

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ill health in October of 1987, returning to Ireland. Just under a

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year later he said he was well enough to come back. This time, as

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parish priest at St Mary 's in Nottingham. He abused an 11`year`old

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altar boy. In September 1991 he retired for the second time on the

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grounds of ill health. A month later he faced sex abuse charges relating

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to St Mary 's and jumped bail. The diocese of Nottingham says it do

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nothing about abuse allegations before the St Mary 's case. All I

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can say is I have seen absolutely no evidence of a cover`up. I have seen

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no evidence that his abusive Theatre `` abusive behaviour was reported to

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the bishop at the time. If victims felt comfortable in coming forward

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to Derbyshire police, come forward, report it. It will be fully

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investigated. Further charges could possibly be brought against Father

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Cullen. Three of the victims are making civil compensation claims

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against the diocese and the churches resuming its own enquiry into Father

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Cullen'scareer, and enquiry that will report to the Vatican in a few

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months. `` and enquiry. As we've heard, Cullen spent 20

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years hiding out on Tenerife. The police say he was tracked down with

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the help of information from the Diocese of Nottingham. Simon Hare

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reports from the island. Holiday`makers and expats come here

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to escape the richest winter. Father Cullen came here to escape British

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justice, for more than two decades. In Las Christiaan lost stand these

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apartments. It seems he spent most of those years living here in a

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modest one`bedroom apartments. He ended up leaving over the death of

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9000 euros for unpaid community fees. He had earned a living by

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running errands for a local shop. He told some people he had been an

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architect in Australia, but he had an altogether more truthful account

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for a mild of the same fate. The parish priest said Father Cullen

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used to visit his church regularly to pray, then, one day, came a

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partial confession. Perhaps two years ago he said, I am a priest. I

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was surprised because I had seen him before, just a normal person, for

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many years and suddenly he was a priest. He appeared here and

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suddenly disappeared. That is because last August he was arrested

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while visiting Mass at this church in the neighbouring resorts of Playa

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Taylor Americas. The priest in charge here had recognised him as a

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wanted mild after an appeal for information that had originated from

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the the church back in Britain. Before Mr Cullen was arrested and

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charged in 1991 he was already known to be a regular visitor here to

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Tenerife, which only raises the question, should he have been caught

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much sooner? A heart surgeon who passed on a

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deadly infection killing five patients wants to resume operations,

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but without telling new patients about his past. John Lu works at

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Nottingham City Hospital, but hasn't operated since 2009. He is seeking

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damages from the NHS Trust, and is also claiming that telling patients

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about his past would mislead them. The hearing at the High Court in

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London could last two weeks. Our health correspondent Rob Sissons

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was in court, and he explained the importance of the case.

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This is a hugely significant case. At the centre, high much patient

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should be told about the past? The legal team for John Lu say that it

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is not right he should have to go through enhanced consent for

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patients and say he poses no greater risk than any other surgeon. The

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hospital trust says it has the bid the interests of nations first and

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said they have a right to know what has happened so they can make up

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their own mind. That's your news. So, it's goodbye

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from me, but with your weather now, here's Kaye.

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There is more sunshine to come over the next few days. There will be

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some rain to come through tonight. The winds are picking up this

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evening and the rain is not too far away. It will be pushing its way in

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early in the morning, turning heavy at times. It moves through fairly

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quickly, so by the end of the night we will be drying up once again.

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Tomorrow morning, a little bit of cloud first thing but that will be

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chopped up fairly quickly. It'll be a dry, bright morning with decent

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bounds of sunshine. More cloud will push in from the west later on in

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the day and is the chance of a couple of showers later on, but it

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will be right. It will be mild, the pitches at 10 degrees. But the

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outlook, more warm sunshine and weapons they handed

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will be more rain overnight into Thursday.

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Good evening. We have a spell of wet and windy weather working across the

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British Isles. Today brought many of us some decent spells of sunshine

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and it brought us some decent temperatures. In fact, our warmest

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day of the year so far. At the moment, though, things have

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changed. This is the gap in the satellite picture. Now, this curl of

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cloud looks like a snail's shell, it is an area of low pressure that is

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sweeping wind and rain across us. It's pushed into the west already

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and is now making rapid progress eastwards, moving into eastern

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England through the small hours Strong, gusty winds around the Irish

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Sea coasts. The weather front will weaken as it gets into eastern

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areas. Behind the weather front things are a good deal clearer and

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that is the way we will start tomorrow. Our wet and windy weather,

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the worst of it is out of the way as we look at Tuesday. There will be

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some sunshine around, but there will be some hefty showers. First thing,

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