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Mersey man who claims he was abused by nuns as a child slams police for wrongly telling him they were dead

Terry Daley was told a criminal investigation was impossible

Terry Daley said the abuse shattered his personal life
Terry Daley said the abuse shattered his personal life

A dad who says he was abused by nuns for five years as a child has condemned police for wrongly telling him all his alleged tormentors were dead.
Terry Daley was desperate to prosecute the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary convent for physical and sexual abuse at a special school in Ormskirk when he was aged 10 to 15. The nuns are now based in Chigwell, Essex.
The 68-year-old says he was regularly punched in his solar plexus and struck in his groin and feet with a wooden wedge while in the showers.
The Sisters and their staff also allegedly stuck scissors in boys’ feet, and youngsters were struck on the collar bone with wooden tongs.
Mr Daley also claims his piano teacher sexually abused him by fondling him while he played.
He contacted Lancashire Police about the treatment at Pontville Special School after another now-adult resident publicly detailed the alleged abuse he also suffered at the convent.
But in 2001, senior detectives told Mr Daley, from Runcorn, Cheshire, none of the nuns from that era were still alive, making any criminal investigation impossible.
Almost a decade later, Lancashire Police admitted one nun, allegedly involved, remained alive aged 85, but with dementia, giving her medical immunity from prosecution.
The force has apologised for what they described as giving out ‘erroneous information.’ But it has emerged no further action will be taken.
Mr Daley says he was offered £10,000 compensation offer by the Chigwell nuns, but with solicitors fees set to take two thirds of that amount, it would leave the former seaman with just £3,508.
The father-of-seven, who says the abuse shattered his personal life and led to countless broken relationships, is set to refuse the offer.
Mr Daley said: “The whole investigation, from the police looking into what those nuns did to us, to police telling me all our abusers were dead, has been a shambles.
“There was a chance for somebody to be prosecuted, but police insisted all the nuns were dead, a statement which, 10 years later, was proved wrong. It’s incredible Lancashire Police can’t be held accountable for such a shoddy response.”
Describing one episode at Pontville, about a male staff member, Mr Daley added: “There was a bloke who told us he’d been in Burma and a Prisoner of War with the Japanese.
“He was a very cruel man and used to practise his ‘Bread Basket’ punch on us – it really hurt.
“He cut my eye one time hitting me while wearing a ring. At shower time he would strip off and get in the showers with us and it wasn’t unusual to punch the kids in the testicles.”
Mr Daley’s solicitor, Peter Howard, said: “My client’s complaint was a very serious one yet it appears to have been treated in a rather preordained manner and somewhat flippantly.”
A police spokeswoman said: “A complaint was made by Mr Daley about the way we handled the incident. A thorough investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Department found that the investigation carried out was thorough and the conduct of the officer was appropriate.
“These findings were also backed up by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.”
The Sisters of the Sacred Heart said: “We will co-operate in any way we can.”

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