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County leader apologises for historic sex abuse

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The leader of Nottinghamshire CC has apologised to the victims and survivors of historical child sex abuse.

Addressing the “failings of the past” at a public council meeting on Wednesday, Cllr Kay Cutts (Con) promised new efforts would be made to bring all perpetrators to justice.

“Sadly, there is a dreadful stain on the history of this council that we must neither refute nor excuse,” Cllr Cutts said. “Some children were entrusted to our care and we failed them.”

The leader said that more details on the scope of the council’s involvement would be made public as part of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse in October, and added the council will “fully engage” in the process. A second preliminary hearing to the inquiry will take place on 1 February 2018.

“The process of laying bare the evidence during this period is undoubtedly difficult for this organisation but there is no question that this is the right thing to do,” said Cllr Cutts. 

The leader’s apology is not the first time a Nottinghamshire CC leader has apologised publicly. The previous leader, Cllr Alan Rhodes (Lab), gave an apology in March 2016.

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