Man sues the police

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A CHILDREN’S unit manager who was cleared of an indecency charge is suing Humberside Police.

Michael Curran, who formerly worked at the St William’s children’s home at Market Weighton, claims he was dismissed from a subsequent job running a centre for children with behavioural problems because of ‘malicious’ comments made by Humberside officers.

Mr Curran is now suing the Humberside chief constable for alleged misfeasance in public office by officers under his direction.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has previously upheld a complaint from Mr Curran that an unnamed officer did describe him as a ‘very dangerous paedophile’ at a meeting with his employer, Liverpool local education authority (LEA).

Mr Curran was sacked in December 2004 and claims officers involved in a wide-ranging inquiry into historical abuse at St William’s deliberately sought to secure his dismissal, despite his innocence.

Humberside Police denies the claim, which could result in significant costs and damages, and denies the ‘paedophile’ phrase and other highly prejudicial comments were made.

But the force has lost an attempt to have the claim struck out with Judge Jeremy Richardson QC ruling there are clear grounds for the claim to proceed to trial.

Mr Curran was arrested in 2002 by Humberside officers over alleged abuse at St William’s, which closed in 1992. The home was staffed by the De La Salle Brotherhood, a Catholic lay order of which Mr Curran is a member.

No charges were brought against Mr Curran regarding child abuse. He was charged in relation to a small number of alleged indecent images of children found on computers after his arrest in Liverpool, but the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case and Mr Curran was formally acquitted.

According to the IPCC report, there was no evidence Mr Curran was at the relevant computer when the material was downloaded and, according to a team set up to investigate, none of the material was illegal anyway.