Malicious claims of abuse

17th October 2003 at 01:00
Your front-page story on false allegations of abuse was excellent ("Sex case rise sparks 'don't work alone' call", TES, September 19). I believe there are scores of innocent teachers and carers in prison today.

Police are putting pressure on former pupils, who are often seeking large amounts of compensation, without bothering to ascertain the truth about a person's guilt. Rather they rely on multiple allegations, which they are encouraging, driven by the public's understandable abhorrence of these crimes. We need to stop police trawling, stop compensation claims and consider all the evidence - from those who say it didn't happen, as well as those who say it did.

Andrew Gower

3 Kingfisher Close

Abingdon, Oxfordshire

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