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Payout set in abuse claims case
Keith Laverack
Keith Laverack was jailed for 18 years
A group of 29 people who allege they were sexually abused as children are to receive a total of 500,000 in council compensation.

The claimants were residents of two children's homes run by Cambridgeshire County Council in the 1970s and 1980s.

Keith Laverack, a senior staff member at Kneesworth House, Royston and Midfield Centre, Oakington, was jailed in 1997 for abusing children.

Prior claims linked to Laverack have cost the council more than 1m.

A spokesman for the council said: "It has always been our wish to resolve these claims at the earliest opportunity and we are pleased that this continues to be done."

Laverack, who worked at the children's homes and was employed by Cambridgeshire County Council's social services department, is serving an 18-year sentence.

He was convicted of 15 counts of sexual and indecent assault on children in his care over a 20-year period.

The council last year decided to admit liability for personal injury, loss and damage to each former resident of Midfield Observation and Assessment Centre if they could prove allegations of sexual abuse against Laverack and that this caused their injury, loss or damage.

It has denied liability for activities at Kneesworth House.

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