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Children sue in false abuse claim
Twelve children who were wrongly taken from their families because of false allegations of Satanic abuse, are suing the local council for compensation.

Of the 20 youngsters removed from their homes on Middleton's Langley estate in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, in June 1990, 16 were put into care.

Rochdale Council and police had been investigating false claims that they had been involved in Satanic rituals.

Twelve of the group, now adults, want compensation and an apology.

Devil worship

The false allegations included practices including devil worship and sex abuse.

The case is being explored in Real Story, When Satan Came to Town, to be broadcast on BBC 1 on Wednesday.

One of the women, who was 11 at the time, told the BBC it was six months before she was allowed home and that the experience had deeply affected the rest of her life.

The council said it did apologise at the time and has criticised the making of the television programme.


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