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More to claim in child abuse case

Broome House, Didsbury
A total of 2.26m was paid out in compensation in 2006

A further 150 people are set to claim compensation for the abuse they suffered at children's homes in Manchester in the 1970s and 1980s.

The action comes two years after 168 people were awarded a total of 2.26m for the sexual and physical abuse they suffered at the homes.

The group was formed after a police investigation into 66 children's homes.

Lawyers have now applied to the High Court to claim against Manchester City Council on behalf of a second group.

'Serious abuse'

Peter Garsden, from solicitors Abney Garsden McDonald, said the claim could be "potentially the largest group action of its type in the country".

He said: "Because of the number of victims of serious physical and sexual abuse who have come forward from children's homes run by Manchester City Council we have decided to start another group."

He said a change in law made last January meant the courts could now punish defendants or award extra damages where what has happened was particularly bad.

The Greater Manchester Police investigation, named Operation Cleopatra, started in 1997 and concluded in 2002.

The main homes investigated were Rosehill in Northenden, Broome House in Didsbury, and Mobberley Boys School in Mobberley, Knutsford.

Manchester City Council declined to comment.

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