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Lives 'changed' by abuse inquiry
Police jacket
Mr Campbell was presented with a warrant by a police officer
The wife of a man accused of child abuse in the failed Western Isles inquiry said their lives had been "changed forever" by the controversy.

Penny and Ian Campbell said they were considering moving due to the effect of the case on them and their children.

Mr Campbell was one of eight suspects but the case was dropped last year.

As they waited for the outcome of a social work inspectors' review of the case, the couple urged a review of all child protection agencies on the isles.

Mrs Campbell told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "This has changed our lives forever.

"This has changed the way we view people, view authorities, view police and it's changed not just for us, but for our children. It's not good for them."

Mr Campbell said he clearly remembered the day the police came to the door of his house on Lewis.

I think there are deep-rooted systemic problems within the workings of the agencies here and I don't think our case is an isolated one
Penny Campbell
Wife of former accused

He said: "I was in the kitchen for a couple of minutes and suddenly there was a knock on the door.

"I answered the door and I saw a police officer standing in uniform and also some more standing in the driveway and at the top of the road and then he gave me a warrant and said 'you're being done for child molesting'."

The couple were waiting to hear the results of the Social Work Inspection Agency's inquiry into the case, which was due to be published on Friday afternoon.

However, Mrs Campbell has called for a more wide-ranging inquiry.

She said: "I think there are deep-rooted systemic problems within the workings of the agencies here and I don't think our case is an isolated one."


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