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Abuse inquiry: Claims boys abused at Rathgael School

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry heard claims of abuse at Rathgael Training School in Bangor. Picture by Arthur Allison

SOME former residents of Rathgael Training School in Co Down have claimed they suffered physical and sexual abuse, the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry has been told.

The alleged abuse happened at the state-run school in Bangor over a 30-year period from the 1970s.

The inquiry also heard that other former residents have made complaints to police about alleged abuse at the school over the same period.

The inquiry heard claims that in the mid-1980s "some boys were able to keep runaway girls in their unit all night and have sex with them".

Meanwhile, one former senior member of staff tried to cover up allegations of abuse, it was alleged.

He told another staff members the school would get a "bad name" if alleged abuse was reported.

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