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Former hospital porter faces 84 sex charges against children

Paul Farrell from Kentish Town worked at Great Ormond Street and is accused of rape and sexual assault

27 November, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

A FORMER porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has been accused of dozens of sex offences against children.

Paul Farrell, 55, from Kentish Town is charged with 84 offences including rape, attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13.

He is alleged to abused seven victims between 1985 and 2019, according to the Met Police.

Mr Farrell was arrested in January and was remanded in custody, but is due to appear in Wood Green Crown Court later today (Friday).

The charges brought against Mr Farrell are a part of an ongoing investigation being led by the Met’s Central North Command Unit safeguarding team which covers Camden and Islington.

The case came to light earlier this week when the hospital in Bloomsbury issued a public statement “regarding media stories about a former member of staff”.

In its statement, GOSH said: “These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions.

“Due to the ongoing legal proceedings, we cannot go into the details of the case, but we can confirm that the individual who has been charged was dismissed from the trust and we are continuing to work closely with the police.

“Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide and our policies are in line with national best practice.

“If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed.”



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