DOZENS of men from the North-East are among more than 140 who have launched a multi-million pound sex abuse compensation claim against the Roman Catholic Church.

The action - one of the biggest of its kind ever lodged in the UK - centres on a church home owned by the Diocese of Middlesbrough.

St William's Community Home in Market Weighton, near Hull, was closed in 1992 when the scale of the abuse became known, and the principal is serving a 14-year sentence for abusing boys in his care.

It is alleged that a brutal regime of sexual and physical abuse went unchecked for almost 30 years at the former approved school on Humberside.

The solicitor co-ordinating the action today told The Northern Echo that many of the men who are claiming compensation were sent to the home as youngsters from Teesside, as well as Yorkshire.

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