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Cleveland affair

An inquiry in the UK in which overzealous doctors (Dr. Marietta Higgs and Dr. Geoffrey Wyatt) overdiagnosed 121 cases of sexual abuse of children based on inadequate evidence. The court later dropped 96 of the cases. The aggrieved parents filed a class action suit.
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But the vast majority of cases in what became known as the Cleveland child abuse scandal were dismissed by the courts.
Mike Hill, inset right, regional officer with Unison, said: "Sir Stuart should be remembered for his hard work to defend Middlesbrough and its people on issues of national importance such as the Cleveland Child Abuse Scandal.
As Britain's Cleveland child abuse scandal proved in the '80s, these emotionally-charged situations can become mired in a mess of imagined crimes and false accusations.
In 1988 he was named Reporter of the Year in the British Press Awards for articles about the Cleveland child abuse scandal published in his then paper, The Northern Echo.
Fifteen years ago - and just two days after I become an MP - the Cleveland child abuse scandal broke.
His 62-year-old dad Stuart - Labour MP for Middlesbrough since 1983 - is well known for his outspoken defence of parents involved in the 1987 Cleveland child abuse scandal.
His 62-year-old dad Stuart - Labour MP for Middlesbrough since 1983 - is well known for his outspoken defence of the parents involved in the 1987 Cleveland child abuse scandal.
Mr Bell, who played a key role in exposing the Cleveland child abuse scandal in 1987, declined to comment.
Mike Hill, regional organiser for Unison, said: "Going right back to the days of the Cleveland child abuse scandal in the 1980s, which prompted the introduction of the Children's Act, social workers have been in the front line.
The first victim of the Cleveland child abuse scandal to speak out about his ordeal has insisted: "I was never abused by my family.
A judge involved in the Cleveland child abuse scandal 20 years ago says the police and legal system is still "utterly failing" children.
And the area was rocked by the Cleveland child abuse scandal, which centred on the controversial diagnostic techniques of Dr Marietta Higgs and Dr Geoffrey Wyatt.

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