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Witness says children's home was run like a 'prison camp'.


A MAN who was put in cold baths after wetting his bed in a children's home yesterday said the institution was like a "prison camp".

Thomas Hagan, 82, stayed at Quarriers Village - a development containing dozens of orphan homes - in Renfrewshire between 1938 and 1952 and said the experience "ruined his life".

Thomas waived his right to anonymity in a statement to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

He described how his "house father" would beat him with a belt then put him in a cold bath if he wet the bed.

He said: "He did this to me every night because I would wet the bed nearly every night.

"I don't have baths now, I'm too nervous. I don't think I've had a bath since I left Quarriers."

Thomas said he saw other attacks on children.

He added: "It was like a prison camp. At Christmas, you would get one present but the house parents would throw the presents into the fire one by one after two weeks. They ruined our lives."

Another female witness, who lived in Quarriers from 1968 until 1970, told the inquiry she was beaten by her house mother with a wet towel on her first day in care.

She also said she was force-fed meals even after she had vomited some up. The same bowl of stew was given to her at each meal for three days until she threw it away. She said: "I got quite a beating after that."

The inquiry continues.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 1, 2018
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