Tyne & Wear

Trial of social worker accused of sex abuse halted

The trial of a social worker accused of sex attacks on two boys has been halted at Newcastle Crown Court.

Brian Tansey, 69, from Retford in Nottingham, was accused of six sex offences against two boys.

Prosecutors said it "became apparent" the evidence of one alleged victim "differed significantly" from a previous version of events.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it would offer no evidence against Mr Tansey, and he walked free from court.

A spokesperson said "inconsistencies" in the evidence of one alleged witness meant "there was no longer a reasonable chance of conviction and the prosecution took the decision to offer no evidence against Tansey on all charges".

The offences were alleged to have taken place at the former Washington Hall School and at Feversham School in Walbottle.

Both were residential schools for children with behavioural and emotional problems.

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