‘A South Cheshire man has been named in the report into the North Wales child abuse scandal’

The Sentinel (Stoke) 19th February, 2000

Michael Taylor, aged 58, of Welsh Row, Nantwich, was deputy officer in charge at Bersham Hall home, near Wrexham, in 1972 and 1973.

The former Franciscan friar was one of 28 people named in the report by the inquiry team as being unsuitable to work with children.

It said Taylor was convicted in July 1980 at Wrexham Magistrates Court of two offences of indecent assault on a male under 16 years of age and asked for two similar offences to be taken into consideration.

He was placed on probation for two years but the report stressed these offences were committed in Shropshire and wholly unconnected with the allegations relating to his time at Bersham Hall.

The report said Taylor left Bersham Hall because he had been offered an appointment as a lecturer at South Cheshire Central College of further education. It is not known what his current job is.

It reveals Taylor’s conduct was the main subject of eight complaints at Bersham Hall between September 1972 and July 1973.

The inquiry team also heard oral evidence from a former resident of Chevet Hay Children’s Home, Shropshire, where Taylor stayed briefly in the summer 1973 while he waited for college accommodation to become available.

Taylor was traced to Nantwich in the Government’s 48-hour nationwide search for the individuals named in the Waterhouse report.

The report states: “There were three complainants who alleged sexual abuse by Taylor and all of them gave oral evidence before us.

“All the allegations were of indecent assaults usually committed in the witness’ bedroom.”