A Runcorn man who was abused by nuns at a special school when he was a child has been awarded compensation.

Terry Daley, 69, tried prosecuting Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary convent, for years of sexual and physical abuse he suffered aged 10 to 15. However, was told by police his tormentors were dead.

Mr Daley from Runcorn in Cheshire contacted Lancashire Police about the treatment he suffered at Pontville Special School in Ormskirk, after another former student revealed details about the abuse he suffered at the convent.

However in 2001 he was told by senior detectives that the Chigwell-based nuns in Essex were dead making criminal investigation impossible.

Almost a decade later Lancashire Police told Mr Daley that one nun who was allegedly involved in the abuse was still alive, but suffered with dementia, giving her immunity from facing prosecution.

Lancashire Police have since apologised for providing Mr Daley with incorrect information, but later admitted they would not proceed with criminal action.

At the start of January 2016 Mr Daley accepted a compensation payment from the Sisters of Sacret Heart. He later said: “This outcome doesn’t give me closure, but I’ll try to put it behind me. Getting to the truth has been a bitter experience for me.

“I nearly ended up an alcoholic, battled internal demons and haven’t seen my brother and sister for years. I’ve just got to accept this result. It’s not about the money, but justice. The Sisters can have the cash back if they want.”

Spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: “Following allegations made by Mr Daley in 2000 a number of people were identified as persons of interest. Unfortunately we understood that all those people concerned had died and so were we unable to further the investigation and we told Mr Daley this.

“A number of years later, Mr Daley contacted us with information that one of those people concerned was in fact still alive. Unfortunately, due to the health of this person, they were unfit to be spoken to.”