Child abuse campaigner vowes to continue his loud protests

Mickey Summers protests outside Nottingham City Council.

Mickey Summers protests outside Nottingham City Council.

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A former Forest Town man who has been spearheading a campaign to bring paedophiles to justice says he will continue to protest, despite being taken to court.

Mickey Summers has held protests and interrupted council meetings as part of his campaign to out those responsible for child abuse at council-run care homes for youngsters dating back 50 years.

Mr Summers says he was abused as a youngster under the care of the homes, and has been successful in encouraging hundreds of other survivors to step forward and tell their stories.

He also was instrumental in helping to set up the Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Abuse Inquiry Action

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However he feels that his loud approach to the campaign has led to Nottingham City Council to take action.

During a recent court hearing the council says Mr Summers agreed to curb his behaviour, without the need for an injunction.

The council says it wants to help him get justice, but won’t tolerate harassment.

But Mr Summers told Chad: “I did not agree to comply with any terms, I told them what I was prepared to do and they accepted.

“At the end of the day, we’re uncovering more and doing a good job. We had 42 survivors, now we’re verging on 300.

“They say I’m not allowed to harass people but I don’t think I am. I’m asking questions to get answers to the truth!”

Among his protests, Mr Summers led a mock funeral procession outside the city council’s headquarters at Loxley House, stormed a Nottinghamshire County Council meeting and most recently, held a protest outside a city police station, bringing traffic to a halt.

A Nottingham City Council spokesman said: “We reluctantly took this action against Mr Summers due to the way his behaviour was impacting unacceptably on members of the public and our staff, and for no other reason. “We will continue to do all we can to support him finding answers and justice for abuse he alleges he suffered in children’s homes around 50 years ago.

“Often in cases like this, it is preferable for injunctions to be discharged if defendants are willing to give an undertaking to the court.

“We are satisfied that Mr Summers has now given the county court a promise to comply with terms broadly set out in the injunction.

“This carries with it the same sanctions as a breach of an injunction would, but avoids the necessity and cost of a trial.”