|The inquiry is chaired by Justice Lowell Goddard|
Victims of alleged child sex abuse who submitted accounts through the Government's inquiry website were told their testimonies had been deleted because of a technical blunder.
Following a change in the inquiry’s website address, any submissions through an online form between 14 September and October 2 were “instantly and permanently deleted” before reaching staff.
OMGosh, some techie's head should role for this. What a dreadful start!
|The inquiry was set up following allegations that a paedophile ring operated|
in Westminster in the 1980s Photo: ALAMY
Those whose submissions have been lost have been asked to resend their information.
The inquiry into historic sex abuse was set up last July but has suffered a number of delays after two previous chairwomen resigned.
It is now being led by New Zealand judge Lowell Goddard, who will receive a £482,000 pay package in salary and allowances. No wonder she's smiling.
IICSA said in a statement on its website: "Due to a change in our website address to http://www.iicsa.org.uk on 14 September, any information submitted to the Inquiry between 14 September and 2 October through the online form on the Share your experience page of our website, was instantly and permanently deleted before it reached our engagement team.
"We are very sorry for any inconvenience or distress this will cause and would like to reassure you that no information was put at risk of disclosure or unauthorised access."
|Theresa May announces the review into the Home Office investigation|
into allegations of historical child sex abuse Photo: PA
"We would like to apologise again to anyone who submitted details to the Inquiry during this time and to ask you to please resubmit your information through the online form.
"Alternatively you can call the Inquiry helpline on 0800 917 1000 to submit your information over the phone, or email our team at email@example.com."