BROADCASTER Nicky Campbell has revealed how he is haunted after witnessing a sick teacher abuse one of his schoolmates.

The TV presenter, 61, was only ten when he saw the evil teacher abuse his pal in a changing room at the Edinburgh Academy.

He said the horror has stayed with him since he first witnessed the abuse in the 1970s.

The Edinburgh Academy has apologised and "deeply regrets" the horror Nicky went through.

Nicky described the horrific abuse he witnessed aged 10 in disturbing detail in an episode of his Different podcast on BBC sounds.

In it he says: "My friend is laughing but I know from the fear in it that it’s not a good laugh.

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"The man is leering and smirking. We are all giggling but what else can we do?

"The teacher has both hands on my friend’s penis and is masturbating him."

Nicky will tell BBC Radio 5 Live later today: "I didn't suffer at [that teacher's] hands – I wasn't abused by him but I know how much it affected those who he did target.

"All their lives – there were many.

"What I witnessed was horrific and I realised how much it's just a part of my psychological furniture – always there."

Nicky told how he made up his mind to speak out about the abuse, and went to speak to a journalist.


He described the sick abuse he witnessed – but was appalled by what came next.

The journalist revealed that the teacher – who Nicky dubbed "one of the most prolific paedophiles in British criminal history" – is still alive and living abroad with his wife.

The teacher has been arrested but cannot be charged until he's back in the UK – and chances of that are slim.

Nicky also described another teacher who would "tickle" students – including Nicky – and touch their genitals.

Dawson – who is now dead – had several victims and Nicky and his friends still discuss the abuse suffered aged only 12.

The broadcaster was also beaten up in school by a teacher.

When his mum raised the issue, they got an apology but the complaint was "hushed up".

A spokeswoman for the Edinburgh Academy said it "deeply regrets what has happened in the past and apologises wholeheartedly to those concerned".

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"We have worked closely with the relevant authorities including Police Scotland with their inquiries and would like to provide reassurance that things have dramatically changed since the 1970s.

"The Academy has robust measures in place to safeguard children at the school with child protection training now core to the ethos of the Academy."

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