Hampshire Police have launched an investigation after allegations made by this programme about the barrister and evangelical Christian John Smyth. The accusations levelled at him are horrifying. One man who attended Winchester College claimed that after Smyth lashed him thousands of times with a cane at his home, he tried to take his own life.
Another said he bled so profusely he had to wear nappies. But although their voices are finally being heard, the allegations were first brought to the attention of senior figures in the Church in 1982, when a confidential report set out the alleged brutality in grisly detail: 8,000.