Third child abuse claims arrest

A third man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of a historic paedophile ring in North Wales.

Third man arrested over 'care homes abuse'

A third man has been arrested by police investigating allegations of a paedophile ring in North Wales.

Detectives from Operation Pallial, launched last November, are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

A 72-year-old man has been arrested in Wrexham on suspicion of physical assaults against five boys and three girls aged between 10 and 15.

The assaults allegedly took place between 1974 and 1986 and the man will be taken to a police station in North Wales to be questioned.

Operation Pallial is looking into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

MP's half-brother arrested over sex abuse claims

Detectives investigating historical child abuse claims in North Wales care homes have arrested the half-brother of senior Conservative MP John Whittingdale.

Charles Napier, 65, was held under a new strand of an existing investigation into alleged child abuse in the early 1980s at the Elm Guest House in Barnes, south west London.

Mr Whittingdale, 53, chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said of his half-brother's arrest:

If allegations have been made, of course I accept the police should investigate this.

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Second abuse arrest over historic allegations

The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said officers had arrested a man in Leicester:

The assaults, on three boys, are alleged to have taken place between 1969 and 1984 when they were aged between 12 and 14 years old.

The 62-year-old man will be taken to a police station in Leicestershire, where he will be interviewed.

Soca said no further information about the arrest or the specific nature of the offences being put to the arrested man will be provided.

It is the second arrest conducted by Operation Pallial.

The first took place on 23rd April and the man from Ipswich, Suffolk - accused of "a number of serious sexual offences against a number of individuals" - was bailed until the end of July.