Police probe into Viscount Tonypandy abuse allegations

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says it has received a referral from South Wales Police over allegations of abuse by former Welsh Secretary and House of Commons Speaker Viscount Tonypandy.

The Daily Mirror reports an allegation that the late peer, once a teacher and Methodist preacher, abused a nine-year-old boy.

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Apology for 'unacceptable' delay in Tonypandy probe

South Wales Police has apologised and referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after an "unacceptable" delay in the investigation of child abuse claims against former House of Commons Speaker Lord Tonypandy.

South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said: “We were made aware of these allegations in April 2013 and have attempted to get in touch with the [alleged victim].

“Unfortunately incorrect contact information was used and as a result we failed to make contact with him. We have since spoken to [the alleged victim], apologised for the delay and are investigating his claims.

"It is important that victims have the confidence to come forward and speak to us. We take any allegations regarding sexual assault or rape extremely seriously and urge anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime to make contact with us.”

– South Wales Police Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Holland said:

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