This latest investigation is a major step forward investigating claims of widespread child abuse.
The NSPCC is providing a round-the-clock helpline – 0800 389 6176 - which has already taken 124 calls relating to this inquiry. We would urge anyone who has any information about abuse, either current or historic, to contact us or the police immediately.
– Des Mannion, NSPCC national head of service in Wales
North Wales Chief Constable Mark Polin says police will 'always examine new information and evidence' and that offenders should 'look over their shoulders'.
"If you believe that the passage of time will reduce the resolve of Operation Pallial or any police force to identify people still alive who have caused harm to others and bring them to justice, you are sorely mistaken," he said.
"People who commit serious and sexual offences should live with the knowledge that we will always examine new information and evidence and seek to bring them to justice for their crimes.
"Offenders should quite rightly have to look over their shoulders for the rest of their lives."
Many have provided graphic accounts of abuse, in some cases of very serious criminality. These are serious allegations that will be thoroughly investigated. We are prioritising our activities to ensure that any level of ongoing risk to the public is minimised.
– Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey, Operation Pallial