North Wales abuse claims probe

A progress report on Operation Pallial - the re-investigation into claims of abuse linked to North Wales care homes in the 1970s and 1980s - has revealed 140 allegations have been made since November.

'76 new complainants' in abuse claims investigation

Detective Superintendent Ian Mulcahey says 76 people have come forward to make allegations for the first time since a re-investigation into abuse claims began in November.

Operation Pallial is being conducted by the National Crime Agency, at the request of North Wales Police, to ensure its independence.

NSPCC: Operation Pallial 'a major step forward'

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

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Police: 'Offenders should look over their shoulders'

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."

Abuse allegations 'will be thoroughly investigated'

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