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Arrest in investigation into abuse in North Wales care

Police investigating historical cases of child abuse in the North Wales care system made their 14th arrest.

A 60-year-old man from Oswestry in Shropshire was detained for questioning on suspicion of a number of cases of child cruelty.

The offences are alleged to have taken place against three boys between 1978 and 1984, when they were aged between 15 and 16.

The man has been taken to a local police station where he will be interviewed by National Crime Agency officers from Operation Pallial.

HIV positive man jailed for abusing boys

The HIV positive man was jailed for 14 years. Credit: PA

A 36-year-old man who abused three little boys despite being HIV positive was jailed for 14 years today.

Simon Morris Jones, pleaded guilty to 15 charges at Caernarfon crown court, including rape, sexual touching, and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Matthew Dunford, prosecuting, said the boys have had to undergo a course of treatment because the defendant was HIV positive but to date all had been negative.

Jones will be on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

Det Sgt Richard Griffith welcomed the sentence and praised the victims and their families who he said had the courage and resolve to stand up to the perpetrator.


£683,000 funding for North Wales abuse inquiry

North Wales Police will receive approximately £683,000 to support the police inquiry into child abuse in North Wales.

After a parliamentary question from Delyn MP David Hanson, the Government announced new funding for the operation, which will examine new allegations of historic child abuse in care homes.

I welcome the government’s response to my question and the new money that will help support our police as they carry out this important and historic inquiry to get justice for the victims of this terrible abuse.

However, the Minister failed to answer exactly how much this investigation is expected to cost, and made no assurances that the taxpayers of North Wales will not still have make a further contribution.

– David Hanson, MP for Delyn


Allegations of care home abuse made 10 years before boss jailed

ITV Wales News can reveal that the Deputy Manager of a North Wales care home made allegations of abuse at the centre, 10 years before his boss was jailed for sex crimes.

Des Frost was working at the Bryn Alyn Care Home when he spoke to a journalist.

But the Waterhouse Inquiry which investigated claims threatened an injunction if the interview was used.

Plaid leader backs calls for abuse inquiry to be reopened

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood has called for the Waterhouse Inquiry into child abuse at Welsh care homes to be reopened in the light of new allegations of a high-level cover-up. Ms Wood says she'll be 'raising the issue as a matter of urgency with the Welsh Government.'

It appears that there is further institutionalised abuse that needs to be exposed, in addition to the scandal that was uncovered and investigated more than a decade ago. These men in a position of power have so far been protected and that cannot be allowed to continue. They have to be brought to justice for their actions. The victims deserve justice, and the wider public has to be able to have confidence in the system.

I fully support the calls of Wales’s Children’s Commissioner for an inquiry. The office of the Children’s Commissioner was established as a result of the Waterhouse Inquiry and it is important that he is empowered to do his job properly. I would like to see the Waterhouse Inquiry reopened with its terms of reference expanded. The Party of Wales will be raising this with the Welsh Government in the Assembly as a matter of urgency this week to see exactly what can be done. I have also asked people affected to get in touch on a confidential basis via twitter and facebook.

– Leanne Wood AM, leader Plaid Cymru
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