Two more men have been arrested by officers investigating recent allegations of historical abuse in care homes in North Wales.
A 69-year-old man was arrested in Wrexham on suspicion of child cruelty offences against six boys. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1975 and 1981, when the boys were aged between nine and 14.
A 61-year-old man was arrested in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on suspicion of child cruelty against a boy. The offence is alleged to have taken place in 1978, when the boy was around nine years old.
The two men will be taken to local police stations and interviewed by officers from Operation Pallial.
Ten people have now been arrested as part of the investigation.
One person has been charged with a large number of serious sexual offences.
An eighth person has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of historical abuse at care homes in North Wales.
A 59-year-old man was arrested at an address in Lancaster this morning, on suspicion of a number of indecent assaults.
The offences are alleged to have taken place against two boys. One boy is alleged to have been assaulted between 1968 and 1973, when he was aged between 11 and 16 years old, and a second boy is alleged to have been assaulted in 1970, when he was nine years old.
Operational Pallial is an investigation led by Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.
To date, one person has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences.
A 71-year-old man has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences in connection with historic abuse in north Wales.
John Allen, from Ipswich, answered bail this morning and was charged with 22 indecent assaults, one offence of gross indecency and nine other serious sexual offences.
The Crown Prosecution Service is working alongside Operation Pallial as this major investigation into historical sexual abuse in North Wales moves forward.
I can confirm that, having carefully considered the evidence gathered so far, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge John Allen with a total of 32 serious sexual offences, and that it is in the public interest to do so.
We have therefore authorised Operation Pallial to charge Mr Allen with these offences.
– Karen Mullin, CPS Cymru-Wales
The offences are alleged to happened between 1968 and 1989 and involved 15 children. Mr Allen has been remanded in custody to appear before magistrates in Mold tomorrow morning.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency says it is talking to 187 people in connection with Operation Pallial.
A man from Wrexham has been arrested on suspicion of eight historical physical assaults. The arrest is part of Operation Pallial, the ongoing investigation into historic child abuse at north Wales care homes.
The 72-year-old man will be questioned over assaults on five boys and three girls aged between 10 and 15, which are alleged to have taken place between 1974 and 1986.
He is being taken to a police station in north Wales for questioning.