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Men accused of assaulting two under-16 boys in 1980s

The National Crime Agency says six further men, who will appear in court next week over Operation Pallial, are accused of assaulting two boys aged under 16, between 1981 and 1986.

The offences are believed to have been committed at addresses in the Wrexham area.

Five men have been bailed to appear at Mold Magistrates Court on 12 June, while a further man has been summoned to appear the same hearing.

The men charged are:

  • Mark Granger, 63, from Leicester - charged with three counts of indecent assault and two counts of serious sexual assault
  • Marc Roy Norry, 54, from Connah’s Quay - charged with four counts of indecent assault, one count of serious sexual assault and one count of attempted serious sexual assault
  • David Lightfoot, 71, from Ellesmere Port - charged with three counts of indecent assault, one count of attempted serious sexual assault and one count of attempted serious sexual assault
  • Edward Huxley, 69, from Maidenhead - charged with two counts of indecent assault
  • Keith Stokes, 61, from Farndon - charged with three counts of indecent assault, three counts of gross indecency, one count of serious sexual assault and one count of attempted serious sexual assault

A further man, 62, from Wrexham, has been summonsed to appear to face one count of indecent assault. He will be named following his court appearance.

Six men due in court over care home sex abuse claims

Six men are due to appear in court next week to face charges, after an investigation into recent allegations of historical sexual abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Five men have been charged with a total of 26 charges of serious sexual assault, as part of Operation Pallial, conducted by the National Crime Agency.

A further man has also been summoned to appear at their court hearing, on 12 June, charged with one offence of indecent assault.

Three people have previously been charged with offences under Operation Pallial.

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Third person charged over care home sex abuse claims

A 74-year-old man from Wrexham has become the third to be charged in an investigation into recent allegations of historical sexual abuse surrounding care homes in North Wales.

Peter Steen has been charged with three offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and four charges of child cruelty.

The offences are alleged to have taken place against four boys and one girl, aged between 13 and 16 years old.

They are alleged to have been committed between 1978 and 1986.

Mr Steen has been bailed to appear at Mold Magistrates Court on 12 June.

He has been charged as part of Operation Pallial - conducted by the National Crime Agency.

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.

12th arrest in historical abuse investigation

Detectives investigating recent allegations of historical abuse at children's care homes in North Wales have arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a boy.

A 53-year-old man from Connah's Quay, Flintshire, was arrested this morning, on suspicion of three allegations of sexual assault.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1984 and 1985, when the boy was aged between 12 and 14 years old.

Today's arrest is the 12th conducted by officers attached to Operation Pallial, an investigation run by the National Crime Agency.

To date, one person has been charged with a large number of serious sexual offences.

Two new arrests in historical abuse investigation

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.

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Eighth person arrested in historical abuse investigation

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.

Man charged in north Wales abuse inquiry

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.

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