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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Arrest in north Wales care home abuse investigation

A 61-year-old man has been arrested by detectives investigating allegations of historic sexual assaults in North Wales care homes.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial arrested the man in Chester today on suspicion of a number of offences.

The assaults, on a boy, are alleged to have taken place between 1982 and 1985 when he was aged between 12 and 15 years old.

Today's arrest is the fourth made by Operation Pallial into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Wrexham man arrested in abuse inquiry

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.

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