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'Key evidence not heard'

A man who was abused whilst living in the Bryn Estyn care home near Wrexham in the 1970s and 80s, has apologised to a Conservative peer for wrongly identifying him.

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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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