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AMs ask North Wales police chief to bring in outside officers for abuse investigation

Assembly Members from each of the four political parties have written a joint letter urging the Chief Constable of North Wales Police to call on the help of officers from outside the force to investigate its handling of historic child abuse allegations.

Mark Polin has asked Keith Bristow, the head of the National Crime Agency, to review the original investigations. But the Agency doesn't yet have its own officers so Mr Bristow would need to rely on the assistance of those from the North Wales force.

I've been given a copy of the letter from four Assembly Members, who all represent constituencies in the North, say they don't think that would be appropriate because some of the allegations implicated North Wales officers. Here's the text of the letter:

Dear Mark,

Re: Investigation of Child Abuse in North Wales

Firstly, may we thank you for your recent update outlining how the force is dealing with both current and historic child abuse allegations in North Wales.

However, in view of the allegations made locally that North Wales Police were at the time complicit in a "cover-up", we do not believe that it would be appropriate for the force to undertake a review of the evidence.

It must be stressed that we do not seek to question the integrity of North Wales Police officers with regard to the process, but we are anxious to ensure that investigations are completely transparent and that any historic allegations are dealt with through the involvement of a completely independent police force.In the circumstances, therefore, we ask that you consider requesting that independent officers should be responsible for reviewing the original investigation and any new allegations.We look forward to your early response.Yours faithfully,

  • Aled Roberts AM, Welsh Liberal Democrat AM for North Wales
  • Ann Jones AM, Labour Assembly Member for Vale of Clwyd
  • Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM, Plaid Cymru Assembly Member for North Wales
  • Mark Isherwood AM, Conservative Assembly Member for North Wales

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