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.