1. ITV Report

North Wales abuse victim's apology for accusing Tory peer Lord McAlpine

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. Earlier Lord McAlpine had denied any link to allegations of child abuse and said that it was a case of mistaken identity.

Steve Messham, who made the accusations, is committed to co-operating with the new inquiry into sexual abuse in care homes around North Wales in the 1970s and 1980s, according to his lawyer Mike Gray.

This evening it remains Steven Messham’s intention to co-operate fully with Keith Bristow’s team conducting the inquiry announced by the home secretary . Mr Messham has spent many years living with the memory of abhorrent abuse perpetrated by individuals whom were never brought to justice.

Mr Messham contends that there were flaws in the original child abuse inquiry presided over by Sir Ronald Waterhouse and it is hoped that this new investigation will establish why this was the case and what lessons can be learned.


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