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Anglesea guilty verdicts: Police apology to those whose lives 'he so traumatically affected'

North Wales Police has made an apology after former Police Superintendent Gordon Anglesea was found guilty of four indecent assaults earlier today.

He was found not guilty of an alternative charge of serious sexual assault.

Gordon Anglesea has been found guilty of four indecent assaults.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki said that the victims in this case have waited a long time for justice and he was pleased that today they have seen this done.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki would like to apologise on behalf of the force to those whose lives he so traumatically affected. Credit: ITV News

It has not been an easy journey from them, it has taken courage to stand by their convictions, but I hope that they will now take some solace from seeing their abuser brought to justice.

At the outset of Operation Pallial we said that all abusers of children should keep looking over their shoulder and I am satisfied that today time has caught up with Gordon Anglesea.

It is true to say that no occupation is immune from individuals who will exploit their position of authority and trust to abuse vulnerable victims, but people expect and deserve better from the police.

I am saddened that a former NWP officer was one of these individuals and I would like to apologise on behalf of the force to those whose lives he so traumatically affected.

Nothing anyone can do now will change the past, but I can assure people that the way in which we now investigate sexual abuse, the investment which goes in to it and the significance it is given is considerably different to how it ways in the past.

We have a dedicated team in place for receiving and investigating allegations of sexual abuse.

The Amethyst Team deals solely with victims, seeing them through from reporting to case conclusion.

– Assistant Chief Constable Richard Debicki, North Wales Police

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