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Gordon Anglesea

Rebecca Television is run by journalist Paddy French. He was a current affairs producer on the ITV Wales current affairs strand Wales This Week for nearly ten years. He left ITV in 2008. Please follow the link below to read the full story.

GORDON ANGLESEA The retired police superintendent won a major libel case at the High Court in London in 1994.

GORDON ANGLESEA
The retired police superintendent won a major libel case at the High Court in London in 1994.

IT WAS a Monday morning in October 1997 at the studios of HTV on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The team at the channel’s current affairs programme Wales This Week were preparing the Thursday evening edition.

For Editor Clare Hudson and Director David Williams this was no ordinary programme.

It was the latest in a series of investigations into child abuse in North Wales.

A Tribunal was already hearing evidence about the extent of physical and sexual abuse in children’s homes in the area.

Wales This Week had played a substantial role in the events which led up to the setting up of the Inquiry.

Six years earlier a report on allegations of physical abuse at a home in Gwynedd, the north-west corner of Wales, had led to the county being included in the child abuse investigation which had already started in the north-eastern corner, the county of Clwyd.

A year later, in September 1992, Wales This Week broadcast the most explosive programme in its history.

It featured two witnesses who claimed that a policeman, retired Superintendent Gordon Anglesea, had sexually abused them while they were residents of the Bryn Estyn children’s home just outside Wrexham.

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The epidemic in our midst that went unnoticed (2.6.98)

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The Guardian, 2nd June 1998

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IN NOVEMBER last year, every newspaper in Britain carried the story of how Scotland Yard had worked with police forces around the country to raid the rooms of teachers at private schools in search of evidence of their involvement in a paedophile ring. The more interesting story, however, was one raid which never happened.

In the weeks before the operation, specialist detectives from the Paedophile Unit at Scotland Yard had discussed with Thames Valley the possibility of raiding a teacher at the most prestigious private school in the country – Eton College.

The move started after a teacher who had recently left Eton went to Thames Valley police and claimed that one of his colleagues had been indecently assaulting boys at the school. Detectives discovered that the suspect had been the target of similar allegations in the past; and that police in Yorkshire had seized…

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Exclusive: Child sex abuse – Police arrest half brother of prominent Tory MP

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The Met police this morning arrested Charles Napier, the half brother of a prominent Conservative MP in a substantial stepping of their investigation into historic child sexual abuse.

The full story of the arrest of John Whittingdale ‘s half brother in the Dorset town of  Sherborne is on the Exaro News website ( see http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5021/met-s-operation-fairbank-arrests-half-brother-of-top-tory-mp ). The arrest took place at the £500.000 home of the Mp’s 92 year old mother.

The arrest is the first  as a result of inquiries by  Operation Fairbank set up after Labour MP  Tom Watson passed allegations of child sexual abuse dating back to the 1980s to the Met Police.It follows two arrests under Operation Fernbridge, which is looking into child abuse in the London borough of Richmond and at Elm Guest House in Barnes where it is alleged that prominent VIPS abused boys.

 However unlike  reports today in the Telegraph and  Mail on…

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Silence that cloaked child sex conspiracy (27.5.94)

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Evening Standard, 27th May 1994

by Stewart Payne & Eileen Fairweather

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Op Pallial: Police Arrest 62 Year Old Man

A 62-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault as part of an investigation into historical child abuse in north Wales care homes.

He was arrested in Leicester in relation to allegations of assaults on three boys aged 12 to 14 years old between 1969 and 1984.

The arrest was part of Operation Pallial, the independent investigation set up in November last year to examine the abuse allegations.

This is the operation’s second arrest.

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I have heard that the number of alleged victims that have been identified, which had stood at 140, has increased substantially in the weeks since Op Pallial gave an overview in late April Channel 4

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Op Fairbank: Charles Napier Is Arrested

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Charles Napier

Charles Napier, former executive member of Paedophile Information Exchange, and half brother of the Conservative MP John Whittingdale, current Chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee and formerly Political Secretary to the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has been arrested.

This is in connection with Operation Fairbank and is the first arrest as a result of that investigation.

Operation Fairbank began as a result of this question by Tom Watson MP at PMQs [watch video].

Charles Napier and Peter Righton were friends.

More details about the arrest of Charles Napier, which took place this morning can be found at Exaro News.

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Interview With Andrew Norfolk On Sexual Grooming

Award winning Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, The Foot Award and The Orwell Award, is interviewed by the Sikh Awareness Society about the reality of sexual grooming gangs in the UK.

This is a very good interview with an interviewer unafraid to ask very difficult and searching questions and an knowledgeable interviewee unafraid to answer them candidly.

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