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Op Pallial: Arrest Number 13

It looks like  St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex is something of a hotbed for child abusers.

5 years younger, this man can not be John Stingemore.

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The man, aged 66, from St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, was arrested this morning on suspicion of a number of offenses against children between 10 and 14 years in the period between 1975 and 1977.

The man will be questioned by the police later.

It is the 13th person to be arrested as part of pallial Inquiry. One man has been charged so far. John Allen, 72, has been charged with a number of serious sexual offenses and is due to go before Caernarfon Crown Court on 28 October

The pallial campaign is being led by Keith Bristow, the director general of the National Crime Agency (NCA).

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Op Pallial: Arrest Number 12

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Detectives investigating historic sex abuse at children’s homes in North Wales have today arrested a man on suspicion of sexually assaulting a young boy.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial – the investigation being run by the National Crime Agency (NCA) – arrested a 53-year-old man from Connah’s Quay, this morning.

An NCA spokesman said: “A 53-year-old man was arrested in Connah’s Quay, North Wales, on suspicion of three allegations of sexual assault. The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1984 and 1985 when the boy was aged between 12 and 14 years old.

“The man has been taken to a local police station where he will be interviewed by NCA officers from Operation Pallial.”

The NCA said no further information about the arrest or the specific nature of the offences being put to the man would be provided at this time.

Today’s arrest is the 12th conducted by members of Operation Pallial. To date, one person has been charged with a large number of serious sexual offences.

Wales Online

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Op Pallial: Arrest Number 11.

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A 52-year-old man from Mold is being questioned on suspicion of child cruelty and indecent assault – becoming the eleventh person to be arrested as part of Operation Pallial.

The offences, against four boys and one girl, are alleged to have taken place between 1981 and 1988, when they were aged 13 or 14 years old.

The man was arrested in the St Helens area of Merseyside and has been taken to a police station in the vicinity where he will be interviewed.

Operation Pallial is an investigation led by Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales. The NCA became fully operational on October 7.

One person has so far been charged with a large number of serious sexual offences.

Commenting on the latest arrest, an NCA spokesman said: “No further information about the arrest, or the specific nature of the offences being put to him, will be provided. An update will be issued when he is charged, bailed or released from police custody following interview.”

Detectives from Operation Pallial, which was launched in November, are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

Daily Post

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Op Pallial: Arrests Number 9 And 10

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Another two men have been arrested in an ongoing investigation into historic child abuse allegations in the North Wales care home system.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial, arrested two men from addresses in Wrexham and Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on suspicion of child cruelty, on Wednesday morning.

A 69 year-old man was arrested in Wrexham on suspicion of child cruelty offences against six boys.

A spokesman for the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said: The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1975 and 1981, when the boys were aged between nine and 14 years-old.

“A 61 year-old man was arrested in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on suspicion of child cruelty against a boy.

“The offence is alleged to have taken place in 1978, when the boy was around nine years old.

“The two men will be taken to police stations in each force area and interviewed by officers from Operation Pallial.”

No further information about the arrests, or the specific nature of the offences being put to them, will be provided, the Soca spokesman said

Daily Post

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Op Pallial: John Allen Gets Bail

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A man accused of the historical sex abuse of 15 youngsters at children’s homes in north Wales has been released on bail by a judge.

John Allen, 72, of Ipswich, Suffolk, is charged with 32 offences involving 14 boys and a girl between 1968 and 1989.

Mr Allen, ex-head of the Bryn Alyn Community which ran homes in north Wales, was granted conditional bail at Caernarfon Crown Court.

His legal team has indicated he intends to deny the allegations.

Mr Allen, who was not in court for the hearing, was arrested and charged in August and appeared at Mold Magistrates’ Court on 1 August.

He was accused of 32 offences, including 22 of indecent assault, involving children aged between seven and 15.

He was first arrested in April by officers from Operation Pallial, the investigation by the National Crime Agency into allegations of historical child abuse at care homes in north Wales.

A further court hearing is expected in November.

The Bryn Alyn Community was a limited company which operated a total of 11 residential children’s homes in north east Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire.

BBC News

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Op Pallial: Arrest Number 8

A man has been arrested by Operation Pallial in Lancaster in connection with a number of indecent assaults which took place between 1968 and 1973.

Operation Pallial is investigating abuse in care homes in North Wales.

According to SOCA the man who has been arrested is 59 years old. Which would suggest that he was 14 years old in 1968 and 19 years old in 1973.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial today (Wednesday September 4) arrested a man from an address in Lancaster, Lancashire, on suspicion of a number of indecent assaults.

The offences are alleged to have taken place against two boys. One boy is alleged to have been assaulted between 1968 and 1973, when he was aged between 11 and 16 years old and a second boy is alleged to have been assaulted in 1970, when he was nine years old.
The 59-year-old man has been taken to a police station in Lancashire, where he will be interviewed by officers from Operation Pallial.
No further information about the arrest, or the specific nature of the offences being put to him, will be provided. An update will be issued when the person is charged, bailed or released from police custody following interview.
Operation Pallial is an investigation led by Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.
Today’s arrest is the eighth conducted by members of Operation Pallial. To date, one person has been charged with a total of 32 serious sexual offences.

SOCA

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Op Pallial: Two More Arrests.

Arrests number 5 and 6.

It looks like the Operation Pallial police are doing their job, maybe Fernbridge and Fairbank should take note ?

Also, don’t be surprised that a women has been arrested, there are a few ‘in the frame’ in regards to North Wales.

Anyone with any information on how the Macur review is going?

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Officers attached to Operation Pallial, the investigation being run by the National Crime Agency, have arrested a man and a woman from one address in Seaford, East Sussex.

The offences are alleged to have taken place on a boy between 1975 and 1976 when he was aged between 11 and 12.

The 63-year-old man and 60-year-old woman have been taken to a police station in Sussex, where they will be interviewed by officers from Operation Pallial.

Operation Pallial is led by Keith Bristow, director general of the National Crime Agency, into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Today’s arrests are the sixth and seventh in the inquiry, and one person has been charged.

John Allen, 72, is charged with 22 offences of indecent assault, nine offences of buggery and one of inciting gross indecency with a child.

The alleged offences span around 20 years, from 1968 to 1989, and involve 14 boys and one girl, aged between seven and 15 at the time.

Allen is due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on October 28.

Wales Online

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Operation Pallial: Fifth Arrest.

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A fifth man has been arrested on suspicion of historical sex abuse at care homes in north Wales.
A 62-year-old man from Wrexham is being questioned on suspicion of a serious sexual offence and indecent assault of two boys aged 14 and 15 in the 1980s.
The arrest was made by officers involved in Operation Pallial which is looking into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in north Wales.
To date one man has been charged.

BBC News 15/08/3

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Operation Pallial: John Allen Charged

I had been told by a few very reliable sources at the time that the first person arrested in Suffolk was John Allen. However, I’d been told this on condition that I did not publish and that it would be for background only.

 Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd  was written with the help of Kaz author of Fighting Back;

Of the four men arrested by Operation Pallial, I’m fairly sure I know who the first three are. None are ‘new’ names.

A 71-year-old man has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences by detectives investigating allegations of historical child abuse in north Wales.

John Allen, of Ipswich, Suffolk, was re-arrested on Wednesday when he answered bail in north Wales.

The charges include 22 indecent assaults and one offence of gross indecency, alleged to have taken place between 1968 and 1989.

He is in custody and is due to appear before Mold Magistrates on Thursday.

BBC News

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Operation Pallial: Fourth Arrest.

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A fourth man has been arrested by Operation Pallial detectives investigating allegations of child abuse at north Wales care homes.

The 61-year-old man was arrested in Chester in Cheshire on Wednesday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage boy between 1982 and 1985.

Detectives said the man was held on suspicion of “a number of serious sexual assaults” on the boy, who was aged between 12 and 15 at the time.

It is the fourth arrest in the Operation Pallial investigation ordered by David Cameron at the height of the national child sexual abuse scandal last November.

In April, detectives said more than 140 people had told police they were the victims of abuse at 18 children’s homes across north Wales over three decades.

The Guardian

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Op Pallial: Third Arrest.

I am aware of the names of the first two men arrested although I don’t know who this one is just yet.

I’ve not named them as it is far more important that survivors get justice through the courts.

Police investigating historical abuse of children at care homes across north Wales have arrested a 72-year-old man in Wrexham.

Detectives from the Operation Pallial team said the individual was arrested on suspicion of eight physical assaults.

The alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1974 and 1986, and involved five boys and three girls.

The man arrested has been taken to an un-named police station in north Wales.

North Wales Police said the children involved in the latest arrest were aged between 10 and 15-years-old when the suspected incidents happened.

BBC News

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“No Evidence”… Or The Dog That Didn’t Bark In The Night.

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“16. No evidence of systemic or institutional misconduct by North Wales Police officers or staff in connection with these matters has been identified.” – Operation Pallial Report

Jimmy Savile presents a cheque to Jersey Police.

“WYP [West Yorkshire Police] has thoroughly investigated the FMC [Friday Morning Club] and no evidence was found of any impropriety or misconduct on behalf of the officers who attended.” – Operation Newgreen Report

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Tony Robinson, a special branch officer with Lancashire Police in the 1970s, said he saw a police dossier which was “thick” with allegations from boys claiming they had been abused by Sir Cyril.

He said that after taking the file out of the safe at special branch headquarters in Hutton, Preston, he was contacted by an officer from MI5 who told him it needed to be sent to London.

Mr Robinson also disclosed that the then Director of Public Prosecutions had examined the allegations but decided they were “not in the public interest”.

He said: ”The police now say the file is lost. It seems like there was a complete cover up to me.”…

…Mr Robinson, who had a previous interest in the case, said he read Sir Cyril’s file. He said: “I looked through Sir Cyril’s file which was kept in a safe in our office.

“It was thick full of statements from young boys alleging abuse. It had been prepared for prosecution.

“Written across the top of it were the words: ‘No further action, not in the public interest. DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions].’

“Shortly after taking it out I was called by an MI5 officer. They asked if I had the file on Mr Cyril Smith, and said: ‘Please have this sent down to London.”

Daily Telegraph

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A senior Tory MP handed an explosive dossier ­alleging VIP child abuse to the Government almost 30 years ago, the Sunday People can reveal.

The 50 pages contained information about suspected paedophile rings, police misconduct and abuse of boys in a care home.

There are suggestions the dossier contained links to the notorious Elm guest house in south-west London which is currently the focus of the Met Police’s investigation Operation Fernbridge.

But the file has disappeared.

It was presented to the Home Office by Geoffrey Dickens MP in 1984.

Later he had a half-hour meeting with the then-Home Secretary Leon Brittan which Mr Dickens described as encouraging.

The MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth said he had been assured his allegations of a UK-wide paedophile ring would be fully investigated.

But there is no evidence Mr Dickens’ findings were ever followed up and the Home Office admits it has no idea where the file is now.

The Mirror

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A Less Redacted Jillings Report

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Jillings Part 1

Jillings Part 2

The Jillings report was commissioned by the former Clwyd County Council in 1994. On legal advice, Clwyd County Council did not publish the report and in March 1996 its full Council noted the report and agreed to refer it to the Secretary of State for Wales to assist him in considering whether or not there should be a public inquiry. The Waterhouse Inquiry was subsequently instituted.

In November 2012, following FOI requests, successor Councils to the former Clwyd Council established that copies of the report were held in local authority archives.

The successor Councils took legal advice on whether the report should be disclosed under the Freedom of Information legislation, whether in full or in part.

Following the publication of theOperation Pallial Public Report on Progress on the 29 April 2013, Council representatives have spoken with the investigation   to assess the potential impact of releasing the Jillings report on ongoing criminal enquiries.

Councils have reviewed whether or not to release any or all of the Report in light of that discussion and the independent legal advice from Hempsons Solicitors, obtained jointly on behalf of the successor councils.

A decision has now been made to release a redacted version of the Jillings Report  today (8 July 2013)

Wrexham.gov.uk

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William Hague.

Resign !

Regardless of the decision that Macur comes to, you should resign.

If, she finds that The Waterhouse Inquiry had it’s remit unreasonably restricted by YOU when you were Welsh Secretary, you should resign!

If she decides that The Waterhouse Inquiry was sound, then given that all the evidence points in the opposite direction and that everyone will lay the cover-up at your door, you should step down to protect the Government.

I think it is incumbent on you to do the right thing before ‘personal matters’ get brought into this.

Just a fair heads up.

Go now and go quietly.

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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.

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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.

Rebecca Television

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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.

BBC News

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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The Censored Testimony Of Des Frost

I highly recommend you visit Rebecca Television and watch this 16 minute video. The Link is below this accompanying article.

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Des Frost

THE NORTH Wales Child Abuse Tribunal is the only full-scale public inquiry ever to be held in Britain into sexual and physical abuse in care homes.

It cost £14 million and produced a substantial 937 page report in 2000.

Rebecca Television has long argued that the Tribunal, chaired by the retired High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse, was “flawed”.

The key piece of evidence concerns a man called Des Frost.

Frost was a senior executive in the privately run Bryn Alyn Community in Wrexham whose boss John Allen was gaoled for child abuse in the 1990s.

Des Frost was potentially a key witness for the Tribunal because he claimed he told police about Allen’s activities a full decade before he was brought to book.

But Frost was never called to give evidence — and the Tribunal prevented the Welsh television company HTV from broadcasting his testimony.

The result was that the Waterhouse Tribunal never heard Frost’s evidence.

As a result, the North Wales Police was cleared of any failure to bring the abuse on its patch to an end ten years before it actually did so.

The video of the censored testimony can be found at Rebecca Television

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Macur Meetings Today

Meetings are at Wrexham’s Ramada Plaza hotel at 12:30 pm and 6 pm.

Hopefully, we’ll get some feedback from the meetings

A public meeting hosted by a judge leading a review of the Waterhouse inquiry into abuse at north Wales children’s homes has started.

 

Mrs Justice Macur says she wants to meet anyone with information relating to the inquiry, which began in 1996.

The Waterhouse report examined the historical abuse of victims in former care homes, but there are claims it uncovered only a fraction of the abuse.

BBC News

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Jillings And Zurich Insurance

I will probably come to regret this but nevermind…

I’m posting this up because Darren Laverty is correct to highlight the role that insurance companies have played in systemic child abuse cover-ups. I’m still not sure if DL has a copy of ‘The Jillings Report’ or a report on ‘The Jillings Report’ which followed it. However, it doesn’t matter too much for the purposes of this piece.

The insidious role of insurance companies in child abuse cover-ups is not confined to North Wales.  This will be seen to be a common theme as more comes out. It would appear that whenever councils, or any institution, have been faced with systemic child abuse they have been faced with a rather onerous choice, The council can do the right thing and come clean thus accepting liability, in which case the insurance company, in this case Zurich, could claim that the insurance policy has been rendered null and void, leaving the council to foot the bill for any compensation claims or it can cover-up the child abuse, often allowing abusers to move on and perhaps even offend elsewhere.

It’s obviously not a satisfactory state of affairs and it needs addressing and it is why I support this petition HERE which lobbies the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, for a law which would require adults working with children to report alleged child abuse thus taking such considerations out of any local authority’s decision making process.

Regardless of the presentation the findings of the Jillings panel are clear enough. The overriding theme for me was the issue of the insurers decision to place the council in a corner with no-where to run. The former Clwyd CC solicitors bowed before their insurers and complied with the orders to not publish. The insurers went so far as to request the dismissal of the social services chair Malcolm King, should he fail to keep his mouth shut. Jillings states-

“we are of the opinion that the issues raised by those advising the insurers impinge on the established democratic and constitutional arrangements of England and Wales” –
Pretty damning? Absolutely! He goes on-
“we consider that prior to the inception of this inquiry the independent panel should have been made fully aware of the expectations of the insurers solicitors”   
 
For me that could be translated to- if we’d been told what you want we would have provided it. But because we’ve come this far we’re not turning back. Fair enough. Jillings has a another pop at the insurers in his findings on this area.
 
“We consider that the insurers should amend their guidance notes so as to include and give prominence to the Children’s Act guidance”- 
There’s plenty more damning comments but the drift of what is being said is clear, Jillings has come in for attacks and decided to fuck the insurers off by including their demands in his report. Is it any wonder the insurers felt they needed to keep the report away from the publics inquisitive minds?
On a more personal level I found this to be very interesting and very informative. Jillings quotes a letter dated February 24th 1994. The letter is from the insurers solicitors which refers to-
 “two main individuals (two former residents) as the “ringleaders”. It states that they “had given up” and it would be most unfortunate if they were encouraged to start again “because of contact from the inquiry panel”. We are not conversant with any issues surrounding these comments , nor why this term was used”-

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Jillings: For The Record.

Tom Watson’s Blog

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