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Op Pallial: 17th Arrest

Many thanks to Kaz @ Fighting Back for pointing this out to me.

The article states 17th arrest and so I guess I’ve missed the 16th. If someone knows about Pallial #16 could you let me know ?

A 69-year-old man from Maidenhead has been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of historical sexual abuse in the care system in North Wales.

The man was arrested on suspicion of a number of sexual offences against a boy on Tuesday as part of Operation Pallial, which is being led by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The offences are alleged to have taken place against a boy between 1984 and 1985, when he was aged between 14 and 15 years old.

The man is being interviewed by NCA officers.

The arrest is the 17th to take place in connection with the investigation.

One person has so far been charged.

Maidenhead Advertiser

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Operation Pallial: Arrest Number 15.

Come on Op Fairbank pull your socks up! Op Pallial are beating you 15 – 5 at the moment.

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A 62-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexual and indecent assault and child cruelty by officers investigating alleged historical sexual abuse in north Wales care homes.

The man, from Mold, Flintshire, was arrested on Wednesday as part of Operation Pallial.

The offences are alleged to have happened against three boys and one girl between 1973 and 1976.

Officers have said the youngsters were aged between 10 and 15.

It is the 15th arrest in the investigation.

The National Crime Agency launched the investigation last November to look at allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

One person has so far been charged with serious sexual offences.

BBC News

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The Messham Intervention

Rebecca Television covers the whole of the UK but includes a built-in bias to issues concerning Wales. It’s independent, does not accept advertising or sponsorship and depends on donations to cover its costs.

The Editor is the Irish-born 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 and now lives in France.

STEPHEN MESSHAM

STEPHEN MESSHAM
Photographed in 2000 holding a copy of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal report, Messham was described in its pages as “severely damaged psychologically”.  Photo: Phil Noble / PA

HOW WAS it that Stephen Messham — a “severely damaged psychologically” man —  was allowed to accuse a senior Tory politician of child abuse on a  national current affairs programme when those same allegations had been dismissed as unreliable twenty years earlier?

Messham, the 49-year-old former resident of the Bryn Estyn children’s home near Wrexham, was the key witness in the BBC’s now notorious early November edition of Newsnight about child abuse in North Wales.

Messham claimed he’d been sexually abused by a senior Tory politician while he was in care.

Newsnight did not identify the man but a frenzy of speculation on the internet meant that Lord McAlpine was quickly — and falsely — “outed” as the alleged abuser.

A week later Messham saw a photograph of Lord McAlpine and declared he was not the man who had abused him.

The media firestorm that followed this disastrous broadcast forced the BBC’s newly-appointed Director General, former Newsnight editor George Entwistle, to resign.

It also cost the editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Iain Overton, his job.

It was the Bureau’s lead reporter Angus Stickler, a former BBC journalist, who came up with the idea for Newsnight and he presented the item.

On the morning of the broadcast, Overton tweeted:

“If all goes well we’ve got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile”.

The night before Overton had attended an Oxford University Union debate where Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick, himself a former Newsnight journalist, asked him if the unidentified politician was McAlpine.

The Observer quotes Overton as saying: “Well, you said it.”

On the day of the broadcast, Michael Crick spoke to Lord McAlpine who denied that he was involved in child abuse — and said he would sue if he was named.

Newsnight did not contact the politician because it decided not to name him.

So why did Stickler, an experienced reporter who won the Sony Radio Academy Award for the best news journalist in 2006, make such an elementary mistake?

Much more at Rebecca Television

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The Trials Of Gordon Anglesea

Rebecca Television covers the whole of the UK but includes a built-in bias to issues concerning Wales. It’s independent, does not accept advertising or sponsorship and depends on donations to cover its costs.

The Editor is the Irish-born 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 and now lives in France.

GORDON ANGLESEA The North Wales Police superintendent won a major libel case against journalists who accused him of abusing young boys at the Bryn Estyn children’s home outside Wrexham. Photo: Rebecca Television

GORDON ANGLESEA
The North Wales Police superintendent won a major libel case against journalists who accused him of abusing young boys at the Bryn Estyn children’s home outside Wrexham.
Photo: Rebecca Television

GORDON ANGLESEA, the former North Wales Police superintendent, is an enigma.

On the one hand he won a famous libel action which saw some of the country’s biggest media companies pay£375,000 in damages for falsely accusing him of sexually abusing young boys.

On the other, he was an important character in the events which led up to the decision to set up the north Wales Child Abuse Tribunal in 1996.

He was a senior police officer and a freemason in a situation where critics were alleging that the police were covering up child abuse, some of which was laid at the door of freemasons.

The Tribunal could find no evidence that would have persuaded the libel trial jury to change its mind.

But its three members expressed “considerable disquiet” about some of the evidence Anglesea gave when he appeared before them.

And now a Rebecca Television investigation reveals that the judge in his libel action also shares that “considerable disquiet”.

Much more at Rebecca Television

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A Mason-Free Zone ?

THE NORTH WALES CHILD ABUSE TRIBUNAL There were three members of the Tribunal — Margaret Clough, chairman Sir Ronald Waterhouse and Morris le Fleming. The evidence suggests they did not come to grips with the role of freemasonry in the North Wales Police.     Photo: PA

THE NORTH WALES CHILD ABUSE TRIBUNAL
There were three members of the Tribunal — Margaret Clough, chairman Sir Ronald Waterhouse and Morris le Fleming. The evidence suggests they did not come to grips with the role of freemasonry in the North Wales Police. Photo: PA

THE WATERHOUSE Tribunal set the tone for its approach to freemasonry right from day one.

In the very first session the barrister for one of the groups of former residents of care homes made an application about masonry.

The barrister, Nick Booth, asked that “the Tribunal should keep a register of the masonic membership amongst its staff, the members, its representatives and witnesses who appear before it”.

He explained:

“The duty of loyalty to a brother mason and his duty of impartiality if he is involved in the administration of justice is not a new one and it’s one that’s very much in the public eye, particularly at the moment.”

“The Tribunal will be aware of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee which is investigating the issue,” he added.

“Sir, I stress, if I have not stressed it before, that I am not making any suggestion of disreputable conduct, merely to put the matter beyond the reach of any possible public comment which might undermine the public confidence in the Inquiry.”

Much More at Rebecca Television

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Operation Pallial: An Overview.

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Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency-led investigation into recent allegations of historical abuse in the care system in North Wales, is now investigating allegations from more than 200 people.

The number of people coming forward to support the independent investigation, led by Keith Bristow, Director General of the National Crime Agency, has increased by nearly a 100 since the operation’s Public Report on Progress in April.

Since the investigation began a year ago, (November 15, 2012), a total of 235 people have contacted the Operation Pallial team, of whom 204 have indicated that they are willing and able to support the investigation. The investigation continues to make good progress, with over 97% of complainants already having been video interviewed by specially trained officers.

Pallial has made a total of 14 arrests to date and one person has been charged with more than thirty serious sexual offences. The 13 other individuals arrested have all been bailed while enquiries continue.

Operation Pallial has been given the names or part names of around 100 alleged offenders, who are all subject to further investigation at this time, including 24 who are believed to have died. Even in these cases, information about them will be investigated by Pallial in consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service in order that victims can be updated.

More at Wrexham.com

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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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