North West Wales

Operation Pallial: 18th arrest over care home abuse

A 76-year-old man from the Colwyn Bay area has been arrested as part of the Operation Pallial investigation into historical abuse at north Wales children's homes.

It is the 18th arrest in the operation by National Crime Agency officers.

The man, from Old Colwyn, is being questioned on suspicion of both physical and sexual assaults against seven boys.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1975 and 1983.

The arrested man is being held at a local police station.

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

The latest development follows a further two arrests by Operation Pallial officers.

Two others bailed

A 65-year-old man from Cardiff was bailed at the end of November, after being arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, gross indecency and assault on three boys aged between 10 and 12.

It is alleged the offences took place between 1970 and 1981.

Last week, a 17th arrest was made when a 69-year-old man was questioned over allegations of sexual assault on a teenage boy between 1984 and 1985.

The man from Maidenhead, Berkshire, was released on police bail until March.

One person has so far been charged with serious sexual offences in relation to Operation Pallial.

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