South West Wales

Operation Almond: Women deny Cartref-y-Gelli sex offences

Cartref-y-Gelli
Image caption Cartref-y-Gelli closed more than 15 years ago

Two women have denied historical sex offences said to have taken place at a children's home in Carmarthenshire.

One woman, 68, from Carmarthen, pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16.

Another woman, 54, from Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, denied indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16.

Llanelli Magistrates' Court was told the charges date back to the late 1980s at the now-closed Cartref-y-Gelli home in Carmarthen.

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Image caption Police are investigating historical allegations of abuse at a Rhydygors School (pictured) and Cartref-y-Gelli

The women were charged by officers working on Operation Almond, which is investigating allegations of abuse at the home and Ysgol Rhydygors between the 1970s and 1990s.

They have been released on bail until they are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court on 29 September.

Update 25 July 2018:

The trial of the two women which had been due to take place in Swansea in May 2018 did not go ahead after the prosecution offered no evidence.

The pair had been arrested as part of Operation Almond, a police investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at Rhydygors School in Carmarthen during the years spanning 1976 to 1986, and Cartref-Y-Gelli between 1986 and 1990.

A 68-year-old woman from Carmarthen had denied two charges of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16.

And a 54-year-old woman from Westcliff on Sea in Essex, had denied one charge of indecently assaulting a boy under the age of 16.

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