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Former police boss jailed for abusing boys

By Pat Hurst

Published 05/11/2016

A retired police chief who won £375,000 in damages after newspapers branded him a paedophile has been jailed for 12 years for abusing two boys
A retired police chief who won £375,000 in damages after newspapers branded him a paedophile has been jailed for 12 years for abusing two boys

A retired police chief who won £375,000 in damages after newspapers branded him a paedophile has been jailed for 12 years for abusing two boys.

Ex-superintendent Gordon Anglesea (79) used "connections with authority" to molest his victims while running a "naughty boy school" in the 1980s.

He escaped justice for 30 years and sued for libel when the Press linked him to paedophiles.

Two newspapers, a TV station and Private Eye magazine failed to convince a libel jury that the officer, a visitor to the notorious Bryn Alyn and Bryn Estyn children's homes in Wrexham, north Wales, molested boys in his care.

Witness Mark Humphries (30) committed suicide two months after giving evidence in the trial.

Anglesea, of Colwyn Bay, was convicted at Mold Crown Court of four counts of indecent assault between 1982 and 1987 against two boys aged 14 or 15. The father-of-five was sentenced yesterday in front of some of the journalists he sued 22 years ago.

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