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Man charged in child abuse inquiry

A 62-year-old man has been charged with indecent assault against a teenage boy as part of an investigation into historic child abuse in the care system in North Wales.

Richard Dafydd Vevar, from Wrexham, has been charged with two offences of indecent assault against a boy aged between 13 and 16, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1986 and 1989, the NCA added.

Vevar has been bailed to appear at Dolgellau Magistrates' Court on June 2.

Vevar is the second person to be charged under Operation Pallial, which is looking at offences allegedly committed against alleged victims aged between six and 19 from 1953 to 1995 at care homes across North Wales.

Another man, John Allen, 72, has been charged with a string of child sex offences and awaits trial later this year.

Allen faces 39 counts in total, including 29 alleging indecent assault. He denies all charges.

Latest figures show 37 people have been investigated as suspects under Pallial, with a total of 20 arrests made.

A total of 255 people have reported allegations to the NCA, of which information from 212 is under active investigation at this time.

A total of 28 care homes in North Wales currently feature in the investigation.

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