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Two held in care homes abuse probe

Detectives investigating historic sex abuse in care homes in North Wales have arrested two men on suspicion of child cruelty.

A 69-year-old man was held in Wrexham on suspicion of offences against six boys that are claimed to have taken place between 1975 and 1981 when the boys were aged between nine and 14.

A 61-year-old man was held in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, on suspicion of child cruelty against a boy in 1978, when the boy was nine.

Both men will be questioned by officers from Operation Pallial, a national investigation into claims of non-recent abuse in care homes in North Wales.

Ten people have now been arrested as part of the operation. The investigation was launched in November to look at allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992.

It was set up to re-examine claims of sex crimes and to look again at a previous police investigations into abuse at care homes in North Wales.

In 2000, the Waterhouse Inquiry was established to study claims linked to homes in the former council areas of Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974, and in the wake of the probe seven people were convicted.

But in July, a damning report which revealed ''extensive'' child abuse in North Wales care homes was finally published - 17 years after it claimed police officers and other professionals could have been identified as potential ''perpetrators of assaults''.

The Jillings Report, which focused on allegations of abuse in the council care system during the 1970s and 1980s, was compiled in 1996 but its publication was blocked by the former Clwyd County Council because insurers feared compensation claims.

A heavily redacted version of the report has been published online in the wake of the fresh investigations.


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