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Released On 21st Oct 2016

Former Chief of Police, Gordon Anglesea now convicted of sexual offences

Former North Wales Chief of Police Gordon Anglesea has now been found guilty at Mold Crown Court of sexual offences against two teenage boys.  This long running scandal is finally over for Anglesea who, despite several investigations, has maintained his innocence over the past 25 years.  The jury found him guilty of indecent assault against one boy and three indecent assaults against the other.  The offences took place between 1982 and 1987 when the boys were aged around 14.  During the trial, Anglesea was questioned about his connections with Gary Cooke and Peter Howarth, former Deputy Head of Bryn Estyn Children’s home, both convicted paedophiles who had committed sexual offences against boys at Bryn Estyn children’s home in North Wales.  Many Bryn Estyn residents have claimed Anglesea was a regular visitor to the children’s home. 

Samantha Robson at abuse specialist firm, Robsonshaw Solicitors has been representing victims of sexual abuse at Bryn Estyn over the past decade.  She comments, `Following Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency’s investigation into historical abuse that occurred across North Wales, has resulted in numerous victims of abuse at Bryn Estyn coming forward.  To date, we have successfully negotiated settlements for all our Bryn Estyn victims.  Many lives were ruined by the sexual and physical abuse at Bryn Estyn.  I am very glad to learn another of the perpetrators connected with the terrible wrongdoings that occurred in North Wales from the 1970’s has finally been brought to justice.  Without the strength of the victims and perseverance of the police, Anglesea could have remained unpunished.`

If you or a family member has been affected by the Bryn Estyn scandal, please get in touch with Sam on a free, confidential, no obligation basis.  Sam can be contacted on sam@robsonshaw.uk or on 01392 345333.


Tags: Bryn Estyn, sexual abuse