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Care home abuse cops swoop in St Helens; Man, 52, quizzed over abuse.

Byline: JOHN SIDDLE Crime Reporter @jsiddle

DETECTIVES investigating historic sex abuse at children's homes arrested a man in Merseyside on suspicion of child cruelty and indecent abuse.

Officers attached to Operation Pallial - the investigation into historic abuse in the care system in North Wales - swooped on a home in St Helens yesterday mor ning.

They arrested a 52-year-old man from Mold, North Wales, who was taken to a police station on Merseyside for questioning.

A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) - the new FBI-style unit running the investigation - said the offences, against four boys and one girl, are alleged to have taken place between 1981 and 1988, when they were 13 or 14 years old.

He said: "The man was arrested in the St Helens area of Merseyside and has been taken to a police station in the vicinity, where he will be interviewed."

The NCA today said no further information about the arrest or the specific nature of the offences being put to the man would be provided.

The arrest is the 11th made to date in relation to Operation Pallial.

One person has been charged.

John Allen, 72, is charged with 22 offences of indecent assault, nine serious sexual offences and one of inciting gross indecency with a child.

The alleged offences span around 20 years, from 1968 to 1989, and involve 14 boys and one girl, aged between seven and 15 at the time.

Allen is due to appear at Caernarfon Crown Court on October 28.

Operation Pallial detectives are looking into 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes between 1963 and 1992. A report published in April, which outlined phase one of the inquiry, revealed that the alleged victims were aged between seven and 19.

The report said 84 people - 75 male and nine female - had been named by complainants.

Of these, 16 were named by more than one alleged victim and 10 could now be dead.
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Date:Oct 11, 2013
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