North wales Children’s home cover ups

Cartrefle children’s home in Clwyd,  Bryn Estyn Children’s Home,  Ty’r Felin childrens home,  Chevet Hey home,  Bryn Alyn childrens home,  Cotsbrook Community Hall home,  Pentre Saeson Hall home,  Bryntririon Hall home,  Gatewen childrens home

A Public Tribunal heard damning evidence of how a number of children’s homes supplied a paedophile ring over a 20 year period  ! Hundreds of children were subjected to physical and sexual abuse (rape), by those who were entrusted with their welfare. Policemen, church ministers, local authority executives, senior businessmen and politicians, have been identified.

Bryn Estyn Children’s Home 

PAEDOPHILE POLICE ESCAPE PROSECUTION – High Level Masons such as Chief Super-intendent Angelsea and at least 12 of his colleagues were “let off the hook” for alleged sexual abuse crimes on children (some of who are now dead) in the North Wales Paedophile Ring Cover-Up.

Children in care in north Wales endured years of “appalling suffering”, the UK’s largest child abuse investigation has revealed.The report condemns social workers, children’s home staff, police and local councils and makes 72 recommendations to protect 4,000 children currently cared for by local authorities in Wales.

Individuals named in the report who were still working in childcare had been traced and risk-assessed, said Mr Murphy. Efforts continue to trace others who have left the child-care system.

The Waterhouse tribunal at Ewloe in north Wales heard evidence from more than 650 people who had been in care from 1974. The three-man panel sat for more than a year. It cost more than £12m and took almost two years for its report to be completed and published.

Much of the abuse took place at Bryn Estyn Children’s Home in Wrexham, where paedophiles like Peter Howarth (pic below) – a former housemaster – sexually abused boys as young as 12.

‘Scum of the earth’ – Howarth was jailed in 1994 for 10 years. He died in prison. But for one of his victims, Andrew Teague, the repercussions of Howarth’s attacks are relived almost every day. “They are the scum of the earth,” he said. “They can paint it any way they like – psychiatrists, psychologists – they can say what they like about them, they are scum.”  Four staff at Bryn Estyn have been convicted of either sexual or physical abuse of children.

However, Bryn Estyn was not unique. Complaints were made to the tribunal about 40 homes throughout Gwynedd and Clwyd. Not all the alleged abuse was sexual. Much was physical – children being thumped, kicked and hit for minor misdemeanours. Some children did complain, but according to Chris Walby – a social services expert helping with another child abuse investigation in Merseyside – their word counted for little in an atmosphere where they were not listened to or believed.  He said people in power abused their positions.

In harrowing evidence, a seemingly never-ending stream of witnesses repeatedly broke down in tears as they recalled how they were raped, beaten and bullied by carers whom the world praised for apparently devoting their lives to the welfare of children.

Boys and girls as young as ten were raped and sexually assaulted by male and female staff and used as sex objects by carers; youngsters were beaten and forced to lick the shoes of their attackers or cut grass with nail scissors.

Children who complained had their home leave cancelled, suffered more beatings or were transferred to even harsher homes.

At least a dozen victims have committed suicide and countless others have led damaged lives, unable to cope in a world which totally betrayed them when they most needed help. Now adults, many are still struggling to come to terms with the years of abuse they endured.

Deprived of a childhood, their adult lives too have been blighted by broken relationships, crime and mental illness.

Youngsters were trapped in what the inquiry’s QC called “a twilight world of bewildering inconsistency” – abused by the people they were told would care for them, unable to make their voices heard beyond the walls of the homes. Those whom they should have been able to confide in – or complain to – were often their attackers.

Even when concerns reached the outside world, complaints were dismissed, damning reports swept under the carpet, police investigations conducted half-heartedly, appeals to government ministers ignored.

Suspicious murders !

Another unresolved mystery surrounds a fire in a flat in Brighton which killed five people in April 1992. It broke out in the third-floor flat in Palmeira Avenue, Hove, during a Saturday-night party attended by about 20 people, drawn mostly from the town’s gay community.

Several former Clwyd children’s home residents are thought to have been among the guests: two who have been positively identified had been Bryn Alyn residents and knew John Allen very well – Adrian Johns and his brother Lee (also known as Lee Homberg).

Adrian Johns died and Lee Johns (found dead in 1995 after testifying in John Allen’s trial) was badly injured in the blaze, which another party guest, Trevor Carrington, a formerairline steward, admitted starting as a prank. (He himself committed suicide shortly afterwards.) Rumours continue to circulate about the fire, although at the time a link with the Clwyd scandal was not made.

THE names of the “missing” 28 care workers in Britain’s worst child abuse scandal.

Some are among the most dangerous paedophiles involved in the scandal to rock North Wales. Others are still being checked out to see if they harmed kids or were wrongly accused. These are some of the 28 who local authorities are desperate to trace following the damning Lost In Care report by Sir Ronald Waterhouse into abuse at 40 carehomes in North Wales:

Paul Bicker Wilson, 49, residential care officer at Bryn Estyn. He was given a suspended sentence of three years and two months in 1994 at Knutsford Crown Court for assault and bullying.

Stephen Norris, 63, (pic above) former residential care officer at the Bryn Estyn home. He was sentenced to a total of seven years jail in 1993 for sex offences against boys. Norris was released after serving half the sentence.

Joseph Dodd, 63, officer in charge at Ty’r Felin. He was investigated, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to take him to court. He later retired on grounds of ill-health. The report was satisified he did use excessive force on the children in his care. He was never been convicted of any offences.

Leslie Wilson, 48, sentenced to 15 months in prison for gross indecency and attempted Buggery in 1977.

Michael Taylor, 58. In September 1993 he had four cautions in relation to indecent assault.The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue to court.

Jacqueline Thomas, 40, one of five people grouped together in the report who were convicted of sex offences against children in 1986 at the Chevet Hey home after an investigation which spanned 1981-89.

David Gillison, 48. As with Jacqueline Thomas, he was convicted of sexual offences in 1986. He was a social worker not then employed in residential care.

Kenneth Scott, 48, sentenced to eight years in prison in 1986 for buggery and gross indecency.

John Allen , 58,(pic below) founder of the Bryn Alyn community.  He was jailed for six years in 1995 for indecent assaults on boys in his care over an 11-year-period. 

Anthony Taylor ,71, convicted in 1976 of two offences of indecent assault on boys and fined pounds 20 for each offence.

Iain Muir, 51. Another of the five referred to in the report as being convicted of sexual abuse at Bryn Alyn in 1986.

Bryan Davies, 52, convicted in 1978 on three offences of indecent assault, given a sentence of 160 hours of community service.

Norman Roberts, 66, and son Ian Roberts , 42, were both convicted at Mold Crown Court in 1993 of horse-whipping a boy fostered by the family at the age of seven.They were both given conditional discharges and ordered to pay pounds 100 each in costs.

Malcolm Scrugham, 54, described by Sir Ronald Waterhouse as being among the “most serious offenders”.

Gary Cooke/Reginald Cooke, 49, prosecuted in 1980 to two offences of buggery and one of taking an indecent photo. Also named among the most serious offenders.

Arthur Stephens, 71. Co-defendant with Cook and pleaded guilty to buggery and indecent assault. Sentenced to three years.

Albert Dyson, 59. Convicted in 1980 of three offences of indecency against a boy in care.