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In what now appears to be a clarification of my previous post, TOP BOYS, news has emerged of something, that although may be common knowledge to many of those who have spent time in a care home in the UK – especially during the 1970s through to the 1990s – may come as a surprise to many people.

Yesterday, an ex-care north Wales care home resident, specifically the Bryn Alyn Community Home near Wrexham, admitted sexually abusing a boy, under the age of sixteen, on three occasions, while he was himself a resident of the same home.

DAILY POST

Although the length of time this has taken to come before the courts was, understandably, questioned by the presiding judge, and he also pointed out one of the complainants was first interviewed in 2014, he was assured that Operation Pallial was a “lengthy investigation that had generated hundreds of complainants and 106,000 pages of material that had to be considered” before cases could be brought before the courts.

Which might lead one to believe, that other similar cases may, in the fullness of time, also come to light.

It also has to be considered, that not ALL acts of physical, and indeed Sexual abuse against young people in the British care system, was perpetrated by members of staff, and what this case will hopefully highlight is, that (although nobody appears to want to talk about it) this type of peer abuse, was rife throughout the entire care system.

The conviction of ex-north Wales Police Superintendant Gordon Anglesea, has for many people, finally presented solid evidence to support the endless rumour and speculation that a paedophile/abuse ring has been operating, in and around north Wales, for the last four decades.

The guilty verdict that was handed down at the Crown Court at Mold on Friday, to the Freemason and Rotarian ex-policeman Anglesea, has shown that despite the endless obfusction, the continual distraction and the numerous attempts to cover up the nefarious activities of a number of people, the truth is now, at last, finally beginning to emerge.

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I must admit that the guilty verdict came as a surprise to me, because having lived in the county of Wrexham for the last few years, a place where, to all intents and purposes is deep within ‘the Belly of that particular Beast’ …. and finding myself on the wrong side of the NWP and the courts (resulting in two arrests and a Malicious Communication conviction) – which I am in no doubt came about as a direct result of trying to discover what really happened at the Bryn Estyn Children’s Home.

Experiences which admittedly, were harrowing at times, and proved to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt; that there are certain individuals that really did not want anybody, especially an ex-‘guest’ of the care system in Wales like I was, digging around and asking awkward questions.

It cannot have escaped the attention of regular readers of the Outlaw, that there has been a sustained online campaign to discredit me, and to bring about as much personal difficulty and discomfort to both myself and my family, which again I believe – has only happened because of certain events I was suspected of being a witness to.

I was at that time, an ‘unknown quantity’ and someone who had not appeared on any radar prior to 2012.

I was not known to any established ‘CSA groups’, I had never been interviewed by NWP, I had never given a statement about alleged abuse or mistreatment, nor had I offered testimony to the Waterhouse Inquiry, so effectively there was virtually nobody in north Wales who was aware of my existance ….

I ‘went public’ in November 2012, around the same time as Stephen Messham appeared on BBC Newsnight, and I had set up a personal website which became the Outlaw.

Within days I was approached by a number of abuse ‘survivors’ online via Twitter, one of whom was a one-time high profile witness at the Waterhouse Inquiry, and was a prominent figure in the associated media coverage.

This alleged ‘survivor’ had also become very active on social media around this time, and had taken to attacking Stephen Messham, and any one else who was speaking publicaly about their experiences of childhood abuse, paying particular attention to those who had an association with north Wales and Bryn Estyn.

As I had very little personal knowledge in regard to the whole north Wales affair at that time, I had no reason to believe that someone else who had been in the care system, would want anything else than to seek recognition and/or justice for any mistreatment they had allegedly suffered.

It turned out that I was very much mistaken in that belief, as after speaking to this ‘survivor’ online and via telephone for a few months, I had invited him and his wife into my home.

Within days of his visit, he had, without any reason that I was able to understand at the time, began to focus his attacks on both my family and myself, attacks which, within a few weeks had become somewhat sinister and threatening in nature, and which had left me with no option but to report a number of incidents to the North Wales Police.

It is fair to say that at that point, the north Wales Police were sympathetic and were helpful, they informed us that although the attacks on us were ‘vile, threatening and obsessive’ there was little that could be done as ‘no laws had been broken’.

The online obsessional abuse continued, and a large number of malicious complaints were anonymously reported to Wrexham Social Services, Wrexham Council, the Local Education Authority and at one point, our neighbours were sent leaflets through the post claiming that I was ‘an abuser of women and children’ and had both my photograph and address printed on them.

My wife was followed each time she went shopping, we received an anonymous phone call that our 13-year-old daughter was being watched as she walked to school, and the caller reminded me: ‘Remember what happened to April Jones’…. The harrassment was horrendous and continued non-stop for many months.

The north Wales Police were aware of every aspect of what had been happening to us as a family, but were seemingly unable or unwilling to help us, as for much of that time I was languishing on bail following an allegation, which was found after seven months of investigation (including the seizure and forensic examination of my iPad), to be wholly malicious and false.

The police were also very aware of the person responsible, but again appeared reluctant to act even when presented with ample evidence of his behaviour, behaviour which, according to the National Stalking Helpline and a solicitor we had instructed to assist us, was “a clear course of conduct which amounted to ‘Stalking causing extreme fear and distress'”.

But nothing happened and the attacks continued.

During this time, the person who was harrassing us almost on a daily basis by then, had somehow enlisted the help of a number of other online entities, some of whom were Child Abuse ‘Campaigners’ allegedly, at least that is what they claimed to be and their social media profiles and websites certainly gave testimony to this, and within a short time that group had joined in with the attacks on me.

There were some incidents that occurred around this time that now seem so bizarre in their execution that they belong within the pages of a fiction novel, as I still struggle to understand how they actually happened, and that if I (and thankfully others) had not witnessed them I almost certainly would not have believed them myself.

But I digress….

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It is my sincere belief, that the conviction of Gordon Anglesea is the first step along a road that will finally lead to the truth of what really happened in north Wales.

I remain steadfast in my belief that the focus of any investigation should not be concentrated on Bryn Estyn, as the conviction of Anglesea has shown that the abuse in his case did occur elsewhere in the County; an ‘Attendance Centre’ (since demolished) in Wrexham and an unnamed private residence frequented regulary by child abusers, and which backs up the claims made by other victims of abuse in north Wales.

It also adds weight to the many claims that the north Wales Police may have been complicit in covering up allegations of abuse for decades, that they have purposely focused on Bryn Estyn only and that genuine witnesses have not only been purposely ignored, but NWP have given their tormentors free rein to harass and threaten them to the point where a number have been driven to the point where taking their own lives has seemed to be the only option.

It may also offer answers as to why only certain alleged survivors have been lauded by the media and have been given prominent platforms at official Inquiries, such as Waterhouse, where their allegations and testimony, however flawed, has been eagerly accepted as the ‘Official’ version.

Despite all of this, it is my belief that with the conviction of Gordon Anglesea, the dam has now finally been breached, the floodgates will slowly open and the real perpetrators, along with the roles of the ‘Enforcers’ that operated in every care home in Wales, (with the full knowledge of some of the staff) and who selected and ‘softened up’ vunerable children to be further abused, the enablers, those that turned a blind eye, and those that have covered up and willingly assisted in criminal activity will finally be identified and brought to justice.

NOTE: ‘This post has turned out to be a lot longer than I initally thought it would when I started writing, and does appear to have wandered somewhat, but bear with me a while longer, as what I have outlined above is connected to what may appear in the mass media in the very future.

I am writing from a personal perspective, as not only do I feel that if people were actually made aware of what I have been subjected to in the attempts to stop me talking, and the lengths that certain people have gone to to try and scare me off, then it’s obvious to me that if there was nothing to discover, then I would not have attracted the kind of attention that I have.

I have not reported on the way that the North Wales Daily Post have favoured certain alleged survivors over others, and appear to have been steered towards reporting on only certain aspects of the north Wales story, as well as ignoring a number of genuine survivors who have contacted them to try and set the story straight.

I have not even began to scratch the surface of the true extent of what myself and my family and friends have endured at the hands of these people for the past four years either, that story will keep until a time I decide to disclose, and the Outlaw may not be the platform to share it anyway, but rest assured, it will be known when the time is right.’

I do not ordinarily comment here on any ongoing trial for obvious reasons, but in this particular case I will make an exception, as the following extracts are part of a larger article and are already in the public domain after being reported on and published in the North Wales Daily Post earlier today.

The extracts I have selected and would like to focus on, were presented during the trial of ex-North Wales Police Chief Gordon Anglesea, at Mold Crown Court, by the defending barrister in her summing up:

‘Defending barrister Tania Griffiths QC said that those who told “whopping great lies” knew how to tell them and branded the allegations against her client “ arrant nonsense”.

She warned of the danger of copy cat allegations by people who wanted compensation by making false allegations.

“Absolutely it is an Oscar winning performance and you don’t need me to tell you that”‘.

And….

The jury had been treated over the last six weeks to a smoke screen, she said.

She warned of the danger of contamination of evidence and said that a Bryn Alyn survivor’s web site, which closed down before the trial, had spoke about “all singing from the same hymn sheet” and “sticking together.” 

There was talk of compensation, the top 16 abusers named by a number of people, and “similar fact evidence which got John Allen convicted last time”.

There was a risk of contamination at what she called “an Aladdin’s Cave” where people could pick up “a tailor made allegation.”

Which, as anyone who has been following the twists and turns of the long-running story of alleged child abuse in and around North Wales are only too aware of, demonstrate perfectly the difficulties faced by anyone trying to get to the truth of what really happened.

Especially when the events that manage to reach the courts, to even the casual observer …. appear to have been engineered and effectively steered by disgruntled ex-residents, their advocates and any number of faceless ‘Social Justice Warriors’ on the Internet.

I originally published the following post on the 29th October 2015, and for reasons that are not relevant, nor is there a pressing need to divulge here, I opted to use the ‘Protected‘ feature, which required a password available only from myself to read the post in its entirety.

At the time of publication, a number of readers contacted me to obtain the password, on the strict understanding that nothing would be copied and shared publicly, which appears to have been the case as nothing has emerged on social media or certain blogs since its original publication, which almost certainly would have happened had it been published on an open platform.

I am only publishing it openly now, to challenge some of the many lies and deliberate fabrications that have been published about me online, by a small, but irritatingly persistent number of keyboard warriors on Twitter, and by the always charming Gojam, who publishes the ‘Needle’ blog, and the equally personable conspiracy blogger Christopher Spivey, who appears to have of late, fallen hook, line and sinker for any fiction that passes his way or, as in this particular instance, his complete failure to seek out evidence (or lack of) to reinforce any of his allegations about me, or to perform even the most basic checks on the history of his source(s).

One of the most disseminated untruths that has been inserted into the Twittersphere and the aforementioned websites about me, is the allegation that I was ‘Never in care’ so therefore I have no experience of any events that took place within the care system, to me or to anyone else, and as such have ‘No right’ to comment.

I have allowed these idiotic, and laughable claims to permeate social media, without challenging them until now, for three reasons;

  • The first being that I simply did not possess enough physical IE:DOCUMENTED evidence at the time, which I could present here to back up what after all, would simply be words on a website.
  • Secondly, to allow myself and others, time to identify those who have purposely spread those lies, and to collect the evidence of their participation in the spreading of those lies.
  • And thirdly, I am only too aware that the greater majority of people who use the Internet and use social media/blogs/forums etc, have grown ever more weary of the seemingly constant personal battles and endless bitching which is evident everyday, and therefore, have very little interest in reading about something which is of little interest to anyone not personally involved, especially as there are far more important issues that the Outlaw and other websites of its type could be addressing.

The small group behind disseminating these lies, and have been observed purposely attacking, and attempting to discredit anybody who speaks out online, about not only their own experiences of childhood brutality and abuse, but of events they have witnessed which appear to back up the claims of others, who have also spoken out.

It is the task of the legal machinery of this country to investigate, and hopefully prosecute and punish crimes against the person such as those involving the physical and sexual abuse of children, and although the said system is not perfect by any means, it’s all that victims of crime have available to them at the present time.

It is not the job of mostly anonymous and ill-equipped and mostly uninformed people on the Internet to stand as judge, jury and executioner in issues of this nature, nor have they any right to undermine, threaten and participate in the vicious attempts to discredit witnesses of what are after all, very serious criminal acts which deserve the maximum punishment that the law, as it is, permits – and knowingly interfering with that process is not only immoral, dispicable and illegal, it can also allow the guilty to go unpunished, which to the people who have been observing, appears now to be the ultimate aim.

To protect the perpetrators of appalling crimes against children, both of a historic and a current nature.

So with that in mind, what follows is the original, previously protected  post, with an addendum containing another item of documented evidence which was not available to me when the original post was published.

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Like any number of people who have spent any time languishing in the UK establishment care system, I have attempted to locate my records a number of times, albeit unsuccessfully.

Many records have been destroyed or ‘mislaid‘ due to various reasons, and one event that immediately springs to mind was the unexplained fire in 1996, at a Pickfords warehouse in Lightfoot Street, Chester, where a number of care records relating to former residents of Bryn Alyn Holdings, were in long-term storage.

I myself witnessed, (from behind the relative safety of a chain-link security fence) the contents of various filing cabinets being thrown onto a large bonfire during the demolition of Glamorgan Farm School, during the mid-1990’s, which could have contained personal records, log books, accident logs etc – of any or all of the thousands of residents who had spent part of their childhoods there.

So it did happen, there is no doubt about that, and many ex-residents have spoken publicly about hitting a virtual brick wall when attempting to locate any written documentary evidence about what, after all, was an important part of their own lives – which then makes it difficult to not only ‘back up‘ their claims of any abuse or maltreatment suffered whilst in care, but also, to prove they were actually there.

An increasing number of ex-care residents, especially those who spent a greater part of their childhoods in ‘Approved or Community Schools’ and ‘Assessment Centres’ run by local authorities, and those in private hands, have related in great detail how they have been effectively silenced from speaking out, because their own experiences were not supported by official documentation.

On a personal level, up until two weeks ago, (September 2015) there was no actual physical (written) evidence of the time I spent in care apart from a number of fading photographs and a handwritten Duke of Edinburgh’s Award achievement book which are, at this time, thirty-seven years old.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Award Log Book and photographs.

There were four photographs initially, but one was stolen from my house in 2013, and I was unable to recover it, but nonetheless, it existed as do the others in the above image.

But again, that image is not ‘proof‘ or ‘evidence‘.

Neither are the following images, as many teenage lads, and girls, did the D of E Awards, while they were at regular High Schools and Colleges.

Glamorgan Farm School

 

West Glamorgan Fire Service 25/4/1980

 

However, the dates recorded on the images above are significant, as during the last couple of weeks, I have had a legitimate reason to apply for and receive a number of disclosures from the PNC (Police National Computer) in regard to what records the UK police hold on me.

One of the disclosures relates to an event, which has become the subject of an obsessive smear campaign on Twitter and a number of ‘Alternative Media‘ websites and forums, one of which is owned by a fairly prominent and self-styled ‘Investigative Journalist’ who has claimed to have seen evidence that ‘Jimmy Jones, was never in care and so must also be lying about anything he has experienced‘.

He has of course, never once published any ‘evidence‘ of his claims, which appears to be the common theme amongst a number of social media commentators and Alt Media bloggers, who rely entirely on their own words and personal opinions, and resort to launching personal attacks and starting smear campaigns against those who question them.

Porth Juvenile Court 11/9/1978

The disclosure above shows that I attended Porth Juvenile Court on the 11th September 1978, from where I was remanded into the care of the local authority, until 20th December, where I appeared at Cardiff Crown Court.

From September until December, I was resident at a number of Assessment Centre’s and Residential Homes in both South and North Wales, and from December 1978 until May 1979 I was at the prison at Knox Road, Cardiff, from where I was sent to Glamorgan Farm (Approved) School, where I remained for the remaining thirty months of my original sentence.

Glamorgan Farm School was of course, a local authority residential ‘Approved School’, and part of the establishment care system of this country.

GLAMORGAN FARM SCHOOL

*ADDENDUM*

 

Date Printed: 17-Feb-2016 @ 12:46 Page 3 of 9.

 

As some people may already be aware, I recently appeared in court in Mold, and was subsequently convicted of: ‘Improper use of a public telecommunication system’. I have since obtained copies of a report that was compiled, some of which I must assume was drawn from my care records, and was duly accepted by the court and was not challenged by the prosecution.

(A number of lies have also been spread online in regard to the actual events of that trial, and after seeking legal advice, I will also, in time, be addressing those untruths, and will only refer to the actual trial transcripts, as opposed to the rumour, hearsay and complete fiction that has currently been made available online.)

This report not only gives a background of the events which have taken place over the last three years, against both me and my family, and which ultimately led to my subsequent appearance in court – but also offers an outline of my ‘offending history’, which states clearly: ‘Mr Jones has an offending history, but this took place over thirty years ago. An offence of criminal damage led him to spend many years in the “care” system, spending time at various secure or semi-secure units in both Wrexham and Neath” – which corresponds and supports the above documentation of the original article.

‘NO MORE DELAYS TO CHILD ABUSE REPORT’

By David Williamson

North Wales MPs have said they fear evidence gathered as part of the long awaited investigation into child abuse in the region may be held back from publication.

Dwyfor Meirionedd Plaid Cymru MP Liz Saville Roberts has written to Justice Secretary Michael Gove to press for the release of the report, which was delivered to the Government in December.

“The Stories I could tell if I could talk!”

 

Conservative Justice Minister Caroline Dineage has stated it must be “considered by law enforcement agencies and the Government before it can be published” and that “this includes considering whether redactions need to be made”.

Ms Roberts pressed for greater “urgency“, saying:

“The Macur Review into the scope of the Waterhouse Inquiry and the suffuciency of its investigations has far-reaching implications for people living in my Dwyfor Meirionedd constituency. I feel that the excessively long-standing nature of inquiries into child abuse allegations in North Wales calls for a greater level of urgency at this stage.

The nature of the Review’s contents may well call for the redaction of certain material; however, I would question whether this material would be included in its findings and recommendations, and in the interest of public transparency, I would strongly urge that these be published as soon as possible .”

Cynon Valley Labour MP Anne Clwyd, who has long campaigned for justice for victims of child abuse, has also questioned the Government about the publication of the review.

She said:

“It’s high-time it was published. I find it a bit surprising they are still dragging their feet. I am worried about possible redaction because clearly that’s the intention and I don’t think anybody us going to be satisfied by that.”

“[Any] suggestion that there may be a cover-up obviously is deeply concerning.”

Wrexham Labour MP Ian Lucas said:

“The Macur review, and the report which it has produced, are of extreme importance to many in Wrexham. That is why I have been pushing for it’s release as soon as possible. The Ministry of Justice have appeared to agree with the principle that the report should be released. They said that release was being considered as ‘a matter of urgency’ more than a month ago. The report and its contents are likely to have implications for people and institutions in Wrexham, across North Wales and wider afield. They need to know that the report will be released in a manner which will allow it to be given serious consideration – which Is why I think that the Ministry of Justuce and the Wales Office need to set out what they are intending to do with the report, and when.”

Conservative justice minister Caroline Dineage thus month stated in a response to Ms Clwyd:

“The report needs to be considered by law enforcement agencies and the government before it can be published. This includes whether redactions need to be made. Lady Justice Macur has recommended that certain material should be considered for redaction. The work is proceeding at pace with a view to publication as soon as possible.”

Back in 2012, Home Secretary Theresa May announced that Lady Justice Macur would stage a review of Sir Ronald Waterhouse’s inquiry into the abuse of children in care.

The review was charged with determining whether specific allegations were not investigated.

This article is not going to follow the usual format of the Outlaw, inasmuch as it is the first of a series, an ‘introduction’, or a ‘Part One’ if you like, which appears to be the current trend.

What I am going to attempt to set down in these articles, is not going to make comfortable reading for anyone, even more so for some of those who were actually involved, as certain ‘facts’ I am going to highlight, begin to register.

Mess 'em About

The image most people appear to have of the children that were abused in the British care system, is seeing them as they are now, middle-aged adults.

The mainstream media, have ensured that would be the picture, indelibly etched onto the nations memory, as was witnessed in November 2012, with the appearence of Steven Messham on the BBC ‘Newsnight’ programme.

Like many others, I had reservations about the whole thing being dragged up again, but on the whole, it now appears to have had a positive effect.

Survivors have come forward, who were, thankfully, not caught up in the now infamous media circus that resulted in the setting up of the Waterhouse Enquiry, which began in January 1997 and concluded with the publishing of the final report in February 2000.

“The final report ran to over 500,000 words, and contained 700 allegations of abuse involving 170 individuals. More than 80 people, many of whom were care staff or teachers, were named as child abusers in statements to the inquiry. Costing more than £12M, it was stated to be: “the biggest investigation ever held in Britain into allegations of physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children who passed through the care system.” WIKIPEDIA – WATERHOUSE

250 witnesses and more than 200 additional statements were examined, being painstakingly scrutinised alongside testimony from more than 650 people over the 203 days the enquiry lasted.

It was an expensive, bloated and fundamentally flawed undertaking, which for many, still did not lay to rest the suspicions that the whole issue of institutional child abuse in the care homes of north Wales, was still being ‘Covered Up.

There are numerous sources available online, with an even greater number of theories offered as to why Waterhouse was flawed, from suspicions of the involvement of Freemasons, through to the north Wales police, ‘covering their own backs’ by destroying vital evidence due to their alleged involvement.

So was the Waterhouse Enquiry, as fundamentally flawed as had been alleged?

Paddy French of Rebecca TV certainly thinks so.

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I have now read most of what has been published online, including the 900+ page behemoth that is the ‘Lost in Care’ report, I have also, waded through a number of conventionally published books on the subject, including ‘The secret of Bryn Estyn’ by Richard Webster.

All have their merits, as well as their failings, especially with regard to their belief, that, ‘No stone has been left unturned’ and every aspect had been minutely and exhaustively examined.

I do not share that belief.

I say that because it is my understanding, that some of, possibly even the most vital of testimonies, were not examined in any great detail, omitted completely, or not even heard.

That evidence could have easily been made available, if the people who held the information had been summoned to the Enquiry of course.

Witnesses such as John Allen’s ex-accountant at Bryn Alyn, Des Frost, could have been called to give his testimony.

If that had been allowed to happen, it would have become known that a wider police enquiry into alleged child abuse, could have been launched a decade earlier.

But that would have also meant that John Allen, had somehow been allowed to continue abusing what may yet turn out be hundreds of children.

For a full ten years.

Was that the reason he was never called?

Could it have been to avoid a high profile trial, which may have proved to be very uncomfortable for the people who had enabled John Allen, access to many more vulnerable children?

Or was it not seen to be as important, as some of the ‘questionable’ testimony from any number of witnesses, who’s own versions of the abuse they claim to have suffered, had changed many times.

What I personally believe to be the biggest flaw in the Waterhouse Enquiry, you will find extremely difficult, if at all possible to locate online.

*Google will not be able to help you on this one, I’m afraid, as the only remaining reference, has very recently [coincidence?] been deleted from the Internet cache.*

It is nowhere to be found among the half a million plus words found inside the ‘Lost In Care’ report either, nor amongst the millions of words written before and since the report was even published.

In fact, you would struggle to find any mention of this particular incident, which appears to be connected to an article published in September 1997, by Guardian Journalist, Nick Davies.

Nick Davies

A paragraph taken from the article, clearly illustrates the climate that was accepted as being ‘normal’ in certain residential homes in Wales, highlighting the ‘Culture of Bullying’ that existed in care homes like Bryn Estyn in particular.

“The place was rife with perverts.”

That ‘particularly frail boy’mentioned in the Guardian article, who endured, with many others, what I could only describe, as months of ‘torture,’ at the hands of a small group of other residents, during his time at Bryn Estyn.

*Which the incumbent staff, did little to curtail, according to the accounts of the ex-residents who were prepared to speak about it.*

He was also one of the two men who initially reported the abuse that had been happening in north Wales, ultimately leading to the enquiry that made headlines around the world.

His experiences, also add credibility to the rumoured ‘acts of bestiality’ described by Anne Clwyd MP, after reading parts of the Jillings Report, which was commissioned in 1996.

*A report, which has still not been released in it’s entirety, regardless of what some people are saying online.*

It would have been impossible for him however, to have been able to give, what could have been crucial evidence to the Waterhouse Tribunal.

Sadly, he had taken his own life on the 6th of January 1994, almost a full three years before the Inquiry began.

He hanged himself from a door following many years of alcohol and drug abuse, and soon after serving a six month sentence for an attack on the person he had instantly recognised, as the one who had terrified and tortured him at the Bryn Estyn Childrens Home.

He had seen him, some years after leaving Bryn Estyn, later returning to the squalid flat where his tormentor was then living, and struck him three times across the face, slashing open his nose, with what was described as ‘a large sword’.

The man who had made his life ‘a living hell’ for years however, was never convicted, or appeared before a court, nor was he even named in any of the reporting media outlets.

His identity has remained hidden for more than twenty years, stored safely away in a court archive, or on a long-closed file tucked safely away, somewhere in North Wales.

His name therefore, couldn’t be found among the pages of a very now scarce, self-published book, written by the brother of the man he could have driven to a point where he would take his own life, I wouldn’t have thought.

Or could it?

*Not only did this person torment, bully and abuse this man and undoubtedly many others, he also managed to get one of  his victims sent to prison, even claiming Compensation from the CICB after being attacked by him*

To be continued….

October 26th 1996

“There was a scene of total devastation after a fireball ripped through a suburban street yesterday.

Eighteen homes were destroyed in the searing heat. Twelve were severely damaged.

Dozens of cars were burnt out, tarmac and road signs melted and more than 100 residents were evacuated. But though eight people were taken to hospital, no-one was seriously hurt.

The fire broke out in a Pickfords furniture warehouse in Hoole, Chester, at about 1.30am. Firemen called it a “tinder box.”

Fanned by high winds, the inferno swept down nearby Lightfoot Street where it devoured a row of houses. Some of the owners lost everything.

Robert Owen, who took in evacuees at his father’s pub, said: “They were shaking from fear and cold.

“One man had stored his furniture in the warehouse after a fire at home. Now he has nothing. He was standing with his head in his hands, crying.”

Another eye-witness said: “I thought the whole city was going to burn.”

About 100 firefighters spent nearly 12 hours tackling the blaze. A probe has been launched”.

The Pickfords storage facility contained, among other things, the residents records from the Bryn Alyn Community and other homes in the North West area.

No records are known to have survived.

Note: The fire broke out a few days after Welsh Secretary William Hague announced an enquiry (Waterhouse) into the child abuse that had been reported in care homes and approved schools in north Wales.

Source: THEFREELIBRARY.COM