There are more than a few people who are going to be very nervous now, as news of a man, who’s name has been rumoured for more than thirty years to have been associated with child abuse in north Wales, has been arrested…… again.

Retired North Wales Police Chief Gordon Anglesea, who in 1994, successfully sued The Observer, the Independent on Sunday, the satirical magazine Private Eye and HTV, the holder of the ITV franchise in Wales.

For linking his name with child abuse.

He was awarded more than £375k.

His legal costs of over £1.5M were underwritten by the Police Federation.



Gordon Anglesea is the 18th person arrested by officers from Operation Pallial, who are investigating claims of sexual abuse at 18 care homes in the region between 1963 and 1992

A retired police chief has been arrested on suspicion of the sexual and physical abuse of care-home boys aged as young as eight.

Former North Wales superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 76, was questioned over allegations that seven children were assaulted between 1975 and 1983.

Mr Anglesea – a Rotary Club member and Freemason – was quizzed in December as part of the probe.

He is now on bail.

A Rotary Club spokeswoman yesterday said: “Gordon Anglesea has been granted leave of absence until the end of April. We are not able to comment further.”

And the secretary of the North Wales Province of Freemasonry Peter Sorahan said: “In view of the fact Operation Pallial is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment.

“We welcome transparency in every aspect of such investigations.”

Mr Anglesea, who lives with his wife, 65, was a policeman for 34 years and worked as an inspector in Wrexham between 1975 and 1983.

He became a superintendent and retired in 1991. On Monday outside his home in Old Colwyn, North Wales, he said: “I have no comment to make.”

Last month, a National Crime Agency spokesman said:

“Officers arrested a 76-year-old man on suspicion of a number of physical and sexual assaults.”

“The offences are alleged to have taken place against seven boys, between 1975 and 1983, when they were aged between eight and 16.”

The following day the NCA said the man had been bailed until April.

To date, one person has been charged with a large number of serious sexual offences.

The NCA launched Operation Pallial in 2012. It is one in a string of probes into abuse claims in North Wales care homes.

In 2000 the Waterhouse Inquiry was opened to look at allegations in ex-council areas Gwynedd and Clwyd since 1974.

Eight people were prosecuted, seven of whom were convicted.

And in July, the Jillings Report was published – 17 years after it claimed officers and other professionals could have been potential “perpetrators of assaults”.

It had been blocked by the former Clwyd County Council because insurers feared compensation claims.


9 thoughts on “GORDON WHO?

  1. I am fed up of hearing about these arrests when bugger all is done at the end of it and him being a mason it will undoubtedly be a cover up of grand proportions as is usually the case . And when are they going to arrest politicians in parliament and the house of lords and also very famous pop stars like Harry Webb ? Who it is alledged frequented elm house under the name of kitty . You know who I am talking about I hope he sang a song in the 60s called the Young ones its about time we the people got hold of these vile people and brough them to book even if it brought down this shambles of a so called coalition . Perhaps we should also bring charged against bald Willy Hague who shut down an investigation into child abuse when he was secretary for wales he knew what was going on without a doubt so instead of giving us has beens and coffin dodgers in their 60s 70s and 80s give us the names of politicians who are known to have committed child abuse and who still think their above the law and out of reach. Let’s go to war with these tossers sooner than later . Rant off

  2. Wonder if they will recall all witnesses from the original libel trial (those who are still alive). Some seem to have a hard time deciding who’s camp they are in. Maybe Including some very close friends who have been friends for decades? Testing times.

    1. No bloody point in prosecuting them let’s hang them now there’morthanenough evidence to hang em high and it was covered up them then and will be again he knows other people that were into it so there’s no way he will be sent for trial Trust me I know you scratch my back and I’ll do yours . It makes me sick that the British people are swallowing this garbage.

  3. Until Freemasonry is shut down and made both unlawful and illegal there will never be justice in our courts. As many as 70% of our judges are masons.

    Judges must also be made to revoke their BAR oaths to Rothschild in The Square Mile.

  4. Wonder if convicted will he have to pay back not only the £375k but the costs of £1.5mil, or is he skint again and trying to pull a Macalpine? Andy

  5. You won’t hear about this on BBC NEWS that’s how corrupt this system is the MSM will hardly report this has it will proberley have a D notice slapped on it . This is going to be another cover-up and until the British people rise up and protest that these vile people be dragged into the public’s notice. Perhaps we should serve our own justice and serve the tax payer millions of pounds.

  6. Just a general comment, not specific to this arrest, but sometimes I think about all the one’s that have been proven guilty of child abuse crimes after managing to dodge the bullets for decades or into their old age – pains me to think that some have lived full & successful lives, often with good careers. their best years are behind them. The years when their careers/professional reputations could have been destroyed, now long gone.

    Maybe it’s even possible some may have actually tried to make money off the anti CSA cause over the years, just as some have chosen careers that bring them into close contact with kids? So many varied possibilities.

    Then there’s those whose lust for the limelight seemed to help catch them out. Ian Huntley of The Soham Murders, Mick Philpott setting fire to his own house & blaming others & Stuart Hazel murdering his step Granddaughter Tia Sharp, being just a few examples..

    But then I think, there’s many that have gone to their graves never having been punished, so better late than never in that respect?

    All any decent minded person wants is for those who ARE guilty, from the top brass to the paedo’s pet type who jumps when his master tells him to jump, who joined in for ‘kicks’ or whatever sick and twisted reason, get the punishment they deserve.

    It shouldn’t matter who you are, or who you think you are, anyone who is guilty of child abuse should be punished & way more severely than they currently are, which seems to be the general view of a good many people.

    I hope ALL the guilty one’s are fretting in a big way, so they should be!

    On a completely different note: Stan Collymore – he’s NOT wrong is he? Twitter is in danger of losing the genuine users and being left with the scum of the earth abuser & trolling types.
    Twitters impotence when dealing with evil weirdos has been evident to some of us personally for some time. And their targets are not just homophobes (Twitter for some is like the armchair version of waiting outside public toilets to beat up gay people), racists & the gutless who take the p out of the disabled?

    There’s also the PRETEND this & that trying to lure people in, to trust bad sorts – Stan doesn’t even know the half of it does he?

  7. Oh dear, something extremely stupid & hideous has failed to read properly again. Sorry, hardly an exclusive is it?

    & if reading wasn’t it’s obvious very weak spot, the critter would see that it’s a story by the Mirror. I believe Rebecca TV has already posted it as have others, including an overcooked jacket potato by now expect.

    Any other wording is statement of fact. I imagine there are many nervous parties involved, including Private Eye & the others he sued. Who wouldn’t be nervous? Quite a natural thing to be in the circumstances I expect? Ahhh there now, it wasn’t rocket science was it?

    I think someone’s cuckoo needs urgent oiling. Seems to be on the wonk. It keeps ticking away, sounds like some ugly old troll with it’s nads trapped in the slats of the bridge. Narf makes an awful racket.

    Are you feeling nervous? I’m not feeling at all nervous. But I know an obsessive stalking abusive weirdo who should be.

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