Operation Pallial: Man in court over child abuse at North Wales care home

The alleged offences span from 1968 to 1989

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The Independent Online

A man is in court today, facing 32 charges of child sex abuse spanning over 20 years.

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

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

Allen, from Ipswich, was arrested by officers from Operation Pallial, the National Crime Agency's investigation into allegations of historic child abuse at care homes in North Wales.

Allen had been on bail since first being held in April but was re-arrested and charged by police when he answered bail last Wednesday.