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The former Bryn Estyn Children's Home in Wrexham, one of the homes being investigated. A video was released earlier by police where Chief Constable Mark Polin gave a statement regarding new evidence

'There was no escape': Victims open up as North Wales care homes probe uncovers 'systemic and serious sexual and physical abuse' over three decades

Operation Pallial has now identified 140 allegations relating to 18 care homes, including 76 completely new complaints

Lee-Anna Shiers, 20, who was one of the five victims killed in a house fire in Prestatyn, North Wales

Jury considering verdicts over house fire that killed five

A jury has retired to consider its verdicts in the trial of a woman accused of starting a house fire which killed five members of the same family.

Police make first arrest in North Wales children's homes abuse inquiry

A man has been arrested by officers investigating allegations of serious sexual abuse at care homes in North Wales, police have confirmed.

Councillor faces explosives charges after Denbigh evacuation alert

A town councillor has been charged in connection with a series of suspected explosive incidents which saw residents in a Welsh town evacuated from their homes, police said today.

Two held after series of 'explosions' in Denbigh

Two people were held in custody last night by police investigating suspected explosive incidents which saw residents in a Welsh town evacuated from their homes for two nights in succession.

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Whatever happened to spring sunshine?

March's dismal weather has been breaking records. David Randall reports on the disruption and chaos that have hit most of Britain

Mile-long zip wire opens in North Wales offering thrill-seekers an 80mph ride 700ft above the ground

A mile-long zip wire in Penrhyn Quarry, North Wales has opened to the public this week, making it the longest zip wire in the northern hemisphere.

Disabled woman harassed over payday loan debt

Debby Clarke had a phone call from her distressed 87-year-old mother last month. She was told that her sister Nicola, who has severe learning disabilities, was distraught after being unable to pay for her care provider.

A body has been recovered by search teams involved in the hunt for missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing

Man who murdered Irish vet Catherine Gowing jailed for life

The man who murdered Irish vet Catherine Gowing has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum 37 years.

George North's dad enters the pitch to congratulate his son

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George North explains how his dad 'lost his head in the excitement' after coming onto the pitch to celebrate Wales' match-winning try

A body has been recovered by search teams involved in the hunt for missing Irish vet Catherine Gowing

Man admits missing vet Catherine Gowing's murder

A man has admitted murdering Irish vet Catherine Gowing.

The police faces fresh scrutiny over integrity and standards after it emerged that forces had ignored guidelines to fuel a boom in second jobs for officers and staff.

Sharp fall in number of police officers under 26

The number of young officers serving in police forces has fallen by almost half in two years because of the pressure on senior officers to cut budgets, according to new figures.

Some 2,600 offenders are held at the six prisons targeted for closure

Grayling ploughs on with plan for ‘super-jail’

Minister sets out scheme for UK’s biggest prison despite warnings that concept is discredited

Man swept out to sea over New Year is named

A man who was swept into the sea in gale-force winds, leading to a search operation involving Prince William, has been named by police.

Fields covered by floodwater near Apperley in Gloucestershire after days of almost relentless downpours

True to form, soggy 2012 ends with another drenching

Rain swept across south western parts of Britain today, bringing a sodden end to what is likely to be one of the wettest years on record.

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