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FOUR YEAR GAP IN N WALES CHILD ABUSE DISCLOSURE

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The former head of a Bangor care home informed the Welsh Ofice of widespread physical abuse in North Wales children...
The former head of a Bangor care home informed the Welsh Ofice of widespread physical abuse in North Wales children's homes four years before it admitted there had been allegations of abuse, the Wales on Sunday (p4) reported.

Evidence submitted to the ongoing inquiry by former Bangor care home head Alison Taylor proved she alerted the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher as early as 1986, who refered her compaints to the Welsh Office in early 1987.

But former Labour Welsh affairs spokesman Rhodri Morgan said when the scandal was raised in the commons in 1995 that the Welsh Office first became aware of the allegations only in June 1991.

The former Welsh Office minister Wyn Roberts received four letters from Taylor between January and May 1987, who wrote back to say the department could not help her.

A spokeswoman for the Welsh Office explained the discrepancy in the dates by saying that Taylor's original allegations related only to allegations of physical abuse on children.

She first made allegations of sexual abuse in June 1991.

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