Dyfed Powys Chief constable Terence Grange was giving evidence to a Commons investigation into the police handling of sex abuse allegations in care homes.
The home affairs committee has previously heard from critics of police methods that there is no evidence to support the existence of paedophile rings operating in homes. Mr Grange said he agreed with them. 'I think the idea of paedophile rings is media hype. The focus of an allegation of abuse is an individual.
'Nobody raises the issue of paedophile rings. Offences are committed by people working in one place or moving from place to place conducting sexual abuse.'
But Mr Grange said there was always a complaint first and investigations 'are done because there's no way the police can't do them.'
seen as a motive behind many allegations, he insisted anyone seeking
it was referred to a solicitor.