John Allen was sentenced to life in prison today. Here. Personally, I’m left asking more questions than I was before Operation Pallial arrested him. I’d like to put these questions to the officers in charge of the many previous police investigations. I’m not alone when it comes to wanting answers. I know many ex-residents in the care systems that are left with more questions than answers.
I was in Cardiff the day Waterhouse’s report Lost in Care was released to the public. The atmosphere was filled with excitement and relief. I was with friends and we celebrated being vindicated, being believed and being heard. Because that’s how we felt. Or did we? Most of the day was spent at HTV HQ among many staff who had been involved in the abuse scandal for the past 15/20 years. It’s my belief that many of the staff were as relieved as we were. They too considered themselves vindicated and proven to be telling the truth. Maybe we were carried along more with the ambiance of the environment rather than with our own internalised feelings.
The following weeks were an anti-climax. Dullness appeared. The sky looked grey most of the time. I couldn’t fathom out why. I didn’t bother to examine my thinking. I was studying at university at the time and had things to be getting on with. The next ten years were lived as any other member of society lives. Work, rest and play. All my time and energy was devoted to building a secure family environment within which my children could grow up safely and with solid foundations. It’s ongoing……………..
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Mr Frost, who saw Allen most days for nine years, added: “I was a senior manager at Bryn Alyn care home so my report should have sounded alarm bells.
“I didn’t expect screaming squad cars turning up, but I expected police to, at the very least, contact me for the names of the children claiming they were abused.”
Months later, another policeman visited accountant Mr Frost after an ex-care home boy was arrested in the North-east and found with a letter addressed to John Allen, appearing to blackmail him.
But again, officers failed to properly investigate the significance of the correspondence and its link to child abuse.
Allen, now 75, subjected 18 boys and one girl – aged seven to 15 – to horrific rapes and other sex attacks, buying them flashy motorbikes to keep them quiet, and even ordering them to line up in queues for brazen assaults in his study.
He preyed upon youngsters at three separate homes among his growing portfolio of 50 care centres in North Wales, Cheshire and Shropshire – providing specialist care for a total of 500 troubled children.
Two CID officers from Cheshire heard Mr Frost’s concerns at the height of the abuse – as he lived on the border with North Wales – assuring him details would be passed onto the neighbouring force.
Both forces were unable to comment on any wrongdoing, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission say no referral – which comes from the constabulary’s themselves – has been passed to them.
Mr Frost said on one occasion he spoke to Allen about a suspicious black eye he’d received, getting the explanation his boss had clambered through a caravan window in the dark, where a 16-year-old boy was living, but had been thumped when the teen thought he was being burgled.
Mr Frost, now living in Chester, said: “I should have done more. But if I’d have witnessed a criminal act, I’d have gone straight to the police again.
“Some people have said Allen was a big dictator, but he could be very personable, anxious to be on the best terms with people.
“His abuse is horrific. In some cases, it was sadistic. I find it difficult to comprehend he got away with it for so long.
“But the authorities were informed, and put their head in the sand.”
Detective Chief Superintendent Wayne Jones, from North Wales Police, said: “All material in relation to any allegations made during that period has been given to theOperation Pallial team.”
Cheshire Police said they could not find Mr Frost’s report as it pre-dated computer records, adding normal procedure would have meant they could presume the enquiry would have been passed to North Wales Police.
A National Crime Agency spokesman, for Operation Pallial, said: “We have spoken to Mr Frost.”
Margaret Thatcher’s former aide Sir Peter Morrison is suspected of abusing boys in Allen’s care in Wales while a former minister in Tony Blair’s government is currently being probed over his alleged visits to Carroll’s Angell Road children’s home in Lambeth, south London.
Both men were protected by the authorities who ignored Allen’s victims for years and allowed Carroll to remain in charge of the home despite knowing he was a convicted paedophile.
Official papers from that year show a boy placed in a Lambeth home was abused by Carroll, known as MJC, while two of the boy’s brothers went to a Bryn Allen Community in Wales where youngsters were attacked by Allen.
The internal Lambeth council document, dated 23 September, 1998, states: “Additional information not yet in a statement is that the third brother of witness 1 and 2 was placed at Bryn Allen Community not Angell Road.
“However he has confirmed that he knew MJC who used to visit John Allen at the community.
“John Allen is now serving a long custodial sentence for abuse of children at that group home…From the placements list it appears we used a number of homes to place children now known to have suffered extensive abuse. Eg Bryn Allen, and St Georges Liverpool now renamed Clarence House.”
Another document dated September 18, 1998, reveals officers from Merseyside’s Operation Care, who successfully investigated Carroll, were aware of the links.
It states: “Operation care (sic) has suggested a tie-up between Lambeth children and the enquiry in North Wales. North Wales Police say that Lambeth was informed of this in 1991.”
Mr Driscoll, who led the investigation that saw two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers jailed, said of his 1998 suspects: “Some of the names were people that were locally working, some people that were, if you like, working nationally.
“There was quite a mix really because it appeared that it was connected to other boroughs and other movement around the country.”
A social services source who investigated abuse in Lambeth agreed, saying: “There were patterns of children moving to certain homes around the country, Lambeth, north Wales, south Wales and Merseyside.
“It was bigger than Lambeth – it involved senior children’s homes officers around the country but it was proving it that was the problem.
“These like-minded people had access to one another through their work.”
One of Carroll’s Lambeth victims confirmed that detectives were aware of his links with Allen in 1998.
Now a father and delivery driver, he said: “The police told me John Allen knew Carroll. They said they were investigating their links but that was the last I heard.
“You have to think to yourself did they have a system where children were being passed around homes to be abused?”
Carroll took boys on camping trips to the Caernarfon, north Wales, where he ran the Ozaman charity in the 1980s and later opened a hotel near Wrexham, where many children from the North Wales homes were abused.
One man who accompanied Carroll on the trips is currently being hunted by Merseyside police after being summonsed earlier this year over allegations of child sex attacks dating back many decades.
Carroll’s fellow care worker Steven Forrest, was accused of sexually assaulting a young boy at Angell Road. He died of an Aids related illness before the boy made the allegation.
At least three men who worked with Carroll at a youth charity in London were also convicted paedophiles.
Allen was jailed in 1995 for six years for child sex abuse. A former police officer who knew Allen is currently on bail after being arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing boys.
Allen’s former employees Peter Howarth and Stephen Norris were both convicted of sexually abusing children in their care.
Rod Richards, a former Conservative MP and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories, has claimed he had seen evidence linking Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children’s homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were sexually, physically and emotionally abused over 20 years.
Former Tory minister Edwina Currie revealed that Morrision was a child abuser in her diaries, which were published 12 years ago.
Mr Richards also linked a second leading Tory grandee – now dead – to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall.
He said official documents had identified the pair as frequent, unexplained visitors to the care homes.
Scotland Yard have opened three investigations linked to Carroll following revelations in the Daily Mirror.
He was jailed for ten years at Liverpool Crown Court in 1999 after admitting 35 offences against 12 boys, both on Merseyside and in Lambeth.
Former Lambeth social services director David Pope allowed him to continue running Angell Road despite learning he had been convicted of indecently assaulting a young boy in 1966.
Carroll now lives in a half a million pound home near Oswestry, Shropshire.
He denies ever meeting the Blair minister. Allen, who made millions from his children’s homes, will be sentenced today at Mold crown court after last week being found guilty of 33 sex attacks on children as young as 10. He was jailed in 1995 for six years for child sex abuse.
A 73-year-old hotelier and care home boss who was convicted yesterday of 26 child sex abuse charges has been found guilty of a further eight at Mold Crown Court today.
One of John Allen’s victims, Stephen Fong, told ITV News how he was regularly beaten and groomed by Allen, who he viewed as a father figure.
Fong said that he and the other children who suffered at the hands of Allen were not believed, so it was easier to take the abuse.
John Allen was a very, very clever man.
I looked at him as a father figure but at the same time I also hated the man because of what he did to me.
…We weren’t believed so why go on and report it?
– VICTIM STEPHEN FONG
Allen set up a string of profitable care homes for children known as the Bryn Alyn Community in 1968.
There he created “a sexualised atmosphere alongside a culture of fear,” prosecutor Eleanor Laws QC told the court.
One of his victims said that Allen ruled the homes with “an iron fist” as both staff and residents were “scared stiff of him”.
In total, Allen has been convicted of 33 offences – including four serious sex assaults – against 18 boys and one girl, aged between seven and 15, at various residential properties in the Wrexham area.
He was cleared of two counts of indecent assault.
In 1996 Allen was convicted of indecently assaulting six boys, aged between 12 and 16, at his care homes in the 1970s.
Eleanor Laws QC described the 73-year-old as a formidable presence who made children feel like there was no way out
The owner of a group of children’s homes has been found guilty of 26 charges of sexual abuse against troubled and vulnerable youngsters who were in his care.
John Allen, 73, was convicted of committing offences at residential homes in and around Wrexham in north Wales. The jury at Mold crown court continues to deliberate on 12 other counts.
Opening the case against Allen, Eleanor Laws QC had claimed the owner and manager of the Bryn Alyn Community homes sexually abused and tormented children as young as seven over a period of more than 20 years from the late 60s to the early 90s.
A married man and a hotelier by trade, Allen created a “sexualised atmosphere”, grooming some children by giving them gifts and treats, including motorcycles and lunches out, but threatening others with violence if they did not comply, it was alleged. The children were allegedly abused in their dormitory beds, in bathrooms, during camping trips and overnight expeditions, at Allen’s home and at his hotel.
Those who plucked up the courage to go to the authorities were disbelieved or ignored, it was claimed. The court was told that one boy alleged he saw Allen assault a child in front of a social worker without any comeback.
Another child claimed he told a social worker he had been abused, only to be assaulted by the social worker’s boss.
When children did go to the police, Allen was called to pick them up and take them back, the jury heard. One boy alleged that he was introduced to Allen through a “paedophile gang” before being abused by him.
Laws described Allen as “a formidable presence” at the homes. She said many of the children arrived having already been abused, but Allen took advantage of their vulnerability.
“Most had to learn to live with it,” Laws said. “They felt there was no way out.”
She told the jury there had been two previous investigations. Allen was found guilty in the early 90s after an inquiry into sexual abuse relating to six boys. In 2001 he was charged with sexual offences connected to a number of boys but was not tried because of a technicality, she said.
The barrister said Allen was charged this time after the launch in 2012 of a police inquiry into child abuse, codenamed Operation Pallial.
One complainant, taken into care in the late 1960s for his own protection, recalled the smell of whisky on Allen as he was sexually assaulted. He described feeling dirty and guilty afterwards, the court heard.
Giving evidence, Allen said he had no sexual interest in boys and thought the complainants were after compensation in the wake of the publicity of his previous convictions.
Allen, who now lives in Suffolk, denied all the charges. He has been convicted of 21 counts of indecent assault, one charge of indecency with a child and four serious sex assaults. He was cleared of two other serious sexual assaults.
John Allen, 71, has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences against 15 children aged seven to 15 between 1968 and 1989.
A 71-year-old man has become the first to be charged in connection with the North Wales sex child abuse scandal.
John Allen, of Ipswich, in Suffolk, has been charged with 32 serious sexual offences alleged to have taken place between 1968 and 1989 against 15 children, who were aged between seven and 15 at the time.
Allen has been charged with 22 indecent assaults, one offence of gross indecency and nine offences of buggery.
The North Wales child abuse scandal involved the physical and sexual abuse of young, vulnerable boys in care homes on a vast scale.
A fresh police investigation was launched in November last year and is looking at 140 allegations of sexual abuse at 18 children’s homes in the counties of Clwyd and Gwynedd between 1963 and 1992.
The charges against Allen are the first since the investigation began.
North Wales Police have described the inquiry as its “largest investigation into child abuse” and said it resulted in 3,755 witness statements being taken with at least 24 victims identified.
Karen Mullin, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service is working alongside Operation Pallial as this major investigation into historical sexual abuse in North Wales moves forward.
“I can confirm that, having carefully considered the evidence gathered so far, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge John Allen with a total of 32 serious sexual offences, and that it is in the public interest to do so.
“We have therefore authorised Operation Pallial to charge Mr Allen with these offences.”
A report into the scale of the abuse in the North Wales care system by retired High Court Judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse was published in 2000.
He said there had been “widespread abuse of boys” and the report named 200 people for abusing or failing to offer protection to the youngsters.
However, there have been criticisms that the scale of the review was too narrow and David Cameron has appointed Mrs Justice Macur to review the terms of the Waterhouse inquiry.
In April a report into the case, which was compiled in 1996 but not then released in public because of fears it might spark compensation claims, was finally published.
It said that council employees and even serving police officers from the time could have been named as potential perpetrators of assaults.
The said: “It is clear that, in a significant number of cases, the lives of young people who have been through the care system in Clwyd have been severely disrupted and disturbed. At least 12 young people are dead.
“Of the many statements taken, it is unclear how many were forwarded to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration. It is also unclear how many other professionals, including police officers, were named in these statements as perpetrators of assaults.”
Allen has been remanded in custody in North Wales and is due to appear before magistrates in Mold on Thursday.
A total of four people, including Allen, have been arrested to date. Three others remain on police bail while investigations continue.