MP questions trawling approach in Operation Pallial

ITV.Com have reported that Barry Sheerman M.P. for Huddersfield  has raised questions about the National Crime Agency’s use of  police ‘trawling’ methods.  “Labour’s Barry Sheerman claimed the National Crime Agency (NCA) was using controversial “trawling” techniques to find evidence against teachers and social workers in its investigation into historic child abuse in North Wales care […]

The curse of Bryn Estyn – the view of an ex resident

Our attention has been drawn to the following blog about Bryn Estyn which can be accessed here, and which is copied below. It was written by an anonymous ex resident and is remarkably balanced in its view. “O, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive” - Sir Walter Scott. It has been 34 […]

INQUIRY the quarterly newsletter of the Innocence Network published.

The Spring edition of INQUIRY the quarterly newsletter of the Innocence Network has been published.   It can be downloaded here Included in this edition is CHALLENGING  CONVICTIONS FOR HISTORICAL SEXUAL OF- FENCES BY MARK BARLOW CCRC TRIENNIAL  REVIEW—SURVEY RE- SPONSE BY DR MICHAEL NAUGHTON & GABE TAN THE STORY OF  PENNY BEERNTSEN BY GEORGINA QUINTON SMITH The article […]

Operation Pallial – phase one expected to cost more than half a million pounds.

This blog by  Anna Racoon has recently been brought to our attention. It begins… I thought I’d tell you something interesting pertaining to ‘Pallial’ before you all dropped dead from the excitement. The North Wales Police ‘Operation Pallial’ has been trawling our mediascape since last November and has finally come to an expensive decision. Even […]

Treating every allegation against Jimmy Savile as a ‘fact’ undermines justice

The lead headline on the BBC website yesterday said: “ Jimmy Savile scandal: Report reveals extent of abuse”. Well, I have read the whole of the report, and I can assure you that it does not, writes Charles Moore from the Daily Telegraph. He says like most people he believes the gist of the report – in […]

Jimmy Saville scandal: how will affect future abuse cases?

There is an interesting article on the BBC website (here) which discusses how future cases of [alleged] abuse will affect the handling of future cases. Link to primary source (here)    

Press release: Assembly Members in Wales to receive an early Christmas Present – The Truth About Bryn Estyn.

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Balance, Fairness and the Burden of Proof: A Christmas Gift Worth Treasuring South Wales Against Wrongful Conviction (SWAWC), Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT) False Accusation Support Organisation (FASO) jointly call upon Welsh Assembly Members and relevant authorities to make themselves fully aware of the dangers which can attach to accusations of sexual abuse and the corresponding […]

Mail on Sunday expose ambulance chasing lawyers amid concerns that lawyer is facing investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority

A  Mail on Sunday investigation exposes ambulance-chasing lawyer’s in care home case In a very detailed article David  Rose questions the practice of Mr Greenwood, a partner of a Jordan’s a large law firm in Yorkshire who specialise in fighting for compensation for  victims of alleged child abuse, which the Mail says has benefitted from receiving millions […]