Prime Minister David Cameron
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David Cameron orders 'urgent' inquiry into Wales abuse claims

Correction 10 November 2012: The BBC has apologised unreservedly for broadcasting a report on Newsnight on 2 November over allegations of child abuse which transpired to have involved a case of mistaken identity. As a result the video of the original report has been removed from the website. More details can be found here

The prime minister has announced an "urgent investigation" into the handling of child sex abuse claims at north Wales children's homes in the 1970s and 80s.

Mr Cameron said he would arrange for a meeting between Welsh Secretary David Jones and Steve Messham, who says he was abused by a Conservative politician at the time.

Mr Messham says the Waterhouse inquiry of 2000 only covered a fraction of the alleged assaults.

  • 05 Nov 2012