Wales

Operation Pallial: Gordon Anglesea faces seven sex abuse charges

A retired north Wales police chief has been charged with sexually abusing three boys in the 1970s and 80s.

Former superintendent Gordon Anglesea, 78, faces five allegations of sexual assault and two of serious sexual assault between 1979 and 1987.

He was the 18th person to be arrested as part of Operation Pallial, a probe into historical sex abuse claims at north Wales care homes.

Mr Anglesea, from Old Colwyn, will appear before magistrates in August.

He was arrested in December 2013 as part of the investigation led by the National Crime Agency.

The NCA said the alleged victims were ages between 11 and 16 at the time the assaults are said to have taken place.

He has been released on conditional bail and will appear before Mold magistrates on 6 August.