Sex abuse investigation launched over Carmarthen school and care home allegations dating back to the 1970s and 1980s

More than 20 allegations of historic sex and physical abuse at a West Wales school and care home are being investigated by police. Officers from the Dyfed-Powys force revealed on Monday that a new criminal investigation - codenamed Operation lmond - has started to look into claims relating to Rhydygors School, Johnstown, Carmarthen, and Cartref-y-Gelli care home, also in Carmarthen. The announcement follows a previous investigation dating back to 2000. No charges were ever brought. Operation lmond will look at the previous allegations as well as fresh claims made three years ago. Police pointed out that the allegations do not involve staff currently working at the school. which was built in the '70s and offers residential schooling for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The care home, meanwhile, has been closed for several years. 'Allegations span the years 1976 to 1986' police spokeswoman said: “Operation lmond is a Dyfed-Powys Police investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at Rhydygors School in Carmarthen, during the years spanning 1976 to 1986. “This operation focuses on allegations made in 2000, and also in 2012. “In relation to the 2000 allegations, these were fully investigated at the time and referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS); however no criminal proceedings were instigated at that time. “In 2012, further allegations were made, which include a report of abuse at a care home, namely Cartref-y-Gelli in Carmarthen between 1986 and 1990. “It is important to note that all allegations made concern members of staff who no longer work at Rhydygors School, and Cartref-y-Gelli care home has been closed for a number of years.” More than 20 alleged victims he spokeswoman added: “Following an initial assessment of allegations received in 2012, and following consultation with the CPS, a new criminal investigation commenced with the remit to investigate all allegations made in 2012, and to also encompass previous allegations made. “Under Operation lmond, a dedicated team of specialist investigators has been set-up to ensure a thorough investigation is undertaken into the allegations made, and also to ensure that support is provided for the victims who have already been identified, which is currently in excess of 20. “Six people were arrested as part of the earlier investigation and interviews with other identified suspects are planned in due course. The investigation is on-going. “Cyfed-Powys Police are working closely with partner agencies as part of this investigation and the safety, welfare and protection of vulnerable people remain an absolute priority of all the organisations involved.” Verisona Law have considerable experience in dealing with cases of abuse and have recently settled a number of cases obtaining five figure settlements for individuals who pursued ardiff ouncil in relation to historic child abuse allegations. If you or a loved one have been subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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