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Wednesday, October 6, 1999 Published at 10:13 GMT 11:13 UK

UK: Wales

Child abuse inquiry report completed

The Bryn Estyn Home in Wrexham was the scene of child abuse

The report into abuse in children's homes in north Wales has been completed 17 months after the end of the £10m inquiry.

Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy is expected to present the report to Parliament and then the National Assembly.

The report follows the 15-month inquiry chaired by High Court judge Sir Ronald Waterhouse in Ewloe, Flintshire.

Over 250 witnesses appeared before the inquiry and a further 200 statements were presented.

The inquiry was commissioned by former Welsh Secretary William Hague in 1996.

It followed a North Wales Police investigation into allegations of abuse in homes in the former Clwyd and Gwynedd sparked by information from a Gwynedd council social worker Alison Taylor.

A total of 150 former residents came forward claiming to have been victims of abuse.

The police inquiry led to 10 convictions. The abusers were sentenced to a total of 49 years imprisonment for offences committed at homes throughout north Wales dating back decades.

The first compensation cases following the £10m inquiry are expected to be heard in the High Court at Chester in March next year.

A large number of claims have already been settled by the former Clwyd and Gwynedd councils in whose care many of the victims were placed when they were abused.

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