Waterhouse Tribunal

Set up by William Hague, then Welsh Secretary, in 1996 to look into abuse in North Wales children's homes. Given a tight geographical remit, so that cases where children were taken from their homes and driven elsewhere for abuse were not considered. Waterhouse dismissed the evidence of Steve Messham as "fantasy".

Waterhouse took evidence from 150 victims from 40 children's homes.
It found evidence of a paedophile ring in the Wrexham and Chester areas.

The Report banned the naming of 28 abusers. A lawyer said that this ban on naming would prevent other potential witnesses coming forward.

Messham mistook the identity of the Tory politician who abused him. He was shown a photograph by police and told it was a certain Lord. He apologised to the man he accused.

Waterhouse found 'systematic abuse, a climate of violence and a culture of secrecy’ in the North Wales homes.

The Waterhouse Inquiry is now being looked at by the Macur Review.

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