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Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Lawyer tells of abuse inquiries 'flaws'
Children generic
The conduct of investigations will be looked into
A solicitor who represented people accused of abuse in north Wales children's homes has given evidence to MPs investigating possible miscarriages of justice.

Chris Saltrese - who is critical of police investigation techniques - outlined his concerns to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday.

Bryn Estyn
Alleged abuse at Bryn Estyn will be discussed

As part of the ongoing inquiry into investigative methods, the committee also heard evidence from Rory O'Brien, Chairman of Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (Fact).

Mr O'Brien is leading the group representing teachers and carers who said they have been falsely accused or imprisoned.

One of the issues raised during the inquiry, which began earlier this month, has been the police tactic of "trawling".

Trawling involves officers contacting former care home residents, and asking them if they were abused, or if they witnessed incidents of abuse.

Last week journalists told committee members that they believed investigations by three Welsh police forces were flawed.

Unreliable evidence

Gwent Police's handling of the Ty Mawr inquiry was described as "horrifying".

Hundreds of suspects were identified but a report later concluded that no sexual or serious physical abuse had taken place.

Politicians want to investigate whether or not this approach results in unreliable evidence.

Over the next few months the committee will hear evidence from a number of bodies including police, solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Enthusiastic tactics

Committee chairman Chris Mullin said the inquiry has raised difficult and sensitive issues.

He claimed to have heard suggestions that allegations of miscarriages of justice have arisen from the over enthusiastic tactics used when investigating abuse.

The committee decided to look into the matter following a large number of representations from different parties.

However, it will not investigate individual cases.

The committee will question whether the Crown Prosecution Service draws a "sensible line about which cases should be prosecuted".


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