The Bryn Alyn Community consisted of several residential children’s homes, the four main locations being Bryn Alyn Hall, Gatewen Hall, Pentre Saeson Hall and Bryn Tyrion Hall. The community was established as a private company which was one of the largest independent providers of residential child care in the country, until it closed down in 1997, with children being placed there by numerous different local authorities.
The company initially formed a large part of the Waterhouse Inquiry in the mid to late 1990s and more recently is still under investigation, along with various others, as part of ‘Operation Pallial‘, a National Crime Agency investigation. Operation Pallial has result in charges against numerous former staff members, most notably John Allen, who ran the company from its establishment in 1968 until 1990. He was convicted in 2014 of 33 sexual offence against 19 boys and 1 girl during his time running the homes, and sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 11 years.
To date, Operation Pallial has led to the impending trials of an additional 12 former members of staff from the Bryn Alyn Community and other children’s homes, and also identified 120 people as potential suspects.
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