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Theresa May announces fresh inquiry into historic child abuse claims in North Wales

PUBLISHED November 6, 2012

As fresh allegations of abuse across different institutions come to light, the Government has vowed to take investigative and preventative action.

Home Secretary Theresa May told the Commons that the Government is treating the allegations with the "utmost seriousness".

Mrs May said Serious Organised Crime Agency and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre experts would take part in the review and Home Office funds were available if needed.

"We must do everything in our power to do everything we can to help you, and everything we can to get to the bottom of these terrible allegations," she said.

She echoed Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge on Monday to set up an urgent inquiry to investigate whether an inquiry by Sir Ronald Waterhouse in the late 1990s "was properly constituted and did its job".

The move comes after Steve Messham, a victim of sexual abuse at one of the homes named in the report, renewed allegations against the police and several individuals, including a senior Tory figure from the time. The Conservative in question strenuously denies the allegations.