Police Investigate Abuse In Carmarthen

Operation Almond is an investigation into allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at Rhydygors School in Carmarthen from 1976 to 1986.

However, it focuses on allegations made in 2000, and also in 2012.

Dyfed-Powys Police say reports of abuse in 2000 were fully investigated and referred to the Crown Prosecution Service – but they weren’t taken any further at that time.

12 years later, more allegations were made which then included a report of abuse at Cartref-y-Gelli care home between 1986 and 1990.

After the latest allegations, a new investigation was launched and officers were given permission to look over all reports of abuse and include previous claims in 2000.

A dedicated team of specialist investigators has been set-up to ensure a thorough investigation is undertaken and also to ensure that support is provided for more than 20 victims who have come forward.

Dyfed Powys Police say they’re working closely with partner agencies and the safety, welfare and protection of vulnerable people remain priority.

Six people have been arrested and interviews with more suspects are planned in due course.

Allegations don’t concern any current members of staff at the school and the care home has been shut for a number of years.

The investigation is on-going.