TEN suspected paedophiles would have been charged with abusing children in North Wales care homes if they were still alive, it has emerged.
So far, 59 people have received correspondence from detectives to provide reassurance their stories were believed, despite the fact their alleged tormentors can now never be brought to justice.
Operation Pallial, an ongoing National Crime Agency probe, has identified 120 potential suspects of predatory sex attacks against vulnerable youngsters between 1953 and 1995 — up to 40 of which have now died.
Some victims are now opening letters from government lawyers telling them 10 suspects would have been put in the dock if alive today.
One victim, who was routinely raped in a North Wales care home, said: “It’s of some comfort to hear that finally we are being believed, but it still shows the authorities weren’t bothered all those years ago.”
A National Crime Agency (NCA) spokesman said: “It’s about giving feedback to these victims.“It’s the best we can do in these cases, telling people their abusers would’ve been charged if they were still alive.”