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David Cameron statement on North Wales child abuse allegations

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"I am going to be asking a senior independent figure to lead an urgent investigation into whether the original inquiry was properly constituted and properly did its job - and to report urgently to the Government."

Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement following recent child abuse allegations.

Talking to BBC news, Mr Cameron said:

Child abuse is an absolutely hateful and abhorrent crime and these allegations are truly dreadful and they mustn’t be left hanging in the air.  So I am taking action today. First of all, to make sure that Mr Messham can meet urgently with the Secretary of State for Wales, so we can hear allegations and his points directly.

Secondly, I am going to be asking a senior independent figure to lead an urgent investigation into whether the original inquiry was properly constituted and properly did its job - and to report urgently to the Government. But third, I would also urge anyone who knows anything about these matters to go to the police. That is where evidence should be taken so that action can be taken and we can deal with this dreadful, dreadful issue.”