Seaford couple charged on suspicion of child cruelty offences

Aideen Jones
Aideen Jones

A woman who was given an OBE for her service to people with intellectual disabilities has been charged on suspicion of child cruelty offences, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

Aideen Jones, 62, and her husband Denis William Jones, 65, of Sandgate Close, Seaford, were charged with offences relating to two boys. Both were aged under 16 when the offences were alleged to have taken place between the mid 1970s and 1980s, the NCA said.

Denis William Jones faces four offences of child cruelty and his wife, Aideen, three, the NCA said.

They are due to appear at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court Court on March 25.

Aideen Jones was head of the Southdown Housing Association but stepped down from her post in November 2013.

All charges result from new enquiries made by officers working on Operation Pallial, a National Crime Agency investigation into recent allegations of past abuse in the care system in North Wales.

To date, a total of 15 people have been charged, the NCA said.

A total of 14 people are due to stand trial in 2015 for one or more offences, across a number of trials, the NCA said.

A total of 291 people have reported one or more accounts of abuse to Operation Pallial. There are currently 249 active complaints under investigation, the NCA said.

A spokesman for the NCA said Operation Pallial has listed 68 people, both men and women, as suspects at this time. Of these 21 have been arrested and 15 have voluntarily attended for interview. Activity to locate six is ongoing. 26 are believed to be dead.

Work to identify further potential suspects and to update all victims is continuing.

Members of the public can contact Operation Pallial by emailing or by calling the incident room on 0800 118 1199.