POLICE ARE investigating the possible seizure of assets belonging to convicted paedophile police chief Gordon Anglesea.
The retired North Wales Police superintendent was gaoled for 12 years last Friday (November 4).
A spokesman for the National Crime Agency (NCA) told Rebecca this afternoon:
“Financial matters relating to Gordon Anglesea are currently being examined under the Proceeds of Crime Act.”
Rebecca understands this is in connection with the £375,000 damages Anglesea received from his successful 1994 libel action against four media organisations.
HTV (now ITV Wales) and the Observer paid £107,5000 each while Private Eye and the Independent on Sunday handed over £80,000 apiece.
All accused him of abusing children.
During the libel action, Anglesea’s barrister Gareth Williams asked him if he had ever “sexually abused any small boy”.
Anglesea replied: “No, sir.”
The NCA move is separate from the attempt by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to recover £150,000 in costs which will be heard in January.
However, inquiries by Rebecca suggest the NCA and the CPS may find it difficult to trace Anglesea’s assets.
He has no financial interest in the family home in Gwynant, Old Colwyn.
The property — bought for £305,000 in July 2006 — is mortgage-free.
Last month the detached house was transferred to his wife Sandra.
The transfer was recorded by the Land Registry in Swansea on October 28.
This was a week after a jury found Anglesea guilty of sexually abusing two boys in the 1980s.
The Land Registry records do not show who owned the house before October 28.
According to the Electoral Register, however, Gordon and Sandra Anglesea have occupied the property since 2006.
There is also speculation that all or part of Anglesea’s valuable police pension may be revoked.
North Wales Police said today this would be a matter for the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales (PCC), Arfon Jones.
We asked the PCC’s for a comment but there was no reply by the time this article went to press.
[The day after this piece was published, Arfon Jones told us:
“I am in discussion with the chief constable about Gordon Anglesea’s pension and legal advice is being sought.”]
Meanwhile, the Rotary Club of Rhos on Sea, where Anglesea has been president three times, said he’s no longer a member.
Club secretary John Roberts said Anglesea gave up his membership 18 months ago.
In 2010, Anglesea was in charge of the club’s “Youth Service”.
Anglesea has also given up his membership of freemasonry.
The United Grand Lodge of England said he’d surrendered his last membership in 2007.
A FORCE FOR EVIL
HOW DID Gordon Anglesea get away with it for so long?
The answer is he used the cloak of public office to conceal his crimes and counted on protection from North Wales Police. This article lays bare the conspiracy hatched at the highest levels of the force in the early 1990s to cover up its failure to investigate child abuse — and to protect Anglesea at all costs. In the process, the force helped Anglesea win a famous libel case and made a mockery of the £14 million North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal ……
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