Statement: Operation Blue Quartz

North Wales Police are aware of rumours circulating in the community regarding the Criccieth Family Church and the impact this may be having.

We can confirm today that a criminal investigation is underway regarding both recent and non-recent sexual offences. A 43 year old local man and former member of the church has been arrested as part of the enquiry and released on police bail.

Detective Superintendent Gareth Evans said: “The enquiry is both sensitive and complex and will take weeks to complete. We have a team of specialist officers dedicated to the enquiry who are working with the safeguarding team from the church and our partners in Local Authorities.

“I would like to reassure our local communities that there are no ongoing risks you need to be worried about, however if you feel you are affected in anyway then please make contact with us through the following methods:

OperationBlueQuartz@nthwales.pnn.police.uk

Ring 101 and quote ‘Operation Blue Quartz’.