A GROUP critical of a police investigation sparked by abuse allegations at Bryn Estyn children's home has been banned from holding a conference at the home.
The group intended to hear a talk from author Richard Webster, who has a reputation for revisiting controversial cases and conducting his own investigations.
He's published a book, The Secret of Bryn Estyn, which claims the police investigation into incidents at the home became a witch hunt.
The Waterhouse Report on child abuse in care homes found that abuse stretching back 30 years had taken place at Bryn Estyn. And that triggered a national investigation of children's care homes which saw a number of people arrested and eventually imprisoned.
But Mr Webster claims allegations of child abuse were false.
The conference was due to be held at the Erlas Centre, part of what was Bryn Estyn, on Friday, June 3. It was being organised by the North Wales branch of Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers (FACT), a support and lobby group for teachers and carers which,
disagrees with the findings of the Waterhouse Report.
But once Wrexham Council discovered the reason for the conference, FACT was told its booking would be cancelled.
A council spokeswoman said: 'When the original booking was made it was unclear what the talk was intended for.
'As soon as the information was to hand, with regard to the purpose of the booking, the event was considered to be inappropriate, following advice we received from our legal department.'
FACT North Wales member Gwen Hurst said the group was told Wrexham Council thought the venue was inappropriate for the promotion of Richard Webster's book.
She said: 'It wasn't about promoting the book. It was about reopening the debate. Wrexham Council knew all along what we planned to do.
'All we want is to encourage people to revisit the evidence and make up their own minds. If they agree with the findings, then fine. But we don't believe anyone can reasonably argue that we should not have a debate when there are so many questions left to answer.'
The conference will still take place on the same date but at a new venue yet to be arranged.