Revealed: Police launch probe into what Clement Freud knew about Maddie as we uncover new details about ex-MP’s disturbing relationship with the McCanns
- Another astonishing twist in case of Madeleine McCann’s disappearance
- Freud befriended the McCanns in Praia da Luz, in the western Algarve
- With laid-back security the area became a hive of paedophile activity
- Freud invited McCanns around for lunch two months after disappearance
Every last, tenuous lead had been followed to its conclusion, every unlikely theory had been explored. Witnesses were re-examined, morsels of evidence painstakingly re-evaluated. Yet still there was nothing.
So, by the end of this summer, the last rites in Operation Grange — the Metropolitan Police’s five-year, £12 million investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann — were expected to have been played out.
Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe warned that the end was approaching in a radio interview two months ago. The team of detectives working on the case had been cut from more than 30 to two or three, he said, and when they had followed one remaining line of inquiry, the plug would have to be pulled.
This week, however, there has been yet another astonishing twist — one that has given the dying inquiry fresh impetus
The late broadcaster, humorist, politician and chef Sir Clement Freud at a party given by the publishing executive Victor Lowndes
Police are investigating what Freud knew about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann
Last Wednesday, I can reveal, two detectives from Operation Grange were quietly dispatched to Somerset to pursue a new avenue of inquiry. They spent 90 minutes interviewing Vicky Haynes, the 64-year-old grandmother who, in a haunting Daily Mail interview last week, told how she had been sexually abused as a 14-year-old girl by the late broadcaster, humorist, politician and chef Sir Clement Freud.
For Mrs Haynes suspects that Freud — who owned a secluded villa in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz, a few hundred yards from the Ocean Club holiday complex from which Madeleine vanished in May 2007 — harboured crucial information about her fate.
And she fears that when the celebrated former Liberal MP died, aged 84, in 2009, he may have taken this grisly secret to his grave. Indeed, her son, Mason, told me he first emailed the Operation Grange team, to alert them to this disturbing suspicion, some three years ago, after they learned that Freud not only kept a holiday home in Praia da Luz, but that he invited Gerry and Kate McCann to lunch there, just two months after Madeleine went missing.
Mason is one of the world’s most respected close-protection guards.
Yet he says the Grange team either ignored or forgot about his message, and ‘apologetically’ retrieved it only this week after his mother told her story to the Mail.
‘When I heard about the connection between Clement Freud and the McCanns, a light-bulb was switched on in my head,’ he told me. ‘It makes no sense for a man we now know to have been a predatory paedophile to have invited them into his life, at that time, unless he had some ulterior motive.
‘My theory is that if you live somewhere for 25 years [the length of time Freud owned his Algarve villa] as a paedophile, you become part of the paedophile ring that exists in that area. You share information and stories; that’s how it works.
‘I think the abduction was carried out by that ring, and Freud knew something about what happened to the child. Either he invited Madeleine’s parents to his house to get some sick turn-on out of their visit, or he was trying to get information about where the police had got to with the investigation.
‘It is well-known by psychologists that paedophiles like to go back to the scene of their crimes. Perhaps this was his way of doing it.
‘Freud was 83 at the time. I’m not suggesting he went to that flat and abducted Madeleine himself. But you never stop being a paedophile, no matter how old you are, and I think he knew something.’
With those words in mind, it is chilling to recall that Kate McCann once described a nightmare in which she dreamt Madeleine was buried on a hillside on the outskirts of Praia da Luz . . . close to Clement Freud’s villa.
Many years ago, before the rugged western tip of Portugal morphed into a package-holiday destination favoured by middle-class families such as the McCanns, it attracted a very different type of Briton.
With its donkey-paced ambience, rustic villas that were as ridiculously cheap as the delicious local wine and fish, and a relaxed moral code (described by one long-time expat as ‘anything goes, as long as nobody knows’), it was then a magnet for Bohemian celebrities and minor aristocrats.
Among those lured to this furthermost tip of the Continent was Freud, whose diverse talents — including being the hangdog face of the nation’s favourite pet-food commercial (juxtaposed with his lookalike bloodhound, Henry) — had made him a national treasure.
The father-of-five also wrote children’s books and became a fixture for a time on the much-loved after-school programme Jackanory.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Clement Freud was a friend of the paedophile entertainer Rolf Harris, too, having given the Australian his entrée into the London club scene when he managed a West End nightspot. And after being elected as the maverick Liberal MP for the Isle of Ely, in 1973, he shared a Commons office with another serial child abuser, Cyril Smith.
Freud had homes in St John’s Wood and Suffolk. In 1987, after losing his parliamentary seat and acquiring a knighthood, he also bought a white-washed villa on the promontory overlooking Praia da Luz bay.
Sir Clement Freud’s villa in Praia da Luz
This cliff was later one of the places where Kate and Gerry McCann went jogging to ease their angst as they waited for news of Madeleine.
Freud often chronicled his summer exploits in Praia da Luz in his weekly column for The Times; and given how he chose to befriend the McCanns, we might find these jottings quite pertinent. While he waxed lyrical about his herb garden and citrus groves, which provided ingredients for his favourite Mediterranean recipes, and we learnt that he played golf and boules, he wrote little about the company he kept.
In fact, the only people he mentioned were his Portuguese ‘Maria’ — the maid who came each day to wash, clean and iron — and his secateurs-wielding gardener, Alfredo.
Was this perhaps because Freud didn’t want anyone to know about the dark company he kept?
After all, as the Madeleine inquiry revealed, the western Algarve, with its bucket-and-spade resorts, wide-open verandas and patios, and laid-back security, had become a teeming hive of paedophile activity.
One investigator said he knew of 38 child sex abusers living in the area; and between 2005 and 2009, the children of seven holidaying families were reportedly subjected to sex attacks — five before three-year-old Madeleine was taken from Apartment 5A at the Ocean Club, and two afterwards.
The names of paedophiles and suspected paedophiles based in Praia da Luz or nearby towns when Freud was a regular visitor are too many to mention. They include serial sex offender Raymond Hewlett, a Briton who was living on the Algarve with his wife and six children in May 2007, and became a prime suspect shortly before dying of throat cancer, aged 64, four years ago.
Another Briton, Chris Ridout, worked as a DJ in his parents’ pub, the Plough and Harrow, 200 yards from the Ocean Club. He was forced to flee the resort shortly before Madeleine disappeared, after he was alleged to be bombarding a 12-year-old local girl with lewd texts and indecent images. He is now thought to be living in the United States.
Ridout doesn’t have any convictions and says he was unfairly hounded after death threats.
Freud is said to have drunk on occasion in the Ridouts’ pub, which locals dubbed ‘The Plough and Paedo’ (daubing its new name in huge letters on the wall). Could it be that the knight of the realm (Clement Freud) was secretly consorting with loathsome men such as Hewlett?
Of course, Mrs Haynes and the three other women who have come forward in recent days to describe being assaulted by Freud were far older than Madeleine when he forced himself on them, and paedophiles typically choose their victims from a narrow age bracket.
Yet, as one expert told me, they also tend to gravitate towards others who share their proclivities, regardless of the type of victims they prefer.
Freud retained the five-bedroom villa, Casa da Colina, with its shaded pool, sunken terrace and pastoral tiles, until 2002, when he sold it to the current owner, Andrew Wright.
However, Mr Wright, from Devon, who now rents the property for £2,470 a week in high season, continued to make it available to Freud until he died. Intriguingly, he revealed that he had been contacted by Operation Grange detectives ‘about two years ago’, when he confirmed ownership of the villa.
This could suggest the Met squad hadn’t completely ignored the email sent by Mason Haynes after all.
The case is also being reviewed by a fresh team of Portuguese police officers based in Porto, in the north of the country. Yesterday, a source in the unit said they would look into the possible involvement of Freud — who was not mentioned once in the original 11,000-page case file.
‘This person [Freud] was never under investigation during the case, not even under British formal request,’ said the source. ‘This new information will be considered in the review we are now undertaking.’
And so to Madeleine’s disappearance. What evidence is there to suggest Freud might have been involved, however tangentially?
Thus far, the Freud family’s only comment has come from his son Matthew, a high-powered PR. Between expletives, he told a Mail reporter his father had been in Britain on May 3, 2007, the night she was abducted from her bed as her parents ate a tapas supper with friends in a nearby restaurant.
His assertion appears to be supported by the fact that Freud’s horse-racing column for the Sun was published two days later, on May 5.
By early July he was once again installed in Praia da Luz. As Kate McCann recalls in her book, at the beginning of that month they received a cryptic letter at their lodgings near the Ocean Club.
‘Dear McCanns,’ it began. ‘I have a house in P da L, been ashamed of the intrusion into your lives by our media . . . and if you would care to come to lunch/dinner at any time before Wednesday next, do ring and let me know.’
Doubtless sure of his culinary renown, he signed off with a droll aside: ‘I cook decent meals.’ Ironically, however, Kate and Gerry could barely remember who he was, and had to be reminded. Even so, they were touched by Freud’s gesture of ‘kindness and friendship’ (it came at a time when the tide of public opinion was turning against them, and they were falling under the unwarranted suspicion of the Portuguese police) and duly accepted his invitation.
Yet this week, when I asked several key players in the McCann saga what they made of Freud’s decision to place himself at the centre of the circus surrounding Madeleine’s disappearance, they said they found it odd, to say the least.
For Freud was an obsessively private man who always kept himself apart from the English ex-pats in the resort, and he is not remembered for his neighbourly gestures.
Residents described him as ‘reclusive’ and ‘aloof’, but most could barely recall seeing him at all. Was this frigid man really so moved by the McCanns’ plight? Or, as Mason Haynes ponders, was his gesture motivated by sinister self-interest?
‘I’d like to know what he had to gain by the meeting,’ he said.
The McCanns attended the luncheon accompanied by Gerry’s sister, Trisha Cameron, and her husband Sandy, and their then PR adviser Justine McGuinness, a former Liberal-Democrat parliamentary candidate. Though McGuinness and Freud had a political affinity, I am assured that the pair had never previously met and she did not fix the meeting.
McCann watchers suggest, however, that some part might have been played by Clarence Mitchell, who briefly handled the couple’s PR before McGuinness and would become their mouthpiece after she quit the role.
This is because Mitchell entered into a consultancy contract with Matthew Freud’s company a few months later. From his office in Brighton this week, Mitchell insisted this was a coincidence.
As Kate describes colourfully in her book, the lunch was an odd affair. Freud’s opening gambit was to offer his guests shots of strawberry vodka, though it was only just midday. He then prepared them, as Kate recalled, a ‘bloody marvellous’ watercress salad followed by mushroom risotto — ‘the best we’ve ever tasted’ — and regaled them with his trademark wit.
It might easily be construed as an innocuous occasion — until we remember that Freud took pleasure in cooking an elaborate meal for at least one of his victims (for whom he prepared a gourmet omelette) before thrusting himself on her.
Shortly after the lunch, eaten alfresco on the terrace, Freud returned to Britain but remained in touch with the McCanns by email, as Kate recounts. The Operation Grange team will no doubt wish to examine these exchanges, which might with hindsight prove telling.
He returned to Portugal on August 31, whereupon — again weirdly, we might think — he phoned Gerry McCann. Freud cracked a lame joke which compared what he said was his ‘poor circulation’ to that of the ailing Daily Express.
A few days later, when Kate and Gerry were in turmoil after being made arguidos, or suspects, by the Portuguese police, Freud invited them to his home again; this time at 9.50pm. Greeting them in his nightshirt, he offered them brandy and made another dry quip.
‘So, Kate, which of the devout Catholic, alcoholic, depressed, nymphomaniac parts is correct?’ he inquired, referring to the plethora of newspaper stories speculating on her character and parlous state of mind.
When the couple told Freud how sniffer dogs were supposed to have detected signs that someone had died in their apartment, he replied laconically: ‘So what are they going to do? Put them on the stand? One bark for yes, two for no?’
To Kate, who could have no idea about the kind of man they were consorting with, this was just the tonic she needed: Freud’s ‘way of making everything seem a little less terrible’.
According to Clarence Mitchell, she and her husband were ‘shocked and appalled’ when they learnt the truth about him a few days ago. Yet, on the basis of all they know so far, he says they ‘can see no reason to believe’ he may have had knowledge of Madeleine’s disappearance.
Those who remember Freud not as an avuncular shoulder to lean on but as a callous predator hold a different opinion. Now it is for the depleted Operation Grange squad to determine whether the clue they desperately need lies buried in the vile past of a great English eccentric.
SHEREE DODD (PR Spokesperson)
First to arrive in Portugal was a former Mirror journalist and long-term government spokesperson called Sheree Dodd. In an unprecedented move, the Government took over news-handling on behalf of the McCanns. Sheree Dodd, a former Daily Mirror journalist and long-serving senior spokeswoman for the Government, was dispatched to Portugal. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced that she was being deployed as “press officer responsible to act as media liaison officer for the McCann family”. Sheree Dodd was formerly Director of Communications at the Department for Trade and Industry where she had responsibility for media handling, stakeholder relations, marketing and e-communications. Prior to that post she led the news and media relations operations at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Northern Ireland Office. Before joining government communications she enjoyed an extensive career as a political and industrial correspondent on The Mirror newspaper. Sheree is Managing Director of which provides advice and delivers communication solutions to a wide range of public and private sector clients. But Dodd was swiftly replaced by the more senior and bombastic figure of Clarence Mitchell, who took a pro-active role, orchestrating a visit to meet the Pope and a tour which took in Spain, Germany and Morocco.
Andrea maria preston@Andreamariapre2
Kate McCann in her book “Madeleine”
“Thank god for people like Clement who kept us smiling”
Clement Freud Emails between ‘paedophile’ Clement Freud and Madeleine McCann’s parents to be probed for child sex abuse inquiry
20 Jun 2016
Kate wrote of the meeting: “He gave me one of his looks and a giant glass of brandy, and managed to get a smile out of me with his greeting: ‘So, Kate, which of the devout Catholic, alcoholic, depressed, nymphomaniac parts is correct?’
“Clement cheered us up with his lugubrious wit…”
Vicount Ian Kerr CGC@IanKerr
Go back to your constituencies, and prepare to deny everything about paedophilia in UK politics.
“Be careful what you say about Cyril Smith because nothing has been proved against him at all, it’s all been scurrilous hearsay and so far we are waiting for the final outcome of the inquiry” – former Liberal leader David Steel on the allegations against Cyril Smith
A man is known by the company he keeps.
It was just ‘tittle-tattle’ and the
#mccann are very nice people.
Jason Sinclair @jlsinc
David Steel, working in a small parliamentary party with Jeremy Thorpe, Clement Freud and Cyril Smith, must have been the most unobservant man in the world.
David Steel hairdresser Stephen August is director of company that Colin Peters is also director off Mr August other clients are Michael Heseltine and Julian Fellowes
Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo
You couldn’t make it up: ‘With Thorpe forced to stand down, Freud backed David Steel to succeed him; Steel improbably made him spokesman on Northern Ireland’. Time for a closer look at NI ministers, spokesmen and SPADs …
David Steel/NI/Clement Freud/Colin Wallace/Closed file
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David Steel and paedophile PIE member – Peter Hayman
David Steel criticised whistle-blower Geoffrey Dickens MP for exposing Sir Peter Hayman -,,,
Does Anyone here have Gordon Brown phone number? no other parents seem to have it the
#McCanns do though cause they rang him the night Madeleine #McCann vanished in to thin air. he was Prime minister at the time.
Gordon Brown joins mourners at funeral of Clement Freud
Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, joined U2 frontman Bono and comedian Stephen Fry and David Steel for the funeral of Sir Clement Freud, the writer, broadcaster and former Liberal MP .
Mr Brown paid tribute to his friend during the service at a church just off Fleet Street in central London.
“He was not only a national treasure but became within his own right a national institution,” he said.
He said that he had first met Sir Clement in 1974 when both were rectors of Scottish universities – Mr Brown at the University of Edinburgh and Sir Clement at Dundee University.
1968 In Aid of the Albany Trust – Clement Freud will speak during the evening on the Trust’s work…
Does she think Freud was part of a ring?
‘Of course,‘ she says.
‘He was great friends with Rolf Harris, shared an office with Cyril Smith and had a villa right there for 25 years – an area where a number of paedophiles were living and where Madeleine disappeared.
Praia da Luz – “Lots of important people are linked to Praia da Luz and its neighbourhood.
Spotlighted: Paul and Linda McCartney and Denny Laine on the album cover with (l-r) Michael Parkinson, Kenny Lynch, James Coburn, Clement Freud, Christopher Lee and John Conteh
Paul McCartney & friends:
Hollywood ReporterVerified account @THR
Paul McCartney says he masturbated with John Lennon: “It was good harmless fun” http://thr.cm/w8erIN
Paul McCartney with paedophile Jimmy Savile
Paul McCartney & paedophile Wilfred Brambell
Elton John, Cliff Richard and Tom Jones have all been accused of abuse.
Praia da Luz – “Lots of important people are linked to Praia da Luz and its neighbourhood.
“Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Clement Freud, Robert Murat, Hunter Davies, Paul McCartney, Philip Edmonds…
Philip Edmonds – nephew of Margaret Hodge and cousin of BBC’s Lizzie Watson
…brief exchange of letters with Philip Edmonds, a Mark Warner guest who was present in Praia da Luz the same week as the McCanns and the Tapas 7.
To settle some outstanding queries about my correspondence and the background to it, I will reproduce my letter to him dated 22 July 2011, which was sent by post to the offices of STEMCOR in London and Switzerland, and his email back to me dated 16 August 2011.
Here are the salient facts:
1 Philip Edmonds took his three sons, aged 6, 7 and 8 on holiday with him to Praia da Luz for the week 28 April to 5 May 207. I believe it was also booked via Mark Warner. It is thought he may have been separated or divorced from his wife at this time.
2 He is a member of the extremely wealthy Oppenheimer family, as is his aunt, the controversial Labour Party grandee Lady Margaret Hodge, who was the Chairman of the Islington Council Social Services Committee at the height of the Islington Children’s Homes child abuse scandal.
3 Philip Edmonds is a member of the Oppenheimer family because his father married Hannah, the elders of five children of the Hans Oppeneimer.
4 At the time of his Praia da Luz holiday, Edmonds was (and I believe still is) a Director of one of the world’s biggest steel companies, STEMCOR, and its Deputy Chairman.
5 He became of interest to Madeleine McCann forums because a newspaper report that said that Madeleine had been photographed with his three children in the play area of the Ocean Club on Thursday 3 May 2007, the day Madeleine was reported missing. It was one of the many alleged ‘proofs’ that Madeleine was alive that day.
6 We discussed it on the forum in early 2011. Nobody on the forum could explain why this alleged photograph of Madeleine had ever been produced, especially as we don’t have any other photo of her definitely taken after Sunday 29 April. So I wrote to Philip Edmonds: here is my letter and his reply:
Tony Bennett to Philip Edmonds
From: Anthony Bennett MA 66 Chippingfield
Tel: 01279 635789 HARLOW
e-mail: email@example.com Essex
Mobile: 07835 716537 CM17 0DJ
Mr Philip Edmonds, BA Friday 22 July 2011
Uldry Steel SA
Rte de Lavaux 29
CH – 1800 VEVEY 1
S W I T Z E R L A N D
Dear Mr Edmonds,
re: Madeleine McCann
I have been researching the Madeleine McCann case in depth since September 2007, from the point of view of someone who is sceptical about the parents’ account of events.
I have obtained your name and details simply by examining many of the thousands of documents about the case released by the Portuguese Police and made public during 2008, which include lists of guests staying at the Ocean Club and/or with Mark Warners during the week the McCanns were there, 28 April to 5 May 2007. There is also amongst the documents released by the police a statement by a Stephen Carpenter, who now lives in Stevenage, who says that he spoke to a man who had taken three young boys with him on the evening Madeleine disappeared, and by a process of elimination we believe that must be you, as you are the only guest with three boys recorded as being present that week.
One matter I have looked at especially, and have written about, is the controversial nature of many of the reported ‘sightings’ of Madeleine McCann on Thursday 3 May, the day she was reported missing. One of many curious features about the case is that only two photographs of Madeleine at Praia da Luz that week have ever surfaced. One was a photo of her playing tennis sometime earlier in the week, apparently taken by another parent. The other is the famous ‘last photo’ taken by Dr Kate McCann, one that was not produced for the public to see until after Dr Gerald McCann returned to England for a short visit in late May.
I have posted analyses on publicly-viewable forums querying the eight claimed ‘sightings’ of Madeleine on 3 May 2007. Clearly any photos of Madeleine alive on that day (or indeed on any other days of the week) would serve to dispel the doubts myself and others have entertained about the events of 3 May.
I am wondering therefore if you would kindly be able to tell me whether you or any member of your family had any contact with the McCanns and their children on Thursday 3 May, and also whether you have any photographs of Madeleine taken on that specific day.
I understand from the released files that you were living in Switzerland at the time Madeleine was reported missing but you may now be living in the U.K., hence I have sent this letter to Stemcor/Uldy Street SA both in Switzerland and in London.
I hope you may be able to help and look forward to hearing from you.
My contact details are above.
Philip Edmonds to Tony Bennett
16 Aug 2011
From: Philip Edmonds firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Madeleine McCann
To: “email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Tuesday, 16 August, 2011, 8:22
Dear Mr Bennett,
I am in receipt of your letter of 22 July regarding Madeleine McCann. I am sure you would appreciate that it would not be appropriate for me to comment too much, as we do not know each other, and I have no idea what your connection to the case is. However, I would also not want further conspiracy theories to fester by simply ignoring your letter.
Therefore, I can confirm that whatever information I had (including some photos of my sons taken on the day Madeleine disappeared, which showed her in the background) was passed both to the police and to the McCanns at the time. Having been in Portugal at the time of Madeleine’s disappearance and seen all of the events first hand, there is not one shred of doubt in my mind that the events as reported were correct. In fact one of the most terrible parts of this tragedy is that there are people out there who are questioning this, just adding further to the nightmare that the McCann family have suffered. I cannot imagine anything crueller.
I’m afraid I won’t enter into further correspondence on this matter with you.
Anthony Bennett @zampos
Yes, I wrote to
#PhilipEdmonds by hard copy & email to #Stemcor‘s offices in #London & Switzerland. He replied by email. He claimed that Maddie #McCann was seen in a photo he took of his three boys on Thur 3 May. BUT neither PE, the McCanns or the #PJ has ever produced this photo
Anthony John Stuart “Tony” Bennett (born 7 September 1947) is an English former solicitor and former candidate for public office.
Henry Hodge, the husband of Margaret Hodge, leader of Islington Council and resident of Islington, was chairman of the NCCL when PIE was granted affiliate status.
NCCL supported the ‘right’ to sleep with children as a ‘civil liberty’!
The ‘right’ to sleep with children was one ‘civil liberty’ that NCCL supported
The Seventies was an era of sudden sexual emancipation. To some on the Left, sex with children was just another boundary to be swept away
…The book, a manifesto for the legalisation of sex with children, is called Paedophilia: The Radical Case. O’Carroll was a teacher, and the “raven-haired little charmer” was one of his pupils, an 11-year-old schoolboy called Chris. Uncle Herman was in his fifties, and the girl he had sex with was 12.
But most unusually of all, O’Carroll’s foreword, with its passionate plea not to “deny children their sexual life, including the possibility of sexual contact with adults”, expresses his “heartfelt thanks” to those who helped him write his rallying-call, “especially… Ms Nettie Pollard of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) [who] read the whole text in draft and made many helpful suggestions”.
O’Carroll had been a “sexually predatory” paedophile, “determined to find a boy, or boys, for what I assured myself would be mutually pleasurable and affectionate sex… All I had to do was pop out to the nearest canal bank, or swimming baths, or park.” After this didn’t work, he “rained letters” on Chris, then turned up on the child’s doorstep “emboldened by drink, and aggressive with it”. O’Carroll was any parent’s darkest nightmare.
at the time this book was published, in 1980, O’Carroll and the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – a body founded to openly lobby for child sex – were part of NCCL, now Liberty, Britain’s foremost mainstream civil rights organisation.
Harriet Harman once said Margaret Hodge was her best friend in Parliament.
Discarded spouses: Margaret Hodges’ ex-husband is married to Jack Straw’s first wife!
Keep it in the family: Joe Caluori, Margaret Hodge’s son-in-law was supposed to head Islington abuse investigation!
April 26 2013
So as chairman of NCCL, was Hodge’s hubby also PIE member? And what does Vaz know about PIE membership?
Henry Hodge was close friends with Chris Patten and Howard Marks, who ran Annabelinda, a boutique which ostensibly sold clothing but in fact peddled marijuana. His old Oxford friend, Henry Hodge, did the legal stuff in establishing Annabelinda Ltd.
‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them’. I see no paedophiles, said Margaret Hodge as she raised her telescope to her blind eye! http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/islington-kids-homes-scandal-shame-of-ex-mayor-sandy-marks-pro-paedophile-past-1-5012565…
Guess who got the special honour of delivering the Law Society’s first Henry Hodge Memorial Lecture:
Harriet Harman tells ‘revolting’ anti-Semitic joke on live TV
3 Nov 2017
What a trio…what a coincidence. All three have links with paedophiles: Butler-Sloss, Harriet Harman and Margaret Hodge!
Margaret Hodge chose the words of her ‘advisors’ over two upright social workers from the coalface. Was her Islington successor Sawyer one of those advisors? The man who was business partner to this the paedophile Mr. Slade?
Clement Freud is the brother Lucian Freud, a very close friend of the Kray twins, who ran child abuse rings for top people.
Before the Madeleine McCann story broke, the McCanns were not important people.
If there had been no involvement by any high powered pedophile ring, then the Madeleine story would have had had little impact.
But, MI5 and a whole host of other agencies were observed taking an interest in the case.
Ronnie Kray’s letter of praise for Cliff Richard
He writes from Brixton prison to biographer John Pearson: “I had a verry nice letter from Cliff Ritchards. It was marvoulas of him.”
Lucian Freud (brother of Clement Freud ) was well connected to the Kray brothers,
Both Lucian Freud and Litvinoff were well acquainted with the Krays. The artist often gambled at Esmeralda’s Barn, the brothers’ Knightsbridge club, and dined with them on a regular basis; Litvinoff, who grew up in London’s East End, allegedly procured young men for Ronnie Kray.
Exhibit GM2 to W/S of Gerald McCann
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Why on earth put a 100yr block on alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann if authorities not hiding something big?
‘Why did this 82-year-old man befriend the McCanns out of the blue? The Freud I knew wouldn’t engage with you unless he really wanted to. Why did he invite them round and cook for them? Why, after their long search, did he stay in touch with them?
‘Could it be he wanted to know the ins and outs of what was going on, and the only way he could do that was by having direct contact with the parents?’
Vicky reported Freud’s abuse to the NSPCC, who contacted Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into sexual allegations sparked by Jimmy Savile — but Vicky says an ‘awful policewoman’ told her: ‘This happened years ago. He’s dead now. What do you want me to do about it?’
Two years later she tried again, after hearing yet another desperate appeal for information from Kate McCann.
Somerset police passed her allegations to the force in Suffolk, where the incident had taken place, and Vicky was told the matter would be passed to the team involved with Madeleine’s disappearance. But, again, Freud wasn’t investigated.
Maddie: Did the BBC bend the truth?
On the night Madeleine McCann disappeared, an Irish tourist saw a man with a child matching her description near the McCann apartment. His testimony could prove vital to the world’s most famous missing person case, especially since the man he saw that night has never come forward
On a cold May night in 2007, Martin Smith and his family were walking home after an evening out in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. A retired businessman from Drogheda, Co Louth, he co-owned an apartment there and was a regular visitor to the Algarve town.
The crowds of summer had yet to arrive and the normally bustling streets of the old quarter lay quiet. It was approaching 10pm when some members of the family of nine were suddenly struck by the sight of a man walking quickly towards them holding a small child uncomfortably in his arms.
As he passed close by them on the narrow street, the child appeared to be in a deep sleep, her head placed over his shoulder and arms suspended down her body.
She was blonde, aged around four and wearing pyjamas. Despite the chill in the air, her feet were bare. Martin and his daughter Aoife noted that her skin was very white. The man carrying the girl was middle-aged and more formally dressed than the average tourist, in beige trousers and a dark blazer-like top.
A member of Martin’s family made a comment towards him that the child was sleeping but he did not respond or make eye contact, keeping his head down as he hurriedly headed in the direction of the coast.
At the time, Martin did not realise the sighting had the potential to change the course of the world’s most high-profile missing-person case.
The following morning, he got a text from his daughter in Ireland to tell him that a three-year old girl had gone missing in the resort. The approximate time frame and location he had witnessed the man and child appeared to match.
By now, the mystery of what happened to Madeleine McCann was beginning to grip the world. Martin brought his mind back to the evening before and wondered if the child he saw could have been her. The girl certainly matched Madeleine’s description and the sighting had taken place at Rua da Escola Primaria, just 500 yards from the McCanns’ apartment. In time, Martin would become convinced he was correct.
Over a decade has passed since Madeleine McCann went missing on May 3, 2007 yet the case of the British three-year-old remains mired in more questions than answers. The mainstream media, who have by and large backed Gerry and Kate McCann’s version of events with the support of several A-list celebrities and politicians, appear to have lost interest in a story they once could not get enough of.
The very opposite is true on social media. The internet swirls with allegations and theories that the McCann story is littered with holes and does not stack up. Countless videos have been posted on YouTube by armchair detectives challenging the parents’ seemingly at times bizarre behaviour, in particular their reactions in certain interviews when the finger of blame shifts towards them.
Some are compelling to watch and have highlighted what appear to be discrepancies and confusion in certain accounts given by the McCanns and some of their friends about what happened in the period before and after Madeleine disappeared.
“It was like watching an action replay”
Gerry McCann, a consultant cardiologist from Scotland, and his Liverpool wife Kate, a GP and anaesthetist, said they had put their daughter and two-year-old twins Sean and Amelie to bed at around 7pm, had drinks together for almost an hour and then left the children alone to go to a tapas bar 50 yards from their apartment. There they met seven friends with whom they were on holiday. They told police that they and their friends checked on the children every half hour.
Gerry said he went to the apartment at 9.05pm and all the children were sleeping soundly. He said Madeleine was lying on her left-hand side in exactly the same position she was in when they had left her.
At 9.25pm, his friend, Dr Matthew Oldfield told police he went to check on the McCann children. He said afterwards he could not be certain that he saw Madeleine on that check.
Kate McCann said she went back to the apartment at around 10pm, entering through the patio doors that they had left unlocked. She said she noticed that the door of the children’s bedroom was “completely open” and that the window was also open and the shutters raised. She said she scoured the apartment, then left the twins asleep in their beds before running back to her friends in the tapas bar and claiming Madeleine had been taken. At 10.41pm, her disappearance from Apartment 5A of the Ocean Club resort was reported to police by hotel staff.
Overnight the story made headlines around the world. Several days after Madeleine disappeared, the Smith family flew back home, but the sighting remained at the back of Martin’s mind. He discussed it with his wife Mary, son Peter and daughter Aoife who were with him that night.
When they tallied the time and location, and the fact that the man they had seen had come from the direction of the Ocean Club complex where the McCanns were staying, they were convinced that it could have been Madeleine they had seen.
They decided to inform investigating police, and at the end of May 2007, Martin, Aoife and Peter flew back out to Portugal to make statements. They gave similar accounts of the man they had witnessed: average build, short brown hair, beige trousers; and the child: blonde, around four, and wearing pyjamas.
As the summer passed, the mystery of what happened to Madeleine McCann continued to perplex the world but life returned to normal for the Smiths. Then one Sunday evening in September, it came back to haunt Martin again. He was sitting at home watching TV when a report came on the BBC ‘News at Ten’ about the McCanns’ return to Britain. As he watched Gerry coming down the steps of the plane, carrying his two-year-old son in his arms, Martin was gripped by what he had just seen and described the experience as watching “an action replay” in his mind.
He was instantly brought back to the night of May 3 in Praia da Luz. Something about the way Gerry was holding the child in his arms and the way he put his head down seemed shockingly similar to the man he had seen in Portugal the night Madeleine went missing. He said it hit him like a “bolt from the blue”. He watched the clip again on different news channels reinforcing his belief that he was not mistaken.
During this period, Martin had difficulty sleeping and felt sick with anxiety. He contacted the Garda and informed them of what had happened.
He told them he was 60-80% sure the man he saw carrying the child that night was Gerry McCann. His wife Mary felt the same way.
Irish officers found him credible. A local garda who interviewed him on behalf of the Portuguese authorities described him as a genuine, decent man who did not want to court the press or seek publicity.
But while Martin’s evidence seemed compelling, independent and without motivation, much to his frustration, it was not given the attention it seemed to deserve.
Almost a year after he made his initial statement to police, he was approached by private detectives working for the McCanns and asked to make e-fits (electronic facial identification images), of the man he had seen the night Madeleine disappeared.
The McCanns say they gave these pictures to the police at the time but chose not to publicise them. Instead they remained focused on another sighting by their friend Jane Tanner, one of the so-called Tapas Seven group of friends who had been on holiday with the couple and who dined with them the evening Madeleine disappeared.
She claimed to have seen a man carrying a child away from their apartment complex at around 9.20pm, but in the opposite direction to the man allegedly seen by the Smiths.
The picture of Gerry McCann that caused Martin Smith to have a flashback which has haunted him for years
However, more than six years later, in 2013, the Metropolitan police announced that a British tourist had come forward to say he could have been the man she had seen as he carried his daughter home from the Ocean Club late night creche.
The Tanner sighting was about to be dismissed. The Met would switch their attention to the man seen by the Smiths. The e-fit images were finally released and the then chief investigating officer Andy Redwood said the timeline leading up to Madeleine’s disappearance was being rewritten, especially the 90 minutes between 8.30pm, when the McCanns left their children to go to the restaurant and 10pm, when they discovered their daughter missing.
A reward of £20,000 was offered to anyone who could assist with the investigation. But then the story of the Smith sighting took another bizarre twist as allegations emerged in the media that the family had retracted their statements. The public were being told that this potentially critical development was just another red herring.
The BBC even went as far as to make this claim. In a ‘Panorama’ programme broadcast in May 2017 to mark the tenth anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance, presenter Richard Bilton told viewers that the Smiths had changed their mind about seeing Gerry McCann and now believed they had seen someone else.
In recent weeks, I have spoken to Martin Smith at his home in Drogheda. He told me he continues to stand by everything he said to police in 2007. At no point did he withdraw his statement or change his mind about the sighting.
He is frustrated by media claims that he now says he was mistaken; and remains “60-80 per cent” convinced that the man he saw that night was Gerry McCann.
After the BBC programme was broadcast, Martin contacted ‘Panorama’ and informed them of their inaccuracy. But the broadcaster failed to correct the record despite its public service remit.
Last month, I asked the BBC why they had wrongly suggested the Smith sighting had been withdrawn and if they were willing to correct their error at this late stage.
I received a reply acknowledging that they had indeed broadcast an inaccuracy. They agreed to update the ‘Panorama’ programme on their iPlayer to reflect the correction. They say the mistake was made in good faith but they have failed to explain how they came to make such a fundamental error and why they did not check if their story about the Smiths was correct before they aired the programme.
Former Scotland Yard murder detective Colin Sutton is one of a number of experienced officers who believe the Smith sighting is one of the most important pieces of evidence available to the investigation.
According to media reports, Sutton had been tipped to head up the new probe by British police in 2010. He claims he received a call shortly after these reports from a high-ranking friend in the Met who warned him not to take on the job as he would not be happy being told what he could and could not look at.
Several aspects of the new investigation perplex him including the apparent decision by Operation Grange not to question Gerry and Kate McCann or their friends again.
“Looking at the background to the whole case again, inconvenient suggestions like the Smith sightings, have been dismissed on a number of occasions”, he says:
“When someone comes forward like that, it must be taken very seriously. It wasn’t just a throwaway phone call. It was something quite specific. The fact that Mr Smith’s memory was triggered by seeing Gerry Mc Cann carrying the child down the steps of the plane is quite relevant because I think that is how the mind works. It is a trigger I would take quite seriously.”
“I can see no reason why Martin Smith would make up these claims. He has nothing to gain from doing so”.
To date, Operation Grange, which now consists of four detectives from a peak of 31, has cost the British public more than £11m making it one of the most expensive police investigations in history. It was launched in 2011 after the Portuguese closed their enquiry in 2008. Funds are expected to run out at the end of March. Grange has been heavily criticised for refusing to reinterview Gerry and Kate McCann and the so-called Tapas Seven. The Met said local police had already done this and there was no need to repeat the process, but the Portuguese investigation was littered with failings and best practice in cases like this dictates it is always important to eliminate those closest to the child first.
In Britain, as matters currently stand, if the authorities are any closer to finding the chief suspect in the world’s most famous missing child case, they are certainly not saying.
As for the man the Smiths saw that night, he has yet to come forward to eliminate himself from the enquiry and remains unidentified.
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Whatever do these people have to hide?
That’s what I’d like to know as well, they are certainly not being honest with the public.
HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva
Both the Albany Trust and the Princedale Trust gave money to PIE:
Advert for Peter Katin’s piano recital in aid of Albany Trust, with a speech by Clement Freud
Source: New Christian
Headline: Advert for Peter Katin’s piano recital in aid of Albany Trust, with a speech by Clement Freud
In 1968 (paedophile) Clement Freud gave a speech at a function to raise money for the Albany Trust:
MADELEINE McCANN; CLEMENT FREUD; WORLDWIDE RING
The Goddard Inquiry, which is examining claims of a Westminster paedophile ring, declined to say whether Sir Clement would form part of its investigations.
MIRROR WORLD EXCLUSIVE
What really happened the night Maddie disappeared
While the Ocean Club was clearly popular with British holidaymakers like the McCanns, from Rothley, Leics, the former child minder claimed it was considered an unsafe place for those who worked there.
After she arrived she was stunned when a fellow nanny passed on a message from hotel staff to never venture off the site alone.
She added: “I just couldn’t get over how different it was to other Mark Warner resorts.
“We were told, ‘Here’s a rape whistle, don’t go anywhere by yourself, ever.’
There’d been a girl attacked the year or so before in Praia da Luz. It didn’t sound like a family resort to me.
“I just got the feeling the locals didn’t want us there.” It emerged in 2014 that 11 years earlier a 10-year-old British girl had been sexually assaulted “in the heart” of Praia da Luz.
The victim came forward three years ago after a Scotland Yard appeal revealed a string of potentially linked sex assaults on young UK girls across the Algarve between 2004 and 2006.
Mark Warner, which operates in resorts all over the world, quit Praia da Luz in 2015.
The woman claimed local police took 90 minutes to arrive on the scene.
The serious assault took place in Praia da Luz in 2005, two years before Madeleine was snatched.
It is one of 18 Algarve villa break-ins by a prowling paedophile who British police are now potentially linking to Madeleine
“The fact we’ve now got an assault that is in the heart of Praia da Luz means we are even more interested in this as part of the inquiry. This offence takes us into the resort so it is very significant.”
The new victim came forward following a fresh appeal last month when detectives revealed a string of break-ins across the Algarve, which included sex attacks on British girls aged between six and 12 from 2004 to 2006.
Before March, Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange was aware of 12 break-ins and four sex assaults. Now they are aware of six new break-ins including five new sex assaults.
Of the break-ins, which took place between 2004 and 2010, three happened at Praia de Luz, five in Carvoeiro, nine in the Albufeira district and one in Vilamoura.
Lord Mountbatten and Field Marshal Montgomery
His early life
The grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud and brother of artist Lucian, Clement was born in Berlin in 1924, but fled to Britain with his Jewish family when the Nazis came to power.
After the war he trained as a chef at London’s Dorchester (Bramall & McAlpine), before being made manager of the glamorous Martinez Hotel in Cannes.
During the Second World War Clement Freud joined the Royal Ulster Rifles and served in the ranks.
He acted as an aide to Field Marshal Montgomery.
The “revelations” that Montgomery preferred the company of young staff officers to that of women have been around for a long time, and Hamilton himself referred to Monty’s “romantic friendships with young boys” in the original book, specifically the 12-year-old Swiss lad Lucien Trueb “who engaged Monty’s affectionate attention”.
The question Hamilton is really posing now is not whether Field Marshal Lord Montgomery of Alamein was gay, but whether he was a repressed paedophile.
The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.
—Edward Bernays (“father of public relations,” nephew of Sigmund Freud, subject of BBC documentary Century of the Self )
Prince Charles, The Barclay Brothers and Madeleine McCann
The first ever mainstream news story about Madeleine being abducted was the article in the Daily Telegraph on May 4, 2007 and timed at one minute past midnight. In other words, less than 2 hours after Kate and Gerry had raised the alarm, a top British newspaper was already sowing the seeds of the abduction story.
It is inconceivable that such a story could have been published so soon after the first call to Portuguese police yet it is there for all to see, set in the proverbial stone of the Internet archives.
In fact, the Telegraph have never removed the story (link).
Here is the original 4-paragraph story:
Three Year-old Feared Abducted in Portugal
By staff and agencies, Last Updated: 12:01am BST 04/05/2007
A three-year-old British girl has gone missing while on a family holiday in Portugal, the Foreign Office said today.
Portuguese police are investigating the disappearance from a holiday complex in Praia da Luz in the western Algarve.
A Foreign Office spokesman said that he understood the girl’s parents had gone to have dinner once their children were asleep last night, but returned to check on them only to find the girl had gone missing.
“They reported it straight away,” he said, adding that consular assistance was being offered.
The Daily Telegraph is a newspaper owned by the reclusive “Barclay Brothers” – David and Frederick Barclay. The billionaire Barclays also own The Ritz Hotel in London and have been the owners since the mid-1990s.
In 2002, The Ritz released the following press release:
In January 2002 The Ritz London received a Royal Warrant from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, for Banqueting and Catering Services.
Royal Warrants are a mark of recognition to those who have regularly supplied goods or services to certain members of the Royal family for at least five years. The earliest known Royal Warrant dates back to 1155 and the distinction has always been regarded as a mark of excellence and quality.
Quite clearly then the Barclay Brothers and Prince Charles have a very strong connection by way of their little “business” deal at The Ritz.
There are numerous other connections. For example, between 1968 and 1974, the Barclay Brothers received large loans from Crown Agents – then a UK public statutory corporation. This dodgy outfit was eventually privatised when sold off in 1997. The actual owner of Crown Agents is the Crown Agents Foundation – its sole shareholder. Members of the Crown Agents Foundation include – wait for it – the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum!
The murky Crown Agents is worth an in-depth investigation and to do that here is beyond the scope of this article. It is however worth mentioning that they were involved in the rebuilding of Iraq before the 2003 war even began. From the BBC on March 11, 2003 (here):
Construction firms such as the US’s Fluor and Bechtel, Britain’s Costain and Balfour Beatty, and France’s Spie are usually the first in; service providers such as British Crown Agents and Swiss SGS are rarely far behind.
As has been stated before in this website, the number of connections between Prince Charles and Madeleine McCann are startling. This one, via the Daily Telegraph owners and their premature story is remarkable.
Prince Charles and Madeleine McCann
Cyril Smith admitted spanking and touching boys, but I let him stay, says Lord Steel
PAEDO PEER Ex Lib Dem leader Lord Steel unmasked as backer for sex fiend Sir Clement Freud’s knighthood
21st August 2016
Steel also to blame for getting gong for child abuser Sir Cyril Smith
PAEDOPHILE Sir Clement Freud was nominated for a knighthood by ex-Lib Dem leader Lord Steel, The Sun on Sunday can reveal.
The evil pair, who shared a Commons office, were both awarded knighthoods in the space of 12 months between 1987 and 1988 after Steel proposed them.
Lord David Steel and paedophile Clement Freud
Paedophile Jimmy Savile and Ted Heath
Paedophile Cyril Smith and Ted Heath
Lord Steel should tell us what he knew about Cyril Smith
September 20 2017,
In October the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will hear evidence about the abuse of boys by Sir Cyril Smith, the former MP for Rochdale. I represent Smith’s alleged victims and was present at the preliminary hearing today. They want an answer to one simple question: why was Smith never prosecuted?
There were several police inquiries into Smith during his lifetime. In 1969-1970 he was investigated by Rochdale police for sexual offences against boys at Cambridge House, a local boys’ hostel. In 1970 Rochdale police strongly recommended that Smith be charged with sexual offences against several boys. But Norman Skelhorn, then the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), not only decided that Smith should not be prosecuted but, remarkably, gave him an assurance of no further prosecution in respect of Cambridge House.
The paralysis in dealing with Smith over later years emanates from the decision not to prosecute him in 1970. After the DPP’s decision, Smith seems to have believed he could act with impunity, and evaded justice until his death.
Evidence now available reveals an interesting sequence of events. In 1970, Smith — a prominent Rochdale councillor — ceased to be an Independent and joined the Liberals. By then, the Rochdale Liberals had already selected their parliamentary candidate for the 1970 general election, Garth Pratt. But the then Liberal Leader, Jeremy Thorpe, was desperate for Smith to become his candidate for Rochdale; he believed only Smith could win the seat for the Liberals.
In early 1970 Thorpe sent Ted Wheeler, his national agent, on a successful mission to Rochdale to displace Pratt and replace him with Smith. Wheeler became aware of the allegations against Smith.
The DPP received the file from police on March 13, 1970 and delivered his no-prosecution decision six days later. It’s long been suspected that powerful people may have intervened with the DPP on Smith’s behalf. But, remarkably, on March 2, Smith had already been selected as Liberal parliamentary candidate for Rochdale — at the behest of the national Liberal leadership — before the DPP had even received the file from Rochdale police. Why did the Liberal leadership take the risk of selecting Smith as candidate weeks before the DPP officially decided not to charge him? Given that it seems that the Liberal leadership were aware of the allegations against Smith, these events beg the question of whether they had reason to believe that the DPP would decline to prosecute, and would give that assurance to Smith.
Smith lost the 1970 election but went on to become MP for Rochdale in a 1972 by-election. One person who may be able to shed light on these events is Lord (David) Steel, the former Liberal leader. Steel became an MP in 1967. In June 1970 he became Liberal chief whip. Steel would have inherited the chief whip’s files, and may have been involved in vetting Smith before he became the victorious Liberal candidate in 1972.
When allegations against Smith first surfaced publicly in 1979, Steel was dismissive of them. He also used the 1970 decision not to prosecute as justification for the later failure of the Liberals to act on complaints against Smith.
We can now see how damaging the DPP’s decision was for any chance of justice for Smith’s alleged victims. So, Lord Steel needs to tell us what he knows.
MI5 knew of cover-up over Cyril Smith child abuse, inquiry hears
9 Oct 2017
MI5 knew the country’s chief prosecutor had covered up a sex abuse inquiry into Cyril Smith but did nothing because it was not its job to expose paedophiles, an inquiry has heard.
Files released by the intelligence agency show it was aware that the Director of Public prosecutions (DPP) had lied to a newspaper over its decision not to prosecute Smith. But it decided not to make the information public because its duty was to ‘defend the realm’ rather than to expose a prominent politicians accused of being a paedophile.
The disclosure came during the first day of hearings into how Smith, the former Liberal MP, was able to abuse boys at Cambridge House hostel and Knowl View residential school in Rochdale. Smith died in 2010, having never faced prosecution.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) last night released an MI5 briefing note which showed how Sir Thomas Hetherington, the then DPP, had lied to a local newspaper about the existence of a 1970 police inquiry into allegations of gross indecency made against Smith.
Had the DPP admitted Smith had been under investigation, it would have led to a new inquiry and Smith being put on trial in his lifetime.
Hetherington had called a legal adviser in the intelligence agency to inform him of the press interest from David Bartlett, a journalist with the Rochdale Alternative Press. The briefing note states: “After consultations, the DPP’s press representative had untruthfully told Bartlett that they had no record of this case. In fact their file closely accorded with the details given by Bartlett.”
The memo, from the MI5 legal adviser and written in April 1979, goes on to suggest that the South African intelligence agency had been “trying to obtain compromising information about political figures” and that Smith was one of them.
The police investigation into Smith had been closed nine years earlier in 1970 by Hetherington’s predecessor Sir Norman Skelhorn who decided it was unlikely to lead to a prosecution.
Skelhorn’s decision was made despite a senior detective warning that the “sordid” accusations against Smith “stood up”.
Brian Altman QC, IICSA’s lead counsel, told the inquiry: “The documents show that the Security Service’s legal adviser was informed of the false representations to the press from the DPP’s office.
“Based upon their review of the information they hold, the Security Service considers they took active steps to ensure that those involved in investigating allegations of child sexual abuse against Smith were made aware of all information of relevance to their inquiries.
wording here starts off exactly like the torygraph article – so ‘official brief via No 10?’
Don Hale report vindicated?
Revealed: Ex-chief constable who says Cyril Smith cover-up went right to the top
- Retired police chief reveals there was a ‘cover-up’ of Cyril Smith’s crimes
- Former head of Lancashire Police, Albert Laugharne, says it was ordered by a top official
- Albert Laugharne is highest ranking ex-officer to give details of a cover-up
- Claims follow revelations on how Smith’s powerful friends hid his abuse
A retired chief constable has revealed that a ‘sinister cover-up’ of the crimes of paedophile MP Cyril Smith was ordered by a top official working for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Albert Laugharne, former Chief Constable of Lancashire Police, said that in the 1970s he was asked to lie about the politician’s alleged sexual abuse of a boy.
This newspaper has been told that a surveillance squad targeting a paedophile ring providing rent boys for orgies photographed Leon Brittan entering premises where the parties were believed to have been held on at least two occasions. At the time he was a minister in the Home Office.
A planned raid was called off at the last moment, allegedly on orders from senior Met command. Photographs and papers that could have been used as evidence then went missing, one officer who was part of the surveillance team has alleged.
This newspaper has been told that a surveillance squad targeting a paedophile ring providing rent boys for orgies photographed Leon Brittan entering premises where the parties were believed to have been held on at least two occasions. At the time he was a minister in the Home Office.
A planned raid was called off at the last moment, allegedly on orders from senior Met command. Photographs and papers that could have been used as evidence then went missing, one officer who was part of the surveillance team has alleged.
…told to hand over all evidence they had gathered on Smith — including notebooks and incriminating video film — and to say nothing more of the affair.
If they did speak out they might be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.
Mr Laugharne was given, he says, a clear indication that Smith enjoyed special privileges as a predatory paedophile VIP.
Sir Tony Hetherington, the DPP at the time that the then Lancashire police chief Albert Laugharne was told by his office to shut up about Smith.
Sir Tony Hetherington, the DPP is dead, Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan are dead, as is Willie Whitelaw who had, while Home Secretary in 1980, allegedly blocked a police investigation into a Westminster paedophile ring.
However, former Met boss Sir David McNee is still with us.
Smith had been investigated by Lancashire police at least four times by then, going back to the Sixties. The investigations were all halted.
Clement Freud said ‘that there had been an over-reaction to kiddy porn’
The politician, now Lord Steel, was made aware of the reports that Smith had sexually abused young boys in his hometown of Rochdale, Lancashire, in 1979.
But dismissed the allegations – claiming: ‘All he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms’.
Steel’s support was given even after he was told of allegations that Smith had abused kids.
The Cabinet Office had refused to tell us who had proposed Freud for a knighthood in 1987.
But after we appealed, Whitehall caved in and last week confirmed the mystery sponsor’s identity as Lord Steel.
At the time Lord Steel wrote a glowing obituary, calling him “one of those rare characters who managed to excel in several spheres”.
Lord David Steel with the McCanns
Lord David Steel attends Sir Clement Freud’s Funeral at St Bride’s Church, on April 24, 2009 in London, England.
His funeral service was held at St Bride’s Church in Fleet Street and was attended by a host of personalities from the media and entertainment industry including Bono, Richard Curtis, Stephen Fry, Paul Merton, Nicholas Parsons as well as several representatives from Westminster, such as then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, then-Shadow Chancellor George Osborne and former Liberal party leader David Steel.
Clement Freud with Jeremy Thorpe
Jeremy Thorpe visited PIE (Paedophile Information Exchange) member and Freemason Keith Harding’s office as did Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan.)
When Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe was engulfed in scandal over allegations he had tried to have his homosexual lover killed to silence him, Freud was one of his few colleagues to publically stand by him.
It was Freud who helped him compose his letter of resignation at his St John’s Wood home
Among his charity work he was president of the Down’s Children Association and also former secretary of the Refugee Children’s Fund.
Dame Alun Roberts@ciabaudo
North Yorkshire Enquirer requests
@InquiryCSA (then under Goddard) to investigate allegations Jeremy Thorpe’s was a paedophile .
Jeremy Thorpe was a good friend of paedophile MP Clement Freud He was there at Thorpe’s trial to support him.
“…his close friend, Liberal member of Parliament Clement Freud, who were sitting together nearby.”
Stephen Fry said Sir Clement was ‘a real Soho figure’ during the 1950s and 1960s and knew all the girls of easy virtue, the pimps and, of course, the restaurateurs, which is where he learnt his business as a chef.
Lord Bell. The
#McCann s paid him £500,000 to keep them on the front pages of newspapers every day for a year.
THE IMPORTANT PEOPLE WHO RUSHED OUT TO PRAIA DA LUZ AFTER 3 MAY 2007 AND BY FRIDAY 11 MAY 2007
This summarises a list of those known to have rushed out to Praia da Luz after 3 May 2007 (or on the case of Resonate and Robert Murat, BEFORE then). Dates of arrival given where known, all before Thursday May 10 unless otherwise stated:
Robert Henderson – British Consul for the Algarve – immediate (persuaded Portuguese Police to allow the McCanns to wash clothes before seizing them)
John Buck – British Ambassador to Portugal (Lisbon), arrived immediately
Angela Morado – British Proconsul, arrived immediately
Liz Dow, British Consul from the Embassy in Lisbon, arrived immediately
Andy Bowes, British Embassy Press Officer, arrived immediately
Sheree Dodd, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Other staff from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
British Police Officers
Glen Power, British Police Liaison Officer for Portugal, arrived 5 May
An ‘Analyst’ (unnamed) from the National Policing Improvements Agency, arrived 4 May
Detective Chief Superintendent Bob Small, Leicestershire Police
Two other police ‘family liaison’ officers from Leicestershire Police
Government security and secret service personnel
Staff from MI5 (unnamed)
Staff from Child Exploitation and OnLine Protection Service (unnamed – Kate McCann in her book describes them As ‘Forensic Psychologists’), arrived 4 May More staff from CEOP, the ‘Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit’ AND a CEOP ‘social worker’ (arrived 6 May)Staff from Special Branch (unnamed)‘Criminal profilers’ (unnamed – attached to unnamed government security departments) Government-funded private security firms
Kenneth Farrow from Control Risks Group
Michael Keenan from Control Risks Group
Staff from government-supported private crisis psychology group
Alan Pike, Head of Yorkshire-based Centre for Crisis Psychology (CCP) (arrived 4 May)
Martin Alderton, Colleague of Alan Pike from CCP (arrived 5 May)
Public Relations Consultants
Michael Frolich, Head of Resonate, subsidiary of international PR company Bell Pottinger (already there by Monday 30 April)
Tricia Moon, Deputy Director of Resonate, (already there by Monday 30 April)
Alex Woolfall, Head of Risk for international PR company Bell Pottinger, arrived 4 May (helped to edit Gerry McCann’s photos before putting them on a disc for the PJ)
Staff from the recently-formed International Family Law Group (IFLG):
Michael Nicholls, barrister, arrived 11 May
Accompanied by a ‘paralegal’ from Leicestershire, arrived 11 May
There are references to other government lawyers having arrived
Top staff from Mark Warner (company that organised the holiday)
David Hopkins, Managing Director of Mark Warner
One of his senior colleagues
Robert Murat became the initial main interpreter for the Portuguese Police on 4 May. He had already flown out from England on 1 May. He was recommended by British Consul Robert Henderson
Rev. Haynes and Susan Hubbard mysteriously arrived in Praia da Luz from Canada on Sunday 6 May, to take up an appointment as the Anglican Minister in Praia da Luz. The Hubbards rapidly became very close friends of the Mccanns
‘Hugh’ – Kate in her book says he would only identify himself as ‘Hugh’, he was brought in by Control Risks Group and said he was ‘a former intelligence officer, now a kidnap negotiator and counsellor’. He attended meeting with the lawyers from IFLG
Clarence Mitchell, Head of the government’s Media Monitoring Unit: According to the reply to a Freedom of Information request, he was appointed on Sunday 6 May to head up the government’s PR support for the McCanns, but he did not travel to Portugal until 22 May 2007
The government set up a very high-powered liaison committee on Tuesday 8 May under the Chairmanship of Matt Baggott, Leicestershire Police Chief Constable. It consisted of representatives from a wide variety of government departments and agencies. The government has refused to answer FoIAct questions about who those agencies were.
Government Ministers Gordon Brown (Chancellor of the Exchequer) and Margaret Beckett (Foreign Secretary) spoke to Gerry McCann in the first week. Tony Blair, Prime Minister, did so later.
Literally hundreds of international journalists were also there in that first week.
Why don’t other missing children receive this treatment?
via alun roberts
I’m beginning to think this is not about the McCanns at all but about something much, much bigger. Why else wheel in such government bigwigs as advisors?
Clement Freud worked in the kitchen of Bramall’s Dorchester. Another coincidence?
Roy Jenkins with convicted child abuser Frank Beck ( Janner)
Gyles Brandreth: the Clement Freud I knew
Esther Rantzen and Christine Hamilton…Gyles Brandreth
Emma Freud ‘Pillow Talk’ interview with Jimmy Savile
Stephen Fry at Sir Clement Freud funeral
Clement Freud is related, on his mother’s side, to Uri Geller.
Geller has been photographed with a surprisingly large number of the reported top UK child abusers.
Lord Janner: My friend Michael Jackson
Leading Jewish peer Lord Janner spoke today about his sorrow at the death of Michael Jackson, whom he regarded as “delightful company” and a good friend.
Lord Janner was introduced to the singer by psychic Uri Geller.
“He came to Parliament in 2002 and I showed him round,” Lord Janner recalled. “He had come to the UK to help fund-raise for Exeter Football Club, which Uri chaired.
“I showed him all around the Lords; it was a Friday and the staff were thrilled. When we got to the place where the Queen sits when she opens Parliament, he looked at the chair and then turned to his assistant. He said: ‘I want one exactly like that for my home.'”
Lord Janner said he had not been familiar with Jackson’s music when they first met but had had the opportunity to see him in California at Universal Studios. “We had dinner together and then I watched him dance. He was an incredible dancer. It was absolutely astonishing.”
The peer said he would miss the entertainer, whose death was announced today.
New Michael Jackson Lawsuit Alleges Child-Abuse Procurement Ring
A new lawsuit alleges Michael Jackson’s businesses were a front for grooming children to be abused
The latest complaint, filed by a Jane Doe who alleges that she was abused by Jackson from 1986 to 1989, when she was aged 12 to 15, claims that Jackson secretly operated, “the most sophisticated public child sexual-abuse procurement and facilitation organizations the world has known.”
Michael Jackson child sex syndicate trial date set
The choreographer, 34, filed an amended complaint in September claiming Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”
Robson claims Jackson and his employees worked in concert to arrange his private meetings with underage fans, cover travel expenses and shower the youngsters with gifts.
“Make no mistake, Neverland Ranch was nothing but a well-orchestrated trap,” Finaldi previously told The News. “It was custom-built to attract kids so he could groom them and decide which to sexually abuse.”
The amended complaint, obtained by The News, added new negligence claims to his suit against the two companies.
Robson claims he was brought into Jackson’s orbit as a small child in the late 1980s after winning a dance competition in Australia organized by MJJ Ventures.
Two years later, a Jackson assistant contacted his family about meeting with The Gloved One and staying at Neverland during a trip to Los Angeles, he says.
The assistant served as Jacko’s “madam” or “procurer,” his filing states.
During that visit, Jackson allegedly sexually abused Robson. The abuse continued for eight years until Robson hit puberty and Jackson lost interest, according to the complaint.
During the pop icon’s 2005 molestation trial in Santa Barbara County, Robson denied he had been sexually abused. He later recanted, saying it took intensive therapy for him to come to terms with the abuse.
In 2013, Robson’s initial claims against Jackson’s estate were thrown out when a judge ruled he’d waited too long to sue. He is now pursuing the separate civil claims against Jackson’s companies.
A source in Jackson’s camp called the new complaint “too silly” to warrant a response.
Uri Geller with Michael Jackson, Paul Boateng and David Blaine
‘Kidnapped boy, Martin Allen, may have been abused and murdered by VIP paedophile ring,’ say police
Martin Allen went missing aged 15 while on his way home in 1979
Geller’s Kensington Apts
Freud’s wife Jill:
Why did Tony Blair and Gordon Brown rush MI5 to Portugal to ‘help’ the McCanns, and why were they demanding all photographs from everyone there?
Mar 17 2017
? The information put together by Richard D Hall is quite amazing. In this part of his investigation, he examines why the British government showed such intense interest in the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann. It does make you wonder who else might have been involved. Was there someone very high up in British politics present in Portugal during Madeleine McCann’s ‘disappearance’? Blair or Brown possibly?
Football paedophile scandal:
Whilst Gerry McCann was the Celtic doctor in the mid 90′s, Celtic youth player Lawrence Haggart was murdered / died on the 17th March 1996. Tommy Burns was Celtic manager from 1994 until 1997. Jim McCafferty was the Celtic scout / youth coach / kitman from 1990 until (May) 1996.
One of William McAlpine’s fellow directors at Fairbridge charity in Scotland was James Torbett of the Celtic boys club scandal
Liam Kelly @cfcliamk96:
Strachan was working in 1997 at the boys club and resigned when caught by police at the time. Also roddy McDonald was club doctor at Celtic from 1999 – 2006 so missing records dont point to mccann and McCann was in new Zealand from 96-98
Thats from the mirror. There’s loads saying same in NZ Herald and daily record. Also he played football for Napier city rovers in NZ in 1996 Also that story of him moving to England in 96 doesn’t add up if they were in Glasgow when Lawrence died + before going to England in 2000
Saying he took time out from the infirmary to do medicals for the club in mid 90s.He probably did a bit of that but was never club doctor.thus no files were deliberately wiped from 2000 at the club.Theres historic cases of sick individuals in UK who don’t represent the wider club
Dr Jack Mulhearn was Celtic doctor from 1994 – 1999 as well
Looks like NZ 96-97. He worked for 3 years at the glasgow uni so basically 97 – 2000 and was married in Liverpool in Dec 1998. Moved to England full time mid 2000. No chance he was at Celtic in 2000. The only source of him working at Celtic is the physio
Ex-Celtic coach James Torbett to stand trial charged with historical sex abuse of SIX boys
6 Apr 2018
FORMER Celtic Boys Club coach and founder James Torbett is to stand trial charged with historic sexual abuse of six young boys.
The 70 year-old today faced the allegations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.
Torbett, of the city’s Kelvindale, faces a total of 12 charges spanning from January 1970 to August 1994.
The boys mentioned are said to have been aged between four and 14 when Torbett is first accused of abusing them.
A number of locations are listed on the indictment including Barrowfield Football Ground in Glasgow’s London Road, where Celtic used to train.
Offences are said to have occurred at Torbett’s home, dormitories in Belgium and France as well as training facilities in Glasgow’s west end and Bristol, England.
Prosecutors also list “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.
Torbett’s QC Tony Graham today pled not guilty on his behalf to the charges.
Judge Lady Stacey set a trial due to begin in June. The case could last up to 10 days.
Bail for Torbett was continued meantime.
Offences are said to have occurred at “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.
Manufacture and retail of trophies, medals, cups and other such goods
Directors and Secretaries at the Trophy Centre where abuse is alleged to have occurred.
James Torbett and Kevin Kelly (Jimmy Savile’s friend)
Savile with Kevin Kelley and Father Denis O’Connell
Torbett ran The Trophy Centre which supplied goods to Celtic’s shop
Torbett faces a total of 12 charges spanning some 24 years and involving children as young as four.
Cathy Higgins…. @justmebeingme4
So Tony Blair is mates with Mark Freud…Son of Paedophile Clement Freud..who was married 2
@rupertmurdoch ‘s daughter..
Portuguese prosecutors “never concluded McCanns were innocent”
February 09, 2017
Newly released legal papers show that Portugal’s supreme court does not consider Kate and Gerry McCann in the clear over their missing daughter.
Former police chief Goncalo Amaral
As the 10th anniversary of Madeline’s disappearance nears, the McCanns, of Rothley, are still fighting for their reputation, having just suffered another defeat in their attempt to sue former police chief Goncalo Amaral, who accused them of being responsible for Madeleine dying.
The supreme court of Portugal recently ruled Mr Amaral’s “right to freedom of expression” was worthy of greater protection than the couple’s “right to honour”.
Now the court has released the full version of its decision, which includes the observation that just because no criminal case is ongoing, does not mean that the McCanns are definitely innocent.
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Kate and Gerry McCann ‘not formally in the clear’ over daughter Madeleine’s disappearance
The couple were ruled out as formal suspects, or “arguidos”, back in 2008 due to lack of evidence – but in court papers released today, judges have said this does not equate to a ruling of innocence
9 FEB 2017
Kate and Gerry McCann have been dealt another cruel blow as a Portuguese court failed to put them in the clear over the disappearance of daughter Madeleine.
The couple were ruled out as formal suspects, or “arguidos”, back in 2008 – but in newly released court papers, judges have specified that this does not equate to a ruling of innocence.
It will add to the McCanns’ torment, after the same judges ruled against the couple last week in a legal battle with the police officer who led the hunt for their daughter.
The couple sued ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral after he wrote a book claiming they were responsible for Madeleine’s “death” in May 2007.
But he fought the case and Portugal’s Supreme Court sided with him.
In the 76-page ruling on the case – made public – they also said the archiving in 2008 of the criminal case into Madeline’s disappearance does not prove the McCanns are innocent.
They wrote: “It should not be said that the appellants were cleared via the ruling announcing the archiving of the criminal case.”
While the judges said it would be wrong to draw any inferences about the couple’s guilt or innocence from the decision, they noted that the case was not shelved because prosecutors believed that Kate and Gerry, from Rothley, Leics, were innocent – but due to a lack of evidence.
They wrote: “That ruling was not made in virtue of Portugal’s Public Prosecution Service having acquired the conviction that the appellants hadn’t committed a crime.
“The archiving of the case was determined by the fact that public prosecutors hadn’t managed to obtain sufficient evidence of the practice of crimes by the appellants.
The court concluded that the archiving of the case should not be seen as proof the McCanns are not guilty, stating: “It doesn’t therefore seem acceptable that the ruling, based on the insufficiency of evidence, should be equated to proof of innocence.”
McCanns lose again in Maddie book row
KATE and Gerry McCann have lost another court battle in their bid to silence claims they faked their daughter Madeleine’s disappearance.
Mar 23, 2017
A Portuguese supreme court judge has again backed local ex-police chief Goncalo Amaral’s right to make the allegation in his book about the case.
The publication, The Truth Of The Lie, sensationally claims Gerry, 48, and Kate McCann, 49, faked missing Madeleine’s abduction.
The couple, whose daughter vanished during a family holiday on the Portuguese Algarve in 2007, now have only the European Court of Human Rights to go to in their battle with Mr Amaral
The McCanns launched an appeal last month after the Portuguese supreme court ruled they had not proved they were innocent of involvement.
But after hearing their nine-page complaint, the supreme court has again backed Mr Amaral.
Kate and Gerry, of Rothley, Leicestershire, who have warned they will sue if The Truth Of The Lie is sold in Britain, said after yesterday’s court’s ruling: “It is obviously extremely disappointing.”
The McCanns still hope that their eldest daughter, who would now be 13, is alive despite being missing for close to a decade.
The Met Police’s Operation Grange investigation into the case has cost over £12million.
The damming document means suspicion still hangs over the heads of the McCanns, who have always claimed their innocence.
It was released after the court decided Amaral’s “right to freedom of expression” was worthy of greater protection than the couple’s “right to honour”.
Amaral, 57, was ordered to pay the couple £360,000 in damages in 2015 for claims he made in The Truth Of The Lie.
He said the McCanns faked Madeline’s abduction after she “died” in their holiday apartment. Amaral claimed his work was based on publicly available police and court files on the case. Kate described the book as “devastating and distressing”.
Amaral successfully overturned the ruling against him last April and the McCanns lodged a Supreme Court appeal.
But judges decided Amaral’s claims were “within admissible limits in a democratic and open society”. It means Kate and Gerry, both 48, face having to pay Amaral’s legal bills and could even be sued by him.
The McCanns may take the case to the European courts, but legal experts say they must prove they have a valid reason of appeal before any hearing would be even considered.
Madeline vanished from an apartment in Praia da Luz as her parents ate at a nearby restaurant. Detectives are said to be working on a theory that she was kidnapped by a European trafficking gang.
Libel trial in Lisbon – Day 6 Witness No 1
Patricia Cameron (nurse) evidence.
Madeleine McCann cops ask Home Office for more money in search for missing child
12th February 2018,
The fresh cash request comes after it was revealed parents Kate and Gerry McCann had more than £720,000 in reserves for their Find Maddie Fund.
The family have just seven weeks left of guaranteed funding for Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange inquiry.
The inquiry has cost taxpayers £11.2 million so far.
HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva
Oh no. No, it cannot be allowed. How about if they allocate money for ALL missing kids and share it between them so the likes of Vishambar Mehrotra and
@KeviboyAllen receive the same resources as the well-connected McCanns?
so they have magic money to further fund Madeleine McCann totalling to £11m but they don’t have money for grenfell victims? for those who are still homeless? for the millions of other children that go missing per year? for the NHS? this government is beyond DISGUSTING.
The hunt for Madeleine McCann CONTINUES as Home Office approves Met Police’s request for cash to pursue a ‘final line of inquiry’ 11 years after youngster vanished
- The Home Office allocated an unknown amount to the Met’s Operation Grange
- Detectives investigating disappearance applied for more funding in February
- More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl
Ben Needham’s mum questions why she hasn’t had more cash after Maddie McCann hunt funding boost
Speaking to the Loose Women panel, hearbroken Kerry Needham said she hadn’t had a ‘fraction’ of the help
Before that of course he’d been a BBC reporter, working on many prominent cases, such as Fred and Rosemary West, the Death of Diana and the Murder of Jill Dando, the latter 2 whilst he was a Royal Correspondent. 
Clarence Mitchell was one of the first reporters to arrive at Gowan Avenue, Fulham in south west London, when the immensely popular BBC TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead in a murder many feel has never been satisfactorily explained.
That would never summon the UK’s highest orders of national security, would it? It evidently includes some very high up VIPs caught up in 3 5 7 plus; consider, resulting in a missing child…
Lay out the pieces. Child missing abroad to 2 nobodies. This invokes top brass form UK to hurtle over there & form a protective ring around
#mccann As they are not, per se, a national security issue someone there was. Hence the cover up, MSM bias etc
- “It then all went quiet for a year before ITV contacted me this morning to tell me the story was running.
- “It is hard to know what to make of Freud owning a holiday villa close to where Madeleine McCann disappeared. Clement was apparently not in Portugal at the time. When you add in the fact that the McCanns’ sleazy ‘spokesman’, Clarence Mitchell, works for Freud’s son Matthew, the coincidences do add up. I am not jumping to any conclusions at present. But I found the following fascinating:
- “Clement Freud assured Kate McCann she had nothing to fear from the cadaver dogs giving a positive response inside the McCann’s hire car, hired after Madeleine ‘disappeared’. They had no evidential value. ‘So what are they going to do? One bark for yes, two barks for no?’ asked Freud.”
Martin Walkerdine @mwalkerdine
Clarence Mitchell who is the spokesman for Gerry McCann and Kate McCann is now the spokesman for Cambridge Analytica the company that as been involved with Facebook over data scandal of approx 100 million users
Please Google McCann friend and supporter Nigel Nessling and see why they don’t want you to.
@ciabaudo You may find this interesting.
Suffolk man avoids prison after downloading over 40,000 indecent images of children
29 November 2017
A man from Suffolk who became obsessed with child porn and downloaded more than 40,000 images has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.
UK detective refused to head up Madeleine McCann probe because ‘Scotland Yard would order him to prove Kate and Gerry were innocent and ignore other leads’
- Colin Sutton said he was warned by senior friend in the Met about case in 2010
- Friend said he would be told ‘who to talk to and what to investigate’, he claimed
- ‘Narrow focus’ would be to prove Kate, Gerry and Tapas Nine innocent, he said
- Spoke on Sky Documentary based on leaked Home Office report that revealed ‘turbulent relationship’ between McCanns and police in London and Portugal
A detective tipped to head up the Madeleine McCann probe was warned he would be ordered to prove she was abducted and ignore other leads.
Colin Sutton said a high-ranking friend in the Met called him and warned him not to lead the case when Scotland Yard announced it would get involved in 2010.
The source warned that he would be tasked with proving her parents Kate and Gerry were innocent and ignoring any alternatives to the abduction theory, he claims.
Speaking to Martin Brunt on Sky News, he said: ‘I did receive a call from a very senior met police officer who knew me and said it wouldn’t be a good idea for me to head investigation on the basis that I wouldn’t be happy conducting an investigation being told where I could go and where I couldn’t go, the things I could investigate and the things I couldn’t.
Asked to clarify what he meant, he added: ‘The Scotland Yard investigation was going to be very narrowly focused and that focus would be away from any suspicion of wrongdoing on the part of the McCanns or the tapas friends.’
The Tapas Nine refers to the McCann parents and the seven friends they were out to dinner with when Madeleine disappeared in 2007.
They were interviewed by Portuguese Police, who have always worked on the basis that Madeleine was abducted from her room, but Mr Sutton said other possibilities should be entertained.
Speaking on Searching for Maddie, which looks at the case ten years on from her disappearance, he criticises the narrow focus of both Portuguese and British police.
He added: ‘If you are conducting a re-investigation you start at the very beginning. Look at all the accounts all the evidence all the initial statements and go through them and make sure they stack up and they compare.’
The documentary revealed details from a Home Office report on the case, ordered by then Labour minister Alan Johnson before the 2010 election, seen by Sky News’ Martin Brunt.
The report shows that Gerry and Kate McCann’s relationship with Portuguese police after they closed the investigation into her disappearance.
The Met took the unusual step of getting involved in the case in 2010 after the report was compiled, and recommends police collaborate with private investigators hired by the McCanns because of the ‘unique nature of the case’.
However, it also reveals that much of the information gathered by investigators had not been shared with police investigating the case so far.
Highlighting the ‘turbulent relationship’ between the parents and detectives, it describes how the McCann’s felt badly treated by the Portuguese authorities.
They were called in to speak to officers then asked to wait for hours, only for a detective never to appear, in treatment they described as ‘inhumane’.
The relationship broke down entirely when Portuguese police closed the investgation in to Madeleine’s disappearance in in Praia de Luz.
When the Met Police came in, they also fell out with local police. The Met would later fall out with the McCanns too, the report revealed.
Mr Johnson wanted to find out if the Met should intervene further in the case so the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre investigated.
It was commissioned in late 2009, completed by March 2010 and published in May 2010, MailOnline understands.
In May 2011 the Home Office launched the Scotland Yard review of the case. The Met’s investigation has cost £11million so far.
The report said: ‘It is clear that from the beginning the McCanns felt there was a lack of clarity and communication on the part of the Portuguese police.
‘Despite the involvement of British consular staff, they were, by their own accounts, left for long periods without any updates or communication with the investigators.
‘They state they were taken to the police station on more than one occasion and then left for hours waiting to speak to someone who never materialised.
‘They describe this situation as inhumane, with no real consideration for their emotional and physical wellbeing.’
The report also reveals tensions between the Portuguese and British police, with the Met accused of acting ‘like a colonial power’.
The report says: ‘Clearly, the McCanns have had a turbulent relationship with both Portuguese and UK law enforcement. They now openly acknowledge that there is a distinct lack of trust between all parties.’
The police in Britain and Portugal say they are working together to find Madeleine, who vanished on May 3 2007.
The documentary was aired just hours after it emerged the former Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral claimed Madeleine’s body was cremated in a TV interview.
The detective, one of the leading investigators early in the case, made the wild statement hours after her parents vowed to take him back to court over other claims.
Amaral made his latest statement on a TV documentary to be aired on the 10th anniversary of her disappearance from the Praia da Luz resort in Portugal.
The claims will add to the anguish of her parents who, in a moving interview this week, said they have still not given up hope on seeing Madeleine again.
Amaral said she may have been hidden in another British woman’s coffin as she was cremated, and said the church where Madeleine’s parents prayed was key.
He said: ‘We had information three figures went into the church via a side door at night. They had a box and there was to be a cremation of a British woman.
‘It is possible the child’s remains were in this box and cremated as well. The parents had the key to the church,’ reports The Sun.
The claim is the latest spark in a long dispute between Amaral, who was booted off the Madeleine case, and Kate and Gerry McCann.
Amaral, 57, claimed in The Truth Of The Lie that Madeleine died at the McCann’s holiday house and Kate and Gerry covered it up.
The McCanns won a libel case against Amaral in 2015, and he was ordered to pay them 250,000 euros (£209,000) each in damages.
But this was overturned on appeal and that decision upheld in another court this April, meaning Amaral is now able to sue the McCanns for damages potentially totalling tens of thousands of pounds.
During the interview, BBC presenter Fiona Bruce asked the McCanns: ‘One of the police officers in Portugal has been a thorn in your side for many years, he was thrown off the investigation but then he wrote a book … and you fought it through the courts.
‘At the moment you’ve lost and he’s won. Is this the end for you now, are you going to continue to fight him?’
Mr McCann replied: ‘I think the short answer is we have to because the last judgment I think is terrible.
Crucial Madeleine McCann case questions that remain unanswered after a decade
Irish journalist John McGee was holidaying in Praia da Luz when the little girl went missing. In a compelling account, he says we seem to be no nearer to the truth
Madeleine McCann detective claims investigation was ‘tainted’ as soon as it was an ‘abduction’
April 27 2017
Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities
The former Portuguese detective who led the probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance a decade ago claims the investigation was tainted as soon as it was deemed an ‘abduction’.
Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities because they were doctors.
The ex-policeman refuted claims his officers’ probe was shoddy and says interference from the UK hindered the process.
He maintains devastated parents Kate and Gerry were involved in three-year-old Maddie’s disappearance on May 3 2007 in Praia da luz.
The former officer also pointed the finger at the British class system in an interview which will be aired on Portuguese news channel CMTV on Monday.
He told Portuguese magazine Sábado: “They belong to the upper-middle class and the British do not like their doctors to mess up abroad and get convicted for it.”
Retired Amaral, who was removed as head of the probe after criticising British detectives, claimed UK authorities tried to rush the process.
He said: “It is not normal for an ambassador from a foreign country to come to the place to push in the sense that ‘this has to be quick’.
“If the ambassador and even the consul had not appeared, the investigation would have been directed to what is normal – to suspect those who have responsibility for the custody of the child.
“(The) Judiciary, Public Prosecutor’s Office and the government felt intimidated by the United Kingdom.
“The mistake was the statement about the abduction. It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision (that it was an abduction) and to make it public.”
Portuguese detectives said on May 5 2007 – just two days after her disappearance – that they believed she was still alive in the country after being abducted.
Then director of the Policia Judiciaria Guilhermino Encarnacao made the announcement, stating officers were working on the assumption Maddie was being held between 1.8 and 3.1 miles from the resort.
One eyewitness told the Mirror Portuguese police arrived on the scene at the Ocean Club complex some 90 minutes after Madeleine vanished.
Our source also accused police of messing up key witness statements taken in the days after the tragedy.
But Amaral denies Portuguese police made a string of errors, instead accusing British police of trying to ‘protect’ the McCanns.
Amaral said: “When the couple left, the British police who were here to cooperate and help also left. The feeling was that the British police were here to protect the couple.”
Amaral accused Portuguese police of now ‘doing the politically correct’ thing by following Scotland Yard’s lines of enquiry, to ensure they do not compromise relations between the UK and Portugal.
He said: “The management of the Policia Judiciária and the prosecutor himself are doing the politically correct.
“In the United Kingdom and here the direction of the police walked with Scotland Yard. Do not investigate anything that might compromise your parents or friends. It is a mistake.”
Get ’em Gonçalo
Look what just appeared on the Sun’s message board
The statement of Dr Katherine Zacharias Gaspar made to Leicestershire Police on 16 May 2007:
One night, when all the adults, that is, from those couples I have mentioned above, were all sitting around on a patio outside the house where we were all staying. We had been eating and drinking ‘Berbers’.
I was sitting between Gerry and Dave and I think both were talking about Madeleine. I can’t remember the conversation in its entirety, but they seemed to be discussing a particular scenario. I remember Dave saying to Gerry something about ‘she’, meaning Madeleine, ‘would do this’.
“While he mentioned the word ‘this’, Dave was doing the action of sucking one of his fingers, pushing it in and out of his mouth, while with his other hand he was doing a circle around his nipple, with a circular movement around his clothes. This was done in a provocative way. There seemed to be an explicit insinuation about what he was saying and doing. I remember being shocked by that. I always felt it was something very weird and that it was not something anyone should say or do. I looked at Gerry, and also at Dave, to gauge their reactions.
“I looked around as if saying: “Did someone else hear that, or was it just me?”. The conversations stopped for a moment, then we all began conversing again. Moreover, I remember Dave doing the same thing on another occasion. In saying this, I want to mention once again that it was during a conversation in which he was talking about an imaginary scenario, although I’m not sure. He again stuck one of his fingers in and out of his mouth and with the other hand he once again drew a circle around his nipple in a provocative and sexual way. I think he was referring to the way she, that is, his daughter Lily, would behave or what she would do. I think he did this later during this same holiday.
Little Madeleine McCann disappeared out of her bed while her family was vacationing in Portugal in 2007, a place the Podesta family is known to vacation to according to other Wikileaks emails like this one.
Others have pointed out the police sketches above were really of just one suspect initially, not two… but it is also two sketches from two different witnesses, so that doesn’t prove anything about how many perpetrators there actually were.
Still, the portraits side-by-side are uncanny, and on top of the mountain of other disturbing evidence, for some people this is just one too many coincidences.
Not only that, but a DDoS attack was reportedly initiated against sleuths on 4Chan at the same time new information on the McCann case was being released
some of the Freud clan. Linked to Miramax/Weinstein
Often depicted as the Mephistopheles of modern art, as the dark prince of painting, as “Lucifer Freud,”…his works collected by such notables as Charles Saatchi and Jacob Rothschild
Margaret Hodge and her daughter Lizzie Watson. This might explain a few things …
Have you asked your mummy, Liz? She was running Islington at the time … https://twitter.com/islingtonlizzi/status/256495773674504192?s=19 …
Madeleine McCann detectives ask Home Office for more cash to search for missing youngster for another six months
26 SEP 2018
Detectives investigating the disappearance of Madeline McCann have asked for more funding to find her, the Mirror can reveal.
Scotland Yard has applied to the Home Office for extra cash to extend Operation Grange for another six months.
Madeleine was three years old when she vanished from her parents’ holiday apartment in Praia da Luz, Portugal.
The Portuguese police investigation into her May 2007 disappearance was shelved the following year.
Scotland Yard launched Operation Grange in 2011 and nearly £12m has been spent on their probe.
The government granted the Met an extra £154,000 in March to extend the probe for another six months.
It has now confirmed a request has been lodged for more cash up until March next year.
The Home Office says it is “considering” the request, which would be paid from Special Grant funding.
It also denied reports Operation Grange would finish by the end of the month if funding is not granted.
A spokesman said: “We have received and are considering a request to extend funding for Operation Grange until the end of March 2019.
“Funding for Special Grant applications can be paid retrospectively for operational work already done in the same financial year.
“It is therefore incorrect to suggest that the MPS would have to discontinue its operational work after 30 September 2018 unless additional funds were provided in advance of this date.
“The Home Office maintains an ongoing dialogue with the MPS regarding funding for Operation Grange.”
“Special Grant funding is usually available to police forces when they face significant or exceptional costs.
“The cost of Operation Grange – which, to date, is £11.6m – has been met through Special Grant funding.”
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