UN Peacekeepers Caught Up in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal

The United Hations peacekeepers in Haiti are accused of trading sex with children for cookies and treats.
The AP reported:

In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the U.N. peacekeepers moved in a few blocks away.

The men who came from a far-away place and spoke a strange language offered the Haitian children cookies and other snacks. Sometimes they gave them a few dollars. But the price was high: The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.

Of course this isn’t the first time UN troops were caught up in a sex scandal.

It is part of the UN culture.

Here are a few other past examples from over the years:

UN Soldiers Arrested in Congo On Sex Abuse Charges
UN Peacekeepers Trade Food for Sex… Again!
UN Slapped with New Child Sex Scandal
UN Faces Another Child Sex Scandal
Another UN Broken Record
Again… UN Troops Involved In Another Child Sex Scandal
Monday Shocker… UN Peacekeepers Sexually Abusing Kids
Saturday Shocker: Another UN Official Caught With Child Porn
UN-backed Troops Accused of Killing & Raping Civilians
UN Troops Caught in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal

Palmerston House children’s home: Man charged with abuse

A man has been charged with historical child sex offences at a former children’s home in Hampshire.

Willy Gillham, 64, who has an address in France, has been charged with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against young boys during the 1980s, police said.

The charges relate to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home in Botley Road, Romsey.

He has been remanded to appear at Southampton Crown Court on 19 May.

The investigation, which is part of an ongoing review of non-recent child sexual exploitation offences and abuse cases, does not involve any other children’s homes or institutions, Hampshire Constabulary said.

A MAN is due to appear in court charged with historic sex offences at a Hampshire children’s home.

William John Gillham is due to appear before Southampton Crown Court.

The 64-year-old was charged on Wednesday with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s in Hampshire.

Gillham, whose address is Rue des Fours Ecoine, Deux-Sèvres, France, faces charges relating to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home on Botley Road, Romsey.

It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse have charged a man with serious sexual offences involving children.
The work of Operation Marmion also involves child protection specialists from local authorities.

Previous victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse, or anyone with information, can contact Operation Marmion detectives at Hampshire Constabulary’s Southern Training Headquarters at Netley by phoning 101.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

For many years Palmerston House, which was purpose-built in the 1930s, was used by Hampshire County Council Social services, as a children’s home. In the 1960s it became an assessment centre (Palmerston House Observation & Assessment Centre) and in 1967 it was extended at a cost of £23,000.

In 1988 the assessment unit closed and for the next 11 years it was used as offices by social services until they moved to the Old Magistrates’ Court. Romsey School used the building until last November. Since then it has been empty and is now boarded up.

Memories of Romsey

Operation Marmion – Football abuse & the notorious Isle of Wight

Hampshire detectives from Operation Marmion, which is looking into reports of historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, are investigating the football allegations.

Operation Marmion was set up after the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, in which some local investigations were never finalised or made public.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) has released a unredacted copy of the 1985 Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Childrens Homes and Hostels by WH Hughes, WJ Patterson and H Whalley [1] and on wordpress [1a] in response to a Freedom of Information Request [2] on the Whatdotheyknow website. [3]

This is also known as the Hughes Report or the Report into Kincora (although there were several). It also includes inquiries into 9 other homes and concentrates on male homosexual abuse.

The Inquiry was into Kincora Boys hostel 1960-1980; Valetta Park Hostel, Newtownards; Bawnmore Boys Home; Williamson House; Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre; Nazareth Lodge Childrens Home; De La Salle Boys Home, Rubane House Kircubbin; Barnardos Sharonmore project; and Manor House Home

In Chapter 8 Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre, they consider the case of Mr Hendry, who had worked at Bawnmore before moving to Palmerston in 1975.

In 1981 a senior social worker discovered that he had been the subject of allegations of improper behaviour at a youth club in Belfast before he was employed at Bawnmore and informed the police; he was suspended and later convicted.

GMP to release Operation Jaguar Report into Knowl View 1969-95 by end of 2017

G. J. Whitehead Palmerston House Children’s Home Romsey


Will it be another…

Knowl View: Report into abuse at Rochdale school ‘suppressed’

One former pupil called Peter says he was abused by a staff member on the first day he arrived at the school at the age of 11.

He said the “worst nights” were when people were brought from outside the school.

“We were raped. There was a flat. We were taken there and plied with drink and raped.”

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A two year £750k inquiry into the Knowl View sex abuse ‘cover-up’ has ended without charges

The inquiry was into how previous reports of child sexual abuse at Knowl View were handled or allegedly covered up

One alleged victim of child sex abuse at Knowl View told the MEN: “Everything about Knowl View has been swept under the carpet – not all those people who have spoken out can be wrong. It is terrible and I feel gutted that the investigations have come to nothing.”

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    • In 2007, Father Michael Seed, 55, wrote a book, in which he detailed sexual abuse in the school where he had been a pupil.

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Ann Widdecombe edited his autobiographical account“Nobody’s Child

Ann Widdecombe’s and Tony Blair’s priest, Father Seed – Knowl View and child abuse cover-up

Father Michael Seed, 57, started at the school in 1970 and said he was abused by the one person from the school to be jailed for abuse.

The priest said he was interviewed by police about the school in the 1990s.

He has also been asked to provide evidence for Rochdale Council’s internal investigation into the school.

Higgins was jailed in 2002 after admitting indecently assaulting boys at the school and also gross indecency.

Greater Manchester Police is looking at claims of abuse from 24 former pupils at the school as well as allegations of a cover-up of abuse committed by the former MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Earlier it emerged 21 men have been interviewed under caution about allegations relating to sexual and physical abuse from 1969 to 1995.

The Crown Prosecution Service is also investigating criminal allegations of a cover-up.

The BBC has also found that two children from one family were sexually abused in separate paedophile scandals in Rochdale.

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Fr Seed

“Surrounded by rent boys, drug dealers and the mentally subnormal, I’d become something of a philosophic eccentric.”

His friends – among whom he numbers six prime ministers and several royals


Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours

One of Britain’s most high-profile Catholic priests has admitted arranging papal knighthoods for wealthy businessmen for money.

Father Michael Seed, who regularly celebrated Mass for Tony Blair and his family in Downing Street, now faces questions from his religious order after an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.

The most damaging evidence concerns his attempted cultivation of an Israeli arms dealer, Hezi Bezalel, who was seeking business opportunities in the Balkans.

He lives rent-free in a flat owned by one of his wealthy papal knights in exclusive Dolphin Square in Pimlico, Central London.

more here on Fr Seed


 John Whittingdale: was a student (aged 14-18 yrs old) at Winchester College  1973-1977 when sadomasochist John Smyth was beating students

^ From the Trust Servant – Trusty Servant. This is the major publication of Winchester College Society and is primarily written for Old Wykehamists

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The leading QC John Smyth is accused of having brainwashed 22 young men Britain’s oldest public school, Winchester College in what victims now describe as a “cult”

Among them was Andy Moorse, who was 14-year-old pupil at Winchester College in 1975 when he was groomed. In less than two years, Moorse was accepting regular and violent beatings in  Smyth’s garden shed, he told the BBC.

John Whittingdale likes to be beaten and is into torture porn

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Charles Napier

….and John Whittingdale’s older half-brother, school teacher, Charles Napier, was part of an elite paedophile ring and a Treasurer of PIE – Paedophile Information Exchange

Paedophile Charles Napier deliberately got a job at a boarding school so he could prey on pupils aged eight to 13.

Charles Napier was born in 1947 and John  Whittindale in 1959. – Paedophile Charles Napier was 12 yrs-old when little half-brother John was born.

Was Charles a mentor to John?

John Whittingdale’s father died in 1974 when John Whittingdale was 15 yrs old.


Both brothers have remained close to their mother.  Charles Napier was living with their mother when he was arrested.


Mr Whittingdale is perfectly positioned to talk about the measures he and his family took to alert the relevant authorities whenever Napier took up a new post with access to children.

Mr Whittingdale will have the crucial insight into the family or environmental background that creates such a monster.

When letters arrived from Sweden, Cairo and Turkey to family members during a period when Napier was banned from teaching and Mr Whittingdale was firmly embedded in No 10, what dilemmas did the family face, how did they deal with family loyalty as opposed to public duty expected of a powerful public figure.

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(London, Greater London, England)
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“Charles is such a trial to my mother. Every time he gets sacked, she asks him why he can’t find some work which doesn’t involve children. And then after being on the dole for awhile, he rings her up in great excitement and says ‘ Marvellous news, mummy, I’ve got a new job -it’s in a youth club…'”

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Charles Napier  and John Whittingdale MP

Abuse scandals probe : The man who may hold key to UK’s biggest paedophile network ever

Charles Napier could provide vital evidence for police investigating a child abuse scandal spanning three decades


Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement, giving evidence against establishment figures

In his diaries, Righton scored children according to how far the abuse went. This practice was revealed to Parliament by Tom Watson MP, whom Mr Briggs consulted after reading about Righton in a newspaper article.

It was following discussions with Tom Watson that Mr Briggs gave a statement to the police, as part of their Operation Fairbank into a high level paedophile conspiracy operating from Westminster.

Mr Briggs also approached specialist child abuse lawyer Tracey Emmott of Bedford-based Emmott Snell.

He was taken by Righton in his car to London, to meet a man he later recognized as Cyril Smith, the leading Liberal politician. Smith was later revealed to have been a serial paedophile.

Righton also boasted of other friends in high places, including the late Leon Brittan, who was home secretary at the time.

Brittan has come under scrutiny in several child abuse investigations, though has been cleared of involvement in at least one. His widow has received an apology from the police.

But Righton claimed Brittan could influence judicial procedures in his favour should Mr Briggs ever find himself in trouble.
Mr Briggs recalls that Righton was known as ‘the general’ among his friends who called at the flat and in telephone calls.

Charles Napier, another convicted paedophile and friend of Righton and Alston, also visited the flat to gain access to Mr Briggs and his friends.

Napier was convicted and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in 2014 for sexually abusing boys between 1973 and 1983. He was the treasurer of PIE.

Charles Scott Napier was born into the very heart of the British Empire’s military and intelligence establishment.  

At the time of his paedophile offences one of Napier’s distant cousins was married to Sir Peter Hayman, a senior MI6 officer who was later himself exposed as a paedophile though never prosecuted.

How did  Charles Napier manage to continue teaching even after his first conviction for indecent assault in 1972?

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Claims John Smyth recruited victim – now head of top prep school – to help him carry out beatings

Church Child Abuse Scandal 1974 John Smyth, a barrister, becomes chairman of the Iwerne Trust, which oversees religious summer camps attended by boys from elite public schools
Church Child Abuse Scandal 1974 John Smyth, a barrister, becomes chairman of the Iwerne Trust, which oversees religious summer camps attended by boys from elite public schools

John Smyth beat me first, appallingly, with his usual force. Then Simon Doggart took over while John watched”, said one victim who wished to be anonymous.

I recall immediately the absolute brutality of his beating – far, far worse than Smyth. There was no discussion, no emotion that I recall, just a fit sports man using all his force.

“Then it was over, this was going to be the new regime,” he told the BBC.

The leading QC is accused of having brainwashed 22 young men Britain’s oldest public school, Winchester College in what victims now describe as a “cult”, persuading his victims the beatings could purge them of their sins.

Among them was Andy Moorse, who was 14-year-old pupil at Winchester College in 1975 when he was groomed. In less than two years, Moorse was accepting regular and violent beatings in  Smyth’s garden shed, he told the BBC.

He revealed the boys would “bleed everywhere” from the beatings and when the beatings became too physical for Smyth to carry out alone, he claimed recruited Doggart to his cause.

The BBC said it had spoken to Doggart’s victims and had been handed nine hours of recording left unheard for years which reveal the full extent of the abuse. On one occasion, a victim was beaten for 12 hours.


Another pedophile doctor:
Apr 19 2017

GP, 65, who was jailed for 15 years after filming himself raping children he drugged and tied to his ‘Satan’s pillow’ admits four more sex assaults at his surgery

He has now been convicted of four more accounts, relating to his time as a GP in the 1980s

He has now been convicted of four more accounts, relating to his time as a GP in the 1980s

  • Robert Wells, 65, was jailed in 2004 for drugging and raping kids as young as 11 
  • One told how he stripped her and strapped her to block he called ‘Satan’s pillow’
  • Further victims came forward and three were raped as parents waited outside
  • Jailed for another seven years after court heard of a ‘grotesque breach of trust’ 
Robert Wells, pictured in 1989, when he was a GP at Caerleon Surgery
Robert Wells, pictured in 1989, when he was a GP at Caerleon Surgery

Roberts was jailed at Winchester Crown Court for rapes committed while he worked for an agency providing on-call forensic medical examiners for Hampshire Police.

He had previously had sexual assault charges brought against him but they had not shown up on police checks because he had been cleared when the trial collapsed.

Wells was arrested after he drugged two sisters, aged five and 11, and their mother became suspicious and reported him to police.

The eldest girl had large amounts of benzodiazepine in her body and the younger girl tested positive for temazepam.

Police found both drugs present in his biscuit tin when they raided his home. They also found a timetable for drugging, filming and abusing the children. 

Officers then spoke to other families he had befriended, which was when another 11-year-old girl reported yet more shocking abuse.

She told police that he strapped her to a polystyrene block he called Satan’s pillow as he removed her Harry Potter pajamas then sexually assaulted her.

Police found shocking pornography on his computers, along with the video camera and polystyrene block in his mobile phone.

Police, who were struggling to access certain information on his computer, said they feared there may be more victims and urged them to come forward. 

The victims in the most recent case came forward after hearing of his 2004 conviction, and relate to his time as a GP in the 1980s, before the other assaults. 

The court heard how the charges related to three girls who were Wells’ patients, one of whom was driven to the brink of suicide by the emotional impact of the assault.

In a statement read out in court, one victim said: ‘He has destroyed my life.’

During the case in 2004, the court heard how Wells filmed himself sexually assaulting one of the girls in his mobile home (pictured)

During the case in 2004, the court heard how Wells filmed himself sexually assaulting one of the girls in his mobile home (pictured)

She said Wells had been regarded as an ‘upstanding pillar of the community’.

Wells was a registered medical practitioner at the time, but has since been struck off by the General Medical Council.

One of the girl’s mothers had made a complaint to Caerleon Surgery at the time, but it was ‘arrogantly dismissed’, and she was ‘told not to be so silly’, Mr Roberts told the court.

Police found the video camera that he used to film the sexual assault (pictured) inside

Police found the video camera that he used to film the sexual assault (pictured) inside

He added: ‘He left South Wales in the late 1980s and went on to commit a series of depraved offences.

Wells was jailed for seven years and an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed.

Detective Constable Chris Jayne, from Gwent Police, said: ‘I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the bravery of the victims and their families in this case.

‘Wells is a danger to children and the detrimental impact that he has brought to the lives of the victims from a young age through to adulthood has been incredibly significant.

Exclusive: Was disgraced Darlington priest Michael Higginbottom at the centre of a paedophile ring?

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DISGRACED Catholic priest Michael Higginbottom was at the centre of a wider paedophile ring involving other clergymen, it has been alleged.

As former Darlington parish priest Higginbottom is jailed for 17 years over the abuse of a teenager, shocking allegations have been uncovered suggesting that boys at St Joseph’s seminary were preyed upon by perverted priests.

At least four Catholic priests have been accused of abusing children at the facility in West Lancashire, with several pupils having reported horrifying mistreatment at the hands of clergymen.

Lancashire Police and the Catholic Church have issued apologies via the media to Higginbottom’s victim but maintained their lengthy silence in relation to allegations of wider abuse at St Joseph’s.

The authorities refused to address claims that a number of priests were involved in the abuse of youngsters at the seminary, including Father Ernest Sands, who killed himself last year as he was due to face charges of indecently assaulting five boys while a music teacher at the seminary.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Higginbottom’s victim, whose life was made a “living hell” by the “cruel and sadistic” priest, had also claimed to have been abused by another two priests.

In 2013, a Northern Echo investigation into Higginbottom’s lengthy suspension from his Darlington parish uncovered a £35,000 pay out from the Catholic Church to another man who said he had been abused by three priests at St Joseph’s.

In witness statements, the man alleges that Higginbottom and two others assaulted him, describing an environment at the college characterised by fear and sexual abuse.

He said one priest “told me not to tell anyone, that it was good for me, that the devil was inside me and he was the only one who could save me.”

A number of other men have made allegations relating to the sadistic treatment of children, with priests said to have watched pupils in the shower, masturbated in front of them, fondled their genitals and in other ways sexually abused them, with one man saying the boys were made to dress as girls before being assaulted.

Despite an investigation into allegations against him in 2006, Higginbottom escaped justice until another person came forward in 2016, leading to the court case that culminated in a 17-year jail sentence.

The victim’s lawyer, Dino Nocivelli, is now demanding answers from the Catholic Church as his client prepares to take legal action against the institution.

Appealing for other victims to come forward, he said: “There are reports of at least four abusers in that one building and serious questions need to be asked.

“The church and the police should have and could have done more to investigate this.

“What did the church know? Could they have done more to stop this? Did nobody see what was happening?

“These were serious sexual assaults over a substantial period of time and there are serious questions for the church to answer.”


Lancashire Police refuse to answer questions relating to potential paedophile ring involving Darlington priest Michael Higginbottom

LANCASHIRE police have refused to answer a series of questions relating to reported abuse by priests at St Joseph’s Catholic seminary.

In 2006, the force was told of allegations suggesting Father Michael Higginbottom and other priests had abused a pupil at the college in West Lancashire.

Despite Higginbottom being based in Darlington at the time the initial reports were made, Durham Constabulary could find no record of having been informed of the allegations facing him and of having a suspected sex offender living on their patch.

The initial police investigation was eventually dropped, with the Catholic Church paying the alleged victim £35,000 in an out of court settlement.

In 2016, Higginbottom was again accused of the abuse of a teenager, with the force’s subsequent investigation eventually leading to his imprisonment.

Following the priest’s conviction, The Northern Echo put a series of questions to Lancashire Police.

We asked: Why was the initial 2006 investigation discontinued?

Were Higginbottom and other priests then accused of abuse interviewed? If so, how many times?

Were any other clergy members interviewed as part of this investigation? If so, how many and what was the outcome?

Did that initial investigation lead to any others? If so, what were the findings and outcomes?

Was the Catholic Church informed of the investigation and did the Church provide any help or assistance?

In light of Fr Higginbottom’s conviction and disturbing claims that other members of staff at St Joseph’s seminary were involved in systemic child abuse will Lancashire Police re-examine this case?

Would Lancashire Police like to hear from anyone else who was at St Joseph’s during the 1970s and 80s who may have been the victim of sexual abuse?

Were the team investigating the 2016 allegations aware of the initial police investigation? If not, why not?

We received no response to the questions but Detective Sergeant Steve Ollerton responded to Higginbottom’s conviction.

Praising the victim’s courage in coming forward, he said the “predatory sex offender” had breached his position of trust in the worst way imaginable, adding: “I am pleased he has been brought to justice and will now be in prison for a long time.

“I hope the result will allow his victim to begin to put this ordeal behind him and move forward with his life.”

He urged anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to report it to police, saying: “We take all reports seriously and ensure that victims are treated sensitively and professionally at all times.”

Michael Higginbottom – Newcastle/Ormskirk

A Catholic priest has been jailed for 17 years for repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy when he worked as a teacher in the 1970s.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, was working at St Joseph’s College, a boarding school in Upholland, Lancashire, when the sexual abuse took place.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that his victim attended the seminary, for boys who wanted to become priests, for six months when he was aged between 13 and 14.

In a victim statement read to the court, he said: “My sexual abuse happened so often I became numb to what was happening to me.

“I cried so often I believe I could have drowned in my own tears.”

The victim, now in his 50s, said he used to pray that he would die to escape the abuse.

He said: “There are worse things than death – living with an evil man and being left alone at Upholland.”

The trial heard he would be struck with a strap if he did not attend Higginbottom’s living quarters, where much of the abuse happened, at appointed times.

The first incident happened about a week after the victim arrived at the school.

He said he was invited into Higginbottom’s living quarters and the priest locked the door and ordered him to undress before sexually assaulting him.

When he returned home from the school he became rebellious and his schoolwork suffered, he said.

He added: “Upholland, and him, have stolen so much of my being. I had to salvage something out of this empty shell.”

The court heard the victim also made allegations against two other priests at the school, but both had since died.

Adam Birkby, defending, said that since the offences, Higginbottom had led a “positive” life as a parish priest.

He said he suffered a number of health problems including type-2 diabetes and a heart condition.

Sentencing, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: “For a period of six months in the late 1970s you made a young boy’s life a living hell.

“What you did to him there effectively destroyed the remainder of his childhood and did a good job of destroying any faith he ever had.”

Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, had denied four counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault but was found guilty after a trial.

The court heard that during his time as a physics teacher at the school, which has since closed, he would give electric shocks to pupils as a punishment.

Judge Menary said: “You employed methods which today, if not then, would be recognised for what they were – cruel and sadistic bullying.”

The trial jury was told that allegations had been made against Higginbottom by another former pupil in 2007 and the Catholic Church had settled the claim out of court for #35,000.

Police had investigated the claims and, although Higginbottom was charged, no evidence against him was offered in court and not guilty verdicts were entered.

Higginbottom was told he would be subject to the notification requirement of the Sexual Offences Act for the rest of his life.

Former Students Back Exiled Priest

By Neil Macfarlane
Northern Echo
February 20, 2009

FORMER students of a priest who has been banned from attending his church for more than four years have started a petition to get him reinstated.

EXILED: Father Michael Higginbottom

Father Michael Higginbottom was suspended by the Catholic church without explanation in December 2004 and has been barred from his parish in Darlington ever since.

No official reason has been given for the action, but it is thought that the priest was taken out of duty due to reports of an unspecified incident alleged to have taken place during his time as a lecturer at Upholland College, near Wigan, in the Seventies or Eighties.

Now, two of his former pupils at the monastic training centre have started a campaign to show support for the priest.

James Foley studied there between 1976 and 1981 and said he has fond memories of his time in Fr Higginbottom’s class.

He works as the director of a telecommunications company in London, and decided to set up an online petition calling for the priest’s reinstatement, after following the case in The Northern Echo.

“I have been following the story for some time, and I thought this would be a way to remind the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle that Father Higginbottom has the support of people who knew him from his time at Upholland,”  he said.

“Once we reach a certain level of support, we will take the petition to the Bishop. This has been going on for too long.”

Parishioners at St Augustine’s Church, Darlington, have repeatedly called for the priest to be returned to the pulpit, and for an explanation for his suspension.

During his years in exile, he is believed to have lived at the Minsteracres monastic retreat, near Consett, County Durham, and with family in Newcastle, although he is still officially listed as St Augustine’s priest.

Mr Foley, 44, was a pupil of the priest’s between the ages of 11 and 16. He said he had “no idea” what the allegations could be about, but hoped other ex-pupils would sign the petition.

“Father Higginbottom was an all-round good guy,very spiritual and very supportive of his students,”

he said.

“It was a big surprise when I heard allegations had been made against him. I have no idea what happened.

“I look back very fondly to the teaching and support that he gave us at a critical time in our lives.

“There were maybe 40 priests on the teaching staff and he was considered to be one of the best, and the fairest. You could talk to him about anything.

He was very popular.”

Former pupils of Fr Higginbottom’s can sign the petition at petition/frmichaelh No one from the church was available for comment last night.

Mr Foley added: “I don’t want to know about the allegations – it’s not my business. My main raison d’etre is to give a good character reference to someone who committed his time to us, and who I believe was a thoroughly good, professional, caring and understanding man.

April 2017

Catholic priest guilty of campaign of sexual assault against boy in the 1970s

A Catholic priest faces jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.

Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, told Liverpool Crown Court he did not remember the victim

He denied molesting the pupil at St Joseph’s College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, near Ormskirk.

Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, denied eight offences, including four of buggery and four of indecent assault.

Defence lawyers suggested the man made up the allegations to try and get financial compensation, during a five-day trial.

But a jury today found Higginbottom guilty of all counts by a majority of 10-2, following more than 10 hours of deliberation.

Prosecutors said Higginbottom targeted the boy in his care, breaching the trust placed in him “in a spectacular and horrific way”.

David Temkin, prosecuting, said the victim recalled the college as “a cold, dark and forbidding place” and a venue for “mental, physical and sexual abuse”.

The man said it began just days after he started boarding at the college, when he was aged 12 or 13.

He told the jury it only ended when he deliberately stole a watch, so that he would be expelled.

Mr Temkin said: “He ran to meet his parents so that they could take him home and he never went back.”

The man did not report Higginbottom until 2013, when he told a friend who encouraged him to contact police.

In a video recorded interview played to the jury, he told officers: “I call that man evil because that is exactly what he was.”

Higginbottom denied the allegations when arrested in April 2015, describing them as “total lies”.

He said he let boys use his room to make coffee or watch television, explaining it was common for teachers to let students in their rooms.

Mr Temkin said: “He strenuously denied all of the allegations and added that he had never been attracted to boys or men.”

The man contacted solicitors in 2014 after reading an article linking Higginbottom to a civil case involving another ex-pupil, who was awarded £35,000 in an out-of-court settlement for alleged abuse.

He maintained he was not interested in compensation and annoyed because the article said the man would rebuild his life with the money.

The victim said: “I don’t think he could put his life right with any sum of money.”

He added: “No compensation was on my mind – justice was on my mind.

“I wanted that man to feel as scared as I did at Upholland.”

Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he would sentence Higginbottom on Thursday and remanded him in custody.

Catholic school St Joseph’s Seminary in Upholland, Lancashire, opened in 1883 and last batch of pupils left in 1992

Situated in Walthew Park, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool, St Joseph’s College was a Roman Catholic Seminary run by a board of trustees headed by the Archbishop of Liverpool.

1880 founded by Bishop Bernard O’Reilly.
1883 opened as Seminary for NW England – secondary education for junior boys 11-18 yrs; philosophy and theology education for senior boys 18-24 yrs.
1972 Seminary educating junior boys 11-18 yrs across North England.
1975 senior boys 18-24 yrs moved to Urshaw Seminary College.
1980 role changed to Boarding School for boys 11-18 yrs (not only those wishing to enter Priesthood)
1987 due to falling numbers boarders attended St John’s Rigby College for schooling as more economical.
1992 last boarders graduated and the College closed.SCANDAL:
In 2006 allegations of historic child sexual abuse ( in 1970s ) lead to the suspension of a Priest from Darlington and a £35,000 compensation payout.DRAMA:
In 2010, following the 50th Anniversary Special of Coronation Street. St Joseph’s Graveyard was used to film the funerals of the street’s residents that tragically lost their lives in the Tram crash that demolished half the street.In 2012, the disused Seminary full of rambling corridors, crumbling plaster and dark spooky corners provided the ideal setting for the supernatural drama Bedlam.The Grade II listed building set in 150 acres has also been used as a backdrop for top selling films;Splintered (2010) a U.K movie about Sophie and her group of friends who go on a trip to an area of Wales looking for some kind of beast that is killing in the area.Noble (2014) a film written and directed by Stephen Bradley about the true life story of Christina Noble, a children’s rights campaigner, charity worker and writer, who founded the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in 1989.

Catholic Church criticised as allegations of abuse by suspended parish priest are revealed

5 Apr 2013

ABUSE ALLEGATIONS: Fr Michael Higginbottom outside his Jesmond home.

ABUSE ALLEGATIONS: Fr Michael Higginbottom outside his Jesmond home.

THE Catholic Church has been criticised for failing to reinstate a popular parish priest who The Northern Echo can reveal was accused – but never charged – of child sexual abuse.

Parishioners continue to stand by Father Michael Higginbottom after he was suspended from St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church, in Darlington, in December 2004.

An Echo investigation today reveals that the Catholic Church paid out £35,000 to a man who claimed he was sexually assaulted by Fr Higginbottom while the priest was teaching at St Joseph’s College, in Upholland, near Wigan, in the late 1970s.

When The Northern Echo put the allegations to Fr Higginbottom, he denied knowing the nature of the claims and said he could not discuss the reasons for his suspension for “legal reasons”.

It is understood that the suspension took place after the former St Joseph’s pupil made a complaint about the alleged abuse to the Archdiocese of Liverpool, which was responsible for the school.

The man later gave a statement repeating the allegations to Lancashire Police.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Ollerton, from the public protection unit, based at Ormskirk, confirmed that officers investigated the claim and interviewed Fr Higginbottom, although he was never charged with any crime.

The former pupil later launched a civil claim against the Archbishop of Liverpool, the trustees of the Liverpool Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Trust and Bishop Hugh Lindsay.

After initially contesting the case and claiming the time limit for a claim to be made had expired, the Catholic Church – without admitting liability – agreed to a £35,000 out-of-court settlement and the case was dropped.

The Catholic Church has been resolute in its silence since Father Higginbottom was suspended. Officials have repeatedly refused to say why the priest was effectively banished.

However, the legal action sheds new light on the removal of the priest from the Darlington parish where he was highly regarded by his parishioners.

In the particulars of claim documents seen by The Northern Echo, Fr Higginbottom is accused of, on many occasions, fondling the claimant’s penis, rubbing the inside of his leg and groin and requiring him to be naked in front of him.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, made further allegations of repeated sexual assault by two other priests at the college.

He said the alleged abuse had left him with serious mental health issues that had had a profound impact on his life.

His statement adds: “I suffered for years with mood swings, waking with bed sweats and drinking too much.”

The former pupil’s legal team claimed the defendants were negligent because they failed to heed or act upon information available that there were one or more paedophile priests perpetrating offences against pupils at the school.

The former pupil was represented by Jonathan Wheeler, a solicitor with Bolt Burdon Kemp, who specialises in representing child abuse victims.

He confirmed the former pupil had received a payout from the Catholic Church, adding: “The money he received meant that he could set himself up in a business of his own and get his life back in order after it had fallen off a cliff.”

As part of the civil claim, a second former St Joseph’s pupil came forward to say he had witnessed Fr Higginbottom apparently engaged in inappropriate sexual behaviour at the school.

The Northern Echo has obtained a copy of the defence document drawn up for Bishop Hugh Lindsay, the Archbishop of Liverpool and trustees of the Liverpool Catholic Archdiocesan Trust.

It denied that the defendants were guilty of any negligence and denied the allegations of abuse.

The document says the claimant had ample opportunity to complain to other members of staff, such as his form master, the head teacher or to his parents when they visited.

It adds: “The defendants have no record of a contemporaneous complaint being made by the claimant, or any other pupil, against the said priests.”

St Joseph’s College was a Roman Catholic seminary which gave a secondary education to boys aged 11 to 18. It was run by a board of trustees headed by the Archbishop of Liverpool. The school closed in 1992 following a decline in pupil numbers.

The Northern Echo contacted the Archdiocese of Liverpool, however it refused to comment on the legal action or the allegations against Fr Higginbottom.

The Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle, which suspended the priest, also declined to comment on the legal claim and how the allegations of sexual abuse related to the priest’s suspension.

At the time Fr Higginbottom was suspended, parishioners were told he was “spending some time away from the parish” while information received was being investigated.

Since then, the diocese has refused to reveal any details of the investigation, prompting strong criticism from parishioners who feel they have been left in the dark.

Darlington Borough Councillor Cyndi Hughes, a parishioner at St Augustine’s, said: “I continue to be at a loss to understand or explain why Fr Higginbottom is being prevented from resuming his ministry when there is no evidence against him.

“Michael’s most basic human rights must surely have been breached by this unwarranted exile imposed by the church hierarchy.

“As a practicing Catholic, I am deeply saddened by the lack of communication shared with our parish community on why this decision was taken and why, in the absence of any proof against our parish priest, Fr. Higginbottom has not been returned to us.”

The Northern Echo approached Fr Higginbottom, who is now living in Jesmond, Newcastle.

He said he was not allowed to comment on the case because the investigation was ongoing, adding: “I’m not free to discuss anything because of legal restraints. I’m not allowed to say anything at all, I’m sorry.”

Asked about allegations that he had abused boys at St Joseph’s, Fr Higginbottom said he was not aware of the nature of the allegations against him – despite police confirming that he had been interviewed about the former pupil’s claims.

NEW light has been shed on the mystery surrounding the suspension of popular Darlington priest, Father Michael Higginbottom. Joe Willis looks at how the long-running saga unfolded.

1998: Father Michael Higginbottom arrives in Darlington to become priest of St Augustine’s Church (below). He goes on to earn a reputation among his parishioners as a respectable and hard-working man.

The Northern Echo:

December 2004: A former pupil of St Joseph’s College (below), a seminary school near Wigan, in Upholland, Lancashire, complains that he was abused at the school by Father Higginbottom and others. Fr Higginbottom is removed from his parish.

The Northern Echo:
Picture: Sharon Sweeting

Parishioners are told he is “spending some time away” while information is investigated. No further details are given, although it is speculated that the investigation is linked to his time at the school.

2006: Lancashire Police’s public protection unit receives an allegation of historic sexual abuse regarding Father Higginbottom at St Joseph’s College, Upholland. Inquiries are made and Fr Higginbottom is interviewed. He is never charged.

December 2006: Two years on from the priest’s suspension, parishioners admit they are increasingly concerned at his continued absence. They organise a collection to buy him a gift. “We wish he was back,” says one parishioner.

The Northern Echo:

2008: The former St Joseph’s pupil concludes a civil claim against the Archbishop of Liverpool, Catholic Diocese trustees of St Joseph’s and Bishop Hugh Lindsay. The man claims he was sexually abused at the school in the late 1970s by Fr Higginbottom. The diocese settles out of court, paying the man £35,000.

February 2009: Other former St Joseph’s students who were taught by Fr Higginbottom set up an on-line petition to get him reinstated. One of the men, James Foley, describes the priest as a “an all-round good guy, very spiritual and very supportive of his students”.

April 2009

The Northern Echo:

The new Roman Catholic bishop in the North-East, the Right Reverend Seamus Cunningham (below), says he understands the anger over the still-unexplained suspension of Fr Higginbottom.

The Northern Echo:

He adds that the diocese is doing everything in its power to resolve the issue, however he admits that did not mean there would be an quick solution.

April 2013: The Northern Echo publishes details of the civil claim against the Catholic Church which included allegations that Fr Higginbottom abused a boy while a teacher at St Joseph’s College. Parishioners continue to stand by the priest and call on the Catholic Church to reinstate him as he has not been charged with any offence.

The Right Reverend Hugh Lindsay, Who Died on January 19 Aged 81, Was Forced to Retire As the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle by Ill-Health, but Then Carved a New Apostolate for Himself As a Robust Defender of the Faith Telegraph March 11, 2009
Lindsay wrote to the Roman Catholic press and the national papers every week to counter misunderstandings. Stressing that he wrote in his own name, he was adamant that Church “smoothsayers” were not trying to sweep tales of sexual abuse under the carpet.

With GE looming, do parties have checks and balances in place to ensure persons under investigation for CSA cannot stand?

I would appreciate a response

In many professions, anyone with a CSA case pending with the CPS would be suspended. Why is this not the case with MPs and GE candidates?

CPS has a dossier alleging serious child sexual abuse against an ex-MP who may well be standing again in June

The CPS are  labouring over a file on an ex-MP for serious child abuse. They should bring charges here to so that he can’t stand again!

Don’t voters have a right to know if their GE candidate is being investigated for serious CSA, especially if case already submitted to CPS?

Yes. Yes they do


What really happened the night Maddie disappeared

 The ex-carer, who worked for travel firm Mark Warner at the the Ocean Club resort  told how Madeleine was a favourite among the child minders. Her allocated nanny was Catriona Baker, but others also got the chance to look after her.

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.

Labour Party faces Greville Janner probe over potential cover up of paedophile allegations

Apr 16 2017

AN INQUIRY into historic sexual abuse will examine whether the Labour Party covered up paedophile allegations against the late Greville Janner.

Chairwoman Baroness Alexis Jay confirmed this week that it will also investigate whether the security services and council chiefs knew of claims he molested boys in care.
.The Crown Prosecution Service considered that there was enough evidence to warrant prosecution but ruled he was unfit to stand trial due to his dementia.

A trial of facts was scheduled instead but was shelved after his death, prompting six complainants to announce they were planning to sue his estate.

Baroness Jay said: “The inquiry will investigate institutional responses to child sexual abuse allegations involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone QC.
“Findings will be used to make recommendations to improve child protection. Allegations against ex-Labour MP Janner arose in 1991.

Witness ?

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, in conversation with Daniel Bacall from Brondesbury Park

Israeli Handler. Daniel Bacall.

April 17


Three new appointments made to strengthen the team at the Office of the Chief Rabbi.

The third recruit is Daniel Bacall, head of marketing at Langdon, the charity for young people with learning difficulties, who will have a role in external affairs.


May 2007
Visit to Tunisia as guest of the Tunisian Government
with his PA Daniel Bacall–paid for by the Tunisian Government

Witness ?

Warner Aide Brutally Murdered in Georgetown

WASHINGTON — A British volunteer for the potential presidential campaign of former Virginia Governor Mark Warner was killed in the city’s Georgetown neighborhood by robbers who slashed his throat and tried to rape his female companion, police said.

A 27-year-old British man had his throat slashed in the driveway of a Georgetown mansion. The couple was returning home.

Before moving to the United States, Senitt worked for Greville Janner, a member of Britain’s House of Lords from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labor Party. He also served twice as the elected head of the Union of Jewish Students, which represents 5,000 college students in Britain and was a Labor candidate this year for a post in the northwest London neighborhood where he was raised.

Within three hours of the attack Sunday, police arrested and charged two men, and two other suspects surrendered a few hours later. The four suspects, including a 15-year-old boy, were due in court yesterday afternoon.

Three assailants stabbed Alan Senitt and slashed his throat as the 27-year-old and his companion returned home from a movie, police said.

Senitt, who was active in Jewish causes, had moved to Washington last month to volunteer for the Democratic former governor and to study political fund-raising.

“Our entire team is shocked and heartbroken,” Mr. Warner said in a statement.

Senitt had joined Mr. Warner’s PAC, Forward Together, on June 19 as one of about 20 unpaid interns, said Ellen Qualls, a spokeswoman for Mr. Warner. “He wanted to work on our finance team and learn fund-raising and donor relations.”

He had worked for Greville Janner, a member of Britain’s House of Lords from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labor Party. He also was twice elected head of the Union of Jewish Students, which represents 5,000 college students in Britain, and ran unsuccessfully for a council seat in a London neighborhood.


“He was a serious contender for mainstream political life,” said Danny Stone, a friend who leads the Co-Existence Trust, a group founded by Mr. Janner to promote Muslim-Jewish understanding. “He was up and coming. He would have been brilliant.”

Mr. Janner, vice president of the World Jewish Congress, said he had worked with Senitt for the past year and found him “very bright, very hard working.”

“He was a delight to work with and this is a terrible tragedy to a young man reaching his prime. He was an outstanding young man,” Mr. Janner said.

Christopher Piper, 25, was charged with felony murder and attempted sexual assault, authorities said. Jeffery Rice, 22, Olivia Miles, 26, and a 15-year-old boy also face murder charges. Police did not identify the boy because he was charged as a juvenile.

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Janner (left) and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks (right)

Britain’s Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks mourned the death of “a wonderful young man, a natural leader, and one of the most impressive individuals to have emerged from our student community in recent years.”

The Coexistence Trust

The Coexistence Trust is an organisation founded in 2005 by Lord Janner of Braunstone and Prince Hassan of Jordan. The body was originally named “The Political Council for Coexistence”.

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Some 150 people attended the Thursday launch – colleagues, friends and family, including Sarah Brown, wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Lords Janner, Mitchell and Hogg and Labor MP Louise Ellman.

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The chief rabbi talked of the importance of the trust in ensuring future Jewish leadership. He reflected on personal memories of Senitt, including the fact that Senitt had introduced him at the pro-Israel rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2001.

Janner reflected on Senitt’s time with him in the office leading the Coexistence Trust and described how Senitt had sent him a birthday present from the US which did not arrive until after Senitt had died.

When Alan’s friends convinced him at the age of 13 to try BBYO youth clubs, he wasn’t sure he would like it but it was to be where he found himself, great friends and a path from which he would grow to be the amazing person he was.

During his all too short life Alan had held the posts of National President of B’nai B’rith Youth Organisation, National Chairman of the Union of Jewish Students, Israel Lobbyist for BICOM (British Israel Communications and Research), and first Director of The Political Council for Co-existence and of the Co-existence Trust and Director of The Israel-Britain Business Council.

HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan
Rabbi Tony Bayfield
Mr Matt Lucas
Lord Parry Mitchell
Sir Gulam Noon OBE
Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Lord Jeffery Sterling Baron of Plaistow CBE
Poju Zabludowicz
Luciana Berger MP

Alan Senitt with Shimon Peres

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Janner and Peres

By Andrew Gilbert, Chairman, Forty Under 40 panel 

I am certain Alan Senitt would have been in the top five in our Forty Under 40 list had he but lived.

I was youth director of the Middlesex New Synagogue in 1986 when Alan’s mother Karen was part of the synagogue administration team and his dad Jack was the chair of the youth committee. My memory is of an over-energetic seven-year-old running around with his brother.

His teenage years were a story of climbing to the world summit of BBYO.  At UJS conference in his first year I met him and he said he would be chair of UJS, and it gradually became obvious that he would become that.

From there he went to BICOM and became director of the Co-Existence Trust.  He stood for council in Barnet for Labour and today would undoubtedly have been either in Parliament or in a significant role in the Jewish community.

Two of our top 40 were very close friends, Luciana Berger MP and Danny Stone. They are the patron and former press officer of the trust set up to continue Alan’s work.

Chief Rabbi – is friends with Greville Janner/Prince Charles/Margaret Thatcher etc

Copies of Correspondence between Childline and NSPCC and copies of letters from abused children to Childline were shared with Office of Chief Rabbi


Lord Janner’s family to ‘undermine’ sex abuse inquiry strand into their father after being given formal role in investigation

Feb 1 2017

The family, including his son Daniel Janner, were granted core participant status, which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings

The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to ‘undermine from within’ the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation.

Police investigate 58 allegations of abuse against doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells

  • Doctor who died 41 years ago is being investigated on child abuse allegations
  • Kenneth Milner ran Aston Hall Children’s Hospital in Derbyshire for 28 years
  • He is accused of injecting children with truth serum before assaulting them
  • Police have confirmed they are looking into 58 allegations of abuse against him 

Police are investigating 58 allegations of abuse against a late doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells.

Police are investigating 58 allegations of child abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, pictured, who died 41 years ago

Police are investigating 58 allegations of child abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, pictured, who died 41 years ago

A string of allegations have been made against Dr Kenneth Milner, who died 41 years ago, about his conduct at Aston Hall Children’s Hospital near Derby, of which he was in charge.

The psychiatrist and hospital chief superintendent is alleged to have injected children with the truth serum sodium amytal before sexually abusing them.

Dozens have said Milner, who had previously worked at Broadmoor and Rampton hospitals was trying to ‘normalise’ naughty children.

He died in 1976 just one year after he left the institution, having worked there between 1947 and 1975.

Police launched Operation Hydrant with health and social workers to investigate the abuse claims.

Yesterday officers confirmed they were investing 58 allegations of abuse against Milner with more potential victims coming forward.

Writing a letter to the alleged victims, Derbyshire Police said they have recorded ’58 crimes regarding various offences involving the actions of Dr Milner and treatment at Aston Hall’.

It reads: ‘I am satisfied that all former residents who have indicated they wish to be contacted by the police have been identified and approached, in addition to this we are continuing to see further individuals coming forward.

‘In addition to this, we have a large amount of information regarding previous staff members.

David Martin, pictured, alleges Dr Milner 'injected him with something' and then gave him ether to 'make him go to sleep', leaving him unable to remember what happened to him

David Martin, pictured, alleges Dr Milner ‘injected him with something’ and then gave him ether to ‘make him go to sleep’, leaving him unable to remember what happened to him

‘This is currently being reviewed I will then make a decision as to which staff members will be approached by the investigations team.

‘We are now in possession of a report regarding the practices at Aston Hall. Based on this, we are currently in the process of recording various crime types in relation to accounts given by former residents.

‘Once we are satisfied all accounts have been obtained, we will prepare a report for consideration of the Crown Prosecution Service.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to re-emphasise that, although this work is extremely time consuming, the investigation team remain focused and committed to establishing the facts as to what took place.’

David Martin, 55, claims he was abused twice by Dr Milner at Aston Hall while aged 12 and 13, including on his first day at the hospital.

The father-of-five said: ‘I was kicking and screaming on my way to Aston Hall. I remember being with some people from social services.

‘When I was there, I was grabbed and put in a cell. That night Dr Milner and two nurses came into the cell.

Dr Milner worked at Aston Hall, pictured, for 28 years and several patients have come forward with allegations against him

Dr Milner worked at Aston Hall, pictured, for 28 years and several patients have come forward with allegations against him

‘He gave me an injection and put a mask on me when I was tied down. He then gave me ether. But after that I don’t remember what happened. It made me go to sleep.

‘I was experimented on while I was asleep. It happened to me twice and it was wrong.

‘Once you’re in a place like that and things happen, it’s sick. It stays on your mind and people have wrongly labelled me in life because I stayed there.’

He claimed the abuse has caused him to ‘struggle with relationships and trusting people’.

He added: ‘They made me feel mentally ill by being there but there was nothing wrong with me.

‘I was never perfect and I did get in trouble. But there was nothing wrong with me.’

Mr Martin said he was relieved the police were investigating Mr Milner over the allegations.

Mr Martin said he was 'relieved' police had launched the investigation

Mr Martin said he was ‘relieved’ police had launched the investigation

He said: ‘It’s a very good feeling because finally someone has listened to what we said.

‘Finally, we can say for certain that what happened to us was wrong.

‘It should never have happened. What we went through was terrible. I’m very pleased with the police investigation.

‘They have been thorough and expert. It’s been complex for them and us.

‘Now I know many victims want to continue to push and get a conclusion to this.’

Another alleged victim, Trevor Bell, 62, claims he was forced to take drugs when he was 13 after Milner labelled him an ‘uncontrollable child’.

Mr Bell, who now lives in Sydney, had been in and out of care homes since the age of two.

He said: ‘When I first went in I thought it was going to be just another home but it wasn’t.

‘I couldn’t run away from this one. I met Dr Milner on my second day and he explained about my treatment.

‘He called it narco analysis but it was sodium amytal. They stripped me, put me in a padded room, everything was white.

‘They gave me an injection, then put a pad over my face, covering everything except my nose. And then he poured ether on my face.

‘They said they wanted to find out where things had gone wrong when I was a kid, why I was misbehaving. I was 13 years old. I didn’t understand a thing.’

Police say they are now in possession of a report regarding the 'practices' at the hospital, pictured, under Dr Milner's charge

Police say they are now in possession of a report regarding the ‘practices’ at the hospital, pictured, under Dr Milner’s charge

Mr Bell is now working with a lawyer to get his medical records.

Sodium amytal is a strong barbiturate described as a ‘truth serum’ because it makes the recipient lose all inhibitions.

Mr Bell added: ‘According to Dr Milner we were out of control kids. We were an experiment.

‘We had no rights, no love, nothing. Just a piece of meat for someone to play with.’

Amanda Solloway, MP for Derby North, who raised the issue in Parliament, said: ‘I think it’s very important that this has come in the public domain and the update from the police shows that anybody who was ever abused at any point in their life should feel confident to come forward because it will be taken seriously.

‘Crimes have been identified and that is positive. I want to thank the police as well. This is an ongoing investigation that has been detailed and shows they are taking this seriously.’

Top Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson in court on 15 sexual abuse charges

April 13, 2017


Charles Howeson and his wife leaving court this morning

A leading Plymouth businessman has appeared in court to answer a string of serious sexual abuse charges.

Former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, is facing 12 counts of indecent assault, two of buggery and one of attempted buggery between December 1985 and September 1994.

Dressed in a smart blue suit and accompanied by his wife at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court today, Howeson spoke only to confirm his name and address and said “I understand, thank you” when the charges were read out.

He did not enter a plea and will next appear at crown court on May 15.

Why would someone (Hewson) sabotage their own career so relentlessly for 3 years?

Barrister ‘made death threats’ to student
April 12 2017

Barbara Hewson has been accused of online and other abuse. She came to prominence after calling for the age of consent to be lowered in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal

Police have issued a harassment warning to a barrister amid allegations that she waged a campaign of online bullying, abuse and “death threats” against a law student and another lawyer.

Barbara Hewson, 55, who came to prominence after the Jimmy Savile scandal when she called for the age of sexual consent to be substantially lowered, is the subject of mounting complaints to the Bar’s regulator.

At least three complaints have been lodged with the Bar Standards Board, The Times has learnt.

It has also emerged that Ms Hewson, a Court of Protection and human rights specialist, has within the past few weeks left her chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square, in London. The chambers, which is also home to the civil liberties lawyer Michael Mansfield, QC,…

Lawyer who was dubbed the ‘bolshiest barrister on Twitter’ and called for age of consent to be lowered to 13 ‘made death threats’ to law student

It is not the first time Miss Hewson has aroused controversy.

She caused outrage after the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations when she called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 and for an end to the ‘persecution of old men’.

She has also questioned whether rape victims are ‘utterly innocent’ and suggested that they can have a ‘moral responsibility for the crime’.

Miss Hewson said rape victims had a ‘moral responsibility’ and cases were rarely straight forward where one party was ‘utterly guilty’ or ‘utterly innocent’.

And she described Scotland Yard’s investigations into historic sexual abuse as a ‘witch hunt’. 

In September 2016 Miss Hewson said it was time to ‘put an end to the whole fiasco’. Writing for the Daily Mail, she called for the inquiry into historic abuse to be closed.


Claims John Smyth recruited victim – now head of top prep school – to help him carry out beatings

More claims emerge of alleged abuse at Christian camp

Apr 11 2017

Alleged victim Andy Moorse told the BBC that barrister John Smyth QC convinced Simon Doggart to join in committing the sadomasochistic ..

More here on John Smyth

SFA appeals for child abuse victims to come forward after shocking BBC investigation

Apr 11 2017

The Scottish Football Association have appealed for any abuse victims to contact them as fresh allegations of sexual offences in youth football came to light.

A BBC documentary heard from alleged victims of a Celtic Boys Club coach and revealed new claims about former youth coach Gordon Neely, who died in 2014.

Two players at the boys club, which was a separate entity from Celtic Football Club, told the programme Football Abuse: The Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game they were abused for three and four years respectively in the 1980s and 90s.

The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority, and Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in football at the end of last year.

In February, the force said it had received 140 reports of alleged abuse.

A number of professional clubs have started internal investigations, while the SFA has set up an independent review into allegations across the game in Scotland.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor, from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Child abuse is incredibly difficult for people to revisit and to talk about.

“Our officers are highly specialist and are trained to deal with all reports sensitively. We would ask anyone who has been the victim of abuse, or has information about potential abuse, to contact us.

“We will listen and we will investigate and our first priority will be to ensure that there are no children at risk now.

“If you have suffered sexual abuse, or if you can assist this investigation or you know anyone who may have been a victim, then please call Police Scotland on 101. Or you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.”

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: “The independent review into allegations of historic child sexual abuse in Scottish football is currently under way and we await its findings.

“The latest allegations are a matter for the investigatory authority, Police Scotland.

“We would urge anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward using the dedicated, confidential NSPCC 24-hour helpline 0800 023 2642, directly to the police on 101 or via email to the Scottish FA at”

Matt Forde, national head for NSPCC Scotland, said: “The latest allegations about abuse in football are concerning.

“It’s clear that for far too long, hundreds of people suffered abuse as children in football and elsewhere without feeling able to speak up and seek help.

“But it is encouraging that so many are finally finding their voice in a new climate where they know they will be listened to and supported. Their bravery in coming forward should be commended.”

Janner Investigation to Continue

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Scouts accused of letting paedophile abuse boys during camps for 30 years

The Scout Association has been accused of allowing a paedophile leader remain free to abuse boys for more than 30 years.

Paul Cherrett, 62, is facing a long jail term for sexually abused boys in his care during overnight scout camps.

But victims told a court their complaints about him in the 1980s were ignored.

Rather than report him to police, the Scout Association took Cherrett off leadership duties, but let him to stay as a district commissioner and work in the tuck shop.

He went on to carry out a “campaign of sexual abuse” which involved nine victims dating back to 1975, Bournemouth crown court heard. One of the abused boys said in a victim impact statement: “How have the Scouts let this happen?”

The extent of his offending emerged in February 2016 when scout leaders were made aware of CCTV footage of Cherrett abusing a boy.

Eight more victims came forward after the retired accountant was charged. Cherrett, of Bournemouth, admitted 10 indecent assaults of a male, three of indecency with a child and four of possessing indecent images of children. He will be sentenced tomorrow.

The Scout Association said they had nothing on file that gave them cause for concern over Cherrett until 2016 and background checks were up to date.

Cherrett joined the Scouting movement in 1972 when he became an assistant Cub Scout leader for the 21st Bournemouth Scout Group.

He worked in this role until 1977 before volunteering as the assistant district commissioner for the Bournemouth West District until 1988.

He returned in the role of district Scout active support member at Butchers Coppice in 2010.

Children let down by system as suspected child sex abusers are allowed to work as taxi drivers

Apr 8 2017

Up to 100 under-18s across Buckinghamshire are believed to have fallen victim to gangs who passed them around after luring them with cheap gifts and a pretence of friendship.

Often the girls were brought into their clutches by taxi drivers who were hired by councils to collect them from schools and children’s homes.

Judges overturn abuse conviction of man who killed himself during trial

Court of appeal says trial of Darren Turk should have been stopped after defendant took his life

 6 April 2017

The conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty of child sexual abuse after he killed himself during his trial has been overturned.

Darren Turk, 54, killed himself last June while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15 at Frewen College in Northiam, East Sussex, between 1996 and 2002.

After his death, a jury at Lewes crown court found him guilty of 10 child sexual abuse-related offences and not guilty on six counts, in what was believed to be the first time a dead man has been convicted of a crime in England.

Turk’s family criticised the decision of the trial judge to allow jurors to return verdicts after he had died.

On Thursday, three judges in the court of appeal said the verdicts were wrongfully returned and must be set aside as a nullity with the convictions annulled.

Sir Brian Leveson, sitting with Mr Justice Jay and Mr Justice Garnham, said there was nothing to suggest that any of the verdicts returned were unsafe but they were, however, “irregular”.

“In our judgment, there is no discretion as to the course which the judge should follow in these circumstances; he was not entitled to continue simply because he thought that obtaining verdicts from the jury justified that course.”

The proceedings were brought by Turk’s mother, Jasmine Botting, 76, from Etchingham, near Hastings, East Sussex.

Turk was a member of care staff and later head of care at the boarding school, but was not a teacher. At the time of his death, he worked as an electrician’s assistant.


3 April 2017

Jury retires in Christopher Metcalfe sex offence trial

Photo: ITV News.

The jury in the trial of a former teacher accused of sex offences against young girls in the 1970s and 80s has retired to consider its verdict.

Christopher Metcalfe from Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, is charged with 4 counts of indecent assault & 1 count of rape against 3 girls aged between 9 & 15.

The offences are alleged to have taken place while he taught at a Junior school near Mansfield & at Skegby Hall in Nottinghamshire – a residential school for children in care.

Metcalfe denies the charges. The trial at Derby crown court continues.


Monk ‘who ran sex club involving young boys’ at country’s top Catholic School ‘remained in his job for eight years after allegations were first made’

Apr 5 2017

  • Father Jeremy Sierla allegedly ran ‘sex club’ for boys at Ampleforth College
  • He remained at Catholic school for eight years after allegations first made
  • Police told he would make pupils perform sex acts in their pyjamas 
  • Investigation began in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him 

Detectives spoke to more than a dozen young men who attended the school’s Junior House between 1990 and 1993 when Father Jeremy was housemaster.

Some recalled the monk whipping boys’ bottoms with his habit, encouraging the pupils to tie him up, showering naked with them and putting his hands under their duvets, the Times reported.

Photos and video clips – none indecent – of Ampleforth pupils were found on Father Jeremy’s computer, including one of a 12-year-old boy holding a rose in his mouth.

Father Sierla, 59, lived and worked at £30,000-a-year college, pictured, until 2012, despite accusations first being made against him eight years previously

The investigation was triggered when the same boy, in his early 20s by 2004, made allegations to police about abuse he claimed Father Jeremy had subjected him to.

The monk was not charged after prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence against him, and the CPS said the case file was destroyed years ago, the Times reported.

Father Jeremy continued to work in the abbey shop from 2004 to 2012 and posed for photographs to promote Ampleforth’s own brand Abbey Beer.

A music teacher, Dara de Cogan, who joined Ampleforth in 2004 was jailed last week for sexually abusing a female student during violin lessons.

An police investigation was launched into his conduct at the Yorkshire Catholic school, pictured, in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him

A school spokesman said that Father Jeremy’s continued presence at Ampleforth was approved at a meeting of safeguarding professionals in 2004 and that his case was reviewed again in 2007 by an independent safeguarding commission.

It took a further five years before the Department for Education (DfE)told Ampleforth he should not be allowed on school grounds. 

TheDfE said that it was unable to discuss individual cases but stressed it was ‘paramount that children are protected at school and that there are robust safeguards in place’.

It added: ‘Where schools fail to meet standards, we will not hesitate to take action.’

Police criticised on Henry Clarke child sex abuse

Any links to Dr Morris Fraser re impunity?

Child sex abuser Henry Clarke tracked down to Canada

BBC News NI has tracked down a serial child sex abuser who admitted his crimes to police but has never been brought to justice.

Henry Clarke, 75, confessed to abusing three different boys at care homes in Northern Ireland.

A retired church pastor, he has been living in Canada since he made the admissions in 1985.

NI’s Director of Public Prosecutions directed no prosecution and the RUC failed to act on a further confession.

Today, he lives in a small town hundreds of miles from the nearest city in northern Canada.

One of his victims, Billy Brown, 61, who was abused when he was a 12 year-old boy, described Henry Clarke as “a monster”.

Mr Brown, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: “You just had to stay away from him. You went to bed at night, you pulled your blankets around you as tightly as you could.”

Henry Clarke emigrated to Canada in the late seventies but he eventually admitted the accusations of abuse during an interview with police in Belfast in 1985 and afterwards in a letter he wrote from Canada.

Clarke was pastor of four churches in Canada after he emigrated.

Henry Clarke’s confessions first came to light at the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry which reported earlier this year.

His identity had been protected by the inquiry’s offer of blanket anonymity but that ruling was successfully challenged by BBC News NI.

Convicted paedophile Colin Gregg lodges appeal against his child sex conviction

Disgraced Gregg was handed a 13-and-a-half sentence after being found guilty of molesting young boys

Apr 1 2017

Disgraced headteacher Colin Gregg has launched an appeal against his conviction and sentence for child sex charges.

The millionaire son of the Gregg’s bakery founder was found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four victims.

A court heard how the 75-year-old charity boss molested the boys, who were aged between 11 and 14, from the early 1960s until the 1990s.

The abuse was carried out in a swimming pool, in a car and at his home gym.

Branding him a “sophisticated, predatory paedophile” Judge Robin Mairs jailed Gregg for 13-and-a-half years at Newcastle Crown Court.

Now, it is understood that Gregg has lodged an appeal against both his conviction and sentence.

Northumbria Police has urged any other victims of Gregg to come forward.

DS Chris Wilson, who led the investigation, said: “The victims in this case showed immense bravery to come forward and stand up in court to give the evidence that ultimately put their abuser through court.

“It was a terrifying ordeal for them but their actions have helped convict a predatory paedophile and I am sure that convictions such as this will help encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.


wp-1491116480135.jpgApril 2 2017,

There were fresh calls last night to widen the Scottish government’s child abuse inquiry after a former pupil of a military boarding school in Dunblane claimed he was abused by a teacher.

It has emerged police launched an investigation after a victim broke decades of silence to reveal his abuse at the hands of a housemaster at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in the 1970s.

The man, now in his fifties, was told by detectives last month that his abuser, who died 24 years ago, would have faced being charged if he had still been alive. The former pupil is believed to be the first victim of alleged sexual abuse at the school known to have come forward. It reignites concerns first raised in 1991 by a QVS teacher who feared boys were at risk. A police probe failed to find evidence of wrongdoing at the time.

Separately, detectives have looked into claims that a woman was abused as a child in the 1990s by her father who had links to QVS.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), launched in 2015, has named dozens of establishments under investigation, but QVS is not one of them.

The school is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and counts Prince Philip as its patron.

Janine Rennie, from the charity Wellbeing Scotland, said: “If the inquiry is going to be effective, it cannot exclude an establishment where there is evidence of abuse.”

The former QVS pupil told police last year that he was abused by a teacher, Ben Phillips, while in primary school. Speaking to The Sunday Times, he recalled Phillips “fondling” his genitals while he was in bed in the dormitory and putting his hand down his pants while he was standing at Phillips’ desk during class. The man only told his father of the abuse in 2013.

“I think it’s my duty to mention these facts,” the man said. “[The police] took my case very seriously. It was only [last month] that an officer gave me a final update. If certain teachers had still been alive then there would be enough evidence with what they had accumulated from myself and other ex-pupils to make a case.

“I thought going to the police was the right thing to do, as there may be old boys out there who have suffered over the years.”

The Sunday Times understands that the MoD and QVS co-operated fully with the investigation into Phillips, who lived and worked at the school. He died in 1993, aged 46, when he fell from a ladder while hanging Christmas decorations.

We can also reveal that police investigated claims by a woman that she was abused as a girl in Dunblane in the 1990s. A local resident first raised concerns over the girl’s welfare in 1991, and in 2015 was asked by detectives to provide a fresh statement. The resident, who spoke to this paper last week, said the woman’s father had close connections with QVS and that the case was quietly dropped.

An MoD spokeswoman said: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will fully co-operate with their inquiries.”

A spokesman for the SCAI said it will announce further investigations in due course that “may include other boarding schools”.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “There is no ongoing investigation in connection with Queen Victoria School. Police Scotland will not discuss further details of any reports made.”

Meanwhile, police in Kent have launched a review after a parent of an ex-pupil at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School complained that the force failed to robustly investigate a historical allegation.



Jul 5, 2015

Top Scots school in abuse claims

CLAIMS of a powerful paedophile ring operating at a top Scottish military school with links to the Royal Family have been passed to the Holyrood inquiry into historical child abuse.


The allegations centre on Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, which has Prince Philip as its patron and is funded by the Ministry of Defence for the children of Scots service personnel.Last night, the Ministry of Defence said the claims were being “investigated via the appropriate agencies”.Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at the boarding school, first raised the alarm in 1991 when he wrote to parents to warn them that their children were at risk.He also reported his concerns to the former Central Scotland Police but says he was told the school was covered by the Official Secrets Act and therefore out of their jurisdiction.His claims centred on a supposed cabal of individuals known as the ‘Friends of QVS’, which was said to include high profile members of Scotland’s political and legal circles.They apparently enjoyed unfettered access to the school and would often take boys away for the weekend, with the pupils returning “distressed but flush with cash”.

Mr Harrison later said: “They had to take their kilts and clean underwear and I was not given a contact address. What may have gone on at these parties was secret but some boys were very disturbed.“I became disturbed, too, by screams in the dorm at night, empty beds, rituals in dark places and used, warm, filled condoms hurriedly abandoned. There was fear throughout every age group and the teachers knew about it.”In one instance, Mr Harrison and his wife refused to sit alongside Prince Andrew at a school dinner “in protest at the many unheard voices and suffering of young boys”.The police responded to his complaint by breaking down the door to his flat and removing many of his personal papers, while he was escorted from the school premises and interviewed by detectives.Mr Harrison also reported his concerns to social services, the NSPCC and the Scotland Office, whose inspectors found evidence of bullying but said other allegations had been “exaggerated”.He moved to Shetland, where he enjoyed a distinguished teaching career, and his new MP Jim Wallace, now Baron Wallace of Tankerness, agreed to raise the matter at Westminster.
In 1993,Hansard recorded a written response from QVS headmaster Julian Hankinson to say that police had “concluded there was no cause for further action on their part”.The story took a twist with the Dunblane massacre carried out by Thomas Hamilton, whose links to Queen Victoria School were established at the Cullen Inquiry.In November 1996, Mr Harrison wrote to The Shetland Times to say: “I believe that, had my allegations in 1991 been properly investigated, there is a strong possibility that Hamilton would have been discovered.”His claims still went largely ignored until being picked up by Brian ‘Robbie the Pict’ Robertson, who led the campaign against Skye Bridge tolls, and justice campaigner Tom Minogue.
Mr Minogue, a retired businessman from Dunfermline, made a formal complaint to Central Scotland Police in November 2003.He said: “Glenn Harrison reported all this before anybody had any suspicions about Thomas Hamilton, never mind Nicholas Fairbairn or Robert Henderson.“With each passing revelation, it adds more credence to what he alleged in 1991.“The stories he told me were absolutely harrowing. I don’t know whether boys were abused from that school but I do know Glenn Harrison was absolutely convinced they were, and he is a sincere, genuine and serious man.”He added the so-called ‘Friends of QVS’ put forward by Mr Harrison represented a “who’s who of the Scottish TV news” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The former housemaster has now retired and left Scotland, telling friends he had “had enough” of being thwarted in his attempts to secure justice.However, a number of individuals who may have been abused at Queen Victoria School have come forward in recent years and the matter has been referred to Susan O’Brien QC, who will chair the Scottish Government inquiry.The school, which began admitting girls in 1996, is open to children of those who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy or RAF.It has been rocked by a number of underage sex and drinking scandals over the years, while two teachers were investigated by the police in 2005 over allegations involving two female pupils.A fiscal later ruled no action could be taken as a new Holyrood law designed to protect children in such circumstances had not been in force at the time.It is the latest boarding school to be hit by historic abuse allegations, after Merchiston Castle School, Fort Augustus Abbey School and Gordonstoun.Alan Draper, of the In Care Abuse Survivors group, urged Ms O’Brien QC to have the “courage” to investigate claims involving high-profile Scottish establishment figures, “even members of her own profession”.He added: “It is a question of how far she is going to be able to deal with it without any interference.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “These cases of historic abuse are being dealt with and investigated via the appropriate agencies. In advance of the completion of any investigations or the finalisation of any inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment on any aspect of the allegations until a conclusion is reached. The MoD is co-operating fully with the investigations.”Detective Chief Inspector Elaine Galbraith, of the Police Scotland Public Protection Unit, said there were no current investigations into any persons connected with Queen Victoria School but any previous reports would be assessed and reviewed if necessary.She added they were committed to the investigation of all reports of sexual crime to bring justice for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of the passage of time and said: “I would encourage anyone who may have been a victim, regardless of when that was, to come forward, safe in the knowledge they will be taken seriously and will always be dealt with professionally.”A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it will be for the inquiry to consider all submitted evidence.

QVS, Dunblane, VIPaedo, Cover-Up


Damning update on FB scandal: The lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials /”rampant Freemasonry”…

The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing

As fresh cases of abuse continue to emerge, so do examples of official complacency, such as the obstruction and termination in 2003 of an FA review of child protection policies

Apr 2 2017

Operation Hydrant has received reports of child abuse for every year from 2005 – the year the FA’s inquiry cuts off – through to 2016

After everything that has emerged about football’s sexual-abuse scandal – including some extraordinary new details that can be reported today about the lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials – it can come as a jolt to realise that the problem is not just restricted to what used to be known as the good old days.

Until now, it has widely been thought of as the property of another age. Words such as “historical” or “non-recent” have been applied and the FA certainly seemed to think as much. When the governing body announced in early-December it had commissioned an inquiry into the scandal the terms of reference made it clear it had a cut-off point “up until around 2005”.

That suddenly does not seem so clever, judging by the figures obtained by this newspaper that show 46 of the incidents reported to Operation Hydrant since November, when Andy Woodward’s interview with the Guardian set off what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a “tidal wave,” relate to the period from 2005 to 2016. There is not one blank year and, though it can never be an exact science, it would be a mistake to believe this could not involve the sport at its highest level. The specialist police unit in charge of the investigation calculates that 23% of all the referrals (1,016 at the last count) relate to clubs from England’s top four divisions.

These are the numbers, in other words, that dismantle the theory everything goes back to the era – the 1970s and 1980s, predominantly – relating to the majority of the victims, now in their 40s and 50s, who have felt emboldened enough to talk publicly about their ordeals.

Instead, it turns out there have been 187 reported incidents of sexual assaults on junior footballers from the 20-year period beginning in 1996. Twenty-three relate to the years from 2011 onwards and, as if that is not alarming enough, it is also worth keeping in mind the true figure will be considerably higher.

For starters, this data actually goes back 10 weeks to 13 January and therefore covers only the first two months since the scandal erupted. The updated figures will be released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month and it is worth getting the take of Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child-abuse lawyer, on the number of reported incidents – 83 – from 2000 onwards.

Nocivelli has worked on cases involving the Roman Catholic church, the Scout Association and various local authorities and knows from experience that it is often not until victims are in their late 30s or early 40s that they speak out. He is now representing a number of football child-abuse survivors and hopes that the age range will come down on the back of the latest scandal. Nonetheless, he says the figures since the millennium “are very likely the tip of the iceberg”.

For now, all that can really be said with certainty is that it was naive to think this scandal should be talked about only in the past tense and it leaves some awkward questions for the FA bearing in mind its decision, in 2003, to withdraw all funding from a major review of its child-protection policies.

Would football have been a safer place if that five-year research programme had not been abandoned three years early? Would it be too much of a stretch to think a completed project might even have prevented some of the more recent cases? Nocivelli, for one, thinks it is legitimate to link the two. “Questions remain as to why the FA decided to drop the review into safeguarding and whether or not children were subjected to abuse as a result of this decision.”

At the same time, it would certainly be useful to know why so many people at the FA, as well as the sport in general, were openly hostile and obstructive to the team of academics, led by Celia Brackenridge of Brunel University, who conducted the study.

An internal report, seen by this correspondent, states that only four of the 14 FA staff who were asked for interviews bothered to respond. Others, it claims, were “prevented/bullied” from not talking, in keeping with the “wall of silence” the researchers encountered from other areas of the game. “The football community was, in the main, helpful and cooperative about the research but there were also occasions where our fieldworkers faced rudeness, including from people in paid positions and/or in positions of significant authority within the FA,” Brackenridge writes in her notes. “One club official threw the researcher’s ID card back across the table at her; another refused to return numerous telephone calls and even pretended to be someone else on the telephone to avoid being interviewed.”

So, what was it that football objected to so much? And why were there people inside the FA who appear to have been as uncooperative as possible until the organisation’s then head of ethics and sports equity, Tony Pickerin, concluded in one letter – again, seen by this newspaper – that its child-protection budget for 2003 had to be “substantially reduced and the consequence of this will be a much lower level of research activity”? And is it purely just a coincidence that the FA was simultaneously trying to find the money to fund the huge costs of building the new Wembley?

Brackenridge has since made the point that the scale of progress since the 1990s has not been sufficiently acknowledged, saying some FA staff had been “exemplary” and pointing out that the research project, interviewing 189 children and a large number of coaches and administrators, had brought demonstrable improvement.

Yet her experiences at the time “left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might be simply using CP [child protection] as a kind of ethical fig leaf to cover their embarrassment at the many other problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes, among others. The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”

The sport as a whole can seem hard-faced, to say the least, when it also transpires that the research team – collating information, let’s not forget, to safeguard children – encountered verbal attacks and felt like they were “seen as the police” by some of the people they contacted. One interviewee spoke of “rampant Freemasonry” within the sport. Brackenridge’s notes allude to “organisational inertia” inside the FA and, referring to a year-long delay to sign off the project, concludes that the governing body “did not know what right and left hand were doing”. At the end of the project she says she had to bring in lawyers to force the FA to settle its bills. “On the day we were due to go to court to sue them the money finally came through.” The whole thing sounds a mess.

Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry. Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures. Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?

At least the FA is going through the system – no matter whether you or I agree with the exact processes – whereas it does seem strange that the Football Association of Wales, contrary to its counterparts in England and Scotland, has not thought it necessary when three out of the four police forces in Wales confirmed as long ago as December they were part of the investigation.

Almost four months in, it is perplexing, however, that Sheldon and his research team do not appear to have started interviewing the players who have attracted so much publicity about the events that shaped their lives. It was never going to be a quick process but, after all this time, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that some of the key witnesses, understandably put out, have started ringing ahead to find out, put bluntly, what the hell is going on.

On a similar theme, can you believe that Crewe Alexandra, even with their consistently unimpressive responses, do not appear to have arranged interviews with any of the relevant former players who have featured in the news during the last four months?

This, more than anything, demonstrates everything that is wrong with the process. It was 26 November – 122 days ago, to be precise – when Crewe announced they would be holding an independent review, declaring they were “determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity”. Since then, Crewe have refused to say who, if anyone, is leading the inquiry.

On Saturday, when pressed, a spokesperson for Crewe said: “Clubs have been advised not to investigate historical allegations at this stage,” and declined to comment further. They have not supplied a terms of reference and the extensive list of former players you might have thought would be high‑priority calls could probably be forgiven for wondering when, if ever, they will be required to help.

After all this time, their collective suspicion says a lot for what they think of the regime at Gresty Road – the consensus being, as one put it, they “gave up a long time ago”.

Clive Sheldon wasn’t the first choice….. echoes of the C S A leadership fiasco

FA forced to replace woman leading review into football’s child sex abuse scandal over independence concerns

The FA announced the full terms of reference for its internal review today, also revealing Clive Sheldon QC would head it and not Kate Gallafent QC.

The governing body had been criticised for recruiting Gallafent, who has acted for it previously – as well as against it – and whose Blackstone Chambers firm is regularly used by the organisation.

In carrying out the Review, Clive Sheldon QC will be assisted by a team of counsel from 11KBW Chambers: David Bedenham, Katherine Eddy, Zoe Gannon and Leo Davidson. Clive Sheldon QC will also receive expert advice on child protection in sport from Dr Mike Hartill, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sport at Edge Hill University.

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Background on Clive Sheldon QC – Establishment man

In August 2012, Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal

Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry.

Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures.

Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?…


Clive Sheldon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in April 2011, and is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Silk in the fields of Employment Law, Education Law and Local Government Law. Before taking Silk, Clive was for many years a member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

In his employment practice, Clive specialises in high profile discrimination claims for employers and employees, and disputes involving senior executives and high ranking public office holders. Clive is currently representing the Metropolitan Police Authority defending a series of discrimination claims brought by former Commander Ali Dizaei. Clive is representing the Secretary of State for Justice in a series of claims brought by foreign language interpreters arising from the change to the procurement arrangements for court interpreters.

In his public law work, Clive has particular expertise in matters relating to the police, education, health, local authorities and human rights. Recently, Clive successfully defended the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to convert Downhills School into an Academy. Clive is currently Leading Counsel for a coalition of local authorities, professional associations, schools and students, challenging the GCSE English awards in August 2012. Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal. Clive regularly advises the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (ACSeS), and local authorities, on standards issues under the Localism Act 2011.

Clive practised for two years as an Attorney with a leading Wall Street firm, where he specialised in commercial litigation, and continues to be a member of the New York State Bar. Clive is also a CEDR trained mediator, and a member of the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board. Clive writes chapters for Tolley’s Employment Law Service and Tolley’s Employment Handbook and Clive speaks regularly on employment and public law issues, including a recent address to the Administrative Law Bar Association on ‘Consultation’.

Apr 2 2017

Findings of Sir Edward Heath ‘child sex’ investigation to be released

THE findings of a  police investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile will be published in the summer.

Those close to Operation Conifer have rubbished claims that the investigation has been wound up, revealing that officers are still pursuing “significant lines of inquiry”.It had been reported that no evidence had been found to tarnish the former prime minister’s reputation and that any findings would not be published.

But a Wiltshire Police source said: “The investigation is ongoing and hasn’t been closed

We’ve got a team of 20 people still working on it following a number of significant lines of inquiry.

A public report is due to be published in June. 

There appears to be a bunch of people who are pro-Ted Heath in the House of Lords and Parliament who have been insisting ‘there’s nothing to see here’ and suggesting that the investigation has been wound up. It hasn’t. 

we’d hardly be continuing inquiries and planning to publish a report if there was nothing to say.”

The investigation began in August 2015 when Supt Sean Memory, standing outside Sir Edward’s former home in Salisbury, launched an appeal for alleged victims to come forward.



Jeremy Thorpe DID send a hitman to kill me – and they are STILL covering it up: MP’s ex-lover reveals police were on the verge of charging a detective over the lurid murder trial – but dropped case due to ‘missing court papers’

  • Norman Scott has given his first interview on the case in more than 20 years 
  • Liberal Party leader Thorpe went on trial for conspiracy to murder him in the 70s 
  • Mr Scott, now 77, had been the politician’s lover when homosexuality was illegal
  • The case was dropped but Mr Scott was re-called to talk to detectives last year
Apr 1 2017

In a rare interview – his most candid yet and his first for more than 20 years – Scott, now 77, today reveals that police were poised earlier this year to bring charges against two men, one a former detective.

However, two weeks ago he received a letter from the Crown Prosecution Service telling him it had decided to drop the case. ‘Had this new evidence not been suppressed at the time, then the trial verdict might well have been different,’ says Scott.

‘But here they are telling me they can’t do anything about it. I can’t help feeling this new inquiry has ended with yet another cover-up.’

In a separate development, The Mail on Sunday can also reveal that newly released Cabinet Office papers show how Thorpe desperately tried to smear Scott as the scandal was about to break.

He has lived quietly in Devon ever since – at least until Operation Velum detectives arrived at his home on the edge of Dartmoor last year, asking him to revisit his past.

Police told Scott that an antique firearms dealer, Dennis Meighan, had confessed to being hired by a ‘representative’ of Thorpe in 1975 to kill Scott to protect the politician from public humiliation.

Meighan agreed to carry out the murder – in exchange for £13,500 (£140,000 today) – but later changed his mind. Although he was arrested at the time and made a confession, his statement was destroyed and a few weeks later he was made to sign another. This one exonerated both himself and Thorpe.

Meighan couldn’t believe his luck. A few days later he received an anonymous phone call warning him to keep his mouth shut.

But over the years the secret weighed heavily upon him and he eventually revealed the truth to the BBC’s Tom Mangold and, later, a Mail on Sunday reporter.

It was, it seemed, confirmation of the long-suspected existence of an invisible shield protecting Thorpe. ‘It was chilling to hear Meighan was willing to kill me,’ says Scott. ‘I didn’t know him but I went over everything again with the police. At times it was hard because I have blocked things from my memory.’

…,the time they tried to kill me.’

He is alluding to the night of October 23, 1975, when, on a deserted stretch of road on Exmoor, a part-time pilot, Andrew Newton, shot dead Scott’s dog, a Great Dane called Rinka. Newton then pressed the pistol to Scott’s temple, saying: ‘It’s your turn now.’ But, as Scott heard the hammer click, the gun jammed and Newton then sped away in his yellow Mazda car.

Ten minutes later, covered in Rinka’s blood, Scott flagged down a car and dramatically blurted out ‘Jeremy Thorpe’ to the driver.

Now 69, he would have been willing to help Operation Velum detectives – but only if he was guaranteed immunity from prosecution.

‘as one might expect, the original case papers relating to the [Thorpe] trial are not longer available’.

‘There must be court records. They can’t be gone: it was supposed to be the trial of the century,’ he says. ‘I was so disgusted when I got the CPS letter. The police were very confident they had a case,

which is why the decision is rather puzzling. I suppose that’s it now.’

Jeremy Thorpe wrote this desperate letter to Harold Wilson claiming Norman Scott was involved in a ‘vice ring’

In it, he mentions a sunken bath for ‘up to six people’ at the home of Scott’s friend, Jack Levy. Mr Levy’s wife Stella, pictured below, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It makes me sick.

Thorpe also writes about paying £2,500 for letters he feared would reveal his private life.

Norman Scott modelling alongside his friend Stella Levy  in the 1960s. She was later implicated in the vice-ring allegations

By 1965 their relationship was over but the scandal would fester for a further decade. During that period Scott was married briefly to former debutante Susan Myers and lived with the Anglo-American socialite, Conway Wilson-Young.

‘We lived on the first floor and Margot Fonteyn had the basement flat. She used to come with us to parties.’

Scott was also friendly with Tara Browne, heir to the Guinness fortune and the inspiration for the Beatles’ A Day In The Life, and Marianne Faithfull.

After he split from Wilson-Young, Scott moved to Devon where he slept rough in public toilets in Barnstaple before finding work. makes a living buying and selling horses

The sex scandal, the trial… and the cover-up

  • Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal Party’s rising star, meets model Norman Scott at a friend’s home in late 1960. He is instantly smitten.
  • With homosexuality still illegal, the pair begin an affair, enjoying liaisons in Thorpe’s Commons room.
  • The affair later cools. Thorpe’s MP friend Peter Bessell begins to pay Scott a series of ‘retainers’.
  • Senior Liberals conduct a secret inquiry in 1971 after the scandal threatens to ignite – but take no action.
  • Thorpe talks of silencing Scott by dropping him down a mine, adding: ‘It’s no worse than shooting a sick dog.’
  • In an apparently botched murder attempt on October 23, 1975, Andrew Newton lures Scott on to Exmoor. He shoots the model’s dog before turning the gun on Scott – but it jams.
  • In 1979 Thorpe is cleared of conspiracy to murder.
  • After Thorpe’s death in 2014, it emerges evidence was suppressed, including Dennis Meighan’s claims – told to the MoS that year (above) – that he was hired as a hitman before Newton.
  • Police ask prosecutors to consider charging two men. Last month, the CPS dropped the case citing ‘insufficient’ evidence.


Tory MP Harvey Proctor sues Nick for six-figure sum over claims his child sex smears cost the ex-politician his home, job and fortune

Mar 31 2017

Mr Proctor,  has got an unnamed  financial backer to support his court costs

BBC abandoned Karin Ward when Freddie Starr sued


abandon Nick?

maybe sidestep by saying exaro no longer exists as legal entity?


There’s not any doubt so not sure why it’s being queried. Depends what ‘Nick’ wants to do, though I’m not in touch with him

has there been a statement of support made removing any doubt?

Perverts in the Palace

Prince Charles awards paedophile Trevor Francis, a serial child abuser, an MBE at Buckingham Palace in 2012.


How many paedophiles does Prince Charles know and when will he be questioned by IICSA?…or is it a scam???


Mar 31 2017

Paedophile Trevor Francis, who was honoured at Buckingham Palace in 2012, is facing jail for abusing vulnerable kids at a children’s home in the seventies.

A man who got an MBE for services to the community is facing jail for abusing vulnerable children.

Paedophile Trevor Francis, 71, received his medal from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

He got it for his 20 years’ work as station master in his home town of Aberdour, Fife.

But in the 1970s, he abused youngsters in his care at St Margaret’s children’s home in Elie.


Trevor Francis MBE at Dundee Court (Photo: Alan Richardson,


“We are dealing with an intelligent, manipulative man who can turn on and off that predatory, violent behaviour.”

Francis became manager at St Margaret’s in 1973.

Paedophile David Murphy had been sacked and he was meant to remove the threat of abuse. But “creepy” Francis subjected kids to beatings and sexual assaults.

Murphy was jailed for 15 years in 2002 after admitting 30 sex abuse charges over 30 years at St Margaret’s and another home.

MBE stationmaster could face jail over child abuse Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012 Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012

Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012

30 March 2017
An “upstanding citizen” has been exposed as a child abuser who physically and sexually attacked young children at a notorious care home. Trevor Francis was given an MBE in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to the community in Aberdour, where he worked as a station master for more than 20 years.
But his community spirited facade hid the reality of the abuse he doled out to vulnerable kids in his care at the notorious St Margaret’s children’s home in Elie in the mid-1970s.
Francis (71), a qualified nurse, took over as a manager at the home in 1973 after twisted paedophile David Murphy was forced out of a job after allegations were made against him that were never followed up by police.
Francis was part of a new regime that should have removed the children from the threat of abuse. But instead he was described as “creepy” and a “Jekyll and Hyde character” who subjected children in his care to brutal physical attacks and sickening sexual assaults. Francis’s name came up during the probe into Murphy in the late ‘90s.
But it was only when one victim came forward in 2014 that police were able to build a case against him by visiting former residents of the home who told their stories of abuse at his hands. Francis has been warned he faces a jail term when he returns to Dundee Sheriff Court to be sentenced next month. Three girls – aged 14 to 16 at the time – told a jury Francis would creep into the girls’ dormitory at the home in the night and sexually assault them.

 Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the jury: “He is a manipulative, violent and predatory person who abused the trust of these vulnerable people who he was paid to protect. “But instead he perpetrated physical and sexual abuse towards them and managed to stay undetected because of his Jekyll and Hyde personality. “The accused might seem mild mannered – an upstanding citizen, a family man. “His wife was at pains to tell you that her Trevor would never have acted like that. “We are dealing with an intelligent, manipulative man who can turn on and off that predatory, violent behaviour.” Giving evidence in his own defence Francis said he was “relatively easy going” and claimed to have had a good relationship with the children at the home. In a bizarre exchange he said: “Come hell or high water they wanted me to watch Top of The Pops with them every week. “It helped me relate to the kids and know about acts like Gary Glitter at the time. “I suppose that’s the wrong name to use today though.” He added: “Not in any situation would I have dreamed of doing what I’m accused of doing. “It is totally inappropriate and totally wrong. “But they say I did it.” Francis denied a total of nine charges on indictment. However, a jury of eight men and seven women took two and a half hours to find him guilty by majority of two offences of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards young girls and three assaults. One further lewd and libidinous charge and three assaults were found not proven. Defence solicitor Kerr Sneddon asked that Francis be released on bail ahead of sentencing. Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Francis on bail meantime. He said: “A prison sentence is a serious possibility.”

Before joining ScotRail at the age of 47, Trevor had worked as an aircraft fitter with the RAF, a mail sorter and a funeral director.

Fake Dr. Susan Stewart & Aberlour Child Care Trust

Dr Susan Stewart was a government adviser on child protection.

Paedophile Charles McKenna & Aberlour Child Care Trust

Paedophile Charles McKenna – Aberlour Child Care Trust

Boyd Brodie, who has died aged 77, was an old-school banker whose desire to help others never left him.

After a career in the Royal Bank of Scotland spanning almost 40 years, he continued to do what he loved best – getting things done and aiding others to succeed in business.

He worked until his death for both a pub company and his local community, contributing to the commercial success of numerous ventures and improving the lives of countless people through his voluntary service.

He also retained his childhood love of trains and railways and enjoyed day trips to Scarborough and York, building a great relationship with his local station master Trevor Francis in Aberdour whom he would have been delighted to see awarded an MBE recently.

Vicar Peter Low

Paedophile vicar admits downloading images of child sex abuse of most explicit category

The 65-year-old was the vicar of Heybridge St Andrew and St George and Langford St Giles from 2008 until last July when the images were discovered and he was suspended.

Low, of Crescent Road, Heybridge admitted four offences when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.


The precise charge involves Low making indecent images of children in July last year in the Maldon district, which is when he was caught.

He admitted a similar count of making 25 indecent images at category B and a third count of making 21 indecent images at category C.

Low also admitted possessing 124 prohibited images of children.

The paedophile vicar has been ordered to inform police of his whereabouts effectively meaning he will be a registered sex offender in the interim between his guilty plea and his sentence in May.

Turning to Low Judge Morgan said: “I don’t know what the appropriate sentence will be and have ordered a pre sentence report.

“Sentencing will not take place until Tuesday, May 2.

Low was released on bail.

He worked for the Diocese of Chelmsford when the images were found and a spokesman said they were taking the police investigation “extremely seriously”.

“Mr Low will face a Church investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure once the criminal case has been concluded.

Mr Low has also been suspended as volunteer chaplain for the Maldon and District Sea Cadets.

In a statement, again before his guilty pleas, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets said: “The safety and wellbeing of young people is of paramount importance, and the charity takes its duty of care extremely seriously.


An introduction to our Chaplain – Rev. Peter Low



Ex-Jackanory presenter admits historic child sex abuse charge

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A former children’s television presenter and Jackanory storyteller has admitted sexually assaulting a boy almost 60 years ago.

Author and Dartmoor expert John Earle was a teacher at a private preparatory school in Okehampton when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.

John Earle, formerly of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, pleaded not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

All the offences were allegedly committed against the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between 1957 and 1961 and when Earle would have been in his late 20s and early 30s.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a trial on August 21 this year and set a timetable for the progress of the case.

The school, Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton, closed in the early 1960s and he went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.

TOM TOM forerunner to Tomorrow’s world and Blue Peter
John Earle with Jan Leeming

He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co-presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970, where one of the other stars was a young Jan Leeming.

Earle went on to narrate two Jackanory stories during the show’s heyday in 1971, where other storytellers included Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear, Brian Blessed and Milo O’Shea.

Dartmoor Expedition Centre

The Jackanory appearances marked the end of his broadcasting career and he moved on to buy a farm on Dartmoor which he converted into a moorland exploration centre with bunk rooms.


  • Bunkhouse accommodation in 300 year old granite barns.
  • Well equipped, simple but comfortable.


  • Ideal base for groups, Schools, Youth groups, Outdoor Adventure, Activity weeks, Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh Award Training, Field Studies, Management Courses, Clubs, Stag and Hen parties, friends and family weekends.


He ran the Dartmoor Expedition Centre at Rowden Farm, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor until it was sold last year, hosting countless groups of teenagers who were undertaking adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Princes Trust, and the Ten Tors challenge.


He became one of the leading experts on trekking on the moors and wrote guides entitled Walking on Dartmoor, Walking on Exmoor and the Quantocks, A Boot up Dartmoor Tors and A Boot up Dartmoor Rivers.

Earle, aged 87, now of Upton Pyne, near Exeter, admitted six counts of indecently the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between September 1957 and August 1961.

Three other offences are not being pursued.

The case at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned by Judge Mr Justice Dingemans so his defence barrister Mr Nicolas Gerasimidis can obtain medical reports.

The judge told him: ’All sentencing options, including immediate imprisonment, will be available to the court.’

He ordered Earle to sign on the sex offenders’ register immediately. He ordered the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the victim had been consulted and Earle’s pleas are acceptable.

Mr Gerasimidis said: ’We are in the process of obtaining medical records. The defendant has a number of underlying conditions, principally related to his old age.’

John Earle (right)

Earle was a teacher and deputy head at Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton at the time when the offences were committed against a boy aged nine to 13.

G. P. W. Earle headmaster (1954-55) (John Earle’s father)

The school, with 53 pupils, was owned and run by his father at the time but later merged with another school and moved to Highampton, near Okehampton, before closing.

The building which housed it is now a country house bed and breakfast and some of its former grounds are now a supermarket.


BBC Home Service Basic, 29 June 1952

5.20 app. Children’s Service from Upcott House Preparatory School, Okehampton; conducted by G. P. W. Earle


John Earle at Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2013

John Earle
came to live at Rowden Farm on Dartmoor in 1970 having lived near Dartmoor since the 1940s after having been evacuated to
Rill Farm near Totnes from Sevenoaks in Kent as a 16 year old boy near the end of World War 2.
John fell in love with Devon and  Dartmoor and he established the  Dartmoor Expedition Centre providing low cost mountain hut hostel accommodation in the heart of the Dartmoor national park and teaching outdoor activities to people from all ages and backgrounds.
John also spent many years with the BBC, first as a cameraman and later as a presenter he presented two series called Rockface about learning to climb and canoe, and will also be remembered by many for presenting
‘Tom Tom’, a children’s programme in the late 1960s.
Co presenting with Jan Leeming  “ though you would have to be over 40 to have seen it ” . He was also the presenter of  other television shows of ten episodes about learning to climb (called Rockface) and canoe.
Local west country people will remember his “Walks on Dartmoor” as well as “Earle’s Islands” and “West Country Rivers” which were shown on Spotlight and his voyages around the coast in his old sailing boat gaffe cutter  “Helen”, with Tony Soper as well as many other documentaries.

As an expedition cameraman, John travelled to many of the great mountain ranges of the world such as the Himalayas, Baffin Island and Tierra del Fuego where he was on two expeditions with the great mountaineer and explorer Eric Shipton. In 1970 and has gathered film , photographs and amazing stories first hand from people such as Eric Shipton that shows amazing clarity and history back in time.John presents unique footage of the epic 1933 expedition to Mount Everest led by Hugh Ruttledge with Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Jack Longland and others in the team. The film follows the approach across Tibet, establishing Base Camp beyond the Rongbuk Monastery, and climbing to Everest’s North Col for the summit assault at over 28,000 feet. John provides a unique live voiceover commentary to the films.

Running the centre for over 30 years has given John the opportunity to introduce a great many children & adults  to his own love of climbing, caving, sailing, canning, hill walking and the great outdoors.
He has thoroughly enjoyed being able to pass on his enthusiasm for these activities both here on Dartmoor and all over the world. He has written several walking guide books for the South West including Dartmoor published by Cicerone Press and Halsgrove Press.

Pauline and John Earle

Pauline Earle

MSc in Counselling, Supervision and Training
MBACP, U.K. Reg. Ind. Snr. Accred. Counsellor

Private practitioner and Senior Counsellor working in G.P. surgeries.

John’s Family Web Links



Extreme Locations Rigging Ltd is a small-sized vehicle operator with the licence number OF1095108. The firm has one transport operating centre in the country. In their subsidiary in Iver on Pinewood Studios, 1 machine is available. The firm directors are John Dekker Earle and Robin Earle.

There seems to be just one director at present employed by the following business, namely Robin Earle who has been performing the director’s assignments since 2006/04/18. To increase its productivity, for the last almost one month the following business has been providing employment to John Dekker Earle, age 88 who has been looking into making sure that the firm follows with both legislation and regulation.

Extreme Rigging and Robin Earle work closely with Gary Connery helping him to pull off two massive world renown stunts.

Robin (Earle) also played a behind the scenes part in Gary and Marks jump for the London Olympics dressed as the queen and James Bond.

Extreme Rigging Ltd are proud to have been involved as main contractors in a stunning bespoke installation on the South Bank of the River Thames for online retailer Moonpig and mental health charity Mind.

As much of Dartmoor is and has been owned by the Duchy of Cornwall it will be no surprise that various Princes of Wales have visited their lands. The present Prince of Wales regularly visits the moor but seldom does this make the national press.



Satanists On The Prince’s Land

Daily Express (28th August, 2006)

On a balmy, late summer afternoon it seems like a strange place to do business with the Devil.

Middle-aged ramblers huddle around an ice-cream van, picknickers snooze on the close-cropped grass and children cluster around pot-bellied ponies for the obligatory holiday snaps.

Yet when night falls here on Dartmoor, that last great wilderness of southern England, some visitors clearly have a sinister purpose.

In recent weeks a series of satanic ceremonies have taken place on the vast 69,000-acre Dartmoor estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the royal Trust which pays Prince Charles his £14 million annual income.


Ted Heath’s music colleague: pederast Dara de Cogan – worked at Ampleforth College as did the pederast son, 

Piers Grant-Ferris, of  Ted Heath’s and Thatcher’s good friend  Lord Harvington ….

Married music teacher at £33,000-a-year boarding school subjected teenage schoolgirl to ‘vile’ bondage abuse in violin lessons then critiqued her sexual technique

  • Dara de Cogan had taught at top private school Ampleforth College since 2004 
  • The married teacher lusted after the girl who saw him as a ‘substitute father’
  • He subjected her to bondage sessions
  • The 58-year-old was sentenced to 28 months in prison at York Crown Court
  • De Cogan was also made to sign the sex offenders register for ten years
28 March 2017

A music teacher at a top private school subjected a girl to ‘vile’ bondage sessions and critiqued her sexual technique in the same he would her violin playing.

Married Dara de Cogan, now 58, had lusted after the girl – who was more than 30 years his junior and saw him as a ‘substitute father’ – since she was 13.

York Crown Court heard the girl was a gifted student at £33,000-a-year Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire.

De Cogan, born in Ireland, was also a musician of international acclaim who was appointed Head of Strings at the boarding school, which boasts Rupert Everett and James Norton among its alumni, in 2004.

The married man, who has two adopted daughters, tutored her in the violin.


£33,000-a-year Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, which boasts Rupert Everett and James Norton among its alumni

She added: ‘He took advantage of me in the most manipulative and vile way possible.

Judge Andrew Stubbs told him: ‘You took advantage of her immaturity, insecurity and innocence.

Dara de Cogan leaves York Crown Court to start his prison sentence for having sexual activity with a pupil


‘When parents send their children to school they entrust their most precious possession to the care and protection of others.

‘This was an abject failure of trust both in the college and you.’

De Cogan, of Kilburn village, North Yorkshire, admitted ten counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

He was jailed for 28 months with half to be served and ordered to sign on a sex offenders register for ten years.

De Cogan bowed to the judge and smiled to his family before being handcuffed in the dock and taken into custody.

His wife of more than 25 years who sat in the public gallery was said by the defence to be standing by him.

Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.

He started his music with legendary Irish violinist Mary Gallagher and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music with Jaraslav Vanecek.

In 1982, he joined the Hall Orchestra in Manchester and became Principal Second Violin in 1986.

The Royal Schools has some 78 children – It is claimed that the Royal Schools for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme had a culture of neglect. Social services in Stockport, the borough in which the school is based, received a number of allegations from former members of staff.

Formerly the Royal School for the Deaf, Queen Victoria bestowed royal patronage upon them during her Jubilee year in 1897. In 2008 the charity changed its name to Seashell Trust and now comprises Royal School Manchester and Royal College Manchester.

Seashell Trust has maintained strong connections with the Royal family and in recent years they have had the pleasure of welcoming several members of the Royal family to their site, notably Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Alongside his orchestral work, he ran his own Irish band, Delginis, and was String Coach and Artistic Director for the Hebridean Youth Project Summer Music School.

He became Head of Strings at Ampleforth College in 2004 and was involved in coaching various youth orchestras, as well as private individual tuition.

He job was to teach classroom music to year 9, and music technology to years 12 and 13.

He provided individual tuition on violin and viola and directed the Pro Musica Ensemble, the Ceilidh Band and jointly directed the College Orchestra.

Alongside his classic music interests, he has played in many folk music ensembles and has worked widely in the recording industry. 

During his time in Manchester, Dara de Cogan worked extensively with special needs children particularly with the Royal Schools for the Deaf.

School for deaf accused of ‘catalogue of child abuse’

A YEAR-LONG investigation of a leading school for the deaf by police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has disclosed “an appalling catalogue of child abuse and neglect”.

Among the allegations are that some pupils at the Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester, suffered broken bones and lost teeth, while others were subjected to unwarranted restraining procedures.

NSPCC officials also investigated claims that deaf or emotionally disturbed children had been punched, tied up and doused with water hoses.

A year-long child protection investigation carried out by the
NSPCC for the council severely criticised the Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester over allegations of abuse between 1995 and 2000.
Four members of staff were suspended last year and police
investigations resulted in five cases being passed to the Crown
Prosecution Service. The CPS has rejected four of the cases.

The full NSPCC report is confidential, but the school has agreed
to implement a 21-point action plan published by the council.

Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester,

9 AUG 2004

Today, despite the year-long inquiry into unexplained injuries to children as well as into poor care and practice, it emerged that no one is likely to face criminal prosecution. Youngsters at the school are regarded as incapable of giving evidence in court.

Last year the MEN revealed how Mark Fisher, 33, – who later resigned in disgust after nine years as a support worker at the school – and two colleagues compiled a dossier detailing 142 allegations of abuse by staff. The evidence was handed to social services and to the police.

Dominic Tinner, development manager at the school, admitted there had been ”deficiencies in management and practice”
12 April 2001

A spokesman for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said it was appalled by the NSPCC report and was gravely concerned by the extent of abuse at the school.

Unless significant immediate action was taken by the school, the society would advise parents to move their children elsewhere.

New boss named for troubled deaf school

A CHILD welfare expert has been drafted in as the new boss of the troubled Royal Schools for the Deaf, Manchester.


  • 9 AUG 2004
  • Updated: 22 JAN 2013


A CHILD welfare expert has been drafted in as the new boss of the troubled Royal Schools for the Deaf, Manchester.

NSPCC director Karen Wright, a 47-year-old mother of four, will take up the chief executive’s post in July.

Her appointment comes just over a week after headteacher Leighton Reed resigned following a year-long inquiry by the NSPCC.

Ms Wright was not involved in the probe, which found “serious problems” with the school at Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.

The investigation was launched after the M.E.N. revealed how whistleblowing staff members compiled a dossier of allegations, including physical abuse of pupils.

It was claimed children suffered broken bones, were tied up in wheelchairs and one was hosed down with cold water.

Ms Wright said: “I was not involved in the investigation, although I was kept aware of it.

The current chief executive, Ian MacLeary, retires on July 1, when he turns 65. The charity says his retirement is unconnected to the scandal.

Four members of staff were suspended by the school, which said there were innocent explanations for injuries suffered by pupils.

  • Police interviewed dozens of members of staff, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no realistic chance of securing convictions because the alleged victims, who suffer physical and learning disabilities as well as deafness, would be incapable of giving evidence.


New name for historic deaf school


18 APR 2010

The Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle has got a new name.

it has now been re-branded as the Seashell Trust.

and another Royal School for the deaf…Derby


Royal School for the Deaf Derby in special measures

Apr 22 2015
It highlighted the principal’s failure to share child protection concerns, which it said “directly impacted upon pupils as they were placed at risk of potential grooming and child sexual exploitation”.

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Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges

The Ampleforth Chamber Ensemble Dara de Cogan (violin) who is Head of Strings



Dara de Cogan, a founder-member of European Community Youth Orchestra

Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.




European Community Youth Orchestra – that was Edward Heath’s province too


Heath made a special point of conducting orchestras involving young musicians. While still prime minister, he conducted the Academy of the BBC at the 50th anniversary concert in the series for children founded by Sir Robert Mayer. Later, it was through Heath’s help that the European Community Youth Orchestra was set up. He became its president, and conducted it on summer tours in 1978, 1979 and 1980.


Heath the musician: Rehearsing the 107 strong European Community Youth Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

A vanished file and troubling claims about Heath and young musicians

The ensemble in question was the European Community Youth Orchestra, and it was about to embark on its inaugural tour of EEC capitals. It was to be a flagship for pan-European cultural co-operation.

The 135 musicians, some of whom were as young as 14, were drawn from the then nine member nations. Heath, an enthusiastic amateur musician who had led the United Kingdom into the European Community five years before, was the orchestra’s founding president. He would also be its guest conductor for that tour and several tours to come.

In an intriguing development, the Mail learned this week that a file relating to Sir Edward and the infamous Paedophile Information Exchange group is one of those missing from official Government records.

It is among 114 missing files concerning child abuse identified by an independent review of how allegations were handled by the Home Office.

The title of the missing document, ‘Edward Heath MP [redacted] RE: PIE’, refers to the activities of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Investigators discovered that the file disappeared more than 25 years ago after being moved to a Westminster record centre. They concluded that there was no evidence of any orchestrated attempts by officials over three decades to cover up child abuse.

But the unexpected absence of the file raises questions about the exact nature of the connection between Heath and the PIE group.

Further new allegations of sexual abuse and possible official cover-up concerning Sir Edward have come to light. They centre on his relationship with the European Community Youth Orchestra.

A retired senior police officer, who served with several southern forces including Wiltshire, told the Mail that there were ‘always rumours’ about Heath, the former MP for Bexley.

The policeman — a widely respected officer with a distinguished career — asked that due to the sensitivities of the Heath investigations, he remain anonymous. He told us that the rumours did not come with any specific evidence against the former PM.

But he went on: ‘The exception were several allegations made against him in his role with the European Youth Orchestra. I understand there were credible claims that Heath indecently assaulted young people on tours to the Continent which he was leading.

‘These tours took place in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

‘It was never clear how old the victims were, or exactly what happened, and what was alleged was not at the top end of the scale of criminality.

‘Why these were never investigated I cannot say. I suspect it is because they took place overseas and the victims were from other countries.’

Ted Heath would have known Dara De Cogan through the European Community Youth Orchestra.

And Heath links to another Ampleforth paedophile – Piers Grant-Ferris – his father Lord Harvington was good friends with Heath and Thatcher.

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Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges

A LEADING Roman Catholic school has been rocked by abuse allegations after a music professor appeared in court accused of sex offences against a girl more than 30 years his junior.

Irish-born classical musician and composer Dara De Cogan, 57, was appointed performing arts professor at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, in 2004.

The gifted violinist is charged with 12 counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

The court heard the victim was a girl aged 16 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences between December 2007 and December 2009.

Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.

In 1982, he joined the Hallé Orchestra and has played in folk music ensembles and has worked widely in the recording industry.

His court appearance came just weeks after it was confirmed Ampleforth is to be included in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

Piers Grant-Ferris/Heath /Ampleforth/Jersey

Piers Grant-FerrisHis secret past as a serial abuser of young boys at Ampleforth. He was an officer in the Irish Guards before becoming a novice monk in the Benedictine Order in 1955.
His late father, Lord harvington, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during Ted Heath’s Government and member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family – retired to Jersey

Life in Jersey revolved around hunting, golf, motor yachting, and farming. Lord Harvington was also a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and former president of the National Sheep Breeders Association. Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.

He served at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumbria, between 1978 and 1989, when he was chaplain to St Joseph’s RC School, before returning to Ampleforth Abbey where he was much sought-after to lead retreats.

Ampleforth College

Piers Grant-Ferris/Heath /Ampleforth/Jersey

Piers Grant-FerrisHis secret past as a serial abuser of young boys at Ampleforth. He was an officer in the Irish Guards before becoming a novice monk in the Benedictine Order in 1955.
His late father, Lord harvington, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during Ted Heath’s Government and member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family – retired to Jersey

Life in Jersey revolved around hunting, golf, motor yachting, and farming. Lord Harvington was also a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and former president of the National Sheep Breeders Association. Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.

He served at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumbria, between 1978 and 1989, when he was chaplain to St Joseph’s RC School, before returning to Ampleforth Abbey where he was much sought-after to lead retreats.

Sir Robert Grant-Ferris, Baron Harvington (1907-1997)
Although he appeared to be fairly typical of the Conservative knights of the shire, a landowner and sheep breeder, who was noted for his passion for hunting and whose other principal recreation was yachting, Robert Grant-Ferris was a product of Douai rather than Eton, and he had the unusual distinction of owing his knighthood and later his Barony to the Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. Although he remained a Conservative, he had come to be more a servant of the House of Commons than his party, and he spent his last four years in the House fittingly enough as Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker. A man of considerable charm and great energy, he was well-liked in the House and thought of as a possible successor when Dr Horace King retired. However, Selwyn Lloyd was the preferred candidate of the Conservative Party.

Robert Grant Ferris was born on 30 December 1907, the son of a General Practitioner, Dr Robert Francis Ferris, but he seems to have been brought up by his widowed mother, Ellen (d.1955) at Falcon Hill, Cotteridge. Her sister had bought the property in 1892 and Mrs Ferris moved in with her. Robert could often be seen as a child riding his pony in the grounds. The family were strong Roman Catholics and Mrs Ferris seems to have bought Harvington Hall for the Birmingham diocese in 1923. Robert was educated at Douai, the independent school run by the Benedictine monks of Douai Abbey at Woolhampton. Early in life he hyphenated his name, adding an additional Grant to it. He made his early career in a firm of estate agents with whom his family had connections, but his eyes seem to have been firmly fixed elsewhere, on politics – he was elected to the Birmingham City Council in 1933 – and on flying. He joined 605 (County of Warwick) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron in 1933, and by the time the war came was a Flight Lieutenant. He began taking his bar examinations in 1932 and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1937.

He continued to live with his mother until 1930 when he married Florence Brennan de Vine, daughter of Major Brennan de Vine MC, who died in 1996. They had two children, a son, Piers, who became a monk and taught at Ampleforth, and a daughter, Sheila, with whom he later lived in Jersey. It was fortunate that neither parent lived to see their son identified and tried for the abuse of pupils in his care.

In the 1935 General Election he fought Wigan as a Conservative but lost heavily. Less than two years later, in February 1937, he fought St Pancras North in a by-election and won narrowly. Apart from his staunch support for General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Grant-Ferris had little impact on the Commons in the late 30s, arguably because he was concentrating on becoming a front-line airman. By 1939 he commanded one of the flights in his squadron and in 1941 was promoted to Wing Commander. During the war he saw active service in France, Malta, Egypt and India.

Towards the end of the war he gave up active service for a return to more active participation in the House of Commons and became PPS to W.S.Morrison, the Minister of Town and Country Planning 1944-45. However, he was swept out of the Commons in the Labour landslide of 1945 by 7,630 votes and did not continue as the Conservative candidate for St Pancras North. Instead he concentrated on his farm and on his directorship of the publishing company, Burns, Oates and Washburne. He became deputy chairman on the Board of the Roman Catholic weekly, The Tablet, a role that he relinquished only in November 1997.

Although a by-election was called in St Pancras North in 1949, Grant-Ferris was not called upon to fight it, and his next attempt at Parliament was in Central Wandsworth, a seat that he failed to take in both the 1950 and 1951 General Elections.

Nantwich, which he won in the 1955 General Election gave him a safe berth until he chose to stand down just before the February 1974 election. In 1962 he became one of the panel of Chairman, who chair standing committees in the Commons. He was well known for his fairness and amiability, and there were many who thought that he would make an excellent Speaker. In 1970 he was appointed deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means. He had been knighted in 1969 and he was sworn of the Privy Council in 1971. Although not included in Heath’s dissolution honours, he was one of fifteen life peers nominated by Harold Wilson in the summer of 1974 and the only one with no Labour affiliation. He took his title from the house that his mother had given to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

He always took a considerable interest in Britain’s inland waterways and was one of the Inland Waterways Association’s most influential allies in the House of Commons. He was elected a Vice-President in 1966 and was chairman of the original All-party Waterways Committee.

As privy chamberlain of the sword and cape to Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII and Paul VI, Grant-Ferris spent a week each year in attendance on the Pontiff. His strong opposition to abortion was thought to emanate from the Vatican rather than the Catholic hierarchy in this country. He became a Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace 1949 and of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta in 1953.

He was the chairman of the Board of Management of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood 1963-70.

Grant-Ferris was a notable breeder of sheep, serving as President of the Southdown Sheep Society of England on three occasions (1950-52, 1959-60, 1973) and presiding over the National Sheep Breeders of Britain 1956-58. He became a Vice President of the Smithfield Club in 1963 and President in 1970.

He was a man with many interests, keen on both hunting and golf, but his main passion was his motor yacht, the 43 ton Melita. He entertained both Edward Heath and the Thatchers aboard her but his plans for a summer cruise with the Thatchers around northern France a year before the couple entered Downing Street had to be cancelled when the French police said they could not guarantee the party’s security. He was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and for a time Honorary Admiral of the House of Commons Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Royal and Ancient at St Andrews, the MCC and, of course, the Carlton Club.

After his retirement from the House he lived abroad for tax reasons, initially in Malta and then in Jersey, although he would contribute to debates in the Lords when the taxman let him return. In 1980, he was one of those who rebelled over the school transport clauses of Mark Carlisle’s Education Bill, which would have imposed charges on the ‘free’ transport enjoyed by students at faith schools.

Top public school suspends child sex charges teacher

3 Mar 2017

THE head of music at a prestigious private school has been suspended following allegations he sexually assaulted a pupil three decades ago.

Sean Ambrose Farrell, 49, denied two charges of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency when he appeared before York magistrates last week.

All four offences are alleged to have been committed against a child aged under 14 at the time at Ampleforth College’s junior school.

Ampleforth College, where teacher Sean Farrell worked in the 1980s

Farrell, of Riddings Road, Ilkley, was released on bail on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.

He has been removed from his post at Wellington College, in Berkshire – which counts the late actor Sir Christopher Lee and Will Young among its alumni – several months ago after North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation.

A Wellington College spokesman said: “In line with our safeguarding procedures, Wellington suspended the member of staff concerned and excluded him from the school site as soon as it was made aware that the police were investigating these accusations.”

Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline, in court to see the sentence of a financial adviser caught trying to meet a 15-year-old for sex

Does Esther know this financial advisor ?

Why is Esther Rantzen interested in this perverts trial ? Why is she there today to see him sentenced ?

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, the founder of charity Childline, was in court to watch proceedings as a guest of the judge (Judge Anne Molyneux)


Order of the British Empire

13 June 2015

Her Honour Judge Anne MOLYNEUX

For services to the Administration of Justice and voluntary service to Disadvantaged People.

I was aware sometime ago that Anne Molyneux had become a judge and duly wrote to the Lord Chancellor informing of her involvement in corruption – no reply received


Parole Board member


Molyneux notes that she ‘was fortunate to become involved in some amazing litigation with a very high profile organisation’ and went on to be a property litigation specialist and law firm partner in the City. The informal links between big business, government, the media and the judiciary are precisely the sort of elite relations Oldfield seeks to criticise, ‘symbolised’ in a race between two universities whose combined alumni will go on to constitute a disproportionate portion of that elite. Molyneux found aggravating factors in Oldfield’s ‘spoiling’ of the ‘spectacle’ of the race. A symbolic sentence, then, for a symbolic act.

‘Class positions’ are, however, an often murky area, so my argument should not rest on Molyneux’s elite membership alone. A second, and in my view much more troubling, aggravating factor in Molyneux’s justification of the sentence is an attempt to characterise Oldfield’s actions as a sort of ‘hate crime’.


August 2013

Former Richmond priest spared jail over indecent images

Father Edmund Higgins, who appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on August 16, admitted possessing 174 indecent images of children on his laptop.

Judge Anne Molyneux, who passed the sentence, said: “You have struggled to come to terms with your own sexuality.

Update: Hunt was sentenced to 22 months jail, suspended for 18 months and also ordered to complete a 60 hour sexual offences prevention or programme.

March 2017

Financial advisor caught grooming ‘child’ online

A wealthy financial advisor is facing jail after he was caught in a sting by an online protection team when he arranged to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in south-east London. 

Jonathan Hunt, 51, targeted a teenager called Holly through social media site Badoo, sending sexually explicit messages and pleading for pictures of her in her school uniform.

Hunt, who had a respectable facade as a married financial advisor to clients around the world, set up a “date” with the girl and promised to “be gentle” when they had sex.

But he was instead confronted by the 36-year-old founder of group Internet Interceptors, who had been posing as Holly to snare paedophiles

At the Old Bailey on Friday, a jury found Hunt guilty of arranging to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, despite his claims that he only wanted to take Holly shopping.

Hunt was caught on camera by the team when they arrived at Plumstead train station on September 14 last year expecting to meet Holly.

Confronted and told police were on the way, Hunt admitted arranging the meeting but insisted that he did not have sex in mind.

He brushed off explicit messages he had sent, claiming he was drunk and did not mean it, and said his suggestion that Holly should strip for him into a shop changing room was “light-hearted”.

Hunt suggested he was “a million miles away” from having sex with the girl, although he admitted he was “inappropriate and wrong” to have flirted with her online.

Prosecutor Mr Malone told the court Hunt had “an ongoing interest in Holly, a desire to meet her, spend time with her, develop a relationship with her and a willingness to go to her house alone with her.

“At no stage does the defendant suggest despite knowing her age that he would wait until she was 16-years-old, nor indeed does he ever seek to establish when that is that she will turn 16,” he said.

He also voiced concerns that she may be part of a sting operation, but still went through with the meeting after telling her that sex would be “cool, very cool”.

Hunt, of Shepherds Way, Rickmansworth, denied arranging to meet a female aged under 16 following grooming.

What we never knew is that hunt was on bail for a sexually assualt on a 17 year old girl so this is why he never got bail he tried to get bail 3 times your QC could not even save you hunt

While hunt was on trial it all come out what was on his computer hunt has been married for 25 and his wife is still standing by him what the jury were not told was that hunt has been seeing escorts 17 in total and he had made notes on every single one weather or not they were good or bad rating them from 1-10 and weather they had child like bodies he even noted that one had the body of a 12 year old

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Jon is a Chartered Financial Planner, which means he is qualified by examination to the highest standards in financial planning by the Personal Finance Society, the personal finance arm of the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).  Jon is also an Affiliate Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

From a background of working for some of the largest banks and insurance companies, Jon has provided financial advice for over fifteen years.  After gaining greater public recognition after a series of articles on his advice were published in the national press, Jon set up his own practice in Rickmansworth.  For the last eight years this firm has offered independent financial advice to private clients in the UK and around the world.


Child porn shame of Leicester children’s charity former boss Richard Clark

 March 25, 2017

The former chief executive of a prominent children’s charity is facing jail for downloading child pornography and trying to persuade a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity.

Richard Clark, who ran Leicester-based Mighty Creatives, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to attempting to incite a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity between April 18, 2012 and May 11, 2012.

The 45-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Disgraced: Richard Clark

At an earlier hearing, Clark also admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of youngsters, between March 2006 and October 2014.

As well as being a founder and former chief executive of Mighty Creatives, the respected young people’s advocate has been appointed to some key decision making boards in Leicester.

Clark left Mighty Creatives in January last year.

The court heard that Clark, of Portland Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester, made numerous lewd suggestions to the teenage boy when they communicated over the internet.

The child pornography charges relate to three indecent, still and moving, images in the most serious range, category A, seven indecent images in category B and 16 in category C.

According to its website, Mighty Creatives was created in 2009 to help children and young people fullfil and develop their creative potential.

The site states the organisation, located in Rutland Street, in the city’s Cultural Quarter, is “a charity that works with schools” along with “the cultural sector and businesses”.

Mighty Creatives, whose current chief executive is Nick Owen, said in a statement this morning that the charity took immediate action when the allegations against Clark emerged.

The statement read: “Mr Richard Clark was previously CEO of The Mighty Creatives from September 2008 to 31 January 2016. As soon as police alerted the organisation to the allegations against Mr Clark, immediate and appropriate action was taken, which led to his subsequent resignation.

“The police did not pursue any lines of inquiry in relation to the work of the charity.

“The organisation has reviewed the safeguarding policy in the light of these events and is satisfied that there is a robust policy in place, which will continue to be reviewed annually.

“Under the experienced leadership of Chief Executive, Dr Nick Owen MBE, The Mighty Creatives will continue its vital charitable work, with educational and cultural organisations in the East Midlands and beyond.”

Clark joined Leicester City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board in 2014 and was also involved with the City Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board. A city council spokeswoman said today that when the authority became aware of the allegations against Clark, he was immediately removed from both boards.

When Clark joined the Health and Wellbeing Board, Leicester City Council announced his arrival by saying: “Richard Clark, chief executive of The Mighty Creatives, has lived in Leicester for more than 20 years, and his previous work includes leading the Creative Partnerships Leicester programme, building a national reputation for young people’s voice and participation in school improvement and running the Teaching and Learning Unit at the University of Leicester.

“He is also an experienced community activist, helping launch Leicester Pride in 2001 and serving as a trustee for Trade Sexual Health, a HIV prevention charity working across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, for more than a decade.

“He has taken various national committee roles and currently chairs the advisory board for The (Cultural) Life of the Child summits and attends the Leicester City Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Panel.”

On his LinkedIn page, Clark states: “The Mighty Creatives is the children and young people’s creative development agency.

“The charity’s distinctive name was chosen by children and young people as a name for everyone – young and old – who uses their creativity to build a better world.

“As the charity’s founding Chief Executive, I was responsible for working with the Board, staff and stakeholders to lead strategic development of The Mighty Creatives from launch to its position as a multi award-winning source of innovation in young lives, building on its unique role to help children and young people use their creativity to realise their rights, reach their potential and make a difference.”


Ashdown House School  East Grinstead, Sussex, England


 We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to (alleged paedophile) Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’

Boris Johnson’s former headmaster arrested in child sex probe

April 2016

Clive Williams, 69, was also questioned by officers on Wednesday over
allegations of child neglect.

He was headmaster at Ashdown House Preparatory School in Forest Row, East Sussex, for more than 25 years before leaving in 2003.

20 former pupils at Ashdown House prep school in Sussex – where London mayor Boris Johnson was a boarder – have recently come forward with complaints about extreme cruelty and sex offences committed on them as young boys.
A number of teachers are being investigated.
Dec 26, 2013

Boris Johnson and Damian Lewis’ former boarding school facing legal action over two teachers who ‘sexually abused children’
Former pupils at Ashdown House School in East Sussex are launching action over claims of widespread sexual and physical assaults in the 1970s

An exclusive boarding school where Boris Johnson was taught is facing legal action over two teachers who allegedly sexually abused children.

Ex-pupils who claim they suffered “horrendous” attacks by the staff in the 70s are demanding compensation.

A small group of former students have instructed a child abuse lawyer to sue over what they allege were widespread sex and physical assaults at Ashdown House school where Homeland actor Damian Lewis, 42, was also a pupil.

An email giving details of the planned lawsuit was circulated to many ex-pupils this month.

It said: “The reason why we have decided to do this so late on is that it has come to light that sexual and physical abuse was rife between 1970 and 1980, and from more than one teacher at the school.

“To make matters worse it is now apparent the school was aware of these events, albeit not fully, but chose not to do anything about it.

“The effects of this abuse has damaged a number of pupils long into adulthood and it is felt among us that, as part of the healing process, it is important for us to take our power back and take action against such damaging and horrendous actions.”

The ex-pupils say they are seeking a “sincere and meaningful apology” and want to prevent any further attacks by staff who are still teaching.

The email adds: “The abuse that occurred continues to have a dramatic effect on a number of lives, with regards to ongoing relationships, career and treatment for dealing with the psychological damage it has caused. Therefore we are seeking compensation with regards to a civil case against the school.”

The prep school in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex has pupils aged between seven and 13 and charges almost £8,000 per term for boarders. It has around 140 pupils and is a feeder school for Eton.

London mayor Mr Johnson won a scholarship to Eton while studying there.

The legal action by the former pupils is being led by Liz Dux from London law firm Slater & Gordon.

She said: “It is very early days for this complex and difficult case.”

Ashdown House is thought to have been probed by police after a complaint in 2003 but no one was prosecuted.

Cothill Educational Trust, which has owned the school since 2009, said: “We are aware that Sussex police were officially informed in 2003 of an allegation of sexual abuse relating to a period in the mid-70s.

“We understood that the police were dealing with the investigation.

“The Trust would like it to be known that it takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously indeed.”

A police spokesman said no record of a probe into the school could be found.

 Mar 22 2017
The story was overshadowed by the Westminster terror attack – which meant the Sun didn’t get to run its planned headline,

“Queen’s nephew taught by paedophile”.


Barcombe man charged with historic sex offences at Ashdown House School

Maurice Victor Clive Williams, 71, retired, of High St, Barcombe, East Sussex, has been charged with four offences, two of indecent assault and two of gross indecency, all with a girl under 16.
Another man, Martin Haigh, 66, unemployed, of Lavender St, Brighton, has also been charged with eleven offences, five of indecent assault and six of gross indecency. Four of the indecent assault charges against Haigh involve one boy and the fifth charge involves another boy. Two of the gross indecency charges involve the boy subject of the four indecent assault charges, two involve a second boy, one involves another third boy and one involves a fourth boy. All the boys were aged under 16 at the time of the alleged offences.
The offences are alleged to have occurred while both men were employed as teachers at Ashdown House School near Forest Row. None of the offences are alleged to have been committed jointly. The charges, authorised by the CPS, follow an investigation by East Sussex child safeguarding detectives.

A third man, now aged 68, arrested in Tadley, Hants, in January 2015 on suspicion of gross indecency, has been stood down from his police bail while the CPS consider the evidence in relation to him.

Williams and Haigh are due to appear on police bail at Brighton Magistrates Court on April 21.

No photos of protected Clive Williams in any of the news articles or on the web.

Former headmaster of prep school attended by Boris Johnson and Damian Lewis is arrested on suspicion of child sex offences

  • Clive Williams, 69, is understood to have been arrested on Wednesday
  • He took the helm at Ashdown House in 1975 and remained until 2003
  • £24,000-a-year school in East Sussex dogged by claims of historic abuse
  • Mr Williams was released on bail after interview while investigations continue
  • Johnson family left ‘sad’ and grateful for Mr Williams’ ‘fantastic teaching’

The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.

He is understood to be the 69-year-old man who Sussex Police say they arrested and interviewed on Wednesday over alleged sexual assaults and child neglect.

Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.

The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.

Alumni: The Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley

New boy: Viscount Linley, then aged 7, is left in the care of ‘Billy’ Williamson in 1969.

Billy Williamson was the headmaster from 1949 to 1974, succeeded by Clive Williams. 

(Child abuser) Field Marshall Lord Slim, whose children were here, supported the decision to stay put and the school flourished.
When Aidan Wallis died in 1949 the school was taken over by the great W.G. Williamson, whose teaching of the Classics soon became legendary. In his twenty five year ‘reign’ the school’s numbers doubled and its scholarship record became one of the finest in the country.

In 1975 Ashdown House became a charitable Trust with a board of governors. At this time Clive Williams, himself an Old Boy of the school and one of W.G.W.’s Eton scholars, took over with his wife Rowena, becoming the sixth headmaster.

The school also became co-educational for the first time in its history.

In 2003, Robert Taylor took over the running of the school as the eighth headmaster.

In 2009 Dominic Floyd and his wife Maria joined the school.  Dominic is the ninth headmaster in the one hundred and seventy years of the school’s existence.  Ashdown also merged with the Cothill Educational Trust.

There was talk of blackmail and predatory older pupils encouraged by abusive teachers. That chimed with my adult perception of the bizarre sexualisation of life at Ashdown, especially the system of reward and discipline. At least two children I knew who had been given authority over younger kids used it to force sexual contact – Williamson seemed to have turned a blind eye. There was talk of connections with house masters at Eton, to which Ashdown fed pupils. There had been at least one suicide. There were more teachers in the complaint.

Ashdown House School directors:

Clive Williams was a  director at …Ardingly College along with Robert Alston -diplomat  brother of convicted paedophile, PIE member, Richard Alston – partner of PIE member Peter Righton


Maurice Victor Clive Williams, of Ardingly College Limited (Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, RH18 5JY, Forest Row) is a 72-year-old director that is mentioned in 3 filings.

This British national worked for 1 company, to name just a few Ardingly College Limited. This director worked with The Revd Canon John Ratings in Ardingly College Limited, Nicholas Paul Smith in Ardingly College Limited, Andrew Kerr Stewart Roberts, Simon Charles Ward, Caroline Fiona Rich.

Also linked to Ardingly – Peter Righton/Dipolmat Robert Alston etc

 Clive Williams, Ashdown House school headmaster, calls Stanley Johnson to congratulate him

Stanley Johnson (centre) with friends Norman Lamont and Leon Brittan

The hard choices that face the Father of the Mayor

Stanley Johnson

7 May 2008

By chance, Clive Williams, headmaster of Ashdown House, the Sussex prep-school which Boris and three of his siblings (Rachel, Leo and Jo) attended, telephoned me as I sat down to write this article to congratulate me on becoming First Father.

‘What about this charge, Clive,’ I asked, ‘that Boris doesn’t pay attention to detail?’

‘Codswallop!’ Clive replied. ‘You can’t write Greek and Latin prose as well as Boris did without having a supreme ability to master detail. If you’re going to get it right, you have to be meticulous.’


Boris Johnson – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson began attending the remote Sussex school in 1975.

Clive Williams and Boris Johnson


Johnson insists he never experienced anything of the kind, “to a degree I find personally humiliating! It never cropped up for me, it never cropped up with any of my brothers and sister so for us, you know, we feel very loyal to Clive and [his wife] Rowena and very sad that this is happening. But on the other hand, you know, I can’t in any way minimise the feelings of those who… uhm… had very different experiences.” Is he still in touch with his former headmaster?

“Yuh, yuh. I… I… I… uhm… he was… yes, I mean, I’ve tried to be supportive and to, you know, I can imagine… I mean, this is very difficult. What’s happened is that he’s been… no charges have been brought so there’s a terrible long period of limbo and, you know, I just hope they get through it.”

From Ashdown House, Johnson went on to Eton and, inevitably, to Oxford where he read Classics and joined that bastion of elitist excess, the Bullingdon Club.

Jo Johnson

Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.

A spokesman for the family told The Times: ‘We are all sad to hear this news. We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’

There is no suggestion that the Johnsons, Mr Lewis, Mr Mitchell or Viscount Linley were among the alleged victims.

Mr Williams took the helm of the school near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his wife Rowena in 1975 and remained until 2003, a time in which the school admitted girls for the first time.

Since he left, however, the 170-year-old school has become the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse.

In December it emerged two former pupils were suing the school over abuse they claimed happened in the 1970s and involved ‘more than one teacher’.

An email seen by the Daily Mail said: ‘The effects of this abuse has damaged a number of pupils long into adulthood and it is felt among us that, as part of the healing process, it is important for us to take our power back and take action against such damaging and horrendous actions.’

Multiple complaints have been forwarded to officers from Sussex Police’s Operation Mitre who have been in touch with more than 20 alleged victims, including some who live abroad.

The Sussex Police spokesman added: ‘During January this year we were contacted by a firm of Solicitors representing a number of clients who have reported to them that they were sexually and physically assaulted by staff whilst they were pupils at Ashdown House School near Forest Row in the 1970’s.
The investigation continues and now spans a period from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.
 We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’
The story begins in 1974. Boris, Leo and I (Jo, my littlest brother, was in crèche) are at the European School in Brussels. The Belgian capital in the Seventies was all wild dinner parties, consciousness-raising groups and open marriages. My mother was often in hospital, and my father was often away, and when they were “at home”, my glamorous parents tended to be out.

The following weekend, my parents were visiting from Brussels on a rare inspection of their children. Clive told me my punishment. I had a choice: I could either forgo seeing my parents, or be beaten. I couldn’t believe my luck! Having three brothers, and parents who were firm believers in smacking, I was hardened to vigorous physical chastisement. I was longing to see my mother. So I said, “The cane, please, Sir.”

But Clive bottled. He couldn’t beat a girl, however naughty. And if he couldn’t beat a girl, it wasn’t fair to beat the boys either. So it was entirely due to me that beating was abolished at Ashdown House.

I must have told this story before, because, if you put my name + “spanking” into Google you are taken to a website of “celebrities” (I use this word ironically) who have expressed a fondness for S&M, and gaze on a picture of me grinning happily above the caption, “Rachel Johnson – she chose the slipper!”

It’s amusing that, because of this, CP was abolished at the school (Ashdown House). Clearly it wasn’t abolished for the the benefit of the girls: quite the contrary in fact because she preferred it. It was abolished for the benefit of the then Headmaster (Clive Williams) who, for whatever reason, didn’t want to use CP on a girl. At least he was fair minded and abolished it for both sexes rather than introduce a discriminatory disciplinary policy.

RACHEL JOHNSON: I told my class to call me Richard. Did that make me a trans kid?

Ex-Ashdown House School – the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse – head (Clive Williams) cleared of child sex charges

14 March 2017

Maurice Williams was headmaster of Ashdown House for 25 years before he left in 2003

A former head teacher has been found not guilty of historical sex offences against a pupil at his school.

Maurice Williams, 72, of High Street, Barcombe, East Sussex, was acquitted of two charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

They were alleged to have involved a girl under 16 between 1989 and 1993 at Ashdown House School, near Forest Row.

Ashdown House is a co-educational, preparatory boarding school for children aged between seven and 13.

Another former teacher at the school, charged at the same time as Mr Williams, is due to face a trial on 20 March at Lewes Crown Court.

Martin Haigh, 67, of Lavender Street, Brighton, is accused of five counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency, all between 1972 and 1978.

^ Media now choosing to refer to him as Maurice??

Here’s one of Maurice Williams’ / Clive Williams’ teachers:

 Martin Haigh – Ashdown teacher

Ex-teacher sentenced for sex offences at Ashdown House School – East Sussex boarding school in 1970s

24 Mar, 2017

Martin Haigh

A Brighton man has been given 12- year prison sentence for sexual offences against four pupils at an East Sussex boarding school, at Ashdown House School, where he was a teacher in the 1970s, and possession of indecent images of children.

Martin Haigh (pictured), 67, unemployed, of Lavender St, Brighton, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (24 March) after a four day trial on charges of offences against two of the boys, which had ended in his being convicted on the previous day.
He was convicted of  four offences, one of indecent assault and three of gross indecency, against the two boys who were then pupils aged between seven and 12, at Ashdown House School, an independent preparatory boarding school near Forest Row, between 1973 and 1975 while he was a teacher there.
At a previous hearing before the trial Haigh had also admitted seven other offences, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault, against two other boys at the school during the same period.He also admitted an offence of possessing indecent images of children, found on a computer at his address when officers searched it in 2015. The images were taken from the Internet and there is no evidence that they were children known to him.Haigh was sentenced to a total of 11 years for the sexual offences and an additional one year for the possession of indecent images.He will be a registered sex offender for life and has been served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers.The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by East Sussex child safeguarding detectives after allegations were referred to them for the first time in January 2014.Detective Constable Paul Deadman said; “This was a complex and protracted investigation, during which it became clear that Haigh had systematically taken advantage of the trust of young and vulnerable boys to abuse them for his own sexual gratification.

Haigh called it `trying to be their friend’. But it marked the little boys for life.

Scandal of a very private education

When Alex Renton came out as a victim of abuse as a boarder, he was inundated with harrowing stories from former pupils. Now, he has written an exposé of the shameful legacy of Britain’s boarding schools

Alex Renton, now 54, in Edinburgh. Right: aged 8, in September 1969, on his first day at boarding school, Ashdown House Robert Perry
The Times, April 1 2017

It is 40 years since I left Ashdown House, the Sussex boarding school where I was put by my parents at the age of 8. The only time I ever thought I might return was when the old headmaster, Billy Williamson, died. A group of us, now at Eton, talked of hiring a minibus and going down to dance on the old man’s newly filled grave. We were bitter, even then, about our five long years of fear, cold, beatings and sexual intrusion. There were some good, caring staff, of course. But Williamson, the owner and headmaster, was the ringmaster in a dark circus – flogger, chief bully, employer of freaks and of men who preyed on children.


Martin Haigh, teacher at my school in the 1970s, gets 12 yrs for multiple sexual assaults. Great news.

Abuse and violence in boarding schools

Alex Renton

Damian Lewis: Boarding school is a ‘very violent’ experience that ‘defines you emotionally for life’

Damian Lewis, the Old Etonian actor, has told how he found being sent to boarding school a “very violent experience“.

The star said children who are sent away from home to be educated are left with an experience that “defines you emotionally for the rest of your life”.

The son of a City broker, he was born in the wealthy London suburb of St John’s Wood and was sent to boarding school Eton, whose former pupils include David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Lewis, who has two children with fellow actor Helen McCrory, said he would not send his own children to boarding school at such a young age.

Recalling his own experience, he said: “I went at eight and I think that’s very hard. You go through something which, at that age, defines you and your ability to cope.

There’s a sudden lack of intimacy with a parent, and your ability to get through that defines you emotionally for the rest of your life. It’s a very violent experience in those first few weeks. It’s just, boom.”

[Wikipedia has Damien Lewis (b.1971) as attending Ashdown House prep school.]

Daily Telegraph

Petition offers support to former headteacher of East Sussex school, Clive Williams, accused of sex abuse
July 25 2014
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Shame of former Malvern mayor Julian Roskams, who downloaded vile child abuse pictures

SENTENCED: Julian Roskams, 54, of Worcester Road, Malvern, has been sentenced today (Monday).

SENTENCED: Julian Roskams, 54, of Worcester Road, Malvern, has been sentenced

Mar 21 2017

THE former mayor of a Worcestershire town has suffered a “fall from grace” with a suspended jail sentence for downloading more than a thousand child porn pictures.

Ex-Mayor of Malvern and former Green party district councillor Julian Roskams had pictures mainly of children under 10 and a large number aged under five, Worcester Crown Court was told.

A number of them showed children being tied up and abused, the court heard.

A total of 20 references were handed in to the court acknowledging the good work the 54-year-old father-of-six had done for the community in Malvern and more than a dozen supporters sat in the public gallery for the sentencing hearing.

Peter Grice, prosecuting, said police raided Roskams’ home in Malvern on August 31 last year and took away five devices including an iphone, three computers and a hard disk drive.

At the magistrates court in February, Roskams, who is a former Green party parliamentary candidate for West Worcestershire, admitted having a total of 1,162 images made up of four movies and 283 still images at category A, the most serious, 346 at category B and 529 at category C downloaded over five years between August 31, 2011 and July 23, 2016.

He was sent to crown court for sentencing.

There was also evidence on the iphone of Roskams taking part in chat forums with like-minded people fantasising about child abuse but no evidence he had shared any images, Mr Grice said.

He told police he had already sought counselling and realised he had some issues.

“He saw it as an addiction and he believed the police intervention was the only way it would stop,” Mr Grice said.

Mark Kelly, defending, said Roskams was a man of exemplary good character who had made a “positive and outstanding” contribution in the community.

He had been a councillor, elected mayor of Malvern and been a trustee for a youth charity. He had also been involved in a charity resettling Syrian refugees.

Roskams, of Poolbrook Road, Malvern, who ran his own publishing company, had run into difficulties with his marriage which had led him to internet chatrooms and progressed to viewing child porn, Mr Kelly said.

His viewing diminished after he voluntarily sought counselling, Mr Kelly told the court.

Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said the images were “abhorrent” and many of them showed children in bondage or restraint, clearly being abused.

Roskams was given a total sentence of 16 months suspended for 18 months.

He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work in the next twelve months and to pay costs of £340.

He was given a sexual harm prevention order restricting his contact with children and his use of the internet until further order and will have to register as a sex offender for ten years.


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The Malvern district and town Green councillor Julian Roskams, who was town mayor when the idea of welcoming refugees was first mooted (his term of office has since expired) said he believed the county council was misjudging the willingness of Worcestershire people to help. “The county council has not actually asked what people want,” he said.

He had been one of the champions of the idea of bringing in Syrians partly because it fitted in neatly with the 100th anniversary of the arrival of 500 Belgian refugees, who were warmly welcomed into the area during the first world war. “It seemed a really good way of celebrating that proud history,” said Roskams, himself the descendant of 17th-century refugees who fled the Greater Netherlands for England as part of the Huguenot exodus.

Bid to extradite priest from Canada over Fort Augustus abuse claims

21 March 2017

Fr Robert MacKenzie moved to Canada after teaching at the Fort Augustus Abbey School in Inverness-shire

Moves are under way to extradite a retired priest from Canada to Scotland in connection with child abuse claims.

The Crown Office has been granted a petition warrant for the arrest of Father Robert MacKenzie, who lives in Cupar, Saskatchewan.

Fr MacKenzie, 84, taught at the former Fort Augustus Abbey School before moving to Canada in 1988.

Papers are now being prepared in the Crown Office to submit an extradition request to the Canadian authorities.

A Crown Office statement said: “The procurator fiscal received a report concerning a now 84-year-old male in connection with alleged historical offences.

“No court dates have been scheduled at this time.”

Court process

The petition warrant is the first stage in the process in which prosecutors are now preparing an extradition request.

This can take several weeks, and once received by the Canadian authorities the court process there could last more than a year.

The move at the Crown Office came after the launch of a police inquiry in 2013, following a BBC Scotland investigation of alleged systematic physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus.

A number of former pupils made detailed allegations to the BBC.

Father MacKenzie was the priest at St Patrick’s, Cupar, in the Canadian diocese of Regina, Saskatchewan.

On remand

Although he retired in 2014, he still lives in the town.

Extradition proceedings are under way in the case of another former Fort Augustus priest, Fr Denis Alexander, who lives in Australia.

He is currently on remand while the extradition process continues, although his lawyers are attempting to have him freed because of what they say is his failing health.

Another former priest, Fr Benedict Seed is due to stand trial at Inverness Sheriff Court in May, charged with eight counts of physical abuse at Fort Augustus.

The Crown Office has still to decide what action to take in a further six cases.

The Fort Augustus School, which was run by the Benedictine Order of monks, closed in 1993.

Allegations of sexual abuse there will be examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA).

Barry Bennell: Former football coach denies 20 child sex offences

Mar 22, 2017

The former Crewe Alexandra coach was remanded in custody and the judge said his trial was likely to begin in Liverpool in January.

Appearing at Chester Crown Court via video link from prison, the former Crewe Alexandra coach was charged with 14 counts of indecent assault, five counts of buggery and one count of attempted buggery.

The charges relate to four complainants who were boys under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged offences.

They are all alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1987.

Bennell, 63, had already denied eight of the offences and repeated those denials as he was charged with 12 further offences.

The case was adjourned to 3 July when a hearing will take place at Liverpool Crown Court.

As Bennell was remanded in custody, the judge told him a trial was likely to start in January in Liverpool.

As well as Crewe, Bennell also worked as a coach for Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in northwest England and the Midlands during his career.

Closed for 86 years:

Melvyn John Schafer born 1954 in Croydon who married Mary A Chamberlain in 1974 in Dunstable

19 March 2017

Britain’s most prestigious military school ‘bribed teacher’s daughter to provide information that led to the arrest of whistleblower’

Duke of York’s Royal Military School near Dover

Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school is facing damaging new claims that it covered up allegations of abuse against students.

On Saturday The Telegraph exposed how the Ministry of Defence appeared to collude The Duke of York’s Royal Military School to stifle claims of bullying and abuse.

Kent Police launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at the school, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.

The force has set up a dedicated team to review claims about the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders and boasts His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, as a patron.
Prince Harry inspects the student guards during his visit to The


Duke of York’s Royal Military School on September 28, 2015

Now it has emerged that the police are probing allegations that the school – which has enjoyed visits from Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff – even bribed a teacher’s daughter to provide information that led to the arrest of whistleblowers who sought to expose the alleged goings-on at the school.

A letter from Kent Professional Standards Department, seen by The Telegraph, details how the force is reviewing a complaint that officers “failed to investigate the report of bribery by the school in paying Ceri Austin to provide a statement”.

Ceri Austin’s mother Tracy had resigned from her positions as the school’s deputy child protection officer in protest at the way the school dealt with concerns about sexual abuse of a teenage girl.
“They wanted to turn a blind eye to it. At the time there was a spate of sleeper holds – where boys strangle each other until they faint”Former teacher

After allegedly being offered a sum of money, Ceri Austin gave a witness statement which led to the arrest of her mother and Georgina Halford-Hall, a concerned parent who had also tried to complain about alleged bullying and abuse at the school. Both were cleared a year later when crown prosecutors offered no evidence, causing the cases to collapse.

Kent Police are probing why the allegation of bribery was not properly investigated when it was first reported. They are reviewing a complaint about why it was downgraded to a “suspicious incident” when it was in fact a “matter of extreme importance and one which raised serious questions about the credibility of the evidence provided by school’s management and others in the investigation”.

Detective Chief Inspector Swan, who is overseeing the complaint said that allegations are “suitable for a proportionate investigation” which means that “the conduct alleged may if proven justify criminal/disciplinary proceedings”.

A spokesman for Duke of York’s Royal Military School said that the suggestion that anyone was bribed is a “complete fabrication”.

Former teachers, parents and students at the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders, have told The Telegraph that when they tried to raise the alarm about the alleged abuse, the school moved to silence them.

Rachel Ward, who sent her two sons to the school, voiced concerns about the allegations practise of “chair-gating”, where boys were made to sit on a hard backed chair facing a wall for whole weekends at a time, only allowed to get up to use the toilet or go to a meal, as a punishment for misbehaviour.

Mrs Ward, a retail and marketing executive from Hampshire whose husband was a Warrant Officers with the Royal Engineers, claims that that she was warned by an intermediary that her husband’s military career would be over if she did not stop complaining.

“They are in charge of all those children, you would think they would have a nurturing instinct,” she said. “But they didn’t want anyone questioning their methods.

Former teachers have also told this newspaper about the “barbaric” punishment systems at the school, and claimed that they were told to stop recording incidents in the medical log book because the school wanted to “turn a blind eye” to the goings-on in the boys’ dormitories.

One former teacher told The Telegraph that he was shocked at the punishments doled out by teachers to younger boys, which he said he found “wholly inappropriate”.

He said: “There was a culture of really quite unpleasant behaviour from some members of staff.”

The former teacher recalled a particularly “murky” incident when a young boy being rushed to hospital after being consensually strangled by one of his peers during a game, and falling unconscious.

At hospital nurses found that his body was covered in bruising including being whipped with a belt.

The school carried out an internal review of the incident and found that the principal “made a number of errors of judgement in the execution of the school’s responsibilities toward [the boy].”

An Ofsted report noted that there had been a “serious bullying incident” in May 2011 which “uncovered wider concerns regarding the safeguarding practises at the school”.

Another former teacher alleges she and her colleagues were told by senior management to stop recording medical incidents.

“They wanted to turn a blind eye to it,” she said. “At the time there was a spate of sleeper holds – where boys strangle each other until they faint.”

Ofsted carried out an emergency inspection in February 2013 “following concerns about the care of boarders at the school”.

A subsequent Ofsted report published in July 2013, rating its provision of care as “good”.

The school received a favourable report following another emergency inspection last month.

A spokesman for DOYRMS said the school would co-operate with any police investigation.

The spokesman said the punishments described “simply did not happen”, adding that such claims have been “fully investigated” by Ofsted whose inspectors exonerated the school.

It said Ofsted had also investigated claims about the handling of a sex abuse complaint and the school had been exonerated.

An MOD spokesman said the suggesting it had tried to stifle claims of abuse at the school is “completely untrue.”

“The MOD continues to take its responsibility for the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and the well-being of its pupils very seriously,” the spokesman said.

“The school has undergone a number of Ofsted inspections, as well as scrutiny by other the Education Funding Agency and Kent County Council, all of whom are satisfied the school is meeting or exceeding the standards required.”

Donald Trump on witness list for civil case involving billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

US President ‘identified as an individual who may have information’

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Donald Trump has been placed on the witness list for a civil trial involving billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a lawyer involved in the case has claimed.

The US President has been “identified as an individual who may have information” relating to allegations about Epstein, Jack Scarola told the website.

He said there is evidence that at least one former employee at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, was recruited by an associate of Epstein to become involved in alleged sex offences.

The civil trial, due to start later this year, involves allegations of malicious prosecution and defamation filed by Bradley Edwards, a Florida lawyer who previously represented several of Epstein’s alleged victims in separate cases from 2009.

In the affidavit filed in support of case, Mr Edwards claims that Mark Epstein (Jeffrey’s brother) testified that Mr Trump flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s plane with him, reported.

“Epstein’s phone directory from his computer contains 14 phone numbers for Donald Trump, including emergency numbers, car numbers, and numbers to Trump’s security guard and houseman,” the affidavit reportedly claims.

Court records in an earlier civil case against Mr Epstein allege that he molested more than 40 girls between 2002 and 2005 at his Florida mansion.

There is no evidence to suggest any involvement from Mr Trump, but the records claim that “message pads confiscated from Epstein’s home indicated that Trump called Epstein’s West Palm Beach mansion on several occasions”.

It also quotes an interview with Mr Trump, featured in New York Magazine, in which he said: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

In 2007, Epstein was given what critics branded a “sweetheart” deal by federal prosecutors over allegations he sexually assaulted young girls.

The deal was overseen by Alexander Acosta, Mr Trump’s now Labour Secretary nominee. Mr Acosta is expected to face questions on the issue at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing.

The non-prosecution agreement ensured Epstein and any “co-conspirators” would not be prosecuted federally in exchange for the billionaire pleading guilty to state charges.

Mr Scarola said the chances are “very low” that Mr Trump would be called as a witness at the trial.

“There are, as you might imagine, substantial hurdles in calling a sitting US president and we don’t want any further delays on this case,” he said.

The Trump Organization has been contacted for a response but none had arrived at the time of publication.

Richard and Judy of local radio’ ‘had sex against a tree in front of youngsters and she indecently assaulted boys while he kept watch with camera’

  • Julie Wadsworth, 59, and her husband Tony, 69, deny sex attacks in 1990s
  • Couple have both worked for BBC Radio Leicester and Birmingham’s BBC WM
  • Mrs Wadsworth accused of indecently assaulting seven boys by touching them
  • Her DJ husband allegedly ‘kept watch’ with camera and touched himself 
  • They deny all charges and face a three week trial starting on May 15


The married couple have both worked for BBC Radio Leicester and Birmingham-based BBC WM, but the corporation said last year the charges do not relate to their time there.

The couple allegedly had ‘sexual intercourse against a tree in a wooded parkland area in full view of a group of young boys’ on five different occasions during the 1990s,

Mr Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to ten charges of indecent assault against seven boys aged under 18 between September 1992 and August 1999.

It was alleged that he watched as his wife, who denies 12 charges of the same offence, sexually touched the youngsters.

The court heard Mr Wadsworth ‘kept watch having in possession a camera’ and on another occasion he performed a sex act.

A three week trial was listed for May 15 at the same court – the date of Mrs Wadsworth’s 60th birthday.

George Thomas: Probe into late MP sex abuse claims ends

Mar 15 2017

South Wales Police said its investigation has come to an end and that no further action would be taken.

Trump campaign chair, US Senator Ralph Shortey, caught in a motel room with an underage boy

US Senator Ralph Shortey

15th March 2017

Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey is facing numerous charges from Moore police after he was caught in a Super 8 Motel room with a minor boy.

According to KOCO reporter Bret Buganski‏, police are recommending the Republican lawmaker be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution.

“On March 9 … officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted in reference to a welfare check at a local hotel,” Lt. Kyle Dudley told “Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time.”

An employee of the hotel confirmed to KOCO that a man named “Ralph Allen Shortey” checked in at approximately 12:20 a.m. asking for a room with two beds. Just 30 minutes later the police arrived responding to a “welfare check,” though no one has come forward admitting to the call.

No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed, but text messages between the boy and Shortey are being investigated by police. Shortey’s legislative office door was found to have a note saying that he would be gone for the week.

Shortey was the state chair of President Donald Trump’s campaign during the primary elections.

“I am proud and honored to have been tapped as Chairman of the campaign for Oklahoma,” Shortey wrote on his Facebook Sept. 2015, according to The Lost Ogle. “We are very excited for the opportunity to have Mr. Trump here,” he said announcing a rally for Trump at the Oklahoma State Fair.

Shortey has been in office since 2010 and is most known for a bill he proposed to ban fetuses in food. NewsOK reports Shortey has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002 and that he studied at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. A direct mail piece sent to Shortey’s constituents show that he was also endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his opposition to immigration and immigrants and by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) for his “conservative principles.” Beth and Dog the Bounty Hunter hosted a rally for Shortey’s election in 2014.

“The Oklahoma Republican Party takes all accusations against elected officials seriously, especially when the welfare of a minor is involved,” Pam Pollard of the Oklahoma Republican Party said in a statement. “We have reached out to Senator Shortey for comment and have not heard back from him at this time. We await the report from law enforcement on whether charges will be filed.”

Shortey had been the president of the YMCA Youth and Government group in Oklahoma but resigned the position after the March 2017 allegations emerged.
Shortey did missionary work in Uganda.
After his return and prior to moving into politics, Shortey worked for the oil and gas industry, working in production, reports the Oklahoman.

State Senate removes Ralph Shortey’s privileges amid investigation into motel stay with boy

The measure suspended his positions as vice chairman of the Committee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Select Agencies of the Appropriations Committee.

• It suspended his memberships in the Committee on Retirement and Insurance, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Appropriations.

• His executive assistant was reassigned.

• Shortey was directed to return his state-owned laptop and any other state-owned property in his possession, and he is no longer authorized to occupy his Capitol office or his assigned parking spot.

• His name was removed as author or co-author of legislation under the Senate’s control.

The resolution notes that a member can be expelled for disorderly behavior by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate.

Shortly after the resolution passed, Shortey’s name and leadership positions were removed from the door to the office he had occupied on the Capitol’s fourth floor.

The action does not remove Shortey as a member of the Senate. He will still be allowed to vote and draw his legislative salary.

He had come under fire from his constituents recently after pushing two bills that would have undone the criminal justice reforms voters had enacted through State Questions 780 and 781 in November. After being subjected to three hours of questions during a heated town hall meeting last month, Shortey said he would not continue to pursue the legislation.

Another controversial piece of legislation authored by Shortey, Senate Bill 660, would make property owners who destroy drones flying over their land immune from civil lawsuits. The bill has passed out of committee and is headed to the Senate floor. After Shortey’s name was stripped as the bill’s author Wednesday, it was assigned to Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona.

Police investigating historic child abuse quiz man over ‘incidents linked to Southampton FC’

Mar 16 2017

POLICE investigating allegations of historic sex abuse in football   have questioned a man in Hampshire, it has been revealed.

The 64-year-old was questioned by officers from Hampshire Police carrying out an investigation into allegations of non-recent child abuse within the football community – Operation Quantum.

The man has been questioned by officers in a police custody suite, the force has confirmed.

The investigation is believed to be linked to claims of incidents at Southampton Football Club in the 1980s.

A police spokesman said: “This remains an active, significant, and complex investigation undertaken by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team.”

The Daily Echo previously reported how the football club had contacted police over allegations of historical child abuse within football in December.

It came about after two ex-Saints youngsters said they were both victims of sexual abuse they suffered in the 1980s.

Last November, a number of police forces from across the UK launched investigations into allegations of abuse

So far, ten suspects have been identified as the scandal continues to grow.

The Echo previously reported that Greater Manchester Police had said it was investigating reports from 35 people, with its inquiry growing on a “daily basis”.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council also confirmed around 350 people across the country had reported abuse allegations.

In a statement released in December by Southampton FC, the club said: “Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area.

“The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus.

“The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities, and their well-being is paramount to all staff.”


Update: March 15 2017

Christ’s Hospital School

Four men, arrested during 2016 over allegations of sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham, have had their police bail extended from March 15 to May 3 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service, Sussex Police said today (March 15). The four men and their legal representatives were informed and did not need to attend police stations on March 15, police said. Sussex Police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29, 2016 on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and indecent assault on another boy. On December 12, 2016 he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman, before being rebailed. A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016 on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl. A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls. A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys. All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Comlex Abuse Unit.

Michael Jackson child sex syndicate trial date set


March 13, 2017
Wade Robson received a trial date Monday for his blockbuster claims Michael Jackson and his inner circle operated the most elaborate child sex syndicate “the world has known.”The choreographer, who says he was just 5 years old when he first met the King of Pop, is set to begin his negligence trial against the late singer’s companies MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures on March 5, 2018, a Los Angeles judge said.A Robson lawyer said the next 12 months will be spent “gaining access to the materials needed for a much-anticipated trial.”“We look forward to completing that discovery and disclosing to the public, through trial, the full extent of Michael Jackson’s serial sexual abuse of children, which was facilitated through his companies MJJ Productions and Ventures,” lawyer Vince Finaldi said in a statement.An attorney for the companies, meanwhile, said he doesn’t believe the case will make it that far.“My opinion is that summary judgment will be granted in this case and there won’t be any trial, but the court did set a trial date for a year away just in case,” lawyer Howard Weitzman told the Daily News.Robson, who has worked for Britney Spears and N’Sync and appeared as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” is one of three plaintiffs making similar claims in related lawsuits against Jackson’s companies.

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.

March 13, 2017

Former football coach Barry Bennell accused of 11 child sex offences in Derbyshire

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been remanded in custody charged with 12 child sex offences, 11 of which are alleged to have happened in Derbyshire.

The 63-year-old appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Crewe via video-link from prison accused of seven counts of indecent assault and five counts of committing a serious sexual offence. He will next appear at Chester Crown Court on March 22.

Man arrested in Operation Medway investigation released on police bail

Mar 14 2017

A man arrested in Leicester by detectives investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse of children has been released on police bail.

The 59-year-old man, whose details have not been released, was questioned by officers attached to an ongoing Leicestershire Police investigation called Operation Medway.

The man was questioned about an allegation that he physically assaulted a child in a care home in Leicester over a period of several months in 1984.


Man, 59, arrested in Leicester by child abuse detectives

Mar 13 2017

A man has been arrested in Leicester by detectives investigating allegations of historic sexual and physical abuse of children.

The 59-year-old man, whose details have not been released, is being questioned by officers attached to an ongoing Leicestershire Police investigation called Operation Medway.

In a statement issued tonight, the force said: “Detectives investigating allegations of historic abuse and assault against children as part of Operation Medway have today arrested a 59-year-old man in Leicester.

15 JAN 2016
“…Operation Enamel was investigating allegations not just against Lord Janner but against other individuals. Those enquiries remain live and will continue under the auspices of Operation Medway. To protect the integrity of those investigations, we are unwilling to disclose further information at this stage about Operation Medway.”

Pope may be backsliding on paedophile crackdown, Catholic official says

Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council head says Vatican establishment determined to maintain status quo

The Pope may be retreating from his crackdown on paedophile priests as Vatican bureaucrats do all they can to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has warned.

The Catholic Church in Australia could end up as a “marginalised rump” unless there is real change to an institutional culture hell-bent on self-protection and self-preservation, the chief executive of the church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has said.

Sullivan, who has led the Australian church’s response to the four-year child sex abuse royal commission, points to recent developments in Rome.

Pope Francis has told bishops around the world to adhere to a zero-tolerance policy for clergy who sexually abuse children but has reportedly reduced sanctions against some offending priests.

“You have to seriously wonder whether this isn’t the Pope backsliding on what has been a strong and determined crackdown on offending priests and the circumstances that allowed abuse to take place,” he said.

Sullivan said another concerning development was the resignation of Irish clerical abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins from the Vatican’s child protection commission, citing resistance from the Vatican.

“Together these two developments paint a picture of the Vatican establishment, its bureaucrats and courtiers, doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda that is about maintaining the status quo and protecting the institution.”

It was a very dangerous time for the Catholic church in Australia, Sullivan said in a speech in Sydney on Friday night that was released to media on Sunday.

“If the church in Australia doesn’t see continuous, concerted change from our leaders driven and backed by an active and demanding Catholic community, then our church as a religion will become a marginalised rump, stripped of credibility and relevance, left to preach to an ever ageing congregation with eyes on an ever dimming hereafter.”

A total of 1,880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people have been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Australian Catholic church by 4,444 victims.

Orgies, prostitution and porn videos: Vatican is hit by a wave of lurid accusations of  priests across Italy

  • Priest in Naples facing claims he went online to find partners he then paid for sex
Mar 19 2017

In Naples, Reverend Mario D’Orlando was summoned by the city’s archbishop amid claims he was holding gay orgies and had used the internet to look for possible partners to pay for sex.

Meanwhile, in Padua, 48-year-old Rev. Andrea Contin, of the parish of San Lazzaro, is facing judicial proceedings and defrocking.

He carried bondage equipment and invited other priests to sex parties, Religion News Service reports.

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?

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?

10 years!!!!! Don’t think Ben Needham got that time or money in the search for him. Smoke & mirrors & money and deflection here.

Why will it cost £85,000 to talk to one person?


  were given MET Police ‘special grant funding’ £85,000. Guidelines ? Who suggested applying ?

Got any cash Lord Dave ? Any useful tips ? Put all the wristband money on the 60/1 shot. Worth a Gamble innit.


Good Morning Britain viewers in meltdown over ‘ridiculous’ £11million bill for the Madeleine McCann investigation as top cop declares it a waste of money

Piers Morgan debated the case as it was revealed police are getting another £85,000 to continue hunt a decade after the youngster vanished

Child abuse inquiry may demand access to royal archives

Mar 11, 2017

Britain’s largest public inquiry could seek access to the royal archives after hearing evidence that they hold material relevant to investigations into child abuse cover-ups.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) — which has declared that “no one, no matter how apparently powerful, will be allowed to obstruct our inquiries” — believes that the archives contain evidence about Fairbridge, a charity with high-level royal connections which was heavily involved in child migration schemes.

Thousands of children suffered harsh physical punishment and sexual assaults at remote farm schools run by Fairbridge in Western Australia, which were visited by members of the royal family.

Royal Archives request in advance of July hearings – will bishop Peter ball info be requested too by ?

Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017

The judge at the helm of an historic child abuse review in Scotland is being urged to investigate a top private school with links to the royal family.

Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at Dunblane’s Queen Victoria School (QVS), has raised fresh concern that pupils were sexually abused by a paedophile ring during the 1980s and 1990s. He first blew the whistle 26 years ago but has written to Lady Anne Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, making a new case for its inclusion in her review.

In 1980 when Burrell was caught up in the gay porn investigation aboard the yacht Britannia he wrote to Pead explaining how he had lost his job only to be re-instated by the Queen.

One story circulating within the royal household was that Burrell, then a footman at Buckingham Palace was told to get married or lose his job after allegedly being linked to gay pornography on the royal yacht Britannia.

Mar 4

Typical Tories – the rich get richer whilst the poor become poorer.

Mar 13 2017

Boris Johnson has just told the House of Commons he will support proposals to build a new Royal Yacht Britannia

Bloody Tories. Can find money to do up Westminster & Buckinham Palace plus fund a royal yacht. No money for social care, NHS, the poor…

After calling for a new royal yacht, Boris Johnson reveals the official design.

5 Mar 2017

 THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges (Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake) in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.



Daily Mail forced to admit Peter McKelvie’s claims weren’t baseless after all. What a colossal backdown!

Deary me! It would seem the lying Daily Mail has had to back down over false reporting on Peter McKelvie claims!

That paltry apology does not undo the damage has done to either McKelvie or his cause.

The article in question (for which apology has now been made by Mail):

Oh FFS so Daily Mail went all out to get Peter McKelvie off the inquiry panel & ensure Peter Righton & PIE’s political network ignored?

If the Fail can’t be trusted to report truthfully on Peter McKelvie’s correspondence with Cameron, can they be trusted to report on Heath?


Michael Mates was convicted paedophile Partick Rock’s campaign manager

The Guardian London, Greater London, England

Friday, May 25, 1984 – 15


Bishop Peter Ball – was a founder member of the Thatcher Foundation set up by the former prime minister.

While Bishop Suffragan of Lewes, he had come to public notice through his close friendship with Ian Gow

The Guardian Dec 16 1992


The Margaret Thatcher Foundation was formed in 1991


Knight after talking to the Bishop of Lewes (Bishop Peter Ball) Mr Baker approached two people who provided £2.500.

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, February 19, 1986 – 2


Bishop Peter Ball supporter of satanist Derry Mainwaring-Knight – Knight put money into offshore funds

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Wednesday, June 10, 1987 – 3



Victims threaten to abandon child abuse inquiry <<< Chairman says victims’ names will be given to alleged abusers.


remember when the initial title of abuse inquiry was re. Organised institutional abuse? Why do you think the word “organised” was removed?

Also removed from statutory guidance for social workers & police working together 

PIE was a network so are its successors, paedophiles recruit paedophiles in institutional settings in an organised way

inquiry so far as set up will not be examining this


BREAKING: IICSA to refer itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office following a data breach – email addresses sent to entire list

 The list was for the Victims and Survivors Forum. Follows previous history of damaging data breaches at IICSA

I’m told this includes some of those who would be entitled to anonymity. Will lead to further criticism

Incredibly reckless and nothing, no apologies, can restore someone’s anonymity once breached so carelessly.

The level of incompetence and disregard for survivors is breathtaking.


Bloody hell! It’s a repeat of what Keith Vaz did. Once is bad enough, but twice…? Some could claim it’s deliberate.

Child abuse victims received death threats after MPs revealed their identities by publishing leaked evidence from paedophile inquiry

IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

Former child migrants are to give “very emotional accounts” about the physical and sexual abuse they faced, the first public hearing in the independent inquiry into historical child abuse in England and Wales has been told.

Thousands of British children were sent to Australia and other parts of the British Empire up to 1974.

Many were exposed to “unacceptable depravity”, the inquiry heard.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the UK government expressed “deep regret”.

Inquiry counsel Henrietta Hill QC said claims of “systematic sexual abuse” in institutions and work environments would be heard.

The children, she said, were sent without consent of parents, wrongly told they were orphans, and denied basic details about their family backgrounds during their future lives.


Labor pick talked tough on underage sex crimes but gave billionaire ‘sweetheart’ deal

March 3, 2017

President Donald Trump announced Alexander Acosta as his new pick for secretary of labor during a news conference on Thursday at the White House. Acosta’s nomination follows Andrew Puzder’s decision to withdraw his nomination.

A decade ago, a Miami Beach father who traveled to Cambodia to pay for sex with three underage girls was found guilty in federal court and convicted of sex tourism involving children.Kent Frank, 50, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Miami’s U.S. attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, declared in a news release that society “cannot permit such individuals to seek sanctuary in our community.”

“We will prosecute sexual abuse of children aggressively, both when the targets are children in our community and when the defendants travel to target children abroad,” he vowed.

But Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, made a very different call in another, far more sordid case just months later. The agreement Acosta approved for Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein — a “sweetheart” plea deal, according to attorneys for Epstein’s victims — could come back to haunt his Senate confirmation hearing if any senators question Acosta’s judgment in one of the most high-profile cases of his career.

READ MORE: Feds planned to indict Epstein, but U.S. attorney retreated from child sex-abuse charges

Using his private staff to coordinate the illicit sexual activity, Epstein had paid dozens of girls cash to engage in nude massages, masturbation, oral sex and intercourse in his palatial mansions in Palm Beach, New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands between 1999 and 2005.

Epstein, then 55 and defended by an all-star legal team, pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting minors for prostitution. He registered as a sex offender in Florida and agreed to pay damages to 40 female victims ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old.


As part of the plea agreement negotiated by Acosta’s office, Epstein wouldn’t be charged in federal court — even though the feds had drawn up a proposed 53-page indictment that carried potential punishment ranging from a mandatory 10 years in prison up to a life sentence.

Epstein ended up serving just over a year in a Palm Beach County Stockade — while local authorities allowed him during his incarceration to go to work or do whatever he wanted for six days out of every week.

Acosta’s “non-prosecution agreement” — initially kept secret from Epstein’s victims — was signed by the billionaire and his lawyers in September 2007 and amended through the end of that year. The deal also immunized several of his co-conspirators from federal prosecution, a rare bonus.

Sir Gerald Kaufman, the Father of the House of Commons, dies aged 86 after 47 years as an MP – triggering yet ANOTHER by-election for Labour to defend

Actor Robert Morley (centre) with Peter O’Sullevan (Racing commentator, left) and Gerald Kaufman (right), in 1990

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, former leader Ed Miliband and Commons Speaker John Bercow are among those who have paid their respects.

Sir Gerald, who previously worked as a political journalist at the Daily Mirror, was first elected to represent Ardwick in 1970, but moved to the Gorton constituency 13 years later.

His positions in government included junior minister at the Department of the Environment and the Department of Industry, before serving as Minister for Industry between 1975 and 1979.

Sir Gerald, aged 73, is chairman of the Government’s culture, media and sport committee that conducted a lengthy inquiry into privacy and media intrusion, calling newspaper editors to give evidence in public about their working practices.

The committee’s report, published last May, concluded that the Government should legislate to protect the public from the unwelcome attentions of journalists through a new privacy law

David Mellor on Murnaghan  sending a message to Labour…
‘I had the greatest respect for the Labour front bench in those days, someone I could genuinely call a friend, Gerald Kaufman, a terrific man


…the record shop is The Discovery in Gorton and the wall is in the flat above it.

Gorton where Hindley lived with Brady during the first Moors murders. And where Gerald Kaufman is M.P.

…the Gorton angle, even if it turns out not to be where the record shop is located. In addition to Myra Hindley and Ian Brady living there, Gerald Kaufman was M.P. for Gorton. He’s been mentioned before on this thread and there are some serious allegations floating around the net regarding him and underage rentboys, Operation Ore, an unbroadcast Panorama expose of him etc.
Sir Gerald Kaufman and his Regents Park flat

Phone-hacking scandal: Jonathan Rees obtained information using dark arts

Freemason set up network of corrupt police, customs officials, taxmen and bank staff to gain valuable information

Confidential data

The Guardian has been told that Rees spoke openly about obtaining confidential data belonging to senior politicians and recorded their names in his paperwork. One source close to Rees claims that apart from Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, he also targeted Gaynor Regan, who became the second wife of the former foreign secretary Robin Cook; the former shadow home secretary Sir Gerald Kaufman; and the former Tory cabinet minister David Mellor.

It is not yet known precisely what Rees was doing to obtain information on these political targets, although in the case of Mandelson it appears that Rees acquired confidential details of two bank accounts he held at Coutts, and his building society account at Britannia. Rees is also said to have targeted the bank accounts of members of Mandelson’s family.

BTCUK Ambassador Sir Gerald Kaufman MP

  Former Prime Minister and Labour leader Tony Blair praised Kaufman’s work and said they had been close friends since Blair was elected in 1983.[51]
 Gerald Kaufman, right, and the former Labour leader John Smith with kidney transplant patients in 1992.

New Zealand man accused of being part of international paedophile ring that abused an ‘adopted son’ of a gay couple will be extradited to Australia

  • New Zealand man allegedly involved in pedophile ring extradited to QLD
  • 42-year-old was arrested in 2016 following a five-and-a-half year investigation
  • He will face charges linked to abuse of adopted son of a gay Cairns couple

A New Zealand man allegedly involved in a worldwide paedophile ring which abused the adopted son of a gay Cairns couple will be extradited to Australia to face charges.

The 42-year-old was arrested in August 2016 following a five-and-a-half year investigation.

Police announced on Thursday he would be extradited to Brisbane to face nine charges of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.

Queenslanders Peter Truong and Mark Newton were jailed for 30 and 40 years respectively in the United States in 2013 after they admitted buying the boy as a newborn from Russia and abusing him.

They recorded the assaults on high-definition video cameras and shared the footage with a worldwide paedophile ring.

He was then passed around through the network to be abused by other men

IICSA seminar on Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme on Tuesday here’s the transcripts

Concern over abuse injury after third panel member resigns

Feb 17 2017
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been hit by another resignation, leaving it with just one panel member. Glenn Houston, the only remaining member of the inquiry’s original panel, said he was resigning his post after securing non-executive director positions on the board of two public sector organisations.
Survivors’ confidence in the process has been tested, to say the least Iain Gray His departure follows that of Professor Michael Lamb and Susan O’Brien QC, both of whom resigned last year, citing Scottish Government interference. Ms O’Brien is suing the Scottish Government for substantial damages after it said it was intending to remove her from the post for “unacceptable” comments she made during the course of her work.
Alan Draper, a spokesman for In-Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said survivors wanted an explanation from Mr Swinney and inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith following Mr Houston’s departure. Mr Draper said: “Survivors are at a loss to understand this whole process of failure – because that is what it is. If Houston was dissatisfied, he should have the courage to say so.
Accepting these two jobs implies he was looking for a way out. “Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied they are placed at the centre of the inquiry. “The inquiry is about what happened to them and the failure of the Establishment to protect them from harm.
This failure is continuing.” The Scottish Government said Mr Houston would not be replaced. Scottish Labour education spokesman Iain Gray said: “With all three of the original panel members gone, one of them accusing ministers of interference and one suing the Scottish Government, survivors’ confidence in the process has been tested, to say the least. “John Swinney must now reassure the survivors that the inquiry will not be further delayed, but should also bring on more panel members to ensure the inquiry can carry out its remit efficiently.” Mr Swinney said: “Following consideration of the matter, at this stage in the inquiry’s work, I have decided not to appoint a successor. “Lady Smith will continue as chair of the inquiry and as sole panel member. This will mean it will take the same format as every other public inquiry established in Scotland under the Inquiries Act 2005.”

Sex ‘monster’ Team USA gymnastics doctor is hit with 22 more charges of sexually assault after former athletes spoke out

  • Michigan prosecutors filed 22 sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar 
  • Nassar has been accused for assaulting several women and girls he treated at a gymnastics gym, his Michigan State University office, and his home 
  • Nassar was a doctor for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes
  • 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher is one of the dozen women and girls filing lawsuits against Nassar separately 



Catholic church’s child protection body would have broad secrecy powers, inquiry told

New body to scrutinise child abuse would be allowed to keep reports secret if they involved children or vulnerable adults, or endangered public safety

A crucifix is seen at St Christopher’s cathedral in Canberra
The church is creating the Catholic Professional Standards as part of its child protection efforts.

A new Catholic body designed to scrutinise the church’s approach to child abuse would have “extraordinary power” to keep its reports secret, the royal commission has heard.

The church announced late last year it would create Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) to lead its efforts on child protection.

CPS will set standards for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and engage external auditors to assess compliance. Its “teeth” will rely on it publishing those audits widely, an approach taken in Ireland to drive transparency and accountability in a church traditionally hostile to external scrutiny.

But the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard on Monday that CPS would have broad powers to keep the audits from being published.

The current drafting of the company’s constitution would allow it to keep reports secret if they involved “church contacts”, a term for children or vulnerable adults, who would ostensibly be involved in almost every report.

Reports could also remain secret if they were inaccurate, had potential to confuse the public or endangered public safety.

On Monday, the counsel assisting, Gail Furness SC, questioned the chair of the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Neville Owen, about the restrictions. “Now taking all four together, it could be argued that they provide very large reasons for not publishing?” Furness asked.

Owen responded: “Yes, that’s one way of interpreting it, but I can only go on the intention that’s behind this, the teeth in this system is public reporting.”

The royal commission chair, Justice Peter McClellan, also raised concern. “Mr Owen, it may be that the public confidence in this body won’t be enhanced by a clause that is so broad,” he said.

Owen suggested that CPS was still in its formative stages. “Well, it’s in its embryonic stage, your honour, and this will be I suppose an easy answer, but there’s a lot yet to be worked out,” he said.

“And if the board, for example, or as you say through expressions of public concern, perhaps coming from what happens today, perhaps as the mechanisms work themselves out, if the constitution needs to be changed, then there is a mechanism for doing that,” he said.

Owen said it was never the intention for CPS not to publish its reports. The intention was that public reporting would “be the norm”.

It was vital CPS be properly resourced. Without that, he said, it would undoubtedly fail.

McClellan also questioned Brisbane’s archbishop, Mark Coleridge, about CPS’s broad powers to withhold reports from the public. “Do you understand why there will be people who will react adversely to such a broad discretion?” he said.

Coleridge agreed that it could be interpreted as an attempt to resist publication.

“As it’s phrased it has the potential for a range of interpretations, some of which could certainly give that interpretation, that it’s an attempt to resist the publication of the information,” Coleridge said. “And without the publication this whole proposal lacks teeth.”

McClellan responded: “It just falls to the ground doesn’t it?”

Coleridge said: “Precisely.”

The royal commission hearing continues on Tuesday morning, when a panel of archbishops and bishops from across the country are expected to give evidence.

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AUDIO: Milo Yiannopoulos advocating for pedophilia in an interview. He’s the keynote at and he has a book deal with

Police warn of 5,000 files on alleged child abuse

Feb 16 2017
Police Scotland has revealed it has at least 5,000 files detailing child abuse alleged to have been carried out in care institutions or by prominent people since 1964. The figure came to light in a Police Scotland document warning the cost of the Scottish Government’s historical abuse inquiry could rise. A document produced by Police Scotland for MSPs suggests the cost of removing the time limit for victims of childhood abuse to seek civil damages in court may have been underestimated. Police Scotland issued the warning in response to the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) Scotland Bill, which intends to remove the current three-year time bar, or limitation, for bringing a civil court claim for damages in some cases of childhood abuse. Financial documents published alongside the bill, which is being examined by MSPs on Holyrood’s Justice committee, estimate the change in the law would result in about 2,200 claims in the courts initially – at a cost of £1,017,400. In a written submission to the committee, Police Scotland reiterated its support for the Bill but added it estimated the force held at least 5,000 files dating back to 1964 relating to reports of child abuse and neglect “within an institution or care setting or involving a person of public prominence”. The force said: “As such, Police Scotland is of the opinion that the reference point is a conservative estimate and the impact on the Scottish courts may be more significant that suggested in the financial memorandum. Police Scotland would suggest that there is opportunity to further scope the bill’s financial impact.” The submission said the legislation was likely to have “significant resource (human and financial) implications” for the force and a “far-reaching impact” on individuals, groups and organisations. The concern was echoed by the Association of British Insurers, which said the 2,200 claims estimate “fails to take into account the potential effect of the bill in encouraging more cases to be brought or of previously heard cases to be resurrected.” A Scottish Government spokesman said: “Having listened to the views of survivors, we are legislating to remove the time bar preventing civil action to be taken after the limitation period has expired. “Cases would only proceed to court on the basis of robust and compelling evidence.

“We will carefully consider all of the submissions to the committee.”

Adam Rickwood & The Medomsley Heroes by Bill Maloney Full documentary

Former Keil School is under investigation for possible historical child abuse

FEB 14 2017

A FORMER boarding school in Dumbarton is to be included as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into child abuse.

Keil School is one of six boarding schools that will be put under the microscope during a four-year inquiry into possible historical child abuse.

The other boarding schools include Fettes College, Gordonstoun, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School and Morrison’s Academy (when it was a boarding school).

Local authority establishments set to be investigated include: Clerwood Children’s Home, Edinburgh, Colonsay House, Perth, Nimmo Place Children’s Homes, Perth, St Margaret’s Children’s Home, Fife, Linwood Hall Children’s Home, Fife, Kerelaw Secure Unit, Glasgow, St Katherine’s Secure Unit, Edinburgh, Larchgrove Remand Home, Glasgow.

The inquiry will also look at institutions run by religious orders, including Benedictines, Sisters of Nazareth, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Christian Brothers, Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, De la Salle Brothers, Marist Brothers and Church of Scotland (Crossreach).

The inquiry will be chaired by Rt Hon Lady Smith, who provided an update on the work of the independent Inquiry – and the progress it has made – at a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh.

Since last spring, the inquiry team has been taking witness statements from people who have been in touch to tell them about abuse – focusing on the elderly and infirm.

External expert research has also been commissioned to inform the Inquiry’s work.

The chairman revealed details of the investigations currently underway, confirming that over 60 residential care establishments for children are being investigated by Inquiry staff ahead of future public hearings.

These are among more than 100 locations that have been identified where abuse of children has been said to have taken place.

The public hearings will proceed in phases, with the first commencing on May 31.

And Lady Smith concluded the preliminary hearing by appealing to anyone who has relevant information, whether they have been abused themselves or know others who have, to contact the Inquiry via these methods:

l by post to: PO BOX 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA

l by email to:

l by telephone at Freephone 0800 0929 300.

After opening as a technical college in 1915 Keil School later became an independent school for boys, then became co-educational before closing in 2000.

In its heyday Keil School was an independent secondary school with boarding and day classes for around 200 pupils.

It was an all-boys school up until 1978, when it became co-educational.

In January last year The Reporter told how a housing developer planned to create 51 new homes at the historic site. Avant Homes, the new name for Bett Homes, lodged an application to convert the run down Helenslee House – the former school – into more than a dozen new flats.

Jerry Sandusky’s son arrested on child sex assault, porn charges

February 13, 2017

One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons faces multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged March 2013 incident.

Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, of State College, is one of the six adopted children of Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State defensive coordinator whose 2011 arrest and 2012 conviction on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse crimes rocked the university and led to a major spotlight on pedophilia in Pennsylvania.

Jerry Sandusky maintains his innocence of the crimes and continues to pursue a new trial. He is incarcerated at Greene state prison in Waynesburg.

Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents. The charges include criminal solicitation of statutory sexual assault by a person 11 years older, criminal solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years old, two counts of criminal solicitation of photograph or film depicted on the computer of a sex act knowingly involving a child, six counts of communicating with a minor – sexual abuse and two counts of criminal solicitation of child pornography, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors.

According to the heavily redacted criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview, the father of a minor contacted police on Nov. 21 saying the minor received text messages from Jeffrey Sandusky on March 1 and 2, 2016.

The father provided screen shots of the messages to troopers, police said, and advised that the minor had told the mother about the texts the day before. Jeffrey Sandusky, who had reportedly been living at the residence for about five years, was told by the mother to leave.

Jeffrey Sandusky’s text request to the minor was redacted in the complaint, however he reportedly said that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine.” He then allegedly advised the minor not to show the texts to anyone.

Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly asked the minor to erase all the texts the next morning, police said, and that none of it gets mentioned to or seen by anyone. He then advised that he and the minor need to talk to “get things straightened out.”

“No, we don’t need to talk and we aren’t going to,” the minor reportedly replied. “You did what you did and I’m not going to give you a chance to try and justify it.”

Troopers spoke with the mother, police said, who confirmed she asked Jeffrey Sandusky to leave the residence after being told about the text messages. She reportedly gave police permission to take the cell phone for examination.

In an interview with the mother on Dec. 10, police reported the mother became “emotional” while reading the texts. She told police that Jeffrey Sandusky said he was trying to help her by trying to get (redacted) off the internet and he needed (redacted) to do it and to “role play.”

The mother stated there were not any pictures on the internet, police said. Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly told her he was sorry and said he “knows it was wrong and inappropriate.”

After speaking with the mother, police reported speaking with the minor, who reportedly felt Jeffrey Sandusky has looked and stared inappropriately. The minor reported not showering at the home while Jeffrey Sandusky was there anymore because the minor “does not feel safe with him there.”

The minor also reported only receiving texts like the one’s in question one time, police said. The minor reported that the texts caused discomfort and that Jeffrey Sandusky “kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone and to erase them.”

The minor told a second individual, police said, who was interviewed Dec. 11. After being told about the texts on March 2, this person reportedly asked Jeffrey Sandusky to go for a drive during which “I tore into him.”

The individual reported yelling at Jeffrey Sandusky about the texts, police said. Jeffrey Sandusky advised that he “knows a guy that could remove (redacted) from the internet.”

Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly stated, “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry,” police said.

The individual was questioned about messages received from Jeffrey Sandusky several years ago, police said, who reported receiving texts in the spring of 2013 advising in redacted statements “don’t tell mom” and wanted to know “how it felt.”

The individual said the text was wrong and (Jeffrey Sandusky) shouldn’t be asking a minor, police said.

Bail was set at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 22.


 New Zealand

Human Rights Commission backing calls for an investigation into abuse in state care


The Government is facing increasing calls for an inquiry into abuse in state care, with the Human Rights Commission the latest to urge a full investigation.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has described the abuse of more than a thousand children in state care between the 1950s and 1980s as “abhorrent” but has again rejected claims the government must investigate the full extent of the abuse.

The Human Rights Commission has written to Prime Minister Bill English outlining the necessity for an inquiry to determine the extent of abuse and calling for an apology to be made to all those affected, including the abused, their families and whanau.

As at September last year, the Ministry for Social Development has received 1370 direct claims of abuse prior to 1993.

“We know from their stories that many New Zealanders who were placed in government institutions suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse inflicted by staff, social workers, caregivers, teachers, clergy, cooks, gardeners, night watchmen and even other children and patients,” the HRC letter says.

It suggests the abuse has a “disproportionately negative impact” on Maori and disabled people.

“We must understand what took place and learn how and why vulnerable children, teenagers and adults could be abused within the system that was supposed to care for them.”

The letter has been signed by prominent New Zealanders including Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, members of the Iwi Leaders Forum and the Maori Womens’ Welfare League.

It follows a recommendation made by Judge Carolyn Henwood who chaired the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service panel that heard stories from more than 1100 abuse victims.

Labour, the Green Party and Maori Party all released statements on Monday backing the calls.

“We must acknowledge publicly the mistreatment of so many young children in state care. There should be an independent inquiry; their voices need to be heard,” Labour children’s spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.

Green Party social development spokeswoman Jan Logie said it seemed everyone but the government realised an inquiry and formal apology were essential to helping victims find closure.

Maori party co-leader Marama Fox described the victims as New Zealand’s lost generations.

“We absolutely support the commission’s call for those who haven’t been able to share their stories to do so. This government needs to listen to them and learn from them so that abuse never happens again,” she said.

Ms Tolley has previously ruled out an inquiry, saying it would require victims to relive their experiences when they have already settled claims with the government.

She also rejected calls for a blanket apology, preferring to give a personal apology to those who come forward.

In a statement on Monday, Ms Tolley reiterated she was “more than happy” to apologise to anyone who went through the “traumatic experience”.

Prominent Kiwis call for independent inquiry into claims of abuse of children in state care

Prominent Kiwis have banded together to demand an independent inquiry into the claims of sexual and physical abuse of children in state care.

The Human Rights Commission has spearheaded an open letter to the Government, published in today’s Herald, calling for a comprehensive inquiry and a public apology to those who were abused, and their families, in what is described as a dark chapter of our history.

Among the 29 signatories of what now underpins the “Never Again” petition to the Government are Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner and former National MP Jackie Blue, former Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements, and the Otago University dean of law, Professor Mark Henaghan.

The background to their call is:

• In 2001 the Government issued an apology and compensation to a group of former patients of the former Lake Alice psychiatric hospital, after a report by a retired judge who had interviewed them and found their claims credible.

• The issue spread to former patients of other asylums and the Government set up a confidential listening service for them to speak of the abuse they had suffered.

• Former state wards made claims for abuse in state care and a listening service was created for them.

The head of that service, Judge Carolyn Henwood, recommended creating an independent body to resolve historic and current complaints.

• The Government last year rejected that recommendation.

In support of the commission’s call, Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson said “thousands of people were abused by their own government”.

“More than 100,000 new Zealanders were taken from their families and put into state institutions from the 1950s to the 1990s, where many suffered serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect over several years.

“The extent of the abuse is unknown. We believe this painful and shocking chapter of New Zealand history is one that needs to be opened. If we do not openly talk about the mistakes we made, then we cannot ensure they are never repeated.”

Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen said Maori children were more likely to be taken from their families than other children were. At some institutions, at least 80 per cent of the young people were from Maori homes.

“We know more than 40 per cent of prison inmates spent their childhood in state care. This is a dark chapter in New Zealand history that must be opened up, understood and never repeated.”

The open letter is signed by iwi leaders, child advocates and disability sector representatives.

The Ministry of Social Development says that, to last September, it had directly received 1370 claims for abuse before 1993, of which 910 had been closed. It had made 728 payments “to acknowledge failings” and the average amount was $19,036.

Claims filed in court numbered 589, of which 224 were resolved out of court and none in court. Payments, averaging $20,958, had been made to 165 claimants.

An inquiry into abuse at facilities such as Epuni Boys' Home would benefit the next generation, the letter says. Photo / Alexander Turnbull Library
An inquiry into abuse at facilities such as Epuni Boys’ Home would benefit the next generation, the letter says. Photo / Alexander Turnbull Library

Forty-two direct claims for 1993 to 2007 had been paid out at, on average, $15,430. One court claim had been resolved, out of court, and the payment was $6000.

Individual claimants have received personal written apologies from senior officials at the ministry or in some cases, according to the commission, statements of regret, but there has been no universal public apology from the Government.

Yesterday, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said only individual apologies would be offered.

“I’m more than happy to apologise to anyone who had to go through this traumatic experience for the impact it has had on their lives.”

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She said the listening service had provided valid information that helped those involved.

“The service provided more in the way of help than an inquiry would – helping people access their old records, funding counselling sessions and referring them to agencies for investigation.”

She had led an overhaul of the state-care system which would result in a new child-centred operating model led by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children.

“An independent youth advocacy service will ensure that the voices of young people and children are heard in policies and decisions that affect them.”


Māori Party supports call for inquiry into State child abuse


13 February 2017

Māori Party supports call for inquiry into State abuse on children

The Māori Party is backing a campaign launched by the Human Rights Commission for an independent inquiry into the historic abuse of children in State care.

More than 100,000 children were in State care during the 1950s to the 1990s and the commission, along with iwi leaders and child advocates, is calling for an inquiry to determine how many were abused and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.

“I’ve heard the stories from people themselves, who as children were taken from homes that were actually more loving than the ones the State put them in. They are New Zealand’s lost generations,” said Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.

“We absolutely support the commission’s call for those who haven’t been able to share their stories, to do so. This Government needs to listen to them and learn from them so that abuse never happens again. E Kore Anō.”

Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the country’s lost generations was more serious than what most people thought.

“We’re potentially talking about thousands of children being taken from their families simply for having a disability, being Māori or minor transgressions like skipping school, only to be abused physically, sexually and emotionally by the strangers and institutions that the State placed them with,” said Mr Flavell.

NZ Government response:

Abuse inquiry would be a ‘distraction’: PM

Prime Minister Bill English with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street

The government is facing increased pressure for an inquiry into abuse of children in state care, but PM Bill English says it would be a distraction.

13 February 2017

Bill English says an inquiry into the abuse of more than a thousand children in state care would be a “significant distraction”.

The Human Rights Commission on Monday became the latest group to call for an investigation to determine the extent of the abuse dating back to the 1950s, but the prime minister has questioned whether there would be anything to gain from it.

The commission has written an open letter to Mr English, signed by a number of prominent New Zealanders, urging an inquiry and calling for an apology for all those affected.

“Until we know the full story and until we have the answers to those questions, we are not in a position to learn from what happened and to prevent it from happening again,” the letter says.

The letter has been signed by 29 people, including Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, UNICEF executive director Vivien Maidaborn and Otago University Dean of Law Professor Mark Henaghan,

The inquiry was first recommended by Judge Carolyn Hendon who chaired the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service panel that heard stories from more than 1100 abuse victims.

As at September last year, the Ministry for Social Development had received 1370 direct claims of abuse prior to 1993.

Mr English said lessons had already been learned from CALS which influenced the overhaul of the state care system to protect children in the future.

“A question is really whether an inquiry that goes back over the same history is going to make it mean that we do a better job of dealing with the people who are in care right now, and in my view it would probably be a significant distraction,” he said.

He said inquiries overseas had become “wide ranging, pretty sprawling, expensive and long-running” and he already knew what it would reveal.

“It would tell us there was some pretty significant abuse of various sorts and some people have really suffered from it, and that’s why the Crown’s got a compensation process in place,” he said.

Last year the government revealed it had settled more than 900 abuse claims, including a personal apology and compensation totalling more than $17 million.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has previously rejected calls for a blanket apology, preferring to give a personal apology to victims who come forward.

Labour, the Green Party and Maori Party have all backed inquiry calls.

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Journalists who obtain leaked official material could be sent to prison under new proposals

Head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service Alex Younger 
Head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service Alex Younger 

Campaigners have expressed outrage at new proposals that could lead to journalists being jailed for up to 14 years for obtaining leaked official documents.

The major overhaul of the Official Secrets Act – to be replaced by an updated Espionage Act – would give courts the power to increase jail terms against journalists receiving official material.

The new law, should it get approval, would see documents containing “sensitive information” about the economy fall foul of national security laws for the first time.

In theory a journalist leaked Brexit documents deemed harmful to the UK economy could be jailed as a consequence.

One legal expert said the new changes would see the maximum jail sentence increase from two years to 14 years; make it an offence to “obtain or gather” rather than simply share official secrets; and to extend the scope of the law to cover information that damages “economic well-being”.

John Cooper QC, a leading criminal and human rights barrister who has served on two law commission working parties, added: “These reforms would potentially undermine some of the most important principles of an open democracy.”

Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, said: “The proposed changes are frightening and have no place in a democracy, which relies on having mechanisms to hold the powerful to account.

“It is unthinkable that whistle blowers and those to whom they reveal their information should face jail for leaking and receiving information that is in the public interest.”

Her organisation has accused the Law Commission, the Government’s statutory legal advisers, of failing to consult fully with journalists before making its recommendations in a 326-page consultation published earlier this month.

“It is shocking that so few organisations were consulted on these proposed changes given the huge implications for public interest journalism in this country,” said Ms Ginsberg.

The Law Commission sought advice from media groups including Guardian Media as well as civil liberties groups including Liberty and Open Rights Group.

Other groups consulted included the intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 as well as several government departments and senior politicians and lawyers.

Jim Killock, chief executive of the Open Rights Group, said: “It is clearly an attempt to criminalise ordinary journalism. The idea seems to be to criminalise the act of handling leaked documents which would prevent the public from knowing when the government is breaking the law.

“It is fundamentally un-British to try to control journalists in this way. It is completely unreasonable to equate any leak of secret information as an act of espionage.”

The Law Commission’s proposed changes would replace four official Secrets Acts dating back to 1911. The changes do not allow for a statutory public interest defence.

The Law Commission recommendations state that there should be “no restriction on who can commit the offence,” including hackers, politicians and journalists.

The new proposals will now go out to further consultation which will be open until April 3.

Conservative MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “We need to look at these proposals very carefully. Whistle blowing can be in the national interest.

“We need to ensure that we get the balance right between protecting sensitive official information and allowing debate about facts where there is a clear and overwhelming national interest.”

A Law Commission spokesman said it was “both misleading and incorrect” to suggest journalists were at any greater risk under the planned law changes.

The spokesman added: “The current offences contained in the Official Secrets Act 1911 are broad. We are seeking views on how the law could meet 21st century challenges whilst also ensuring people don’t inadvertently commit serious offences.

“Our provisional recommendations make a number of suggestions to improve the current laws around the protection of official data and we welcome views in our open public consultation.”

Historical Abuse Inquiry ignored report on paedophile doctor: Claim


Dr Roderick Morrison Fraser
Dr Roderick Morrison Fraser

A researcher who helped uncover how a paedophile doctor was allowed to continue working with children has lambasted a major inquiry after it refused to include his damning report.

Dr Niall Meehan, head of the journalism and media communications faculty at Griffith College Dublin, found that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was made aware in 1971 that Royal Hospital Belfast child-psychiatrist, Dr Roderick Morrison Fraser, had abused a 13-year-old Belfast boy in London.


Fraser had pleaded guilty to the sex offences in 1972, however he was not jailed and continued to work with children.

The report exposed major failings by health boards, medical professionals and the RUC after they failed to stop him working within the health service.

Dr Meehan – who produced the report entitled Child Abuse, Corruption and Collusion in Britain and Northern Ireland – said he contacted the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) with a copy of his evidence after references to Fraser were made in its hearings in April last year.

He was told by HAI officials that the inquiry would consider matters “relevant to its terms and conditions”.

However, Dr Meehan has accused the inquiry of ignoring the submission after it was not included in the report.

“I asked the inquiry to investigate why the RUC and London Metropolitan Police failed to inform hospital authorities that Fraser was under investigation since August 1971 for sexual abuse of two Belfast boys in London, aged 10 and 13,” Dr Meehan said.

“But it appears that the inquiry took a very differential attitude towards RUC spokespeople as well as British security and intelligence spokespeople.

“It adapted their narratives and a kind of mindset and wasn’t going to waver from it,” he claimed.

Despite being a convicted sex offender, Fraser continued to remain on the medical register.

A week after his conviction, the paedophile was the main speaker at an ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) conference at Jordanstown.

The Kincora whistleblower and abuse survivor, Richard Kerr, claimed he was abused by Fraser during counselling at the doctor’s medical offices in the Royal Victoria Hospital in the early 1970s when he was aged about 13. Mr Kerr said that Fraser had access to all of the children’s homes in Belfast.

“The police could have told health authorities they were employing a child abuser,” Dr Meehan continued.

He added: “The RUC knew he was a child abuser, they could have told the hospital and said that guy is a paedophile but they didn’t and there is something very wrong there.

“I named the RUC officer who took Fraser’s statement that led to his conviction and who was aware of what he did, but the officer did nothing.

“The officer is still alive today.”

Fraser remained in post for a further year until a publicised arrest in New York in May 1973, when he was exposed as part of a nine-man paedophile-ring.

Dr Meehan claims that one week after that, a ‘certificate of conviction’ relating to Fraser’s 1972 sex offences was sent by police to the Northern Ireland Hospital Authority.

“In other words, it was sent a year late when the police game was up,” he accused.

“It is astonishing that the Hart Inquiry did not investigate why police permitted an admitted abuser to continue interacting with institutionalised children.

“If the inquiry could not accomplish even that simple task, its report is compromised,” Dr Meehan added.

The HIA failed to respond to a request for comment

Jury set to consider verdicts in Colin Gregg abuse trial

Feb 28 2017

he jury in the trial of alleged child abuser Colin Gregg are expected to begin their deliberations on Wednesday morning.

The former head teacher, 75, is accused of indecently assaulting four boys aged between 11 and 14 over a period of four decades.

Judge Robin Mairs finished his summing up of the case at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday and said the jury would retire the next day to consider its verdicts.

Earlier, the jury was told Gregg is accused of molesting four boys in his home gym, his study, in his car and a swimming pool.

Judge Mairs told the jury of seven women and five men: “They [the complainants] all told you when they were young boys Colin Gregg abused them.”

Judge Mairs also reminded the jury of the prosecution’s claim Gregg “had some fascination with touching and playing with the genitals of young boys”.

The former charity boss, of Homefarm Steading in Gosforth, Newcastle, denies nine counts of indecent assault.

His defence argue the complainants have made “copycat allegations” of those Gregg faced in a previous trial in 1997.

The court previously heard the dad-of-three was acquitted at Newcastle Crown Court after facing allegations he assaulted a boy while the alleged victim was between the ages of 10 and 14.

Judge Mairs said: “Colin Gregg is 75. He has been a head teacher, teacher, social worker and a charity boss. He has raised millions for good causes.

“He has been described to you as capable of being charismatic and inspiring. A kind, decent, honest and selfless man who denies any interest in young boys.”

Judge Mairs finished his summing up and told jurors to make their decision without emotion.

He said: “Allegations of a sexual offence, especially against a child, raises strong emotion, either for the accuser or those defending themselves against it. It is important not to let emotion to take over.”

Gregg is a former head teacher at The King’s School Junior School in Tynemouth and taught at Durham School and in Newcastle’s West End.

He also worked in the children’s department at Newcastle City Council as a social worker.

The trial continues.

Colin Gregg ‘assaulted vulnerable boys to satisfy his own sexual desires’, court told

Colin Gregg, of Gosforth, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he denies nine counts of indecent assault against four boys

27 FEB 2017

Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the jury: “The truth is that Colin Gregg sexually abused each of the boys. He did dreadful things to these children. He knows it, the world should know it and he should be convicted.”

Leeds Crown Court heard on Monday that there was a common pattern to the allegations made against the former charity boss.

Gregg is a former head teacher at The King’s School Junior School in Tynemouth and taught at Durham School and in Newcastle’s West End.

He also worked in the children’s department at Newcastle City Council as a social worker.

Gregg taught at Durham School, a school in Newcastle’s west end before moving to Newcastle City Council’s children’s department as a social worker. He then became the headmaster at Tynemouth King’s School.

In 1989, Gregg became the director of children’s charity the Yellow Brick Road Fund.

The trial continues.

Colin Gregg trial RECAP: Alleged victims give evidence at Leeds Crown Court

Colin Gregg, 75, of Gosforth, Newcastle, is standing trial in Leeds accused of historic sex offences


9 FEB 2017

Further alleged victims of Colin Gregg gave evidence against him on Thursday.

Gregg, 75, is accused of nine charges of indecent assault against four boys. The alleged attacks are said to have taken place on boys aged between 11 and 14 years old over a period of four decades, beginning in the early 1960s.

During the first day of proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court that Gregg “concealed his true nature beneath a veneer of respectability” and he “exploited his position in society to perpetrate abuse”.

On Wednesday, Leeds Crown Court was told the former teacher and charity boss abused a boy while building an adventure playground in Northumberland.

The witness, who was not on the indictment but was been called by the prosecution as a witness, is now in his 60s.

Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, in Gosforth, Newcastle, denies all charges and the trial, set to last two weeks, continues.


Today is day three of Colin Gregg’s trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He is charged with nine counts of indecent assault against four boys, aged 11-14.

Gregg, 75, denies all allegations.

Today we will hear from a man who alleges Gregg sexually abused him during his time as headmaster of King’s Junior School in Tynemouth in the late 1980s.

The complainant is now in his 40s.

Judge Mairs is in court and the jury is about to enter so the trial can resume

New YouTube video by

Barbara Hewson – The video speaks for itself



Queen Elizabeth  and Michael Trestrail 1982

Royal Equerry – Trestrail is also named in the documents relating to Elm Guest House child abuse scandal.

Janner attended a police station with his solicitor, Sir David Napley, whose previous clients included Sir Peter Hayman & Harvey Proctor and the Royal Equerry Michael Trestrail

Sir David Napley was born in London of Jewish ancestry. He began his articles in 1935 at the age of only 16. He passed his final examinations with honours two years later and in 1937 immediately set up in partnership with Sidney Kingsley, establishing internationally recognised law firm Kingsley Napley.  Over the years his clients would include M.P. Jeremy Thorpe, Princess Michael of Kent, actress Maria Aitken (sister of Jonathan Aitken), the Foreign Office clerk Sarah Tisdall, M.P. Harvey Proctor, the Queen’s bodyguard Commander Michael Trestrail and the family of the Italian banker Roberto Calvi.

In 1981, Napley reacted angrily to questions in Parliament over his client, Sir Peter Hayman’s, ability to avoid prosecution for s.11 Post Office Act or any other offence, despite his client’s admission that he was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and had exchanged photos of children.

1982, July 19th – Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw announces the reason for Former Commander Michael Trestrail,

police officer closest to the Queen, resigning, in The House of Commons to a ”stunned silence”. Not for security breaches

to Queens safety, but because he has been involved in a relationship with a male prostitute.

‘It would also seem the Queen herself has been party to the cover – ups”.

Trestrail is also named in the documents relating to Elm Guest House child abuse scandal.

Whitelaw: Police ignored alarm -(Star News July 15, 1982)

Gow notes same day, (“Home Affairs Committee”) [Whitelaw statements on police, immigration and Queen’s bodyguard, Michael Trestrail]

[released 2013] discuss Trestrail and procedures and Palace safety. State Trestrail appointed in 1967 to Duke, and

1973 to Queen, by the then Commissioner.


Michael Fagan 9 July 1982 file at the Cabinet Office

That was Micheal Fagan second breakin at the Palace within weeks that year

Michael Fagan may have known Commander Trestrail.

Willie Whitelaw (alleged satanist):
Commander Trestrail confessed to having a homosexual relationship over a number of years with a prostitute.  He had resigned from the Metropolitan Police.”
Commander Trestrail was highly regarded by the Queen, and indeed by all the at the Palace.  I personally knew him and admired his work.
I was asked if Commander Trestrail had been positively vetted.  I replied correctly that he had been…three to four months (prior to his resignation)”
The Whitelaw Memoirs, pgs 213- 214

Commander Trestrail, 50 years old, has been on royal protection duties since 1966 and in his last post, he was in charge of all offices patrolling Buckingham Palace and its grounds as well as the team of detectives protecting other members of the royal family.

His liaison apparently came to light after his companion attempted to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the palace break-in by selling the story of their relationship to newspapers.

Mr. Whitelaw said he had learned of the homosexual affair only at 9:15 A.M. and seemed to concede that background checks on Commander Trestrail had not turned up the liaison.

Trestrail was previously the personal bodyguard of Prince Philip, the queen’s husband.

Feb 9 2017

Essex Police officers could face criminal charges for failings in child abuse cases

The managed investigation into the conduct of police from a child abuse investigation team is nearing completion, with criminal charges being considered against officers.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) has been investigating the conduct of officers in Essex Police’s North Child Abuse Investigation Team (NCAIT).

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is considering referrals in respect of four current and former officers, and is waiting for further evidence to decide whether it is appropriate to bring criminal charges over the handling of inquiries they were involved in.

The charges being considered are perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.

Criminal charges will not necessarily follow, as the CPS will decide whether to bring charges based on its own testing criteria.

The IPCC has been managing 54 cases into alleged failings in child abuse investigations carried out by officers in Essex Police’s NCAIT between 2011 and 2014.

Between November 2014 and August 2015, Essex Police made a number of referrals to the IPCC following an internal review of NCAIT investigations.

Alongside the CPS referrals, 20 reports have been finalised and decisions will be made shortly about whether any officers involved will face misconduct proceedings.

In September 2016, the IPCC also started two independent investigations into the supervision and oversight of the NCAIT and the Child Sexual Exploitation Triage Team, which was established in December 2013.

The findings of the IPCC investigation will be released following the conclusion of all individual investigations and any related misconduct or criminal proceedings.

Operation Clifton wound up as local Rochdale MP says he was shocked at amateurish police investigation

Cyril Smith in 1990.
Cyril Smith in 1990. He acted as a governor for several schools in Rochdale, including Knowl View. Photograph:

The investigation, launched in July 2014 by Greater Manchester police (GMP), centred on Knowl View school in Rochdale and allegations of corruption involving Smith and others in authority.

Codenamed Operation Clifton, the £742,000 probe has now concluded and no criminal charges will follow, the force confirmed.

Four years ago, the same force apologised after concluding that Smith should have been charged on three separate occasions in the 1960s and the 1990s for a series of indecent assaults.

Smith acted as a governor for several schools in Rochdale, including Knowl View, and when he was a town councillor was active on many committees involving youth activities. He died in September 2010.

The announcement comes six months after it emerged no-one would face prosecution following a separate GMP investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse at Knowl View from 1969 until it closed in 1995.

Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, who has campaigned for Smith’s alleged victims, said he had been shocked by the amateurish approach of investigators during Operation Clifton.

“This has been one of the most ill-conceived and badly run police investigations I’ve ever known over 23 years in public office. This has been the police investigating themselves,” he told the Guardian.

“GMP received reports in the late 1980s and 1990s saying there was abuse and took little action. And now they have come to the conclusion that no public agencies including the police have done anything wrong.

“They cannot believe that Smith should have been charged with abuse and at the same time come to this conclusion,” he said.

Richard Scorer, from law firm Slater and Gordon, which represents a number of Smith’s alleged victims, said: “Concerns remain and we are confident that these will be examined thoroughly by the independent inquiry into child sex abuse when those affected give evidence later this year.”

GMP said Operation Clifton was a “lengthy and detailed” inquiry, with a team of 15 staff led by a senior investigating officer and oversight from three independent advisory group members.

Detectives were passed several cover-up claims including that a former GMP officer had submitted a file in 1999 recommending that Smith be prosecuted for child abuse, but no action was taken.

They were also asked to investigate if Smith or his associates had suppressed inquiries into a 1991 report by social worker Phil Shepherd regarding allegations of sexual abuse at Knowl View.

In a statement, assistant chief constable Debbie Ford, of GMP, said: “Having undertaken this work I can confirm that there will be no criminal charges brought under Operation Clifton.

“Furthermore, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence of corruption or attempts to cover up the allegations to protect offenders or organisations’ reputation.”

Its findings have been submitted to the independent inquiry into child sex abuse.

Smith was elected as a Liberal MP in 1972 and became a Liberal Democrat on the formation of the new party before leaving Parliament in 1992.

In November 2012, GMP stated that Smith abused young boys in the 1960s in his role as secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association.

In 2014, Danczuk, in his co-authored book Smile For The Camera: The Double Life Of Cyril Smith, claimed the politician had been left free to abuse children as young as eight despite 144 complaints by victims.

In the book, former social worker Martin Digan repeated his claims that in 1994 he discovered a report made three years earlier by an HIV prevention officer who warned Rochdale Council that boys aged eight to 16 at Knowl View were at risk of Aids.

Investigation into Knowl View Childrens Home in Rochdale concludes “no evidence of corruption or cover up of sex abuse”
Knowl View: It hd been alleged that abuse in 1960s by, among others, former MP Cyril Smith, had been covered up by Rochdale Council

Ex-chief constable who says Cyril Smith cover-up went right to the top via 2015

Oct 2014: ‘MP told me to destroy file on Knowl View sex abuse cover-up’ says former aide

Former cop who ‘found Cyril Smith with a sex offender and two boys was told to keep quiet 2015

BBC News – Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry ‘scrapped after his arrest’ 2015

Cop who found Cyril Smith in beast’s home with teens told to forget what he saw’ 2015

How MP Cyril Smith got away with child abuse

via 2013

  Cyril Smith held at paedophile sex party but police told ‘cover it up via 2015

Pervert MP Cyril Smith was pals with satanic child sex monster


Clockmaker Keith Harding played vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith. 2015.

Former Liberal leader David Steel says he confronted Cyril Smith over child abuse allegations 2014

Cyril Smith was spared court because he would have exposed other high-profile child abusers says former police detective

Just finished ‘s compelling, horrifying book about Cyril Smith. This Simon Hoggart quote v disturbing:

Perverts all the way down. From John Preston’s A Very British Scandal

The Cover Up continues after Gordon Anglesea’s death

FOI request:

“Now that ex policeman Gordon Anglesea is dead, please send a copy of the Macur review with the redactions made about Gordon Anglesea removed”

The MoJ holds the information that you have requested but it is exempt from disclosure – not in the public interest


Former resident of Kincora Boys’ Home to launch legal action over inquiry findings

07 February, 2017

A former resident of a notorious Belfast boys’ home is set to mount a legal challenge against the findings of an inquiry that rejected claims that senior establishment figures used it to abuse children.

Richard Kerr, who alleges he was abused by “very powerful people” with links to the Kincora home, does not accept the conclusions of the four-year Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.

The inquiry dismissed long-standing claims that senior politicians, civil servants and businessmen were complicit in a paedophile ring that operated at the home in the 1970s and for which three staff members were jailed.

The report also rejected associated allegations that the UK security services knew what was going on and, instead of intervening, used the information to blackmail the establishment figures involved.

Publishing the HIA findings in January, inquiry chairman Sir Anthony Hart said of Kincora: “It was not a homosexual brothel, nor was it used by any of the security agencies as a honey pot to entrap, blackmail or otherwise exploit homosexuals.”

The retired judge added: “It is now time to finally lay these unfounded myths to rest.”

Mr Kerr, who claims he was abused inside Kincora and at other locations in Belfast and London, was due to give evidence to the inquiry last year but withdrew his co-operation at a late stage after claiming key state documents related to the home were not disclosed to his legal team.

Sir Anthony was critical of some of those who declined to give evidence, naming Mr Kerr specifically.

He said there had been an “unwillingness of some individuals who have been vocal in the past about their purported knowledge of sexual abuse relating to Kincora, but when the opportunity was offered to them to assist this Inquiry refused to do so”.

Mr Kerr’s solicitor Claire McKeegan said the HIA’s inability to compel state files and a number of potentially key witnesses to give evidence meant it had been unable to properly investigate the claims around Kincora.

Confirming legal action was planned, Ms McKeegan said: “Mr Kerr has been disappointed by the inquiry’s approach, which appears to have subjected the accounts and records of the state and institutions to inadequate scrutiny in relation to the allegations of collusion at Kincora.

“Instead the inquiry’s focus on examining of historical documents relating to him in order to identify what the inquiry believes to have been inconsistencies has been conducted in a manner which failed to adequately consider the credibility or reliability of these records and, in any event, appears to have been inherently unfair to Mr Kerr, particularly in circumstances where they did not benefit from hearing any evidence from him.

“This is particularly disappointing given the serious allegations of collusion that surround the abuse perpetrated at Kincora, and particularly so given that the persistence of these rumours has ensured there is particular need for a comprehensive human rights compliant investigation in order to finally determine the truth of these matters.

“In any event the criticisms of Richard Kerr are entirely unjust, unwarranted and inappropriate.”


Former Dumbarton boarding school probed in historic child abuse inquiry

Keil school in Kirktonhill- which closed 17 years ago – is being investigated as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into widespread abuse in Scotland.


A former Dumbarton boarding school is being probed by investigators from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Judge Lady Smith revealed that the inquiry is investigating whether historical abuse took place at fee-paying Keil School in Kirktonhill.

The boarding school – which closed 17 years ago – will be looked at along with 60 residential care centres as part of the inquiry into widespread abuse in Scotland.

Lady Smith – speaking at a preliminary hearing of the inquiry at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week – also said that more than 100 locations where abuse is said to have taken place have been identified.

In a statement, she urged anyone with information about abuse to come forward.

She said: “So far, we have identified more than 100 locations where abuse of children is said to have taken place but we know that there are many more than that.

“The inquiry team is currently investigating over 60 residential care establishments for children in order to gather, from those who ran them and others, evidence about how children who were being cared for in a range of different settings and by a number of different types of care organisations were treated.”

Speaking of the part of the probe that relates to the local private school, she added: “The inquiry team is investigating boarding schools.

“Specifically, they are investigating Fettes College, Gordonstoun, the former Keil School in Dumbarton, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School, and Morrison’s Academy (at the time it was a boarding school).

Keil School, in Kirktonhill, which shut in 2000

“Other boarding schools may also be investigated to obtain as full a picture as possible of the nature and extent of abuse in boarding schools.”

Prince Charles and Prince Philip both attended Gordonstoun as teenagers and former Prime Minister leader Tony Blair attended Fettes.

Lady Smith said that the inquiry needed the input of victims.

She added: “I want to reiterate the calls that have already been made to anyone and everyone who has relevant evidence to come forward.

“Whatever you have to contribute, we want to hear it.

“We are determined to find out the truth about what happened to children in care, where, how and why.

“We want to find out why the abuse was not prevented, why it was not stopped and what needs to be done to protect children in care in the future.

“That is what we are hear to do. We ask for the continued support of those who have already come forward and the help of those not done so.”

Lady Smith, who was appointed to the post in July 2016, said the inquiry had started taking statements from alleged victims last Spring.

She said that the purpose was to establish how children were able to be abused in care and what could be done to protect them in the future.

Lady Smith said the remit of the inquiry was to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children in care settings in Scotland within “the living memory of any who provides information about it, up to December 2014”.

But she said it had no power to award “monetary compensation” and wasn’t a substitute for criminal proceedings.

Lady Smith also said that many potential victims of abuse were sent to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Rowing coach jailed for 18 years

for sexually abusing 10 boys becomes SIXTH teacher at £35,000-a-year St Paul’s schools attended by George Osborne to be convicted or banned

  • Patrick Marshall is said to have been the head of a ‘clique’ of boys he groomed
  • He was convicted of 25 offences which took place between 1969 and 1981
  • His conviction follows the conviction of five other former teachers at school
  • Another teacher was banned over his behaviour towards a young girl

A former rowing coach has become the fifth member of staff from a top private school to be convicted of child sex offences.

Patrick Marshall, who once taught at the £35,000-per-year St Paul’s School, was found guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault against nine boys and teenagers, and one count of indecency with a child at Southwark Crown Court. He was jailed for 18 years.

The married father-of-three, 70, is the third St Paul’s teacher to be convicted in Operation Winthorpe – the Metropolitan Police investigation into historical sexual abuse at the school. Two others have been convicted under separate investigations.

Patrick Marshall has become the latest paedophile teacher at St Paul's School to be prosecuted. He was jailed for 18 years today

Patrick Marshall

The assaults took place in the defendant’s car, the victims’ homes and abroad between 1969 and 1981, the court heard.

Marshall made himself the ‘head of a clique’ of young lads who saw him as ‘cool’ and less authoritarian than other masters.

He would select a favourite, seduce and sexually abuse him and then discard him when another boy took his fancy.

During this period Marshall taught at the Windsor Grammar School in Berkshire, before moving to St Paul’s, in Barnes, south-west London.

Michael Ellis was last year jailed for indecent assault

Another, David Sansom-Mallett (right) was jailed for 14 years for a catalogue of offences

Former St Paul’s teacher Michael Ellis (left) was last year jailed for indecent assault. Another, David Sansom-Mallett (right) was jailed for 14 years for a catalogue of offences

Thomas Laessing (pictured) harassed a teenage girl by phone and two others on social media

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Michael Ellis (left) and David Sansom- Mallett (right)

St Paul’s, established in 1509, boasts former pupils including former Conservative chancellor George Osborne, scientist Lord Robert Winston and TV presenter Dan Snow. There is no suggestion any of those men were victims of abuse.

Former teacher Michael Ellis, 71, was found guilty of two indecent assaults against two boys, and admitted four counts of possessing indecent images of children. He was jailed for a total of eight years last year.

Classics master Anthony Fuggle, 60, who taught at Colet Court for 20 years, was given a suspended jail sentence in June 2015 for downloading thousands of images of young boys 

David Sansom, 72, was convicted in November last year of abusing four children, one of whom was a pupil at St Paul’s School, and was sentenced to 14 years and nine months after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Keith Perry, 73, was given a suspended sentence for in February 2014 and Anthony Fuggle was given a suspended jail sentence in 2015 for downloading images of young boys.

Married maths teacher Thomas Laessing was sacked and banned from teaching for life last year for sending inappropriate messages to young girls.

Speaking after today’s case, Detective Superintendent Ang Scott said: ‘The conviction of Patrick Marshall marks the end of Operation Winthorpe, which has been a three-year investigation into allegations of non-recent sexual abuse by teachers at St Paul’s School.


Years of abuse uncovered in trials

Marshall becomes the fifth former teacher at the school convicted over child sex offences.

Last November, former St Paul’s teacher David Sansom-Mallett, 70, was jailed for 14 years and nine months for three counts of indecency, three of indecency and 17 of indecent assault.

He abused a 12-year-old pupil at preparatory school Colet Court in 1974 and went on to attack two pupils aged 13 and 14 at Spencer Park School, Wandworth between 1976 and 1983.

Sports teacher Michael Ellis, 70, was jailed for eight and a half years last July for molesting two boys 20 years apart.

In 1973, he got a 15-year-old boy drunk before showing him gay pornograohy and performing a sex act on him at his house.

Pupils can pay up to £30,000 a year to board at St Paul’s, equating to £10,880 a term

The other 14-year-old victim was lured to Ellis’ house where he forced him into a bed.

Ellis was seen as a ‘legend’ by the boys at the school due to his military service and suspected SAS background.

He was caught with a stash of three films including one of underage boys engaging in sexual activity and 97 indecent images in 2014.

Keith Perry, 73, the former ‘inspirational’ head of history who worked at St Paul’s for 38 years was caught with 600 images of child abuse.

Five memory sticks full of the sick images were found hidden in an umbrella at his home.

All the pictures were of young boys, some of them babies, the worst depicting bondage and torture.

Oxford-educated Perry admitted in an online chat room to being ‘obsessed with boys’. He was handed a two year prison sentence suspended for two years in February 2014.

Classics master Anthony Fuggle, 60, who taught at Colet Court for 20 years, was given a suspended jail sentence in June 2015 for downloading thousands of images of young boys.

Fuggle resigned following his arrest in 2013 and was the first to be charged under Operation Winthorpe

Kingston Crown Court was told IT staff at the school discovered suspect images on his work laptop when carrying out ‘routine system maintenance’.

Staff secretly monitored Fuggle’s activity on the computer over three days before eventually calling the police, as Fuggle continued to trawl the internet for images of children.

Police found over 2,000 indecent photographs, many featuring boys between the ages of 12 and 16, on a second laptop at his Surrey home.

Fuggle resigned following his arrest in 2013 and was the first to be charged under Operation Winthorpe.

An inquiry was held in 2000 into Colet Court teacher Paul Topham.

He is said to have committed offences against a boy in the late 1960s. He also was not prosecuted, and died in 2012 aged 80.

Married maths teacher Thomas Laessing was sacked and banned from teaching for life last year for sending inappropriate messages to young girls.

Laessing was the head of tennis at the junior department of St Paul’s, formally Colet Court, and volunteered at the Ocean Youth Trust South, a youth sailing organisation.

He took the teenager’s phone number before bombarding her with messages on the phone and on social media.

He was warned by the police over harassing the young girl when she asked him to leave her alone and then pressured her to keep quiet

Paedophile teachers sent to jail after wall of silence is smashed

David Sansom, left, admitted possessing indecent images of boys. Michael Ellis, Anthony Fuggle and Patrick Marshall were convicted of sexually abusing their pupilsCENTRAL NEWS/KI PRICE FOR THE TIMES

Three teachers who sexually abused boys at a top school have been jailed after revelations in The Times led to a police inquiry.

Former pupils of St Paul’s School in London, and its prep school, Colet Court, contacted the police after we exposed a history of silence and cover-ups. Yesterday a judge said that St Paul’s was “awash with rumours” about Patrick Marshall’s conduct in the 1970s but the authorities did nothing to stop it.

After the last in a series of trials, Marshall, 68, was jailed for 17 years for 24 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency against ten boys from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Marshall, a geography teacher and rowing coach, targeted boys aged from 10 to 15.…

Former teacher at top London private school jailed for sexually abusing boys and teenagers

7 February 2017

Jailed: Patrick Marshall Metropolitan Police

A former master at the prestigious private school attended by ex-Chancellor George Osborne has been jailed today for 18 years for sexually abusing pupils. 

Patrick Marshall, 70, was today convicted of the abuse of ten boys in the sixties and seventies while he was employed first at Windsor Grammar School and then at St Paul’s School in Barnes, south-west London.

Marshall, a rowing coach and geography teacher, used his position to gain the trust of the boys’ families, before plying the youngsters with alcohol and presents and making them perform sexual acts.

He is the third St Paul’s teacher to be convicted of sexual abuse of pupils, it can now be revealed as the scale of sexual abuse at the top school is laid bare for the first time.

The private school counts Mr Osborne, former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, TV presenter Dan Snow, and news reporter John Simpson among famous ex-pupils.

Sports teacher Michael Ellis, 71, was found guilty last July of indecently assaulting two boys and having child porn pictures, receiving an eight-and-a-half year jail sentence.

In court: Patrick Marshall (PA)

And last November another ex-teacher, David Sansom-Mallett, 70, was jailed for 14 years and nine months for a catalogue of abuse at St Paul’s prep school, Colet Court.

Court orders prevented reporting of their convictions until today, at the end of Marshall’s trial.

Southwark crown court heard Marshall created a “clique” of boys around him, targeting victims as young as 11 who he singled out as a favourite so that he could abuse them.

He took some of his victims on trips across Europe, staying over at their homes, and helping them with building work.

“Child after child after child was groomed after the defendant coached them”, said prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC.

“It was one boy after another. He moved from one boy to the next boy to the next boy.

Left to right: David Sansom-Mallett and Michael Ellis (Metropolitan Police)

Ellis abuse two boys 20 years apart, getting a 15-year-old boy drunk before showing him pornography and performing a sex act on him.

The other victim was lured to Ellis’ house and forced into bed, the court heard.

Marshall, Ellis, and Sansom-Mallett were all snared under the Met’s Operation Winthrope, set up to investigate historic abuse at the school.

Former head of history Keith Perry, 73, was also convicted of possessing 600 child abuse images on memory sticks hidden under an umbrella at his home.

He admitted being “obsessed with boys” and was given a two year jail sentence suspended for two years in February 2014.

Classics master Anthony Fuggle, 60, was also given a suspended sentence in June 2015 after admitting downloading naked pictures of young boys.

Samuel Main, a Crown Prosecution Lawyer, said today: “We hope the conviction of Patrick Marshall today, along with the convictions of two other former St Paul’s teachers, will bring some sense of justice and closure for their many victims.

“These men groomed and abused vulnerable boys using their status as teachers, in Marshall’s case befriending their families before going on to abuse their sons and their trust.

“In Marshall’s trial the court heard the testimony of parents who had to come to terms with the horrific realisation their sons had been abused, and the evidence of the victims themselves, each forced to relive their experiences in court by his refusal to admit the truth.

“Ellis, too, had befriended the family of one of his intended victims before the abuse occurred, while Sansom’s abuse included an offence in a changing room at St Paul’s School and a classroom at another school in the 1970s and 1980s.

“Each of the victims has shown great bravery in coming forward and but for their courage it would not have been possible to bring these prosecutions.”

A spokesman for the school said: “We have been deeply saddened by the nature of the allegations and the details which have come to light during these investigations. We are reaching out to those former pupils affected directly to express our deep sorrow and regret for the pain and suffering they endured.

“We also wish to apologise to all those in our community who have felt the impact of these cases.

“These historical events represent serious violations of the values which St Paul’s School holds dear. We apologise unreservedly to the victims for the abuse of trust by those whose primary responsibility was their care and well-being.”

The school added that it had worked closely with the authorities to ensure that any allegations had been “properly and fully investigated”.


UK police accused of ignoring claims about abuse by prison staff

One alleged victim says hundreds of boys at Medomsley detention centre in Durham could have been spared if police had acted

5 February 2017

At least 14 former inmates of a detention centre who made allegations of historical sexual and physical abuse against prison officers claim that their complaints were ignored by police.

The men who have made the complaints are among 1,396 former inmates, aged between 17 and 21 when they were detained, who have come forward to allege they were sexually and/or physically abused at Medomsley detention centre in Durham.

An investigation into Medomsley, being carried out by Durham police and known as Operation Seabrook, is the largest single abuse inquiry in the UK.

One of the alleged victims, John McCabe, said hundreds of boys could have been spared being abused if police had acted on the complaints.

The details of the number of men whose complaints to police were allegedly ignored emerged in an email to McCabe from the then head of Operation Seabrook, Det Supt Paul Goundry.

In the email, Goundry said: “Out of those who have come forward to date, 14 inmates reported abuse at Medomsley to the police shortly after being released. Out of these, five reported in Durham with one officer who it was reported to having been identified but he is now deceased.

“I have not instigated any inquiries to trace who these individuals reported to as there is insufficient detail to have any prospect of ID. I have repeatedly informed media in interviews and in writing that the officers in question should hang their heads in shame but it is unlikely they will ever be identified for reasons stated.”

Goundry retired from the police in October last year and is now working for an agency that supports victims of sexual abuse.

Operation Seabrook was launched after the Guardian reported in 2012 that the sexual abuse carried out by former prison officer Neville Husband was more extensive than previously thought. In March 2014, Durham police announced they were investigating a paedophile ring operating around Medomsley. Thirty-two files on surviving suspects have subsequently been submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service and charges are expected to be brought later this year.

McCabe, 52, was in Medomsley in 1983, and says Husband repeatedly took him out of the centre to be raped by another man. “What eats away at me is the knowledge that victims complained to the police as far back as 1977,” he said.

“If the police had acted on those complaints, as they were duty-bound to do, myself and hundreds of other boys would have been spared the abuse we suffered at the hands of Husband and others in the perverted circle he belonged to.”

Husband, by then a church minister, was jailed for eight years in 2003 for committing sex attacks on five young male Medomsley inmates between 1977 and 1984. His sentence was increased to 10 years in 2005 after new victims came forward and he admitted to attacks on four more boys.

Husband had been in sole charge of the kitchens at Medomsley. The 2012 Guardian investigation revealed he had raped boys on a daily basis for more than 15 years, while other staff allegedly turned a blind eye. His former colleague Leslie Johnson, a storeman, was jailed for six years in 2005 for sexual offences. Both are now dead. Medomsley was closed in 1988.

In the Guardian’s original investigation, Kevin Young, who was detained at the age of 17 and whose evidence helped convict Husband, said he had been taken to Husband’s house in 1977, ligatured and blindfolded and raped by three men. On the day of his release from Medomsley, Young went to Consett police station and reported Husband’s abuse. He said he showed a police officer the ligature marks on his neck, but was told it was a criminal offence to make such allegations against a prison officer. Durham police later confirmed that Young’s complaint had not been acted on.

One of the boys was accompanied by his parents when he reported the abuse to the police.

In the same email to McCabe, Goundry stressed that the abuse was not confined to the detention centre and that there could be a Masonic link to the paedophile ring.

“Husband took numerous inmates off site to be abused by others,” he wrote. “I believe this was a paedophile ring and that those involved could have come from a number of associations that Husband had eg his church activity; his drama group, his homosexual connections, his Medomsley work colleagues, his Masonic colleagues, potentially a mix of above.”

McCabe, who helps run the support group for victims of Medomsley, expressed concern about the length of time it was taking for the CPS in bringing prosecutions relating to Medomsley. He said victims were told almost two years ago that potential suspects had been identified and names sent to the CPS.

“We know that Husband and another convicted Medomsley abuser are dead and no doubt many of the victims have passed away. It seems sometimes as if the powers that be are waiting for these suspects to die before they face charges.”

David Greenwood, of Switalskis solicitors, which acts for some of the alleged victims, said: “It is unforgivable to make the victims [and indeed the accused] wait for so long before a CPS charging decision is made. This type of delay only fuels suspicions that powerful institutions like the police and prison service can use the system to their members’ advantage”.

Durham constabulary has confirmed the number of detainees who went to the police soon after release alleging they had been abused at Medomsley.

“Some reported these concerns at stations within County Durham, others went to their local police station which would have been in other force areas,” said Supt Steve Chapman, Operation Seabrook’s senior investigating officer.

“This remains an open line of inquiry and actions are in hand to establish whether there is a realistic possibility of any individuals who remain alive being identified.

“We have said from the outset this would be a long and complex investigation, and we understand the frustration many victims may feel, as well as the potential suspects and key witnesses. All victims are kept regularly updated and we are working closely with the CPS on a number of key areas, with a view to charging decisions being reached later this year,” said Chapman.

A spokesman for the CPS North-East said: “The inquiry into alleged historic sexual and physical abuses at Medomsley detention centre is almost unprecedented in its scale. During the police investigation, approximately 1,350 former inmates reported that they had been subject to abuse while at Medomsley, with 32 suspects initially identified.

“For each file passed to the CPS there is a significant amount of evidence to scrutinise before a prosecution decision can be made, in line with the code for crown prosecutors. Before any such charging decision can be announced publicly, our first duty is to inform all of the victims in this case, which will require a significant amount of work in conjunction with our police partners.”


Swedish national library in child porn scandal

Swedish national library in child porn scandal
Sweden’s legacy of lax attitudes toward pornography has come back to haunt the country’s national library, which has been found to have large quantities of child pornography in its collection.

A former porn shop employee has revealed that the library’s archives contain thousands of pornographic magazines, including several titles featuring young children.

In the 1970s, Valentin Bart spent a year working in a pornographic book store near Stockholm’s central train station which at the time was known as the city’s red light district.

One shelf at the store displayed magazines featuring child pornography, which was legal in Sweden at the time.

“They were really repulsive,” Bart told The Local.

But on a recent visit to the National Library, he was surprised to learn that magazines featuring boys he estimated were as young as 10 or 11 years old were being held by the institution. Bart noted the irony in Sweden’s national library – called Kungliga Biblioteket or ‘Royal Library’ in Swedish – containing materials that Queen Silvia has passionately campaigned against for years

“It was so easy to gain access,” he said of his visit, which took place in the autumn of 2008.

“All I did was sign up to check out books and send a letter explaining my reasons for wanting to view the material. Anyone could have done the same thing.”

In his letter requesting access, Bart said he was investigating the history of child pornography in Sweden in order to tell the “long, secret story” of how “child pornography was legal and commercially exploited in Sweden”.

The presence of child pornography in Sweden’s National Library stems in part from the library’s legal obligation to collect everything printed in Sweden or in Swedish, including pornographic magazines.

While it’s widely known that a wave of liberal thinking about sex and pornography swept across Sweden in the 1960s, fewer people are aware that it led to the legalization of child pornography.

The government at the time initiated a review of freedom of speech laws in 1965, looking closely at provisions governing the portrayal of children.

In 1971, a new law was passed which made it legal to buy, sell, and possess child, animal, and violent pornography in Sweden.

In the wake of the relaxed restrictions, a number of pornographic magazines were produced with names like Teenangels, Bambino and Lolita, each sending obligatory issues for archiving at the National Library.

According to the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU), Swedish attitudes towards child pornography were extremely liberal at the time.

Citing “the child’s right to sexuality”, the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Riksförbundet för sexuellt likaberättigande – RFSL) launched a ‘paedophile working group’ to lobby for lighter sentences for sex crimes against minors and for a lower age of consent.

RFSL’s efforts paid off in 1976, when a government commission issued a proposal including both suggestions, as well as the decriminalization of incest.

The bill never became law, however, and Sweden eventually recriminalized child pornography in 1980, and RFSL switched positions on the matter.

By then, however, the archive of child pornography at the National Library had continued to expand and remained largely accessible to the public until Bart brought the issue to the library’s attention.

Bart is hesitant to call himself an anti-child pornography advocate. Rather, his motivation in pursuing the issues stems from what he sees as a contradiction in Swedish law.

On the one hand, it is illegal to possess or distribute or show child pornography in Sweden; on the other hand, the National Library is obligated by law to archive everything printed in Sweden, including magazines featuring child pornography.

“I just want to shed light on this issue,” he said.

“Call it a paradox, call it hypocrisy, call it what you will, but we’ve got laws in this country that work against one another.”

National library spokesperson Sara Bengtzon admitted the library has a “a lot of sensitive material” because of its obligation to archive, but access to the material is restricted to researchers, journalists, and others who are deemed to have a “highly credible” reason for wanting to view it.

“We decide to grant access on a case by case basis,” she added, admitting that there is no concrete set of minimum requirements for who is allowed access to the library’s sensitive material.

Since Bart warned the library they could be breaking the law, officials have reviewing their collection for issues of magazines which may contain child pornography.

“Everyone can make mistakes, even the National Library,” said Bengtzon, although she refused to elaborate on whether the mistake was allowing Bart access to the collection or some other shortcoming in the access restrictions.

“We welcome this test. It’s always good to review the restrictions we have in place,” she said, adding that the library began a comprehensive review of its access rules at the start of the year.

Despite the library’s restrictions, Bengtzon admitted they are by no means fool proof when asked whether or not paedophiles may have unwittingly been granted access to the library’s collection of child pornography.

“I can’t say that it has happened, but I can’t say that it hasn’t happened,” she said.

“But over all those years it’s certainly a possibility. I’d need to investigate further.”

Pope may be backsliding on paedophile crackdown, Catholic official says

Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council head says Vatican establishment determined to maintain status quo

The Pope may be retreating from his crackdown on paedophile priests as Vatican bureaucrats do all they can to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has warned.

The Catholic Church in Australia could end up as a “marginalised rump” unless there is real change to an institutional culture hell-bent on self-protection and self-preservation, the chief executive of the church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has said.

Sullivan, who has led the Australian church’s response to the four-year child sex abuse royal commission, points to recent developments in Rome.

Pope Francis has told bishops around the world to adhere to a zero-tolerance policy for clergy who sexually abuse children but has reportedly reduced sanctions against some offending priests.

“You have to seriously wonder whether this isn’t the Pope backsliding on what has been a strong and determined crackdown on offending priests and the circumstances that allowed abuse to take place,” he said.

Sullivan said another concerning development was the resignation of Irish clerical abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins from the Vatican’s child protection commission, citing resistance from the Vatican.

“Together these two developments paint a picture of the Vatican establishment, its bureaucrats and courtiers, doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda that is about maintaining the status quo and protecting the institution.”

It was a very dangerous time for the Catholic church in Australia, Sullivan said in a speech in Sydney on Friday night that was released to media on Sunday.

“If the church in Australia doesn’t see continuous, concerted change from our leaders driven and backed by an active and demanding Catholic community, then our church as a religion will become a marginalised rump, stripped of credibility and relevance, left to preach to an ever ageing congregation with eyes on an ever dimming hereafter.”

A total of 1,880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people have been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Australian Catholic church by 4,444 victims.

Pope cuts penalties for paedophile priests – including one let off with just a lifetime of prayer for abusing five young boys

He reduced sentence for Rev Mauro Inzoli from defrocking to lifetime of prayer 

Pope Francis has been slammed by church officials and sex abuse survivors for cutting penalties for paedophile priests.


The Pope is said to be  reducing punishments to weaker sentences, such as a lifetime of prayer and penance.

It has been revealed by church officials that Pope Francis overruled advice given to him by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about two priests  – allowing them to be punished by a lifetime of prayer.

One of the priests was the Reverend Mauro Inzoli, who was found guilty of abusing young boys by the Vatican in 2012 and was ordered to be defrocked.

However, he appealed, and in 2014 Francis reduced the penalty to a lifetime of prayer, prohibiting him from celebrating Mass in public or being near children, barring him from his diocese and ordering five years of psychotherapy.

Rev Inzoli was then convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against five children as young as 12.

He is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him.

A church official has said some paedophile priests and their high-ranking friends appealed to Pope Francis.

the church must …also take into account the message that reduced canonical sentences sends to both survivors and abusers.

justice for all parties is equally important,’

‘If there is seen to be any weakness about proper penalties, then it might well send the wrong message to those who would abuse.’

According to the church official, Pope Francis also ordered three staffers to be dismissed – two of whom worked for the discipline section that handles sex abuse cases.

Abuse accusations against clerics still runs high under Pope Francis, book claims

The Vatican has continued to receive a high number of reports of sexual abuse by clerics during Pope Francis’s papacy, according to a new book that also reexamines allegations against several of the pontiff’s top advisers involving coverups or worse.

The book by Italian journalist Emiliano Fittipaldi — an advance copy of which was provided to The Washington Post, and which is to be published Thursday — argues that little has changed in the way the church handles sexual abuse cases despite Francis’s creation of a special commission for the protection of minors and a declaration of “zero tolerance” of abuse.

Francis also has promoted officials who have been tainted by accusations of abuse or coverups, and the Vatican has been accused of still not doing enough.

The book, titled “Lust,” reexamines church responses to allegations that have mostly been previously aired, occasionally adding fresh details.

Fittipaldi’s work has dogged the church before. Last year, he was tried in a Vatican court on charges of illegally publishing internal documents in a 2015 book, titled “Greed,” on Pope Francis’s crusade to clean up Vatican corruption and excess. The charges were dismissed on the grounds that Fittipaldi is not a church official and the court therefore had no jurisdiction.

The Vatican declined to comment on the details of the new book, which recounts several long-standing allegations against several members of Francis’s Council of Cardinal Advisers, a group of nine senior officials who have the pope’s ear.

Australian authorities, for instance, have been probing Cardinal George Pell, the top financial adviser to the pope, on multiple allegations of sexual abuse. Pell has strongly denied the charges. Fittipaldi claims to have unearthed documents showing Pell also sought to financially aid priests who had been jailed on pedophilia charges.

Pell denied the accounts in Fittipaldi’s book, calling them “smears.”

The book also notes that Francis elevated Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz, the former archbishop of Santiago, Chile, to a position on his council despite documents showing Errázuriz long ignored sex abuse claims against a priest under his jurisdiction.

Since becoming pope in 2013, Francis has promised more transparency and accountability in sexual assault accusations linked to clerics, a subject that has plagued the church for years. In a small number of cases, Francis has intervened by directly contacting victims and instructing local bishops to take the charges seriously.

But Francis, Fittipaldi argues, has not necessarily held accountable bishops who have obstructed cases. He cites, for instance, the case of a former altar boy in the Spanish city of Granada who was personally called by the pope after coming forward with allegations that he was abused by 10 priests.

A letter from the victim’s father published in the book says the archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martínez Fernández, did not encourage his son to press charges and for a time withheld information from investigating authorities. However, the Vatican did not sanction Martínez.

Citing Vatican documents, the book also states that roughly 1,200 sexual abuse cases were filed with the Holy See during Francis’s first three years in office — suggesting a pace similar to that in the last two years of Benedict’s papacy.

In one notable case, the book says, an Italian priest defrocked in 2012 after being accused of sexually abusing several minors was reinstated to the priesthood in 2014 with the authorization of Francis, though only to live out “a life of prayer and humble discretion as a sign of conversion and repentance.”

Where is the mercy for victims?

This organization will always protect their own over protecting our children.

The pope has continued to show his disdain for victims that were raped and molested by priests.

Many in the media and many Catholics continue to confuse the popes words with his deeds.

In four years this pope has talked a lot and has done nothing of substance regarding clergy sexual abuse.
He has promised complete transparency yet his bishops continue spending millions
fighting the release of names and files of pedophile priests.

He has promised to punish bishops who put children in harms way yet not one bishop has been punished, in fact he has rewarded many complicit bishops with promotions. He promised to treat victims fairly yet his bishops continue to fight legitimate claims of victims.

Pope Francis knew about the ruthless treatment of the Milwaukee victims In the 5 year bankruptcy designed to cheat victims. He did not care and did nothing.

This pope has 4 years of talk and no action, not one child is safer,nor has one bishop been held accountable.


Royal Commission into child sex abuse: Claims of Vatican cover-up

February 9, 2017

THE Vatican orchestrated the active cover-up of child sexual abuse cases through secret archives and church law, the child abuse Royal Commission has been told.

It also tried to stop victims of abuse coming forward by imposing a strict limitation on bringing claims of abuse as the horrors of the global child abuse crisis began to be exposed, it was alleged.

On the fourth day of the 15th and final probe of the Catholic Church by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse a panel of witnesses is testifying about church discipline and secrecy.

In an opening address to the commission counsel assisting Gail Furness, SC, said canon law, the law of the church, regulated and proscribe the Church’s response to allegations of child sexual abuse.

She said among the laws was an obligation that each diocese must keep a ‘secret archive’ which is to be separate from the diocese’s general archive.

Ms Furness said evidence would be given that “canon law explicitly states that all the documentation pertaining to the preliminary investigation into any alleged canonical offence including the sexual abuse of minors must be kept in the secret archive”.

“The circumstances in which such documents can be destroyed will be the subject of evidence,” she said.

The commission will also explore a document dating to 1922, Crimen Sollicitationis, that may have been used to hide sexually abusive priests or to prevent the disclosure of sexual crimes committed by clerics to the civil authorities.

A 1974 instruction by Pope Paul VI, known as Secreta Continere, will also be examined over claims it more than doubled the number of people within the Church who would be covered by the pontifical secret in cases of the sexual abuse of children.

Experts say it permanently prohibits the publication or communication of any such allegations and information even after the trial has ended, including the judgment of the canonical court.

The commission was told in 1983, as the global Church’s sexual abuse crisis was being exposed, the Vatican introduced a five year limitation period for victims of abuse to come forward with an allegation.

It remained in place until 2001 when the limitation was extended to 10 years but has since been extended further to 20 years and can be disregarded altogether.

Whistleblower US priest Fr Thomas Doyle told the commission Canon law had been used as an excuse in some instances by ecclesiastical authorities to not report abuse and to allow clerics to continue in ministry.

Canon law expert Kieran Tapsell said a study of 400 child sex cases in 2000 found under church laws at the time bishops had the power to dismiss just 3 per cent of abuser priests.

“They could have their faculties removed but that was not a permanent thing,” he said.

The hearing continues.

Catholic church’s ‘pontifical secret’ stops disclosure of sex abuse allegations, expert says

Lawyer Kieran Tapsell says many church leaders still bound by Secreta Continere, pontifical secrecy

9 February 2017

The Catholic church’s “pontifical secret” rule is still preventing bishops from disclosing child sexual abuse allegations in some states, an expert has said.

The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse on Thursday began to examine how canon law contributes to the secrecy surrounding child abuse within the Catholic church.

Since 1974, an instruction from the pope known as Secreta Continere, or the pontifical secret, has imposed strict secrecy on the investigation and handling of child abuse allegations within the church.

The Catholic church’s “pontifical secret” rule is still preventing bishops from disclosing child sexual abuse allegations in some states, an expert has said.

The royal commission has heard the rule contributed to the failure of the church to refer abuse allegations to police and other civil authorities.

In 2010, the Holy See relaxed the secrecy provisions, telling church leaders they must obey any civil law compelling them to disclose information about abuse. But many Australian state and territories do not have explicit laws requiring the reporting of child abuse complaints.

Kieran Tapsell, an Australian civil lawyer with expertise on canon law, said that meant many church leaders were still bound by pontifical secrecy.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt, if there were no civil laws requiring reporting, then the pontifical secret still applies,” Tapsell said.

“So in Western Australia and Queensland, for example … bishops are under an obligation under canon law not to report to police. Now I would take my hat off to them if they breached it … but it is still the law.”

But another canon lawyer, Rodger Austin, told the royal commission there was nothing in canon law that prevented the reporting of abuse to civil authorities. Austin said aspects of canon law required Catholics to be bound by the teachings of the church. He said the teachings required individuals to follow civil laws.

“If the teaching of the church says you observe the civil laws, then that applies to this case,” he said.

The royal commission is likely to recommend that all states and territories implement a mandatory reporting requirement.

Child abuse campaigner, abuse survivor, and ambassador for Bravehearts, Damian De Marco, issued a statement on Thursday calling for mandatory reporting to be introduced.

He said most Australian church leaders were still not under such an obligation, meaning canon law required them to maintain secrecy.

The hearing continues.

February 4, 2017

Teacher was ‘predatory paedophile’

Former music teacher Christopher Bacon was said to have a particular fetish for spanking

A FORMER music teacher has been convicted of a series of sexual crimes against boys at a Jersey secondary school more than 35 years ago

Christopher Roy Bacon was described as an arrogant ‘predatory paedophile’ who used his position to ‘prey on vulnerable pupils’.

The 74-year-old was found guilty following an Assize jury trial involving seven charges of indecent assault and one count of procuring an act of gross indecency in the late 70s and early 80s at d’Hautrée School. The offences were committed against six boys.

Reporting restrictions on the case, which was heard in the Royal Court in November, were only lifted yesterday at the end of a second trial Bacon faced this week, in which he was acquitted of a separate charge of indecent assault against a young teenage girl not connected to the school.

Bacon, who has been remanded in custody, is due to be sentenced by the Superior Number of the Royal Court on 15 March.




Queen Elizabeth’s  cousin, Prince Michael of Kent, would have been present at meetings attended by  Freemason Alan Wright who faces jail after he was caught by a police internet sting trying to incite a child into sex.


Mason, 75, caught in child-sex sting

A FORMER Freemason faces jail after he was caught by a police internet sting trying to incite a child into sex.

Alan Wright was caught by a police internet sting trying to incite a child into sex
Alan Wright, 75, was once a Grand Master in the secretive organisation and would have been present at meetings attended by Prince Michael of Kent.
Alan Wright, 75, was arrested last November trying to meet a ’14-year-old boy

A spokesman for the United Grand Lodge of England said: ‘We were made aware of an allegation against a Freemason on December 1 2016

He resigned when the details of his activities came to light.
Now he could face jail when he appears at Ipswich Crown Court for sentence next month. The maximum term for incitement is 10 years. Suffolk Police set up the sting after gathering intelligence on Wright’s private life, with specialist officers pretending to be a child online.

Wright thought he was communicating with a 14-year-old boy and sent him pictures of his private parts over the internet. Through gay dating app Grindr he arranged to meet the “boy” at Bury St Edmunds railway station, Suffolk, last November. 
However, when Wright arrived he was met by officers who took him to a local police station for questioning. A former Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, he was also Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Essex. 
Wright regularly attended meetings at a Freemasons hall in St James Street, London, and has been described as a “significant” figure in the organisation. Sources say that he would have attended some meetings with Prince Michael, who is a popular Freemason, but the men were not friends. 

A spokesman for the United Grand Lodge of England said: “We were made aware of an allegation against a Freemason on December 1, 2016, who immediately resigned from the organisation. “Having learned of the situation we have no further information currently, and fully believe that this is a one-off, isolated incident. We will fully assist the police and relevant authorities if we are approached or if we know of any way that we can voluntarily do so. No such request has been made. 

Wright was not at his home in Little Downham, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, to comment.

Installation of New District Grand Master

The 17th regular meeting of the District Grand Council of Essex was held on Thursday 5th July 2012 at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend-on-Sea. The business of the meeting was to install the new District Grand Master for Essex. District Grand Lodge was opened in due form by the Presiding Officer, R.Ill.Comp. Dennis Baum. There was a report at the door and the Grand Director of Ceremonies V.Ill Comp Paul Norman, was admitted. He informed the Presiding Officer that the M.Ill. Grand Master, M.Ill.


Companion J Alan Wright was outside the door of the Council and demanded admission.


R.Ill.Comp. Kessick J Jones M.Ill.Comp. J Alan Wright R.Ill.Comp. John C Jacobson R.Ill.Comp. Michael G Spencer
Deputy Grand Master  Grand Master District Grand Master  Grand Principal Conductor
 of  Essex  of  the  Work

The Installing Officer, M.Ill. Comp. J.Alan Wright, entered in procession accompanied by a team of Grand Officers and assumed the Chair. The Installing Officer then called upon the Grand Recorder to call the roll of Councils in the District.

M.III. Comp. J.Alan Wright then addressed the Companions on the business to be conducted, at the close of which the Grand Director of Ceremonies was instructed to form an escort to escort the District Grand Master Designate into the Council.  III.Comp. John C Jacobson then entered in procession and the Grand Recorder read the Patent of Appointment.  The Installing Officer then addressed the District Grand Master Designate after which he instructed him to kneel for the benefit of prayer by the Grand Chaplain.  The District Grand Master Designate then then took his obligation and was invested and Installed by  M.Ill. Comp J Alan Wright.



Sept 2016

In January we were informed that our Grand Master, Most Illustrious Companion J Alan Wright, would be retiring, and his successor would be installed at the meeting of Grand Council in April.

J Alan Wright was our Grand Master for ten years and contributed greatly to our Order at all levels. He frequently visited Councils, with the minimum of formality, often surprising Companions by conferring Grand ranks on them ‘in the field’. He has now been succeeded by Most Illustrious Companion Kessick John Jones. Many Mark masons will know him in his capacity of Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Grand Mark Lodge. He has a tough act to follow but we are confident he will be more than equal to the task. He has already been busy consecrating new Councils and on July 30th I was present at the District of Wyvern where he installed a new District Grand Master. He already shows skill in combining humour with the dignity of the office.


In 2008 the Grand Master, Most Illustrious Companion J. Alan Wright, accompanied by a number of senior members of the order attended the Grand Council of the State of New York at Albany, where the degree was conferred upon them.



On 24th June 2014 at Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Leeds, the District of Yorkshire was divided into the new Districts of North & East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.  The Consecrating team was led by Most Illustrious Companion John Alan Wright, Grand Master. Right Illustrious Companions Neil Thomas Woodward and David Malcolm Cordell were Invested and Installed as the new District Grand Masters for North & East Yorkshire and West Yorkshire respectively.


Alan Wright, paedophile Freemason from Little Downham, walks away free from court after a police sting

A 75-year-old man, caught in a police internet sting when he tried to meet a child for sex, has walked free after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

Little Downham paedophile, a leading figure in the Freemasons, escapes jail


Police set up the sting by specialist officers pretending to be a 14-year-old boy online.

Alan Wright, a leading figure in the Freemasons, was arrested after he arranged to meet the teenager at Bury St Edmunds railway station in November last year, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Wright resigned from his Grand Master masons role in December last year before his paedophile offence hit media headlines.

Richard Kelly, prosecuting, said that Wright sent the “boy” pictures of his private parts over the internet and arranged to meet him through the dating app Grindr.

However, when Wright, who had brought condoms with him, arrived at Bury station he was met by police officers and arrested.

Wright, of Rye Gardens, Little Downham, Ely, admitted attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and was given a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to take part in the Thames Valley Sex Offenders’ Treatment Programme and a 40-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

He was further ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work in the community and was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for ten years.

Wright was ordered to pay £1,200 costs and a £140 victim surcharge.

Wright was former Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters and also Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Essex.

He resigned irrevocably from Freemasonry with effect from December 1, 2016.

Sentencing him Judge Martyn Levett said Wright had no previous convictions and while a prison sentence would deal with reducing the short term risk he posed the TVSOTP would aim to reduce the risk of him reoffending in the future.

Judge Levett said Wright had genuinely believed the person he was communicating with and was arranging to meet was a real boy and had made sexual references during their exchanges. “There was a significant difference in your ages,” said the judge.

Judge Levett said Wright had asked the “boy” if one of his friends wanted to “join in” and he said he didn’t accept that Wright wasn’t sexually attracted to children.

He warned Wright he would go to prison if he breached the suspended sentence order.

• An NSPCC spokesperson said: “Wright knew his depraved actions were wrong but still set about grooming and meeting a boy he thought was just 14.

2BR – News – Sex offender jailed for historical offences

Great news -but there seems to be different rules re evidence required to charge when claims are made about members of Establishment.Why?

George Carey blasts Trump protesters in London over ‘hysterical’ attacks on President

Feb 5 2017

FORMER Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey has called for the world to give Donald Trump a chance.


In an extraordinary intervention, he accused the new US President’s critics of a “hysterical overreaction that poses a danger to the kind of constructive relationship we should have with the President”.

it is one of the key characteristics of those who consider themselves progressive to reserve condemnation for America, ‘the West’, or Israel and ignore much greater evil-doers.”



Prince Charles’ bishop ‘friend’ is freed from prison early – despite committing horrific sex offences against 18 teenagers and young men

A predatory bishop who had links to Prince Charles has been freed from prison halfway through his sentence for sex offences.

Peter Ball, described as a ‘monster’ by his victims, served only 16 months for grooming and molesting aspiring novice monks. One victim committed suicide while others have suffered long-lasting trauma.

Survivors condemned the early release of the 84-year-old former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester.

He was jailed for 32 months in 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and young men between 1977 and 1992, but was allowed out on licence at the halfway point of his sentence.

Richard Scorer, an abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represented some of Ball’s victims, said his early release after ‘a gross and systematic abuse of trust spanning decades’ was ‘an affront to justice’.

Ball was first investigated in 1992 but escaped with a caution. It emerged later that an unnamed royal was among Establishment figures who had written in support of Ball at the time.

After his caution, Ball was provided with a Duchy of Cornwall home by Prince Charles. Ball counted Charles as a ‘loyal friend’

My understanding a US GENERAL is been investigated by THE MET POL


2012 story on him being a chronic alcoholic

Ex-Sheffield City Council boss Roger Dodds jailed for sex abuse

Feb 4 2017


An ex-council boss who forced teenagers to engage in sex acts to get grant payments has been jailed for 16 years.

Roger Dodds, 81, also abused colleagues while working for Sheffield City Council’s education department between 1975 and 1993.

The council has been accused of failing to act and moved Dodds to a position working with schools after complaints. It said it was now “deeply sorry”.

In December Dodds admitted indecently assaulting four men and a young boy.

In a statement read out in court, one of Dodds’ victims said the abuse made him feel such “shame and disgust” he was unable to tell anyone for 20 years.

“His left hand started to feel its way into my right jeans pocket. When that started to happen, I just became frozen and unable to move.”

In the 1970s Dodds, of Cotswold Road, Sheffield, was responsible for providing grants to college and university students.

The court heard he had used his position to abuse teenagers, forcing students to engage in sexual acts in order to get grant payments.

Sheffield City Council launched two internal investigations into Roger Dodds but no action was taken against him

He also indecently assaulted colleagues.

The court heard Dodds had shown no remorse.

Dodds had known the athlete Sebastian Coe, the court was told, and had lured a child victim by telling him he could meet him, although the meeting never happened.


Lord Coe, the former Olympic athlete and aide to William Hague and friend of the royal family

Council officials not only knew about his behaviour but failed to report his activities to police and gave him early retirement with an enhanced pension, the BBC reported.


His offending went unchallenged despite his victims alerting his employers and two separate internal investigations held into allegations made against him.

In the 1980s he was investigated by Sheffield City Council following complaints from colleagues but was moved to a different council post, working with schools.

Further allegations in 1993 led to a second council investigation after which Dodds was allowed to take an early retirement package with an enhanced pension.

One employee said hearing about the complaints gave him the courage to tell managers about the abuse he had been subjected to.

‘Really horrible man’

The five victims were at Sheffield Crown Court to hear him sentenced.

In an impact statement read out in court, one victim said he was just 17 when he was abused by Dodds which had left him feeling such “shame and disgust” he was unable to tell anyone for 20 years.

He said: “I went in complete trust to the council buildings to pick up expenses that I needed.

“What happened to me in those council offices shaped my view about myself and other people.”

One victim told the BBC he held the council responsible for the abuse he suffered.

“I was the victim of a really horrible man,” he said.

“The council are so responsible. I even think at times the council are more responsible than he was. They allowed it to happen. Everyone knew. Everyone in the council knew but they chose to do nothing about it.”

Another victim, Richard Rowe, who waived his legal right to anonymity, said he was subjected to “terrifying” assaults over an 18-month period.

However, he said when he told council colleagues what was happening, he was told to stay quiet.

Another man said he believed more victims might still come forward.

“We are just the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

Dodds was initially arrested and interviewed in May 2008 following complaints. However, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to take no further action against him.

‘Never defend indefensible’

Those earlier complaints were reviewed by the CPS following a new allegation in 2014 and a decision was made to charge him with all the complaints in 2016.

Another victim, Richard Rowe, who waived his legal right to anonymity, said he was subjected to “terrifying” assaults over an 18-month period. However, he said when he told council colleagues what was happening, he was told to stay quiet. Another man said he believed more victims might still come forward. “We are just the tip of the iceberg,” he said. Dodds was initially arrested and interviewed in May 2008 following complaints. However, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided to take no further action against him. ‘Never defend indefensible’ Those earlier complaints were reviewed by the CPS following a new allegation in 2014 and a decision was made to charge him with all the complaints in 2016.


Sebastian Coe

One of Sheffield’s most famous sporting sons, Lord Coe

Seb has strong Sheffield roots and began his running career at the age of 12 when he joined Sheffield’s Hallamshire Harriers.–about/tourist-information/sheffield-legends/seb-coe.html


Medomsley abuse probe could see 32 face charges

Feb 2 2017

More than 30 people could face prosecution as part of an investigation into sexual and physical abuse at a County Durham detention centre.

Almost 1,400 men have claimed they were abused at Medomsley, near Consett, during the 1970s and 80s.

Durham Police said it has put forward 32 cases to the Crown Prosecution Service, which will offer advice on whether the suspects should be charged.

It added it hoped to have decisions on each one “sometime in the summer”.

Detectives launched the investigation, called Operation Seabrook, in August 2013 and have interviewed former members of staff.

It followed previous probes in 2003 and 2005 which resulted in the jailing of former Medomsley wardens Neville Husband and Leslie Johnson.

Both have since died.

Officers said of the 1,396 men who contacted Operation Seabrook to report abuse, approximately two-thirds said they were assaulted by either Husband or Johnson.

In a statement, police said 32 suspects have been identified and all had been spoken to, the majority voluntarily.

Det Supt Steve Chapman said: “We now have a significant understanding of how Medomsley Detention Centre operated and we have ensured victims have been fully updated on the investigation so far.”

He said the investigation team are constantly reviewing all new material and so the number of cases forwarded to the CPS could increase.

The former detainees were all teenagers when they were sent to the centre – often for relatively minor offences.

The facility closed in 1988.


Former teacher and scoutmaster, 70, abused boys around the world for decades, repeatedly dodged police and was even allowed to ADOPT a son

  • Paedophile Mark Frost, 70, has admitted 45 sex crimes against children
  • Crimes in Britain and abroad are one of the worst cases to come to the Old Bailey
  • Notorious paedophile abused boys in Europe and Thailand after fleeing Britain
  • In 1978 he joined a paedophile group  (PIE) campaigning to legalise child sex 

One of Britain’s worst ever paedophiles faces dying in jail after admitting 45 child sex offences – but only after he spent decades abusing children across the globe and was even able to adopt a son.

Disgraced scoutmaster and former teacher Mark Frost, 70, was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange who campaigned in the 1970s and 1980s to lower the age of consent to 10 and even legalise incest.

Despite links to the notorious group of sex offenders a council allowed him to adopt a son in 1986 – after a previous attempt through the Catholic Church failed.

After years of abusing children he taught in UK schools he was finally banned from teaching after 20 years in the mid-1990s.

After two short jail terms he began abusing boys in Sweden, France, Spain and Holland before moving to south-east Asia.

Frost, whose real name is Andrew Tracey, then lured impoverished boys in Thailand to his home with sweets, money, computer games and his swimming pool, before abusing them, between 2008 and 2013.

He also groped and raped them on webcam while watched by other paedophiles, the court heard.

After hiding in Britain in 2014 before fleeing to Holland he was finally found in Alicante, Spain, in 2015 where he was extradited back to the UK.

At the Old Bailey today Frost admitted 17 charges involving nine young boys in Thailand.

These included rape, sexual assault, causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and making indecent photographs of children.

Police said Frost, who changed his name from Andrew Tracey in 2014, may have funded his abuse by working cash in hand or relying on his British teacher’s pension.

Since the allegations emerged in Asia, two former pupils of a school in Worcestershire have come forward claiming they were sexually assaulted in the 1990s.

Frost had sex with the boys in a school store room, during breaks, and at his home where he lived with his adopted son, and also at a car park in Woking, the Old Bailey heard.

The former scout commander was first arrested in 1991 for child sex offences, and a string of convictions followed throughout the 1990s.

He taught for more than 20 years until he was barred in 1996.

Over the next few years he then travelled between Sweden, France, Spain and Holland where he is believed to have continued to abuse boys, police said.

Frost regularly filmed the sexual activity, directing them how to behave for the camera.

A former teacher and Scouts leader who toured the world to sexually abuse young boys across four decades is facing the rest of his life behind bars today.

Mark Frost, 70, signed up to the infamous Paedophile Information Exchange in 1978 while working as a teacher in the UK, but was not booted out of the profession until nearly 20 years later.

He rose to be a senior figure in the Scouts movement in the 80s and early 90s, took up teaching posts around the country, and was even allowed to adopt a child despite his interest in young boys.

Frost’s teaching career ended in disgrace following two convictions for sex offences involving teenagers in the 1990s, and he then moved to Guernsey where he began a decade “under the radar” of authorities. 

Frost was put on the sex offenders’ register, eventually moving to Guernsey in 2002 where he came under investigation under Operation Ore, probing child abuse images online. 

Under the name Andrew Tracey, he worked as an English teacher at schools in Worcestershire, Hertfordshire, and Leyton in east London, and rose to the rank of commissioner in the Scouts. 

(Names of schools where he worked not provided??)

Frost, of Callie Canaria, Gran Alacant, Santa Pola, Alicante, Spain, is expected to be sentenced later today

Blog by Tim Tate. The original can be found HERE and includes Tim’s submission to the IICSA.


Mark Frost AKA Andrew Tracey PIE #268


Copy of entry in the police PIE list

Mark Frost, 70, one of Britain’s most prolific child  rapists today pleaded guilty to 45 historic sex offences against young boys in the UK and Thailand.

His case raises serious questions about the failures of the police and Home Office in dealing with the Paedophile Information Exchange in the 1980s.

Frost, previously known as Andrew Tracey and a former teacher and Scout movement volunteer, was first convicted in 1992 for possession of child pornography. Further convictions followed in 1993 and in 1998: in the second case he was sentenced to 12 months in prison for indecently assaulting a young boy. In 2002 he moved to Guernsey, where he was investigated for paedophilic offences, but left the island before he could be charged. He then travelled freely in Europe and the Far East. In Thailand he sexually abused boys aged between 7 and 13, recording the offences on video.

 But the Metropolitan Police knew that Frost/Tracey was a paedophile at least eight years before his first conviction.   Andrew Tracey’s name and address appeared on the Paedophile Information Exchange membership list held at New Scotland Yard in 1984. His membership number was 268.

I obtained a copy of this list in October 2015.   I wrote then (blog post dated October 29, 2015 – scroll back to find it) that an analysis of the names on it showed that several had been convicted some years later of serious offences involving children. It appeared the police and the Home Office had failed to appreciate the threat these men posed. Mark Frost, aka: Andrew Tracey, is merely the latest example of this.

In July last year I submitted a detailed dossier of evidence to the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse. It highlighted the cases of a number of PIE members who – despite being on the list held by the Metropolitan Police – had been left free to commit child sexual offences in the UK and abroad for many years. I urged IICSA to include the Met’s failure – and the Home Office’s remarkably relaxed approach to PIE – in its investigations. I attached the PIE list to my submission. (See blog post dated August 5, 2016).

Other than an acknowledgment of receipt, I have heard nothing from IICSA.

Today, Ogheneruona Iguyovwe, from the Crown Prosecution Service described Frost/Tracey’s crimes as “one of the most serious cases that I have dealt with as a prosecutor and one of the most serious cases of child sexual abuse”.

The IICSA should no longer ignore the evidence of repeated – but desperately belated – prosecutions like Frost/Tracey’s. Members of the Paedophile Information Exchange posed a threat to children: the failure of the Metropolitan Police and Home Office to accept this in the early 1980s led directly to the subsequent abuse of large numbers of young children in Britain and overseas.

IICSA must now publicly commit to investigating this historic failure.  In case it has mislaid my original evidence, I am re-posting it here.



The case has been labelled as one of the worst cases to ever go to court.

Retired English teacher Mark Frost, formerly known as Andrew Tracey, 70, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey in London to a catalogue of abuse against nine children in Thailand between 2009 and 2012.

Since the allegations emerged in Asia, two former pupils of a school in Worcestershire have come forward claiming they too were sexually assaulted in the 1990s.

He admitted charges relating to the historic abuse. One of the victims had died before he was brought to account.

The crimes included multiple rapes, indecent assault, inciting children to engage in sexual activity and making indecent images.

Frost lived in Guernsey between 1967-1972 and then again between 1998-2002.

He was involved with local Scouts during his first stay in Guernsey.

Chief Inspector Antonia Read said while no allegations were made against Frost during his time in the island, he was referred to Guernsey Police in 2002 as a result of Operation Ore, which was a nationwide investigation.

He fled the island before any any action could be taken against him.

She said officers could not rule out the potential of local victims

Janner – a long time member of the boy scouts association

‘Missing’ 114 child sex abuse files: Janner doc identified; abuse was widespread

Lord Janner’s family to ‘undermine’ sex abuse inquiry ‘from within’ after being given formal role in investigation

The family, including his son Daniel Janner, were granted core participant status, which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings

The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to ‘undermine from within’ the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation.

The family were granted core participant status which gives them access to documents and to have lawyers attend the inquiry’s hearings.

It is not clear if the taxpayer will pick up the bill for the lawyers or whether the family will pay for legal representation themselves.


 Why does give a man whose express intent is to bring Britain’s CSA inquiry to its knees core participant’s status?


Will the families of Morrison, Hayman, Brittan, van Straubenzee, Oldfield, Blunt, Thorpe, Smith …… also be joining in?

I thought a respectable barrister would feel it his duty to uphold the course of justice, not undermine it?

 I hope have access to closed files because there may be vital evidence within them on .

Closed for 87 years until 2058

First we had Hewson admitting she’s a troll and now her avid follower Janner admitting he wants to subvert from within!

How do you feel about this man openly admitting he intends to subvert your CSA inquiry from within?


Inquiry in to Keith Vaz conduct resumed on 19/12/2016 by parl. comm. Well done

Prince Edward was head boy at Gordonstoun in 1982

Prince Andrew is pictured with the Queen and Prince Philip on his arrival at Gordonstoun School

Famous Scottish boarding schools named in child abuse inquiry

Some of Scotland’s most prestigious private schools, including the alma maters of the Prince of Wales and Tony Blair, are to be investigated as part of a national child abuse inquiry.

Gordonstoun near Elgin, attended by Prince Charles, and Fettes College in Edinburgh, where Mr Blair was a pupil, are among 100 locations where historical abuse is alleged to have taken place.

The figure includes more than 60 residential care establishments, including institutions run by religious orders and local authorities.

Other prominent boarding schools being looked into include Loretto in Mussleburgh, Scotland’s oldest boarding School, Edinburgh’s Merchiston Castle School, the former Keil School in Dumbarton, and Morrison’s Academy in Crieff, when it was a boarding school.

Lady Smith, the new chairman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, named the schools at the start of the inquiry at the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Care organisations including Quarriers and Barnardo’s are also to be investigated by inquiry staff.

Fettes in Edinburgh Credit: PA

Lady Smith, who was speaking in the role for the first time, replaced the original chairman, Susan O’Brien QC, who resigned in July complaining of government interference and now plans to sue the Scottish Government for £500,000.

John Swinney, the education minister, later told MSPs he had been considering her removal from the post over claims she made inappropriate comments about survivors, which she strenuously denies.

Lady Smith insisted during the preliminary hearing that the investigation would be fully independent.

She said: “The inquiry team is investigating boarding schools. Specifically, they are investigating Fettes Cottage, Gordonstoun, the former Keil School in Dumbarton, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School and Morrison’s Academy, at the time it was a boarding school.

Other boarding schools may also be investigated to obtain as full a picture as possible of the nature and extent of abuse in boarding schools.”

Lady Smith
Lady Smith speaking in Edinburgh Credit: PA

The inquiry is also investigating allegations over schools run by orders of the Roman Catholic Church. These include St Ninian’s in Falkland, Fife, which was run by the Christian Brothers, St Joseph’s in Tranent, East Lothian, and St Ninian’s at Gartmore, Stirlingshire. Centres run by the Church of Scotland are also being investigated.

She appealed for people with information about abuse to contact the inquiry, which is expected to last four years, with the first public hearings to begin in May. The senior judge said 170 people had contacted the inquiry by last June, and many more had done so since.

Lady Smith said the inquiry had so far identified more than 100 locations, but was aware that there were “many more than that”.

She also revealed that the inquiry had started taking statements from alleged victims last spring.

The remit of the inquiry is to investigate the nature and extent of the abuse of children in care settings in Scotland within “the living memory of any who provides information about it, up to December 2014”.

However, she also made clear that it had “no power” to award “monetary compensation” and was not a substitute for criminal proceedings.


James Gavin: Ex-Rochdale social worker charged with historical child sex offences

  • 30 January 2017

James Peter Gavin, 80, of College Bank Way, Rochdale, has been charged with 13 offences against a boy under 14 and one offence against a boy under 16.

He is due to appear at Bury and Rochdale Magistrates’ Court on 9 February.

Police said the charges relate to alleged offences from 1970 to 1978 at Foxholes Children’s Home in Rochdale.



A RESIDENTIAL worker trapped by a major investigation into sexual abuse in care homes throughout Greater Manchester, has been jailed for 18 months.

The inquiry, codenamed Operation Cleopatra, revealed that Anthony Andrews had indecently assaulted a 14-year-old boy who was taken into care because of violence at home.

Judge Michael Henshell told Andrews, 57, at Manchester Crown Court: “He was placed in your trust and you abused that trust.

“These were clearly serious offences committed in a clear breach of the trust placed in you by your employers and they grossly violated the trust and affection you encouraged in that boy”.

Andrews, of Back Chapel Street, Wardle, near Rochdale, had been convicted of twice indecently assaulting the boy while working at the town’s Foxholes Children’s Home in the 1980’s.





A shameless ex-Chancellor: … the damning extent of Osborne‘s murky relationship with the Treasury and the finance giant that’s just given him a six-figure job

  • Former Chancellor popped up the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland
  • He gave a speech to HSBC’s clients, earning a reported ‘high five-figure’ fee
  • Guy Adams explores the intimate nature of the relationship Osborne appears to have forged with his new employer, BlackRock

posing for a chummy group photo with George and Amal Clooney and former Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown at a charity bash.

He then headed off to PR impresario Matthew Freud’s star-studded soiree at the art nouveau Schatzalp Hotel, where he rubbed shoulders with Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates.

his former Bullingdon Club member — educated at one of Britain’s leading public schools — feels at his ease in such rarefied circles.

And if it grates on Osborne that so many people in Davos are considerably richer than he is, then he will have taken particular satisfaction in his latest foray into the commercial world.

Slipped out last Friday, as the world was gripped by the inauguration of U.S. President Trump, was the announcement that Osborne, who is paid £75,000-a-year to fulfil his duties as an MP, will be working one day a week as an adviser to the vast American finance firm, BlackRock.

…reignited the long-standing, and increasingly furious, public debate about the grubby ‘revolving door’ between government and the private sector.

Since Tony Blair left Downing Street and began lobbying for a mixture of wealthy corporations and dodgy dictators, it has seemingly become almost automatic for ex-Cabinet Ministers to cash in by using the experience they gained in office for commercial gain.

This shoddy practice is theoretically regulated by Acoba, a Whitehall appointments watchdog. Yet in the past eight years, it has not attempted to stop one single civil servant or politician from taking up a job.

The Mail this week revealed that Osborne’s new role at BlackRock was waved through despite the fact that he’d met executives from the finance giant five times during his last two years at the Treasury.

Even without this latest scandalous twist about BlackRock, which has sparked calls for a complete revamp of Parliamentary rules, there can be few dethroned senior politicians who have been quite so shameless and proactive as Osborne in their pursuit of a fast buck.

His dash for cash began a mere four weeks after being sacked, when he signed up to an American speaking agency called the Washington Speakers’ Bureau.

It represents 602 including  Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, George W. Bush, the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the magician David Blaine — and has already helped Osborne earn £628,000 and counting since he left the Treasury.

Some of the financial institutions that have paid to hear Osborne’s words of wisdom are, however, a rum old bunch. They include the aforementioned HSBC, which has paid vast fines in recent years for money-laundering offences in Mexico and Switzerland, and JP Morgan, which bunged the former Chancellor £141,752 for two speeches.

This is the same JP Morgan that was last month fined £288 million by European regulators for interest-rate manipulation. Then there is Citi, who coughed up £85,396 for two Osborne speeches in November (this week it was hit with a £23 million fine in the U.S. for mis-treating mortgage holders), and Aberdeen Asset Management, which spent £51,328 getting him to talk to investors two months ago (and which not long ago paid a £7.2 million penalty to the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to properly protect client funds).

Most curious of all, however, is a mysterious organisation called Palmex Derivatives that flew Osborne to New York in October, where it paid him £80,240.16 for giving a two-hour talk.

This secretive firm — whose operations are said to include financial and insurance activities, security broking and fund management — has no website, no listed telephone number or email address and was, until December, registered to a detached brick home on a cul-de-sac in Southend-on-Sea.

Now listed at a service address in Caterham, Surrey, it has just two directors, a 34-year-old ‘futures and options broker’ called Robert Palmer and his domestic partner Kirsty Lewis, who describes her occupation on Companies House documents as ‘home-maker’. In its last published accounts — up to January 2016 — Palmex listed assets of a mere £54,598, so hiring the former Chancellor appears to represent a huge investment for such an apparently small firm.

And there is the intimate nature of the relationship Osborne appears to have forged with his new employer, BlackRock, while his day-job was running the British economy.

their first collaboration dates to 2012, when the then Chancellor used his annual Mansion House speech to recall how he’d recently ‘attended the opening of impressive new headquarters for international firms such as UBS and BlackRock’ in London.

In 2013, he courted the firm’s head of Asian Operations, Mark McCombe, for the job of chief executive of the taxpayer-owned RBS (only for McCombe to decide that he wasn’t interested), before hiring advisers from BlackRock to assess the merits of creating a unit at RBS designed to divest the toxic assets the bank was burdened with after the financial crisis.

The following summer, the firm repaid the favour, handing a PR coup to Osborne by launching a ‘UK Tax Transparent Fund’ in response to his efforts to make Britain a more attractive place to domicile investments.

‘Osborne said he wanted to make the UK a more appropriate domicile for asset managers and financial business full stop,’ said BlackRock. ‘And this is about giving investors as efficient a vehicle as possible.’

Then came political favours. In 2014, BlackRock, which has hundreds of employees in Scotland, dutifully campaigned against independence ahead of the referendum that year.

Shortly before the 2015 General Election, meanwhile, BlackRock warned of the risk of Ed Miliband being elected Prime Minister under a governing coalition with the SNP, saying: ‘Imagine a similar situation in Spain if the central government were dependent on Basque or Catalan separatists.’

Polling day in May 2015 brought news stories, saying: ‘BlackRock has warned that Labour’s plans for a slower pace of deficit reduction could “bring forward the timing of interest rate hikes”.’

In response, Osborne, then Chancellor, said: ‘This is a stark warning to every homeowner in Britain from independent experts.’

The following month, he attended the secretive Bilderberg Conference — which brings together heads of state and power-brokers from around the world — along with BlackRock’s vice-chairman, Swiss banker Philipp Hildebrand.

It was just a few months later, in November 2015, that Osborne’s Old Etonian chief-of-staff, Rupert Harrison, took a job with BlackRock, as a strategist on a six-figure salary.

The two men had worked extremely closely together, so much so that at Mr Harrison’s leaving party, Osborne joked: ‘It has been an honour to play a role in the Harrison chancellorship.’

In its letter of approval for Rupert Harrison taking a role at BlackRock, the Acoba committee, which is supposed to guard the ‘revolving door’ between the public and private sector, said there was no conflict of interest as Mr Harrison’s work at the Treasury ‘did not specifically relate to asset management’.

B ut it made no mention of how he had direct involvement with BlackRock during his time working for Mr Osborne, including lunches with the firm’s executives in March 2013 and April 2014.

It also emerged that pension freedoms introduced by Osborne in his March 2014 Budget had benefited the firm.

Intriguingly, Rupert Harrison has been credited as the ‘architect’ of the changes. Indeed, after recruiting the 38-year-old, BlackRock boasted of his experience in shaping pensions reform.

For all that, perhaps the issue which bound the Chancellor most intimately to BlackRock was the EU referendum — or, more specifically, Project Fear, that concerted effort by the Establishment to scare the electorate into voting Remain. In this, BlackRock played a curiously prominent role.

In October 2015, for example, its head of government affairs and public policy in Europe, Joanna Cound, said a Brexit vote might prompt the firm to leave London (strangely, that hasn’t yet happened).

March 2016 saw it issue a research note claiming Brexit would cause a currency crisis and create higher inflation and more unemployment. (In fact, unemployment has since fallen, and is at its lowest level in a decade.)

In July, meanwhile, BlackRock’s chief investment officer claimed the UK would fall into recession in the coming year.

We are, of course, still waiting for any such turn of events.

Supporters of Osborne may argue that he’s got as much right to earn a living as anyone else. However, the extent of these links to BlackRock — which were all, remember, forged when he was in high office, on the public payroll — will only anger critics who believe the bucket-loads of cash thrown at former ministers by the banking industry has created a disincentive for politicians to challenge ‘big finance’ while in government.

One former Cabinet minister this week told the Mail: ‘It’s clear that Osborne has been milking his contacts for all they were worth.’

Also entitled to feel miffed at recent developments are the voters of Tatton, a safe Conservative seat where incumbent MPs have little reason to court their vote.

Many feel that after six years in the Cabinet, Osborne ought to be making up for lost time by concentrating on local matters and his duties as a backbench MP.

But the opposite has happened. He has rarely spoken in Parliament since leaving No. 11 Downing Street, and has bothered to turn up for only 32 per cent of votes and divisions there.

Data from the Parliamentary expenses office shows that he claimed for a mere five rail journeys to Tatton in the whole of 2016 (though it should, in fairness, be noted that he could until July have been driven there in a ministerial car).

He does not hold drop-in surgeries for constituents, instead requiring them to apply for a meeting via a website.

All of which this week prompted Gareth Wilson, the Tatton Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate from 2015, to describe Osborne’s decision to spend a day each week working for BlackRock as ‘absolutely breathtaking’.

‘How can an MP effectively handle casework, be present in the constituency to meet constituents, attend Parliament for crucial votes and also work for a City firm?’ he asked.

‘That “one day a week” should be spent helping in person the people George is supposed to be representing. Any Tatton constituent who has ever tried to arrange a meeting with him will know how difficult this is. Perhaps he’ll give back 20 per cent of his MP’s salary?’

Chance would, however, be a fine thing. For despite his gilded background as the St Paul’s and Oxford-educated son of a baronet, the truth is that Osborne is, at present, far less wealthy than he would like.

The family firm, wallpaper business Osborne & Little, which was founded by his father Sir Peter, is a long way from being the cash cow it’s sometimes portrayed as.

It lost £377,000 last year on sales of £32.8 million and has paid just one dividend in recent times of 18p per share in 2014.

Osborne, who has three brothers (so in theory only stands to inherit a quarter of the firm), currently owns only 6,833 shares, suggesting he earned £1,229 that year and nothing since.

W hen it comes to property, he made around £400,000 when he sold a farmhouse near his constituency on the edge of the Peak District in 2012 (he’s since rented in Tatton).

The family home in Notting Hill (rented out for £10,000 a month when he was Chancellor) cost £1.85 million in 2006, and has since more than doubled in value. However, it also has a mortgage on it with RBC Europe, a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Compared to the man in the street, he is very comfortably off. However, in the moneyed circles in which Osborne moves, he remains but small fry.

Indeed, his £135,000 Chancellor’s salary will have been dwarfed by the incomes of friends who worked in hedge funds or high finance. His savings and investments may feel similarly flimsy.

Recent events, therefore, present a rare chance to play financial catch-up.

And while many voters will be sickened at his recent career moves, he may not have to worry about their concerns for much longer.

Tatton is likely to be abolished in the coming boundary review, offering George Osborne a clean break from the House of Commons — and the chance to complete his lucrative, if increasingly controversial, journey from Chancellor to chancer.

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused in new sex trafficking case

Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is accused of luring an underage girl into his elaborate sex trafficking enterprise under the guise of using his wealth and connections to get her into a prestige NYC college

Jan 27 2017

  • A woman who calls herself Jane Doe 43  has slapped Jeffrey Epstein with a federal lawsuit is demanding damages for forcing her to perform sex acts on him

Using the alias ‘Jane Doe 43,’ the woman filed a federal lawsuit against Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff and Natalya Malyshev.

She describes then 64-year-old Epstein – then 50 – as a billionaire who usesd his wealth to commit illegal sex crimes in violation of the law. and accuses him of having a compulsive sexual preference for young girls as young as 13 and as ‘old’ as 25.




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Revealed: Charles’ dozens of letters to ‘calculating’ paedophile bishop as victims demand they are made public

Jan 27 2017

  • Prince Charles is believed to have written to paedophile bishop Peter Ball 
  • Ball was jailed two years ago for using his position to groom 18 young men 
  • The former Bishop of Gloucester exchanged letters with Prince Charles 
  • Clarence House stressed the letters are not connected with Ball’s case 

Victims of a paedophile bishop last night called for dozens of letters he received from Prince Charles to be made public.

Extensive correspondence is understood to exist between the future king and Peter Ball, the ‘calculating’ former Bishop of Gloucester, who was jailed after admitting exploiting his position to groom and abuse 18 young men.

The prince’s letters now have been handed to an “independent” inquiry into the case, launched after Ball was convicted two years ago.

It is not clear what role, if any, they will play in the inquiry which is examining the Church’s handling of the Ball case, but Charles has not given any evidence to it either formally or informally nor has he or his team been asked to.

The content of the letters is unknown, but in a statement yesterday, Clarence House said they believed there was nothing in them which pertained to the case.

A spokesman for the prince said: ‘We do not believe that the letters have any bearing on the issues before the inquiry, but we have not objected to them being shared for their consideration.’

Royal sources insist it would be perfectly normal for the future king to write to the priest, who in 1992 became Bishop of Gloucester, the diocese in which Charles’ country home, Highgrove, sits.

One said that the existence of letters between the two simply reflected their ‘long-standing acquaintance’.

Ball was Bishop of Gloucester which covers Prince Charles’s Highgrove Estate 

It is not clear if the prince continued to write to Ball after his well-publicised earlier arrest and police caution for gross indecency against a 17-year-old boy in 1993.

Ball escaped prosecution for this offence, despite investigators knowing of ‘many’ more allegations against him, after the police received dozens of supportive letters and calls from MPs, former public headmasters, JPs and even a Lord Chief Justice.

At the time his lawyers also told the police they had a letter of support from a member of the Royal Family, but prosecutors said they had not seen this correspondence and there is no evidence that this letter even existed.

ball and charles and camilla

However, Ball clearly did continue to enjoy cordial relations with the royals as he read the homily at the funeral of the father of the Duchess of Cornwall in 2006

“Fat Cat” social worker director Moira Gibb – will review the letters.

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Prince Charles awarding honour to Dame Moira Gibb. Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace back in 2012.

The letters from Charles are understood to have been handed to the Church of England’s independent inquiry, which is being led by former council chief executive Dame Moira Gibb.

A Church of England spokesman said: ‘We are supplying the inquiry with all information relevant to the inquiry’s purposes as set out in its Terms of Reference.’

The Government’s separate child abuse inquiry is also due to investigate whether there were ‘inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice processes’ after Ball was first accused of child sexual offences 24 years ago.

Phil Johnson, one of Ball’s victims and chairman of the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group, last night called for the letters to be made public in the ‘spirit of openness.’

He said: ‘I think the victims have a right to know what is in them. They may of course just be innocent letters between friends. But given the grave concerns about how the case was handled, the public also have a right to know what the future head of state wrote to Ball for the avoidance of any doubt.’

After his second arrest in 2015, Ball claimed his victims had been ‘spiritually uplifted’ by his treatment of them. The court heard how he targeted young men seeking spiritual instruction on the Bishop’s ‘Give a Year for Christ’ scheme.

He changed his plea at the last minute and admitted to offences against 18 teenagers and young men between 1977 and 1992. He was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assault, to run concurrently.

The lawyer for some of those he abused said the way establishment figures closed ranks around him had ‘compounded his victims’ anguish’.

Two years ago, 27 letters that Charles sent to ministers between September 2004 and April 2005 were published after a decade-long legal battle over their release that went to the Supreme Court


Second member of Fiona Woolf inquiry admits controversial links with Lord Brittan

Dame Moira Gibb, who is to sit with Fiona Woolf on the Government’s child sex abuse inquiry, confirms she also has a link with Lord Brittan

Dame Moira Gibb – who was appointed to sit on the panel along with a number of other experts – has admitted a close personal friend worked with Lord Brittan during part of the period which will be closely scrutinised by the inquiry.

In a letter to Theresa May, the Home Secretary, on October 17 Dame Moira said she had no “direct interest in the matters to which the inquiry relates”.

But just five days later she was forced to write to Mrs May again.


She wrote: “I would like to set out that Mr Gerald Malone, whom I declared as a personal friend, informed me last night that he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Brittan in 1985 when Lord Brittan was Secretary of State for Trade and Investment, and a Government whip from 1986-1987.

Gerald Malone was a Conservative MP in Baroness Thatcher’s and Sir John Major’s governments.

As a trusted worker for Lord Brittan in the 1980s it is conceivable the sex abuse inquiry may wish to take evidence from him about Lord Brittan’s tenure at Home Office.



Other career politicians on the board of General Mediterranean or its subsidiaries are former Liberal party leader Lord  Steel, former president of the European commission Jacques Santer, former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont and former Tory health minster Gerry Malone, who is chairman of Regent.

People don’t like Gerry Malone much. He’s seen as arrogant, unclubbable. ‘I had few friends in politics and it remains so.’ He’s a pal of Andrew Neil’s. John Major’s, too.

He now has a non-executive role in several companies, including Regent GM Laboratories, Ultrasis and Chiltern Invodex.


20 May 2003

It has been a long and varied career path from engineering student to teacher, social worker and senior director. …management experience on a four-strong executive board running Kensington and Chelsea council, west London.

She joins a growing list of social services directors making it to the very top in local government, moving to the north London borough of Camden as its £140,000-a-year chief executive.

Director of social services in Kensington and Chelsea since 1990

Gibb’s long path to the top began after a two-year engineering course at Glasgow University. She decided it was not for her, moved into teaching – secondary modern in Newham, east London -but soon decided to move on.

“I had a friend who was a social worker and, while I did not know what they did, I was enthusiastic,” Gibb says. She returned to Scotland for a social work degree course in Edinburgh, and then spent five years in Newcastle upon Tyne, working in the city’s tough Scotswood area.

After a spell teaching social work in Preston, she moved south to Surrey, becoming an adviser in child care, then joined the west London borough of Ealing – rising to assistant social services director, before joining Kensington and Chelsea in 1988 as deputy director. She was promoted to director two years later.


Before joining Kensington and Chelsea social services in 1988, she worked in Newcastle, Surrey and Ealing.

Moira Gibb – social worker in Newcastle –


Brian Roycroft, Colin Gregg, Dawn Reed and Christopher Lillie – Newcastle City Council Nursery paedophile ring etc


Safe hands Moira Gibb also led William Vahey review


He is married to a leading Scottish doctor, Anne Blyth. He made tabloid headlines in 1995 when, still a minister, he attended a live sex show.

Mr Malone, who was a health minister in John Major’s government and is now editor of the European, has issued a formal apology to the title’s features editor, Nicola Davidson, after making a drunken sexual approach to her and then hitting her around the head when he was rebuffed.



…He initially became chairman of Regent GM, one of Britain’s biggest suppliers of generic drugs to the NHS, before moving to his current role as chairman of Ultrasis, which specialises in computerised cognitive behavioural therapy software.

But controversy has never been far away where Malone is concerned, and last year he faced an unprecedented challenge to his role in a shareholders’ revolt. Susan Malin, a 42-year-old accountant, stood for election to the board following a row over executive pay, claiming the company was being run “like an old boys’ network”. Unlike the people of Winchester, however, the shareholders stood by him, and the former Tory minister lives to fight another day.


Re-entering Parliament

Seat of Winchester

He re-entered parliament in 1992, representing the “safe” Conservative seat of Winchester. He was appointed a Minister of State at the Department of Health in 1994, when Virginia Bottomley was the Secretary of State.


BUPA Nursing Awards

Production of Award Ceremony in the presence of the Prime Minister (1991): The Princess Margaret (1992); Virginia Bottomley (1993); Gerry Malone (1994); Secretary of State (1995).


Nurses jeer Minister as strike looms Threat of action by 900,000 NHS staff

May 1995

NURSES were poised to tear up their long-standing no-strike rule after Ministers yesterday refused to back down on controversial local pay deals.

Junior Health Minister Baroness Cumberlege was booed and heckled by members of the Royal College of Nursing meeting in Harrogate for their annual congress, when she claimed that local pay bargaining was here to stay.


She ended with a defiant message for the Prime Minister, Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley, and Health Minister Gerry Malone.

”We will fight for nursing and for the health services of this country, to ensure that our campaign marks a turning point for nursing, and to use the tremendous support we have received to create a better future. We will fight to win this battle and move on to win the war.”

Moira Gibb – her views on physical punishment, response to Kensington and Chelsea abuse, and child deaths in Camden under her watch

Malone was  mp for Winchester from 1992 to 1997 (during which time he served as Minister of State for Health under Virginia Bottomley from 1994)

He became editor of the European and was forced to make a public apology for hitting the paper’s features editor, Nicola Davidson, around the head when she rebuffed a drunken sexual advance.

But what of Gibb herself? She has a long history in social work and local government, was president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, received a CBE in 2002, then was knighted in 2012. In 2009, she was appointed by then Children’s Secretary Ed Balls to head the government’s Social Work Task Force in the aftermath of the death of ‘Baby P’, and more recently was appointed to head a public investigation into how paedophile teacher William Vahey was able to drug and abuse 60 children at Southbank International School in London.



Anger over massive pensions gulf between local authority bosses and ordinary workers


24 March 2009

At least seven London local government bosses are heading for final salary pensions of more than £100,000 a year, the Evening Standard has learned.

They are the first of a new generation of high-earning council chiefs, now in their fifties, who can look forward to six-figure retirement incomes once their careers are over.

The size of the pensions has angered union leaders, who have drawn attention to the vast gap between the “fat cat” bosses at the top of the local authority earnings league and the average London council worker pension of around £4,000.

And three of those due for a windfall have been criticised for serious failings in their social services department after children died.

But councils said the pensions were justified. A spokeswoman for Camden council, where chief executive Moira Gibb is set to retire on a pension of more than £109,000, said: “All local government pension holders pay a proportion of their own wage into these pension schemes and for some people these reflect years of service.

Moira Gibb
Chief executive of Camden
Age: not disclosed
Salary: £210,000
Estimate local government career at retirement: 40 years
Annual pension: £109,375 (£2,187,500 pot)
Lump sum: £267,750

Moira Gibb qualified as a social worker after a short teaching career. She has worked in social services departments in Newcastle, Surrey, Ealing and Kensington and Chelsea.
Since being appointed as Chief Executive of Camden, four serious case reviews have been carried out into the death or serious injury of a child as a result of abuse or neglect. One, a six-year-old girl, was murdered in 2005 by her mother’s boyfriend, despite being on the child protection register. Ms Gibb announced a restructuring of children’s services “to improve the welfare of all children”. The next year a two-month-old boy died after “horrific” abuse.



THE woman leading the Baby P taskforce faces questions after two children died from abuse on her watch, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls appointed Moira Gibb from Camden council to review social services across England in the wake of the Baby P scandal. But a series of failings by Ms Gibb’s social workers in two separate cases raised concerns over her suitability for the role.

An Evening Standard investigation found that four inquiries have been held into the death or serious harm of a child from suspected abuse or neglect in Camden in the last five years.

Among the victims was a six-year-old girl, Ukleigha Batten-Froggatt, who was murdered in 2005 by her mother’s boyfriend, despite being placed on Camden’s child protection register. Her mother was also killed in the attack.

Social workers failed to check the police records of his mother’s boyfriend, who was revealed as a convicted child sex attacker with a “troubled” past.

Children’s Secretary Ed Balls appointed Moira Gibb from Camden council to review social services across England

Haringey’s MP, Lynne Featherstone, questioned the appointment of Ms Gibb in light of the other cases in Camden.

“This is concerning information,” she said. “It must, unfortunately, put a question mark over Ed Balls’s choice. He should look into the background here so we are reassured over his choice to lead the taskforce.”

Ms Gibb, who has been chief executive of Camden since 2003, said she did not “seek” the role but was asked to take it on.


NHS England Board

Dame Moira Gibb: Non-executive Director and Chair of the Investment Committee

Image of Dame Moira Gibb - Non-executive Director and Chair of the Investment CommitteeDame Moira Gibb is Chair of Skills for Care and Chair of City Lit Adult Education College. She is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority and a member of the Council of Reading University.

Her career was in social services and local government, latterly as Chief Executive of Camden Council. She was a Civil Service Commissioner from 2012-15 and a Director of the London Marathon from 2005-11.


Patrick Marshall, 70, allegedly preyed on vulnerable boys during the sixties and seventies at Windsor Grammar School, Windsor and then at St Paul's School, in Barnes, London

Patrick Marshall

Coach denies sexually abusing ten young boys at George Osborne’s / paedophile Clement Freud’s old school

  • Patrick Marshall allegedly preyed on vulnerable boys during the 60s and 70s
  • He was a geography teacher at two private schools in Windsor and London
  • At Windsor Grammar School and then St Paul’s School in Barnes, south London
  • A number of boys, aged between 10 and 15, were allegedly subjected to abuse
  • Marshall denies 24 counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency

Marshall moved to London to work at St Paul's School after being ¿attracted by a slightly higher salary', the court heard


George Osborne is a former pupil of St Paul's School in Barnes, south London, where Marshall once taught

George Osborne is a former pupil of St Paul’s School in Barnes, south London, where Marshall once taught

Patrick Marshall, 70, allegedly preyed on vulnerable pupils during the sixties and seventies at Windsor Grammar School, Windsor and then at St Paul’s School, in Barnes, south west London.

He would befriend the boy’s families, gain their trust, and then ply the underage boys with alcohol and gifts before making them perform sexual acts, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Marshall, who was also a geography teacher, took some of the boys on holidays across Europe, stayed over at their homes and got them to help him with building work, it was said.

Marshall from Farnham in Surrey, denies 24 counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a child.

The married father-of-three detailed his career as he began his defence today.

Before becoming a teacher Marshall (pictured, outside Southwark Crown Court) read geography at Cambridge University

Patrick  Marshall, of Frensham Lane, in Churt, Farnham, who described himself as ‘the son of a farmer and grandson of a farmer’, attended Windsor Grammar from September 1958 until July 1965, before reading geography at Cambridge.

He said that he had job offers from banks and pharmaceutical companies after university, but that ‘none of them interested me, so I was directionless as far as my career.’

Marshall was contacted by the head of geography at Windsor Grammar, ‘who heard I had no career plans and suggested that I come back and teach for a couple of years.’

But he said his ‘first love’ was rowing and, despite having no coaching experience, he took rowing lessons at the school until he left in December 1971.

But Marshall said he had still not found his vocation and did not see himself as a teacher ‘long-term’.

He told the court that, in late 1970, he managed to get a place on a graduate trainee scheme with British Overseas Airways.

 But he added the company ‘cancelled the graduate trainee scheme that I had managed to be accepted for in 1971’ when it was merged with British European Airways.

It was at that point that he was ‘attracted by a slightly higher salary by moving to London’ to St Paul’s School.

He spent time in Aberdeen researching the prospects of a business started by a school friend, Yellow Bird Air Taxis, which was intended to take advantage of the then-new oil and gas industry.

But a financial crisis in 1973 meant the company was unable to raise the money and he remained teaching at St Paul’s.

He said he resigned from St Paul’s in the spring of 1981, but stayed on until the end of the year.

‘In those days, by 1980, 1981, those academically gifted people that were looking to take scholarship exams took those in what was known as the seventh term.’

Mr Stork asked: ‘Was that at the behest of the school?’

Marshall replied: ‘Yes, the head of geography.’

Mr Stork then asked: ‘From 1972 to 1981, were you the subject of any disciplinary proceedings?’

Marshall replied: ‘No, no, none.’

He said he had then worked for a management consultancy firm called Software Production Enterprises Limited for two years, before starting his own consultancy firm called Media Software International.

Marshall said it was set up ‘because I wanted to concentrate on video filming that involved international filming and travel, whereas I was trapped in a company where it was rare they filmed outside of London.’

Mr Stork then asked if he travelled to the USA in 1984 with one of the alleged victims.

Marshall said: ‘On one of them [the trips] he did come with me.’

Asked about his work history after that, Marshall said he worked for a consultancy company in Sweden, but said his main focus now is ‘running a livery yard’, which he set up in 2002.

He added: ‘I was the son of a farmer and grandson of a farmer.’

Marshall, who married his wife in May 1985, was first arrested in February 2014.

He was then then rearrested numerous times as more boys came forward following newspaper articles about the alleged abuse at St Paul’s.

Windsor Grammar, now called The Windsor Boy’s School, is an all boys upper school that specialises in the arts.

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Founded in 1509 St Paul’s counts Samuel Pepys, paedophile Clement Freud, Dan Snow and John Simpson along with the former chancellor as ex-pupils. 

The trial continues.

Some of the incidents are alleged to have taken place at a flat that he owned in Chiswick’s Strand on the Green.

Mr Marshall regularly accompanied boys on trips abroad or invited them to help with building work at one of his properties.

He worked at St. Paul’s between 1972 and 1980 having previously been at the school in Windsor. The acts of abuse alleged to have occurred at Strand on the Green happened before he taught at St. Paul’s. A group of school boys were staying at his flat and Mr Marshall is accused of twice putting his hands into the sleeping bag of a boy who now claims he had been subjected to a sustained campaign of abuse by the teacher.

Marshall often accompanied members of the St. Paul’s rowing team home on trips away to regattas and he has been accused of plying boys with alcohol and making sexual advances towards them. In one case it is alleged that he took a 14-year-old member to a disused airfield and assaulted him.

He was first arrested in 2014 and subsequently rearrested as more former pupils from schools that he had taught at came forward after publicity surrounding other cases connected with Operation Winthorpe the police investigation in abuse at Colet Court and St Paul’s school.

He denies the charges and the case is expected to continue for over a month.


January 20, 2017


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GCHQ head Robert Hannigan to resign for personal reasons

Monday 23 January 2017

After an early career in the private sector, Hannigan became Deputy Director of Communications for the Northern Ireland Office in 2000, Director of Communications for the Northern Ireland Office in 2001 and Associate Political Director for the Northern Ireland Office in 2004. He served as the Director-General, Political as the Northern Ireland Office from 2005, taking over from Jonathan Phillips.

Hannigan moved to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as the Director-General of Defence and Intelligence with effect from 1 March 2010. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to national security.


Paedophile Mason ran lodge set up for GCHQ

ONE OF Britain’s most influential paedophiles was the head of a Masonic lodge founded and frequented by GCHQ spies.

And GCHQ/ GCHQ head Robert Hannigan didn’t know about his background??

Keith Harding, former membership secretary of the Paedophile Information Exchange (Pie) was made Worshipful Master of the Mercurius Lodge in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 2011.

The child molester, who died last summer, (2014) presided over ceremonies and rituals from an ornate throne.

Harding was convicted of an indecent assault against four children  (aged eight and nine in 1958 and classified a Schedule-1 offender, which meant the offence remained on his criminal record all his life.

His name was also on a list of about 400 Pie members seized by police in 1984, the year the organisation disbanded.

The Sunday Express revealed earlier this month how Harding regularly met MPs Cyril Smith and Leon Brittan in the 1980s when he ran a north London antiques store.

Thirty-five years ago he appeared alongside paedophile television presenter Jimmy Savile in a Christmas special of Jim’ll Fix It.

The lodge boasts of its Government Communications Headquarters heritage on its website.


Fr Denis Chrysostom Alexander

Fort Augustus School

Monk accused of Fort Augustus Abbey abuse arrested in Sydney

23 January 2017

A former Catholic monk accused of child abuse at a Scottish school has been arrested in Australia.

Father Denis “Chrysostom” Alexander was one of several monks accused of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the Highlands.

The BBC has learned he has been remanded in custody in Sydney pending his extradition back to Scotland to face trial.

The Crown Office here said it would not comment on legal matters elsewhere.

Father Alexander has always denied the allegations.

In 2013, he was confronted by BBC Scotland in Sydney as part of a documentary which prompted a major police investigation.

Now, three and a half years after that programme, that investigation has taken a significant turn with the former Benedictine monk’s arrest.

He will face a further hearing on Wednesday at the local court in New South Wales, where it will emerge if he will oppose the extradition or not. He will also be entitled to apply for bail.

One of Father Alexander’s accusers, Hugh Kennedy, has previously spoken of his frustration at the length of time it has taken the Scottish authorities to request the extradition of the former monk who is now 80.

One other former Fort Augustus monk is due to face trial in Scotland soon for a series assaults, whilst a further seven cases remain under consideration by the Crown Office in Scotland.

Fr Alexander was returned by the Catholic Church to Australia in 1979, after allegations of abuse were made by another Fort Augustus Abbey pupil, who the BBC has also spoken to.

No report to the police was made, and no warnings were provided about his alleged offending behaviour, to the Church in Australia where Fr Alexander continued as a priest for a further 20 years or more.

He was stripped of his priestly faculties in 2013 after the BBC programme.


BBC Reporting Scotland 2017 report on Arrest / Extradition Fr Alexander


Patrick Rock

Cameron aide, paedophile Patrick Rock, given short  sentence after judge error

A former aide to David Cameron who was convicted for possessing csa images was given a sentence less than half of what it should have been – because of a judge’s mistake.

Patrick Rock, from Fulham, was given a two-year conditional discharge after downloading indecent images of scantily-clad girls in sexual poses – some as young as 10 – in June last year.

Judge Alistair McCreath was judge involved in McSweeney trial,gave him 3 yrs

It has since emerged that the minimum sentence should have been five years but the mistake by Judge Alistair McCreath was not spotted until it was too late.

The Recorder of Westminster, sitting at Southwark Crown Court today, said he was now powerless to change the sentence.

Rock, 65, had claimed the images were not indecent as none of the girls were naked and only wore swimwear. The pictures were taken at a golf club during a family trip to the United States.

He faced 20 charges of making indecent photographs of a child downloaded on his iPad in August 2013.

A jury convicted him of five counts and cleared him of three others but were unable to reach verdicts on the remaining 12.

Judge McCreath gave Rock a two-year conditional discharge on each count to run concurrently and a sexual harm prevention order.

But a letter from the Met Commissioner’s office in October last year said the discharge should have been for the statutory minimum of five years.

The sentence cannot be changed because the error was not brought to the judge’s attention before the eight-week deadline.

Judge McCreath said: “When an error is made it has to be brought to the attention of the court within eight weeks. This order was made on June 2. The first I heard of it was when a letter was sent from the Met Commissioner solicitors dated October 10.

“I recognise that was unlawful but this error was not brought to my attention in time within the generous eight weeks allowed.

“I have no power to do anything about this because the time has now passed in which I could exercise these powers. In these circumstances this application to vary the order has to be refused.”

Under David Cameron, Rock was deputy head of the Home Affairs policy unit with responsibility for co-ordinating the Government’s response to child abuse images online.

The Oxford University graduate also served under Margaret Thatcher as political correspondence secretary.

The Crown Prosecution Service has indicated that it may apply to the Court of Appeal to have the order amended.


Will be applying to amend Patrick Rock’s 2 year conditional discharge to 5 years after error by judge?

Let’s hope so  It certainly looks “terribly convenient” that such an “error” should favour a Whitehall / Cameron man.


Ten Extremely Weird Documents in the CIA’s Online FOIA Archives





Jan 23 2017


Charles Howeson (centre) with Prince Philip

Charles Howeson (Mountbatten,  Prince Philip etc) was due back in court today.



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Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges

The Ampleforth Chamber Ensemble Dara de Cogan (violin) who is Head of Strings




Dara de Cogan, a founder-member of European Community Youth Orchestra

Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.




European Community Youth Orchestra – that was Edward Heath’s province too


Heath made a special point of conducting orchestras involving young musicians. While still prime minister, he conducted the Academy of the BBC at the 50th anniversary concert in the series for children founded by Sir Robert Mayer. Later, it was through Heath’s help that the European Community Youth Orchestra was set up. He became its president, and conducted it on summer tours in 1978, 1979 and 1980.


Heath the musician: Rehearsing the 107 strong European Community Youth Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall

A vanished file and troubling claims about Heath and young musicians


The ensemble in question was the European Community Youth Orchestra, and it was about to embark on its inaugural tour of EEC capitals. It was to be a flagship for pan-European cultural co-operation.

The 135 musicians, some of whom were as young as 14, were drawn from the then nine member nations. Heath, an enthusiastic amateur musician who had led the United Kingdom into the European Community five years before, was the orchestra’s founding president. He would also be its guest conductor for that tour and several tours to come.

In an intriguing development, the Mail learned this week that a file relating to Sir Edward and the infamous Paedophile Information Exchange group is one of those missing from official Government records.

It is among 114 missing files concerning child abuse identified by an independent review of how allegations were handled by the Home Office.

The title of the missing document, ‘Edward Heath MP [redacted] RE: PIE’, refers to the activities of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Investigators discovered that the file disappeared more than 25 years ago after being moved to a Westminster record centre. They concluded that there was no evidence of any orchestrated attempts by officials over three decades to cover up child abuse.

But the unexpected absence of the file raises questions about the exact nature of the connection between Heath and the PIE group.

Further new allegations of sexual abuse and possible official cover-up concerning Sir Edward have come to light. They centre on his relationship with the European Community Youth Orchestra.

A retired senior police officer, who served with several southern forces including Wiltshire, told the Mail that there were ‘always rumours’ about Heath, the former MP for Bexley.

The policeman — a widely respected officer with a distinguished career — asked that due to the sensitivities of the Heath investigations, he remain anonymous. He told us that the rumours did not come with any specific evidence against the former PM.

But he went on: ‘The exception were several allegations made against him in his role with the European Youth Orchestra. I understand there were credible claims that Heath indecently assaulted young people on tours to the Continent which he was leading.

‘These tours took place in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

‘It was never clear how old the victims were, or exactly what happened, and what was alleged was not at the top end of the scale of criminality.

‘Why these were never investigated I cannot say. I suspect it is because they took place overseas and the victims were from other countries.’



Spring Tour

Amsterdam – Bonn – Paris – Luxembourg – Brussels – Milan – Rome

Conductors: Claudio Abbado, Sir Edward Heath*

Summer Tour

London – Aberdeen – Copenhagen – Dublin

Conductors: Lorin Maazel, Sir Edward Heath*


Avignon – Venice – Salzburg – Berlin – Copenhagen – Ghent – London

Conductors: Claudio Abbado, Sir Edward Heath*

Got around a bit didn’t he?

Ted Heath would have known Dara De Cogan through the European Community Youth Orchestra.

And Heath links to another Ampleforth paedophile – Piers Grant-Ferris – his father Lord Harvington was good friends with Heath and Thatcher.

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Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges

A LEADING Roman Catholic school has been rocked by abuse allegations after a music professor appeared in court accused of sex offences against a girl more than 30 years his junior.

Irish-born classical musician and composer Dara De Cogan, 57, was appointed performing arts professor at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, in 2004.

The gifted violinist is charged with 12 counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.

The court heard the victim was a girl aged 16 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences between December 2007 and December 2009.

Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.

In 1982, he joined the Hallé Orchestra and has played in folk music ensembles and has worked widely in the recording industry.

His court appearance came just weeks after it was confirmed Ampleforth is to be included in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.

Piers Grant-Ferris/Heath /Ampleforth/Jersey

Piers Grant-FerrisHis secret past as a serial abuser of young boys at Ampleforth. He was an officer in the Irish Guards before becoming a novice monk in the Benedictine Order in 1955.
His late father, Lord harvington, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during Ted Heath’s Government and member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family – retired to Jersey

Life in Jersey revolved around hunting, golf, motor yachting, and farming. Lord Harvington was also a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and former president of the National Sheep Breeders Association. Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.

He served at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumbria, between 1978 and 1989, when he was chaplain to St Joseph’s RC School, before returning to Ampleforth Abbey where he was much sought-after to lead retreats.

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Jan 20, 2017

HIA: No credible evidence security agencies complicit in sexual abuse
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The HIA inquiry has “not found any credible evidence to show that there is any basis for the allegations or anything to show that the security agencies were complicit in any sort of sexual abuse” at Kincora Boys’ Home.


  is crystal clear that by Nov 1973 MI5 knew William McGrath worked at Kincora and had a reputation for “assaulting small boys”.

So why did MI5 not want a proper investigation of Kincora in 1980? Doesn’t this seem a little strange?

finds McGrath was “not an agent of the state” but also concludes in 1980 MI5 “consistently obstructed a proper line of inquiry”.


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Anthony Hart and the Secret Services’ limited hangout: The Three Stooges

Just what does MI5 need to do to be even mildly criticised?

HIA inquiry: MI5 knew McGrath abused kids but ‘we do not criticise them for failing to appreciate the significance of this information

 The Hart report leaves a lot to be desired.


HIA reference to a dubious attempt by the MI5 Assistant Director to create ‘false files’ in anticipation of further investigation

 Establishment paedophile ring did not abuse children at Belfast home say the establishment


Hart and Henriques show us that the Establishment cannot afford to admit that a single VIP is involved in CSA. Once the ball is rolling…

kincora boy,who worked in a hotel,every weekend he was trafficked to england,to be child sex abused he wasnt missed as he didnt do weekends

Colin with Edward Heath, Prime Minister, and William Whitelaw Londonderry Nov 1972

1973: Europa Hotel – blackmail of 16yo boy.

The boy involved, who was told to gather information about the staff and guests at the Europa Hotel.

Did Enoch stay at the Europa Hotel?

The Journal of Refrigeration – Volumes 11-12 – Page 81

1968 – ‎Snippet view – ‎More editions

At the Annual General Meeting of the British Refrigeration Association on Tuesday, 19th March, 1968, three decisions of major … presided, 320 members and guests assembled in new surroundings, the Europa Hotel, Grosvenor Square, and partook of a most excellent meal. The guest of honour was The Rt. Hon. J. Enoch Powell, M.B.E., M.P.. who delivered a thought- provoking and entertaining speech.

5/9/1974 Enoch Powell with Rev Martin Smyth, leader of the Orange Order (left) and John Laird, an assemblyman (right), walking through Belfast yesterday after a bomb scare at the Europa
Rev. Martin Smyth (Belfast South) – He was a Vice-President of the Conservative Monday Club.

Why was the Europa Hotel in Belfast a continual target for paramilitaries? Was it the clientele?


The Europa Hotel is famously known as ‘Europe’s most bombed Hotel’


Tory Peers and MPs at Europa Hotel to acclaim Mrs. Margaret Thatcher (2nd Left) as leader of party. Geoffrey Howe (left) Willie Whitelaw (2nd right) February 1975

Belfast’s most famous place to stay and the favourite haunt of presidents, politicians and celebrities.




September 16, 1967 event at London’s Europa Hotel where Jimi received the “World Top Musician” award by Melody Maker magazine.

(Father Giarchi on left, Jimmy Savile, on the right)



Jesuit priest Father George Giarchi with English dj and television presenter Jimmy Savile and a group of ‘flower girls’ at a run-through for a ‘preach-in’ at the Jesuit’s Church in Mayfair, London, 6th October 1967. Father Giarchi aims to boost attendance at his services by advertising to young people


The late, celebrated manager of the hotel was Harper Brown.

More than just a hotel, the Europa is beleaguered Northern Ireland’s link with the outside world. Over its 20 telephone lines, hundreds of correspondents pour out their daily dispatches to Fleet Street and New York. The IRA, in turn, taps the lines and occasionally warns a newsman to clean up his copy—or else. A photo darkroom has been set up in a laundry closet on the tenth floor, and resident journalists can be found waiting in the hotel’s Whip and Saddle Bar for the next story to break.





The Glasgow Herald – Feb 24, 1982

Scandal casts a net of doubt of Ulster
Russell Edmunds

Whatever one may think of Northern Ireland, it hardly seems a likely place to be shaken by a sex scandal. But such is the wave of concern in the province at present over just such a seamy issue, that it has required the immediate and fullest attention of Secretary of State, James Prior.

The mention of one word – Kincora – in Ulster is enough to raise a spate of rumours, allegations and accusations which, if even half true, might rock the province on its heels. In Belfast bars, they talk about the Kincora boys’ home in East Belfast and what went on there as if it were their equivalent of the Profumo affair or Watergate.

True or false, or somewhere in between, the allegations of recent weeks appear to promise a lucrative future for the legal profession in pursuit of libel and slander and already this year they have provided the Northern Office with a major problem to add to anything that the politically divisive situation and the IRA can provoke.

At the centre of the controversy is a large double-fronted detached house in East Belfast, which for 20 years was a home for orphans or abandoned boys. Last December, six men including a prominent Orangeman, William McGrath, who has been a house father at the home, were jailed for offences against boys described by the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland as “loathsome and perverted.”

The horrendous abuse of the inmates at Kincora had gone on unchecked for 20 years and the question which was inevitably asked was: “Why did no one do anything to stop it?”

Finding the answer, as the events since the trial and conviction of McGrath have shown, threatens to embroil the police, the army, leading protestant public figures, social workers, health officials, Loyalist para-militaries and even the Northern Ireland Office itself.

The Kincora Boys’ Home was set up in 1959 under the control of Belfast’s welfare authority. Joseph Mains, aged 52, and Raymond Semple, aged 59, were employed from the start.

In December, Mains, a warden, was jailed for six years on charges of gross indecency, indecent assault, and buggery. Semple, a deputy warden, received five years. But it was a third man, 65-year-old William McGrath, the home’s house father, who has since attracted most attention and mainly because of his prominent loyalist links.

McGrath, is now serving a four-year sentence, but soon after he was convicted, no lesser person than the loyalist leader, the Rev. Ian Paisley, was drawn into the net of allegations and counter allegations surrounding the Kincora affair.

McGrath was a founder of an unusual Orange Lodge in Belfast, unusual in that it was called “Ireland’s Heritage,” had a map of the entire island depicted on the banner and inscriptions in Gaelic.

Furthermore, his prominence in Protestant and Loyalist circles had drawn him into the dark and dangerous world of para-military activity as the leader of Tara, an obscure secret Protestant organization, most active in the early seventies.

On the day after McGrath and the others were convicted, the allegations that other people knew of the scandal began to break. Since then there have been several wary reports in newspapers in Ireland, and these have eventually led to the Secretary of State’s decision last week to mount a full-scale inquiry, not just into events at the Kincora home, but also into the handling of investigations by the police.

These are some of the allegations:

That prominent and influential people in Belfast closed their eyes to the activities of McGrath and others.

  • That a police investigation in the mid-seventies was mysteriously halted without anyone being prosecuted.
  • That security forces’ intelligence knew about a homosexual ring operating in Belfast.
  • That two ex-Northern Ireland Office civil servants were involved in the early seventies, while working in Belfast.
  • That social workers in the health service were thwarted in their attempts to bring the scandal to light.

Whatever the truth, many people in Northern Ireland are concerned that it was not until after the Dublin-based Irish Independent newspaper carried an investigative report in January 1980 that the Kincora scandal came into the public eye.

An immediate investigation by the police in Belfast was then launched, during which 184 people, many of them former inmates at Kincora, were interviewed in Britain and Northern Ireland.

Eventually, in March 1980, Mains, McGrath, and Semple were suspended from their duties. The home was closed in July, 1980. But it was much too late to avoid abuse which had been going on for two decades undetected and, if some of the allegations are true, mysteriously and deliberately kept rom the public.


Reverend Martin Smyth, the leader of the Orange Order

So far the controversy has impinged on two leading public figures, the Reverend Ian Paisley and the Reverend Martin Smyth, the leader of the Orange Order.

Both have confirmed that a former secretary at Mr Paisley’s church discussed McGrath’s conduct with them in the mid-seventies.

But both say categorically that at no time did she mention a link with Kincora.

Mr Paisley has called for a full-scale judicial inquiry and his party has been most prominently campaigning to this end in recent weeks.

He accepts that in 1969 he was part of a Loyalist delegation which visited Stormont and which included McGrath. Furthermore, in answer to the secretary’s claims, he says he confronted McGrath and told him he was no longer welcome in his church.


Mr Smyth, who is currently favourite to win the forthcoming South Belfast by-election on March 4, says be reported what he knew to the relevant authority which is taken to mean health service officials.

It must be emphasised that there is absolutely no suggestion that either of the two leaders had any link whatsoever with Kincora, and both have said they would like to see the scandal fully investigated as they have nothing to hide.

So far the Kincora scandal is surrounded by a welter of unproven allegations, but despite the call by Mr Paisley and many other Ulster politicians to have them tested at an inquiry as soon as possible, that does not appear likely to happen.

Now a top-ranking policeman from England has been called in to take charge of the police investigation – a move publicly welcomed by the Ulster Chief Constable, Sir John Hermon, who is concerned to protect the image of his force. His men are continuing their inquiries and it is possible that more charges may be made.

But these police inquiries will have to be completed before a High Court Judge can preside over the kind of wide-scale investigation which Mr Paisley and others have been demanding. That may not be for ore than a year, and in the meantime, the rumours and accusations will hardly abate nor be silenced.



 Enoch Powell is applauded by a cross-section of Unionist politicians as he prepares to address a loyalist rally in the Ulster Hall, Belfast, N Ireland. Powell two months earlier had severed his links with the UK Conservative Party because they had taken the country into the EEC. Later in the year in a snap General Election he took the South Down seat for the Ulster Unionist Party. Included in the photo are Harry West, leader, MP, Ulster Unionist Party; Rev Martin Smyth, MP, Ulster Unionist, Rev Ian Paisley, MP, Democratic Unionist Party; and William Thompson, MP, Ulster Unionis

Anthony Blunt and the Kincora cover-up – Private Eye, 20th January 1988


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Sir Anthony Hart is satisfied there was no credible evidence NI Office Civil Servants used Kincora for sexual purposes.

Yet Ken Livingstone implicated PTE England, JL Imrie and Peter Bell in Kincora scandal. Why?


The UK security services used ‘child sexual abuse’ as a way of controlling the IRA.

Reportedly, the security services have run child brothels in the UK.

One of these child brothels was the Kincora children’s home in Belfast.

One of the whistleblowers on Kincora is Colin Wallace.

Sovereigntea alerts us to:

The statement issued by Colin Wallace, following the publication of the ‘whitewash’ Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry Report on 20 January 2017.

Kincora Child Abuse Statement of Colin Wallace


“Key Army Intelligence files … have gone missing after they were handed over by the Army to MI5 in 1989…

“There also appears to be no record whatsoever of what became of all the ‘Clockwork Orange’ project files which I handed over to my superiors when I left Army Headquarters in Lisburn in February 1975.”

Jimmy Savile in Belfast in Northern Ireland. Savile is believed to have been working for the UK security services.


Jimmy Savile’s visits to Ireland between the 1960s and 1980s


Baker can be linked to W van Straubenzee.

Straubenzee was MP for Wokingham when Mark Tildesley an 8 yr old Wokingham boy was raped then killed by a group of Paedophiles.

William van Straubenzee

William van Straubenzee, linked to the Dublin Bombings and a child abuse ring.

Mark Tildesley, aged seven, believed murdered by Sidney Cooke, vanished in Wokingham in 1984.

William van Straubenzee, the Member of parliament for Wokingham, has now been linked to the child abuse ring that was allegedly supplied by Sidney Cooke.

Newly uncovered UK government files show that, in 1986, the then MI5 director general Sir Antony Duff wrote to the then Cabinet Secretary Sir Robert Armstrong about serious child abuse by top people..dailymail.

The files name former MI6 deputy director Peter Hayman, former Home Secretary Leon Brittan, Margaret Thatcher’s close aide Peter Morrison and Conservative Member of Parliament William van Straubenzee.

The files refer to the Kincora children’s home in Northern Ireland where boys were abused.


1961 School Trip to The Houses of Parliament with Wokingham MP William Van Straubenzee.

William van Straubenzee has connections to the Church, the Military, Northern Ireland, Kincora, Edward Heath, the Ministry of Education and Richmond Council, all of which have been linked to the UK child abuse scandal.William van Straubenzee

Henry van Straubenzee

Princes William and Harry were said to be ‘devastated’ after a teenage friend, Henry van Straubenzee, died in a car crash.

Henry van Straubenzee was killed instantly when the car in which he was a passenger hit a tree outside the exclusive prep school, Ludgrove, where all three boys were once pupils.

One of the Van Straubenzees was involved in the Stripper shame of the princes.

The 1974 Dublin bombings.

January I 7, 1976

“A cover-up operation involving former British Ministers has been penetrated by SUNDAY WORLD during a detailed probe of the Dublin bombings.

“The men named in another Littlejohn type cover-up are Mr. William Whitelaw, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Mr. William Van Straubenzee, his Tory colleague, who was Minister for State for NI. in the Heath administration.
“Self-confessed mass murderer, Albert Walker Baker, has claimed he ‘made a deal’ with Mr. Van Straubenzee in Crumlin Road Jail in August, 1973.
“Later he signed documents agreeing to the ‘deal’ in the presence of Mr. Whitelaw – who was N.I. Secretary at that time.

“Baker was then on remand awaiting trial on charges of murdering four Catholics in Belfast.”

 Allegations about McGrath made to RUC in 1974 by Roy Garland were not properly investigated and those abused after may have been spared

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Released: Friday 20th January 2017

Today Sir Anthony Hart released the findings of his inquiry in to institutional abuse within Ireland. This was an important and long-awaited date for survivors – especially those from Kincora – who have led a very brave, long and fruitless campaign to get to the truth about the involvement of the UK security services, VIPs and the elite’s involvement.  Sadly, today was always destined to be a whitewash, in my opinion:


Who Is/Was Who






was GSO 1 (Defence re-organization) on the staff of Mountbatten.


Fascinating, too, that Enoch Powell, for whom Hewson’s cousin and Proctor worked, and McGrath were both members of the Ulster Unionists.

January 18, 2017

More than 30 people made claims against Lord Janner, with the alleged offences said to have taken place between 1955 and 1988. Lawyers for the alleged victims say their clients have been waiting years for justice.

But the Janner family has always strongly denied the allegations, and in the 12-page submission handed to Ms Jay, they presented the evidence they believe supports their father’s innocence.

“The late Lord Janner’s accusers are fantasists and compensation seeking,” said the family in a statement.

The family has requested core participation status in the inquiry, giving them the right to make legal submissions, suggest questions and receive advance notice of the Inquiry’s report.

“If the decision remains to hold the strand, we hereby apply to address the Inquiry at the prospective March hearing date. Daniel Janner QC will do so on behalf of the family.”


Intriguing FOI request regarding Dolphin Square, hospitals, Islington, Henniker estate, Nick, suspicious deaths etc.


Richard Card 6 January 2017

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am referring to the Dolphin Square Inquiry made re child abuse complaints by “Nick”. And whether historical inquiry explored the implications of Sir John’s death 1991 concerning his casework that was cut short.

Without knowing what further correspondence took place between attorney general and police minister and Sir John I can only say that it was inevitable his casework would have led to questions about the six years of disabled child deaths 1966 to 1972 in Islington and Hackney care at The Beeches Ixworth. A village close to the Henniker Estate later home to Peter Righton and allegedly abusive Islington Suffolk project.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card


Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) 18 January 2017

Dear Mr Card

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:2017010000144

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/01/2017.


I have decided that, in accordance with Section 8 of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act), your enquiry is not considered a valid

CIA dumps 12 million pages of documents online covering everything from Castro to mind control and remote viewing.


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Philip J Boeckman – father of Andrew Boeckman – moves in very elite circles…trustee/officer of

International Churchill Society / Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club / Westminster College


The International Churchill Society

Honorary Members of The International Churchill Society

  • The Rt Hon David Cameron MP
  • Robert Hardy CBE
  • The Lord Hestltine CH PC
  • The Duke of Marlborough
  • General Colin L Powell KCB
  • Ambassador Paul H. Robinson, Jr.

Current trustees

2017 Trustee – Philip Boeckman –


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Philip Boeckman– father of Andrew Picard Boeckman?


Before moving to Eton College, Andrew Boeckman and his siblings attended the £17,000 per annum Upper Latymer School in Hammersmith. (Their parents Philip and Erin Boeckman are named in the following report.)


^ Thank you CWSC Volunteers!  …Philip Boeckman and Erin Boeckman.—chelsea-and-westminster-swimming-club


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seems to be  the same Philip Boeckman, father of paedophile Andrew Picard Boeckman

below from the Churchill Museum Magazine, The Churchillian



our reception with Lady Mary Soames. Held at the home of Westminster alum, Philip Boeckman and his lovely wife Erin. within yards of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament…




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Rupert Soames (left)and his wife are listed in convicted billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book





Milly Soames (The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire) and Dr Alice Prochaska mother of Elizabeth Prochaska, formerally of the IICSA

Dr Alice Prochaska now chairs the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust



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‘Accidents can happen’: Warning to Diana from Prince Charles’s friend

Prince Charles’s friend Nicholas Soames threatened Diana six months before her death



Nicholas Soames – good friend of Prince Charles is Lady Mary Soames’ son

Nicholas Soames  a “courtier to Buckingham Palace”


SENIOR Tory Nicholas Soames will be accused of being a serial sex pest

At least six women MPs have complained about the grandson of Winston Churchill and close pal of Prince Charles, claiming he repeatedly made crude and vulgar comments.


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 The six 2012 Westminster Alumni Achievement Award winners pose with Westminster President Dr. George B. Forsythe. Left to right is President Forsythe, Philip J. Boeckman, Steven E. Erdel, William D. Felder, President Forsythe, Christopher M. Ursitti, Tim Harlan and John O’Brien.
Philip J. Boeckman of London, England, class of ’88, Managing Partner for the London office of the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP;

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Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club

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Joanna Lumley patron of Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club.  Philip Boeckman – chairman

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 2015-16 Westminster College Board Officers Active members

Philip J Boeckman

Board of Trustees and and President Akande





“The swim and subsequent gala dinner was attended by over 400 guests including Irish and British celebrities from stage, screen and sport, members of both Houses of Parliament and the Trusts’ Patrons including HRH The Duchess of Gloucester GCVO and TV favourites Gloria Hunniford and of course Joanna Lumley OBE who kindly agreed to be our official race starter.

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CWSC were featured in the Hope For Youth February 2014 Newsletter. We were very proud to take part in this event that raised over £80,000 for Hope For Youth NI. 
They support projects across Northern Ireland that help hundreds of disadvantaged young people
to learn new skills, build friendships across divides and discover hidden talents. Pictured left is the CWSC team with Charity patrons Joanna Lumley and Gloria Hunniford.

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The Club is a youth swimming club for children aged four years upwards

Strange how so many of the news stories relating to this case (whether referring to the man as Andrew Picard or Andrew Boeckman) have disappeared from search results (as Google says, because of European Data Protection ‘right to be forgotten’ laws) within a few weeks of the trial ending.

One also has to question whether the police or child protection agencies have advised the Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club, where Andrew Boeckman helped organise events with young swimmers, of this man’s criminal activity?This is nothing to do with ‘mob rule’ but with protecting the young and vulnerable and not permitting another institutional cover up on the scale of Savile.

Andrew Picard – real name ANDREW BOECKMAN – would you want him at your kids swimming lessons?

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Chelsea and Westminster Swimming Club Swim-a-Thon, including organizer Andrew Boeckman

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  • Joanna Lumley and Savile linked to same charity

Horsforth’s Schoolgirl fundraiser Bethany Hare teams up with Joanna Lumley


Family of Sir Jimmy Savile backs Bethany’s Smile

Philip Boeckman’s brotherJim Boeckman

Also a Westminster College alum…

2015 Jim Boeckman from Austin, TX, Class of 1983, will receive the Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award

Boeckman is a business attorney and represents technology, energy, media, consulting, health care, fitness and manufacturing clients. In addition, as the owner of Right-Tasking Consulting Services, he consults with the corporate General Counsels and their teams  to help them optimize the sourcing, management and cost of their outside counsel.

“It turned out that everything that Westminster had touted—small classes, direct daily contact with caring and engaged professors and abundant extracurricular participatory and leadership opportunities—had prepared me well for the rigors of law school and for my professional career which has taken me around the world and given me the opportunity to work on a myriad of interesting projects with people from an incredibly diverse set of backgrounds and cultures,” says Boeckman.

“I am deeply grateful to my parents and Westminster’s faculty, staff and donors who helped make my degree from Westminster a reality.”

Previously, he was General Counsel at Dupont Photomasks, Inc. (now Toppan Photomasks, Inc.), (2002-2008), a partner with the law firm of Vinson & Elkins LLP (1997-2002) and Asia-Pacific Regional Counsel for Electronic Data Systems Corporation.

He has been listed among “Texas Super Lawyers” in Texas Monthly and profiled an “Up-and Coming Texas In-Housers” in Texas Lawyer.


The Skulls’ red skull insignia

Graduating first in his class from Westminster, Boeckman was President of his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Order, and a member of the Skulls of Seven honor society.

He received his law degree from The University of Texas at Austin with high honors (1986).

In 2013 he was the recipient of the Knight Commander’s Accolade from Kappa Alpha Order, the highest individual honor an alumnus can receive for service, leadership and dedication to the fraternity.


The Skulls of Seven, a secret Westminster honor society that has been in existence since 1898.

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Lady Clementine Churchill toasts Edward Heath

June 3, 1976  LADY CLEMENTINE CHURCHILL receives the last completed works of her late husband, Sir Winston Churchill presented by Prime Minister, EDWARD HEATH.


Jan 16 2017


Pope has done almost nothing to halt sex abuse, author claims

Pope Francis doing ‘close to nothing’ to stop clerical sexual abuse, alleges writer Emiliano Fittipaldi

in a new book that accuses Pope Francis of doing “close to nothing” to stop clerical sexual abuse in Italy and around the world, despite the Argentinean pope’s frequent assertions that he has zero tolerance for the abuse of children or those who protect abusers.

In Lussuria (Lust), which will be released in Italian by publisher Feltrinelli on Thursday, Fittipaldi methodically pores over court documents and cites interviews with priests and judicial officials to paint a damning picture of the first three years of Francis’s papacy. Fittipaldi claims that 1,200 plausible complaints of molestation against boys and girls from around the world have been brought to the Vatican’s attention in that period. In some of the twenty cases of alleged sexual abuse by priests in Italy in 2016, Fittipaldi writes, priests have been convicted of abuse without the church taking any canonical action against them.

Fittipaldi also devotes attention to the case of Australian cardinal George Pell, who was appointed by Francis to reform church finances and has remained in that senior position despite questions over whether Pell protected serial abusers in his archdiocese in Australia decades ago. Pell has denied the allegations against him but a counsel assisting a royal commission looking at child abuse in Australia has argued that there was evidence that Pell should have taken stronger action against one paedophile priest whose case has been examined.

Francis, who did not accept Pell’s resignation in June when the Australian cardinal reached retirement age, has declined to pass judgement on him. When he was asked by reporters about a separate abuse investigation into Pell by Victoria state police the pope said “justice has to take its course”. Last November, Francis did however decide not to renew Pell’s membership in a Vatican office that handles the church’s liturgical practice. He was one of several traditionalists whose membership was not renewed.


Protest over paedophile priest set to embarrass Spanish church

José Manuel Ramos Gordón allowed to say Mass after admitting to abusing boys at seminary

Some 30 men, who as children lived in the La Bañeza seminary in northern Spain, will take part in the demonstration in the town of Astorga. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

Some 30 men, who as children lived in the La Bañeza seminary in northern Spain, will take part in the demonstration in the town of Astorga. Photograph: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images

A group of former residents of a seminary are planning to stage a street demonstration on Saturday to demand that a priest who has admitted to sexually abusing boys under his tutelage face the full force of the Spanish legal system.

Some 30 men, who as children lived in the La Bañeza seminary in northern Spain, will take part in the demonstration in the town of Astorga. Among them are expected to be some of the victims of José Manuel Ramos Gordón, a former teacher at the seminary.

La Opinión de Zamora newspaper recently revealed that Ramos Gordón had admitted to abusing several pupils at the school in the academic year 1988-89, following an investigation by the Archbishopric of Astorga last year. In May 2016, he was suspended from his duties as a parish priest for “a period of no less than a year,” according to a decree signed by Archbishop Juan Antonio Menéndez, and he was sent to work in a home for retired clergy.

Letter to Francis

The probe began after a former pupil, identified only as FJ, wrote to Pope Francis in 2014, informing him of the case.

“I want us to be listened to and not to have this horror that we suffer silenced any longer, because we’ve already been ignored other times,” FJ wrote in the letter, detailing how he, his twin brother and two other boys were regularly sexually abused at night when they were 14 years old.

“When, finally, it was over, [Ramos Gordón] left as he had arrived, in complete silence and you remained there, broken, full of fear, crying, trying to understand and with the sad hope that the next night, perhaps, he wouldn’t come for you.”

Archbishop Menéndez apologised to FJ in a letter, writing: “I know fully well that nothing in this world can repair the damage done.”


However, Ramos Gordón received a tribute in a local church last autumn, during which he gave Mass, despite having been suspended from his duties.

Another man who said he was a victim of the abuse, identified as HH, described as “intolerable” the church authorities’ lenient treatment of Ramos Gordón and the fact he had been allowed to give Mass. “Perhaps they want to see a demonstration at the doors of the archbishop’s office, with all the media there,” he said, in a reference to this Saturday’s demonstration.

Those planning the protest are calling on possible victims from the priest’s other postings throughout his career to join them. It looks set to be a deeply embarrassing event for the church, which had not previously been involved in any confirmed cases of child abuse in the northern region of Castilla León.

While Spain has seen a handful of such scandals in recent years, it has not been rocked by them in the same way the Catholic Church has in the United States or Ireland.

On Thursday, the archbishop gave a press conference in which he promised a full investigation into abuse at both La Bañeza and another school where Ramos Gordón taught. He also pledged to tighten controls to ensure priests with a background of paedophilia are unable to find teaching work.

Jan 15 2017

Jeremy Hunt to get £15m payout from Hotcourses sale amid NHS crisis

An education business co-founded by Jeremy Hunt in 1996 is on the verge of being sold for up to £35m


Jeremy Hunt’s smelly Hotcourses deal,


Why the wide-eyed Aussies may have bitten off more than they can chew.

What our mainly mendacious Health Secretary depicted as “an early stage of talks” last week – in order to deflect political flak – this morning turns out to be a done deal in which he and former Ogilvy & Mather media bigwig Mike Elms are set to pocket just over £14million each. The Slog has been on the graft and nepotism involved in Jeremy Hunt’s Hotcourses since 2010. While his success in offloading this crock is being presented by the half-asleep media as a triumph for entrepreneurial determination, the truth is very different.

I have been on the case of Jeremy Richard Streynsham Hunt since 2011 – chiefly on the subject of his incredible gift for inheriting things. Before that, I had in turn followed the Fake’s Progress in developing Newscorp influence in London, paying visits to New York for ‘media background’ (but spending 90% of his time with James Murdoch), and being bankrolled by mysterious sugar-Daddy J J Lewis….one-time owner of the notorious Groucho Club, with its links to paedophile sites and illegal use of cameras to spy on clients misbehaving on its premises….

The key headlines are these:

  1. Hunt and Elms formed Hotcourses primarily on the promise of monopoly business-flow from the British Council, a senior director of which at that time was Baroness Nettlestone, Hunt’s second cousin by marriage. She is married to Peter Bottomley, a man whose name has for many years been linked with the now extinct Monday Club and its odd trips to Amsterdam in search of hateful sexual practices.
  2. The first job Hotcourses did for the BC was an administrative shambles that cost the taxpayer substantial sums to put right. In order to disguise Hunt’s continuing relationship with the Council after this inauspicious start, the invoicing system was elaborately obfuscated to include a company involving the name Sheffield. In fact, the bills went to the offices in Hammersmith owned by, um, Hotcourses. (Hunt later flipped the liability on these offices to avoid tax).
  3. During 2011 and 2012 – following revelations at The Slog – former Hotcourses employees sent me several personal case histories alleging abusive employment practices by Hunt and Elms, falsification of questionnaires that allowed Murdoch to vote them ‘Best London Employer’ and illegal pressure upon employees to work unsocial hours without reward.
  4. When Virginia Bottomley was “elevated” to the House of Lords – her reward perhaps for pulling the carpet from under the Terence Higgins Trust – by sheer coincidence I’m sure, Hunt sailed through the selection process for her vacated constituency -and entered the Commons.
  5. The new Baroness Nettlestone née Bottomley (having herself been Health Secretary) almost immediately shouldered the arduous role of representing PPP and BUPA in the Lords.
  6. Equally spooky – given his history of Newscorp bottom feeding in both London and New York – Hunt somehow managed to convert his obviously corrupt role in the failed Newscorp bid for BSkyB (while Minister of Media & Sport) into a promotion to….er, Health Secretary. Especially odd given that, within Camerlot itself, he was widely expected to be fired. But then, the shadowy J J Lewis is a major contributor to the Conservative Party – and a man who, in the past, had shared Committees with David Cameron.
  7. In 2014, a consortium made a substantial bid for Hotcourses. However, on conducting due diligence, they reversed out of the deal very rapidly.


EXCLUSIVE: Jeremy Hunt, a company owned by his brother, and an accounting coincidence