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DT tom_watson: RT ExaroNews: Tony McSweeney, who worked as priest at Grafton Close children’s home…
Update: Apr 20 2017
Church admits ‘more robust action’ should have been taken against Norwich priest Anthony McSweeney jailed for sexual abuse
The Catholic Church has admitted it should have taken “more robust action” against a former Norwich priest jailed for sexually abusing a vulnerable teenage boy at a children’s home.
Anthony McSweeney was jailed for three years in 2015, after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting the youngster while working at Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, West London, between 1979 and 1981.
Concerns were raised in 1998, when his cleaner discovered his stash of sex toys, truncheons and pornographic videos at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Initially it was threatened that he would be “banished” from the priesthood.
But instead of being reported to the police, he was quietly moved to a new parish, St George’s, in Norwich, where he led the Sprowston Road church’s congregation.
Now, the safeguarding commissions of the dioceses of East Anglia and Brentwood have accepted the recommendations made in an independent review following McSweeney’s conviction, and that “there were failings in the way in which the Church managed the situation at the time”.
In a statement issued by the two dioceses, it said: “The Church should have taken more robust action following the discovery of video tapes in 1998, later referred to in Anthony McSweeney’s trial, and should have ensured that the matter was reported to the police so that a full investigation could have taken place.”
It also accepted “local priests and parishioners were not adequately supported, their concerns were not taken sufficiently seriously, nor acted upon diligently” and “Anthony McSweeney’s subsequent transfer to East Anglia […] was poorly managed, lacked insight and was not adequately documented.”
The dioceses said national safeguarding procedures put in place in 2001 would mean a similar matter would now be passed straight to the police.
Now, if a priest asks to be transferred from one diocese to another, formal undertakings have to be given that the priest is of good standing before such a move can take place.
However, the statement added: “At the time of these events awareness of the need for child protection was in its infancy.”
The dioceses have also raised the following recommendations with both the Catholic Safeguarding Advisory Service, and the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission:
• To review and clarify the existing policy about priests transferring from one diocese to another to ensure consistency and transparency in the process in all the dioceses in England and Wales, and in particular, to ensure that any issues to do with safeguarding are resolved before any such move can take place;
• To issue clear guidelines for managing cases potentially involving indecent images;
• To review the existing ‘whistleblowing’ policy.
The chairmen of the two safeguarding commissions, Denis White of East Anglia, and Linda Ransom of Brentwood, expressed their thanks to those who assisted the review.
They added they were committed to ensuring “very high standards of safeguarding practice within the dioceses, in particular for children and vulnerable adults, but also for the benefit of the whole Church”.
Representatives from St George’s Church did not wish to comment.
McSweeney was arrested in 2013 after police began investigating abuse following revelations about Jimmy Savile.
When he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in early 2015, the court heard how McSweeney – who was also found guilty of making indecent images of children – abused the teenager with his close friend John Stingemore, 72, who managed the care home and was found dead in January 2015 – weeks before his trial.
Prosecutor Sarah Plaschkes QC said: “This was a joint enterprise by both men, to use the victim for their own sexual gratification.
“There was grooming behaviour used against the victim – both men used the washing routine at the home as an excuse to confuse the child.
“There was specific targeting of a particularly vulnerable child.
“Not all children at the home were abused. He [the victim] was targeted because he was a vulnerable boy, isolated from his family.”
During his trial, jurors heard McSweeney was sexually motivated to watch children shower, and had a collection of child pornography.
He watched as his teenage victim was abused by Stingemore in the care home shower.
Sentencing him, Judge Alistair McCreath recognised there was no evidence to suggest the priest himself molested the child, but he had encouraged it.
He said: “He has a voyeuristic interest in children, either in seeing them unclothed, or in seeing them sexually abused by others.”
The judge added the priest had abused the position of trust that he was in, preying on the youngster at the care home where he should have been safe.
He acknowledged that McSweeney had been a “good and conscientious priest in almost all aspects of his calling”.
McSweeney was cleared of three indecent assaults on two other boys at the care home and taking a pornographic photo of one of these boys.
In 2012, McSweeney had been appointed as a director at Norwich’s Notre Dame High School, but resigned following his arrest in 2013.
Following McSweeney’s conviction, headteacher Brian Conway sent a letter to parents, students, staff and governors, saying the school was “saddened and shocked by the crimes”.
Anthony McSweeney case: Abuse priest failings found
Apr 23 2017
Concerns raised about a Catholic priest later jailed for sexual assault were not acted upon or taken seriously by the Church, a review has found.
Anthony McSweeney, 70, was jailed for three years in 2015 for abusing a boy at a west London care home.
In the wake of the case an independent review was commissioned by the Dioceses of Brentwood and East Anglia.
The review said McSweeney was found with videos of adolescent boys in 1998 but this was not reported to police.
The review revealed how McSweeney was moved in 1999 from the Diocese of Brentwood, where he served at Saint Luke’s in Harlow and at Saint Peter’s in Eastwood, to St George’s Parish, Norwich, which is part of the Diocese of East Anglia, after the tapes were discovered.
McSweeney’s abuse conviction related to indecent assault and making indecent images of children between 1979 and 1981.
He was investigated as part of a police probe into allegations of a paedophile ring at the Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow.
In 1984, McSweeney was ordained at Ilford.
Key review findings
- The Church should have taken more robust action following the discovery of video tapes in 1998 and should have ensured that the matter was reported to the police so that a full investigation could have taken place
- Local priests and parishioners were not adequately supported, their concerns were not taken sufficiently seriously nor acted upon diligently
- McSweeney’s transfer to East Anglia was poorly managed, lacked insight and was not adequately documented
Mar 8 2017
His offending, as far as we know, goes back to the Seventies when, while training for the priesthood, he worked as a part-time carer at a local authority-run home for vulnerable boys in Grafton Close, Richmond-upon-Thames.
He was given the job by the manager, his ‘good friend’ — and fellow predator — John Stingemore.
McSweeney was finally caught when, more than 30 years later, police launched an investigation into historic allegations that Grafton Close boys had been sent to Elm Guest House in nearby Barnes, to be sexually abused.
The list of alleged abusers included Cabinet ministers and MPs, diplomats, spies, policemen, judges, pop stars and staff of the Royal Households
Delia Smith, a devout Roman Catholic, met Father Tony McSweeney last year and convinced him to be the club’s part-time chaplain.
“I asked him if it could be possible we could hold mass, because I sometimes see a lot of our supporters in the Roman Catholic cathedral after the game,” said Smith.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely to have one in-house’. I am very much hoping that it is very well attended. I am hoping very much that any supporters and staff feel able to attend.
“The more people that come the better. If it is well attended we might be able to have it two or three times a season.”
Fr McSweeney added: “Several of the players who are Catholics had said there is no Catholic chaplain at the club. I said I wasn’t actually looking for work but I’d go ahead and do it anyway.
“The Church reaches out to lots of groups of people and I hope as many people as possible come along to this.”
It will be first time in Norwich’s 102-year history that the club has hosted a religious service, which is to be held in Smith’s Top Of The Terrace restaurant at the ground an hour after the game ends on Saturday.
McSweeney was booted out in disgrace. A few months later, the same Essex parishioner attended a conference for Catholic professionals, held in Norwich. The guest speaker was none other than Tony McSweeney. His subject? The joys of Scouting.
‘I could not believe what I was seeing,’ says the source.
McSweeney prospered in Norfolk. He became chaplain and governor of a school.
He rubbed shoulders with local celebrities — hence, presumably, his invitation from Delia Smith, the Catholic cookery writer, to say Mass at Norwich football club, where she and her husband are majority shareholders.
The phone-hacking saga
300 alleged phone hacking victims: From Prince Charles to Milly Dowler, Delia Smith, Frank Bruno, Tom Watson MP, Mark Stephens (Keith Vaz’s solicitor),
“Dee” (as she was then known) worked for Carlton Studios.
Smith became a recognisable figure amongst young people in the 1970s and early 1980s when she was an occasional guest on the BBC’s Saturday morning children’s programme Multicoloured Swap Shop and did basic cooking demonstrations; she and host Noel Edmonds had a flirtatious way of interacting with each other back then.
Father McSweeney, of St George’s Church in Norwich, held a service at the Premier League club in 2004 after they were promoted to the top flight.
A Norwich City spokesman today said: “In 2004, Father McSweeney wrote to joint majority shareholder Delia Smith suggesting he would like to become a Norwich City Chaplain.
“Subsequently the Club did agree he could help to hold a one-off multi-denominational service to celebrate their return to the Barclays Premier League. That service was duly held after our opening Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace in August, 2004.
Fry, who will act as an ambassador for the club
Fry, who has a home in Norfolk, is a lifelong fan of the Championship club and has often been seen with majority shareholder Delia Smith at Carrow Road.
Stephen Fry’s ‘paedophilia’ limerick
Fry’s comedy comes under fire. Plans to stage a comedy penned by actor Stephen Fry about paedophilia in a public school were condemned today.
Stephen Fry at paedophile Clement Freud‘s funeral.
Comedian Stephen Fry told the BBC Thursday that he was charmed by Freud’s “air of disreputability.”
“He, during the 1950s and 1960s, was a real Soho figure,” Fry said, referring the bohemian quarter of London.
“He knew all the girls of easy virtue, he knew the pimps
Keith Vaz acted on behalf of Lalit Modi, pictured with Kate Moss and Stephen Fry in Cuba, as he sought British travel papers
Questions over Vaz’s aid for cricket kingpin
The Labour MP intervened directly with the Home Office to help the controversial Lalit Modi with UK travel papers
Fr Tony McSweeney marrying the boxer Frank Bruno – McSweeney was caught with child sex abuse images he made on his computer. He was a member of the scouting movement and worked with the Norwich City youth football team.
Some of the local guys we talk to in the village, they remember it as a school but they don’t really know what went on inside.
“We would also like to know about the secret garden,” said Mrs Jawad. “It’s rumoured that the future Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson were entertained there during the time of Harry Oakes because he knew them.
Millionaire Sir Harry previously owned Oak Hall, then called Tottingworth. He made front page news when he was murdered in his bed in the Bahamas in July 1943 where the Duke of Windsor had recently been exiled as Governor
“This house has a colourful past.”
Frank Bruno was good friends with Jimmy Savile and is good friends with Keith Vaz’s friend, Stephen Purdew of Champneys.
^ From Dorothy Purdew’s autobiography – photos from her son Stephen Purdew’s wedding – which Keith Vaz also attended
Purdews of Champneys named a wing after their good friend Jimmy Savile
Peter Sutcliffe with Jimmy Savile and Frank Bruno
Frank Bruno, Jimmy Savile and Prince Charles – Friends
Keith Vaz, John Bercow and Stephen Purdew
Sir Jimmy Savile’s funeral
The Right Reverend Arthur Roche, the bishop of Leeds gave an eulogy for Savile and sang his praises
Addressing the congregation, the Right Rev Arthur Roche, Bishop of Leeds, said: “Today Jimmy lies at the front of the cathedral where in former years he has remained discreetly hidden at the back in order not to disturb people’s prayers or distract their attention from what was taking place at the altar.”
The service at the cathedral was also attended by former Conservative minister Lord Tebbit and boxer Frank Bruno.
Fr Neil Gallanagh, Bishop Roche & Savile
Catholic Church decided not to unfrock priest who abused deaf boys
A priest,, who admitted indecently assaulting deaf boys at a school in Yorkshire has been allowed to remain as a cleric, it can be revealed, as the scandal over abuse cover-ups in the Catholic Church moves to Britain.
The Rt Rev Arthur Roche, the Bishop of Leeds, sent letters to the Vatican asking for advice on what action should be taken against Fr Neil Gallanagh, after details of his offences emerged, but decided not to unfrock him.
Victims’ support groups said that the Catholic Church’s failure to pursue the toughest possible course of action against Gallanagh seriously undermined its attempts to send a clear statement that priests guilty of abuse have been properly punished.
The disclosure comes as Pope Benedict XVI finds himself embroiled in new revelations over child sex abuse, following the emergence of a letter signed by him in 1985, before he became Pope, resisting the unfrocking of Stephen Kiesle, a US priest who had been convicted of offences against young boys.
The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the diocese of Oakland, in the US, and the Vatican about the proposed unfrocking of Kiesle, sentenced to three years of probation in 1978 for lewd conduct with two young boys in San Francisco.
In the letter, Cardinal Ratzinger – who was at the time the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which has responsibility for tackling abuse by clerics – said the “good of the universal Church” needed to be considered in any unfrocking. He also urged “as much paternal care as possible” for Kiesle.
Kiesle was ultimately unfrocked in 1987. In 2004, he was sentenced to six years in prison after admitting molesting a young girl in 1995.
Now aged 63, he is on the registered sex offenders list in California. The Vatican says he was exercising due caution before sacking the priest.
Last month it was claimed that while he was a Cardinal in the 1990s, the current Pope also took a lenient approach towards another American priest who was suspected of having molested as many as 200 boys at a school for the deaf.
The Vatican has insisted that the Pope was never involved in blocking the removal of paedophile priests during his two decades as head of the Catholic Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
He held the position prior to becoming Pope in 2005.
The decision not to unfrock Gallanagh, who also abused children at deaf school, is likely to prove embarrassing for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, which has up until now escaped from being dragged into the crisis that has engulfed the Catholic church in several countries over the past year.
Gallanagh abused boys while working as the chaplain of St John’s School for the Deaf in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire, in the 1970s. The abuse first came to light in 2002, by which time he was working as a parish priest in Horsforth, Leeds.
In 2005, by then 75 and retired, Gallanagh pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting two teenage pupils at the school. He was given a six-month suspended sentence and a further 11 charges involving boys as young as 11 were left on file.
However, he escaped being unfrocked – or laicised – following Bishop Roche’s decision that it would be sufficient to stop him from exercising his ministry.
“He is not in good standing with the Church as a priest,” said John Grady, the bishop’s spokesman.
“He is not allowed to exercise ministry of any kind. He has observed these restrictions to the letter.”
The diocese did not refer the case to the Vatican until 2007, according to Mr Grady, by which time Benedict XVI was Pope.
“When the Neil Gallanagh case was sent to Rome, the diocese did not ask for laicisation,” Mr Grady said.
“Bishop Roche took the view that Neil had had his faculties removed at the time of the disclosure – he had not acted as a priest or worn priest’s dress – and still does not.”
Gallanagh, who currently lives in a flat “under the observance of the church” and has been financially supported by the Church with a retirement grant, was moved to the school in 1973 despite having been fined for assaulting a nine-year-old boy 13 years earlier on the Isle of Man, while he was a priest in Northern Ireland.
At the time of the 1973 offence he told police “it was a horrible thing to do”, adding: “I have been worried with this sexual trouble for some time and recently it has become an obsession with me.”
Margaret Kennedy, founder of Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS), a support group, said that the Church had not gone far enough in punishing Gallanagh.
“Defrocking him would send out a statement that he’s not fit to be a priest,” she said.
“He should not be left with this honour. By not defrocking him it says that he is still a man of God and that is clearly not the case.
“It’s insulting to the victims who have suffered that he has been allowed to remain as a priest.”
The disclosure that Gallanagh has been allowed to remain as a priest comes after Archbishop Nichols recently cited the ability to defrock priests as one of the key changes Pope Benedict had introduced to protect children.
“He pushed forward, for example, a fast-track to defrock priests who have committed abuse,” the Archbishop said. “He changed the statute of limitations in Church law.”
Kevin Walton, who was abused as a boy at the school, said he was shocked to hear that Fr Gallanagh has been allowed to remain a priest.
“He was known to have abused before in Ireland, then to Boston Spa with vulnerable Deaf boys,” he said.
“The church has not acted strongly enough at all, too many silences, brushing under carpet, not saying any more about it, as if they hope things will quieten down.”
The former world heavyweight champion was rocked by the loss of pals Sir Jimmy Savile
and fellow former boxers Sir Henry Cooper and Gary Mason.
“Jimmy, Henry and Gary were almost like family.
Stephen Purdew, owner of Champneys spa resort in Tring, Herts, where Frank trains every day, hosted a birthday party for his close friend Frank Bruno.
Stephen said: “It was a really emotional day for Frank.
“When Frank left hospital after his breakdown he spent 14 months living with me…”
“Frank and I went to Jimmy’s funeral service in Leeds…”
Stephen Purdew (rear), Frank Bruno and Keith Vaz
9th May 2000
Boxer Frank Bruno (left) and Labour Minister of State for Europe Keith Vaz MP toast Europe Day with two glasses of ‘Euro Punch’ which they made themselves during an Open Day at the Foreign Office in London, as part of the London Millennium String of Pearls Festival.
Saturday 26 Nov, 2005
Bruno turns on Christmas lights
24 Nov: Leicester Mercury.
Former boxer Frank Bruno
will switch on the lights on a school Christmas tree
tomorrow. Mr Bruno will join Leicester East MP Keith
Vaz at Green Lane Primary, in Spinney Hill Road, Leic
ester at 3.30pm.
The tree will commemorate Mr Vaz’s mother, Merlyn, who died in 2003. Mr Bruno and Mr Vaz will also give 20 Christmas hampers to pensioners.
Mr Vaz said: “Frank is an excellent choice. Mum really loved his sense of humour.”
Onwards to half a century! Keith Vaz selectively marks his 25 years in Parliament
Publicity-loving Labour MP Keith Vaz, 56, distributes a booklet of pictures marking his 25 years in Parliament, containing generous tributes from David Cameron and Ed Miliband. He displays photographs of himself with the Queen, the Pope, the Prince of Wales, Nelson Mandela, the Princess Royal, Bill Clinton and other notables. There is no mention of his role in the Hinduja passport affair, which resulted in the parliamentary standards commissioner Elizabeth Filkin recommending his suspension from the Commons. Nor of his erstwhile friend, the crooked lawyer Shahrokh Mireskandari, booted out of the legal profession despite Vaz’s interventions on his behalf.
…a very special book. It’s by Keith Vaz, and is all about his career as an MP. Its title, naturally, is 25 Incredible Years.
Across 150 full-colour pages, the former Minister for Europe (May 1999-June 2001) chronicles his countless achievements. He includes photographs of all the celebrities who’ve been lucky enough to meet him (Lewis Hamilton, Gary Lineker, Frank Bruno).
Alan Campbell and Frank Bruno Frank Bruno has been a close friend of Sir Jimmy Savile and of Alan Campbell, both of whom have been linked to child abuse. LORD McALPINE, ALAN CAMPBELL / SEX ORGIES IN SOUTHPORT
2nd July 1987
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, centre, at 10 Downing Street, London, with celebrities, from left, Esther Rantzen, Anthony Andrews, Frank Bruno, Susan Hampshire and David Frost. The PM hosted a reception for Childline to thank the charity’s supporters. Esther Rantzen is the chairwoman of the national helpline for children in trouble or danger.
Esther Rantzen at David Frost’s Annual Garden Party at His Home in Carlyle Square – 04 Jul 2001
Frank Bruno And Jim’ll Fix It
Tony McSweeney –
‘Fat Vicar’ who conducted Frank Bruno’s wedding is jailed for abusing boy at children’s home after court rejects claim his size meant he couldn’t have molested boys as they sat on his lap
He watched as care home manager John Stingemore, his paedophile friend, fondled a teenager in the shower of Grafton Close Children’s Home in Hounslow, west London, between 1979 and 1981.
The Catholic clergyman, once part-time chaplain at Norwich City FC, also collected vile child porn over ‘decades’
McSweeney was leading the congregation at St George’s Church in north Norwich
Grafton Close children’s home which was run by Richmond Council in South West London
1982 Keith Vaz worked as solicitor for Richmond upon Thames Council (Operation Fernbridge)
Operation Fernbridge, an investigation that was set up by the Metropolitan Police to look into claims that a paedophile ring involving a number of high profile individuals was operating in the Richmond area in the early 1980s.
The investigation was launched following information passed to the police by the Labour MP Tom Watson.
The allegations are understood to involve claims that children at the Grafton Close children’s home were abused both there and at a guesthouse in Barnes, South West London.
Keith Joseph committing a boy with “bizarre sexual conduct” 1973 https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/260621567/ …
Here’s article about Belfast Brian McDermott unsolved murder though. https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/259889480/ …
The Scouts HQ is there and links to Cliff Richard…
Anthony McSweeney was in charge of Gilwell park at that time and Kitty would go camping there every year with a youth club from Chingford
Westminster paedophile ring allegations: Scotland Yard detectives trace ‘victim’
Alleged victim of paedophile sex abuse interviewed in United States at request of Scotland Yard
^ If the 2 persons referred to here are Eric Kasir and Leon Brittan, why is The Telegraph allowing Brittan’s name to be whitewashed?
2.35 – Tom Watson / PMQs / D-Notice / Leon Brittan / Harvey Proctor
[CHRIS] the one interesting thing above all else, when Tom Watson asked a question in the House of Commons recently, as you know
[BILL] Member of Parliament
[CHRIS] Member of Parliament, he also asked about the use of D-Notices. D-Notices are notices that they’re supposed to be advisory, but basically the government doesn’t like a story in the newspapers about to print, it’ll slap a D-Notice
[BILL] A D-Notice is a gagging order
[CHRIS] is a gagging order. Now when Mary Moss and I left the coroner’s court the entire world’s press was outside, obviously it was a very, very big story
[CHRIS] Because we’d stood in the witness box, we’d named Leon Brittan we’d named Harvey Proctor, we’d told the inquest all the evidence we had about who’d been involved at the Elm Guest House, so by any stretch of the imagination it was big news story. When we got outside the coroner’s court there was, they were all there, BBC, ITV, Channel Four, Sky, you name it.
18.15 – Eric Kasir / Neil Kier / Carol Kasir
[CHRIS] I knew who to complain to, how the system worked. Now, when the police, because they thought, they knew that Carol Kasir’s son, Eric, was 10, was living there. They also suspected and their own words ‘that other children might be present’ they approached Richmond Services, told them about the raid. Now procedure dictates that normally you would have got, say, the local field social worker in the local office who would have come in with the police on the raid. Any children present, they would have taken, they would have taken them into care. However, on the day of the raid, the man from Kingston, err from Richmond Council, who, who was on the raid with the police was Neil Kier, the officer in charge of Grafton, who took Eric into care.
[BILL] That’s her son Eric?
[CHRIS] That’s her son Eric. So you can understand why Carol was so angry.
[BILL] So, so, she knew, she knew that all the kids were coming from this children’s home. Then what they done on the night of the raid was took her own child and put her own child in that children’s home.
[CHRIS] Not only that, but with the very guy who had been one of the people supplying the boys, so Carol knew full well what that meant.
And just who was that perpetrator Mr Settle? What other files were being stored at Barnes nick where Clive Driscoll was summoned?
Who leant on Eric Kasir? Why are hacks letting Leon Brittan get off with blue murder?
Did the questioning of Eric Kasir lead Paul Settle to believe that Leon Brittan, patron of Haroon Kasir’s EGH, was a paedophile?
Are you listening Mr Settle? What did you have to say about Leon Brittan after your team had interviewed Eric Kasir?
Old Bailey trial in May 1983 in which most charges against the guest house owners, Haroon and Carole Kasir, were dropped, and the Kasirs walked away with just a fine. None of the prominent paedophiles were charged.
I have seen a photograph of a 10yo boy in a Jacuzzi with uncle Leon…
I dont know if its Eric as I never knew him but I was told that the boy was at Grafton close…confirmed
Stingmores barrister was holding the photograph when he pleaded “not guilty”…
A year later Stingemore and Leon had passed away… Never to go to court
Stingemore and McSweeney
There are incredible similarities between no-name Hoskins and Wright buddy Settle. Is this a coincidence? Brave whistleblowers or stooges?
Did Settle and Hoskins have the ‘courage’ to be ‘whistleblowers’ because they were doing the bidding of those who commissioned them?
‘Westminster paedophile ring’ police officer DCI Paul Settle investigated by watchdog over claims of leaking material to media
DCI Settle was charged with looking into claims of VIP sexual abuse at Dolphin Square, the Elm Guest House in Barnes and elsewhere
Top Tory Leon Brittan ‘photographed entering underage sex den during police investigation’
The former MP for Cleveland and Whitby is said to have been snapped by officers on a 1986 surveillance operation focusing on rent boy orgies
24 JAN 2015
Leon Brittan was photographed entering an underage sex den during a police investigation, it has been claimed.
The Tory Lord, who died on Wednesday, is said to have been snapped by officers on a 1986 surveillance operation focusing on rent boy orgies run in North London buildings.
Detectives were watching premises where the boys picked up at King’s Cross were dropped off to be repeatedly raped, say friends of an officer involved.
Big names believed to have been photographed entering the dens included former Home Secretary Brittan, MP Cyril Smith and some top judges.
Sources claim up to 16 high profile figures were due to be arrested.
But the day before the swoops were to be carried out, officers on the investigation, called Operation Orchid, were allegedly told it had been disbanded.
Our sources say it is unclear what happened to the photographs or why the raid was called off.
A friend of the officer on the investigation said: “The rent boys would be driven to flats or garages where large groups of men were waiting.
“These included Brittan and Smith. Pictures were taken as men entered or left buildings where the abuse was taking place.”
The revelations emerge as Brittan’s name is dragged ever deeper into the growing scandal over an alleged cover-up into sex abusers at the highest level of the Establishment in the 1970s
His old friends and colleagues have defended his legacy and called on his accusers to put up evidence or “shut up”.
But a major police investigation into VIP paedophile rings, which includes testimony against Brittan, continues.
And a number of witnesses and victims have provided statements to police.
One key witness known as Nick, who has been described by police as “credible”, has told officers he was abused by Brittan at the luxury Dolphin Square apartment complex, near Westminster.
He gave a lengthy statement alleging three boys were murdered by the VIP paedophiles.
Speaking before Brittan’s death, Nick said: “He would treat me like I was not even human.”
He claimed the top Tory was “nasty, cruel, sadistic and hateful”.
Nick is now said to be “devastated” by the former cabinet minister’s death and fears it may be too late to get justice.
Brittan, who died of cancer at 75, was already under investigation for allegedly raping a woman in 1967. An allegation he denied.
Scotland Yard says this will continue despite his death.
Brittan’s name also appears on a web list of purported visitors to Elm Guest House, near Barnes Common in South West London.
The B&B is said to have operated as a gay and underage brothel in the early 1980s and is at the centre of a huge historic abuse police investigation called Operation Fernbridge.
The Metropolitan Police has refused to discuss any potential suspects in this investigation.
Last year Brittan became mired in the historical sexual abuse scandal after claims that he was handed a dossier containing details of the abuse allegations in the 1980s.
He was accused of failing to act on the evidence passed to him by Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens in 1983.
While he admitted he had met Mr Dickens and had been handed a file, he said he had passed it on to officials and was not contacted about the issue again.
Brittan was elected as MP for Cleveland and Whitby in 1974 and then for Richmond, Yorks, in 1983.
PM David Cameron led the tributes to him last week, describing the former cabinet minister and European competition commissioner as a “dedicated and fiercely intelligent public servant”.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said yesterday: “We do not comment on ongoing enquiries.”
Keith Vaz (formerly solicitor for Richmon Council) joins Commons Justice Committee
MPs have approved Keith Vaz appointment to Justice Committee ayes 203 noes 7
Just 7 MPs voted to block Keith Vaz’s appointment to the justice committee
One of those, Mr Bridgen told MPs he had spoken to the Metropolitan police, who had still not decided what, if any, action to take in regards to Keith Vaz.
Speaker John Bercow told Andrew Brigden to desist.
Bridgen said: “A potential Police investigation still hangs over the honourable member.
Four people had come forward alleging child sexual abuse crimes.
VAZ PIMP AID PROBE
Police reportedly investigating claims Keith Vaz threatened council worker who tried to evict a rent boy pimp
12 Sept 2016
Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz allegedly told housing chief he would make his life ‘impossible’ unless pimp was allowed to keep his home – despite not paying £1,400 rent
The disgraced Labour MP intervened when gay brothel owner Nigel Philpot-Jones was booted out of his Leicester council flat 25 years ago for rent arrears.
Ex-councillor Paul Gosling told The Sun he was quizzed by police in March about the MP’s behaviour in the early 1990s.
He said: “On many occasions Keith Vaz interfered with the running of the council in ways that breached his responsibilities as an MP.
“In particular I was unhappy about his involvement in reversing the decision to evict Nigel Philpot Jones, who had not paid his rent and was also operating a gay brothel in breach of the council’s clear rules on tenancy.
Vaz had been brought into the eviction row by his friend Philip Taylor, son of a former mayor of Leicester and himself homosexual. Mr Taylor was also a friend of Philpot-Jones.
Bridgen referred – under Parliamentary privilege- to a current historical child sex investigation said to be being conducted by Leicestershire Police where four people had come forward alleging child sexual abuse crimes.
Devastating questions Labour’s Tom Watson must answer… not least, why does he only brand TORIES as child sex abusers?
On April 21, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson was asked to join 11 other prominent MPs signing an open letter that called for a high-profile member of the Establishment accused of appalling child sex abuse to face justice.
Due to be published in the next day’s newspapers, it claimed that a recent decision not to prosecute the man — on the grounds that he was suffering from dementia — bore all the hallmarks of a ‘whitewash’.
‘The public are horrified,’ the letter declared. ‘Powerful people, including MPs, have previously avoided facing justice for serious crimes committed against children. As long as justice is not seen to be done . . . the greater public interest is not served.’
On the face of things, Watson — then a mere backbencher — should have heartily agreed with this sentiment.
For 18 months, the MP had been making near-identical pronouncements while trying to expose what he had famously described as ‘a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10’.
Strangely, given this tub-thumping track record, Watson refused to put his name to the open letter of April 21.
One of their number says: ‘He was called, texted and emailed but we got no reply, so reluctantly concluded that this was one particular child sex case Tom didn’t want to make waves about.’
Tom Watson given £500k in donations by Max Mosley in past year
Register of MPs’ interests shows that former Formula One boss gave money to support Watson’s office as deputy leader and shadow culture secretary
“I’m proud to call Max Mosley a friend and I’m delighted he has made a financial contribution to Labour,” Watson said. “
Prostitute in Max Mosley ‘Nazi’ dungeon orgy was wife of MI5 officer
An MI5 agent has been forced to resign after it was revealed his wife took part in a Nazi-style sex orgy with Formula One boss Max Mosley
The wife of an MI5 agent was one of the five prostitutes who took part in a ‘Nazi- style’ orgy with motor racing chief Max Mosley.
It left MI5 facing questions last night over whether one of its officers had helped set up the sting which saw a lurid five-hour video of the sado-masochistic sex session sold to a newspaper.
The agent was forced to resign when the activities of his 38-year-old wife – who used the name Mistress Abi – were revealed.
Security sources dismissed any suggestion that the surveillance officer was involved in the secret filming in a ‘torture dungeon’ at a £2million flat in Chelsea and insisted he was unaware of it until after the story appeared in the newspapers.
List of MPs who voted for Vaz
Watson, Mr Tom
The call for an Inquiry contains 8 points that needed to be investigated.
Anyone who knows where to look for the VIP ring will recognise an attempt to avoid rather than expose it.
No PIE, Henniker, Hayman, Righton etc. A controllable cash cow Inquiry with a panel of long term trusted friends…
Tim Pendry founded Exaro in 2012, he’s a director of the British Syrian Society, as are David Steel, Lord Henniker’s son-in-law, Wafic Said & assorted diplomats, arms dealers & spooks. He’s the nephew of alleged offender Lord Tom Pendry (friend of convicted paedophile Stuart Hall) & worked for a pressure group financed by the Goldsmith family. In the early 90’s he was a leading figure in DEMOS which he himself said was used for ‘much more sinister political ends’ by what he terms the ‘centralist national security state.’
Wafic Said is in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book (along with Harvey Proctor’s friends – the Duke & Duchess of Rutland
Saïd came to public prominence after helping facilitate the Al-Yamamah arms deal between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.
THEY ARE GATEKEEPERS WORKING FOR THE SECURITY SERVICES.
They did their job then – just as the Establishment wanted.
VIP abuse accuser Nick ‘manipulated by news website Exaro’
Detectives investigating the man who made false allegations about a Westminster paedophile ring have been told that he was manipulated by a news website.
Northumbria police have been asked to investigate whether the complainant, identified only as Nick, fabricated allegations against figures including Lord Brittan of Spennithorne, the late home secretary, and Lord Bramall, the former chief of the defence staff.
It is understood that officers will investigate the relationship between Nick and the Exaro website, which was first to publish his allegations before it closed in July.
…Another reason for writing this is that I believe it demonstrates that often media outlets, not just Exaro News, may publish material that may not be in the interests of the survivor they have talked to. There is also the danger, especially in this post-Panorama period, that any survivor who may have had dealings with Exaro may become contaminated by association and more generally this may happen to any survivor making allegations regardless of whether they’ve talked to Exaro, or indeed any media outlet and that, I feel, would be a crying shame.
Following the publication 0f the story Richard Kerr was naturally very upset. He’d been taken by surprise when the five photographs of individuals had been produced during the interview, he’s an obliging gentleman and attempted to help the interviewer but directly after the interview, recognising that he couldn’t be 100% certain that he had correctly identified all of the men in the photographs, or if he had recognised them, from other sources. Of the 5 men that Richard identified he was certain that he’d met of two of them but of the other three he was uncertain. He he had immediately requested that this part would not be made public. Richard Kerr knows too just how much such a mis-identification, once public, can harm the credibility of a survivor (even one like himself who can demonstrate his abuse very clearly).
However, despite requesting that the VIPs he had named under these pressurised circumstances be removed, it was never done and they remained on the Exaro News website until the day the site recently disappeared.
Mar 31 2017
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
think he is playing to the crowd. The ‘pay to keep him quiet crowd’
BBC abandoned Karin Ward when Freddie Starr sued
maybe sidestep by saying exaro no longer exists as legal entity?
has there been a statement of support made removing any doubt?
More on Exaro & Watts
Jonathan S @majorleak2017
At the point when Exaro started publishing the VIP allegations it was a financial news based outlet. It has always been a question
WHY did … Tom Watson conveniently ‘choose’ Exaro as the outlet of choice?
The underlying motivation as to ‘Why choose Exaro at that time?’ is going to be an issue which needs to be resolved going forwards.
Some have speculated the link between the Labour Party and Exaro’s directors was the underlying motivation
So why did it’s director Watts not resign his directorship of Exaro Holdings when he was sacked as ’employee’?
Tim Pendry, a Left-leaning PR man and friend of Jeremy Corbyn.
Last month, Pendry announced that he would rejoin the Labour Party, saying his decision ‘was helped by the estimable old Labour Right-winger Tom Watson being elected as ballast, as deputy leader’.
Exaro’s editor-in-chief, Mark Watts, is also an admirer and friend of Watson.
He once hosted a daily news show on a Left-wing channel called Press TV. Controlled by the government of Iran, Press TV, which has employed Left-wing firebrand George Galloway, was where Corbyn described the killing of Osama Bin Laden as ‘a tragedy’.
Watson and Watts (who is today expected to appear with Galloway on Kremlin-controlled Russia Today) have certainly been useful to one another.
The MP first began publicly campaigning about an ‘Establishment’ paedophile ring in 2012. At about the same time, Exaro began focusing heavily on stories about the same purported ring.
Ever since, Watson has made regular appearances in Exaro’s news reports. As a senior MP, his comments lend credibility to their reports. In turn, they help to promote Watson’s campaign.
Little wonder, perhaps, that in the past 18 months Watson has almost continually flagged Exaro stories on Twitter. His support is doubtless very helpful. In November, for example, Watson tweeted: ‘I’ve spent all week telling reporters to phone Exaro if they want to know what’s going on.’
This relationship does not please everyone, however. Peter McKelvie, a former child protection officer who once worked closely with the Labour MP, has severed ties because he regards Exaro as ‘a disgrace to journalism’.
McKelvie is also said to believe that Watson fails to adopt a sufficiently collegiate attitude to his campaign, an opinion shared by one MP who has previously collaborated with him on child protection issues.
‘There have also been other times Tom has not pulled his weight, and I’m not just talking about the Janner letter,’ says the MP.
‘There was, for example, a debate in Parliament on historical child sex abuse last November. Everyone interested in the issue attended, apart from Tom. Perhaps he didn’t want to share the limelight.’
2013, 17th January – MET Police launch Operation Fernbridge, a full investigation into allegations that politicians were members of a paedophile ring which abused children in care in the 1980s.
Centres on the alleged historic sexual abuse of children at Elm Guest House, in Rocks Lane, a suburban street in Barnes, south-west London, and Grafton Close Children’s Home, Richmond.
Follows on from Operation Fairbank, a scoping exercise launched in October as a result of Tom Watson‘s claims in Parliament. It is being run by the Specialist Crimes and Operations Directorate, and led by the Child Abuse Investigation Command.
The Inside Story of Spa-Gate; London’s Top Policeman Was Forced to Resign over a Free Stay at Champneys. Here Its Owner Stephen Purdew Tells Viv Groskop the Truth about His Friendship with Sir Paul Stephenson
The Evening Standard (London, England), July 19, 2011 |
We talk on the phone, as I decline to visit Champneys, unlike millions of journalists before me. (“Have you been? I’d better not invite you because the last person we invited got the sack. I’m joking.”) But it’s not just hacks and police commissioners in the Champneys guest book. Another regular visitor is Keith Vaz, the prominent Labour politician and chairman of the Home Affairs select committee, who is expected to lead the questioning of Stephenson over his stay at Champneys at a hearing in Parliament today.
A close friend of 20 years, Vaz — along with Rebekah Brooks, Piers Morgan and Liam Gallagher — invited to Purdew’s London wedding in 2009.
Vaz’s daughter was bridesmaid and Purdew is godfather to another of Vaz’s children.
The Champneys set: friends of its owner include Charlie and Rebekah Brooks, Sir Paul Stephenson and Keith Vaz MP
Valerie Vaz – I was a guest of the Khalsa Football Federation at the Awards
Many sports stars were present including Frank Bruno, Denise Lewis and Kris Akanusi. It was good to see sporting excellence from Olympians and para-olympians.
Jim’ll Fix It badge given to Holyhead is to be destroyed
Largest ever show emblem was awarded to town in 1991, when Savile arranged Christmas in August after winter flu bug ruined festive season the year before
A Jim’ll Fix It badge presented to Holyhead by paedophile TV star Jimmy Savile is to be destroyed.
The badge was the biggest ever one created, given to the entire town after local man Jeff Evans – now a councillor – contacted the show to ask if Jimmy Savile could cheer the place up after a Christmas flu bug ruined the festive season of 1990.
Savile sent Hi Di Hi! star Ruth Madoc and boxing legend Frank Bruno to the town an recreated Christmas for the day, with thousands of people turning out to take part in what culminated in the laptop-sized badge being awarded.
The Daily Post has learned that the badge has been in storage for some time, and since it emerged that Savile was a notorious child molester, discussions have been underway about what to do with the now tainted emblem.
Mayor Ann Kennedy, who at the time of filming was the general manager of the Holyhead Opportinities Trust
After the parade, there was a dinner for 500 people on Newry Beach.
Jeff Evans, who invited Cilla to Holyhead for an edition of Surprise Surprise in 1988,
Now a county councillor, he invited the Liverpudlian presenter to the Anglesey town after it was named “the most depressed area in Britain”.
from Regina V McSweeney that worked at Grafton under Stingemore..
And more on father Anthony McSweeney
Has anyone got a photograph of Keith Vaz 80′-84′?
(not a very clear one)
Keith Vaz 1984 – West London Council for Civil Liberties
PIE was affiliated with it, the National Council for Civil Liberties
The Paedophile Information Exchange was affiliated to the National Council for Civil Liberties in the late 1970s and early 1980s
Louis Minster 1984
Louis Minster 1984
LOUIS MINSTER – RICHMOND SOCIAL SERVICES, 1975-1984
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