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Will President Trump be used as witness in sex offender Epstein case?

May 12, 2017


President Donald Trump is a shadowy, but ever-present, figure in the never-ending saga of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Mar-a-Lago, the commander-in-chief’s private-club-turned-southern-White-House in Palm Beach, was the backdrop for Epstein’s introduction to one of his dozens of teenage victims, according to court records.

In a short-lived lawsuit that Trump decried as “categorically false,” a California woman last year sued Trump and Epstein in federal court in New York City, claiming the two business tycoons raped her when she was 13 years old.

And Trump is on a star-studded witness list for an upcoming trial in Palm Beach County Circuit Court that attorney Jack Scarola promises will be the first public airing of Epstein’s lurid lifestyle.

But, Scarola acknowledges, it is unlikely the president will be part of what Scarola promises will be a salacious trial. Scarola claims Epstein sued attorney Brad Edwards in an effort to intimidate and punish the lawyer for representing some of Epstein’s victims. While Epstein dropped his lawsuit against Edwards, who has also represented clients in a lawsuit against Trump, the malicious prosecution suit against Epstein will likely go to trial in the fall, Scarola said.

When Scarola put Trump on the witness list in August, he said he never imagined the business scion and former television star would soon occupy the Oval Office. The legal battle he would have to launch to get a sitting president to testify simply isn’t worth it, Scarola said.

Moreover, while there is a lot of smoke around Trump’s relationship with Epstein, there appears to be little fire, so far, Scarola said.

“Based on all available public records, Trump’s involvement is peripheral,” he said.

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While Trump has recently distanced himself from Epstein, a 64-year-old financier, it wasn’t always that way.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said of Epstein during a 2002 interview with New York magazine. “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.”

Attorney Spencer Kuvin, one of dozens of lawyers who successfully sued Epstein on behalf of roughly 30 women who claimed he lured them to his Palm Beach mansion for sexually-charged massages when they were as young as 14, said he always found the comment curious.

“How would he know that?” he said of Trump’s acknowledgement of Epstein’s penchant for young women. The interview came nearly six years before Epstein’s secret sex life exploded into public view when the money manager pleaded guilty to Florida charges of procuring and soliciting a minor for prostitution. “Why would he make a joke like that?” the West Palm Beach attorney asked.

Further, Kuvin and others say they can’t believe it is purely coincidental that former South Florida U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who signed off on a non-prosecution agreement that kept Epstein from spending years behind bars, was tapped by Trump to be U.S. Labor Secretary.

During his confirmation hearings in March, Acosta said it was “awful” that convicted sex offender Epstein was allowed to leave the Palm Beach County Jail to work during his 13-month jail sentence. But he insisted that without the involvement of his office, Epstein would have received far less punishment and his victims wouldn’t have recovered any money from him. As a result of the conviction, Epstein also is on Florida’s registered sex offender list.

Scarola, who has represented several of Epstein’s victims in civil lawsuits, scoffed at Acosta’s claims. The evidence that Epstein sexually abused young girls was “overwhelming,” he said.

The answer to the many questions that still swirl around Epstein and his high-placed friends are the subject of roughly a half-dozen lawsuits that are still pending in both Palm Beach County and New York. Some of the nation’s top attorneys have represented Epstein and some of his victims.

But like many of the past lawsuits spawned by Epstein’s behavior, most of the remaining ones are expected to be settled. And even public court records don’t tell the full story — because many documents have been sealed or are heavily redacted.

For example, a defamation lawsuit against one of Epstein’s close friends was scheduled to go to trial in U.S. District Court in New York this coming Monday. But both sides agreed to a delay last week, often a signal that a settlement could be in the works.

The suit was filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against British-born socialite and longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell. In a 2009 lawsuit that Epstein settled for an undisclosed amount, Giuffre claimed she was 15 when Maxwell recruited her from her $9-an-hour job in the locker room at Mar-a-Lago, where her father had a job as a maintenance worker. Giuffre claims in court records that Maxwell introduced her to Epstein and that Epstein turned her into his international sex slave.

Maxwell wasn’t sued as part of the lawsuit Giuffre filed against Epstein. But, in court papers filed by Giuffre, Maxwell was accused of grooming Giuffre to be Epstein’s sexual toy.

Maxwell ignored the allegations until Giuffre raised them again in December 2014 and Maxwell began publicly disputing Giuffe’s claims. Famed attorney David Boies then filed a defamation lawsuit on Giuffre’s behalf, claiming Maxwell “undertook a concerted and malicious campaign to discredit Giuffre.” In media interviews, Maxwell called Giuffre’s claims “obvious lies,” Boies wrote.

The trial promised to provide scurrilous details about Giuffre’s widely publicized contention in court records that Epstein not only used her but loaned her to his rich and powerful friends, including such notables as Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton. Similar claims against nationally-known attorney Alan Dershowitz, who represents Epstein, were withdrawn when the Harvard law professor and Giuffre’s attorneys reached a confidential settlement in dueling defamation lawsuits they filed against each other over the allegations.

Flight logs from Epstein’s private jet show Clinton was a frequent flyer, taking Secret Service agents along with him on trips with Epstein around the globe. Clinton has publicly ignored Giuffre’s allegations but an independent investigation launched by Dershowitz raised questions about their veracity.

One of Epstein’s longtime servants testified that Prince Andrew was a regular guest at Epstein’s house and received massages during the visits. But house manager Juan Alessi acknowledged in a sworn deposition that older women and men offered Swedish massages to Epstein’s guest. It is unclear who gave the British prince the massages or what was included. The prince has vehemently denied Giuffre’s allegations.

Alessi also testified that Trump visited Epstein’s home when both were in Palm Beach. “He would come, have dinner. He never sat at the table,” said Alessi, who described himself as Epstein’s majordomo. “He eat with me in the kitchen.”

But, Alessi said, unlike other visitors, Trump didn’t avail himself of massages. “No,” he said. “Because he’s got his own spa.”

While Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit appears headed for what will likely be a confidential settlement, Scarola said his case against Epstein is going to trial even though Trump won’t be called as a witness.

“We can prove our case without Donald Trump’s testimony,” he said of malicious prosecution lawsuit he filed against Epstein for suing Edwards, the attorney who has represented Giuffre and several of Epstein’s other victims.

Edwards has also been leading a separate charge to prove Acosta’s office violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act when it signed off on the non-prosecution agreement without notifying the women. That suit, which has stalled in federal court after many of the documents were sealed, could eventually reveal why Epstein got what many call a “sweetheart deal,” Scarola said.

Edwards also represented 65 members of Trump National Golf Club Jupiter, who won $5.8 million in February when a federal judge ruled that Trump improperly kept their deposits when he took over the club on Donald Ross Road in Jupiter in 2012. Trump is appealing the decision.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt–politics/will-president-trump-used-witness-sex-offender-epstein-case/YijRjaz87dDMiV18TGeDAN/

Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims

Vatican’s financial chief, who has always denied wrongdoing, faces fresh allegations of abuse, relating to his time as archbishop of Melbourne

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, is accused of abusing two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s

New allegations of child abuse are being levelled against Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s financial chief and the most senior figure in the Australian Catholic church.

Fairfax Media has reported claims contained in a new book, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick’s cathedral after becoming archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

The author Louise Milligan first flagged these claims on the ABC’s 7.30 Report in July last year. But according to Fairfax Milligan’s book, to be released on Monday, contains details of the accusations that have not been made public before.

After the 7.30 Report Pell accused the ABC of conducting a “scandalous smear campaign.”

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement on Saturday saying the cardinal had “not been notified by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions or Victoria police of the status of their investigations, which have been underway since at least February 2016.”

“Cardinal Pell will not seek to interfere in the course of justice by responding to the allegations made by Melbourne University Press (publisher of Milligan’s book) and media outlets today, other than to restate that any allegations of child abuse made against him are completely false,” the statement said.

“He repeats his vehement and consistent denials of any and all such accusations, and stands by all the evidence he has given to the royal commission.”

The boys, students at St Kevin’s College, sang in the cathedral choir and were allegedly abused by the archbishop in a room somewhere in the precincts of the cathedral. They left the choir and the school shortly afterwards.

Milligan claims one of the choirboys died of a drug overdose in 2014. His mother was subsequently told by the second boy that they had been abused by Pell when they were teenagers at the cathedral.

Milligan writes that both spoke to the Sano taskforce established to investigate allegations that emerged during a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria and the later royal commission into child abuse.

Pell has now been accused of abusing boys at three stages of his career: as a seminarian, a priest and as archbishop of Melbourne.

He has denied all these allegations on a number of occasions. No charges have ever been laid against him in relation to them. The cardinal, prefect of the secretariat for the economy at the Vatican, has stated that he willingly co-operated with the detectives of the Victoria police when they interviewed him in Rome in October last year.

Sano has also investigated allegations that as a young priest Pell abused boys in the swimming pool of his hometown Ballarat. Pell also denies these allegations.

Milligan writes that Pell and his defenders have been able to “bat off or gloss over” the swimming pool allegations by casting them as “horseplay or a bit of rough and tumble … The story of [the choirboys] has no such ambiguity. If these allegations are true, they point to utter, sinful hypocrisy.”

Citing ill health, Pell declined to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission in person last year and instead gave evidence by videolink from Rome. In February this year the Australian senate called on the cardinal to return home “to assist the Victorian police and office of public prosecutions with their investigation into these matters.”

Pell dismissed the parliamentary resolution as “an interference on the part of the Senate in the due process of the Victoria Police investigation.”

According to reports, the police have now twice sent briefs of evidence concerning Pell to the Victorian office of public prosecutions.

The Guardian is not claiming Cardinal Pell is guilty of any allegations of sex abuse, only that they have been investigated by police.

Operation Sano continues.

The Guardian contacted the Vatican, Pell’s office in Rome and his office in Australia for comment.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/13/cardinal-george-pell-accused-of-sexually-abusing-two-choirboys-book-claims?CMP=share_btn_tw


Arizona radio station tells listeners how to ‘hide’ child porn

May 12, 2017

Paul Lotsof, left, owner of KAVV-FM, speaks from behind a door with KVOA reporter Zack Briggs.

Story highlights

  • Station airs PSA: “Never keep paper pictures, tapes or films of naked juveniles where anyone can find them”
  • Episode has raised questions about free speech and Arizona’s strict penalties

(CNN)For the past two years, a radio station in a small Arizona city has been playing a public-service announcement that advises users of child pornography on how to escape police detection.

The PSA tells people with child porn to store it on a specific type of computer hardware and “hide it where nobody will ever find it.” It goes on to give more details about how to avoid arrest, ending with: “A public service message from the CAVE 97.7 FM.”
The station, KAVV in Benson, does not have a large coverage area, and the PSA — created by station owner-operator Paul Lotsof — initially aired after midnight. But still, somehow nobody seemed to notice or complain — until now.
“It’s wrong, it should be taken down. It’s sickening,” Benson resident Jeanne Dyer told CNN affiliate KVOA this week.
In recent days the ad has been pulled off the air, the community has been outraged and the episode has raised questions about free speech and Arizona’s strict penalties for possession of child pornography.
“I’ve discussed it with the Sheriff. Based on what is in the PSA, even though it’s incredibly disturbing and personally offensive and professionally offensive to me, the reality is the comments he made are rather firmly protected by the First Amendment,” Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre told CNN.
“It’s weird (no one heard it),” he added. “We are a smaller county though, and the time of its airing was between midnight and 2 a.m. and there’s not a lot of people awake in Benson at that time.”

‘I feel sorry for the people caught with it’

KAVV’s Lotsof told CNN he recorded the PSA about two years ago, “mostly to call attention to Arizona’s extreme laws for child pornography and to try and keep people out of life in prison just for possessing pictures.
“It (the PSA) does not advocate possession of child pornography or reproduction of child pornography. And I know the question you’re going to ask — no, I don’t have any of that stuff. I don’t have any use for it.”
Lotsof said he doesn’t have children and doesn’t believe Arizona’s strict child pornography laws help kids.
“I don’t think the law on the books has to do with whether this material is produced or not. There is clearly some market for it and it will be produced. It’s sort of like drugs in Arizona — it’s a felony to possess marijuana, but it’s not like marijuana isn’t going to be grown here,” he said.
“I am not an advocate for it (child pornography). I’m not interested in it and I am against the production of it … but I feel sorry for the people caught with it who are in life in prison as a result. Those people are the real victims and their families,” Lotsof said. “If all of this prevented one person from spending life in prison, then it’s worth it.”
McIntyre, the Cochise County Attorney, had sharp words for Lotsof’s point of view.
“Regardless of the feelings Mr. Lotsof has, the reality is that if there wasn’t a market for this, if people didn’t make the choice to consume it, then we would see an end to it. And when he talks about the real victims, the real victims are the girl who has to spend the rest of her life wondering every time she walks through the grocery store and someone takes a second look at her, ‘Has he seen my pictures?’
“Those are the victims, and so that’s why if you are a consumer — regardless of being a producer of this — in Arizona people like me frankly will seek to put you in prison for the rest of your life.”

Arizona’s strict sentences

Arizona’s law, called Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, is a Class 2 felony and carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Possession of multiple images of child pornography are considered separate offenses in Arizona, and sentences must be carried out consecutively, rather than concurrently — meaning that someone convicted on 10 counts would be sentenced to at least 100 years. The law also denies those convicted the possibility of early release, parole or probation.
In 2003 Glendale, Arizona high school teacher Morton Berger was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found thousands of photos on his computer of children engaged in sexual acts. Berger was convicted and sentenced to 200 years in prison — 10 years on each of 20 counts.
His lawyers called Arizona’s law the toughest in the nation and appealed his sentence, arguing that it amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment” because it exceeded penalties for more violent crimes. By comparison, the federal penalty for possessing or transporting child pornography is a minimum of 5 years in prison for a first-time offender.
But Berger’s sentence was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
McIntyre, the Cochise County Attorney, said he doesn’t know whether Arizona’s laws on child pornography are the toughest in the country, but he hopes the strict penalties serve as a deterrent.
“I know that we have very strict laws … and every court that has reviewed the laws has upheld them, and the reason is simple. We have a legitimate state interest in protecting our children,” he said.
“Typically when we indict child pornography cases, most places will indict 20 counts — but the reality is that person probably possessed hundreds, if not thousands, of images,” he added. “So even if they are sentenced to what Mr. Lotsof suggests is a draconian number of years, that’s actually a small fraction of the crime they actually committed.”

‘Reprehensible,’ but maybe not illegal

Benson Mayor Toney D. King said someone brought the PSA to his attention Saturday and he immediately contacted City Manager Bill Stephens to investigate.
“We have a really nice tight-knit community and this really caught us by surprise,” King said. “I personally feel this is reprehensible, very disturbing, very irresponsible, and very unacceptable. I have children and grandchildren of my own.”
Stephens, the city manager, said the city received complaints about the PSA because it recently began airing at a new time when more people were awake.
An online petition also is urging people to file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to get the station shut down.
The FCC has received a handful of consumer complaints about the PSA and are reviewing them, said Will Wiquist, a deputy press secretary.
“The FCC has yet to reach any conclusion,” Wiquist said. “Consumers should continue to file complaints if they have concerns about this and we will review them.”
County law enforcement are investigating the matter, but laws and the Constitution may protect Lotsof against any criminal charges or even from authorities getting a search warrant for his property, McIntyre said.
“Based on the information that we have, he is someone talking about his disagreement with the law. That doesn’t equate to probable cause to believe that he is presently engaged in possessing the stuff he’s talking about, and that’s where the First Amendment comes in,” McIntyre said. “The First Amendment really does protect us all, even the ones we don’t want to protect.”

When pressed to comment on the possession of pictures of nude boys and girls, Lotsof said, “They’re pictures of whatever you want to call them … they’re pictures of minors and you go to prison for the rest of your life for possessing them.”

He seems to disapprove of this, saying, “There’s no picture in the world that’s that dangerous.”

Lotsof continued, “The difference is, in one case, you’re molesting children and abusing them, causing children to do things that are not natural for children to do. [In] the other case, they’re just possessing pictures. There’s no connection between those two.”

The Facebook post that spread the word about the PSA has since been removed.

KVOA asked Lotsof if he possesses child pornography. He said he did not.

But, he also said that he would not admit to it if he did.

The most likely route Arizona can take is by charging Lotsof with the promotion of illegal activity.

But, “the odds of successfully enforcing it goes down to precise facts,” Flick notes.

What happens next for Lotsof is critically important for those looking to strip him of KAVV’s license.

“If he is convicted of possession of child pornography, he would lose his license,” Flick says. “This is a step lower … but I am sure they’re getting a search warrant and looking for more.”

https://rbr.com/could-a-controversial-psa-lead-to-bigger-owner-troubles/

A LITTLE HISTORY OF CAVE-FM  

http://www.cavefm.com/thirty/index%204a.html

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Paul-Lotsof/1190444316



Islington kids’ homes scandal: Why did police pull plug on new child abuse probe?

18 May 2017

There are more than two dozen names that could hold the key to prosecutions, and boxes of papers that may contain vital evidence. In the second of our special series on the Islington kids’ home scandal of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, EMMA YOULE asks why police are not bringing the perpetrators to justice

It can only be described as a perplexing sequence of events that has left survivors of the Islington kids’ homes abuse let down – again.

From the 1970s to the 1990s an unknown number of children were abused sexually, physically, emotionally, or through neglect, in Islington children’s homes. It is a scandal that leaves a stain on the borough to this day.

The number harmed stretches to at least 40 current members of the Islington Survivors Network (ISN) but they are feared to be substantially higher.

Yet only a handful of abusers were ever exposed, much less brought to justice.

Today, in significant new developments on the historic scandal, the Gazette can report:

Islington Police began a new investigation in October to work towards criminal prosecutions, offering hope that after decades perpetrators of abuse might be tried in court;

• Two officers met Dr Liz Davies, an original whistleblower and key source of information on the scandal, to begin work;

Together they created a secret list of 26 names of alleged abusers who may have committed grave crimes against children;

• But shortly afterwards the Islington police investigation closed without warning, again dashing the hopes of survivors.

The Gazette understands the probe was shut down after involvement from Operation Winter Key – the Metropolitan Police team linked to the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

But police did not answer our questions or confirm if IICSA is investigating.

The position of survivors is far less opaque. They have called for the Met to re-open the Islington Police-led probe and bring the perpetrators of child abuse, rape and torture in Islington’s kids’ homes to justice.

Social worker Dr Davies, founder of ISN, said: “We need a proactive police-led investigation to achieve convictions and also disciplinary action against those who colluded with the abuse and facilitated it.”

She said new evidence that has come to light in recent years has left her shocked.

Volunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer was jailed for sexually abusing children, as reported in the Evening Standard in October 1992. Picture: Evening StandardVolunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer was jailed for sexually abusing children, as reported in the Evening Standard in October 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

“I thought I knew a lot from the ’90s, but now hearing account after account I know it was far worse and more extensive abuse than I ever imagined in my worst dreams,” said Dr Davies.

“These children were in effect handed over to predatory child abusers who passed them around to other abusers through holiday schemes, boat trips, work placements, swimming events and night hikes in forests. It was well planned and orchestrated.”

One survivor said: “ISN has statements from over 40 adult survivors who lived through years of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

“Not one person has told us that Islington Council contacted them and asked about his or her time in ‘care’ and the effect it had on their lives. As ISN survivors we know there has been no justice.”

Despite the passage of time there is a realistic chance of prosecutions, as shown by the case of one ISN survivor who was repeatedly raped from the age of 12 in the 1980s while under the care of Islington social services.

The man who terrorised her and left her pregnant at 13 was jailed for 13 years in 2016.

It has also come to light that Islington Council has boxes of files in its archives relating to 13 inquiries into the abuse scandal carried out in the 1990s – which could contain key information.

The Evening Standard's reporting on the kids' homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening StandardThe Evening Standard’s reporting on the kids’ homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

Another survivor told the Gazette: “We are waiting for someone to examine the contents. The council acknowledges that it’s really important to do this.”

ISN has asked for an amnesty for all current and former council staff who witnessed child abuse and did not report it at the time, in the hope new witnesses will come forward who can corroborate survivors’ evidence.

The council vowed it would offer full co-operation.

A spokesman said: “We support police investigations into any new allegations relating to historical abuse of Islington children.

“We will offer all assistance to police and access to files to any police-led investigations.”

Scotland Yard gave this short statement in response to our questions: “Anyone who wishes to speak to police should do so directly through their local station, or by calling 101.

Islington South parliamentary candidate Emily Thornberry said she hoped police would 'consider carefully' calls for a new investigationIslington South parliamentary candidate Emily Thornberry said she hoped police would ‘consider carefully’ calls for a new investigation

PAST POLICE INQUIRIES AND CONVICTIONS

Dr Liz Davies went to Scotland Yard with her concerns about the abuse of Islington children in 1992 and worked with detectives on two investigations.

Neither led to prosecutions.

The only person jailed over the scandal was volunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer.

He worked at a boarding school used by Islington and was jailed for seven and a half years in 1991 for sexually abusing children.

Two other ex-Islington children’s home bosses, now dead, fled to the resort of Pattaya in Thailand.

Nicholas Rabet, deputy manager of Grosvenor Avenue children’s home until 1989, was investigated by Sussex Police in 1992 but never prosecuted.

Thai police brought charges for the alleged abuse of 30 boys, but he killed himself in 2006 before trial.

Bernie Bain, superintendent of Elwood Street children’s home in the late 1970s and early 1980s, fled Britain in 1996 just before he could be arrested for the alleged rape of seven young boys in care.

He was briefly imprisoned in Morocco for child pornography but killed himself in May 2000.

VIEWS ON POLICE PROBE

Labour stalwart and long-serving MP Emily Thornberry has said her “heart goes out to those who suffered abuse in Islington’s children’s homes” as she responded to calls for a new police inquiry this week.

The Labour parliamentary candidate for Islington South and Finsbury said the Metropolitan Police must be free to take its own decision on whether to open a new inquiry free from political interference.

“However, I would hope and expect that the police will consider carefully and appropriately the case that has been made to them by the Islington Survivors’ Network to re-open their inquiries, and provide a full response in due course,” she said.

Ms Thornberry said she fully supports efforts to uncover the truth.

“If that leads to the prosecution of guilty parties – whether responsible for abuse or for negligence – then I will be delighted to see justice done,” she said.

The Gazette also contacted Labour leader and Islington North parliamentary candidate Jeremy Corbyn, who was MP for Islington North when the scandal broke, for comment.

He did not respond.

NEXT WEEK: The survivors’ stories of stolen childhoods and lives haunted by abuse

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/islington-kids-homes-scandal-why-did-police-pull-plug-on-new-child-abuse-probe-1-5022869

THE ISLINGTON SCANDAL1982 Margaret Hodge becomes Islington council leader. Forms friendship with Tony Blair, at one stage living a few doors away.February 1990 Liz Davies and David Cofie, senior social workers, discover evidence of sex abuse of children and report it to a residents’ meeting attended by Mrs Hodge.May 1990 Mr Cofie and Ms Davies are told by Lyn Cusack, assistant director of social services, to stop interviewing children about the claims.1991 Roy Caterer, a sports instructor at a boarding school used by Islington, arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing seven boys and two girls.October 1992 Mrs Hodge steps down as council leader.February 1994 Mrs Hodge accepts there was abuse, blaming her initial response on officials’ “misleading information”.May 1995 Report says Islington’s ideological policies stopped complaints being investigated. Mrs Hodge says: “Of course I accept responsibility. I was leader of the council at the time.”1 May 1997 Tony Blair moves from Islington to Downing Street.June 2003 Mrs Hodge made minister for Children.
Islington ConnectionsDr Morris Fraser lived in Islington in 1990, at a time when paedophile networks had infiltrated Islington children’s homes. He was working at University College Hospital. …he had  an opportunity to abuse children in Islington. He had also travelled to Turkey, Holland and Denmark to abuse children.
In 1993, he was convicted for possession of child pornography.Another PIE member, Peter Righton, is connected to Islington via the Islington-Suffolk Project, which sent children in care on holidays to Lord Henniker’s estate in Eye, Suffolk. Righton and his partner were invited to live on Lord Henniker’s estate after Righton’s 1992 conviction for importing images of child abuse.https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/henniker-major/
In 1979, John Rea Price,  Islington’s Director of Social Services and Peter Righton sat on the same steering committee to establish a course for training staff to work with disturbed young people.

Righton went on to become governor of New Barns school working with disturbed young people, and Islington Council were one of the local authorities to place children there.

New Barns school was the subject of a major child abuse investigation after Righton’s arrest. Righton lectured on social work at North London Polytechnic in Islington in 1970.

When Social Work Today reported Righton’s arrest there was no mention of the fact that he had long been associated with the magazine and had written dozens of articles for it. The magazine also downplayed the connection between the National Children’s Bureau and Righton. In April 1992, just two months before the article was published, John Rea Price was appointed as Director of the National Children’s Bureau, having recently resigned as Director of Islington Social Services after 20 years in post. In October 1992, not long after his departure, the Islington Children’s Homes scandal became public.

rea-priceJohn Rea Price,  Islington’s Director of Social Services

https://pcolman.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/islington-child-abuse-part-two/

Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past

11 May 2017

Former mayor of Islington Sandy Marks today and (inset) pictured in the Barcelona conference newsletter in 1980

Survivors of the horrific child abuse scandal that rocked Islington Council in the 1990s have called for police to lead a fresh inquiry as the Gazette today publishes explosive new revelations.

https://youtu.be/aReK-qZhExY

Sandy Marks (centre) is pictured in the IGA conference newsletter of April 1980.

An ex-mayor of Islington and top councillor at the time when children were being raped in kids’ homes has sensationally admitted her links to a pro-paedophile group that supported child sex in early 1980.

The council said it was “shocked and concerned” by the Gazette’s information and has promised an inquiry led by a top lawyer.

When approached, the former social services committee chair at first said she had “no memory of the period”.

But she later came clean about her pro-paedophile past after being shown evidence – saying she was “a complete bloody idiot” who had been manipulated by those around her.

However, just before the Gazette went to press, she changed her story again to say the allegations were “untrue and unfounded”.

Survivors of the abuse say someone who had apparently held such repellent views should never have been given political responsibility for young people.

Today, after a major investigation, the Gazette can reveal that documents show:

Former councillor Sandy Marks, who chaired the social services committee during the children’s homes scandal of the 1990s, attended a conference with a radical pro-paedophile activist group called Fallen Angels in 1980;

The Fallen Angels campaigned to abolish age of consent laws and condemned child protection as “a racket”;

The Evening Standard's reporting on the kids homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening StandardThe Evening Standard’s reporting on the kids homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

Ms Marks attended a meeting of a group campaigning for criminal charges against the vile Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) to be dropped. Also in the room was PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll;

• Documents identify Ms Marks as the planned co-author of a book with a radical paedophile activist who signed a letter “paedophile love & kisses”.

Yet by 1983, only three years later, Sandy Marks was sitting on the social services committee at Islington Council, which had oversight of kids in care.

She chaired the committee from 1991 to 1995 during the height of paedophile sex ring allegations concerning children’s homes in the borough.

When confronted by the Gazette, Ms Marks – who sits on a watchdog panel for the Crown Prosecution Service – said she has “huge gaps” in her memory for health reasons caused by the illness ME.

But she admitted her past after being shown a key piece of photo evidence.

The 63-year-old said she had been manipulated at the time by those around her, and had not properly understood the views of the Fallen Angels – which included campaigning to legalise sex with children.

She insisted: “I’m not a paedophile.”

Ms Marks said: “I don’t really understand how I could have been so stupid. I don’t understand how I could have got myself into it. Maybe I didn’t read the stuff – I don’t know. I can’t see me having stood up and said: ‘These are my views.’”

Sandy Marks pictured last year after being awarded a Mayor's Civic Award for her work as a disability campaigner. Picture: Ken MearsSandy Marks pictured last year after being awarded a Mayor’s Civic Award for her work as a disability campaigner. Picture: Ken Mears

She added: “There’s no defence for thinking that it’s OK, but there were reasons why at the time.

“And I guess with growing up – becoming more my own person – I was able to say: ‘This is what I think, not what somebody else tells me is what I think’.”

The care home scandal was made public when the Evening Standard revealed in October 1992 that teenagers were being abused, beaten and raped in kids’ homes across the borough.

Setting out a fresh demand for a new police-led inquiry, Richard, co-ordinator of the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), said this week he felt that: “Any person campaigning for or on behalf of paedophile groups has no place working with or making decisions for vulnerable children and social services.

“She should be questioned and called to account for her involvement at that time and at any time since.”

Another ISN survivor said that in her opinion: “This involvement makes any decision she was involved in unsafe. Questions have to be answered regarding any child protection or children’s services recommendations made by her and the people working with her.”

Labour stalwart Ms Marks, a familiar face at constituency events, was in a key position to advise former council leader Margaret Hodge after the abuse scandal was exposed.

But Ms Marks repeatedly denied playing any part in the 14 subsequent inquiries that were held during her tenure as chair of social services, saying she did not have “a hands-on role”.

“If children were being abused while I was chair of social services and I didn’t stop it, that’s shameful,” she said. “But I didn’t know. It’s my fault that I didn’t know.”

Social worker Dr Liz Davies, original whistleblower on the Islington kids home abuse scandal. Picture: Ken MearsSocial worker Dr Liz Davies, original whistleblower on the Islington kids home abuse scandal.

She added: “At the time I thought we had done what we could. If I had known something I would have stopped it.

“I would never want to do harm. That wasn’t why I became a councillor.”

But Ms Marks admitted with hindsight abusers may have slipped the net, saying she sympathised with calls for a police-led probe.

“If the investigation had been done properly then people should have been charged,” she said, adding: “If I was in their shoes, I would want something done, even this long after.”

The final White inquiry in 1995, ordered by the Department of Health, examined serious allegations against 32 named Islington staff involving “sexual assaults, encouraging children to be rent boys, staff involvement in paedophile rings and child pornography”.

The report was heavily critical of the council’s response.

“It is clear that Islington did not initiate the type of investigation they should have and as a consequence the possibility remains that staff engaged in abusive behaviour are now working elsewhere in the field with potentially serious consequences,” it said.

“Islington should have known and acted; they clearly did not.”

But the inquiry found no evidence of organised abuse.

Former Islington council leader Margaret Hodge said: 'If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.' Picture: PA/Yui MokFormer Islington council leader Margaret Hodge said: ‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.’

Social worker Dr Liz Davies, the original whistleblower on the scandal, tried to alert senior Islington officers and councillors – including then leader Mrs Hodge – to fears a paedophile sex ring was operating in the borough.

“Sandy Marks was at the centre of the council throughout this time,” said Dr Davies.

“This new information about her and our research about PIE and its widespread connections in Islington emphasise the importance of a police-led investigation, because many of those who held pro-paedophile views remain within professional systems and still have influence.”

No senior Islington councillors or officers were ever held accountable for the decades of abuse that went on in the council’s kids’ homes.

After 1995, Ms Marks’ career went from strength to strength.

She took up a role at the National Children’s Bureau and became mayor of Islington in 1996.

Today, she is a noted disabilities campaigner within the borough.

ISLINGTON COUNCIL: ‘WE’LL SET UP AN INQUIRY TO INVESTIGATE’

Islington Council has promised to set up an inquiry led by a top lawyer to examine the Gazette’s evidence – and has condemned support for paedophilia as “abhorrent”.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, has promised a top lawyer will examine the new evidence. Picture: Em FitzgeraldCllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, has promised a top lawyer will examine the new evidence.

Council leader Cllr Richard Watts said: “I’m shocked and concerned at the information as presented by the Gazette. This raises new questions about the council’s response to the allegations in the 1990s. I have instructed that we will appoint an independent QC to examine the evidence, and provide advice on the best action to take.

“They will be free to pursue any line of inquiry, and we will be bound by their recommendations.”

The report will be passed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

“On behalf of Islington Council, I’m extremely sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children,” he added. “I know those who were abused continue to suffer.”

He said new evidence would be treated “extremely seriously” and encouraged survivors to talk to police so “those responsible can be brought to justice”.

He stressed the council today is a “very different organisation” and said child protection is a top priority.

The Gazette understands a grant to Islington Personal Budgets Network Community Interest Company to establish a “centre for inclusive living” will be reviewed – including a £27,457 salary for Ms Marks, a director of the company.

JOURNALISTS: ‘WE TOLD SANDY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE’

The Evening Standard journalists who exposed the Islington kids’ home abuse scandal in October 1992 met Sandy Marks a month before the story was published, and say they were “shocked” by her response.

Eileen Fairweather and Stewart Payne – who went on to win awards for their articles – wanted to inform the then chair of the social services committee of the horrors they were uncovering.

In the meeting, they laid out damning evidence of abuse gathered from whistleblowers.

“We spoke to Sandy Marks to ask for her to help protect the whistleblowers, and to tell her that their claims were true,” said Ms Fairweather.

“But she didn’t seem to want to engage at all with notions of abuse.

“I can’t now remember her exact wording, but she indicated that she was indifferent to what the kids got up to sexually – she had a very libertarian view, and spoke as if they were free agents.

“She said she saw the role of the councillors when they inspected the homes as being to check things like: were the washing machines working?

“I have never forgotten it. It was very shocking.”

She says Ms Marks asked to see the evidence but would not agree to protect sources’ confidentiality.

But Ms Marks says she was presented with no evidence of current abuse and only fully understood the seriousness when she saw the articles.

“The first evidence, if it was evidence, I read in the Evening Standard,” she said.

“So that was the first time I’d seen anything in writing.”

At that time Sussex Police was already investigating links between alleged paedophile Nicholas Rabet, now dead, a former deputy superintendent of an Islington children’s home, and a boy in Islington’s care who the Standard would later give the name Shane in its reporting.

EX-COUNCIL LEADER MARGARET HODGE: ‘OUR NAIVETY WAS SHAMEFUL’

The Gazette asked former council leader Margaret Hodge to respond to the new revelations.

The Labour MP said: “If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.

“Furthermore I signed a petition calling for the banning of the PIE in 1983.

“I have apologised a number of times for our failure to understand about child abuse and take children’s voices seriously in the Eighties. I am sorry.

“Our naivety was shameful and I’m really glad we’ve learned since then the importance of listening to the voices of children who have been abused.”

* NEXT WEEK: In the second of our special series of reports into the Islington kids’ home scandal – the secret list of 26 names never investigated by police

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/islington-kids-homes-scandal-shame-of-ex-mayor-sandy-marks-pro-paedophile-past-1-5012565

IGA Conference April 1980: The Fallen Angels take PIE’s fight to Barcelona

https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/iga-conference-april-1980-the-fallen-angels-take-pies-fight-to-barcelona/

Secret papers show how Archway was nerve centre for child sex apologists in early 1980s

11 May 2017

Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE explains how a stash of newly uncovered documents linked former Islington Mayor Sandy Marks to the radical Fallen Angels collective in early 1980

Sandy Marks is listed as a Fallen Angels contact in conference papers from 1980. Picture: LSE Archives

It is a collection of paperwork that makes for shocking and sometimes sickening reading.

Today the Gazette can report on the trove of documents that trace the history of pro-paedophile activism in Archway in the early 1980s and led to the truth about Sandy Marks’ past.

The newsletters, periodicals, and decades-old minutes of meetings were found in an archive of the London School of Economics (LSE) library by graduate research student Charlotte Russell.

They paint a deeply worrying picture of pro-paedophile propaganda groups operating in Archway in the early 1980s.

At that time a controversial trial had caught the public imagination.

In 1979 five members of the reviled Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) had been charged with “conspiracy to corrupt public morals” over publication of adverts encouraging paedophiles to contact each other in the group’s magazine, Magpie.

Ms Russell said: “While researching events leading up to the PIE trials of 1981 it became apparent a particularly confrontational community of N19 paedophile rights activists campaigning for PIE existed at the time – the Fallen Angels collective.”

It was this discovery that would eventually lead to Sandy Marks.

Ms Russell knew who Ms Marks was from press cuttings about the Islington children’s homes scandal from the 1990s – but when the name started appearing in documents alongside Fallen Angels she believed she had uncovered something new and disturbing.

The front page of the 60-page pamphlet, Paedophilia and Public Morals, featured child-like cartoons. Picture: LSE ArchivesThe front page of the 60-page pamphlet, Paedophilia and Public Morals, featured child-like cartoons. Picture: LSE Archives

“I wasn’t searching for Sandy Marks in the documents,” she said. “But I soon realised that I recognised her name and it was significant in relation to the abuse scandal.”

The documents showed that in April 1980 the Fallen Angels travelled to a village on the outskirts of Barcelona to attend the annual conference of the International Gay Association (IGA).

Over that weekend workshops on paedophilia were held and the conference newsletter reports Fallen Angels came away having won a remarkable degree of support for the trial against PIE to be dropped.

The newsletter says an international support campaign was set to be co-ordinated through “the PIE Defence Campaign (contact address Fallen Angels)” in Davenant Road, Archway.

Sandy Marks is also pictured in the newsletter, which lists her as a delegate, and says she is a contact person for Fallen Angels at an address in Hornsey Rise, N19, with the request: “Do not write the name of the organisation, and put ‘private’ on the envelope.”

As the Gazette went to press, Ms Marks said she “completely den[ied]” she had been a member of Fallen Angels.

At the conference, the Fallen Angels circulated a 10,000-word paper called Corrupting Children: Children, Paedophilia and the Struggle – subtitled Women’s and Gay Liberation – that decried child protection as “a racket” and gave a summary submission on paedophilia, which has Ms Marks’ initials on it.

Among the deeply repellent views peddled in the submission is a final underlined sentence: “We demand the right to form alternative relations with kids – on their terms, and to affirm the erotic in those relations.”

Ms Marks at first said she has no recollection of attending the Barcelona conference and has memory lapses due to the illness ME.

A lurid page from the Paedophilia and Public Morals pamphlet. Picture: LSE ArchivesA lurid page from the Paedophilia and Public Morals pamphlet. Picture: LSE Archives

Yet after being confronted with the picture of herself in the newsletter she said she was vulnerable and had been manipulated and brainwashed by those around her.

“It was about the way they twisted what I said,” she told the Gazette.

“I don’t think I realised what they were doing, that they were using what I thought and kind of re-saying it and re-doing it.

“And I think I didn’t really understand the intellectual arguments. Because most of them would have been to uni and I left school at 15.”

As the Gazette went to press Ms Marks denied being at the conference, saying the photograph “could not have been taken at the event”.

At the IGA conference was another Fallen Angel called Tim Brown, of Davenant Road, Archway.

In a later letter to IGA delegate groups he signs off with the words “paedophile love & kisses”.

Back in London in late 1979, activism around the PIE trial was in its infancy and Ms Marks and Tim Brown are again linked to collectives campaigning on the issues.

Typed minutes appear to show Sandy Marks attended the third meeting of a group calling itself Conspiracy Against Public Morals (CAPM) to discuss tactics for a PIE defence campaign on September 11, 1979.

Fallen Angels' summary submission on paedophilia with the initials 'SM' highlighted by the Gazette. Picture: LSE ArchivesFallen Angels’ summary submission on paedophilia with the initials ‘SM’ highlighted by the Gazette. Picture: LSE Archives

Also at that meeting was notorious PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll, who was later jailed for possessing thousands of pictures of naked children.

Ms Marks said she did not know Tom O’Carroll and strongly denied being at the meeting or a member of the organisation.

Then on June 13, 1980, another set of handwritten minutes of the Gay Rights Committee of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) records a discussion about Sandy Marks and Tim Brown allegedly producing a book on paedophilia.

Ms Marks described this as “the most ridiculous suggestion ever” saying she has dyslexia, struggles to write even a few hundred words, and has never met Tim Brown.

She later suggested the minutes were a “complete fabrication”.

One final document, a lurid 60-page pamphlet named Paedophilia and Public Morals, was published in October or November 1980 and was to cause a vitriolic split between PIE and the Fallen Angels.

PIE identified the booklet as the work of the Fallen Angels and accused the group of a series of “hysterical and vicious attacks on PIE” within its pages.

It was a stark about-turn from July 1980, when PIE had hailed the Fallen Angels as “heaven-sent support”.

By January 1981 PIE denounced the Fallen Angels as “a clique of leftover intellectuals, political theorists and hydrophobic feminists”.

But Islington was by now a magnet for other pro-paedophile activists and campaigning for PIE would continue at some level in the area for years to come – with or without the Angels’ support.

“By then Islington had become a focal point for the politicisation of paedophilia,” said Ms Russell.

Within two years of this period, Ms Marks was elected a Labour councillor in Islington in 1982.

Commenting on the documentary evidence, she said: “Whatever it says I don’t agree with it and I wouldn’t have agreed with it at the time or before.”

* NEXT WEEK: In the second of our special series of reports into the Islington kids’ home scandal – the secret list of 26 names never investigated by police

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/secret-papers-show-how-archway-was-nerve-centre-for-child-sex-apologists-in-early-1980s-1-5012594

Naively, the whistle-blowers hoped the council would protect them. I acted as go-between and, two months before the first stories appeared, met Islington’s chair of social services at the town hall. Councillor Sandy Marks asked to see the evidence but would not agree to protect our sources’ confidentiality.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/witness-stalinist-reluctance-to-study-the-facts-1621767.html

Sandy Marks: In 2014 I asked for a dialogue

This letter was emailed in 2014 to Sandy Marks, former Chair of Islington Social Services Committee and Mayor, via the Head of Services and Consultancy of  Disability Action in Islington  who had agreed to forward it to her as she was Chair of the charity. The content is self-explanatory and asks her to discuss with me her perspective on the Islington child abuse scandal.  In the absence of confirmation, it is possible she did not receive it. Following the Islington Gazette article, 11th May 2017,  I thought it would be of wider interest.  See Islington Survivors Network website for further context.


Letter to Sandy Marks from Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection London Metropolitan University.

1st January 2014

Dear Sandy,

Our paths once crossed at the Rising Free Bookshop a long time ago, but it is also a long time since I exposed the Islington child abuse scandal in 1992. I have, ever since, lived and breathed the ongoing issues which that raised. Even recently, various survivors have come forward to me and I have continued to learn about the vast extent of harm that they experienced. There has never been a survivors group in Islington for the victims of the abuse and so I still remain a contact point for those who come forward. I have been trying to assist some of them in locating their files but sadly it seems most files went missing at the time of the exposé in the early 90s.

Recently, various documents have come to light through the social media and FOIs which I have not seen before. One of those was the Case review sub-committee report dated 24.7.95 following the Ian White Report. I think you may have chaired this committee – but I could be wrong.

I am interested to know what the thinking was that led to decision 4.1 which stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations of organised abuse. Of course, so much has become widely known since that time but I would really like to understand what led the members to reach that decision. I know the White report did mention that the police found no evidence of connections between perpetrators. Yet, at this time I was going all across the country with the police investigating crimes against children that related in some way to Islington children. Of course, professionals in all agencies at a local level had been pointing out that a network of child sex abusers was active in the Borough but this had been denied by the ACPC committee which is, I accept, where your information may have been coming from. Margaret Hodge always claimed she was misled by her managers and I have no way of knowing what went on at that level.

However, some social media researchers are now collating past press cuttings and I now know that, whilst I was disbelieved at the time in raising concerns about child sexual abuse within the children’s homes, it is now clear to me that there had been a number of issues raised in the years well before I worked in Islington. In fact the serious crimes were very well known about and a number of cases went to court and led to convictions. In 1992, some people must have been surely laughing at my ignorance but we didn’t have the internet in those days and I had to work within my limited field of view and mainly respond to the interminable pain and terror of the child victims and their families. I was also forbidden from speaking with social workers in the other 23 offices which limited my ability to find out past histories of abuse. Lyn Cusack (ADSS) of course told me to stop interviewing children……. I would very much like to interview her, if that was possible, to help me make sense of her decisions. If you still have any means of being in contact with her perhaps you could ask her on my behalf if she would be willing to speak with me.

I am writing a book but it is proving difficult as I am struggling to understand why my professional work was so despised at the time leaving me in great difficulty in trying to protect the children. Would you be interested to meet up to talk about it? It would be helpful for me to have your point of view all these years later when the scale of abuse clearly has now become evident and we have all had chance to reflect on the turbulence of those years.

Best regards,

Liz


Rising Free Bookshop was a distributer of alternative books and pamphlets based in Kings Cross.  It was listed in the 1975 book Alternative England and Wales as follows:

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I had very minimal communication with Sandy Marks when I was an Islington social worker, mainly because social workers were not allowed to contact councillors directly on work issues. After I exposed child abuse within the children’s homes, and community, and had left the authority I prepared evidence for the Inquiries.  Here is part of a letter sent to Sandy Marks by my professional association’s lawyer dated 13.8.93 which attached a submission of my evidence.  I have asked Islington if they have a copy of my dossier but they cannot find it.

The attached submission to the letter stated that, ‘during the period from the end of 1989 to the beginning of 1992 a great deal of suffering was experienced by an alarmingly large number of children and young people within a small geographical area. The purpose of these submissions is to illustrate that a good deal of suffering might have been avoided if managers within the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Islington had reacted differently to the information with which they were confronted’. It went on to state, ‘the repeated insistence on treating cases only on an individual basis rather than looking at the obvious indicators of close interlinking and networking between both the suspected abused and their suspected abusers, was in our submission unsatisfactory given the repeated reports which showed that not only did most of the children and young people involved know each other but the suspected abusers knew each other too…’   and ‘ there does not seem to have been an occasion on which the responsible management directly and clearly addressed the question of what its responsibilities actually were (and are).

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Despite my overwhelming evidence presented in person to the Inquiries,  the final Inquiry report stated  that  ‘Islington Council had investigated allegations of organised abuse and had found no evidence to support this. The Social Services Inspectorate had reviewed the paperwork and came to a similar conclusion’.

Below is a copy of the report summary  (Report into the Management of Child Care Services in Islington Ian White and Kate Hart)  presented to the Case review sub committee held on 24.7.95 with reference to 4.1 as referred to in my letter to Sandy Marks.

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Sandy Marks chaired the London Borough’s Childrens Regional Planning Committee during the early 90s.  In 1990 the committee discussed a report entitled ‘Child sex abuse rings – a proposal for a project group’ and the setting up of a working party to focus on this topic across London. Much work had already been completed by police and social workers across London in the investigation of abuse networks and this was supported by local and national guidance.

By the time of the 14 commissioned Islington Inquiries the term organised abuse was embedded into statutory guidance.  Working Together: A guide to arrangements for inter-agency co-operation for the protection of children from abuse (Home Office, Department of Health, Department of Education and Science, Welsh Office, 1991) stated ;

5.26.1: For the purposes of this Guide organised abuse is a generic term which covers abuse which may involve a number of abusers, a number of abused children and young people and often encompasses different forms of abuse. It involves, to a greater or lesser extent, an element of organisation

5.26.2: A wide range of abusing activity is covered by this term, from small paedophile or pornographic rings, often but not always organised for profit, with most participants knowing one another, to large networks of individual groups or families which may be spread more widely and in which not all participants will be known to each other. Some organised groups may use bizarre or ritualised behaviour, sometimes associated with particular ‘belief’ systems. This can be a powerful mechanism to frighten the abused children into not telling of their experiences. Research suggests some caution in sharp distinctions between types of abuser. Most sexual abusers share characteristics which suggest a calculated recidivist patter of activity, where multiple abuse acts and multiple victims are involved. ‘Paedophiles’ may also abuse children within their own homes and ‘incest’ offenders may abuse children outside the family.

In 2002 the Home Office and Department of Health published  complex child abuse investigation – inter agency issues which was based on learning from the lessons of a number of investigations of organised abuse networks. One of these was the Castle Hill Report (Brannon et al 1993).

In subsequent versions of national guidance including  Working Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF, 2010) the organised abuse of children was similarly defined as,  ‘involving more than one abusers and a number of children. The abusers concerned my be acting in concert to abuse children sometimes acting in isolation, or may be using an institutional framework or position of authority to recruit children for abuse’ (DCSF:6.10). However,  A revised and drastically abridged version published in 2013 and 2015 omitted this definition altogether at a time when  so many child abuse networks were coming to light and professional guidance was so desperately needed.

Long before the Islington Inquiries, in 1988, Islington Social Services had published Child sexual abuse policy and practice guidelines (page 65 of this linked document). These guidelines were innovative at the time and had been written in consultation with academics, campaign groups and practitioners. They addressed the need for police investigation when there was more than one child victim and/or more than one abuser. I question why Islington council suppressed my investigations when they obviously had  appropriate policy in place.

Here is the section of the White Report (1995) which refers to organised abuse. The Islington Neighbourhood Office referred to in this report was where I worked as a social worker.

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The well worn Times article below provides the police view in 1993 that wealthy businessmen were under surveillance who were linked to a sex ring abusing young people living in children’s homes in the London Borough of Islington which had been a magnet for ‘child molesters’. In this Times article, Sandy Marks is cited as pledging to sack senior staff if the government proved they had acted unprofessionally. There were some changes made in social services management after the Inquiries.  Very few abusers were also convicted and some are now deceased but I hope that there will soon be a police-led investigation of the information we have from the 90s and also of the information from all the survivors and witnesses who have now come forward to Islington Survivors Network.NSY report to Times 91

https://lizdavies.net/2017/05/12/sandy-marks-in-2014-i-asked-for-a-dialogue/


Homeless charity Centrepoint

It was established in Soho in 1969 by Reverend Kenneth Leech.

Journey to the other side

Reverend Ken Leech was based at St Anne’s Church in Soho

Sandy Marks was one of the first rough sleepers to be helped by Centrepoint when it opened its first temporary shelter in the crypt of a Soho church 35 years ago.

Just 15 years old, she spent several nights sleeping on the streets after running away from home.

Marks, who went on to become mayor of Islington, in north London, remembers the time well. “At that time, Centrepoint was run by volunteers. You could only stay three nights at a time. You were allowed to arrive at eight in the evening, but had to be out at eight the next morning.”

It was the first of several short stays for Marks, who spent almost four months sleeping rough in the capital. She left home after “the usual teenage arguments” with her mother.

“Sleeping rough was very scary,” Marks remembers. “I met some very nice people, but there were also a lot of very weird people around.”

Marks, who is 50 and recovering from ME, says she was lucky that staff at Centrepoint didn’t call the police. “I was still a minor and looked young for my age. The staff could have told the police, but they didn’t,” she says.

After several months, Marks moved to Bristol, but soon returned to London where she lived in a series of squats selling underground magazines and working for an advisory service.

At 19, she became pregnant. Three years later, she moved to Islington where her interest in politics began.

She rose to become chair of the council’s social services committee. As mayor, Marks continued to have a special interest in helping the homeless and raised £250,000 to renovate flats for Big Issue sellers.

Her interest in helping homeless young people continued when she became chair of London Borough Grants – an organisation set up after the demise of the Greater London Council, with a budget of £30m. One organisation to benefit was Centrepoint.

Marks stresses that the charity did so on merit. “We funded Centrepoint quite a lot because we all felt it was a very good organisation. Its range of services is fantastic. One I like best now is a project aimed at preventing people from leaving home.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2004/oct/13/homelessness2

As well as founding Centrepoint, Leech was involved in the creation of the Christian Socialist Movement.

He was a director of the Runnymede Trust, a leading think tank on promoting ethnicity and cultural diversity;

He was a founder member of the Jubilee Group – a network of socialist Christians; and he was also one of the church’s leading experts on drug culture and the social problems it creates.

Director of Runnymeade – Kenneth Leech, 1987–1991

Chairperson at Runnymeade – Diana Brittan 1998–1999

Centrepoint – Royal Patrons

Centrepoint – Our Patron

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been our Patron since 2005 – following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana.

Prince William would visit our hostels when he was a child and, when it was his turn to take over some of her patronages, Centrepoint was the first one he chose.

He regularly visits us both in the public eye, but also in private, so he can meet and chat to the young people we support.

https://centrepoint.org.uk/about-us/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/752570/prince-william-homelessness-charity-centrepoint-plays-who-am-I

“What do we really know about the young people’s homeless charity Centrepoint?

It was established in Soho in 1969 by Reverend Kenneth Leech.

Reverend Leech wanted young homeless people to have a night shelter.

Reverend Leech knew the Kray twins.

His life as a priest has brought him into contact with prime ministers, a very young Paul Simon, and even the Kray gang –  as a former vicar in Bethnal Green, he narrowly avoided having to officiate at Reg Kray’s Hollywood-meets-EastEnders funeral.

Leech and Anton Wallich-Clifford (founder of the Simon Community, a charity for what were then described as “meths drinkers”) realised urgent action was needed.

Drug rehabilitation was also a Leech passion. He founded the now defunct Soho Drugs Group in 1964, and forged close links with doctors working in the San Francisco counter-culture scene. “Doctors at the Haight-Ashbury medical centre warned that following the US example of prohibition would lead to disaster in England. And things began to go wrong under the influence of the late Dr Philip Connell, of the Maudsley Hospital, who in the late 1960s advised the Ministry of Health to cut down on heroin prescribing after a number of high-profile cases involving ‘junkie doctors.'”

Leech was close to the Christian Socialist Movement, which now counts Tony Blair, along with a sizeable chunk of his cabinet, as members.

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In 1999, he spoke at Centrepoint’s 30th birthday, along with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

From the anti-National Front protests of the 1970s and 1980s, to Derek Beackon’s victory in the local council election on the Isle of Dogs for the British National Party in 1993, Leech was part of the awkward squad, organising religious and community groups, writing and demonstrating.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2004/jun/16/charitymanagement.homelessness

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/reverend-kenneth-leech-priest-who-worked-among-the-homeless-and-with-drug-addicts-at-centrepoint-a6683816.html

Rev Leech and his wife Julie

Reverend Leech was the “advisor on exorcism and the occult” to the London Bishops.
Many young people who go to Centrepoint are vulnerable and have been in and out of the care system.Many young people who go to Centrepoint could disappear and nobody would know about it.Centrepoint’s full name is Centrepoint Soho Ltd.Centrepoint also has a trading company known as CP Trading LtdDirector – Sir James Michael Yorrick Oliver was an investment banker and Lord Mayor of London for 2001-02.Sir James Michael Yorrick Oliver was also a director of Icebreakershttps://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/OC306803/officers

Icebreakers and PIE

CP Trading used to be known as SPEED 4477 Ltd.
https://www.companieslist.co.uk/02951328-cp-trading-limited
Millions of pounds of money is given to Centrepoint from donations and also Government departments.
Westminster Council gave millions of pounds to Centrepoint but refused our FOI request when we asked for a simple receipt.In the 2008 accounts of Centrepoint the following donors were listed:Hyde Park Place Estate AgentsInner London Magistrates Courts Poor Box CharityPaul Hamlyn Foundation
(Australian dominatrix faces losing allowances from Lord Hamlyn over tell-all biographyAustralia’s most famous dominatrix, Madame Lash, has gone to ground in Sydney after a biography detailing her sexual relationship with late British publishing baron and Labour donor Lord Hamlyn was released.)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/7830632/Australian-dominatrix-faces-losing-allowances-from-Lord-Hamlyn-over-tell-all-biography.html
Rank FoundationThe Freemasons Grand CharityWorshipful Company of ArbitratorsWorshipful Company of Information TechnologistsThe registered address of Centrepoint used to be as follows:33 Long Acre
London
WC2E 9LAThe Patron of Centrepoint is Prince William.Is there more to Centrepoint than meets the eye?http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/20…t.homelessnesshttps://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque…point_soho_ltdhttp://thecolemanexperience.wordpres…2/11/33-magic/http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk…080331_E_C.PDFhttp://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/Co…ntrepoint-sohohttp://opencharities.org/charities/292411http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02951328″

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/08/jill-dando-princess-diana-centrepoint.html

Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin


Prince Charles and PIE-linked Sir Harold Haywood and Centrepoint

Youth club champion and former chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), Sir Harold Haywood, KCVO, OBE, has died aged 86. A trained teacher, Sir Harold played a pivotal role in the youth club movement, and dedicated his life to meeting the needs of disaffected youth.

Born in Burton-on-Trent, Sir Harold became director at the National Association of Youth Clubs and then in 1977 director of the Royal Jubilee Trust. The Trust, set up to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, raised £15m for initiatives to help disadvantaged young people in Britain.

He also became a director of The Prince’s Trust, and in 1985 took the Prince on a ‘plain clothes’ visit to London’s Centrepoint Hostel and charity centres in Soho’s red light district, to see the plight of young homeless people for himself.

http://www.philanthropy-impact.org/news/leading-youth-champion-and-former-acf-chairman-sir-harold-haywood-dies


Cassandra Cogno
 

Harold Haywood alterations on paedophile document



After 1995, Ms Marks’ career went from strength to strength.She took up a role at the National Children’s Bureau and became mayor of Islington in 1996…..
Righton was no run of the mill child sex offender. He had been a very senior and respected figure in the field of residential child care, and a former consultant to the charity the National Children’s Bureau, whose patrons included the then Health Minister Virginia Bottomley.

After Righton’s home was raided in 1992, then British Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley was reported to have been “shocked” and demanded a full report. That, however, was last time Bottomley spoke about the matter and no report was ever published.Mr McKelvie made his concerns known to Labour MP Tom Watson, who then raised the matter in Parliament in 2012.

According to Mr McKelvie, who has spent many years trying to see the truth uncovered: “We still don’t know who gave the order to shut down the original police investigation. In my opinion that person is just as guilty as Peter Righton and his network of child abusers. The decision to shut it down is likely to have been taken by Michael Howard and/or Virginia Bottomley. Howard was Home Secretary at the time, with overall responsibility for policing, and Bottomley was Health Secretary, with overall responsibility for children’s homes and social work.”



Peter Righton AKA Paul Pelham – Righton was the former director of education at the National Institute for Social Work, and a consultant for the National Children’s Bureau. Yet he was also a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which wanted the age of consent reduced to four. Righton published essays justifying paedophilia, which he called no more mysterious than “a penchant for redheads”. Police raided his home and found hundreds of letters between him and other paedophileslink
PIE member Peter Righton and his partner Richard Alston were allowed to live on Lord Henniker’s estate.
Prince Philip is godfather to his son.
Both Lord Henniker and paedophile –  PIE treasurer Charles Napier  (friend of Peter Righton and Robert Alston) worked for the British Council, with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles)
Prince Andrew and Robert Alston (3rd from right)
Robert Alston, like Charles Napier worked for the British Council, and with with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles)
Diplomatic Connections and PIE / Diplomat Robert Alston – brother of Richard Alston
Liz Davies, a reader in child protection at London Metropolitan University who was involved in the investigation into his abuses in Islington, wrote that Righton was allowed to live at the Thornham Magna estate of Lord Henniker in Suffolk, where children from Islington continued to be taken, apparently until his death;[13] Member of Parliament Tom Watson wrote that the Chief Constable of Suffolk warned against Righton being allowed to live at the estate but was ignored.[14]In October 2012, Watson claimed that Righton was involved in a paedophile ring with connections to the British Government.[5]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Righton

https://ianpace.wordpress.com/tag/charlotte-russell/

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93)

Evening Standard, 6th May 1993
By Stewart Payne & Eileen Fairweather

BRITAIN’S leading consultant on children’s homes is at the centre of a nationwide police and social work investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against boys.

Peter Righton, 67, quit his post at the National Children’s Bureau last year after he was arrested and later convicted of possessing child pornography. But the Evening Standard can reveal that he is now the central figure in a new investigation into the suspected abuse of scores of boys over four decades.

When this investigation began, Righton and his male lover fled to a country estate which is also an educational and recreational centre for children. Teachers, parents and welfare officials who send children to the estate are unaware of the two men and the police investigation into alleged paedophilia.

The pair live at the Suffolk ancestral home of the 8th Baron Henniker.
Following the discovery of child pornography addressed to Righton, a senior and respected childcare expert, he was fined £900 last September for importing and possessing indecent material. He has been under police investigation ever since.

Righton and his lover are familiar figures to staff working on the 2,500-acre estate at Thornham Magna which the philanthropic Lord Henniker and his family have turned into an educational and recreational centre for children.

The chance discovery by Customs officers at Dover of child pornography addressed to Righton led to police seizing letters and other documents in his home – a cottage near Evesham, Worcestershire. Scores of boys’ names were found in a diary, some underlined. These, investigators believe, were boys that had been sexually abused.

Many are now adults and have been traced by police and social workers. Some have alleged abuse dating back 30 years. But officers have also unearthed a recent allegation of abuse.

A former assistant bishop is among Righton’s long-standing friends. Correspondence between the two suggests a shared interest in children. His name was among those underlined in the diary.

As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate. Suffolk social workers were alerted to establish the circumstances in which he was living.

Lord Henniker, 77, told the Standard he did not know Righton and was not responsible for him living on the estate. ‘The estate belongs to my son.’

His son’s wife, Mrs Lesley Henniker-Major, said: ‘Mr Righton is a tenant. He came to us through an estate agent with impeccable references.’

She said she was not aware of the current investigation but had been told of his previous conviction for possessing indecent material by police and social workers. ‘I was very upset. But I have discussed this with Mr Righton and he tells me this material was unsolicited. I am a mother of five and I am very careful. I am not at all worried. He is innocent until proven guilty.’

When the Standard visited the estate this week Righton and his companion were still living in the stable flat. Wellington boots with their names inscribed in the rims stood outside their door.

Righton was a leading consultant on children’s homes and a former director of both the National Children’s Bureau charity and the National Institute for Social Work, a think-tank for social work issues.

The Standard has established that the London Borough of Islington, whose children’s homes are the subject of an inquiry following our revelations that young people in council care were exposed to paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers, sends children to the Henniker estate under a scheme called The Islington Suffolk Project.
Hundreds of youngsters from Islington and other councils have holidayed at the Henniker estate, staying in log cabins, since the mid-1970s.

Investigators probing Righton’s background have been astonished by how he achieved such high office. He was known to Scotland Yard as a founder member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children aged over four in the 1970s.

Righton has written widely on the subject of paedophilia and in 1981, in a publication called Perspectives on Paedophilia, he attacked the ‘moral panic’ over the issue and said that with ‘the child’s willing compliance . . . the sex is unlikely to do much harm’.

Righton went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a BA second class honours in philosophy, politics and economics, becoming an MA in 1955. He had earlier served in the Royal Artillery as a lieutenant.

He first worked in the probation service but moved into educational welfare work. In 1964 he was investigated by police for sexually abusing a pupil at Red Hill boarding school for maladjusted boys. At the time Righton contemplated killing himself and wrote several suicide notes in which he admitted the harm he had caused the boy. The case was dropped but Righton kept the notes.

Righton went on to carve a successful career, making no secret of his homosexuality.
Police officers who raided his Evesham cottage found magazines with titles like Boy Love World and love notes in childish handwriting as well as explicit letters from adults who shared his sexual outlook. Among them was convicted child abuser and fellow PIE member, Charles Napier. Righton resigned his posts after the raid.

For months police have been working through the lists of names found in Righton’s diaries, dating back many years.

Righton was, by the time of his arrest, semi-retired, although as a freelance consultant he was still visiting children’s homes across the country.

Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection. But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.

In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.

The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods. Day-to-day running of the estate has passed to the Lord’s son and heir Mark, 45, and his wife.

PIE/Righton/Islington

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’. Kenneth McCallum was known to have visited the West End to prey on homeless boys. His conviction was in 1990, the same year that Savile is known to have visited Islington at the request of Islington Council.

Islington’s “kids on wheels” minicab service (similar to Savile’s Blackpool mincab “charity” runs)

The articles below concerning Kenneth McCallum’s arrest and conviction sound very similar to the “kids on wheels” taxi services which Eileen Fairweather describes in her Telegraph article

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’. His conviction was in 1990, the same year that Savile is known to have visited Islington at the request of Islington Council.

Kenneth McCallum was known to have visited the West End to prey on homeless boys. An Islington Council social worker, Abraham Jacob, was convicted in 1986 for his involvement in child prostitution rackets in the West End.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10746412/Jimmy-Savile-sex-abuse-Islington-is-still-covering-up.html

Postcards that link Islington care home children to scene of notorious Jersey sex abuse

Above: Postcards from Jersey, including one of Gorey Castle, next to Haut de la Garenne home

these are a smoking gun. For the first time they provide solid evidence that children from Islington’s homes in the 1970s were sent on trips to Jersey, in an exchange programme with children from the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse took place.

Establishing that children from Islington were indeed sent to Jersey on exchange trips – as has long been claimed – is another piece of the jigsaw that creates a picture of a child abuse ring operating in the UK, with children passed around the country.

It has been established by many independent inquiries that child abuse took place in all of Islington’s 12 children’s homes during this period.

Islington Council has no official records that children in its homes in the 1970s and 80s were ever sent to Jersey on official visits, as all the documents have been destroyed. Circumstantial evidence has been there, however.

The deputy superintendent of Grosvenor House Children’s Home, at 114 Grosvenor Avenue in Canonbury, was Nich­olas Rabet. He spent 15 years there.

When in 1992 the Evening Standard revealed the extent of abuse in Islington’s homes – confirmed by numerous reports – Rabet fled to Thailand. He was arrested by Thai police and charged with abusing 30 young boys there, and it was thought he was responsible for abusing 300. He committed suicide days before he was due to stand trial in 2006.

Rabet was from Jersey, and is said to have regularly taken children from Islington on camping trips to the island.

http://archive.islingtontribune.com/news/2014/oct/postcards-link-islington-care-home-children-scene-notorious-jersey-sex-abuse

JERSEY:Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

CHILDREN from the Jersey House of Horrors were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen as galley SEX SLAVES

From September 2007, police took 1,776 statements from 192 alleged victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers and only seven people were successfully prosecuted.

WHY? 

Because the majority of abusers are in prominent positions and are being protected!

We know from court cases and statements made [during the 2008 inquiry] that children in Jersey care homes were ‘loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.

When these children complained they were beaten and locked in cellars [at Haut de la Garenne]

The youngsters were told by care staff the boat rides were treats—only to be assaulted and RAPED at sea by pervert toffs and household name paedophiles.

A source told us: “Such important figures have been implicated in the cover-up of abuse on the island that the cops feel the evidence should now be passed to the British government

“The latest revelations are explosive. It is going to cause massive waves within the political and legal world and could bring the whole of Jersey’s infrastructure crashing down.”

One of the most serious lines of inquiry in the investigation is that children were regularly loaned to wealthy yachtsmen to “do with them what they chose for the day,” according to our source close to the investigation.

Haut de la Garenne staff described the trips as a treat for children who spent long hours cooped up at the home.

But in reality the kids were subjected to the vilest sexual abuse on board the luxury boats.

Our source said: “The allegations about the yachting community have come in from a number of different people. It is a very strong line of inquiry and when the evidence is made public people will be horrified.” 

“This is going to be a long process but the officers have been presented with so many accounts of abuse and cover-ups it is crucial we get answers.

People disclosing the abuse have been easy to ignore but finally they are getting a chance to be taken seriously.” 

Former abused care home residents claim what happened to them has been covered up by those in high office, desperate not to tarnish Jersey’s good name or risk politicians in London reducing their power over the tiny, but extremely wealthy, island.

Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen’s rule, it has a separate government system dating back to King John’s reign, and makes its own rules and laws.

Former UK prime minister

One of those who stood most to lose was Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister from 1970-74, who was known to visit the Jersey care home the Haute Garrene among others to take young boys on boating weekends on his yacht called  ‘Morning Cloud’, or as his bodyguards referred to it, ‘Morning Sickness’.

Heath on the Morning Cloud

https://theukdatabase.com/councillorspolitical-party-affiliated/jimmy-saville-witch-hunt-or-paedophile/jerseychildren-were-loaned-to-rich-paedophile-yachtsmen/

Mrs Harman, whose role has been exposed in recent media stories, has described Margaret Hodge as her best friend in Parliament. Mrs Hodge’s late husband, Henry Hodge, also an Islington Labour councillor, earlier chaired the National Council for Civil Liberties. It is unknown if they ever discussed PIE

Sir Henry Hodge, President of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

Sir Henry Hodge – NCCL Chairman 1974-76. Became a Labour councillor and High Court judge and husband of Margaret Hodge

The leader of Lambeth Council at the time was Ted Knight (Labour) who was a close friend of Margaret Hodge (Labour) who was leader of nearby Islington Council. It is believed that Children were “traded” between Lambeth and Islington Councils.

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/05/lambeth-police-raped-and-tortured.html

Monday Club members:

ASSOCIATES –  JOHN PINNIGER, SIR CHARLES IRVING, DEREK  LAUD, HARVEY PROCTOR…

John Pinniger, Lambeth Councillor at the same time as John Bercow and a fellow member of The Monday Club


young_monday_clubbers

Other Monday Club members – John Remfrey  Pinniger (far left) was a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Con

Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club’s

Proctor had a connection to Lambeth thru John Pinniger – Pinniger was Harvey Proctor’s & Sir Charles Irving MP’s research asst

Pinniger was also connected to Derek Laud [Ludgate Laud director]

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/paedophile-clarence-henry-howard-osbornes-files-could-have-brought-down-government/

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Lambeth Police raped and tortured children in Police cells to profit from the child sex trade

In November 1997 the South London Press reported the finding of a sex dungeon complete with manacles , chains , bedding and a sleazy red light in Lambeth High-Security Police Head Quarters in South London. The civilian staff who leaked the story were suspended and Officers from Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Bureau were called in.

Ex-Lambeth Councillor John Mann MP has demanded an enquiry.

There were around 50 Children who had entered Lambeth Childrens’ Homes and never been seen again by their families.

The leader of Lambeth Council at the time was Ted Knight (Labour) who was a close friend of Margaret Hodge (Labour) who was leader of nearby Islington Council. It is believed that Children were “traded” between Lambeth and Islington Councils.

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/05/lambeth-police-raped-and-tortured.html

Janet Boateng, wife of former Labour MP and now peer, Paul Boateng, was chair of Lambeth Council’s social services committee, which had overall responsibility for the running of children’s homes.

Bilderberger Peter Mandelson was elected to Lambeth Borough Council in September 1979, but retired in 1982.

Lambeth – home to the MI6 HQ

Liz Davies’ Open Letter to Margaret Hodge

Most puzzling is my discovery of how much was previously known about child abuse in Islington since the early 80s and I, of course, realise that you were council leader from 1982. Am I to believe that you really did not know that there had been a long established pattern of sexual exploitation and even the alleged murders of children within Islington’s care? These events were well covered in the local and national media and, in this context, I cannot understand why my disclosures just a few years later were met with such disbelief. Geoffrey Dickens MP, for instance, exposed the sexual exploitation of Islington children. This was just four years before I raised similar concerns about children’s safety in the neighbourhood of Islington where I worked and for which you were the local councillor. This area was just a few streets away from the location that he was including in one of his now famous dossiers.

http://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/liz-davies-open-letter-to-margaret-hodge/

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Fresh Savile link to Islington child abuse scandal

20 Nov 2014

An expert “firmly believes” child-abusing TV presenter Jimmy Savile was linked to Islington’s notorious paedophile scandal, following new revelations.

It emerged this week a leading antiques expert from Holloway, who appeared on television with Savile, was a senior member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – according to confidential social services reports seen by Radio 4’s Today programme.

Keith Harding, who had a workshop in Hornsey Road for many years, was a guest on a Christmas edition of Jim’ll Fix It to mend a 13-year-old girl’s music box, which her brother says was a “set-up” by the production team.

Dr Liz Davies, who originally blew the whistle on the borough’s paedophile ring, says this, alongside an investigation into an unnamed Islington children’s home launched by the Department for Education (DfE) in March, amounted to proof.

She said: “I firmly believe there was a link between Savile and Islington children’s homes.

“This is just another way he ties in. There is one victim, who is too scared even to talk to me, who remembers being driven round the borough by Savile in a taxi. So much paedophilia was going on in the borough at the time. PIE was very much based here, and another international paedophile ring was in Davenant Road [Upper Holloway].

“There was a culture of it at the time. A lot of it was very overt, and they were furiously infiltrating the libertarian and gay rights moments, of which there were lots in Islington.”

Harding, who died in June, was said to have been convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1” offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.

Dr Davies said: “I just wish I had known he was at that workshop for all those years.

“I knew nothing about him, although he (Harding) was very upper class and mixed in those sorts of circles. I haven’t had any reports of Islington children being taken to his address.

“I’d like to know who in Islington knew him and did have contact with him?

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/fresh_savile_link_to_islington_child_abuse_scandal_1_3854676

Similar career path to in . Ms Marks was Chair Islington’s Social Services Committee 1991-1995 & Mayor in 1996

It would be very interesting to follow up her connections to the Harwoman, Hewitt and Envar Hodge!

& must address past re Childrens Homes etc.Islington investigating; when LBTH ?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_on_abuse_of_children_in_c#incoming-969186

As LBTH’s Prescott,Davies&Starling prosecuted, why secrecy?Islington produced part their1995 Report.|

 

Islington’s first children’s home, New Park House. Cuffley Herts

If there’s one thing the Coon and her Islington buddies ought to be challenging Corbyn on, it’s this and not the NHS

A blind eye to child abuse: Whistleblowers warned Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn of paedophiles preying on children on his doorstep – but claim he did NOTHING

  • Social workers warned Corbyn that child abuse was rife in his Islington constituency in 1992 
  • ‘We’d been seeing so many 12 to 15-year-olds who were being sexually exploited, we could hardly believe it,’ Liz Davies, one of the five social workers, recalled this week
  • Corbyn never wrote to Davies, or telephoned, to acknowledge their meeting, or thank her for seeking to blow the whistle 

PIE’s founder, Peter Righton (above) - a prominent social worker later prosecuted for importing child pornography from Holland - was put in charge of training courses on which council staff learned how to care for vulnerable children. Righton, who had a flat in the borough (as did PIE’s one-time key member, his friend Morris Fraser) once boasted: ‘Every Islington care home manager knows I like boys from 12’

PIE’s founder, Peter Righton (above) – a prominent social worker later prosecuted for importing child pornography from Holland – was put in charge of training courses on which council staff learned how to care for vulnerable children.

Righton, who had a flat in the borough (as did PIE’s one-time key member, his friend Morris Fraser) once boasted: ‘Every Islington care home manager knows I like boys from 12’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3181783/Did-Jeremy-Corbyn-try-protect-fellow-Left-wingers-implicated-paedophile-scandal.html

Thanks once again to for their coverage of this coverup!

Timing of Islington/ Sandy Marks story:

It’s also significant …the  Corbyn/Islington connection is central.

This story seems to be surfacing just at the right time to further discredit Jeremy Corbyn pre- election – which means that therroristmay has the full dirt – as do the polticos driving her election campaign…

This is what happened when contacted about abuse in Islington care homes under his watch!


Lyn Cusack

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’

Two decades on from her expose of sexual abuse in children’s homes, Eileen Fairweather talks to the survivors too scared to go public

Michael Gove has asked Islington Council for details of child abuse in the Seventies and Eighties, a scandal after which it shredded every incriminating file, sacked whistleblowers and smeared victims as mentally ill.

The man’s messages to the little girl sounded sweet. He reminded her that he was the friendly volunteer from the hospital, said he missed his poppet and hoped she’d write back. I found his messages online in a forum abroad for sick children. I don’t know if the child replied to him, and cannot now check, because the disease that hospitalised her has killed her. But I desperately hoped she never answered – this cheery guy is an alleged serial child rapist.

This has been claimed by three traumatised women who once lived in a now-notorious Islington children’s home. The man was allowed to take them for “outings” to the park and an Islington worker’s nearby flat. There he allegedly abused them while the others were forced to watch. The youngest was five. The man is also suspected of procuring little girls from the home for Jimmy Savile.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, announced in the Commons last month that the Metropolitan Police has identified 21 special schools and children’s homes in which Savile preyed on youngsters. Mr Gove named most, but said that the Islington home’s identity is unknown. I know its name, and suspect that Islington Council guesses it. Mr Gove trustingly asked the north-London council, exposed in the 1990s for employing paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers at all 12 of its children’s homes, to identify it. But how can Islington be trusted to uncover its own cover-up?

The supposed mystery stems from a much larger cover-up by the then-Labour authority to protect the liberty of the evil and the reputations of the ambitious. Children – including dying little girls – are still in danger because few of the scores of perverts who infiltrated Islington’s care system between the Seventies and the Nineties have been brought to justice.

Instead, Islington shredded every incriminating file, sacked whistleblowers and smeared victims as mentally ill.

I worked on the London Evening Standard investigation that first exposed the Islington scandal. Along with a colleague, Stewart Payne, I spent three months in 1992 secretly interviewing terrified whistleblowing staff, parents and children before the newspaper published a damning investigation. It was promptly attacked by then-council leader Margaret Hodge as a “sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”. We were falsely accused of bribing children to make up their heartbreaking stories. Mrs Hodge has since apologised and explained that her officials lied to her.

But the Standard’s then editor, the late Stewart Steven, proved indomitable. He funded us to keep digging – for three long years.

The Standard’s dossiers of evidence generated 13 independent inquiries and won two British Press awards. The final, damning Ian White Report in 1995 responded to the newspaper’s 112-page dossier of evidence. Parents, children and staff reiterated to White the paper’s allegations – including that violent pimps openly collected children from the home, and were even allowed by staff to stay overnight in children’s rooms.

White, then director of Oxfordshire social services, confirmed that Islington allowed at least 26 workers facing “extremely serious allegations” to leave its employ without investigation. Staff accused of everything from rape to child prostitution had been allowed to resign, often with good references. He described Islington as a “classic study” in how paedophiles target children, aided by the council’s naive interpretation of gay rights. “Equal opportunities… became a positive disincentive for challenge to bad practice… and a great danger”.

He called for the 26 staff to be barred from childcare and investigated further, naming them in a confidential annexe. But almost none were. As the scandal raged, Islington destroyed records. Ian White confirmed that “this happened at assistant-director level”. He “found no evidence of collusion”. But he was not allowed to question Islington’s assistant director Lyn Cusack, or her staff.

Mrs Cusack was married to a local senior police officer, Detective Superintendent Don McKay. She resigned in November 1993, citing personal reasons. Days earlier, the Standard had alerted the Social Services Inspectorate to Islington losing evidence requested by three different police forces investigating child sex rings, and the linked Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Islington was deeply influenced by and had many connection to the Paedophile Information Exchange. In the fatally naïve 1970s to mid 80s, PIE openly campaigned for sex to be legalised with children from age four, and for incest and child pornography to be legalised. The National Council for Civil Liberties – now Liberty – allowed it to affiliate and its then legal officer Harriet Harman wrote a paper effectively backing some PIE demands. The assumption in those “progressive” days was that paedophiles simply loved children and wanted to “liberate” their sexuality.

Mrs Harman, whose role has been exposed in recent media stories, has described Margaret Hodge as her best friend in Parliament. Mrs Hodge’s late husband, Henry Hodge, also an Islington Labour councillor, earlier chaired the National Council for Civil Liberties. It is unknown if they ever discussed PIE.

In 1985, Mrs Hodge announced that Islington Council would positively discriminate in favour of gay staff. It exempted self-declared gay men from background checks, and paedophiles pretending to be decent gay men cynically exploited this. It emerged that Islington deputy superintendent Michael Taylor was in PIE after he received a four-year prison sentence in July 2000 for abusing two boys at Islington’s Gisburne House in the Seventies.

PIE founding member, Peter Righton, then Britain’s top “expert” on children’s homes, had even founded a training course for residential workers. Paedophilia, he declared in one essay, was “no more bizarre than a penchant for redheads”.

At least one Islington abuse victim was placed – by a key member of the Islington abuse ring, Nick Rabet – at a special boarding school outside London with which Righton was closely involved. The victim haltingly disclosed his abuse to his Islington social worker, who was deeply concerned. But in 1989, the social worker vanished, supposedly carrying the victim’s files under his arm. When the Standard asked questions about the school, Islington denied ever sending any child there. It also lied about this to police.

The White Report said that the social worker’s disappearance should be investigated by police. But it never was. This recommendation was redacted from the censored version of the report that Islington published last year. But I still have the original and live in hope of one day tracing that social worker. My understanding is that he was “heavied” and fled abroad.

Police and social services inquiries into PIE were also abruptly shut down. This led to the senior child protection manager bravely blowing the whistle in 2012 to Tom Watson, whose PMQ about an establishment paedophile ring leading to No 10 silenced the Commons. PIE supplied children from homes to wealthy establishment figures. It was the ultimate cross-party crime, which many wanted buried.

Sue Akers was a detective inspector and head of Islington police’s Child Protection Team at the scandal’s height. I begged her to study the paper’s evidence and place a believed child brothel under surveillance. But she refused to meet me. The failure of Islington police to act on intelligence provided by a terrified 13-year-old who admitted recruiting dozens of named children for three pimps was criticised by a secret 1993 inquiry into “Boy A”. But it was suppressed. Akers became a deputy assistant commander, responsible for all Metropolitan Police child-abuse investigations.

Hodge’s successor, Derek Sawyer, ran the council between 1992 and 1994, when the abuse inquiries were set up, and became head of police and probation bodies, and chairman of the London Courts Board. In 2010, Sawyer’s partner in an international education business, Derek Slade, was imprisoned for 21 years for brutally abusing 12 boys at St George’s boarding school in Suffolk. There is no suggestion that Mr Sawyer knew his friend was a paedophile.

As the Islington scandal dragged on, many of the alleged offenders simply moved abroad to prey on even poorer children. Like Jimmy Savile – and the Joker, as I have come to think of the hospital volunteer I mentioned earlier – some accessed children through charity work.

For legal reasons we are unable to name the Joker and have concealed identifying details. The allegations against him were never examined, and it is possible that they are false or result from the confused memories of young children. The Standard was similarly unable at first to name any of the alleged child abusers on Islington’s payroll. But that changed when key ringleaders were arrested abroad. Astonishingly, so-called Third World police managed what Britain’s finest could not.

Nicholas John Rabet, former deputy superintendent of Islington’s home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue, was charged in Thailand in 2006 with abusing 30 local boys – the youngest was six – and killed himself. I was finally able to describe his role in a nationwide child pornography ring serving wealthy British paedophiles; while ex-Cambridgeshire DC Peter Cook went on the record about how police inquiries here were mysteriously closed down.

The arrest and death of fellow ringleader Bernie Bain, former superintendent of Islington’s home at 1 Elwood Street, made it possible to name him. Bain abused numerous boys in his care, including Demetrious Panton, whom Margaret Hodge secretly branded “extremely disturbed” to BBC bosses in an attempt to halt a documentary on what she knew of the scandal. Mr Panton – now a lawyer – forced her to apologise for this cruel slur in the High Court.

Bain left Islington’s employ after Mr Panton, aged 11, revealed his abuse, which the council – influenced by PIE-type thinking – decided was “consensual”. The young victim spent the Eighties writing to Hodge’s councillors protesting otherwise. But Bain was left free to become a millionaire through a mysterious travel company. After the Standard started publishing, he fled to Morocco and was imprisoned there in 1996 for abusing children. He killed himself in 2000.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Sweeney, who took over Islington police’s child protection team after the scandal was exposed, traced long-ignored victims. He told me: “When I first learnt about the homes, I thought it couldn’t possibly be that bad. But it was worse.”

In the years since the White Report of 1995, more victims and abusers have come to light. However, Islington’s wholesale destruction of key files has enabled the council to avoid responsibility. I was asked in 2009 to help a solicitor representing one of Bain’s victims, who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Islington denied that this person was in their care as a child, and even that they ever employed Bain. The basis of their denial? They had no records for either.

Mr Panton revealed last week: “Just yesterday, I made a witness statement on behalf of someone who was also horribly abused by Bain. I knew him as a kid and his life and health have been destroyed by what happened to him. But Islington has denied any responsibility. So Islington is still covering up.”

I tracked down the Joker last autumn after I was given his details by someone who helped expose the scandal. I have known Shelley, as I shall call her, for many years and trust her forensic mind. She is concerned with protecting his three alleged victims as they remain traumatised. She knew nothing about the girls’ sufferings until Karen, the eldest, broke down and blurted out their story.

They were not yet ready, she said, to talk to the press or police. Many abuse survivors can only reveal what they suffered bit by bit – some suffer a self-protective partial amnesia. One was buggered at just five years old. I asked Shelley if it was possible she was being spun a fantasy. But she remembered the girl from care, and other details about what had occurred there.

Today Shelley has a good job, as does Karen. “Karen is very smart and sophisticated. But when she told me what happened, she fell apart. It was like she’d ripped off a scab. Afterwards she spent the day in bed, just crying.”

It is understood that, as adults in the early Noughties, two of the Joker’s alleged victims contacted the council, hoping for justice; that the council awarded them a smallish sum in compensation; and informed them the man had moved abroad and police could not find him.

Did Islington even alert police? It took me just two days to find him. I wept when I realised that he was accessing terminally ill children in an impoverished country. I discovered from his messages that the expat seemed lonely and kind. He wore funny hats to cheer up the children.

As a volunteer, he now visited them in hospital and at their homes. One unsuspecting mother said he was like a caring older relative in their time of need, and even invited him to stay. I found a photo of him at one hospital. I showed it to Shelley. She wasn’t taken in by his friendly grin: “That’s him. God, he’s ugly.”

When I learnt about the Joker, I spoke to Liz Davies, the former Islington senior social worker who blew the whistle on perverts targeting the council’s homes. Dr Davies is now Reader in Social Work at London Metropolitan University. I asked her how anyone could abuse a dying child. “Dead children can’t give evidence,” said Dr Davies. “There’s a training DVD about it. Some paedophiles target them.”

A reporter anonymously admitted last year that he had found Jimmy Savile on a mattress at the BBC with a little girl. She was bald, a cancer victim at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where Savile “volunteered”. Savile hissed that if the reporter told anyone, his career was over. The reporter stayed silent.

Karen told Shelley: “None of us talked much as kids about what was being done to us… we felt ashamed. But the other girls mentioned being required to travel in Jimmy Savile’s taxis.”

Savile’s charity projects included ferrying disadvantaged children in taxis to places like Blackpool Pleasure Beach. At least one Islington survivor recalls being taken there by his abuser.

Child protection investigators have long been aware that corrupt taxi drivers are commissioned by paedophiles to transport children: “kids on wheels”, it has been called. One taxi driver was imprisoned in 1990 for prostituting boys. The same year, the Islington Gazette proudly recorded Jimmy Savile’s visit to open the council’s new housing complex for disabled people. The story focused on the likes of a three-year-old with cerebral palsy and a paralysed woman who had been at Stoke Mandeville.

Once this story is published, Shelley and I will give police the information we have. But she and the victims do not feel able to confide in police without the protection of media coverage.

What is certain is that neither these victims nor any others have much trust in Islington Council coming clean with the name of the home where abuse took place, as requested by Mr Gove. This is because the current Islington cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services is Joe Caluori – the son-in-law of Margaret Hodge.

Mr Panton said: “Do I think it is right that Margaret Hodge’s son-in-law now has this key position? Of course not. He may be a fine councillor, but I would think it is better that he is not in this position, given the association. While the politicians of the Eighties have moved on, their influence is still highly visible. It cannot be appropriate for any inquiry into this matter to be overseen by this MP’s relative.”

Mr Panton believes that “an independent police investigation into Islington is crucial. I know many abuse survivors who have not yet contacted Islington or the police. There is a real lack of trust – it is hard to tell your story when you risk being disbelieved or attacked.”

The whistleblower Dr Davies adds: “I think there could be more than one home with Savile connections. Children from Islington’s home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue were taken to Jersey by Rabet, and Savile visited Jersey’s Haut de la Garenne home. Survivors of abuse there have described being taken to an Islington children’s home.”

Revealed: How a close male relative of Baby P is linked to a big paedophile network

A close male relative of Baby P was feared to have recruited youngsters in care for a notorious paedophile ring, according to a secret report seen by The Mail on Sunday.

Although he is not believed to have had any contact with Baby P, his involvement in a child abuse scandal in Islington, North London, in the early Nineties raises questions on the extent of checks into Baby P’s background.

‘The family should have been subjected to forensic examination,’ said a child protection expert.

Baby P

Dangerous ties: A close male relative of Baby P could have recruited children for a paedophile ring

‘Even cursory checks would have rung alarm bells. Social workers might then have removed the baby, as a paediatrician and police pleaded.’

The relative was named in reports as a victim and a feared recruiter of children for pimps.

In the early Nineties he was put in a children’s home.

At the time, all 12 of Islington’s then homes, and at least one of the boarding schools it used, had been infiltrated by paedophiles.

The relative, then a frightened 13-year-old, was under the control of three pimps – Alan, John and George – who persuaded him with money, drugs and threats to bring other children to them.

He tried in vain to blow the whistle and protect himself and other children.He gave social workers the names of others ferried from the homes to, he said, Manor Park, Tottenham, Soho and Westminster to ‘be buggered by old men’.

But none of the men were placed under surveillance or questioned.

Several social workers and managers fought hard to get help for the boy and other children targeted by the paedophiles.

Social worker Neville Mighty was deputy superintendent of Islington’s then unit at 18 Highbury Grove, where pimps slept overnight.

His boss claimed such men were simply ‘boyfriends’ and said Mighty was a prude to repress the children’s sexuality.

Mighty, who had received death threats, had named the relative in a report pleading with Islington’s then director of children’s services, Lyn Cusack, for help.

Ms Cusack, married to a senior policeman, did nothing save threaten disciplinary action because Mighty was ‘rude’. Eventually, in June 1992, Mighty was sacked.

Liz Davies, the senior Islington social worker who encouraged Mighty to go public, said: ‘We got too close. There were too many powerful people involved. Child sex, pornography and sadism are extremely lucrative industries.’

In 1994, a damning  independent report criticised the failure of police and social workers to help the relative and to help protect children in care in Islington.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1086200/Revealed-How-close-male-relative-Baby-P-linked-big-paedophile-network.html


10 May 2017

Inquiry begins into child sex abuse in Rochdale

A preliminary hearing into claims Cyril Smith sexually abused children in Rochdale will be heard by a national inquiry later.

It’s alleged the late MP for the town, and others, were involved in abuse at Knowl View residential school and Cambridge House boy’s hostel.

An operation was set up in 2014 following reports of both physical and sexual abuse that took place at Knowl View, a residential school for boys from 1969 until 1995 when it closed.

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2017-05-10/enquiry-begins-into-child-sex-abuse-in-rochdale/


‘Child abuse network had 10,000 UK members’ .


MAY 8 2017
DARK WEB PAEDOPHILE SITE

Sick child abuse site revealed to have 10,000 Brit members including NHS worker and school governor

…the paper studied the network’s server, Freedom Hosting II, after usernames, email addresses and passwords were hacked by anonymous vigilantes and placed on the open web.

Information on 50 Brits using the sick site, whose details match Facebook profiles, are due to be passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The Times reported that the NCA did not comment on whether they were aware of Freedom Hosting II but they found that the earliest website on the server was created in 2014 and more than 155,000 users joined child abuse sites hosted there.

Last week one of the world’s largest child sex abuse websites was taken down after a probe led by the FBI and Europol.

It  boasted more than 150,000 users around the world and 368 European suspected child sex abusers have now been arrested or convicted in the operation.

The Times reported many users had migrated to the other sites hosted by Freedom Hosting II.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3505499/sick-child-abuse-site-revealed-to-have-10000-brit-members-including-nhs-worker-and-school-governor/


Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees

Christ’s Hospital School.

May 3 2017

Four men arrested during 2016 over allegations of non-recent sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, have had their police bail extended from May 3 to July 12 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Sussex Police said today (May 3).
The four and their legal representatives have been informed and did not need to attend police stations on May 3, 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 another indecent assault on a 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 Complex Abuse Unit.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/bail-extended-again-for-former-christ-s-hospital-employees-1-7944403



Angel from hell: Nun is arrested for helping five priests ‘sexually abuse’ dozens of deaf children at Argentinian Catholic school after victim said she made her wear a diaper to cover up horrific injuries

  •  Kosaka Kumiko, 42, has been charged with helping priests ‘rape’ deaf children
  • She has also been accused of physically abusing the children at the Catholic school, the Antonio Provolo Institute
  • The Italian branch of this school came under fire in 2009 after ‘hundreds’ of students came forward to accuse priests of sexual abuse 

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, was charged with physical abuse as well as helping the priests ‘rape’ Argentine deaf children

A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina.

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, was charged with helping the priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex, which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

The case against Kumiko began after a former student accused her of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.

‘I am innocent,’ she told judicial officials, who ordered her to be taken into custody at a local women’s prison while detectives investigate the alleged crimes.

The nun, who has Argentine citizenship, has also been charged with physically abusing the students – whose torments could only be heard by those abusing them since the other children were deaf – at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern Mendoza province.

But she denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday.

She was shown being led by police in handcuffs, and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest.

At least 24 students from the Provolo Institute have come forward to accuse Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men.

The Japanese-born nun, who has Argentine citizenship, allegedly helped the priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex  – which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo

At least 24 students from the Provolo Institute came forward to accuse Horacio Corbacho (left) and fellow priest Nicola Corradi (pictured in wheelchair)

The pair were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute. Horacio Corbacho is pictured with a cross on a wall behind him

The children said the two Roman Catholic priests continuously raped them, beside the image of the Virgin Mary.

Police arrested the five accused men last November, finding a slew of pornographic magazines and about $34,000 in Corradi’s room.

‘They always said it was a game: “Let’s go play, let’s go play” and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom,’ one of the women who was abused at the Argentine school alleged.

Corradi and Corbacho were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute.

The nun denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday

hey are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.

If found guilty, the accused face up to 50 years in prison. Corradi had earlier been accused in Italy of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers.

Advocates for clerical sex abuse have expressed anger that Corradi wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’ native Argentina.

Three school employees, Jorge Bordon, Jose Luis Ojeda and Armando Gomez, were also arrested and remain in custody.

Investigators are looking into more than 30 testimonies against the priests and teaching staff.

TIMELINE OF ALLEGED ABUSE OF ‘HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN’ AT THE PROVOLO INSTITUTE

2009:  Abuse at the Provolo Institute –  which also has a branch in Italy – was first brought to light. Several students came forward and named and accused priests, including Corradi, who has been names again for abusing children in the Argentine Branch of the institute

2010: Vatican ordered its northern Italy branch –  the Verona diocese – to investigate the claims

 2012: the Vatican apologized and sent the results of the investigation to the victims. Four of the accused priests were sanctioned while a fifth was exempted because he had Alzheimers. The priests who were sanctioned were ordered to live a life of prayer and penance and were under supervision, away from children, the Associated Press reported in 2016

2014: The students penned a letter, naming Corradi – who was now in the Pope’s native Argentina – but they received no response

2016:  According to the Associated Press,  a Vatican official said Pope Francis wanted to assure the victims that the church was taking steps to tackle the continuous sexual abuse. In December 2016, he used sign language while delivering his Christmas message, which fell on deaf years in Argentina as the controversy was unfolding.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4480530/Nun-arrested-helping-priests-rape-deaf-kids.html

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Pope Francis ‘told about alleged child rapist’ two years before his arrestProsecutors expect more people to come forward with allegations of abuse28 December 2016Pope Francis was told as early as 2014 that a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Italy had been reassigned to a school in Argentina, where he has since been arrested on suspicion of child rape.The Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, was arrested in late November alongside four other men following allegations of abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province.He was named in the scandal that hit the institute’s Verona school in 2009, when 67 students alleged they had been abused. The Verona diocese apologised to students there and the Vatican sanctioned four priests, though not Rev Corradi. In 2014 the students sent the Pope a letter – acknowledged only this year – again naming him as an abuser, living in Argentina.Two dozen students have said they were attacked by Rev Corradi, the Rev Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.One told AP: “They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom.”The Pope told US victims of clerical abuse last year that “all responsible will be held accountable” and called for stronger “oversight to ensure that youth are protected”.His Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced that newly-appointed bishops will get comprehensive training on how to deal effectively with the root causes of child abuse.But in February the commission was hit by the sudden departure of British anti-abuse campaigner Peter Saunders from the Vatican, who accused the panel of doing nothing to erase the culture of cover-ups within the Church authority.In June, Pope Francis announced that clerics can now be dismissed from office if they are shown to neglect their duty of care towards vulnerable children and adults, in addition to creating a legal framework which allows for abusers to be tried in the Vatican.Prosecutors in Mendoza expect more people to come forward with claims of abuse and they told AP that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had been told about the allegations.Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment on Corradi’s arrest to AP.link

 This Dec. 16, 2016 photo show a facade of the Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institu...

The Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institute for hearing impaired children in the Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own. Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew

The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children in Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own.

Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

And the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when the Italy victims went public with tales of shocking abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named names. In 2014, the Italian victims wrote directly to Pope Francis again naming the Rev. Nicola Corradi as a pedophile and flagged that he was living in Francis’ native Argentina. Yet apparently, nothing was done.

“From the pope down … all of the Catholic Church hierarchy is the same. They all knew,one of the Mendoza victims told The Associated Press through a sign language interpreter.

Pope Francis has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment.

Advocates of sex abuse victims by priests question how Francis could have been unaware of Corradi’s misdeeds, given he was publicly named by the Italy victims.

“No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked ‘zero tolerance’ as often. No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online resource about clerical abuse. “In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the Pope’s assurances seem empty indeed.”

On Dec. 11, the pope appeared in a video using sign language to wish deaf people worldwide a merry Christmas — a gesture that fell particularly flat in Argentina as Catholics struggle with the enormity of the scandal.

“Either he lives outside of reality or this is enormously cynical … it’s a mockery,” said Carlos Lombardi, an attorney who specializes in canon law.

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Pope Francis: questions remain over his role during Argentina’s dictatorship

Jorge Bergoglio was head of the Jesuit order in the 1970s when the church backed military government and called for patriotism

Police Scotland refuse to reveal the identity of a paedophile handed rare legal order despite case being heard in open court

6th May 2017

Cops raised legal case to have Reece Scobie placed on sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction from Iceland

POLICE Scotland have refused to reveal the identity of a paedophile who was put on the sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction in Iceland.

The force declined to name the convicted sex offender because it would breach rules protecting his “personal information.”

Reece Scobie

A senior legal source branded the ruling “ridiculous and counter-productive” as the man involved at the centre of the case is widely known to be 22-year-old Reece Scobie.

Police Scotland raised a case at Perth Sheriff Court to have Scobie’s details added to the sex offenders register on the basis of a child porn conviction from Iceland.

The case – which was aired publicly in court – led to Scobie, from Perthshire, being made subject to strict monitoring conditions to protect children.

But when Police Scotland were asked to reveal the detailed terms of the order under Freedom of Information rules, they refused and declined to confirm any order had been made.

Scobie’s name was redacted from the request in their reply.

The force refused to provide the information because it would be “considered exempt” as it is deemed “personal information”.

The senior legal source said: “This seems ridiculous when the case has been called in open court and granted on public record. It seems to only be top secret to the police.

“In practical terms – if Mr Scobie is prohibited from certain behaviour then how can the public know if he is breaching the conditions if no-one is allowed to know what they are?

“It’s counter-productive and flies in the face of having the order granted. Surely the public, and children in particular, would be better protected if this information was public?”

The police position came to light in the same week that they expanded the Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme to include an online database.

The scheme lets the public request access to information about sex offenders.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley won the right to monitor paedophile and conman Scobie on the basis of him being caught with indecent images of children while he was abroad.

Notorious Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland in January 2016 after being found with indecent images and videos.

The chief constable lodged a legal case to argue that the nature of Scobie’s conviction in Iceland meant he posed a serious danger to children in Scotland.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley is trying to plan for a future in a rapidly changing world

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley

The rare notification hearing was heard earlier this year at Perth Sheriff Court and was granted against Scobie by Sheriff William Wood.

Scobie has already been caught defying a strict ban on internet use since his return from Iceland and was ordered to carry out 80 hours community work.

The 22-year-old was caught using the internet at his Inchture, Perthshire, home and also having a secret mobile phone which he later disposed of in February this year.

As well as being jailed for 12 months in Iceland last year, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 court costs after he admitted several frauds and having a large haul of images.

He was found with 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn and the internet restricting conditions were in place upon his return to Scotland.

In 2013, Scobie, who was just 19, was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.

He was compared to notorious Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale in the wake of a global travel con funded by £70,000 he duped from travel agents.

A Perth Sheriff Court official confirmed that the order had been granted against Scobie “based on a conviction from Rejkjanes County Court in Iceland on 28 January 2016.”

He will remain on the register until 27 January 2021.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/967805/police-scotland-paedophile-refused-named-reece-scobie/


First steps in investigation into historic child sex abuse claims

May 4 2017

The chair of an investigation into historic child sex abuse claims at care homes in Nottinghamshire will announce key parties in the inquiry next week.

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will announce the investigation’s ‘core participants’ at a preliminary hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London on Thursday, May 11.

IICSA defines a ‘core participant’ as “an individual, organisation or institution that “played, or may have played a direct or significant role” in relation to the inquiry. It comes after an open process was launched in March, asking people to come forward.

It was announced in November 2015, that Nottinghamshire’s councils would be among the first to be investigated by IICSA.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/first-steps-in-investigation-into-historic-child-sex-abuse-claims/story-30312479-detail/story.html


Seven British spies uncovered in new biography of real-life M

Author of Maxwell Knight, ‘MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’, uncovers details of hitherto unknown agents in interwar years

Maxwell Knight, pictured with Goo the cuckoo.
Maxwell Knight, pictured with one of the pet birds he wrote about in a number of books.

The agents

Kathleen Tesch, codenamed M/T was an animal-loving housewife with no previous experience of espionage. When Tesch had a one-on-one with Hitler in Germany, shortly before the start of the second world war, she broke the silence with “idiotic remarks, such as ‘What a very beautiful view’”. Hitler gave her an autographed copy of Mein Kampf.

Mona Maund, codenamed M/2 provided vital intelligence about Melita Norwood, who was the Soviet Union’s most productive British agent and spent 40 years undetected inside the British nuclear programme. Maund’s intelligence might have changed the direction of the cold war if Jasper Harker, who later became acting director of MI5, had not ignored it.

Eric Roberts, codenamed M/F became “Jack King”, the bank-clerk-turned-spy who infiltrated British right-wing groups during the war by posing as a Gestapo officer. Roberts was recruited by Knight, who used him to infiltrate the Communist party and then Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.

Graham Pollard, codenamed M/1 infiltrated the Communist party, first for MI6 and then for MI5. He even married a communist – almost certainly to improve his cover. Pollard was the son of the great Tudor historian AF Pollard and, at one point, ran a fashionable bookshop in Bloomsbury.

Jimmy Dickson, codenamed M/3 was a civil servant who moonlighted in his spare time as an MI5 agent. Dickson wrote comedies for the BBC as well as bestselling thrillers. Under Knight’s guidance, he passed himself off first as a communist, then a fascist, providing the government with valuable intelligence on both.

Vivian Hancock-Nunn, codenamed M/7 was a barrister who worked as an MI5 agent deep inside the communist movement, providing free legal advice to Communist party publications.

Olga Gray, codenamed M/12 was a typist from Birmingham. Recruited over a game of golf to the secret service, Gray was given the task of infiltrating the Communist party and was able to uncover a communist cell operating at the Woolwich Arsenal.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/03/seven-british-spies-uncovered-in-new-biography-of-real-life-m?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hundreds of suspected paedophiles held after dark net forum hacked

The Playpen website, which let 150,000 members view and trade child abuse imagery without detection, was infiltrated by US investigators

More than 280 suspected British paedophiles have been arrested as part of a huge global operation against child abuse on the dark net.

The National Crime Agency worked with the FBI in the US and Europol in the EU to arrest almost 1,000 suspects after one of the world’s largest online paedophile forums was infiltrated by American investigators.

The Playpen website, which operated through anonymous internet browsers, offered 150,000 members a “safe-haven” to view and trade child abuse imagery without detection. Using software called Tor, its members were able to mask their identities to access and distribute tens of thousands of illegal images.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hundreds-of-suspected-paedophiles-held-after-dark-net-forum-is-hacked-8zhpgxtmw

Europol sends ‘intelligence package’ to gardaí as part of international investigation into underground paedophile network

  • Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe
  • At least 259 sexually abused children identified or rescued from their abusers outside of US
  • Lead administrator of one of the world’s largest sex abuse websites sentenced to 30 years
  • May 5 2017

    An intelligence package on an underground paedophile network has been sent to An Garda Síochána as part of an international probe.

    Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe as part of the worldwide investigation and hundreds of sexually abused children have been identified and rescued.

    Operation Pacifier is the “largest and more complex investigation” into child sex abuse websites ever undertaken, according to Europol.

    The Europe-wide law enforcement agency confirmed that 368 suspected child abusers have been arrested or convicted in Europe in relation to the investigation.

    Almost 900 people have been arrested worldwide.

    The operation saw the lead administrator of Playpen, one of the world’s largest child sexual abuse websites on the Darknet with more than 150,000 users around the world, sentenced to 30 years in prison in North Carolina earlier this week.

    The two other administrators of the site were each sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

    Europol said it’s role “was to crosscheck, analyse and complete the data received in order to identify offenders mainly located in Europe.”

    They confirmed that intelligence packages were “prepared and disseminated” to law enforcement authorities in countries including Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    The investigation has so far resulted in 368 arrests or convictions in Europe, and 870 arrests or convictions worldwide.

    At least 259 sexually abused children have been identified or rescued from their abusers outside of the US.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/europol-sends-intelligence-package-to-garda-as-part-of-international-investigation-into-underground-paedophile-network-35685226.html

    Almost 900 arrested in ‘one of the most important’ child abuse investigations

    09 May 2017

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    Europol has rushed to the defence of law enforcement agencies criticised for using “proportionate means” to take down a global online child sexual exploitation ring.

    More than 120 people in the UK have been arrested as part of an ongoing operation that has resulted in 870 arrests worldwide – with almost 400 suspected paedophiles detained in Europe.

    A two-year investigation into one of the largest known child sexual abuse websites has targeted 150,000 users.

    Operation Pacifier was launched by the FBI in January 2015, with the support of Europol, to track down members of ‘Playpen’ – a site on the dark web which allows its users to access a wide range of child exploitation pictures and videos.

    The FBI is known to have used malware to hack into more than 1,000 computers.

    But Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said the use of “proportionate means” to tackle online child sexual abuse was now necessary in an increasingly sophisticated digital landscape.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” he said.

    “The internet has no boundaries and does not recognise borders. We need to balance the rights of victims versus the right to privacy. If we operate 19th century legal principles then we are unable to effectively tackle crime at the highest level.”

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said its activity in relation to Operation Pacifier has led to more than 120 people being arrested in the UK and more than half of those being charged.

    In addition, more than 140 sexually abused children in the UK were identified and safeguarded, rising to 259 across Europe.

    Last week, the creator and lead administrator of Playpen, US-born Steven Chase, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    And in July 2015, a further two men from the US associated with the creation the illicit site were arrested – Michael Fluckiger and David Browning – and have since been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Europol’s executive director, Rob Wainwright added: “Europol is pleased to have played its part in what ranks as one of the most important investigations of online child sexual abuse ever conducted.

    “I applaud the great work of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners in Europe and beyond for their cooperation on a global scale to tackle such a serious and challenging public safety issue.

    “As the operation shows the investigation of criminal activity on anonymised platforms has now become an essential part of law enforcement’s fight against serious and organised crime, something to which Europol remains firmly committed.”

    The NCA said international collaboration is “crucial” in cases such as this.

    “Child abuse knows no boundaries and the law enforcement response mirrors that – we work closely with international partners to ensure information or intelligence relating to child abuse images is shared to identify and hold to account those involved,” it added.

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

  • 4 May 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39802636

May 3 2017

IICSA Child abuse inquiry decides not to hold preliminary hearings in case of Lord Janner, late Labour peer accused of abusing children.

The family of the late Lord Janner have lost their battle to have a hearing to discuss concerns about the inquiry into allegations against him.

The Labour peer, who died in December 2015, is alleged to have abused youngsters over a 30-year period.

His family said that, following Lord Janner’s death, the inquiry would be a “proxy trial”.

Inquiry chair Prof Alexis Jay ruled a hearing was not necessary as she had already dismissed the family’s fears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39795531


Claims of VIP paedophile ring at Scots boarding school –  QVS Queen Victoria School – aired at abuse inquiry

Apr 30 2017

SENSATIONAL claims about a VIP paedophile ring at a prestigious Scots boarding school are to be aired at Holyrood’s child abuse inquiry.

QVS is at the centre of extraordinary allegations

The evidence will include claims that Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton was connected to the network, which is also said to have included leading members of the Scottish establishment.
Queen Victoria School (QVS), which is funded by the Ministry of Defence and has Prince Philip as its patron, is at the centre of the extraordinary allegations.

It was not included in the first round of boarding schools and other establishments identified by the inquiry team, sparking fears of a cover-up.

However, a former teacher at the Dunblane school who has spent decades attempting to unmask the abusers has now been invited to tell his story.

Glenn Harrison was a housemaster at QVS when he began to suspect that a shadowy cabal of powerful individuals was preying on the pupils.However, when he tried to raise the alarm in 1991 the police responded by breaking down the door to his flat, seizing his personal papers and hauling him in to be interviewed.

Yesterday, Mr Harrison said: “After almost 27 years of being ignored, someone is listening and wants to know what really happened to me at QVS. I am pleased and eager to share the experience and emphasise the need for authorities to listen to children when they complain as well as teachers and carers especially in institutions. I hope my experience will help to create a more caring and safer environment for young people in the future.”After leaving QVS, Mr Harrison and his family relocated to Orkney and he made numerous attempts to have his allegations investigated over the years.

The case was finally referred to the Scottish Government’s historical child abuse inquiry in 2015
Earlier this month, it also emerged that Police Scotland detectives are investigating at least two cases of historical abuse linked to QVS. One of them involves former teacher Ben Philip, who died after falling from a ladder at the school in 1993.
Children of Scottish service personnel are eligible to attend QVS, which is now mixed but was an all-boys school at the time of the allegations.

It is governed by a Board of Her Majesty’s Commissioners appointed by the Queen, the Scottish Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

Fife campaigner Tom Minogue, a long-time supporter of Mr Harrison, has also been invited to give evidence by the inquiry’s witness support team.

He said: “I never thought we’d get to this point because of the cast of characters involved with QVS, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh as patron and running down through some of the most powerful people in the land as Her Majesty’s Commissioners.

“The great and the good don’t want us to speak about any of this, starting with the fact that Thomas Hamilton was running about the place.”

Mr Harrison’s allegations centre on a group of men who would allegedly take pupils away for weekends and return them “distressed but flush with cash”.

Five years after the claims were first reported to the police, 16 children and one teacher were shot at Dunblane Primary School by evil Hamilton. To his horror, Mr Harrison recognised the fiend as a frequent visitor to QVS.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, Mr Harrison states: “When I enquired about him (as well as other unknown visitors), I was told they were ‘friends of Queen Victoria School’; I have never to this day been able to find out who these ’friends’ were.”

The Cullen Inquiry later heard that Hamilton took youth clubs camping in the QVS grounds, that he arranged for an acquaintance to get a summer job at the school and that he took another man shooting at the school’s firing range.

Mr Minogue said the implications of this evidence had never been properly explored and added: “These references quite clearly corroborate Glenn’s story and show that Her Majesty’s Commissioners either didn’t know what was going on at the school they were charged with governing, or they have been less than truthful.”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.”http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/798285/Dunblane-killer-Thomas-Hamilton-paedophile-ring-QVS
Dunblane File Closed for 100 years

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/a04ea11403d74248a1828c1b19634ecd

QVS was a perfect cover for institutional physical and sexual abuse.  At first it was orphan boys.  On and off, over decades, QVS has supplied children (with sealed lips) for abuse: “Where the carcass is, there the eagles gather.”   They were accessible to “eagles” like top brass military, politicians, police officials, sheriffs, fiscals and successful business people in Perthshire.   And fools like me could be squashed, swallowed up or sent to some island somewhere.  They all gather at the water hole.

Outrageous, you say?  There are similar stories from Wellbeck college and Duke of York, where names of the famous are well known associations, including famous Statesmen. The link is Masons, masters of secrecy and deception.  Which is where Hamilton comes in to the story.  The weak link in the powerful chain of abusers.   Here we have a perfect situation where boys, sworn to secrecy, and parents under orders to keep quiet, helpless to complain. Hamilton was unbalanced and had power by knowledge.  This is why he was allowed to have guns.  He was in on the secret and knew names of those other paedophilia members.

If those names get out even now after 12 years, there will be a riot and the press will have a field day!   Lives and careers will be ruined!   Is this why Hamilton‘s file went missing only hours after the killings?  Is this why Lord Cullen, who I believe was a QVS Commissioner, was appointed to preside over the Hamilton investigations?   This is how Masons operate.  They control everything and their allegiance is to each other.  No wonder they want a 100-year embargo on the Hamilton case!

http://dunblane.site/gh_qvs_story.htm


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.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-b8bz3wvfvhttps://archive.is/RqS6c

https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/02/breaking-fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-qvs/

Earlier:

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.http://www.express.co.uk/scotland/588918/Top-Scotland-school-abuse-claims

QVS, Dunblane, VIPaedo, Cover-Up

https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/tag/dunblane/?iframe=true&preview=true/feed/

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.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abuse-inquiry-judge-urged-to-investigate-dunblane-boarding-school-c8fztvwls


Trump Campaign Chair Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

4 mins in

Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Nolan, 70, who has been outspoken in conservative politics and the tea party movement in recent years, was elected to the Campbell County School Board in November. He was also the chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Campbell County.

The case presents a tricky situation for the legal community due to Nolan’s past as a Campbell County District Judge in the 1970s and 1980s. His daughter, Taunya Nolan Jack, is the Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/04/21/former-district-judge-indicted-human-trafficking/100756290/


The resurgent blog of Ex- Senator Stuart Syvret

THE PUBLIC’S INQUIRY – INTO THE PUBLIC-INQUIRY – STARTS HERE.

Well, here’s a surprise.

The blog the Jersey establishment strove to prevent you from reading – is back.

Thanks to a variety of campaigners, survivors, whistleblowers, IT experts and concerned citizens in a number of countries around the world, the most evidenced and accessible anti-corruption news and discussion forum in Jersey history lives on.

Like it was always going to.

Certainly, the public inquiry – a good public inquiry – could still do important work – not least at last give recognition to the survivors, give them a forum – listen to their experiences – and force the Jersey government to address their needs.

And in terms of what took place and when, in the long catalogue of systemic breakdown of governance, much detail could be added.

But, you know – in terms of the big picture issues – the overt gross failures of Jersey – what else needs to be added, really?

  • We know that there was extensive and sustained child-abuse throughout many state-run institutions in Jersey.
  • We know that some of that child-abuse was committed by public employees.
  • We know that some child-abuse was facilitated and enabled by public employees.

The true facts of “The Jersey Situation”  are going to be submitted to IICSA. Provided will be – along with supporting dossiers of evidence and narrative critiques  – a remarkable introductory chapter as a detailed  & evidence-bundled, full critical response to @Jerseyinquiry. The facts of “The Jersey Situation” constitute  a “Refuse-To-Incorporate-This-If-You-dare!” – submission to #IICSA.

In that sense – THE JERSEY SITUATION- is a litmus-test – of #IICSA.

But for the traditional British public inquiry to fulfil its divert-distract-and-cover-up function, one or two conditions precedent have to prevail. For example, we have to have the historic cap-doffing, forelock-tugging deference to men & women in silly costumes, with absurd titles and Eaton & Cheltenham accents. When Sir Lady Lord Baronet 27th Earl of Trustfundshire Dame Oxbridge QC, Thane of Lloyds and Groom of the Remembrancer’s Stool, O.B.E is appointed, by those to be inquired into, we have to sink to our knees in gratitude when they address us in their BBC-plausible voice and assure us they really, really do have the serious and genuine interests of us scummy proles upmost in their minds and not those of their fellow multi-millionaires who appointed them and who they’ll be chatting to in a north London lawyer’s club next week.

But does that culture of deference exist anymore? Well – perhaps a little, but it’s oh so diminished.  The traditional power elites are viewed with increasing scepticism across Britain, and even, surprisingly, in Jersey. It’s increasingly obvious that 500 pages of diversionary flim-flam generated via another few million quid of public money thrown into Bedford Row won’t work as it used to – like some kind of sleeping-gas – that would tranquilise and pacify everyone for another five years, before they started to wake up to the fact they’d  been conned.

http://freespeechoffshore.nl/stuartsyvretblog/the-publics-inquiry-into-the-public-inquiry-starts-here/


Love letters between Ian Brady and Myra Hindley to remain classified for 30 years due to ‘secret codes‘ in them

Apr 30 2017

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters contain coded messages which if cracked could reveal the location of Keith Bennett’s body

Ministers involved in a new review of whether to release the correspondence have concludedit still includes secrets about the case.

They are also worried the families of Keith and the other victims would be traumatised and subjected to an “unacceptable level of mental distress” if they were exposed to some of the information.

Earlier this year, it was revealed bullet shells matching a Smith and Wesson revolver, which Brady may have used to murder 11-year-old Keith, had been found on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.

This has led to calls for a fresh search of the moor, 51 years after the wicked couple were jailed.

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters between them contain coded messages which if cracked could close the case.

But following a review, Ministers have agreed the letters should remain classified until at least January 2051.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/love-letters-between-ian-brady-10326571

Maybe the reason to keep the contents covered up has to do with Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s relationships with members of the elite such as Sir Jimmy Savile, Lord Longford, and LordAstor

Child murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had friends in high places

‘I AM the Myra Hindley story,” said Jimmy Savile.

Dan Davies: In Plain Sight – The Life And Lies Of Jimmy Savile

Janie Jones, the madam and former pop star immortalised by The Clash, that when she was released from Holloway Women’s Prison in 1977 after serving three years for controlling prostitution, she received a summons from Savile. The flamboyant Jones had befriended Hindley in prison.

Savile had been the DJ at a Manchester dancehall frequented by Brady and Hindley, he claimed. He bragged to Jones that he knew Brady. “He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley,” says Jones

Janie Jones was a singer who ran sex parties at her home in Kensington, was jailed for three years in 1974 after becoming snared in the payola scandal.

It was a bizarre encounter in which Savile accused her of siding with Myra Hindley, whose release she campaigned for after meeting the killer in jail, while expressing his own desire to have sex with under age girls.

Savile, according to Miss Jones, was an apparently keen supporter of Ian Brady, Hindley’s accomplice in the Moors murders.

Miss Jones, now 75, said: “Savile just kept saying that he could not understand why people went on about 13-year-old girls because they were ‘gagging’ for it. I told him that anybody who wants to go with a 13-year-old is a paedophile.

“Then he was bragging that he had met Ian Brady. He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley against Brady. At the time he was doing Jim’ll Fix It, but he was interested in 13-year-olds.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9623109/Jimmy-Savile-Secret-of-BBCs-first-sex-scandal.html

CLIFF RICHARD, JIMMY SAVILE, MYRA HINDLEY..

Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer, and by Lord Longford, a former cabinet minister
who took a great interest in pornography.
Astor and Longford plotted to get Hindley released from prison.

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/09/cliff-richard-jimmy-savile-myra-hindley.html

For 35 years he championed her cause, yet to Myra Hindley Lord Longford became a ‘pestilential pain’.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/14/ukcrime.weekend7

Lord Longford and Sir Jimmy Savile went on a porno tour with Sir Cliff Richard

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The Pornography Commission gathers for the first time. I sit with Cliff who is dressed in the most gorgeous nut-brown chamois-leather suit, with silken shirt and scarves to match…. Cliff is the prettiest thing here by far.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1221596/Fired-porn-squad-Ronald-Reagans-note-tell-Queen-Mr-Gossip-Gyles-Brandreth-reveals-all.html

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Porn Team includes paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, paedophile Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney, Cliff Richard…

Longford was also a friend of Establishment brothel madam Cynthia Payne

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/norman-lamonts-dominatrix-brothel-madam-miss-whiplash/

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Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and former Observer editor David Astor

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/oct/28/myra-hindley-david-astor-letters

Michael Horgan

Michael Horgan organised and filmed “satanic-themed orgies” at which children were raped.Horgan organised satanic torture and child abuse orgies on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.

Saddleworth Moor, where some of Brady and Hindley’s victims were buried. Photo by Parrot of Doom

Horgan’s step-son Michael Roberts says he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone Sir Cyril Smith.

Sir Cyril Smith was a close friend of Sir Jimmy Savile, friend of the Royal Family, the military and Israel and shared an office with elite paedophile Clement Freud.


Labour accused of cover-up over child porn charge councillor

6 Oct 2016

LABOUR has been accused of hushing up a child pornography charge against one of its councillors ahead of a high-profile byelection.

Airdrie councillor David Fagan was arrested over alleged child images on September 7, while his party was fighting a close-run byelection in neighbouring Coatbridge.

North Lanarkshire Labour leader Jim Logue

North Lanarkshire Council last night said its chief executive learned of the arrest and “broad nature” of the alleged offences on September 8 and then informed council leader Jim Logue.

North Lanarkshire deputy leader Paul Kelly

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14784243.Labour_accused_of_cover_up_over_child_porn_charge_councillor/#

It’s understood Fagan was considered a key player in the local party and was once considered for the role as Labour group leader.

He was a member of the council’s education and social work committees.

In March, he was also made vice-convener of a new committee to monitor arms-length external organisations and external bodies.

His profile on the council’s website also lists him as an “advisor to the Director of the School of Work Based Education, Glasgow Caledonian University”.

Fagan was the Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the public body responsible for planning and coordinating regional transport.

He came under fire in the role in 2010 when it emerged he was one of three councillors who attended a junket to New York trip.

However, he left the post three years later to take over as convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Regeneration and Infrastructure Committee.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/labour-councillor-david-fagan-suspended-8979221

A Scottish Labour councillor in North Lanarkshire has quit after becoming dissatisfied with the way the party dealt with criminal allegations against a former colleague.

Gary O’Rorke was unhappy Labour took three weeks to suspend fellow councillor David Fagan, who was charged with alleged child pornography offences on September 7th.

The chief executive of North Lanarkshire council was informed of the “broad nature” of the charges against Mr Fagan, but not the specifics, on September 8, and informed council leader Jim Logue on the same date.

It was reported in the Herald that Scottish Labour general secretary Brian Roy was also told about the arrest, but not the specific charges, on the same day as Mr Logue.

Mr Roy only learned of the detail of the charges on September 29th and Mr Fagan was suspended on the same day.

The suspension came around a week after a keenly-fought by election in Coatbridge that Labour won by less than 200 votes.

Mr O’Rorke, who represents Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, said he was angry with Labour’s leadership in North Lanarkshire on a number of fronts and confirmed he had “no faith” in the hierarchy.

He confirmed that the delays in suspending Mr Fagan and in informing Labour members of the group about the allegations were factors behind his decision.

He also said: “I can no longer be in the Labour group in North Lanarkshire and had no choice but to tender my resignation. My family has been steeped in the Labour party over generations. I did not want to leave.”

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “We wish Councillor O’Rorke well in the future.”

An SNP spokesperson said: “Labour have been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for their failure to immediately suspend Mr Fagan, and Cllr O’Rorke can hardly have been the only person in the party unhappy at these staggering revelations.

“Mr Fagan is facing serious criminal proceedings and must be afforded the presumption of innocence while the case is ongoing – but the public should know why voters were kept in the dark about the circumstances during a local by-election.”

Mr Fagan has not appeared in court over the charges.

A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning a 52 year-old male in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred between 25 May and 30 June 2016.

“The report remains under consideration.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14919776.North_Lanarkshire_Labour_councillor_quits_amid_row_over_colleague_s_child_pornography_charge/

AN Airdrie councillor, David Fagan,  has appeared in court charged with conspiracy and sending indecent messages.

David Fagan, 52, appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court yesterday to face two charges after he was arrested in September.

The Airdrie South independent representative was charged with conspiracy and another accusation under the Communications Act.

It is alleged he sent “by means of public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.

Councillor Fagan made no plea or declaration during the brief hearing and was granted bail. No further court appearance was set.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-charged-conspiracy-sending-9418609

SPT management and executive Councillors, including David Fagan spent more than £57,000 on foreign trips. He was part of a trio of senior staff who ran the organisation and directed this spending.

Councillor Fagan who is also a parliamentary aide to Karen Whitefield

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-under-pressure-resign-2830096

 Director’s profile for David Fagan.

ROYAL GLASGOW INSTITUTE OF THE FINE ARTS.

Education Advisor

TOWN CENTRE ACTIVITIES LIMITED

Councillor

PETERSBURN DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Parliamentary Assistant

NEVIS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

Parliamentary Assistant

LINKWIDE LIMITED

Parlimentary Assistant

GARRISON MONITORING SERVICES LIMITED

https://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/5056718/david-fagan

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Br4qdw_q_iAJ:www.b2b-kb.com/person/id/sILbT2G3kKPNKCCp1ekQ2WOjFFw/+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


Yet another employee was a previous child sexual abuser – were there victims at the ?

SHIRLEY OAKS KIDS WENT ON JACKANORY SHOW. NO COINCIDENCE HERE, MOVE ALONG

Ex-Jackanory presenter John Earle jailed for sex assaults on boy

Apr 28 2017

A former children’s television presenter has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young boy almost 60 years ago.

Former Jackanory storyteller John Earle admitted indecently assaulting the boy from when he was nine-years-old.

Earle, 87, was deputy head teacher at a school in Okehampton, Devon, when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.

He was jailed for four years and will sign the sex offenders register.

‘Breach of trust’

Sentencing Earle, Judge Erik Salomonsen said: “This was a gross breach of trust.

“You used a young child to satisfy your sexual needs on many occasions.

“It was your responsibility to educate and protect him.”

He admitted six counts of indecent assault on the boy at Upcott House Preparatory School.

Exeter Crown Court previously heard the school closed in the early 1960s and Earle went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.

He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-39748030

The abuse continued in on a weekly basis during term time at the school and on Earle’s boat in Dartmouth on weekend trips.

John Earle
27 Apr 2017
Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Victim of John Earle’s abuse speaks out

Two and a half years ago, a pensioner walked into a police station and handed in a piece of paper. It revealed a horrific secret he’d kept hidden for most of his life – a litany of sexual abuse he’d suffered at a private school in Devon in the 1950s and 60s. His abuser went on to have a successful career as a children’s TV presenter and author. But now – the truth has finally emerged.

https://www.channel4.com/news/victim-of-john-earles-abuse-speaks-out

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.


http://www.teignmouth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109057&headline=Dartmoor%20pensioner%20denies%20historic%20sex%20abuse%20charges&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

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.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150313175331/http://dartmoorbase.co.uk/?

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. marW. 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.

http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109301

CHILDREN’S HOUR

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

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/afcae8b4b9104d6ca69791898772a5c3

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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.


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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.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150218133626/http://www.counselling-betweenourselves.co.uk/

John’s Family Web Links

OTHER USEFULL LINKS


11-03-2017

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.

 

 The findings of the investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey are due to be published on July 3rd.


Madeleine McCann detective claims investigation was ‘tainted’ as soon as it was an ‘abduction’

April 27 2017

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities

The former Portuguese detective who led the probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance a decade ago claims the investigation was tainted as soon as it was deemed an ‘abduction’.

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities because they were doctors.

The ex-policeman refuted claims his officers’ probe was shoddy and says interference from the UK hindered the process.

He maintains devastated parents Kate and Gerry were involved in three-year-old Maddie’s disappearance on May 3 2007 in Praia da luz.

The former officer also pointed the finger at the British class system in an interview which will be aired on Portuguese news channel CMTV on Monday.

He told Portuguese magazine Sábado: “They belong to the upper-middle class and the British do not like their doctors to mess up abroad and get convicted for it.”

Retired Amaral, who was removed as head of the probe after criticising British detectives, claimed UK authorities tried to rush the process.

He said: “It is not normal for an ambassador from a foreign country to come to the place to push in the sense that ‘this has to be quick’.

“If the ambassador and even the consul had not appeared, the investigation would have been directed to what is normal – to suspect those who have responsibility for the custody of the child.

“(The) Judiciary, Public Prosecutor’s Office and the government felt intimidated by the United Kingdom.

“The mistake was the statement about the abduction. It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision (that it was an abduction) and to make it public.”

Portuguese detectives said on May 5 2007 – just two days after her disappearance – that they believed she was still alive in the country after being abducted.

Then director of the Policia Judiciaria Guilhermino Encarnacao made the announcement, stating officers were working on the assumption Maddie was being held between 1.8 and 3.1 miles from the resort.

One eyewitness told the Mirror Portuguese police arrived on the scene at the Ocean Club complex some 90 minutes after Madeleine vanished.

Our source also accused police of messing up key witness statements taken in the days after the tragedy.

But Amaral denies Portuguese police made a string of errors, instead accusing British police of trying to ‘protect’ the McCanns.

Amaral said: “When the couple left, the British police who were here to cooperate and help also left. The feeling was that the British police were here to protect the couple.”

Amaral accused Portuguese police of now ‘doing the politically correct’ thing by following Scotland Yard’s lines of enquiry, to ensure they do not compromise relations between the UK and Portugal.

He said: “The management of the Policia Judiciária and the prosecutor himself are doing the politically correct.

“In the United Kingdom and here the direction of the police walked with Scotland Yard. Do not investigate anything that might compromise your parents or friends. It is a mistake.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-detective-claims-investigation-10309152#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Samuel McCuaig

Paedophile guilty of historic child abuse in Coatbridge

Samuel McCuaig committed “horrific sexual abuse” of young girls in 1970s

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/paedophile-guilty-historic-child-abuse-10297225


26 Apr 2017

Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard is accused of seven offences against a boy

A former Anglican priest, the former vicar of St Barnabas Church in Bexhill, has been charged with sex offences against a boy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker, 72, formerly known as Colin Pritchard, is charged with seven offences involving the boy, who was aged between 12 and 16 at the time.

He is accused of conspiring with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts with the boy.

Mr Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, is due to appear before magistrates on 24 May.

He is also accused of gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993 against the boy in East Sussex.

Mr Whittaker was vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, and it is claimed the offences took place there, Sussex Police said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-39724639

Letters from 1966 between the then Archbishop of Canterbury and a bishop show the Church agreed that a convicted paedophile should be ordained.

The correspondence has emerged in a report into the Church’s failure to support victims of Roy Cotton that was published online and then removed.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Chichester told the BBC the Meekings Report was removed because the document had accidentally included some confidential information.

Both studies looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-13560976

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2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

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more here


EX-GERS SCOUT IN DOCK

Former Rangers youth scout Harry Dunn appears in court over alleged historical sex abuse charges

Dunn, 84, from Edinburgh, is also believed to have worked as a talent spotter for clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea

26th April 2017

A FORMER Rangers youth scout has appeared in court accused of historical sex abuse charges.

Harry Dunn, 84, is facing one allegation of assault and sodomy and a second charge of assault and attempted sodomy.

Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

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Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

Dunn, from Edinburgh, appeared in private at the capital’s sheriff court today where he entered no plea.

The pensioner, who was arrested by police officers in March, was released on bail and the case was continued for further examination.

It is believed Dunn also worked for Liverpool and Chelsea during his scouting career.

Police Scotland joined forces across the UK last year in launching an investigation after allegations of historical abuse in football were made public. The SFA has also set up an independent review into the allegations. A date for Dunn’s next appearance at court has not been decided as yet.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/922532/harry-dunn-rangers-sex-abuse-football-abuse-scout-liverpool-chelsea-edinburgh/


Kids Company founder and trustees may face action amid Insolvency Service probe

April 24 2017

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

The founder and former trustees of the collapsed charity Kids Company could be banned from holding company directorships.

 

The youth organisation folded amid a storm of controversy in August 2015 – just days after receiving a £3 million Government grant in a final bid to keep it afloat.

Kids Company received more than £42 million of Whitehall funding between 1996 and 2015, thanks in part to founder Camila Batmanghelidjh winning favour with former prime minister David Cameron.

The Insolvency Service is investigating the financial circumstances of the charity and is allegedly bringing disqualification proceedings against Ms Batmanghelidjh.

Former trustees of the collapsed charity, including ex-BBC creative director Alan Yentob and Richard Handover, previously a boss of WH Smith, may also face sanctions.

The trustees, who also include Sunetra Atkinson, Erica Bolton, Francesca Robinson, Jane Tyler and Andrew Webster, responded to the “unconfirmed reports” in a joint statement.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/kids-company-founder-and-trustees-may-face-action-amid-insolvency-service-probe-35650675.html


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

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/un-peacekeepers-caught-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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39664693

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.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15237396.Man_charged_with_string_of_sex_offences_at_children_s_home/#

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.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/5587297.Flats_plan_for_disused_children_s_homes/?ref=arc

Memories of Romsey

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nWq2nckfSQUJ:www.francisfrith.com/romsey/memories+&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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.

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/article/Third-police-force-investigating-child-abuse-allegations-in-football-cf2f7d9b-4124-4ec1-beef-e2ae446ac0a9-ds

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

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/hughes-report-1985-into-sexual-abuse-at-kincora/

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.

http://www.thetcj.org/child-care-history-policy/the-hughes-report-chaired-by-judge-william-h-hughes


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

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gmp_investigation_report_into_cy#incoming-964992c

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

1972

https://books.google.com/books?id=ZClGAQAAIAAJ&dq=Palmerston+House+children%E2%80%99s+home++romsey&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Palmerston+House+


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.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27687351

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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.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-year-750k-inquiry-knowl-12570603

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/north-west-england/lancashire/knowl-view-school/

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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 Viewand 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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-29042597

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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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/3632950/I-hate-the-title-priest-to-the-stars.html

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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.


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JOHN WHITTINGDALE, MP FOR MALDON & EAST CHELMSFORD.

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

https://www.joomag.com/magazine/trusty-servant-nov-2015-no120/0386364001447424078?page=18

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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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


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.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/548566/Half-brother-of-Tory-MP-John-Whittingdale-jailed-for-historic-abuse

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

Was older brother paedophile Charles Napier a mentor to younger brother John Whittingdale?

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1612147/pdf/brmedj02000-0085.pdf

 

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.

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/peter-righton-charles-napier-david-cameron-john-whittingdale/

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28 Aug 1996, Wed  • Page 27

“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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/charles-napier-arrest-half-brother-tory-1998917

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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-scandal-charles-napier-could-1430365


3.04.17

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.

http://emmottsnell.co.uk/news.php?id=1492076761

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?

http://thameshouse.net/2014/11/18/charles-napier-related-to-fellow-paedophile-in-mi6/

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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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


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.

Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children

May 19, 2017

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

In an interview addressing scandal in Mendoza, Father Dante Simón talks of kids who ‘fall in love with a priest’ and are rejected

A Vatican envoy sent to investigate a shocking paedophilia cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province — where priests and employees have been accused of the systematic sexual abuse of minors over decades — has sparked outrage after describing some of the children who laid claims as “spiteful.”

Father Dante Simón, one of the two envoys sent by the Vatican to probe the scandal, suggested that some accusations have been dismissed because they were invented by “spiteful” boys who had fallen in love with priests and were rejected. Despite the fact that more than 60 former students have come forward with allegations involving sexual abuse at the institute, Simón chose to highlight “dismissed” cases.

“A few (cases) have been dismissed,” the priest told the Mendoza Post. “Because there are people who are spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back. The boy can be very spiteful like a woman can. So, they denounce him (the priest),” Simón told reporter Martín Tejerina.

The envoy has spent the past few weeks in Mendoza to investigate the incidents that occurred in the Antonio Próvolo Institute in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Simón was accompanied by Juan Martínez to lead an investigatory commission.

The envoy tried to arrange a meeting with both the victims and family members who have accused the priests and employees at the institute of abuse, but the envoy’s requests were rejected unanimously. One of the victims is reported to have tried to commit suicide after she learned that the Vatican envoy had travelled to Mendoza to investigate the case. According to a lawyer for the victims, Sergio Salinas, Simón’s statements had caused an emotional crisis after the envoy had implied some of the abuses may not have taken place.

More than 60 former students have come forward, saying they were sexually abused at the hands of priests Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho, altar boy Jorge Bordón, and two administrative employees José Luis Ojeda and Armando Gómez. A nun, Kosaka Kumiko, was also recently implicated in the scandal. According to news reports, when a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, Kumiko allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding. Other victims have accused the nun of actively participating in the abuse. Corradi has a history of sex abuse allegations that date back long before Mendoza. Italian judicial authorities had been seeking to prosecute him for a series of sex abuse cases in Verona, Italy, that occurred decades ago.

The priests stand accused of raping, sexually abusing and fondling the students in bathrooms, dormitories, garden and basement at the school. One of the alleged victims told the Associated Press that she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex.

The victims have also requested that Bishop Sergio Buenanueva give testimony about the case. The bishop said in a recent interview with Telam that “one of the greatest errors” of the Argentine Church was to protect priests that are abusers.

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

The Episcopal Conference has published a long-awaited protocol allowing victims of the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) or their family members to access archives pertaining to that dark period. The announcement comes seven months after the Argentine Synod (CEA) and the Vatican published a joint press release stating that they had “finished the cataloging and digitalisation of the archive material.”

Access to the Catholic Church’s documents is highly restrictive. Only victims, family members of detained and forced-disappeared victims, and bishops can request information. The only archives they can request, however, are those in which the name of the victim sought after is mentioned. Those interested have to complete and submit a request to the Secretary General of the Argentine Synod (CEA), which has the authority to reject the request outright.

Many human rights groups weren’t happy with the new protocol. Though the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, for example, praised the CEA’s gesture, they criticised the rules for being extremely restrictive. “Through this method, they will give bits of information to each family… with a filter from the CEA beforehand, which means they also won’t give information linked to the global intervention by the Catholic Church’s embers to the last military dictatorship,” said the organisation.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/225695/vatican-envoy-sent-to-probe-paedophilia-coverup-criticises-

Update on: Palmerston House children’s home:

Man charged with abuse – WILLIAM JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

                                                             Willy JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

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May 19 2017  Southampton Crown Court

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http://causelist.org/southampton/

Background:

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.

It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39664693


Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto:

Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto

Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade

Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

On average, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and their population has fallen by almost a third in Africa since 2007.

Interestingly, this policy puts the Tories in direct conflict with Prince William, who has been a vocal supporter of a total ban on ivory sales.

Will we see the Duke of Cambridge campaigning for Labour – which has pledged to introduce the total ban the Prince has been lobbying for?

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More info on the the Borwicks:


Lady Victoria Borwick is related by marriage to the notorious McAlpine family.

Her husband’s uncle is Alistair McAlpine, alleged child abuser.

Her husband, Geoffrey Robert James Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick aka “Jamie”, is the son of Hon. Patricia Garnett McAlpine – Patricia’s brother is Alistair McAlpine

http://www.thepeerage.com/p14612.htm#i146113

Lady Victoria Borwick is MP for Kensington and Chelsea, preceded by Malcolm Rifkind who is a cousin of alleged child abuser, former Tory Cabinet minister, Leon Brittan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10650010/Who-do-they-think-they-are-One-in-11-MPs-is-married-related-or-have-ancestors-who-sat-in-Commons.html

Lord Alistair McAlpine was also a collector.

Art collector Lord McAlpine in Sydney

McAlpine also collected works by convicted paedophile Graham Ovenden

Lord Alpine was in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book.


Victoria Borwick – gifts and hospitality

https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/sharing-our-information/assistant-directors-and-heads-service/victoria-borwick/gifts-hospitality

She worked in senior management for P&O and DMG World Media (Daily Mail and General Trust plc) before becoming the Conservative Party’s fundraising director.[2]

Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers

2009

The guest list for the Conservatives; premier political dinner last week which gives a fascinating snapshot of the movers and shakers getting ready for their turn to influence Downing Street
Lady Borwick and  Lord Borwick on the guest list

Unveiling a plaque to Lady Churchill with Sir Nicholas Soames

The Busy Borwicks

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed

On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary peer The Rt. Hon. The Lord Borwick and Kensington’s Member of Parliament Lady ‘Call me Victoria’ Borwick – and the controversial US hedge fund titan and backer of Donald Trump, Robert Mercer.

 

A director of a multitude of companies, in spite of being just 29 years old, “new media expert” Thomas Borwick – whose mother was forced to apologise “after using City Hall resources to promote her husband’s [now defunct] electric vehicle business” in 2009 – it now transpires, was not only Vote Leave’s chief technology officer but previously worked with SCL/Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ. Borwick currently touts himself to his 202 followers on Twitter as the founder of a political canvasing consultancy named Kan.to, an organisation that he boldy claims “will out-organise, out-plan, out-leaflet, out-twitter, out-work and out-vote all of its opponents”.

Mercer, one of the owners of the far-right Breitbart News Network as well as being a major shareholder in Cambridge Analytica, is a man whose “sinister” connections to both Trump and Nigel Farage have rightly been widely criticised.

On that basis, that the son of fervent Brexiteer Lady Borwick – a woman whose constituents voted 69% to ‘Remain’ and whose domain was home to a greater proportion of EU nationals than any other London borough in 2016 – has links to this billionaire and his activities should only encourage the voters of Kensington to ditch her and her out-of-touch party.

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Son of Tory MP beaten unconscious outside Leicester Square KFC by 3 women

He said: ‘At some point they started pushing and shoving – three at that stage, of which only two were particularly aggressive. I couldn’t hypothecate (?) or guess what was on their minds. At some point my food and drink spilled and was taken from me.

‘The rest of my friends quickly came outside. From our group absolutely all of them did nothing aggressive to the ladies, but they continued to react though and many of my friends were attacked.

The computer app writer was queuing with friends when they became embroiled in a row with the women over space.

‘Tom was among a group of six friends on a night out in London,’ said Lady Borwick, who was previously Boris Johnson’s deputy.


2015

Revealed: The ‘triple dipper’ Conservative MP who is paid nearly £100,000 a year for three elected jobs

Victoria Borwick, the MP for Kensington, is paid an extra £30,000 a year as both a councillor at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and member of the London Assembly

Mrs Borwick, 59, whose application to replace Sir Malcolm Rifkind in the seat was personally backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, defended her decision.

She can use the title “Lady” because she is married to Lord Borwick, a hereditary peer who has sat in the House of Lords since 2013. The couple live in a £6.6million home in Chelsea and have four children.

Mrs Borwick’s predecessor as MP for Kensington Sir Malcolm Rifkind had complained that it was “unrealistic” to live on £60,000 shortly before quitting after being caught in a cash for access investigation by The Daily Telegraph in February.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11686725/Revealed-The-triple-dipper-MP-who-is-paid-nearly-100000-a-year-for-three-jobs.html

Slumming it: Tory Lady ventures into East End

Role reversal? Could this be the first time a young East Ender gets to look down on a Victoria Lady?
Role reversal? Could this be the first time a young East Ender gets to look down on a Victoria Lady?
Since the Tories headed up the Coalition after the 2010 General Election, they have been making cuts in public spending and presiding over austerity measures which have made life harder for ordinary Eastenders. Government attacks such as the bedroom tax and welfare benefit tax have left many East End families only able to buy the cheapest, unhealthiest food – or forced them to supplement their own buying with trips to the food bank.

Against this backdrop, Lady Borwick, aka Assembly Member Victoria Lorne Peta Borwick, a Deputy Mayor of London, deigned to drop into Tower Hamlets last week to claim the credit for Tower Hamlets’ work in promoting good health in its schools (that’s the schools which Lady Borwick’s party is trying to dismantle).

Lady Borwick, a Tory councillor in Kensington & Chelsea, spent eleven years as Director of the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair and a further period of time assisting with the International Fine Art Fair in New York. What better experience could there be to  prepare one to understand the problems of the East End?

http://eastlondonnews.co.uk/slumming-it-tory-lady-ventures-into-east-end/

Lord Borwick’s uncle Alistair McAlpine in billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book:


Jeffrey Epstein back in the news again

May 3 2017

The Truth Will Come Out! Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Madam Loses BIG In Court

A lawsuit brought by a former ‘sex slave’ will move forward

Roberts, filing under her married name Giuffre, described very graphic sexual situations in the lawsuit filed in September 2015.

“With the assistance of Maxwell, Epstein was able to sexually abuse Giuffre for years until Giuffre eventually escaped,” the lawsuit says. “As part of their sex trafficking efforts, Epstein and Maxwell intimidated Giuffre into remaining silent about what had happened to her.”

It was while working for Epstein, Roberts claimed, that she had sex with Prince Andrew. She also said she took part in an orgy that the Prince attended on the financier’s private Caribbean island. (The royal has strongly denied all her claims.)

The defamation trial is expected to begin May 15.

http://radaronline.com/videos/jeffrey-epstein-sex-scandal-ghislaine-maxwell-virginia-roberts-lawsuit/

Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ trial postponed

May 10 2017

Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell (top) and Virginia Roberts Giuffre (bottom)

The defamation trial against Epstein’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell was set to start Monday — more than a decade after the billionaire was first arrested for soliciting underage girls — but it has been postponed because lawyers are close to negotiating a settlement, sources say.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing Maxwell, whose late father owned the Daily News, in Manhattan federal court because Maxwell called her a liar.

Giuffre — who was 15 and working as a towel girl at Mar-a-Lago when Maxwell met her — claims Epstein turned her into a slave and forced her to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who denied her allegations.

Since Epstein was also friends with Bill Clinton, and was defended by Alan Dershowitz, their names were dragged into the case, too. But sources say they were never going to be called as witnesses.

Now, in a big disappointment to journalists, anti-sex-trafficking activists and Clinton haters, there may be no trial.

“After 11 years and much high drama, [Giuffre’s lawyer] David Boies asked his client to settle the case,” one insider told me.

Giuffre has already collected a settlement from Epstein and sold her story to the UK’s Daily Mail, but her testimony was hotly anticipated.

The blonde was expected to tell in sordid detail how Maxwell routinely recruited young girls and taught them how to give erotic massages that led to sex and prostitution.

If they don’t settle, the trial is now set for May 25.

http://pagesix.com/2017/05/10/jeffrey-epstein-sex-slave-trial-postponed/

Ex-BBC WM presenters ‘had outdoor sex as young boys watched’, court told

Children In Need 2008 Tony Wadsworth & Julie Wadsworth

Notice this couple with Pudsey Bear, the brainchild of Proctor business associate Joanne Leslie. Weird!

Did these two know Harvey Proctor, business associate of Joanne Leslie who designed that bear?

BBC radio presenters appear in court after being charged with sex offences against children

Tony and Julie Wadsworth, dubbed the ‘Richard and Judy of local radio’, are accused of abusing four boys aged from 11 to 15 between 1995 and 1999.

The couple mysteriously vanished from their BBC show earlier this year and remain off air.

Bosses said the pair were dealing with “personal issues” – but they were later charged with sex offences.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-radio-presenters-appear-court-7948035

Trial of former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth set to begin

May 16 2017

A jury has been sworn in to try former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth

A jury has been sworn in to try former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who are accused of indecently assaulting boys in an area of parkland in the 1990s.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency by having sex in view of young boys between 1992 and 1996.

Julie Wadsworth, 60, and her 69-year-old husband, also deny counts of indecent assault alleged to have been committed in the Atherstone area of Warwickshire.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency

Julie Wadsworth, who uses the surname Mayer on air, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault relating to seven boys.

Tony Wadsworth denies committing 10 indecent assaults by allegedly keeping watch for his wife.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC is expected to open the Crown’s case against the couple at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa on Wednesday.

The couple, who have also presented shows for Birmingham-based BBC WM, no longer work for the corporation.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/trial-of-former-bbc-radio-leicester-presenters-tony-and-julie-wadsworth-set-to-begin/story-30336134-detail/story.html


 

Cliff Richard & paedophile Tony Wadsworth


Stone Roses singer Ian Brown gives evidence at Fred Talbot trial

  • 16 May 2017

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has told a court that former TV weatherman Fred Talbot tried to sexually abuse his friend on a school trip to Scotland.

He said Mr Talbot had been his biology teacher in Manchester, and would organise trips for pupils.

Mr Brown told Lanark Sheriff Court of an incident on a camping trip somewhere in Scotland in late 1977 or early 1978.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, denies assaulting several boys on school trips between 1978 and 1981.

The singer told the court that one of his school friends told him that Mr Talbot attempted to abuse him after inviting him into his tent.

Mr Brown, who told the court he was self-employed as a singer and songwriter, said he had got on with Mr Talbot before the camping trip.

He said: “He was possibly one of the only teachers who didn’t stick (cane) me.”

The witness said Mr Talbot would regularly talk about trips during class but would only invite certain people.

“Mr Talbot did these trips and he decided who went,” Mr Brown told the court.

“You couldn’t just put your name down and say you were going.”

The witness said he did not know exactly where they had camped on his trip, but between 12 and 20 pupils had left school on a Friday afternoon in a minibus with Mr Talbot.

When they arrived the area was covered in snow and they cooked dinner.

Mr Brown said Mr Talbot had told them he was going to take someone to the pub and one of his friends was selected because he looked older.

He said that when they returned the friend was invited into Mr Talbot’s tent.

Asked what happened next by prosecutor Imran Bashir, Mr Brown said the boy had come back into the tent “in a state”, and had claimed that the defendant had tried to perform a sex act on him.

Mr Brown said: “I’ve never forgotten it, I was shocked.”

Questioned by defence lawyer Alan Gravelle, Mr Brown said he left school before Mr Talbot began to appear on TV but was aware of his career because “he was on the TV every night”.

Music shows

Asked why he had not raised the incident with authorities previously, the singer said: “Every time I saw him on TV I told people this story.

“I’ve told hundreds of people the same as I’m telling you here.”

Mr Gravelle then asked if the witness had ever tried to tell Mr Talbot’s TV bosses when he appeared on music shows with the Stone Roses.

However, Mr Brown said it was “not realistic” to think he would break off from performing with his band to speak to someone.

Mr Talbot faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981, as well as one charge of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

Mr Talbot, best known for presenting the weather forecast on a floating map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning programme, denies all the charges against him.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39934931


DPP says police may charge Pell

Police are examining whether to charge Cardinal George Pell with child sex abuse offences.

Police confirmed a brief of evidence had been delivered from prosecutors about historical sex offence allegations.

Police will now have to decide whether to proceed against the cardinal in the wake of the gravest scandal in the church’s history in Australia.

Police tonight would not comment on what prosecutors recommended in the brief amid a report the force has been told it could charge Cardinal Pell, breaking a months long legal impasse.

Instead, police confirmed simply that the brief had been returned to detectives.

Police have been investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Cardinal Pell, who has stridently denied any wrongdoing.

Allegations relate largely to his tenure as a young priest in the Diocese of Ballarat, where hundreds and possibly thousands of children were abused by the clergy.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/cardinal-george-pell-could-face-child-sex-abuse-charges/news-story/4d750cf4bb0cb46d7212421583832e8a

Victoria Police are considering whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell over sexual assault allegations dating back to the late 1970s after receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Three Victorian detectives flew to Rome last year to conduct a voluntary interview with Cardinal Pell.

Police have issued a statement today saying they had received advice from Victoria’s DPP about a current investigation into sexual assault allegations and detectives would consider the advice before any charges were laid.

The complaints include those by two men now aged in their 40s, from Cardinal Pell’s hometown of Ballarat, who say he touched them inappropriately in the summer of 1978-79 when he was playing a throwing game with them at the town’s pool.

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement at the time, saying he had never abused anyone.

Outside the Vatican today, Cardinal Pell again denied any wrongdoing.

On his way to becoming Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Pell was a priest in the Ballarat diocese before becoming the Archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney.

Cardinal Pell is currently based at the Vatican in the high-ranking role of Secretariat for the Economy, commonly described as the Vatican’s financial boss.

‘Diplomatic immunity’ could complicate case: lawyer

Lawyer Vivian Waller, who has represented many abuse victims who have taken action against religious clergy, said the investigation must be allowed to run its course.

But if Cardinal Pell was charged, it would raise “fairly complex” jurisdictional questions in the criminal process, she said.

“We don’t have an extradition treaty with the Vatican and potentially someone in Cardinal Pell’s position would be entitled to some sort of diplomatic immunity,” Dr Waller told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“I imagine there would be complex questions that arise if in fact Victoria Police do charge.”

Dr Waller said she had been encouraged by the responses from the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

However, things have changed since the commission has wrapped up its final case study.

“Certainly in Ireland, when the royal commission ended there, there was quite a big pushback from Catholic entities and their insurers.

“In my opinion and in my experience over the last few weeks, we’re starting to feel that in Victoria already.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-17/police-considering-legal-advice-on-george-pell/8531960

How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church

 http://www.smh.com.au/national/how-george-pell-gazumped-other-bishops-to-claim-credit-for-tackling-child-abuse-in-the-church-20170510-gw1jrh.html

Fury at sex abuse inquiry snub: Ex pupils ‘devastated’ by bombshell U-turn

May 15 2017

Fort augustus abbey school.jpg

VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Last night one victim told The Sunday Post: “This has come out of the blue. We’ve been waiting a long time for the inquiry.

“The effect is devastating on our mental health. There have been a number of suicides by ex-pupils because of the abuse.”

He said former pupils are very upset at the bombshell development, especially given Prime Minister May’s earlier support.

In 2015, Theresa May wrote to one of Fort Augustus’s ex-pupils following a number of meetings between the pair where they discussed the alleged abuse he suffered.

Having set up the inquiry less than two weeks previously, she wrote: “With your help we have now established an inquiry to get to the truth about what child sexual abuse occurred in institutions across the UK and why nothing was done.”

But those words now seem empty, after lawyers for Fort Augustus Abbey pupils were contacted last week to reveal the shock evidence reversal.

Fort Augustus Abbey – which was run by an order of English monks – is at the centre of allegations of physical and sexual abuse spanning 30 years.

The exclusive Highlands school shut for good in 1993 but horrific allegations about the way pupils were treated emerged in 2013.

Last year, the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announced those claims would be examined – despite the school being in Scotland.

There is a Scottish inquiry set up to probe similar issues north of the border called the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

But campaigners say the English inquiry has been given more clout to take action, which is why ex-pupils from Fort Augustus lobbied to be included in it.

A spokeswoman for the IICSA said the institutions to be examined were still not set in stone – despite the new proposals.

She said: “No decisions of any sort have been made about the matters to be considered at the hearing.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/fury-at-sex-abuse-inquiry-snub/?utm_source=twitter

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is dead, Ashworth Hospital confirms

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/moors-murderer-ian-brady-dead-13039692

May 16

Only last month they announced Brady letters will remain classified until 2051.


FA investigators seek evidence of paedophile ring

The review into English football’s child sexual abuse scandal is investigating whether a paedophile ring operated in the game, it can be disclosed.

The inquiry into how the Football Association and the country’s clubs dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005 – and whether there was any cover-up – is also examining girls’ football during that period.

  • Aim to publish its final report early next year.

Led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review was commissioned by the FA after the potential scale of the game’s child sexual abuse scandal became clear.

Clive Sheldon QC to lead in-depth FA review into child abuse in football

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/10879015/clive-sheldon-qc-to-lead-in-depth-fa-review-into-child-abuse-in-football

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

Rolf Harris had friends in high places

Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

Cliff Richard on Saturday Superstore

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

TV presenter accused of indecently assaulting three girls aged 13, 14 and 16 in 1970s and 80s

The entertainer and TV presenter Rolf Harris touched a 13-year-old girl’s breast after filming a children’s TV programme and asked her: “Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?”, a court has heard.

Victim one’: Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

George Michael on the set of the BBC's Saturday Superstore

Rolf Harris on the set of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore

Guests on the programme included late singer George Michael and Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley.

The 87-year-old Australian is accused of groping the schoolgirl after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983, jurors were told.

Saturday Superstore was a children’s TV series, broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1987.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told the jury of seven women and five men at Southwark crown court in London that Harris approached the girl in the green room after the filming of the episode, which also featured Wham!.

Rees said: “She recalls him sliding his open right hand across her back over her clothes and touching her breast.”

Harris is accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 80s. He is also alleged to have indecently touched a 14-year-old girl in 1971 after she asked him for an autograph at a music event for children in London.

He is also accused of twice groping a third teenage girl after appearing on the ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and of telling the 16-year-old she was “a little bit irresistible”, the court heard.

Rees added: “In essence, the prosecution alleges that for his own gratification Harris groped these three young females in a sexual way, without their consent.”

Harris appeared via videolink with the court. He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

“He then said: ‘Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?’ – which the prosecution suggests clearly shows the sexual nature of the touching.”

Rees told the jury: “The prosecution suggests that it offends common sense to suggest that these three women, independent of each other, should choose to fabricate stories of a similar nature. We say Harris had an appetite for touching young females.”

Harris, dressed in a grey suit, with a white shirt and a dark blue tie, listened with his arms folded as the woman, who was 14 in 1971, gave evidence.

She told the jury when she approached him for an autograph at the event, which was attended by hundreds of under-18s and their families at the Lyceum Theatre, that he used both hands to pull her on to his lap.

Giving evidence via videolink, the woman said: “He pulled me on to his knee. I stood up and he put his hand up my dress.”

She added that his hand went between her legs. When Rees asked how that had made her feel, she replied: “Terrible.”

She said after it happened she told her father Harris had put his hand “somewhere private”. Her father, who has since died, spoke to Harris, she said. She added that she did not mention the alleged incident to her mother for many years afterwards.

Rees asked what she did in later years if she saw Harris on television. She replied: “I didn’t want to see him on TV. I would always turn the TV over.”

The trial is due to last for three weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/rolf-harris-groped-three-girls-at-tv-studios-and-music-event-court-hears?CMP=twt_gu

THE former Animal Hospital presenter was said to have groped the breasts of a blind disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1977.

HARRIS was accused of “creepily” touching an 18-year-old girl at a recording studio in front of former boxing champ Barry McGuigan.

Prosecutors said musicians recording with McGuigan spotted the incident and said the teenager was shaken afterwards. Mr Rees said: “Both thought his conduct inappropriate — variously describing it as creepy, cringing and lecherous”.

A WOMAN broke down yesterday as she told how Harris followed her around a concert hall “smirking,” before putting a hand up her skirt.

She said the 1971 attack happened in front of her family at a youth concert at London’s Lyceum, when she was just 14.

Harris had been invited to the festival to dish out awards while the girl was playing in a band.

AN autograph-hunter accused Harris of putting his hand up her skirt when she approached him for his signature at her local radio station.

The woman, then 12 and with her mum, met the Australian performer after he appeared at Radio Victory for an interview in summer 1977.

Harris allegedly told the victim she was ‘irresistible’ after fiiming Star Games

A WOMAN claimed Harris spoke to her when she was 16 — telling her she was “a bit irresistible”.

She claimed the entertainer, who had been filming TV show Star Games, then groped her breast and shoved a hand between her legs.

He was working on the 1978 show in Cambridge with fellow stars Michael Aspel, Tony Blackburn, Rula Lenska and Radio 1 DJs Peter Powell and Bruno Brooks.

Rolf 'groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet'

BBC
Rolf ‘groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet’

HARRIS allegedly pushed a woman up against a screen, grabbed her breasts and thrust his crotch against her in front of 100 guests at a wrap party in May 2004.

He was celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet, which he presented with Kate Humble, at the Television Centre in West London.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2593042/rolf-harris-accused-of-groping-a-13-year-old-girl-after-filming-bbc-show-as-perv-back-in-dock-accused-of-sex-attacks-on-seven-new-victims/

Saturday Superstore

BBC One London, 7 April 1984

The store has fixed it for Jimmy Savile OBE to be with Mike in the coffee shop this morning, with news of an incredible bargain offer.

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/b7bfd9753947423d93bc03b50e135034

Saturday Superstore: Mike Read, Sarah Greene, John Craven, David Icke.

Joining them for a chat, Cyril Smith, MP. Phone him and John. David has got a special sports bargain on offer you’ll want to win. That’s Life star Esther Rantzen will be dropping in to take your calls. So will Su Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/0936274f6c234edbbcd22f56e358f9d6

Prince Edward dropped in to announce the winner of the Saturday SuperStore Search for A SuperStar and stayed for the rest of the morning.

Margaret Thatcher – Saturday Superstore

David Steel, Neil Kinnock and Margaret Thatcher all appeared in quick succession, the Prime Minister famously confronted with some tough questions from the audience, while Prince Edward also popped in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/genome/entries/ca4da4a9-d587-4af2-8aa1-eec4d76d8373

Other Saturday Superstore guests – Delia Smith, Mike ReadPhillip Schofield, Paul Daniels, Esther Rantzen, Norris McWhirter, paedophile Cyril Smith, Roy Castle, Gyles Brandreth

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262987/fullcredits/


Fred Talbot indecency trial begins

May 15 2017

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting several teenage boys on school trips to Scotland.

He is also accused of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, went on trial at Lanark Sheriff Court after a jury of 15 men and women was selected.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr Talbot is also accused of carrying out the offences involving pupils aged 15 to 17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher.

He faces nine charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981 and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

One of the charges alleges he gave a 15-year-old boy alcohol, rendering him intoxicated, during a camping trip.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

The trial, before Sheriff Nikola Stewart, is expected to last for two to three weeks.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39926015

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000 clerical sex abuse cases on backlog

May 14 2017
  • Pope Francis said criticism of slow process is justified and staff are being added
  • This is his first response to the criticism since abuse survivor Marie Collins left his advisory board in March

The prominent Irish abuse survivor left the advisory board citing the ‘unacceptable’ lack of cooperation from Cardinal Gerhard Mueller’s office, which processes canonical cases against pedophile priests.

She also said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ignored or scuttled commission proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.

Francis also denied that he had accepted a request for clemency from a pedophile priest.

Francis has pledged ‘zero tolerance’ for abusive priests, and he won praise for creating the commission to provide the church with expert advice on protecting children and keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood.

But questions have dogged him from the start about whether he really ‘gets it’ about abuse, given he never dealt with the issue as archbishop and has surrounded himself with cardinal advisers who themselves have botched handling cases.

His board has also lost credibility since Collins left in March. She was the only abuse survivor on the commission.


Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts wins round in defamation lawsuit against British socialite and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell who ‘passed her around for sex’ and trained her to be ‘everything a man wanted’

  • Virginia Roberts, 33, persuaded a judge to throw out a motion preventing her from suing British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 55, for defamation
  • The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’  honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying’
  • Roberts claimed Maxwell recruited her as a sex slave when she was  15 for convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and passed around to his friends
  • Maxwell, who was Epstein’s girlfriend at the time, is also accused of forcing her to have sex with Maxwell and other underage girls
  • The 55-year-old responded to the allegations with a damaging press release 
  • In February 2016, a judge denied Maxwell’s request to throw out Roberts’ lawsuit when she said she was just defending herself against allegations
  • Roberts also alleges she was involved in an 11-person orgy with Epstein’s friend Prince Andrew,  a claim the prince has vehemently denied

Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims she was an underage sex slave for perverted financier Jeffrey Epstein has won another round in her fight against the woman she claims recruited her.

Roberts’ lawyers persuaded a judge to throw out a motion that would have prevented her from suing Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell for defamation.

Dailymail.com has learned the decision clears the way for the civil case to go ahead in New York in two weeks’ time.

The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’ honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying.

Maxwell, the daughter of former British press baron Robert Maxwell who died when he fell off his yacht in 1991, had argued that a press release in which she attacked Roberts was protected speech.

But Judge Robert Sweet refused to accept that argument in a 76-page decision, saying that Roberts was arguing that Maxwell released the damaging statement out of ‘malice.’


Will President Trump be used as witness in sex offender Epstein case?

May 12, 2017


President Donald Trump is a shadowy, but ever-present, figure in the never-ending saga of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Mar-a-Lago, the commander-in-chief’s private-club-turned-southern-White-House in Palm Beach, was the backdrop for Epstein’s introduction to one of his dozens of teenage victims, according to court records.

In a short-lived lawsuit that Trump decried as “categorically false,” a California woman last year sued Trump and Epstein in federal court in New York City, claiming the two business tycoons raped her when she was 13 years old.

And Trump is on a star-studded witness list for an upcoming trial in Palm Beach County Circuit Court that attorney Jack Scarola promises will be the first public airing of Epstein’s lurid lifestyle.

But, Scarola acknowledges, it is unlikely the president will be part of what Scarola promises will be a salacious trial. Scarola claims Epstein sued attorney Brad Edwards in an effort to intimidate and punish the lawyer for representing some of Epstein’s victims. While Epstein dropped his lawsuit against Edwards, who has also represented clients in a lawsuit against Trump, the malicious prosecution suit against Epstein will likely go to trial in the fall, Scarola said.

When Scarola put Trump on the witness list in August, he said he never imagined the business scion and former television star would soon occupy the Oval Office. The legal battle he would have to launch to get a sitting president to testify simply isn’t worth it, Scarola said.

Moreover, while there is a lot of smoke around Trump’s relationship with Epstein, there appears to be little fire, so far, Scarola said.

“Based on all available public records, Trump’s involvement is peripheral,” he said.

»RELATED: The Post’s complete President Trump coverage

While Trump has recently distanced himself from Epstein, a 64-year-old financier, it wasn’t always that way.

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said of Epstein during a 2002 interview with New York magazine. “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.”

Attorney Spencer Kuvin, one of dozens of lawyers who successfully sued Epstein on behalf of roughly 30 women who claimed he lured them to his Palm Beach mansion for sexually-charged massages when they were as young as 14, said he always found the comment curious.

“How would he know that?” he said of Trump’s acknowledgement of Epstein’s penchant for young women. The interview came nearly six years before Epstein’s secret sex life exploded into public view when the money manager pleaded guilty to Florida charges of procuring and soliciting a minor for prostitution. “Why would he make a joke like that?” the West Palm Beach attorney asked.

Further, Kuvin and others say they can’t believe it is purely coincidental that former South Florida U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who signed off on a non-prosecution agreement that kept Epstein from spending years behind bars, was tapped by Trump to be U.S. Labor Secretary.

During his confirmation hearings in March, Acosta said it was “awful” that convicted sex offender Epstein was allowed to leave the Palm Beach County Jail to work during his 13-month jail sentence. But he insisted that without the involvement of his office, Epstein would have received far less punishment and his victims wouldn’t have recovered any money from him. As a result of the conviction, Epstein also is on Florida’s registered sex offender list.

Scarola, who has represented several of Epstein’s victims in civil lawsuits, scoffed at Acosta’s claims. The evidence that Epstein sexually abused young girls was “overwhelming,” he said.

The answer to the many questions that still swirl around Epstein and his high-placed friends are the subject of roughly a half-dozen lawsuits that are still pending in both Palm Beach County and New York. Some of the nation’s top attorneys have represented Epstein and some of his victims.

But like many of the past lawsuits spawned by Epstein’s behavior, most of the remaining ones are expected to be settled. And even public court records don’t tell the full story — because many documents have been sealed or are heavily redacted.

For example, a defamation lawsuit against one of Epstein’s close friends was scheduled to go to trial in U.S. District Court in New York this coming Monday. But both sides agreed to a delay last week, often a signal that a settlement could be in the works.

The suit was filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against British-born socialite and longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell. In a 2009 lawsuit that Epstein settled for an undisclosed amount, Giuffre claimed she was 15 when Maxwell recruited her from her $9-an-hour job in the locker room at Mar-a-Lago, where her father had a job as a maintenance worker. Giuffre claims in court records that Maxwell introduced her to Epstein and that Epstein turned her into his international sex slave.

Maxwell wasn’t sued as part of the lawsuit Giuffre filed against Epstein. But, in court papers filed by Giuffre, Maxwell was accused of grooming Giuffre to be Epstein’s sexual toy.

Maxwell ignored the allegations until Giuffre raised them again in December 2014 and Maxwell began publicly disputing Giuffe’s claims. Famed attorney David Boies then filed a defamation lawsuit on Giuffre’s behalf, claiming Maxwell “undertook a concerted and malicious campaign to discredit Giuffre.” In media interviews, Maxwell called Giuffre’s claims “obvious lies,” Boies wrote.

The trial promised to provide scurrilous details about Giuffre’s widely publicized contention in court records that Epstein not only used her but loaned her to his rich and powerful friends, including such notables as Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton. Similar claims against nationally-known attorney Alan Dershowitz, who represents Epstein, were withdrawn when the Harvard law professor and Giuffre’s attorneys reached a confidential settlement in dueling defamation lawsuits they filed against each other over the allegations.

Flight logs from Epstein’s private jet show Clinton was a frequent flyer, taking Secret Service agents along with him on trips with Epstein around the globe. Clinton has publicly ignored Giuffre’s allegations but an independent investigation launched by Dershowitz raised questions about their veracity.

One of Epstein’s longtime servants testified that Prince Andrew was a regular guest at Epstein’s house and received massages during the visits. But house manager Juan Alessi acknowledged in a sworn deposition that older women and men offered Swedish massages to Epstein’s guest. It is unclear who gave the British prince the massages or what was included. The prince has vehemently denied Giuffre’s allegations.

Alessi also testified that Trump visited Epstein’s home when both were in Palm Beach. “He would come, have dinner. He never sat at the table,” said Alessi, who described himself as Epstein’s majordomo. “He eat with me in the kitchen.”

But, Alessi said, unlike other visitors, Trump didn’t avail himself of massages. “No,” he said. “Because he’s got his own spa.”

While Giuffre’s defamation lawsuit appears headed for what will likely be a confidential settlement, Scarola said his case against Epstein is going to trial even though Trump won’t be called as a witness.

“We can prove our case without Donald Trump’s testimony,” he said of malicious prosecution lawsuit he filed against Epstein for suing Edwards, the attorney who has represented Giuffre and several of Epstein’s other victims.

Edwards has also been leading a separate charge to prove Acosta’s office violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act when it signed off on the non-prosecution agreement without notifying the women. That suit, which has stalled in federal court after many of the documents were sealed, could eventually reveal why Epstein got what many call a “sweetheart deal,” Scarola said.

Edwards also represented 65 members of Trump National Golf Club Jupiter, who won $5.8 million in February when a federal judge ruled that Trump improperly kept their deposits when he took over the club on Donald Ross Road in Jupiter in 2012. Trump is appealing the decision.

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/national-govt–politics/will-president-trump-used-witness-sex-offender-epstein-case/YijRjaz87dDMiV18TGeDAN/

Cardinal George Pell accused of sexually abusing two choirboys, book claims

Vatican’s financial chief, who has always denied wrongdoing, faces fresh allegations of abuse, relating to his time as archbishop of Melbourne

Cardinal George Pell, Australia’s most senior Catholic, is accused of abusing two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne in the 1990s

New allegations of child abuse are being levelled against Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican’s financial chief and the most senior figure in the Australian Catholic church.

Fairfax Media has reported claims contained in a new book, Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell, that he sexually abused two choirboys at St Patrick’s cathedral after becoming archbishop of Melbourne in the 1990s.

The author Louise Milligan first flagged these claims on the ABC’s 7.30 Report in July last year. But according to Fairfax Milligan’s book, to be released on Monday, contains details of the accusations that have not been made public before.

After the 7.30 Report Pell accused the ABC of conducting a “scandalous smear campaign.”

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement on Saturday saying the cardinal had “not been notified by the Victorian Office of Public Prosecutions or Victoria police of the status of their investigations, which have been underway since at least February 2016.”

“Cardinal Pell will not seek to interfere in the course of justice by responding to the allegations made by Melbourne University Press (publisher of Milligan’s book) and media outlets today, other than to restate that any allegations of child abuse made against him are completely false,” the statement said.

“He repeats his vehement and consistent denials of any and all such accusations, and stands by all the evidence he has given to the royal commission.”

The boys, students at St Kevin’s College, sang in the cathedral choir and were allegedly abused by the archbishop in a room somewhere in the precincts of the cathedral. They left the choir and the school shortly afterwards.

Milligan claims one of the choirboys died of a drug overdose in 2014. His mother was subsequently told by the second boy that they had been abused by Pell when they were teenagers at the cathedral.

Milligan writes that both spoke to the Sano taskforce established to investigate allegations that emerged during a parliamentary inquiry in Victoria and the later royal commission into child abuse.

Pell has now been accused of abusing boys at three stages of his career: as a seminarian, a priest and as archbishop of Melbourne.

He has denied all these allegations on a number of occasions. No charges have ever been laid against him in relation to them. The cardinal, prefect of the secretariat for the economy at the Vatican, has stated that he willingly co-operated with the detectives of the Victoria police when they interviewed him in Rome in October last year.

Sano has also investigated allegations that as a young priest Pell abused boys in the swimming pool of his hometown Ballarat. Pell also denies these allegations.

Milligan writes that Pell and his defenders have been able to “bat off or gloss over” the swimming pool allegations by casting them as “horseplay or a bit of rough and tumble … The story of [the choirboys] has no such ambiguity. If these allegations are true, they point to utter, sinful hypocrisy.”

Citing ill health, Pell declined to return to Australia to give evidence to the royal commission in person last year and instead gave evidence by videolink from Rome. In February this year the Australian senate called on the cardinal to return home “to assist the Victorian police and office of public prosecutions with their investigation into these matters.”

Pell dismissed the parliamentary resolution as “an interference on the part of the Senate in the due process of the Victoria Police investigation.”

According to reports, the police have now twice sent briefs of evidence concerning Pell to the Victorian office of public prosecutions.

The Guardian is not claiming Cardinal Pell is guilty of any allegations of sex abuse, only that they have been investigated by police.

Operation Sano continues.

The Guardian contacted the Vatican, Pell’s office in Rome and his office in Australia for comment.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/may/13/cardinal-george-pell-accused-of-sexually-abusing-two-choirboys-book-claims?CMP=share_btn_tw


Arizona radio station tells listeners how to ‘hide’ child porn

May 12, 2017

Paul Lotsof, left, owner of KAVV-FM, speaks from behind a door with KVOA reporter Zack Briggs.

Story highlights

  • Station airs PSA: “Never keep paper pictures, tapes or films of naked juveniles where anyone can find them”
  • Episode has raised questions about free speech and Arizona’s strict penalties

(CNN)For the past two years, a radio station in a small Arizona city has been playing a public-service announcement that advises users of child pornography on how to escape police detection.

The PSA tells people with child porn to store it on a specific type of computer hardware and “hide it where nobody will ever find it.” It goes on to give more details about how to avoid arrest, ending with: “A public service message from the CAVE 97.7 FM.”
The station, KAVV in Benson, does not have a large coverage area, and the PSA — created by station owner-operator Paul Lotsof — initially aired after midnight. But still, somehow nobody seemed to notice or complain — until now.
“It’s wrong, it should be taken down. It’s sickening,” Benson resident Jeanne Dyer told CNN affiliate KVOA this week.
In recent days the ad has been pulled off the air, the community has been outraged and the episode has raised questions about free speech and Arizona’s strict penalties for possession of child pornography.
“I’ve discussed it with the Sheriff. Based on what is in the PSA, even though it’s incredibly disturbing and personally offensive and professionally offensive to me, the reality is the comments he made are rather firmly protected by the First Amendment,” Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre told CNN.
“It’s weird (no one heard it),” he added. “We are a smaller county though, and the time of its airing was between midnight and 2 a.m. and there’s not a lot of people awake in Benson at that time.”

‘I feel sorry for the people caught with it’

KAVV’s Lotsof told CNN he recorded the PSA about two years ago, “mostly to call attention to Arizona’s extreme laws for child pornography and to try and keep people out of life in prison just for possessing pictures.
“It (the PSA) does not advocate possession of child pornography or reproduction of child pornography. And I know the question you’re going to ask — no, I don’t have any of that stuff. I don’t have any use for it.”
Lotsof said he doesn’t have children and doesn’t believe Arizona’s strict child pornography laws help kids.
“I don’t think the law on the books has to do with whether this material is produced or not. There is clearly some market for it and it will be produced. It’s sort of like drugs in Arizona — it’s a felony to possess marijuana, but it’s not like marijuana isn’t going to be grown here,” he said.
“I am not an advocate for it (child pornography). I’m not interested in it and I am against the production of it … but I feel sorry for the people caught with it who are in life in prison as a result. Those people are the real victims and their families,” Lotsof said. “If all of this prevented one person from spending life in prison, then it’s worth it.”
McIntyre, the Cochise County Attorney, had sharp words for Lotsof’s point of view.
“Regardless of the feelings Mr. Lotsof has, the reality is that if there wasn’t a market for this, if people didn’t make the choice to consume it, then we would see an end to it. And when he talks about the real victims, the real victims are the girl who has to spend the rest of her life wondering every time she walks through the grocery store and someone takes a second look at her, ‘Has he seen my pictures?’
“Those are the victims, and so that’s why if you are a consumer — regardless of being a producer of this — in Arizona people like me frankly will seek to put you in prison for the rest of your life.”

Arizona’s strict sentences

Arizona’s law, called Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, is a Class 2 felony and carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison. Possession of multiple images of child pornography are considered separate offenses in Arizona, and sentences must be carried out consecutively, rather than concurrently — meaning that someone convicted on 10 counts would be sentenced to at least 100 years. The law also denies those convicted the possibility of early release, parole or probation.
In 2003 Glendale, Arizona high school teacher Morton Berger was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found thousands of photos on his computer of children engaged in sexual acts. Berger was convicted and sentenced to 200 years in prison — 10 years on each of 20 counts.
His lawyers called Arizona’s law the toughest in the nation and appealed his sentence, arguing that it amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment” because it exceeded penalties for more violent crimes. By comparison, the federal penalty for possessing or transporting child pornography is a minimum of 5 years in prison for a first-time offender.
But Berger’s sentence was upheld by the Arizona Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court refused to hear his case.
McIntyre, the Cochise County Attorney, said he doesn’t know whether Arizona’s laws on child pornography are the toughest in the country, but he hopes the strict penalties serve as a deterrent.
“I know that we have very strict laws … and every court that has reviewed the laws has upheld them, and the reason is simple. We have a legitimate state interest in protecting our children,” he said.
“Typically when we indict child pornography cases, most places will indict 20 counts — but the reality is that person probably possessed hundreds, if not thousands, of images,” he added. “So even if they are sentenced to what Mr. Lotsof suggests is a draconian number of years, that’s actually a small fraction of the crime they actually committed.”

‘Reprehensible,’ but maybe not illegal

Benson Mayor Toney D. King said someone brought the PSA to his attention Saturday and he immediately contacted City Manager Bill Stephens to investigate.
“We have a really nice tight-knit community and this really caught us by surprise,” King said. “I personally feel this is reprehensible, very disturbing, very irresponsible, and very unacceptable. I have children and grandchildren of my own.”
Stephens, the city manager, said the city received complaints about the PSA because it recently began airing at a new time when more people were awake.
An online petition also is urging people to file complaints with the Federal Communications Commission in an attempt to get the station shut down.
The FCC has received a handful of consumer complaints about the PSA and are reviewing them, said Will Wiquist, a deputy press secretary.
“The FCC has yet to reach any conclusion,” Wiquist said. “Consumers should continue to file complaints if they have concerns about this and we will review them.”
County law enforcement are investigating the matter, but laws and the Constitution may protect Lotsof against any criminal charges or even from authorities getting a search warrant for his property, McIntyre said.
“Based on the information that we have, he is someone talking about his disagreement with the law. That doesn’t equate to probable cause to believe that he is presently engaged in possessing the stuff he’s talking about, and that’s where the First Amendment comes in,” McIntyre said. “The First Amendment really does protect us all, even the ones we don’t want to protect.”

When pressed to comment on the possession of pictures of nude boys and girls, Lotsof said, “They’re pictures of whatever you want to call them … they’re pictures of minors and you go to prison for the rest of your life for possessing them.”

He seems to disapprove of this, saying, “There’s no picture in the world that’s that dangerous.”

Lotsof continued, “The difference is, in one case, you’re molesting children and abusing them, causing children to do things that are not natural for children to do. [In] the other case, they’re just possessing pictures. There’s no connection between those two.”

The Facebook post that spread the word about the PSA has since been removed.

KVOA asked Lotsof if he possesses child pornography. He said he did not.

But, he also said that he would not admit to it if he did.

The most likely route Arizona can take is by charging Lotsof with the promotion of illegal activity.

But, “the odds of successfully enforcing it goes down to precise facts,” Flick notes.

What happens next for Lotsof is critically important for those looking to strip him of KAVV’s license.

“If he is convicted of possession of child pornography, he would lose his license,” Flick says. “This is a step lower … but I am sure they’re getting a search warrant and looking for more.”

https://rbr.com/could-a-controversial-psa-lead-to-bigger-owner-troubles/

A LITTLE HISTORY OF CAVE-FM  

http://www.cavefm.com/thirty/index%204a.html

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Paul-Lotsof/1190444316



Islington kids’ homes scandal: Why did police pull plug on new child abuse probe?

18 May 2017

There are more than two dozen names that could hold the key to prosecutions, and boxes of papers that may contain vital evidence. In the second of our special series on the Islington kids’ home scandal of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, EMMA YOULE asks why police are not bringing the perpetrators to justice

It can only be described as a perplexing sequence of events that has left survivors of the Islington kids’ homes abuse let down – again.

From the 1970s to the 1990s an unknown number of children were abused sexually, physically, emotionally, or through neglect, in Islington children’s homes. It is a scandal that leaves a stain on the borough to this day.

The number harmed stretches to at least 40 current members of the Islington Survivors Network (ISN) but they are feared to be substantially higher.

Yet only a handful of abusers were ever exposed, much less brought to justice.

Today, in significant new developments on the historic scandal, the Gazette can report:

Islington Police began a new investigation in October to work towards criminal prosecutions, offering hope that after decades perpetrators of abuse might be tried in court;

• Two officers met Dr Liz Davies, an original whistleblower and key source of information on the scandal, to begin work;

Together they created a secret list of 26 names of alleged abusers who may have committed grave crimes against children;

• But shortly afterwards the Islington police investigation closed without warning, again dashing the hopes of survivors.

The Gazette understands the probe was shut down after involvement from Operation Winter Key – the Metropolitan Police team linked to the national Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

But police did not answer our questions or confirm if IICSA is investigating.

The position of survivors is far less opaque. They have called for the Met to re-open the Islington Police-led probe and bring the perpetrators of child abuse, rape and torture in Islington’s kids’ homes to justice.

Social worker Dr Davies, founder of ISN, said: “We need a proactive police-led investigation to achieve convictions and also disciplinary action against those who colluded with the abuse and facilitated it.”

She said new evidence that has come to light in recent years has left her shocked.

Volunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer was jailed for sexually abusing children, as reported in the Evening Standard in October 1992. Picture: Evening Standard Volunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer was jailed for sexually abusing children, as reported in the Evening Standard in October 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

“I thought I knew a lot from the ’90s, but now hearing account after account I know it was far worse and more extensive abuse than I ever imagined in my worst dreams,” said Dr Davies.

“These children were in effect handed over to predatory child abusers who passed them around to other abusers through holiday schemes, boat trips, work placements, swimming events and night hikes in forests. It was well planned and orchestrated.”

One survivor said: “ISN has statements from over 40 adult survivors who lived through years of cruelty, abuse and neglect.

“Not one person has told us that Islington Council contacted them and asked about his or her time in ‘care’ and the effect it had on their lives. As ISN survivors we know there has been no justice.”

Despite the passage of time there is a realistic chance of prosecutions, as shown by the case of one ISN survivor who was repeatedly raped from the age of 12 in the 1980s while under the care of Islington social services.

The man who terrorised her and left her pregnant at 13 was jailed for 13 years in 2016.

It has also come to light that Islington Council has boxes of files in its archives relating to 13 inquiries into the abuse scandal carried out in the 1990s – which could contain key information.

The Evening Standard's reporting on the kids' homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening Standard The Evening Standard’s reporting on the kids’ homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

Another survivor told the Gazette: “We are waiting for someone to examine the contents. The council acknowledges that it’s really important to do this.”

ISN has asked for an amnesty for all current and former council staff who witnessed child abuse and did not report it at the time, in the hope new witnesses will come forward who can corroborate survivors’ evidence.

The council vowed it would offer full co-operation.

A spokesman said: “We support police investigations into any new allegations relating to historical abuse of Islington children.

“We will offer all assistance to police and access to files to any police-led investigations.”

Scotland Yard gave this short statement in response to our questions: “Anyone who wishes to speak to police should do so directly through their local station, or by calling 101.

Islington South parliamentary candidate Emily Thornberry said she hoped police would 'consider carefully' calls for a new investigation Islington South parliamentary candidate Emily Thornberry said she hoped police would ‘consider carefully’ calls for a new investigation

PAST POLICE INQUIRIES AND CONVICTIONS

Dr Liz Davies went to Scotland Yard with her concerns about the abuse of Islington children in 1992 and worked with detectives on two investigations.

Neither led to prosecutions.

The only person jailed over the scandal was volunteer canoe instructor Roy Caterer.

He worked at a boarding school used by Islington and was jailed for seven and a half years in 1991 for sexually abusing children.

Two other ex-Islington children’s home bosses, now dead, fled to the resort of Pattaya in Thailand.

Nicholas Rabet, deputy manager of Grosvenor Avenue children’s home until 1989, was investigated by Sussex Police in 1992 but never prosecuted.

Thai police brought charges for the alleged abuse of 30 boys, but he killed himself in 2006 before trial.

Bernie Bain, superintendent of Elwood Street children’s home in the late 1970s and early 1980s, fled Britain in 1996 just before he could be arrested for the alleged rape of seven young boys in care.

He was briefly imprisoned in Morocco for child pornography but killed himself in May 2000.

VIEWS ON POLICE PROBE

Labour stalwart and long-serving MP Emily Thornberry has said her “heart goes out to those who suffered abuse in Islington’s children’s homes” as she responded to calls for a new police inquiry this week.

The Labour parliamentary candidate for Islington South and Finsbury said the Metropolitan Police must be free to take its own decision on whether to open a new inquiry free from political interference.

“However, I would hope and expect that the police will consider carefully and appropriately the case that has been made to them by the Islington Survivors’ Network to re-open their inquiries, and provide a full response in due course,” she said.

Ms Thornberry said she fully supports efforts to uncover the truth.

“If that leads to the prosecution of guilty parties – whether responsible for abuse or for negligence – then I will be delighted to see justice done,” she said.

The Gazette also contacted Labour leader and Islington North parliamentary candidate Jeremy Corbyn, who was MP for Islington North when the scandal broke, for comment.

He did not respond.

NEXT WEEK: The survivors’ stories of stolen childhoods and lives haunted by abuse

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/islington-kids-homes-scandal-why-did-police-pull-plug-on-new-child-abuse-probe-1-5022869

THE ISLINGTON SCANDAL1982 Margaret Hodge becomes Islington council leader. Forms friendship with Tony Blair, at one stage living a few doors away.February 1990 Liz Davies and David Cofie, senior social workers, discover evidence of sex abuse of children and report it to a residents’ meeting attended by Mrs Hodge.May 1990 Mr Cofie and Ms Davies are told by Lyn Cusack, assistant director of social services, to stop interviewing children about the claims.1991 Roy Caterer, a sports instructor at a boarding school used by Islington, arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing seven boys and two girls.October 1992 Mrs Hodge steps down as council leader.February 1994 Mrs Hodge accepts there was abuse, blaming her initial response on officials’ “misleading information”.May 1995 Report says Islington’s ideological policies stopped complaints being investigated. Mrs Hodge says: “Of course I accept responsibility. I was leader of the council at the time.”1 May 1997 Tony Blair moves from Islington to Downing Street.June 2003 Mrs Hodge made minister for Children.
Islington ConnectionsDr Morris Fraser lived in Islington in 1990, at a time when paedophile networks had infiltrated Islington children’s homes. He was working at University College Hospital. …he had  an opportunity to abuse children in Islington. He had also travelled to Turkey, Holland and Denmark to abuse children.
In 1993, he was convicted for possession of child pornography.Another PIE member, Peter Righton, is connected to Islington via the Islington-Suffolk Project, which sent children in care on holidays to Lord Henniker’s estate in Eye, Suffolk. Righton and his partner were invited to live on Lord Henniker’s estate after Righton’s 1992 conviction for importing images of child abuse.https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/henniker-major/
In 1979, John Rea Price,  Islington’s Director of Social Services and Peter Righton sat on the same steering committee to establish a course for training staff to work with disturbed young people.

Righton went on to become governor of New Barns school working with disturbed young people, and Islington Council were one of the local authorities to place children there.

New Barns school was the subject of a major child abuse investigation after Righton’s arrest. Righton lectured on social work at North London Polytechnic in Islington in 1970.

When Social Work Today reported Righton’s arrest there was no mention of the fact that he had long been associated with the magazine and had written dozens of articles for it. The magazine also downplayed the connection between the National Children’s Bureau and Righton. In April 1992, just two months before the article was published, John Rea Price was appointed as Director of the National Children’s Bureau, having recently resigned as Director of Islington Social Services after 20 years in post. In October 1992, not long after his departure, the Islington Children’s Homes scandal became public.

rea-priceJohn Rea Price,  Islington’s Director of Social Services

https://pcolman.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/islington-child-abuse-part-two/

Islington kids’ homes scandal: Shame of ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ pro-paedophile past

11 May 2017

Former mayor of Islington Sandy Marks today and (inset) pictured in the Barcelona conference newsletter in 1980

Survivors of the horrific child abuse scandal that rocked Islington Council in the 1990s have called for police to lead a fresh inquiry as the Gazette today publishes explosive new revelations.

https://youtu.be/aReK-qZhExY

Sandy Marks (centre) is pictured in the IGA conference newsletter of April 1980.

An ex-mayor of Islington and top councillor at the time when children were being raped in kids’ homes has sensationally admitted her links to a pro-paedophile group that supported child sex in early 1980.

The council said it was “shocked and concerned” by the Gazette’s information and has promised an inquiry led by a top lawyer.

When approached, the former social services committee chair at first said she had “no memory of the period”.

But she later came clean about her pro-paedophile past after being shown evidence – saying she was “a complete bloody idiot” who had been manipulated by those around her.

However, just before the Gazette went to press, she changed her story again to say the allegations were “untrue and unfounded”.

Survivors of the abuse say someone who had apparently held such repellent views should never have been given political responsibility for young people.

Today, after a major investigation, the Gazette can reveal that documents show:

Former councillor Sandy Marks, who chaired the social services committee during the children’s homes scandal of the 1990s, attended a conference with a radical pro-paedophile activist group called Fallen Angels in 1980;

The Fallen Angels campaigned to abolish age of consent laws and condemned child protection as “a racket”;

The Evening Standard's reporting on the kids homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening StandardThe Evening Standard’s reporting on the kids homes scandal on October 6, 1992. Picture: Evening Standard

Ms Marks attended a meeting of a group campaigning for criminal charges against the vile Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) to be dropped. Also in the room was PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll;

• Documents identify Ms Marks as the planned co-author of a book with a radical paedophile activist who signed a letter “paedophile love & kisses”.

Yet by 1983, only three years later, Sandy Marks was sitting on the social services committee at Islington Council, which had oversight of kids in care.

She chaired the committee from 1991 to 1995 during the height of paedophile sex ring allegations concerning children’s homes in the borough.

When confronted by the Gazette, Ms Marks – who sits on a watchdog panel for the Crown Prosecution Service – said she has “huge gaps” in her memory for health reasons caused by the illness ME.

But she admitted her past after being shown a key piece of photo evidence.

The 63-year-old said she had been manipulated at the time by those around her, and had not properly understood the views of the Fallen Angels – which included campaigning to legalise sex with children.

She insisted: “I’m not a paedophile.”

Ms Marks said: “I don’t really understand how I could have been so stupid. I don’t understand how I could have got myself into it. Maybe I didn’t read the stuff – I don’t know. I can’t see me having stood up and said: ‘These are my views.’”

Sandy Marks pictured last year after being awarded a Mayor's Civic Award for her work as a disability campaigner. Picture: Ken MearsSandy Marks pictured last year after being awarded a Mayor’s Civic Award for her work as a disability campaigner. Picture: Ken Mears

She added: “There’s no defence for thinking that it’s OK, but there were reasons why at the time.

“And I guess with growing up – becoming more my own person – I was able to say: ‘This is what I think, not what somebody else tells me is what I think’.”

The care home scandal was made public when the Evening Standard revealed in October 1992 that teenagers were being abused, beaten and raped in kids’ homes across the borough.

Setting out a fresh demand for a new police-led inquiry, Richard, co-ordinator of the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), said this week he felt that: “Any person campaigning for or on behalf of paedophile groups has no place working with or making decisions for vulnerable children and social services.

“She should be questioned and called to account for her involvement at that time and at any time since.”

Another ISN survivor said that in her opinion: “This involvement makes any decision she was involved in unsafe. Questions have to be answered regarding any child protection or children’s services recommendations made by her and the people working with her.”

Labour stalwart Ms Marks, a familiar face at constituency events, was in a key position to advise former council leader Margaret Hodge after the abuse scandal was exposed.

But Ms Marks repeatedly denied playing any part in the 14 subsequent inquiries that were held during her tenure as chair of social services, saying she did not have “a hands-on role”.

“If children were being abused while I was chair of social services and I didn’t stop it, that’s shameful,” she said. “But I didn’t know. It’s my fault that I didn’t know.”

Social worker Dr Liz Davies, original whistleblower on the Islington kids home abuse scandal. Picture: Ken MearsSocial worker Dr Liz Davies, original whistleblower on the Islington kids home abuse scandal.

She added: “At the time I thought we had done what we could. If I had known something I would have stopped it.

“I would never want to do harm. That wasn’t why I became a councillor.”

But Ms Marks admitted with hindsight abusers may have slipped the net, saying she sympathised with calls for a police-led probe.

“If the investigation had been done properly then people should have been charged,” she said, adding: “If I was in their shoes, I would want something done, even this long after.”

The final White inquiry in 1995, ordered by the Department of Health, examined serious allegations against 32 named Islington staff involving “sexual assaults, encouraging children to be rent boys, staff involvement in paedophile rings and child pornography”.

The report was heavily critical of the council’s response.

“It is clear that Islington did not initiate the type of investigation they should have and as a consequence the possibility remains that staff engaged in abusive behaviour are now working elsewhere in the field with potentially serious consequences,” it said.

“Islington should have known and acted; they clearly did not.”

But the inquiry found no evidence of organised abuse.

Former Islington council leader Margaret Hodge said: 'If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.' Picture: PA/Yui MokFormer Islington council leader Margaret Hodge said: ‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.’

Social worker Dr Liz Davies, the original whistleblower on the scandal, tried to alert senior Islington officers and councillors – including then leader Mrs Hodge – to fears a paedophile sex ring was operating in the borough.

“Sandy Marks was at the centre of the council throughout this time,” said Dr Davies.

“This new information about her and our research about PIE and its widespread connections in Islington emphasise the importance of a police-led investigation, because many of those who held pro-paedophile views remain within professional systems and still have influence.”

No senior Islington councillors or officers were ever held accountable for the decades of abuse that went on in the council’s kids’ homes.

After 1995, Ms Marks’ career went from strength to strength.

She took up a role at the National Children’s Bureau and became mayor of Islington in 1996.

Today, she is a noted disabilities campaigner within the borough.

ISLINGTON COUNCIL: ‘WE’LL SET UP AN INQUIRY TO INVESTIGATE’

Islington Council has promised to set up an inquiry led by a top lawyer to examine the Gazette’s evidence – and has condemned support for paedophilia as “abhorrent”.

Cllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, has promised a top lawyer will examine the new evidence. Picture: Em FitzgeraldCllr Richard Watts, leader of Islington Council, has promised a top lawyer will examine the new evidence.

Council leader Cllr Richard Watts said: “I’m shocked and concerned at the information as presented by the Gazette. This raises new questions about the council’s response to the allegations in the 1990s. I have instructed that we will appoint an independent QC to examine the evidence, and provide advice on the best action to take.

“They will be free to pursue any line of inquiry, and we will be bound by their recommendations.”

The report will be passed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

“On behalf of Islington Council, I’m extremely sorry for the council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children,” he added. “I know those who were abused continue to suffer.”

He said new evidence would be treated “extremely seriously” and encouraged survivors to talk to police so “those responsible can be brought to justice”.

He stressed the council today is a “very different organisation” and said child protection is a top priority.

The Gazette understands a grant to Islington Personal Budgets Network Community Interest Company to establish a “centre for inclusive living” will be reviewed – including a £27,457 salary for Ms Marks, a director of the company.

JOURNALISTS: ‘WE TOLD SANDY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE’

The Evening Standard journalists who exposed the Islington kids’ home abuse scandal in October 1992 met Sandy Marks a month before the story was published, and say they were “shocked” by her response.

Eileen Fairweather and Stewart Payne – who went on to win awards for their articles – wanted to inform the then chair of the social services committee of the horrors they were uncovering.

In the meeting, they laid out damning evidence of abuse gathered from whistleblowers.

“We spoke to Sandy Marks to ask for her to help protect the whistleblowers, and to tell her that their claims were true,” said Ms Fairweather.

“But she didn’t seem to want to engage at all with notions of abuse.

“I can’t now remember her exact wording, but she indicated that she was indifferent to what the kids got up to sexually – she had a very libertarian view, and spoke as if they were free agents.

“She said she saw the role of the councillors when they inspected the homes as being to check things like: were the washing machines working?

“I have never forgotten it. It was very shocking.”

She says Ms Marks asked to see the evidence but would not agree to protect sources’ confidentiality.

But Ms Marks says she was presented with no evidence of current abuse and only fully understood the seriousness when she saw the articles.

“The first evidence, if it was evidence, I read in the Evening Standard,” she said.

“So that was the first time I’d seen anything in writing.”

At that time Sussex Police was already investigating links between alleged paedophile Nicholas Rabet, now dead, a former deputy superintendent of an Islington children’s home, and a boy in Islington’s care who the Standard would later give the name Shane in its reporting.

EX-COUNCIL LEADER MARGARET HODGE: ‘OUR NAIVETY WAS SHAMEFUL’

The Gazette asked former council leader Margaret Hodge to respond to the new revelations.

The Labour MP said: “If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.

“Furthermore I signed a petition calling for the banning of the PIE in 1983.

“I have apologised a number of times for our failure to understand about child abuse and take children’s voices seriously in the Eighties. I am sorry.

“Our naivety was shameful and I’m really glad we’ve learned since then the importance of listening to the voices of children who have been abused.”

* NEXT WEEK: In the second of our special series of reports into the Islington kids’ home scandal – the secret list of 26 names never investigated by police

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/islington-kids-homes-scandal-shame-of-ex-mayor-sandy-marks-pro-paedophile-past-1-5012565

IGA Conference April 1980: The Fallen Angels take PIE’s fight to Barcelona

https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/11/iga-conference-april-1980-the-fallen-angels-take-pies-fight-to-barcelona/

Secret papers show how Archway was nerve centre for child sex apologists in early 1980s

11 May 2017

Investigations journalist EMMA YOULE explains how a stash of newly uncovered documents linked former Islington Mayor Sandy Marks to the radical Fallen Angels collective in early 1980

Sandy Marks is listed as a Fallen Angels contact in conference papers from 1980. Picture: LSE Archives

It is a collection of paperwork that makes for shocking and sometimes sickening reading.

Today the Gazette can report on the trove of documents that trace the history of pro-paedophile activism in Archway in the early 1980s and led to the truth about Sandy Marks’ past.

The newsletters, periodicals, and decades-old minutes of meetings were found in an archive of the London School of Economics (LSE) library by graduate research student Charlotte Russell.

They paint a deeply worrying picture of pro-paedophile propaganda groups operating in Archway in the early 1980s.

At that time a controversial trial had caught the public imagination.

In 1979 five members of the reviled Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) had been charged with “conspiracy to corrupt public morals” over publication of adverts encouraging paedophiles to contact each other in the group’s magazine, Magpie.

Ms Russell said: “While researching events leading up to the PIE trials of 1981 it became apparent a particularly confrontational community of N19 paedophile rights activists campaigning for PIE existed at the time – the Fallen Angels collective.”

It was this discovery that would eventually lead to Sandy Marks.

Ms Russell knew who Ms Marks was from press cuttings about the Islington children’s homes scandal from the 1990s – but when the name started appearing in documents alongside Fallen Angels she believed she had uncovered something new and disturbing.

The front page of the 60-page pamphlet, Paedophilia and Public Morals, featured child-like cartoons. Picture: LSE ArchivesThe front page of the 60-page pamphlet, Paedophilia and Public Morals, featured child-like cartoons. Picture: LSE Archives

“I wasn’t searching for Sandy Marks in the documents,” she said. “But I soon realised that I recognised her name and it was significant in relation to the abuse scandal.”

The documents showed that in April 1980 the Fallen Angels travelled to a village on the outskirts of Barcelona to attend the annual conference of the International Gay Association (IGA).

Over that weekend workshops on paedophilia were held and the conference newsletter reports Fallen Angels came away having won a remarkable degree of support for the trial against PIE to be dropped.

The newsletter says an international support campaign was set to be co-ordinated through “the PIE Defence Campaign (contact address Fallen Angels)” in Davenant Road, Archway.

Sandy Marks is also pictured in the newsletter, which lists her as a delegate, and says she is a contact person for Fallen Angels at an address in Hornsey Rise, N19, with the request: “Do not write the name of the organisation, and put ‘private’ on the envelope.”

As the Gazette went to press, Ms Marks said she “completely den[ied]” she had been a member of Fallen Angels.

At the conference, the Fallen Angels circulated a 10,000-word paper called Corrupting Children: Children, Paedophilia and the Struggle – subtitled Women’s and Gay Liberation – that decried child protection as “a racket” and gave a summary submission on paedophilia, which has Ms Marks’ initials on it.

Among the deeply repellent views peddled in the submission is a final underlined sentence: “We demand the right to form alternative relations with kids – on their terms, and to affirm the erotic in those relations.”

Ms Marks at first said she has no recollection of attending the Barcelona conference and has memory lapses due to the illness ME.

A lurid page from the Paedophilia and Public Morals pamphlet. Picture: LSE ArchivesA lurid page from the Paedophilia and Public Morals pamphlet. Picture: LSE Archives

Yet after being confronted with the picture of herself in the newsletter she said she was vulnerable and had been manipulated and brainwashed by those around her.

“It was about the way they twisted what I said,” she told the Gazette.

“I don’t think I realised what they were doing, that they were using what I thought and kind of re-saying it and re-doing it.

“And I think I didn’t really understand the intellectual arguments. Because most of them would have been to uni and I left school at 15.”

As the Gazette went to press Ms Marks denied being at the conference, saying the photograph “could not have been taken at the event”.

At the IGA conference was another Fallen Angel called Tim Brown, of Davenant Road, Archway.

In a later letter to IGA delegate groups he signs off with the words “paedophile love & kisses”.

Back in London in late 1979, activism around the PIE trial was in its infancy and Ms Marks and Tim Brown are again linked to collectives campaigning on the issues.

Typed minutes appear to show Sandy Marks attended the third meeting of a group calling itself Conspiracy Against Public Morals (CAPM) to discuss tactics for a PIE defence campaign on September 11, 1979.

Fallen Angels' summary submission on paedophilia with the initials 'SM' highlighted by the Gazette. Picture: LSE ArchivesFallen Angels’ summary submission on paedophilia with the initials ‘SM’ highlighted by the Gazette. Picture: LSE Archives

Also at that meeting was notorious PIE chairman Tom O’Carroll, who was later jailed for possessing thousands of pictures of naked children.

Ms Marks said she did not know Tom O’Carroll and strongly denied being at the meeting or a member of the organisation.

Then on June 13, 1980, another set of handwritten minutes of the Gay Rights Committee of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL) records a discussion about Sandy Marks and Tim Brown allegedly producing a book on paedophilia.

Ms Marks described this as “the most ridiculous suggestion ever” saying she has dyslexia, struggles to write even a few hundred words, and has never met Tim Brown.

She later suggested the minutes were a “complete fabrication”.

One final document, a lurid 60-page pamphlet named Paedophilia and Public Morals, was published in October or November 1980 and was to cause a vitriolic split between PIE and the Fallen Angels.

PIE identified the booklet as the work of the Fallen Angels and accused the group of a series of “hysterical and vicious attacks on PIE” within its pages.

It was a stark about-turn from July 1980, when PIE had hailed the Fallen Angels as “heaven-sent support”.

By January 1981 PIE denounced the Fallen Angels as “a clique of leftover intellectuals, political theorists and hydrophobic feminists”.

But Islington was by now a magnet for other pro-paedophile activists and campaigning for PIE would continue at some level in the area for years to come – with or without the Angels’ support.

“By then Islington had become a focal point for the politicisation of paedophilia,” said Ms Russell.

Within two years of this period, Ms Marks was elected a Labour councillor in Islington in 1982.

Commenting on the documentary evidence, she said: “Whatever it says I don’t agree with it and I wouldn’t have agreed with it at the time or before.”

* NEXT WEEK: In the second of our special series of reports into the Islington kids’ home scandal – the secret list of 26 names never investigated by police

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/secret-papers-show-how-archway-was-nerve-centre-for-child-sex-apologists-in-early-1980s-1-5012594

Naively, the whistle-blowers hoped the council would protect them. I acted as go-between and, two months before the first stories appeared, met Islington’s chair of social services at the town hall. Councillor Sandy Marks asked to see the evidence but would not agree to protect our sources’ confidentiality.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/witness-stalinist-reluctance-to-study-the-facts-1621767.html

Sandy Marks: In 2014 I asked for a dialogue

This letter was emailed in 2014 to Sandy Marks, former Chair of Islington Social Services Committee and Mayor, via the Head of Services and Consultancy of  Disability Action in Islington  who had agreed to forward it to her as she was Chair of the charity. The content is self-explanatory and asks her to discuss with me her perspective on the Islington child abuse scandal.  In the absence of confirmation, it is possible she did not receive it. Following the Islington Gazette article, 11th May 2017,  I thought it would be of wider interest.  See Islington Survivors Network website for further context.


Letter to Sandy Marks from Dr Liz Davies, Reader in Child Protection London Metropolitan University.

1st January 2014

Dear Sandy,

Our paths once crossed at the Rising Free Bookshop a long time ago, but it is also a long time since I exposed the Islington child abuse scandal in 1992. I have, ever since, lived and breathed the ongoing issues which that raised. Even recently, various survivors have come forward to me and I have continued to learn about the vast extent of harm that they experienced. There has never been a survivors group in Islington for the victims of the abuse and so I still remain a contact point for those who come forward. I have been trying to assist some of them in locating their files but sadly it seems most files went missing at the time of the exposé in the early 90s.

Recently, various documents have come to light through the social media and FOIs which I have not seen before. One of those was the Case review sub-committee report dated 24.7.95 following the Ian White Report. I think you may have chaired this committee – but I could be wrong.

I am interested to know what the thinking was that led to decision 4.1 which stated that there was no evidence to support the allegations of organised abuse. Of course, so much has become widely known since that time but I would really like to understand what led the members to reach that decision. I know the White report did mention that the police found no evidence of connections between perpetrators. Yet, at this time I was going all across the country with the police investigating crimes against children that related in some way to Islington children. Of course, professionals in all agencies at a local level had been pointing out that a network of child sex abusers was active in the Borough but this had been denied by the ACPC committee which is, I accept, where your information may have been coming from. Margaret Hodge always claimed she was misled by her managers and I have no way of knowing what went on at that level.

However, some social media researchers are now collating past press cuttings and I now know that, whilst I was disbelieved at the time in raising concerns about child sexual abuse within the children’s homes, it is now clear to me that there had been a number of issues raised in the years well before I worked in Islington. In fact the serious crimes were very well known about and a number of cases went to court and led to convictions. In 1992, some people must have been surely laughing at my ignorance but we didn’t have the internet in those days and I had to work within my limited field of view and mainly respond to the interminable pain and terror of the child victims and their families. I was also forbidden from speaking with social workers in the other 23 offices which limited my ability to find out past histories of abuse. Lyn Cusack (ADSS) of course told me to stop interviewing children……. I would very much like to interview her, if that was possible, to help me make sense of her decisions. If you still have any means of being in contact with her perhaps you could ask her on my behalf if she would be willing to speak with me.

I am writing a book but it is proving difficult as I am struggling to understand why my professional work was so despised at the time leaving me in great difficulty in trying to protect the children. Would you be interested to meet up to talk about it? It would be helpful for me to have your point of view all these years later when the scale of abuse clearly has now become evident and we have all had chance to reflect on the turbulence of those years.

Best regards,

Liz


Rising Free Bookshop was a distributer of alternative books and pamphlets based in Kings Cross.  It was listed in the 1975 book Alternative England and Wales as follows:

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I had very minimal communication with Sandy Marks when I was an Islington social worker, mainly because social workers were not allowed to contact councillors directly on work issues. After I exposed child abuse within the children’s homes, and community, and had left the authority I prepared evidence for the Inquiries.  Here is part of a letter sent to Sandy Marks by my professional association’s lawyer dated 13.8.93 which attached a submission of my evidence.  I have asked Islington if they have a copy of my dossier but they cannot find it.

The attached submission to the letter stated that, ‘during the period from the end of 1989 to the beginning of 1992 a great deal of suffering was experienced by an alarmingly large number of children and young people within a small geographical area. The purpose of these submissions is to illustrate that a good deal of suffering might have been avoided if managers within the Social Services Department of the London Borough of Islington had reacted differently to the information with which they were confronted’. It went on to state, ‘the repeated insistence on treating cases only on an individual basis rather than looking at the obvious indicators of close interlinking and networking between both the suspected abused and their suspected abusers, was in our submission unsatisfactory given the repeated reports which showed that not only did most of the children and young people involved know each other but the suspected abusers knew each other too…’   and ‘ there does not seem to have been an occasion on which the responsible management directly and clearly addressed the question of what its responsibilities actually were (and are).

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Despite my overwhelming evidence presented in person to the Inquiries,  the final Inquiry report stated  that  ‘Islington Council had investigated allegations of organised abuse and had found no evidence to support this. The Social Services Inspectorate had reviewed the paperwork and came to a similar conclusion’.

Below is a copy of the report summary  (Report into the Management of Child Care Services in Islington Ian White and Kate Hart)  presented to the Case review sub committee held on 24.7.95 with reference to 4.1 as referred to in my letter to Sandy Marks.

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Sandy Marks chaired the London Borough’s Childrens Regional Planning Committee during the early 90s.  In 1990 the committee discussed a report entitled ‘Child sex abuse rings – a proposal for a project group’ and the setting up of a working party to focus on this topic across London. Much work had already been completed by police and social workers across London in the investigation of abuse networks and this was supported by local and national guidance.

By the time of the 14 commissioned Islington Inquiries the term organised abuse was embedded into statutory guidance.  Working Together: A guide to arrangements for inter-agency co-operation for the protection of children from abuse (Home Office, Department of Health, Department of Education and Science, Welsh Office, 1991) stated ;

5.26.1: For the purposes of this Guide organised abuse is a generic term which covers abuse which may involve a number of abusers, a number of abused children and young people and often encompasses different forms of abuse. It involves, to a greater or lesser extent, an element of organisation

5.26.2: A wide range of abusing activity is covered by this term, from small paedophile or pornographic rings, often but not always organised for profit, with most participants knowing one another, to large networks of individual groups or families which may be spread more widely and in which not all participants will be known to each other. Some organised groups may use bizarre or ritualised behaviour, sometimes associated with particular ‘belief’ systems. This can be a powerful mechanism to frighten the abused children into not telling of their experiences. Research suggests some caution in sharp distinctions between types of abuser. Most sexual abusers share characteristics which suggest a calculated recidivist patter of activity, where multiple abuse acts and multiple victims are involved. ‘Paedophiles’ may also abuse children within their own homes and ‘incest’ offenders may abuse children outside the family.

In 2002 the Home Office and Department of Health published  complex child abuse investigation – inter agency issues which was based on learning from the lessons of a number of investigations of organised abuse networks. One of these was the Castle Hill Report (Brannon et al 1993).

In subsequent versions of national guidance including  Working Together to Safeguard Children (DCSF, 2010) the organised abuse of children was similarly defined as,  ‘involving more than one abusers and a number of children. The abusers concerned my be acting in concert to abuse children sometimes acting in isolation, or may be using an institutional framework or position of authority to recruit children for abuse’ (DCSF:6.10). However,  A revised and drastically abridged version published in 2013 and 2015 omitted this definition altogether at a time when  so many child abuse networks were coming to light and professional guidance was so desperately needed.

Long before the Islington Inquiries, in 1988, Islington Social Services had published Child sexual abuse policy and practice guidelines (page 65 of this linked document). These guidelines were innovative at the time and had been written in consultation with academics, campaign groups and practitioners. They addressed the need for police investigation when there was more than one child victim and/or more than one abuser. I question why Islington council suppressed my investigations when they obviously had  appropriate policy in place.

Here is the section of the White Report (1995) which refers to organised abuse. The Islington Neighbourhood Office referred to in this report was where I worked as a social worker.

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The well worn Times article below provides the police view in 1993 that wealthy businessmen were under surveillance who were linked to a sex ring abusing young people living in children’s homes in the London Borough of Islington which had been a magnet for ‘child molesters’. In this Times article, Sandy Marks is cited as pledging to sack senior staff if the government proved they had acted unprofessionally. There were some changes made in social services management after the Inquiries.  Very few abusers were also convicted and some are now deceased but I hope that there will soon be a police-led investigation of the information we have from the 90s and also of the information from all the survivors and witnesses who have now come forward to Islington Survivors Network.NSY report to Times 91

https://lizdavies.net/2017/05/12/sandy-marks-in-2014-i-asked-for-a-dialogue/


Homeless charity Centrepoint

It was established in Soho in 1969 by Reverend Kenneth Leech.

Journey to the other side

Reverend Ken Leech was based at St Anne’s Church in Soho

Sandy Marks was one of the first rough sleepers to be helped by Centrepoint when it opened its first temporary shelter in the crypt of a Soho church 35 years ago.

Just 15 years old, she spent several nights sleeping on the streets after running away from home.

Marks, who went on to become mayor of Islington, in north London, remembers the time well. “At that time, Centrepoint was run by volunteers. You could only stay three nights at a time. You were allowed to arrive at eight in the evening, but had to be out at eight the next morning.”

It was the first of several short stays for Marks, who spent almost four months sleeping rough in the capital. She left home after “the usual teenage arguments” with her mother.

“Sleeping rough was very scary,” Marks remembers. “I met some very nice people, but there were also a lot of very weird people around.”

Marks, who is 50 and recovering from ME, says she was lucky that staff at Centrepoint didn’t call the police. “I was still a minor and looked young for my age. The staff could have told the police, but they didn’t,” she says.

After several months, Marks moved to Bristol, but soon returned to London where she lived in a series of squats selling underground magazines and working for an advisory service.

At 19, she became pregnant. Three years later, she moved to Islington where her interest in politics began.

She rose to become chair of the council’s social services committee. As mayor, Marks continued to have a special interest in helping the homeless and raised £250,000 to renovate flats for Big Issue sellers.

Her interest in helping homeless young people continued when she became chair of London Borough Grants – an organisation set up after the demise of the Greater London Council, with a budget of £30m. One organisation to benefit was Centrepoint.

Marks stresses that the charity did so on merit. “We funded Centrepoint quite a lot because we all felt it was a very good organisation. Its range of services is fantastic. One I like best now is a project aimed at preventing people from leaving home.”

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2004/oct/13/homelessness2

As well as founding Centrepoint, Leech was involved in the creation of the Christian Socialist Movement.

He was a director of the Runnymede Trust, a leading think tank on promoting ethnicity and cultural diversity;

He was a founder member of the Jubilee Group – a network of socialist Christians; and he was also one of the church’s leading experts on drug culture and the social problems it creates.

Director of Runnymeade – Kenneth Leech, 1987–1991

Chairperson at Runnymeade – Diana Brittan 1998–1999

Centrepoint – Royal Patrons

Centrepoint – Our Patron

HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been our Patron since 2005 – following in the footsteps of his mother, Princess Diana.

Prince William would visit our hostels when he was a child and, when it was his turn to take over some of her patronages, Centrepoint was the first one he chose.

He regularly visits us both in the public eye, but also in private, so he can meet and chat to the young people we support.

https://centrepoint.org.uk/about-us/

http://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/752570/prince-william-homelessness-charity-centrepoint-plays-who-am-I

“What do we really know about the young people’s homeless charity Centrepoint?

It was established in Soho in 1969 by Reverend Kenneth Leech.

Reverend Leech wanted young homeless people to have a night shelter.

Reverend Leech knew the Kray twins.

His life as a priest has brought him into contact with prime ministers, a very young Paul Simon, and even the Kray gang –  as a former vicar in Bethnal Green, he narrowly avoided having to officiate at Reg Kray’s Hollywood-meets-EastEnders funeral.

Leech and Anton Wallich-Clifford (founder of the Simon Community, a charity for what were then described as “meths drinkers”) realised urgent action was needed.

Drug rehabilitation was also a Leech passion. He founded the now defunct Soho Drugs Group in 1964, and forged close links with doctors working in the San Francisco counter-culture scene. “Doctors at the Haight-Ashbury medical centre warned that following the US example of prohibition would lead to disaster in England. And things began to go wrong under the influence of the late Dr Philip Connell, of the Maudsley Hospital, who in the late 1960s advised the Ministry of Health to cut down on heroin prescribing after a number of high-profile cases involving ‘junkie doctors.'”

Leech was close to the Christian Socialist Movement, which now counts Tony Blair, along with a sizeable chunk of his cabinet, as members.

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In 1999, he spoke at Centrepoint’s 30th birthday, along with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

From the anti-National Front protests of the 1970s and 1980s, to Derek Beackon’s victory in the local council election on the Isle of Dogs for the British National Party in 1993, Leech was part of the awkward squad, organising religious and community groups, writing and demonstrating.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2004/jun/16/charitymanagement.homelessness

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/reverend-kenneth-leech-priest-who-worked-among-the-homeless-and-with-drug-addicts-at-centrepoint-a6683816.html

Rev Leech and his wife Julie

Reverend Leech was the “advisor on exorcism and the occult” to the London Bishops.
Many young people who go to Centrepoint are vulnerable and have been in and out of the care system.Many young people who go to Centrepoint could disappear and nobody would know about it.Centrepoint’s full name is Centrepoint Soho Ltd.Centrepoint also has a trading company known as CP Trading LtdDirector – Sir James Michael Yorrick Oliver was an investment banker and Lord Mayor of London for 2001-02.Sir James Michael Yorrick Oliver was also a director of Icebreakershttps://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/OC306803/officers

Icebreakers and PIE

CP Trading used to be known as SPEED 4477 Ltd.
https://www.companieslist.co.uk/02951328-cp-trading-limited
Millions of pounds of money is given to Centrepoint from donations and also Government departments.
Westminster Council gave millions of pounds to Centrepoint but refused our FOI request when we asked for a simple receipt.In the 2008 accounts of Centrepoint the following donors were listed:Hyde Park Place Estate AgentsInner London Magistrates Courts Poor Box CharityPaul Hamlyn Foundation
(Australian dominatrix faces losing allowances from Lord Hamlyn over tell-all biographyAustralia’s most famous dominatrix, Madame Lash, has gone to ground in Sydney after a biography detailing her sexual relationship with late British publishing baron and Labour donor Lord Hamlyn was released.)http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/7830632/Australian-dominatrix-faces-losing-allowances-from-Lord-Hamlyn-over-tell-all-biography.html
Rank FoundationThe Freemasons Grand CharityWorshipful Company of ArbitratorsWorshipful Company of Information TechnologistsThe registered address of Centrepoint used to be as follows:33 Long Acre
London
WC2E 9LAThe Patron of Centrepoint is Prince William.Is there more to Centrepoint than meets the eye?http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/20…t.homelessnesshttps://www.whatdotheyknow.com/reque…point_soho_ltdhttp://thecolemanexperience.wordpres…2/11/33-magic/http://www.charity-commission.gov.uk…080331_E_C.PDFhttp://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/Co…ntrepoint-sohohttp://opencharities.org/charities/292411http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02951328&#8243;

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/08/jill-dando-princess-diana-centrepoint.html

Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin


Prince Charles and PIE-linked Sir Harold Haywood and Centrepoint

Youth club champion and former chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations (ACF), Sir Harold Haywood, KCVO, OBE, has died aged 86. A trained teacher, Sir Harold played a pivotal role in the youth club movement, and dedicated his life to meeting the needs of disaffected youth.

Born in Burton-on-Trent, Sir Harold became director at the National Association of Youth Clubs and then in 1977 director of the Royal Jubilee Trust. The Trust, set up to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, raised £15m for initiatives to help disadvantaged young people in Britain.

He also became a director of The Prince’s Trust, and in 1985 took the Prince on a ‘plain clothes’ visit to London’s Centrepoint Hostel and charity centres in Soho’s red light district, to see the plight of young homeless people for himself.

http://www.philanthropy-impact.org/news/leading-youth-champion-and-former-acf-chairman-sir-harold-haywood-dies


After 1995, Ms Marks’ career went from strength to strength.She took up a role at the National Children’s Bureau and became mayor of Islington in 1996…..
Righton was no run of the mill child sex offender. He had been a very senior and respected figure in the field of residential child care, and a former consultant to the charity the National Children’s Bureau, whose patrons included the then Health Minister Virginia Bottomley.

After Righton’s home was raided in 1992, then British Health Secretary Virginia Bottomley was reported to have been “shocked” and demanded a full report. That, however, was last time Bottomley spoke about the matter and no report was ever published.Mr McKelvie made his concerns known to Labour MP Tom Watson, who then raised the matter in Parliament in 2012.

According to Mr McKelvie, who has spent many years trying to see the truth uncovered: “We still don’t know who gave the order to shut down the original police investigation. In my opinion that person is just as guilty as Peter Righton and his network of child abusers. The decision to shut it down is likely to have been taken by Michael Howard and/or Virginia Bottomley. Howard was Home Secretary at the time, with overall responsibility for policing, and Bottomley was Health Secretary, with overall responsibility for children’s homes and social work.”



Peter Righton AKA Paul Pelham – Righton was the former director of education at the National Institute for Social Work, and a consultant for the National Children’s Bureau. Yet he was also a founding member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which wanted the age of consent reduced to four. Righton published essays justifying paedophilia, which he called no more mysterious than “a penchant for redheads”. Police raided his home and found hundreds of letters between him and other paedophileslink
PIE member Peter Righton and his partner Richard Alston were allowed to live on Lord Henniker’s estate.
Prince Philip is godfather to his son.
Both Lord Henniker and paedophile –  PIE treasurer Charles Napier  (friend of Peter Righton and Robert Alston) worked for the British Council, with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles)
Prince Andrew and Robert Alston (3rd from right)
Robert Alston, like Charles Napier worked for the British Council, and with with Prince Andrew and Prince Charles)
Diplomatic Connections and PIE / Diplomat Robert Alston – brother of Richard Alston
Liz Davies, a reader in child protection at London Metropolitan University who was involved in the investigation into his abuses in Islington, wrote that Righton was allowed to live at the Thornham Magna estate of Lord Henniker in Suffolk, where children from Islington continued to be taken, apparently until his death;[13] Member of Parliament Tom Watson wrote that the Chief Constable of Suffolk warned against Righton being allowed to live at the estate but was ignored.[14]In October 2012, Watson claimed that Righton was involved in a paedophile ring with connections to the British Government.[5]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Righton

https://ianpace.wordpress.com/tag/charlotte-russell/

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93)

Evening Standard, 6th May 1993
By Stewart Payne & Eileen Fairweather

BRITAIN’S leading consultant on children’s homes is at the centre of a nationwide police and social work investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against boys.

Peter Righton, 67, quit his post at the National Children’s Bureau last year after he was arrested and later convicted of possessing child pornography. But the Evening Standard can reveal that he is now the central figure in a new investigation into the suspected abuse of scores of boys over four decades.

When this investigation began, Righton and his male lover fled to a country estate which is also an educational and recreational centre for children. Teachers, parents and welfare officials who send children to the estate are unaware of the two men and the police investigation into alleged paedophilia.

The pair live at the Suffolk ancestral home of the 8th Baron Henniker.
Following the discovery of child pornography addressed to Righton, a senior and respected childcare expert, he was fined £900 last September for importing and possessing indecent material. He has been under police investigation ever since.

Righton and his lover are familiar figures to staff working on the 2,500-acre estate at Thornham Magna which the philanthropic Lord Henniker and his family have turned into an educational and recreational centre for children.

The chance discovery by Customs officers at Dover of child pornography addressed to Righton led to police seizing letters and other documents in his home – a cottage near Evesham, Worcestershire. Scores of boys’ names were found in a diary, some underlined. These, investigators believe, were boys that had been sexually abused.

Many are now adults and have been traced by police and social workers. Some have alleged abuse dating back 30 years. But officers have also unearthed a recent allegation of abuse.

A former assistant bishop is among Righton’s long-standing friends. Correspondence between the two suggests a shared interest in children. His name was among those underlined in the diary.

As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate. Suffolk social workers were alerted to establish the circumstances in which he was living.

Lord Henniker, 77, told the Standard he did not know Righton and was not responsible for him living on the estate. ‘The estate belongs to my son.’

His son’s wife, Mrs Lesley Henniker-Major, said: ‘Mr Righton is a tenant. He came to us through an estate agent with impeccable references.’

She said she was not aware of the current investigation but had been told of his previous conviction for possessing indecent material by police and social workers. ‘I was very upset. But I have discussed this with Mr Righton and he tells me this material was unsolicited. I am a mother of five and I am very careful. I am not at all worried. He is innocent until proven guilty.’

When the Standard visited the estate this week Righton and his companion were still living in the stable flat. Wellington boots with their names inscribed in the rims stood outside their door.

Righton was a leading consultant on children’s homes and a former director of both the National Children’s Bureau charity and the National Institute for Social Work, a think-tank for social work issues.

The Standard has established that the London Borough of Islington, whose children’s homes are the subject of an inquiry following our revelations that young people in council care were exposed to paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers, sends children to the Henniker estate under a scheme called The Islington Suffolk Project.
Hundreds of youngsters from Islington and other councils have holidayed at the Henniker estate, staying in log cabins, since the mid-1970s.

Investigators probing Righton’s background have been astonished by how he achieved such high office. He was known to Scotland Yard as a founder member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), which campaigned to legalise sex with children aged over four in the 1970s.

Righton has written widely on the subject of paedophilia and in 1981, in a publication called Perspectives on Paedophilia, he attacked the ‘moral panic’ over the issue and said that with ‘the child’s willing compliance . . . the sex is unlikely to do much harm’.

Righton went to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he obtained a BA second class honours in philosophy, politics and economics, becoming an MA in 1955. He had earlier served in the Royal Artillery as a lieutenant.

He first worked in the probation service but moved into educational welfare work. In 1964 he was investigated by police for sexually abusing a pupil at Red Hill boarding school for maladjusted boys. At the time Righton contemplated killing himself and wrote several suicide notes in which he admitted the harm he had caused the boy. The case was dropped but Righton kept the notes.

Righton went on to carve a successful career, making no secret of his homosexuality.
Police officers who raided his Evesham cottage found magazines with titles like Boy Love World and love notes in childish handwriting as well as explicit letters from adults who shared his sexual outlook. Among them was convicted child abuser and fellow PIE member, Charles Napier. Righton resigned his posts after the raid.

For months police have been working through the lists of names found in Righton’s diaries, dating back many years.

Righton was, by the time of his arrest, semi-retired, although as a freelance consultant he was still visiting children’s homes across the country.

Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection. But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.

In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.

The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods. Day-to-day running of the estate has passed to the Lord’s son and heir Mark, 45, and his wife.

PIE/Righton/Islington

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’. Kenneth McCallum was known to have visited the West End to prey on homeless boys. His conviction was in 1990, the same year that Savile is known to have visited Islington at the request of Islington Council.

Islington’s “kids on wheels” minicab service (similar to Savile’s Blackpool mincab “charity” runs)

The articles below concerning Kenneth McCallum’s arrest and conviction sound very similar to the “kids on wheels” taxi services which Eileen Fairweather describes in her Telegraph article

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’. His conviction was in 1990, the same year that Savile is known to have visited Islington at the request of Islington Council.

Kenneth McCallum was known to have visited the West End to prey on homeless boys. An Islington Council social worker, Abraham Jacob, was convicted in 1986 for his involvement in child prostitution rackets in the West End.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10746412/Jimmy-Savile-sex-abuse-Islington-is-still-covering-up.html

Postcards that link Islington care home children to scene of notorious Jersey sex abuse

Above: Postcards from Jersey, including one of Gorey Castle, next to Haut de la Garenne home

these are a smoking gun. For the first time they provide solid evidence that children from Islington’s homes in the 1970s were sent on trips to Jersey, in an exchange programme with children from the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse took place.

Establishing that children from Islington were indeed sent to Jersey on exchange trips – as has long been claimed – is another piece of the jigsaw that creates a picture of a child abuse ring operating in the UK, with children passed around the country.

It has been established by many independent inquiries that child abuse took place in all of Islington’s 12 children’s homes during this period.

Islington Council has no official records that children in its homes in the 1970s and 80s were ever sent to Jersey on official visits, as all the documents have been destroyed. Circumstantial evidence has been there, however.

The deputy superintendent of Grosvenor House Children’s Home, at 114 Grosvenor Avenue in Canonbury, was Nich­olas Rabet. He spent 15 years there.

When in 1992 the Evening Standard revealed the extent of abuse in Islington’s homes – confirmed by numerous reports – Rabet fled to Thailand. He was arrested by Thai police and charged with abusing 30 young boys there, and it was thought he was responsible for abusing 300. He committed suicide days before he was due to stand trial in 2006.

Rabet was from Jersey, and is said to have regularly taken children from Islington on camping trips to the island.

http://archive.islingtontribune.com/news/2014/oct/postcards-link-islington-care-home-children-scene-notorious-jersey-sex-abuse

JERSEY:Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

CHILDREN from the Jersey House of Horrors were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen as galley SEX SLAVES

From September 2007, police took 1,776 statements from 192 alleged victims, identifying 151 alleged abusers and only seven people were successfully prosecuted.

WHY? 

Because the majority of abusers are in prominent positions and are being protected!

We know from court cases and statements made [during the 2008 inquiry] that children in Jersey care homes were ‘loaned out’ to members of the yachting fraternity and other prominent citizens on the pretence of recreational trips but during which they were savagely abused and often raped.

When these children complained they were beaten and locked in cellars [at Haut de la Garenne]

The youngsters were told by care staff the boat rides were treats—only to be assaulted and RAPED at sea by pervert toffs and household name paedophiles.

A source told us: “Such important figures have been implicated in the cover-up of abuse on the island that the cops feel the evidence should now be passed to the British government

“The latest revelations are explosive. It is going to cause massive waves within the political and legal world and could bring the whole of Jersey’s infrastructure crashing down.”

One of the most serious lines of inquiry in the investigation is that children were regularly loaned to wealthy yachtsmen to “do with them what they chose for the day,” according to our source close to the investigation.

Haut de la Garenne staff described the trips as a treat for children who spent long hours cooped up at the home.

But in reality the kids were subjected to the vilest sexual abuse on board the luxury boats.

Our source said: “The allegations about the yachting community have come in from a number of different people. It is a very strong line of inquiry and when the evidence is made public people will be horrified.” 

“This is going to be a long process but the officers have been presented with so many accounts of abuse and cover-ups it is crucial we get answers.

People disclosing the abuse have been easy to ignore but finally they are getting a chance to be taken seriously.” 

Former abused care home residents claim what happened to them has been covered up by those in high office, desperate not to tarnish Jersey’s good name or risk politicians in London reducing their power over the tiny, but extremely wealthy, island.

Although Jersey is part of the British Isles and under the Queen’s rule, it has a separate government system dating back to King John’s reign, and makes its own rules and laws.

Former UK prime minister

One of those who stood most to lose was Sir Edward Heath, the former prime minister from 1970-74, who was known to visit the Jersey care home the Haute Garrene among others to take young boys on boating weekends on his yacht called  ‘Morning Cloud’, or as his bodyguards referred to it, ‘Morning Sickness’.

Heath on the Morning Cloud

https://theukdatabase.com/councillorspolitical-party-affiliated/jimmy-saville-witch-hunt-or-paedophile/jerseychildren-were-loaned-to-rich-paedophile-yachtsmen/

Mrs Harman, whose role has been exposed in recent media stories, has described Margaret Hodge as her best friend in Parliament. Mrs Hodge’s late husband, Henry Hodge, also an Islington Labour councillor, earlier chaired the National Council for Civil Liberties. It is unknown if they ever discussed PIE

Sir Henry Hodge, President of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

Sir Henry Hodge – NCCL Chairman 1974-76. Became a Labour councillor and High Court judge and husband of Margaret Hodge

The leader of Lambeth Council at the time was Ted Knight (Labour) who was a close friend of Margaret Hodge (Labour) who was leader of nearby Islington Council. It is believed that Children were “traded” between Lambeth and Islington Councils.

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/05/lambeth-police-raped-and-tortured.html

Monday Club members:

ASSOCIATES –  JOHN PINNIGER, SIR CHARLES IRVING, DEREK  LAUD, HARVEY PROCTOR…

John Pinniger, Lambeth Councillor at the same time as John Bercow and a fellow member of The Monday Club


young_monday_clubbers

Other Monday Club members – John Remfrey  Pinniger (far left) was a leading activist and political adviser in the right-wing Con

Pinniger worked closely with the Conservative Member of Parliament Harvey Proctor, who was then Chairman of the Monday Club’s

Proctor had a connection to Lambeth thru John Pinniger – Pinniger was Harvey Proctor’s & Sir Charles Irving MP’s research asst

Pinniger was also connected to Derek Laud [Ludgate Laud director]

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/paedophile-clarence-henry-howard-osbornes-files-could-have-brought-down-government/

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Lambeth Police raped and tortured children in Police cells to profit from the child sex trade

In November 1997 the South London Press reported the finding of a sex dungeon complete with manacles , chains , bedding and a sleazy red light in Lambeth High-Security Police Head Quarters in South London. The civilian staff who leaked the story were suspended and Officers from Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Bureau were called in.

Ex-Lambeth Councillor John Mann MP has demanded an enquiry.

There were around 50 Children who had entered Lambeth Childrens’ Homes and never been seen again by their families.

The leader of Lambeth Council at the time was Ted Knight (Labour) who was a close friend of Margaret Hodge (Labour) who was leader of nearby Islington Council. It is believed that Children were “traded” between Lambeth and Islington Councils.

http://google-law.blogspot.com/2013/05/lambeth-police-raped-and-tortured.html

Janet Boateng, wife of former Labour MP and now peer, Paul Boateng, was chair of Lambeth Council’s social services committee, which had overall responsibility for the running of children’s homes.

Bilderberger Peter Mandelson was elected to Lambeth Borough Council in September 1979, but retired in 1982.

Lambeth – home to the MI6 HQ

Liz Davies’ Open Letter to Margaret Hodge

Most puzzling is my discovery of how much was previously known about child abuse in Islington since the early 80s and I, of course, realise that you were council leader from 1982. Am I to believe that you really did not know that there had been a long established pattern of sexual exploitation and even the alleged murders of children within Islington’s care? These events were well covered in the local and national media and, in this context, I cannot understand why my disclosures just a few years later were met with such disbelief. Geoffrey Dickens MP, for instance, exposed the sexual exploitation of Islington children. This was just four years before I raised similar concerns about children’s safety in the neighbourhood of Islington where I worked and for which you were the local councillor. This area was just a few streets away from the location that he was including in one of his now famous dossiers.

http://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/liz-davies-open-letter-to-margaret-hodge/

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Fresh Savile link to Islington child abuse scandal

20 Nov 2014

An expert “firmly believes” child-abusing TV presenter Jimmy Savile was linked to Islington’s notorious paedophile scandal, following new revelations.

It emerged this week a leading antiques expert from Holloway, who appeared on television with Savile, was a senior member of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – according to confidential social services reports seen by Radio 4’s Today programme.

Keith Harding, who had a workshop in Hornsey Road for many years, was a guest on a Christmas edition of Jim’ll Fix It to mend a 13-year-old girl’s music box, which her brother says was a “set-up” by the production team.

Dr Liz Davies, who originally blew the whistle on the borough’s paedophile ring, says this, alongside an investigation into an unnamed Islington children’s home launched by the Department for Education (DfE) in March, amounted to proof.

She said: “I firmly believe there was a link between Savile and Islington children’s homes.

“This is just another way he ties in. There is one victim, who is too scared even to talk to me, who remembers being driven round the borough by Savile in a taxi. So much paedophilia was going on in the borough at the time. PIE was very much based here, and another international paedophile ring was in Davenant Road [Upper Holloway].

“There was a culture of it at the time. A lot of it was very overt, and they were furiously infiltrating the libertarian and gay rights moments, of which there were lots in Islington.”

Harding, who died in June, was said to have been convicted of indecent assault against four children aged eight and nine in the late 1950s and was a “schedule 1” offender – meaning his convictions remained on his police file for life.

Dr Davies said: “I just wish I had known he was at that workshop for all those years.

“I knew nothing about him, although he (Harding) was very upper class and mixed in those sorts of circles. I haven’t had any reports of Islington children being taken to his address.

“I’d like to know who in Islington knew him and did have contact with him?

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/crime-court/fresh_savile_link_to_islington_child_abuse_scandal_1_3854676

Similar career path to in . Ms Marks was Chair Islington’s Social Services Committee 1991-1995 & Mayor in 1996

It would be very interesting to follow up her connections to the Harwoman, Hewitt and Envar Hodge!

& must address past re Childrens Homes etc.Islington investigating; when LBTH ?

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/report_on_abuse_of_children_in_c#incoming-969186

As LBTH’s Prescott,Davies&Starling prosecuted, why secrecy?Islington produced part their1995 Report.|


Islington’s first children’s home, New Park House. Cuffley Herts

If there’s one thing the Coon and her Islington buddies ought to be challenging Corbyn on, it’s this and not the NHS

A blind eye to child abuse: Whistleblowers warned Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn of paedophiles preying on children on his doorstep – but claim he did NOTHING

  • Social workers warned Corbyn that child abuse was rife in his Islington constituency in 1992 
  • ‘We’d been seeing so many 12 to 15-year-olds who were being sexually exploited, we could hardly believe it,’ Liz Davies, one of the five social workers, recalled this week
  • Corbyn never wrote to Davies, or telephoned, to acknowledge their meeting, or thank her for seeking to blow the whistle 

PIE’s founder, Peter Righton (above) - a prominent social worker later prosecuted for importing child pornography from Holland - was put in charge of training courses on which council staff learned how to care for vulnerable children. Righton, who had a flat in the borough (as did PIE’s one-time key member, his friend Morris Fraser) once boasted: ‘Every Islington care home manager knows I like boys from 12’

PIE’s founder, Peter Righton (above) – a prominent social worker later prosecuted for importing child pornography from Holland – was put in charge of training courses on which council staff learned how to care for vulnerable children.

Righton, who had a flat in the borough (as did PIE’s one-time key member, his friend Morris Fraser) once boasted: ‘Every Islington care home manager knows I like boys from 12’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3181783/Did-Jeremy-Corbyn-try-protect-fellow-Left-wingers-implicated-paedophile-scandal.html

Thanks once again to for their coverage of this coverup!

Timing of Islington/ Sandy Marks story:

It’s also significant …the  Corbyn/Islington connection is central.

This story seems to be surfacing just at the right time to further discredit Jeremy Corbyn pre- election – which means that therroristmay has the full dirt – as do the polticos driving her election campaign…


Lyn Cusack

Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’

Two decades on from her expose of sexual abuse in children’s homes, Eileen Fairweather talks to the survivors too scared to go public

Michael Gove has asked Islington Council for details of child abuse in the Seventies and Eighties, a scandal after which it shredded every incriminating file, sacked whistleblowers and smeared victims as mentally ill.

The man’s messages to the little girl sounded sweet. He reminded her that he was the friendly volunteer from the hospital, said he missed his poppet and hoped she’d write back. I found his messages online in a forum abroad for sick children. I don’t know if the child replied to him, and cannot now check, because the disease that hospitalised her has killed her. But I desperately hoped she never answered – this cheery guy is an alleged serial child rapist.

This has been claimed by three traumatised women who once lived in a now-notorious Islington children’s home. The man was allowed to take them for “outings” to the park and an Islington worker’s nearby flat. There he allegedly abused them while the others were forced to watch. The youngest was five. The man is also suspected of procuring little girls from the home for Jimmy Savile.

Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, announced in the Commons last month that the Metropolitan Police has identified 21 special schools and children’s homes in which Savile preyed on youngsters. Mr Gove named most, but said that the Islington home’s identity is unknown. I know its name, and suspect that Islington Council guesses it. Mr Gove trustingly asked the north-London council, exposed in the 1990s for employing paedophiles, pimps and child pornographers at all 12 of its children’s homes, to identify it. But how can Islington be trusted to uncover its own cover-up?

The supposed mystery stems from a much larger cover-up by the then-Labour authority to protect the liberty of the evil and the reputations of the ambitious. Children – including dying little girls – are still in danger because few of the scores of perverts who infiltrated Islington’s care system between the Seventies and the Nineties have been brought to justice.

Instead, Islington shredded every incriminating file, sacked whistleblowers and smeared victims as mentally ill.

I worked on the London Evening Standard investigation that first exposed the Islington scandal. Along with a colleague, Stewart Payne, I spent three months in 1992 secretly interviewing terrified whistleblowing staff, parents and children before the newspaper published a damning investigation. It was promptly attacked by then-council leader Margaret Hodge as a “sensationalist piece of gutter journalism”. We were falsely accused of bribing children to make up their heartbreaking stories. Mrs Hodge has since apologised and explained that her officials lied to her.

But the Standard’s then editor, the late Stewart Steven, proved indomitable. He funded us to keep digging – for three long years.

The Standard’s dossiers of evidence generated 13 independent inquiries and won two British Press awards. The final, damning Ian White Report in 1995 responded to the newspaper’s 112-page dossier of evidence. Parents, children and staff reiterated to White the paper’s allegations – including that violent pimps openly collected children from the home, and were even allowed by staff to stay overnight in children’s rooms.

White, then director of Oxfordshire social services, confirmed that Islington allowed at least 26 workers facing “extremely serious allegations” to leave its employ without investigation. Staff accused of everything from rape to child prostitution had been allowed to resign, often with good references. He described Islington as a “classic study” in how paedophiles target children, aided by the council’s naive interpretation of gay rights. “Equal opportunities… became a positive disincentive for challenge to bad practice… and a great danger”.

He called for the 26 staff to be barred from childcare and investigated further, naming them in a confidential annexe. But almost none were. As the scandal raged, Islington destroyed records. Ian White confirmed that “this happened at assistant-director level”. He “found no evidence of collusion”. But he was not allowed to question Islington’s assistant director Lyn Cusack, or her staff.

Mrs Cusack was married to a local senior police officer, Detective Superintendent Don McKay. She resigned in November 1993, citing personal reasons. Days earlier, the Standard had alerted the Social Services Inspectorate to Islington losing evidence requested by three different police forces investigating child sex rings, and the linked Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE).

Islington was deeply influenced by and had many connection to the Paedophile Information Exchange. In the fatally naïve 1970s to mid 80s, PIE openly campaigned for sex to be legalised with children from age four, and for incest and child pornography to be legalised. The National Council for Civil Liberties – now Liberty – allowed it to affiliate and its then legal officer Harriet Harman wrote a paper effectively backing some PIE demands. The assumption in those “progressive” days was that paedophiles simply loved children and wanted to “liberate” their sexuality.

Mrs Harman, whose role has been exposed in recent media stories, has described Margaret Hodge as her best friend in Parliament. Mrs Hodge’s late husband, Henry Hodge, also an Islington Labour councillor, earlier chaired the National Council for Civil Liberties. It is unknown if they ever discussed PIE.

In 1985, Mrs Hodge announced that Islington Council would positively discriminate in favour of gay staff. It exempted self-declared gay men from background checks, and paedophiles pretending to be decent gay men cynically exploited this. It emerged that Islington deputy superintendent Michael Taylor was in PIE after he received a four-year prison sentence in July 2000 for abusing two boys at Islington’s Gisburne House in the Seventies.

PIE founding member, Peter Righton, then Britain’s top “expert” on children’s homes, had even founded a training course for residential workers. Paedophilia, he declared in one essay, was “no more bizarre than a penchant for redheads”.

At least one Islington abuse victim was placed – by a key member of the Islington abuse ring, Nick Rabet – at a special boarding school outside London with which Righton was closely involved. The victim haltingly disclosed his abuse to his Islington social worker, who was deeply concerned. But in 1989, the social worker vanished, supposedly carrying the victim’s files under his arm. When the Standard asked questions about the school, Islington denied ever sending any child there. It also lied about this to police.

The White Report said that the social worker’s disappearance should be investigated by police. But it never was. This recommendation was redacted from the censored version of the report that Islington published last year. But I still have the original and live in hope of one day tracing that social worker. My understanding is that he was “heavied” and fled abroad.

Police and social services inquiries into PIE were also abruptly shut down. This led to the senior child protection manager bravely blowing the whistle in 2012 to Tom Watson, whose PMQ about an establishment paedophile ring leading to No 10 silenced the Commons. PIE supplied children from homes to wealthy establishment figures. It was the ultimate cross-party crime, which many wanted buried.

Sue Akers was a detective inspector and head of Islington police’s Child Protection Team at the scandal’s height. I begged her to study the paper’s evidence and place a believed child brothel under surveillance. But she refused to meet me. The failure of Islington police to act on intelligence provided by a terrified 13-year-old who admitted recruiting dozens of named children for three pimps was criticised by a secret 1993 inquiry into “Boy A”. But it was suppressed. Akers became a deputy assistant commander, responsible for all Metropolitan Police child-abuse investigations.

Hodge’s successor, Derek Sawyer, ran the council between 1992 and 1994, when the abuse inquiries were set up, and became head of police and probation bodies, and chairman of the London Courts Board. In 2010, Sawyer’s partner in an international education business, Derek Slade, was imprisoned for 21 years for brutally abusing 12 boys at St George’s boarding school in Suffolk. There is no suggestion that Mr Sawyer knew his friend was a paedophile.

As the Islington scandal dragged on, many of the alleged offenders simply moved abroad to prey on even poorer children. Like Jimmy Savile – and the Joker, as I have come to think of the hospital volunteer I mentioned earlier – some accessed children through charity work.

For legal reasons we are unable to name the Joker and have concealed identifying details. The allegations against him were never examined, and it is possible that they are false or result from the confused memories of young children. The Standard was similarly unable at first to name any of the alleged child abusers on Islington’s payroll. But that changed when key ringleaders were arrested abroad. Astonishingly, so-called Third World police managed what Britain’s finest could not.

Nicholas John Rabet, former deputy superintendent of Islington’s home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue, was charged in Thailand in 2006 with abusing 30 local boys – the youngest was six – and killed himself. I was finally able to describe his role in a nationwide child pornography ring serving wealthy British paedophiles; while ex-Cambridgeshire DC Peter Cook went on the record about how police inquiries here were mysteriously closed down.

The arrest and death of fellow ringleader Bernie Bain, former superintendent of Islington’s home at 1 Elwood Street, made it possible to name him. Bain abused numerous boys in his care, including Demetrious Panton, whom Margaret Hodge secretly branded “extremely disturbed” to BBC bosses in an attempt to halt a documentary on what she knew of the scandal. Mr Panton – now a lawyer – forced her to apologise for this cruel slur in the High Court.

Bain left Islington’s employ after Mr Panton, aged 11, revealed his abuse, which the council – influenced by PIE-type thinking – decided was “consensual”. The young victim spent the Eighties writing to Hodge’s councillors protesting otherwise. But Bain was left free to become a millionaire through a mysterious travel company. After the Standard started publishing, he fled to Morocco and was imprisoned there in 1996 for abusing children. He killed himself in 2000.

Detective Chief Superintendent John Sweeney, who took over Islington police’s child protection team after the scandal was exposed, traced long-ignored victims. He told me: “When I first learnt about the homes, I thought it couldn’t possibly be that bad. But it was worse.”

In the years since the White Report of 1995, more victims and abusers have come to light. However, Islington’s wholesale destruction of key files has enabled the council to avoid responsibility. I was asked in 2009 to help a solicitor representing one of Bain’s victims, who now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Islington denied that this person was in their care as a child, and even that they ever employed Bain. The basis of their denial? They had no records for either.

Mr Panton revealed last week: “Just yesterday, I made a witness statement on behalf of someone who was also horribly abused by Bain. I knew him as a kid and his life and health have been destroyed by what happened to him. But Islington has denied any responsibility. So Islington is still covering up.”

I tracked down the Joker last autumn after I was given his details by someone who helped expose the scandal. I have known Shelley, as I shall call her, for many years and trust her forensic mind. She is concerned with protecting his three alleged victims as they remain traumatised. She knew nothing about the girls’ sufferings until Karen, the eldest, broke down and blurted out their story.

They were not yet ready, she said, to talk to the press or police. Many abuse survivors can only reveal what they suffered bit by bit – some suffer a self-protective partial amnesia. One was buggered at just five years old. I asked Shelley if it was possible she was being spun a fantasy. But she remembered the girl from care, and other details about what had occurred there.

Today Shelley has a good job, as does Karen. “Karen is very smart and sophisticated. But when she told me what happened, she fell apart. It was like she’d ripped off a scab. Afterwards she spent the day in bed, just crying.”

It is understood that, as adults in the early Noughties, two of the Joker’s alleged victims contacted the council, hoping for justice; that the council awarded them a smallish sum in compensation; and informed them the man had moved abroad and police could not find him.

Did Islington even alert police? It took me just two days to find him. I wept when I realised that he was accessing terminally ill children in an impoverished country. I discovered from his messages that the expat seemed lonely and kind. He wore funny hats to cheer up the children.

As a volunteer, he now visited them in hospital and at their homes. One unsuspecting mother said he was like a caring older relative in their time of need, and even invited him to stay. I found a photo of him at one hospital. I showed it to Shelley. She wasn’t taken in by his friendly grin: “That’s him. God, he’s ugly.”

When I learnt about the Joker, I spoke to Liz Davies, the former Islington senior social worker who blew the whistle on perverts targeting the council’s homes. Dr Davies is now Reader in Social Work at London Metropolitan University. I asked her how anyone could abuse a dying child. “Dead children can’t give evidence,” said Dr Davies. “There’s a training DVD about it. Some paedophiles target them.”

A reporter anonymously admitted last year that he had found Jimmy Savile on a mattress at the BBC with a little girl. She was bald, a cancer victim at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, where Savile “volunteered”. Savile hissed that if the reporter told anyone, his career was over. The reporter stayed silent.

Karen told Shelley: “None of us talked much as kids about what was being done to us… we felt ashamed. But the other girls mentioned being required to travel in Jimmy Savile’s taxis.”

Savile’s charity projects included ferrying disadvantaged children in taxis to places like Blackpool Pleasure Beach. At least one Islington survivor recalls being taken there by his abuser.

Child protection investigators have long been aware that corrupt taxi drivers are commissioned by paedophiles to transport children: “kids on wheels”, it has been called. One taxi driver was imprisoned in 1990 for prostituting boys. The same year, the Islington Gazette proudly recorded Jimmy Savile’s visit to open the council’s new housing complex for disabled people. The story focused on the likes of a three-year-old with cerebral palsy and a paralysed woman who had been at Stoke Mandeville.

Once this story is published, Shelley and I will give police the information we have. But she and the victims do not feel able to confide in police without the protection of media coverage.

What is certain is that neither these victims nor any others have much trust in Islington Council coming clean with the name of the home where abuse took place, as requested by Mr Gove. This is because the current Islington cabinet member with responsibility for children and family services is Joe Caluori – the son-in-law of Margaret Hodge.

Mr Panton said: “Do I think it is right that Margaret Hodge’s son-in-law now has this key position? Of course not. He may be a fine councillor, but I would think it is better that he is not in this position, given the association. While the politicians of the Eighties have moved on, their influence is still highly visible. It cannot be appropriate for any inquiry into this matter to be overseen by this MP’s relative.”

Mr Panton believes that “an independent police investigation into Islington is crucial. I know many abuse survivors who have not yet contacted Islington or the police. There is a real lack of trust – it is hard to tell your story when you risk being disbelieved or attacked.”

The whistleblower Dr Davies adds: “I think there could be more than one home with Savile connections. Children from Islington’s home at 114 Grosvenor Avenue were taken to Jersey by Rabet, and Savile visited Jersey’s Haut de la Garenne home. Survivors of abuse there have described being taken to an Islington children’s home.”

Revealed: How a close male relative of Baby P is linked to a big paedophile network

A close male relative of Baby P was feared to have recruited youngsters in care for a notorious paedophile ring, according to a secret report seen by The Mail on Sunday.

Although he is not believed to have had any contact with Baby P, his involvement in a child abuse scandal in Islington, North London, in the early Nineties raises questions on the extent of checks into Baby P’s background.

‘The family should have been subjected to forensic examination,’ said a child protection expert.

Baby P

Dangerous ties: A close male relative of Baby P could have recruited children for a paedophile ring

‘Even cursory checks would have rung alarm bells. Social workers might then have removed the baby, as a paediatrician and police pleaded.’

The relative was named in reports as a victim and a feared recruiter of children for pimps.

In the early Nineties he was put in a children’s home.

At the time, all 12 of Islington’s then homes, and at least one of the boarding schools it used, had been infiltrated by paedophiles.

The relative, then a frightened 13-year-old, was under the control of three pimps – Alan, John and George – who persuaded him with money, drugs and threats to bring other children to them.

He tried in vain to blow the whistle and protect himself and other children.He gave social workers the names of others ferried from the homes to, he said, Manor Park, Tottenham, Soho and Westminster to ‘be buggered by old men’.

But none of the men were placed under surveillance or questioned.

Several social workers and managers fought hard to get help for the boy and other children targeted by the paedophiles.

Social worker Neville Mighty was deputy superintendent of Islington’s then unit at 18 Highbury Grove, where pimps slept overnight.

His boss claimed such men were simply ‘boyfriends’ and said Mighty was a prude to repress the children’s sexuality.

Mighty, who had received death threats, had named the relative in a report pleading with Islington’s then director of children’s services, Lyn Cusack, for help.

Ms Cusack, married to a senior policeman, did nothing save threaten disciplinary action because Mighty was ‘rude’. Eventually, in June 1992, Mighty was sacked.

Liz Davies, the senior Islington social worker who encouraged Mighty to go public, said: ‘We got too close. There were too many powerful people involved. Child sex, pornography and sadism are extremely lucrative industries.’

In 1994, a damning  independent report criticised the failure of police and social workers to help the relative and to help protect children in care in Islington.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1086200/Revealed-How-close-male-relative-Baby-P-linked-big-paedophile-network.html


10 May 2017

Inquiry begins into child sex abuse in Rochdale

A preliminary hearing into claims Cyril Smith sexually abused children in Rochdale will be heard by a national inquiry later.

It’s alleged the late MP for the town, and others, were involved in abuse at Knowl View residential school and Cambridge House boy’s hostel.

An operation was set up in 2014 following reports of both physical and sexual abuse that took place at Knowl View, a residential school for boys from 1969 until 1995 when it closed.

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2017-05-10/enquiry-begins-into-child-sex-abuse-in-rochdale/


‘Child abuse network had 10,000 UK members’ .


MAY 8 2017
DARK WEB PAEDOPHILE SITE

Sick child abuse site revealed to have 10,000 Brit members including NHS worker and school governor

…the paper studied the network’s server, Freedom Hosting II, after usernames, email addresses and passwords were hacked by anonymous vigilantes and placed on the open web.

Information on 50 Brits using the sick site, whose details match Facebook profiles, are due to be passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

The Times reported that the NCA did not comment on whether they were aware of Freedom Hosting II but they found that the earliest website on the server was created in 2014 and more than 155,000 users joined child abuse sites hosted there.

Last week one of the world’s largest child sex abuse websites was taken down after a probe led by the FBI and Europol.

It  boasted more than 150,000 users around the world and 368 European suspected child sex abusers have now been arrested or convicted in the operation.

The Times reported many users had migrated to the other sites hosted by Freedom Hosting II.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3505499/sick-child-abuse-site-revealed-to-have-10000-brit-members-including-nhs-worker-and-school-governor/


Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees

Christ’s Hospital School.

May 3 2017

Four men arrested during 2016 over allegations of non-recent sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, have had their police bail extended from May 3 to July 12 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Sussex Police said today (May 3).
The four and their legal representatives have been informed and did not need to attend police stations on May 3, 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 another indecent assault on a 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 Complex Abuse Unit.

http://www.wscountytimes.co.uk/news/crime/bail-extended-again-for-former-christ-s-hospital-employees-1-7944403



Angel from hell: Nun is arrested for helping five priests ‘sexually abuse’ dozens of deaf children at Argentinian Catholic school after victim said she made her wear a diaper to cover up horrific injuries

  •  Kosaka Kumiko, 42, has been charged with helping priests ‘rape’ deaf children
  • She has also been accused of physically abusing the children at the Catholic school, the Antonio Provolo Institute
  • The Italian branch of this school came under fire in 2009 after ‘hundreds’ of students came forward to accuse priests of sexual abuse 

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, was charged with physical abuse as well as helping the priests ‘rape’ Argentine deaf children

A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina.

Kosaka Kumiko, 42, was charged with helping the priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex, which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.

The case against Kumiko began after a former student accused her of making her wear a diaper to cover up a hemorrhage after she was allegedly raped by priest Horacio Corbacho.

‘I am innocent,’ she told judicial officials, who ordered her to be taken into custody at a local women’s prison while detectives investigate the alleged crimes.

The nun, who has Argentine citizenship, has also been charged with physically abusing the students – whose torments could only be heard by those abusing them since the other children were deaf – at the Antonio Provolo Institute for children with hearing impairment in northwestern Mendoza province.

But she denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday.

She was shown being led by police in handcuffs, and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest.

At least 24 students from the Provolo Institute have come forward to accuse Corbacho, fellow priest Nicola Corradi and three other men.

The Japanese-born nun, who has Argentine citizenship, allegedly helped the priests with anal and vaginal rapes, fondling and oral sex  – which were allegedly committed in the bathrooms, dormitories, garden and a basement at the school in Lujan de Cuyo

At least 24 students from the Provolo Institute came forward to accuse Horacio Corbacho (left) and fellow priest Nicola Corradi (pictured in wheelchair)

The pair were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute. Horacio Corbacho is pictured with a cross on a wall behind him

The children said the two Roman Catholic priests continuously raped them, beside the image of the Virgin Mary.

Police arrested the five accused men last November, finding a slew of pornographic magazines and about $34,000 in Corradi’s room.

‘They always said it was a game: “Let’s go play, let’s go play” and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom,’ one of the women who was abused at the Argentine school alleged.

Corradi and Corbacho were arrested last year after they were charged with sexually abusing at least two dozen students at the Provolo Institute.

The nun denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday

hey are being held at a jail in Mendoza and have not spoken publicly since their arrest.

If found guilty, the accused face up to 50 years in prison. Corradi had earlier been accused in Italy of abusing students at the Provolo Institute in Verona, a notorious school for the deaf where hundreds of children are believed to have been sexually assaulted over the years by two dozen priests and religious brothers.

Advocates for clerical sex abuse have expressed anger that Corradi wasn’t sanctioned by the Vatican and allegedly went on to abuse children in Pope Francis’ native Argentina.

Three school employees, Jorge Bordon, Jose Luis Ojeda and Armando Gomez, were also arrested and remain in custody.

Investigators are looking into more than 30 testimonies against the priests and teaching staff.

TIMELINE OF ALLEGED ABUSE OF ‘HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN’ AT THE PROVOLO INSTITUTE

2009:  Abuse at the Provolo Institute –  which also has a branch in Italy – was first brought to light. Several students came forward and named and accused priests, including Corradi, who has been names again for abusing children in the Argentine Branch of the institute

2010: Vatican ordered its northern Italy branch –  the Verona diocese – to investigate the claims

 2012: the Vatican apologized and sent the results of the investigation to the victims. Four of the accused priests were sanctioned while a fifth was exempted because he had Alzheimers. The priests who were sanctioned were ordered to live a life of prayer and penance and were under supervision, away from children, the Associated Press reported in 2016

2014: The students penned a letter, naming Corradi – who was now in the Pope’s native Argentina – but they received no response

2016:  According to the Associated Press,  a Vatican official said Pope Francis wanted to assure the victims that the church was taking steps to tackle the continuous sexual abuse. In December 2016, he used sign language while delivering his Christmas message, which fell on deaf years in Argentina as the controversy was unfolding.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4480530/Nun-arrested-helping-priests-rape-deaf-kids.html

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Pope Francis ‘told about alleged child rapist’ two years before his arrestProsecutors expect more people to come forward with allegations of abuse28 December 2016Pope Francis was told as early as 2014 that a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Italy had been reassigned to a school in Argentina, where he has since been arrested on suspicion of child rape.The Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, was arrested in late November alongside four other men following allegations of abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province.He was named in the scandal that hit the institute’s Verona school in 2009, when 67 students alleged they had been abused. The Verona diocese apologised to students there and the Vatican sanctioned four priests, though not Rev Corradi. In 2014 the students sent the Pope a letter – acknowledged only this year – again naming him as an abuser, living in Argentina.Two dozen students have said they were attacked by Rev Corradi, the Rev Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.One told AP: “They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom.”The Pope told US victims of clerical abuse last year that “all responsible will be held accountable” and called for stronger “oversight to ensure that youth are protected”.His Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced that newly-appointed bishops will get comprehensive training on how to deal effectively with the root causes of child abuse.But in February the commission was hit by the sudden departure of British anti-abuse campaigner Peter Saunders from the Vatican, who accused the panel of doing nothing to erase the culture of cover-ups within the Church authority.In June, Pope Francis announced that clerics can now be dismissed from office if they are shown to neglect their duty of care towards vulnerable children and adults, in addition to creating a legal framework which allows for abusers to be tried in the Vatican.Prosecutors in Mendoza expect more people to come forward with claims of abuse and they told AP that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had been told about the allegations.Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment on Corradi’s arrest to AP.link

 This Dec. 16, 2016 photo show a facade of the Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institu...

The Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institute for hearing impaired children in the Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own. Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew

The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children in Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own.

Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

And the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when the Italy victims went public with tales of shocking abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named names. In 2014, the Italian victims wrote directly to Pope Francis again naming the Rev. Nicola Corradi as a pedophile and flagged that he was living in Francis’ native Argentina. Yet apparently, nothing was done.

“From the pope down … all of the Catholic Church hierarchy is the same. They all knew,one of the Mendoza victims told The Associated Press through a sign language interpreter.

Pope Francis has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment.

Advocates of sex abuse victims by priests question how Francis could have been unaware of Corradi’s misdeeds, given he was publicly named by the Italy victims.

“No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked ‘zero tolerance’ as often. No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online resource about clerical abuse. “In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the Pope’s assurances seem empty indeed.”

On Dec. 11, the pope appeared in a video using sign language to wish deaf people worldwide a merry Christmas — a gesture that fell particularly flat in Argentina as Catholics struggle with the enormity of the scandal.

“Either he lives outside of reality or this is enormously cynical … it’s a mockery,” said Carlos Lombardi, an attorney who specializes in canon law.

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Pope Francis: questions remain over his role during Argentina’s dictatorship

Jorge Bergoglio was head of the Jesuit order in the 1970s when the church backed military government and called for patriotism

Police Scotland refuse to reveal the identity of a paedophile handed rare legal order despite case being heard in open court

6th May 2017

Cops raised legal case to have Reece Scobie placed on sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction from Iceland

POLICE Scotland have refused to reveal the identity of a paedophile who was put on the sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction in Iceland.

The force declined to name the convicted sex offender because it would breach rules protecting his “personal information.”

Reece Scobie

A senior legal source branded the ruling “ridiculous and counter-productive” as the man involved at the centre of the case is widely known to be 22-year-old Reece Scobie.

Police Scotland raised a case at Perth Sheriff Court to have Scobie’s details added to the sex offenders register on the basis of a child porn conviction from Iceland.

The case – which was aired publicly in court – led to Scobie, from Perthshire, being made subject to strict monitoring conditions to protect children.

But when Police Scotland were asked to reveal the detailed terms of the order under Freedom of Information rules, they refused and declined to confirm any order had been made.

Scobie’s name was redacted from the request in their reply.

The force refused to provide the information because it would be “considered exempt” as it is deemed “personal information”.

The senior legal source said: “This seems ridiculous when the case has been called in open court and granted on public record. It seems to only be top secret to the police.

“In practical terms – if Mr Scobie is prohibited from certain behaviour then how can the public know if he is breaching the conditions if no-one is allowed to know what they are?

“It’s counter-productive and flies in the face of having the order granted. Surely the public, and children in particular, would be better protected if this information was public?”

The police position came to light in the same week that they expanded the Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme to include an online database.

The scheme lets the public request access to information about sex offenders.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley won the right to monitor paedophile and conman Scobie on the basis of him being caught with indecent images of children while he was abroad.

Notorious Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland in January 2016 after being found with indecent images and videos.

The chief constable lodged a legal case to argue that the nature of Scobie’s conviction in Iceland meant he posed a serious danger to children in Scotland.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley is trying to plan for a future in a rapidly changing world

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley

The rare notification hearing was heard earlier this year at Perth Sheriff Court and was granted against Scobie by Sheriff William Wood.

Scobie has already been caught defying a strict ban on internet use since his return from Iceland and was ordered to carry out 80 hours community work.

The 22-year-old was caught using the internet at his Inchture, Perthshire, home and also having a secret mobile phone which he later disposed of in February this year.

As well as being jailed for 12 months in Iceland last year, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 court costs after he admitted several frauds and having a large haul of images.

He was found with 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn and the internet restricting conditions were in place upon his return to Scotland.

In 2013, Scobie, who was just 19, was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.

He was compared to notorious Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale in the wake of a global travel con funded by £70,000 he duped from travel agents.

A Perth Sheriff Court official confirmed that the order had been granted against Scobie “based on a conviction from Rejkjanes County Court in Iceland on 28 January 2016.”

He will remain on the register until 27 January 2021.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/967805/police-scotland-paedophile-refused-named-reece-scobie/


First steps in investigation into historic child sex abuse claims

May 4 2017

The chair of an investigation into historic child sex abuse claims at care homes in Nottinghamshire will announce key parties in the inquiry next week.

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will announce the investigation’s ‘core participants’ at a preliminary hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London on Thursday, May 11.

IICSA defines a ‘core participant’ as “an individual, organisation or institution that “played, or may have played a direct or significant role” in relation to the inquiry. It comes after an open process was launched in March, asking people to come forward.

It was announced in November 2015, that Nottinghamshire’s councils would be among the first to be investigated by IICSA.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/first-steps-in-investigation-into-historic-child-sex-abuse-claims/story-30312479-detail/story.html


Seven British spies uncovered in new biography of real-life M

Author of Maxwell Knight, ‘MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’, uncovers details of hitherto unknown agents in interwar years

Maxwell Knight, pictured with Goo the cuckoo.
Maxwell Knight, pictured with one of the pet birds he wrote about in a number of books.

The agents

Kathleen Tesch, codenamed M/T was an animal-loving housewife with no previous experience of espionage. When Tesch had a one-on-one with Hitler in Germany, shortly before the start of the second world war, she broke the silence with “idiotic remarks, such as ‘What a very beautiful view’”. Hitler gave her an autographed copy of Mein Kampf.

Mona Maund, codenamed M/2 provided vital intelligence about Melita Norwood, who was the Soviet Union’s most productive British agent and spent 40 years undetected inside the British nuclear programme. Maund’s intelligence might have changed the direction of the cold war if Jasper Harker, who later became acting director of MI5, had not ignored it.

Eric Roberts, codenamed M/F became “Jack King”, the bank-clerk-turned-spy who infiltrated British right-wing groups during the war by posing as a Gestapo officer. Roberts was recruited by Knight, who used him to infiltrate the Communist party and then Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.

Graham Pollard, codenamed M/1 infiltrated the Communist party, first for MI6 and then for MI5. He even married a communist – almost certainly to improve his cover. Pollard was the son of the great Tudor historian AF Pollard and, at one point, ran a fashionable bookshop in Bloomsbury.

Jimmy Dickson, codenamed M/3 was a civil servant who moonlighted in his spare time as an MI5 agent. Dickson wrote comedies for the BBC as well as bestselling thrillers. Under Knight’s guidance, he passed himself off first as a communist, then a fascist, providing the government with valuable intelligence on both.

Vivian Hancock-Nunn, codenamed M/7 was a barrister who worked as an MI5 agent deep inside the communist movement, providing free legal advice to Communist party publications.

Olga Gray, codenamed M/12 was a typist from Birmingham. Recruited over a game of golf to the secret service, Gray was given the task of infiltrating the Communist party and was able to uncover a communist cell operating at the Woolwich Arsenal.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/03/seven-british-spies-uncovered-in-new-biography-of-real-life-m?CMP=share_btn_tw

Hundreds of suspected paedophiles held after dark net forum hacked

The Playpen website, which let 150,000 members view and trade child abuse imagery without detection, was infiltrated by US investigators

More than 280 suspected British paedophiles have been arrested as part of a huge global operation against child abuse on the dark net.

The National Crime Agency worked with the FBI in the US and Europol in the EU to arrest almost 1,000 suspects after one of the world’s largest online paedophile forums was infiltrated by American investigators.

The Playpen website, which operated through anonymous internet browsers, offered 150,000 members a “safe-haven” to view and trade child abuse imagery without detection. Using software called Tor, its members were able to mask their identities to access and distribute tens of thousands of illegal images.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hundreds-of-suspected-paedophiles-held-after-dark-net-forum-is-hacked-8zhpgxtmw

Europol sends ‘intelligence package’ to gardaí as part of international investigation into underground paedophile network

  • Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe
  • At least 259 sexually abused children identified or rescued from their abusers outside of US
  • Lead administrator of one of the world’s largest sex abuse websites sentenced to 30 years
  • May 5 2017

    An intelligence package on an underground paedophile network has been sent to An Garda Síochána as part of an international probe.

    Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe as part of the worldwide investigation and hundreds of sexually abused children have been identified and rescued.

    Operation Pacifier is the “largest and more complex investigation” into child sex abuse websites ever undertaken, according to Europol.

    The Europe-wide law enforcement agency confirmed that 368 suspected child abusers have been arrested or convicted in Europe in relation to the investigation.

    Almost 900 people have been arrested worldwide.

    The operation saw the lead administrator of Playpen, one of the world’s largest child sexual abuse websites on the Darknet with more than 150,000 users around the world, sentenced to 30 years in prison in North Carolina earlier this week.

    The two other administrators of the site were each sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

    Europol said it’s role “was to crosscheck, analyse and complete the data received in order to identify offenders mainly located in Europe.”

    They confirmed that intelligence packages were “prepared and disseminated” to law enforcement authorities in countries including Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    The investigation has so far resulted in 368 arrests or convictions in Europe, and 870 arrests or convictions worldwide.

    At least 259 sexually abused children have been identified or rescued from their abusers outside of the US.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/europol-sends-intelligence-package-to-garda-as-part-of-international-investigation-into-underground-paedophile-network-35685226.html

    Almost 900 arrested in ‘one of the most important’ child abuse investigations

    09 May 2017

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    boundaries and does not recognise
    borders’

     

    Europol has rushed to the defence of law enforcement agencies criticised for using “proportionate means” to take down a global online child sexual exploitation ring.

    More than 120 people in the UK have been arrested as part of an ongoing operation that has resulted in 870 arrests worldwide – with almost 400 suspected paedophiles detained in Europe.

    A two-year investigation into one of the largest known child sexual abuse websites has targeted 150,000 users.

    Operation Pacifier was launched by the FBI in January 2015, with the support of Europol, to track down members of ‘Playpen’ – a site on the dark web which allows its users to access a wide range of child exploitation pictures and videos.

    The FBI is known to have used malware to hack into more than 1,000 computers.

    But Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said the use of “proportionate means” to tackle online child sexual abuse was now necessary in an increasingly sophisticated digital landscape.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” he said.

    “The internet has no boundaries and does not recognise borders. We need to balance the rights of victims versus the right to privacy. If we operate 19th century legal principles then we are unable to effectively tackle crime at the highest level.”

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said its activity in relation to Operation Pacifier has led to more than 120 people being arrested in the UK and more than half of those being charged.

    In addition, more than 140 sexually abused children in the UK were identified and safeguarded, rising to 259 across Europe.

    Last week, the creator and lead administrator of Playpen, US-born Steven Chase, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    And in July 2015, a further two men from the US associated with the creation the illicit site were arrested – Michael Fluckiger and David Browning – and have since been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Europol’s executive director, Rob Wainwright added: “Europol is pleased to have played its part in what ranks as one of the most important investigations of online child sexual abuse ever conducted.

    “I applaud the great work of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners in Europe and beyond for their cooperation on a global scale to tackle such a serious and challenging public safety issue.

    “As the operation shows the investigation of criminal activity on anonymised platforms has now become an essential part of law enforcement’s fight against serious and organised crime, something to which Europol remains firmly committed.”

    The NCA said international collaboration is “crucial” in cases such as this.

    “Child abuse knows no boundaries and the law enforcement response mirrors that – we work closely with international partners to ensure information or intelligence relating to child abuse images is shared to identify and hold to account those involved,” it added.

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

  • 4 May 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39802636

May 3 2017

IICSA Child abuse inquiry decides not to hold preliminary hearings in case of Lord Janner, late Labour peer accused of abusing children.

The family of the late Lord Janner have lost their battle to have a hearing to discuss concerns about the inquiry into allegations against him.

The Labour peer, who died in December 2015, is alleged to have abused youngsters over a 30-year period.

His family said that, following Lord Janner’s death, the inquiry would be a “proxy trial”.

Inquiry chair Prof Alexis Jay ruled a hearing was not necessary as she had already dismissed the family’s fears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39795531


Claims of VIP paedophile ring at Scots boarding school –  QVS Queen Victoria School – aired at abuse inquiry

Apr 30 2017

SENSATIONAL claims about a VIP paedophile ring at a prestigious Scots boarding school are to be aired at Holyrood’s child abuse inquiry.

QVS is at the centre of extraordinary allegations

The evidence will include claims that Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton was connected to the network, which is also said to have included leading members of the Scottish establishment.
Queen Victoria School (QVS), which is funded by the Ministry of Defence and has Prince Philip as its patron, is at the centre of the extraordinary allegations.

It was not included in the first round of boarding schools and other establishments identified by the inquiry team, sparking fears of a cover-up.

However, a former teacher at the Dunblane school who has spent decades attempting to unmask the abusers has now been invited to tell his story.

Glenn Harrison was a housemaster at QVS when he began to suspect that a shadowy cabal of powerful individuals was preying on the pupils.However, when he tried to raise the alarm in 1991 the police responded by breaking down the door to his flat, seizing his personal papers and hauling him in to be interviewed.

Yesterday, Mr Harrison said: “After almost 27 years of being ignored, someone is listening and wants to know what really happened to me at QVS. I am pleased and eager to share the experience and emphasise the need for authorities to listen to children when they complain as well as teachers and carers especially in institutions. I hope my experience will help to create a more caring and safer environment for young people in the future.”After leaving QVS, Mr Harrison and his family relocated to Orkney and he made numerous attempts to have his allegations investigated over the years.

The case was finally referred to the Scottish Government’s historical child abuse inquiry in 2015
Earlier this month, it also emerged that Police Scotland detectives are investigating at least two cases of historical abuse linked to QVS. One of them involves former teacher Ben Philip, who died after falling from a ladder at the school in 1993.
Children of Scottish service personnel are eligible to attend QVS, which is now mixed but was an all-boys school at the time of the allegations.

It is governed by a Board of Her Majesty’s Commissioners appointed by the Queen, the Scottish Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

Fife campaigner Tom Minogue, a long-time supporter of Mr Harrison, has also been invited to give evidence by the inquiry’s witness support team.

He said: “I never thought we’d get to this point because of the cast of characters involved with QVS, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh as patron and running down through some of the most powerful people in the land as Her Majesty’s Commissioners.

“The great and the good don’t want us to speak about any of this, starting with the fact that Thomas Hamilton was running about the place.”

Mr Harrison’s allegations centre on a group of men who would allegedly take pupils away for weekends and return them “distressed but flush with cash”.

Five years after the claims were first reported to the police, 16 children and one teacher were shot at Dunblane Primary School by evil Hamilton. To his horror, Mr Harrison recognised the fiend as a frequent visitor to QVS.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, Mr Harrison states: “When I enquired about him (as well as other unknown visitors), I was told they were ‘friends of Queen Victoria School’; I have never to this day been able to find out who these ’friends’ were.”

The Cullen Inquiry later heard that Hamilton took youth clubs camping in the QVS grounds, that he arranged for an acquaintance to get a summer job at the school and that he took another man shooting at the school’s firing range.

Mr Minogue said the implications of this evidence had never been properly explored and added: “These references quite clearly corroborate Glenn’s story and show that Her Majesty’s Commissioners either didn’t know what was going on at the school they were charged with governing, or they have been less than truthful.”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.”http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/798285/Dunblane-killer-Thomas-Hamilton-paedophile-ring-QVS
Dunblane File Closed for 100 years

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/a04ea11403d74248a1828c1b19634ecd

QVS was a perfect cover for institutional physical and sexual abuse.  At first it was orphan boys.  On and off, over decades, QVS has supplied children (with sealed lips) for abuse: “Where the carcass is, there the eagles gather.”   They were accessible to “eagles” like top brass military, politicians, police officials, sheriffs, fiscals and successful business people in Perthshire.   And fools like me could be squashed, swallowed up or sent to some island somewhere.  They all gather at the water hole.

Outrageous, you say?  There are similar stories from Wellbeck college and Duke of York, where names of the famous are well known associations, including famous Statesmen. The link is Masons, masters of secrecy and deception.  Which is where Hamilton comes in to the story.  The weak link in the powerful chain of abusers.   Here we have a perfect situation where boys, sworn to secrecy, and parents under orders to keep quiet, helpless to complain. Hamilton was unbalanced and had power by knowledge.  This is why he was allowed to have guns.  He was in on the secret and knew names of those other paedophilia members.

f those names get out even now after 12 years, there will be a riot and the press will have a field day!   Lives and careers will be ruined!   Is this why Hamilton‘s file went missing only hours after the killings?  Is this why Lord Cullen, who I believe was a QVS Commissioner, was appointed to preside over the Hamilton investigations?   This is how Masons operate.  They control everything and their allegiance is to each other.  No wonder they want a 100-year embargo on the Hamilton case!

http://dunblane.site/gh_qvs_story.htm


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.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-b8bz3wvfv  https://archive.is/RqS6c

https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/02/breaking-fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-qvs/

Earlier:

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.http://www.express.co.uk/scotland/588918/Top-Scotland-school-abuse-claims

QVS, Dunblane, VIPaedo, Cover-Up

https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/tag/dunblane/?iframe=true&preview=true/feed/

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.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abuse-inquiry-judge-urged-to-investigate-dunblane-boarding-school-c8fztvwls


Trump Campaign Chair Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

https://youtu.be/KuU1luqCJGw?t=240

4 mins in

Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Nolan, 70, who has been outspoken in conservative politics and the tea party movement in recent years, was elected to the Campbell County School Board in November. He was also the chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Campbell County.

The case presents a tricky situation for the legal community due to Nolan’s past as a Campbell County District Judge in the 1970s and 1980s. His daughter, Taunya Nolan Jack, is the Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/04/21/former-district-judge-indicted-human-trafficking/100756290/


The resurgent blog of Ex- Senator Stuart Syvret

THE PUBLIC’S INQUIRY – INTO THE PUBLIC-INQUIRY – STARTS HERE.

Well, here’s a surprise.

The blog the Jersey establishment strove to prevent you from reading – is back.

Thanks to a variety of campaigners, survivors, whistleblowers, IT experts and concerned citizens in a number of countries around the world, the most evidenced and accessible anti-corruption news and discussion forum in Jersey history lives on.

Like it was always going to.

Certainly, the public inquiry – a good public inquiry – could still do important work – not least at last give recognition to the survivors, give them a forum – listen to their experiences – and force the Jersey government to address their needs.

And in terms of what took place and when, in the long catalogue of systemic breakdown of governance, much detail could be added.

But, you know – in terms of the big picture issues – the overt gross failures of Jersey – what else needs to be added, really?

  • We know that there was extensive and sustained child-abuse throughout many state-run institutions in Jersey.
  • We know that some of that child-abuse was committed by public employees.
  • We know that some child-abuse was facilitated and enabled by public employees.

The true facts of “The Jersey Situation”  are going to be submitted to IICSA. Provided will be – along with supporting dossiers of evidence and narrative critiques  – a remarkable introductory chapter as a detailed  & evidence-bundled, full critical response to @Jerseyinquiry. The facts of “The Jersey Situation” constitute  a “Refuse-To-Incorporate-This-If-You-dare!” – submission to #IICSA.

In that sense – THE JERSEY SITUATION- is a litmus-test – of #IICSA.

But for the traditional British public inquiry to fulfil its divert-distract-and-cover-up function, one or two conditions precedent have to prevail. For example, we have to have the historic cap-doffing, forelock-tugging deference to men & women in silly costumes, with absurd titles and Eaton & Cheltenham accents. When Sir Lady Lord Baronet 27th Earl of Trustfundshire Dame Oxbridge QC, Thane of Lloyds and Groom of the Remembrancer’s Stool, O.B.E is appointed, by those to be inquired into, we have to sink to our knees in gratitude when they address us in their BBC-plausible voice and assure us they really, really do have the serious and genuine interests of us scummy proles upmost in their minds and not those of their fellow multi-millionaires who appointed them and who they’ll be chatting to in a north London lawyer’s club next week.

But does that culture of deference exist anymore? Well – perhaps a little, but it’s oh so diminished.  The traditional power elites are viewed with increasing scepticism across Britain, and even, surprisingly, in Jersey. It’s increasingly obvious that 500 pages of diversionary flim-flam generated via another few million quid of public money thrown into Bedford Row won’t work as it used to – like some kind of sleeping-gas – that would tranquilise and pacify everyone for another five years, before they started to wake up to the fact they’d  been conned.

http://freespeechoffshore.nl/stuartsyvretblog/the-publics-inquiry-into-the-public-inquiry-starts-here/


Love letters between Ian Brady and Myra Hindley to remain classified for 30 years due to ‘secret codes‘ in them

Apr 30 2017

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters contain coded messages which if cracked could reveal the location of Keith Bennett’s body

Ministers involved in a new review of whether to release the correspondence have concluded it still includes secrets about the case.

They are also worried the families of Keith and the other victims would be traumatised and subjected to an “unacceptable level of mental distress” if they were exposed to some of the information.

Earlier this year, it was revealed bullet shells matching a Smith and Wesson revolver, which Brady may have used to murder 11-year-old Keith, had been found on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.

This has led to calls for a fresh search of the moor, 51 years after the wicked couple were jailed.

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters between them contain coded messages which if cracked could close the case.

But following a review, Ministers have agreed the letters should remain classified until at least January 2051.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/love-letters-between-ian-brady-10326571

Maybe the reason to keep the contents covered up has to do with Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s relationships with members of the elite such as Sir Jimmy Savile, Lord Longford, and LordAstor

Child murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had friends in high places

‘I AM the Myra Hindley story,” said Jimmy Savile.

Dan Davies: In Plain Sight – The Life And Lies Of Jimmy Savile

Janie Jones, the madam and former pop star immortalised by The Clash, that when she was released from Holloway Women’s Prison in 1977 after serving three years for controlling prostitution, she received a summons from Savile. The flamboyant Jones had befriended Hindley in prison.

Savile had been the DJ at a Manchester dancehall frequented by Brady and Hindley, he claimed. He bragged to Jones that he knew Brady. “He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley,” says Jones

Janie Jones was a singer who ran sex parties at her home in Kensington, was jailed for three years in 1974 after becoming snared in the payola scandal.

It was a bizarre encounter in which Savile accused her of siding with Myra Hindley, whose release she campaigned for after meeting the killer in jail, while expressing his own desire to have sex with under age girls.

Savile, according to Miss Jones, was an apparently keen supporter of Ian Brady, Hindley’s accomplice in the Moors murders.

Miss Jones, now 75, said: “Savile just kept saying that he could not understand why people went on about 13-year-old girls because they were ‘gagging’ for it. I told him that anybody who wants to go with a 13-year-old is a paedophile.

“Then he was bragging that he had met Ian Brady. He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley against Brady. At the time he was doing Jim’ll Fix It, but he was interested in 13-year-olds.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9623109/Jimmy-Savile-Secret-of-BBCs-first-sex-scandal.html

CLIFF RICHARD, JIMMY SAVILE, MYRA HINDLEY..

Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer, and by Lord Longford, a former cabinet minister
who took a great interest in pornography.
Astor and Longford plotted to get Hindley released from prison.

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/09/cliff-richard-jimmy-savile-myra-hindley.html

For 35 years he championed her cause, yet to Myra Hindley Lord Longford became a ‘pestilential pain’.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/14/ukcrime.weekend7

Lord Longford and Sir Jimmy Savile went on a porno tour with Sir Cliff Richard

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The Pornography Commission gathers for the first time. I sit with Cliff who is dressed in the most gorgeous nut-brown chamois-leather suit, with silken shirt and scarves to match…. Cliff is the prettiest thing here by far.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1221596/Fired-porn-squad-Ronald-Reagans-note-tell-Queen-Mr-Gossip-Gyles-Brandreth-reveals-all.html

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Porn Team includes paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, paedophile Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney, Cliff Richard…

Longford was also a friend of Establishment brothel madam Cynthia Payne

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/norman-lamonts-dominatrix-brothel-madam-miss-whiplash/

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Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and former Observer editor David Astor

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/oct/28/myra-hindley-david-astor-letters

Michael Horgan

Michael Horgan organised and filmed “satanic-themed orgies” at which children were raped.Horgan organised satanic torture and child abuse orgies on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.

Saddleworth Moor, where some of Brady and Hindley’s victims were buried. Photo by Parrot of Doom

Horgan’s step-son Michael Roberts says he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone Sir Cyril Smith.

Sir Cyril Smith was a close friend of Sir Jimmy Savile, friend of the Royal Family, the military and Israel and shared an office with elite paedophile Clement Freud.


Labour accused of cover-up over child porn charge councillor

6 Oct 2016

LABOUR has been accused of hushing up a child pornography charge against one of its councillors ahead of a high-profile byelection.

Airdrie councillor David Fagan was arrested over alleged child images on September 7, while his party was fighting a close-run byelection in neighbouring Coatbridge.

North Lanarkshire Labour leader Jim Logue

North Lanarkshire Council last night said its chief executive learned of the arrest and “broad nature” of the alleged offences on September 8 and then informed council leader Jim Logue.

North Lanarkshire deputy leader Paul Kelly

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14784243.Labour_accused_of_cover_up_over_child_porn_charge_councillor/#

It’s understood Fagan was considered a key player in the local party and was once considered for the role as Labour group leader.

He was a member of the council’s education and social work committees.

In March, he was also made vice-convener of a new committee to monitor arms-length external organisations and external bodies.

His profile on the council’s website also lists him as an “advisor to the Director of the School of Work Based Education, Glasgow Caledonian University”.

Fagan was the Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the public body responsible for planning and coordinating regional transport.

He came under fire in the role in 2010 when it emerged he was one of three councillors who attended a junket to New York trip.

However, he left the post three years later to take over as convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Regeneration and Infrastructure Committee.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/labour-councillor-david-fagan-suspended-8979221

A Scottish Labour councillor in North Lanarkshire has quit after becoming dissatisfied with the way the party dealt with criminal allegations against a former colleague.

Gary O’Rorke was unhappy Labour took three weeks to suspend fellow councillor David Fagan, who was charged with alleged child pornography offences on September 7th.

The chief executive of North Lanarkshire council was informed of the “broad nature” of the charges against Mr Fagan, but not the specifics, on September 8, and informed council leader Jim Logue on the same date.

It was reported in the Herald that Scottish Labour general secretary Brian Roy was also told about the arrest, but not the specific charges, on the same day as Mr Logue.

Mr Roy only learned of the detail of the charges on September 29th and Mr Fagan was suspended on the same day.

The suspension came around a week after a keenly-fought by election in Coatbridge that Labour won by less than 200 votes.

Mr O’Rorke, who represents Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, said he was angry with Labour’s leadership in North Lanarkshire on a number of fronts and confirmed he had “no faith” in the hierarchy.

He confirmed that the delays in suspending Mr Fagan and in informing Labour members of the group about the allegations were factors behind his decision.

He also said: “I can no longer be in the Labour group in North Lanarkshire and had no choice but to tender my resignation. My family has been steeped in the Labour party over generations. I did not want to leave.”

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “We wish Councillor O’Rorke well in the future.”

An SNP spokesperson said: “Labour have been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for their failure to immediately suspend Mr Fagan, and Cllr O’Rorke can hardly have been the only person in the party unhappy at these staggering revelations.

“Mr Fagan is facing serious criminal proceedings and must be afforded the presumption of innocence while the case is ongoing – but the public should know why voters were kept in the dark about the circumstances during a local by-election.”

Mr Fagan has not appeared in court over the charges.

A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning a 52 year-old male in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred between 25 May and 30 June 2016.

“The report remains under consideration.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14919776.North_Lanarkshire_Labour_councillor_quits_amid_row_over_colleague_s_child_pornography_charge/

AN Airdrie councillor, David Fagan,  has appeared in court charged with conspiracy and sending indecent messages.

David Fagan, 52, appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court yesterday to face two charges after he was arrested in September.

The Airdrie South independent representative was charged with conspiracy and another accusation under the Communications Act.

It is alleged he sent “by means of public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.

Councillor Fagan made no plea or declaration during the brief hearing and was granted bail. No further court appearance was set.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-charged-conspiracy-sending-9418609

SPT management and executive Councillors, including David Fagan spent more than £57,000 on foreign trips. He was part of a trio of senior staff who ran the organisation and directed this spending.

Councillor Fagan who is also a parliamentary aide to Karen Whitefield

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-under-pressure-resign-2830096

 Director’s profile for David Fagan.

ROYAL GLASGOW INSTITUTE OF THE FINE ARTS.

Education Advisor

TOWN CENTRE ACTIVITIES LIMITED

Councillor

PETERSBURN DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Parliamentary Assistant

NEVIS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

Parliamentary Assistant

LINKWIDE LIMITED

Parlimentary Assistant

GARRISON MONITORING SERVICES LIMITED

https://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/5056718/david-fagan

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Br4qdw_q_iAJ:www.b2b-kb.com/person/id/sILbT2G3kKPNKCCp1ekQ2WOjFFw/+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


Yet another employee was a previous child sexual abuser – were there victims at the ?

SHIRLEY OAKS KIDS WENT ON JACKANORY SHOW. NO COINCIDENCE HERE, MOVE ALONG

Ex-Jackanory presenter John Earle jailed for sex assaults on boy

Apr 28 2017

A former children’s television presenter has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young boy almost 60 years ago.

Former Jackanory storyteller John Earle admitted indecently assaulting the boy from when he was nine-years-old.

Earle, 87, was deputy head teacher at a school in Okehampton, Devon, when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.

He was jailed for four years and will sign the sex offenders register.

‘Breach of trust’

Sentencing Earle, Judge Erik Salomonsen said: “This was a gross breach of trust.

“You used a young child to satisfy your sexual needs on many occasions.

“It was your responsibility to educate and protect him.”

He admitted six counts of indecent assault on the boy at Upcott House Preparatory School.

Exeter Crown Court previously heard the school closed in the early 1960s and Earle went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.

He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-39748030

The abuse continued in on a weekly basis during term time at the school and on Earle’s boat in Dartmouth on weekend trips.

John Earle
27 Apr 2017
Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Victim of John Earle’s abuse speaks out

Two and a half years ago, a pensioner walked into a police station and handed in a piece of paper. It revealed a horrific secret he’d kept hidden for most of his life – a litany of sexual abuse he’d suffered at a private school in Devon in the 1950s and 60s. His abuser went on to have a successful career as a children’s TV presenter and author. But now – the truth has finally emerged.

https://www.channel4.com/news/victim-of-john-earles-abuse-speaks-out

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.


http://www.teignmouth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109057&headline=Dartmoor%20pensioner%20denies%20historic%20sex%20abuse%20charges&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

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.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150313175331/http://dartmoorbase.co.uk/?

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. marW. 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.

http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109301

CHILDREN’S HOUR

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

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/afcae8b4b9104d6ca69791898772a5c3

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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.


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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.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150218133626/http://www.counselling-betweenourselves.co.uk/

John’s Family Web Links

OTHER USEFULL LINKS


11-03-2017

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.

 

 The findings of the investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey are due to be published on July 3rd.


Madeleine McCann detective claims investigation was ‘tainted’ as soon as it was an ‘abduction’

April 27 2017

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities

The former Portuguese detective who led the probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance a decade ago claims the investigation was tainted as soon as it was deemed an ‘abduction’.

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities because they were doctors.

The ex-policeman refuted claims his officers’ probe was shoddy and says interference from the UK hindered the process.

He maintains devastated parents Kate and Gerry were involved in three-year-old Maddie’s disappearance on May 3 2007 in Praia da luz.

The former officer also pointed the finger at the British class system in an interview which will be aired on Portuguese news channel CMTV on Monday.

He told Portuguese magazine Sábado: “They belong to the upper-middle class and the British do not like their doctors to mess up abroad and get convicted for it.”

Retired Amaral, who was removed as head of the probe after criticising British detectives, claimed UK authorities tried to rush the process.

He said: “It is not normal for an ambassador from a foreign country to come to the place to push in the sense that ‘this has to be quick’.

“If the ambassador and even the consul had not appeared, the investigation would have been directed to what is normal – to suspect those who have responsibility for the custody of the child.

“(The) Judiciary, Public Prosecutor’s Office and the government felt intimidated by the United Kingdom.

“The mistake was the statement about the abduction. It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision (that it was an abduction) and to make it public.”

Portuguese detectives said on May 5 2007 – just two days after her disappearance – that they believed she was still alive in the country after being abducted.

Then director of the Policia Judiciaria Guilhermino Encarnacao made the announcement, stating officers were working on the assumption Maddie was being held between 1.8 and 3.1 miles from the resort.

One eyewitness told the Mirror Portuguese police arrived on the scene at the Ocean Club complex some 90 minutes after Madeleine vanished.

Our source also accused police of messing up key witness statements taken in the days after the tragedy.

But Amaral denies Portuguese police made a string of errors, instead accusing British police of trying to ‘protect’ the McCanns.

Amaral said: “When the couple left, the British police who were here to cooperate and help also left. The feeling was that the British police were here to protect the couple.”

Amaral accused Portuguese police of now ‘doing the politically correct’ thing by following Scotland Yard’s lines of enquiry, to ensure they do not compromise relations between the UK and Portugal.

He said: “The management of the Policia Judiciária and the prosecutor himself are doing the politically correct.

“In the United Kingdom and here the direction of the police walked with Scotland Yard. Do not investigate anything that might compromise your parents or friends. It is a mistake.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-detective-claims-investigation-10309152#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Samuel McCuaig

Paedophile guilty of historic child abuse in Coatbridge

Samuel McCuaig committed “horrific sexual abuse” of young girls in 1970s

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/paedophile-guilty-historic-child-abuse-10297225


26 Apr 2017

Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard is accused of seven offences against a boy

A former Anglican priest, the former vicar of St Barnabas Church in Bexhill, has been charged with sex offences against a boy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker, 72, formerly known as Colin Pritchard, is charged with seven offences involving the boy, who was aged between 12 and 16 at the time.

He is accused of conspiring with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts with the boy.

Mr Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, is due to appear before magistrates on 24 May.

He is also accused of gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993 against the boy in East Sussex.

Mr Whittaker was vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, and it is claimed the offences took place there, Sussex Police said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-39724639

Letters from 1966 between the then Archbishop of Canterbury and a bishop show the Church agreed that a convicted paedophile should be ordained.

The correspondence has emerged in a report into the Church’s failure to support victims of Roy Cotton that was published online and then removed.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Chichester told the BBC the Meekings Report was removed because the document had accidentally included some confidential information.

Both studies looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-13560976

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2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

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EX-GERS SCOUT IN DOCK

Former Rangers youth scout Harry Dunn appears in court over alleged historical sex abuse charges

Dunn, 84, from Edinburgh, is also believed to have worked as a talent spotter for clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea

26th April 2017

A FORMER Rangers youth scout has appeared in court accused of historical sex abuse charges.

Harry Dunn, 84, is facing one allegation of assault and sodomy and a second charge of assault and attempted sodomy.

Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

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Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

Dunn, from Edinburgh, appeared in private at the capital’s sheriff court today where he entered no plea.

The pensioner, who was arrested by police officers in March, was released on bail and the case was continued for further examination.

It is believed Dunn also worked for Liverpool and Chelsea during his scouting career.

Police Scotland joined forces across the UK last year in launching an investigation after allegations of historical abuse in football were made public. The SFA has also set up an independent review into the allegations. A date for Dunn’s next appearance at court has not been decided as yet.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/922532/harry-dunn-rangers-sex-abuse-football-abuse-scout-liverpool-chelsea-edinburgh/


Kids Company founder and trustees may face action amid Insolvency Service probe

April 24 2017

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

The founder and former trustees of the collapsed charity Kids Company could be banned from holding company directorships.

 

The youth organisation folded amid a storm of controversy in August 2015 – just days after receiving a £3 million Government grant in a final bid to keep it afloat.

Kids Company received more than £42 million of Whitehall funding between 1996 and 2015, thanks in part to founder Camila Batmanghelidjh winning favour with former prime minister David Cameron.

The Insolvency Service is investigating the financial circumstances of the charity and is allegedly bringing disqualification proceedings against Ms Batmanghelidjh.

Former trustees of the collapsed charity, including ex-BBC creative director Alan Yentob and Richard Handover, previously a boss of WH Smith, may also face sanctions.

The trustees, who also include Sunetra Atkinson, Erica Bolton, Francesca Robinson, Jane Tyler and Andrew Webster, responded to the “unconfirmed reports” in a joint statement.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/kids-company-founder-and-trustees-may-face-action-amid-insolvency-service-probe-35650675.html


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

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/un-peacekeepers-caught-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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39664693

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.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15237396.Man_charged_with_string_of_sex_offences_at_children_s_home/#

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.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/5587297.Flats_plan_for_disused_children_s_homes/?ref=arc

Memories of Romsey

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nWq2nckfSQUJ:www.francisfrith.com/romsey/memories+&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

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.

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/article/Third-police-force-investigating-child-abuse-allegations-in-football-cf2f7d9b-4124-4ec1-beef-e2ae446ac0a9-ds

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

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/hughes-report-1985-into-sexual-abuse-at-kincora/

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.

http://www.thetcj.org/child-care-history-policy/the-hughes-report-chaired-by-judge-william-h-hughes


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

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gmp_investigation_report_into_cy#incoming-964992c

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

1972

https://books.google.com/books?id=ZClGAQAAIAAJ&dq=Palmerston+House+children%E2%80%99s+home++romsey&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Palmerston+House+


https://twitter.com/CathyCathyFox/status/855423064229781504

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.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27687351

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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.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-year-750k-inquiry-knowl-12570603

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/north-west-england/lancashire/knowl-view-school/

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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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-29042597

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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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/3632950/I-hate-the-title-priest-to-the-stars.html

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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, MP FOR MALDON & EAST CHELMSFORD.

 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

https://www.joomag.com/magazine/trusty-servant-nov-2015-no120/0386364001447424078?page=18

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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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


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.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/548566/Half-brother-of-Tory-MP-John-Whittingdale-jailed-for-historic-abuse

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

Was older brother paedophile Charles Napier a mentor to younger brother John Whittingdale?

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1612147/pdf/brmedj02000-0085.pdf

 

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.

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/peter-righton-charles-napier-david-cameron-john-whittingdale/

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The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
28 Aug 1996, Wed  • Page 27

“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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/charles-napier-arrest-half-brother-tory-1998917

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

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-scandal-charles-napier-could-1430365


3.04.17

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.

http://emmottsnell.co.uk/news.php?id=1492076761

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?

http://thameshouse.net/2014/11/18/charles-napier-related-to-fellow-paedophile-in-mi6/

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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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


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?

Apr 16 2107

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.”

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15227461.Exclusive__Was_disgraced_priest_Michael_Higginbottom_at_the_centre_of_a_paedophile_ring_/?ref=twtrec#

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.”

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15227466.Police_refuse_to_answer_questions_relating_to_potential_paedophile_ring/?ref=twtrec#

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.

https://theukdatabase.com/2017/04/12/newcastleormskirk/

Former Students Back Exiled Priest

By Neil Macfarlane
Northern Echo
February 20, 2009

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/4141196.Former_students_back_exiled_priest/

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 ipetitions.com/ 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.

http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2009/01_02/2009_02_20_Macfarlane_FormerStudents.htm

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.

NOTABLE DATES:
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
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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
 

MIRROR WORLD EXCLUSIVE

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.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/madeleine-mccann-cops-discover-girl-3448542


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.http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/792384/historic-sexual-abuse-greville-janner-labour-party-paedophile-allegations

Witness ?

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


Israeli Handler. Daniel Bacall.

April 17

2015

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.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/pr-man-to-join-chief-rabbi-s-office-1.66193

JANNER OF BRAUNSTONE, Lord

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.”

http://www.nysun.com/national/warner-aide-brutally-murdered-in-georgetown/35820/

http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=44132

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.

http://www.jpost.com/printarticle.aspx?id=44132

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.

PATRONS OF THE TRUST
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

http://www.alansenitt.org/alan/

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.

http://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/the-one-name-missing-from-forty-under-40-alan-senitt/

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/02/01/lordjanners-family-undermine-sex-abuse-inquiry-within-given/

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

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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.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/top-plymouth-businessman-charles-howeson-in-court-on-15-sexual-abuse-charges/story-30268790-detail/story.html

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,…
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/barrister-made-death-threats-to-student-zx5jjgbjx

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.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4404324/Barrister-death-threats-law-student.html




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

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/

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 ..

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/More-claims-emerge-of-alleged-abuse-at-Christian-camp

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 childrenswellbeing@scottishfa.co.uk.”

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.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15217272.SFA_appeals_for_child_abuse_victims_to_come_forward_after_shocking_BBC_investigation/


Janner Investigation to Continue

11 April 2017

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/1363/view /2017-04-11NoticeofDetermination.pdf


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.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/children-down-system-suspected-child-10187043


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.

http://www.itv.com/news/central/2017-04-03/jury-retires-in-christopher-metcalfe-sex-offence-trial/


Ampleforth

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.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4384898/Monk-ran-sex-club-young-boys-Catholic-School.html


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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-39495877




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.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/convicted-paedophile-colin-gregg-lodges-12827854#ICID=sharebar_twitter


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”.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/apr/02/the-football-child-abuse-scandal-just-keeps-on-growing

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.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2016/12/06/fa-forced-replacewoman-leading-review-footballs-child-sex-abuse/

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.

https://www.sportresolutions.co.uk/news/view/independent-review-into-child-sex-abuse-allegations-in-football

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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.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/786714/sir-edward-heath-child-sex-report-police-investigations-allegations

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