Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children
May 19, 2017
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.
Update on: Palmerston House children’s home:
Man charged with abuse – WILLIAM JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM
Willy JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM
May 19 2017 Southampton Crown Court
Case to be listed on trial 25 11:11
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.
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?
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
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.
Lord Alistair McAlpine was also a collector.
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
Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers
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.
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 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.
They noticed these women, and Tom said something
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trial of former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth set to begin
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.
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.
Cliff Richard & paedophile Tony Wadsworth
Stone Roses singer Ian Brown gives evidence at Fred Talbot trial
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.
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.”
How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church
Broadly speaking, my aim in introducing the Melbourne Response was to make it easier for victims to achieve justice, and to seek financial compensation and counselling, without needing to establish legal liability. I believe that it was the first scheme of its kind implemented anywhere in the world to respond to victims of child sexual abuse. I was, and remain, proud of its establishment and the assistance it has provided to victims since 1996. Statement of Cardinal George Pell, August 2014
It was 1996 and the media was going after the percolating child abuse issue in a big way. The victims were becoming emboldened. It was becoming a dominant narrative: terrible PR for a Church whose mass attendance numbers were already in freefall. It was also potentially costly in terms of compensation payouts. And it was unclear just how many priests Pell as archbishop might lose to criminal prosecutions, but suffice to say they were falling over like dominoes.
Gerald Ridsdale outside court with George Pell in 1993. Photo: Geoff AmptMelbourne had more paedophile priests than any other place in the country. And most of them operated during George Pell’s time in Victoria as priest or bishop. The Cardinal is proud of his record in being the first Australian bishop to respond to the child abuse crisis. He consistently cites it when he is being scrutinised in the media and points out that he was probably the first in the world, let alone here in Australia, to boldly go where no other bishop had dared to tread.In 2016, he said: “When I became Archbishop, I turned the situation right around so that the Melbourne Response procedures were light years ahead of all this obfuscation and prevarication and deception.”
Cardinal George Pell is proud of his record in being the first Australian bishop to respond to the child abuse crisis. Photo: Joe ArmaoYou have to wonder, then, what this religious leader who was so zealously committed to rooting out child abuse was doing in March 1996—just four months before his appointment as archbishop— at the funeral of one Nazareno Fasciale.
Fasciale was parish priest at Yarraville in Melbourne’s inner west. In the preceding December, Fasciale had been charged by Newport detectives with multiple counts of indecent assault and gross indecency against four victims who had been assisted by the newly formed victims’ advocacy group Broken Rites.
The priest had been remanded to appear in court the following February. As the new year arrived, the Newport detectives discovered that there was another file on Fasciale with three further victims in the nearby town of Geelong, and police had planned to apply to the Office of Public Prosecutions to combine the cases.
When the matter came to court in February, a Church solicitor applied for an extension of time, alleging poor health on the part of Fasciale. The date was set for six weeks later. Fasciale was dead within a month. Fasciale’s skirmishes in the criminal justice system right before his death did not deter his priestly colleagues from giving him a glorious requiem mass send-off at St Mary’s in West Melbourne.
Cardinal George Pell talks to the press at the end of the Royal Commission’s public hearing. Photo: Marco Di Lauro[Pell joined] four bishops, along with an extraordinary sixty priests, attending the funeral. The Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne Peter Connors led the ceremony, referring only obliquely to Fasciale’s crimes.
“The life of our brother Nazareno Fasciale was not without its own fair measure of pain and suffering,” Connors conceded. “He would be the first to confess that he too was a sinner.”
Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell.Maybe Pell just didn’t know that Fasciale had been charged with indictable offences against little kids. Priests, he would often later chide, don’t gossip. This was not, I might say, my experience, in writing my book
Two years before the funeral, in 1993, when Fasciale resigned for euphemistically titled “ill health and stress” after, handwritten archdiocesan notes attested, being “shocked and repentant” about what he had done to children, Pell was on the Personal Advisory Board which accepted the resignation letter. Pell agreed that of the five members of the board that day, three—Archbishop Little, Monsignor Gerry Cudmore and Monsignor Hilton Deakin—were aware of child abuse complaints against Fasciale.
Pell was most certainly not the first person in the Catholic Church to decide to address the issues, he just got in at the last minute, before the national response was about to be released.
So, was Pell? Did they tell him? “I can’t remember whether they did or they didn’t. It is possible that they did,” Pell much later said. The funeral of Fasciale occurred about three years after the fateful day when Pell accompanied serial paedophile Gerald Ridsdale to court in Warrnambool.
The photograph will haunt Pell to his grave — it is used by the media every time there is a discussion of him and child abuse. On a kind interpretation, Pell was just doing what real Catholics do, walking with a sinner at his darkest hour
But from the Ridsdale victims’ point of view, this “priestly act of solidarity”, as Pell much later called it, is nothing more than a slap in the face to them and their enormous suffering.
The Fasciale business suggests that perhaps Warrnambool didn’t represent a one-off, well-meaning, priestly brain snap, that it represented an attitude.
Whatever he thought in March 1996, by Pell’s account in July, his resolve had hardened against this dreadful paedophile scourge. Launching the Melbourne Response at a press conference Pell apologised unreservedly to victims. It seemed like this was a turning point. The scheme included, a Special Commissioner, a compensation panel which could award the victims up to $50 000, and an independent counselling service known as Carelink.
Victoria Police released a statement welcoming the Melbourne Response, saying it was “a positive step in tackling this very sensitive community issue”. In his much later statement to the Victorian parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Institutions in 2014, Pell wrote that as archbishop, he knew he had to act immediately.
“This was an issue that needed urgent attention and … we needed to do much better in our response,” the Pell statement says. “At that stage no decision had then been taken by the Australian bishops to set up the Towards Healing procedures. This was decided at the November 1996 meeting of the Australian Bishops’ conference. The Towards Healing Protocol was published in December 1997.”
While this is all strictly true, it’s a pretty selective analysis of the facts. In 1996, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference was working on a scheme called Towards Healing and had been developing it and consulting with stakeholders for three years. The man charged with running it was the Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney, Geoffrey Robinson.
The history of how this took place is significant, because Pell’s immediate refrain whenever he is questioned about his handling of child abuse matters, is that he was, through his Melbourne Response, the first Catholic bishop in Australia, and anywhere in the world, to come up with a comprehensive program to tackle the child abuse question.
Pell was most certainly not the first person in the Catholic Church to decide to address the issues, he just got in at the last minute, before the national response was about to be released.
In the 1980s, the Church’s euphemistically titled “Special Issues Committee” was headed by, of all people, Bishop Ronald Mulkearns from Ballarat, who had covered up the offending of priests in his diocese for decades. However, the committee began to acknowledge the scale of the problem as the realisation dawned on the Church internationally that something must be done.
Robinson said that at first psychiatrists told them they could cure paedophile priests, but that changed as the profession came to terms with the incurable nature of paedophilia. Robinson was appointed to develop a new protocol, which was to become Towards Healing.
One of the questions often asked of the Church is why develop a protocol at all? This was, after all, a criminal justice issue — why not direct the complainants to the police? But Robinson says the majority of complainants he met at that time were not interested in going to the police. So, Robinson set his mind to developing an alternative forum for victims to get some sort of restorative justice, not to mention making sure that none of the accused priests remained in service with access to children.
But turning around the attitudes of his colleagues was a massive effort. He bore the brunt of some of the bishops’ ire.
“One bishop called me a fanatic, another an avenging angel, and yet another accused me of ‘acting like Adolf Hitler in the way you harangued and bullied the bishops’,” Robinson said.
Having said that, of the forty-one bishops present at a vote in April 1996, only five voted against the protocol. As one of the senior people involved with the developmental stages of Towards Healing remembers, getting the protocol drawn up was a tricky business: “It had been going on for three years. Every time we drew up a protocol, Geoff Robinson would rightly insist on taking it to the victims’ groups and understandably, it was never good enough [for them] and we had draft after draft after draft.”
Robinson also had to get diverse dioceses and religious orders, each with their own leaders who had differing views, to come together as one. It was a massive task. “So instead of having this thing in 1994 as we expected, it had dragged on to November 1996.
“George came in as archbishop and because he thought we were taking too long, he decided he would introduce his own protocol,” the person told me.
“Geoff [Robinson] sent out about ten things trying to achieve consensus before we were all due to meet in the November,” recalls Bishop Emeritus of Canberra-Goulburn, Pat Power.
“Then out of the blue, George Pell comes up with his own thing. When he claims that he was the one that gave the lead, he really just broke ranks with everyone. Certainly, the thing of him coming out early was something everyone felt very critical about.”
“The Melbourne bombshell,” Robinson later called it, confirming that Pell had been there for all of the discussions on Towards Healing, all of the motions, but hadn’t said a word against it.
Robinson knew nothing of the Melbourne Response until Pell made it public without telling any of the other bishops. “He later would claim that he was the first person in Australia to have such a protocol, he was ahead of everybody, in other words. I mean, that’s only a very partial truth.”
Bishop Bill Morris, who had joined the Bishops Conference in 1993 as Bishop of Toowoomba, says the other bishops were very disappointed.
“Well, this is George, George will go his own way because George wants to reform the Church according to George Pell,” Morris says.
“It would have been much better for the Church in Australia to act as one to bring in a national approach and I am sure those who were close to George would have said that to him.”
The November 1996 meeting, which included bishops from every diocese in the country, as well as the leaders of all the religious orders such as the Jesuits and the Christian Brothers, was the day that the bishops approved the Towards Healing protocol — a united Church front to make an attempt to address this scourge.
Some who were present were particularly furious at Pell’s lack of consultation with others — especially his failure, as they put it, to hear the opinions of the religious leaders who would be operating in the Melbourne Archdiocese.
One of those was Bill Uren, Provincial of the Jesuit order.
The big meeting was at Kensington in Sydney on 22 November 1996. On the conference floor, Uren’s blood began to boil because when Robinson would mention “the protocol” (Towards Healing), Pell would interrupt and say, “there are two protocols”.
After it happened several times, Uren saw red. He jumped to his feet and confronted Pell across the conference floor for not consulting the religious leaders of Victoria before going ahead with the Melbourne Response.
Pell replied that he did consult them, but Uren said to Pell he believed the only one Pell had spoken to was Brother Paul Noonan — who was then the head of the Christian Brothers.
Uren had received the information in one of those typical Catholic coincidences — his personal assistant was the wife of the Christian Brothers’ lawyer.
Uren went on to correct Pell about the “consultation”, saying it was simply a statement informing Noonan that it would be happening. It was said that you could have heard a pin drop.
Uren really got going then, saying that the rest of them had been working on Towards Healing for three years and had been gazumped by Pell without any consultation with the religious leaders.
After the meeting, sources told me the two went toe-to-toe in the doorway, where Pell is said to have told Uren he objected to being called a liar in front of his fellow bishops.
Uren finished up as Provincial of the Jesuits the following month, in December 1996. Ironically, and much to Uren’s dismay, his successor, Daven Day, was the only religious leader (or bishop) in Australia to opt to go with Pell’s Melbourne Response, rather than Towards Healing.
Morris and many others I have spoken to in the Church believe that Towards Healing, while certainly not perfect and in many ways wanting, had a more pastoral outlook than the Melbourne Response, which was set up under the auspices of a Queen’s Counsel and had a more legalistic framework.
Pell’s argument is that the situation was so dramatic that he had to act swiftly. To be fair to Pell, things in the Catholic Church move in a byzantine and sluggish way. He knew the job needed to be done. But many of his colleagues believe that in going about it the way he did, he undermined the national process with an inferior scheme, and that unity was vital when addressing such a vexed issue.
In covering the later Royal Commission and speaking to survivors, solicitors and advocacy groups, I found that the response to the Response, from the people it was meant to help, was overwhelmingly underwhelmed. This was a position later reflected in the Victorian parliament’s Betrayal of Trust Report by the Parliamentary Inquiry in the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Institutions of November 2013.
One of the issues some survivors had was that the counselling service Carelink was run by a psychiatrist, Professor Richard Ball, who had provided treatment not just to victims, but to priests of the archdiocese and had also provided expert witness statements on the priests’ behalf.
The Royal Commission later agreed that while it did not question Ball’s integrity, “where there is a power imbalance, perceptions matter a great deal”.
Then there is the fact that Pell’s solicitor was given medical and psychological reports and assessments of the victims (albeit “on a confidential and without prejudice basis”), and was involved with each component of the process, at the same time as he was acting on behalf of the archdiocese.
The Royal Commission later found the fact that the solicitors were performing these dual roles raised “clear potential for conflict. It also raises difficulties with confidentiality.”
Fury at sex abuse inquiry snub: Ex pupils ‘devastated’ by bombshell U-turn
May 15 2017
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.”
Moors Murderer Ian Brady is dead, Ashworth Hospital confirms
Only last month they announced Brady letters will remain classified until 2051.
FA investigators seek evidence of paedophile ring
15 May 2017
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000 clerical sex abuse cases on backlog
- 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
PALM BEACH —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.
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.
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.
Arizona radio station tells listeners how to ‘hide’ child porn
May 12, 2017
- 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.
‘I feel sorry for the people caught with it’
Arizona’s strict sentences
‘Reprehensible,’ but maybe not illegal
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.”
A LITTLE HISTORY OF CAVE-FM
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.
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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]
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.
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.
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.
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?
It would be very interesting to follow up her connections to the Harwoman, Hewitt and Envar Hodge!
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
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.
Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees
May 3 2017
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Royal commission into child abuse a ‘hatchet job’ say priests
First steps in investigation into historic child sex abuse claims
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.
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
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.
Hundreds of suspected paedophiles held after dark net forum hacked
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.
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
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.Almost 900 arrested in ‘one of the most important’ child abuse investigations
09 May 2017Steven Wilson: ‘The internet has no
boundaries and does not recognise
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Trump Campaign Chair Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking
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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
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.
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.
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.”
CLIFF RICHARD, JIMMY SAVILE, MYRA HINDLEY..
For 35 years he championed her cause, yet to Myra Hindley Lord Longford became a ‘pestilential pain’.
Lord Longford and Sir Jimmy Savile went on a porno tour with Sir Cliff Richard
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.
Porn Team includes paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, paedophile Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney, Cliff Richard…
Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer
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
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
The abuse continued in on a weekly basis during term time at the school and on Earle’s boat in Dartmouth on weekend trips.
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.
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
A former children’s television presenter and Jackanory storyteller has admitted sexually assaulting a boy almost 60 years ago.
Author and Dartmoor expert John Earle was a teacher at a private preparatory school in Okehampton when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.
John Earle, formerly of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, pleaded not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
All the offences were allegedly committed against the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between 1957 and 1961 and when Earle would have been in his late 20s and early 30s.
Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a trial on August 21 this year and set a timetable for the progress of the case.
The school, Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton, closed in the early 1960s and he went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.
TOM TOM forerunner to Tomorrow’s world and Blue Peter
John Earle with Jan Leeming
He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co-presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970, where one of the other stars was a young Jan Leeming.
Earle went on to narrate two Jackanory stories during the show’s heyday in 1971, where other storytellers included Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear, Brian Blessed and Milo O’Shea.
Dartmoor Expedition Centre
The Jackanory appearances marked the end of his broadcasting career and he moved on to buy a farm on Dartmoor which he converted into a moorland exploration centre with bunk rooms.
- Bunkhouse accommodation in 300 year old granite barns.
- Well equipped, simple but comfortable.
- Ideal base for groups, Schools, Youth groups, Outdoor Adventure, Activity weeks, Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh Award Training, Field Studies, Management Courses, Clubs, Stag and Hen parties, friends and family weekends.
He ran the Dartmoor Expedition Centre at Rowden Farm, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor until it was sold last year, hosting countless groups of teenagers who were undertaking adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Princes Trust, and the Ten Tors challenge.
He became one of the leading experts on trekking on the moors and wrote guides entitled Walking on Dartmoor, Walking on Exmoor and the Quantocks, A Boot up Dartmoor Tors and A Boot up Dartmoor Rivers.
Earle, aged 87, now of Upton Pyne, near Exeter, admitted six counts of indecently the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between September 1957 and August 1961.
Three other offences are not being pursued.
The case at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned by Judge Mr Justice Dingemans so his defence barrister Mr Nicolas Gerasimidis can obtain medical reports.
The judge told him: ’All sentencing options, including immediate imprisonment, will be available to the court.’
He ordered Earle to sign on the sex offenders’ register immediately. He ordered the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.
Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the victim had been consulted and Earle’s pleas are acceptable.
Mr Gerasimidis said: ’We are in the process of obtaining medical records. The defendant has a number of underlying conditions, principally related to his old age.’
John Earle (right)
Earle was a teacher and deputy head at Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton at the time when the offences were committed against a boy aged nine to 13.
G. P. 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.
5.20 app. Children’s Service from Upcott House Preparatory School, Okehampton; conducted by G. P. W. 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.
‘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.
Counselling Between Ourselves
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.
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.”
Paedophile guilty of historic child abuse in Coatbridge
Samuel McCuaig committed “horrific sexual abuse” of young girls in 1970s
26 Apr 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kids Company founder and trustees may face action amid Insolvency Service probe
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.
UN Peacekeepers Caught Up in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal
The United Hations peacekeepers in Haiti are accused of trading sex with children for cookies and treats.
The AP reported:
In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the U.N. peacekeepers moved in a few blocks away.
The men who came from a far-away place and spoke a strange language offered the Haitian children cookies and other snacks. Sometimes they gave them a few dollars. But the price was high: The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.
Of course this isn’t the first time UN troops were caught up in a sex scandal.
It is part of the UN culture.
Here are a few other past examples from over the years:
UN Soldiers Arrested in Congo On Sex Abuse Charges
UN Peacekeepers Trade Food for Sex… Again!
UN Slapped with New Child Sex Scandal
UN Faces Another Child Sex Scandal
Another UN Broken Record
Again… UN Troops Involved In Another Child Sex Scandal
Monday Shocker… UN Peacekeepers Sexually Abusing Kids
Saturday Shocker: Another UN Official Caught With Child Porn
UN-backed Troops Accused of Killing & Raping Civilians
UN Troops Caught in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal
Palmerston House children’s home: Man charged with abuse
A MAN is due to appear in court charged with historic sex offences at a Hampshire children’s home.
William John Gillham is due to appear before Southampton Crown Court.
The 64-year-old was charged on Wednesday with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s in Hampshire.
Gillham, whose address is Rue des Fours Ecoine, Deux-Sèvres, France, faces charges relating to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home on Botley Road, Romsey.
It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse have charged a man with serious sexual offences involving children.
The work of Operation Marmion also involves child protection specialists from local authorities.
Previous victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse, or anyone with information, can contact Operation Marmion detectives at Hampshire Constabulary’s Southern Training Headquarters at Netley by phoning 101.
Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
For many years Palmerston House, which was purpose-built in the 1930s, was used by Hampshire County Council Social services, as a children’s home. In the 1960s it became an assessment centre (Palmerston House Observation & Assessment Centre) and in 1967 it was extended at a cost of £23,000.
In 1988 the assessment unit closed and for the next 11 years it was used as offices by social services until they moved to the Old Magistrates’ Court. Romsey School used the building until last November. Since then it has been empty and is now boarded up.
Memories of Romsey
Operation Marmion – Football abuse & the notorious Isle of Wight
Hampshire detectives from Operation Marmion, which is looking into reports of historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, are investigating the football allegations.
Operation Marmion was set up after the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, in which some local investigations were never finalised or made public.
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) has released a unredacted copy of the 1985 Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Childrens Homes and Hostels by WH Hughes, WJ Patterson and H Whalley  and on wordpress [1a] in response to a Freedom of Information Request  on the Whatdotheyknow website. 
This is also known as the Hughes Report or the Report into Kincora (although there were several). It also includes inquiries into 9 other homes and concentrates on male homosexual abuse.
The Inquiry was into Kincora Boys hostel 1960-1980; Valetta Park Hostel, Newtownards; Bawnmore Boys Home; Williamson House; Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre; Nazareth Lodge Childrens Home; De La Salle Boys Home, Rubane House Kircubbin; Barnardos Sharonmore project; and Manor House Home
In Chapter 8 Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre, they consider the case of Mr Hendry, who had worked at Bawnmore before moving to Palmerston in 1975.
In 1981 a senior social worker discovered that he had been the subject of allegations of improper behaviour at a youth club in Belfast before he was employed at Bawnmore and informed the police; he was suspended and later convicted.
GMP to release Operation Jaguar Report into Knowl View 1969-95 by end of 2017
G. J. Whitehead Palmerston House Children’s Home Romsey
Will it be another…
Knowl View: Report into abuse at Rochdale school ‘suppressed’
One former pupil called Peter says he was abused by a staff member on the first day he arrived at the school at the age of 11.
He said the “worst nights” were when people were brought from outside the school.
“We were raped. There was a flat. We were taken there and plied with drink and raped.”
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.”
In 2007, Father Michael Seed, 55, wrote a book, in which he detailed sexual abuse in the school where he had been a pupil.
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.
“Surrounded by rent boys, drug dealers and the mentally subnormal, I’d become something of a philosophic eccentric.”
His friends – among whom he numbers six prime ministers and several royals
Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours
One of Britain’s most high-profile Catholic priests has admitted arranging papal knighthoods for wealthy businessmen for money.
Father Michael Seed, who regularly celebrated Mass for Tony Blair and his family in Downing Street, now faces questions from his religious order after an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.
The most damaging evidence concerns his attempted cultivation of an Israeli arms dealer, Hezi Bezalel, who was seeking business opportunities in the Balkans.
He lives rent-free in a flat owned by one of his wealthy papal knights in exclusive Dolphin Square in Pimlico, Central London.
more here on Fr Seed
John Whittingdale: was a student (aged 14-18 yrs old) at Winchester College 1973-1977 when sadomasochist John Smyth was beating students
^ From the Trust Servant – Trusty Servant. This is the major publication of Winchester College Society and is primarily written for Old Wykehamists
The leading QC John Smyth is accused of having brainwashed 22 young men Britain’s oldest public school, Winchester College in what victims now describe as a “cult”
Among them was Andy Moorse, who was 14-year-old pupil at Winchester College in 1975 when he was groomed. In less than two years, Moorse was accepting regular and violent beatings in Smyth’s garden shed, he told the BBC.
John Whittingdale likes to be beaten and is into torture porn…
….and John Whittingdale’s older half-brother, school teacher, Charles Napier, was part of an elite paedophile ring and a Treasurer of PIE – Paedophile Information Exchange
Paedophile Charles Napier deliberately got a job at a boarding school so he could prey on pupils aged eight to 13.
Charles Napier was born in 1947 and John Whittindale in 1959. – Paedophile Charles Napier was 12 yrs-old when 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.
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.
“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…'”
Charles Napier and John Whittingdale MP
Abuse scandals probe : The man who may hold key to UK’s biggest paedophile network ever
Charles Napier could provide vital evidence for police investigating a child abuse scandal spanning three decades
Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement, giving evidence against establishment figures
In his diaries, Righton scored children according to how far the abuse went. This practice was revealed to Parliament by Tom Watson MP, whom Mr Briggs consulted after reading about Righton in a newspaper article.
It was following discussions with Tom Watson that Mr Briggs gave a statement to the police, as part of their Operation Fairbank into a high level paedophile conspiracy operating from Westminster.
Mr Briggs also approached specialist child abuse lawyer Tracey Emmott of Bedford-based Emmott Snell.
He was taken by Righton in his car to London, to meet a man he later recognized as Cyril Smith, the leading Liberal politician. Smith was later revealed to have been a serial paedophile.
Righton also boasted of other friends in high places, including the late Leon Brittan, who was home secretary at the time.
Brittan has come under scrutiny in several child abuse investigations, though has been cleared of involvement in at least one. His widow has received an apology from the police.
But Righton claimed Brittan could influence judicial procedures in his favour should Mr Briggs ever find himself in trouble.
Mr Briggs recalls that Righton was known as ‘the general’ among his friends who called at the flat and in telephone calls.
Charles Napier, another convicted paedophile and friend of Righton and Alston, also visited the flat to gain access to Mr Briggs and his friends.
Napier was convicted and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in 2014 for sexually abusing boys between 1973 and 1983. He was the treasurer of PIE.
Charles Scott Napier was born into the very heart of the British Empire’s military and intelligence establishment.
At the time of his paedophile offences one of Napier’s distant cousins was married to Sir Peter Hayman, a senior MI6 officer who was later himself exposed as a paedophile though never prosecuted.
How did Charles Napier manage to continue teaching even after his first conviction for indecent assault in 1972?
Claims John Smyth recruited victim – now head of top prep school – to help him carry out beatings
“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.
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
- 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’
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)
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
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.”
Lancashire Police refuse to answer questions relating to potential paedophile ring involving Darlington priest Michael Higginbottom
LANCASHIRE police have refused to answer a series of questions relating to reported abuse by priests at St Joseph’s Catholic seminary.
In 2006, the force was told of allegations suggesting Father Michael Higginbottom and other priests had abused a pupil at the college in West Lancashire.
Despite Higginbottom being based in Darlington at the time the initial reports were made, Durham Constabulary could find no record of having been informed of the allegations facing him and of having a suspected sex offender living on their patch.
The initial police investigation was eventually dropped, with the Catholic Church paying the alleged victim £35,000 in an out of court settlement.
In 2016, Higginbottom was again accused of the abuse of a teenager, with the force’s subsequent investigation eventually leading to his imprisonment.
Following the priest’s conviction, The Northern Echo put a series of questions to Lancashire Police.
We asked: Why was the initial 2006 investigation discontinued?
Were Higginbottom and other priests then accused of abuse interviewed? If so, how many times?
Were any other clergy members interviewed as part of this investigation? If so, how many and what was the outcome?
Did that initial investigation lead to any others? If so, what were the findings and outcomes?
Was the Catholic Church informed of the investigation and did the Church provide any help or assistance?
In light of Fr Higginbottom’s conviction and disturbing claims that other members of staff at St Joseph’s seminary were involved in systemic child abuse will Lancashire Police re-examine this case?
Would Lancashire Police like to hear from anyone else who was at St Joseph’s during the 1970s and 80s who may have been the victim of sexual abuse?
Were the team investigating the 2016 allegations aware of the initial police investigation? If not, why not?
We received no response to the questions but Detective Sergeant Steve Ollerton responded to Higginbottom’s conviction.
Praising the victim’s courage in coming forward, he said the “predatory sex offender” had breached his position of trust in the worst way imaginable, adding: “I am pleased he has been brought to justice and will now be in prison for a long time.
“I hope the result will allow his victim to begin to put this ordeal behind him and move forward with his life.”
He urged anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence to report it to police, saying: “We take all reports seriously and ensure that victims are treated sensitively and professionally at all times.”
Michael Higginbottom – Newcastle/Ormskirk
A Catholic priest has been jailed for 17 years for repeatedly sexually abusing a teenage boy when he worked as a teacher in the 1970s.
Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, was working at St Joseph’s College, a boarding school in Upholland, Lancashire, when the sexual abuse took place.
Liverpool Crown Court heard that his victim attended the seminary, for boys who wanted to become priests, for six months when he was aged between 13 and 14.
In a victim statement read to the court, he said: “My sexual abuse happened so often I became numb to what was happening to me.
“I cried so often I believe I could have drowned in my own tears.”
The victim, now in his 50s, said he used to pray that he would die to escape the abuse.
He said: “There are worse things than death – living with an evil man and being left alone at Upholland.”
The trial heard he would be struck with a strap if he did not attend Higginbottom’s living quarters, where much of the abuse happened, at appointed times.
The first incident happened about a week after the victim arrived at the school.
He said he was invited into Higginbottom’s living quarters and the priest locked the door and ordered him to undress before sexually assaulting him.
When he returned home from the school he became rebellious and his schoolwork suffered, he said.
He added: “Upholland, and him, have stolen so much of my being. I had to salvage something out of this empty shell.”
The court heard the victim also made allegations against two other priests at the school, but both had since died.
Adam Birkby, defending, said that since the offences, Higginbottom had led a “positive” life as a parish priest.
He said he suffered a number of health problems including type-2 diabetes and a heart condition.
Sentencing, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: “For a period of six months in the late 1970s you made a young boy’s life a living hell.
“What you did to him there effectively destroyed the remainder of his childhood and did a good job of destroying any faith he ever had.”
Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, had denied four counts of buggery and four counts of indecent assault but was found guilty after a trial.
The court heard that during his time as a physics teacher at the school, which has since closed, he would give electric shocks to pupils as a punishment.
Judge Menary said: “You employed methods which today, if not then, would be recognised for what they were – cruel and sadistic bullying.”
The trial jury was told that allegations had been made against Higginbottom by another former pupil in 2007 and the Catholic Church had settled the claim out of court for #35,000.
Police had investigated the claims and, although Higginbottom was charged, no evidence against him was offered in court and not guilty verdicts were entered.
Higginbottom was told he would be subject to the notification requirement of the Sexual Offences Act for the rest of his life.
Former Students Back Exiled Priest
By Neil Macfarlane
February 20, 2009
FORMER students of a priest who has been banned from attending his church for more than four years have started a petition to get him reinstated.
|EXILED: Father Michael Higginbottom|
Father Michael Higginbottom was suspended by the Catholic church without explanation in December 2004 and has been barred from his parish in Darlington ever since.
No official reason has been given for the action, but it is thought that the priest was taken out of duty due to reports of an unspecified incident alleged to have taken place during his time as a lecturer at Upholland College, near Wigan, in the Seventies or Eighties.
Now, two of his former pupils at the monastic training centre have started a campaign to show support for the priest.
James Foley studied there between 1976 and 1981 and said he has fond memories of his time in Fr Higginbottom’s class.
He works as the director of a telecommunications company in London, and decided to set up an online petition calling for the priest’s reinstatement, after following the case in The Northern Echo.
“I have been following the story for some time, and I thought this would be a way to remind the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle that Father Higginbottom has the support of people who knew him from his time at Upholland,” he said.
“Once we reach a certain level of support, we will take the petition to the Bishop. This has been going on for too long.”
Parishioners at St Augustine’s Church, Darlington, have repeatedly called for the priest to be returned to the pulpit, and for an explanation for his suspension.
During his years in exile, he is believed to have lived at the Minsteracres monastic retreat, near Consett, County Durham, and with family in Newcastle, although he is still officially listed as St Augustine’s priest.
Mr Foley, 44, was a pupil of the priest’s between the ages of 11 and 16. He said he had “no idea” what the allegations could be about, but hoped other ex-pupils would sign the petition.
“Father Higginbottom was an all-round good guy,very spiritual and very supportive of his students,”
“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.
Catholic priest guilty of campaign of sexual assault against boy in the 1970s
A Catholic priest faces jail after he was found guilty of sexually abusing a young boy in the 1970s.
Father Michael Higginbottom, 74, told Liverpool Crown Court he did not remember the victim
He denied molesting the pupil at St Joseph’s College, a seminary for prospective priests, in Upholland, near Ormskirk.
Higginbottom, of West Farm Road, Newcastle, denied eight offences, including four of buggery and four of indecent assault.
Defence lawyers suggested the man made up the allegations to try and get financial compensation, during a five-day trial.
But a jury today found Higginbottom guilty of all counts by a majority of 10-2, following more than 10 hours of deliberation.
Prosecutors said Higginbottom targeted the boy in his care, breaching the trust placed in him “in a spectacular and horrific way”.
David Temkin, prosecuting, said the victim recalled the college as “a cold, dark and forbidding place” and a venue for “mental, physical and sexual abuse”.
The man said it began just days after he started boarding at the college, when he was aged 12 or 13.
He told the jury it only ended when he deliberately stole a watch, so that he would be expelled.
Mr Temkin said: “He ran to meet his parents so that they could take him home and he never went back.”
The man did not report Higginbottom until 2013, when he told a friend who encouraged him to contact police.
In a video recorded interview played to the jury, he told officers: “I call that man evil because that is exactly what he was.”
Higginbottom denied the allegations when arrested in April 2015, describing them as “total lies”.
He said he let boys use his room to make coffee or watch television, explaining it was common for teachers to let students in their rooms.
Mr Temkin said: “He strenuously denied all of the allegations and added that he had never been attracted to boys or men.”
The man contacted solicitors in 2014 after reading an article linking Higginbottom to a civil case involving another ex-pupil, who was awarded £35,000 in an out-of-court settlement for alleged abuse.
He maintained he was not interested in compensation and annoyed because the article said the man would rebuild his life with the money.
The victim said: “I don’t think he could put his life right with any sum of money.”
He added: “No compensation was on my mind – justice was on my mind.
“I wanted that man to feel as scared as I did at Upholland.”
Judge Andrew Menary, QC, said he would sentence Higginbottom on Thursday and remanded him in custody.
Catholic school St Joseph’s Seminary in Upholland, Lancashire, opened in 1883 and last batch of pupils left in 1992
Situated in Walthew Park, the geographic centre of the Diocese of Liverpool, St Joseph’s College was a Roman Catholic Seminary run by a board of trustees headed by the Archbishop of Liverpool.
1880 founded by Bishop Bernard O’Reilly.
1883 opened as Seminary for NW England – secondary education for junior boys 11-18 yrs; philosophy and theology education for senior boys 18-24 yrs.
1972 Seminary educating junior boys 11-18 yrs across North England.
1975 senior boys 18-24 yrs moved to Urshaw Seminary College.
1980 role changed to Boarding School for boys 11-18 yrs (not only those wishing to enter Priesthood)
1987 due to falling numbers boarders attended St John’s Rigby College for schooling as more economical.
1992 last boarders graduated and the College closed.SCANDAL:
In 2006 allegations of historic child sexual abuse ( in 1970s ) lead to the suspension of a Priest from Darlington and a £35,000 compensation payout.DRAMA:
In 2010, following the 50th Anniversary Special of Coronation Street. St Joseph’s Graveyard was used to film the funerals of the street’s residents that tragically lost their lives in the Tram crash that demolished half the street.In 2012, the disused Seminary full of rambling corridors, crumbling plaster and dark spooky corners provided the ideal setting for the supernatural drama Bedlam.The Grade II listed building set in 150 acres has also been used as a backdrop for top selling films;Splintered (2010) a U.K movie about Sophie and her group of friends who go on a trip to an area of Wales looking for some kind of beast that is killing in the area.Noble (2014) a film written and directed by Stephen Bradley about the true life story of Christina Noble, a children’s rights campaigner, charity worker and writer, who founded the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation in 1989.
Catholic Church criticised as allegations of abuse by suspended parish priest are revealed
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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?
MIRROR WORLD EXCLUSIVE
What really happened the night Maddie disappeared
While the Ocean Club was clearly popular with British holidaymakers like the McCanns, from Rothley, Leics, the former child minder claimed it was considered an unsafe place for those who worked there.
After she arrived she was stunned when a fellow nanny passed on a message from hotel staff to never venture off the site alone.
She added: “I just couldn’t get over how different it was to other Mark Warner resorts.
“We were told, ‘Here’s a rape whistle, don’t go anywhere by yourself, ever.’
There’d been a girl attacked the year or so before in Praia da Luz. It didn’t sound like a family resort to me.
“I just got the feeling the locals didn’t want us there.” It emerged in 2014 that 11 years earlier a 10-year-old British girl had been sexually assaulted “in the heart” of Praia da Luz.
The victim came forward three years ago after a Scotland Yard appeal revealed a string of potentially linked sex assaults on young UK girls across the Algarve between 2004 and 2006.
Mark Warner, which operates in resorts all over the world, quit Praia da Luz in 2015.
The woman claimed local police took 90 minutes to arrive on the scene.
The serious assault took place in Praia da Luz in 2005, two years before Madeleine was snatched.
It is one of 18 Algarve villa break-ins by a prowling paedophile who British police are now potentially linking to Madeleine
“The fact we’ve now got an assault that is in the heart of Praia da Luz means we are even more interested in this as part of the inquiry. This offence takes us into the resort so it is very significant.”
The new victim came forward following a fresh appeal last month when detectives revealed a string of break-ins across the Algarve, which included sex attacks on British girls aged between six and 12 from 2004 to 2006.
Before March, Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange was aware of 12 break-ins and four sex assaults. Now they are aware of six new break-ins including five new sex assaults.
Of the break-ins, which took place between 2004 and 2010, three happened at Praia de Luz, five in Carvoeiro, nine in the Albufeira district and one in Vilamoura.
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.
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.
#Janner Witness ?
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, in conversation with Daniel Bacall from Brondesbury Park
#Janner Israeli Handler. Daniel Bacall.
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.
JANNER OF BRAUNSTONE, Lord
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.
Janner (left) and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks (right)
Britain’s Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks mourned the death of “a wonderful young man, a natural leader, and one of the most impressive individuals to have emerged from our student community in recent years.”
The Coexistence Trust
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.
The chief rabbi talked of the importance of the trust in ensuring future Jewish leadership. He reflected on personal memories of Senitt, including the fact that Senitt had introduced him at the pro-Israel rally in London’s Trafalgar Square in 2001.
Janner reflected on Senitt’s time with him in the office leading the Coexistence Trust and described how Senitt had sent him a birthday present from the US which did not arrive until after Senitt had died.
When Alan’s friends convinced him at the age of 13 to try BBYO youth clubs, he wasn’t sure he would like it but it was to be where he found himself, great friends and a path from which he would grow to be the amazing person he was.
During his all too short life Alan had held the posts of National President of B’nai B’rith Youth Organisation, National Chairman of the Union of Jewish Students, Israel Lobbyist for BICOM (British Israel Communications and Research), and first Director of The Political Council for Co-existence and of the Co-existence Trust and Director of The Israel-Britain Business Council.
Rabbi Tony Bayfield
Mr Matt Lucas
Lord Parry Mitchell
Sir Gulam Noon OBE
Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Lord Jeffery Sterling Baron of Plaistow CBE
Luciana Berger MP
Alan Senitt with Shimon Peres
Janner and Peres
By Andrew Gilbert, Chairman, Forty Under 40 panel
I am certain Alan Senitt would have been in the top five in our Forty Under 40 list had he but lived.
I was youth director of the Middlesex New Synagogue in 1986 when Alan’s mother Karen was part of the synagogue administration team and his dad Jack was the chair of the youth committee. My memory is of an over-energetic seven-year-old running around with his brother.
His teenage years were a story of climbing to the world summit of BBYO. At UJS conference in his first year I met him and he said he would be chair of UJS, and it gradually became obvious that he would become that.
From there he went to BICOM and became director of the Co-Existence Trust. He stood for council in Barnet for Labour and today would undoubtedly have been either in Parliament or in a significant role in the Jewish community.
Two of our top 40 were very close friends, Luciana Berger MP and Danny Stone. They are the patron and former press officer of the trust set up to continue Alan’s work.
Chief Rabbi – is friends with Greville Janner/Prince Charles/Margaret Thatcher etc
Copies of Correspondence between Childline and NSPCC and copies of letters from abused children to Childline were shared with Office of Chief Rabbi
Lord Janner’s family to ‘undermine’ sex abuse inquiry strand into their father after being given formal role in investigation
Feb 1 2017
The family of Lord Janner yesterday vowed to ‘undermine from within’ the Government’s beleaguered child sex abuse inquiry after being given a formal role in the investigation.
Police investigate 58 allegations of abuse against doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells
- Doctor who died 41 years ago is being investigated on child abuse allegations
- Kenneth Milner ran Aston Hall Children’s Hospital in Derbyshire for 28 years
- He is accused of injecting children with truth serum before assaulting them
- Police have confirmed they are looking into 58 allegations of abuse against him
Police are investigating 58 allegations of abuse against a late doctor at a former mental hospital where child patients were drugged and thrown into padded cells.
Police are investigating 58 allegations of child abuse against Dr Kenneth Milner, pictured, who died 41 years ago
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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
‘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
‘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
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
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
A leading Plymouth businessman has appeared in court to answer a string of serious sexual abuse charges.
Former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, is facing 12 counts of indecent assault, two of buggery and one of attempted buggery between December 1985 and September 1994.
Dressed in a smart blue suit and accompanied by his wife at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court today, Howeson spoke only to confirm his name and address and said “I understand, thank you” when the charges were read out.
He did not enter a plea and will next appear at crown court on May 15.
Why would someone (Hewson) sabotage their own career so relentlessly for 3 years?
Barrister ‘made death threats’ to student
April 12 2017
Barbara Hewson has been accused of online and other abuse. She came to prominence after calling for the age of consent to be lowered in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal
Police have issued a harassment warning to a barrister amid allegations that she waged a campaign of online bullying, abuse and “death threats” against a law student and another lawyer.
Barbara Hewson, 55, who came to prominence after the Jimmy Savile scandal when she called for the age of sexual consent to be substantially lowered, is the subject of mounting complaints to the Bar’s regulator.
At least three complaints have been lodged with the Bar Standards Board, The Times has learnt.
It has also emerged that Ms Hewson, a Court of Protection and human rights specialist, has within the past few weeks left her chambers, 1 Gray’s Inn Square, in London. The chambers, which is also home to the civil liberties lawyer Michael Mansfield, QC,…
Lawyer who was dubbed the ‘bolshiest barrister on Twitter’ and called for age of consent to be lowered to 13 ‘made death threats’ to law student
It is not the first time Miss Hewson has aroused controversy.
She caused outrage after the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations when she called for the age of consent to be lowered to 13 and for an end to the ‘persecution of old men’.
She has also questioned whether rape victims are ‘utterly innocent’ and suggested that they can have a ‘moral responsibility for the crime’.
Miss Hewson said rape victims had a ‘moral responsibility’ and cases were rarely straight forward where one party was ‘utterly guilty’ or ‘utterly innocent’.
And she described Scotland Yard’s investigations into historic sexual abuse as a ‘witch hunt’.
In September 2016 Miss Hewson said it was time to ‘put an end to the whole fiasco’. Writing for the Daily Mail, she called for the inquiry into historic abuse to be closed.
Claims John Smyth recruited victim – now head of top prep school – to help him carry out beatings
More claims emerge of alleged abuse at Christian camp
Apr 11 2017
Alleged victim Andy Moorse told the BBC that barrister John Smyth QC convinced Simon Doggart to join in committing the sadomasochistic ..
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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 email@example.com.”
Matt Forde, national head for NSPCC Scotland, said: “The latest allegations about abuse in football are concerning.
“It’s clear that for far too long, hundreds of people suffered abuse as children in football and elsewhere without feeling able to speak up and seek help.
“But it is encouraging that so many are finally finding their voice in a new climate where they know they will be listened to and supported. Their bravery in coming forward should be commended.”
Janner Investigation to Continue
11 April 2017
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.
Children let down by system as suspected child sex abusers are allowed to work as taxi drivers
Apr 8 2017
Up to 100 under-18s across Buckinghamshire are believed to have fallen victim to gangs who passed them around after luring them with cheap gifts and a pretence of friendship.
Often the girls were brought into their clutches by taxi drivers who were hired by councils to collect them from schools and children’s homes.
Judges overturn abuse conviction of man who killed himself during trial
Court of appeal says trial of Darren Turk should have been stopped after defendant took his life
6 April 2017
The conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty of child sexual abuse after he killed himself during his trial has been overturned.
Darren Turk, 54, killed himself last June while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15 at Frewen College in Northiam, East Sussex, between 1996 and 2002.
After his death, a jury at Lewes crown court found him guilty of 10 child sexual abuse-related offences and not guilty on six counts, in what was believed to be the first time a dead man has been convicted of a crime in England.
Turk’s family criticised the decision of the trial judge to allow jurors to return verdicts after he had died.
On Thursday, three judges in the court of appeal said the verdicts were wrongfully returned and must be set aside as a nullity with the convictions annulled.
Sir Brian Leveson, sitting with Mr Justice Jay and Mr Justice Garnham, said there was nothing to suggest that any of the verdicts returned were unsafe but they were, however, “irregular”.
“In our judgment, there is no discretion as to the course which the judge should follow in these circumstances; he was not entitled to continue simply because he thought that obtaining verdicts from the jury justified that course.”
The proceedings were brought by Turk’s mother, Jasmine Botting, 76, from Etchingham, near Hastings, East Sussex.
Turk was a member of care staff and later head of care at the boarding school, but was not a teacher. At the time of his death, he worked as an electrician’s assistant.
3 April 2017
The jury in the trial of a former teacher accused of sex offences against young girls in the 1970s and 80s has retired to consider its verdict.
Christopher Metcalfe from Blidworth in Nottinghamshire, is charged with 4 counts of indecent assault & 1 count of rape against 3 girls aged between 9 & 15.
The offences are alleged to have taken place while he taught at a Junior school near Mansfield & at Skegby Hall in Nottinghamshire – a residential school for children in care.
Metcalfe denies the charges. The trial at Derby crown court continues.
Monk ‘who ran sex club involving young boys’ at country’s top Catholic School ‘remained in his job for eight years after allegations were first made’
Apr 5 2017
- Father Jeremy Sierla allegedly ran ‘sex club’ for boys at Ampleforth College
- He remained at Catholic school for eight years after allegations first made
- Police told he would make pupils perform sex acts in their pyjamas
- Investigation began in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him
Detectives spoke to more than a dozen young men who attended the school’s Junior House between 1990 and 1993 when Father Jeremy was housemaster.
Some recalled the monk whipping boys’ bottoms with his habit, encouraging the pupils to tie him up, showering naked with them and putting his hands under their duvets, the Times reported.
Photos and video clips – none indecent – of Ampleforth pupils were found on Father Jeremy’s computer, including one of a 12-year-old boy holding a rose in his mouth.
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.
A school spokesman said that Father Jeremy’s continued presence at Ampleforth was approved at a meeting of safeguarding professionals in 2004 and that his case was reviewed again in 2007 by an independent safeguarding commission.
It took a further five years before the Department for Education (DfE)told Ampleforth he should not be allowed on school grounds.
TheDfE said that it was unable to discuss individual cases but stressed it was ‘paramount that children are protected at school and that there are robust safeguards in place’.
It added: ‘Where schools fail to meet standards, we will not hesitate to take action.’
Police criticised on Henry Clarke child sex abuse
Any links to Dr Morris Fraser re impunity?
Child sex abuser Henry Clarke tracked down to Canada
BBC News NI has tracked down a serial child sex abuser who admitted his crimes to police but has never been brought to justice.
Henry Clarke, 75, confessed to abusing three different boys at care homes in Northern Ireland.
A retired church pastor, he has been living in Canada since he made the admissions in 1985.
NI’s Director of Public Prosecutions directed no prosecution and the RUC failed to act on a further confession.
Today, he lives in a small town hundreds of miles from the nearest city in northern Canada.
One of his victims, Billy Brown, 61, who was abused when he was a 12 year-old boy, described Henry Clarke as “a monster”.
Mr Brown, who has waived his right to anonymity, said: “You just had to stay away from him. You went to bed at night, you pulled your blankets around you as tightly as you could.”
Henry Clarke emigrated to Canada in the late seventies but he eventually admitted the accusations of abuse during an interview with police in Belfast in 1985 and afterwards in a letter he wrote from Canada.
Clarke was pastor of four churches in Canada after he emigrated.
His identity had been protected by the inquiry’s offer of blanket anonymity but that ruling was successfully challenged by BBC News NI.
Convicted paedophile Colin Gregg lodges appeal against his child sex conviction
Disgraced Gregg was handed a 13-and-a-half sentence after being found guilty of molesting young boys
Apr 1 2017
Disgraced headteacher Colin Gregg has launched an appeal against his conviction and sentence for child sex charges.
The millionaire son of the Gregg’s bakery founder was found guilty of nine counts of indecently assaulting four victims.
A court heard how the 75-year-old charity boss molested the boys, who were aged between 11 and 14, from the early 1960s until the 1990s.
The abuse was carried out in a swimming pool, in a car and at his home gym.
Branding him a “sophisticated, predatory paedophile” Judge Robin Mairs jailed Gregg for 13-and-a-half years at Newcastle Crown Court.
Now, it is understood that Gregg has lodged an appeal against both his conviction and sentence.
Northumbria Police has urged any other victims of Gregg to come forward.
DS Chris Wilson, who led the investigation, said: “The victims in this case showed immense bravery to come forward and stand up in court to give the evidence that ultimately put their abuser through court.
“It was a terrifying ordeal for them but their actions have helped convict a predatory paedophile and I am sure that convictions such as this will help encourage other victims of sexual abuse to come forward.
Damning update on FB scandal: The lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials /”rampant Freemasonry”…
The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing
As fresh cases of abuse continue to emerge, so do examples of official complacency, such as the obstruction and termination in 2003 of an FA review of child protection policies
Apr 2 2017
Operation Hydrant has received reports of child abuse for every year from 2005 – the year the FA’s inquiry cuts off – through to 2016
After everything that has emerged about football’s sexual-abuse scandal – including some extraordinary new details that can be reported today about the lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials – it can come as a jolt to realise that the problem is not just restricted to what used to be known as the good old days.
Until now, it has widely been thought of as the property of another age. Words such as “historical” or “non-recent” have been applied and the FA certainly seemed to think as much. When the governing body announced in early-December it had commissioned an inquiry into the scandal the terms of reference made it clear it had a cut-off point “up until around 2005”.
That suddenly does not seem so clever, judging by the figures obtained by this newspaper that show 46 of the incidents reported to Operation Hydrant since November, when Andy Woodward’s interview with the Guardian set off what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a “tidal wave,” relate to the period from 2005 to 2016. There is not one blank year and, though it can never be an exact science, it would be a mistake to believe this could not involve the sport at its highest level. The specialist police unit in charge of the investigation calculates that 23% of all the referrals (1,016 at the last count) relate to clubs from England’s top four divisions.
These are the numbers, in other words, that dismantle the theory everything goes back to the era – the 1970s and 1980s, predominantly – relating to the majority of the victims, now in their 40s and 50s, who have felt emboldened enough to talk publicly about their ordeals.
Instead, it turns out there have been 187 reported incidents of sexual assaults on junior footballers from the 20-year period beginning in 1996. Twenty-three relate to the years from 2011 onwards and, as if that is not alarming enough, it is also worth keeping in mind the true figure will be considerably higher.
For starters, this data actually goes back 10 weeks to 13 January and therefore covers only the first two months since the scandal erupted. The updated figures will be released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month and it is worth getting the take of Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child-abuse lawyer, on the number of reported incidents – 83 – from 2000 onwards.
Nocivelli has worked on cases involving the Roman Catholic church, the Scout Association and various local authorities and knows from experience that it is often not until victims are in their late 30s or early 40s that they speak out. He is now representing a number of football child-abuse survivors and hopes that the age range will come down on the back of the latest scandal. Nonetheless, he says the figures since the millennium “are very likely the tip of the iceberg”.
For now, all that can really be said with certainty is that it was naive to think this scandal should be talked about only in the past tense and it leaves some awkward questions for the FA bearing in mind its decision, in 2003, to withdraw all funding from a major review of its child-protection policies.
Would football have been a safer place if that five-year research programme had not been abandoned three years early? Would it be too much of a stretch to think a completed project might even have prevented some of the more recent cases? Nocivelli, for one, thinks it is legitimate to link the two. “Questions remain as to why the FA decided to drop the review into safeguarding and whether or not children were subjected to abuse as a result of this decision.”
At the same time, it would certainly be useful to know why so many people at the FA, as well as the sport in general, were openly hostile and obstructive to the team of academics, led by Celia Brackenridge of Brunel University, who conducted the study.
An internal report, seen by this correspondent, states that only four of the 14 FA staff who were asked for interviews bothered to respond. Others, it claims, were “prevented/bullied” from not talking, in keeping with the “wall of silence” the researchers encountered from other areas of the game. “The football community was, in the main, helpful and cooperative about the research but there were also occasions where our fieldworkers faced rudeness, including from people in paid positions and/or in positions of significant authority within the FA,” Brackenridge writes in her notes. “One club official threw the researcher’s ID card back across the table at her; another refused to return numerous telephone calls and even pretended to be someone else on the telephone to avoid being interviewed.”
So, what was it that football objected to so much? And why were there people inside the FA who appear to have been as uncooperative as possible until the organisation’s then head of ethics and sports equity, Tony Pickerin, concluded in one letter – again, seen by this newspaper – that its child-protection budget for 2003 had to be “substantially reduced and the consequence of this will be a much lower level of research activity”? And is it purely just a coincidence that the FA was simultaneously trying to find the money to fund the huge costs of building the new Wembley?
Brackenridge has since made the point that the scale of progress since the 1990s has not been sufficiently acknowledged, saying some FA staff had been “exemplary” and pointing out that the research project, interviewing 189 children and a large number of coaches and administrators, had brought demonstrable improvement.
Yet her experiences at the time “left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might be simply using CP [child protection] as a kind of ethical fig leaf to cover their embarrassment at the many other problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes, among others. The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”
The sport as a whole can seem hard-faced, to say the least, when it also transpires that the research team – collating information, let’s not forget, to safeguard children – encountered verbal attacks and felt like they were “seen as the police” by some of the people they contacted. One interviewee spoke of “rampant Freemasonry” within the sport. Brackenridge’s notes allude to “organisational inertia” inside the FA and, referring to a year-long delay to sign off the project, concludes that the governing body “did not know what right and left hand were doing”. At the end of the project she says she had to bring in lawyers to force the FA to settle its bills. “On the day we were due to go to court to sue them the money finally came through.” The whole thing sounds a mess.
Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry. Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures. Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?
At least the FA is going through the system – no matter whether you or I agree with the exact processes – whereas it does seem strange that the Football Association of Wales, contrary to its counterparts in England and Scotland, has not thought it necessary when three out of the four police forces in Wales confirmed as long ago as December they were part of the investigation.
Almost four months in, it is perplexing, however, that Sheldon and his research team do not appear to have started interviewing the players who have attracted so much publicity about the events that shaped their lives. It was never going to be a quick process but, after all this time, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that some of the key witnesses, understandably put out, have started ringing ahead to find out, put bluntly, what the hell is going on.
On a similar theme, can you believe that Crewe Alexandra, even with their consistently unimpressive responses, do not appear to have arranged interviews with any of the relevant former players who have featured in the news during the last four months?
This, more than anything, demonstrates everything that is wrong with the process. It was 26 November – 122 days ago, to be precise – when Crewe announced they would be holding an independent review, declaring they were “determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity”. Since then, Crewe have refused to say who, if anyone, is leading the inquiry.
On Saturday, when pressed, a spokesperson for Crewe said: “Clubs have been advised not to investigate historical allegations at this stage,” and declined to comment further. They have not supplied a terms of reference and the extensive list of former players you might have thought would be high‑priority calls could probably be forgiven for wondering when, if ever, they will be required to help.
After all this time, their collective suspicion says a lot for what they think of the regime at Gresty Road – the consensus being, as one put it, they “gave up a long time ago”.
Clive Sheldon wasn’t the first choice….. echoes of the C S A leadership fiasco
FA forced to replace woman leading review into football’s child sex abuse scandal over independence concerns
6 December 2016
The FA announced the full terms of reference for its internal review today, also revealing Clive Sheldon QC would head it and not Kate Gallafent QC.
The governing body had been criticised for recruiting Gallafent, who has acted for it previously – as well as against it – and whose Blackstone Chambers firm is regularly used by the organisation.
In carrying out the Review, Clive Sheldon QC will be assisted by a team of counsel from 11KBW Chambers: David Bedenham, Katherine Eddy, Zoe Gannon and Leo Davidson. Clive Sheldon QC will also receive expert advice on child protection in sport from Dr Mike Hartill, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sport at Edge Hill University.
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.
But a Wiltshire Police source said: “The investigation is ongoing and hasn’t been closed
We’ve got a team of 20 people still working on it following a number of significant lines of inquiry.
“A public report is due to be published in June.
“There appears to be a bunch of people who are pro-Ted Heath in the House of Lords and Parliament who have been insisting ‘there’s nothing to see here’ and suggesting that the investigation has been wound up. It hasn’t.
we’d hardly be continuing inquiries and planning to publish a report if there was nothing to say.”
The investigation began in August 2015 when Supt Sean Memory, standing outside Sir Edward’s former home in Salisbury, launched an appeal for alleged victims to come forward.
Jeremy Thorpe DID send a hitman to kill me – and they are STILL covering it up: MP’s ex-lover reveals police were on the verge of charging a detective over the lurid murder trial – but dropped case due to ‘missing court papers’
- Norman Scott has given his first interview on the case in more than 20 years
- Liberal Party leader Thorpe went on trial for conspiracy to murder him in the 70s
- Mr Scott, now 77, had been the politician’s lover when homosexuality was illegal
- The case was dropped but Mr Scott was re-called to talk to detectives last year
In a rare interview – his most candid yet and his first for more than 20 years – Scott, now 77, today reveals that police were poised earlier this year to bring charges against two men, one a former detective.
However, two weeks ago he received a letter from the Crown Prosecution Service telling him it had decided to drop the case. ‘Had this new evidence not been suppressed at the time, then the trial verdict might well have been different,’ says Scott.
‘But here they are telling me they can’t do anything about it. I can’t help feeling this new inquiry has ended with yet another cover-up.’
In a separate development, The Mail on Sunday can also reveal that newly released Cabinet Office papers show how Thorpe desperately tried to smear Scott as the scandal was about to break.
He has lived quietly in Devon ever since – at least until Operation Velum detectives arrived at his home on the edge of Dartmoor last year, asking him to revisit his past.
Police told Scott that an antique firearms dealer, Dennis Meighan, had confessed to being hired by a ‘representative’ of Thorpe in 1975 to kill Scott to protect the politician from public humiliation.
Meighan agreed to carry out the murder – in exchange for £13,500 (£140,000 today) – but later changed his mind. Although he was arrested at the time and made a confession, his statement was destroyed and a few weeks later he was made to sign another. This one exonerated both himself and Thorpe.
Meighan couldn’t believe his luck. A few days later he received an anonymous phone call warning him to keep his mouth shut.
But over the years the secret weighed heavily upon him and he eventually revealed the truth to the BBC’s Tom Mangold and, later, a Mail on Sunday reporter.
It was, it seemed, confirmation of the long-suspected existence of an invisible shield protecting Thorpe. ‘It was chilling to hear Meighan was willing to kill me,’ says Scott. ‘I didn’t know him but I went over everything again with the police. At times it was hard because I have blocked things from my memory.’
…,the time they tried to kill me.’
He is alluding to the night of October 23, 1975, when, on a deserted stretch of road on Exmoor, a part-time pilot, Andrew Newton, shot dead Scott’s dog, a Great Dane called Rinka. Newton then pressed the pistol to Scott’s temple, saying: ‘It’s your turn now.’ But, as Scott heard the hammer click, the gun jammed and Newton then sped away in his yellow Mazda car.
Ten minutes later, covered in Rinka’s blood, Scott flagged down a car and dramatically blurted out ‘Jeremy Thorpe’ to the driver.
Now 69, he would have been willing to help Operation Velum detectives – but only if he was guaranteed immunity from prosecution.
‘as one might expect, the original case papers relating to the [Thorpe] trial are not longer available’.
‘There must be court records. They can’t be gone: it was supposed to be the trial of the century,’ he says. ‘I was so disgusted when I got the CPS letter. The police were very confident they had a case,
which is why the decision is rather puzzling. I suppose that’s it now.’
In it, he mentions a sunken bath for ‘up to six people’ at the home of Scott’s friend, Jack Levy. Mr Levy’s wife Stella, pictured below, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘It makes me sick.
Thorpe also writes about paying £2,500 for letters he feared would reveal his private life.
Norman Scott modelling alongside his friend Stella Levy in the 1960s. She was later implicated in the vice-ring allegations
By 1965 their relationship was over but the scandal would fester for a further decade. During that period Scott was married briefly to former debutante Susan Myers and lived with the Anglo-American socialite, Conway Wilson-Young.
‘We lived on the first floor and Margot Fonteyn had the basement flat. She used to come with us to parties.’
Scott was also friendly with Tara Browne, heir to the Guinness fortune and the inspiration for the Beatles’ A Day In The Life, and Marianne Faithfull.
After he split from Wilson-Young, Scott moved to Devon where he slept rough in public toilets in Barnstaple before finding work.
he..now makes a living buying and selling horses
The sex scandal, the trial… and the cover-up
- Jeremy Thorpe, the Liberal Party’s rising star, meets model Norman Scott at a friend’s home in late 1960. He is instantly smitten.
- With homosexuality still illegal, the pair begin an affair, enjoying liaisons in Thorpe’s Commons room.
- The affair later cools. Thorpe’s MP friend Peter Bessell begins to pay Scott a series of ‘retainers’.
- Senior Liberals conduct a secret inquiry in 1971 after the scandal threatens to ignite – but take no action.
- Thorpe talks of silencing Scott by dropping him down a mine, adding: ‘It’s no worse than shooting a sick dog.’
- In an apparently botched murder attempt on October 23, 1975, Andrew Newton lures Scott on to Exmoor. He shoots the model’s dog before turning the gun on Scott – but it jams.
- In 1979 Thorpe is cleared of conspiracy to murder.
- After Thorpe’s death in 2014, it emerges evidence was suppressed, including Dennis Meighan’s claims – told to the MoS that year (above) – that he was hired as a hitman before Newton.
- Police ask prosecutors to consider charging two men. Last month, the CPS dropped the case citing ‘insufficient’ evidence.
Tory MP Harvey Proctor sues Nick for six-figure sum over claims his child sex smears cost the ex-politician his home, job and fortune
Mar 31 2017
Mr Proctor, has got an unnamed financial backer to support his court costs
BBC abandoned Karin Ward when Freddie Starr sued
maybe sidestep by saying exaro no longer exists as legal entity?
There’s not any doubt so not sure why it’s being queried. Depends what ‘Nick’ wants to do, though I’m not in touch with him
has there been a statement of support made removing any doubt?
Perverts in the Palace
How many paedophiles does Prince Charles know and when will he be questioned by IICSA?…or is it a scam???
Former Aberdour stationmaster Trevor Francis, awarded the MBE for services to the village in 2012, jailed for nine months for child abuse
May 16 2017
A RETIRED stationmaster given an MBE for services to Aberdour has been jailed for nine months for child abuse.
Trevor Francis, 71, battered and sexually assaulted vulnerable kids in his care at a notorious children’s home in the 1970s.
He was included in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to Aberdour, including 21 years at the railway station which regularly won ‘best in Scotland’ awards for its floral displays.
Francis’ abhorrent past did not catch up with him until a victim spoke out in 2014.
He was sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court and Detective Chief Inspector John Anderson, of Fife’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Francis is a prolific offender who hid behind a mask of respectability in the Aberdour community.
“Thanks to the courage of his victims this veneer has been exposed and Francis has finally been held to account for his actions.
“I would like to thank the victims for their assistance to police during our investigation.
“They can now take comfort in knowing that their abuser will spend time within prison.”
Before he was unveiled as a child abuser, Francis received the MBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace in 2012.
When he retired as stationmaster at Aberdour Railway Station in December 2014, a party was thrown in his honour and he told the Press: “There are not many places where a 70-year-old man can cross the street and have kids shout ‘Hello!’
“I don’t know them but they know who I am – which means I have to behave myself!”
Around that time, one of his victims came forward and his community spirited facade fell apart.
The reality was that he abused vulnerable kids in his care at the St Margaret’s children’s home in Elie in the mid-1970s.
Francis was found guilty by a jury in March.
During the trial, fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson said: “He is a manipulative, violent and predatory person who abused the trust of these vulnerable people who he was paid to protect.
“But instead he perpetrated physical and sexual abuse towards them and managed to stay undetected because of his Jekyll and Hyde personality.”
Originally from Salisbury, Francis trained as an RAF engineer and later retrained as a nurse.
He took over as a manager at St Margaret’s in 1973 after twisted paedophile David Murphy was forced out of a job at the home after allegations were made against him that were never followed up by police.
Murphy was finally jailed in 2002 for 15 years after admitting 14 charges of lewd and libidinous practices and behaviour and 16 charges of sodomy at St Margaret’s and at another home.
Francis was part of a new regime at the home that should have removed the children from the threat of abuse.
But instead he subjected kids to brutal physical attacks and sickening sexual assaults.
Francis’ name came up during the probe into Murphy in the late 90s but it was only when one victim came forward in 2014 that police were able to build a case against him.
Former residents told of abuse at his hands.
Three girls, aged 14 to 16 at the time, said Francis would creep into the girls’ dormitory at night and sexually assault them.
Others told how he slapped them in the face and beat them with a slipper in violent rages.
Ms Robertson said: “The accused might seem mild mannered – an upstanding citizen, a family man.
“His wife was at pains to tell you that her Trevor would never have acted like that.
“We are dealing with an intelligent, manipulative man who can turn on and off that predatory, violent behaviour.”
Francis told the court he was “relatively easy going” and claimed to have had a good relationship with the kids at the home.
In a bizarre exchange he said: “Come hell or high water they wanted me to watch Top of The Pops with them every week.
“It helped me relate to the kids and know about acts like Gary Glitter at the time.
“I suppose that’s the wrong name to use today though.”
He added: “Not in any situation would I have dreamed of doing what I’m accused of doing.
“It is totally inappropriate and totally wrong. But they say I did it.”
The 71-year-old had denied nine charges but he was found guilty of two offences of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards young girls and three assaults.
One further lewd and libidinous charge and three assaults were found not proven.
Inspector Anderson added: “Police Scotland is committed to investigating any and all reports of abuse, regardless of when the crimes occurred.
“I would strongly urge victims who have not yet reported crimes against them to police, to do so immediately so we can bring those responsible to justice.”
Mar 31 2017
Paedophile Trevor Francis, who was honoured at Buckingham Palace in 2012, is facing jail for abusing vulnerable kids at a children’s home in the seventies.
A man who got an MBE for services to the community is facing jail for abusing vulnerable children.
He got it for his 20 years’ work as station master in his home town of Aberdour, Fife.
But in the 1970s, he abused youngsters in his care at St Margaret’s children’s home in Elie.
“We are dealing with an intelligent, manipulative man who can turn on and off that predatory, violent behaviour.”
Francis became manager at St Margaret’s in 1973.
Paedophile David Murphy had been sacked and he was meant to remove the threat of abuse. But “creepy” Francis subjected kids to beatings and sexual assaults.
Murphy was jailed for 15 years in 2002 after admitting 30 sex abuse charges over 30 years at St Margaret’s and another home.
MBE stationmaster could face jail over child abuse Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012 Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012
Trevor Francis was awarded an MBE in 2012
Fiscal depute Eilidh Robertson told the jury: “He is a manipulative, violent and predatory person who abused the trust of these vulnerable people who he was paid to protect. “But instead he perpetrated physical and sexual abuse towards them and managed to stay undetected because of his Jekyll and Hyde personality. “The accused might seem mild mannered – an upstanding citizen, a family man. “His wife was at pains to tell you that her Trevor would never have acted like that. “We are dealing with an intelligent, manipulative man who can turn on and off that predatory, violent behaviour.” Giving evidence in his own defence Francis said he was “relatively easy going” and claimed to have had a good relationship with the children at the home. In a bizarre exchange he said: “Come hell or high water they wanted me to watch Top of The Pops with them every week. “It helped me relate to the kids and know about acts like Gary Glitter at the time. “I suppose that’s the wrong name to use today though.” He added: “Not in any situation would I have dreamed of doing what I’m accused of doing. “It is totally inappropriate and totally wrong. “But they say I did it.” Francis denied a total of nine charges on indictment. However, a jury of eight men and seven women took two and a half hours to find him guilty by majority of two offences of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards young girls and three assaults. One further lewd and libidinous charge and three assaults were found not proven. Defence solicitor Kerr Sneddon asked that Francis be released on bail ahead of sentencing. Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Francis on bail meantime. He said: “A prison sentence is a serious possibility.”
Before joining ScotRail at the age of 47, Trevor had worked as an aircraft fitter with the RAF, a mail sorter and a funeral director.
Boyd Brodie, who has died aged 77, was an old-school banker whose desire to help others never left him.
After a career in the Royal Bank of Scotland spanning almost 40 years, he continued to do what he loved best – getting things done and aiding others to succeed in business.
He worked until his death for both a pub company and his local community, contributing to the commercial success of numerous ventures and improving the lives of countless people through his voluntary service.
He also retained his childhood love of trains and railways and enjoyed day trips to Scarborough and York, building a great relationship with his local station master Trevor Francis in Aberdour whom he would have been delighted to see awarded an MBE recently.
^ Aberdour and Aberlour
Aberdour is in Fife
Aberlour is in Speyside, Scottish Highlands
Fake Dr. Susan Stewart & Aberlour Child Care Trust
Dr Susan Stewart was a government adviser on child protection.
Prior to her move to Stirling, Stewart had held various senior social work posts within the Aberlour Child Care Trust.
During her time at Aberlour, Stewart allowed numerous reports to be issued with the recipients believing they had been compiled by a social worker who held a PhD.
She was offered a job at the University of Stirling by Prof Brigid Daniel who knew her as Dr Stewart.
Paedophile Charles McKenna & Aberlour Child Care Trust
Paedophile Charles McKenna – Aberlour Child Care Trust
- Aberlour Children’s Home Keith & Here
- Aberlour Orphanage, Aberlour https://archive.is/2Ggc8 Confidential-Forum-Survivors-childAbuse PDF
been asked if convicted Trevor Francis worked 4 Aberlour Trust and had to leave!? why did he have to leave?
Big question is why did he have to leave and if bad behaviour was he reported!?” was last bit. Dunno if q was meant to point the way
Jimmy Savile scandal: Five Scottish offences reported
11 January 2013
Two allegations relate to the Strathclyde police force area, one to Lothian and Borders, one to Grampian and one to Fife
Vicar Peter Low
Paedophile vicar admits downloading images of child sex abuse of most explicit category
The 65-year-old was the vicar of Heybridge St Andrew and St George and Langford St Giles from 2008 until last July when the images were discovered and he was suspended.
Low, of Crescent Road, Heybridge admitted four offences when he appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court today.
The precise charge involves Low making indecent images of children in July last year in the Maldon district, which is when he was caught.
He admitted a similar count of making 25 indecent images at category B and a third count of making 21 indecent images at category C.
Low also admitted possessing 124 prohibited images of children.
The paedophile vicar has been ordered to inform police of his whereabouts effectively meaning he will be a registered sex offender in the interim between his guilty plea and his sentence in May.
Turning to Low Judge Morgan said: “I don’t know what the appropriate sentence will be and have ordered a pre sentence report.
“Sentencing will not take place until Tuesday, May 2.
Low was released on bail.
He worked for the Diocese of Chelmsford when the images were found and a spokesman said they were taking the police investigation “extremely seriously”.
“Mr Low will face a Church investigation under the Clergy Discipline Measure once the criminal case has been concluded.
Mr Low has also been suspended as volunteer chaplain for the Maldon and District Sea Cadets.
In a statement, again before his guilty pleas, the Marine Society and Sea Cadets said: “The safety and wellbeing of young people is of paramount importance, and the charity takes its duty of care extremely seriously.
Satanists On The Prince’s Land
Daily Express (28th August, 2006)
On a balmy, late summer afternoon it seems like a strange place to do business with the Devil.
Middle-aged ramblers huddle around an ice-cream van, picknickers snooze on the close-cropped grass and children cluster around pot-bellied ponies for the obligatory holiday snaps.
Yet when night falls here on Dartmoor, that last great wilderness of southern England, some visitors clearly have a sinister purpose.
In recent weeks a series of satanic ceremonies have taken place on the vast 69,000-acre Dartmoor estate owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, the royal Trust which pays Prince Charles his £14 million annual income.
Ted Heath’s music colleague: pederast Dara de Cogan – worked at Ampleforth College as did the pederast son,
Piers Grant-Ferris, of Ted Heath’s and Thatcher’s good friend Lord Harvington ….
Married music teacher at £33,000-a-year boarding school subjected teenage schoolgirl to ‘vile’ bondage abuse in violin lessons then critiqued her sexual technique
- Dara de Cogan had taught at top private school Ampleforth College since 2004
- The married teacher lusted after the girl who saw him as a ‘substitute father’
- He subjected her to bondage sessions
- The 58-year-old was sentenced to 28 months in prison at York Crown Court
- De Cogan was also made to sign the sex offenders register for ten years
A music teacher at a top private school subjected a girl to ‘vile’ bondage sessions and critiqued her sexual technique in the same he would her violin playing.
Married Dara de Cogan, now 58, had lusted after the girl – who was more than 30 years his junior and saw him as a ‘substitute father’ – since she was 13.
York Crown Court heard the girl was a gifted student at £33,000-a-year Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire.
De Cogan, born in Ireland, was also a musician of international acclaim who was appointed Head of Strings at the boarding school, which boasts Rupert Everett and James Norton among its alumni, in 2004.
The married man, who has two adopted daughters, tutored her in the violin.
She added: ‘He took advantage of me in the most manipulative and vile way possible.
Judge Andrew Stubbs told him: ‘You took advantage of her immaturity, insecurity and innocence.
‘When parents send their children to school they entrust their most precious possession to the care and protection of others.
‘This was an abject failure of trust both in the college and you.’
De Cogan, of Kilburn village, North Yorkshire, admitted ten counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.
He was jailed for 28 months with half to be served and ordered to sign on a sex offenders register for ten years.
De Cogan bowed to the judge and smiled to his family before being handcuffed in the dock and taken into custody.
His wife of more than 25 years who sat in the public gallery was said by the defence to be standing by him.
Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.
He started his music with legendary Irish violinist Mary Gallagher and continued his studies at the Royal College of Music with Jaraslav Vanecek.
In 1982, he joined the Hall Orchestra in Manchester and became Principal Second Violin in 1986.
The Royal Schools has some 78 children – It is claimed that the Royal Schools for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme had a culture of neglect. Social services in Stockport, the borough in which the school is based, received a number of allegations from former members of staff.
Formerly the Royal School for the Deaf, Queen Victoria bestowed royal patronage upon them during her Jubilee year in 1897. In 2008 the charity changed its name to Seashell Trust and now comprises Royal School Manchester and Royal College Manchester.
Seashell Trust has maintained strong connections with the Royal family and in recent years they have had the pleasure of welcoming several members of the Royal family to their site, notably Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Alongside his orchestral work, he ran his own Irish band, Delginis, and was String Coach and Artistic Director for the Hebridean Youth Project Summer Music School.
He became Head of Strings at Ampleforth College in 2004 and was involved in coaching various youth orchestras, as well as private individual tuition.
He job was to teach classroom music to year 9, and music technology to years 12 and 13.
He provided individual tuition on violin and viola and directed the Pro Musica Ensemble, the Ceilidh Band and jointly directed the College Orchestra.
Alongside his classic music interests, he has played in many folk music ensembles and has worked widely in the recording industry.
School for deaf accused of ‘catalogue of child abuse’
A YEAR-LONG investigation of a leading school for the deaf by police and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has disclosed “an appalling catalogue of child abuse and neglect”.
Among the allegations are that some pupils at the Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester, suffered broken bones and lost teeth, while others were subjected to unwarranted restraining procedures.
NSPCC officials also investigated claims that deaf or emotionally disturbed children had been punched, tied up and doused with water hoses.
A year-long child protection investigation carried out by the
NSPCC for the council severely criticised the Royal Schools for the Deaf Manchester over allegations of abuse between 1995 and 2000.
Four members of staff were suspended last year and police
investigations resulted in five cases being passed to the Crown
Prosecution Service. The CPS has rejected four of the cases.
The full NSPCC report is confidential, but the school has agreed
to implement a 21-point action plan published by the council.
Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport, Greater Manchester,
9 AUG 2004
Today, despite the year-long inquiry into unexplained injuries to children as well as into poor care and practice, it emerged that no one is likely to face criminal prosecution. Youngsters at the school are regarded as incapable of giving evidence in court.
Last year the MEN revealed how Mark Fisher, 33, – who later resigned in disgust after nine years as a support worker at the school – and two colleagues compiled a dossier detailing 142 allegations of abuse by staff. The evidence was handed to social services and to the police.
A spokesman for the National Deaf Children’s Society, said it was appalled by the NSPCC report and was gravely concerned by the extent of abuse at the school.
Unless significant immediate action was taken by the school, the society would advise parents to move their children elsewhere.
New boss named for troubled deaf school
A CHILD welfare expert has been drafted in as the new boss of the troubled Royal Schools for the Deaf, Manchester.
- 9 AUG 2004
- Updated: 22 JAN 2013
A CHILD welfare expert has been drafted in as the new boss of the troubled Royal Schools for the Deaf, Manchester.
NSPCC director Karen Wright, a 47-year-old mother of four, will take up the chief executive’s post in July.
Her appointment comes just over a week after headteacher Leighton Reed resigned following a year-long inquiry by the NSPCC.
Ms Wright was not involved in the probe, which found “serious problems” with the school at Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.
The investigation was launched after the M.E.N. revealed how whistleblowing staff members compiled a dossier of allegations, including physical abuse of pupils.
It was claimed children suffered broken bones, were tied up in wheelchairs and one was hosed down with cold water.
Ms Wright said: “I was not involved in the investigation, although I was kept aware of it.
The current chief executive, Ian MacLeary, retires on July 1, when he turns 65. The charity says his retirement is unconnected to the scandal.
Four members of staff were suspended by the school, which said there were innocent explanations for injuries suffered by pupils.
- Police interviewed dozens of members of staff, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was no realistic chance of securing convictions because the alleged victims, who suffer physical and learning disabilities as well as deafness, would be incapable of giving evidence.
New name for historic deaf school
18 APR 2010
The Royal School for the Deaf in Cheadle has got a new name.
it has now been re-branded as the Seashell Trust.
and another Royal School for the deaf…Derby
Royal School for the Deaf Derby in special measures
Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges
Dara de Cogan, a founder-member of European Community Youth Orchestra
Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.
European Community Youth Orchestra – that was Edward Heath’s province too
Heath made a special point of conducting orchestras involving young musicians. While still prime minister, he conducted the Academy of the BBC at the 50th anniversary concert in the series for children founded by Sir Robert Mayer. Later, it was through Heath’s help that the European Community Youth Orchestra was set up. He became its president, and conducted it on summer tours in 1978, 1979 and 1980.
A vanished file and troubling claims about Heath and young musicians
The ensemble in question was the European Community Youth Orchestra, and it was about to embark on its inaugural tour of EEC capitals. It was to be a flagship for pan-European cultural co-operation.
The 135 musicians, some of whom were as young as 14, were drawn from the then nine member nations. Heath, an enthusiastic amateur musician who had led the United Kingdom into the European Community five years before, was the orchestra’s founding president. He would also be its guest conductor for that tour and several tours to come.
In an intriguing development, the Mail learned this week that a file relating to Sir Edward and the infamous Paedophile Information Exchange group is one of those missing from official Government records.
It is among 114 missing files concerning child abuse identified by an independent review of how allegations were handled by the Home Office.
The title of the missing document, ‘Edward Heath MP [redacted] RE: PIE’, refers to the activities of the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Investigators discovered that the file disappeared more than 25 years ago after being moved to a Westminster record centre. They concluded that there was no evidence of any orchestrated attempts by officials over three decades to cover up child abuse.
But the unexpected absence of the file raises questions about the exact nature of the connection between Heath and the PIE group.
Further new allegations of sexual abuse and possible official cover-up concerning Sir Edward have come to light. They centre on his relationship with the European Community Youth Orchestra.
A retired senior police officer, who served with several southern forces including Wiltshire, told the Mail that there were ‘always rumours’ about Heath, the former MP for Bexley.
The policeman — a widely respected officer with a distinguished career — asked that due to the sensitivities of the Heath investigations, he remain anonymous. He told us that the rumours did not come with any specific evidence against the former PM.
But he went on: ‘The exception were several allegations made against him in his role with the European Youth Orchestra. I understand there were credible claims that Heath indecently assaulted young people on tours to the Continent which he was leading.
‘These tours took place in the late 1970s or early 1980s.
‘It was never clear how old the victims were, or exactly what happened, and what was alleged was not at the top end of the scale of criminality.
‘Why these were never investigated I cannot say. I suspect it is because they took place overseas and the victims were from other countries.’
Ted Heath would have known Dara De Cogan through the European Community Youth Orchestra.
And Heath links to another Ampleforth paedophile – Piers Grant-Ferris – his father Lord Harvington was good friends with Heath and Thatcher.
Music professor at Ampleforth School in court on sex offence charges
A LEADING Roman Catholic school has been rocked by abuse allegations after a music professor appeared in court accused of sex offences against a girl more than 30 years his junior.
Irish-born classical musician and composer Dara De Cogan, 57, was appointed performing arts professor at Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire, in 2004.
The gifted violinist is charged with 12 counts of sexual activity with a child while in a position of trust.
The court heard the victim was a girl aged 16 and 17 at the time of the alleged offences between December 2007 and December 2009.
Dublin-born De Cogan, became leader of the Irish Youth Orchestra in 1978 and represented his country in the European Community Youth Orchestra.
In 1982, he joined the Hallé Orchestra and has played in folk music ensembles and has worked widely in the recording industry.
His court appearance came just weeks after it was confirmed Ampleforth is to be included in one of three public hearings carried out in the national child sexual abuse inquiry.
Piers Grant-Ferris/Heath /Ampleforth/Jersey
Piers Grant-Ferris – His secret past as a serial abuser of young boys at Ampleforth. He was an officer in the Irish Guards before becoming a novice monk in the Benedictine Order in 1955.
His late father, Lord harvington, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during Ted Heath’s Government and member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family – retired to Jersey
Life in Jersey revolved around hunting, golf, motor yachting, and farming. Lord Harvington was also a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and former president of the National Sheep Breeders Association. Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.
He served at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumbria, between 1978 and 1989, when he was chaplain to St Joseph’s RC School, before returning to Ampleforth Abbey where he was much sought-after to lead retreats.
Piers Grant-Ferris/Heath /Ampleforth/Jersey
Piers Grant-Ferris – His secret past as a serial abuser of young boys at Ampleforth. He was an officer in the Irish Guards before becoming a novice monk in the Benedictine Order in 1955.
His late father, Lord harvington, the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons during Ted Heath’s Government and member of a prominent English Roman Catholic family – retired to Jersey
Life in Jersey revolved around hunting, golf, motor yachting, and farming. Lord Harvington was also a noted breeder of pedigree sheep and former president of the National Sheep Breeders Association. Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and her husband were among the guests on his yacht.
He served at Our Lady and St Michael’s Church in Workington, Cumbria, between 1978 and 1989, when he was chaplain to St Joseph’s RC School, before returning to Ampleforth Abbey where he was much sought-after to lead retreats.
Sir Robert Grant-Ferris, Baron Harvington (1907-1997)
Although he appeared to be fairly typical of the Conservative knights of the shire, a landowner and sheep breeder, who was noted for his passion for hunting and whose other principal recreation was yachting, Robert Grant-Ferris was a product of Douai rather than Eton, and he had the unusual distinction of owing his knighthood and later his Barony to the Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. Although he remained a Conservative, he had come to be more a servant of the House of Commons than his party, and he spent his last four years in the House fittingly enough as Chairman of Ways and Means and Deputy Speaker. A man of considerable charm and great energy, he was well-liked in the House and thought of as a possible successor when Dr Horace King retired. However, Selwyn Lloyd was the preferred candidate of the Conservative Party.
Robert Grant Ferris was born on 30 December 1907, the son of a General Practitioner, Dr Robert Francis Ferris, but he seems to have been brought up by his widowed mother, Ellen (d.1955) at Falcon Hill, Cotteridge. Her sister had bought the property in 1892 and Mrs Ferris moved in with her. Robert could often be seen as a child riding his pony in the grounds. The family were strong Roman Catholics and Mrs Ferris seems to have bought Harvington Hall for the Birmingham diocese in 1923. Robert was educated at Douai, the independent school run by the Benedictine monks of Douai Abbey at Woolhampton. Early in life he hyphenated his name, adding an additional Grant to it. He made his early career in a firm of estate agents with whom his family had connections, but his eyes seem to have been firmly fixed elsewhere, on politics – he was elected to the Birmingham City Council in 1933 – and on flying. He joined 605 (County of Warwick) Auxiliary Air Force Squadron in 1933, and by the time the war came was a Flight Lieutenant. He began taking his bar examinations in 1932 and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1937.
He continued to live with his mother until 1930 when he married Florence Brennan de Vine, daughter of Major Brennan de Vine MC, who died in 1996. They had two children, a son, Piers, who became a monk and taught at Ampleforth, and a daughter, Sheila, with whom he later lived in Jersey. It was fortunate that neither parent lived to see their son identified and tried for the abuse of pupils in his care.
In the 1935 General Election he fought Wigan as a Conservative but lost heavily. Less than two years later, in February 1937, he fought St Pancras North in a by-election and won narrowly. Apart from his staunch support for General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. Grant-Ferris had little impact on the Commons in the late 30s, arguably because he was concentrating on becoming a front-line airman. By 1939 he commanded one of the flights in his squadron and in 1941 was promoted to Wing Commander. During the war he saw active service in France, Malta, Egypt and India.
Towards the end of the war he gave up active service for a return to more active participation in the House of Commons and became PPS to W.S.Morrison, the Minister of Town and Country Planning 1944-45. However, he was swept out of the Commons in the Labour landslide of 1945 by 7,630 votes and did not continue as the Conservative candidate for St Pancras North. Instead he concentrated on his farm and on his directorship of the publishing company, Burns, Oates and Washburne. He became deputy chairman on the Board of the Roman Catholic weekly, The Tablet, a role that he relinquished only in November 1997.
Although a by-election was called in St Pancras North in 1949, Grant-Ferris was not called upon to fight it, and his next attempt at Parliament was in Central Wandsworth, a seat that he failed to take in both the 1950 and 1951 General Elections.
Nantwich, which he won in the 1955 General Election gave him a safe berth until he chose to stand down just before the February 1974 election. In 1962 he became one of the panel of Chairman, who chair standing committees in the Commons. He was well known for his fairness and amiability, and there were many who thought that he would make an excellent Speaker. In 1970 he was appointed deputy Speaker and Chairman of Ways and Means. He had been knighted in 1969 and he was sworn of the Privy Council in 1971. Although not included in Heath’s dissolution honours, he was one of fifteen life peers nominated by Harold Wilson in the summer of 1974 and the only one with no Labour affiliation. He took his title from the house that his mother had given to the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
He always took a considerable interest in Britain’s inland waterways and was one of the Inland Waterways Association’s most influential allies in the House of Commons. He was elected a Vice-President in 1966 and was chairman of the original All-party Waterways Committee.
As privy chamberlain of the sword and cape to Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII and Paul VI, Grant-Ferris spent a week each year in attendance on the Pontiff. His strong opposition to abortion was thought to emanate from the Vatican rather than the Catholic hierarchy in this country. He became a Knight Grand Cross of Magistral Grace 1949 and of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta in 1953.
He was the chairman of the Board of Management of the Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth in St John’s Wood 1963-70.
Grant-Ferris was a notable breeder of sheep, serving as President of the Southdown Sheep Society of England on three occasions (1950-52, 1959-60, 1973) and presiding over the National Sheep Breeders of Britain 1956-58. He became a Vice President of the Smithfield Club in 1963 and President in 1970.
He was a man with many interests, keen on both hunting and golf, but his main passion was his motor yacht, the 43 ton Melita. He entertained both Edward Heath and the Thatchers aboard her but his plans for a summer cruise with the Thatchers around northern France a year before the couple entered Downing Street had to be cancelled when the French police said they could not guarantee the party’s security. He was a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron and of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, and for a time Honorary Admiral of the House of Commons Yacht Club. He was also a member of the Royal and Ancient at St Andrews, the MCC and, of course, the Carlton Club.
After his retirement from the House he lived abroad for tax reasons, initially in Malta and then in Jersey, although he would contribute to debates in the Lords when the taxman let him return. In 1980, he was one of those who rebelled over the school transport clauses of Mark Carlisle’s Education Bill, which would have imposed charges on the ‘free’ transport enjoyed by students at faith schools.
Top public school suspends child sex charges teacher
THE head of music at a prestigious private school has been suspended following allegations he sexually assaulted a pupil three decades ago.
Sean Ambrose Farrell, 49, denied two charges of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency when he appeared before York magistrates last week.
All four offences are alleged to have been committed against a child aged under 14 at the time at Ampleforth College’s junior school.
Ampleforth College, where teacher Sean Farrell worked in the 1980s
Farrell, of Riddings Road, Ilkley, was released on bail on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.
He has been removed from his post at Wellington College, in Berkshire – which counts the late actor Sir Christopher Lee and Will Young among its alumni – several months ago after North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation.
A Wellington College spokesman said: “In line with our safeguarding procedures, Wellington suspended the member of staff concerned and excluded him from the school site as soon as it was made aware that the police were investigating these accusations.”
Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline, in court to see the sentence of a financial adviser caught trying to meet a 15-year-old for sex
Does Esther know this financial advisor ?
Why is Esther Rantzen interested in this perverts trial ? Why is she there today to see him sentenced ?
TV presenter Esther Rantzen, the founder of charity Childline, was in court to watch proceedings as a guest of the judge (Judge Anne Molyneux)
Order of the British Empire
13 June 2015
Her Honour Judge Anne MOLYNEUX
For services to the Administration of Justice and voluntary service to Disadvantaged People.
I was aware sometime ago that Anne Molyneux had become a judge and duly wrote to the Lord Chancellor informing of her involvement in corruption – no reply received
Judge Anne MOLYNEUX
Parole Board member
Molyneux notes that she ‘was fortunate to become involved in some amazing litigation with a very high profile organisation’ and went on to be a property litigation specialist and law firm partner in the City. The informal links between big business, government, the media and the judiciary are precisely the sort of elite relations Oldfield seeks to criticise, ‘symbolised’ in a race between two universities whose combined alumni will go on to constitute a disproportionate portion of that elite. Molyneux found aggravating factors in Oldfield’s ‘spoiling’ of the ‘spectacle’ of the race. A symbolic sentence, then, for a symbolic act.
‘Class positions’ are, however, an often murky area, so my argument should not rest on Molyneux’s elite membership alone. A second, and in my view much more troubling, aggravating factor in Molyneux’s justification of the sentence is an attempt to characterise Oldfield’s actions as a sort of ‘hate crime’.
Former Richmond priest spared jail over indecent images
Father Edmund Higgins, who appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on August 16, admitted possessing 174 indecent images of children on his laptop.
Judge Anne Molyneux, who passed the sentence, said: “You have struggled to come to terms with your own sexuality.
Two BBC presenters known as the ‘Richard and Judy of radio’ had sex against a tree in front of children, court hear
17 March 2017
Two BBC presenters known as the “Richard and Judy of radio” had sex against a tree at a park in full view of children, a court heard.
Veteran broadcaster Tony Wadsworth, 69, and his wife Julie, 59, are accused of having sex in front of a group of teenage boys in public on five different occasions during the 1990s.
They denied five counts of outraging public decency between July 1992 and June 1996 at Warwick Crown Court.
The couple, who work for BBC Leicester and are known as the “Richard and Judy of local radio”, were initially charged with the offences last May after being off-air for four months.
Mr Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to ten charges of indecent assault against seven boys aged under 18 between September 1992 and August 1999.
It was alleged that he watched as his wife, who denies 12 charges of the same offence, sexually assaulted the youngsters.
The pair met when Julie provided a costume for Tony for a charity event back in the 1980s, they told the Leicester Mercury.
Tony then invited her for an interview at the BBC and became her mentor.
But their friendship soon developed into a relationship.
This special medal was struck in 2002, as a ‘Children in Need’ souvenir. It features husband and wife, Radio WM presenting team, Tony Wadsworth and Julie Meyer.
The court also heard that Mr Wadsworth “kept watch having in possession a camera” and on another occasion he committed a sex act.
On Thursday, Mr Wadsworth, dressed in a dark blue suit with a purple tie, and his wife, who wore a black suit and red high-heels, spoke only to deny the charges.
A three-week trial has been listed for May 15 at the same court – the date of Mrs Wadsworth’s 60th birthday.
Both defendants, who also previously worked for BBC Radio WM in Birmingham, were granted bail on the condition they did not have unsupervised contact with any children under the age of 18, apart from family members, and that they stand down from any charity work which may involve under 18s.
Addressing the pair, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC said: “You will face trial before this court on the May 15.
“You must serve your defence case statements by April 10.
“You must attend the trial. If you do not, then the trial may take place in your absence, which would be most unfortunate.”
Previously a BBC spokesman said: “Tony Wadsworth and Julie Mayer remain off air.
“We understand the charges do not relate to their conduct or position at the BBC.
“This is an ongoing criminal process and we cannot comment any further.”
Children In Need
Children in Need for 2008
BBC presenters will be hosting Children In Need night in Derby this year on 14 November. BBC Leicester’s Tony Wadsworth will be performing with Pudsey and others in Pudsey Does Stars in Their Eyes.
Update: Hunt was sentenced to 22 months jail, suspended for 18 months and also ordered to complete a 60 hour sexual offences prevention or programme.
Financial advisor caught grooming ‘child’ online
A wealthy financial advisor is facing jail after he was caught in a sting by an online protection team when he arranged to meet what he thought was a 15-year-old girl in south-east London.
Jonathan Hunt, 51, targeted a teenager called Holly through social media site Badoo, sending sexually explicit messages and pleading for pictures of her in her school uniform.
Hunt, who had a respectable facade as a married financial advisor to clients around the world, set up a “date” with the girl and promised to “be gentle” when they had sex.
But he was instead confronted by the 36-year-old founder of group Internet Interceptors, who had been posing as Holly to snare paedophiles
At the Old Bailey on Friday, a jury found Hunt guilty of arranging to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, despite his claims that he only wanted to take Holly shopping.
Hunt was caught on camera by the team when they arrived at Plumstead train station on September 14 last year expecting to meet Holly.
Confronted and told police were on the way, Hunt admitted arranging the meeting but insisted that he did not have sex in mind.
He brushed off explicit messages he had sent, claiming he was drunk and did not mean it, and said his suggestion that Holly should strip for him into a shop changing room was “light-hearted”.
Hunt suggested he was “a million miles away” from having sex with the girl, although he admitted he was “inappropriate and wrong” to have flirted with her online.
Prosecutor Mr Malone told the court Hunt had “an ongoing interest in Holly, a desire to meet her, spend time with her, develop a relationship with her and a willingness to go to her house alone with her.
“At no stage does the defendant suggest despite knowing her age that he would wait until she was 16-years-old, nor indeed does he ever seek to establish when that is that she will turn 16,” he said.
He also voiced concerns that she may be part of a sting operation, but still went through with the meeting after telling her that sex would be “cool, very cool”.
Hunt, of Shepherds Way, Rickmansworth, denied arranging to meet a female aged under 16 following grooming.
What we never knew is that hunt was on bail for a sexually assualt on a 17 year old girl so this is why he never got bail he tried to get bail 3 times your QC could not even save you hunt
While hunt was on trial it all come out what was on his computer hunt has been married for 25 and his wife is still standing by him what the jury were not told was that hunt has been seeing escorts 17 in total and he had made notes on every single one weather or not they were good or bad rating them from 1-10 and weather they had child like bodies he even noted that one had the body of a 12 year old
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From a background of working for some of the largest banks and insurance companies, Jon has provided financial advice for over fifteen years. After gaining greater public recognition after a series of articles on his advice were published in the national press, Jon set up his own practice in Rickmansworth. For the last eight years this firm has offered independent financial advice to private clients in the UK and around the world.
Child porn shame of Leicester children’s charity former boss Richard Clark
March 25, 2017
The former chief executive of a prominent children’s charity is facing jail for downloading child pornography and trying to persuade a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity.
Richard Clark, who ran Leicester-based Mighty Creatives, pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon to attempting to incite a 15-year-old boy to engage in sexual activity between April 18, 2012 and May 11, 2012.
The 45-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty to the charge.
At an earlier hearing, Clark also admitted three counts of possessing indecent images of youngsters, between March 2006 and October 2014.
As well as being a founder and former chief executive of Mighty Creatives, the respected young people’s advocate has been appointed to some key decision making boards in Leicester.
Clark left Mighty Creatives in January last year.
The court heard that Clark, of Portland Road, Clarendon Park, Leicester, made numerous lewd suggestions to the teenage boy when they communicated over the internet.
The child pornography charges relate to three indecent, still and moving, images in the most serious range, category A, seven indecent images in category B and 16 in category C.
According to its website, Mighty Creatives was created in 2009 to help children and young people fullfil and develop their creative potential.
The site states the organisation, located in Rutland Street, in the city’s Cultural Quarter, is “a charity that works with schools” along with “the cultural sector and businesses”.
Mighty Creatives, whose current chief executive is Nick Owen, said in a statement this morning that the charity took immediate action when the allegations against Clark emerged.
The statement read: “Mr Richard Clark was previously CEO of The Mighty Creatives from September 2008 to 31 January 2016. As soon as police alerted the organisation to the allegations against Mr Clark, immediate and appropriate action was taken, which led to his subsequent resignation.
“The police did not pursue any lines of inquiry in relation to the work of the charity.
“The organisation has reviewed the safeguarding policy in the light of these events and is satisfied that there is a robust policy in place, which will continue to be reviewed annually.
“Under the experienced leadership of Chief Executive, Dr Nick Owen MBE, The Mighty Creatives will continue its vital charitable work, with educational and cultural organisations in the East Midlands and beyond.”
Clark joined Leicester City Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board in 2014 and was also involved with the City Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Board. A city council spokeswoman said today that when the authority became aware of the allegations against Clark, he was immediately removed from both boards.
When Clark joined the Health and Wellbeing Board, Leicester City Council announced his arrival by saying: “Richard Clark, chief executive of The Mighty Creatives, has lived in Leicester for more than 20 years, and his previous work includes leading the Creative Partnerships Leicester programme, building a national reputation for young people’s voice and participation in school improvement and running the Teaching and Learning Unit at the University of Leicester.
“He is also an experienced community activist, helping launch Leicester Pride in 2001 and serving as a trustee for Trade Sexual Health, a HIV prevention charity working across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, for more than a decade.
“He has taken various national committee roles and currently chairs the advisory board for The (Cultural) Life of the Child summits and attends the Leicester City Mayor’s Cultural Advisory Panel.”
On his LinkedIn page, Clark states: “The Mighty Creatives is the children and young people’s creative development agency.
“The charity’s distinctive name was chosen by children and young people as a name for everyone – young and old – who uses their creativity to build a better world.
“As the charity’s founding Chief Executive, I was responsible for working with the Board, staff and stakeholders to lead strategic development of The Mighty Creatives from launch to its position as a multi award-winning source of innovation in young lives, building on its unique role to help children and young people use their creativity to realise their rights, reach their potential and make a difference.”
Ashdown House School East Grinstead, Sussex, England
|Former pupils at Ashdown House School in East Sussex are launching action over claims of widespread sexual and physical assaults in the 1970s
An exclusive boarding school where Boris Johnson was taught is facing legal action over two teachers who allegedly sexually abused children.
Ex-pupils who claim they suffered “horrendous” attacks by the staff in the 70s are demanding compensation.
A small group of former students have instructed a child abuse lawyer to sue over what they allege were widespread sex and physical assaults at Ashdown House school where Homeland actor Damian Lewis, 42, was also a pupil.
An email giving details of the planned lawsuit was circulated to many ex-pupils this month.
It said: “The reason why we have decided to do this so late on is that it has come to light that sexual and physical abuse was rife between 1970 and 1980, and from more than one teacher at the school.
“To make matters worse it is now apparent the school was aware of these events, albeit not fully, but chose not to do anything about it.
“The effects of this abuse has damaged a number of pupils long into adulthood and it is felt among us that, as part of the healing process, it is important for us to take our power back and take action against such damaging and horrendous actions.”
The ex-pupils say they are seeking a “sincere and meaningful apology” and want to prevent any further attacks by staff who are still teaching.
The email adds: “The abuse that occurred continues to have a dramatic effect on a number of lives, with regards to ongoing relationships, career and treatment for dealing with the psychological damage it has caused. Therefore we are seeking compensation with regards to a civil case against the school.”
The prep school in the village of Forest Row in East Sussex has pupils aged between seven and 13 and charges almost £8,000 per term for boarders. It has around 140 pupils and is a feeder school for Eton.
London mayor Mr Johnson won a scholarship to Eton while studying there.
The legal action by the former pupils is being led by Liz Dux from London law firm Slater & Gordon.
She said: “It is very early days for this complex and difficult case.”
Ashdown House is thought to have been probed by police after a complaint in 2003 but no one was prosecuted.
Cothill Educational Trust, which has owned the school since 2009, said: “We are aware that Sussex police were officially informed in 2003 of an allegation of sexual abuse relating to a period in the mid-70s.
“We understood that the police were dealing with the investigation.
“The Trust would like it to be known that it takes its safeguarding responsibilities very seriously indeed.”
A police spokesman said no record of a probe into the school could be found.
“Queen’s nephew taught by paedophile”.
Barcombe man charged with historic sex offences at Ashdown House School
The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.
Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.
He is understood to be the 69-year-old man who Sussex Police say they arrested and interviewed on Wednesday over alleged sexual assaults and child neglect.
Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.
The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.
Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.
Alumni: The Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley
New boy: Viscount Linley, then aged 7, is left in the care of ‘Billy’ Williamson in 1969.
Billy Williamson was the headmaster from 1949 to 1974, succeeded by Clive Williams.
(Child abuser) Field Marshall Lord Slim, whose children were here, supported the decision to stay put and the school flourished.
When Aidan Wallis died in 1949 the school was taken over by the great W.G. Williamson, whose teaching of the Classics soon became legendary. In his twenty five year ‘reign’ the school’s numbers doubled and its scholarship record became one of the finest in the country.
In 1975 Ashdown House became a charitable Trust with a board of governors. At this time Clive Williams, himself an Old Boy of the school and one of W.G.W.’s Eton scholars, took over with his wife Rowena, becoming the sixth headmaster.
The school also became co-educational for the first time in its history.
In 2003, Robert Taylor took over the running of the school as the eighth headmaster.
In 2009 Dominic Floyd and his wife Maria joined the school. Dominic is the ninth headmaster in the one hundred and seventy years of the school’s existence. Ashdown also merged with the Cothill Educational Trust.
There was talk of blackmail and predatory older pupils encouraged by abusive teachers. That chimed with my adult perception of the bizarre sexualisation of life at Ashdown, especially the system of reward and discipline. At least two children I knew who had been given authority over younger kids used it to force sexual contact – Williamson seemed to have turned a blind eye. There was talk of connections with house masters at Eton, to which Ashdown fed pupils. There had been at least one suicide. There were more teachers in the complaint.
Ashdown House School directors:
Clive Williams was a director at …Ardingly College along with Robert Alston -diplomat brother of convicted paedophile, PIE member, Richard Alston – partner of PIE member Peter Righton
Maurice Victor Clive Williams, of Ardingly College Limited (Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, RH18 5JY, Forest Row) is a 72-year-old director that is mentioned in 3 filings.
This British national worked for 1 company, to name just a few Ardingly College Limited. This director worked with The Revd Canon John Ratings in Ardingly College Limited, Nicholas Paul Smith in Ardingly College Limited, Andrew Kerr Stewart Roberts, Simon Charles Ward, Caroline Fiona Rich.
Clive Williams, Ashdown House school headmaster, calls Stanley Johnson to congratulate him
Stanley Johnson (centre) with friends Norman Lamont and Leon Brittan
The hard choices that face the Father of the Mayor
7 May 2008
By chance, Clive Williams, headmaster of Ashdown House, the Sussex prep-school which Boris and three of his siblings (Rachel, Leo and Jo) attended, telephoned me as I sat down to write this article to congratulate me on becoming First Father.
‘What about this charge, Clive,’ I asked, ‘that Boris doesn’t pay attention to detail?’
‘Codswallop!’ Clive replied. ‘You can’t write Greek and Latin prose as well as Boris did without having a supreme ability to master detail. If you’re going to get it right, you have to be meticulous.’
Boris Johnson – Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson began attending the remote Sussex school in 1975.
Clive Williams and Boris Johnson
Johnson insists he never experienced anything of the kind, “to a degree I find personally humiliating! It never cropped up for me, it never cropped up with any of my brothers and sister so for us, you know, we feel very loyal to Clive and [his wife] Rowena and very sad that this is happening. But on the other hand, you know, I can’t in any way minimise the feelings of those who… uhm… had very different experiences.” Is he still in touch with his former headmaster?
“Yuh, yuh. I… I… I… uhm… he was… yes, I mean, I’ve tried to be supportive and to, you know, I can imagine… I mean, this is very difficult. What’s happened is that he’s been… no charges have been brought so there’s a terrible long period of limbo and, you know, I just hope they get through it.”
From Ashdown House, Johnson went on to Eton and, inevitably, to Oxford where he read Classics and joined that bastion of elitist excess, the Bullingdon Club.
Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.
A spokesman for the family told The Times: ‘We are all sad to hear this news. We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’
There is no suggestion that the Johnsons, Mr Lewis, Mr Mitchell or Viscount Linley were among the alleged victims.
Mr Williams took the helm of the school near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his wife Rowena in 1975 and remained until 2003, a time in which the school admitted girls for the first time.
Since he left, however, the 170-year-old school has become the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse.
In December it emerged two former pupils were suing the school over abuse they claimed happened in the 1970s and involved ‘more than one teacher’.
An email seen by the Daily Mail said: ‘The effects of this abuse has damaged a number of pupils long into adulthood and it is felt among us that, as part of the healing process, it is important for us to take our power back and take action against such damaging and horrendous actions.’
Multiple complaints have been forwarded to officers from Sussex Police’s Operation Mitre who have been in touch with more than 20 alleged victims, including some who live abroad.
The following weekend, my parents were visiting from Brussels on a rare inspection of their children. Clive told me my punishment. I had a choice: I could either forgo seeing my parents, or be beaten. I couldn’t believe my luck! Having three brothers, and parents who were firm believers in smacking, I was hardened to vigorous physical chastisement. I was longing to see my mother. So I said, “The cane, please, Sir.”
But Clive bottled. He couldn’t beat a girl, however naughty. And if he couldn’t beat a girl, it wasn’t fair to beat the boys either. So it was entirely due to me that beating was abolished at Ashdown House.
I must have told this story before, because, if you put my name + “spanking” into Google you are taken to a website of “celebrities” (I use this word ironically) who have expressed a fondness for S&M, and gaze on a picture of me grinning happily above the caption, “Rachel Johnson – she chose the slipper!”
RACHEL JOHNSON: I told my class to call me Richard. Did that make me a trans kid?
Ex-Ashdown House School – the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse – head (Clive Williams) cleared of child sex charges
14 March 2017
A former head teacher has been found not guilty of historical sex offences against a pupil at his school.
Maurice Williams, 72, of High Street, Barcombe, East Sussex, was acquitted of two charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.
They were alleged to have involved a girl under 16 between 1989 and 1993 at Ashdown House School, near Forest Row.
Ashdown House is a co-educational, preparatory boarding school for children aged between seven and 13.
Another former teacher at the school, charged at the same time as Mr Williams, is due to face a trial on 20 March at Lewes Crown Court.
Martin Haigh, 67, of Lavender Street, Brighton, is accused of five counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency, all between 1972 and 1978.
Here’s one of Maurice Williams’ / Clive Williams’ teachers:
Ex-teacher sentenced for sex offences at Ashdown House School – East Sussex boarding school in 1970s
Haigh called it `trying to be their friend’. But it marked the little boys for life.
Shame of former Malvern mayor Julian Roskams, who downloaded vile child abuse pictures
SENTENCED: Julian Roskams, 54, of Worcester Road, Malvern, has been sentenced
Mar 21 2017
THE former mayor of a Worcestershire town has suffered a “fall from grace” with a suspended jail sentence for downloading more than a thousand child porn pictures.
Ex-Mayor of Malvern and former Green party district councillor Julian Roskams had pictures mainly of children under 10 and a large number aged under five, Worcester Crown Court was told.
A number of them showed children being tied up and abused, the court heard.
A total of 20 references were handed in to the court acknowledging the good work the 54-year-old father-of-six had done for the community in Malvern and more than a dozen supporters sat in the public gallery for the sentencing hearing.
Peter Grice, prosecuting, said police raided Roskams’ home in Malvern on August 31 last year and took away five devices including an iphone, three computers and a hard disk drive.
At the magistrates court in February, Roskams, who is a former Green party parliamentary candidate for West Worcestershire, admitted having a total of 1,162 images made up of four movies and 283 still images at category A, the most serious, 346 at category B and 529 at category C downloaded over five years between August 31, 2011 and July 23, 2016.
He was sent to crown court for sentencing.
There was also evidence on the iphone of Roskams taking part in chat forums with like-minded people fantasising about child abuse but no evidence he had shared any images, Mr Grice said.
He told police he had already sought counselling and realised he had some issues.
“He saw it as an addiction and he believed the police intervention was the only way it would stop,” Mr Grice said.
Mark Kelly, defending, said Roskams was a man of exemplary good character who had made a “positive and outstanding” contribution in the community.
He had been a councillor, elected mayor of Malvern and been a trustee for a youth charity. He had also been involved in a charity resettling Syrian refugees.
Roskams, of Poolbrook Road, Malvern, who ran his own publishing company, had run into difficulties with his marriage which had led him to internet chatrooms and progressed to viewing child porn, Mr Kelly said.
His viewing diminished after he voluntarily sought counselling, Mr Kelly told the court.
Judge Robert Juckes, QC, said the images were “abhorrent” and many of them showed children in bondage or restraint, clearly being abused.
Roskams was given a total sentence of 16 months suspended for 18 months.
He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work in the next twelve months and to pay costs of £340.
He was given a sexual harm prevention order restricting his contact with children and his use of the internet until further order and will have to register as a sex offender for ten years.
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The Malvern district and town Green councillor Julian Roskams, who was town mayor when the idea of welcoming refugees was first mooted (his term of office has since expired) said he believed the county council was misjudging the willingness of Worcestershire people to help. “The county council has not actually asked what people want,” he said.
He had been one of the champions of the idea of bringing in Syrians partly because it fitted in neatly with the 100th anniversary of the arrival of 500 Belgian refugees, who were warmly welcomed into the area during the first world war. “It seemed a really good way of celebrating that proud history,” said Roskams, himself the descendant of 17th-century refugees who fled the Greater Netherlands for England as part of the Huguenot exodus.
Bid to extradite priest from Canada over Fort Augustus abuse claims
21 March 2017
Moves are under way to extradite a retired priest from Canada to Scotland in connection with child abuse claims.
The Crown Office has been granted a petition warrant for the arrest of Father Robert MacKenzie, who lives in Cupar, Saskatchewan.
Fr MacKenzie, 84, taught at the former Fort Augustus Abbey School before moving to Canada in 1988.
Papers are now being prepared in the Crown Office to submit an extradition request to the Canadian authorities.
A Crown Office statement said: “The procurator fiscal received a report concerning a now 84-year-old male in connection with alleged historical offences.
“No court dates have been scheduled at this time.”
The petition warrant is the first stage in the process in which prosecutors are now preparing an extradition request.
This can take several weeks, and once received by the Canadian authorities the court process there could last more than a year.
The move at the Crown Office came after the launch of a police inquiry in 2013, following a BBC Scotland investigation of alleged systematic physical and sexual abuse at Fort Augustus.
A number of former pupils made detailed allegations to the BBC.
Father MacKenzie was the priest at St Patrick’s, Cupar, in the Canadian diocese of Regina, Saskatchewan.
Although he retired in 2014, he still lives in the town.
Extradition proceedings are under way in the case of another former Fort Augustus priest, Fr Denis Alexander, who lives in Australia.
He is currently on remand while the extradition process continues, although his lawyers are attempting to have him freed because of what they say is his failing health.
Another former priest, Fr Benedict Seed is due to stand trial at Inverness Sheriff Court in May, charged with eight counts of physical abuse at Fort Augustus.
The Crown Office has still to decide what action to take in a further six cases.
The Fort Augustus School, which was run by the Benedictine Order of monks, closed in 1993.
Allegations of sexual abuse there will be examined by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA).
Barry Bennell: Former football coach denies 20 child sex offences
Mar 22, 2017
The former Crewe Alexandra coach was remanded in custody and the judge said his trial was likely to begin in Liverpool in January.
Appearing at Chester Crown Court via video link from prison, the former Crewe Alexandra coach was charged with 14 counts of indecent assault, five counts of buggery and one count of attempted buggery.
The charges relate to four complainants who were boys under the age of 16 at the time of the alleged offences.
They are all alleged to have taken place between 1980 and 1987.
Bennell, 63, had already denied eight of the offences and repeated those denials as he was charged with 12 further offences.
The case was adjourned to 3 July when a hearing will take place at Liverpool Crown Court.
As Bennell was remanded in custody, the judge told him a trial was likely to start in January in Liverpool.
As well as Crewe, Bennell also worked as a coach for Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in northwest England and the Midlands during his career.
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Melvyn John Schafer born 1954 in Croydon http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14056754 … who married Mary A Chamberlain in 1974 in Dunstable
19 March 2017
Britain’s most prestigious military school ‘bribed teacher’s daughter to provide information that led to the arrest of whistleblower’
Duke of York’s Royal Military School near Dover
Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school is facing damaging new claims that it covered up allegations of abuse against students.
On Saturday The Telegraph exposed how the Ministry of Defence appeared to collude The Duke of York’s Royal Military School to stifle claims of bullying and abuse.
Kent Police launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at the school, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.
The force has set up a dedicated team to review claims about the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders and boasts His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, as a patron.
Prince Harry inspects the student guards during his visit to The
Duke of York’s Royal Military School on September 28, 2015
Now it has emerged that the police are probing allegations that the school – which has enjoyed visits from Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff – even bribed a teacher’s daughter to provide information that led to the arrest of whistleblowers who sought to expose the alleged goings-on at the school.
A letter from Kent Professional Standards Department, seen by The Telegraph, details how the force is reviewing a complaint that officers “failed to investigate the report of bribery by the school in paying Ceri Austin to provide a statement”.
Ceri Austin’s mother Tracy had resigned from her positions as the school’s deputy child protection officer in protest at the way the school dealt with concerns about sexual abuse of a teenage girl.
“They wanted to turn a blind eye to it. At the time there was a spate of sleeper holds – where boys strangle each other until they faint”Former teacher
After allegedly being offered a sum of money, Ceri Austin gave a witness statement which led to the arrest of her mother and Georgina Halford-Hall, a concerned parent who had also tried to complain about alleged bullying and abuse at the school. Both were cleared a year later when crown prosecutors offered no evidence, causing the cases to collapse.
Kent Police are probing why the allegation of bribery was not properly investigated when it was first reported. They are reviewing a complaint about why it was downgraded to a “suspicious incident” when it was in fact a “matter of extreme importance and one which raised serious questions about the credibility of the evidence provided by school’s management and others in the investigation”.
Detective Chief Inspector Swan, who is overseeing the complaint said that allegations are “suitable for a proportionate investigation” which means that “the conduct alleged may if proven justify criminal/disciplinary proceedings”.
A spokesman for Duke of York’s Royal Military School said that the suggestion that anyone was bribed is a “complete fabrication”.
Former teachers, parents and students at the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders, have told The Telegraph that when they tried to raise the alarm about the alleged abuse, the school moved to silence them.
Rachel Ward, who sent her two sons to the school, voiced concerns about the allegations practise of “chair-gating”, where boys were made to sit on a hard backed chair facing a wall for whole weekends at a time, only allowed to get up to use the toilet or go to a meal, as a punishment for misbehaviour.
Mrs Ward, a retail and marketing executive from Hampshire whose husband was a Warrant Officers with the Royal Engineers, claims that that she was warned by an intermediary that her husband’s military career would be over if she did not stop complaining.
“They are in charge of all those children, you would think they would have a nurturing instinct,” she said. “But they didn’t want anyone questioning their methods.
Former teachers have also told this newspaper about the “barbaric” punishment systems at the school, and claimed that they were told to stop recording incidents in the medical log book because the school wanted to “turn a blind eye” to the goings-on in the boys’ dormitories.
One former teacher told The Telegraph that he was shocked at the punishments doled out by teachers to younger boys, which he said he found “wholly inappropriate”.
He said: “There was a culture of really quite unpleasant behaviour from some members of staff.”
The former teacher recalled a particularly “murky” incident when a young boy being rushed to hospital after being consensually strangled by one of his peers during a game, and falling unconscious.
At hospital nurses found that his body was covered in bruising including being whipped with a belt.
The school carried out an internal review of the incident and found that the principal “made a number of errors of judgement in the execution of the school’s responsibilities toward [the boy].”
An Ofsted report noted that there had been a “serious bullying incident” in May 2011 which “uncovered wider concerns regarding the safeguarding practises at the school”.
Another former teacher alleges she and her colleagues were told by senior management to stop recording medical incidents.
“They wanted to turn a blind eye to it,” she said. “At the time there was a spate of sleeper holds – where boys strangle each other until they faint.”
Ofsted carried out an emergency inspection in February 2013 “following concerns about the care of boarders at the school”.
A subsequent Ofsted report published in July 2013, rating its provision of care as “good”.
The school received a favourable report following another emergency inspection last month.
A spokesman for DOYRMS said the school would co-operate with any police investigation.
The spokesman said the punishments described “simply did not happen”, adding that such claims have been “fully investigated” by Ofsted whose inspectors exonerated the school.
It said Ofsted had also investigated claims about the handling of a sex abuse complaint and the school had been exonerated.
An MOD spokesman said the suggesting it had tried to stifle claims of abuse at the school is “completely untrue.”
“The MOD continues to take its responsibility for the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and the well-being of its pupils very seriously,” the spokesman said.
“The school has undergone a number of Ofsted inspections, as well as scrutiny by other the Education Funding Agency and Kent County Council, all of whom are satisfied the school is meeting or exceeding the standards required.”
Donald Trump on witness list for civil case involving billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein
US President ‘identified as an individual who may have information’
Donald Trump has been placed on the witness list for a civil trial involving billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, a lawyer involved in the case has claimed.
The US President has been “identified as an individual who may have information” relating to allegations about Epstein, Jack Scarola told the LawNewz.com website.
He said there is evidence that at least one former employee at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, was recruited by an associate of Epstein to become involved in alleged sex offences.
The civil trial, due to start later this year, involves allegations of malicious prosecution and defamation filed by Bradley Edwards, a Florida lawyer who previously represented several of Epstein’s alleged victims in separate cases from 2009.
In the affidavit filed in support of case, Mr Edwards claims that Mark Epstein (Jeffrey’s brother) testified that Mr Trump flew on Jeffrey Epstein’s plane with him, LegalNewz.com reported.
“Epstein’s phone directory from his computer contains 14 phone numbers for Donald Trump, including emergency numbers, car numbers, and numbers to Trump’s security guard and houseman,” the affidavit reportedly claims.
Court records in an earlier civil case against Mr Epstein allege that he molested more than 40 girls between 2002 and 2005 at his Florida mansion.
There is no evidence to suggest any involvement from Mr Trump, but the records claim that “message pads confiscated from Epstein’s home indicated that Trump called Epstein’s West Palm Beach mansion on several occasions”.
It also quotes an interview with Mr Trump, featured in New York Magazine, in which he said: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
In 2007, Epstein was given what critics branded a “sweetheart” deal by federal prosecutors over allegations he sexually assaulted young girls.
The deal was overseen by Alexander Acosta, Mr Trump’s now Labour Secretary nominee. Mr Acosta is expected to face questions on the issue at his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing.
The non-prosecution agreement ensured Epstein and any “co-conspirators” would not be prosecuted federally in exchange for the billionaire pleading guilty to state charges.
Mr Scarola said the chances are “very low” that Mr Trump would be called as a witness at the trial.
“There are, as you might imagine, substantial hurdles in calling a sitting US president and we don’t want any further delays on this case,” he said.
The Trump Organization has been contacted for a response but none had arrived at the time of publication.
Richard and Judy of local radio’ ‘had sex against a tree in front of youngsters and she indecently assaulted boys while he kept watch with camera’
- Julie Wadsworth, 59, and her husband Tony, 69, deny sex attacks in 1990s
- Couple have both worked for BBC Radio Leicester and Birmingham’s BBC WM
- Mrs Wadsworth accused of indecently assaulting seven boys by touching them
- Her DJ husband allegedly ‘kept watch’ with camera and touched himself
- They deny all charges and face a three week trial starting on May 15
The married couple have both worked for BBC Radio Leicester and Birmingham-based BBC WM, but the corporation said last year the charges do not relate to their time there.
The couple allegedly had ‘sexual intercourse against a tree in a wooded parkland area in full view of a group of young boys’ on five different occasions during the 1990s,
Mr Wadsworth also pleaded not guilty to ten charges of indecent assault against seven boys aged under 18 between September 1992 and August 1999.
It was alleged that he watched as his wife, who denies 12 charges of the same offence, sexually touched the youngsters.
The court heard Mr Wadsworth ‘kept watch having in possession a camera’ and on another occasion he performed a sex act.
A three week trial was listed for May 15 at the same court – the date of Mrs Wadsworth’s 60th birthday.
George Thomas: Probe into late MP sex abuse claims ends
Mar 15 2017
South Wales Police said its investigation has come to an end and that no further action would be taken.
Trump campaign chair, US Senator Ralph Shortey, caught in a motel room with an underage boy
US Senator Ralph Shortey
Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey is facing numerous charges from Moore police after he was caught in a Super 8 Motel room with a minor boy.
According to KOCO reporter Bret Buganski, police are recommending the Republican lawmaker be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution.
“On March 9 … officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted in reference to a welfare check at a local hotel,” Lt. Kyle Dudley told NewsOK.com. “Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time.”
An employee of the hotel confirmed to KOCO that a man named “Ralph Allen Shortey” checked in at approximately 12:20 a.m. asking for a room with two beds. Just 30 minutes later the police arrived responding to a “welfare check,” though no one has come forward admitting to the call.
No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed, but text messages between the boy and Shortey are being investigated by police. Shortey’s legislative office door was found to have a note saying that he would be gone for the week.
Shortey was the state chair of President Donald Trump’s campaign during the primary elections.
“I am proud and honored to have been tapped as Chairman of the campaign for Oklahoma,” Shortey wrote on his Facebook Sept. 2015, according to The Lost Ogle. “We are very excited for the opportunity to have Mr. Trump here,” he said announcing a rally for Trump at the Oklahoma State Fair.
Shortey has been in office since 2010 and is most known for a bill he proposed to ban fetuses in food. NewsOK reports Shortey has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002 and that he studied at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. A direct mail piece sent to Shortey’s constituents show that he was also endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his opposition to immigration and immigrants and by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) for his “conservative principles.” Beth and Dog the Bounty Hunter hosted a rally for Shortey’s election in 2014.
“The Oklahoma Republican Party takes all accusations against elected officials seriously, especially when the welfare of a minor is involved,” Pam Pollard of the Oklahoma Republican Party said in a statement. “We have reached out to Senator Shortey for comment and have not heard back from him at this time. We await the report from law enforcement on whether charges will be filed.”
State Senate removes Ralph Shortey’s privileges amid investigation into motel stay with boy
The measure suspended his positions as vice chairman of the Committee on Energy and the Subcommittee on Select Agencies of the Appropriations Committee.
• It suspended his memberships in the Committee on Retirement and Insurance, the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Appropriations.
• His executive assistant was reassigned.
• Shortey was directed to return his state-owned laptop and any other state-owned property in his possession, and he is no longer authorized to occupy his Capitol office or his assigned parking spot.
• His name was removed as author or co-author of legislation under the Senate’s control.
The resolution notes that a member can be expelled for disorderly behavior by a vote of two-thirds of the Senate.
Shortly after the resolution passed, Shortey’s name and leadership positions were removed from the door to the office he had occupied on the Capitol’s fourth floor.
The action does not remove Shortey as a member of the Senate. He will still be allowed to vote and draw his legislative salary.
He had come under fire from his constituents recently after pushing two bills that would have undone the criminal justice reforms voters had enacted through State Questions 780 and 781 in November. After being subjected to three hours of questions during a heated town hall meeting last month, Shortey said he would not continue to pursue the legislation.
Another controversial piece of legislation authored by Shortey, Senate Bill 660, would make property owners who destroy drones flying over their land immune from civil lawsuits. The bill has passed out of committee and is headed to the Senate floor. After Shortey’s name was stripped as the bill’s author Wednesday, it was assigned to Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona.
Police investigating historic child abuse quiz man over ‘incidents linked to Southampton FC’
Mar 16 2017
POLICE investigating allegations of historic sex abuse in football have questioned a man in Hampshire, it has been revealed.
The 64-year-old was questioned by officers from Hampshire Police carrying out an investigation into allegations of non-recent child abuse within the football community – Operation Quantum.
The man has been questioned by officers in a police custody suite, the force has confirmed.
The investigation is believed to be linked to claims of incidents at Southampton Football Club in the 1980s.
A police spokesman said: “This remains an active, significant, and complex investigation undertaken by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team.”
The Daily Echo previously reported how the football club had contacted police over allegations of historical child abuse within football in December.
It came about after two ex-Saints youngsters said they were both victims of sexual abuse they suffered in the 1980s.
Last November, a number of police forces from across the UK launched investigations into allegations of abuse
So far, ten suspects have been identified as the scandal continues to grow.
The Echo previously reported that Greater Manchester Police had said it was investigating reports from 35 people, with its inquiry growing on a “daily basis”.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council also confirmed around 350 people across the country had reported abuse allegations.
In a statement released in December by Southampton FC, the club said: “Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area.
“The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus.
“The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities, and their well-being is paramount to all staff.”
Update: March 15 2017
Christ’s Hospital School
Four men, arrested during 2016 over allegations of sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham, have had their police bail extended from March 15 to May 3 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service, Sussex Police said today (March 15). The four men and their legal representatives were informed and did not need to attend police stations on March 15, police said. Sussex Police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29, 2016 on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and indecent assault on another boy. On December 12, 2016 he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman, before being rebailed. A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016 on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl. A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls. A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys. All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Comlex Abuse Unit.
Michael Jackson child sex syndicate trial date set
The choreographer, 34, filed an amended complaint in September claiming Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”
Robson claims Jackson and his employees worked in concert to arrange his private meetings with underage fans, cover travel expenses and shower the youngsters with gifts.
“Make no mistake, Neverland Ranch was nothing but a well-orchestrated trap,” Finaldi previously told The News. “It was custom-built to attract kids so he could groom them and decide which to sexually abuse.”
The amended complaint, obtained by The News, added new negligence claims to his suit against the two companies.
Robson claims he was brought into Jackson’s orbit as a small child in the late 1980s after winning a dance competition in Australia organized by MJJ Ventures.
Two years later, a Jackson assistant contacted his family about meeting with The Gloved One and staying at Neverland during a trip to Los Angeles, he says.
The assistant served as Jacko’s “madam” or “procurer,” his filing states.
During that visit, Jackson allegedly sexually abused Robson. The abuse continued for eight years until Robson hit puberty and Jackson lost interest, according to the complaint.
During the pop icon’s 2005 molestation trial in Santa Barbara County, Robson denied he had been sexually abused. He later recanted, saying it took intensive therapy for him to come to terms with the abuse.
In 2013, Robson’s initial claims against Jackson’s estate were thrown out when a judge ruled he’d waited too long to sue. He is now pursuing the separate civil claims against Jackson’s companies.
A source in Jackson’s camp called the new complaint “too silly” to warrant a response.
March 13, 2017
Former football coach Barry Bennell has been remanded in custody charged with 12 child sex offences, 11 of which are alleged to have happened in Derbyshire.
The 63-year-old appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Crewe via video-link from prison accused of seven counts of indecent assault and five counts of committing a serious sexual offence. He will next appear at Chester Crown Court on March 22.
Pope may be backsliding on paedophile crackdown, Catholic official says
Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council head says Vatican establishment determined to maintain status quo
The Pope may be retreating from his crackdown on paedophile priests as Vatican bureaucrats do all they can to undermine reform efforts, a senior Australian Catholic official has warned.
The Catholic Church in Australia could end up as a “marginalised rump” unless there is real change to an institutional culture hell-bent on self-protection and self-preservation, the chief executive of the church’s Truth Justice and Healing Council, Francis Sullivan, has said.
Sullivan, who has led the Australian church’s response to the four-year child sex abuse royal commission, points to recent developments in Rome.
Pope Francis has told bishops around the world to adhere to a zero-tolerance policy for clergy who sexually abuse children but has reportedly reduced sanctions against some offending priests.
“You have to seriously wonder whether this isn’t the Pope backsliding on what has been a strong and determined crackdown on offending priests and the circumstances that allowed abuse to take place,” he said.
Sullivan said another concerning development was the resignation of Irish clerical abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins from the Vatican’s child protection commission, citing resistance from the Vatican.
“Together these two developments paint a picture of the Vatican establishment, its bureaucrats and courtiers, doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda that is about maintaining the status quo and protecting the institution.”
It was a very dangerous time for the Catholic church in Australia, Sullivan said in a speech in Sydney on Friday night that was released to media on Sunday.
“If the church in Australia doesn’t see continuous, concerted change from our leaders driven and backed by an active and demanding Catholic community, then our church as a religion will become a marginalised rump, stripped of credibility and relevance, left to preach to an ever ageing congregation with eyes on an ever dimming hereafter.”
A total of 1,880 priests, religious brothers and sisters, and lay people have been identified as alleged perpetrators in abuse claims made to the Australian Catholic church by 4,444 victims.
Orgies, prostitution and porn videos: Vatican is hit by a wave of lurid accusations of priests across Italy
- Priest in Naples facing claims he went online to find partners he then paid for sex
In Naples, Reverend Mario D’Orlando was summoned by the city’s archbishop amid claims he was holding gay orgies and had used the internet to look for possible partners to pay for sex.
Meanwhile, in Padua, 48-year-old Rev. Andrea Contin, of the parish of San Lazzaro, is facing judicial proceedings and defrocking.
He carried bondage equipment and invited other priests to sex parties, Religion News Service reports.
Why did Tony Blair and Gordon Brown rush MI5 to Portugal to ‘help’ the McCanns, and why were they demanding all photographs from everyone there?
The information put together by Richard D Hall is quite amazing. In this part of his investigation, he examines why the British government showed such intense interest in the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann. It does make you wonder who else might have been involved. Was there someone very high up in British politics present in Portugal during Madeleine McCann’s ‘disappearance’? Blair or Brown possibly?
10 years!!!!! Don’t think Ben Needham got that time or money in the search for him. Smoke & mirrors & money and deflection here.
Got any cash Lord Dave ? Any useful tips ? Put all the wristband money on the 60/1 shot. Worth a Gamble innit.
Good Morning Britain viewers in meltdown over ‘ridiculous’ £11million bill for the Madeleine McCann investigation as top cop declares it a waste of money
Piers Morgan debated the case as it was revealed police are getting another £85,000 to continue hunt a decade after the youngster vanished
Child abuse inquiry may demand access to royal archives
Mar 11, 2017
Britain’s largest public inquiry could seek access to the royal archives after hearing evidence that they hold material relevant to investigations into child abuse cover-ups.
The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) — which has declared that “no one, no matter how apparently powerful, will be allowed to obstruct our inquiries” — believes that the archives contain evidence about Fairbridge, a charity with high-level royal connections which was heavily involved in child migration schemes.
Thousands of children suffered harsh physical punishment and sexual assaults at remote farm schools run by Fairbridge in Western Australia, which were visited by members of the royal family.
Royal Archives request in advance of July hearings – will bishop Peter ball info be requested too by
@IICSA_media @iicsa_vscp ?
In 1980 when Burrell was caught up in the gay porn investigation aboard the yacht Britannia he wrote to Pead explaining how he had lost his job only to be re-instated by the Queen.
One story circulating within the royal household was that Burrell, then a footman at Buckingham Palace was told to get married or lose his job after allegedly being linked to gay pornography on the royal yacht Britannia.
Typical Tories – the rich get richer whilst the poor become poorer.
Boris Johnson has just told the House of Commons he will support proposals to build a new Royal Yacht Britannia
Bloody Tories. Can find money to do up Westminster & Buckinham Palace plus fund a royal yacht. No money for social care, NHS, the poor…
After calling for a new royal yacht, Boris Johnson reveals the official design.
5 Mar 2017
THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.
As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.
The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.
But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges (Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake) in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.
Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.
In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.
Daily Mail forced to admit Peter McKelvie’s claims weren’t baseless after all. What a colossal backdown!
Deary me! It would seem the lying Daily Mail has had to back down over false reporting on Peter McKelvie claims!
That paltry apology does not undo the damage
@DailyMailUK has done to either McKelvie or his cause.
The article in question (for which apology has now been made by Mail):
Oh FFS so Daily Mail went all out to get Peter McKelvie off the inquiry panel & ensure Peter Righton & PIE’s political network ignored?
If the Fail can’t be trusted to report truthfully on Peter McKelvie’s correspondence with Cameron, can they be trusted to report on Heath?
Michael Mates was convicted paedophile Partick Rock’s campaign manager
Bishop Peter Ball – was a founder member of the Thatcher Foundation set up by the former prime minister.
While Bishop Suffragan of Lewes, he had come to public notice through his close friendship with Ian Gow
Knight after talking to the Bishop of Lewes (Bishop Peter Ball) Mr Baker approached two people who provided £2.500.
Bishop Peter Ball supporter of satanist Derry Mainwaring-Knight – Knight put money into offshore funds
Victims threaten to abandon child abuse inquiry http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15123835.Victims_threaten_to_abandon_child_abuse_inquiry_over_anonymity_fears/ … <<< Chairman says victims’ names will be given to alleged abusers.
remember when the initial title of abuse inquiry was re. Organised institutional abuse? Why do you think the word “organised” was removed?
Also removed from statutory guidance for social workers & police working together
PIE was a network so are its successors, paedophiles recruit paedophiles in institutional settings in an organised way
inquiry so far as set up will not be examining this
BREAKING: IICSA to refer itself to the Information Commissioner’s Office following a data breach – email addresses sent to entire list
The list was for the Victims and Survivors Forum. Follows previous history of damaging data breaches at IICSA
I’m told this includes some of those who would be entitled to anonymity. Will lead to further criticism
Incredibly reckless and nothing, no apologies, can restore someone’s anonymity once breached so carelessly.
IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way
Former child migrants are to give “very emotional accounts” about the physical and sexual abuse they faced, the first public hearing in the independent inquiry into historical child abuse in England and Wales has been told.
Thousands of British children were sent to Australia and other parts of the British Empire up to 1974.
Many were exposed to “unacceptable depravity”, the inquiry heard.
A lawyer speaking on behalf of the UK government expressed “deep regret”.
Inquiry counsel Henrietta Hill QC said claims of “systematic sexual abuse” in institutions and work environments would be heard.
The children, she said, were sent without consent of parents, wrongly told they were orphans, and denied basic details about their family backgrounds during their future lives.
Labor pick talked tough on underage sex crimes but gave billionaire ‘sweetheart’ deal
March 3, 2017
A decade ago, a Miami Beach father who traveled to Cambodia to pay for sex with three underage girls was found guilty in federal court and convicted of sex tourism involving children.Kent Frank, 50, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Miami’s U.S. attorney at the time, Alex Acosta, declared in a news release that society “cannot permit such individuals to seek sanctuary in our community.”
“We will prosecute sexual abuse of children aggressively, both when the targets are children in our community and when the defendants travel to target children abroad,” he vowed.
But Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of labor, made a very different call in another, far more sordid case just months later. The agreement Acosta approved for Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein — a “sweetheart” plea deal, according to attorneys for Epstein’s victims — could come back to haunt his Senate confirmation hearing if any senators question Acosta’s judgment in one of the most high-profile cases of his career.
Using his private staff to coordinate the illicit sexual activity, Epstein had paid dozens of girls cash to engage in nude massages, masturbation, oral sex and intercourse in his palatial mansions in Palm Beach, New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands between 1999 and 2005.
Epstein, then 55 and defended by an all-star legal team, pleaded guilty to a state charge of soliciting minors for prostitution. He registered as a sex offender in Florida and agreed to pay damages to 40 female victims ranging in age from 13 to 17 years old.
As part of the plea agreement negotiated by Acosta’s office, Epstein wouldn’t be charged in federal court — even though the feds had drawn up a proposed 53-page indictment that carried potential punishment ranging from a mandatory 10 years in prison up to a life sentence.
Epstein ended up serving just over a year in a Palm Beach County Stockade — while local authorities allowed him during his incarceration to go to work or do whatever he wanted for six days out of every week.
Acosta’s “non-prosecution agreement” — initially kept secret from Epstein’s victims — was signed by the billionaire and his lawyers in September 2007 and amended through the end of that year. The deal also immunized several of his co-conspirators from federal prosecution, a rare bonus.
Sir Gerald Kaufman, the Father of the House of Commons, dies aged 86 after 47 years as an MP – triggering yet ANOTHER by-election for Labour to defend
Actor Robert Morley (centre) with Peter O’Sullevan (Racing commentator, left) and Gerald Kaufman (right), in 1990
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, former leader Ed Miliband and Commons Speaker John Bercow are among those who have paid their respects.
Sir Gerald, who previously worked as a political journalist at the Daily Mirror, was first elected to represent Ardwick in 1970, but moved to the Gorton constituency 13 years later.http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/local-news/veteran-mp-made-a-knight-in-queens-1114252
His positions in government included junior minister at the Department of the Environment and the Department of Industry, before serving as Minister for Industry between 1975 and 1979.
Sir Gerald, aged 73, is chairman of the Government’s culture, media and sport committee that conducted a lengthy inquiry into privacy and media intrusion, calling newspaper editors to give evidence in public about their working practices.
The committee’s report, published last May, concluded that the Government should legislate to protect the public from the unwelcome attentions of journalists through a new privacy law
‘I had the greatest respect for the Labour front bench in those days, someone I could genuinely call a friend, Gerald Kaufman, a terrific man
…the record shop is The Discovery in Gorton and the wall is in the flat above it.
Gorton where Hindley lived with Brady during the first Moors murders. And where Gerald Kaufman is M.P.
Phone-hacking scandal: Jonathan Rees obtained information using dark arts
The Guardian has been told that Rees spoke openly about obtaining confidential data belonging to senior politicians and recorded their names in his paperwork. One source close to Rees claims that apart from Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Peter Mandelson and Alastair Campbell, he also targeted Gaynor Regan, who became the second wife of the former foreign secretary Robin Cook; the former shadow home secretary Sir Gerald Kaufman; and the former Tory cabinet minister David Mellor.
It is not yet known precisely what Rees was doing to obtain information on these political targets, although in the case of Mandelson it appears that Rees acquired confidential details of two bank accounts he held at Coutts, and his building society account at Britannia. Rees is also said to have targeted the bank accounts of members of Mandelson’s family.
BTCUK Ambassador Sir Gerald Kaufman MP
Sir Gerald, 85, was press secretary to Wilson
New Zealand man accused of being part of international paedophile ring that abused an ‘adopted son’ of a gay couple will be extradited to Australia
- New Zealand man allegedly involved in pedophile ring extradited to QLD
- 42-year-old was arrested in 2016 following a five-and-a-half year investigation
- He will face charges linked to abuse of adopted son of a gay Cairns couple
A New Zealand man allegedly involved in a worldwide paedophile ring which abused the adopted son of a gay Cairns couple will be extradited to Australia to face charges.
The 42-year-old was arrested in August 2016 following a five-and-a-half year investigation.
Police announced on Thursday he would be extradited to Brisbane to face nine charges of indecent treatment of a child under the age of 12.
Queenslanders Peter Truong and Mark Newton were jailed for 30 and 40 years respectively in the United States in 2013 after they admitted buying the boy as a newborn from Russia and abusing him.
They recorded the assaults on high-definition video cameras and shared the footage with a worldwide paedophile ring.
He was then passed around through the network to be abused by other men
IICSA seminar on Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme on Tuesday here’s the transcripts
Concern over abuse injury after third panel member resigns
Feb 17 2017
The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry has been hit by another resignation, leaving it with just one panel member. Glenn Houston, the only remaining member of the inquiry’s original panel, said he was resigning his post after securing non-executive director positions on the board of two public sector organisations.
Survivors’ confidence in the process has been tested, to say the least Iain Gray His departure follows that of Professor Michael Lamb and Susan O’Brien QC, both of whom resigned last year, citing Scottish Government interference. Ms O’Brien is suing the Scottish Government for substantial damages after it said it was intending to remove her from the post for “unacceptable” comments she made during the course of her work.
Alan Draper, a spokesman for In-Care Abuse Survivors (Incas), said survivors wanted an explanation from Mr Swinney and inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith following Mr Houston’s departure. Mr Draper said: “Survivors are at a loss to understand this whole process of failure – because that is what it is. If Houston was dissatisfied, he should have the courage to say so.
Accepting these two jobs implies he was looking for a way out. “Survivors are considering withdrawing from this whole process until they are satisfied they are placed at the centre of the inquiry. “The inquiry is about what happened to them and the failure of the Establishment to protect them from harm.
This failure is continuing.” The Scottish Government said Mr Houston would not be replaced. Scottish Labour education spokesman Iain Gray said: “With all three of the original panel members gone, one of them accusing ministers of interference and one suing the Scottish Government, survivors’ confidence in the process has been tested, to say the least. “John Swinney must now reassure the survivors that the inquiry will not be further delayed, but should also bring on more panel members to ensure the inquiry can carry out its remit efficiently.” Mr Swinney said: “Following consideration of the matter, at this stage in the inquiry’s work, I have decided not to appoint a successor. “Lady Smith will continue as chair of the inquiry and as sole panel member. This will mean it will take the same format as every other public inquiry established in Scotland under the Inquiries Act 2005.”http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/concern-over-abuse-injury-after-third-panel-member-resigns-1-4372555
Sex ‘monster’ Team USA gymnastics doctor is hit with 22 more charges of sexually assault after former athletes spoke out
- Michigan prosecutors filed 22 sexual assault charges against Larry Nassar
- Nassar has been accused for assaulting several women and girls he treated at a gymnastics gym, his Michigan State University office, and his home
- Nassar was a doctor for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympic athletes
- 2000 Olympian Jamie Dantzscher is one of the dozen women and girls filing lawsuits against Nassar separately
A new Catholic body designed to scrutinise the church’s approach to child abuse would have “extraordinary power” to keep its reports secret, the royal commission has heard.
The church announced late last year it would create Catholic Professional Standards (CPS) to lead its efforts on child protection.
CPS will set standards for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and engage external auditors to assess compliance. Its “teeth” will rely on it publishing those audits widely, an approach taken in Ireland to drive transparency and accountability in a church traditionally hostile to external scrutiny.
But the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse heard on Monday that CPS would have broad powers to keep the audits from being published.
The current drafting of the company’s constitution would allow it to keep reports secret if they involved “church contacts”, a term for children or vulnerable adults, who would ostensibly be involved in almost every report.
Reports could also remain secret if they were inaccurate, had potential to confuse the public or endangered public safety.
On Monday, the counsel assisting, Gail Furness SC, questioned the chair of the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council, Neville Owen, about the restrictions. “Now taking all four together, it could be argued that they provide very large reasons for not publishing?” Furness asked.
Owen responded: “Yes, that’s one way of interpreting it, but I can only go on the intention that’s behind this, the teeth in this system is public reporting.”
The royal commission chair, Justice Peter McClellan, also raised concern. “Mr Owen, it may be that the public confidence in this body won’t be enhanced by a clause that is so broad,” he said.
Owen suggested that CPS was still in its formative stages. “Well, it’s in its embryonic stage, your honour, and this will be I suppose an easy answer, but there’s a lot yet to be worked out,” he said.
“And if the board, for example, or as you say through expressions of public concern, perhaps coming from what happens today, perhaps as the mechanisms work themselves out, if the constitution needs to be changed, then there is a mechanism for doing that,” he said.
Owen said it was never the intention for CPS not to publish its reports. The intention was that public reporting would “be the norm”.
It was vital CPS be properly resourced. Without that, he said, it would undoubtedly fail.
McClellan also questioned Brisbane’s archbishop, Mark Coleridge, about CPS’s broad powers to withhold reports from the public. “Do you understand why there will be people who will react adversely to such a broad discretion?” he said.
Coleridge agreed that it could be interpreted as an attempt to resist publication.
“As it’s phrased it has the potential for a range of interpretations, some of which could certainly give that interpretation, that it’s an attempt to resist the publication of the information,” Coleridge said. “And without the publication this whole proposal lacks teeth.”
McClellan responded: “It just falls to the ground doesn’t it?”
Coleridge said: “Precisely.”
The royal commission hearing continues on Tuesday morning, when a panel of archbishops and bishops from across the country are expected to give evidence.
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Police warn of 5,000 files on alleged child abuse
“We will carefully consider all of the submissions to the committee.”
Adam Rickwood & The Medomsley Heroes by Bill Maloney Full documentary
Newcastle pupil among victims TV weatherman Fred Talbot targeted, court hears
Weatherman Fred Talbot is said to have indecently assaulted his victims including a Newcastle victim between the late 1960s and the early 1980s
A CHILD sex abuse trial against former TV weatherman Fred Talbot was adjourned – because Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown couldn’t appear as a witness.
The singer – currently on a world tour with the rock icons – was expected to give evidence in the case due to go ahead at Lanark Sheriff Court later this month.
The trial was scheduled to start on February 20 but today the court was told Brown, 53, was one of three witnesses unable to attend.
Fiscal depute Natalie Henderson said: “Witness number three is not available in February, March, April or June.
“He is the lead singer of the Stone Roses.
albot, who grew up in Altrincham, Greater Mancs, sat impassively during the two-hour hearing.
He is accused sex offences against four 15-year-olds, two lads aged 17, one aged 16 and a 12-year-old.
It’s claimed six of the alleged offences took place on school camping trips in Moffat between January 1 1978 and November 22 1981.
The other charges are said to have happened beside the Caledonian Canal, near Inverness, on dates between February 10, 1978, and October 31, 1979.
After teacher training in Gateshead in the late 1960s, Talbot taught biology at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys until May 1984, when his teaching career came to “an abrupt end” following an indecent proposal he made to two pupils at his home.
Former Keil School is under investigation for possible historical child abuse
FEB 14 2017
A FORMER boarding school in Dumbarton is to be included as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into child abuse.
Keil School is one of six boarding schools that will be put under the microscope during a four-year inquiry into possible historical child abuse.
The other boarding schools include Fettes College, Gordonstoun, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School and Morrison’s Academy (when it was a boarding school).
Local authority establishments set to be investigated include: Clerwood Children’s Home, Edinburgh, Colonsay House, Perth, Nimmo Place Children’s Homes, Perth, St Margaret’s Children’s Home, Fife, Linwood Hall Children’s Home, Fife, Kerelaw Secure Unit, Glasgow, St Katherine’s Secure Unit, Edinburgh, Larchgrove Remand Home, Glasgow.
The inquiry will also look at institutions run by religious orders, including Benedictines, Sisters of Nazareth, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Christian Brothers, Sisters of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, De la Salle Brothers, Marist Brothers and Church of Scotland (Crossreach).
The inquiry will be chaired by Rt Hon Lady Smith, who provided an update on the work of the independent Inquiry – and the progress it has made – at a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh.
Since last spring, the inquiry team has been taking witness statements from people who have been in touch to tell them about abuse – focusing on the elderly and infirm.
External expert research has also been commissioned to inform the Inquiry’s work.
The chairman revealed details of the investigations currently underway, confirming that over 60 residential care establishments for children are being investigated by Inquiry staff ahead of future public hearings.
These are among more than 100 locations that have been identified where abuse of children has been said to have taken place.
The public hearings will proceed in phases, with the first commencing on May 31.
And Lady Smith concluded the preliminary hearing by appealing to anyone who has relevant information, whether they have been abused themselves or know others who have, to contact the Inquiry via these methods:
l by post to: PO BOX 24085, Edinburgh, EH7 9EA
l by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
l by telephone at Freephone 0800 0929 300.
After opening as a technical college in 1915 Keil School later became an independent school for boys, then became co-educational before closing in 2000.
In its heyday Keil School was an independent secondary school with boarding and day classes for around 200 pupils.
It was an all-boys school up until 1978, when it became co-educational.
In January last year The Reporter told how a housing developer planned to create 51 new homes at the historic site. Avant Homes, the new name for Bett Homes, lodged an application to convert the run down Helenslee House – the former school – into more than a dozen new flats.
Jerry Sandusky’s son arrested on child sex assault, porn charges
February 13, 2017
One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons faces multiple felony charges stemming from an alleged March 2013 incident.
Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, of State College, is one of the six adopted children of Jerry Sandusky, the retired Penn State defensive coordinator whose 2011 arrest and 2012 conviction on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse crimes rocked the university and led to a major spotlight on pedophilia in Pennsylvania.
Jerry Sandusky maintains his innocence of the crimes and continues to pursue a new trial. He is incarcerated at Greene state prison in Waynesburg.
Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents. The charges include criminal solicitation of statutory sexual assault by a person 11 years older, criminal solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years old, two counts of criminal solicitation of photograph or film depicted on the computer of a sex act knowingly involving a child, six counts of communicating with a minor – sexual abuse and two counts of criminal solicitation of child pornography, all felonies, and two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors.
According to the heavily redacted criminal complaint filed by state police at Rockview, the father of a minor contacted police on Nov. 21 saying the minor received text messages from Jeffrey Sandusky on March 1 and 2, 2016.
The father provided screen shots of the messages to troopers, police said, and advised that the minor had told the mother about the texts the day before. Jeffrey Sandusky, who had reportedly been living at the residence for about five years, was told by the mother to leave.
Jeffrey Sandusky’s text request to the minor was redacted in the complaint, however he reportedly said that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine.” He then allegedly advised the minor not to show the texts to anyone.
Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly asked the minor to erase all the texts the next morning, police said, and that none of it gets mentioned to or seen by anyone. He then advised that he and the minor need to talk to “get things straightened out.”
“No, we don’t need to talk and we aren’t going to,” the minor reportedly replied. “You did what you did and I’m not going to give you a chance to try and justify it.”
Troopers spoke with the mother, police said, who confirmed she asked Jeffrey Sandusky to leave the residence after being told about the text messages. She reportedly gave police permission to take the cell phone for examination.
In an interview with the mother on Dec. 10, police reported the mother became “emotional” while reading the texts. She told police that Jeffrey Sandusky said he was trying to help her by trying to get (redacted) off the internet and he needed (redacted) to do it and to “role play.”
The mother stated there were not any pictures on the internet, police said. Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly told her he was sorry and said he “knows it was wrong and inappropriate.”
After speaking with the mother, police reported speaking with the minor, who reportedly felt Jeffrey Sandusky has looked and stared inappropriately. The minor reported not showering at the home while Jeffrey Sandusky was there anymore because the minor “does not feel safe with him there.”
The minor also reported only receiving texts like the one’s in question one time, police said. The minor reported that the texts caused discomfort and that Jeffrey Sandusky “kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone and to erase them.”
The minor told a second individual, police said, who was interviewed Dec. 11. After being told about the texts on March 2, this person reportedly asked Jeffrey Sandusky to go for a drive during which “I tore into him.”
The individual reported yelling at Jeffrey Sandusky about the texts, police said. Jeffrey Sandusky advised that he “knows a guy that could remove (redacted) from the internet.”
Jeffrey Sandusky allegedly stated, “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry,” police said.
The individual was questioned about messages received from Jeffrey Sandusky several years ago, police said, who reported receiving texts in the spring of 2013 advising in redacted statements “don’t tell mom” and wanted to know “how it felt.”
The individual said the text was wrong and (Jeffrey Sandusky) shouldn’t be asking a minor, police said.
Bail was set at $200,000. A preliminary hearing is slated for Feb. 22.
Human Rights Commission backing calls for an investigation into abuse in state care
The Government is facing increasing calls for an inquiry into abuse in state care, with the Human Rights Commission the latest to urge a full investigation.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has described the abuse of more than a thousand children in state care between the 1950s and 1980s as “abhorrent” but has again rejected claims the government must investigate the full extent of the abuse.
The Human Rights Commission has written to Prime Minister Bill English outlining the necessity for an inquiry to determine the extent of abuse and calling for an apology to be made to all those affected, including the abused, their families and whanau.
As at September last year, the Ministry for Social Development has received 1370 direct claims of abuse prior to 1993.
“We know from their stories that many New Zealanders who were placed in government institutions suffered sexual, physical and psychological abuse inflicted by staff, social workers, caregivers, teachers, clergy, cooks, gardeners, night watchmen and even other children and patients,” the HRC letter says.
It suggests the abuse has a “disproportionately negative impact” on Maori and disabled people.
“We must understand what took place and learn how and why vulnerable children, teenagers and adults could be abused within the system that was supposed to care for them.”
The letter has been signed by prominent New Zealanders including Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, members of the Iwi Leaders Forum and the Maori Womens’ Welfare League.
It follows a recommendation made by Judge Carolyn Henwood who chaired the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service panel that heard stories from more than 1100 abuse victims.
Labour, the Green Party and Maori Party all released statements on Monday backing the calls.
“We must acknowledge publicly the mistreatment of so many young children in state care. There should be an independent inquiry; their voices need to be heard,” Labour children’s spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern said in a statement.
Green Party social development spokeswoman Jan Logie said it seemed everyone but the government realised an inquiry and formal apology were essential to helping victims find closure.
Maori party co-leader Marama Fox described the victims as New Zealand’s lost generations.
“We absolutely support the commission’s call for those who haven’t been able to share their stories to do so. This government needs to listen to them and learn from them so that abuse never happens again,” she said.
Ms Tolley has previously ruled out an inquiry, saying it would require victims to relive their experiences when they have already settled claims with the government.
She also rejected calls for a blanket apology, preferring to give a personal apology to those who come forward.
In a statement on Monday, Ms Tolley reiterated she was “more than happy” to apologise to anyone who went through the “traumatic experience”.
Prominent Kiwis call for independent inquiry into claims of abuse of children in state care
Prominent Kiwis have banded together to demand an independent inquiry into the claims of sexual and physical abuse of children in state care.
The Human Rights Commission has spearheaded an open letter to the Government, published in today’s Herald, calling for a comprehensive inquiry and a public apology to those who were abused, and their families, in what is described as a dark chapter of our history.
Among the 29 signatories of what now underpins the “Never Again” petition to the Government are Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner and former National MP Jackie Blue, former Mental Health Foundation chief executive Judi Clements, and the Otago University dean of law, Professor Mark Henaghan.
The background to their call is:
• In 2001 the Government issued an apology and compensation to a group of former patients of the former Lake Alice psychiatric hospital, after a report by a retired judge who had interviewed them and found their claims credible.
• The issue spread to former patients of other asylums and the Government set up a confidential listening service for them to speak of the abuse they had suffered.
• Former state wards made claims for abuse in state care and a listening service was created for them.
The head of that service, Judge Carolyn Henwood, recommended creating an independent body to resolve historic and current complaints.
• The Government last year rejected that recommendation.
In support of the commission’s call, Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson said “thousands of people were abused by their own government”.
“More than 100,000 new Zealanders were taken from their families and put into state institutions from the 1950s to the 1990s, where many suffered serious physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect over several years.
“The extent of the abuse is unknown. We believe this painful and shocking chapter of New Zealand history is one that needs to be opened. If we do not openly talk about the mistakes we made, then we cannot ensure they are never repeated.”
Indigenous Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen said Maori children were more likely to be taken from their families than other children were. At some institutions, at least 80 per cent of the young people were from Maori homes.
“We know more than 40 per cent of prison inmates spent their childhood in state care. This is a dark chapter in New Zealand history that must be opened up, understood and never repeated.”
The open letter is signed by iwi leaders, child advocates and disability sector representatives.
The Ministry of Social Development says that, to last September, it had directly received 1370 claims for abuse before 1993, of which 910 had been closed. It had made 728 payments “to acknowledge failings” and the average amount was $19,036.
Claims filed in court numbered 589, of which 224 were resolved out of court and none in court. Payments, averaging $20,958, had been made to 165 claimants.
An inquiry into abuse at facilities such as Epuni Boys’ Home would benefit the next generation, the letter says. Photo / Alexander Turnbull Library
Forty-two direct claims for 1993 to 2007 had been paid out at, on average, $15,430. One court claim had been resolved, out of court, and the payment was $6000.
Individual claimants have received personal written apologies from senior officials at the ministry or in some cases, according to the commission, statements of regret, but there has been no universal public apology from the Government.
Yesterday, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said only individual apologies would be offered.
“I’m more than happy to apologise to anyone who had to go through this traumatic experience for the impact it has had on their lives.”
She said the listening service had provided valid information that helped those involved.
“The service provided more in the way of help than an inquiry would – helping people access their old records, funding counselling sessions and referring them to agencies for investigation.”
She had led an overhaul of the state-care system which would result in a new child-centred operating model led by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children.
“An independent youth advocacy service will ensure that the voices of young people and children are heard in policies and decisions that affect them.”
READ THE OPEN LETTER HERE:
Māori Party supports call for inquiry into State child abuse
13 February 2017
Māori Party supports call for inquiry into State abuse on children
The Māori Party is backing a campaign launched by the Human Rights Commission for an independent inquiry into the historic abuse of children in State care.
More than 100,000 children were in State care during the 1950s to the 1990s and the commission, along with iwi leaders and child advocates, is calling for an inquiry to determine how many were abused and what can be done to prevent it from happening again.
“I’ve heard the stories from people themselves, who as children were taken from homes that were actually more loving than the ones the State put them in. They are New Zealand’s lost generations,” said Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox.
“We absolutely support the commission’s call for those who haven’t been able to share their stories, to do so. This Government needs to listen to them and learn from them so that abuse never happens again. E Kore Anō.”
Māori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell said the country’s lost generations was more serious than what most people thought.
“We’re potentially talking about thousands of children being taken from their families simply for having a disability, being Māori or minor transgressions like skipping school, only to be abused physically, sexually and emotionally by the strangers and institutions that the State placed them with,” said Mr Flavell.
NZ Government response:
Abuse inquiry would be a ‘distraction’: PM
Prime Minister Bill English with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May outside 10 Downing Street
The government is facing increased pressure for an inquiry into abuse of children in state care, but PM Bill English says it would be a distraction.
13 February 2017
Bill English says an inquiry into the abuse of more than a thousand children in state care would be a “significant distraction”.
The Human Rights Commission on Monday became the latest group to call for an investigation to determine the extent of the abuse dating back to the 1950s, but the prime minister has questioned whether there would be anything to gain from it.
The commission has written an open letter to Mr English, signed by a number of prominent New Zealanders, urging an inquiry and calling for an apology for all those affected.
“Until we know the full story and until we have the answers to those questions, we are not in a position to learn from what happened and to prevent it from happening again,” the letter says.
The letter has been signed by 29 people, including Race Relations Commissioner Susan Devoy, Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford, UNICEF executive director Vivien Maidaborn and Otago University Dean of Law Professor Mark Henaghan,
The inquiry was first recommended by Judge Carolyn Hendon who chaired the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service panel that heard stories from more than 1100 abuse victims.
As at September last year, the Ministry for Social Development had received 1370 direct claims of abuse prior to 1993.
Mr English said lessons had already been learned from CALS which influenced the overhaul of the state care system to protect children in the future.
“A question is really whether an inquiry that goes back over the same history is going to make it mean that we do a better job of dealing with the people who are in care right now, and in my view it would probably be a significant distraction,” he said.
He said inquiries overseas had become “wide ranging, pretty sprawling, expensive and long-running” and he already knew what it would reveal.
“It would tell us there was some pretty significant abuse of various sorts and some people have really suffered from it, and that’s why the Crown’s got a compensation process in place,” he said.
Last year the government revealed it had settled more than 900 abuse claims, including a personal apology and compensation totalling more than $17 million.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has previously rejected calls for a blanket apology, preferring to give a personal apology to victims who come forward.
Labour, the Green Party and Maori Party have all backed inquiry calls.
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Journalists who obtain leaked official material could be sent to prison under new proposals
Campaigners have expressed outrage at new proposals that could lead to journalists being jailed for up to 14 years for obtaining leaked official documents.
The major overhaul of the Official Secrets Act – to be replaced by an updated Espionage Act – would give courts the power to increase jail terms against journalists receiving official material.
The new law, should it get approval, would see documents containing “sensitive information” about the economy fall foul of national security laws for the first time.
In theory a journalist leaked Brexit documents deemed harmful to the UK economy could be jailed as a consequence.
One legal expert said the new changes would see the maximum jail sentence increase from two years to 14 years; make it an offence to “obtain or gather” rather than simply share official secrets; and to extend the scope of the law to cover information that damages “economic well-being”.
John Cooper QC, a leading criminal and human rights barrister who has served on two law commission working parties, added: “These reforms would potentially undermine some of the most important principles of an open democracy.”
Jodie Ginsberg, chief executive of Index on Censorship, said: “The proposed changes are frightening and have no place in a democracy, which relies on having mechanisms to hold the powerful to account.
“It is unthinkable that whistle blowers and those to whom they reveal their information should face jail for leaking and receiving information that is in the public interest.”
Her organisation has accused the Law Commission, the Government’s statutory legal advisers, of failing to consult fully with journalists before making its recommendations in a 326-page consultation published earlier this month.
“It is shocking that so few organisations were consulted on these proposed changes given the huge implications for public interest journalism in this country,” said Ms Ginsberg.
The Law Commission sought advice from media groups including Guardian Media as well as civil liberties groups including Liberty and Open Rights Group.
Other groups consulted included the intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6 as well as several government departments and senior politicians and lawyers.
Jim Killock, chief executive of the Open Rights Group, said: “It is clearly an attempt to criminalise ordinary journalism. The idea seems to be to criminalise the act of handling leaked documents which would prevent the public from knowing when the government is breaking the law.
“It is fundamentally un-British to try to control journalists in this way. It is completely unreasonable to equate any leak of secret information as an act of espionage.”
The Law Commission’s proposed changes would replace four official Secrets Acts dating back to 1911. The changes do not allow for a statutory public interest defence.
The Law Commission recommendations state that there should be “no restriction on who can commit the offence,” including hackers, politicians and journalists.
The new proposals will now go out to further consultation which will be open until April 3.
Conservative MP Damian Collins, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said: “We need to look at these proposals very carefully. Whistle blowing can be in the national interest.
“We need to ensure that we get the balance right between protecting sensitive official information and allowing debate about facts where there is a clear and overwhelming national interest.”
A Law Commission spokesman said it was “both misleading and incorrect” to suggest journalists were at any greater risk under the planned law changes.
The spokesman added: “The current offences contained in the Official Secrets Act 1911 are broad. We are seeking views on how the law could meet 21st century challenges whilst also ensuring people don’t inadvertently commit serious offences.
“Our provisional recommendations make a number of suggestions to improve the current laws around the protection of official data and we welcome views in our open public consultation.”
Historical Abuse Inquiry ignored report on paedophile doctor: Claim
A researcher who helped uncover how a paedophile doctor was allowed to continue working with children has lambasted a major inquiry after it refused to include his damning report.
Dr Niall Meehan, head of the journalism and media communications faculty at Griffith College Dublin, found that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) was made aware in 1971 that Royal Hospital Belfast child-psychiatrist, Dr Roderick Morrison Fraser, had abused a 13-year-old Belfast boy in London.
Fraser had pleaded guilty to the sex offences in 1972, however he was not jailed and continued to work with children.
The report exposed major failings by health boards, medical professionals and the RUC after they failed to stop him working within the health service.
Dr Meehan – who produced the report entitled Child Abuse, Corruption and Collusion in Britain and Northern Ireland – said he contacted the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIA) with a copy of his evidence after references to Fraser were made in its hearings in April last year.
He was told by HAI officials that the inquiry would consider matters “relevant to its terms and conditions”.
However, Dr Meehan has accused the inquiry of ignoring the submission after it was not included in the report.
“I asked the inquiry to investigate why the RUC and London Metropolitan Police failed to inform hospital authorities that Fraser was under investigation since August 1971 for sexual abuse of two Belfast boys in London, aged 10 and 13,” Dr Meehan said.
“But it appears that the inquiry took a very differential attitude towards RUC spokespeople as well as British security and intelligence spokespeople.
“It adapted their narratives and a kind of mindset and wasn’t going to waver from it,” he claimed.
Despite being a convicted sex offender, Fraser continued to remain on the medical register.
A week after his conviction, the paedophile was the main speaker at an ISPCC (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) conference at Jordanstown.
The Kincora whistleblower and abuse survivor, Richard Kerr, claimed he was abused by Fraser during counselling at the doctor’s medical offices in the Royal Victoria Hospital in the early 1970s when he was aged about 13. Mr Kerr said that Fraser had access to all of the children’s homes in Belfast.
“The police could have told health authorities they were employing a child abuser,” Dr Meehan continued.
He added: “The RUC knew he was a child abuser, they could have told the hospital and said that guy is a paedophile but they didn’t and there is something very wrong there.
“I named the RUC officer who took Fraser’s statement that led to his conviction and who was aware of what he did, but the officer did nothing.
“The officer is still alive today.”
Fraser remained in post for a further year until a publicised arrest in New York in May 1973, when he was exposed as part of a nine-man paedophile-ring.
Dr Meehan claims that one week after that, a ‘certificate of conviction’ relating to Fraser’s 1972 sex offences was sent by police to the Northern Ireland Hospital Authority.
“In other words, it was sent a year late when the police game was up,” he accused.
“It is astonishing that the Hart Inquiry did not investigate why police permitted an admitted abuser to continue interacting with institutionalised children.
“If the inquiry could not accomplish even that simple task, its report is compromised,” Dr Meehan added.
The HIA failed to respond to a request for comment
Jury set to consider verdicts in Colin Gregg abuse trial
Feb 28 2017
he jury in the trial of alleged child abuser Colin Gregg are expected to begin their deliberations on Wednesday morning.
The former head teacher, 75, is accused of indecently assaulting four boys aged between 11 and 14 over a period of four decades.
Judge Robin Mairs finished his summing up of the case at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday and said the jury would retire the next day to consider its verdicts.
Earlier, the jury was told Gregg is accused of molesting four boys in his home gym, his study, in his car and a swimming pool.
Judge Mairs told the jury of seven women and five men: “They [the complainants] all told you when they were young boys Colin Gregg abused them.”
Judge Mairs also reminded the jury of the prosecution’s claim Gregg “had some fascination with touching and playing with the genitals of young boys”.
The former charity boss, of Homefarm Steading in Gosforth, Newcastle, denies nine counts of indecent assault.
His defence argue the complainants have made “copycat allegations” of those Gregg faced in a previous trial in 1997.
The court previously heard the dad-of-three was acquitted at Newcastle Crown Court after facing allegations he assaulted a boy while the alleged victim was between the ages of 10 and 14.
Judge Mairs said: “Colin Gregg is 75. He has been a head teacher, teacher, social worker and a charity boss. He has raised millions for good causes.
“He has been described to you as capable of being charismatic and inspiring. A kind, decent, honest and selfless man who denies any interest in young boys.”
Judge Mairs finished his summing up and told jurors to make their decision without emotion.
He said: “Allegations of a sexual offence, especially against a child, raises strong emotion, either for the accuser or those defending themselves against it. It is important not to let emotion to take over.”
Gregg is a former head teacher at The King’s School Junior School in Tynemouth and taught at Durham School and in Newcastle’s West End.
He also worked in the children’s department at Newcastle City Council as a social worker.
The trial continues.
Colin Gregg ‘assaulted vulnerable boys to satisfy his own sexual desires’, court told
Colin Gregg, of Gosforth, is on trial at Leeds Crown Court where he denies nine counts of indecent assault against four boys
27 FEB 2017
Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC told the jury: “The truth is that Colin Gregg sexually abused each of the boys. He did dreadful things to these children. He knows it, the world should know it and he should be convicted.”
Leeds Crown Court heard on Monday that there was a common pattern to the allegations made against the former charity boss.
Gregg is a former head teacher at The King’s School Junior School in Tynemouth and taught at Durham School and in Newcastle’s West End.
He also worked in the children’s department at Newcastle City Council as a social worker.
Gregg taught at Durham School, a school in Newcastle’s west end before moving to Newcastle City Council’s children’s department as a social worker. He then became the headmaster at Tynemouth King’s School.
The trial continues.
Colin Gregg trial RECAP: Alleged victims give evidence at Leeds Crown Court
Colin Gregg, 75, of Gosforth, Newcastle, is standing trial in Leeds accused of historic sex offences
9 FEB 2017
Further alleged victims of Colin Gregg gave evidence against him on Thursday.
Gregg, 75, is accused of nine charges of indecent assault against four boys. The alleged attacks are said to have taken place on boys aged between 11 and 14 years old over a period of four decades, beginning in the early 1960s.
During the first day of proceedings on Tuesday, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court that Gregg “concealed his true nature beneath a veneer of respectability” and he “exploited his position in society to perpetrate abuse”.
On Wednesday, Leeds Crown Court was told the former teacher and charity boss abused a boy while building an adventure playground in Northumberland.
The witness, who was not on the indictment but was been called by the prosecution as a witness, is now in his 60s.
Gregg, of Homefarm Steading, in Gosforth, Newcastle, denies all charges and the trial, set to last two weeks, continues.
Today is day three of Colin Gregg’s trial at Leeds Crown Court.
He is charged with nine counts of indecent assault against four boys, aged 11-14.
Gregg, 75, denies all allegations.
Today we will hear from a man who alleges Gregg sexually abused him during his time as headmaster of King’s Junior School in Tynemouth in the late 1980s.
The complainant is now in his 40s.
Judge Mairs is in court and the jury is about to enter so the trial can resume
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Barbara Hewson – The video speaks for itself
Queen Elizabeth and Michael Trestrail 1982
Royal Equerry – Trestrail is also named in the documents relating to Elm Guest House child abuse scandal.
Janner attended a police station with his solicitor, Sir David Napley, whose previous clients included Sir Peter Hayman & Harvey Proctor and the Royal Equerry Michael Trestrail
Sir David Napley was born in London of Jewish ancestry. He began his articles in 1935 at the age of only 16. He passed his final examinations with honours two years later and in 1937 immediately set up in partnership with Sidney Kingsley, establishing internationally recognised law firm Kingsley Napley. Over the years his clients would include M.P. Jeremy Thorpe, Princess Michael of Kent, actress Maria Aitken (sister of Jonathan Aitken), the Foreign Office clerk Sarah Tisdall, M.P. Harvey Proctor, the Queen’s bodyguard Commander Michael Trestrail and the family of the Italian banker Roberto Calvi.
In 1981, Napley reacted angrily to questions in Parliament over his client, Sir Peter Hayman’s, ability to avoid prosecution for s.11 Post Office Act or any other offence, despite his client’s admission that he was a member of the Paedophile Information Exchange and had exchanged photos of children.
1982, July 19th – Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw announces the reason for Former Commander Michael Trestrail,
police officer closest to the Queen, resigning, in The House of Commons to a ”stunned silence”. Not for security breaches
to Queens safety, but because he has been involved in a relationship with a male prostitute.
‘‘It would also seem the Queen herself has been party to the cover – ups”.
Trestrail is also named in the documents relating to Elm Guest House child abuse scandal.
Whitelaw: Police ignored alarm -(Star News July 15, 1982)
Gow notes same day, (“Home Affairs Committee”) [Whitelaw statements on police, immigration and Queen’s bodyguard, Michael Trestrail]
[released 2013] discuss Trestrail and procedures and Palace safety. State Trestrail appointed in 1967 to Duke, and
1973 to Queen, by the then Commissioner.
PIT TEST ON MY FOI REQUEST ON MICHAEL FAGAN BUCKINGHAM PALACE INVASION AS BEEN REJECTED DUE TO NATIONAL SECURITY ( I WILL BE APPEALING )
Michael Fagan 9 July 1982 file at the Cabinet Officehttp://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14568338 …
That was Micheal Fagan second breakin at the Palace within weeks that year
Michael Fagan may have known Commander Trestrail.
July 20, 1982
Commander Trestrail, 50 years old, has been on royal protection duties since 1966 and in his last post, he was in charge of all offices patrolling Buckingham Palace and its grounds as well as the team of detectives protecting other members of the royal family.
His liaison apparently came to light after his companion attempted to capitalize on the publicity surrounding the palace break-in by selling the story of their relationship to newspapers.
Mr. Whitelaw said he had learned of the homosexual affair only at 9:15 A.M. and seemed to concede that background checks on Commander Trestrail had not turned up the liaison.
Trestrail was previously the personal bodyguard of Prince Philip, the queen’s husband.
The managed investigation into the conduct of police from a child abuse investigation team is nearing completion, with criminal charges being considered against officers.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission’s (IPCC) has been investigating the conduct of officers in Essex Police’s North Child Abuse Investigation Team (NCAIT).
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is considering referrals in respect of four current and former officers, and is waiting for further evidence to decide whether it is appropriate to bring criminal charges over the handling of inquiries they were involved in.
The charges being considered are perverting the course of justice and misconduct in public office.
Criminal charges will not necessarily follow, as the CPS will decide whether to bring charges based on its own testing criteria.
The IPCC has been managing 54 cases into alleged failings in child abuse investigations carried out by officers in Essex Police’s NCAIT between 2011 and 2014.
Between November 2014 and August 2015, Essex Police made a number of referrals to the IPCC following an internal review of NCAIT investigations.
Alongside the CPS referrals, 20 reports have been finalised and decisions will be made shortly about whether any officers involved will face misconduct proceedings.
In September 2016, the IPCC also started two independent investigations into the supervision and oversight of the NCAIT and the Child Sexual Exploitation Triage Team, which was established in December 2013.
The findings of the IPCC investigation will be released following the conclusion of all individual investigations and any related misconduct or criminal proceedings.
Operation Clifton wound up as local Rochdale MP says he was shocked at amateurish police investigation
The investigation, launched in July 2014 by Greater Manchester police (GMP), centred on Knowl View school in Rochdale and allegations of corruption involving Smith and others in authority.
Codenamed Operation Clifton, the £742,000 probe has now concluded and no criminal charges will follow, the force confirmed.
Four years ago, the same force apologised after concluding that Smith should have been charged on three separate occasions in the 1960s and the 1990s for a series of indecent assaults.
Smith acted as a governor for several schools in Rochdale, including Knowl View, and when he was a town councillor was active on many committees involving youth activities. He died in September 2010.
The announcement comes six months after it emerged no-one would face prosecution following a separate GMP investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse at Knowl View from 1969 until it closed in 1995.
Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, who has campaigned for Smith’s alleged victims, said he had been shocked by the amateurish approach of investigators during Operation Clifton.
“This has been one of the most ill-conceived and badly run police investigations I’ve ever known over 23 years in public office. This has been the police investigating themselves,” he told the Guardian.
“GMP received reports in the late 1980s and 1990s saying there was abuse and took little action. And now they have come to the conclusion that no public agencies including the police have done anything wrong.
“They cannot believe that Smith should have been charged with abuse and at the same time come to this conclusion,” he said.
Richard Scorer, from law firm Slater and Gordon, which represents a number of Smith’s alleged victims, said: “Concerns remain and we are confident that these will be examined thoroughly by the independent inquiry into child sex abuse when those affected give evidence later this year.”
GMP said Operation Clifton was a “lengthy and detailed” inquiry, with a team of 15 staff led by a senior investigating officer and oversight from three independent advisory group members.
Detectives were passed several cover-up claims including that a former GMP officer had submitted a file in 1999 recommending that Smith be prosecuted for child abuse, but no action was taken.
They were also asked to investigate if Smith or his associates had suppressed inquiries into a 1991 report by social worker Phil Shepherd regarding allegations of sexual abuse at Knowl View.
In a statement, assistant chief constable Debbie Ford, of GMP, said: “Having undertaken this work I can confirm that there will be no criminal charges brought under Operation Clifton.
“Furthermore, the investigation concluded that there was no evidence of corruption or attempts to cover up the allegations to protect offenders or organisations’ reputation.”
Its findings have been submitted to the independent inquiry into child sex abuse.
Smith was elected as a Liberal MP in 1972 and became a Liberal Democrat on the formation of the new party before leaving Parliament in 1992.
In November 2012, GMP stated that Smith abused young boys in the 1960s in his role as secretary of the Rochdale Hostel for Boys Association.
In 2014, Danczuk, in his co-authored book Smile For The Camera: The Double Life Of Cyril Smith, claimed the politician had been left free to abuse children as young as eight despite 144 complaints by victims.
In the book, former social worker Martin Digan repeated his claims that in 1994 he discovered a report made three years earlier by an HIV prevention officer who warned Rochdale Council that boys aged eight to 16 at Knowl View were at risk of Aids.
Ex-chief constable who says Cyril Smith cover-up went right to the top http://dailym.ai/1ARSCXk via
Oct 2014: ‘MP told me to destroy file on Knowl View sex abuse cover-up’ says former aide
Former cop who ‘found Cyril Smith with a sex offender and two boys was told to keep quiet‘ http://shr.gs/Qsu2DSK 2015
BBC News – Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry ‘scrapped after his arrest’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31908431 … 2015
Cop who found Cyril Smith in beast’s home with teens told to forget what he saw’ http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cop-who-found-cyril-smith-5360557#ICID=sharebar_twitter … 2015
How MP Cyril Smith got away with child abuse
Pervert MP Cyril Smith was pals with satanic child sex monster
Clockmaker Keith Harding played vital role in Britain’s biggest child sex ring http://shr.gs/QGdRBWc Leon Brittan and Cyril Smith. 2015.
Former Liberal leader David Steel says he confronted Cyril Smith over child abuse allegations http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/former-liberal-leader-david-steel-3475405#ICID=sharebar_twitter … 2014
Cyril Smith was spared court because he would have exposed other high-profile child abusers says former police detective
@SimonDanczuk‘s compelling, horrifying book about Cyril Smith. This Simon Hoggart quote v disturbing:
The Cover Up continues after Gordon Anglesea’s death
“Now that ex policeman Gordon Anglesea is dead, please send a copy of the Macur review with the redactions made about Gordon Anglesea removed”
The MoJ holds the information that you have requested but it is exempt from disclosure – not in the public interest
Former resident of Kincora Boys’ Home to launch legal action over inquiry findings
07 February, 2017
A former resident of a notorious Belfast boys’ home is set to mount a legal challenge against the findings of an inquiry that rejected claims that senior establishment figures used it to abuse children.
Richard Kerr, who alleges he was abused by “very powerful people” with links to the Kincora home, does not accept the conclusions of the four-year Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry.
The inquiry dismissed long-standing claims that senior politicians, civil servants and businessmen were complicit in a paedophile ring that operated at the home in the 1970s and for which three staff members were jailed.
The report also rejected associated allegations that the UK security services knew what was going on and, instead of intervening, used the information to blackmail the establishment figures involved.
Publishing the HIA findings in January, inquiry chairman Sir Anthony Hart said of Kincora: “It was not a homosexual brothel, nor was it used by any of the security agencies as a honey pot to entrap, blackmail or otherwise exploit homosexuals.”
The retired judge added: “It is now time to finally lay these unfounded myths to rest.”
Mr Kerr, who claims he was abused inside Kincora and at other locations in Belfast and London, was due to give evidence to the inquiry last year but withdrew his co-operation at a late stage after claiming key state documents related to the home were not disclosed to his legal team.
Sir Anthony was critical of some of those who declined to give evidence, naming Mr Kerr specifically.
He said there had been an “unwillingness of some individuals who have been vocal in the past about their purported knowledge of sexual abuse relating to Kincora, but when the opportunity was offered to them to assist this Inquiry refused to do so”.
Mr Kerr’s solicitor Claire McKeegan said the HIA’s inability to compel state files and a number of potentially key witnesses to give evidence meant it had been unable to properly investigate the claims around Kincora.
Confirming legal action was planned, Ms McKeegan said: “Mr Kerr has been disappointed by the inquiry’s approach, which appears to have subjected the accounts and records of the state and institutions to inadequate scrutiny in relation to the allegations of collusion at Kincora.
“Instead the inquiry’s focus on examining of historical documents relating to him in order to identify what the inquiry believes to have been inconsistencies has been conducted in a manner which failed to adequately consider the credibility or reliability of these records and, in any event, appears to have been inherently unfair to Mr Kerr, particularly in circumstances where they did not benefit from hearing any evidence from him.
“This is particularly disappointing given the serious allegations of collusion that surround the abuse perpetrated at Kincora, and particularly so given that the persistence of these rumours has ensured there is particular need for a comprehensive human rights compliant investigation in order to finally determine the truth of these matters.
“In any event the criticisms of Richard Kerr are entirely unjust, unwarranted and inappropriate.”
Former Dumbarton boarding school probed in historic child abuse inquiry
Keil school in Kirktonhill- which closed 17 years ago – is being investigated as part of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry into widespread abuse in Scotland.
A former Dumbarton boarding school is being probed by investigators from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Judge Lady Smith revealed that the inquiry is investigating whether historical abuse took place at fee-paying Keil School in Kirktonhill.
The boarding school – which closed 17 years ago – will be looked at along with 60 residential care centres as part of the inquiry into widespread abuse in Scotland.
Lady Smith – speaking at a preliminary hearing of the inquiry at the Court of Session in Edinburgh last week – also said that more than 100 locations where abuse is said to have taken place have been identified.
In a statement, she urged anyone with information about abuse to come forward.
She said: “So far, we have identified more than 100 locations where abuse of children is said to have taken place but we know that there are many more than that.
“The inquiry team is currently investigating over 60 residential care establishments for children in order to gather, from those who ran them and others, evidence about how children who were being cared for in a range of different settings and by a number of different types of care organisations were treated.”
Speaking of the part of the probe that relates to the local private school, she added: “The inquiry team is investigating boarding schools.
“Specifically, they are investigating Fettes College, Gordonstoun, the former Keil School in Dumbarton, Loretto School, Merchiston Castle School, and Morrison’s Academy (at the time it was a boarding school).
“Other boarding schools may also be investigated to obtain as full a picture as possible of the nature and extent of abuse in boarding schools.”
Prince Charles and Prince Philip both attended Gordonstoun as teenagers and former Prime Minister leader Tony Blair attended Fettes.
Lady Smith said that the inquiry needed the input of victims.
She added: “I want to reiterate the calls that have already been made to anyone and everyone who has relevant evidence to come forward.
“Whatever you have to contribute, we want to hear it.
“We are determined to find out the truth about what happened to children in care, where, how and why.
“We want to find out why the abuse was not prevented, why it was not stopped and what needs to be done to protect children in care in the future.
“That is what we are hear to do. We ask for the continued support of those who have already come forward and the help of those not done so.”
Lady Smith, who was appointed to the post in July 2016, said the inquiry had started taking statements from alleged victims last Spring.
She said that the purpose was to establish how children were able to be abused in care and what could be done to protect them in the future.
Lady Smith said the remit of the inquiry was to investigate the nature and extent of abuse of children in care settings in Scotland within “the living memory of any who provides information about it, up to December 2014”.
But she said it had no power to award “monetary compensation” and wasn’t a substitute for criminal proceedings.
Lady Smith also said that many potential victims of abuse were sent to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Three teachers who sexually abused boys at a top school have been jailed after revelations in The Times led to a police inquiry.
Former pupils of St Paul’s School in London, and its prep school, Colet Court, contacted the police after we exposed a history of silence and cover-ups. Yesterday a judge said that St Paul’s was “awash with rumours” about Patrick Marshall’s conduct in the 1970s but the authorities did nothing to stop it.
After the last in a series of trials, Marshall, 68, was jailed for 17 years for 24 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency against ten boys from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. Marshall, a geography teacher and rowing coach, targeted boys aged from 10 to 15.…
Former teacher at top London private school jailed for sexually abusing boys and teenagers
7 February 2017
Jailed: Patrick Marshall Metropolitan Police