Holyrood child abuse inquiry urged to look into former Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton

THE Holyrood child abuse inquiry has been urged to look into the links between former Bay City Rollers manager Tam Paton, his friend Jimmy Savile and a Scottish orphanage. Paton, who died in 2009, was once jailed for “gross indecency” with two teenage boys and has been accused of using his fame and influence to prey on vulnerable youngsters in Edinburgh.

May 27, 2018

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Paton was a regular visitor to the Nazareth House children’s home in Lasswade

He was a regular visitor to the Nazareth House children’s home in Lasswade, Midlothian, in the 1960s and 1970s, sometimes accompanied by Savile on one of the monster’s frequent trips north of the Border.

The inquiry, chaired by high court judge Lady Smith, is examining decades of abuse at the four children’s homes run by the Sisters of Nazareth in Scotland.

Last week, a former resident described how he was raped by helper Peter Blaney while he was living at the Lasswade home between 1969 and 1970.

He was also beaten by a priest and hit with a metal bar by a nun.

In his 2016 book, When the Screaming Stops: The Dark History of the Bay City Rollers, author Simon Spence said Paton and his band walked to Lasswade to deliver Christmas presents in December 1967.

Former Rollers guitarist Greg Ellison said: “We did all the walks with Jimmy Savile

“Walking up to the children’s homes was done for a good cause but, to be fair, it was also done for publicity.

“We had swords and feathers in our hats. We made a donation to Nazareth in Lasswade. Savile came up. He was asked by Tam to lend his name to it, purely for publicity for the band.”

The following year, Paton and Savile organised another charity event to raise money for St Joseph’s Hospital in Rosewell, Midlothian – another Catholic-run institution that will be scrutinised by the inquiry.

Later in his book, Spence writes: “Paton was also active away from the cameras, bagging up the endless stream of cuddly toys sent to the fan club and taking them to a children’s home, Nazareth House, in Lasswade, run by nuns and riddled with abuse.

“In the mid-Seventies he went regularly with bags of these cuddly toys and the staff there knew him well.”

Yesterday, the author called for the inquiry to look into the pop svengali’s links to the orphanage and another former Edinburgh children’s home, the Ponton House Lads’ Home

He said: “I’m very interested in this inquiry. I interviewed over 100 people, including quite a few individuals who talked about how they were groomed and abused by Paton when they were as young as 13.

“There is firm evidence that by the early 1980s young lads from one care home in Edinburgh were being taken to parties at Little Killerstain [Paton’s mansion] and some of them were groomed into or involved in sex parties there.

“At least one of them was just 13 and he told me he woke up with Tam on top of him.

“When he said how old he was Tam jumped off and one of his associates bundled the lad into a car boot and dropped him off in the centre of town. He thought he was going to be killed.

“So there was a pattern of behaviour where boys from care homes are being abused by Tam Paton and his circle.”

Former Roller Pat McGlynn – who says he was molested by Paton and other men while he was in the band – is also calling for the inquiry to look into the links to Nazareth House and other care homes.

He said: “I’m hoping that this inquiry is going to expose Tam Paton and his accomplices.

“I’ve reported what happened to me to the police several times but they keep telling me there is insufficient evidence. That man is still haunting me and he’s been dead almost 10 years.”

Paton, who was openly gay, always defended his unconventional lifestyle and claimed he was a victim of homophobia, insisting that all of his sexual encounters with young men were entirely consensual.

However, Mr McGlynn said: “I think questions should be asked of why a man like that was allowed to frequent a children’s home.”

A spokeswoman for the inquiry said they could not comment on what evidence would be led in future hearings, but added: “We continue to actively encourage anyone who has relevant information to get in touch.”


Save the Children charity ‘spent £100,000 of donated funds to shut down media reporting of sexual harassment cases’

  • Sir Alan Parker told MPs legal fees had been needed to ‘protect’ its reputation
  • Former chairman stepped down from Save the Children amid sex abuse scandal 
  • The 61-year-old resigned, accused of cover-up of sexual harassment allegations 
  • Former chairman admitted charity failed to disclose details about Justin Forsyth

Who is Sir Alan Parker? The multi-millionaire PR guru who goes on beach holidays with the Camerons

But the PR guru has also holidayed with David Cameron. He and the former Tory leader were pictured hitting the beach together in South Africa. Samantha Cameron is an ambassador for Save the Children.

Sir Alan later lent one of his properties – a £16.8 million seven-bedroom townhouse in Holland Park – to Mr Cameron and his family after they left Downing Street.

Gordon Brown is godfather to Sir Alan’s son, William.

Save the Children ‘spent £100,000 to shut down sex story’

May 23 2018,

The Save the Children charity was accused yesterday of spending £100,000 on lawyers to try to “shut down” media reporting of sexual harassment cases involving senior staff.

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Alan Parker with Samantha Cameron and Justin Forsyth at the Save the Children’s Secret Winter Gala

Sir Alan Parker, the charity’s former chairman, was questioned by MPs on the international development select committee about the handling of investigations into claims against the former senior executives Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox.

The Charity Commission is investigating the handling of cases in 2012 and 2015 and the organisation has stopped bidding for funds from the Department for International Development pending the outcome.

Sir Alan was asked why Save the Children had spent money donated by the public to hire the City law firm Harbottle & Lewis to send “aggressive” letters to media.


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I wonder whether Barbara Hewson’s spiteful attack in this article are in contravention of the harassment warning issued by and upheld by Lord Justice Dove at the RCJ?


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Barrister Barbara Hewson who would like the age of consent reduced to 13.

Barrister brands mum of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne as ‘brain damaged’ in online rant

Human rights lawyer Barbara Hewson has been referred to the Bar Standards Board over the trolling of anti-paedophile crusader who suffered a stroke

A BARRISTER branded child abuse campaigner Sara Payne “brain damaged” in an online rant.

Human rights lawyer Barbara Hewson trolled the mum of murdered schoolgirl Sarah on Twitter.

In a tweet referring to a Sun justice campaign led by Sara and fellow anti-paedophile crusader Shy Keenan, the controversial lawyer wrote: ““A wicked crusade by Shy and her brain-damaged cohort, Sara.”

Sara, 49, suffered a stroke brought on by a brain aneurysm eight years ago which left her partially paralysed.

Ms Hewson’s trolling has been referred to the Bar Standards Board, which regulates barristers.

A source said: “It is a shockingly disgraceful attack on Sara, who had the misfortune to have her daughter murdered and later to have suffered a stroke.”

The tweet, posted last Wednesday, has since been deleted.

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Ms Hewson, 56, who prides herself on her controversial online presence, was accused of trolling a number of child sex abuse victims earlier this year.

And she got a police harassment warning last March after a complaint by fellow lawyer Sarah Phillimore. She left her chambers the following month and is now self-employed.

Yesterday she said: “I used the expression ‘brain damaged’ as I understand Dr Payne had a stroke many years ago. You will be aware that a stroke causes brain damage.”

The Bar Standards Board and Sara Payne did not comment last night.

Roy Whiting got life in jail in 2001 for Sarah’s murder.

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Barbara Hewson has family links to the Westminster paedophile ring

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– her cousin Jonathan Denby –  close friend of Harvey Proctor (former MP)  and her uncle, Sir Richard Denby was chairman of Pennine Radio which was associated with paedophiles


Merike, convicted paedophile, was the first DJ at Richard Denby’s paedoincubator Pennine Radio, backed by rapist Owen Oyston

Jimmy Savile’s Radio 1 DJ pal caught with hundreds of child abuse films and photographs

Michael Willis, 69, worked at the BBC under the name of Stevie Merike in the 1970s and later even stood for Parliament for the Liberal Democrats

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Four bishops failed to act over abuse by synod member, review finds

Jeremy Dowling was jailed in 2015 over abuse carried out in the 1960s and 70s

 Four former Church of England bishops failed to act over sexual abuse carried out by a former member of the church’s ruling body, the General Synod, in a catalogue of missed opportunities, a review has found.

Among the four was Michael Ball, the bishop of Truro between 1990 and 1997 and the identical twin brother of Peter Ball, the former bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, who was jailed in October 2015 for abusing vulnerable young men over a 15-year period.

In September 1972 the chair of the board of governors at the unnamed school wrote to Maurice Key, the then bishop of Truro, to inform him that Dowling had quit his post after admitting to offences, and that the parents of some pupils intended to pursue a prosecution.

Jeremy Dowling  – the Friends of Budehaven

Key replied: “It is terribly sad that this should have happened, not only because it is a tragedy for Jeremy Dowling but it can be a real blow for the school and the church.” No action was taken.

In September 1972 the chair of the board of governors at the unnamed school wrote to Maurice Key, the then bishop of Truro, to inform him that Dowling had quit his post after admitting to offences, and that the parents of some pupils intended to pursue a prosecution.

Key replied: “It is terribly sad that this should have happened, not only because it is a tragedy for Jeremy Dowling but it can be a real blow for the school and the church.” No action was taken.

According to correspondence reproduced in the review, the director of public prosecutions concluded later that year there was insufficient evidence to proceed with a case against Dowling, while stressing that the allegations could be true.

Key responded to being told there was no case to answer by writing: “I suppose the problem will now be to find him some other work.”

The review said: “No institution or organisation should have relied on a police criminal investigation to make judgments on the conduct of those it employs or engages with. It has its own responsibilities to judge such behaviour. These judgments are not tied to the criminal standard but to the civil standard, ie ‘are events more likely than not to have happened’ or ‘on the balance of probabilities’.”

Peter Mumford (centre)

In 1986, Peter Mumford, a later bishop of Truro, requested an assessment of Dowling’s character from an unnamed priest. The priest referred to the 1972 allegations of sexual abuse and to Dowling’s “sadistic behaviour”.

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Mumford responded: “Whatever may have been Jeremy’s ‘past’ or his ‘playing God’ in the present, he is a remarkable person who has strong leadership and pastoral gifts combined with a very real commitment to the gospel and Christian ministry of one sort or another.”

By then there was a “good fat file” on the former teacher, Mumford told the diocese director of ordinands when Dowling was considering applying to become a priest.

Mumford added: “There is no need to read it all, and I have myself deliberately refrained from reading up the complicated story of what is alleged to have happened some years ago when he was a schoolmaster. Richard [Llewellin, the then bishop of St Germans] has done so, and is quite satisfied that whatever happened was at worst a kind of indiscretion and is much best forgotten, even though, unhappily, one or two people … still have hesitations about Jeremy.”


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Llewellin (far left) told the review’s author he had no recollection of the files or ever reading them, but “cannot deny it may have happened”. Llewellin’s stance “completely abdicates responsibility and was a missed opportunity,” the review found.

Michael Ball, who became bishop of Truro in 1990, told the review’s author that he had been “informed of the allegations and the police not taking further action. As such he saw no need to himself. Neither did he view the file of information on Jeremy Dowling that he had been referred to by his secretary.”


Jeremy Dowling:  educ Clayesmore School Dorset; Oxford Inst of Education

Bishop Bill Ind (2nd from right) and Jeremy Dowling (far right)

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Dowling was communications officer for Truro diocese – his job was to manage what the press knew about Dio stuff. Very convenient for an abuser.

Protected paedophile Jeremy Dowling was part of the  welcome for the queen’s visit in 2002 to Truro cathedral
Church leaders greeted the Royal Couple at the West Door of the cathedral, including the Rt Rev Bishop Bill End, Bishop of Truro, the dean, the Very Rev Michael Moxon and the Rev Jeremy Dowling

Dean of Truro – close to royal family resigns/retires amidst rumours

Curious case of the missing royal chaplain- Michael Moxon


During his 12 years as private chaplain to the Queen, the Very Rev Michael Moxon offered spiritual guidance through the most difficult of times.

The priest, 63 – who was particularly close to the Queen Mother – was there to offer support through the marriage break-ups of the young royals and after the death of Princess Diana.

But now he seems to have troubles of his own. Mr Moxon has quit his job as Dean of Truro Cathedral – the post he took up after leaving his role at the Royal Chapel in Windsor Great Park in 1998 – and gone into hiding with his wife Sarah.

Cathedral spokesman Jeremy Dowling says: “The doctors have said he must quit. You might call it a breakdown. I think he came within a cat’s whisker of one. He spent 34 years as a priest and he is just burnt out. I have spoken to him recently but I can’t say where he is. He wants to rest up.”

Mr Moxon says, in a note circulated at the cathedral: “I must tell you that for some time I have been feeling the pressures of life and work and on my doctors’ advice am currently on sick leave.” He wished “to retire without any fuss or formal farewell”.

Mr Dowling says that some in the church community were “stirring the pot” with rumours about why the Dean had quit. “There is gossip but that is par for the course with the clergy,” he says.

She was young, vibrant and well paid. So why did Davina Rappai starve to death in a car park?

“I had three meetings with Davina,” said the Very Reverend Michael Moxon, dean of Truro cathedral.

Reverend Canon Michael Moxon– now a Newquay resident, but in the 1990s Chaplain to the Queen at Windsor Castle.

Michael held us all spellbound as he gave us a background history of the magnificent castle and its inhabitants, before telling us a number of wonderful anecdotes about his professional experiences working and living close to the Royal Family and those residing in the confines of Windsor Great Park.

We were privileged to see royal photographs, personal letters and cards which gave an insight into the more private and personal side of the Royal Family not normally seen during public engagements and in the media.

Michael obviously had very fond and happy memories of his eight years serving at Windsor and it was a privilege to see the Royal Victorian Order medal presented to him by the Queen on his retirement.

Church knew about allegations before Cornish preacher went on to abuse boys, investigation reveals

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling

25 MAY 2018

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009

A leading figure in the Church of England in Cornwall went on to commit child sex offences for several years after allegations about his behaviour with young boys were raised with the diocese and not acted upon, an official investigation has revealed.

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling, a lay preacher, allowing him to rise to influential positions including communications officer to the bishop, an independent review for the church concludes.

The report, released today, says there were “historic failings” within the diocese in dealing with the allegations, first raised in 1972. There was “ongoing knowledge” of the situation among senior figures in the diocese “well into the 1980s” with references to “a big fat file” on Dowling.

After the first allegations of Dowling abusing boys at a North Cornwall school where he taught were dropped by the Director of Public Prosecutions – because of a lack of corroborative evidence – the then Bishop of Truro Maurice Key wrote: “I suppose the problem will now be to find him some other work”.

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009.

In 2015 he was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty at Truro Crown Court to 15 charges of sexually abusing boys under 16.

In 2016 he was jailed for an additional eight years after being found guilty of six further charges of indecently assaulting a boy between 1973 and 1977. Those offences happened when he befriended the boy while a lay preacher at a church in Budehaven – and took place after concerns were first raised with the diocese.

The report’s author said the lack of action by the diocese allowed Dowling to gain credibility and authority.

“Because they didn’t take it any further it enabled Jeremy Dowling to reach a position where he made up his own rules, and his position within the church lent him credibility and authority,” said Dr Andy Thompson, an academic, magistrate and member of the Diocesan Council.

The Bishop of St Germans, Rt Revd Dr Chris Goldsmith, apologised for the lack of action and the suffering that resulted.

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Bishop who ignored warnings about preacher Jeremy Dowling who went on to abuse boys is identical twin of paedophile ex-bishop

Former Bishop of Truro Michael Ball’s twin Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester, was convicted of abusing young boys

25 May 2018

One of the bishops who ignored warnings about a preacher who went on to sexaully abuse boys is the identical twin of a paedophile ex-bishop.

It emerged this week that a leading figure in the Church of England in Cornwall went on to commit child sex offences for several years after allegations about his behaviour with young boys were raised with the diocese and not acted upon, an official investigation has revealed.

The diocese failed to investigate the accusations against Jeremy Dowling, a lay preacher, allowing him to rise to influential positions including communications officer to the bishop, an independent review for the church concludes.

The report, released on Friday (May 25), says there were “historic failings” within the diocese in dealing with the allegations, first raised in 1972. There was “ongoing knowledge” of the situation among senior figures in the diocese “well into the 1980s” with references to “a big fat file” on Dowling.

Dowling became such an important and valued worker and volunteer during a 40-year association with the diocese that a special service of thanks was given in his honour when he retired in 2009.

Cornwall mum made homeless with Down’s Syndrome son after mouldy flat sees child hospitalised

In 2015 he was jailed for seven years after pleading guilty at Truro Crown Court to 15 charges of sexually abusing boys under 16.

In 2016 he was jailed for an additional eight years after being found guilty of six further charges of indecently assaulting a boy between 1973 and 1977. Those offences happened when he befriended the boy while a lay preacher at a church in Budehaven – and took place after concerns were first raised with the diocese.

One of the leaders who was named in the report was Michael Ball, 86, who was Bishop of Truro from 1990 to 1997. The Right Reverend Ball told the diocese he had been informed of the allegations about Dowling but had not seen any need to take action as there had not been a prosecution.

His identical twin, Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes and Gloucester who boasted of links to royalty, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences dating back to the 1970s against 18 young men at his home in East Sussex.

His sentence came 22 years after the abuse first surfaced. He eventually admitted misconduct in a public office and two counts of indecent assault. The court heard how Peter Ball had convinced some of his victims to strip naked to pray and even suggested they submit to beatings between 1977 and 1992.

The first of his victims to come forward took his own life in 2012 after hearing Sussex Police had reopened the case.

There were fears Peter Ball may have taken the place of his twin, who was Bishop of Truro in the Nineties, and therefore duped congregations in other parts of the UK.

The Diocese of Truro was understood to be looking into the evidence that Peter Ball conducted services in Cornwall.

Last year the brothers decided they wanted to become Catholics so they could live in anonimity. Peter Ball asked to join the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton in Bristol and both said they wanted to switch faith from the Church of England so they could “live and worship in anonymity” within the Catholic Church.

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Former Bishop of Truro was Michael Ball, twin brother of convicted paedophile/friend of the royal family and Jimmy Savile – Bishop Peter Ball.

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The Right Reverend Michael Ball – Bishop of Truro from 1990-97 – told the diocese he had been informed of the allegations but had not seen any need to take action as there had not been a prosecution.

His identical twin, former bishop Peter Ball, was jailed in 2015 for a string of indecent assaults on teenagers and young men.

A file found “in an unusual place” at the Bishop of Truro’s residence in 2013 was passed to police and led to Dowling’s prosecution.

A RECENT service at Truro Cathedral paid tribute to the work of Jeremy Dowling, the Diocese of Truro’s Communications Officer, who steps down at the end of December after more than 25 years in post. He has lived in the Bude area for more than 40 years.

On a wet and windswept evening, a congregation made up from clergy and people from across the diocese enjoyed a service that included readings, hymns and a sermon given by the former Bishop of Truro, Bishop Bill Ind. Also present were the current Bishop of Truro, The Rt Rev Tim Thornton, the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev Dr Christopher Hardwick, both Archdeacons and Mr Martin Follett, the Diocesan Registrar.

During his sermon, Bishop Bill paid tribute not only to the work that Jeremy undertook as Communications Officer but also his very substantial other work for the Diocese including nearly 40 years as a Reader,

seventeen years as Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, one of the first people to be made Lay Canons of the Cathedral, a member of the General Synod for 27 years, as well as sitting at one time or another on virtually every Board and Committee of the Diocese.

He said, “Jeremy’s media and broadcasting skills are second to none.”

His experience and expertise in the television broadcast area was particularly noted, especially the background work he was able to do which led to programmes such as the very successful and popular BBC series ’Seaside Parish’ featuring Boscastle and the surrounding parishes, which enjoyed weekly audiences if over three million, ’Island Parish’ featuring the Isles of Scilly and ’The Monastery.’

Summing up, Bishop Bill said: “He has been a critical friend, someone who has told me the truth as he sees it. He has made me and indeed others both laugh and think and for both these things and much else I remain profoundly grateful. The Diocese owes him an enormous amount and so indeed do I and a host of others.”

Jeremy Dowling has lived in the Bude area of North Cornwall for more than forty years, with thirty years spent in the parish of St Gennys, and he is Chair of Governors of Budehaven Community School.

In his thanks and response to Bishop Bill, Jeremy noted how the communications role had changed greatly with much more emphasis today on electronic media. He acknowledged with gratitude the work of the local press and media, recognising its essential vitality and the key role it played in championing issues which were important for the church and for society.

“We have enjoyed excellent relations with the westcountry media” he said “and it has been a privilege to work with local journalists and broadcasters.”

He concluded by saying: “In my view, the strength of the Church remains in the local community. There is a lot going on. And the thread which runs through most of the stories is undeniably positive. They chronicle a vigorous, interesting, dynamic, eccentric and imaginative life in the church in Cornwall. Long may it


After refreshments, a large bouquet was presented by Bishop Tim to Daphne Dowling in recognition of her support for her husband, and Jeremy was presented with a substantial cheque from parishes and individuals in the Diocese

Mrs Daphne Dowling, the Jacobstow Troop’s Scout and Cub Leader

2 June 2010

Shenanigans in the South West :

The number of victims in the South West, sexually assaulted over decades by convicted paedophile Jeremy Dowling who was sentenced to seven years jail after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting boys where he worked in the 1970s where he was regarded as a pillar of respectability, until his offences against those boys for whom he had a responsibility to care for came to light and were investigated by the police, may never be known.

…he simply moved on and reinvented himself in Cornwall, where he became a pillar of respectability within the Truro Diocese, being promoted to a number of responsible and prestigious positions, including that of ‘Lay Canon’ and Diocesan Press and Media Officer.

Jeremy Dowling was also involved in films and broadcasting in Cornwall.

He lived at Bude and was actively involved in all sorts of volunteer work in Truro and elsewhere in the South West, as well as at least one charity for young people which is called ‘CATS’ and of which he was (or is) a trustee.

However, his series of crimes came to light and were investigated over several months by Devon and Cornwall Police last year, which resulted in the appearance by Jeremy Dowling at Truro Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to a number of sexual assaults against boys and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment, which means he’s likely to be let loose within the next two or three years, probably served in an open prison in view of his age, whilst his victims serve life sentences of suffering their terrible memories of their childhoods, during which Jeremy Dowling sexually abused them.

Just where Jeremy Dowling worked in broadcasting, or where he learned his media and PR skills has never been disclosed, but will no doubt come to light in the fullness of time.

Meanwhile, if anyone can contribute any details of Jeremy Dowling’s ‘past history’, there are a number of people in the South West who would very much like to know as there are several ‘gaps’ in Mr Dowling’s track record which need filling in, including the identities of those who sponsored him for all those prestigious voluntary positions which he held, as well as which broadcasting groups and organisations, professional or voluntary, which Jeremy Dowling may have occupied over the last 40 years or so.


Prime Minister lauds accomplishments of Bude organisation as he presents Big Society Award

BIG SOCIETY: Pictured above, with Prime Minister David Cameron and North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson, are Co-founder of Community Action Through Sport (CATS) and volunteer Denise Jane May, CATS trustee and volunteer Jeremy Dowling, CATS Project Development Manager Karen Hemmings, CATS Project Development Assistant Louise Anne Harris and CATS trustee and volunteer Sharon Caroline Marshall.


Ex Truro Diocese worker Jeremy Dowling sexually abused boys

5 June 2015

An ex-Diocese of Truro press officer has admitted sexually abusing boys over a period of more than 10 years.

Jeremy Dowling, 76, carried out the assaults on five children, aged between 12 and 15, from 1959 to 1971.

Truro Crown Court heard Dowling abused the boys at sporting events and in toilets while working as a teacher in Devon.

The Bishop of Truro described Dowling’s offences as “deeply shocking” and said his thoughts were with the victims.

Sentencing was adjourned until July 10 for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Dowling, of Church Path, Bude, retired from the Diocese of Truro in 2009 after 25 years of service.

‘Damaging impact’

He pleaded guilty to 13 counts of indecent assault on boys aged 12 to 15 and two counts of indecency with a child.

The court heard one assault was carried out on a boy at a cricket match. Others took place in an attic, in storage rooms at a sporting pavilion and in outside toilets.

The Right Reverend Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, said many people would have known Dowling as a reader at St Michael’s Church and St Genny’s Church in Bude and as a member of the Diocesan and General Synods.

Bishop Thornton said: “Offences like this will have a damaging and lasting impact on people’s lives.

Former Cornwall preacher Jeremy Dowling ‘assaulted boy’

The assaults happened when Jeremy Dowling was a lay preacher at two churches in the Bude area of Cornwall, Truro Crown Court was told.

Mr Dowling met the boy when he was 10 through church activities and “took him under his wing”.

He has denied six counts of indecent assault on a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

The assaults happened in the 1970s before Mr Dowling became a press spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, the court heard.

‘Long time ago’

Jo Martin, prosecuting, said some of the assaults took place at Mr Dowling’s house after the boy had been invited for dinner and on one occasion he was taken to a church on the north coast.

She said Mr Dowling took him up a tower and showed him the view, then took him to a room and assaulted him.

The alleged victim did not tell anyone when he was a child but later, when he was married, told his wife about the assaults.

He said when his wife rang up Mr Dowling, accusing him of being a paedophile, Mr Dowling replied “that was a long time ago”.

He said he eventually went to the police after reading in news reports that Mr Dowling had admitted abusing five boys when he was a teacher at a private school in the 1960s.

Mr Dowling is currently serving a jail term for those offences.


Tributes paid as Bude man retires as diocesan communications officer after 25 years

A RECENT service at Truro Cathedral paid tribute to the work of Jeremy Dowling, the Diocese of Truro’s Communications Officer, who steps down at the end of December after more than 25 years in post. He has lived in the Bude area for more than 40 years.

On a wet and windswept evening, a congregation made up from clergy and people from across the diocese enjoyed a service that included readings, hymns and a sermon given by the former Bishop of Truro, Bishop Bill Ind. Also present were the current Bishop of Truro, The Rt Rev Tim Thornton, the Dean of Truro, The Very Rev Dr Christopher Hardwick, both Archdeacons and Mr Martin Follett, the Diocesan Registrar.

During his sermon, Bishop Bill paid tribute not only to the work that Jeremy undertook as Communications Officer but also his very substantial other work for the Diocese including nearly 40 years as a Reader,

seventeen years as Chairman of the House of Laity of the Diocesan Synod, one of the first people to be made Lay Canons of the Cathedral, a member of the General Synod for 27 years, as well as sitting at one time or another on virtually every Board and Committee of the Diocese.

He said, “Jeremy’s media and broadcasting skills are second to none.”

His experience and expertise in the television broadcast area was particularly noted, especially the background work he was able to do which led to programmes such as the very successful and popular BBC series ’Seaside Parish’ featuring Boscastle and the surrounding parishes, which enjoyed weekly audiences if over three million, ’Island Parish’ featuring the Isles of Scilly and ’The Monastery.’

Summing up, Bishop Bill said: “He has been a critical friend, someone who has told me the truth as he sees it. He has made me and indeed others both laugh and think and for both these things and much else I remain profoundly grateful. The Diocese owes him an enormous amount and so indeed do I and a host of others.”

Jeremy Dowling has lived in the Bude area of North Cornwall for more than forty years, with thirty years spent in the parish of St Gennys, and he is Chair of Governors of Budehaven Community School.

In his thanks and response to Bishop Bill, Jeremy noted how the communications role had changed greatly with much more emphasis today on electronic media. He acknowledged with gratitude the work of the local press and media, recognising its essential vitality and the key role it played in championing issues which were important for the church and for society.

“We have enjoyed excellent relations with the westcountry media” he said “and it has been a privilege to work with local journalists and broadcasters.”

He concluded by saying: “In my view, the strength of the Church remains in the local community. There is a lot going on. And the thread which runs through most of the stories is undeniably positive. They chronicle a vigorous, interesting, dynamic, eccentric and imaginative life in the church in Cornwall. Long may it


After refreshments, a large bouquet was presented by Bishop Tim to Daphne Dowling in recognition of her support for her husband, and Jeremy was presented with a substantial cheque from parishes and individuals in the Diocese

Jeremy  Dowling was also a governor at Budehaven School for 18 years

15 Jan 2015

Press chief to Bishop of Truro charged with 15 child sex offences


Western Morning News

A former press chief for the Bishop of Truro has been charged with sexual offences against children.

Jeremy Dowling, 76, of Church Path, Bude, is due to appear before Bodmin magistrates on January 22.

He faces 15 charges of sexual assault against children aged under 16.

Mr Dowling retired as communications officer for the Truro Diocese in 2009, having worked for several bishops over the previous 25 years (since 1984).

He was also a governor at Budehaven School for 18 years, before stepping down in 2013.


Bishops of Truro

Michael Thomas Ball  is an Anglican bishop and the co-founder of the Community of the Glorious Ascension. He was the Bishop of Truro[1] from 1990 to 1997

In 1960 Ball founded a monastic community at Stratford Park in Stroud, along with his identical twin brother Peter Ball, who later became suffragan Bishop of Lewes (1977–1992) and then Bishop of Gloucester (1992–1993).

In retirement, Ball and his twin brother Peter, a former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, live in rural Somerset.


The Right Reverend Peter Ball, 82-year-old twin brother of former Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Michael Ball, was arrested at his home near Langport, Somerset, in November 2012 following an investigation.


In retirement, Ball and his brother Michael lived in rural Somerset.

In May 2012 it was reported that the Church of England had carried out a safeguarding review of Ball and passed the review and historic files to the Sussex police.[6] The police stated “The reports and files relate to matters more than 20 years ago and we will review the contents in order to establish whether any police investigation of possible criminal offences would be merited. This review is likely to take several weeks. We are not prepared to expand on this statement at this time.”[7]

Bishop of Truro’s brother – Peter Ball – close friend of Prince Charles. Charles, who attended his enthronement as Bishop, offered him a “substantial” detached house with a garden near Taunton.

On 13 November 2012, news services reported that Ball was arrested for police questioning at his home near Langport, Somerset, following allegations of child sexual abuse in the Diocese of Chichester during the late 1980s and early 1990s.[8][9] Sussex police said Ball was released the same day on medical advice. The police said they intended to interview Ball at a later date. The police statement noted that the offences leading to Ball’s being sought for questioning “were allegedly committed against eight boys and young men, all of whom were at [the] time in their late teens or early twenties, except one who was 12.”[10] Three days later, police announced that a further seven people had come forward with allegations of abuse by the Bishop.[11]


Prince Charles and the paedophile Bishop

May 8, 2013

Charles is close pals with yet another child abuser, the retired Bishop of Gloucester, Peter Ball

So close in fact that he even gave refuge to the pervert and provided him with a luxurious home.

The bishop, now 80, has connections to Prince Charles, whom he has described in the past as “a loyal friend“.

The ‘ People’  reported on Charles and the Bishop in 1998:

The mother of a trainee monk who was sexually-abused by a Bishop has slammed Prince Charles for giving refuge to the perverted priest.

Angry Mary Todd said:

This man ruined my son’s life. He is pure evil, a beast, and he’s hiding behind God.”

Last night Mary, from Nottingham, said:

This is quite unbelievable. I don’t know what Prince Charles thinks he is doing.

“The man ruined my son’s life and should have been locked away.

“Instead he now lives in luxury on one of the finest estates in the country.

“I don’t feel Ball was ever properly punished – but the fact that the prince has given sanctuary to this pervert is staggering.

Disgraced Peter Ball quit as Bishop of Gloucester after being cautioned by police for indecently assaulting 17-year-old Neil Todd.

Despite being an old friend of Prince Charles, Princess Diana banned him from visiting their Highgrove home after the 1993 sex scandal.

But now the prince has provided the bespectacled cleric with a grace- and-favour mansion on his Duchy of Cornwall estate in Somerset.

Ball, 65, who pays a small rent, confirmed this week:

He has been wonderfully kind and allowed me to have a Duchy house.

“The prince is a loyal friend. I have immense admiration for him, he has been through horrific times and is a great person.



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Jeremy Dowling, who has run the School’s Car Boot sales for over 21 year


Operation Pallial: Former care home Deputy Principal convicted of 29 sexual offences.

24 May 2018

The former Deputy Principal of private children’s home Ystrad Hall in Llangollen has been found guilty of 29 child sex abuse offences including buggery, indecent assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Bryan Davies, 71 from at St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex was convicted of the offences following a six week trial at Mold Crown Court.

Three men contacted the NCA with new complaints about the abuse they had suffered at the hands of Davies and the investigation team re-interviewed eight other men who had previously detailed abuse by him.

Davies was found guilty of 20 offences of buggery and indecent assault on eight teenage boys aged between 10 and 15 who were in care between 1976 and 1978. He was also found guilty of nine internet based offences between 2006 and 2012, where he would use live-streaming sites to incite young boys aged between 13 and 15 to engage in sexual acts for his pleasure.

Davies was initially arrested by officers from the NCA in Oct 2013 in relation to the contact offences and a number of computers were seized for forensic examination. However whilst on bail, Davies fled to Malta in an attempt to evade facing justice. The examination of the seized computers identified 167 indecent images of children – mainly young teenage boys – and a number of online conversations with three young boys who Davies incited to take part in sexual acts.

Working with partners in the Crown Prosecution Service and the Malta Police Force, Davies was arrested in August 2017 under a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and extradited to the UK.

Senior Investigating Officer, Philip Marshall said: “Bryan Davies was sexually abusing vulnerable young boys who were in his care. He should have been protecting them – instead he exploited them for his own sexual gratification. It is clear from the forensic evidence from his computers that his predatory activity had developed in his use of the internet to engage young boys in sexual activity, continuing to present a real risk against the young boys he targeted.

“I would like to pay tribute to the tenacity of all of the victims in this investigation, for their continued engagement over a number of years and for standing in court to provide harrowing evidence of their abuse. It is testament to their resolution and integrity that they have sought and achieved justice for events that happened over 40 years ago, but which for them remain real and tangible in their personal lives.

“I would also like to acknowledge the professional law enforcement team effort of the NCA, the UK Police Services of North Wales Police, Merseyside, Warwickshire, Sussex and the Crown Prosecution Service, as well as the Malta Police Force and the Malta Attorney General’s office. This collaboration ensured that vital evidence was presented to the jury which ultimately led to Bryan Davies facing justice for his actions”.

Chief Constable of North Wales Police, Mark Polin, said: “I would like to thank the NCA for the thorough and professional investigation they have conducted since Operation Pallial began at my request five and a half years ago. There have been 10 convictions to date and the team have worked closely with North Wales Police, other partners and agencies to deliver advice and support to victims of past abuse and to investigate crimes.

“The victims in each case have waited a long time for justice. It has not been an easy journey for them and it has taken courage to stand by their convictions.

“Nothing anyone can do now will change the past, but the investment which now goes in to investigating sexual abuse and the significance it is given is considerably different to how it was in the past.”

Karen Mullin of the CPS said: “Bryan Davies used his position of influence to prey on young boys, promising them goods and home visits in order to win their trust. His abuse was planned and calculated, driven by his own gratification.

“The CPS provided advice to the police from an early stage regarding the investigation and worked with them to secure a European Arrest Warrant. “Despite the lengths Davies went to in order to evade the authorities, he was unsuccessful and was brought back to the UK to face justice.

“The victims have shown great courage in giving their evidence to the court, and we thank them for their support. They have waited decades to see the man who abused them answer for his crimes. We hope that it provides some comfort for them.”

Historical child sex abuse investigators secure 10th conviction and praise resilience of victims

Ex care home boss Bryan Davies is the latest to be convicted as part of Operation Pallial

25 MAY 2018

From left: Bryan Davies, John Allen and Gordon Anglesea

From left: Bryan Davies, John Allen and Gordon Anglesea

Four further trials are set to take place as part of a long-running investigation into the sexual abuse of children in North Wales.

Predatory paedophile Bryan Davies, 71, a former Llangollen care home boss, became the 10th person to be convicted as part of Operation Pallial , a National Crime Agency investigation into historical abuse that allegedly took place in the region from the 1950s to the 1990s.

The large-scale operation has already seen a number of high-profile convictions – including ex-care home boss John Allen and former police boss Gordon Anglesea, who has since died.

Allen, who owned and ran the Bryn Alyn Community homes, was jailed for life after being found guilty of a string of historic offences against children as young as seven.

Anglesea, a former superintendent at North Wales Police, was jailed for 12 years over historical offences in 2016.

He died a month later in hospital due to natural causes.

Eight others have also been convicted of crimes in relation to the investigation.

The latest abuser to be convicted, Davies, is currently in hospital in London after going on the run and slitting his throat in an attempt to take his own life before a jury found him guilty of 19 offences – 15 of indecent assault upon six of the complainants and four of an illegal sex act upon another complainant.

He was found not guilty of indecently assaulting three other complainants and indulging in an illegal sex act upon one of them.

They also convicted Davies of six charges of making indecent images of children between 2007 and 2013, and three charges of inciting young boys to indulge in sexual acts over the internet in 2011 and 2012.

Davies was arrested in Malta in 2017 after he went on the run following his arrest in 2013.

In total, 372 people have made contact with investigators as part of Operation Pallial .

Investigations into the evidence provided by 257 of them have concluded and details provided by 43 complainants are either with the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration of charges, or are part of active investigations.

The NCA said four more trials are set to begin soon.

Those convicted are:

Gordon Anglesea – former North Wales Police superintendent who was jailed in 2016 for eight years for a string of offences. He died in 2016.

John Allen – former care home boss jailed for life in 2014 for a catalogue of offences.

Bryan Davies – Convicted on Thursday of a string of offences while a care home boss in Llangollen. He is due to be sentenced next month

Roger Griffiths – Former headmaster from Wrexham who was jailed for nine months in 2016 for possession of animal porn. He was cleared of two charges of indecent assault.

Keith Evans – Former care home worker from Wrexham who was convicted of a child cruelty offence in 2016. He was given a suspended eight month prison sentence.

Eddie Huxley – a former Wrexham civil servant from Maidenhead, Berkshire. Huxley, was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault. He received four and a half years in prison.

Gary Cook (also known as Mark Grainger) – A former professional wrestler from Leicester was found guilty of 16 counts of sexual abuse and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

George Neil Phoenix – a former bus driver from Wrexham, was found guilty of one count of sexual abuse. He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

David Lightfoot – a publican in Wrexham in the 1980s, from Ellesmere Port, Cheshire was found guilty of nine offences. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Marc Roy Norry – a former local radio presenter from Connahs Quay, Flintshire, was found guilty of six offences. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison


Crafty Muvva‏

Remember that inquiry that William Hague ordered into NWales abuse? A court of law has – yet again – exposed its abject failure to uncover the truth. Now why would an inquiry miss not just one, but numerous offenders?!

Tom Young‏@FULLY_BADASS 5h

Louis Minster ended up in Malta… Not sure that Sir Edward Leigh being a Knight of Malta is relevant here, though there is talk of it being a common theme in Le Cercle…

Le Cercle takes us back to Theresa May’s current #2 (and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster), Cabinet Minister, David Lidington, who became William Hague’s Parliamentary Private Secretary not long after the Jillings report *wasn’t* published.


Interesting how this guy lived in the same area of Sussex as John Stingemore


Survivors of abuse in Islington’s children’s homes demand compensation payouts for the horrors they suffered

23 May 2018

slington Survivors’ Network (ISN) met with town hall chiefs and lawyers last week to try and force the council to set up a redress scheme.

The campaign group told the council it has testimony from more than 100 survivors who were allegedly abused, either sexually or physically, while under the care of Islington social services or in Islington children’s homes from the 1970s to 1990s.

Council leader Cllr Richard Watts apologised to survivors and accepted the council’s culpability at a public meeting last September.

But now survivors are asking for financial compensation.

Dr Liz Davies, ISN co-ordinator and original whistleblower on the scandal, said a redress scheme was the best way forward.

“Addressing each case individually would involve lengthy, costly and protracted legal processes which would be distressing for survivors and would add to the trauma of the abuse they experienced in Islington’s care,” she said.

She called for the town hall to act with urgency, saying: “Sadly, two survivors have died since the need for the redress was first presented.”

The legal team acting for ISN first approached the council last September.

Children’s services chief Carmel Littleton reportedly told ISN a decision on whether to set up a scheme did not have to await the outcome of an independent review.

The review is investigating allegations that former mayor and ex-political head of social services Sandy Marks had links to a pro-paedophile group in early 1980, as revealed by the Gazette last year.

It is due to report back in September.

Survivor’s evidence has also been passed to police.

Alison Millar, partner at Leigh Day, representing ISN, said: “There are significant numbers of people who have come forward who would have legal claims.”

Cllr Watts told the Gazette: “We’re very sorry for Islington Council’s past failure to protect vulnerable children in its care. The council today is a very different place, and protecting children from harm is our top priority.

“The council is committed to supporting survivors of child abuse with issues including housing, welfare, social work support and access to their care records, and we’ve worked with survivors to set up a specialist counselling service.

“We are continuing to work with abuse survivors and the Islington Survivors Network on a wide range of issues relating to those who were abused, who we know continue to suffer today.

“The council has already compensated a number of survivors for the abuse they suffered, and will of course continue to compensate survivors in the future. We are currently reviewing the best way of dealing with compensation claims.”

‘Trusted’ Newcastle United football coach abused 19 children over 24 years – enforcing ‘no pants’ rule on young players and telling one boy ‘you want to play football, this is what happens’, court hears

George Ormond(pictured outside Newcastle Magistrates Court) 61, is accused of 29 historic child sex offences and abusing his position of power between 1973 and 1998

  • George Ormond accused of 29 child sexual offences between 1973 and 1998

A ‘trusted’ youth football coach at Newcastle United is accused of abusing 19 children over a 24-year-period, enforcing a ‘no underpants’ rule at training and telling the youngsters they wouldn’t be believed if they told anyone.

George Ormond, 61, is accused of 29 historic child sex offences and abusing his position of power between 1973 and 1998.

He denies the charges and faces trial by jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

The court heard he told young players: ‘You want to play football, you want to play for me, this is what happens. Tell anybody, they won’t believe you, I am trusted more than you.’

Ormond denies sexually assaulting young boys throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s, , with 19 former youngsters under his care making accusations against him in a trial that will last six weeks.

The court heard Ormond helped to run a successful boys’ team in the Newcastle area and progressed to Newcastle United’s youth set-up in the 1990s.

IoM Police chief gives evidence to committee investigating historic child abuse

18 May 2018

An investigation into historic abuse at a former children’s home on the Isle of Man has heard evidence from the Police.

Chief Constable Gary Roberts spoke to the committee in charge of the Knottfield Care Home investigationtoday at the Legislative Buildings in Douglas.

The Social Affairs Policy Review Committee, made up of David Cretney MLC and Julie Edge MHK, was formed in July 2017 following allegations. Martyn Perkins MHK withdrew from the investigation last year.

The first part of the inquiry was suspended on 30 November, pending a criminal investigation. The criminal investigation was completed and the parliamentary inquiry was resumed on 22 March.

Two victims gave evidence on May 2 this year – Christine Urquhart and John Guest recounted their experiences to members.

It’s believed many children at the home were abused during the 1970s and 1980s. It officially closed in 1983.

Mr Roberts stated that “age can never be a barrier to prosecution.”

On Monday, the committee will hear from the Attorney General and Andrew Johnston, a former trustee at the Children’s Centre which took over the Knottfield site in the 1990s.

This is the most dangerous sex offender I’ve ever encountered.

– Chief Constable Gary Roberts

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Australian archbishop Philip Wilson guilty of concealing child sex abuses

May  22 2018

An Australian court has found a Catholic archbishop guilty of concealing child sexual abuse.

Philip Wilson, the archbishop of Adelaide, becomes the most senior Catholic in the world to be charged and convicted of the offence.

He was found to have covered up the abuse of altar boys by a paedophile priest in New South Wales in the 1970s.

During his trial he denied any memory of being told about the abuse by two of the boys.

He told the Newcastle Local Court he had not been aware of priest James Fletcher’s abuse, which took place while he was an assistant priest in Maitland.

Fletcher was convicted of nine child sexual abuse charges in 2004, and died in jail in 2006.

One of his victims, Peter Creigh, told the court he had described the abuse to Wilson in detail when he was 15, five years after the abuse.

Magistrate Robert Stone rejected Wilson’s assertion that he could not remember the conversation, and said he found Mr Creigh to be a reliable witness.

The priest knew “what he was hearing was a credible allegation and the accused wanted to protect the Church and its reputation”, Magistrate Stone said according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Wilson’s lawyers had attempted four times to get the case thrown out after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He will be sentenced in June and faces a maximum two-year jail term.

Peter Fox Peter_Fox59

…why did NSW Police not act until there was public attention & the Royal Commission & Special Commissions were announced?

The Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, will stand down from administrative duties, and may formally resign at a later date

“...he may formally resign as archbishop if it becomes necessary.

“I am now putting in place the necessary administrative arrangements to ensure that the affairs of the Archdiocese are managed responsibly,”

Marie Collins‏@marielco

Why is the Archbishop being allowed to decide himself if he steps aside or resigns? Why is action not being taken by the Church? He has been found guilty in a criminal court of covering up abuse! Have I missed something.


Jim McCafferty was a regular visitor to murder victim Lawrence Haggart’s home and was considered a suspect,+1996

Ex-Celtic coach Jim McCafferty pleads guilty to child sex abuse

May 21 2018

A former Celtic Football Club kit man who was accused of abusing a boy admitted the charges against him – just as his trial was due to start.

Jim McCafferty, 72, had previously pleaded “not guilty” but changed his plea at Laganside Courts in Belfast.

He was accused of a series of sexual offences against the same boy over a three-year period before December 2015.

Defence barrister Patrick Taylor asked the court this morning to put the eight charges to him again.

McCafferty replied, “Guilty, your honour” to the first charge and accepted the seven other charges.

Worked at Hibernian


McCafferty, whose address was listed as Raby Street in south Belfast, was arrested in December 2016.

He previously lived in Glasgow and worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago.

He also worked at a number of other Scottish clubs, including Hibernian, before moving to Northern Ireland in recent years.

He is not believed to have worked in football in Belfast in any capacity.

He is due to be sentenced next month.


Summon the son of ex-Black Rod to child sex abuse probe, MP demands after Mail on Sunday revealed his links to VIPs and rent boys

  • A Tory MP has called for Roddam Twiss to appear before Alexis Jay’s inquiry
  • Sir Frank Twiss, his father, was Black Rod, the Queen’s envoy in the Lords
  • Call came after two retired policemen said they had been banned from investigating Mr Twiss in the 1970s

19 May 2018

A Tory MP has called for Roddam Twiss (pictured) to appear before Alexis Jay's inquiry


The head of the investigation into historic child sexual abuse is under pressure to summon the son of a former Black Rod as part of its inquiry into a suspected Westminster paedophile ring.

A Tory MP has called for Roddam Twiss to appear before Alexis Jay’s inquiry following The Mail on Sunday’s disclosures last week about his links to VIPs and rent boys. The call came after two retired policemen told this newspaper that they had been banned from investigating Mr Twiss in the 1970s, at a time when his father, Sir Frank Twiss, was Black Rod, the Queen’s envoy in the Lords.

The police were acting on reports that Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith, a prolific child-sex abuser, had been seen taking a rent boy to Mr Twiss’s London home. Their inquiries were halted when they told superiors that Mr Twiss could be involved in a wider racket supplying rent boys to VIPs.

In an interview with the MoS last week, Mr Twiss, who was jailed in 1967 for assaulting boys, bragged of his access at the time to Parliament. He was also a frequent visitor to Dolphin Square, a nearby residential estate used by politicians, which he called ‘a den of iniquity’.

Now North West Leicestershire MP Andrew Bridgen has written to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating organisations that failed to protect children from sexual abuse, to ask for Mr Twiss to be compelled to give evidence to its ‘Westminster strand’.

Mr Bridgen writes: ‘One officer allegedly saw Cyril Smith pick up a young boy in Central London in a place known as the ‘meat rack’ and followed him to a house in Cricklewood, North London. The second officer said the house belonged to a Mr Roddam Twiss, a convicted paedophile who is the son of a former admiral who later went on to hold the position of Black Rod.

‘Both officers said they had intelligence that prominent people were attending the flat for liaisons with boys, but that their investigation was halted once high-profile names were known and before they could establish any further evidence.’ He adds: ‘Can you please confirm if you intend to call the officers and Mr Twiss to give evidence to the inquiry?’

Ms Jay, the head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, has said she is determined to find out if claims of a Westminster paedophile ring were covered up.

A spokesman for the inquiry said: ‘We cannot say at this stage who will be called as witnesses.’

Esther Baker case: How the child sex abuse inquiry itself abused survivors’ trust and privacy

May 18 2018

Esther Baker is one of the few child sex abuse survivors who went public  about her allegations that she was abused by her father and other people.

The only other case I can think of recently is  46 year  old Andi Lavery who went public to the Scottish Sunbut that followed a trial in Glasgow which led to the conviction of  paedophile Father Francis Moore after Lavery gave evidence anonymously.

Therefore it is rather surprising that independent child sex abuse inquiry should publish  considerable detail naming Esther Baker  in an adjudication in a case they themselves decided was ” highly contentious”. Even more given she had not asked them to re-investigate the case which has already been investigated by Staffordshire Police and could lead to separate civil proceedings. And then they published a false statement against her that they had to retract.

The ruling by Alexis Jay is worth quoting in some detail: This is what she said :”On behalf of Esther Baker, it was submitted that the allegations which she has made
should form part of the Westminster investigation.

Ms Baker alleges that she was sexually assaulted by her father and by persons of public prominence associated with Westminster and that there were institutional failings in connection with that alleged abuse by police and law enforcement services.

She says that her father introduced her to a paedophile ring which included persons of public prominence associated with Westminster. She also says that she was abused from the age of 8 to around age 12 and that the abuse was organised and sometimes ritualistic, that it was filmed, and that the police acted in a security role.

She says that at various times she tried to report the authorities, and as such there were institutional failings.”  I have decided that the Inquiry will not investigate the issues that Ms Baker has raised that relate to her own alleged experiences of child sexual abuse…

“Ms Baker’s allegations are highly contentious.They are the subject of both contested civil proceedings and an ongoing police investigation. I am also aware that Mr Hemming ( former Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham, Yardley) is reported to have made a complaint to the CPS that the allegations that MsBaker has made about him amount to perverting the course of justice.

“The fact that both the police investigation and the civil proceedings are ongoing is a factor that weighs strongly against the Inquiry attempting to investigate these matters. Even if it were appropriate for the Inquiry to investigate these matters before the conclusion of the other proceedings, such an investigation would be extremely resource intensive and would be likely to distract the Inquiry’s attention from the six core issues set out above.”

Now this statement has led Graham Wilmer, himself a former member of the first child sex abuse inquiry, to lodge a complaint which is now being investigated.

He wrote to them”Your decision to publish incorrect information about Esther Baker requires a robust independent investigation. The very idea that the IICSA would publish such incorrect information about a vulnerable victim of child sexual abuse is incomprehensible, and I am now asking you to investigate how this can about under your policies to protect vulnerable witnesses who come forward to the IICSA, regardless of the route.

“The below article in the Daily Mailis yet another example of why vulnerable victims of CSA/CSE should NOT come forward to the IICSA, without absolute assurance that they will be protected at all costs, which in the case of Esther Baker, you have failed completely so to do. As you are well aware, there are ongoing proceedings involving Esther, myself and others, and we will endeavour to expose the truth behind the lies, smears and malicious campaigns that have been waged against us, simply because we spoke out and disclosed what we had suffered. ”

An inquiry spokesperson did not want to comment.””The Inquiry does not comment on private correspondence it receives, nor on ongoing investigations.”

Now apart from releasing this information involving a named person – in other cases the person would have been anonymous -there is a serious flaw in the information that has been released. It implies that she could be investigated for perverting the course of justice for being as the Daily Mail put it ” a fantasist”. Worse their original public statement which was put up without Esther Baker’s knowledge  stated ” I understand that the police inquiries are now focused on whether Ms Baker should be charged with  perverting the course of justice.” 

I am told this was withdrawn after Staffordshire Police contacted them to tell them it was untrue and defamatory and it is now deleted from the website. The inquiry confirmed they had deleted it. Instead there is a reference to a complaint by Mr Hemming to the CPS.

There is NO investigation into Esther Baker about her perverting the course of justice. It is itself a fantasy. Staffordshire Police in a carefully crafted statement said she was a ” victim of crime ” and they are still supporting her. When I asked the police force whether there were further investigations into Esther Baker – after Mr Hemming is said to have complained  about the ” false accusations” against him – they made it clear there are none.

The reason why this is important is that the inquiry is already not trusted by a number of survivors who don’t believe they will get justice. Part of the reason is that survivors think the inquiry will  provide definite proof of sexual abuse against them. But that  is not the purpose of the inquiry – which is instead concentrating on the institutional failures of people not acting when they were told about sexual abuse. The inquiry in the Rochdale case was not afraid to pin people down for not doing their duty but they did not list or name fresh perpetrators.

In these circumstances you would expect the inquiry to be very sensitive about handling vulnerable survivors. Alexis Jay has already – rightly in my view – asked both survivors and those  representing people   who have been accused – to tone down their language.

Her previous ruling ends: ” I would …make a final plea that all those who report on the issues with which this Inquiry is concerned, and all those who comment on those issues using social media, should do so exercising a level of restraint and respect that is commensurate with the sensitivity of those issues, and the vulnerability of many of the individuals involved.”

Sound advice. She needs to take it herself.

Chelsea issue secret payout to alleged sexual abuse victim of former scout

Victim was allegedly abused by ex-chief scout Eddie Heath
Club reached out-of-court settlement and details not disclosed
17 May 2018

Chelsea have become the first club to issue a payout to an alleged victim since the full extent of football’s sex abuse scandal was exposed but risk drawing criticism for not making the compensation deal public.

The club have reached an out-of-court settlement with a junior player who was allegedly abused by Chelsea’s former chief scout Eddie Heath but declined to comment on the specifics of the deal. They have previously been condemned for paying £50,000 to another former player, Gary Johnson, in effect to buy his silence.

Chelsea would not disclose how much money was paid to the alleged victim, who claimed Heath sexually abused him at the club’s old training ground in Mitcham, south London. The payment was made by the club’s insurers rather than directly by Chelsea. Heath died in the mid-1980s but former Chelsea players have since come forward to allege he abused them in the showers after training sessions and games.

He was said to have cynically targeted boys with single mothers and offered to give them a lift to and from the training ground to allow himself the opportunity to carry out the abuse. He became known as the “man in the van” because he would drive young players around on such a regular basis.

Chelsea will be keen to avoid appearing like they are attempting to conceal any compensation payments after they were widely denounced for making Johnson sign a confidentiality clause. Johnson, who went on to play for the club’s first team, said he was abused by Heath hundreds of times in the 1970s. He approached Chelsea in 2015 looking for compensation and alleged the club attempted to sweep the incident under the carpet. They offered him £50,000 and made him sign a confidentiality clause, in effect paying for his silence.

Legal experts have predicted the final cost of compensation for abuse victims across British football could reach more than £100m. As of 31 December 2017, the number of football sex abuse victims was 839 with 294 alleged suspects and 334 clubs impacted. Those figures are according to Operation Hydrant, the police investigation into allegations of non-recent child sex abuse.

In February the former football coach Barry Bennell was jailed for 30 years after being found guilty of subjecting junior players from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds of sexual offences. The trial cost £750,000 but Manchester City have already spent over £1m on their own inquiry. They have received claims from a number of Bennell’s former players and hired two of Manchester’s biggest legal firms. Gary Cliffe, who waived his right to anonymity, is one of the people taking legal action against the club.

City also had a representative for their own legal team inside Liverpool crown court observing during every day of the Bennell trial. Bennell has appealed against the sentence and a date for an appeal hearing is being fixed. City have also been in contact with the family of Mark Hazeldine. Hazeldine, who had been a youth star at City and was previously coached by Bennell, took his own life in 2006. His family and friends have said that they fear he was abused when Bennell took him alone to Spain aged 12.

The Football Association is conducting its own internal review concurrently, led by Clive Sheldon QC. The aim is to find out what officials and clubs knew about potential abuse and when, looking at documents from 1970 to 2005. It is reviewing 6,000 files flagged as relevant during an initial review of more than 3,000 boxes from the FA’s archive. The governing body has also taken the accounts of more than 100 survivors of football-related abuse and received contributions from over 50 other relevant people. Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by the Guardian.

Patrick Corrigan‏@PatrickCorrigan

The Catholic Church purports to be a moral beacon for others, yet has consistently covered up the rape of children by priests. We need a public inquiry into clerical abuse & cover-up in NI.

Priests told not to report confessions of child abuse by National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church

Campaigners say bishops’ ruling is in contravention of state safeguarding law

13 May 2018

The Catholic bishops’ child-protection body is advising priests not to inform state authorities about incidents of child abuse they hear about in the confession box, in apparent contravention of the law. Guidelines published by the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church exempts priests from passing on admissions of child abuse made in the confessional, it has emerged.

The Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 does not allow for confessional privilege. When the law was going through the Oireachtas, Alan Shatter, as the justice minister, said mandatory reporting would apply “regardless of any internal rules of any religious grouping”.

Priests are “mandated” persons, obliged to report abuse concerns under the Children First Act.

Rangers abuse claim victim told to contact liquidators for compensation

16 May 2018

A former youth footballer who says he was sexually abused by a Rangers coach has been told by the club he should pursue his complaint with liquidators.

The man claims he was abused within the Ibrox stadium by Gordon Neely who was head of youth development in the 1980s.

But the alleged victim has been told by lawyers for Rangers that the duty of care is not with the current owners.

They said that when the abuse took place Rangers were owned by a different company which was now in liquidation.

The man, who is in his 40s, was offered help in accessing counselling services, but no apology was made in correspondence from the club’s lawyers.

Alleged abuser now dead

An email sent to the solicitors of David – not his real name – explained: “You will understand that there have been many changes affecting Rangers over the last several years.

“The company which owned Rangers Football Club…. which you refer to as owing duties of care to your client will have been the company then called The Rangers Football Club PLC and now called RFC 2012 Limited.

“That company is currently in liquidation but we do have the liquidators’ contact details and can provide that information if it will assist.”

Last year the BBC revealed a catalogue of alleged abuse by Neely at various clubs, but he died in 2014 before facing justice.

He was in youth development at Hibs in 1983 and then moved to a similar role at Rangers in 1986.

Gordon Neely

That is where he came into contact with 11-year-old David.

He spoke to the BBC about his boyhood dream of playing at Ibrox: “I came from a working class family to be invited in your full Rangers tracksuit and shown about the stadium, walking up the marble stair case. It was a huge, huge event for me and my family.”

David trained at the club for three years, but he said his encounter with Neely in his youth would have a terrible and lasting impact on his life.

‘My life basically fell apart’

He explained: “[An] injury I was carrying was having a detrimental effect on my game and I was basically summoned to Gordon Neely’s room, within the confines of Ibrox.

“He asked me to lay up on top of like a blue medical table, sort of dark, dark blue and he started rubbing my thigh, even though my injury was my hamstring.

“That happened for a minute or two, discussing the in and outs of why I wasn’t playing so well. He then asked me to stand up and bend over the medical table and take my shorts down.”

David says he was then sexually assaulted by Neely.

He added: “I’ve racked my brain for years and years to think ‘was this a normal thing to do?’ Obviously I know now that it’s not.

“My life basically fell apart that night. Everything changed, everything changed that night. The heart went out of me for playing football, academically I stopped doing so well at school.”

Almost two years ago, David, who is a season ticket holder at Ibrox, spoke to a solicitor about the alleged abuse and was advised to make a claim against Rangers.

Rangers’ lawyers said the club offered its “deepest concern”, however, it made it clear that any compensation claim would be for the liquidators of the company which had previously owned the club.

David told the BBC: “My issue’s always been that they may be a …different legal entity, but they’re still the same club. And although they don’t have the same maybe liability legally, certainly morally they’re still the same club.”

A statement from Rangers Football Club said they would “co-operate fully” with all those who had a “genuine interest” in seeking to protect children and “addressing the wrongs” of what had happened in the past.

‘Cheap and nasty attacks’

It said that both the Scottish FA and Police Scotland had been informed of the matter.

The statement added: “It is vital matters are dealt with sensitively and with proper care and regard for those involved.

“We will not respond to questions that seek to turn allegations of desperate and deplorable conduct from three or more decades ago into cheap and nasty attacks on Rangers Football Club, and those of its employees who now have to attend to such difficult matters.”

I’d like them [Rangers] to realise the impact that it’s had and get an apology off them face-to-face. That’s my real goal.”

David, who says he was abused aged 11

Pat Mair from Scottish charity Talk Now which counsels victims of sexual abuse has worked with adults who suffered in childhood.

She said: “The survivors are looking for acknowledgment, they’re looking for communication with the football clubs where they were abused.

“The abuse happened at Rangers Football Club but they are not taking any responsibility and it’s as if they’re not accountable for it.”

David said he wanted “someone from Rangers” to contact him so he could tell them his story.

He went on: “And I’d like them to sit there and listen to me and realise the impact that it’s had and get an apology off them face-to-face. That’s my real goal.”

Pervert son of a former Black Rod was quizzed by police investigating the Westminster child-sex abuse claims over his late father Sir Frank Twiss’ connection to a prolific paedophile MP

  • Two retired policemen reveal they were banned from investigating Twiss
  • The Mail on Sunday tracked down Twiss to a dingy flat in West London
  • He said he had given up ‘spanking’ boys and bragged of his access to Parliament 
12 May 2018

Claims about a Westminster child-sex ring took a new turn last night when it emerged that police have interviewed the paedophile son of a former Black Rod, the Queen’s envoy in the Lords.

Roddam Twiss – whose father Sir Frank was Black Rod in the 1970s, responsible for security and ceremonies at the Lords – was quizzed by officers investigating the claims.

The news came as two retired policemen told The Mail on Sunday they were banned from investigating Twiss in the late 1970s after Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith, a prolific child-sex abuser, was allegedly seen taking a rent boy to Twiss’s London home.

Hiding his past: Roddam Twiss last week

They say Mr Twiss:

  • Was well known among London’s rent boys;
  • Was banned from the Palace of Westminster by his father;
  • Visited Dolphin Square, the private apartment block in Westminster where Establishment figures allegedly had wild parties.

Police say their inquiries were halted when they told their superiors Twiss could be involved in a wider racket supplying rent boys to VIPs.

Incredibly, they didn’t know former prep school teacher Twiss had been jailed in 1967 for assaulting boys as young as 11, tying them up and beating them.

He was later imprisoned twice for fraud.

Nor did they know that he rented a room to Lennie Smith, one of Britain’s most vicious paedophiles.

The Mail on Sunday tracked down Twiss to a dingy flat in West London.

Twiss, who changed his name to Raymond Gibson in a bid to shake off his past, strongly denied any wrongdoing – but confirmed much of what the two policemen said.

He spoke frankly of his jail terms, said he had given up ‘spanking’ boys, and bragged of his access to Parliament and Dolphin Square, calling it ‘a den of iniquity for 30 years’.

He displayed an expert knowledge of London’s rent boy scene in 1970s and 1980s and described the ‘dangers’ faced by gay MPs and peers who picked up young men.

Twiss said he felt ‘alarmingly well’ for his 78 years. But asked if he knew the names of the politicians involved, he said: ‘No. And I wouldn’t tell you if I did.’

The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Admiral Frank Twiss, approaches the Speaker and members of the House of Commons to summon them to the Bar of the House of Lords for the state opening of Parliament

The Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod, Admiral Frank Twiss, approaches the Speaker and members of the House of Commons to summon them to the Bar of the House of Lords for the state opening of Parliament

He said he had no idea police had investigated him at the time.

The developments come after a series of claims and counter-claims regarding allegations of a historic child sex abuse ring at Westminster.

Much-publicised claims that young boys had been raped and even murdered at Dolphin Square by VIPs turned out to have been made by a fantasist. Today’s disclosures will spark fresh speculation that not all the claims of sexual misconduct and rent boys at Westminster were groundless.

The new claims are expected to be considered by Alexis Jay, head of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse, who has reaffirmed her determination to find out if claims of a Westminster paedophile ring were covered up.

In a statement on Thursday, she vowed to look into ‘concern that police investigations into possible child sexual abuse linked with Westminster may have been the subject of inappropriate interference’.

She added she would also look into the disclosure last year that MI5 and the Director of Public Prosecutions lied to cover up the Cyril Smith rent boy scandal.

The MoS was told of the allegations about Twiss by two former vice squad officers. They investigated him after monitoring the ‘Meat Rack,’ a notorious haunt for rent boys in Piccadilly. They saw Smith pick up a youngster and followed him to an address in Cricklewood, North-West London.

When they found out that it was the home of Twiss, they investigated him and uncovered his links to the corridors of power. When they told their superiors, the investigation was abruptly scrapped.

The two former police officers, who have asked to remain anonymous, said they were deeply frustrated by the decision. One went on to hold a series of high-profile security jobs and the other worked for a well-known sports team.

One of them recalled: ‘We went to the police station in Belgravia, and found a file that said Twiss had been banned by his father from entering the Palace of Westminster. He also went to Dolphin Square late at night. We thought he could be procuring boys for bigger figures from pimps at the Meat Rack. Well-to-do people would not want to be seen somewhere like that. We also followed him to the Meat Rack. Our superiors called it off. We assumed it was to protect VIPs.’

Asked why they did not discover Twiss’s 1967 conviction for assaulting young boys, one of the former policemen said: ‘We had trouble finding out anything about him.’

As well as serving as Black Rod, Twiss’s father Sir Frank was Secretary to the Lord Great Chamberlain, whose duties include dressing the Monarch on Coronation Day. After he died in 1994, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh attended his thanksgiving service.

Well-connected: Sir Frank Twiss, the former Black Rod

Well-connected: Sir Frank Twiss, the former Black Rod

A former Admiral, Sir Frank had connections to Royal, military and political elites. In 1960 he was made Naval Secretary to First Sea Lord, Lord Carrington, later Defence Secretary under Edward Heath and Foreign Secretary under Margaret Thatcher. As Second Sea Lord in 1968, Sir Frank ordered a crackdown on the ‘unnatural vice’ of homosexuality in the Navy.

There have been persistent claims that Meat Rack inquiries were blocked to protect VIPs. In 2016, former Chief Inspector Howard Groves said police were warned not to investigate Establishment figures. And Norman Tebbit, a Cabinet Minister in the 1980s, has said there ‘may well’ have been a cover-up to protect ‘the system.’

With their permission, this newspaper passed details of the two officer to Wiltshire Police, which carried out Operation Conifer into claims about Sir Edward Heath. Officers interviewed both men.

Mr Twiss told us that three officers from the operation interviewed him for three hours. He denied any wrongdoing.

‘The rent boys would claim to be over age but were more like 14’ 

‘I thought I’d be dead by now, but I’m alarmingly well,’ says Roddam Twiss as I interview him at his dingy flat in West London.

At 78 his memory is as sharp as a knife as he describes the London rent-boy scene of the 1970s and 1980s and the ‘Meat Rack’: ‘It started at the railings of the Regent Palace Hotel.

‘Rent boys looking for customers would lean on the railings and men looking for boys would go and see if they fancied anyone.

VIP parties: Dolphin Square

VIP parties: Dolphin Square

‘But it was dangerous. Most of the boys just wanted to rob you for drugs. It was much safer to pick up one in one of Soho’s gay drinking clubs. They would all say they were over age but some were more like 14 or 15.’

Twiss says political figures were among those who went looking for rent boys. But asked if he knew their names, he replies ‘No. And if I could I wouldn’t tell you’, adding: ‘There were more Tories than Labour.’

When I ask Twiss what he knows about claims of a paedophile ring at Westminster, he says police investigating historic child abuse visited him recently and spent three hours asking him similar questions, mainly about Sir Edward Heath. He told them he did not believe the former PM abused young boys.

As we chat in his front room, Twiss introduces me to Martin, 28, who he says is his carer. A succession of other scruffy young men stroll in and out of the flat. ‘I’m gay – I make no bones about that,’ says Twiss, unprompted.

He says he met scandal-hit Liberal leader Jeremy Thorpe ‘in passing’ and was ‘always suspicious’ about him, and adds that ‘everyone knew’ Cyril Smith was picking up young rent boys in Soho.

When I tell Truss he was followed by police around 1978 or 1979, he is shocked.

But he corroborates key aspects of the police story: he lived above a parade of shops in Cricklewood and was a regular visitor to Dolphin Square. However, he flatly denies Smith took a rent boy to his flat. ‘I knew Cyril was into boys. But absolutely not. It would have brought shame to my father.’

Asked if he was a ‘fixer’ who procured rent boys for other Westminster figures, he replies sharply: ‘Even if I was I wouldn’t tell you, I assure you.’ And he insists he never went to the ‘Meat Rack’.

However, he is happy to boast of his connections. ‘My father was Black Rod and high-profile in political circles… I used to visit him at the Lords where he had a grace and favour home.’

His second entrée to high society was through his ‘stockbroker’, the Hon Mervyn Greenway, millionaire playboy son of the 3rd Baron Greenway. ‘Mervyn knew everyone in high places,’ says Twiss. ‘I met them through him.’ He often visited Greenway at his flat in Dolphin Square, a place he says was perfect for residents, including Westminster figures, who wanted to misbehave.

‘If you knew the right porter, you’d leave a few pounds and they would allow your guests in with no questions asked.’

Parties would start in the flats and then ‘spill outside into the square on balmy summer evenings. It was ‘a den of iniquity for 30 years’, with residents’ ‘mistresses and prostitutes’ among the guests.

Including male prostitutes? ‘Yes, probably.’ But again, he can’t – or won’t – name names.

Twiss says his father ‘thought I should have done more with my life’ and was disappointed he did not follow him into the Armed Forces, instead going into teaching. But he refuses to believe his father banned him from the Palace of Westminster.

He says he gave up ‘spanking’ young boys long ago and he changed his name to Raymond Gibson after finishing his third jail sentence in 2006 and ‘disappeared’ from London, moving to Sheerness, Kent.

Twiss happily agreed to meet me for dinner the next day to continue our conversation. But he cried off at the last minute, texting: ‘I told you all I can remember. I am not willing to defame the dead because it will only hurt their families.’

Abuser with a long history of scams and assaults

Roddam Twiss has a string of criminal convictions. In 1967, he was jailed for three years on seven charges of assaulting boys as young as 11. He and another man were said to have ‘stripped, tied up and beaten’ their victims.

In the 1980s, he served 18 months in jail for a business con, seeking investment in a fake cheesecake factory. And in 2004 at Southwark Crown Court, he was handed a three-and-a-half-year sentence for a £1.2 million scam.

He was accused of duping wealthy Americans using ‘flannel’ and dropping the names of ‘titled and influential people.’

It was also said that he tried, unsuccessfully, to entice DJ Paul Gambaccini into investing in one of his dubious schemes.

He rented a room to vile paedophile

When police investigated Roddam Twiss in the late 1970s, it appears they had no idea that one of Britain’s most vicious paedophiles, Lennie Smith, was renting a room from him.

Twiss confirmed that Smith, jailed in 1992 for his part in a paedophile gang that killed five boys, once rented a room at his Cricklewood Broadway flat.

Twiss said he helped police to investigate Smith, adding: ‘He was a nasty individual and I was content to provide police with information they deemed useful.’

 The paedophile, above, was reportedly 23 when he left Twiss’s flat, which suggests it was around 1978 or 1979 – the same time police were investigating Twiss after following Cyril Smith to Cricklewood.

How Twiss aided Kajagoogoo star

Help: Twiss with Limahl

In a curious episode of his past life, Twiss helped to fund the early pop career of Kajagoogoo lead singer Limahl.

Help: Twiss with Limahl

Twiss told us he met Limahl, real name Chris Hamill, when the singer was a teenager.

Hamill lived with him in Cricklewood and Twiss would drive him to clubs including gay haunt Heaven, where DJ Paul Gambaccini was given Hamill’s demo tape in 1982.

Hamill later moved in with Gambaccini.

Son of former Black Rod sentenced to 3 1/2 years

13 October 2004

AN ADMIRAL’S son who betrayed his privileged background to embark on a life of crime was jailed for three and a half years yesterday for a £1.2 million investment scam. Roddam Twiss, 64, whose father, Sir Frank Twiss, was also a former House of Lords Black Rod, dazzled victims with “big talk and small print”, name dropping and unrealistic schemes to help the Third World. But the former teacher – first imprisoned nearly 40 years ago for indecently assaulting, stripping and beating young boys – was little more than a conman indulging in “pure flannel”. Southwark Crown Court in London heard he was so successful in concealing the truth, that those he swindled never suspected the bearded businessman had bought his luxury car with their money, or that he ran his so-called “high-yield investment” empire from a squalid former council maisonette. Their cash also paid off his mortgage and funded an array of far from successful business interests. The public school-educated Twiss, from Bethnal Green, London, tried to put all the blame on a former business partner. But earlier this year a jury unanimously convicted him of conspiracy to steal in 1997 and 1998. Appearing for sentence yesterday, Twiss was told by the judge, James Wadsworth, QC, that he had dealt in “wholly unrealistic” promises of large profits. Those who lost their cash may well have been “governed by an avid chase after money that was almost bound to lead to trouble”. While Twiss may also initially have believed he was about to “find that Holy Grail of incredible returns”, he did not hesitate to turn to dishonesty when he realised the whole project was doomed to failure, the judge said. It was plain he felt “no remorse whatsoever” for what he did. The judge, who disqualified Twiss from being a company director for seven years, said he would have to serve a further 18 months if a “realisable assets” confiscation order of just over 89,000 was not paid by the beginning of 2006.


UK Admiral Sir Frank Roddam Twiss, the Second Sea Lord, warning commanders to be on the look out for “unnatural vice”.

The Navy’s chief lawyer noted: “It is not necessary to carry out a witch hunt for the more discreet offenders … that it goes on discreetly and hidden away need not cause us too much dismay.”

In 1981, 11 members of the crew of the Queen’s yacht ‘Britannia’ were charged in connection with gay sex.

HRH Crafty Muvva@craftymuvva:

I believe Smith lived with Twiss in Belgravia before later on shacking up with the Telegraph sub-editor.

 1967: Roddam Twiss, teacher & Richard J Hitchcock, driver:
1967: Roddam Twiss

Grayshott is in Petersfield.

Petersfield is near where Vishal was found & where Lennie Smith’s death was registered…

Even though it was reported that Lennie Smith died in a paedo unit in Nottingham.

 £1.2m fraud of Black Rod’s son

His father was Sir Frank Twiss, a war hero who survived a Japanese PoW camp and went on to become Admiral of the Fleet and the House of Lords’ Black Rod.

29 July 2004

With his public-school education, connections and charm,Roddam Twiss could have aspired to emulate his father’s achievements.

But today he sits in Belmarsh prison, awaiting sentencing for a £1.2million fraud. Twiss, 64, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud and was warned by a judge to expect to be jailed when he returns to court in September.

The former teacher had traded on his name to persuade friends and acquaintances to invest in his scheme, with the promise of “high yield” returns and the chance of helping Third World humanitarian causes. A substantial number of US investors were taken in by his pitch and by numerous lengthy, but bogus, documents.

A total of £1.2million was transferred to two sham companies run by Twiss from his former council flat in Bethnal Green. Instead of investing the money Twiss used it to clear his £40,000 mortgage and buy a £48,000 Jaguar. He and his Lebanese-born accomplice Emile Coury, 62, banked the rest of the money in London, France, Guernsey, Switzerland and Lebanon.

Prosecuting counsel Sir Derek Spencer QC told Southwark Crown Court: “His technique was that of a confidence trickster. He used high-sounding business names and verbose language, which was mostly flannel. He name-dropped, making references to a number of titled and influential people.”

Twiss’s victims were well-to-do American professionals such as Miami accountant Anthony Brunson, who put in £68,000 of his savings, and Miami lawyer Kimberley Daise who, with another three people, invested £194,000.

But nearly 40 years ago Twiss had picked on a far more vulnerable group of victims — young schoolboys. In 1967, when he was a 27-year-old teacher in Hampshire, Twiss was jailed for three years for indecently assaulting, stripping and beating five boys, one as young as 11.

The conviction must have come as a terrible blow to Sir Frank, a man of impeccable character and moral strength. The year Twiss was jailed for indecency, his father was promoted to full admiral and would go on to become Black Rod, one of the key ceremonial figures in the Houses of Parliament. He died in 1994.

By the mid-Eighties Roddam Twiss had become involved in London’s rent-boy scene, paying £20 to young men to beat him. He was nicknamed “The Teacher” and known for his sado-masochistic tastes.

Soon after he was sentenced to another three years, this time for a £5,000 business fraud. Over the years Twiss had moved on to the fringes of London’s music scene. He befriended Limahl, who would go on to become the lead singer of Eighties pop band Kajagoogoo, and helped fund two of his early records, recorded under his real name Chris Hamill.

During the Nineties, Twiss set up financial consultancy Dragon Rampant. Here he sacked one of his stockbrokers after the man took an overdose at his desk.

Twiss fired off a curt letter to Leslie Walbrook calling his suicide bid “inconsiderate”. Mr Walbrook’s wife Gill said at the time: “Twiss is a cruel, heartless beast.”

Like many conmen, however, Twiss managed to mask his true intentions beneath a veneer of affable sophistication.

The Serious Fraud Office is trying to recover what is left of the money Twiss swindled from investors.

Sir Frank Twiss’s second cousin Peter Twiss, 83, a retired test pilot who in 1956 broke the world’s absolute speed record, said: “Sir Frank was an outstanding man. He would have been devastated that his son has been convicted.”


New York’s Catholic bishops ramp up lobbying against Child Victims Act

The state’s Catholic Conference has spent $1.8 million over six years lobbying Albany to, among other things, derail a bill to make it easier for sex abuse victims to sue.

The Democratic-led state Assembly approved the Child Victims Act last week, but its prospects for passage in the Republican-led Senate are less likely.

The act’s most controversial provision would open a one-year window in which victims currently blocked by New York’s statute of limitations could sue for damages linked to decades-old abuses. But the Catholic Conference says the act would force institutions to defend misconduct “about which they have no knowledge, and in which they had no role.”

To head off the bill and to push other items on its agenda, the Catholic Conference has spent hundreds of thousands a year on lobbyists. For example, the conference last year paid Sheinkopf Ltd. $5,000 a month, the Greenberg Traurig firm $6,000 a month and New York City attorney Stanley K. Schlein another $6,000 a month.

The conference represents New York’s Catholic bishops and is headed by the archbishop of New York City, Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

no one has made more noise against the Child Victims Act than the Catholic Church. But she said she doubts that most people who donate to the church know some portion of their donations are used for lobbying.

“I don’t know how they can write a check to a lobbyist to avoid the cleansing of the truth,” she said of the bishops. “What is the meaning of repentance?” For years, church leaders failed to confront the problem of predators within their ranks, she said, and they diverted investigations that would have exposed the abusers.

The fact church leaders might face lawsuits from years ago is “no one’s fault but theirs,” she said.

Child abuse inquiry hears shock claims of ‘collusion’ to hide truth about Home Office and council ‘hellholes’

8 May 2018


Child abuse survivors who grew up in ‘hellholes’ run by the Home Office and other institutions have been ‘ignored’, their ‘complaints and accounts sidelined’, the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales (IICSA) heard today.

The Home Office, local authorities, their insurance companies, police and social workers who disbelieved abused children, all came under fire.

The inquiry set up by Theresa May as Home Secretary heard how these institutions had all failed shockingly to protect many of Britain’s most vulnerable children who were in their care. Testimony was heard of how children reporting and fleeing appalling abuse at children homes, were disbelieved by police officers and social workers. How they were returned to “the hands of their abuser.”

The preliminary hearing of the IICSA Inquiry Accountability and Reparations Investigation heard accusations that these institutions failed to keep children safe from sexual abuse. A failure compounded by accusations of “collusion” by institutions to protect themselves when as grown-ups, survivors wanted answers.

“So many people,” Sam Stein QC representing victims and survivors told the inquiry, “suffered abuse within an institution and were then failed by the police, the local authorities, the Home Office and then the civil justice system, so that their abuse has been compounded and compounded so many times by what has been a widespread and decades-long failure to recognise both the prevalence of child sexual abuse and a downgrade of its overall and lifelong effect.”

Professor Alexis Jay chairing the hearing, heard abuse survivors’ concerns about insurance firms and councils limiting their liability for compensation for the ravaged childhoods of those in their care.

The hearing was told how unfair time limitations on compensation were for survivors as generally summoning up the courage to talk about the “hellholes” they had survived only happened after a criminal investigation was long underway.

Last month we reported how core participants of the abuse inquiry are now finding records of their childhoods missing – records vital for any chance of reparations.

Today the IICSA heard further testimony of how abuse survivors discovered files that should contain records of the notorious institutions where the child abuse took place were empty in their local authority records office.

“It is possible, and indeed perhaps likely, that Devon and Cornwall County Council and its solicitors withdrew documentation that relates to these particular claims, and it is therefore possible that these documents have never been returned to the relevant archives or, indeed, to the National Records Office,” said Sam Stein QC.

He read out a statement from his clients:

“We want to see all documentation between Devon County Council, the Home Office, the insurance companies, the police and our former legal representatives.

“We want to understand if there was collusion between these various groups to limit our damages in civil cases, to limit the exposure of how badly we were let down by these organisations when we were children in care…

“We want to know why so little value was put on the harm we suffered and why we were not allowed any effective role in the civil and criminal cases against our abusers. We were never given our day in court…

“This inquiry is the last chance that we and most survivors will have our day in court. As regards the Home Office, we want to know why these institutions… were allowed to operate as they did, why staff were not checked, and why were clearly unqualified staff employed to look after children.”

Sam Stein QC is representing victims and abuse survivors from the Home Office-run Forde Park secure school in South Devon, the privately-run Bryn Alyn community of school and homes for care children in North Wales, Stanhope Castle approved school, St Aidan’s and St Vincent’s homes at the centre of the “North West child abuse scandal run by the Nugent Care Society and the St Leonard’s children’s home in Hornchurch, where thousands of children were sent from a variety of London councils.

The barrister recounted how one participant recently told him:

“I’m a very personal person and don’t give much away because of the hurt inside. At Stanhope, I was there for six years, and every day I was there I woke up in fear of how to get through the day without a beating and how to get through the night, how to avoid getting abused. I’m so sorry for saying this to you.”

“The effect of child sexual abuse continues remorselessly throughout a survivor’s life. Very few survivors say anything different from the survivor I quoted” explained Mr Stein QC.  “The hurt is inside and the hurt is felt every day.”

Sam Stein QC urged that “the ongoing, devastating and debilitating effect of abuse” should be central “when considering accountability and reparation,” and urged that the investigation hear survivors’ evidence of abuse suffered in “what were, frankly, hellholes.”

Survivors were let down by a “failure by the state to adequately deal with their accounts and what happened to them.”

Mr Stein told the hearing how in the case of one core participant, a survivor of the North Wales child abuse scandal, “the social services and the police were, we suggest, aware of the abuse that he was suffering, but, sadly, the position is that he was still essentially left in the hands of the abuser.”

There were also calls today for the remit of the Inquiry Accountability and Reparations Investigation to be crucially widened.

Lawyers representing abuse victims and survivors called for the roles of the criminal justice system and police to be put under the scope too.

As Imran Khan QC explained: “the purpose of the inquiry is to consider the extent to which state and non-state institutions have failed in their duty of care to protect children, and that of course, in terms of scope, state and non-state institutions are government departments, the Cabinet Office, parliament ministers, the police and prosecuting authorities.”

Sam Stein QC  explained how insurance companies’ priorities could be in conflict with local authorities. When children in local councils’ care are sexually abused, the authorities should be making sure that lessons are learned so that children in their care will be kept safe in future. However, the inquiry heard, for the companies that insure them and may have to pay out, shareholders’ profits are the main concern.

Stein suggested that this conflict may inform how local authorities deal with local authorities’ liability to abuse survivors as they risked having their premiums hiked up by insurance firms.

The inquiry heard submissions by lawyers on behalf of Zurich Insurance, MMI and Royal Sun Alliance who called for “additional research” to be carried out after all the evidence is heard before any reforms of the system are suggested.

The Pileus@thepileus

BBC cuts reporter after he mentions MI6’s involved in torture. Jo Coburn then nervously claims it was due to a technical issue.#NotPropaganda

Nepal: Peter Dalglish sent to KAVRE jail in  Dhulikhel, final hearing postponed

Kavre District Court has sent Canadian Peter Dalglish to Kavre jail as his final hearing is postponed.

An official from the CIB said, “The court made the decision against Mr. Dalglish after a thorough session and the final hearing is now postponed. We don’t know how long he’ll be in the prison. He might be for few months or for a long time.”

Dalglish was arrested on April 8th from Nagarkot.

Kavre jail – where Peter Dalglishs has been sent:

Inmate leaders help maintain order at Nepalese prison

Purna Bahadur Pradhan is the officer in charge of security at Kavre District Prison in Dhulikhel in Kavrepalanchok district, commonly known as Kavre, in Nepal.

But Pradhan, 46, goes into the prison only twice a day, at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., to supervise the security and operations.

There are only 12 guards, all from the Nepal Police, to ensure the security of 233 inmates at Kavre District Prison.

the police officers patrol the prison from the outside, and rarely come inside

Prisoners practice yoga at Kavre District Prison. The class, taught by prisoners with yoga experience, is held each morning

There are singing and dancing ceremonies each morning and evening and special tasks for people with unique qualifications.

Nepal’s Prison Act 1963 allows the jailer or officer in charge of each prison to appoint leaders and deputy leaders from among the prisoner population. The act recommends that one leader be appointed for every 25 prisoners and one deputy leader for every 10 prisoners.

Those leaders are eligible for significant benefits. A prisoner who serves as a Chaukidar, the prison’s main leader, gets a two-month reduction in his sentence for every year he does the job, Subedi says. A leader gets 1.5 months reduced from his sentence, and a deputy leader gets one month.

A prisoner is selected as a deputy leader after completing two years of his sentence .

The 233 prisoners range in age from 17 to 90 and are serving sentences for murder, rape, drug possession and robbery, among other crimes.

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Claims government funded a ‘paedophile-run children’s home’

May 3rd, 2018

Former resident gives evidence on behalf of “living and departed”

A former resident at a Children’s Home says he was giving evidence on behalf of victims “living and departed”.

John Guest was giving evidence to the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee hearing on historic child abuse.

Recounting his experiences as a child during the sixties and seventies, Mr Guest called the Knottfield centre an ‘unregulated children’s home void of compassion’.

He cited the trauma and abuse both he, and friends Chris Glover and Ian Strange encountered, whilst in care.

Allegations of abuse at the home were first investigated in 1992-3 and led to a man being convicted and jailed the following year for sexually abusing boys in his care.

Knottfield came under the spotlight again in 1999 when investigations into a suspected paedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s were launched after links to the island were discovered by Greater Manchester Police as part of Operation Cleopatra.

The family protection unit appealed for information from former residents and staff at Knottfield.

Further alleged victims came forward in the last couple of years but the Attorney General’s chambers took the decision not to prosecute given the age and health of the suspect, who is now in his 80s.

MLC asks if paedophile ring operated in 70s


An MLC who has been writing a book about the Isle of Man Children’s Centre has said she would like an investigation into whether there was a paedophile ring operating in the island in the 1970s.

Kerry Sharpe, MLC, told the Social Affairs Policy Review Committee she had spoken to a number of adults who said they were abused while in care at the Knottfield children’s home in Douglas in the 1970s.

’How many other people were involved with abusing children in the 70s?’ she asked.

’I know from interviewees that children were abused when they went on holiday to the UK so did this extend out into a UK-wide ring?’

She told the committee the official reason given for the closure of a children’s residential unit at the Knottfield centre on Woodbourne Road in 1983 was a lack of residents, but added: ’I’d like to know if anyone has talked to members of the committee from the 70s and 80s and found out what was their explanation for closing down the Knottfield centre.’

Mrs Sharpe said she believed social workers at the time suspected sexual abuse of the children was going on and were therefore avoiding placing children at Knottfield.

She told the committee: ’There was a reluctance to admit there was a need for looked after children at the time and there was a definite sweeping under the carpet of the whole thing.’

Mrs Sharpe said: ’The children that were abused deserve, at the very least, an official apology from the Isle of Man government.’

The committee also heard evidence from two other witnesses who had been children in care during the 1970s.

JK was a successful singer, writer and music producer many, many years ago. As a Cambridge undergraduate he was also recruited into one of Britain’s biggest and most secret services. In 2013 he is asked to go back and find a killer who is planning to destroy parts of the establishment. Under cover for the BBC he travels Europe and North Africa, searching for the assassin whilst filming a travel series. There are murders, dramas, exotic locations and delicious food as he meets a variety of characters and gets into situations during this comedy of catastrophe.

Music mogul Jonathan King denies sex assaults on boys

 4 May 2018

Former DJ and music producer Jonathan King has denied a series of sexual abuse offences against 12 teenage boys.

The 73-year-old, of Bayswater, west London, is accused of assaulting the boys, aged between 14 and 17, between 1970 and 1988.

Mr King, appearing at Southwark Crown Court under his birth name of Kenneth George King, pleaded not guilty to each of the 18 counts.

King is charged in relation to seven incidents of alleged buggery, and 11 incidents of alleged indecent assault.

He was released on bail to appear again on 11 June.

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Former TV presenter Jonathan King is arrested after child ...

Savile told Esquire: ‘The thing about me is I get things done and I work deep cover. I’ve known the Royal Family for a million years.’

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Prince Andrew with paedophile/family friend Jimmy Savile

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Prince Andrew stayed at the home of billionaire friend/paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein for four days

Bill Cosby is a neighbor  of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

He (Cosby) bought the six-story townhouse in 1987 for $6.2 million and reportedly spent another $1.2 million renovating it. Neighbors include Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, Cantor Fitzgerald CEO and chairman Howard Lutnick, and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who spent 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to soliciting prostitution from an underage girl in 2008.

Prince Andrew has convicted paedophile friend, Jeffrey Epstein, land his “Lolita Express” at RAF base

Prince Andrew’s billionaire paedophile friend given permission to land private jet at RAF base for visit Sandringham

The flight log of Epstein’s Gulfstream revealed it touched down at RAF Marham on December 7, 2000, before he was hosted by the Andrew at the Queen’s Norfolk residence.

Aboard the jet that day were someone with the initials ET – thought to be Miss Maxwell’s assistant Emmy Tayler – a woman called Kelly Spam, Epstein’s friend Tom Pritzker and an unnamed female.

Yet another paedophile friend of Prince Andrew: Father Gleed

“The birthday ball is the second royal invitation Gleed has received. Two years ago (1979), he joined Andrew and two female friends for dinner at the palace.”

Nanaimo Daily News

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Friday, June 12, 1981 – Page 18

Gleed at Canterbury Cathedral in England 1976

Father Gleed serves as chaplain for Pathfinder and Playfair, ships based in Toronto Harbor promoting “character training through adventure” for boys.

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Akron, Ohio

Saturday, October 23, 1976 – Page 7


How a royal gift exposed sexual abuse at an elite Canadian school

Oct 12, 2017

Prince Andrew wanted to memorialize his friend and former chaplain at Lakefield College School.

The resulting tribute prompted paedophile Father Keith Gleed’s victims to finally break their silence.

L: Prince Andrew renews his memories of Lakefield College in 1985; which he attended in 1977; R: Keith Gleed

Nine years ago, Prince Andrew paid a visit to his Canadian alma mater: the prestigious Lakefield College School, just north of Peterborough, Ont. It was not the first homecoming for His Royal Highness. A teenage exchange student back in 1977, the Queen’s second son retains strong ties to his old campus and has reminisced often about how deeply he treasures those “life-changing” six months. But that particular trip, in May 2008, was especially sentimental. The Duke of York had a gift to present: a hand-carved baptismal font for the school chapel.

Crafted in part from a large rock that Andrew had delivered from Scotland’s Balmoral Castle, the font was created to honour a dear friend: the late Keith Gleed, an Anglican priest who served as chaplain at the elite private school between 1974 and 1980.


After meeting at Lakefield, Andrew and Gleed remained such good friends that the prince invited the reverend both to his 21st birthday party and to his wedding to Sarah Ferguson. Shortly before Gleed died of cancer in 2001, Andrew even travelled to his hospital bedside to say goodbye—“surely a testament of true friendship,” according to Gleed’s obituary in the school newsletter.

The day the font was dedicated, staff and students joined Andrew inside the A.W. Mackenzie Chapel for the blessing ceremony. Dead for seven years by then, Gleed was fondly remembered as “the confidant of the troubled, the defender of the bullied and a true friend to all.”

In reality, Father Keith was none of those things. He was a pedophile who preyed on vulnerable young students and took his secret to the grave—only to have the truth exposed, ironically enough, because of Andrew’s well-intentioned efforts to enshrine his memory.

Maclean’s has learned that after the prince unveiled Gleed’s religious tribute, at least five former students came forward to report they were sexually abused by the one-time chaplain. Two have launched lawsuits against Lakefield College School (LCS)—including one graduate, now 54, who says it was Andrew’s gesture that spurred him to break his silence in 2014, prompting Lakefield to initiate a third-party investigation that triggered other victims to come forward.

“Greg was pained and haunted by the knowledge that a pedophile like Father Keith was permanently honoured with a baptismal font on the school’s premises,” says the man’s statement of claim, which seeks $5 million in damages. “Thereafter, Greg began to disclose the sexual abuse he had endured at Father Keith’s hands, which, up to that point, he had kept a secret.” (Although the lawsuits are not subject to a publication ban, Maclean’s has chosen, after consulting with the victims, to identify them by their first names only: Gregory and Edward.)

At Gregory’s urging, school officials removed the memorial font from the chapel. Its current whereabouts is unknown. Lakefield will say only that the one-of-a-kind piece “was removed from school property in 2014.”

That Keith William Gleed was a sexual deviant is not in dispute. Lakefield’s own independent investigators concluded in 2015 that the disgraced chaplain violated “the trust and authority” of his position and “afflicted harm on innocent students by engaging in sexual misconduct.” But the two lawsuits go further, accusing Lakefield of “failing to reveal, and in fact, concealing, Father Keith’s sexual misconduct” from parents and police, and permitting the abuse “to continue unchecked.” At the very least, the lawsuits allege Lakefield is liable for the conduct of its former employee, who was encouraged “to have regular, unsupervised and intimate physical and psychological contact with its students.”

Whatever the full truth, the revelations about Father Keith have landed Lakefield—one of the country’s most esteemed private schools—among the institutions now stained by sexual abuse, from church-run residential schools to elite preparatory colleges. At LCS (as at Toronto’s Upper Canada College, which endured its own abuse scandal in the early 2000s), neither the reputation of the academy nor the socio-economic status of parents and alumni proved enough to protect every student in its care.

“When he started at LCS, Eddy had been a happy and gregarious child who was eager to please and had a promising future ahead of him,” reads Edward’s statement of claim, which seeks $2.25 million. After Gleed sexually assaulted him, his life became “chaotic and crisis-ridden”—a downward spiral of substance abuse, petty criminality and crippling flashbacks. Edward is now 53. “[He] has above average intelligence,” his claim continues. “But because of the childhood sexual abuse he experienced at LCS and the lack of meaningful support he received while attending LCS…he has never achieved his full educational, vocational or earnings potentials and goals.”

Lakefield has filed statements of defence in both lawsuits, denying the allegations, denying it is liable for Gleed’s behaviour, and describing the damages sought as “excessive, exaggerated and remote.” The school also launched third-party claims against the Anglican dioceses of Toronto and Niagara, where Gleed was variously licensed after his ordination in 1960. Both dioceses “endorsed Father Gleed as chaplain” and held him out “as a suitable and respectable Anglican priest,” Lakefield alleges, “when they knew or ought to have known that he was not suited for the position.” (In their own statements of defence, both dioceses also deny wrongdoing—in particular, that church officials may have been alerted to Gleed’s abuse. Maclean’s contacted the lawyers representing the dioceses; both declined comment, citing the active litigation.)

Along with defending itself in court, Lakefield has retained the services of Profile Communications, a boutique Toronto public relations firm that specializes in crisis management. “We are the 911 of communications,” says the company’s website. Via the firm’s principal, Caroline Spivak, Lakefield answered a list of written questions from Maclean’s.

The school says “it had no knowledge of any alleged impropriety on the part of Father Gleed” in the years before Andrew presented the baptismal font. “Once the allegations were brought forward, LCS immediately put in place the necessary resources to support the victims and the independent third-party investigation it initiated,” Lakefield says. “Counselling was made available to all who came forward, and continues to be provided. The school also communicated broadly and openly with its community, encouraging all parties to participate fully in the independent third-party investigation. The safety and well-being of its students is always the school’s highest priority.”

Four of Gleed’s victims, including Gregory, shared their stories with Lakefield’s investigators. Edward did not, but his lawsuit brings to five the number of Gleed’s known accusers (another alumnus also came forward to allege he’d been sexually abused by a different school employee, a teacher named Colin F. Pickering, who died in 2011).

“Following the conclusion of the investigation, LCS acknowledged the tremendous courage it took for them to speak to the investigators and apologized for the harm inflicted by Father Gleed and for the pain they have endured,” the school says. “The investigators’ detailed findings have not been released in order to protect the deeply personal information disclosed by the victims.”

Prince Andrew, who has previously served as a Lakefield trustee, is now honorary chair of the school’s charitable foundation. How he reacted to the truth about his friend—or hearing that the memorial font he helped create was removed from the chapel—is not clear. “We decline to comment,” said a Royal spokesperson, referring all questions to Lakefield.

One of Canada’s oldest private schools, Lakefield was founded in 1879 as Mr. Sparham Sheldake’s Preparatory School for Boys. Though renamed Lakefield College School in the 1960s, the sprawling waterfront campus—315 scenic acres on the shore of Lake Katchewanooka—remains affectionately known as “The Grove.” The high school became co-ed in 1989, and annual fees currently range from $32,000 for a day student to $57,000 for a boarder (international boarders pay $63,500).

Lakefield’s motto is mens sana in corpore sano—“a sound mind in a sound body”—and its mission statement embraces seven core values, including individuality, environmental stewardship and trust. Along with Andrew, notable alumni include Felipe VI, King of Spain; Emmy-nominated actor Will Arnett; Kenneth Irving, the former CEO of Irving Oil; David Miller, the former Toronto mayor; retired Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie; Ottawa Senators defenceman Cody Ceci; and Anna Gainey, president of the Liberal Party of Canada.

When Gleed first arrived in 1974, Lakefield was still an all-boys academy, with approximately 250 students. Then in his early 40s, the veteran priest had already worked as a chaplain for other institutions: Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont., the Anglican Young People’s Association, and the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets Corps Vanguard. He’d also been assigned to numerous parishes in his home city of Toronto, including St. James Cathedral downtown. In 1960, the Toronto Star interviewed him for an article about new priests. “I have a photograph taken at the age of two with a Bible,” Gleed told the reporter. “Ever since I can remember I have wished to become a minister.”

A prominent figure on campus, Gleed led chapel service every morning and acted as a residence supervisor. Funny and charismatic, he was well-liked by faculty and students; in one yearbook photo from the 1970s, Father Keith is seen walking down a hallway, surrounded by smiling boys patting his back and shoulders. As Gleed himself would later write of his six years at Lakefield: “Nowhere else have I found such a warm, relaxed, friendly, uncluttered milieu. It nurtures the whole person well!”

Father Keith was beginning his fourth year at Lakefield when Gregory enrolled in September 1977. He was in Grade 9, and eager for the opportunity. “I was excited,” says Gregory, who agreed to speak to Maclean’s via email. “I started at Lakefield with hopes about academic success, developing friendships, and being part of a community. The school’s emphasis on educating the whole person fit for me.”

As happy as he was in his new surroundings, Gregory’s home life was in tatters. His parents separated after he left for high school, and when his dad drove him back to campus at the end of Christmas holidays, his father specifically asked Father Keith to keep a close eye on his son, given their family troubles. Gleed agreed—and throughout that winter, 1978, the chaplain invited Gregory to his private residence nearly every day after classes.

Gregory’s statement of claim describes, in agonizing detail, what happened next.

“During these visits, Greg was alone with Father Keith,” the document reads. “Father Keith gave Greg alcohol (sherry) to drink and sat with Greg on the couch in his living room. Father Keith hugged and embraced Greg, touched and stroked Greg’s head, kissed Greg, and pulled Greg’s head against his chest. While doing these things, Father Keith spoke to Greg in a soothing and reassuring manner, but offered Greg little support with respect to his family problems. While Father Keith was hugging Greg, he also patted and squeezed Greg’s upper and inner thighs. Greg was uncomfortable and felt confused, uneasy and trapped during these encounters.”

During one visit—which would prove to be his last—Gregory woke up on the floor, disoriented. “Father Keith was on his back and Greg was lying across him, face down,” the lawsuit says. “Greg’s head was on Father Keith’s chest and Father Keith was holding Greg in an embrace. Father Keith asked Greg if he could hear his (Father Keith’s) heart beating.” The boy immediately jumped up, insisting he had to leave for supper.

“As Greg walked back to his residence building, Greg could feel that his clothes were no longer on properly,” his statement of claim continues. “His underwear were pulled up tight and twisted and his trousers were askew. His anus was uncomfortable and he knew Father Keith had penetrated him. He felt dirty and that he had been drawn into doing something shameful. When he returned to his residence, he went straight to [the] shower and stood there, frozen, for a long time.”

In that moment, Gregory’s entire life was altered. Though he managed to graduate from Lakefield in 1982, he grew increasingly introverted and despondent during his remaining years on campus, turning to alcohol to numb the anguish. By Grade 13, he was drinking constantly—a coping mechanism he would cling to in the decades to come. Rarely has a day passed without Gregory wrestling with suicidal thoughts.

“Being abused by Father Keith fundamentally changed who I am,” he says. “When I was young, I believed I could make a difference in the world and that I had an obligation to do so. Those dreams gradually disappeared over the years. Since the abuse, I have felt there was something intrinsically wrong with me. I have felt ashamed. I thought that I’d be blamed and no one would believe me.”

For more than 30 years, he told no one. “I knew my pain was there, but it was too large, too all-consuming and too all-defining to confront,” Gregory says. “It was safer for me to avoid the pain by accepting myself as being a failure, as always screwing up.”

Father Keith left Lakefield in June 1980, going on to serve at different Anglican parishes in the greater Toronto area. By 1985, he was once again working as a chaplain, this time at the University of Waterloo’s Renison College. “I’m having a ball,” he told the campus newspaper. “It’s the excitement of living in a community of students, the neat little things that happen.” Two years later, Gleed took a job at St. John’s College at the University of Manitoba.

He remained on the move over the next 15 years, transferring in and out of parishes in Willowdale, Mississauga and Oakville. He also kept in touch with Andrew, and when the Prince married the Duchess of York in July 1986, Gleed was among the Lakefield contingent that travelled to Westminster Abbey for the wedding. (To this day, Andrew remains close with a core group of fellow Lakefield “old boys.” Five times, he has joined former classmates for a reunion canoe trip in the Northwest Territories.)

Father Keith passed away on Feb. 3, 2001, two weeks before his 69th birthday. At his funeral, one nurse recalled how the dying priest appeared to be at complete peace—“almost joyfully ready for his next journey.” Gleed’s death notice appeared in both The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, highlighting “his joyous faith, his wonderful smile and his infectious laugh.”

By 2010—more than 30 years after he was sexually assaulted inside the chaplain’s private residence—Gregory decided the time had finally come to confront his abuser. He emailed the Niagara Diocese in the hopes of tracking down Father Keith, only to be told he had died nine years earlier. When a subsequent internet search turned up a news article about Andrew and the baptismal font, Gregory was devastated. “This reinforced ideas in me that no one would believe me, that I was insignificant, and that the abuse of me would not matter,” he says.

A year later, Gregory briefly separated from his wife. During counselling sessions aimed at repairing their relationship, he says he delved deeper into the abuse he experienced—and the pain of discovering that his alma mater had paid tribute to his tormentor. By August 2013, Gregory worked up the strength to start crafting a letter to Struan Robertson, then the head of school. Another year (and multiple revisions) later, he sent it, determined to have Gleed’s font removed from the chapel.

“I am a Grove Old Boy,” his letter began.

“Father Keith’s abuse is allowed to continue with each child that is baptized,” Gregory wrote. “I am certain there are other Old Boys in my position, who also find the commemoration of an abusive, manipulative pedophile contrary to the ideals of the Grove. I recognize that other Old Boys may have had a different experience of Father Keith. Despite this, Father Keith’s true nature sullies any positive experiences or benefit others may have derived.”

After removing the font, Lakefield sent a letter of its own to parents of alumni—“to share some important information regarding our past.” Dated Oct. 20, 2014, the letter laid out the basics of Gregory’s disclosure (without naming him) and encouraged anyone with information about Gleed to contact Lakefield’s third-party investigators: John Callaghan, a senior partner at Gowling WLG; Patrick LeSage, former chief justice of the Ontario Superior Court; and retired Toronto police detective Thomas Klatt, then a managing director of the private-investigations firm MKD International.

Signed by Nick Lewis, then the chair of Lakefield’s board of directors, the letter also contained a further revelation: that another former student had advised Lakefield in 2010—four years earlier—of a separate allegation involving the chaplain. But because that incident occurred after Gleed and the student had left LCS, and because the alumnus was adamant he did not want Lakefield to conduct a comprehensive investigation, the school honoured his wishes. “In light of the recently received allegation, however, it is clear to us that we must now take further action,” Lewis wrote. “These allegations are disturbing and heartbreaking, and we are taking them very seriously.”

Among those who received the school’s letter in the mail was Edward’s elderly mother. When she showed it to her adult son, he broke down—then proceeded to disclose, for the first time, what Father Keith did to him as a Grade 6 student in the mid 1970s.

“After lights were turned out in the junior residence, Father Keith frequently sat on the side of Eddy’s bed, spoke reassuring words to Eddy and rubbed Eddy’s body, including his neck and back,” reads his statement of claim. “Initially, he did so over Eddy’s bed covers and then, after Eddy became accustomed to this routine and the physical contact, he moved his hands under Eddy’s covers and below Eddy’s waist.”

On weekends, when fewer students slept in the residence, Gleed’s groping grew more intrusive. “Under Eddy’s covers, Father Keith stroked and fondled Eddy’s bottom, anus, inner thighs and scrotum, both over and under Eddy’s pyjama pants,” his lawsuit continues. “While touching Eddy in these ways, Father Keith spoke softly, encouraging Eddy to fall asleep. As his bed was against a wall, Eddy felt trapped and unable to escape from Father Keith’s unwanted touching.”

When Edward moved to a different house in Grade 7, the abuse stopped. One day, however, Gleed invited the boy to his private residence, supposedly to discuss Eddy’s behaviour problems. “When Eddy arrived, Father Keith was dressed only in a short bathrobe,” the claim reads. “When Father Keith sat down on his couch, his bare genitals were exposed. It was only when Eddy responded with unease that Father Keith made light of his exposure and covered himself with a pillow. Father Keith invited Eddy to come back and see him, and said he would answer any questions Eddy had about sexual matters. Eddy did not return to Father Keith’s residence.”

By Grade 8, Edward says he was so damaged by Gleed’s earlier molestations that he transformed into a different kid. He became withdrawn, confused, irritable and racked with self-doubt; he also began to smoke, steal and bully fellow students. His misbehaviour reached a boiling point near the end of 1977, when he and his mother were summoned to a meeting with Lakefield officials—including Gleed.

“Eddy was told he had to leave the school,” his statement of claim says. “The experience of being expelled in this way, with Father Keith sitting in judgment of him and without Eddy ever feeling able to speak about Father Keith’s abuse and betrayal of his trust, was devastating to Eddy.”


Gregory launched his lawsuit more than a year ago, in September 2016. Edward’s was filed in March. “My clients are determined to get justice and accountability, and will not be deterred by the prospect of a long court battle,” says Elizabeth Grace, their Toronto lawyer. “However, they are hopeful Lakefield will do the right thing by resolving their cases sooner than later.”

Grace credits the academy for agreeing to pay for counselling—and allowing Gregory and Edward to choose their therapists. “Otherwise, Lakefield has acted like any other defendant in these circumstances,” she continues. “The school is trying to defend itself against serious allegations of sexual abuse of its students by what appears to have been a prolific abuser, and so far it is requiring my clients to go through the rigours of a court process that can often be re-traumatizing.”

For its part, Lakefield says it responded to the revelations about Gleed in a manner “guided by the school’s values, its responsibility to the school community, as well as to the alumni who came forward.” That included communicating “openly and broadly” with all LCS stakeholders while the third-party investigation unfolded. (As Lewis, the board chair, wrote in one edition of Lakefield’s newsletter: “Never has there been a more significant demand on the board’s time than with this issue.”)

Father Keith Gleed (center), as seen in the 1979 Lakefield yearbook.

Lakefield also conducted an in-depth review of its policies and procedures, concluding that although they “were consistent with best practices,” there was room for improvement. Says the school: “LCS strengthened its procedures for reporting abuse and amended its policies relating to sexual misconduct, sexual harassment and sexual assault.”

For Gleed’s victims, that is hardly much comfort. The school’s present-day guidelines, no matter how robust, can never erase the damage done. “The expectation was that Eddy was going to be given an exemplary education,” says Edward’s older sister, Kathryn. “The minimum was that he would be safe—and he wasn’t safe. They had in their care an innocent little boy and they didn’t take care of him.”

“His childhood was stolen from him,” she continues. “If this had happened to me, I don’t know that I would have had the courage that Eddy has had to try and live a normal life.”

Like Edward, Gregory has endured so much misery over the years, from depression to anxiety to a paralyzing fear of crowds. He even struggled with bulimia. “I can’t experience joy or happiness,” Gregory says. “I distrust everyone.” Father Keith robbed him of something else, too: a sense of connection to his prestigious alma mater. “I lived there for five years, and was supposed to form relationships, both with the school and my peers, that would last a lifetime,” he says. “However, my wish and expectation of being part of the school community became impossible because I carried the secret of Father Keith’s abuse.”

At the very least, Gregory takes some solace in knowing Gleed’s baptismal font was hauled out of the chapel—though he, too, has no idea where it is now.

Prince Andrew revisits Lakefield College School and headmaster Terry Guest.

Prince Andrew revisits Lakefield College School and headmaster Terry Guest (1978)

Two other friends of Father Keith helped Prince Andrew devise the commemorative font. Terry Guest, who was headmaster of LCS when Gleed was chaplain, carved the font’s wooden base, while Lakefield alumnus Al Pace, a prominent Canadian studio potter, created the basin to hold the holy water. Both men’s contributions to the project were publicized in the school newsletter and in local press coverage of Andrew’s 2008 visit.

Now retired, Guest did not return phone messages seeking comment for this article. Pace replied to Maclean’s with a written statement via Profile Communications, the public relations firm working for Lakefield. “I’m extremely disappointed by the situation and my heart goes out to the victims,” Pace said. “I wish that Keith was here to have the opportunity to respond to the allegations against him.”

Now that the baptismal font is gone, Edward’s sister thinks Lakefield should consider commissioning a new memorial. “How about they put up a monument to the boys who were hurt, as opposed to the priest who hurt them?” Kathryn says. “And how about every year, they take the student body down to that place and say: ‘These are the boys who were not protected—and it will not happen again.’ ”

In the end, Grace says it will be up to Lakefield students and parents—former, current and future—to judge how genuinely committed the school is to confronting a dark chapter in its history. “Unfortunately, Lakefield as a boarding school is not the first to face allegations of this nature,” she says. “I have no doubt parents and prospective students will be watching carefully what happens with these cases.”

Gleed, an ordained Anglican priest, was chaplain at LCS from 1974 to 1980. During this time, he abused at least five boys who have since come forward to disclose the history of abuse. He died in 2001, but not before being stripped of his official capacity as an Anglican priest.

According to the Statements of Claim, this came following a sexual assault complaint to the Anglican Church of Canada by a student in 1992.

But it wasn’t until 2014 when LCS launched its own independent investigation into the allegations against Gleed. In 2015, Greg claims he received a letter from LCS advising him five people, including himself, had come forward. They each told their story of the abuse they endured by Gleed and another teacher who had preceded Gleed’s time at the school.

Investigators concluded Gleed and the teacher “violated the trust and authority of their positions and inflicted harm on innocent students by engaging in sexual misconduct.”

Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, left Gordonstoun before completing his secondary school, and graduated from Lakefield in 1978. The Canadian boarding school is popular with royals, and also counts King Felipe VI of Spain as a former student.

The Duke of York (Andrew)

Together with the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke of York is the most involved of the minor members of the Royal Family in Canada and makes homecomings here on a frequent basis, sometimes twice or more in a given year. One reason for his interest lies in the fact that he spent a half-year as a student at a Canadian boarding school, Lakefield College, near Peterborough, Ontario, from January to June 1977. This experience provided Andrew a network of Canadian friends and a broad knowledge of Canada, extended during frequent holiday trips here which have included several challenging canoe expeditions in the wilderness.

A good many of the Duke’s 25 homecomings to Canada have hinged on his role as a trustee of Lakefield College (and patron of the College’s Friends), and from his interest in education generally, although they have also included engagements on behalf of organizations as diverse as the Empire Club of Toronto, the Monarchist League of Canada and the BC Children’s Hospital.



Born: February 14, 1932Died: February 3, 2001




Prince Andrew – After completing his O Levels, HRH spent two terms in 1977 at Lakefield College School in Ontario, Canada, on a Round Square Exchange Programme.

Round Square owes much to the heritage of Kurt Hahn, who founded two of our original member schools, Schule Schloss Salem in Germany, with Prince Max of Baden, and Gordonstoun in Scotland.

Round Square Board

Richard McDonald

Richard McDonald has played an active role within Round Square since 1994, when he took up post as Head Master of Aiglon College, Switzerland, a founding school. He served on the Round Square Board of Directors between 1996-2000. After a number of years as a Director at Collège Alpin Beau Soleil in Switzerland, recently admitted to Round Square membership, he returned as Head Master of Aiglon College in 2009. He currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Swiss Group of International Schools (SGIS), of which he was Chair 2006-10. He regularly serves as an accreditation team chair for the Council of International Schools (CIS).

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Eugenie ended up going to St George’s school because her parents’ first choice was a school, Aiglon, with a paedophile scandal…involving the head, Richard McDonald,who’s a friend of Prince Andrew.

That friend and head, Richard McDonald,

also taught as Christ’s Hospital School…and attended Gordonstoun at the same time as Prince Andrew

Rev Keith Gleed served at St. James’ as a boy chorister, a server, and an assistant priest


[The Fall 1989 TBI Newsletter, came from the collection of TBI Alumnus, Rick Moore]

Father Keith Gleed associate chaplain Renison College


The Scarborough Sea Cadets honored guests with with a sunset ceremony.  Speeches were included – from Honorable Lincoln Alexander, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario who unveiled a plaque honouring the Founders, from Honourary Chairman Paul Phelan, from Francis MacLachlan – he designed the boats of course and  Maurice Smith -he was our first Captain.  Among lots of other TBI friends in attendence there was also in attendence Garf and Mary Lorriman with five of their six sons, Alan Hazell and Padre Keith Gleed.

Trinity College School 1961

Gleed, the Rev. K. W. (1962, Chaplain)

Upper Canada College looks to alumni for information on accused former teacher Peter Dalglish

2 May 2018

In response to allegations of improper sexual conduct involving a former teacher, Upper Canada College is asking its alumni to come forward with any information about his behaviour while at the school.

Peter Dalglish, a prominent humanitarian worker who taught at the prestigious Toronto boys school from 1998 to 2002, was arrested in Nepal last month on suspicion of sexual offences involving children. He is currently being held in a Nepalese jail. Mr. Dalglish, who spoke to The Globe and Mail from his jail cell last month, said he is innocent and denied the allegations.

In a letter to alumni sent on Tuesday, UCC principal Sam McKinney and board of governors chair Russell Higgins said the arrest of the former teacher is deeply concerning.

“We are reaching out to members of the UCC community to inform them of the allegations against Mr. Dalglish in Nepal and to ask them to come forward should they have any knowledge of inappropriate behaviour by Mr. Dalglish during his time at UCC,” the letter states.

Mr. Dalglish has had no involvement with the school since his departure in 2002, according to UCC. He was a full-time member of faculty between 1998 and 2000, and worked on a part-time basis from 2000 to 2002, primarily in a consulting capacity, UCC said.

“Should any information come forward regarding inappropriate behaviour, UCC will, as we have in the past, undertake a thorough investigation into those allegations,” the school said in a statement.

Mr. Dalglish is a well-known humanitarian worker who co-founded Street Kids International and has worked in trouble spots across the globe, from Central America to Afghanistan and Africa. In 2016, he was named to the Order of Canada for having devoted his life to helping children escape poverty. He attended UCC as a teenager before attending Stanford University and Dalhousie Law School.

In recent years, he worked for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan and then in Liberia in response to the Ebola crisis. He has also been a frequent speaker at international schools around the world and was a board member at the United World College Thailand, which suspended his position after his arrest.

In the letter to alumni, UCC emphasized its commitment to providing a safe and secure learning environment. It referred to a number of policies put in place roughly 15 years ago when the school was responding to other allegations of improper sexual conduct brought against former UCC faculty members. Douglas Brown, a former teacher and dorm master, was convicted in 2004 of nine counts of indecent assault involving students who attended the school in the mid- to late 1970s.

UCC said that the policy changes put in place at the time were reviewed by external advisers in 2017 and continue to be updated.

“UCC has robust policies and protocols in place to ensure the safety of our students. We are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for everyone in our community,” the school said in a statement.

Mr. Dalglish was scheduled to appear at an initial court hearing in Nepal on Wednesday afternoon, but the hearing was delayed for lack of a translator. Mr. Dalglish and his lawyer both declined comment. Court officials refused a request to release documents containing details of the allegations against Mr. Dalglish.

Mr. Dalglish was arrested in a house where two children were present. According to Nepalese police, they have spoken to three alleged victims.

In Ottawa, meanwhile, the Governor-General’s office said it is examining Mr. Dalglish’s status as a member of the Order of Canada, which he received in 2016 for “his efforts to alleviate child poverty worldwide.”

The “Chancellery of Honours is staying informed on the Peter Dalglish matter and will bring it to the attention of the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada, who is responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Governor-General on all matters related to the Order of Canada,” spokeswoman Josephine Laframboise said.

“The Constitution of the Order of Canada provides clear parameters for termination of an individual’s appointment,” she said.

Trails was co-created by the epitome of philanthropy, Jim Hayhurst Sr. He partnered with Peter Dalglish (Street Kids International and first Canadian recipient of the Peter F. Drucker Award for non-profit innovation)

Trails Youth Initiatives Info

Trails Youth Initiatives is a registered charity created in 1992 by Peter Dalglish and Jim Hayhurst Sr., two men of like minds with a mission to equip vulnerable youth to become contributing members of their communities.

The Trails programme was developed in response to the need for a new way of looking at the issues that face young people growing up in the city – issues like substance abuse, discrimination, sexuality, violence and hopelessness.

Jim’s experience as majority shareholder in Hayhurst Advertising (one of the three largest agencies in Canada), Creator and Founder of The Right Mountain and The Hayhurst Career Centre, Chairman of Outward Bound Canada, international best-selling author and inspirational speaker (his book The Right Mountain is in seven languages), demonstrate his creative and leadership credentials. His commitment to children, as a volunteer teacher in Harlem New York, as a camp counsellor and his day-to-day involvement at Trails for the past 25 years, ensure that Trails is in good hands.


Brand man, Procter & Gamble, Toronto, 1963-1966;executive vice president, Procter & Gamble, Toronto, 1975-1982;president, Hedwyn Communications Inc., Toronto, 1983-1986;chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Compton Hayhurst, Toronto, 1983-1986;owner, Wyldwyn Holdings Ltd., Toronto, since 1986;president, The Hayhurst Career Center, Toronto, since 1988;president, The Right Mountain Crew, since 1994.

Hayhurst Advertising (bought by Saatchi & Saatchi)

SECRET FILES REVEALED: Children abused by Southend paedophile ring were transported to Basildon, Havering and Tower Hamlets – and claimed their abusers included police officers

CHILDREN abused by a Southend paedophile ring in the 1980s were also transported to addresses in Basildon, Havering and Tower Hamlets, according to documents seen by the Yellow Advertiser.

The papers detail evidence given to an investigator by a whistleblowing ex-social worker in 2000.

The whistleblower claimed children’s services in Southend had been ’in chaos’ when the ring was investigated and professionals struggled to get authorities to take the allegations seriously.

Several local charities tasked with providing therapy to the boys abused by the ring started receiving disclosures about men who had abused them, the documents said.

The charities pooled resources to ’collate information on paedophiles, given by the children to those working directly with them’.

Soon, the files said, ’information was coming out about people working in the statutory agencies’ – including social workers and police officers.

But the authorities did not support the charities and failed to follow up on their information, the source claimed.

The whistleblower told the investigator they then received ’threats’ – although they did not say where from – ’that if [their charity] did not shut up about child sex abuse, its grant would be removed’.

The claims are contained in correspondence and minutes documenting the whistleblower’s evidence to Helen Kenward, a child protection specialist hired by Essex Council in the late 1990s to investigate historic abuse allegations linked to County Hall.

The claims are corroborated by contemporaneous documents, written by representatives of the charities involved and seen by the YA.

In March, Essex Council confirmed the existence of the ’Kenward Report’ after the YA learned it had been shared with police investigating the 1980s ’Shoebury Sex Ring’.

Two men were prosecuted and described in court as the ’leaders’ of the Shoebury ring in 1990, but in recent years a YA campaign has forced police to reopen the case, after whistleblowers questioned why none of the other alleged abusers identified by the victims were brought to justice.

Documents reveal the Shoebury whistleblower told Kenward they had formed the opinion that children’s services in Southend were ’in chaos’.

The informant was a former Essex Council social worker but at the time of the Shoebury investigation, in 1989, worked for a charity commissioned by the council to counsel child victims.

A record of their evidence to Kenward stated: “The social workers were demoralised and there were staff employed in Southend who otherwise would probably not have got a job in other areas, due to the difficulty in recruiting staff. There was a high level of anxiety about child sex abuse not being investigated.”

The source told Kenward that during the investigation, their charity received ’lots of’ phone calls with tip-offs about alleged abuse, some connected to the ring and others not.

Many of the calls came from schools and one came from a magistrate, who “alleged that her daughter had been sexually assaulted in the park by a police officer and other police officers had not investigated.”

Kenward’s source is amongst numerous former child protection workers who have spoken to Essex Police as part of its reinvestigation of the Shoebury ring.

Essex Council has refused to release the Kenward Report, claiming there is ’no public interest’ in doing so, and has also refused to answer basic questions about its contents.,%20Havering%20and%20Tower%20Hamlets%20-%20and%20claimed%20their%20abusers%20included%20police%20officers&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2018

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Historic abuse at Sherborne Prep: Council silent over findings of report

Report found shocking conditions at school five years before headteacher was disgraced and ousted

3 MAY 2018

A council has refused to comment in detail on a 25-year-old report that revealed concerns raised by boarding pupils at a school five years before its head was ousted as a “fixated paedophile”.

A report released from Dorset County Council’s archives documented deeply troubling behaviour by the now disgraced head of Sherborne Preparatory School, Robin Lindsay.

These included accusations that he had interfered with male boarding students and dismissed an allegation of abuse made by one pupil as a dream.

Lindsay’s behaviour in the decades before he was forced to leave the school in 1998 has been investigated in recent months after survivors of abuse came forward to Somerset Live and ITV.

Following a Freedom of Information request by this website, Dorset County Council has released the report of an inspection carried out by its social services department in 1993 .

Dorset County Council said it would co-operate with any inquiry into how Lindsay was able to get away with his actions for so long.

But it declined to answer questions about why the second report has gone missing and why Lindsay was able to continue in his role as headmaster at the school given the extraordinary allegations against him.

The questions Dorset County Council refused to answer

We invited Rebecca Knox, leader of Dorset County Council, to say if she believed the council had done enough to help and protect the children who were at Sherborne Preparatory School during Lindsay’s reign.

She did not respond to us directly but the council’s press office did get in touch, to offer a no-comment statement.

Here’s the questions they refused to respond to:

  • How do you feel about Dorset County Council’s role in what is said to have happened in the school?
  • Can you explain why the second report has gone missing or been destroyed?
  • Why was Lindsay was able to continue in his role as headmaster at the school given the extraordinary allegations against him in the ’93 report?
  • Why didn’t social services not go back into the school to find out if there had been any progress on the recommendations in the report?
  • Do you support calls for an inquiry into the case, as made by Sherborne’s MP and former pupils at the school?

Instead, the council released a short statement which read: “We take allegations of abuse very seriously and would always urge victims to come forward and report it.

“We are not able to comment any further on the matter. However, if an inquiry is called we would fully co-operate if asked to take part.”

Former teacher jailed for lewd acts at Gordonstoun School

1 May 2018Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir

A former teacher at a leading Scottish boarding school has been jailed for a year for lewd acts involving pupils at swimming sessions.

Andrew Keir was convicted of charges involving three boys at Gordonstoun, near Elgin, between 1988 and 1991.

He was found guilty at Elgin Sheriff Court of removing his trunks and exposing himself.

Keir, 67, now of Tarporley, Cheshire, was also convicted of indecent assault and breach of the peace.

In a statement, the school said it was “profoundly saddened” by the case.

“The offences, from 1988 and 1991, for which Andrew Keir has been convicted, are distressing for all involved and we admire the courage of those who came forward to seek justice,” it said.

“During the trial it became clear that the school’s response at the time of the offences was not as robust and rigorous as it would be now, and we are very sorry for this.

“Today, Gordonstoun has a rigorous approach to child protection.”

The school has been attended by members of the Royal Family, including Prince Charles and his father, the Duke of Edinburgh.

During evidence, two of the boys said they had taken concerns about Keir’s behaviour to the school chaplain shortly after the swimming pool incident. However, no further action was ever taken.


Well I never, turns out it was Harvey Proctor who launched John Bercow’s political career... (funnily enough, Keith Vaz is mentioned on the next page)

John Bercow faces further claims of bullying

Speaker of the House denies the fresh allegations made by a former private secretary

House of Commons speaker John Bercow faces fresh bullying allegations after a former private secretary claimed that he was subject to angry outbursts and obscene language when he worked for him.

Angus Sinclair said that Bercow had shouted at him, undermined him in front of other staff, swore and attempted to physically intimidate him, with a mobile phone smashed on the desk in front of him on one occasion.

The former senior official told BBC Newsnight he was paid £86,250 in 2010, after working for Bercow for one year, as part of a deal that required him to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the alleged behaviour.

Sinclair, who spoke earlier this year about a culture of covering up bullying in the House of Commons, has now breached the terms of his agreement. “I thought to myself, it’s in the public interest to know why I left, yes, it breaks that non-disclosure agreement, but it’s the truth,” he said. “There was bullying.”

Bercow has denied the claim. A spokesman for his office said: “Mr Speaker strenuously denies that there is any substance to any of these allegations. He has a superb team of dedicated, effective and long-serving staff – five of whom have worked for him very happily for a combined total of over 40 years.”

However, the latest allegation could prove damaging for Bercow as it comes at a time when the Commons is trying to get to grips with bullying and harassment on its estate.

An independent inquiry into the bullying of House staff is under way and will report back in July. In a speech last week, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom said: “There can be no hiding places, or cover-ups, for anyone abusing their power.”

Earlier this year, she published a report on plans to toughen up protections for staff. Complaints would spark a confidential inquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, with a tougher range of sanctions for those found to have behaved inappropriately.

The Guardian understands that almost 1,500 parliamentary staff will be brought under the umbrella of Westminster’s new official complaints system for harassment and bullying for the first time this summer.

Sinclair, who joined the House of Commons in 2005 as private secretary to fomer speaker Michael Martin, said that he was given compulsory early retirement after around a year of working for Bercow, who became speaker in 2009.

A letter from the Director General of Resources made clear that the payment, part of his severance package, was explicitly dependent on his signing a non-disclosure agreement that would bar him from speaking to the media or raising a complaint. The £86,250 lump sum – more than a year’s pay – was unusual for a retiring staff member.

He told the BBC: “I can only think it was because of the detail of what had happened, you know, the bullying and the manner of my leaving … What I’d done was sign a cover-up and in a cynical way, I’d been paid to do it, and that’s not a good feeling.”

It follows claims that House managers were informed in 2011 that Kate Emms, Sinclair’s successor in the role, had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after less than a year of working for Bercow. He has denied the claims.

Sinclair told the programme that the speaker was prone to “over the top” anger: “The Speaker responded in a way that I can only say is a form of bullying. And that is to show anger … I’m not sure he was completely in control of it. The arms would wave around.”

He detailed one outburst: “There was a tirade of how I’d let him down and it was the worst thing… There was a lot of bad language and suddenly his mobile phone, which he’d been holding, was flung on the desk in front of me and broke into a lot of bits.”

Chris Stacey‏ @chrisstacey1

Let’s not forget John Bercow’s best man, Julian Lewis MP. Needs to remove reference to Gordon Anglesea from his website or qualify fact that Anglesea is convicted paedophile


Bercow refuses to release Vaz information

Under the Freedom of Information Act I applied to the House of Commons, for the letter, redacted if necessary, that Andrew Bridgen MP sent to speaker John Bercow [1]

The letter applied for is thought to have been sent to warn the House of Commons of possible vile criminal activities involving Keith Vaz and that they were being investigated by the police.

These allegations and the conflict of interest by Vaz (being investigated for criminal activities whilst on a powerful Justice Committee) it seems were not passed on by Bercow to anyone. This enabled Vaz, having resigned, from the Home Office Public Affairs Committee to swiftly join the Justice Committee. (To be clear, this is fact not irony).

The person who eventually refused to provide that information under the FOI Act, was none other than …….John Bercow!

The circling of the waggons or the arrogance of power?

What Do They Know?  FOI Request answer Bercow Certificate [1a]

1 May 2018

Henry Zeffman‏Verified account @hzeffman

Commons standards watchdog Kathryn Stone is referring Keith Vaz back to the police, The Times has learnt

Met Police previously investigated Vaz but took no further action in 2016. Standards investigation into Vaz had been suspended due to ill health but understand Stone decided to refer him back to the police soon after it resumed in March. Full story @thetimes tomorrow

Cardinal George Pell pleads not guilty to historical sexual offence charges after being committed to stand trial

1 May 2018


 Cardinal George Pell has been committed to stand trial on multiple historical sexual offences 

Cardinal Pell will face a directions hearing in the County Court tomorrow morning, when it is expected a date will be set for a trial before a jury.

Rusbridger’s Ghost‏ @JamesRusbridger:

Across THREE countries

TWO continents

More than a DOZEN individuals Among them

Hotel staff


Retired youth workers


And child survivors…

All SECRETLY WORKING TOGETHER in a CONSPIRACY To portray me as a sadist, predator and abuser!


has been on a trip to Tunisia, staying at a hotel in Monastir with a friend and researching Third World boys. “Bearing cigarettes, Harvey and friend spent much time in their company, even bringing them to the hotel” Private Eye, Sept 1987

“The goes back to the hotel where 29 years ago Harvey Proctor was found with an under age boy in his hotel room” “This is the room where Proctor was found with the under age boy” “The picture was taken with the permission of the hotel.” 6 Mar 2015

Lord Greville Janner’s son ready to prosecute sex accuser ‘Nick’

April 29 2018

Daniel Janner, a QC and the son of the late Lord Janner, said he would begin the legal process if the CPS decided not to charge the man, known only as “Nick”.

Met Police Believe ‘Credible’ Claims of Murders by ‘VIP’ Paedophile Ring



Police are investigating three alleged murders as part of an inquiry into historical child abuse in Westminster after a “credible” witness told police about his horrific abuse at the hands of a Conservative politician.

Detective superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is in charge of the investigations – which centre around reports of a paedophile ring involving prominent figures in the 1970s and 1980s – has described the man’s allegations as “true”, and said that the victim had been abused from 1975 to 1984, from the age of seven to 16.

The victim, who calls himself Nick, has claimed that three young boys were murdered by members of the so-called VIP paedophile ring in the 1970s and 1980s. One, he says, was killed during a perverse sexual act by a Conservative politician, and another was deliberately run down by a car.

They and I believe what Nick is saying to be credible and true hence why we are investigating the allegations he has made to us,” McDonald said today.


Met police ‘lost’ two interviews with Nick about Edward Heath


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Charles Howeson with Prince Philip

Daniel Janner recently lost his case defending Charles Howeson


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Renewed calls for Labour MP’s resignation amid fresh allegations of misconduct

Records show Keith Vaz accepted VIP tickets to Leicester City Premiere League football matches during the time he was meant to be too ‘ill’ to participate in other ethics probe

25th April 2018

SHAMED Labour MP Keith Vaz faced fresh calls to quit last night after it emerged he attended a string of Premier League football matches despite being deemed too “ill” for his rent boys probe.

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog suspended the investigation into allegations he paid for rent boys due to his illness in December.


But despite the three-month pause Mr Vaz accepted invitations for VIP hospitality at Leicester City football matches.

The Register of MPs’ Financial Interests reveals he accepted £330 worth of hospitality on February 24 and March 18.

The latter match was three days before Parliament’s Standards Commissioner reopened her inquiry into Mr Vaz.

Mr Vaz has also travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia during the suspended investigation.

Mr Vaz issued a grovelling public apology to his wife and children in 2016 after it emerged he had paid two male escorts for their services.

A newspaper sting revealed Keith Vaz tried to hide his real identity by telling them he was a washing machine salesman called Jim.

The escorts claimed he asked them to bring poppers and offered to reimburse a third man for buying cocaine.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen said the latest revelations of Mr Vaz’s activities during his suspended investigation was proof he’s no longer fit to be an MP.

He said: “As we can see from his register of interest Vaz wasn’t too ill to accept hospitality at LCFC. This shows that the Standards Commissioner was right to kick off the investigation into his rent boys and cocaine incident again.

“I have long been of the belief that Keith Vaz is not a fit and proper person to serve in the House of Commons and he should resign immediately.”

The outgoing Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson suspended the probe days before Christmas “on the basis of a medical assessment”.

Her successor Kathryn Stone reopened it after a fresh medical assessment last month

Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

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Cambridge Analytica spokesperson Clarence Mitchell speaks during a press conference in London

Says Company  “is no Bond villain” and has not brainwashed anyone

2008 McCanns’ spokesman to join Freud Communications

The McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell is joining Freud Communications as a consultant.

…prior to becoming spokesman for the McCanns, Clarence Mitchell had been working under Tony Blair as Director of the Government’s Media Monitoring Unit, which by his own admission controls what comes out in the media.


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Before that of course he’d been a BBC reporter, working on many prominent cases, such as Fred and Rosemary West, the Death of Diana and the Murder of Jill Dando, the latter 2 whilst he was a Royal Correspondent. [5]

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Dando and Cliff Richard. Sir Cliff Richard  was interviewed by police after Jill Dando’s murder

Clarence Mitchell was one of the first reporters to arrive at Gowan Avenue, Fulham in south west London, when the immensely popular BBC TV presenter Jill Dando was shot dead in a murder many feel has never been satisfactorily explained.


Freudian slip?

In an article published on 14 June 2016, Craig Murray described how commenters on his blog had directly caused the exposure of the late Clement Freud as a paedophile.[3] Murray wrote:

“It then all went quiet for a year before ITV contacted me this morning to tell me the story was running.
“It is hard to know what to make of Freud owning a holiday villa close to where Madeleine McCann disappeared. Clement was apparently not in Portugal at the time. When you add in the fact that the McCanns’ sleazy ‘spokesman’, Clarence Mitchell, works for Freud’s son Matthew, the coincidences do add up.[4]

Vicount Ian Kerr CGC‏ @IanKerr

Carlos Anjos, Head of the Portuguese police federation on Clarence Mitchell. ‘He is a liar and a Machiavellian’ ‘He lies with as many teeth as he has in his mouth, finally we know what side truth is on’

The vetting files: How the BBC kept out ‘subversives’

22 April 2018

For decades the BBC denied that job applicants were subject to political vetting by MI5. But in fact vetting began in the early days of the BBC and continued until the 1990s. Paul Reynolds, the first journalist to see all the BBC’s vetting files, tells the story of the long relationship between the corporation and the Security Service.

The Security Service managed to square its activities with its directive and the BBC removed 528 staff from the vetting system. Among these were 81 staff in the Make-up and Wardrobe Department, 20 in the Gramophone Department and 21 in the Library. Sixteen staff in Religious Broadcasting were also excluded, though the BBC could still request vetting for any individual there.

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Foreword by Colin Semper

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Colin Semper is a retired Anglican priest who was the Head of BBC Religious Department for 13 years from

“I worked with him on one of his radio programmes for four years and I wish I could have had one of our devlaued pounds for every time someone said – ‘What’s he really like, that Jimmy Savile?” I never knew how to reply, still don’t. Sometimes I listed his qualities – shrewd, Yorkshire canny, highly intelligent, tremendously generous with his time, marvellous at seeing people’s difficulties with a straight eye, warm but difficult to know well, funny and so on.”

Jimmy Savile abuse report: Who were the BBC staff who kept their mouths shut about star?

The near-800 page report says 72 people were abused by Savile in relation to his work at the BBC, including 19 at Top Of The Pops and 17 in connection with Jim’ll Fix It. Savile raped eight victims – two of whom were male – and indecent assaulted 47 on victims.

Who kept their mouths shut?

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Canon Colin Semper – who was at the time known as Reverend Colin Semper – was producer of Speakeasy and helped Savile write God’ll fix It, which was published in 1979. Smith’s report said while Semper never saw Savile have illegal sex, he thought he might have had sex with underage girls but failed to report up.

The Very Reverend Colin Semper worked with the presenter on Speakeasy, a BBC radio discussion programme for teenagers which ran in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

“I didn’t actually see it. It probably did happen. So what was said (by Dame Janet) is probably the absolute truth.”

Canon Semper admitted that even though he had suspicions “he didn’t tell anybody of authority” and “perhaps he should have done”.

The report states: “I accept that Canon Semper did not ‘know’ that Savile had sex with under-age girls in the sense of ever seeing it happen, but he clearly did ‘think’ that Savile had casual sex with a lot of girls, some of whom might have been under age.


Canon Semper was one of three people who were named by Dame Janet Smith in a new report where she said they should have spoken up.

The report into sexual abuse by Savile says there was “no evidence” any senior member of the BBC was aware of his behaviour.


Colin Semper, the renowned and silver tongued former broadcaster and raconteur

Colin Semper at 12:22

Colin Semper, David Astor (friend of child murderer Myra Hindley) and Richmond Fellowship charity (1992)

The Neary affair. Whatever the other rights and wrongs of the business, one fact that can no longer be disputed is that the Nearys’ financial involvement with the Choir occurred with the knowledge and acquiescence of the man responsible at the time, the former Canon Treasurer Colin Semper,+canon+of+westminster.&source=bl&ots=SpIk2qhb5X&sig=R6NOQWO_yswNZoDr88IMI9mXUgM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjSqODAhc7WAhXCrVQKHeW6CCAQ6AEIRDAF#v=onepage&q&f=false


Shows the collusion …

How Bobby Kennedy intervened in the Jeremy Thorpe case to save Britain from scandal

Robert Kennedy intervened to suppress revelations about Jeremy Thorpe’s sexuality in order to save the British establishment from scandal, according to a previously unseen memo.

Kennedy was US Attorney General in 1963 when the FBI came into possession of a passionate letter from Thorpe to an American man known as “Bruno”.

Thorpe, then a rising star of the Liberal Party, was clearly besotted and wrote: “If I’m ever driven out of public life in Britain for a gay scandal then I shall settle in San Francisco,” the city where the two men had met.

Robert Kennedy suppressed a letter from Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe to his gay lover in San Francisco to ‘avoid scandal for British establishment’

  • Jeremy Thorpe was a Liberal MP who was gay – which was illegal at the time
  • He wrote to his US lover Bruno in 1961 revealing details of their relationship
  • US attorney general Robert Kennedy suppressed letter to save UK from scandal 
  • His decision in 1963 came at the height of the Profumo Affair sex scandal
  • War Secretary John Profumo was having an affair with model Christine Keeler


Robert Kennedy intervened to stop a letter a Liberal MP wrote to his gay lover in San Francisco being made public to save the British establishment from another sex scandal, a secret memo has revealed.

Jeremy Thorpe, an up and coming Liberal MP who later became party leader, wrote a to his American gay lover Bruno in 1961 – when homosexuality was still illegal.

In it he told of his longing to see his lover again,  enclosed a photograph of himself and urged Bruno to write back.

The letter fell into the hands of Robert Kennedy – the US attorney general and brother of the President JFK – in 1963.

At the time Britain was in the grip of the Profumo affair – a sex scandal which was rocking the political establishment.

War Secretary John Profumo was revealed to be having an affair with 19 year-old model Christine Keeler.

Mr Profumo initially denied the claims in a statement to the Commons, but later admitted the truth and resigned – dealing the Macmillan Government a major blow.

Mr Kennedy tried to suppress the letter in a bid to save the nation from another damaging scandal.

An FBI memo, obtained along with the letter by the BBC via a Freedom of Information request, states: ‘The Attorney General said he learned of this letter during a visit to New York last week.

In the letter Jeremy Thorpe wrote of his longing to see his gay lover Bruno again - and urged him to write back

In the letter Jeremy Thorpe wrote of his longing to see his gay lover Bruno again – and urged him to write back

‘The letter makes reference to a possible homosexual relationship between [redacted] and Jeremy Thorpe.

‘The letter was written by Thorpe and bore a return address of the House of Commons, London.

‘The Attorney General stated that he wanted to inform [redacted] of this matter on a personal basis ‘as the British can’t afford another disclosure of this kind’.’

In the letter, which had a return address of the House of Commons,  Mr Thorpe talked of his longing to see his lover again.

He wrote: ‘It was an unkind stroke of fate that we should only have met at the very end of my stay in San Francisco… I don’t know how you feel, but although we only met so briefly, I miss you desperately.’

He said: ‘How I adored San Francisco… the one city where a gay person can let down his defences and feel free and unhunted.’

After offering to use his contacts to help Bruno find a job, he said: ‘Somehow we must meet again, either I must get on to San Francisco on some mission, which the British or American taxpayer will pay for!! – or one summer we must get you to Europe for a really good holiday.’

He asked Bruno to write to him at his home or at the House of Commons, but warned that ‘the latter should be marked personal!’

Mr Thorpe also asked for a photograph of his lover – and enclosed one of himself, explaining: ‘I have a spare passport one which I send along.

‘I’m afraid it’s a bit smudged at the back. But it will remind you of my front!’ He signed off by saying: ‘I can’t tell you how happy I am to have met you.

‘Yours most affectionately, Jeremy.’

Less than 20 years later Mr Thorpe found his political career in tatters after his sexuality was finally revealed in a shocking trial at the Old Bailey.

In 1979 Mr Thorpe was accused of conspiracy to murder his former male lover in what was dubbed ‘the trial of the century’.

Norman Josiffe, also known as Norman Scott, said he and Mr Thorpe had a gay affair in the early 1960s.

Mr Thorpe managed to keep a lid on the claims for about a decade but they exploded into the limelight in  1979 when Mr Scott accused the Liberal MP of conspiring to murder him.

Attempts to frighten Mr Scott or buy his silence had failed and in 1975 his dog was shot in a possible murder attempt.

As the claims were made public Mr Thorpe was forced to quit as Liberal leader and  embroiled in the court case ‘ dubbed the ‘trial of the century’.

Mr Thorpe was acquitted but the scandal left his political reputation in tatters.

The FBI warned Bobby Kennedy a book was coming out revealing his affair with Marilyn Monroe and blaming him for her death

It has long been rumored that Bobby Kennedy — who was married to Ethel Kennedy — had an affair with Monroe after JFK “passed her off to his brother,” as People puts it.

The missive was sent by Jean Kennedy Smith, younger sister of Bobby Kennedy and then President John F. Kennedy, to the Hollywood star.

“Understand that you and Bobby are the new item!” she wrote. “We all think you should come with him when he comes back East!”

Efforts to prove an affair between the two began in the 1960s. At the time Bobby Kennedy, who was married and had 11 children, was his brother’s Attorney General.

Kennedy family members in convicted paedophile, member of the elite, Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

From Thorpe to paedophile MPs to torture, the ruling elite ALWAYS try to cover up their sins.

  • Tom Mangold was first journalist to learn about Jeremy Thorpe conspiracy
  • He believes Special Branch and Scotland Yard were well aware of the truth
  • But they instinctively knew how to cover up a scandal to protect the MP
  • Mr Mangold received calls from other Liberals warning him off the story 
  • He believes the ‘right’ judge was hand-picked for the sensitive Thorpe trial 
  • Mr Mangold was ordered to destroy his evidence or told he would be fired 

I had been on the story for less than two weeks when I got a phone call from Jo Grimond, one of Thorpe’s predecessors as Liberal leader. ‘What you are doing is outrageous!’ he barked down the line. ‘Unless you stop at once, I’ll have you dismissed within hours by the [BBC’s] Director General, who I happen to know extremely well.’

We then received a torrent of threatening calls from another Liberal MP called Cyril Smith — who, ironically, since his death has been exposed as a predatory paedophile and a serial abuser of young boys, whose activities were covered up years later by the Establishment.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

New charity child sex abuse scandal is sparked after UN launches probe into 60-year-old former WHO and Unicef official arrested after ‘being found with two boys at his home in Nepal’

  • Peter Dalglish was allegedly found in the same room as two boys aged 12 and 14
  • The were found together at the former WHO official’s home in Nepal by police 
  • Dalglish worked at the UN for 30 years and held positions at the WHO and Unicef

The United Nations has launched an investigation after a former senior official with links to a British charity was arrested over serious child sex offences.

Police allege they found 60-year-old Peter Dalglish with two boys aged 12 and 14 in the same room when they launched a dawn raid at his idyllic mountainside home in Nagarkot, near Kathmandu, Nepal, earlier this month.

Dalglish has held various posts, some senior, with UN agencies which receive more than £582 million a year in foreign aid from British taxpayers.

In his most recent posting in 2015, he was the UN’s ‘country representative’ in Kabul.

Peter Dalglish, pictured with a young male acquaintance, is a former Unicef and WHO official and was found with 'two young boys at his home in Nepal'
Peter Dalglish, pictured with a young male acquaintance, is a former Unicef and WHO official and was found with ‘two young boys at his home in Nepal’


Detectives claim the lawyer-turned-charity boss has been abusing children in Nepal for 15 years after a young man in his mid-20s made historical allegations against him. Police say that ‘medical and scientific evidence’ against Dalglish will be presented by prosecutors when he appears in court on Wednesday.

Officers said they were tipped off by workers from another charity three months ago, but also received intelligence from a foreign law enforcement agency more recently, and were following Dalglish prior to the arrest.

‘Initial investigations revealed that he had been targeting children from poor financial backgrounds and sexually abusing them,’ said Pushkar Karki, director of Nepal’s elite Central Investigation Bureau.

He claimed that Dalglish lured children away from their parents with offers to educate them, take them abroad and provide them with jobs.

He told The Mail on Sunday that Canadian-born Dalglish believed his status would make him invulnerable, adding: ‘Those things made it easy for him to prey on those kids. And then they would be silenced, because he has got so much influence.’

Staff at various UN agencies were urgently investigating Dalglish’s past activities last week.

The married father-of-one founded global charity Street Kids International (SKI), which is now part of London-based Save the Children. He says he was inspired to help youngsters by the 1984 Ethiopian famine, which gave rise to Band Aid and Live Aid, and in his autobiography he writes of meeting Bob Geldof the following year at a camp in Sudan.

He recalled watching refugee children cluster around Geldof and observed: ‘I have always believed that many kids come with a built-in radar that tells them which adults they can trust and which they should fear.’

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Princess Anne has been President of Save the Children since 1970.

Dalglish, whose net worth has been estimated at more than £5 million, has met Canadian premier Justin Trudeau and Princess Anne through his humanitarian work.

About 15 years ago, he founded the Himalayan Community Foundation, providing healthcare and education to remote communities in Nepal.

Dalglish had a 30-year career with the UN and was arrested at his house in Nepal (pictured)

Dalglish had a 30-year career with the UN and was arrested at his house in Nepal (pictured)

Dalglish’s UN career spans more than 30 years, and at various times he has held senior posts in the World Food Programme, Unicef, WHO, and UN-Habitat, the organisation’s home-building programme.

WFP said it was checking its records for the mid-1980s but had not yet found Dalglish’s name – a spokesman added that he could have been a local appointment.

UN-Habitat revealed that Dalglish worked for it between 2010 and 2015, but there have ‘not been any reports or allegations on any misconduct during his tenure’. WHO said it was ‘shocked’ at the allegations but added that no complaints had been made against him.

Save the Children said that Dalglish had never worked for the charity, adding: ‘Save the Children acquired one of SKI’s programmes and some of its assets in 2015.’ Unicef said they were reviewing their records. Sir Bob Geldof declined to comment.

Dalglish’s lawyer Rahul Chapagain insisted his client was innocent and added: ‘Charges have not be filed but he denies the allegations. He will plead not guilty.

Pedophiles typically clad themselves in prizes and prestige. This is their armor. Dalglish sought out, and received, as many honors as he could muster including the Order of Canada. His titles indicate “this man is untouchable and protected.” He rubs shoulders with prime ministers. He has formidable friends in the UN system. He travels with global leaders. Think twice before speaking out against him.

Intimidation is what Dalglish’s extensive accolades convey — not merit.

At schools all over Asia, Europe, and North America Dalglish made the same speech describing himself as a self-sacrificing humanitarian who abandoned a lucrative career to help children in the developing world. He repeats, nearly word for word, that he gave up luxury cars to help children in disaster zones. Like this speech at a school in Bali where he describes how dedicating himself to poor children meant, “I would never race around in a convertible BMW in the streets of Vancouver with the top down and there would be no ski chalets.”

The reality is, he sacrificed nothing. Dalglish’s net worth is estimated at $7–16 million USD and is perhaps even higher. He can afford as many extravagant cars and ski chalets as he wishes.

Dalglish links:
1984 : Dalglish’s  friend, Liberal MP John Godfrey, was president of the University of King’s College at the time
Dalglish was teaching a weekly class as a volunteer at the Shree Mangal Dvip Buddhist School
Mary Clancy, another of Dalglish’s friends and a lawyer and former Liberal politician in Halifax
He was director of the UN program, Combatting Child Labour, in Nepal from October 2002 to May 2005. He’s now (2013) senior adviser in Nepal to the Swiss NGO Terre des Hommes on working children, child soldiers and street children.
His Dutch wife, Nienke Schaap, and their eight-year-old daughter, Annelie, live in Amsterdam but the family returns to Canada every August to enjoy this country’s vast open spaces.
DALGLISH, Peter John, B.A., LL.B.; lawyer, social entrepreneur, advocate for street and working children; b. London, Ont., May 1957; s. Francis William and Marianne Dalglish; e. Upper Canada Coll. 1969-75; Stanford Univ. B.A. 1979; Dalhousie Law Sch. LL.B. 1983; m. Nienke Schaap; daughter: Annelie Margaretha; EXTVE. DIR., SOUTH ASIA CHILDREN’S FUND, Kathmandu, Nepal 2005- ; Field Worker, UN World Food …
Lori Handrahan‏ @LoriHandrahan2
“Another school in Nepal says it banned him from its premises years ago, citing alleged conduct toward children that made administrators uneasy.”

Order of Canada recipient Peter Dalglish accused of abusing children he pledged to help

April 22, 2018

A Canadian man who spent decades working with children’s organizations and received the Order of Canada for his global contributions is now locked in a crowded detention cell in Kathmandu accused of having sex with minors.

Peter Dalglish, 60, has been a leading international advocate for combatting child poverty. But early on the morning of April 7, police descended on his home in Nepal and took him away at gunpoint.

At the time of his arrest, two boys − one 12, another 14 − were in the house with him. Police say they also found photos inside the home of naked children. Mr. Dalglish has not been formally charged, but is being held while police investigate; local courts can authorize up to 25 days for such investigations. So far, three alleged victims have spoken to police. The two boys found in the house gave detailed descriptions of his alleged sexual contact with them, the father of one boy told The Globe and Mail.

Mr. Dalglish, speaking from behind bars, denied any improper contact with children, while his lawyer said the photographs are of the sort a tourist might take of unclothed children in impoverished areas. Police have yet to submit a detailed charge sheet against him. His lawyer says he will plead not guilty. “I’ve never had a civil or a criminal prosecution, ever,” Mr. Dalglish told The Globe. “But obviously, if you do the work that I do, with kids, you leave yourself open to criticism. And suspicion.”

His arrest has nevertheless brought new scrutiny to his decades of humanitarian work, which placed him in regular and close contact with children in numerous countries.

His travels took him across the globe. He delivered aid to famine-struck Ethiopia; worked with the children of murdered parents in Guatemala; evacuated children from war-torn Sudan and provided technical training to kids in Khartoum; taught sex workers’ children in Calcutta; responded to the Ebola crisis in Liberia; founded an organization that helped street kids in numerous countries; and oversaw skills training in Afghanistan.

In Kabul, he once held weekend classes for children in a bunker. He described them to the publication Tes, formerly known as the Times Educational Supplement, as “like Dead Poets Society, but with a ragtag group of kids whose entire lives have been defined by war.” At one point, 42 children showed up.

Now, his conduct is being re-evaluated by organizations around the world. One international school in Thailand that placed him under investigation late last year has removed him from its board of directors, citing concerns about his presence around children. Another school in Nepal says it banned him from its premises years ago, citing alleged conduct toward children that made administrators uneasy.

Until his arrest, however, that undercurrent had done little to mar the global profile of Mr. Dalglish as an erudite, roguishly charming leader wholly devoted to the well-being of children. Kids in Nepal and around the world loved his willingness to buck convention and spin lessons from war zones and Elizabethan poetry alike. Foreign donors were captivated by his spunk and inspirational tales. One of his recent endeavours involves supplying water to 11 Nepali villages, using US$300,000 provided by a Canadian donor. His citation from the Governor-General’s office for the Order of Canada in 2016 says he “has devoted his life to helping children escape poverty.”

But Nepali police accuse him of abusing those he pledged to help.

“He was influencing [children] to do sexual acts,” said Pushkar Karki, one of Nepal’s top police officers and director of the country’s Central Investigation Bureau. “They were lured.”

He added: “A person can be a very good person in society, but the crime they commit is different. A crime is a crime.”

Police in Nepal received a tip about Mr. Dalglish around 3 1/2 months ago from a local organization. Later, they also received notice from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (the RCMP declined comment on an investigation in another country). Mr. Dalglish was travelling at the time, but “he was on our radar as soon as he landed in Nepal,” Mr. Karki said. After he was arrested, police found photographs in his home of “a lot of children in various poses,” Mr. Karki said. “Some of them are naked, some of them are not.”

He believes the children “are from around the world.”

The house Peter Dalglish built in Nagarkot, Nepal.

Nathan VanderKlippe/The Globe and Mail

In March, after speaking at a prominent international school in Beijing, Mr. Dalglish returned to Nepal, where he went trekking.

Unbeknownst to him, plainclothes police went in his absence to a house he had built in Nagarkot, roughly two hours by road from Kathmandu. The three-storey residence is equipped with a Finnish stone fireplace and overlooks a panorama of vertiginous terraces. On a clear day, the snow-capped Himalayas rim the horizon.

The officers who came here “said they were from an organization and wanted to help kids,” said a Nepali villager who works for Mr. Dalglish at the house in Nagarkot and whose 14-year-old son was one of the boys the plainclothes officers befriended in what police called a trust-building exercise. Police say the boy described for them sexual contact with Mr. Dalglish. (The Globe is not naming the father to protect the identity of the alleged victims.)

After Mr. Dalglish returned from the trek, officers pounced, a dozen of them arriving at his Nagarkot house at dawn. They found two boys − the villager’s son and his 12-year-old nephew inside, and seized Mr. Dalglish’s computer and mobile phone.

Mr. Dalglish was taken away “with a gun to his head,” his lawyer, Rahul Chapagain, said . But the police case against him is “just an accusation, or allegations. It has not been presented to the court,” he said. Mr. Dalglish has told him that the photos, for example, are of “children from places he has been travelling around the world, especially African children,” some of whom wore no clothing. “It’s not a single child in a room in a [sexual condition], but it’s more of a natural state: They were naked.”

Mrr. Chapagain has not seen the images himself; police have yet to formally submit evidence. But “obviously we are pleading not guilty,” he said.

In the days since Mr. Dalglish’s arrest, the boys have given statements and undergone medical examinations. The father of the 14-year-old boy also provided a written statement to police, parts of which he described to The Globe in an interview.

“The kids told me that they took a shower [and] got naked” with Mr. Dalglish, he said.

“He did that and also played with their genitals,” the father said. Mr. Dalglish also had intercourse with them, he said. “It’s just unthinkable.”

Mr. Dalglish was married with a daughter when he moved into a house in Kathmandu in 2002. Neither his daughter nor his wife, from whom he has since separated, ever lived with him in the country.

However, young Nepali males regularly stayed at his house. He often entertained young people he financially supported − most of them male, according to five people who know him − bringing them to his place to eat, read and watch cartoons.

Mr. Dalglish sponsored school fees for numerous students, sometimes bringing them on overseas travel to events such as the Model United Nations. The children he supported “were poor but really talented,” said Chiri Maharjan, who once worked as a gardener for Mr. Dalglish, becoming such a trusted friend that his name is on the title for the Nagarkot home.

One boy he found carrying bags for Japanese tourists, another at a community learning centre. He found Rishi Bastakoti, who is now 20, selling postcards on the side of the road when he was 12 years old. The boy told Mr. Dalglish that his mother had recently died and his father “doesn’t care about me. I told him all this story, and he said, ‘Maybe I’ll sponsor you.’”

Soon, Mr. Dalglish began sending money. “School fees, uniform, books, everything,” Mr. Bastakoti said. A child in Nepal can be educated for as little as $750 a year. The money continued through high school and then college, where Mr. Bastakoti studied hotel management for two years. He had an opportunity to travel with Mr. Dalglish, too, accompanying him twice to Model UN events in Singapore.

Mr. Dalglish also helped his family, providing money to rebuild his grandfather’s house after the 2015 earthquake that struck Nepal.

“He is more than a father to us. He’s a great guy,” Mr. Bastakoti said. There was no sexual contact between the two, he said.

Mr. Dalglish “hasn’t done any bad things to us,” added Krishna Gurung, 21, another Nepali man sponsored by Mr. Dalglish for roughly a decade. “He always said ‘Stay away from drugs, stay away from bad people.’ I don’t believe that he has done those kind of things to other people.”

Children play at Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School in Kathmandu, where Peter Dalglish once taught leadership classes.

Elsewhere, however, the interactions between Mr. Dalglish and students raised suspicions, including on the grounds of Shree Mangal Dvip Boarding School, which provides free Buddhist education to lower-caste children from impoverished high-altitude locations. Situated in Kathmandu, the school educates hundreds of children who might otherwise remain illiterate, housing them in dormitories and teaching them English.

In 2003, Mr. Dalglish volunteered to teach a weekly leadership class at the school. He was a “really, really challenging, wonderful teacher. Kids loved what he did,” said Shirley Blair, a Canadian teacher who is the school’s long-time director. Some 40 children might attend a class.

Then something happened that worried Ms. Blair. One day, Mr. Dalglish emerged from class surrounded by children, “and he was trying to convince me to bend a rule to let kids stay overnight,” Ms. Blair said. She refused, irritated that he would seek to undermine her authority.

But standing next to her was a visitor, a teacher from the United States, who watched the exchange and expressed concern about Mr. Dalglish’s relationship with the children. “It was like a blinding flash of lightning for me,” Ms. Blair said. (The Globe verified this account with the visiting teacher.)

Mr. Dalglish had invited the school’s students to his home for dinner on occasion and administrators had “heard about some suspicious behaviours with our children,” said Khenpo Chonyi Rangdrol, who was principal at the school from 2004 to 2011.

But an investigation failed to uncover clear evidence. Mr. Rangdrol and Ms. Blair confronted Mr. Dalglish nevertheless, couching their concern in terms of alcohol: Perhaps he was drinking too much, and “once you are drunk you don’t know what you are doing,” Mr. Rangdrol said.

Eventually, Ms. Blair says she banned Mr. Dalglish from the school. “I said you are persona non grata.” In their final conversation, about seven years ago, she says she told him “You need help.”

Mr. Dalglish disputes this. He left the school “for different reasons,” he said in an interview, but primarily because work took him to Afghanistan. “I was never banned from the school,” he said.

He spoke from a concrete detention room in downtown Kathmandu, inside the guarded compound of the Central Investigation Bureau. He and 10 other men share a concrete cell that measures roughly seven by four paces. Visitors must provide fingerprints and surrender identification and phones to see him.

“This is obviously a horrible circumstance to be in,” he said on a recent day when approached by a Globe reporter, whom he greeted cheerily. He began by introducing some of his cellmates − they are “a really good team,” he said − and offering flattery about the professionalism of his treatment.

“This is not the Hyatt,” he said, wearing a camouflage-patterned T-shirt. But, he added, the experience has “showed me some of the best of Nepal in terms of the men I’m sharing the cell with, all of whom have been supportive and kind and protective of me.”

Leaning against the bars of his cell as he spoke, he answered questions for nearly 15 minutes.

Asked whether he had showered and had sex with the boys in his house, he said “No, never. Never, never.” He “completely” denied any inappropriate sexual relations with children at any time.

The boys in his house at the time of his arrest, he said “are people I’ve known for some time. So it’s not as if, you know, I’ve picked somebody off the street.

“You should also know that they were not found in my bedroom,” he said. One was on a couch just outside his upstairs sleeping quarters. Another was on the main floor.

The son of the villager who spoke to The Globe was in the house for his own well-being, Mr. Dalglish said, since the boy’s home village is plagued by alcohol problems. And after the father married again, his new wife “doesn’t necessarily want the first wife’s children around,” Mr. Dalglish said. The boy, he added “never stayed in my house unless his father was on the grounds.”

The father contradicted parts of that account, saying his son is welcome to stay with his new wife. His son stayed with Mr. Dalglish because Mr. Dalglish invited him, he said. The same was true for the nephew. “One day, Peter told my son, ‘Call that boy to stay over,’” the father said.

When The Globe continued to ask questions, Mr. Dalglish said “We should probably wrap things up.” Told police now have three alleged victims, one of whose allegations date back more than a decade, he said: “Let’s talk to the judge and we’ll see what happens in court. Thank you, my friend.”

The house Peter Dalglish built in Nagarkot, Nepal.

Nathan VanderKlippe

What transpires in that court is likely to be watched intently at the organizations where Mr. Dalglish came into contact with children over his lengthy career.

In interviews, he has described taking on an activist role in his teens, before going on to graduate from Dalhousie University law school and Stanford in the United States. He briefly worked in the Prime Minister’s Office under Pierre Trudeau before taking work as a lawyer. Then, in 1984, he was seized by images of children starving in Ethiopia. He organized an aid shipment and then accompanied it to Ethiopia.

While there, “I saw these kids and I realized they were the most extraordinary children I had ever met and my life would be working for them,” he said in an interview with WTV, the student channel at Wellington College in Britain.

It’s a story he has recounted to students around the world, typically elite high schools, such as the United World Colleges, where he would encourage young people to consider avenues in life outside of the traditional pathways to wealth and prestige, such as law and business.

Now, some of those schools are severing ties with him. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Dalglish was a board member at the United World College Thailand (UWCT). In a statement, UWCT said Mr. Dalglish had limited contact with students and was present for only four board meetings since his appointment in 2017.

Last November, according to the school, “speculation surfaced about potential inappropriate conduct involving children” − although the speculation did not involve children from UWCT. The school launched an inquiry, led by an external forensic psychologist, and spoke to those pupils who had the most direct contact with Mr. Dalglish. It concluded no students had been assaulted or exploited.

The school said that once the inquiry was complete, concerns were raised about the appropriateness of allowing Mr. Dalglish to be around the children. The school said it had decided to suspend Mr. Dalglish from the board, but he was arrested before the suspension was issued. It has now taken effect, according to the statement issued by the school.

“I feel deeply wounded, and I really regret if I’ve done anything to damage the reputations of these schools, or their leaders,” Mr. Dalglish said.

The breadth of his career means many others are similarly taking stock.

He was the founder of Street Kids International, which has now merged with Save the Children. In the years that followed, he taught at his alma mater, Upper Canada College. He became the first director of Youth Service International (Canada’s volunteer civilian corps for young people), executive director of the South Asia Children’s Fund and a senior adviser to the AWR Lloyd Foundation, according to the foundation’s website.

UCC said it has no record of complaints or other information suggesting sexual assault by Mr. Dalglish. His image has been deleted from the AWR Lloyd site; a spokesperson said he “has had no formal or active relationship with our firm.”

Mr. Dalglish also held a series of senior United Nations posts, including with the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization and UN-Habitat.

The WHO said it received no complaints about his behaviour while he worked there. UN-Habitat said that “based on initial consultations” it had “found that there were no reports or allegations on any misconduct during his tenure with UN-Habitat.” The ILO said it “had no association with Mr. Dalglish since the conclusion of his engagement in 2005. In view of the allegations made against him, the ILO is undertaking its own examination of these matters.”

In Nepal, meanwhile, police are grappling with a series of foreign pedophiles in their country. Mr. Karki has had recent cases from Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. In 2015, a Nepali court jailed another Canadian, Ernest Fenwick MacIntosh, for child molestation. Maiti Nepal, a non-profit that works to combat sex trafficking, has observed a rise in local sex-related crimes in recent years, following a crackdown in Thailand that has displaced some of those activities to other countries.

Mr. Karki worries that what has made Nepal such an attractive place to tourists − its welcoming people, its deference to foreigners − has also made it vulnerable. “The tiger is killed because of its nice, beautiful skin. It is not preserved,” he said.

Among critics of international organizations, the arrest of Mr. Dalglish has renewed calls for greater scrutiny of foreign officials dispatched to impoverished countries, particularly those who occupy privileged positions with children. “You have to remember that UN officials have immunity from prosecution. So quite often, crimes are committed by UN officials because they know they can easily get away with them,” said Rasna Warah, a Kenyan columnist and author of Unsilenced: Unmasking the United Nations’ Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said “we must end impunity for those guilty of sexual exploitation and abuse.”

But large organizations must do more, including the installation of software to help spot pedophiles, said Lori Handrahan, author of Epidemic: America’s Trade in Child Rape.

Because, experts say, history shows that those who hurt children are also often those who serve them.

”Anybody who is going to gain access to children has to groom everybody around them first − and they do that by pretending that they care so much about children,” Ms. Handrahan said. That is “a classic profile of a pedophile.”

Chief Technical Adviser to the UN, Peter Dalglish.


ADVISORY BOARD Member – Skateistan

Advisory Board Member – OLE Nepal

Board Member – DreamNow

Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party, UN-HABITAT Afghanistan – UN-HABITAT

Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party – LCEP-2

Board Member – Dimentians Inc.

Senior Advisor – AWR Lloyd Limited

Board Member – Gallman Memorial Foundation

Board Member – Sierra Club

Co-Founder – Trails

Founder – NGO

Founding Board Member – Ashoka

Trustee – Community Foundation

Member of the Finance Committee – East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools

Advisor – Dubai Cares

Member – Order of Canada.

Advisory Board Member – Dev Aujla

Self-Proclaimed Co-Founder – Doctors Without Borders Canada

Co Founder – Schools Without Borders

Founder – Street Kids International

Honorary Doctor – Laws Degree

Founding Member of the Editorial Board – Terre

Representative – Afghanistan

Lincoln Cathedral school deputy head jailed for sexual abuse

20 April 2018

Roy Griffiths

Roy Griffiths was charged after an inquiry into sexual abuse at the former Lincoln Cathedral school

An ex-Church of England deputy headmaster who sexually abused six young boys has been jailed.

Roy Griffiths, 82, from Sherborne, Dorset, was also a former boarding house master at the now defunct Lincoln Cathedral school in the 1960s.

He admitted the charges, which date between January 1963 and July 1970, at a previous Lincoln Crown Court hearing.

He was given a sentence of six years and seven months, half of which he will serve in prison.

Griffiths will be released on licence for the remainder of his sentence.

Roy Griffiths in his masters robe during his teaching days

Roy Griffiths was also a boarding house master at the now defunct Lincoln Cathedral school in the 1960s

In court, one of his victims read out a statement speaking of the “fear” he had of the former deputy head teacher, who was responsible for boys boarding at the school.

“I have said all along I will appreciate a sorry more than anything,” the victim said.

“The timing of Roy Griffiths’ plea fails to suggest much implied regret…. rather a desire to hold onto his personal power over us little boys.”

Griffiths had originally denied the six charges of indecent assault, but later changed his plea to guilty at the start of his trial on 3 April.

‘No remorse’

He was arrested as part of an investigation into historical complaints of sexual abuse involving clergy and teachers employed by the Church of England Lincoln Diocese.

Det Sup Rick Hatton, of Lincolnshire Police, said Griffiths had “shown no remorse for his actions”.

“The nature of his offences has been devastating for his victims and their families,” he said.

“The effects of the suffering of the victims from Griffiths’ abuse will probably never leave them but I hope the conclusion of this case today will assist them in their recovery.

“I want to pay tribute to the courage of those victims in being prepared to give evidence in court following our initial efforts to trace them.”

Mr Hatton appealed for other former pupils to contact the force as part of its operation Redstone inquiry, which followed a review of past safeguarding cases by the Diocese of Lincoln.

More than 250 former pupils, their families and school staff were identified, with some of those now living in Australia, Canada, France, Poland and Spain, he said.

The detective said it was a complex case because most of the records from the Cathedral school had been “destroyed after it merged with others to form the Lincoln Minster School in 1996”.

Roy Griffiths, who taught at Lincoln Cathedral School and was in charge of boys who boarded, left his post in the summer of 1970 following a complaint made about his behaviour.

Lincoln Crown Court was told that neither the school nor the Lincoln Diocese passed the matter onto the police at the time.

And an investigation only began into Griffiths’ conduct after a new safeguarding officer employed by the diocese carried out a review of historic cases, which led to police setting up Operation Redstone in 2015.

Joe Rich‏ @joerichlaw

I wonder what Graham Bould, the Secretary of the local GMB W50 Branch in Wellington, thinks about the terrible Telford grooming scandal, where hundreds of children were let down by Labour? Oh … I see

Telford sex scandal shock as social services chief is one of THREE councillors exposed as paedophiles

Pervert Graham Bould, 60, was chair of Shropshire County Council’s social services department from 1993-1998 – when Telford’s child grooming epidemic began to spiral

22 APR 2018

Paedophile Graham Bould, 60, was chair of Shropshire County Council’s social services from 1993 -1998

Three politicians are today exposed as convicted child sex offenders in “mind-blowing and disgraceful” revelations that will further rock Telford.

Relatives of murdered abuse victim Lucy Lowe, 16, were left reeling after learning one of the politicians had been jailed and two others had admitted their guilt.

Anglican vicar the Rev Michael Keen, 78, who sat on a Police Authority board, got 15 months for two assaults on a boy aged 15.

The same lad was assaulted by former councillor Graham Bould, 60, chair of Shropshire County Council’s social services from 1993 -1998 – when Telford’s child grooming epidemic began to spiral.

The Sunday Mirror revealed last month how up to 1,000 girls are feared to have been groomed and abused by mainly Asian paedophile gangs.

Victim Lucy was killed in a house fire in 2000 – started by the sex abuser who made her pregnant when she was 14.

Her sister and mother died in the fire too.

Lucy’s shocked uncle Ed Lowe, 50, said: “It’s mindblowing. It’s disgraceful.

“We always wanted to know why social services didn’t get involved in dealing with Lucy’s abuse. Now we have even more questions.”

Local MP Lucy Allan, who helped the Sunday Mirror secure an inquiry into child abuse in the town, also told of her dismay.

She said: “I hope that as part of its work the inquiry will examine the culture of the council.

“We have seen in other towns, where child sexual exploitation has been prevalent, that the culture of the council led to inaction and silence over many years.”

The latest revelations will send shockwaves through the Shropshire town, already reeling from the scale of the grooming scandal.

The 15-year-old victim of perverts Keen and Bould poured out his torment in a childhood diary.

He said Keen, also a county councillor, was “aggressive and a manipulator”

After Bould was convicted, the victim said: “I believed Bould was a friend, probably my best friend at the time, but he did not care about me. I was just an object of lust to him.”

A third politician, local parish councillor Graham White, took indecent images of a 14-year-old girl.

He admitted his guilt at the very time Telford was under siege from hordes of paedophiles targeting hundreds of teenagers.

Bould and Keen were convicted in 2001 and White faced justice in 2004.

But it is feared neither Shropshire County Council nor the police carried out an investigation into the men’s conduct – fuelling fears of an institutional culture of child abuse.

Bould was in charge of social services at a time when child sexual exploitation in the town was rife.

Council paperwork seen by the Mirror shows that in the late 1990s – though not specifically saying it was during Bould’s tenure – social workers became aware of the growing issue but claimed not to “understand” the problem.

Bould avoided a jail sentence after admitting his guilt.

He was handed a 12-month community rehabilitation order at Wolverhampton crown court in 2001 for two indecent assaults on the boy, who he first met at a church group.

He confessed he’d known the lad was just 15 but had become attracted to him when they shared a sauna following a game of squash.

Bould, who had been arrested in October 2000, stood down after 18 years as a councillor.

This included his stint in the 1990s as chair of Shropshire’s social services, which then covered the Telford area.

The social services team had become aware of the growing abuse problem but did little to protect vulnerable victims.

Telford and Wrekin Council was formed in 1998.

It commissioned a report in 2013 which said: “From the late 1990s professionals in Telford and Wrekin had concerns about the nature of some of the child sexual abuse cases presented to them.”

Bould’s victim believes the councillor and shamed vicar Keen colluded to stop him reporting the assaults to the authorities.

The boy was abused by the pair in the early 1980s – coinciding with the earliest reports of child grooming in the town.

Keen, who had previously sat on the police board for the West Mercia force, left Telford soon after.

But justice would catch up with him years later and in July 2001 he was jailed for 15 months following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Pervert vicar Michael Keen, left, got 15 months in jail

The clergyman, ordained in 1973, was found guilty of two indecent assaults.

He no longer lives in Telford. But Bould continues to play an active part in community life.

Until recently he served as the clerk of Sheriffhales Parish Council in Shropshire and was photographed three years ago with then Telford MP David Wright.

He also offers himself as a community organiser and fundraiser.

Meanwhile, his victim has told how he suffered two decades of depression and needed therapy following his ordeal.

Reports from Keen’s trial told how the victim broke down in the witness box as he recounted his ordeal at the hands of the two men.

The man, now in his fifties, later told a local newspaper: “Once they both realised what was happening, I believe they spoke about keeping it quiet. My feelings towards them both are now a mixture of hate and pity.”

In 2004 former parish councillor White, 75, pleaded guilty to four counts of taking indecent photographs of a minor.

He was given a three year rehabilitation order by Shropshire magistrates and ordered to take part in a sex offenders programme.

The court was told White had been a councillor in Madeley near Telford but had resigned the previous month.

His name was ordered to stay on the Sex Offenders Register for just five years.

The revelations come just a week after authorities in the town were forced into a U-turn and voted to commission an independent inquiry into child grooming.

We revealed how children were exploited by sex gangs over four decades as police and social services failed to act.

When approached by the Sunday Mirror, Bould said: “I don’t want to comment.”

Keen and White were unavailable for comment.

A West Mercia police spokeswoman said of Keen: “Prior to 1997, the jurisdiction for police ­authorities fell to local councils.

“Therefore, any questions around the conduct about a member would need to be directed to the appropriate local council as any archive would be held by them and not police.”

Shropshire Council was checking whether a probe was carried out into Bould’s time in charge of social services.

But it did not respond with evidence of an inquiry at the time of going to press.

Cover-up fears after latest shockwave hits Telford

Today’s revelations will trigger fresh fears of an establishment cover-up to protect high-powered individuals and the reputation of local authorities.

In a string of exclusives the Sunday Mirror established:

  • Two whistleblowers were punished after speaking out about child sexual exploitation.
  • Police chaplain Keith Osmund-Smith was suspended after
    he passed over files on ongoing abuse.
  • Then a concerned employee was forced to resign from a post with a local counselling service after speaking out.
  • Victims of grooming and their families claimed they were told not to talk to our investigators or to contribute to our probe.
  • West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion emailed the Home Office to say he didn’t believe a specific Telford inquiry was necessary – after publicly suggesting he would support one.
  • Campaigning MP Lucy Allan was told she could not address a crucial council meeting which was considering whether to hold a formal inquiry into child explotation. But the council relented after a public backlash, Ms Allan was allowed to speak at the meeting nine days ago – and the authority voted unanimously to hold an investigation.

The chair of an inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford will be chosen by an independent body to be formed next week.

Labour councillor Lee Carter, who will act as liaison between Telford and Wrekin Council and the investigation, said the council has ringfenced £350,000 to pay for the inquiry.

He said: “This independent organisation will work with victims, survivors and others to set the terms of reference for an inquiry.”

The move comes 18 months after Tory MP Lucy Allan first called for an inquiry following revelations in the Sunday Mirror.

Councillors finally agreed to hold a probe at a meeting nine days ago. Ms Allan led an emotional standing ovation at the meeting for abuse survivor “Holly Archer”.

Holly – not her real name – attempted suicide after being abused for four years from the age of 14. Years on, she has now set up a project to help other victims.

Bea Johanssen‏ @bea_johanssen

Shropshire CC Social Services ex-chair/local Labour Party ex-chair, Graham Bould, was convicted of CSA in 2011, together with his friend, Rev Michael Keen, who sat on West Mercia police board. Council/WM police involvement would surely prejudice?

Arrested pair are released.

 May 5 2000

A MIDLAND clergyman and a county councillor have been arrested and questioned by detectives investigating serious sexual allegations dating back 20 years.The Rev Michael Keen, who used to work in Telford, Shropshire, and Graham Bould, a former councillor in Shropshire were arrested and interviewed by detectives from West Mercia police last month.

Both have been released on police bail while further enquiries are carried out.

Mr Keen, 58, who was ordained in 1973, was a Labour member of Shropshire County Council and Wrekin District Council and was also a member of the West Mercia Police Authority.

He left the Midlands in 1982 to become the first unemployment officer for the Anglican Diocese of Sheffield.

Mr Bould, the former head of Shropshire Social Services, resigned from his post as a Telford councillor last month just days after his arrest.

He was a Telford councillor for 18 years and was also chairman of Telford & Wrekin Council’s health, care and housing board.

A police spokesman confirmed that both men had been arrested and interviewed on the same day last month but refused to confirm whether the allegations were of a sexual nature.

Archbishop turned a blind eye

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A ROMAN Catholic archbishop was today facing further calls for his resignation amid new claims that he ignored warnings from colleagues and parishioners about two paedophile priests.

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The Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Rev John Ward, insists he did nothing wrong in ordaining one of the priests, Father Joe Jordan, who had already been tried and acquitted of indecently assaulting a young boy.

He tells tonight’s BBC Panorama programme: ‘I take responsibility for what happened, I deeply regret what has happened, the pain caused to others, the pain caused to the archdiocese. I regret that and I take responsibility for it.’

Father Joe Jordan

Joe Jordan

He ordained Jordan in January 1998 in the knowledge that he had been tried and acquitted of indecently assaulting a young boy in 1990. Jordan then went on to indecently assault two nine-year-olds.

Earlier this year he was sentenced to eight years in jail for those offences and for indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy in the 1980s.

2000 Father Joe Jordan jailed for eight years for sexually abusing boys. He was ordained by the Archbishop of Wales, John Ward, in 1996 despite warnings that he was a potential abuser who had earlier been banned from teaching.

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In 1998 Archbishop Ward’s press officer John Lloyd was also jailed for eight years for indecent assaults on children. The archbishop has refused to resign.

In October 2000, Joseph Jordan was imprisoned for indecent assaults on boys, and for downloading child pornography from the Internet. Jordan had been ordained by Ward in 1998, despite Ward being warned about Jordan’s behaviour by Christopher Budd, Bishop of Plymouth, under whom Lloyd started his training for the priesthood. A BBC Panorama investigation accused Ward of failing to take action, and he was pressured to resign.[2]

According to the Times March 28, 2007 (the day after Archbishop Ward’s death):

“The nightmare had begun in January 1999, when a woman claimed that he [Ward] had raped her with a crucifix on the altar of his London parish church in the 1960s. Her story, deemed improbable by four police stations in Britain and Ireland, was finally accepted by a fifth. The allegation was reported in a tabloid newspaper before the police had even approached the archbishop. He was later arrested, but released without charge.”

Archbishop Ward was arrested by police after voluntarily attending a police station in London with his attorney. Officers questioned him over claims that he assaulted the girl, now believed to be a 45-year-old woman living in Ireland, during his time as a parish priest and school governor in Peckham, South London.

Former music teacher jailed after admitting string of sexual assaults dating back to 1960s

Paul Johnson used to work as a music teacher.
Paul Johnson used to work as a music teacher. Credit: Norfolk Police

An 87-year-old man from King’s Lynn has been jailed for eight years after admitting child sex offences dating back to the 1960s.

Retired music teacher Paul Johnson pleaded guilty to 12 counts of indecent assault.

The abuse took place between 1969 and 1980 while he was working in Norfolk and London, and involved four victims.

He’s also been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for life and handed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

“This was an awful case where Johnson took complete advantage of his position of trust to encourage his victims to allow him to carry out sex offences,” Detective Constable Kim Taylor said.

“By pleading guilty, Johnson has prevented the victims having to relive their ordeal through a trial. However, I would like to commend them all for the bravery they have shown and we hope this conviction and sentence provides some level of closure.

“Although these offences were committed many years ago, this sentence highlights that no matter how long ago an offence or offences took place, we will carry out a full and thorough investigation to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

About Paul Johnson


b. 1930 West Norfolk.  Educ. King Edward VIII G.S., King’s Lynn;  Jesus College, Cambridge &Bretton Hall College of Education (Leeds University).

CAREER:  returned to Cambridge to work for Thurston Dart at Jesus as P.A. Then followed several years as a Music teacher (St. George’s College, Weybridge & Worth Prep. School, Sussex)before joining Anglia TV as Schools Officer & Children’s Programmes producer.

In 1965 appointed Music Lecturer, first at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham, then at Sidney Webb College in the West End of London until retirement. Open University Summer Schools & WEA.

In 1965 he was appointed Composer-in-Residence at the RC Shrine at Walsingham for the whole year of Concerts and Services celebrating the Centenary of the revival of pilgrimages to this former important medieval pilgrim destination, second in England only to Canterbury.

INFLUENCES:  His home was was notably musical – both parents came from families with strong musical connections as church choral singers, music teachers, pianists. An uncle was organist of the huge Norwich church (now Cathedral) of St. John the Baptist.

Paul Johnson’s brothers and sister all played the piano from childhood. His eldest brother was a professional jazz pianist: another directed the choir of the London University Catholic Chaplaincy at St. Etheldreda’s Church, Ely Place, Holborn and held annual Christmas Carol parties.

At Cambridge, two members of the Music Faculty left their mark – ‘Bob’ Thurston Dart, musicologist and superb harpsichordist; and Peter Tranchell, his highly creative and witty Supervisor.Johnson owed his place at Jesus College to the then Senior Tutor, Robbie Jennings who recognised the dual aptitude of Music and Drama in a candidate not as technically equipped as most in the Faculty. Looking back, a switch to Medieval History would have been a wise move.

Above all, Cambridge offered unequalled opportunities for singing in choirs and ‘ad hoc’ groups, and the chance to hear superb performances of Renaissance, Baroque and later choral music in the leading college Chapel Choirs.At the RC Chaplaincy he sang Gregorian chant throughout these years, and this ‘immersion’ can often be felt in his own later choral work.


Now well into his Eighties, Paul is still busy – some of the music produced for the Walsingham Centenary has been revised, and also second looks are being cast on two of his Entertainments. His interest in the poetry of John Clare and the Entertainment is currently being reworked as JOURNEY OUT OF HELPSTON, and additional music added.

In 1982, Paul Johnson decided to take up the piano again. Under the expert encouragement of Cambridge recitalist and foremost piano teacher David Christophersen, he is gradually acquiring a sounder technique, to the point of giving fund-raising recitals on his Lynn church’s Bechstein!

In addition to this, he is looking again at earlier compositions. With greater experience now, he makes improvements where called for. He simply wishes to leave all in good order. Like other creative artists he finds it hard to promote his own work. A shy temperament? Ironically, he has no qualms about entertaining an audience.He prepares thoroughly and, though lacking the skill to tell jokes, he can easily engender laughter. After which he plays.They,hopefully, enjoy listening.

Save the Children whistleblower warns it should not have taken SIX years for anyone to quit over ‘inappropriate behaviour’ after chairman Sir Alan Parker resigns amid cover up claims

19 Apr 2018

  • Sir Alan Parker has resigned as chairman of charity Save the Children  
  • Sir Alan said there was an urgent need to rebuild confidence in the sector
  • The former PR man’s ten-year term of office was due to end in eight months time
Sir Alan Parker, pictured, has resigned as chairman of Save the Children as a result of the charity's handling of allegations of 'inappropriate behaviour' by senior staff
Sir Alan Parker, pictured, has resigned as chairman of Save the Children as a result of the charity’s handling of allegations of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ by senior staff

A whistleblower at Save the Children has complained it took six years for anyone resign over claims of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ at the charity.

Chairman Sir Alan Parker resigned last night following claims of a high-level cover-up of allegations against two executives at the charity’s UK arm.

Chief executive Justin Forsyth and policy director Brendan Cox have both quit over claims against them in recent weeks. Sir Alan faces no allegations personally.

But whistleblower Alexia Pepper de Caires today blasted the failure of the charity to intervene sooner, including after a report on misbehaviour in 2015.

Ms de Caires, who left the charity that year, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘There was no culpability at the time and I’ve seen very little since then.

‘I haven’t seen enough evidence of the culture changing.’

She also said she was ‘curious about why it’s taken six years’ for someone to step down ‘who was in a position of power at the time’.

Ms de Caires told Today: ‘In my view this is not complex at all, this has always been very simple.

‘The message that we know and live and breath is to value women equally, which we have not seen at Save the Children’.

Sir Alan Parker resigned following claims of a high-level cover-up of allegations against two executives at the charity’s UK arm.

It comes a week after the Charity Commission said it was carrying out a statutory inquiry into Save the Children over the claims.

The watchdog is looking at whether the charity adequately reported what it knew about allegations against former chief executive Justin Forsyth and policy director Brendan Cox.

He also brought in his own lawyers to help with the cases instead of using the charity’s legal advisers.

As a result, formal investigations were abandoned and both men left discreetly.

Sir Alan has always denied a cover-up of the allegations.

The source said: ‘There were HR procedures that were in place to deal with Brendan and Justin.

‘Lawyers were contacted … then Alan came in, in both cases within 48 hours, saw the advice of Save the Children’s lawyers, ignored that advice and quickly brought in new lawyers.

‘HR were totally across it and said we have to deal with this, but Alan wasn’t happy … they did not follow Save [the Children]’s HR protocol. After Brendan left, the investigation into what he did just stopped.

‘The original lawyers’ letters are in the safe at Save [the Children] and the Commission are going to see them.’

Sir Alan is founder and chairman of the PR firm Brunswick. Gordon Brown is godfather to his youngest son, and when David Cameron left No10 he lived briefly at Sir Alan’s London home.

A 2015 report found Sir Alan’s ‘very close’ relationship with former Save the Children boss Mr Forsyth may have affected how he responded to complaints. Three women employees accused Mr Forsyth of inappropriate behaviour, for which he said he had apologised. He allegedly sent inappropriate texts and commented on what young female staff were wearing. It was claimed if the women did not reply, he would continue to pester them. Allegations were also made against Mr Cox, the charity’s former director of policy. He stepped down after admitting he had ‘made mistakes’.

Brendan Cox, pictured, was policy director with Save the Children until his resignation in 2015

Brendan Cox, pictured, was policy director with Save the Children until his resignation in 2015

Sir Alan was chairman of trustees at Save the Children UK when Mr Forsyth and Mr Cox left in 2015. He then went on to chair the board of Save the Children International.

The leaked 2015 report found that Sir Alan was ‘less than supportive’ when harassment claims were made by women working for the charity.

It described how Save the Children’s head of HR alerted Sir Alan to the issues. He said Sir Alan had said: ‘Justin Forsyth is very important to the organisation; people behave very differently when they’re abroad; they would have been tired; they would have needed some mutual support; what were the complainants doing by agreeing to go to his hotel room in the first place.’

The report said the head of HR was ‘frustrated’ by Sir Alan’s response ‘which he feared was a result of Sir Alan Parker and Justin Forsyth being close’.

One complainant was quoted as saying: ‘It’s more about who Alan is, and having Alan and his best mate Justin sort of talking to each other about how best to handle these girls.’

Two months ago Mr Forsyth admitted ‘personal mistakes’ over the claims he sent young women a barrage of text messages. The former aide to Tony Blair, who went on to become deputy executive director at Unicef, said he had engaged in ‘unsuitable and thoughtless conversations’ which he accepts ’caused offence and hurt’.

He faced three complaints between 2011 and 2015, the year he left the organisation. He later resigned from his job at Unicef.

Mr Forsyth also faced questions over whether he protected Mr Cox, the widower of murdered MP Jo Cox, after he was accused of inappropriate behaviour towards women.

Mr Cox admitted he had behaved in a way that caused women ‘hurt and offence’.

In 2016 alone, Save the Children investigated more than 200 complaints of misconduct against staff.

Last month, protesters from the Women’s Equality Party interrupted a Save the Children board meeting to call for Sir Alan’s resignation.

Alexia Pepper de Caires, a former employee of the charity, read out a statement saying men at Save the Children UK had ‘disempowered women, sexualised their presence in the workforce and minimised their experiences’.

Sir Alan was due to leave in December but ‘felt it right at this moment to bring forward his succession’, the charity said. Announcing his resignation, he wrote: ‘Given the complex mix of challenges the organisation and the sector is facing, it is my view that a change is needed.’

He added: ‘In Save the Children UK we dealt with some unacceptable workplace behaviour, involving harassment, in our head office in Farringdon in 2012 and 2015. These issues are now subject to further review by the Charity Commission.’

Pernille Lopez, on behalf of the Save the Children Association and its international board, said: ‘We would like to thank Alan for his immense contribution to Save the Children over the past ten years.’

Who is Sir Alan Parker? The multi-millionaire PR guru who goes on beach holidays with the Camerons

Sir Alan Parker is a remarkably well-connected PR mogul who can claim allegiances across the political divide.

The son of a former British Rail chairman, he is reputed to be worth £130 million thanks to the success of Brunswick, the UK’s biggest financial PR firm, which he founded in 1987.

Before turning his hand to public relations, Sir Alan worked on an oil rig and managed rock bands.

Sir Alan Parker, pictured here with Samantha Cameron, is a well-connected PR mogul

Sir Alan Parker, pictured here with Samantha Cameron, is a well-connected PR mogul

A rebellious teenager, his anti-Establishment attitude meant he was denied a place at Oxford despite an excellent academic record. His unconventional approach to business is said to persist in his tendency to kick off his shoes during meetings.

Sir Alan, 62, started Brunswick in his parents’ front room in 1987, but the firm now boasts many high-profile clients, including EMI, Pearson, Reuters and Time Warner. It is thought to have advised more than a quarter of FTSE 100 listed firms.

Said to be a natural Labour supporter, Sir Alan was involved in attempts to rebrand Gordon Brown’s public image during his ailing premiership. Mr Brown is godfather to Sir Alan’s son, William.

But the PR guru has also holidayed with David Cameron. He and the former Tory leader were pictured hitting the beach together in South Africa. Samantha Cameron is an ambassador for Save the Children.

Sir Alan later lent one of his properties – a £16.8 million seven-bedroom townhouse in Holland Park – to Mr Cameron and his family after they left Downing Street.

The PR mogul was among business leaders who accompanied Mr Cameron on a trade mission to China in 2013 before being knighted for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy.

In 2001, Sir Alan’s 24-year marriage to Caroline, an artist, ended in divorce. In 2007, he married Jane Hardman, who had worked at Brunswick. Both Mr Cameron and Mr Brown were guests at the wedding.

One of Sir Alan’s siblings is Nathaniel Parker, the actor best known for playing Inspector Lynley in the BBC crime series. His other brother Oliver is a respected director.

He is said to have use of a chauffeured Bentley and collects art by Sir Henry Moore as well as rare books. A keen angler, he owns half a £1.8million salmon beat – a stretch of river with fishing rights – on the Tay in Scotland.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2017, Sir Alan is worth around £128million – a rise of £3million from the previous year.


Alan Parker’s father -Peter Parker


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Sir Peter Parker with Jimmy Savile

Alan Parker, son of Sir Peter Parker, the Labour-supporting former boss of British Rail.

Parker junior has inherited his father’s taste for rubbing shoulders with politicians. At Parker’s wedding to his second wife and former Brunswick employee Jane Hardman, the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Gordon Brown were guests.

The business has been good to Parker. He has a collection of Henry Moore sculptures, owns a stretch of the Tay in Scotland for salmon fishing and is estimated to be worth more than £100 million. Brunswick represents Charter, the engineering firm that has agreed to a £1.5 billion takeover approach from rival Colfax.

Ajaz Karim

‘Smarmy’ sports coach is convicted of sexually abusing six girls from 14 to 18 at top private school

  • Ajaz Karim, 63, is convicted of seven counts of indecent and attempted assault
  • The former sports coach labelled his victims at Christ’s Hospital School ‘liars’ 
  • Former Eton College coach is the third Christ’s teacher convicted of sex assault

A sports coach who was employed at some of the UK’s top private schools and clubs has been convicted of indecently assaulting students.

Ajaz Karim, 63, has been found guilty of assaulting young girls at the prestigious Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex.

The once Ugandan refugee, a former pupil at the school whose education was funded by Sir Barnes Wallis, also coached at Eton College and The Queen’s Club.

A jury convicted the ex-coach of seven charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault, at Brighton Crown Court on Thursday. The jury is deliberating on a further two indecent assault charges.

Karim’s victims were all aged between 14 and 18 when he taught them between 1985 and 1993.

The jury heard how Karim, of Hammersmith, west London, massaged a student’s ‘virtually naked body’ while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study.

Another girl was pushed up against a wall and kissed by her predatory teacher.

He claimed he was using alternative therapy the Bowen Technique and was teaching them breathing exercises to help when playing sports.

During cross-examination, he admitted he had no qualifications for the practice.

Senior staff at the school came under fire from the victims over the way they handled the allegations at the time.

Karim was not reported to the police and was initially allowed to carry on working – and teaching the girls in question.

Karim left the school after complaints from four pupils surfaced between 1990 and 1993.

He is the school’s third former teacher to be convicted of sexual abuse.

Divorced Karim, was seen as a school ‘success story’ because he was a refugee, gained a scholarship and returned to teach there, while also working at Champneys health club in London, and later at Eton College, Queen’s Club, and The Hurlingham Club.

His fees were even paid for by alumnus Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.

But the coach, described as ‘smarmy’ by his victims, went on to have ‘wholly unnecessary’ physical contact with students.

One of his victims told how he was laughing as she ran away after he tried to ‘snog her’ and she was shocked by his audacity.

Another said Karim spread rumours about her after she complained, which turned other pupils against her.

She said the experience had forced her to write off a large ‘chunk’ of her life.

Karim dismissed the allegations, saying he was friendly with students and there was nothing sexual in their relationships.

Former Christ's Hospital School headmaster Richard Poulton leaving Brighton Crown Court with his wife, after Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault

Former Christ’s Hospital School headmaster Richard Poulton leaving Brighton Crown Court with his wife, after Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault

Instead of admitting his crimes, Karim branded his victims liars, even accusing one of being a ‘manipulative’ attention seeker.

He said he was a ‘really good looking man at the time’ and was ‘offended’ anyone suggested he was attracted to her.

His 26-year-old son and ex-wife sat in the back of the court when Judge Christine Henson QC said he will face a lengthy prison sentence and remanded him in custody. He did not react.

Simon Reid, the school’s current headteacher, said: ‘We are deeply sorry that the offences committed by Ajaz Karim almost 30 years ago occurred here at Christ’s Hospital.

‘Child sexual abuse is an appalling violation of trust which can continue to have an impact on its victims long after it takes place.

‘We would like to thank those former pupils whose courage and strength meant that this individual will now finally face justice.’

He said the school’s safeguarding policy has been improved since the time of the offences and that ‘any allegations arising now would be dealt with in a very different way’.

Karim is the third Christ’s Hospital teacher to be convicted after ex-housemaster Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to 11 counts of indecently assaulting four boys, the youngest of whom was 11, over a decade during the 1970s and 1980s.

Retired teacher Peter Burr, 73, was also jailed for four years in January after admitting nine counts of indecently assaulting four boys aged 11 to 14 at the school between 1969 and 1973.

Karim denied the 10 charges, and branded his victims liars.

Judge Henson said Karim would not be sentenced before 23 July.

Karim did not react as the guilty verdicts were announced. His son and ex-wife sat in the back of the court.

Divorced Karim, who has a 26-year-old son, described himself as an “arrogant young coach” whose job was to “bring out the potential in students”.

He was seen as a school “success story” because he was a refugee, gained a scholarship and returned to teach there while also working at Champneys health club in London, and later at Eton College, Queen’s Club, and The Hurlingham Club.

His fees were even paid for by alumnus Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb.

BBC has received almost 100 child abuse allegations in three years following Jimmy Savile scandal

The shocking figures include four cases of child grooming, 22 sexual abuse allegations and two accusations of physical violence against children.

18th April 2018,

ALMOST 100 allegations of child abuse were reported to the BBC in three years including six cases against employees, The Sun can reveal.

Shocking figures show that following the Jimmy Savile scandal the corporation was alerted to scores of allegations of child abuse.

 Jimmy Savile abused scores of victims while working at the BBC

Jimmy Savile abused scores of victims while working at the BBC

They included four cases of child grooming, 22 sexual abuse allegations and two accusations of physical violence against children.

Of the 97 reports over three years revealed after a Freedom of Information request, 21 were referred to the police while another 22 were dealt with internally.

Others were passed to the NSPCC or local authorities while just two resulted in no further action.

The BBC said the child welfare allegations – dating from October 2014 to October 2017 – included six concerns about employees.

 Stuart Hall was convicted in 2013 for abusing 13 different girls from 1967-1985

Stuart Hall was convicted in 2013 for abusing 13 different girls from 1967-1985

A source said: “The BBC takes this incredibly seriously after the Savile scandal and staff have been on high alert for any signs of inappropriate behaviour.

“Nobody wants to get into the same situation as with Savile and Stuart Hall so staff are told to raise concerns straight away now.”

In 2016 complaints to the BBC about potential child abuse rose by 56 per cent to 36 from 23 the previous year with another 30 in 2017.

Nine cases were reported to children’s abuse charity the NSPCC while 16 were passed to local authorities and another 14 to schools.

Other concerns raised included five cases of bullying, 11 of online abuse, two reports of neglect and four of emotional abuse against children.

The fresh allegations came while Dame Janet Smith carried out her review into the Savile abuse scandal at the BBC.

 Dame Janet Smith carried out a review of the BBC Savile scandal

Dame Janet Smith carried out a review of the BBC Savile scandal

The 2016 report had found BBC TV and radio star Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, had 72 victims including eight who were raped while he worked at the corporation.

Eleven of his victims were aged under 12 while 19 were linked to the Top of the Pops and another 17 to Jim’ll Fix It.

Radio DJ Stuart Hall, 88, was found to have 21 victims and was jailed in 2013 for indecently assaulting 13 girls.

Dame Janet took four years to produce the 2016 report interviewing more than 700 people including 117 witnesses at a cost of £6.5million.

In its response to our information request the BBC said concerns could also include witnesses to abuse or a third party disclosing they know someone who is a victim.

A spokesman added: “Protecting the welfare of children is our absolute top priority and we will act whenever concerns are raised, even though the vast majority of concerns raised do not relate to people employed by the BBC.

“An independent audit last year found we were setting the standard for safeguarding children procedures in the industry, but we are never complacent so we continually look at what more we can do.”

Last July a BBC journalist Lloyd Watson, 33, from Gateshead, was given a suspended sentence after being caught with 26 videos and nine images of child abuse on his computer.

Watson was sacked by the BBC over the conviction with the abuse material containing the most severe category which includes rape, bestiality, and sadism.

Lloyd Watson

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Apr 17 2018

Mr Ethical‏@nw_nicholas:

BAE Systems missiles were used by UK in Syria.

Philip May’s company is largest shareholder in BAE Systems.

Theresa May’s husband’s company is the biggest shareholder in BAE Systems. They bank with HSBC. Amber Rudd’s brother handles the global PR for HSBC.

Last year Amber Rudd shut me down at election hustings for discussing May’s husband’s connections to BAE, HSBC and Saudi Arabia.

Last year Theresa May was in Saudi Arabia, lobbying for HSBC. The FCA relaxed the rules for HSBC advised Saudi Aramco to offer IPO in London. Amber Rudd’s brother handles global PR for HSBC. Govt gave guaranteed $2bn loan to Aramco. It’s pretty bloody obvious what’s going on

How Philip May’s Company Benefits From the Syria Strikes: Lockheed Martin, the JASSM, and the Capital Group

JASSM Strikes in Syria Creates a Conflict of Interest for Philip May

Philip May is an investment relationship manager at Capital Group which owns over 10% of Lockheed Martin

Philip May married the future 81st Prime Minister of the UK, then Theresa Brasier, on September 6th, 1980, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. They had been introduced to each other by the late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, during a Conservative Party student disco at Oxford University.

Philip would serve as the Oxford Union Society President in 1979, where he was to personally escort Richard Nixon to a debate, in which the controversial and disgraced ex-POTUS was due to address members of the Oxford Union. They would pass demonstrating students chanting “Stonewall Nixon,” and “Nixon is dead,” as reported by the Washington Post on the first December of that year.

Philip May seated to the left of Nixon

Philip May now works as an investment relationship manager for the Capital Group.

In a BBC Newsnight piece entitled “’A Marriage of Equals: Profile of Philip May,” Conservative Member of Parliament for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, said, “Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher.”

The Mays are openly supportive to each other with PM May often referring to Philip as her rock. Of course, whilst working for Capital Group, Philip May has opened the powerful couple up to suggestions of conflicted interests.

The Syrian air strikes are a perfect example of how companies can profit from acts of war. It is clear that Philip May has an influence on the final decisions which the UK Prime Minister takes, so is it appropriate for him to work for a company which has now profited from UK military action?

The Capital Group

The US financial services company, Capital Group, was officially set up in 1931 by Jonathan Bell Lovelace. However, in Charles D. Ellis’s book, What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest Professional Firms, Ellis asserts that Capital Group began in 1929 as a “small investment sideline for a tactium 34-year-old finance whiz who had just moved to distant California when few Easterners had ever been there or even thought of going to the Far West.”

The west coast of America was the perfect developing economy for a savvy, young investor like Lovelace.

Ellis goes on to write, “Jonathan Bell Lovelace had accumulated a small fortune as an investor and partner in a stock brokerage firm in Detroit that specialized in serving the newly rich leaders of the booming auto-mobile industry. (Adept at mental arithmetic, Lovelace had served in World War 1 in the artillery unit that was the first to figure out how to shoot down a German plane.) As an objective investment analyst, he recognised that the “New Era” stock market had risen to excessive prices, so he sold all his stocks and got out of the securities business. In California, he continued to invest and started a small firm, Lovelace, Dennis & Renfrew, serving as an expert financial adviser to such local companies as Walt Disney, Lockheed, and Capitol Records.”

Since then, the Capital Groups portfolio has expanded to include shares in Credit Suisse, Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, Legal & General, Ryan Air, Scottish and Southern Energy, as well as many more.

Lockheed Martin’s JASSM

It is almost 90 years on from their conception, and Capital Groups ties with the American global aerospace, defence, security, and advanced technologies company, now called Lockheed Martin, are as strong as ever. Currently, Capital Group owns around 10.39 percent of Lockheed Martin. So, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May supports Trump and Macron’s military action in Syria, she is also helping her husband’s investment firm to make a killing.

The Syria air strikes that took place on 14th April, 2018 saw the debut of a new type of cruise missile developed by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The JASSM was produced at a Lockheed Martin plant in Troy, Alabama, and has a low radar cross-section that makes it difficult to detect. The air-launched cruise missile is designed to penetrate as far as 200 miles into enemy territory. The extended version, which destroyed the Barzah Research and Development Center located in the greater Damascus area, can fly more than 500 miles.

The Pentagon suggested after the raids that 17 of the 19 JASSM’s, fired from B-1B bombers outside Syrian air space, were effective.

The original vision of the JASSM development project was an 11 year program to produce 2,400 missiles at a cost of around $2.1 billion. Eventually the project was extended due to the missile system failing the majority of its tests.

In October, 2010, in a report to congressional committees by the United States Government Accountability Office entitled “Defence Acquisition: DOD Needs to Reassess Joint Cruise Missile Costs before Starting New Production Phase,” it was reported that the projects overall costs had ballooned to $7.1 billion with a 28 year program to produce 4,900 missiles, though the missiles’ capabilities had also increased from the pre-2008 baselines.

Donald Trump’s tweets in the days leading up to the military attack were well publicized as always. In one of the tweets, the US President stated, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’.” This was a direct reference to the JASSM’s smart capabilities. Technological advancements in the past decade has led to Lockheed Martin’s investment eventually paying off.

Philip May: A Walking Conflict of Interest

Theresa and Philip May outside 10 Downing Street

With each JASSM costing over a million dollars, Lockheed Martin will make a tidy profit. Their investors, including Capital Group, will make a fortune, in part due to of one of their employees partners launching legally questionable air strikes, without the permission of the UK Parliament.

This cannot be allowed. It is clear that the interests of Philip May’s employer are served well by the military actions of Philip May’s wife. Philip May has become a perfect example of the blatant corruption in our society which permeates the very top of our democratic power structures. It is not acceptable for Philip May to stay in his position at Capital Group while Theresa May wields the ability to take the United Kingdom to war.

It isn’t only Lockheed Martin who benefits from the spoils of a middle east crisis. Capital Group has investments in other businesses that get a boost from the future conflicts. The Group own 5.12 percent of Boeing, 9.85 percent of oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, as well as shares in some of the most powerful internet giants such as Amazon, Google, and Netflix. The Capital Group already has an enormous amount of influence. Keeping Philip May is just greedy.

If you feel strongly that Philip May should step down from his position at Capital Group, then please get in touch with Theresa May’s Downing Street office. Stop our leaders making a profit from war.

It is common knowledge that Theresa May’s husband Philip essentially acts as the unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister – a fact proven by the former Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, who said during a Newsnight profile of the PM’s husband that “Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher.”

Whilst it is pretty obvious that almost all married couples act as informal advisors to each other in come capacity, Tyrie’s admission that the Prime Minister’s husband has such a great influence over his wife’s decisions is made all the more worrying by the fact that Mr May – who is a Senior Executive at a £1.4Tn investment firm – stands to benefit financially from the decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes.

The fact that Philip May is both a Senior Executive of a hugely powerful investment firm, and privy to reams of insider information from the Prime Minister – knowledge which, when it becomes public, hugely affects the share prices of the companies his firm invests in – makes Mr May’s official employment a staggering conflict of interest for the husband of a sitting Prime Minister.

However, aside from the ease at which he is able to glean insider information from his wife about potential decisions which could go on to make huge profits for his firm, there is a far darker conflict of interest that has so far gone undiscussed.

Philip May is a Senior Executive of Capital Group, an Investment Firm who buy shares in all sorts of companies across the globe – including thousands of shares in the world’s biggest Defence Firm, Lockheed Martin.

According to Investopedia, Philip May’s Capital Group owned around 7.09% of Lockheed Martin in March 2018 – a stake said to be worth more than £7Bn at this time. Whilst other sources say Capital Group’s shareholding of Lockheed Martin may actually be closer to 10%.

On the 14th April 2018, the Prime Minister Theresa May sanctioned British military action on Syria in response to an apparent chemical attack on the city of Douma – air strikes that saw the debut of a new type of Cruise Missile, the JASSM, produced exclusively by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The debut of this new – and incredibly expensive – weapon was exactly what US President Donald Trump was referring to when he tweeted that the weapons being fired on Syria would be “nice and new and ‘smart!’”

Every single JASSM used in the recent bombing of Syria costs more than $1,000,000, and as a result of their widespread use during the recent bombing of Syria by Western forces, the share price of Lockheed Martin soared.

Consequently, with the air strikes on Syria having hugely boosted Lockheed Martin’s share price when markets reopened on Monday, Philip May’s firm subsequently made a fortune from their investment in the Defence giant.

Lockheed Martin Share Price Before and After Syria Bombing April 14th 2018
It is obvious that weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin stand to benefit financially from the sales and subsequent use of their weapons in war – and the dramatic surge in the share prices of defence contractors since the so-called ‘War on Terror’ began in 2001 are a testament to this grotesque fact.

The added fact that Investment Firms such as Capital Group are also profiting from these bloodbaths is also disgusting in itself.

But for the husband of a sitting British Prime Minister to be benefitting financially from the very decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes on whether or not to send British troops into combat, should make every single person in the entire country, and especially anybody who is still insistent on voting for the Conservatives, feel physically sick.

The Prime Minister took the decision to bomb Syria – without even so much as consulting Parliament – under the full knowledge that her husband’s investment firm would make a financial killing from the resultant bloodbath.

If this isn’t enough to make you sit up and take notice of just how disgustingly corrupt, and morally bankrupt the British Establishment truly is, then surely nothing will.

Theresa May’s husband has worked as a relationship manager for the research investment company Capital Group since 2005. The Tory-BAE links go even deeper, however. The former chancellor of the exchequer and present editor-in-chief at the Evening Standard, George Osborne’s other employer Black Rock is the fifth-largest shareholder in BAE Systems.

Figures revealed as of March 31, 2018 reveal that the Capital Group has amassed over 360,000 shares in the company, up over 11 percent on the previous quarter, which may have contributed to a hefty rise in BAE’s share price, which currently stands at around 600p.

Philip May is Theresa May’s closest advisor and political ally but gets little media attention.

Philip May has ‘questions to answer’ over Paradise Papers

The Prime Minister’s husband’s company is linked to investments made via offshore tax havens in the Paradise Papers


Apr 17 2018

David Mortimer‏ @ukfathers


Human Rights Watch reveals extent of Israel’s phosphorus use in Gaza

Trump Wants Eric Prince as Syrian East Euphrates Military Dictator!

The Wall Street Journal now reports Trump wants to withdraw US military personnel from Syria and replace them with a united Arab army, supposedly comprised of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Republic, Qatar, Egypt, et. al. Trump would have Eric Prince, formerly of Blackwater fame (now called Academi), in effect become the new military general, dictator of all land the US, via the SDF-Kurds, has captured east of the Euphrates River, including al-Tanf which blocks the Damascus-Baghdad Highway.


Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell will find out next month if he will stand trial on sexual offence charges

Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, is accused of multiple historic offences relating to incidents that allegedly occurred years ago. He took leave to return to Australia to fight the allegations being heard in the Melbourne magistrates court.

The court said magistrate Belinda Wallington would deliver her decision on whether the case should proceed to trial on May 1.

Football coach Kit Carson pleads not guilty to child sexual offences

Scout, 74, faces multiple charges over alleged offences between 1978 and 2009

Kit Carson leaves Cambridge magistrates court where he pleaded not guilty.
Kit Carson leaves Cambridge magistrates court where he pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against 11 boys.

Kit Carson, 74, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1978, when Carson was 35, and 2009.

Seven of the indecent assault charges relate to boys under 14 and four under 16. The incitement charge involves a boy aged between 13 and 15.

Carson, whose full name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in his home city of Cambridge in January 2017 and charged in March this year.

He was the academy director at Peterborough football club from 1993 until 2001 and a number of players he coached there went on to have careers in the Premier League.

The bulk of the alleged indecent assault offences are said to have taken place between 1992 and 2000.

Before working at Peterborough, Carson was at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993, and he has connections with other junior teams. On his LinkedIn page, he described himself as a football consultant and scout for a Finnish club. Carson left Peterborough to become head of talent development at Cambridge United in 2001 and remained there until 2005.

The first two alleged indecent assaults are said to have taken place between September 1978 and September 1980.

According to the particulars of the offences, the first alleged indecent assault happened at a hotel in the north of England. Another eight allegedly took place in or around Peterborough.

The incitement offence allegedly happened between February 2008 and February 2009 in Cambridge.

Carson stood in a glass-fronted dock at Cambridge magistrates court to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Asked how he pleaded to the 12 charges, Carson replied: “Not guilty.”

Bail conditions were kept in place, which include Carson being barred from coaching children in the UK or travelling abroad to coach young people, and from involvement in scouting under-18s.

The magistrate told Carson the court had declined jurisdiction and he would next appear at Peterborough crown court on 15 May. Reporting restrictions were not lifted.


Cyril Smith with Lord David Steel MP.

Steel put paedophile MP Cyril Smith forward for knighthood ‘even after he was told of abuse allegations’ 

Anthony John Wixted‏ @TrojanManifesto

IICSA Cyril Smith finding:

118. The fact that Cyril Smith’s public standing and professional career were never negatively impacted in any significant way by the suggestion that he was involved in child sexual abuse has given rise to considerable speculation that he was in some way protected by other politicians. We may consider the possibility that Smith was actively supported at the level of national politics, or at the very least, had a blind eye turned towards allegations against him, as part of the Westminster investigation.

Ex-detective felt forced by BBC reporter to reveal Cliff Richard raid, court hears

Matthew Fenwick tells high court he felt he had ‘no option’ but to tell reporter about the search

Apr 16 2018

Matthew Fenwick, who was a detective superintendent with South Yorkshire police, said he believed reporter Dan Johnson would run a story about the investigation into the singer, leaving it “compromised”, unless he was told about the search.

Fenwick said it had been clear Johnson knew the force was investigating an allegation of child sexual abuse against Richard, because he described the singer as a “celebrity paedo” during a meeting.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo Apr 16

The Cliff Richard trial shouldn’t be about whether the Beeb flew a chopper over the croaker’s nest, it should be about his multiple visits to Elm Guest House, his relationship to Lord Boothby and the Krays and his closeness to nonces


Ronnie Kray’s letter of praise for Cliff Richard

A Collection of personal items that belonged to gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray has sold for more than £20,000 at auction.

They include a misspelt letter from Ronnie, who reveals delight at being contacted by Cliff Richard.

He writes from Brixton prison to biographer John Pearson: “I had a verry nice letter from Cliff Ritchards. It was marvoulas of him.”

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Why Cliff Richard’s case against the BBC should worry us all

18 Apr 2018

If Richard’s action were to succeed, the ramifications for press freedom and, as a corollary, for open justice, are awful to contemplate. It could create a situation in which the media would be unable to report the early stages of police investigations, such as revealing the identity of arrested people. They would enjoy anonymity until and unless they were charged.

This would be a fundamental change to custom and practice. It would have the effect of allowing police officers to operate in secrecy and would deny journalists the right to scrutinise the activities of the police. The media’s role as a public watchdog, holding power to account and acting on behalf of the public interest, would be fatally compromised.


Christ’s Hospital abuse accused ‘used alternative therapy’

13 Apr 2018

A sports coach accused of indecently assaulting pupils at a private school told a court there was nothing sexual in his actions as he was using a specialist sports injury technique.

Brighton Crown Court heard Ajaz Karim, 63, of Hammersmith, denies the 10 charges against him.

He said he practised an alternative therapy on pupils at Christ’s Hospital School called the Bowen technique.

“There was absolutely not anything sexual,” he said.

Mr Karim, of Baron’s Court Road, denies nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.

He told the jury: “My relationship with the girls and boys was one of friendship. I wanted to treat them like young adults. I was approachable.

“Teachers at Christ’s Hospital were like gods. You really could not approach them.

“There was a saying, if Mr Karim teases you that means he likes you.”

Former headmaster Richard Poulton has told the court Mr Karim was a Christ’s Hospital “success story” because he arrived as a refugee, went on to be educated at the Horsham school on a scholarship and later returned as staff.

Mr Karim described how President Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda in 1972 and his family arrived in the UK, adding: “We had lost everything.”

The court has heard claims he had unnecessary contact with students including giving one a massage while she was virtually naked and pushing another against a wall and kissing her.

Giving evidence, Mr Karim said he carried out some one-to-one sessions to teach students breathing exercises and on occasion would touch their shoulders with his thumbs or pressed on their lower backs.

He said he never touched them while they were naked or gave them massages.

Mr Karim also denied locking students in his study and claimed never to have known one of the complainants.

He said he did not recall some of the alleged incidents as it was a long time ago.

The court heard he was warned by the headmaster in 1990 not to talk to the girls when they were on their own and he “unfortunately” disobeyed this when he spoke to an alleged victim because he felt she needed help.

He said the situation then became difficult because he felt he was “treated like a criminal”, adding: “It broke my relationship with a wonderful headmaster. I really don’t know why I did that.”

The trial continues.

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8 victims seek damages from Legion of Christ

April 12 2018

Eight victims of the Catholic Church’s most notorious pedophile are pressing the Legion of Christ religious order to compensate them for the sexual abuse they endured and the psychological harm they say resulted from the order’s prolonged campaign to discredit them.

The men, some of whom are suffering financial and medical hardships as they age, sent a letter to the Legion’s leadership seeking public recognition of their status as victims of the Rev. Marcial Maciel and the Mexico-based order, which was once one of the fastest-growing congregations in the church but suffered a credibility crisis over Maciel’s crimes and cover-up.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, is the latest indication that clergy abuse victims are increasingly demanding recognition and apologies not just for their abuse, but for the retaliation often inflicted on them by church leaders after they reported allegations.

Just this week, Pope Francis acknowledged making “grave errors” in discrediting abuse victims in Chile, and begged their forgiveness.

There was no comment Thursday from the Legion.

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The letter underscores the still-unfinished business surrounding the scandal over Maciel, despite the Legion’s efforts to move on. The charismatic preacher was beloved by the Vatican but turned out to be a drug addict who sexually abused his seminarians, fathered three children and created a cult-like order to hide his double life. The Vatican knew of allegations against him since the 1950s, but only took action against him in 2006. He died in 2008.

In the letter, the victims asked that a compensation commission, which had been active during a Vatican-mandated period of reform after Maciel’s crimes were exposed in 2009, be reopened to consider their cases. For a variety of reasons, the eight men never approached the original commission, and they lamented that the commission never contacted them.

The men, all Mexican citizens who lodged the original official church complaint against Maciel in 1998, called for the commission to develop a plan of action to “determine the harm inflicted on us and its indispensable reparation.”

Jose Barba, who signed the letter on behalf of his fellow former seminarians, said he never approached the original compensation commission because he didn’t trust it. He said he was participating in the new initiative because some victims are truly hurting financially and deserve reparation.

“We believe this is worthwhile, because we have suffered for a quarter-century many humiliations, many defamations nationally and internationally,” Barba said in a telephone interview Thursday from his home in Mexico City.

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After the men went public with their accusations in 1997, the Legion embarked on a yearslong campaign to discredit them. The order and its supporters accused victims of attacking the church and slandering a man held up as a living saint by his followers and praised by St. John Paul II and his cardinals.

As it turned out, the Vatican determined the victims were right. The Legion issued a lengthy apology in 2014.

“I am not interested in shaming anyone,” Barba added. “I am interested in helping, as much as I can in the last days of my life, to improve the church to which my family — my grand-parents, my parents and my children — belong.”

After the Vatican sentenced Maciel in 2006 to a lifetime of penance and prayer for his crimes, Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion and imposed a yearslong period of renewal. That process included the creation of a compensation commission, which was active from 2011-2014 and compensated 12 people for an undisclosed sum.

In their March 26 letter, the eight men insisted the Legion recognize them as victims of both Maciel’s abuse and the “moral, psychological and spiritual harm” inflicted on them “in a continued, consistent and prolonged way” by the Legion after they denounced his behavior.

They called for the Legion to recognize that their revelations were not a betrayal but rather a service to both the church and the Legion.

No mention was made of the letter in an April 8 press release by the Legion after a recent meeting of Legion leaders to whom it was addressed.

“My expectations are absolutely low,” Barba said. “I know the Legionaires, and I know they don’t care.”


St Hugh’s revealed its governing body commissioned an independent inquiry after claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased Fellow

12 APR 2018

Theresa May’s former Oxford college is the subject of a probe into allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment.

St Hugh’s revealed its governing body commissioned an independent inquiry after claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased Fellow.

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It is understood the Fellow is Prof David Robertson, who died in August last year.

The investigation was set up after author Mel McGrath wrote an article on the website The Pool, accusing Professor Robertson of “doing a Weinstein on me” – a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – when she was an undergraduate in the 1980s.

Theresa May read Geography at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, from 1974. She graduated with a second class BA degree in 1977.

Mel McGrath, 54, read Philosophy, Politics and Economic at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, in the 1980s.

The inquiry will be chaired by Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile and who has been tipped to become the new director of public prosecutions.

Ms McGrath wrote: “David, who was my tutor, held tutorials in his flat on college grounds and had an uncanny knack for scheduling a shower, at whatever time of day, just before I arrived.

“He’d open the door – as if innocently – dressed in his bathrobe and, one time, in a tiny towel.

“For the next hour I would have to undergo the humiliating experience of reading my essay, on which I had laboured hard and with serious intent, while David sat opposite, half-naked and man spreading, often smelling of alcohol and sipping from a mug of what was never tea or coffee.”

Ms McGrath was also critical of St Hugh’s, saying that if the authorities at the time had not heard the rumours about Prof Robertson’s alleged behaviour “they couldn’t have been listening very hard”.

The college confirmed that an investigation had been launched and released its terms of reference, but a spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to comment until the investigation was complete.

The terms of reference given to Ms Levitt read: “The College has recently received allegations of historic misconduct and sexual harassment about a now deceased Fellow from two former students.

“The College requests you to carry out an independent investigation about these allegations and whether the circumstances of these or of similar allegations were known to the members of governing body or management staff of the College.

“If so, to report on the adequacy and appropriateness of the College’s responses and any action taken in respect of such allegations or circumstances, with any recommendations for action.”

St Hugh’s was founded in 1886 “to open up the opportunities of an Oxford education to poorer women”. It accepted its first male students in 1987.

Former students include the Prime Minister, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, Amal Clooney and suffragette Emily Davison.

St Hugh’s College‏ @StHughsCollege

 “I have been in Oxford since 1979, after starting my career at the University of Essex in 1970. I was originally a political sociologist, and while at Essex I was Co-Director of the British Election Studies. I have worked in three areas over my career: the political sociology of elections and party competition; strategic studies; constitutional politics and constitutional law. Having just finished my second major book on judges and politics, I am returning to the second area, strategic studies. I intend to write next on the genesis, development and impact of doctrine in military organizations. No one ever completely gives up a field in academic life and I expect to continue writing on constitutional politics, especially where it touches on human rights. “

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Allegations against Christ’s Hospital School teacher ‘dealt with in-house as he was success story’

12 Apr 2019

A top public school headmaster took a “soft” approach to allegations a sports coach was inappropriate with female pupils because he was a “success story”, a court heard.

Richard Poulton, headmaster of Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham between 1987 and 1996, told Brighton Crown Court on Thursday complaints against Ajaz Karim were dealt with “in-house” because he was a popular teacher who had been a Ugandan refugee and former pupil.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith, West London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at the school between 1985 and 1993.

Allegations include him massaging a student’s “virtually naked body” while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study and pushing another up against a wall and kissing her on the lips.

Mr Poulton told jurors he knew of complaints from four pupils over three years before asking for Karim’s resignation. He said he made it “absolutely clear” to Karim his behaviour was unacceptable after the first two were made in 1990.

Then the father of another student wrote to Mr Poulton in 1992, claiming Karim was making unwanted visits to his daughter’s room.

Karim left the school in 1993 after what Mr Poulton branded the “last straw” – when another student said she complained of inappropriate massages and kissing.

Dressed in a blue pin-stripe suit, white shirt, blue tie, and using a walking stick, Mr Poulton apologised on several occasions for the “vagueness” of his memory.

When asked why he did not sack Karim, the 75-year-old said: “[Asking for his resignation] was perhaps a soft way of bringing our contract to an end.In many ways he was very popular. He was a success story in Christ’s Hospital terms having come to us as a refugee and being given an education [before returning to teach].”

The school continued to pay his salary for another month after he left.

Mr Poulton said he had no knowledge of any of the allegations being “sexual”, describing the complaints as those of “over familiarity”, “undue physicality” and a “threat of massage”.

He said police and social services were not involved and claimed deputy head Elizabeth Cairncross – now the principal of Wells Cathedral School in Somerset – mainly handled the complaints and would deal with anything of a “female” or “intimate” nature from students.

He added: “It was totally dealt with by school masters and school mistresses and denied by Mr Karim.”

When asked if he knew one of the claims involved Karim giving a student a “full frontal body massage”, he said: “Outrageous, I never heard that alleged. I would have reported that to the police even though that was not protocol at that time.”

But in a letter to solicitors acting on behalf of Karim in October 1993 – a month after he left – Mr Poulton, referring to complaints by students, said: “Despite possible interpretations of its very explicit contents, I did not charge Mr Karim with sexual harassment.”

When asked in defence cross-examination if he was “covering his back” with the letter, Mr Poulton said: “I didn’t see and don’t see it was covering my back. I hope I did what was right in the circumstances.

Mr Poulton said the school had no written rule against teachers touching female pupils because it was “so obvious” and “common sense”, adding: “It was absolutely clear that it was forbidden.”

Male teachers were generally “frightened” of female students as the school had only recently become co-educational, he said.

The trial continues on Friday.

It’s been over a year and nothing further published on  the John Smyth QC investigation, likewise the Jamie Colman & wife Sue Colman  one…


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Archbishop Welby involved…

Predictably, the cover-up continues…IICSA report on Rochdale/Cyril Smith…nothing to see here, move along

 This investigation has focused on Cyril Smith as a Rochdale politician and public figure. The investigation report does not consider any conduct by Smith alleged to have occurred in Westminster or elsewhere unless it directly relates to events in Rochdale.


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It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” yet criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith.


One low level fall guy…

Resigned Rochdale council leader ‘lied to child abuse inquiry’

Richard Farnell faces police investigation after inquiry says he lied while giving evidence

Rochdale’s recently resigned council leader is facing a police investigation after an official inquiry concluded that he lied over evidence he gave about child sexual abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said the evidence given by Richard Farnell about his knowledge of abuse in the Greater Manchester town “defies belief”.

In a report, published on Thursday, the inquiry took the extraordinary step of stating that it believed Farnell lied under oath while giving evidence in October 2017.

Farnell, who is still a councillor in Rochdale, quit on 8 December after weeks of mounting pressure over his testimony at the public inquiry.

In its 154-page report, IICSA described Farnell’s refusal to accept responsibility for events as “shameful”.

Prof Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said: “After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts. I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”

The report, the inquiry’s first into abuse in the UK, follows three weeks of evidence about allegations spanning from the early 1960s to the mid-90s.
It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” but “a careless and wholly inadequate response” to the serious sexual abuse of children at Knowl View school.

The report also criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith. It said the knighthood in 1988 showed the “unwillingness of those at the highest level” to believe his victims.

Independent Inquiry publishes Rochdale report

12 April 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report into the institutions where children were placed by Rochdale Council, following three weeks of public hearings in October 2017.

The report is concerned with the institutional responses of the council, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service into child sexual abuse in Rochdale between the early 1960s and the mid 1990s.

It highlights the vulnerability of the children at the council-run Knowl View School and how the institution failed to keep pupils safe from harm for 25 years. It finds staff complacent and arguably complicit.

Sexual exploitation of boys was also happening in the town centre, the bus station and the Smith Street public toilets which were across the road from the council’s offices. The report catalogues the total lack of urgency on the part of the authorities to treat the matters as serious sexual assaults; boys as young as 11 were not regarded by those in authority as victims but as authors of their own abuse.

The Inquiry heard evidence about sexual abuse at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel. It outlines the lost opportunities to prosecute former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith (who was Honorary Secretary of Cambridge Boys’ Hostel) in relation to allegations of child sexual abuse, and the unwillingness of those at the highest level to recognise that a person of public prominence was capable of perpetrating child sexual abuse.

The report is also clear that the Inquiry did not believe the evidence of Richard Farnell, then leader of Rochdale Council, who resigned some weeks after giving evidence about child sexual abuse in council-run establishments. His refusal to accept responsibility for events is described by the Inquiry as shameful.

Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Inquiry, said:

“After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts.  I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”



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Our Cyril Smith story came out in 1979. What followed was a 36-year cover-up

The child abuse revelations have been known to police, security services, national media and politicians for three decades. But they conspired to shield him – and fail his victims


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Elm Guest House List

Leon Brittan

Cyril Smith

Harvey Proctor

Cliff Richard…

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Martin Walkerdine @mwalkerdine

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Why wasn’t Lord Steel called before the inquiry??

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11 Apr 2018

KATHMANDU — Central Investigation Bureau Nepal has detained Canadian Pedophile Peter Dalglish for 25 days after winning the detention order from Kavre court. The investigation is going on full-scale and the CIB will produce its documents to the court after the detention time is over.

Talking to Kathmandu Tribune, an official from the CIB said, “We cannot disclose what we have found right now but we can assure you that we will produce our findings to the court after the detention time is over. The court will then decide the punishment to Mr. Peter Dalglish accordingly.”

Peter Dalglish is now under the custody of CIB Nepal and is going through the rigorous investigation. The official also said that the two children found in the same room where Peter was staying are now safe and sound.

Dalglish was arrested in Kavre on Saturday 7th April morning.

Dalglish  does interviews for Stanford University admissions.


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Peter Dalglish

L to R: Peter Dalglish with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, appointed Peter Dalglish as the first director of Youth Services Canada

Former Senior United Nations Official Facing Pedophilia Charges in Nepal

Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Nepal has arrested sixty-years-old Canadian Peter Dalglish in pedophile case from Mandan Deupur-1, Kavre on Saturday morning around 6:30. Danglish was staying at Chil Kaji Maharjan’s home and was found with two children aged 12 and 14. The children have been rescued and Dalglish is now under investigation for pedophilia.

Dalglish was involved with Himalayan Community Foundation since last two years and have been involved with the community. He was helping the locality for their education, water sanitation, and selected children to help them in their studies and even take them abroad. CIB Nepal has been investigating since the victims could be more than two.

According to Wikipedia, Peter Dalglish “(born 20 May 1957), is a Canadian humanitarian and founder of the Street Kids International charity and the Trails Youth Initiative program. He is currently the Country Representative for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan”.

He is also an alumnus of Stanford University and Dalhousie University. Dalglish has worked as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party for UN-Habitat in Kabul, Afghanistan between October 2010 to December 2014. He also became the Chief of Party until the end of his mission in July 2015 from December 2014.

According to Nepal’s law, Dalglish will be sentenced to jail for 15 years and has to compensate to the victims too.

Dalglish was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017.


Peter Dalglish is the founder of Street Kids International, and is a leading authority on working children, street children, and war-affected children. He was arrested by Nepali police in connection with a pedophilia investigation.

One of the world’s leading experts on humanitarian work with street children and children affected by war has been arrested on pedophilia charges.

Canadian humanitarian worker Peter Dalglish, who helped found the charity Street Kids International, was taken in by police in Nepal on Sunday (April 8), Xinhua news agency reported.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police said they wanted to question Dalglish over claims he was involved in pedophile activities in Kavre district, around 50 kilometers north of the capital, Kathmandu.

An initial investigation claims the 60-year-old had offered children foreign trips and better education before sexually abusing them.

My Republica reported that two children, aged 12 and 14, had allegedly been abused by Dalglish and rescued by authorities.

CIB chief and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pushkar Karki, said that an organization outside the country had tipped off the police about Dalglish.

“Under the guise of community worker, claiming to educate poor kids and provide necessary support, he had been sexually exploiting these children. We have developed a sound network to track down and arrest pedophiles entering Nepal. We had been following Dalglish’s activities for the last two weeks after we were tipped about his activities,” he said, according to the Kathmandu Post.

Dalglish had been running the Himalayan Community Foundation in the country since 2015. Prior to his stint in Nepal, he had worked for a number of United Nations agencies and was the U.N.-Habitat country representative for Afghanistan.

He was also part of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia until January 2016 and has been advisor to the World Health Organization to help tackle the spread of the disease.

Peter Dalglish with Pierre Trudeau

In 1994, Dalglish was appointed by Pierre Trudeau as the first director of Youth Service Canada, the Government of Canada’s civilian volunteer youth corps.


He is a founding member of the board of directors of Ashoka Canada, and is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.

Dalglish is the recipient of a Vanier Award, Fellowship of Man Award, and the Dalhousie Law School Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service. He was selected by Junior Chamber International in 1988 as “one of the 10 outstanding young people of the world.”

In December 2016, Dalglish was named a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]

Street Kids International (or Street Kids) is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization founded by Peter Dalglish, Chris Lowry and Frank O’Dea in 1988.[1]

In 1988, Frank O’Dea would found, alongside Peter Dalglish of Street Kids International, whose main objective is for kids who grow up on the street to lead better and safer lives. Initially founded as a Canadian charity, Street Kids International has since expanded its operations into many foreign countries.

1986, Dalglish began the Sudan’s first vocational training school for street children, funded by Bob Geldof of Band Aid.

In January 2015, Save the Children and Street Kids International announced that they will become one to help more children and youth tackle the cycle of poverty by building sustainable income-generating opportunities.

Peter Dalglish

I am a child activist, and I believe that all children have the right to be protected from exploitation and abuse. I travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan on behalf of an Amsterdam-based organization, HealthNet International

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The Skateistan Global Advisory Board

Peter Dalglish (Chair)
Country Representative for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan

Peter began his humanitarian career in Ethiopia and Sudan with refugees and street children. In 1987 he founded Street Kids International, now a global leader in designing creative self-help project for poor, urban children. In 2002 he was appointed to the UN’s child labor program in Nepal, and later served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children’s Fund. In 2010 he became Senior Advisor for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan and in 2013 became Country Representative. Since 2011, Peter has been an advisor to Skateistan’s Executive Director and management team in Kabul regarding youth development best practices and fundraising.

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Peter often quotes Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound and the United World Colleges, who cautioned his own students about “the paralyzing effects of wealth and affluence on young people.”

He spent the last two weeks of 1984 in a refugee camp with 25,000 children in the Ogaden refugee camp on the Somali/Ethiopian border.

He was clerking with Stewart, MacKeen and Covert, one of the largest law firms in Eastern Canada. But three days after being called to the bar on 15 May 95, he set out to work in the Sudan monitoring food distribution in the most remote area of the country: the border region between western Sudan and Chad.

One of Peter’s tasks is to aid Father Joe Maier of the Human Development Center set-up Bangkok’s first Legal Aid Clinic to help these kids.

…He had met Bob Geldoff, so he wrote him a five page proposal and Geldoff funded the project: he wrote Peter a cheque for US$50,000, and the project opened 13 May 86.

…he decided to establish a guaranteed same day bicycle courier service. This was inspired by his Boy Scout experience where he learned Lord Baden Powell had effectively used kids as messengers at the Battle of Mafeking during the Boer War

The volunteers Peter takes on his jaunts around the world are hand-picked, he wouldn’t just let any Upper Canada kid tag along, but the process itself is self-selective. “How many sixteen-year holds want to give up lying on the dock in Muskoka to come and live in a shantytown and work with urchins for a few weeks?,” he asks.

Last fall, Peter was hired by Upper Canada College to run a very ambitious program for inner-city youth in Toronto, called the Horizon Project. It’s similar to programs that very progressive US schools have been using for years.

He has seventy-five kids from UCC volunteering for the project, and it amazes him how they crave the experience of working with inner-city kids.

Having worked with Mother Teresa, he’s fond of quoting one of her favorite sayings: “We can do no great things, we can only do small things with great love.”

14. Peter Dalglish, The Courage of Children (HarperCollins, 1998),

One of PeterDalglish’s tasks is to aid Father Joe Maier of the Human Development Center set-up Bangkok’s first Legal Aid Clinic to help these kids.

Father Joseph (Joe) H. Maier, C.Ss. R., (born 31 October 1939) is an American Redemptorist priest who lives and works in the Khlong Toei slums of Bangkok, Thailand, where he co-founded the Human Development Foundation (HDF-Mercy Centre) with Sister Maria Chantavarodom in 1973.[1] For over 35 years, he has administered to Bangkok’s poorest, providing vulnerable children and families alternatives to and a haven away from drugs, violence, sexual abuse, and prostitution in the squatter slums.[2]

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Father Joe Maier and George Bush

2008 Public Papers – Touring the Human Development Foundation’s Mercy Centre with executive director Usanee Janngeon, right, and founder Father Joseph Maier, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 7.

Prince Andrew in Bangkok, Thailand on December 01, 1999 – Andrew talking to father Joe Maier (american pries) founder of the Human Development Centre.

Prince Andrew friend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

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British diplomats and Thai royalty have often visited the Mercy Centre.



Mercy is regularly sought out by foreign dignitaries. Recent visitors have included Prince Alfred and Princess Raffaela of Lichtenstein in March 2003;[11] AIDS activist and American film actor Richard Gere in July 2004;[12] and American president George W. Bush in August 2008.[13][14]

Redemptorist Joe Maier was picked up at the Toronto Airport by Peter Dalgish, the Founder of Street Kids International, and brought to the Provincial House for breakfast.

Recalling his time as a student with Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, Mr. Dalglish says studying law in such a hands-on fashion emboldened his activist streak. In particular, he cites his experience working alongside fellow activist Elizabeth May on the landmark “Herbicide Case,” which prevented Dow Chemical from using Agent Orange as herbicide in northern Nova Scotia.

Reflections on My Life and Canada Elizabeth May. above Sting, me, and law school classmate Peter Dalglish (founder of Street Kids International). Toronto, May 1989.

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Nepal is also where Nova Scotia businessman Fenwick MacIntosh, a politically well-connected, well-off citizen , is serving a prison sentence for his conviction for sexually assaulting children.

As familiar as many people may be with the details of the case and the outcome of the court proceedings, which ultimately led to country’s highest court upholding the quashing of 17 sex abuse convictions against MacIntosh involving multiple male youths in the Strait area in the 1970s, many questions remain. Central among them is how MacIntosh managed to retain his Canadian passport for years despite an effort to revoke it, allowing him to travel freely internationally and even return to Canada several times after a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

The speed with which the 71-year-old Nova Scotia man was brought to justice in Nepal—arrested in mid-December 2014, days after the boy went to police, sentenced on March 1—stands in stark contrast to how the MacIntosh case played out in Canada: the first complaint was made in 1995; 15 years later he was convicted on 17 charges related to sexual assault. The glacial pace—which would be attributed later, in internal provincial and federal government reviews, to bureaucratic bungling—gave the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal grounds to determine that MacIntosh’s right to be tried within a “reasonable” time had been violated, a ruling upheld in 2013 by the Supreme Court of Canada.

he Port Hawkesbury businessman ran a string of enterprises, including Fentronics, an electronic communications company. Word around town was that he made a bundle on satellite technology. He was politically well-connected, running for the Progressive Conservatives provincially in the Guysborough riding in 1974, coming in second. As an executive with the Strait Pirates Junior B hockey team, MacIntosh drove boys to out-of-town games and housed players in a rooming house he co-owned—“a melting pot of pedophilia,” says Martin.

MacIntosh was living in New Delhi, working for a telecom satellite company, when (survivor)  Sutherland went to the B.C. RCMP in 1995. His wife, a social worker, convinced him MacIntosh was a risk to children, he says. The Port Hawkesbury RCMP laid two charges related to sexual abuse against MacIntosh on Dec. 4, 1995.

Sutherland became relentless, writing letters to provincial and federal politicians, including prime minister Jean Chrétien and justice minister Alan Rock in 1996; both sent boilerplate responses.

MacIntosh’s name was to be added to the passport control list. Yet MacIntosh renewed his passport in India in May 1997.

Among arguments to support MacIntosh keeping his passport to the federal government, his lawyer noted in a 12-page letter dated Dec. 1, 1997, that for “many years Mr. MacIntosh held a Top Secret security clearance issued by the Government of Canada.”

Harris MacLean, a retired Port Hawkesbury RCMP officer who worked the case, says the Department of Justice in Ottawa dropped the ball: “They knew where this fellow was,” he says. “It could have been dealt with a hell of a lot quicker.” Sutherland is more scathing: “There are aspects of this that stink to high heaven.”

The boy who MacIntosh sexually assaulted in Nepal lived at the Jesuit-run St. Xavier’s Social Service Center for homeless children. According to local reports, the boy—who is missing part of a limb—was offered gifts, money and a prosthetic by MacIntosh. The centre receives funding from Canadian Jesuits International, a Toronto-based charity. Its director, Jenny Cafiso, told Maclean’s she knew nothing about MacIntosh’s access to the centre until the news broke.

Bill Robins, a Winnipeg-born Jesuit priest who lives in Nepal and used to run the centre, has never met MacIntosh, he told Maclean’s.

The Jesuits St. Xavier’s Social Service Center…

Father Gaffney, who was 65 at the time of his death, was born and grew up in Ohio in the USA. He established the St Xavier’s Social Service Center at Jawalakhel in 1970 and lived permanently in Nepal after taking Nepali citizenship.

Father Gaffney of  St Xavier’s School had been murdered in Lalitpur on December 13, 1997. Admitting the crime while recording his statement at the court, Khadka said that his friend Man Bahadur Bhandari had introduced him to Father Gaffney. Khadka was then asked to serve him. He, however, claimed that Father Gaffney had unnatural sex with him…


In January 2015, Save the Children and Dalglish’s Street Kids International announced that they will become one

Speaking of Save the Children..

Save the Children inquiry over response to harassment claims

APR 11 2018

Brendan Cox resigned from his role at Save the Children after complaints

Brendan Cox resigned from his role at Save the Children after complaints

Save the Children is to be investigated by the regulator over how it handled serious allegations of misconduct and harassment against senior staff.

The inquiry will focus on how the charity dealt with complaints that Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox, its former chief executive and policy director respectively, sexually harassed young women employees.

The Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry after receiving “new information”, it said last night. It is concerned that the charity may have withheld the full extent of allegations from the regulator in 2015 when the alleged incidents were first reported. It is a blow to Save the Children, which has commissioned its own review of its working culture. Kevin Watkins, the chief executive who was a trustee at the time of…

Jonathan King case

To be listed on 30 Apr 2018

9 Apr 2019

Southwark Crown Court 12 T20177223 Kenneth George King
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Christ’s Hospital School – Sex abuse teacher Peter Burr’s jail term extended

 28 March 2018
Peter Burr
Peter Burr, now aged 73, was jailed in January

A former boarding school teacher who abused four pupils in the 1960s and 1970s has had his sentence increased.

Peter Burr, of south Devon, admitted indecently assaulting boys at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was jailed in January at Hove Crown Court.

Appeal judges increased his four-year term to six years and seven months.

After the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said Burr, now 73, had betrayed his position of trust “in the most despicable way possible”.

Mr Buckland appealed against the original sentence handed to Burr, from Kingswear, who assaulted boys aged 11 to 14 between 1969 and 1973.

He said: “I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place.

“I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.”

The Attorney General’s Office said the pupils at the private school were largely vulnerable young boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Some had gained a place at the school following the death of a family member and had been separated from their families.

One of Burr’s four victims came forward after hearing a feature on BBC London about sexual abuse.

Arthur, who waived his anonymity, but decided not to reveal his surname, said three years of abuse had affected the rest of his life.

Headmaster of the school Simon Reid said: “My thoughts are very much with the victims whose lives have no doubt been deeply affected.

A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing four boys has had his sentence increased following an appeal by the Solicitor General. Peter Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingsware, Devon, was originally sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at Hove Crown Court, in January 2018. However, Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low. The appeal was successful and today (March 28) Burr’s sentence was increased to six years and seven months, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “I am pleased the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence. I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place. I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.” Burr ­– a former house tutor and physics teacher at the independent school – previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault against four young boys. He became the second former teacher of Christ’s Hospital School to be jailed for historic indecent assault after Peter Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at the school – was sentenced after pleading guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault. Webb was originally sentenced to four years in prison, in December 2017, but – following an appeal by the Attorney General – had his sentence increased to five years and six months in February 2018.


Rent boys at centre of MP Keith Vaz’s sex scandal call cops over claims they’re being followed by spies

Married Labour MP Vaz, 61, was forced to step down as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee after he was caught meeting the duo in 2016.

8th April 2018

TWO rent boys at the centre of the Keith Vaz sex probe have called in police, claiming they are being shadowed by a sinister surveillance outfit.

Married Labour MP Vaz, 61, was forced to step down as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee after he was caught meeting the duo in 2016

The dad of two was placed under investigation by a parliamentary standards watchdog, but the probe has been dogged by delays due to his ill health.

Now the Eastern European escorts, in their 20s, say they have been traced by spooks to a secret hideaway in Poland where they fled after the scandal broke.

Since January, they claim they have been tailed by a car while driving, investigators have asked family for their whereabouts, and that suspicious men rented a nearby house to spy on them.

…fear they’re being hounded as part of a smear campaign and called in cops for protection.

One said: “We believe we’re in danger. It feels like someone is trying to gather evidence to use against us. It feels like some kind of revenge.”

Footage showed Mr Vaz saying to escorts he’d pay for cocaine — though insisting he didn’t take it himself.

He later expressed regret over his actions and said: “Those who hold others to account must themselves be accountable.” A police probe into the MP was closed.


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Left: Artist Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry. Right: Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. (All photos: Linda Yablonsky)

Let Them Eat Cake

WHEN TWO PROTEAN ARTISTS face off against each other, the confrontation can be titillating. So it went last week in Los Angeles, over the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual artist-designed fundraiser, conceived this year by Marina Abramović. “The shit has hit the fan,” Abramović said on Thursday, when the leaked draft of a letter that choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer wrote, but hadn’t yet sent, to LA MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch went viral on the Internet.

Rainer was protesting Abramović’s plans for the gala, “An Artist’s Life Manifesto,” scheduled for Saturday, November 12. The “entertainment,” Rainer wrote, promised to exploit the young people Abramović was training to perform for such meager pay that it amounted to abuse by the rich. Their job was to either lie naked under plastic skeletons revolving on the $100,000 dinner tables, or poke their heads through the $50,000 and $25,000 table tops while turning themselves on lazy Susans and locking eyes with guests throughout the evening.

The prospect of this “grotesque spectacle,” the outraged Rainer wrote, reminded her not of Abramović’s The Artist Is Present, the performance empress’s three-month-long sit at the Museum of Modern Art last year, or of her Nude with Skeleton from 2002, but of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1975 film Salò, where fascist sadists sexually abuse beautiful youths. “Subjecting her performers to public humiliation at the hands of a bunch of frolicking donors is yet another example of the Museum’s callousness and greed, and Ms Abramović’s obliviousness to differences in context and to some of the implications of transposing her own powerful performances to the bodies of others,” Rainer wrote, suggesting that MoCA rename itself “MODFR, or the Museum of Degenerate Fund Raising.”


But it was the contretemps, not the exploitation issue, that notched up the pre-gala buzz. On her Facebook page, one LA artist called Abramović “deluded” and hoped the performers would rebel. Another posted an article about Vanessa Beecroft’s 1998 invitational performance at the Guggenheim Museum, where nearly naked models had to stand for hours while tuxedoed swells stared at them and nobody cried abuse. Yet the controversy barely flickered to life among the artists and curators at Regen Projects’ Thursday night opening for Sue Williams’s sexually scatological paintings, while Abramović joined the frolickers at collector Eugenio López Alonso’s dinner for designer turned photographer Hedi Slimane. But Deitch took the bait and invited Rainer to a rehearsal on Friday. Abramović, though cooperative, was not pleased.

She was especially exercised by the letter’s allusion to fascism, when she had spent her life opposing everything that her parents, Communist Party heroes in the former Yugoslavia, stood for. The gala, I gathered, would be something like a reverse Occupy MoCA, where wealthy, overdressed patrons would be given white lab coats to “democratize” the proceeding. Five hundred people had auditioned to be the heads and nudes on the tables, knowing they would be paid only $150 for their several hours on display. Though the chosen performers had signed confidentiality agreements to ensure the event would come as a surprise, one of them had complained to Rainer and then quit.

At a prerehearsal gathering that turned into a pro-Abramović rally, Rainer appeared a bit shaken by how quickly her unsent letter had gone public, but sat quietly among the ninety performers while Abramović acknowledged her presence and addressed her complaints. The small fee was all the museum could pay, she said, adding that she was getting no fee at all. She was hiring young people not to take advantage but because it took stamina to get through one of her durational pieces. “I’m the idiot,” she said. “I’m sixty-five and still doing this!”

Their performance as gala centerpieces would not be easy, she said, but she was taking every precaution to protect them. Diners would be instructed not to feed them, touch them, talk to them, or disrupt their performance in any way. Guards would make sure they were unmolested, but if anyone wanted to leave, they could walk out at any time. “It’s an experiment,” said Abramović, “not an entertainment. There’s a huge risk of failure, but this is my work.” This was greeted by a tremendous cheer of support and the rehearsal went forward, with Rainer interviewing the performers one by one. “I wonder how she’d like it if I did that at one of her rehearsals,” Abramović sniffed later.

…the museum on Grand Avenue was filling with a parade of patrons who seemed oblivious to the debate. In very short order, I came across last year’s gala artist, Doug Aitken, Americans for the Arts advocate Nora Halpern, Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, actress Rosanna Arquette, Guggenheim Foundation deputy director Ari Wiseman, and artists Mark Bradford, Alex Israel, and Rosson Crow. The latter was on the arm of designer Jeremy Scott and decked out in a vintage yellow gown by Don Loper—“Lucille Ball’s favorite designer,” Crow was quick to point out. Strolling through the collection galleries, I came across former gala artist Francesco Vezzoli (in Prada) with model Shala Monroque (in Rodarte). “I’m happy that Marina can still raise controversy,” Vezzoli said. “I wish the same for me at her age.”

While Minnie Driver, Gwen Stefani, Will Ferrell, Kirsten Dunst, Pamela Anderson, and David LaChapelle walked the red carpet outside, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese (in Jean Paul Gaultier) and sometime filmmaker and jewelry designer Liz Goldwyn (in a vintage red dress) joined the crowd previewing “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles” and “Kenneth Anger: Icons,” a Hollywood Babylon showcase of Anger’s films and memorabilia, within. “We’re a very creative museum!” said chief curator Paul Schimmel, noting that the shows came on the schedule only recently, and giving the impression he wasn’t all that thrilled at their entry. (His sweeping, and historic, Pacific Standard Time show at MoCA’s Geffen Contemporary took years to pull together.) “You just gotta roll with the punches and all the changes,” he said.

Guards asked everyone to proceed to the humongous dinner tent outside, where one tenet of Abramović’s manifesto was projected over the entrance. “An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist,” it said. Under it, a group of the hired performers helped patrons into their lab coats, though some, like Crow, refused.

Left: Rosanna Arquette. Right: Jerry Brown’s table.

Inside, all thought of exploitation quickly faded, as the 769 guests, who included California governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as well as Beecroft, took their seats before the rotating heads and nudes-with-skeletons and dug into their food unfazed. (It was delicious.) Some people did hold the gaze of the heads; others winked and elicited forbidden giggles. After brief speeches by gala cochairs Eli Broad and Maria Arena Bell, and another by Deitch, who called Abramović and Deborah Harry, the evening’s main entertainment, “giants in their field,” Abramović took the stage to exhort everyone to keep on their lab coats for the sake of the experiment at hand. (Not all obeyed.) She went on to explain that it hadn’t been her idea, but the museum’s, to use only women as the nudes. Artists rarely made manifestos anymore, she said, referring to the gala’s title, adding that they were necessary in these troubled times to establish a “codex of moral and social behavior.”

John Baldessari and Meg Cranston seemed pleased to be seated ringside, where half-naked and very buff pallbearers periodically mounted the catwalk-like stage carrying a shrouded body on a bier. At trustee Wallis Annenberg’s front-and-center table, Governor Brown was smiling but seemed uncomfortable at the nude before him. “That’s a fake vagina, isn’t it?” asked collector Michael Ostin, refusing to believe that the woman on display did not have “some kind of enhancement.”

He was not the only doubter. During Serbian folk singer Svetlana Spajic’s performance of a haunting tune from Robert Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, someone at the table beside mine loudly expressed his displeasure to Broad Foundation curator Joanne Hyler, dealer Sara Watson, Creative Time director Anne Pasternak, and Schimmel. “This is offensive!” he shouted. “This is shit, not art. Who is she kidding? Jeffrey! Yo, Jeffrey! Stop this!” The source turned out to be artist Thomas Houseago, who evidently had imbibed more than his share of the “Rauschenberg Spirit” wines. He continued his diatribe during a reading by the performers of Abramović’s full manifesto (“An artist should not steal ideas from other artists; an artist should not make themselves into an idol . . . ”) before leaving his dinner partners in peace.

Left: The Marina Abramović cake. Right: Performer Svetlana Spajic.

Once again, the pallbearers mounted the stage, only this time the person under the shroud was the platinum-haired Harry, who sang her first number from a reclining position on the bier before hopping off to do “Heart of Glass,” followed by a rousing “One Way or Another” that brought much of the cheering, camera phone–wielding audience to its feet. After her final number, two more shrouded bodies were brought onstage. Under them was dessert: two eerily lifelike cakes fashioned to look like Abramović and Harry by LA’s Rosebud Cakes and Raphael Castoriano’s Kreëmart organization. Wielding lethal-looking knives, Abramović joined Harry to cut out the hearts of each of their cakes to a shouting, astonished crowd.

Chaos followed, as guests fought over pieces cut by the bare-chested pallbearers. “I want the breast! Give me the vagina!” they screamed, hardly noticing that Tilda Swinton had arrived for photo ops, looking very much like David Bowie in his Thin White Duke phase. When it was all over, the cut-up cakes resembled mutilated bodies that made for a ghoulish sight.

A man I didn’t know accosted me. “Is it me or was this all about violence against women?” he asked. “It’s you,” I said. “Look at that cake!” he exclaimed. “It’s a horribly mutilated woman with knives in her chest. Doesn’t that bother you?” “It’s a cake,” I said. “It represents all the indignities women have suffered at the hands of men. It is women telling their own history.” Apparently, the point was lost on him. “It’s disgusting,” he replied. I asked his name, which he declined to give. “I’m in the social register!” he growled, brushing past me to let Deitch know that this violence against women would result in the withdrawal of funding from the museum.

“Don’t be afraid of art!” Deitch said, when the man stormed off. “Wow,” he added a moment later. “That was intense.” In the end, the gala raised $2.5 million.

1972 Rothschild Illuminati Ball

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On the diner table are dismembered dolls and cracked skulls. This imagery is also prevalent in countless music videos. Its all about the occult elite’s MK culture.

A mannequin-cadaver type thing.

A mannequin-cadaver type thing on the diner table.

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Debbie Harry with Camilla who is a big fan

Debbie Harry

…analysing the video for Blondie’s Rapture, and pointing out the voodoo, occult and mystic symbolism in it. I wondered if Blondie were into that sort of thing, or perhaps I was seeing things. It turned out they were, and one of them – the bassist Gary Lachman…

He first encountered the occult in 1975, when he was playing bass in Blondie, and sharing an apartment with fellow band-members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. ‘They had a fun, kitschy aesthetic appreciation of the occult, little voodoo dolls, pentagrams, a model of a nun with an upside-down cross painted onto her forehead.’

He was introduced to the writings of Aleister Crowley through Tommy Ramone, who leant him a couple of books. After he’d left the band, Gary became more and more interested in Crowley’s ideas and rituals. One day in LA, he signed up to join the Ordo Templi Orientis, a secret cult dedicated to following Crowley’s religion of ‘Thelema’. For a while he got very into Crowleian magic – he got himself a robe, did every ritual in Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice, tried out sex magick with his girlfriend, even consumed a wafer containing menstrual blood as part of a ‘gnostic mass’.

Vatican arrests own diplomat on suspicion of child abuse images

7 Apr 2018

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who served the Vatican in US and Canada, faces 12 years in prison if convicted

The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested one of its Washington diplomats who is suspected of possessing images of child sexual abuse in the US and Canada.

A statement identified the accused as Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation.

The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by the pope. The articles cited by the statement related to images of child sexual abuse.

If indicted, the monsignor will have to stand trial in the Vatican and faces up to 12 years in jail.

The US state department notified the Holy See in August of a possible violation of laws relating to child abuse images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington, the Vatican said in September.

A spokesman said in September that the US had requested that the man’s diplomatic immunity be waived but the Vatican refused.

Capella entered the diplomatic corps in 2004 and before serving in Washington he held diplomatic posts in Hong Kong and Italy.

After he was recalled to Rome, police in Windsor, Canada said they had issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of possessing and distributing images of child abuse on the internet.

Capella’s case the worst involving a diplomat since 2013 when former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski faced charges of paying boys for sexual acts, downloading and buying paedophile material while he was the Vatican’s ambassador in the Dominican Republic.

He was recalled to Rome by the Vatican, arrested, and stripped of his duties after an investigation by Dominican magistrates. He died in hospital in 2015 at the age of 67 before his trial at a Vatican court could begin.

Mgr Carlo Alberto Capella is a former staff member at the nunciature in Washington DC

Vatican police have arrested Mgr Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Vatican said that Mgr Capella was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State’s promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal investigations.

“The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the gendarmerie corps,” the Vatican said in a statement.

The arrest, the statement said, was made on the charges related to “Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013.”

Paragraph 3 deals with a criminal who “distributes, disseminates, transmits, imports, exports, offers or sells child pornography through any means, even electronically, as well as whoever possess child pornography for those purposes or otherwise distributes or disseminates knowledge of information directed at grooming or exploiting minors for sexual purposes.”

The violation carries a prison sentence of one year to five years and a fine from €2,500 (about $3,000, £2,200) to €50,000 ($61,400, £44,000). However, the paragraph 5 referred to in the Vatican statement says that “the penalty is increased if a considerable quantity of pornographic material is involved.”

The Italian monsignor was recalled to the Vatican from Washington after the US State Department notified the Holy See in August of his possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images.

“The Holy See, following the practice of sovereign states, recalled the priest in question, who is currently in Vatican City,” and opened the investigation, the Vatican press office had said in September.

Then, police in Canada issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Mgr Capella on September 28 on charges of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

“Investigators believe that the offences occurred while the suspect was visiting a place of worship in Windsor,” the police statement said. A spokesman for the Diocese of London, Ontario, which includes Windsor, confirmed at the time “that it was asked to, and did, assist in an investigation around suspicions involving Mgr Capella’s possible violations of child pornography laws by using a computer address at a local church.”

Mgr Capella, 50, was born in Carpi, Italy, and ordained to the priesthood in 1993 for the Archdiocese of Milan. After studying at the Vatican diplomatic academy in Rome, he entered the Vatican diplomatic service in 2004. He had worked since the summer of 2016 at the Vatican nunciature in Washington.

Christ’s Hospital School – Top private school allowed teacher to continue working after sex assault allegations

File photo dated 03/05/18 of Ajaz Karim, who will stand trial at Brighton Crown Court, where he is accused of sexually abusing students at a top private school between 1985 and 1993. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ajaz Karim

Ajaz Karim denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1985 and 1993.

Complaints made against him in the early 1990s led him to leave the school, Brighton Crown Court heard on Friday.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith in West London, has since worked at Eton College, Queen’s Club, The Hurlingham Club, and has links to London branches of Champneys and Credit Suisse.

Karim is accused of carrying out “wholly unnecessary” massages, kissing a pupil on the lips and trying to “snog” another when he worked at the prestigious Horsham school.

Eloise Marshall, prosecuting, told the court between 1985 and 1987 he massaged a 14-year-old girl’s “virtually naked body” after telling her to lie face down on the floor of his locked study.

Jurors heard how he told her to keep her eyes closed while he put music on and touched her inappropriately.

The alleged victim said she told the school while she was still a pupil but only reported the incident to police decades later – prompted by other complainants who had the “courage” to come forward.

In a recorded police interview played to the jury, she described Karim as “smarmy”.

She added: “I remember feeling very uncomfortable and knowing something was wrong and not quite knowing how to deal with the situation or how to get out of it and feeling very powerless.”

She said initially she did not tell anyone because she was “freaked out” but later confided in schoolfriends and teachers.

She said after telling the school she was “slightly horrified to discover that he continued to teach”, adding: “I hoped the school would act on our information but I don’t believe anything like that happened.”

She said she and a schoolfriend were questioned about the incident in separate rooms and she provided a “detailed four-page statement” to Richard Poulton, the headmaster at the time.

She told the police officer she did not report the allegations earlier because she had told the school and previously felt that was “as far as she could take it”.

Dressed in a dark suit, Karim watched the footage from the dock taking notes and shook his head when the woman burst into tears while recalling the details of the alleged encounter.

Ms Marshall told the court: “Mr Karim used his position as a member of staff and his role in the sports department at the school to use massage of these girls as a subterfuge for touching them sexually.

“They didn’t all appreciate at the time that the touching was sexual but all say they felt uncomfortable.

“The crown say (his behaviour) was inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Another woman claimed that aged 14 he found her alone and was “pretty certain he was going to snog” her.

“He found it funny and she was shocked by his audacity,” Ms Marshall said.

Karim denied the allegations when he was arrested and interviewed in 2016, claiming he was teaching the girls breathing and relaxation techniques and when he did massage them it was to help them bend their legs.

Another girl who complained to the school claiming he kissed her on the lips but he said it was a peck on the cheek.

Founded in the 16th century, Christ’s Hospital charges boarders up to £31,500 a year.

Over the course of two weeks evidence will be heard from the alleged victims, witnesses and senior staff at the school at the time.

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One of William McAlpine’s fellow directors at Fairbridge in Scotland was James Torbett of the Celtic boys club scandal

Ex-Celtic coach James Torbett to stand trial charged with historical sex abuse of SIX boys

6 Apr 2018

FORMER Celtic Boys Club coach and founder James Torbett is to stand trial charged with historic sexual abuse of six young boys.

The 70 year-old today faced the allegations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Torbett, of the city’s Kelvindale, faces a total of 12 charges spanning from January 1970 to August 1994.

The boys mentioned are said to have been aged between four and 14 when Torbett is first accused of abusing them.

A number of locations are listed on the indictment including Barrowfield Football Ground in Glasgow’s London Road, where Celtic used to train.

Offences are said to have occurred at Torbett’s home, dormitories in Belgium and France as well as training facilities in Glasgow’s west end and Bristol, England.

Prosecutors also list “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.

Torbett’s QC Tony Graham today pled not guilty on his behalf to the charges.

Judge Lady Stacey set a trial due to begin in June. The case could last up to 10 days.

Bail for Torbett was continued meantime.

Offences are said to have occurred at “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.

Trophy Centre

Manufacture and retail of trophies, medals, cups and other such goods

Directors and Secretaries at the Trophy Centre where abuse is alleged to have occurred.

James Torbett and Kevin Kelly (Jimmy Savile’s friend)

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Savile with Kevin Kelley and Father Denis O’Connell

Torbett ran The Trophy Centre which supplied goods to Celtic’s shop

Torbett faces a total of 12 charges spanning some 24 years and involving children as young as four.


Kenneth George King aka Jonathan King –  court case at Southwark Court – 6 Apr 2018

No media coverage (except for tweets by Court TV)



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Jonathan King and paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile


31 July 2017

The ex-singer is accused of assaulting boys aged 14 to 16 between 1970 and 1986 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Mr King, 72, of Bayswater, west London, appeared at Southwark Crown Court for the hearing under his real name of Kenneth George King.

The Genesis producer was released on conditional bail until 22 January.

The allegations are linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and Mr King, who also produced songs for 10cc and the Bay City Rollers, must not contact any prosecution witnesses.

King’s trial date was set for 11 June 2018.

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Ex-public school teacher, Ajaz Karim,  on trial over sex abuse

THE trial of a former sports teacher accused of sexually abusing students at a top public school has been delayed after his barrister was taken to hospital.

Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, between 1985 and 1993.

As well as working as head coach at the school for ten years from 1985, the sports consultant held the same position at Eton College for eight years from 2008, and also at The Hurlingham Club for 12 years, from 2003, as well as being head of squash at Queen’s Club for 32 years until last year, according to his Linkedin profile.

He was due to stand trial on Tuesday at Brighton Crown Court but the proceedings were delayed after his defence barrister Jonathan Davies sustained a head injury.

Calling Karim, of Hammersmith in West London, into court to explain the delay, Judge Christine Henson said: “Your barrister Mr Davies had an accident this morning and is currently in hospital. He is seeing a doctor at the moment but realistically, given the time and given he has hit his head and isn’t feeling very well, it seems we are not going to be able to make any progress today.”

She released Karim on bail to return to court today when the trial is now expected to begin.

The prosecution is part of a wider police investigation into separate allegations of abuse by other former teachers at the school.

In a separate trial former Christ’s Hospital School teacher Garry Dobbie was originally accused of ten counts of indecent assault, one attempted indecent assault and two counts of indecency against men and women.

The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of indecent assault of a man between November and December 2001 at a hearing also at Brighton Crown Court yesterday. Dobbie, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, is due to stand trial next month alongside another ex-teacher, James Husband.

The 68-year-old, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a woman.

More here on Christ’s Hospital School


HRH Crafty Muvvski @craftymuvva:  …articles I had stumbled across during my research…many others to follow. I hope they help others with research:


Old headlines revisited.

‘Persistent’ child sex offenders to receive life sentence under new NSW law

“Persistent” child sex abusers will face a maximum life sentence as part of a raft of legal changes announced by the NSW government today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Attorney General Mark Speakman introduced the reforms, putting the state ahead in its response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

But she stopped short of pushing for state laws to break the seal of confession.

“There is nothing more important than for a government to protect children,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“These historic reforms are designed to deliver survivors the justice they deserve and impose tougher penalties on offenders for their appalling abuse of children.”

Ms Berejiklian said the reforms – which implement more than 50 of the Commission’s recommendations – will tighten laws, “making sure NSW is not leaving any stone unturned”.

Among the key changes will be new offences for failure to report and protect at-risk children.

While leaders of institutions will be targeted under the new law, it will not directly tackle the seal of confession.

The seal of confession prohibits priests in the Catholic church from disclosing anything they learn in the confessional, including child abuse.

“Our report laws will cover every adult, no matter what their occupation background. That includes priests,” Mr Speakman said.

“However, there is a religious confession privilege in uniform legislation that applies to the majority of states and territories.”

Instead, the Premier and the Attorney General said the seal of confession should be approached at a national level.

“They are complex issues which need to be balanced with what people perceive to be religious freedoms,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We believe it is beyond the boundaries of any one state.”

The new legislation will also ensure victims of child sexual abuse will no longer need to prove the specific circumstances of assaults.

“The problem with the law at the moment is a need to demonstrate specific times or places. We are changing that,” Mr Speakman said.

“What you will have to prove is an ongoing sexual relationship that could be constituted by two or more circumstances.”

Under the new legislation, New South Wales courts sentencing individuals over historic child sex offences will be required to work to contemporary sentencing standards, as opposed to historical standards.

Offenders whose “good character” played a part in “facilitating the offending” will no longer have that “good character” considered.

The state government also introduced two additional charges: grooming an adult to access a child and sexual touching of a child aged 16 or 17 who is under the offender’s special care.

Ampleforth in Charity Commission takeover amid concerns of its management of sex abuse allegations

Ampleforth Abbey has been stripped of responsibility for pupil welfare by the Charity Commission amid concerns about its management of sex abuse allegations.

The Commission has removed responsibility for safeguarding matters from trustees at the prestigious boarding school as it said it had not improved its policies enough since an inquiry into the charity following allegations of sexual abuse was launched in 2016.

It said it had taken action “as a result of continued concerns about the extent to which current safeguarding risks to pupils at the schools run by the charities are being adequately managed”. 

The Commission opened inquiries into Ampleforth Abbey and the St Laurence Education Trust in November 2016 following revelations that alleged sexual abuse at the school had been covered up. 

Ampleforth Abbey runs a 200-year-old religious community on the same site as Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, which is run by the St Laurence Education Trust. St Laurence also runs prep school St Martin’s Ampleforth, which announced its closure earlier this year.

Last year the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard that allegations of sexual abuse had been made against 40 monks and teachers who had previously lived or worked at the Catholic boarding school and religious community. 

Emma Moody, a specialist charity lawyer at Womble Bond Dickinson, has now been appointed as interim manager of both charities.


Child abuse inquiry to look at old East Lothian children’s homes


3 Apr 2018

Glasclune, North Berwick

Glasclune, North Berwick

TWO former children’s homes which were run by Barnardo’s in East Lothian will be part of an ongoing inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is looking at the care provided in residential children’s homes and foster homes up to 2014. It launches its next phase in the autumn which will focus on large care providers Quarriers, Aberlour and Barnardo’s.

Among the care homes coming under scrutiny which were run by Barnardo’s are Glasclune, North Berwick, and Tyneholme, Pencaitland.

Glasclune, which was opened in 1944 as a Barnardo’s home for girls, operated as a mixed home from 1953 and in the late 1970s became used as accommodation for children with emotional difficulties.

In 1979 the building, which stood on Greenhead Road, was gutted by a fire which was attended by 60 firefighters at its peak and caused £300,000 of damage.

None of the children in the home at the time were injured in the blaze and the home itself closed three years later.

Tyneholme House in Pencaitland was opened in 1948 by Barnardo’s as a home for boys and became mixed accommodation in 1970 before changing to a home for children with physical and learning disabilities in 1973. It closed in 1985.

Alison Saunders DENIES being pushed out of her job running the Crown Prosecution Service and insists she did a good job despite collapse of rape trials during her ‘disastrous’ tenure

  • Alison Saunders became head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2013
  • She has attracted controversy over a series of failed rape prosecutions
  • It has been reported that she has not asked for her contract to be renewed

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

The most horrific crime of the DPP/CPS committed was to allow Daniel Janner’s father(GREVILLE JANNER), a man who committed buggery, to slip through the net not once but three times …

Why is the son of a serial paedophile repeatedly given a platform to peddle his hate and spew his vitriol in this way? Has he not forgotten that even Henriques agreed with the CPS in saying his daddy should have been brought to trial?

Martin Geddes‏ @martingeddes

Widespread, endemic, embedded, longstanding paedophilia is the Establishment Deep State’s “dark secret” and greatest vulnerability. It’s the vetting process for their psychopath club. There’s no way to spin it as being acceptable. The game’s up, globally.

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

 “Journalist uses parliamentary privilege”, so could journalists name paedophiles?

Inquiry announces publication date for report into Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and Rochdale Borough Council

29 March 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will be publishing its report into the investigation into Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and Rochdale Borough Council on 12 April 2018.

The report will be published on the Inquiry’s website at 12:00 noon.

The investigation examined the allegations made about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel and Knowl View School in Rochdale. Former Liberal Party MP, Cyril Smith, had been named as one of the alleged abusers.



so they have magic money to further fund Madeleine McCann totalling to £11m but they don’t have money for grenfell victims? for those who are still homeless? for the millions of other children that go missing per year? for the NHS? this government is beyond DISGUSTING.

The hunt for Madeleine McCann CONTINUES as Home Office approves Met Police’s request for cash to pursue a ‘final line of inquiry’ 11 years after youngster vanished

  • The Home Office allocated an unknown amount to the Met’s Operation Grange
  • Detectives investigating disappearance applied for more funding in February
  • More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl 
Mar 27 2018




Ben Needham’s mum questions why she hasn’t had more cash after Maddie McCann hunt funding boost

Speaking to the Loose Women panel, hearbroken Kerry Needham said she hadn’t had a ‘fraction’ of the help


‘Hero’ paratrooper who ‘served with Prince Harry, trained William and downed Guinness with Charles’ jailed for child rape

Veteran Wayne Domeney, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, also boasted about taking Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields during his service

26 MAR 2018

An ex-paratrooper who claimed he served alongside Prince Harry, helped train Prince William and downed Guinness with Prince Charles has been jailed for child rape.

Wayne Domeney, who was once pictured shaking hands with Charles, also boasted about taking Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields during his service.

The 51-year-old went on the run for two weeks after he was convicted of 13 offences – including one count of raping a girl under 13 – in his absence in January.

He was being hunted by cops so he could be sentenced for a string of sex crimes spanning a four-year period – but finally gave himself up after a high-profile search.

Now, he has been locked up for 17 years – as police have said his actions have caused “lifelong consequences” for his victim, who is “still coming to terms with what he did”.

The ex-paratrooper is pictured shaking hands with Prince Charles
The ex-paratrooper is pictured shaking hands with Prince Charles

The former soldier, of Consett, County Durham, had handed himself into a police station in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on February 16 after an arrest warrant was issued.

He was sentenced last Friday following his conviction at Birmingham Crown Court.

Domeney, also known as Wayne Rackham, had been dubbed a hero paratrooper after he left the Army in 2009 following more than two decades of service.

After signing up to the Army in 1985, he had become a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, touring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving in Northern Ireland.

He claimed that, as well as rubbing shoulders with royal brothers William and Harry, he took Diana on a minefields tour and drank pints of Guinness with Charles. He met the heir to the throne during a Colours Parade, and bragged about how he “always remembered me”.

n an interview last September, Domeney said: “He knew I was the boxing champ. I said, ‘We’ve got two pints of Guinness, will you toast the regiment?’ So he stayed for a few pints.

“We were joking about his posh voice so he put on a cockney accent. He was having a good time. I met him after at events and he always remembered me.”

He also claimed he trained William, saying he was “down to earth”.

And he once described how he had served alongside Harry in Afghanistan.

“I met Harry in Afghanistan, we’d talk to him over scoff,” he previously said.

“He was sound, one of the lads.”

Domeney also claimed he escorted Diana when she visited Bosnia. He said they drove her to points on the front line where mines had been placed.

He claimed: “She wanted to know what it was really like. She was very determined about that.”

The former paratrooper, who previously told of how he developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after leaving the Armed Forces, had been on bail.

However, he failed to turn up for his trial and was thought to have fled to the North East of England, where he has family.

He was convicted of one count of raping a girl under 13 and three counts of raping a girl aged between 13-15.

He was also found guilty of assaulting a girl by penetration while he lived in Bedworth, Warwickshire.

And he was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of intimidating a witness.


Disgraced housemaster found guilty of grooming pupils at top Scots school used by royals and rich

Disgraced Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir was convicted of offences involving 13-year-olds.

9 MAR 2018

A former assistant housemaster at a Scots boarding school used by royals and the rich and famous has been found guilty of grooming pupils.

Disgraced Andrew Keir, 67, was convicted of a string of lewd and indecent offences involving 13-year-old boys in his care almost three decades ago.

A sheriff took just 20 minutes to find the retired physics teacher at Gordonstoun, Morayshire, guilty of the charges after a three-day trial at Elgin Sheriff Court.

Immediately after the verdict the school – where Prince Philip and his sons princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were taught, and David Bowie’s son Zowie – apologised.

A spokeswoman said: “During the trial it became clear that the school’s response at the time of the offences was not as robust and rigorous as it would be now, and we are very sorry for this.

“Today, Gordonstoun has a rigorous approach to child protection.

“Our policies and procedures are robust and have been developed and approved by leading child protection experts.”

Keir, now living in Cheshire, had denied swimming and showering in the nude while in a state of arousal with three pupils, and encouraging them to do the same.

He refuted allegations of “skinny dipping” with pupils claiming he could have taken boys into the pool alone – but only if he had an “evil mind”.

Prince Charles in his final year at Gordonstoun School

His three victims, now all in their 40s, told how he took them for secret swimming sessions in the dark and chased them naked in the water.

Keir, a black belt in judo, was also convicted of putting his hand on one victim’s crotch and bottom while they “grappled” in a classroom.

He then put his hands down the same pupil’s trousers while he played computer games and performed a sex act on him.

The witnesses said they told the school’s chaplain what had happened but nothing was done.

Giving evidence Keir claimed his diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome made it impossible for him to come up with a reason why the trio would accuse him.

Gordonstoun School
Gordonstoun School (Image: PA)

Keir insisted he was often too busy as a housemaster, teacher, judo and sailing coach and driver of the school fire engine to be alone with pupils. He said: “It would have been exceptionally unusual for me to have a half hour spare. I would certainly never be alone with a pupil.”

Keir added: “If I had had an evil mind I might have managed it, but I didn’t. It would have been possible, but I didn’t.”

Prosecutor Alison Young described Keir’s pattern of alleged behaviour of getting victims alone outside of class as “basically grooming”.

Keir was convicted of lewd, indecent or libidinous practices between November 1988 and March 1989 by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of children.

Prince Philip during his schooldays at Gordonstoun (Image: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh)

He was also found guilty of indecent assault by placing his hands down the trousers of a child and disorderly conduct by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of a child.

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov (CORR) will sentence Keir next month (April).

Alex Renton‏ @axrenton

After years of pleas from victims, Edinburgh’s Fettes_College has at last taken down the portrait of its notorious sadist headmaster, Anthony Chenevix-Trench – and the memorial plaque that was on the chapel wall. Great news, if a little late…

Chenevix-Trench sexually assaulted children during caning sessions while head of and as a senior master This is the first acknowledgement of his crimes by any of those institutions.

Anthony Chenevix-Trench, the former headmaster of Fettes College, was said to have sexually abused young boys

Anthony Chenevix-Trench, the former headmaster of Fettes College, was said to have sexually abused young boys

The plaque in the chapel that commemorated Chenevix-Trench. A second plaque, to Ronald Selby Wright, a former chaplain, has also been removed

The school has  removed a portrait in the great hall and a plaque in the chapel commemorating former headmaster Anthony Chenevix-Trench.

WildCat‏ @calamiTcat

Chenevix-Trench!! I know that name!

And did you know there is a  John & Lucy Chenevix-Trench named in Epsteins wee black book?!

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Mrs John Chenevix Trench

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Nick Hornby and Lucy Chenevix-Trench

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Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, Al Gore and Philip Lader, Morgan Stanley Great Briton 2006.

The African Century Group was established by Jonathan Chenevix-Trench a former chairman of Morgan Stanley, one of the world’s largest financial companies.

It has been investing heavily in African banks, food industries, infrastructure and real estate, with support from Norfund. Another of its subsidiaries, African Century Foods Ltd of Mauritius, owns Frango King Limitada, one of Mozambique’s largest industrial poultry producers. The company intends to “develop into the leading white protein agri-business in Sub-Saharan Africa, capturing as much of the value-chain as possible from farm to fork.”

Chenevix-Trench is also a member of the board of the Mozambican company Machangulo SA, which was established to construct a luxury resort on 80,000 ha of land on the Machangulo peninsula with financial backing from Prince Willem Alexandre of the Netherlands.56 The Crown Prince backed out of his investment in 2012 after media reports of corruption and the violent repression of local fisherman and villagers protesting against the project.57

“I passionately believe in the need to get red-blooded capitalism into Africa,” says Chenevix-Trench.

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Margaret Lucy Ward was born in 1970.1 She is the daughter of Gerald John Ward and Rosalind Elizabeth Lygon.1 She married Jonathan Charles Stewart Chenevix-Trench, son of Anthony Chenevix Trench and Elizabeth Chalmers Spicer.2
Her married name became Chenevix-Trench.2 She was a sculptress.3


A nest for royal newlyweds?

With its 16th-century waterwheel and private polo ground, Old Hayward farmhouse is an ideal retreat for a young prince. And if the talk of locals is anything to go by, it could soon become a home for  newlyweds Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The property, in  Hungerford, Berks, was the home of Lucy and Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, until the couple announced they were upping sticks and moving to Worcestershire.

Sculptress Lucy, 41, the younger daughter of Prince Harry’s godfather Gerald Ward who died three years ago, has inherited the 128-room Madresfield Court, a crenellated, moated pile near Malvern and the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

Until recently, Madresfield has been occupied by Lucy’s mother, Prince Charles’s one-time close friend Rosalind, Lady Morrison, who was Ward’s first wife. But Rosalind is ‘retiring’ to a smaller house on the estate and Lucy and husband Jonathan, 50, the former chairman of Morgan Stanley, are moving in.

Tony Blair’s former school, Fettes College in Edinburgh, removes tributes to ‘abusers’

One of the UK’s best known independent schools has started to distance itself from two of the most celebrated figures in its history as it braces for revelations from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

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Ronald Selby Wright with Princess Margaret

Fettes College in Edinburgh, which counts Tony Blair among its old boys, has removed from the chapel a plaque to Ronald Selby Wright, its most famous former chaplain, once described by the school’s historian as the former prime minister’s spiritual mentor.


Top Edinburgh school removes ex-head’s portrait amid sex abuse inquiry

Fettes College is one of the most expensive private schools in Scotland.

25 March 2018

A leading private school has removed a portrait of one its former headmasters from its Great Hall, ahead of a major inquiry into historical sexual abuse examines claims against him. Fettes College in Edinburgh have taken the action as the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry looks into allegations against Anthony Chenevix-Trench following allegations he would beat pupils for his own sexual gratification. The school, whose alumni include former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has also carried out its own internal investigation over the claims. Chenevix-Trench, was appointed to his post at Fettes in 1971 and remained until his death in 1979, aged 60. David Blackie, 71, who claims to have endured brutal sadism from Chenevix-Trench, campaigned for the school to remove the portrait. A statement released by Fettes’ governors said: “We have no information to suggest that any crime was committed by Mr Chenevix-Trench while at Fettes. “However, as we have reported to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, his specific judgment in handling two specific matters did not measure up to the excellent pastoral care we pride ourselves on at Fettes today.”


Priest, Father Paul Moore, convicted 20 years after first confessing

14 March 2018


Moore was sent to paedophile haven, Fort Augustus, after allegedly admitting child abuse to the bishop

An 82-year-old Catholic priest who confessed to his bishop more than 20 years ago that he had abused young boys has finally been convicted.

Father Paul Moore has been found guilty of sexually abusing three children and a student priest in crimes spanning more than 20 years.

One of his victims was just five years old.

A BBC Scotland investigation reported five years ago that Moore had admitted in 1996 that he had abused more than one boy years earlier, and it was initially covered up by the bishop.

The then Bishop of Galloway, Maurice Taylor, did not contact the authorities about the priest’s confession until eight months later. Instead, he sent him to a treatment centre in Toronto.

Bishop Taylor removed the priest from his parish in Prestwick, Ayrshire, and later sent him to Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands, which was run by Benedictine monks.

The attached school was by this time closed, but the abbey remained open. That is where Moore joined monk Richard White – who was also a self-confessed paedophile, later jailed for five years for child abuse.

The 2013 BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers told how Moore was still living in a house which was purchased by the church.

Bishop Taylor said Moore had told him about actions that “occurred years previously”, and that the priest was removed from the pastoral ministry after the admission.

The bishop said: “The initial advice I was given was that since no allegations had been made against Moore but that he had made personal admission to me, I didn’t need to inform the authorities.”

The bishop said he arranged a meeting with the procurator fiscal in Kilmarnock in November 1996.

He said: “The Crown Office informed us in 1999 that they had decided not to proceed with any action but the case remained open.”

It was only when the victims came forward after the BBC documentary that the criminal case was brought.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

Also in the 2015 follow-up, the BBC revealed a second man, another former altar server and now in his late 40s, was abused by Moore for several years as a teenager in Ayrshire.

The investigation obtained a copy of a £10,000 cheque given to the man by Moore in 2009.

Moore denied the cheque was “hush money” and says it was meant as a loan.

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

When confronted, Moore denied that he had confessed any child abuse to Bishop Taylor.

He accepted he was aware the man had made allegations against him, and was asked if he accepted that a payment to an alleged victim may look like “hush money”.

He responded: “Sure, it looks now, I realise that now in these times but it’s not that, it wasn’t hush money.

“In the Bible it says lend without hope of getting things back… as far as I’m concerned he can keep it.”

Asked if the two men were lying about the abuse claims, Moore said: “No, they’re not lying. They think that’s what it is. But it’s not.”

Some of the abuse was alleged to have taken place at St Mark’s Primary School in Irvine

The court case also heard from another man, now in his 40s, who told how Moore sexually assaulted him at St Mark’s primary school in Irvine in 1976.

Nowadays that crime would have been classed as rape.

Another man told of an occasion when he was abused at Irvine’s Magnum Centre when he was still a child.

Moore was ordained in 1960 and served in six different parishes in the south west of Scotland before retirement.

In 1995, he abused a student priest and around the same time he was found to have repeatedly stared at the bodies of young boys in Prestwick swimming pool.

Soon after this he made his confession to the bishop.

Bishop Taylor

Bishop Taylor was told of the abuse in 1996

Bishop Taylor, who is now 92, appeared in court and said Moore had admitted to him in 1996 that he had a desire to abuse minors and he knew it was wrong.

He spoke of abusing boys while they slept and others at a swimming pool.

The bishop was shown personnel records he had taken in 1996 when Moore asked to see him.

He told the bishop he had sexual involvement with two males who had been underage at the time.

Sexual predator Jimmy Savile was regular visitor to Catholic school, Fort Augustus, at centre of abuse scandal

FORMER BBC presenter was frequently invited to Fort Augustus Abbey by Benedictine Order monks.

Queen Elizabeth with Bishop George Bell

A woman known as Carol wrote to Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, claiming Bell had sexually abused her when she was a child (starting when she was 5 years old) in the 1940s and 50s. It was not the first time Carol had come forward: in 1995 she told the then bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, and in 2012 she wrote to Lambeth Palace. No action was taken.

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George Bell was ‘fond’ of paedophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him through ordination

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Paedophile Bishop Peter Ball with Prince Charles

George Bell was ‘fond’ of paedophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him for ordination, an inquiry has heard.

As former bishop of Chichester, Bell is considered one of Anglicanism’s heroes. However, it emerged in 2015 the Church of England paid £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, in a legal settlement after she accused Bell of sexually abusing her as a child.

Now it can be revealed Peter Ball, who was jailed for a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men in 2015, was close friends with Bell.

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Bishop Ball sentenced to 32 months in prison but served only 16 months.

Ball was initially rejected in his attempt to become a priest in 1951 but Bell wrote to the selection panel in support of Ball’s application.

When Ball applied for ordination a second time it was Bell who sponsored him through the process.

In his witness statement to an inquiry investigating child sex abuse within the Church of England, Ball denied that Bell had ‘overruled’ the selection board allowing him to be ordained.

However he said that after his ordination Bell would visit his parish to take services, adding he was ‘aware that he was “fond” of me’.

In response to a question about Bell’s involvement in his ordination, Ball told the inquiry: ‘It is not right therefore to say that Bishop Bell “overruled” the selection board in order for me to be ordained.

Bishop George Bell
Courtesy of Jimmy JamesBishop George Bell is an iconic figure for the Church of England and was bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958.

‘Although Bishop Bell had indicated in 1951 in a letter to the first Selection Board who did not recommend me for ministry that he would be “prepared to accept me for ordination” even though the Selection Board had not recommend me for training at that time, that is not how matters proceeded.’

He went on: ‘After theological college, it was Bishop Bell ultimately who did sponsored [sic] me for ordination, but with the approval of the Selection Board. Bishop Bell then placed me in the parish of Rottingdean where I undertook my first curacy.

‘He would visit my curacy on occasion to carry out confirmations and to take services.

‘We had a good working relationship; I was aware that he was “fond” of me. He was someone who I looked up to when I was a young curate starting out in the Church.’

Bell, who died in 1958, was revered by Anglicans before the abuse allegations against him emerged. However a report earlier this year heavily criticised the Church’s handling of the accusations and found it ‘rushed to judgement’ and failed to give proper consideration to Bell’s rights.

But the archbishop of Canterbury refused to back down and said a ‘significant cloud is left over his name’.

Ball went on to become bishop of Lewes in the diocese of Chichester and then bishop of Gloucester. He was accused of gross indecency against a 16-year-old in 1992 but escaped with a police caution after he received backing from a member of the Royal Family and a number of other establishment figures. He was told to step down from his role as a bishop. However he continued to minister in churches and schools until 2010 before he was eventually arrested.

At the age of 83 he was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assaults in 2015. He was released after serving 16 months.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has been investigation how the diocese of Chichester handled allegations of child sexual abuse as a case study for the wider Church of England.

In his concluding remarks today solicitor David Greenwood said the CofE was more ‘malign’ than the Catholic Church in its response to abuse and accused it of ‘a conscious effort to treat survivors badly’.

The archbishop of Canterbury in his evidence said he had ‘learnt to be ashamed again of the Church’ and warned child sexual abuse would ‘destroy the Church’ if not addressed.

InquiryCSA (IICSA)‏Verified account @InquiryCSA

“At the latest, we are aiming to provide a report concerning the Chichester and Peter Ball case studies during the autumn or by the end of 2018.”

No one from royal family (who were close friends of paedophiles Bishop Peter Ball and Sir Jimmy Savile) to be questioned by the IICSA
Total travesty


The Independent (not so much) Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
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Jimmy Savile was bishop Ball’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household.


Even the Queen supported him after his police caution. In 1994, when she was distributing Royal Maundy money in Truro, Ball was there with his brother, who was Truro’s bishop.

After lunch in the Chapter House, the Queen, who had been on the high table with local dignitaries, went across to Ball, held out her hand and said in the clearest of voices: ‘My love and encouragement, Bishop.’

That Savile committed a number of sex offences in Sussex at the time when Ball was bishop there is not disputed.

During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household. After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.

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Revealed: Charles’ dozens of letters to ‘calculating’ paedophile bishop as victims demand they are made public

  • Prince Charles is believed to have written to paedophile bishop Peter Ball 
  • Ball was jailed two years ago for using his position to groom 18 young men 
  • The former Bishop of Gloucester exchanged letters with Prince Charles 

Bishop escaped abuse charges after MPs and a royal backed him, court told

A member of the royal family, a senior judge, cabinet ministers and public school headmasters all supported a Church of England bishop, Peter Ball, who escaped prosecution for sexual abuse 22 years ago, the Old Bailey has heard
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Bishop Peter Ball also a supporter of a “satanist” & pimp, Derry Mainwaring Knight

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The rector’s highly successful fund-raising campaign on Mr Knight’s behalf won the backing of the Bishop of Lewes, the Right Reverend Peter Ball.
On first meeting Mr Knight, he’ told the court, he thought him “a
most evil man,” but after a second meeting he concluded that he was
really “quite nice” and engaged in”a very necessary battle to combat

satanism”. • .

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Institutions and organisations

The Inquiry will investigate a wide range of institutions including:

  • local authorities
  • the police
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Immigration Service
  • the BBC
  • the armed forces
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • children’s homes
  • churches, mosques and other religious organisations
  • charities and voluntary organisations
  • regulators and
  • other public and private institutions.

It will also examine allegations of child sexual abuse involving well known people, including people in the media, politics, and other aspects of public life.

Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

Wonder what is happening to The MET and @InquiryCSA INQUIRY INTO PIE LIST he handed over to them

John Mann said that the file was handed to him by the same individual who had provided it to Mr Dickens in the 1980s, after it was compiled by former Tory MPs Sir Victor Raikes and Anthony Courtney – both now dead.

The Bassetlaw MP said he would pass it on to the Metropolitan Police to assist them with their investigations into historical sex abuse allegations.

There were two files that Geoffrey Dickens gave to Leon Brittan in 1984, this is the second file and the person who gave it to Geoffrey Dickens has now given a copy to me,” Mr Mann said.

Essex Council refuses to publish report into historic sex abuse allegations against child protection workers

22 March 2018

ESSEX Council has refused to release a report into allegations that some of its former child protection workers sexually abused children in their care.

County Hall confirmed that the document – known as the ’Kenward Report’ – existed, but refused to let the Yellow Advertiser see a copy, saying there was ’no public interest in disclosing the information’.

The YA requested the report under the Freedom of Information Act after learning it had been shown to detectives running Operation SANDS – a reinvestigation of an almost 30-year-old ’child sex ring’ case in Shoeburyness.

In the year 2000, Essex Council contracted independent child protection expert Helen Kenward to investigate historic allegations of abuse within its children’s departments.

Mrs Kenward is also known for her investigation into alleged child abuse in the ’Children’s Homes in Lambeth Enquiry’ (CHILE) in 2003, and her investigation into the death of two-year-old Ainlee Labonte for the Newham Area Child Protection Committee in 2002.

The YA has seen some correspondence connected to the Kenward Report, from the year 2000, which stated that Essex Council had conducted more than 20 investigations into allegations of abuse by Social Services staff in the the last ’few years’.

The correspondence showed one whistleblowing former Essex Council employee, who was interviewed for the Kenward Report, reported concerns and allegations about 18 different child protection professionals, including social workers and police officers.

Essex Police was tipped off that the report existed by whistleblowers, whose work with the YA sparked Operation SANDS two years ago.

The whistleblowers – all former child protection workers – came forward in 2015, after the YA uncovered and reported on secretive compensation payments authorised by Essex Council for ’alleged abuse’ in its children’s departments in the 1970s and 1990s.

They approached the YA to detail ’grave concerns’ about how abuse cases in Essex had been handled by the authorities during the 1980s and 1990s.

In particular, each had concerns about the way in which several agencies had dealt with a paedophile ring, which abused ’dozens’ of children in and around Shoeburyness.

Two men were prosecuted and jailed but documents from the time showed many of the children had reported being abused by more perpetrators, who appeared not to have been pursued.

Police only used a handful of boys’ evidence as ’specimen cases’ in the two men’s prosecution. As other complainants were not involved in the criminal case, the whistleblowers said, Social Services did not recognise them as victims. As a result, they were not case-conferenced and given the appropriate support.

Contemporaneous documents showed several of the children went on to self-harm, attempt suicide, fall into drug addiction, become child prostitutes or even abuse children themselves.

Whistleblowers added that some had since been jailed for serious criminal offences whilst others had died from suicides and drug overdoses.

In late 2015, the YA introduced the whistleblowers to then Essex Police Commissioner Nick Alston, who found them ’eminently credible’ and introduced them to Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh.

In March 2016, as a direct result of the YA’s work, Essex Police announced Operation SANDS.

Last October the YA revealed that despite whistleblowers supplying Essex Police with contemporaneous paperwork detailing alleged police corruption, and despite three new victims coming forward, the force had decided to close the investigation down.

But the YA rescued the case at the last minute by supplying detectives with a dossier of new evidence.

Operation SANDS remains ongoing as police investigate information provided by a fourth victim, who came forward late last year with specific, detailed allegations about a number of men and women in Southend, Castle Point, Basildon and other areas.

The man was known to investigative agencies at the time of the original investigation, in 1990, as a suspected victim – but was not interviewed by police and did not form part of the prosecution case.

As part of Operation SANDS, Essex Police has been allowed to view the ’Kenward Report’, but for now it remains off-limits to Essex taxpayers.

Essex Council has refused to release it, claiming it would ’prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs’ by dissuading people from contributing to future investigations.

It also claimed that the report contained personal data and information which had been provided in confidence.

It described the YA’s request to see the report as ’vexatious’, claiming it would take ’many hundreds of hours’ to redact or remove all the personal or confidential information.

The YA has submitted a new Freedom of Information request seeking some statistical data from the report, making clear that it does not wish to receive any personal or confidential information.

The council is required by law to answer within 20 working days.


THE YELLOW Advertiser has been instrumental in reopening a historic child sex abuse inquiry for a second time, by delivering a dossier of fresh evidence to Essex Police.

Detectives called the YA to police headquarters in Chelmsford last week, to announced the end of Operation SANDS.

But when it arrived for the briefing, the YA handed over a document containing detailed allegations about more than 10 men and women based in and around Southend in the 1980s.

The detailed allegations were made by a man who said he was abused over a years-long period as a teenager. It was compiled and handed to police with his consent. In it, he named multiple childhood friends he believed were also victims.

Expert child protection officer Detective Superintendent Tracey Harman confirmed the man was known to police as a suspected victim and said his information would be followed up.

The force has since confirmed that it is pursuing ’multiple new main lines of inquiry’ based on the document.

Essex Police announced in spring 2016 that it was reviewing an almost 30-year-old investigation into child abuse in and around Shoeburyness.

Dubbed Operation SANDS, the review was launched in direct response to an 18-month YA investigation.

The investigation began in late 2014, with the YA raising questions over 10 secret compensation payments authorised by Essex Council for ’alleged abuse’ in the 1970s and 1990s.

It resulted in four whistleblowers – all child protection workers in the Southend area during the 1980s and 1990s – raising concerns with the YA over a ’sex ring’ they felt had not been properly investigated.

Two men were convicted of child sex charges, relating to six victims, after the original Essex Police investigation in 1990.

But the whistleblowers said they knew other men had abused the same children, and possibly dozens more, yet appeared not to have been pursued.

Nick Alston, then the county’s police commissioner, described the whistleblowers as ’eminently credible’. He and Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered the creation of Operation SANDS.

Det Supt Harman said the review found a number of files connected to the original investigation had been destroyed, in line with the force’s retention policy.

In the records which did remain, some victims did make reference to other men, said Det Supt Harman, but they did not identify them in enough detail for police to trace them.

But the complainant who spoke with the YA said he had named several other abusers, by either their full names or their first names and places of work, to police at the time. He named them again in the document handed to Det Supt Harman by the YA last week.

Det Supt Harman said three fresh complainants had come forward after Operation SANDS was announced, each making allegations about one man, now in his 80s, who was arrested and interviewed.

She said: “However, based on all the information gathered and witnesses spoken to, there was insufficient evidence to charge in this instance. If anyone has further evidence in connection with this or any other investigation, I need them to come forward to us.”

Det Supt Harman said that in addition to prompting complainants to come forward to Operation SANDS, the YA’s reporting on historic allegations had emboldened victims to come forward in other, unrelated cases.

Anyone with information about abuse in and around Shoeburyness in the 1980s and 1990s was asked to call Essex Police on 101. The officer leading Operation SANDS is DC Laura Williams.


I worked as a senior social worker in the child protection team in Chelmsford Essex in the late 1990s. This does not surprise me in the slightest. I was suspended and disciplined when I started to uncover a group of paedophiles in Southminster near Southend. I cannot prove this but I am convinced that powerful people were involved including senior people at Essex County council and social services.

Shoebury ‘paedophile ring’ failures must be independently investigated, says outgoing Essex Police commissioner

May 2016

Essex Police is currently reviewing officers’ conduct in a child abuse investigation in Shoeburyness in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Mr Alston and Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh announced in March that the force was reviewing an investigation which resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of two paedophiles in 1990, for abusing adolescent boys in Shoeburyness.

The review was launched after three whistleblowers claimed victims had reported abuse by far more than just two men, but nobody else appeared to have been pursued.

They also claimed some victims were never interviewed by police and most who were still never received appropriate after-care such as counselling. Some have since reportedly committed suicide, died of drug overdoses, been sent to prison and, in one case, gone on to abuse children.

A fourth whistleblower, tracked down by the YA and now cooperating with the review, echoed the original claims.

Two of the whistleblowers, who worked at a Southend young offenders charity and received abuse disclosures from boys on their books, said they feared cops had failed to take the allegations seriously because they took a dim view of the complainants.

Mr Alston described the allegations as ‘chilling’, telling the YA: “It’s an overwhelmingly credible scenario. The circumstantial evidence is apparently strong.”,%20says%20outgoing%20Essex%20Police%20commissioner&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

In 1990 two local charities – the Rainer Foundation and the Children’s Society – published a report based on assessments of 25 young boys known to have visited the flat of convicted paedophile Dennis King in Shoebury, Essex. Of those 25 boys referred to in the charity report, only a handful were interviewed by Essex Police.

The report suggested, however, that there could be up to 80 victims aged as young as 11 years old.

Of those boys interviewed by the police only two went to court, were formally case conferenced, and received appropriate after-care.

Only two men were convicted, Brian Tanner, then 57, was sentenced to 3 years and Denis King who received 4 years unimprisonment.

Dennis King, 55 years old at the time of his 1990 conviction, had been convicted for sexual offences against boys at least twice before 1990 and has been convicted at least twice subsequent to the 1990 Shoebury conviction – More details HERE

Many of those that have disclosed are clear that more men were involved in the child abuse than just Dennis King and Brian Tanner.

Since then, multiple boys who disclosed abuse to the local charities have died of drug overdoses, committed suicide, or gone to prison.


Thursday, 14 April 2016 By Charles Thomson in Crime
Brian Tanner, left, and Dennis King, right, outside Chelmsford Crown Court in April 1990. Picture: Anglia Press Agency. A MAN convicted of abusing boys as part of a Shoebury ’sex ring’ in the late 1980s had several prior convictions, the Yellow Advertiser can reveal.
Dennis King, then aged 55 and living in Cunningham Close, Shoebury, received a four-year jail term in 1990 after admitting four counts of gross indecency and three counts of attempted buggery.
He was convicted with Brian Tanner, then 57 and living in Beedell Avenue, Westcliff, who got three years for three counts of gross indecency and three counts of attempted buggery.
Tanner has since died and King no longer lives in Essex.
Both men were jailed for their part in what Essex Council described in official papers as a ’sex ring’ targeting ’adolescent boys’.
Essex Police last month announced a review of its investigation into the King and Tanner case, after three whistleblowers alleged a catalogue of failings.
A fourth whistleblower, tracked down by the YA, has now agreed to cooperate with the review.
The YA has now obtained court records showing King was jailed for seven years in 1966 for sexually abusing two boys he met in a public toilet on Southend seafront.
An appeal document states: “According to their evidence, they were hanging around a public lavatory on the front and they got into a conversation with the appellant, who asked them if they wanted to play about with him and offered them 10 shillings each.
“According to them, he took each one of them in turn into a cubicle inside the lavatory where certain of these offences were committed.
“According to them, an arrangement was then made for the appellant to meet them at the same place at about 10.30 that evening and go back to his flat.
“They did meet that evening. The appellant took them back to his flat. One of them slept on the floor and one of them in the bed with him, and it was there that the other offences were committed.”
King denied the allegations but was convicted of two counts of attempting to procure acts of gross indecency, three counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted buggery.
The appeal record shows that before his 1966 trial, King already had several prior convictions for child sex offences.
The record states: “This appellant of 31 has already been sent to prison for six months for attempting to procure gross indecency with a youth of 15, and two offences were then taken into consideration, one of which was with a boy of nine.
“He has been fined for importuning immoral purposes and finally, in September 1964, he was given 12 months imprisonment for attempting to procure gross indecency.”…earchyear=2016

This former charity boss whistleblower explains how one of the young boys turned to recruiting for the gang so that he wouldn’t keep getting abused himself.

EXCLUSIVE: Former charity boss recalls ‘shock’ of uncovering Shoebury ‘paedophile ring’

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 By Charles Thomson in Crime
Chris Hickey A FORMER charity boss has spoken about how he learned a ‘paedophile ring’ was operating in Shoebury in the late 1980s.
Chris Hickey – former manager of the Rainer Foundation, a young offenders’ charity in Weston Road, Southend – is the fourth whistleblower to voice concerns over Essex Police’s investigation into the abuse of dozens of boys.
Mr Hickey, now a HR consultant, is believed to have received the first abuse disclosure from one of the victims.
He said: “The first time I had any real sense that something really strange was going on, I was working with this young lad. He slowly started to burn himself with a cigarette, rather than tell me what was going on.”
Mr Hickey was tracked down by the Yellow Advertiser and is now cooperating with an Essex Police review, announced last month, into whether the case was properly investigated.
Two men were jailed in 1990 but whistleblowers say the victims reported abuse by more paedophiles who were not prosecuted. They also claim police failed to interview multiple victims and that most of those who were interviewed never received appropriate after-care.
Mr Hickey co-authored a 1990 report criticising the ‘patchy’ response by local agencies, which said victims had already suffered problems including self-harming, displaying ‘abusive behaviour’ towards younger children and ‘graduating into the local rent boy scene’.
Recounting the moment the first boy – a ‘cheeky chappy’ and ‘prolific car thief’ – disclosed his abuse, Mr Hickey said: “It was late afternoon. He was getting less and less responsive. The silences were getting longer and longer. I knew I just had to sit there.
“The room was going dark and I wouldn’t even get up to turn the light on because I knew if I moved the spell would be broken – and if he was going to say something, he was going to say it now.
“I’d been working with him for well over a year and I knew there was something going on. I waited and waited and I watched him burn himself with a cigarette – and then he told me.”
Mr Hickey said the disclosure left him ‘shellshocked’. In the coming weeks the boy revealed he had become a ‘recruiter’ for the paedophiles to stop his own abuse. Soon afterwards, more boys began coming forward to local charities, including 12 to 15 who disclosed to Rainer.
Mr Hickey said: “It was terrible when you realised what had happened. We had no idea this was going on and then it all unfolded before our eyes. It is an experience seared into my memory.”

Child Abuser Morris Fraser, Factual Errors by NI Child Abuse Inquiry

This post contains 3 items from Niall Meehan, Faculty Head, Journalism & Media, Griffith College, Dublin. They show the Northern Ireland Inquiry into “historical abuse” was factually incorrect about Morris Fraser and show Niall Meehan’s attempts to correct the record. It appears the authorities are slow to do this.

1. The first, the text of which is reproduced in this post and on this pdf [1] is a letter from Niall Meehan, pointing out serious deficiencies and errors of fact in the Northern Ireland Abuse (NIA) inquiry when it considered Morris Fraser in his work at Lissue Hospital and also police failures to inform NI Hospitals Authority and RUC of their investigation of Morris Fraser.

2. 2017 Sept Niall Meehan Report published previously in Spinwatch ‘Northern Ireland abuse inquiry (HIAI) failed to investigate paedophile doctor, Morris Fraser, who managed Lissue children’s psychiatric hospital’ pdf [2]

3. Niall Meehan Report published previously in 2017 Nov Village Magazine  ‘Stormont should correct HIAI report to reflect police paedophile delinquency’  pdf  [3] 

The text of Niall Meehans letter is as follows:-

1. Letter /Email from

To: David Sterling. Executive Office, NIO, Belfast
Copy to: James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
From Dr Niall Meehan, Faculty Head, Journalism & Media, Griffith College, Dublin.
16 November 2017

The HIAI and Dr Morris Fraser (2 pages)

Dear David Sterling,

On 17 May 1972 at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court London, a child psychiatrist
employed by the NI Hospitals Authority, Dr Maurice Fraser, pleaded guilty to abusing
a 13-year-old Belfast boy in London in August 1971.

I attach two reports I authored on Dr Morris Fraser, in September and (just published)
November 2017.

They are entitled:
‘Stormont should correct HIAI report to reflect police paedophile delinquency’, Village
magazine, November 2017 pdf [3]
• ‘Northern Ireland abuse inquiry (HIAI) failed to investigate paedophile doctor, Morris Fraser, who managed Lissue children’s psychiatric hospital’, Spinwatch, September 2017 pdf [2]

(I draw your attention also to my first, March 2016, report on Dr Fraser:  2016 Mar 31 Niall Meehan, ‘Morris Fraser, child abuse, corruption and collusion in Britain and Northern Ireland’ [4] )

Both reports detail a serious deficiency in the findings, and also errors of fact, in the
Report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI), as they concern Dr Fraser.
I wish to make two points on that subject, which are supported by evidence cited in the
attached reports. I draw your attention in particular to copies of archival documents
(cited here) in my September 2017 report on Dr Fraser.

1. Fraser’s work in Lissue Children’s Psychiatric Unit
The January 2017 HIAI Report, chapter 26, page 82, briefly considered and then
dismissed discussion of Fraser’s work, and of his official treatment. It found that,
… the way the medical authorities and the police dealt with Dr Fraser after his conviction
in London are not matters that fall within the Terms of Reference of this Inquiry and we
have not considered them.

The conclusion was based on a finding, that relied on the 45-year-old memory of Dr
Fraser’s 1971-73 superior, Dr William Nelson, that Fraser’s work in 1972-3, with
institutionalised children in Lissue hospital’s child psychiatric unit, was peripheral, at
best, to his main work with outpatient children in the RVH. Inquiry paragraph 87 in
chapter 26 asserted, ‘There is no evidence of Dr Fraser’s work at Lissue’.

The HIA Inquiry dealt only with the treatment of institutionalised children
As my latest reports point out, the Inquiry ignored (and made no reference to the
possession of) documentary evidence sent to the Inquiry by the General Medical
Council (GMC) in September 2016.

A document, one of two July 1973 letters from
Fraser’s immediate superior, the same Dr William Nelson, for GMC consideration,
demonstrated that Fraser’s main work was in Lissue Hospital’s inpatient child
psychiatric unit, for at least a year after his May 1972 child abuse conviction.

The letter, dated 6 July 1973, stated also that Dr Fraser was promoted to medical manager
of the children’s psychiatric unit within that time period. Finally, Dr Nelson’s letter noted that Fraser interacted with social care workers in allocating vulnerable children to various institutions.

This latter point is in line with an allegation from Kincora Boys’ Home victim Richard Kerr, that the Inquiry attempted to undermine (though Kerr refused to interact with the Inquiry). A second letter from Dr Nelson, dated 11 July 1973, stated a willingness to accept Dr Fraser back working in the child psychiatric unit.

Therefore, the Inquiry decision to ignore investigation of Morris Fraser’s behaviour
and official treatment was contradicted by evidence in its possession, which the Inquiry
decided, irrationally, to ignore. The ignored evidence suggested that Investigation of
Fraser, a paedophile who interacted with vulnerable institutionalised children, was
within the HIA Inquiry’s terms of reference.
That concludes the first point.

2. Police failure to inform NI Hospitals Authority and RUC frustration of
GMC investigation of Morris Fraser

The second issue I bring to your attention concerns how Fraser came to be working
with children, though he was a convicted child abuser. That is because the London
Metropolitan Police plus the Royal Ulster Constabulary (and/or the NI Police
Authority) refused, contrary to explicitly stated official regulations (cited in the
attached November 2017 Village article [3]), to inform the NI Hospitals Authority of Dr
Fraser’s unreported (by the media) May 1971 conviction.

Had the HIA Inquiry found, correctly, that Fraser’s behaviour and treatment was
within its terms of reference, it would have been bound to investigate why the RUC
(and/or the NI Police Authority) failed in its duty to inform a hospital authority that an
internationally known child psychiatrist it employed was also a child abuser. The
police authority admitted an obligation to inform, through duplicating Metropolitan
Police notification to the GMC.

The HIAI would have been obliged also to consider other GMC evidence in its
possession, indicating that the RUC, in particular, frustrated, and also thereby delayed,
the GMC’s investigation of Fraser. The HIAI would have been bound to consider RUC
culpability in the subsequent abuse of children, by a career paedophile whose object
was to scan an available child population in order to select those he might abuse.
The HIAI failed in its duty to investigate a proven paedophile who worked with
vulnerable institutionalised Northern Ireland children.

For that reason I ask you to refer back to the Inquiry those findings and errors of fact as
they concern Dr Morris Fraser, that are clearly contrary to evidence available to the
Inquiry. I ask you also to bring these observations to the attention of responsible
When may I expect notification of your decision(s) in relation to this matter and
considered reply?

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Niall Meehan

                                                                      Morris Fraser



Last year, allegations re-emerged against John Smyth QC, a prominent evangelical. Smyth helped run holiday camps for public-school boys at Iwerne Minster in Dorset in the Seventies. They were religion’s Sandhurst, producing the next generation’s Christian elite. Welby attended them.

MoD worked with tainted company SCL Group until last month

Theresa May’s spokesman said that government departments had previously undertaken three contracts with SCL

Theresa May’s spokesman said that government departments had previously undertaken three contracts with SCL
Theresa May was accused last night of a cover up after it emerged that a data company linked to dirty tricks was working on a defence contract just a few weeks ago.The prime minister’s spokesman said on Wednesday that the government had stopped working with Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group, in 2015, before accusations were made that it used millions of people’s private Facebook data to manipulate elections.However, The Times can reveal that the Ministry of Defence paid £42,000 to a branch of SCL for “data analytics” between December and February. The work was commissioned even though there have been widely reported concerns for two years about the company’s techniques. London‏ @TomLondon6Very odd that Information Commissioner has not yet been granted a warrant to search . What could be the explanation? Also concerned that the Information Commissioner does not have sufficient resources to do what needs to be done.

The Deep State Breaks Surface 36

by Craig Murray
I confess I found it difficult to get worked up about the Cambridge Analytica affair. My reactions was “What awful people. But surely everybody realises that is what Facebook does?”. It seemed to me hardly news, on top of which the most likely outcome is that it will be used as yet another excuse to introduce government controls on the internet and clamp down on dissenting views like those on this website, where 85% of all traffic comes through Facebook or Twitter.But two nights ago my interest was piqued when, at the height of Cambridge Analytica’s domination of the news cycle, the BBC gave it considerably less airtime than the alcohol abuse problems of someone named Ant. The evening before, the BBC had on Newsnight given the CEO of Cambridge Analytica the most softball interview imaginable. If the BBC is obviously downplaying something, it is usually defending a deep British Establishment interest.It took me a minute to find out that Cmbridge Analytica is owned by a British company, SCL Ltd, which in effect does exactly the same activities in the UK that Cambridge Analytica was undertaking in the US. I then looked up SCL on Bloomberg.

Image result for Lord Ivar Mountbatten Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth. Lord Mountbatten’s great-nephew is Deputy Lieutenant of Devon 

The name which jumped out at me of course was Lord Ivar Mountbatten, direct descendant of Queen Victoria and scion of the family closest friends with that of the UK’s unelected monarch. The only person listed by Companies House as having “significant control” – ie over 25% of the shares – is Roger Gabb, the wine merchant known for large donations to the Tory Party. I have now spoken to people who know him fairly well who, I must note in fairness, universally say he is a kind and very bright man, but with no technical input in the kind of work performed by SCL/Cambridge Analytica.SCL is as Establishment as a company can get. The most worrying aspect of this is that SCL is paid by the British government to manipulate public opinion particularly in the fields of “Security” and “Defence”, and still more worryingly SCL – this group of ultra Tory money men seeking to refine government propaganda at the expense of you, the taxpayer – is cleared by the MOD to access classified government information.Image result for Lord Ivar Mountbatten

Ivar Mountbatten with partner James Doyle

I then did a news search on google for “Mountbatten” and “SCL” and it brought up zero results from corporate and state media. I then did a wider search not just of news sites, and found this excellent article from Liam O’Hare on Bella Caledonia. It said everything I had been planning to write, and probably says it better. Please do read it. Liam has actually done this to me before, getting there first. I suspect we may be the same person. Come to think of it, I have never seen a photo of us together.PS Everyone of my generation will remember this joke. “What’s white and flies across the sea at 300mph?” We had a more robust attitude to free speech in the 70’s, and the maudlin deference to the “Royal family” had much less hold on the population. 

Liam O Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group)  and the Conservative Party and military establishment, ‘Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.’

The scandal around mass data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica took a new twist on Monday.

A Channel 4 news undercover investigation revealed that the company’s Eton-educated CEO Alexander Nix offered to use dirty tricks – including the use of bribery and sex workers – to entrap politicians and subvert elections.

Much of the media spotlight is now on Cambridge Analytica and their shadowy antics in elections worldwide, including that of Donald Trump.

However, Cambridge Analytica is a mere offshoot of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) – an organisation with its roots deeply embedded within the British political, military and royal establishment.

Indeed, as the Observer article which broke the scandal said “For all intents and purposes, SCL/Cambridge Analytica are one and the same.”

Like Cambridge Analytica, SCL group is behavioral research and strategic communication company.

In 2005, SCL went public with a glitzy exhibit at the DSEI conference, the UK’s largest showcase for military technology.

It’s ‘hard sell’ was a demonstration of how the UK government could use a sophisticated media campaign of mass deception to fool the British people into the thinking an accident at a chemical plant had occurred and threatened central London. Genuinely.

Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.

SCL Group says on its website that it provides “data, analytics and strategy to governments and military organizations worldwide.”

The organisation boasts that it has conducted “behavioral change programs” in over 60 countries and its clients have included the British Ministry of Defence, the US State Department and NATO.

A freedom of information request from August 2016, shows that the MOD has twice bought services from Strategic Communication Laboratories in recent years.

In 2010/11, the MOD paid £40,000 to SCL for the “provision of external training”. Meanwhile, in 2014/2015, it paid SCL £150,000 for the “procurement of target audience analysis”.

In addition, SCL also carries a secret clearance as a ‘list X’ contractor for the MOD. A List X site is a commercial site on British soil that is approved to hold UK government information marked as ‘confidential’ and above. Essentially, SCL got the green light to hold British government secrets on its premises.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has a contract for $500,000 with SLC. According to an official, this was to provide  “research and analytical support in connection with our mission to counter terrorist propaganda and disinformation overseas.” This was not the only work that SCL has been contracted for with the US government, the source added.

In May 2015, SCL Defense, another subsidiary of the umbrella organisation, received $1 million (CAD) to support NATO operations in Eastern Europe targeting Russia.

The company delivered a three-month course in Riga which taught “advanced counter-propaganda techniques designed to help member states assess and counter Russia’s propaganda in Eastern Europe”.

The NATO website said the “revolutionary” training would “help Ukrainians better defend themselves against the Russian threat”.

What is clear is that all of SCL’s activities were inextricably linked to its Cambridge Analytica arm.

As recently as July 2017, the website for Cambridge Analytica said its methods has been approved by the “UK Ministry of Defence, the US State Department, Sandia and NATO” and carried their logos on its website.

Mark Turnbull, who joined Alexander Nix at the secretly filmed meetings, heads up SCL Elections as well as Cambridge Analytica Political Global.

His profile at the University of Exeter Strategy and Security Institute boasts of his record in achieving “campaign success via measurable behavioural change” in “over 100 campaigns in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Turnbull previously spent 18 years at Bell Pottinger, heading up the Pentagon funded PR drive in occupied Iraq which included the production of fake al-Qaeda videos.

Turnbull’s involvement is just one sign of the sweeping links the company has with powerful Anglo-American political and military interests.

The firm is headed up by Nigel Oakes, another old Etonian, who, according to the website PowerBase has links to the British royals and was once rumoured to be an Mi5 spy.

( He joined Saatchi and Saatchi as a Senior Producer in 1987.[26])

In 1992, Oakes described his work in a trade journal as using the “same techniques as Aristotle and Hitler. … We appeal to people on an emotional level to get them to agree on a functional level.”

The President of SCL is Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former Conservative MP and the Defence Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Pattie also co-founded Terrington Management which lists BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin among its clients.

One of the company’s directors’ is wine millionaire and former British special forces officer in Borneo and Kenya, Roger Gabb, who in 2006 donated £500,000 to the Conservative party.

Gabb was also fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to include his name on an advert in a number of local newspapers arguing for a Leave vote in the Brexit referendum.

SCL’s links to the Conservative party continues through the company’s chairman and venture capitalist Julian Wheatland. He also happens to be chairman of Oxfordshire Conservatives Association.

The organisation has also been funded by Jonathan Marland who is the former Conservative Party Treasurer, a trade envoy under David Cameron, and a close friend of Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby.

Property tycoon and Conservative party donor Vincent Tchenguiz was also the single largest SCL shareholder for a decade.

Meanwhile, another director is Gavin McNicoll, founder of counter-terrorism Eden Intelligence firm who ran a G8 Plus meeting on Financial Intelligence Cooperation at the behest of the British government.

Previous board members include Sir James Allen Mitchell, the former Prime Minister of the previous British colony St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mitchell has been a privy counselor on the Queen’s advisory board since 1985.

The British military and royal establishment links to SCL are further highlighted through another director Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, a former assistant director of naval warfare in the Ministry of Defence and aide de camp to the Queen.

The Queen’s third cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, was also sitting on SCL’s advisory board but it’s unclear if he still holds that role.

The above examples barely scrape the surface of just how deep the ties go between the UK defence establishment and Strategic Communication Laboratories.

Indeed, it seems evident that the organisation is a product of murky alliances formed between venture capitalists and former British military and intelligence officers. Unsurprisingly, they also happen to be closely tied to the higher echelons of the Conservative party.

International deception and meddling is the name of the game for SCL. We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow intelligence bunkers.

Instead, they are British, Eton educated, headquartered in the city of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s government.

eugene nowakowski‏ @molecularcont Mar 21

The tories were boasting they were in it with Cambridge Analytica before Snap election.Daily Mail put it all on the front page.. Now The’ May /Tories are saying Dont know them nothing to do with us never heard of them before

The President of SCL is Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former Conservative MP and the Defence Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Pattie also co-founded Terrington Management which lists BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin among its clients.

More on Geoffrey Pattie  here:

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Lord Bramall’s business partners :

Sir Geoffrey Pattie and Lord Bramall – both partners in Terrington Management.

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Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former defence minister defends vicious paedophile (William Pate)

1978: MPs Successfully Campaign For The Release Of Sadistic Paedophile William Pate.

Pate lived in Hornsey (London Borough of Islington) and worked at a library. Possible that his employer was Islington Council

1978: MPs Successfully Campaign For The Release Of ...

William ‘Bill’ Pate’s specialism was the ligature round the neck all limbs tied style of rape where the victim risked being asphyxiated and having to be revived.

‘all-party group of MPs’  campaigned for the release of paedophile William Pate convicted of  horrific crimes against children, and despite doctors at Broadmoor believing him to be ‘a danger and not fit for release’, the campaign was successful. In 1984 he was convicted yet again for paedophilia and ‘sadistic homosexual practices’ after imprisoning a young boy for 12 hours and abusing him.

Along with the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton (Mr. Pattie), I recently took the case of William Pate to the Ministry. That case has had a lot of publicity and there is no harm in mentioning the name. Had this man been convicted of the offence with which he was charged, he could not have been in custody for more than two and a half years. He has been in custody for nine years and it is difficult to transfer him even now to a less secure unit. He is being kept in custody because he had the misfortune to be sent to a hospital instead of a prison. Although the Bill of the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton deals with that situation, it must be put right when we come to legislate.


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Sleaze probe into Keith Vaz over male escorts is BACK ON after standards watchdog decides Labour MP is well enough to be investigated

  • Sleaze inquiry into Labour’s Keith Vaz had been put on hold for ‘medical reason’
  • The MP was accused of meeting male prostitutes in 2016 newspaper sting 
  • Married Vaz stood down as Home Affairs Committee chair after scandal broke
  • Questions have been raised over health as he has continued to carry out work 

A sleaze probe into Keith Vaz and male escorts is back on after the parliamentary standards watchdog decided he is well enough to face investigation.

The inquiry into the veteran Labour MP was suspended in December ‘for medical reasons’.

Questions have been raised as he has continued to take part in engagements in the UK and around the world.

However, commissioner Kathryn Stone confirmed on her website today that she has resumed her investigation. 

Mr Vaz, who is diabetic, did not respond to a request for comment this afternoon.

Married Mr Vaz, who has two children, stood down as chairman of the Commons home affairs committee after his involvement with male prostitutes was exposed by a newspaper sting in 2016.

During the liaison, at which he claimed his name was Jim and that he was a washing machine salesman, he discussed buying cocaine with one of the Romanian rent boys, with undercover film footage of him saying he would pay for the class-A drugs but did not want to take any himself.

Later that year, Scotland Yard dropped its investigation into Mr Vaz, but a separate probe by the Commons sleaze watchdog was due to look at whether the MP was guilty of a conflict of interest as he had been leading a review of vice laws at the time of the allegations.

The inquiry was also due to examine whether he had caused ‘significant damage’ to Parliament’s reputation

But in December, the standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson cited medical reasons when she suspended the long-running investigation into Mr Vaz.

However, that same month, Mr Vaz reportedly went on a trip to Saudi Arabia, while in January he posted a picture of himself in Goa, India, with government minister Rohan Khaunte.

That month he was also photographed alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a meeting of the all party parliamentary group on Yemen.

Since the investigation into his conduct was halted by the standards commissioner, the Leicester East MP has opened a new swimming pool in the city, attended planning meetings, travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia.

n an outing earlier this month, Mr Vaz appeared alongside Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha at an event in London, where they were both pictured on stage.

Mr Sinha told the website Bollywood Hungama how he had been invited to come to the UK by the Labour MP.

He said: ‘Keith and the Indian community in London wanted to honour me. I couldn’t say no. This was a huge and humbling honour coming from my brothers and sisters on British soil.’

The MP was also a VIP guest at the Festival of Polish Folklore in Leicester on Sunday, described on its website as a vibrant celebration of Polish dance, song and music that featured more than 400 performers.

Mandate Now @mandatenow

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CARDINAL George Pell may face fresh charges following a shock development in his preliminary hearing.

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard this morning that a witness who was to face cross examination had supplied a new statement to police last night.

The statement is understood to contain criminal allegations against the Cardinal.

Cardinal Pell’s barrister Robert Richter, QC described the new statement — made weeks into the Cardinal’s hearing — as “problematic”.

Cardinal Pell is in the process of a preliminary hearing that will determine whether he faces a jury trial over allegations of historical sex offences.

Mr Richter said his legal team needed to investigate the fresh claims with a view to have them dealt with separately should charges proceed.

“We do not know if charges are to be laid or not in relation to him,” he said.

The witness had only been called to give evidence at Cardinal Pell’s hearing to answer questions about his original statement which placed the Cardinal at a location where alleged offences against others took place.

Mr Richter called for the witness’s first statement be removed from the police brief of evidence and be dealt with separately.

Prosecutors did not oppose the application and it was done.

Mr Richter said he disputed information in the witness’s first statement.

The hearing continues.

Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

Clerics & burnt files again at today: when retired Dean John Treadgold burnt files at Chichester Cathedral during police investigation, Cathedral took no action to question him on which files had been burnt and why. Reminiscent of burnt files evidence in Catholic hearing

The Church tends to deal with their issues of child sexual abuse behind closed doors and it’s a mystery of how they deal with the cases – it appears that there’s no independence. – watch:
Ms McNeill is now discussing Dean Treadgold burning documents in relation to safeguarding, pointing out to the witness that there is now a potential hole in record keeping.
Hearing evidence from Ms Edina Carmi, author of the 2004 independent audit report into Terence Banks and the Diocese of Chichester
FSQC to Edina Carmi: You have been accused of ‘overblowing’ the abuse at Chichester as a place where abuse could flourish EC: We did suggest a link between the perpetrators – 3 of which had been convicted – watch live:
Edina Carmi on her report – “I understood all copies of my report were destroyed” – Watch live:

Gove faces fresh scrutiny over school sexual abuse case

Second witness tells inquiry that then education secretary intervened in Downside case

Michael Gove is facing fresh questions about his alleged intervention in a sexual abuse investigation at a Catholic school after further evidence emerged that appears to link him to the inquiry.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) has already written to Gove asking whether he tried, during his time as the education secretary, to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abuse at the Downside Abbey boarding school in Somerset. Now the environment secretary, Gove denied making any calls to the local authority about the investigation.

It has now emerged that a second witness testified to the inquiry that Gove took an interest in the Downside investigation.

In public evidence to the inquiry, Jane Dziadulewicz referred to preparing a report for an MP while she was the safeguarding official for the Clifton diocese, responsible for child protection in that region.

During cross-examination at the IICSA in December, Dziadulewicz, who was in the post from 2003-15, was asked by the inquiry: “Did you attend a number of multi-disciplinary meetings?” She replied: “Yes”. She was then asked: “Including a late-night safeguarding commission meeting in relation to a report being prepared for an MP?” She replied: “Yes”, without being asked for the identity of the MP.

The Guardian has established that, in a written statement to the inquiry which has not been published, Dziadulewicz named the MP as Gove, and said his office had asked local officials to produce a report on the progress of the Downside investigation.

Her evidence adds to that given by Claire Winter, the deputy director of children’s services responsible for children’s social care at Somerset county council, who testified to the inquiry about the investigation on 13 December.

Winter and Dziadulewicz worked closely together with the police during a series of investigations into allegations of sexual abuse at Downside.

In her public evidence, Winter described a sequence of phone calls which she said she had never experienced before or since.

She said there had been concerns about a priest “and it was agreed that the abbot would suspend him from ministry while investigations continued”. The priest “did have, I discovered subsequently, connections to some quite senior figures”.

One afternoon, she received “two phone calls from the office of the minister of state for education asking for the time at which that decision [about the priest] was going to be made. I said, I knew what time it was, but I said it was a child protection matter and that I wasn’t willing to discuss it.

“Then very shortly before the time it was due to happen, I had a phone call from somebody who said they were the secretary of state for education and please would I tell them the time at which – he was quite insistent about the time that decision was due to be made.

“ … I said exactly the same thing, that it was a child protection matter, it was in relation to a criminal matter, and I couldn’t give that information.”

The priest, only identified at IICSA by the reference number F65, was said to have been the subject of an allegation of oral sex with a 16-year-old boy. The investigation resulted in a file being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service but did not lead to any charges because it was deemed there was insufficient evidence.

Gove’s spokesperson said he and the Department for Education had replied fully to IICSA’s requests for information.

“In preparing his response, the secretary of state has reviewed the relevant DfE documents and the witness statements from DfE officials already provided to the inquiry.

“Those documents show DfE officials engaged with the relevant agencies and provided briefings to ministers – this was entirely appropriate and followed normal procedures in handling child protection issues arising in an independent school.

“The documents contain no evidence to suggest any official or minister departed from normal procedures or acted inappropriately in any way.

“The secretary of state has never knowingly met F65 and has no connection with him. It is false to insinuate otherwise.

“The DfE has confirmed there is no record of the phone calls referred to in Claire Winter’s oral evidence and that no one in the DfE at the time, including the secretary of state, recalls any such phone calls.”

The Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has connections to Downside school, did not respond to the Guardian’s questions about whether he had discussed the investigation with Gove.

Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg, the MP’s mother, was the school governor with responsibility for child protection at Downside for some of this period. Her role, mentioned in evidence at the IICSA inquiry, is recorded in a July 2009 Downside school pamphlet on child protection and a subsequent Downside school parents handbook for 2010-11.

The abbot of Downside, Dom Aiden Bellenger, officiated at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wedding in 2007, reciting a Catholic mass in Latin at the service in Canterbury Cathedral. The MP, whose constituency is next door to Downside, has spoken at Downside.

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien – ex-leader of Scottish Catholic Church – dies

Cardinal Keith O’Brien allegedly engaged in inappropriate activity involving four men – three serving priests and a former priest.

Cardinal O’Brien died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Keith O’Brien, Cardinal Ousted in Sex Scandal, Dies at 80

MARCH 19, 2018

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was removed in 2013 as Scotland’s ranking Roman Catholic cleric after acknowledging that he had engaged in the very sort of homosexual behavior he had earlier denounced, died on Monday in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northeast England, where he had been living in exile. He was 80.

His death, in a hospital there, was announced by the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, which he served as archbishop from 1985 until his appointment as cardinal in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. He had broken his collarbone and injured his head in a fall last month, they said.

Because of the sex scandal, Cardinal O’Brien recused himself from the 2013 Vatican conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal’s decision was considered unprecedented and had, by some accounts, been ordered by the retiring pope himself. Cardinal O’Brien was later ordered to leave Scotland for spiritual renewal and penance.

The scandal broke on Feb. 23, 2013, when three priests and a former cleric were quoted in the British newspaper The Observer as saying that Cardinal O’Brien had made sexual advances toward them after drinking bouts in the 1980s.

One of the men was a seminarian at the time, and the others were young clergymen. He was said to have had an enduring relationship with one of them.

After initially denying their accounts, Cardinal O’Brien issued a statement that March acknowledging, “There have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.”

He added, “To those I have offended, I apologize and ask forgiveness.”

An inquiry by the Vatican’s top sex-abuse prosecutor revealed other complaints against him, as well as evidence that he had quashed a proposed investigation of child abuse by priests since the 1950s.

Pope Francis, Benedict’s successor, ultimately permitted him to retain the title of cardinal but, in effect, stripped him of all privileges associated with that rank, including the right to vote in any Vatican conclave.

Other leading Catholic clerics around the world have resigned for turning a blind eye to sexual abuse; others were convicted of abuse themselves; and some vaguely sought absolution. But few approaching the stature of Cardinal O’Brien have publicly admitted sexual conduct that is frowned upon by the church and that contradicted their own preaching.

While he left Scotland in disgrace, originally living in northern England incognito, Cardinal O’Brien’s legacy went well beyond the scandal. He had fiercely criticized the Act of Settlement, a 1701 British law preventing Catholics from ascending to the British throne; he said it encouraged sectarianism. He also favored Scottish independence.

Before his elevation, Cardinal O’Brien was considered a potential reformer and even a borderline liberal, but during the next decade he rarely veered from Vatican doctrine on such matters as prohibiting artificial contraception, barring women from the priesthood and declaring homosexual behavior immoral.

Cardinal O’Brien once described same-sex marriage as a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”

In 2005, though, he said he had no objection to gay teachers in Catholic schools. “I don’t have a problem with the personal life of a person,” he added, “as long as they are not flaunting their sexuality.”

And the day before the Observer article was published in 2013, he said, without elaboration, “It is a free world and I realize that many priests have found it very difficult to cope with celibacy as they lived out their priesthood and felt the need of a companion, of a woman, to whom they could get married and raise a family of their own.”

Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien was born on March 17, 1938 — St. Patrick’s Day — in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

His mother was the former Alice Moriarity. His father, Mark, was a member of the Royal Navy in World War II and, after his discharge, moved the family to Scotland, having found it difficult to get a job in Northern Ireland after the war because of anti-Catholic bigotry there.

Keith O’Brien earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 1959 and a diploma in education in 1966. He was ordained a priest in 1965.

He was appointed archbishop after serving as spiritual director of St. Andrew’s College in Drygrange and rector of St. Mary’s College in Blairs. Both Catholic seminaries have since closed.

He is survived by his brother, Terry.

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Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh said: “In life, Cardinal O’Brien may have divided opinion.

“In death, however, I think all can be united in praying for the repose of his soul, for comfort for his grieving family and that support and solace be given to those whom he offended, hurt and let down.

“May he rest in peace.”

WildCat‏ @calamiTcat

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The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, in 1971.

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien (right) with colleague Fr Denis O’Connell – Both firends of paedophile Jimmy Savile

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Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell.

One man from Kilsyth, who was a schoolboy at the time, said: “Savile was here often over a period covering the mid-1970s. We were amazed to see him at first because he was always on TV. When we saw him about the town, he was always with Fr O’Connell or Fr O’Brien.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien was gone in a puff of seedy sex allegations that rocked the Catholic Church in Scotland to its foundations.
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And in his place, parachuted in straight from Rome, the solid, safe and very diplomatic hands of 53-year-old Airdrieonian Leo Cushley.

Church child sex abuse inquiry revealed stupidity and lying, claims bishop

Mar 19 2018

A child sex abuse inquiry has exposed “stupidity, incompetence and lying” at the highest levels of the Church of England a serving bishop has said, calling for an independent body to oversee safeguarding policy.

During two weeks of evidence sessions, with another week still to go, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard numerous accounts of abusers within the church whose offences were ignored, dismissed or covered up by senior figures.

The Right Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, agreed with calls on Twitter for the handling of safeguarding policy within the church to be handed to an independent external body. He wrote: “Yes. A terrible week with evidence of stupidity, incompetence, lying, dumping responsibility at every level including…

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The hearing also heard that Dr Williams’ then-press adviser suggested John Hind, then bishop of Chichester, be “thrown to the press as a sacrifice” amid increasing media scrutiny over abuse in the diocese.  (Priest Jonathan Graves jailed for child sex abuse)


George Pitcher said in an email chain shown to the inquiry that stories could be “used to suggest that the Church of England is as bad as Rome” and added that the “aim must be to distance the current Archbishop of Canterbury from it as much as possible”.

Dr Williams, who was Archbishop between 2002 and 2012, said he had no knowledge of the correspondence at the time and was “rather shocked” to see it.

Theresa May’s father, Hubert Brasier, and Chichester Diocese:

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‘I was duped, drugged and broken in’: Dad relives horrific rape in haunting extract from new book about sex and scandal

Playland, Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal Anthony Daly gives his account of the night he claims he was blackmailed into prostitution15 MAR 2018In 1975 Anthony Daly left his home in Northern Ireland hoping to escape The Troubles.He was naive but excited about being in London but after six days in the city he was swindled out of his rent money and began to get scared.So when two wealthy and well spoken men offered to help him he was relieved he’d finally found some kind faces to help him.While his new friends, known to him as ‘Charles’ and ‘Keith’, had been drinking all night he’d stuck to cola. Sadly not everything was as it seemed and his life was about to change forever. As he puts it ‘I was like an unsuspecting lamb to the slaughter’

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Image result for norman skelhornSkelhorn was also the DPP when the ‘Playland’ scandal broke, which saw the Old Etonian Lloyds underwriter Charles Hornby jailed for the sexual exploitation of homeless boys near Piccadilly Circus. It’s widely believed Hornby was the establishment scapegoat and many other VIPs managed to escape justice. The judge admitted not all the perpetrators were in the dock and one of the defendants, David Archer, said he’d presented police with a dossier naming millionaires and titled and influential people involved in the Playland affair. There was “a tremendous cover up to protect these people,” he argued.


I’ve just got to reading about the Playland Trial of 1975. Still shocked by the restrictions put in place, to the files still under lock and key  I believe a vast paedophile network was operating in the 70’s. This book confirms it.
The same names keep on emerging. Peter Morrison, Michael Havers, GK Young, Keith Joseph, The Hornby brothers, Charles Irving, Lords Annan and Arran, Peter Righton, Peter Hayman, Tony Hetherington. Sickening and revolting

Seems the Hornby’s are tainted. Charles Hornby’s son ended up in the dock, threatening police officers with a gun.

The late Chapman Pincher had a thick file on Michael Havers, which he handed back to police and he said it contained information, if aired, could be “catastrophic for the government”

He also said that had he gone to trial, he would have had to call the Prime Minister and Lord Havers, to give evidence in court.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

I wonder how Butler Sloss feels about the corrupt and depraved picture of her brother Michael Havers painted in the new Playland book? How could a woman with such direct contacts to paedo scene be chosen as chair?

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It might be a scandal involving small boys…

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Important that Tim Fortescue’s comments are placed in the context of events of the time he was a whip – Playland Trials 1&2

In the context of Heath report, the Playland trials 1 2 & 3 1970-1975 raise new questions about

the “millionaires, titled & influential” people purchasing runaway boys at Piccadilly Circus and how they escaped trial

Tim Fortescue Chief Whip during Playland Trial No 1 1972

Don’t mention the Piccadilly Clean-Up

Prince Charles’ friend Charles Hornby – Lloyd’s underwriter convicted in 1975 Playland trial just before PIE formed

Charles Hornby,convicted 1975 Playland trial,7 years prior his elder brother’s star & royalty-studded wedding

Playland Amusement Arcade trial 1975 – Charles Hornby & his red mini-transit van – David Archer’s dossier 1976
Missing Playland Trial No 2 (1975) dossiers of Sir Robert Marks & David Archer need to be found
Skelhorn was also the DPP when the ‘Playland’ scandal broke, which saw the Old Etonian Lloyds underwriter Charles Hornby jailed for the sexual exploitation of homeless boys near Piccadilly Circus. It’s widely believed Hornby was the establishment scapegoat and many other VIPs managed to escape justice. The judge admitted not all the perpetrators were in the dock and one of the defendants, David Archer, said he’d presented police with a dossier naming millionaires and titled and influential people involved in the Playland affair. There was “a tremendous cover up to protect these people,” he argued.
Any knowledge of Bernard Briggs in Malta ? He was co-owner/manager of Playland & on hols in Malta for 1975 trial of Hornby&co?

justme‏ @zante03

George Kennedy Young mentioned in Playland book


George Kennedy Young, former deputy director of MI6.
aliasthesaint‏ @aliasthesaint
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Lady Jane Birdwood, 100 Philbeach Gardens in 1979. Radio Enoch. Close friend of George Kennedy Young and Bea Carthew
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She once found work for the Habsburgs’ former crown jeweller.
She helped Ross McWhirter found the far-Right magazine Majority
Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo
That also served as the address for Radio Enoch.Two of his aides were Proctor and Hewson cousin Jonathan Denby.
Why did James Baigrie, murderer linked to Laitner case, choose to hole up in Philbeach Gardens?

Joining the dots in Philbeach Gardens…

Rabid anti-Semite Jane Birdwood, friend of Proctor and Denby, used her Philbeach Gardens home as contact address for Radio Enoch.

Interesting that Philbeach Hotel’s tentacles stretched as far as Edinburgh.

Philbeach hotel: The role of this brothel in trafficking children for sexual abuse must be exposed.

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Daly says that when he met the late Soviet spy Sir Anthony Blunt at an art reception in the Dorchester Hotel, Blunt asked him if he was a graduate of Kincora.


It turns out that Sir Maurice Oldfield had confessed his sexual preferences to none other than Sir Michael Havers. This was disclosed by journalist Chapman Pincher in the Spectator, September 12th 1998: had  become a sort of chum to all kinds of people – Dickie Mountbatten, Charles Forte, Michael Havers QC–

PLAYLAND: Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal – New book by Anthony Daly


Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal


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Anthony Daly was just 20 years old when he decided to leave the Troubles in Derry and travel to England.  Little did he realise he would find himself in personal trouble and at the mercy of a number of nasty characters centred around the Playland arcade in Piccadilly.  Those characters weren’t just gangsters or chancers, they included many from the upper echelons society who saw youngsters as commodities and play things.

In his book, Tony gives an extremely candid, brave and heartbreaking account of what he endured in just three months during 1975 when he travelled to England and to his dream job at Foyles bookshop.  Ending up at the mercy of some of the most depraved human beings from all walks of life due to blackmail, Tony found himself engulfed in different circles of depravity and shines a light on the inner workings of how they operated.

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Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road


Anthony pulls no punches when recounting what he went through and so I will urge caution and advise that some people would require a trigger warning.  That said, it is a must-read for anyone interested in London’s West End connections, gangland and underworld, police corruption and VIP paedophile rings because it makes the whole murky business much clearer.  He has also undertaken research into records in order to back up the information he has provided in his book and this also has it’s value in terms of information that was forthcoming during the Playland trial.

I’m not going to go into too much detail of Anthony’s book because it is his story to tell.  However, I have listed some of those who are named in the book and added comments where possible.


The names of those listed below were not all necessarily involved in any wrongdoing. 

Client – Those who obtained the services of boys through either the Playland syndicate or the ‘Network’ (associates of the Hornbys etc).

Names of those Anthony encountered during his time in London:

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Sir Michael Havers
  • Basil Andrew-Cohen – Driver for Charles Hornby and Keith Hunter.  Convicted paedophile who, between 1970-1980, appeared in court six times for 44 offences. Client
  • Noel Annan – Provost of UCL, friend of Blunt and Victor Rothschild.  Name found on paperwork in Gleaves’s office.  Client
  • Ronald Batty – Husband of Christine Foyles.  Well connected.  Friend of Charles Irving.
  • Sir Anthony Blunt – Former spy.
  • Bernard Briggs – Managing Director of Playland, although described as just a ‘respectable front’ for the business.
  • Martin Bromley (aka ‘Wolfman’) – Owner of Playland, American, created SEGA.
  • ‘Butterfly Collector’ – bookkeeper for the Playland firm.  Liked young boys.  Adopted a 10-year old boy.
  • Anthony Chenevix-Trench (aka Tony Trench or TT) – headmaster of Eton (until he was asked to leave due to his excessive corporal punishment of boys), headmaster of Fettes College, Edinburgh. Client
  • Chris – Grenadier Guard.  Client
  • Gerald Citron – pornographer, associate of James and Rusty Humphreys, described as ‘one of the biggest importers of porn’ during trial in 1974, associate of Keith Hunter and DI Legge.
  • Sir Knox Cunningham – Ulster Unionist MP, PPS to Harold Macmillan, friend of Ian Paisley.  Client
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Sir Knox Cunningham
  • Damian (aka ‘Tiger’) – ‘rent boy’ and friend of Tony.  Picked up by Roger Gleaves aged 15.
  • Viscount William De L’Isle (aka ‘Bill Sidney’) – Grenadier Guards, MP for Chelsea, served under Churchill, Governor-General for Australia.  Liked young guards.  Client
  • Tom Driberg – Labour MP, associate of the Krays and Lord Boothby, friend of Christine Foyles, Simon Hornby and Aleister CrowleyClient
  • Bruce Eckert – Manager of Playland, American.  Introduced to the Playland firm by Briggs.
  • Lord Nicholas Eden – son of Anthony, served under Thatcher.  Client
  • ‘Fruit Machine’ – 18st minder, associated with the Richardson gang then went to work for the Krays, becoming one of Ronnie’s ‘boys’.  Went into security work before ending up as part of the Playland firm.  Client (in so far as he had the pick of any boy he wanted.)
  • Mr Fisher – Seemed to call the shots in the Playland firm.  American.
  • Christina Foyle – Owner of Foyles.  Well connected.
  • Arthur Gore (aka ‘Boofy’) – Earl of Arran.  Client
  • Major John Gouriet – British Army Officer and Tory activist.
  • Ian Harvey – Vice-President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Tory MP.  Client
  • Sir Michael Havers – Shadow and Attorney General.  Penchant for ‘rent boys’ and very indiscreet with classified information.  Client
  • Sir Peter Hayman (aka ‘Grass’) – British diplomat, PIE member, named by Dickens as a paedophile.  Prosecution against him stopped by Sir Michael Havers and Sir Thomas Hetherington.  Client
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  • ‘Herr Mann’ – Alias of a member of PIE.  German.
  • Sir Thomas Hetherington (aka Tony Hetherington) – Director of Public Prosecutions.  Whilst waiting in a flat, there were also two boys in school uniforms. Client
  • Charles Hornby (aka ‘the Lanky Lancer’ and ‘the gentleman jockey’) – Lloyds underwriter, friend of Prince Charles, Etonian, socialite and pimp.  Convicted paedophile.  Drove a Mini and liked young teen boys.  Lived in Montagu Square. Associate of Keith Hunter.  Client
  • Sir Simon Hornbybrother of Charles, Etonian, Grenadier Guards, part of the WHSmith dynasty, married to Sheran Cazalet.  Friend of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and others. Pimp and associate of Keith Hunter.  Client
  • James Humpert (aka ‘Bagman’) – American, director of Piccadilly Enterprises, created SEGA.
  • Keith Hunter (police believe his name may have been an alias) – Member of the Playland firm, procurer of young boys, close to Malcolm Raywood, Charles Hornby, DI Legge, PIE members (including Peter Hayman) and did security business with Roger Gleaves.  Liked pre-teen boys.
  • Sir Charles Irving – Tory MP for Cheltenham, ‘valued customer’ of Foyles.  Client
  • Sir Keith Joseph – Tory MP for Leeds North East.  Client
  • DI John Legge – Flying Squad, associate of James Humphreys, appeared in court alongside Ken Drury in 1977, met with Hunter. Retired in 1977.
  • Sir David Mitchell – Tory MP and PPS to Sir Keith Joseph. Apologised to Anthony for what was going on and seemed uncomfortable.
  • Baron James Molyneaux – Ulster Unionist MP, vice-chair of the Monday Club.  Client
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James Molyneaux
  • Sir Peter Morrison – Tory MP for Cheshire, PPS to Thatcher.  Allegation of rape at Elm Guest House of a 14-year old boy from Harting, West Sussex, and allegations of involvement in the North Wales child abuse scandal.  Client
  • Myra‘ – Alias of member of PIE.
  • Andrew Novac – Convicted paedophile.   Client
  • ‘The Prophet’: Soho drug dealer. Obtained his drugs from Triad gang in Gerrard Street.
  • ‘Mr Rabbit’: Alias for a member of PIE.  Real name was Peter.
  • John Rae – headmaster of Westminster School.
  • Malcolm Raywood (aka ‘Tony the Butcher’) – Member of the Playland Firm, procurer, convicted paedophile, associated with head of the Flying Squad and PIE members.  Eventually killed by 24-year old Edward Hillhouse in 1991.
  • Richard – Grenadier Guard, used as a play thing by higher ranks. Taken to a stately home near the Irish border for a banquet/party.
  • Gordon Richardson – banker, lawyer and Governor of the Bank of England.  Friend of Annan.  Client
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Gordon Richardson
  • Robby – Boy taken from a care home and delivered to a house of a few men.
  • Edward Tomkins –  Diplomat, British Ambassador to France, friend of Simon Hornby. Client
  • ‘Mr Twist’ – Alias of PIE member.
  • ‘Wendy’ – Alias of PIE Member.
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Christine Foyles and Ronald Batty

Others mentioned within the book:

  • David Archer – Convicted paedophile.  Client
  • Frederick Burden – Tory MP, name found on stationery in Gleaves’s office.
  • Edward Cazalet – Brother-in-law and friend of Simon Hornby and Master of the Heythrop hunt.
  • Sheran Cazalet – Married to Simon Horby.  Daughter of Peter Cazalet, who was the Queen Mother’s horse trainer.
  • Samuel Devenny – Attacked by the RUC and died in 1969.  Chief Supt Ken Drury was sent over to Northern Ireland to investigate.  By 1975, Drury’s report still hadn’t been published.
  • Commander Kenneth Drury – Head of the Flying Squad, friend of James Humphreys and caught in a corruption purge.
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  • Roger Gleaves – (aka ‘The Bishop of Medway), Ran homeless hostels in London.  Predatory paedophile and landlord of Anthony’s friend, Damian.  Did security work with Keith Humphreys.  Did business with Playland.
  • Jimmy Humphreys – porn shop owner and part of gangland London.  Had connections within the Met Police, including Ken Drury and DI Legge, before turning whistleblower.
  • James Kilfedder – Ulster Unionist MP.  Client
  • Billy McPhee (Billy Two Tone) – Murdered by Roger Gleaves henchmen and friend of Damian.
  • Norman – Driver for Charles Irving.
  • ‘Big Jeff’ Phillips – Trained accountant and self-made millionaire from importing pornography and paid senior police officers ‘Dirty Squad’.
  • Victor Rothschild – Owned a flat in Bentinck Street, Marylebone where Blunt and Guy Burgess lived. Flat was known within the homosexual underworld in London, frequented by Annan.
  • Bernie Silver – Known as the ‘Godfather of Soho’, was initially a pimp, but ended up running a syndicate with control over most of the West End thanks to his contacts within the Met Police.
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart – Friend of Simon Hornby and associate of Martin Bromley and Mr Fisher.  American.
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Martin (Marty) Bromley, (left)

Places, parties where Anthony was taken and who attended:

  • Hope House: Catholic hostel where Tony stayed during his time in London.
  • 8 Ennismore Gardens, Notting Hill – Home of Simon Hornby.
  • 38 Montagu Square, Marylebone – Home of Charles Hornby.
  • Golden Lion pub, Soho: Frequented by Charles Hornby, Malcolm Raywood, Keith Hunter.
  • Beeleigh Abbey: Sent there by Ronald Batty and told to assist Charles Irving in looking for books.  Home of Christina and Ronald.
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Beeleigh Abbey
  • Dolphin Square: Monday Club party to celebrate the election of Thatcher and first anniversary of MPs.  Attendees: ‘Stephen’, Peter Morrison, Keith Joseph, Michael Havers and David Mitchell (who left early).  Boys aged around 16 upwards.
  • Snow’s Public House, Piccadilly: basement for boys.
  • Flat in Notting Hill: Sir Thomas (Tony) Hetherington (DPP)
  • Whitehall: Attendees: Michael Havers, Major John Gouriet, David Mitchell (who apologised for what was going on), businessmen, politicians, celebrities and Playland boys from late teens upwards.
  • St James’s Palace: ‘Chris’ the Grenadier Guard.
  • Unknown, London: Attendees: military personnel including Richard, Viscount William De L’Isle and a few ‘rent boys’.
  • Park Lane Casino Club, Mayfair: Attendees: Fisher, Hunter, Raywood, ‘Fruit Machine’, DI John Legge and Gerald Citron.
  • Londonderry House Hotel: Nicholas Eden.
  • Scott’s, Mayfair: Keith Joseph.
  • House in Essex: Attendees: James Molyneaux, Charles Irving, Knox Cunningham, Anthony Chenevix-Trench, Arthur Gore, older men, Dilly boys and boy aged around 12-years.
  • Prunier Restaurant, St James’s: Attendees: Hunter, Raywood and PIE members – ‘Myra’, ‘Wendy’, ‘Peter Rabbit’, ‘Peter Grass’, ‘Twist’ and ‘Herr Mann’.
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Prunier Restaurant
  • Flat, Notting Hill: Attendees: Hunter, Raywood, ‘Fruit Machine’, Peter Hayman, men, two little brothers aged 10 and 8-years.
  • German Embassy
  • Garrick Club, Covent Garden: Michael Havers.
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Garrick Club
  • The Dorchester, London: Attendees: Noel Annan, Brian Sewell, Anthony Blunt, John Rae, Simon Hornby.
  • Guards Club, Charles Street, Mayfair: Attendees: Richard, Harry (pornographic photographer.)
  • Shell Mex building, Strand
  • Club, St James’s Street: Arthur Gore
  • The Dorchester, London: Edward Tomkins
  • Mountjoy House, Barbican: Home of Driberg.
  • Savoy Hotel: Attendees: Simon Hornby and Pat Gibson.
  • The Ritz: Attendees: Simon Hornby, Sir Anthony Hornby, Gordon Richardson, Major John Gouriet and George Kennedy Young.
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The Ritz

Facts about Playland:

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  • Built on the partially demolished St Peter’s Church, a concealed spiral staircase was situated in the corner of the building and stretched up five storeys.
  • The Playland firm was part of the Bernie Silvers syndicate.
  • On the first floor, above the arcade, was a travel agency and also a couple of rooms related to Playland itself.   One was for ‘entertaining private guests’, the other was an office.
  • The London underworld had some stake in the arcade.
  • An American firm owned the arcade.
  • Punters would either select boys within the arcade, or wait at the steps in Great Windmill Street for a boy to be delivered.
  • Two entrances – one in Coventry Street and another in Great Windmill Street.
  • Claims of money laundering and small-scale gambling with some winners claiming a ‘bonus boy.’



Playland police investigation, 1974:

The initial investigation into Playland began a year before Anthony arrived in London and was instigated by a Playland firm whistleblower, who took his story to Peter Earle, crime reporter of the News of the World newspaper.

Police involved:

  • Commander David Helm: West End Central – launched the investigation.
  • Ch Supt Malcolm Ferguson: West End Central – led the investigation.
  • Sgt Geoffrey Bredemear – surveillance.
  • PC Victor Coates – surveillance.
  • PC Maurice Maylin – surveillance.
  • PS Colin Lloyd
  • Det Insp Dick

Police were tracking the movements of 18 men aged 22-60 years, with each man being allocated a code letter.  Those known were:

  • C = Malcolm Raywood
  • T = Charles Hornby

Most of the evidence was gathered between 13th May and 24th July 1974, plus additional evidence gathered between 1st September and 3rd December 1974.

The majority of the Playland files are on extended closure, with just 130 documents currently accessible.  Anthony has compiled a small amount of information from the documents within his book as well as some information from the trials.  He submitted an FOI request for the remaining files to be made accessible, but the Ministry of Justice (from where the files originated) decided against it.

Trial, 22 May 1975:

152 boys were interviewed, and it was discovered that Charles Hornby had used bribes and threats against a few of them to stop them giving evidence.

The Playland trial began on 22 May 1975, the judge was Judge Alan King-Hamilton.  It lasted 46 days and cost £250,000.  The men were sentenced on 22nd September 1975.

Mr X, the unnamed man in the trial, is believed to be the Playland whistleblower.

After the trial’s conclusion, Earle from the News of the World finally published his scoop, in which he stated that dozens more arrests were expected, and some of the men involved were showbusiness celebrities and well-known men within financial circles.  We now know that this never happened.

Two of the boys who appeared in the ‘Johnny Go Home‘ documentary were also witnesses in the Playland trial, which is why the judge requested that the documentary be withheld from broadcast until after the trial had ended.  (The part featuring the two boys was edited out as part of a compromise.)

Further Information:

  • Magazine: Boys Exclusive featured pictures of pre-teen boys.
  • “Scans”: Scandinavian porn
  • Rollers“: Cine film blue movies
  • “Smudges”: Still pictures
  • “Gay smudges”, “straight smudges” and “Juve smudges” (Child porn – more accurately described as images of abuse)
  • “Dilly Boys”: Mid-teens upwards.
  • “Fresh Bunnies”: Boys aged 10-13 years, normally runaways.
  • “Candy Floss”: Boys aged between 5-10 years.  Prearranged deliveries and always accompanied.

Further reading:

The Times, 21 June 1975
The Times, 30 July 1975
The Times, 23 September 1975
The Times, 20th August 1981
The Times, 15 June 1977

The Playland Arcade at Picadilly Circus in London, 1975

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Charles Hornby – friend of Prince Charles

Charles Hornby –  was a pillar of the Establishment. He was a  wealthy socialite, a Lloyd’s underwriter, and an old Etonian, “who on occasion had Prince Charles among his dinner guests”.

in the new book:

justme‏ @zante03

classy family the Hornby lot. 2 brothers were rapists and pimps, then one of their sons done for a shooting at cops.

bessies with Prince Charles as well

 after reading the book we found out it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Prince Charles ‘ pal Hornby was pimping out young lads for business favours + was married to Queen Mother’s horse trainer’s daughter. Loads of filth together.
Michael Havers calls the RAPING of lads aged 8 TRIVIAL ?? But then again, we now know he was partaking in the same type of stuff

Attorney-General Sir Michael Havers denied there was an official cover-up related to Sir Peter Hayman.


HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva

Members of PIE fraternised with the Playland firm… who were pimping kids out to half of Westminster… where PIE just happened to also have an office.

With the Head of the Flying Squad fraternising with the Playland firm and the Attorney General using the ‘resources’, what chance did the vulnerable youngsters have who found themselves in the clutches of London’s evil?

^ The publicly acceptable face of paedophilia… Why was his knighthood never revoked by the monarchy?

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva


So, according to the book, Victor Rothschild owned the flat where Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess lived in Marylebone. It was known within certain circles as a free-for-all, including politicians, military and boys.


Names of deviants mentioned so far in the new book: (Only 1/4 of the way through atm)

Charles Hornby

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Basil (presumably Andrew-Cohen?)

Keith Hunter (procurer)

Charles Irving MP

Sir Keith Joseph

Peter Morrison MP

Sir Michael Havers – brother of former IICSA chairperson Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

I wonder how Butler Sloss feels about the corrupt and depraved picture of her brother Michael Havers painted in the new Playland book? How could a woman with such direct contacts to paedo scene be chosen as chair?

Nobody can tell me that Theresa May, then Home Sec, didn’t know about the Sloshed Butler’s links to the paedo underworld. Putting her in that role was a slap in the face of CSA survivors!

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
I think you indirectly answered your own question.  That’s exactly WHY she was recruited imo.
HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
According to Tony Daly’s book: At a ‘party’ in a flat in Notting Hill, Peter Hayman was one of a number of men that abused a 10-year old boy who had been drugged, and his 8-year old brother.

And more names from the book:

Jim Molyneaux in 2000

James Molyneaux

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1985  Jim Molyneaux (right)

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Knox Cunningham

Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham, MP, KC

Blunt earned a scholarship to Cambridge in 1926 where he made more Irish friends. One of then was Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham who was slightly younger than him. Cunningham became known as the ‘Boxing Queen’ because of his homosexuality and prowess as a pugilist. He was a heavyweight boxing champion at Cambridge. In later life he was elected as a Unionist MP. In the 1960s he represented South Antrim. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, 1959-1963, and as such routinely attended Cabinet meetings at 10 Downing Street. Knox Cunningham often stayed with Blunt while in London and also knew Guy Burgess from their days at Cambridge. He was a rich man and lived on a 70-acre estate at Glencairn Park, and once came within an inch of becoming Grandmaster of the Orange Order. He chose not to stand in the 1970 general election and was succeeded by his fellow Orangemen and election agent, James Molyneaux who later led the Unionist Party. Molyneaux was a friend of another high-ranking Orangeman, William McGrath, one of the staff at Kincora who was convicted for child abuse in 1981.

Cunningham was also a key figure in the odious Anglo-Irish Vice Ring. At the start of Blunt’s debriefing, Peter Wright’s interest in Cunningham would have centred on the fact he had sat around the Cabinet table, was gay and the friend of a self-confessed KGB mole (Blunt) and another traitor who had defected to Moscow (Burgess). By the end of the debriefing in the early 1970s, Cunningham’s lofty position within the Orange Order and central role in Unionist politics would have been of equal interest to MI5. Cunningham was one of many homosexuals active inside the Orange Order who were susceptible to blackmail, especially as homosexuality was still a crime in Northern Ireland, and he undoubtedly knew many of them, including a leading light in the Orange Order, William McGrath, the housefather at Kincora.

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Anthony Chenevix-Trench (headmaster of Fettes college)

Mr Chevenix-Trench’s penchant for caning was the subject of fierce debate when it emerged that a new book by Eton’s vice-provost, Tim Card, claimed that Chevenix-Trench was forced out of his job in 1970 because of his fondness for drink and beating pupils.

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Governor General of Australia William Sidney 1st Viscount De L’Isle

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Governor General of Australia William Sidney 1st Viscount De L’Isle pictured standing with his son

Viscount William De L’Isle

And something else I learnt – the staff room upstairs in Playland was used by some ‘clients’ to conduct their ‘transactions’.

This is also confirmed in the new book – the upstairs office was used to coordinate the network and as an area for private entertainment…

a new name to add to the Playland list of convicted nonces

Cyril Clapp was convicted alongside Cowell and Brown in 1976





According to Anthony Daly’s book in which he talks about the depravity he endured at the hands of the upper and lower classes of evil in London, 1975, he describes a number of occasions where he was forced to participate in sex acts with Grenadier Guards, both for a camera as well as for the viewing pleasure of William Sidney De L’Isle.  He states that the majority of the Playland trial files are withheld and still under extended closure, and that the whistleblower was referred to as ‘Mr X.’

Is this why?…



More on Playland here:

Playland Part 1: When protecting ‘millionaires, titled and influential’ paedophile punters became paramount

and here

Stevross1‏ @stevross1

Unbelievable that this goes on

cathyfoxblog‏ @CathyCathyFox

Unbelievable until you dig into it, its all around, because its controlled by secret services to blackmail people in power

Lady Verity @Anamcara2015

And then see you see how the whole sordid sick story hangs together.

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The Viscount De L’Isle
The Freedom Association was founded in 1975 as the National Association for Freedom (NAFF) by the Viscount De L’Isle, Norris McWhirter, Ross McWhirter and John Gouriet. Ross McWhirter had drawn up a fifteen-point Charter of Rights and Liberties before being assassinated by the Provisional IRA in November 1975. NAFF was renamed The Freedom Association in the winter of 1978

Interesting that the Freedom Association’s William De L’isle is mentioned in relation to Playland (courtesy of ) ‘course, that was around the time Richmond Councillor Edward Leigh was Thatcher’s Private secretary…

Anthony Daly‏ @anthonydaly01
Well spotted Tom. I had wondered if an attentive reader of PLAYLAND would join the dots with people I mentioned in the book: William De’Lisle, Andrew Mitchell, Major John Gouriet who founded the National Association for Freedom, following the IRA assassination of Ross McWhirter.
Chris Stacey‏ @chrisstacey1
Not Andrew Mitchell MP?
Anthony Daly‏ @anthonydaly01
Sorry, my mistake. It was David Mitchel, Andrew’s father.
Sir David Mitchell with Margaret Thatcher

Sir David Mitchell was a minister under Margaret Thatcher who also ran Fleet Street’s gossipy watering hole El Vino

When Heath led the Conservatives to power in 1970, Mitchell became PPS to Sir Keith Joseph, Social Services Secretary.

In January 1981 Mrs Thatcher moved Mitchell to the Northern Ireland Office.

October 04, 1974

John Gouriet, founder of the National Association fro Freedom and author of the document ‘Set the People Free’ (left) and Victor Raikes, former Tory MP and executive member of the Monday Club.

George Pell accused of abuse at family trip to lake

Cardinal George Pell has been accused in court of alleged abuse during a water skiing trip in rural Victoria.

The Vatican treasurer, 76, whose committal hearing for multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse continued at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, was alleged to have been invited to join a Catholic family for an afternoon when he was working as an assistant priest.

A family member said Cardinal Pell arrived with another priest at a lake in regional Victoria just after lunch and enjoyed a trip on skis behind the family speedboat before joining them for afternoon tea. His visit apparently lasted about two hours.

However, Robert Richter, Cardinal Pell’s lead barrister, questioned the father of the alleged male victim about why he did not mention Cardinal Pell’s name in a statement to Sano Task Force in 2015.

In heated exchanges, Mr Richter told the witness, who cannot be named, that the reason Cardinal Pell was not mentioned was because he did “nothing wrong”.

The witness had only mentioned in the statement about another priest accused of abusing the son in another location, Mr Richter said.

“Can I put this to you – by 2015 Pell was a Cardinal … by 1999 he had become archbishop of Melbourne, then the archbishop of Sydney then he became a Cardinal,” he said.

“He was the most prominent Catholic personality in Australia.

“Police came to speak to you about that Father Pell had done something … and you don’t say anything?”

The witness said he had only been made aware of the abuse allegations regarding Cardinal Pell a week before making the statement – after a conversation with another family member.

Mr Richter suggested that claim was “an invention”.

“You’ve just made that up after you made your statement … at some stage between July 2015 and today you made that up.”

The witness strongly denied the accusation, saying to Mr Richter via live video-link to Court 22: “That’s an insult.”

The father later confirmed he had no direct knowledge of anything “untoward” happening at the lake outing in the 1970s.

The court also later heard from the brother of another accuser who told how he once overheard the alleged victim talking in a drunken “emotional outburst”.

The witness said he heard his brother say: “You don’t know what’s happened … some f–––ed up stuff has happened to me.”

Cardinal Pell, who stood aside from his role in Rome when he was charged in June last year, denies all the allegations against him.

The hearing was unexpectedly adjourned after lunch when a visibly distressed Belinda Wallington, the magistrate in the case, said she had received “devastating news”.

It later emerged fellow magistrate Stephen Myall had died.

In a statement the Chief Magistrate said: “Mr Myall was a much loved and respected member of the judiciary who worked at a number of court locations.

“A number of matters before the court were temporarily stood down this afternoon to allow our magistrates to mourn their colleague.”

The Pell case is due to resume on Monday.

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Lord Williams tells FSQC that he didn’t have questions about the impartiality of Dame Butler Sloss to conduct an independent review into child sexual abuse


Lord Rowan Williams

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Former Attorney General , Sir Michael Havers, brother of Butler-Sloss attempted to stop whistle-blower Geoffrey Dickens from airing paedophile allegations in Parliament and Former Attorney General Sir Michael Havers was accused of passing on state secrets to a rent boy in the aftermath of a sordid sex party in Westminster.

Havers was Attorney General at the height of alleged sexual abuse scandal in the 1980s. And he is believed to have tried to stop Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens using ­parliamentary privilege to name diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile.

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
According to Tony Daly’s book: At a ‘party’ in a flat in Notting Hill, Peter Hayman was one of a number of men that abused a 10-year old boy who had been drugged, and his 8-year old brother.

Butler-Sloss who was chosen to lead post-Savile sex abuse inquiry defends child rapist in court: Lady Butler-Sloss acted as character witness for man convicted of attacking 13-year-old girl

  • Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss gave character evidence for Philip Chard 
  • 44-year-old is the son of Baroness Bulter-Sloss’ cleaner at Devon home
  • Butler-Sloss said she was ‘astonished’ and had ‘no concerns’ about Chard 
  • He was found guilty of one count of rape and of sexual activity with a child
IICSA Transcript  Mar 14 2018
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Paedophile Bishop Ball’s ‘s arrest is part of broad inquiry into Chichester diocese child abuse
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The Royal family with the Archbishop Rowan Williams, beside paedophile Bishop Ball, at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla ..

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Ball clearly intimates on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales.

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He ensured that Lord Carey was aware that he corresponded with the Prince… and that he visited Highgrove House. There are frequent references in Ball’s letters to Lord Carey and others to his attending royal functions and to meeting members of the Royal Family. Following the retirement of Bishop Michael Ball, the brothers lived together in a house which they rented from the Duchy of Cornwall after the Duchy had acquired the house specifically for that purpose…


Dr Rupert Bursell QC speaking to the Inquiry. Dr Rupert Bursell was a diocesan chancellor and would give legal advice to Bishops

“We were made aware of further clergy disciplining measures being bought against Bishop Benn, Bishop Reade and possibly Bishop Hind” Dr Rupert Bursell QC explains decision making for an interim report in 2012

Richard Scorer @Richard_Scorer 1

Dr Rupert Bursell has said his belief is that there should no Seal of the Confessional in relation to child sexual abuse. He notes that the Seal of the Confessional does not apply in relation to terrorism

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Dr Rupert Bursell QC tells the #anglican hearing that the Diocese of Chichester had been very slow to act on safeguarding measures.

Transcript  Mar 13 2018


Mar 12 2018

 Bishop Wallace Benn: There was clearly a paedophile ring, which I inherited. 

Still discussing report by Baroness Butler Sloss

Bishop Wallace Parke Benn is a retired Anglican Bishop. He was the area Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester in the Church of England from 1992 until retirement in 2012.

Alistair McBay‏ @AMcBay_NSS Mar 13

Bishop admits to paedophile ring in Church of England diocese. Yet not a big enough story to appear on the BBC either

Cassandra Cogno Retweeted InquiryCSA (IICSA)

Albany Trust’s Rev Michael Butler (pal of PIE’s Peter Righton) moved to E Sussex after running youth counselling with Righton

“In one case ‘priestly ministry was considered, in effect, to be more important than the safeguarding & welfare of children”
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Richard Scorer

Summary of evidence of Bishop Wallace Benn at #IICSA today: lots of things went wrong, but they were other people’s fault, including my secretary’s. The safeguarding adviser was aggressive to me & had a chip on her shoulder. Not my job to report allegations to police

InquiryCSA (IICSA)‏ @InquiryCSA

FSQC: You accompanied Gordon Rideout to the police station is that right? – Bishop Benn: Yes, but only as a taxi driver – I didn’t get out the car or go into the station with him

Bishop Benn admitting breaking the rules and apologising to victim and survivor Phil Johnson in 2007.

Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew

Week 1 of sex abuse inquiry into Anglican Church & @JohnSentamuadmits he received disclosure of abuse but did nothing & says ‘it’s not my job’ AND notes, signs & dates a memo from his safeguarding officer stating there are several victims of a priest sex abuser…& does nothing.

Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew 13

I’m in Private Eye …! Or more accurately the bishops and appalling safeguarding is. Thank you!

BBC radio star ‘is being probed over claim of sex offence against child under 16’

  • High profile presenter is accused of committing crimes in the late 1990s
  • Investigation into historical sex abuse part of Met’s Operation Winter Key
  • It’s another blow to the BBC, who employed Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris 


A BBC radio star is being probed over claims they committed a historical sex offence against a child under 16.

The presenter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of sexually abusing the child in the late 1990s.

The victim, who was under 16 at the time, came forward last year and is believed to be from the south of England.

It remains unclear if the host has been interviewed at this stage – or even if they are aware they are under investigation.

The presenter, thought to be a high profile dee-jay, could face a crown court trial and a lengthy jail sentence.

The investigation comes as part of Operation Winter Key, the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, told The Sun

The crack unit is linked to operation Yewtree, the special team set up to investigate high profile media personalities accused of historical sex crimes in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The fresh accusations are another blow to the BBC, which employed Savile while he sexually abused women and young children.

Savile molested 72 victims while at the BBC and was still abusing  in 2006 aged 79 when the corporation brought him back to host the last ever Top of the Pops.

It is unclear if the BBC is aware of the ongoing investigation.

Other BBC figureheads, like Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall, have been jailed over sex offences including children

Harris, 87, was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault, one of which was later overturned, in 2014. He was sentenced to almost six years.

Former It’s A Knockout presenter Hall has remained unrepentant about his crimes, which included indecently assaulting 13 girls – one as young as nine – between 1967 and 1985.

Michael Fawcett (pictured), who started as a junior footman, has been made the £95,000-a-year chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation

Prince Charles hands key £95,000 job heading charity empire to former valet Michael Fawcett who left his service after selling off royal gifts

  • Mr Fawcett made £95,000-a-year Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation
  • In 2003 he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts
  • Bullying complaints saw him resign in 1998 but he was reinstated within a week  

9 Mar 2018

Prince Charles’s controversial former valet, Michael Fawcett, was put in charge of his charity empire yesterday, sealing an astonishing rise to power.

Mr Fawcett, who started as a junior footman, has been made the £95,000-a-year chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation in a major re-organisation of Charles’s philanthropic work.

This has put him in charge of a multi- million-pound budget and gives him responsibility for all the future king’s public work on issues including architecture, heritage, culture and education.

Mr Fawcett’s appointment is all the more remarkable given that he has been forced to resign from the Prince’s service twice.

Last night, one royal source said Mr Fawcett’s rise to power seemed ‘unstoppable’, adding: ‘Many believe the Prince will retain and promote him to an even more senior role when he becomes King. They are simply inseparable.’

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet, setting out his bespoke suits and shirts every morning at Kensington Palace.

He even had to squeeze toothpaste on his master’s toothbrush after the Prince broke his arm playing polo, and became so indispensable that Charles once said: ‘I can manage without just about anyone, except for Michael.’

But colleagues noted how he began to ape his boss both in the way he dressed and the way in which he threw his weight about.

When a number of the Prince’s staff complained to Charles about Mr Fawcett’s overbearing and bullying attitude in 1998, he resigned. Within a week, however, he was reinstated – and promoted.

Then, in 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct.

But the report painted a picture of him as a bully who accepted valuable gifts from outsiders.

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet. Pictured: Mr Fawcett and Prince Charles in 1992

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet. Pictured: Mr Fawcett and Prince Charles in 1992

After he quit, Charles rewarded him with £500,000 in severance pay – and retained his services as a freelance fixer and party planner.

Indeed, when Mr Fawcett set up the events firm Premier Mode, the Prince became his most lucrative client, relying on him to organise everything from Camilla’s birthday parties to lavish fundraisers.

Royal aides confirmed yesterday that while Premier Mode would not be allowed to cater for Prince’s Foundation events, it would continue to be paid to organise other receptions and dinners for Charles and other royals. Premier Mode received more than £270,000 from the Prince’s charities last year.

For the past five years, Mr Fawcett has also worked as chief of executive of Dumfries House Trust, a stately home rescued by the prince on behalf of the nation which has become the base for his charitable endeavours.

Aides said Mr Fawcett had helped to raise tens of millions of pounds and created 200 jobs at the house, its estate and the wider area in the role. He will not get a pay rise for his new appointment, which was made by the board of The Prince’s Foundation.

Foundation chairman Jayne-Anne Gadhia said Mr Fawcett had an ‘exemplary’ track record, adding: ‘We are thrilled to have Michael Fawcett as the new CEO of The Prince’s Foundation.

Following bullying complaints in 1998, Fawcett resigned. In 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct

Following bullying complaints in 1998, Fawcett resigned. In 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct

‘His achievements as CEO of Dumfries House include raising significant sums for good causes and creating employment for more than 150 people in the very challenging economic climate of East Ayrshire. We have great confidence that he will do a similarly excellent job for The Prince’s Foundation.’

In a video to the staff of his 21 charities and organisations yesterday, Charles stressed he was not ‘stepping back from my charitable work or downsizing in any way’.

But the move will be interpreted by some as helping to ensure a smooth transition to the throne for the Prince, who will be 70 in November. He said: ‘Now, as I approach something of a milestone in my own life, I have had a chance to reflect on how best to ensure my charities can continue to help those people and causes they were initially set up to serve, both now and for many years to come.’

He said an independent review was appointed to examine what changes were needed to let his organisations work ‘as efficiently as possible, whist also allowing me to use my own time with them to greatest effect’. The reorganisation will result in a few job losses, and savings said to be of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

More here on Michael Fawcett and Prince Charles and other members of the Prince’s Trust

Paedophiles involved with the Prince’s Trust

Another Director of The Prince’s Trust – Sir Harold Haywood

Sir Harold Haywood, who also happened to have been Prince Charles most trusted charity aide, responsible for the Prince’s Trust. 

Harold Haywood’s son:

“My father was very involved with the royal family during the Prince’s Trust days in the 1970s and 1980s but remained a close friend and adviser to the Prince.

“I recall my father and late mother, Amy, frequently attending events at Buckingham Palace, including one to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Charles and Diana just two days before it happened.”

In 1985 Haywood took the Prince on a ‘plain clothes’ visit to a youth hostel and to charity centres in Soho’s red light district.

And yet another paedophile involved in the Prince’s Trust

Sir Harold Haywood was Director of The Prince’s Trust 1977-88
Paedophile Roger Benson started with the prince’s trust in 1980 when Haywood was director. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust – wonder if Haywood appointed Roger Benson?

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Haywood appointed Jimmy Savile as vice-pres of a youth club


Former Director of Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust is a convicted paedophile

Roger Benson had labelled her “a malicious nutcase and a liar” when he was arrested last year and he did not confess his guilt until she gave evidence in his triallast month.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Benson’s denials had made the girl’s already dreadful abuse worse.

Benson pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault that took place on three occasions in September 1986.



Mr. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations, with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust.

March 1980 – October 2001 (21 years)

YOUTH ENTERPRISE SCHEME (N. IRELAND) 16 May 1986 to 24 March 2000 (14 years)


Mr. Benson has had a varied career in industry, education and charity work. Through night school, while undergoing an apprenticeship as a textile designer he won a scholarship to Leeds University to read Textile Technology. After a short period at Courtaulds, he begana career in the academic world, which saw him rise quickly through the ranks to become Head of Hotel, and Institutional Management, at Leeds Polytechnic, which became Leeds Metropolitan University.

Benson has undertaken consultancy/research in small business development with 8 European/North American countries, and with the ILO. He has held many national and international posts, including being the President/Chairman of the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association. (1991 to 1995)

Mr. Benson promotes InBiz in its relationships with the Local, Regional and National Government.

At the time of the assaults, in 1986, Benson was working for the Prince’s trust. The girl told a school friend and the police were alerted but Benson denied the allegations and was not prosecuted until 29 years later.



Prince’s Trust ‘covering its backside’ over child migrant abuse, David Hill says

Former Australian ABC managing director tells UK inquiry the youth charity set up by Prince Charles had child abuse files years before expressing abhorrence



Kevin Spacey – supporter of the Prince’s Trust

Kevin Spacey apologizes for alleged sex assault with a minor

Stephen Fry fundraises for The Prince’s Trust


Stephen Fry’s ‘lurid’ speech was too much even for some of the liberal minded guests at dinner event

The comic treated guests to a graphic story about Gore Vidal’s stay at a top London hotel where he rang a gay escort agency to arrange a boy for an energetic afternoon session.

Fry’s lurid details of the sex act with the young man and what he would or would not perform was too much for some guests. ‘Fry’s speech was deeply distasteful


Fry’s comedy comes under fire.  Plans to stage a comedy penned by actor Stephen Fry about paedophilia in a public school were condemned today.

Plans to stage a comedy penned by actor Stephen Fry about paedophilia in a public school were condemned today.

The play details a homosexual affair between a teacher and his 13-year-old pupil, is to be staged at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe.

But Latin! Or Tobacco and Boys, billed as “a play in two unnatural acts”, has come under fire from a children’s charity and city councillors.

A theatre company is about to sign a contract to stage the comedy as part of the Fringe programme.

Cambridge-based Activated Image said the play celebrated “the love of a man for a 13-year-old boy”.

But the leisure and culture spokesman for Edinburgh’s Conservative Party, James Gilchrist, attacked it as “gratuitous smut”.

He said: “Stephen Fry’s contribution to the world of theatre could be written on the back of a postage stamp.

“What kind of person thinks that paedophilia is funny? .”…


Fry still joking about child abuse…last week

 Baftas 2016: Stephen Fry shocks with reference to paedophilia

re: clerical child sex abuse.


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Call for an inquiry into the cover-up of child abuse on the Groucho Club’s members forum

The Groucho club’s management has refused to issue a full and transparent account of the child abuse network, the rapes and the sexual haressment and assult of an employee.

Many of the celebrities now facing allegations, arrested or convicted in the past few years for sexual depravity such as the infant rapist, Ian Watkins, Weinstein, Spacey, Glitter, Saville, Harris, Hall, Max Clifford and others have frequented the Groucho Club. Harvey Weinstein is a lifetime member and was invited to write a chapter in a book about the Groucho Club where he talks about his membership.



Linda Woodhead‏ @LindaWoodhead

IICSA today – Bishop John Hinds of Chichester admits how shocked he was when Bishop Wallace Benn asked for the blemished criminal record check of Revd Rideout to be overlooked, that many mistakes were made, and that the church should not be left to police itself.

Shocking things emerging from IICSA today – Meekings (social worker appointed By Chichester diocese to do a past cases review) says available info on the CRBs etc of clergy later convicted of abuse like Rideout and Peter Ball was missing from the files he was shown.

Church put ‘excessive emphasis’ on forgiving predators, abuse inquiry told

Young victims ‘were often made to feel responsible’

05 March 2018

Clergy figures accused of sexual offences against children were repeatedly allowed to keep close ties to the church, the inquiry heard.

Father Robert Coles

Robert Coles

Retired priest Robert Coles admitted 11 charges of sexual offences against under-age boys

Several of those arrested continued playing an active part in religious life, including Reverend Robert Coles, who was arrested in 1997 but performed more than 100 services at a parish in East Sussex between 1998 and 2002.

No-one at the parish knew of his past, it was heard, and he is alleged to have sexually groomed a child between 2007 and 2008.

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The Bishop of Lewes at the time, Wallace Benn, had accompanied Coles to the police station when he was arrested, Ms Scolding said, adding: “It is accepted that the senior clergy, including the Archdeacon of Lewes, the Bishop of Lewes and the Bishop of Chichester, as well as the diocesan safeguarding advisor knew of this arrest.”

Coles had even met with church figures including Bishop Benn before his arrest and retirement in 1997 and admitted to sexual activity with children, described as “buggery” or “inappropriate fondling”.

He was not placed on any list for clergy that have acted in an unfit manner and was permitted to continue at his ministry until retirement.

In 2012, Coles pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and buggery against three boys aged between 10 and 16 in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was sentenced in February 2013 to 8 years imprisonment.

Background on Rideout;

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Peter Ball with Peter Canon Gordon Rideout, from Polegate, East Sussex, who was jailed for 10 years in May 2014. He  was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.


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Gordon Rideout

Canon Gordon Rideout was the vicar of All Saints Church in Eastbourne for 25 years.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was chaplain at Moira House School, Eastbourne, until 2003, and chairman of governors at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne until November 2011.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was a serial sex offender who preyed on young children across the south of England.

In 2013, Rideout, 74, was jailed for 10 years at Lewes Crown Court after being convicted of two attempted rapes and 34 indecent assaults on 16 boys and girls

In the 1970s Canon Gordon Rideout was taken to a military court on child sex-abuse charges.

At that time Rideout was chaplain on a military base.





Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

Extraordinary evidence at this morning – Roger Meekings who did the Chichester diocese pasr cases review says the files on Peter Ball, Gordon Rideout (& others) were filleted so he didn’t see evidence about their abuse. Question now is who filleted them?

Roger Meekings

IICSA Roger Meekings carried out an independent review into past cases of abuse in the diocese of Chichester.

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Meekings was a Professional Supervisor to Shirley Hosgood, former Child Protection Officer, Chichester Diocese.

Linda Woodhead‏ @LindaWoodhead

Didn’t Shirley Hosgood and Bishop Hind say to the inquiry that only the bishop (or bishops) could access the blue files?

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*Schedule amendment* Angela Sibson to give evidence tomorrow with read evidence from Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and Kate Wood to follow from Canon Ian Gibson.

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Is Dame “we don’t want to give the press a bishop” Butler-Sloss not giving evidence in person?Not so long ago she was going to run this show

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Nikita McNeill changes the line of questioning to the Past Cases Review

Counsel to the Inquiry Nikita McNeill ask Canon Ian Gibson about the blue files and the status of the files when Canon Ian Gibson took over the job and responsibility of them

Roger Meekings tell the Inquiry that in 2009-2011 the Diocese of Chichester was a very male orientated environment and a female safeguarding officer provided a challenge to male authority

Canon Ian Gibson: “There wasn’t a blue file for Peter Ball”

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about the allegations against Canon Gordon Rideout and his blemished disclosure

Canon Gordon Rideout’s blemished CRB was a safeguarding issue and was raised at a senior staff meeting – Canon Ian Gibson tells InquiryCSA

Bishop Wallace asked Bishop John not to disclose blemished CRB information on Canon Gordon Rideout to the safeguarding advisor of the diocese as he is a friend and much respected person

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about why he believes management experience is important for bishop

Counsel to the Inquiry Nikita McNeill hands over questioning of Canon Ian Gibson to the Chair and Panel.

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Gordon Rideout, Army Chaplain (status of Officer): Court Martial for allegations of abuse against children of Soldiers in the Ranks.

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about the allegations against Canon Gordon Rideout and his blemished disclosure

‘Blemished disclosure’ on his CRB (Criminal Records Check)?

Panel asks about Bishop Wallace’s knowledge of Roy Cotton’s conviction

The Church of England recruited and posted to multiple parishes Roy Cotton despite his 1954 conviction

Canon Ian Gibson: “There wasn’t a blue file for Peter Ball”

There was – allegedly – no ‘Blue File’ (Personel) on

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“Bishop Wallace asked Bishop John not to disclose blemished CRB information on Canon Gordon Rideout to the safeguarding advisor of the diocese as he is a friend and much respected person”

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Why has the BBC quoted ‘s false statement? Yesterday’s

@CallumMay Would you ask whoever produced this piece to correct Martin Warner’s factually inaccurate statement


Child sexual abuse inquiry considers Jehovah’s Witnesses UK investigation

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been ‘a considerable number’ of complaints

Mar 8 2018

The national public inquiry into child sexual abuse is considering whether to conduct a separate investigation into The Jehovah’s Witnesses UK after it received a large number of reports about the organisation.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is currently looking at the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

It is examining institutional failures in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches but has yet to do anything specific on other religious organisations.

An IICSA spokesperson said that while it was currently delivering its existing programme, the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses-specific investigation carefully” as work progressed.

IICSA would not say how many reports it had received about the Jehovah’s Witnesses but said there were a “considerable number”. It noted that both members of the public and MPs had raised their concerns, but would not say which politicians had spoken to them.

One solicitor representing abuse victims said she believed there were thousands of complaints of abuse in the UK.

As with other other religious groups facing IICSA scrutiny, there are claims from victims’ representatives and campaigners that practices within the Jehovah’s Witnesses UK organisation compromised child safety. Alleged child abuse victims within the faith had been told not to report it to the police, numerous sources said. And one solicitor said that in order for alleged victims to take allegations of sexual abuse further they had to have two witnesses.

There are also concerns that the power held by senior Jehovah’s Witnesses has historically made alleged victims of abuse fear that they will not be believed. It is alleged that in some cases the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses who are excluded from the faith, or disfellowshipped, are cut off from their family and friends makes coming forward too great a risk to consider.

In a statement, Jehovah’s Witnesses insisted that congregation elders were not shielded from abuse and that the organisation had robust child protection policies.

Alex Chalk, the Conservative MP for Cheltenham, told the Guardian that he was one of those who wrote to IICSA after two constituents approached him saying that abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses was systemic.

He said: “I am waiting to hear back from IICSA and depending on what they say, I am planning to raise the issue in parliament and seek a backbench debate on it. I am not prepared to see this rest, not least because if we are going to drain the swamp it would be a huge missed opportunity not to deal with this [the Jehovah Witness abuse allegations] at same time of other aspects … it would be regrettable unfinished business.”

IICSA was set up in 2014 to “expose those failures and learn the lessons” from the past after the 2011 death of BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, when hundreds of people came forward to say he had abused them as children.

In 2015 the IICSA ordered leaders of 18 religious groups, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, to release documents of interest to the inquiry. It said it encourages all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to engage with the inquiry.

Kathleen Hallisey, senior solicitor in the abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said she welcomed news of a potential new investigation but wanted a firm commitment.

“The Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to recognise the issue of child abuse in their organisation or to create robust safeguarding procedures to protect children. An investigation by IICSA into the Jehovah’s Witnesses is an opportunity for the inquiry to effect real change in an organisation that refuses to shine a light on child abuse and protect children,” she alleged.

Hallisey said she is currently acting on behalf of 15 alleged victims of abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and believed there were thousands more complaints of abuse in this country.

Louise Goode, a former Jehovah’s Witness, says she left the faith because of its responses to allegations of child sexual abuse. “Since leaving … I have become an activist and my aim is to ensure that all abuse cases or suspected safeguarding issues are reported immediately to the police rather than being dealt with in a secretive way in house by three elders who have had no safeguarding training.”

Along with colleagues she started a charity called JW Support Foundation to direct ex-members to information, help and support with all the issues they face when leaving the group.

The Charity Commission is already investigating the Jehovah’s Witnesses charity, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain. It is examining the child safeguarding policy and procedures further.

In 2017, a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester was criticised by the Charity Commission over its handling of allegations of child sex abuse by a senior member.

In a statement, Jehovah’s Witnesses said it “abhorred child abuse, and view it as a heinous crime and sin. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance.”

It added: “Whether the victim or parents decide to report the matter is not contingent on the number of witnesses to the offence or whether a confession has been made. Congregation elders do not shield abusers from the authorities or from the consequences of their actions.”

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Mr Vaz seems well enough to author articles for the Guardian but not to answer questions from the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner for ‘medical reasons’ from 2016?

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Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz beams at film gala months after rent boy probe shelved ‘for medical reasons’

The Labour MP has travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia since the Commons’ sleaze watchdog was forced to halt their investigation in December

15th March 2018

But in December, an investigation into whether he broke strict Commons rules over MPs’ conduct had to be suspended for unknown “medical reasons”.

Vaz, who was accused of paying for rent boys and was taped discussing buying cocaine, quit as boss of the Commons Home Affairs committee in September 2016 following the sordid allegations.

Since then, the Leicester East MP has opened opened a new swimming pool, attended planning meetings, travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia, Daily Mail reports.

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog launched a probe after Vaz’s involvement with male prostitutes was exposed in newspaper sting in 2016.

 Keith Vaz is under investigation over a rent boy scandal

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Keith Vaz is under investigation over a rent boy scandal

During the meeting, Vaz claimed to be a washing machine salesman called Jim and discussed buying cocaine with one of the Romanian rent boys.

The watchdog was investigating whether his behaviour caused “significant damage” to the reputation of Parliament.

The Standards Commissioner’s inquiry was initially delayed while the police investigated the allegations of his sordid affair.

But the police probe was dropped 2016 and the watchdog was due to look at whether the MP was guilty of a conflict of interest as he had been leading a review of vice laws at the time.

Bishop turned ‘blind eye’ to Bexhill vicar’s abuse, inquiry hears

A damning image of ‘wilful blindness’ in historic cases of sexual abuse of children who were ‘terrified and silenced’ by clergy in Sussex has been set out at a public inquiry. Fiona Scolding QC, lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said yesterday that abuse that left an ‘indelible scar’ on children was often ignored or forgiven.

In one segment, Miss Scolding described abuse by a Reverend Colin Pritchard, former vicar of St Barnabas’ Church in Bexhill and a church in Sedlescombe. She said: “There have been suggestions about the culture of abuse operated by Reverend Pritchard and that Bishop Peter Ball turned a blind eye to that abuse.” Pritchard was arrested in 1997 on suspicion of sexual offences, and again in 2007. Miss Scolding said: “There were no restrictions upon his ability to attend church or be involved in ministry with children from his arrest until July 2007.

Reverend Pritchard, who was vicar of St Barnabas in Bexhill, pleaded guilty in 2008 to seven counts of sexual assault on two boys and was jailed for five years. Pritchard – now known as Ifor Whittaker – was convicted last month of sex offences against a boy and jailed for 16 years. The crimes were when he worked in Sedlescombe, police said. Speaking on behalf of the Diocese of Chichester and Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England, Nigel Giffin QC said the Church’s response to abuse in the last few decades was ‘not nearly good enough’. The IICSA inquiry will look into how far institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church. It focuses on abuse within the Diocese of Chichester, which covers all of Sussex, as a case study. Miss Scolding said: “As a society we have over the past 10 years had to examine some uncomfortable truths about our wilful blindness to such abuse.” Richard Scorer, speaking on behalf of many of the victims, said: “The Church of England claims to offer moral guidance to the country yet clerical sexual abuse cases powerfully undermine the claim. This leads to the cover-up of abuse. “The question is whether the Church can be trusted to put its own house in order.” In a statement, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “The failures that we have seen are deeply shaming and I personally find them a cause of horror and sadness. “That children have been abused within the communities of the church is indeed shameful.” The inquiry continues.

Church hit by 48 child abuse claims in one diocese, inquiry told

06 March 2018

The extent of the Church of England’s failure to identify, expose and punish child abusers within its ranks is set to be laid bare by a major inquiry, which heard of a “widespread culture of denial” yesterday.

Abusers were in some cases able to work unchallenged in the church for decades and evidence from witnesses will point to a catalogue of potential failures, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was told.

A 63-year-old man has been charged with a number of historical child sex offences which were alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in Radford.

Michael Robinson, 63, of Hermit Hill, Sheffield has been charged with 19 serious sex offences against children.

These include indecent assaults, possession of images and gross indecency.

All the charges relate to incidents that took place between 1981 to 1983 at Hazlewood Children’s Home, in Radford.

The charges were brought against Mr Robinson following an investigation by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Equinox.

They relate to different victims.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “Operation Equinox is the force’s dedicated team investigating allegations of historical abuse of children at children’s homes and other institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”

Ministers drop move over mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse

In 2016 the Government unveiled proposals to introduce a statutory duty to report or act on abuse or neglect.

6 March 2018

Ministers have dropped a move that could have resulted in administrative or support staff at school facing jail if they failed to raise the alarm about child abuse.

In 2016 the Government unveiled proposals to place people who work in roles that bring them into contact with children under a statutory duty to report or act on abuse or neglect.

Two possible models were outlined in a consultation document published by the Home Office and Department for Education in July 2016.

One was a mandatory reporting duty which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect “if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place”.

The other would introduce a “duty to act” requiring staff or bodies to take appropriate action, which could include reporting.

There is currently no general legal requirement on those working with children to report either known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Statutory guidance states that those who work with children and families should report to the local authority immediately if they think a child may have been or is likely to be abused or neglected.

The Government said the consultation received more than 760 responses from social workers, police officers, local government, children’s charities, educators and health professionals, victim support groups, and other members of the public.

The majority of responses disagreed with the concept of introducing new statutory requirements.

The proposals would have placed caretakers, caterers and secretaries at risk of criminal action.

Ministers concluded that the evidence received does not demonstrate that either of the proposals would sufficiently improve outcomes for children – pointing to feedback suggesting the measures could risk creating unnecessary burdens, divert attention from the most serious cases and hamper professional judgment.

The Government also noted that England already has a higher rate of reporting than countries where such duties are in place, and the evidence from serious case reviews, Ofsted inspections and the consultation responses does not suggest there is a systemic problem.

Survivors of Catholic church abuse in Ireland demand papal meeting

Men hope to use visit by Pope Francis to ask why church has not paid out agreed compensation

Mar 8 2018

Survivors of sexual and physical abuse in schools run by the Catholic church in Ireland have demanded a meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to the country in the summer to discuss compensation.

The Irish Catholic church has invited the pontiff to a religious conference in August. It will be the first papal visit to Ireland since John Paul II’s tour in 1979.

The Guardian has seen a letter from the Irish Survivors of Child Abuse (Soca), in which the campaign group calls for a meeting with Francis to ask why Catholic religious orders have not paid out more in compensation. The letter has been sent to archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, asking him to pass on their request to the Vatican.

Soca is angry about a deal between the Catholic church and the Irish government in 2002 that resulted in the taxpayer footing most of the bill for compensating those abused in religious institutions.

The deal resulted in the church having to pay out €128m of a €1.3bn compensation bill.

Last year, Ireland’s comptroller and auditor general found that only €85m had been paid out of church funds. On top of its criticism of the deal, Soca said the church should at least be forced to pay out in full the agreed €128m.

In the letter to Martin, one of the co-founders of Soca said survivors also wanted Pope Francis to hear about what they described as the “Violence R Us” culture in religious orders such as the Christian Brothers, which ran Ireland’s notorious industrial schools.

“At this time I don’t intend to recite the sums involved but they are substantial and a debt of honour to Ireland is overdue since much remains unpaid and the orders have shown themselves unworthy in this respect,” John Kelly writes. “These matters should now be handled by the papal authorities in Rome through a special remittances office to be established for the purpose. There should be no further quibbling over money owed to the Irish state.

“We are saddened that notwithstanding numerous inquiries over the past 20 years the religious orders that operated institutions on behalf of church and state have not been properly held to account.”

Soca is hoping to hear a response from the archbishop and the Vatican within the next two weeks.

A 2,600-page report released by a child abuse commission in 2009 found that rape was “endemic” in more than 250 Irish Catholic care institutions from the 1930s to the 1990s and that the church in Ireland protected paedophiles in its ranks from arrest or prosecution.

The report found that boys in industrial schools such as Artane in north Dublin were treated more like convicts and slaves than children.

Peter Webb. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Peter Webb.
Former Christ Hospital teacher’s sentence increased after appeal

Feb 28 2018

A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for indecently assaulting four boys has had his sentence increased, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was originally sentenced to four years in prison, at Lewes Crown Court, in December 2017. However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low and, following a Court of Appeal decision, Webb’s sentence was increased to five years and six months, the Attorney General said. Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault against four boys when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court in October 2017. He pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file. Speaking after the appeal hearing, the Attorney General said: “His victims lost their innocence and for that his crimes deserved a tougher sentence. I hope the increased sentence can bring some comfort to all those affected.”


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Ex-Archbishop ‘faces probe into Church sex abuse cover-up’: George Carey accused of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect jailed bishop

05 Mar 2018

The former Archbishop of Canterbury could face a police probe over claims the Church covered up the activities of a sex abuse bishop, it was reported last night.

George Carey was last year accused in a report of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect Bishop Peter Ball.

Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working.

Bishop Peter Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working

Even though the Metropolitan Police has not started a criminal investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is discussing whether to press charges against Lord Carey, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Prosecutors are said to be reading a 70-page report by Dame Moira Gibb, which was released last summer, in order to decide whether to prosecute.

A spokesman for Operation Hydrant – the investigation into historical allegations of child abuse – said: ‘The matters under consideration are complex, and advice is currently being sought from CPS to understand whether anything contained within the report suggests criminal offences have been committed.

‘This does not equate to a criminal investigation being underway.’ Solicitor David Greenwood, who has represented several of Ball’s victims, criticised the length of time prosecutors were taking.

He said: ‘What’s taking the CPS so long? It’s a 70-page report which was published nine months ago.’ Ball, a former suffragan bishop of Lewes, was let off with a caution for molesting a teenage novice monk in 1993. Although the Church knew of other allegations against him, it was not until 2015 that Ball was finally prosecuted and jailed.

He admitted abusing 18 teenagers and young men who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. Last summer the report into the scandal by Dame Moira, titled Abuse of Faith, described the Church’s handling of the scandal as ‘lamentable’.

It found Mr Carey ‘colluded’ with senior clergy to protect Ball. The independent inquiry into the scandal found that the Church of England knew of a string of allegations against Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, but failed to alert the police.

Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, urged his predecessor to step down from his role as an assistant bishop after the report covering his time as head of the Church of England.

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Some of Ball’s victims called for a criminal investigation into senior clergy after the report found that the Church was ‘more interested in protecting itself’ than helping those he had abused, and that at least nine bishops knew allegations had been made against him.

In a Christmas letter last year, Lord Carey attacked his successor Mr Welby for commenting on his handling of allegations against Ball. The 82-year-old lashed out at the ‘unjust’ request for him to step down over his supposed failings 24 years ago.

The news comes as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse prepares to begin today. The inquiry will spend three weeks analysing the actions of the Anglican Church, and is expected to hear from Mr Welby. A spokesman for the Church of England said it would always cooperate with police, but declined to comment.

A spokesman for the Carey family also declined to comment.

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They’re all at it. The whole corrupt British establishment kowtowing to a monster because of money.

Mar 8 2018

Tom London‏ @TomLondon

Extraordinary lengthy piece praising the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on @BBCr4today this morning. Airbrushing away his war crimes in Yemen; his internal repression; his use of executions to silence dissent. This is not journalism. This is propaganda. Shameful.

 The crown prince of Saudi Arabia arriving for a historic meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace

 Clarence House later tweeted out a picture of Prince Mohammed bin Salman with The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge


Police look at bishops’ ‘failure to act’ over sex abuse claims

Police are investigating a complaint by a former priest against senior Church of England clergy that they ignored sex abuse claims, the BBC understands.

Matt Ineson said Church leaders failed to act when he told them, more than 20 years later, that he had been raped by a former Bradford vicar.

His lawyer David Greenwood said police were investigating but South Yorkshire Police would not comment.

The Church’s national safeguarding team said it was investigating complaints.

Mr Ineson said the abuse began when, following a family breakdown at the age of 16, he was sent to stay with Trevor Devamanikkam, who at the time was vicar at St Aidan’s Church.

Trevor Devamanikkam


Mr Devamanikkam, who later lived in Oxfordshire, was subsequently charged with child sex offences but killed himself in June before his case came to court.

Mr Ineson says he first disclosed his alleged abuse to Peter Burrows the Bishop of Doncaster, and Steven Croft, the then Bishop of Sheffield, now Bishop of Oxford, in 2012.

A year later he said he also told the former Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham, now Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow.

But he claims they failed to act and that lack of concern for his ordeal led him in 2013 to resign as a parish priest.

Mr Ineson then filed complaints of misconduct with the Church in 2015.

They were lodged against Bishop Croft and Bishop Snow, in addition to the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows and Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

However, the complaints were dismissed by the Church because they were filed outside a time limit of one year.

Since then Mr Ineson has given a lengthy statement to South Yorkshire Police and is calling for an independent review of the way the church handled his disclosure.

He said: “By lies, by cover up, the Church of England has gone out of its way to protect them [the bishops].”

Mr Ineson also showed the BBC a church document which describes him as “one of the survivors” of abuse by Mr Devamanikkam although the Church said “we and the police have only ever dealt with one victim – the memo mistakenly contained a plural reference to ‘survivors'”.

As well as the criminal investigation, Mr Ineson is also pursuing a civil claim for compensation from the Church of England.

The Church of England said Mr Ineson’s complaints were being investigated and once that had been completed it would be commissioning a review of the case.

“The National Safeguarding Team has been involved with it [the case] since it was brought to their attention and are taking it very seriously but it is ongoing therefore we would not comment further at this stage.”

It added: “All allegations of abuse are taken seriously by the Church and we are aware this is a very complex and difficult situation.”

“Matthew’s account of the abuse he suffered as a teenager is harrowing and we regret that the church did not offer him better protection and support at that time.”

The Archbishop of York’s office said: “The Archbishop did not fail to act on any disclosure made. As the Diocesan Bishop has responsibility for matters such as these in his/her Diocese, this is a matter for the Diocesan Bishop to inform the Diocese Safeguarding Adviser.”

Accusers of Vatican treasurer to testify in abuse case

March 4, 2018

The alleged victims in the historic sexual offenses brought against the treasurer for the Vatican are to be questioned in court for the first time this week.

Cardinal George Pell, who stood down from his post in Rome in June last year to fight the case in his home country of Australia after being charged by Victoria police on multiple allegations, is required to attend Melbourne Magistrates Court each day of the four-week long committal hearing.
He strongly denies all the allegations against him, and his lawyer has already informed the court he will officially be pleading not guilty.
The unprecedented case, adding to the numerous abuse scandals that have hit the Catholic Church globally, is the first time such a senior figure in the Holy See has faced criminal charges.
Pell’s first appearance in Melbourne last July played host to an international media contingent of more than 100 reporters, court artists, television crews and photographers who’d gathered at the steps of the court.
The first two weeks of this month’s committal are expected to hear solely from the accusers in a closed court. The remaining two weeks will be dedicated to the cross-examination of at least 40 other witnesses.
Once the committal is over, the magistrate will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial in a higher court.
“A committal hearing has a similar purpose to a Grand Jury hearing in the US,” Gans explained. “It’s a way to test whether there is enough evidence to go ahead with a serious trial. The major difference is that a committal hearing is heard by a single magistrate (a legally qualified lower-ranked judge), rather than a jury.”
Ingrid Irwin, an Australian lawyer who works in the area of historic sexual abuse in Pell’s hometown of Ballarat, Victoria, says it’s a “great flaw” that in the Australian legal system, the complainants don’t have their own lawyers.
“Alleged victims do not have a lawyer during the criminal case so they are not a party to proceeding yet the case is all about them,” she told CNN. “It seems unjust that the matter is about them, and they are not represented.”

Mr Ineson, who has waived his legal right to anonymity, has given a lengthy statement to South Yorkshire Police and says: “By lies, by cover up, the Church of England has gone out of its way to protect them [the bishops].”

ineson became a vicar at Holy Trinity Church in South Yorkshire and only reported the abuse decades later, in 2012, to the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows.

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Michael ‘Kit’ Carson: Ex-football coach charged with abuse of 11 boys

2 March 2018

Michael “Kit” Carson has worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs

A former youth football coach and scout has been charged with indecently assaulting 11 children.

Michael “Kit” Carson, 74, was charged in connection with a football abuse probe in Cambridgeshire.

He is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all involving boys under 16.

The alleged offences happened from 1978 to 2009. He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on 17 April.

Mr Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was initially arrested in January 2017.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Mr Carson has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.

He joined the Canaries as youth manager in 1983, working with children aged nine to 16, before joining Peterborough as an academy director 10 years later.

In 2001, he moved to Cambridge United as head of youth development, a post he retained until 2006, when he left to join Histon FC.

Mr Carson has also worked extensively in Finland – where he began coaching youth teams in 2012 – and took UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country.

Crewe ‘burying heads in sand’ after reneging on promise to conduct independent inquiry into Barry Bennell’s crimes

Crewe Alexandra have abandoned plans to launch an independent inquiry into serial child sex abuse perpetrated by the club’s former youth coach Barry Bennell

Victims of Barry Bennell have accused Crewe Alexandra of “burying their heads in the sand” after the club reneged on their promise to conduct an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse by its jailed youth football coach.

The League Two club issued a 925-word statement on Friday afternoon in which they said they would no longer be launching a planned internal review after claiming there was no need to “duplicate the thorough inquiries” of Cheshire Police, whom they said had found no evidence that anyone at Crewe knew about Bennell’s offending.

Crewe also appeared to question the veracity of claims by the club’s former managing director, Hamilton Smith, that he had reported a complaint of abuse by Bennell in the late 1980s by saying nobody at the club, including current chairman John Bowler and director of football Dario Gradi, had any recollections of Smith ever raising the matter.

In a further move to discredit Smith, the club also questioned why he waited until 2016 to report his concerns to the police, and 2001 to the Football Association, by which time Bennell had already been convicted of offences.

The former Crewe and Manchester City coach was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” and “the devil incarnate” when sentenced last month to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of 43 charges of child sexual abuse throughout the 1980s. Another 86 people have since come forward to make complaints of abuse against him.

It was alleged this week that Bennell was fired by Crewe in January 1992 shortly after he was confronted by parents about his behaviour, rumours of which were claimed to be widespread at the time.

But Crewe said the police investigation “concluded that there was no suggestion that Bennell was dismissed by the club for anything other than football-related reasons” and added that an “extremely thorough” investigation by Cheshire Police had persuaded them to pull the plug on the independent review they promised in November 2016. By contrast, Manchester City are more than a year into their own internal review.

One of Bennell’s victims, Andy Woodward, whose interview with The Guardian at that time gave others the strength to come forward and triggered a wave of allegations that culminated in the coach’s trial at Liverpool Crown Court, reacted furiously to Crewe’s statement and accused the club of hiding behind the police. The statement also made no comments on allegations by the BBC this week that a Crewe employee was asked to remove pornography from the home computer of then manager Gradi in 2001. Gradi has always denied any wrongdoing.

“This statement speaks for itself,” Woodward said. “Once again the victims come last, after the reputation of the club. What has happened has ruined mine, my family and many, many others that played for the club as vulnerable children. I’m bitterly disappointed with their response, but I’d rather focus my energy on driving change, so no club can let this happen again, than dwell on the past.

“Crewe had a moral responsibility to investigate their own failings. Instead they seem to want to bury their heads in the sand and, if nothing else, at least people can now see the way the club operate.

“As far as I know, they have not asked to speak to any of the former players from this harrowing court case to learn about how this scandal happened and what could have been done to prevent it. A police investigation, looking for possible crimes, is entirely different to an independent inquiry being set up to investigate what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. For the many victims, this is just another kick in the teeth but, as shocking as it is, nothing should really surprise us about Crewe any more.”

Woodward’s sentiments were echoed in a statement by The Offside Trust, the charity set up by some of Bennell’s victims to support survivors of child sexual abuse in sport. “We believe that these clubs have a moral responsibility to open their doors to a truly independent investigation,” the trust said. “If clubs having nothing to hide, they should not shirk from this duty.

“The healing process for survivors will not be easy. But it is made more difficult when individuals and institutions refuse to properly address the past and fail to demonstrate any empathy and remorse. We sincerely hope that clubs will acknowledge this and agree to appropriate independent scrutiny.”

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Charlotte de Rothschild and Danielle Perrett

May 25, 2012

Charlotte and Danielle have worked together since 1993 and are one of the most successful soprano and harp duos around. In the past decade they have toured France, South Korea, Japan, USA and UK.

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Danielle Perrett and Charlotte de Rothschild ( one of The Remaining Heirs Of The Legendary Rothschild Dynasty)

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Danielle Perrett (centre)

World-renowned harpist who played for Queen jailed for sexually abusing schoolboy

27 FEB 2018

Danielle Perrett, who has performed for the Queen and several Prime Ministers, had earlier been convicted of separately indecently assaulting the boy while he was in his early teens

Perrett, from Alpheton near Sudbury in Suffolk, performed at Prince Philip’s 70th birthday party and has also played for Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Duchess of York.

 Her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood, 68, was also found guilty of separately indecently assautling the boy in the 1980s.Barton-Wood had worked as a substitute teacher at his school.
The survivor said Barton-Wood sexually assaulted him on sailing trips and camping trips, and that on separate occasions Perrett took his virginity and performed sex acts on him.


Barton-Wood, from Wymondham in Norfolk, is a warden and publicity officer at 12th century Wymondham Abbey.

He is said to have been working as a teacher in Suffolk when the offences allegedly took place.

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Danielle Perrett

Previous Clients, Venues and Occasions
Where Danielle Has Performed

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip on the occasion of the latter’s 70th birthday

Dinners & receptions for:

HRH the Prince & late Princess of Wales

HRH the Princess Royal

HRH Prince Edward

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

HRH Princess Alexandra

HRH the Duchess of York

HRH the Duchess of Kent

the late Earl & Countess Spencer

Members of her Majesty’s Government

The US Ambassador and members of Senate 

Belvoir Castle, Leics



East India


Royal Overseas League





More Rothschilds linked to paedophiles:

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Miriam Rothschild  During World War II, she joined a group of scientists working at Bletchley Park on the Enigma decryption project working as a code breaker. She received a Defence Medal from the British government for her work. 

She also helped marshal scientific evidence on homosexuality for the Wolfenden Committee (the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution)

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Miss Miriam Rothschild wrote the intro to paedophile Michael Salmon’s book on butterflies (the favourite Lepidoptera of the MK Ultra gang).
Miriam Rothschild was the sister of Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, who was a good friend of Edward Heath, Blunt, Burgess, worked for MI5 during World War II and alleged to have been the ‘fifth Spy’.
Dr Michael Salmon (right) on Dreamflight
Michael Salmon was a friend of Jimmy Savile’s.  He worked and abused at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and part of Dreamflight charity.
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Hannah Rothschild and Prince Charles
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Jessica de Rothschild
Jessica and Hannah Rothschild are listed in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
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Jacob Rothschild with Perer Mandelson ( Mandelson also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book )
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Peter Mandelson – patron of the NSPCC (National Society for the Protection of Children)

Peter Mandelson lobbied Blair to give Janner a peerage AFTER sex abuse claims: Grandee said to have asked then-Labour leader about ennobling him ahead of 1997 election

  • Peter Mandelson lobbied Tony Blair for Lord Janner to receive a peerage
  • Janner was made a peer six years after being accused of child sex abuse
Leon Britten or Greville Janner … the police were told “take no action ”
Lord Goodman was the chief solicitor for the Board of British Deputies and answering directly to Rothschild.
This is why so many boys who went to police were turned away with the single statement, “no one will believe you, go away and live with it”
It is known 20 boys complained about Janner
Leopold de Rothschild and Lord Janner.
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Joanna Lumley, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Mark Shand attend the Elephant Parade – Launch Party on June 23, 2009
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild lets mere Royalty know its place. 

 IICSA – Fairbridge

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Sir William Slim, Chief Scout of the Commonwealth

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

Feb 26 2018

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Slim Williams with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Three former Fairbridge boys have claimed that the then-Australian Governor General, Lord Slim, sexually molested them during rides in his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce while visiting the home. It is understood these allegations could be considered by the inquiry.

The inquiry could also definitively answer a crucial historical question. Did the British government know it was sending children to be mistreated in a foreign country?

Margaret Humphreys is adamant: “We want to know what happened, we want to know who did it, and we want to know who covered it up for so long.”

In fact, government files reveal that there was a time when the migration programme could have been stopped. It came in 1956 when three officials went to Australia to inspect 26 institutions which took child migrants.

There was enough warning of this “fact-finding mission” to allow a Fairbridge official to warn the manager of the Molong farm

The resulting report, delivered back to the British government, was fairly critical. It identified a general lack of expertise in child care and worried that children were living in institutions in remote rural areas, whereas the trend in Britain was towards fostering them into urban families.

However the report had a second “secret” section, never published, which went a little further.

This named names – including those of five institutions which were not up to standard. When the UK’s Home Office saw the report, it wanted five more added to create what became an infamous blacklist – places which should not receive more children because of poor standards of care. Fairbridge Molong and Bindoon were both on the list.

  • St Joseph’s orphanage, Sydney
  • Dhurringile Rural Training Farm, Victoria
  • St Joseph’s, Neerkol, nr Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Salvation Army Training Farm, Riverview, Queensland
  • Methodist Home, Magill, Adelaide
  • St Vincent’s Orphanage, Castledare
  • St Joseph’s Farm School, Bindoon, Western Australia
  • St John Bosco Boys’ Town, Glenorchy, Hobart
  • Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, Western Australia
  • Fairbridge Farm School, Molong, New South Wales

But the report had barely scratched the surface. It made no mention of sexual or physical abuse.

Dring the post-war years, sexual accusations were made against three principals of the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong.

David Hill has revealed they included a claim that Frederick Woods – the man who beat boys with a hockey stick – was “sexually perverted” and had abused a girl resident. An internal investigation exonerated him.

This does not appear to have been disclosed by the Fairbridge Society either to the public or the 1956 inspectors. They had a schedule to keep to, and their visits to institutions spread across a vast country were fleeting.

Something strongly resembling a cover-up began. Files held at the National Archive set out the response of government officials. One wrote in 1957 that the Overseas Migration Board, which advised the government, was “sorry the mission was sent at all”.

Some on the board “urged very strongly that the report should not be published.”

The government archives record that at a meeting with the organisations running the migrant programmes, Lord John Hope, under-secretary of state for Commonwealth relations, discussed what would be disclosed to parliament from the report.

“I think you can rely upon us to do what we can in as much as we shall pick out all the good bits,” he said. “I shall not be in the least critical in Parliament.”

The UK Fairbridge Society piled on its own pressure – its president was the Duke of Gloucester, uncle to the Queen. Officials discussed the “immediate parliamentary repercussions” which could result from holding up the migrant programme.

Sir Colin Anderson, the director of the Orient Line, which benefited from the business of shipping the children, appealed for the report not to be made public because of the controversy it might cause.

In a sympathetic phone call, a senior official from the Overseas Migration Board responded that the Fairbridge Society was an “extremely fine endeavour for which everyone felt the highest praise”.

And what did the government do? Files at the National Archive show officials squirmed in institutional discomfort at the idea of taking any meaningful action.

In June 1957 the Commonwealth Relations Office sent a secret telegram to the UK High Commission in Australia – “we do not want to withhold approval”, it said, for more children to to be sent from the UK.

After more pressure from the Fairbridge Society, 16 children waiting to travel were sent on their way.

The key recommendation of the inspectors, that the British home secretary agree each and every decision to send a child, was quietly shelved.

The Fairbridge Society continued to ship out children, though concentrated on those whose mothers intended to join them later.

“The British government not only continued to approve children to be sent, but they financially subsidised for them to go. To institutions they had put on a blacklist unfit for children, condemned.”

Molong Farm School finally closed in 1973. The Fairbridge Society is now part of the Prince’s Trust and still runs activity holidays for children.

InquiryCSA (IICSA)

The report criticises Her Majesty’s Government for the policy of child migration and recommends that all child migrants are financially compensated by HMG through a redress scheme.

More on Fairbridge and royal connections here




Following the Preliminary Hearing on 31st January 2018, I am providing a brief overview of those who have been given core participant status in this Westminster strand element of the inquiry, as well as those who were refused.  You can find further details here.


Core participants, name of legal/representation and reason for application:

  • Crown Prosecution Service(CPS): Alastair Tidball: CPS has played a direct and significant role in relation to matters under investigation and/or has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation and/or any other reason. The application is put on the basis that as part of the Westminster investigation, the Inquiry will investigate the responses of a wide range of institutions, including the CPS, and will also consider whether prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed.
  • Esther Baker: Ms Baker alleges that she was sexually assaulted by persons of public prominence associated with Westminster and that there were institutional failings in connection with that alleged abuse by police and law enforcement services. Ms Baker also alleges related failings by public officers and bodies.
  • Home Office: Sarah Townsend: The application is put on the basis that Whitehall has given consideration as to how best government departments might assist the Inquiry in the Westminster investigation and that if core participant status is granted, the Home Office will assume the role of the lead government department in coordinating the provision of material to the Inquiry.
  • IPCC (now IOPC): Rachel Taylor: The IPCC is currently managing a significant number of investigations into concerns that Police officers failed to adequately investigate allegations of child sexual abuse in relation to a number of people of public prominence associated with Westminster. The  Westminster investigation will investigate allegations that Ministers, party whips, political parties, the intelligence and/or security services, law enforcement agencies, and/or prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed.
  • Labour Party: Gerald Shamash: As the Labour Party is one of the main political parties at Westminster and has formed governments and the official opposition throughout the period likely to be under examination in this investigation.
  • Metropolitan Police Service: Sabrina Castiglione: The Commissioner, in her role as Chief Officer of Police of the Metropolis has a significant interest in the matters which the Inquiry will consider. The investigation will consider whether law enforcement agencies, and/or prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed. It is also stated that the Commissioner will have a direct and significant interest in ensuring that any recommendations which the Inquiry may make can be implemented, and also that the basis that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) may be subject to criticism in its handling of investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse.
  • RO-A1: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1960s whilst he was a resident at Cambridge House.  He states that Smith pressured him to change the statement that he had made to police.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A1 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A2: As above.
  • RO-A4: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1960s whilst he was a resident at Cambridge House.  He states that Smith pressured him to change the statement that he had made to police and allegation that the Government had served a D-notice to prevent publications of allegations concerning Cyril Smith.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A4 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A5: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the late 1980s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A5 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A6: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the 1960s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A6 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A7: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1970s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A7 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A8: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith after he became a resident at Knowl View in 1969.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A8 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • TIM HULBURT:  Played a significant part in revealing information relating to the possible funding of the Paedophile Information Exchange in the late 1970s by the Voluntary Services Unit based at the Home Office, where he was a consultant.
  • WILTSHIRE POLICE: May have a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters to which the Inquiry relates and that they may be subject to explicit or significant criticism during the Inquiry proceedings or in the report, or in any interim report. The Inquiry may wish to conduct a review of Operation Conifer(Edward Heath) as part of the Westminster investigation.


  • David Chalmers: Mr Chalmers states that he was formerly a high level Special Branch asset and a central component of a major phone trace and tap operation which was set up to counter a “black psychological operation” targeting the author of some contentious inquiries into child sexual abuse during the 1980s and 1990s.  Mr Chalmers believes this operation was being driven by high-level elements within the state apparatus. Mr Chalmers states that he acted with the authority of former Prime Minister John Major. Mr Chalmers states that the author’s identity was leaked and that the operation became subject to a D-notice. Mr Chalmers states that he can provide full details to the Inquiry.  I have concluded that, by reason of the information that he has provided and the allegations he has made, Mr Chalmers is best placed to assist the Inquiry as a
    witness rather than as a Core Participant.
  • Jonathan Brackenbury: The application is put on the basis that he alleges child sexual abuse as a military recruit serving in HM Forces over a period of eight years. He says that he has been pursuing the Ministry of Defence for an acknowledgment and that he has accumulated a large volume of correspondence associated with this. He also says that he has previously provided information to Operation Midland.  He subsequently wrote to the Inquiry on 14 January 2018 indicating that he wished to withdraw his application for designation in this investigation. He confirmed his willingness to be called as a witness regarding his experience of working as a Homeless Housing Worker in the West End / Earls Court area of London in the 1980s and information he supplied to Operation Midland as a result. He also confirmed his intention to file submissions in the future asking the Inquiry to open a separate investigation relating to child sexual abuse in the military.
  • Daniel Janner QC, Laura Janner-Klausner, Marion Janner: Greville Janner‘s children were denied core participant status due to the fact Janner has his own separate strand to the inquiry.  Mr Janner had a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under the Janner Investigation, in which he had already been granted core participant status, it was not appropriate to grant Mr Janner core participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.  (It’s also worth mentioning that Daniel Janner seemingly told Robert Mendick of his intention to ‘undermine the enquiry from within.’)
  • G-1:  Allegations and awareness of abuse at his school and by clergy of
    the English Benedictine Congregation while in attendance at Fort Augustus School.  He was approached by Exaro News, which he says asked him to amend his police statement to include claims of abuse involving Westminster.’ He believes that his own story of abuse by clergy of the English Benedictine Congregation was adopted and erroneously featured in the ‘Westminster story’.  This does not fall within the scope of the Westminster investigation.
  • WM-A1: States that he told a social worker at Kent County Council and his school headmaster about his allegations, but this was not followed up. He was involved in the ‘rent-boy’ scene in London in the 1960s, and aware of politicians other than Heath attending parties at which sexual behaviour occurred.  His experiences as part of the ‘rent-boy’ scene and his knowledge of the involvement of politicians, as set out in his application and submissions, may well make him a useful witness to this investigation.
  • WM-A4: Alleged that he was raped at Dolphin Square while under the care of Hackney Social Services by a person he believed to have been Lord Janner. He also alleged that he was abused at a care home in Haringey and that Hackney Social Services had been aware of this abuse.  WM-A4 states he was taken to the Apollo nightclub where a police officer took his details and to whom, it is said, it must have been obvious that WM-A4 was young and vulnerable. He also referred to photographs being taken and to WM-A4 being told that the photographs were in a pamphlet which was being shown at Westminster.  WM-A4 was advised to apply for CP status under the Janner strand instead.
  • JA-A10: While JA-A10 has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation in the Janner investigation, in which JA-A10 has already been granted Core Participant status, it is not appropriate to grant him Core Participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.
  • JA-A11: While JA-A11 has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation in the Janner investigation, in which JA-A11 has already been granted Core Participant status, it is not appropriate to grant him Core Participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.
  • JA-A13: As above.
  • JA-A17: As above.
  • JA-A2: As above.
  • JA-A20: As above.
  • JA-A22: As above.
  • JA-A23: As above.
  • JA-A24: As above.
  • JA-A25: As above.
  • JA-A26: As above.
  • JA-A27: As above.
  • JA-A3: As above.
  • JA-A5: As above.
  • JA-A9: As above.
  • SABINE MCNEIL:  Received information from others relevant to alleged child sexual abuse and the alleged existence of a cult in Hampstead, said to be connected with Hampstead Christchurch, and that she can provide information about the actions of a number of agencies, including councils and the police, in relation to these allegations. Ms McNeill expressly states that she is not aware of evidence relating to child sexual abuse by “Westminster personalities” but says that the harassment which she has experienced can only be explained by orders “from ‘high up’”.  This does not fall within the scope of the Westminster investigation.
  • SARAH MCDONAGH: provided evidence of a paedophile ring connected to the Sussex Western Bench on which Ms McDonagh sat as a Magistrate, evidence which she says was suppressed by a number of people.  Ms McDonagh also provides general information regarding Freemasonry in the Chichester area and its alleged influence on the courts, and comments on the reputation of Seaford College.


The full list of all those granted core participant status can be found here.

Justin Welby is to give evidence in person at IICSA on 21 March.

Lord Janner’s children denied formal role in Westminster child abuse probe

The family has been refused the right to directly participate in the investigation into allegations of child sex abuse.

Lord Janner’s children have been denied core participant status in the inquiry into allegations of child abuse in Westminster.

The late politician is alleged to have abused youngsters over a period spanning more than 30 years dating back to the 1950s – allegations strenuously denied by his family.

A strand of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has been formed specifically focusing on the Labour peer.

Campaigner Marion Janner received an OBE from the Queen for services to mental health.

His son Daniel Janner QC and daughters Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Marion Janner have been granted core participant status – giving them a formal role in the inquiry process – in the Lord Janner strand but have been refused such a position in the strand focusing on Westminster.

Mr Janner has said it is “astonishing and unfair” that the family has lost its application for core participant status.

“If my father was alive it is unthinkable that he would have been refused core participation status,” he said.

“He served in Westminster for over 40 years.

“It is now my privilege to continue to fight for his reputation despite the collapse of all civil claims against his estate.

“Nobody will be there to defend his reputation in a Kafkaesque process.”

He accused Professor Alexis Jay, who is leading the inquiry, of being “blind to the obvious risk of my late father’s good name being trashed in the Westminster strand”.

In her decision ruling Professor Jay said it was “not appropriate” for the family to have core status in the Westminster strand as well as the Lord Janner strand.

She added: “To the extent that Mr Janner’s application is based on concerns about his father’s reputation, and his ability to respond to allegations made about his father, these are matters for the Janner Investigation in which Mr Janner has already been granted core participant status.”