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22 June 2017

Church of England colluded with bishop who abused boys, says Welby

Report about bishop Peter Ball, finding collusion over 20 years, is ‘harrowing reading’

Collusion: Secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy

Senior figures in the Church of England colluded for a period of 20 years with a disgraced former bishop who sexually abused boys and men, a damning independent report has found.

The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said the report on the church’s handling of former bishop Peter Ball made “harrowing reading”.

“The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward. This is inexcusable and shocking behaviour,” he said.

“To the survivors who were brave enough to share their story and bring Peter Ball to justice, I once again offer an unreserved apology. There are no excuses whatsoever for what took place and the systemic abuse of trust perpetrated by Peter Ball over decades.”

Two former archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and Rowan Williams, apologised to the victims of Peter Ball after being criticised for their failures in relation to him.

Ball, the former bishop of both Gloucester and Lewes, was jailed in October 2015 for the grooming, sexual exploitation and abuse of 18 vulnerable young men aged 17-25 who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. He was released from prison in February after serving 16 months.

His trial heard that after Ball was first accused in 1993, a string of senior establishment figures – including Carey, an unidentified member of the royal family, cabinet ministers and a high court judge – came forward in his support, writing letters to the police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Ball was cautioned by police. He resigned his post as bishop and retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate but continued to officiate in 17 public schools until 2007. A fresh investigation was opened in 2012 which led to his conviction.

One of Ball’s victims, Neil Todd – the first to come forward with allegations of abuse – attempted suicide three times before killing himself in 2012.

Welby ordered an independent review of the church’s handling of the case, chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, former chief executive of Camden council.

The report said Ball’s case was dealt with at the highest levels within the church. He “was seen by the church as the man in trouble who the church needed to help”.

Ball was portrayed as a victim, and the review found “little evidence of compassion for Neil Todd even though from the outset it was clear that he was a vulnerable young man who had come to harm”.

It added: “The church appears to have been most interested in protecting itself.”

In the foreword to her report, An Abuse of Faith, published on Thursday, Gibb said the serious sexual wrongdoing of Ball “is shocking in itself but is compounded by the failure of the church to respond appropriately to his misconduct, again over a period of many years”.

“Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The church colluded. The church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”

The report added, “progress has been slow and continuing, faster improvement is still required”.

Gibb made 11 recommendations in her report, including improving support to survivors of clerical abuse and taking steps to “demonstrate the individual and collective accountability of bishops”.

Peter Hancock, the C of E’s lead safeguarding bishop, who received the report on behalf of the church, said it had failed Ball’s survivors. “Having read the report I am appalled and disturbed by its contents … As a church we colluded, we failed to act and protect those who came forward for help. There are no excuses. We accept all the recommendations and are working to action them.”

Rowan Williams: ‘It is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball.’

He added: “For the survivors, it may feel this is all too late.”

According to the report, Ball intimated “on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales” and “sought to exploit his contact with members of the royal family in order to bolster his position”.

 

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The Royal family with the Archbishop Rowan Williams, beside protected padophile Bishop Ball, at Windsor Castle for wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles

HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva

Prince Charles gave him a grace & favour cottage. Like the church, did he also overlook Ball’s abuse of young boys?

Goddard inquiry: Outrage as bishop Peter Ball jailed for sex offences given public funding for legal team

Bishop Ball with Prince Charles and Camilla. Ball gave the homily at the funeral of Camilla Parker Bowles’s father, Major Bruce Shand, in 2006

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Moira Gibb is made a Dame CBE by the Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace back in 2012

However, Dame Moira Gibb’s report went on, it “found no evidence that the Prince of Wales or any other member of the royal family sought to intervene at any point in order to protect or promote Ball”.

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Carey was criticised in the report, which said he “set the tone for the church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that he was innocent to gain credence”.

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In a statement responding to the report, Carey said it made “uncomfortable reading” and he accepted its criticisms of him. “I apologise to the victims of Peter Ball. I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind those allegations.”

Carey said he regretted not putting Ball’s name on the Lambeth List – names of people whose suitability for ministry is under question – after he was cautioned.

Under the leadership of Williams, the church began reviewing past cases, a move which ultimately led to the criminal case against Ball being reopened, the report said. However, he was criticised as being “lamentably slow” in making change.

In a statement, Williams said: “Having read the report and reflected on its details, it is clear I did not give adequate priority to sorting out the concerns and allegations surrounding Peter Ball at the earliest opportunity. I recognise such a delay is likely to have increased the pressure and distress experienced by the survivors of his abuse and I am sincerely sorry for this.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/22/church-of-england-colluded-with-bishop-peter-ball-who-abused-boys-says-justin-welby?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo

It’s quite simple: Lord Carey is a paedophile enabler and sympathiser.

Justin Welby has asked a former Archbishop of Canterbury to step down from his current role after a report found that he and other senior figures in the Church of England “colluded” with a disgraced paedophile bishop to prevent him facing criminal charges.

George Carey, currently an honorary Assistant Bishop in the diocese of Oxford, has been urged to “carefully consider his position” by Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury.

A damning report by former social worker Dame Moira Gibb, the result of an 18-month long enquiry, found that the Church of England had failed to protect the victims of Peter Ball, who abused 18 vulnerable men and boys over a 20-year period.

Ball, a former bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester, was jailed in October 2015 for indecent assault and misconduct in public office. He was released from prison earlier this year.

He had initially been investigated by police in 1993 after Neil Todd, a young man who had stayed with him, told Church figures there had been “sexual activity” between the two. Mr Todd killed himself in 2012.

That investigation ended when Ball accepted a caution for gross indecency and resigned as Bishop of Gloucester.

Former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball arriving at the Old Bailey
Former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball arriving at the Old Bailey Credit: John Stillwell/PA

The report, published on Thursday, found that Lord Carey, then the Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to Ball’s twin brother, Bishop Michael Ball, in 1993, after the caution, saying he believed Ball was “basically innocent”.

At that stage Lord Carey was already aware of six letters which had been sent to Lambeth Palace by members of the public, making further allegations about Ball’s behaviour.

These included parents who said their children had been sexually propositioned by Ball and a man who said he had been asked to masturbate in front of him at the age of 15.

The letters were never passed on to police.

Following the caution Ball retired to a rented cottage on the Prince of Wales’ Duchy of Cornwall estate and started to draw a pension. The report also criticises the “unusual degree of financial support from the Church” that he received in retirement, authorised by Lord Carey.

He was also allowed him to carry out services including baptisms and confirmations, as well as speaking at 17 public schools, some until as late as 2007, the report said, a decision in which Lord Carey “played the lead role”.

The former Archbishop also decided not to add him to the “Lambeth List”, which identifies clergyman about whom there are questions as to their suitability for ministry.

Ball was convicted of the offences after a renewed investigation into his actions was opened in 2012 following a review of past cases by Dr Rowan Williams, who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 2002.

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Justin Welby: report makes for “harrowing reading” Credit: Christopher Pledger

The report said Lord Carey “set the tone for the Church’s response to Ball’s crimes and gave the steer which allowed Ball’s assertions that the was innocent to gain credence”.

In a statement, Lord Carey said the report “makes deeply uncomfortable reading” and apologised to Ball’s victims.

He added: “I believed Peter Ball’s protestations and gave too little credence to the vulnerable young men and boys behind these allegations”.

In a statement the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, the Bishop of Oxford, said: “The Archbishop of Canterbury has written to Lord Carey and asked him to carefully consider his position as honorary Assistant Bishop.

“As I hold responsibility for granting him a licence to enable him to carry out his duties, Archbishop Justin has asked Lord Carey to talk to me and we have agreed to meet in the coming days for that conversation.

“In the meantime he has voluntarily agreed to step back from public ministry.”

Victims called for the former Archbishop to face criminal proceedings.

Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who represents a number of Ball’s victims, said: “Given what’s in the report, there is now a clear case for the police and CPS to consider criminal charges against senior figures, including Lord Carey, for offences of misconduct in public office and perverting the course of justice.

“This report bears out our clients’ complaint that the Church of England deliberately concealed evidence of Ball’s criminality, and they are appalled by the true extent of collusion in abuse.”

In a foreword to the report, Dame Moira Gibb said: “Ball’s priority was to protect and promote himself and he maligned the abused. The Church colluded with that rather than seeking to help those he had harmed, or assuring itself of the safety of others.”

Archbishop Justin Welby said the report, titled Abuses of Faith, made “harrowing reading”.

“The Church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward,” he said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/22/senior-church-figures-colluded-disgraced-bishop-peter-ball-cover/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Du Pont Heir Who Raped 3 Year Old Child Let Off By Judge: ‘No Need For Prison’

June 20, 2017

 

Du Pont heir Robert H. Richards IV was found guilty of child rape but let off with probation.

The wealthy heir to the du Pont family fortune, Robert H. Richards IV, was found guilty in court of raping his 3-year-old daughter but was let off by the judge who said “he wouldn’t fare well in prison”, according to released court records.

Judge Jan Jurden decided that the Elite pedophile needed treatment rather than prison time saying that he had “unique circumstances” despite further accusations that he’d also sexually abused his toddler son.

Her puzzling rationale was based on her own observation that prison life would adversely affect Richards.

Several criminal justice authorities in Delaware said that her view that treatment was a better idea than prison is a justification typically used when sentencing drug addicts, not child rapists.

Delaware Online reports: Richards’ 2009 rape case became public this month after attorneys for his ex-wife Tracy filed a lawsuit seeking compensatory and punitive damages for the abuse of his daughter.

The fact that Jurden expressed concern that prison wasn’t right for Richards came as a surprise to defense lawyers and prosecutors who consider her a tough sentencing judge. Several noted that prison officials can put inmates in protective custody if they are worried about their safety, noting that child abusers are sometimes targeted by other inmates.

“It’s an extremely rare circumstance that prison serves the inmate well,” said Delaware Public Defender Brendan J. O’Neill, whose office represents defendants who cannot afford a lawyer. “Prison is to punish, to segregate the offender from society, and the notion that prison serves people well hasn’t proven to be true in most circumstances.”

O’Neill said he and his deputies have often argued that a defendant was too ill or frail for prison, but he has never seen a judge cite it as a “reason not to send someone to jail.

“Richards was no frail defendant, court records show, listing him at 6 feet, 4 inches tall and between 250 and 276 pounds. Nor do court records cite any physical illnesses.

O’Neill said the way the Richards case was handled might cause the public to be skeptical about “how a person with great wealth may be treated by the system.

“Richards, who is unemployed and supported by a trust fund, owns a 5,800-square-foot mansion in Greenville he bought for $1.8 million in 2005. He also lists a home in the exclusive North Shores neighborhood near Rehoboth Beach, according to the state’s sex abuse registry. His great-grandfather is du Pont family patriarch Irenee du Pont, and his father is Robert H. Richards III, a retired partner in the Richards Layton & Finger law firm.

Jurden, who has been a judge since 2001, and Superior Court President James T. Vaughn Jr. did not respond to questions last week about the case.

Deputy State Court Administrator Amy Quinlan said in an email that judges must consider the charges, state sentencing guidelines and “any mitigating or aggravating factors and recommendations” from prosecutors, defense lawyers, corrections officials and others. “That procedure was followed in this case as well.

“The lawsuit filed by Richards’ ex-wife accuses him of admitting to sexually abusing his infant son between 2005 and 2007, the same period when he abused his daughter starting when she was 3.

Police said they investigated allegations involving the boy in 2010 after his mother filed a complaint, but said they did not have sufficient evidence to justify charges. Investigators will take another look at the allegations included in the lawsuit, which are based on reports by probation officers.

The plea offer

Attorney General Beau Biden’s office had initially indicted Richards on two counts of second-degree rape of a child – Class B violent felonies that carry a mandatory 10-year prison term for each count.

According to the arrest warrant filed by a New Castle County Police Detective JoAnna Burton in December 2007, the girl, then 5, told her grandmother, Donna Burg, that Richards sexually abused her.

Burg said the child reported that her father told her it was “our little secret” but said she didn’t want “my daddy touching me anymore.” The girl said her father molested her in the bedrooms of her mother and brother in the mansion at 10 Summit Lane near Winterthur Museum, the arrest warrant said.

Tracy Richards, who confronted her then-husband, told police he admitted abusing his daughter but said “it was an accident and he would never do it again,” the warrant said.

Richards was free on $60,000 secured bail while awaiting trial on the charges that could have put him behind bars for years.
But in June 2008, just days before a scheduled trial, prosecutor Renee Hrivnak offered Richards a plea to a single count of fourth-degree rape, which carries no mandatory time, and he accepted, admitting in court that he abused his child.

“It was more than reasonable, an enlightened plea offer,” Richards attorney Eugene J. Maurer Jr. said.Probation offeredFourth-degree rape is a Class C violent felony that by law can bring up to 15 years in prison, though guidelines suggest zero to 2½ years in prison.

At his February 2009 sentencing, Hrivnak recommended probation, Biden’s chief deputy Ian R. McConnel said, adding that in retrospect he wished she would have sought prison time. Hrivnak would not comment.

Biden spokesman Jason Miller said the attorney general – who routinely hails the prosecution of child predators as a top priority for his office – did not know about the case.

Miller said only Hrivnak and her supervisor, Allison Texter, were part of the decision on how to resolve the case. Texter, who is now in private practice in Wilmington, did not return calls for comment.

State Prosecutor Kathleen M. Jennings could not discuss the case, McConnel said, because she had represented Richards while he was on probation. Jennings, a former chief deputy attorney general, rejoined the office in November 2011 after about 15 years in private practice. She would not say when she represented Richards.

McConnel would not discuss the rationale behind the Richards’ plea deal and Hrivnak’s recommendation of probation for the fourth-degree rape conviction.

http://countercurrentnews.com/2017/06/du-pont-heir-who-raped-3-year-old-child-let-off-by-judge-no-need-for-prison/


20 June 2017

Former football coach Barry Bennell faces a further 14 child sex offence charges

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Barry Bennell is facing 55 charges in total 

Former football coach Barry Bennell is facing a further 14 counts of non-recent sexual assault on boys aged between 11 and 14.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service the new charges relate to 10 counts of indecent assault and four counts of buggery which were alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1990.

It follows a string of previous allegations made against the 63-year-old.

A CPS spokesperson said: “Today, 20 June, former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 14 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse against boys aged 11 to 14 years.”

The former Crewe Alexandra coach will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday June 28 in relation to these charges.

In total he is facing charges of 55 offences between 1979 and 1991 against young boys.

He has previously denied accusations made against him during a succession of court appearances.

http://www.itv.com/news/2017-06-20/former-football-coach-barry-bennell-faces-a-further-14-child-sex-offence-charges/


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How the murder of Peter Solheim exposed a world of paganism, porn and black magic in Cornwall

June 18, 2017

 

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Murder victim and well known Paganist Peter Solheim

He was the very worst of men: obsessed by porn and black magic and later revealed to be involved in the “ritualistic, sickening” sex abuse of young girls.

Peter Solheim, who lived in a remote village near Helston, met a grisly end in which he was drugged, tortured, mutilated and then cast into the sea to drown.

His lover, grandmother Margaret James, was convicted of conspiracy to murder – but the search goes on for the accomplices the police believe she must have had.

Read more: A man’s found a grenade from a shipwreck on a Cornish beach

Thirteen years ago today, Mr Solheim’s body was pulled from the sea. A day earlier his small dinghy Izzwizz was found adrift in Mylor harbour, near Falmouth, with its key in the ignition.

 

Peter Solheim (shown wielding a sword) was well known in Pagan circlesThe 56-year-old had been tortured before being thrown into the sea and left to drown.

During her 11-week trial, James presented a calm, composed, confident face to the jury.

Sometimes barefoot, wearing long summer skirts, she often smiled or laughed as happier memories of her life with Mr Solheim were revealed to the courtroom.

But prosecutor Sarah Munro QC told the jury: “She has a heart of stone.”

In sharp contrast, her defence team said Mr Solheim was a paedophile, for which he had received hate mail, and wove black magic spells against those who had crossed him.

The jury heard how Mr Solheim dealt in hard-core pornography by copying videos he received by mail order and selling them on.

Read more: Nine tragic murders that shocked Cornwall

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Mr Solheim was accused of being a paedophile

Witnesses gave evidence that Mr Solheim had boasted of being a wealthy man dealing in antique guns.

Some told how Mr Solheim had bragged that he dealt in illegal weapons, carrying out secret deals with unnamed people aboard boats in international waters.

The defence barrister told the court: “We say Peter Solheim was a man with the propensity to commit sexual offences against children, to trade in illegal firearms and to engage in black magic and satanic rituals.

Read more: Man wins prestigious award for short film following NHS campaigners

“This provides anyone with a motive for harming him which ends up with him being dead.”

Throughout the case his interest in sex was described as “obsessive” and the jury heard how he secretly photographed James as she sunbathed naked in the back garden.

One expert referred to the black magic collection Mr Solheim had in his attic as an “occult laboratory”. There were recipes for potions designed to seduce women and dozens of books of witchcraft.

 

Peter Solheim’s small boat was found adrift

In his library were found two copies of Paul Huston’s The Mastery of Witchcraft. The tome was described by an expert prosecution witness as “a notorious and amoral text”.

“I have talked to hundreds of modern pagans, witches and magicians but have never known such an extensive collection,” he told the jury. “This is an unusually, big comprehensive collection – an occult laboratory of materials.”

Read more: Man finds grenade from 17th century shipwreck on a Cornish beach

The jury was told how Mr Solheim, a father-of-two from Carnkie, near Helston, in West Cornwall, had been heavily sedated with the drug lorazepam before being hacked around the head and body with either a blunt machete or axe.

They were convinced that James had plotted the brutal murder of her pagan lover when she learned he was about to leave her for his mistress.

James stood stony-faced as Judge Graham Cottle sentenced her, according to a report in our sister paper the Plymouth Herald.

He said: “You have been convicted by the jury of conspiracy to murder Peter Solheim.

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Peter Solheim had an extensive library on the occult

“The precise circumstances surrounding the abduction, torture and murder of Peter Solheim to an extent remain a mystery.

“However, what has been laid bare by the evidence in this case is that you were at the centre of this conspiracy to murder him.

“It was you who wanted him dead and you who masterminded and orchestrated the events which culminated in his death.

“What you orchestrated was a horrific and slow death.

“He was abducted and subjected to torture and administered a stupefying drug. The serious injuries inflicted upon him were described as bizarre and targeted.

“In common parlance, he was kneecapped – it would have been extremely painful. His right toe was almost severed from the rest of his foot.

James (right) was said to have a heart of stone“These injuries themselves did not kill him – they were not intended to. Many of the injuries inflicted upon him I am satisfied were inflicted to make him suffer and there can be absolutely no doubt he would have done so.

“His injured body was cast into the sea miles off The Lizard obviously in the hope he would not be found.”

Judge Cottle said that the discovery of Mr Solheim’s body had been James’s first “slip-up”.

He said: “You have been described by witnesses in this court as having a bubbly personality – always with a smile on your face and a kind word.

“The Crown has proved that your bubbly personality masks your true character, your obsession with money, not spending it – you in fact hoard it.”

Judge Cottle said that after learning Mr Solheim was about to leave her for his mistress, she set about conspiring to have him murdered.

 

James’ accomplices have never been caught

He said: “In a cold and calculating way, you arranged for his slow and painful death.”

Outside Truro Crown Court, the police investigation team welcomed the verdict and sentence.

Senior Investigating Officer Nigel Boulton said at the time: “It was a damn good plan – but the body being found let James down badly. It did not sink as she had planned.

“Had the body never been recovered, Mr Solheim would have been treated as another missing person and she may have got away with it. James tried to commit the perfect murder but failed.”

Mr Boulton added: “Mr Solheim was a man with few friends and may not have been a particularly nice person. But it’s important to remember that he was the victim of a murder and like any other murder victim, he deserves justice.”

Detectives always believed that James had help. They said the knee-capping was “was carried out with such force, it could not have been done by James”.

James’ appeal was dismissed in 2012At just 5ft 3in, she also could not have physically moved Mr Solheim in and out of a boat without help.

Five years after Mr Solheim’s killing, police seized a boat and arrested two men as the investigation continued.

But it would turn out to be a dead end and two months later, the men were released from police bail with no further action.

In 2012, Solheim was named as a paedophile in the trial of two men who ran a witches’ coven carrying out “ritualistic, sickening” sex abuse of young girls.

The same year, James lost a Court of Appeal bid to clear her name. The hunt to find those who carried out the brutal murder goes on.

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UK database – Cornwall

https://theukdatabase.com//?s=cornwall&search=Go


Thousands of child sex abuse victims miss out on compensation because of cruel time limit on claims

Children who were molested have just two years after their 18th birthday to make an injury claim – even though they may still be coming to terms with the abuse they suffered

17 JUN 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/thousands-child-sex-abuse-victims-10640016

 


British Intelligence bought information about US Child Abusers

Quality independent media site “Disobedient Media” has received information in response to their Freedom of Information request.

102 pages from the New York State Select Committee On Crime from 1982 have been released [2]

The evidence was given to the New York State Select Committee on Crime, its causes, control and effect on society, in the matter of  “A Public Hearing to consider the Boy Prostitution and Pornography”

Senators Ralph Marino, Abraham Bernstein, Howard Babbush, Owen Johnson, as well as Jeremiah McKenna and Lilli Scott were on the Committee.

Witnesses describe children, probably way in excess of 400, being trafficked round a circuit which encompassed Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, D.C., and Florida, spending a few weeks in each location.

The circuit included bars, burlesque houses, pornographic movie joints where abusers rang up between cities to arrange a child and paid by credit card. This was linked to organised crime or Mafia. One prominent figure mentioned  in connection with pornography was Michael Zaffarano.

Detectives from Washington DC, Carl Shoffler and Anne Fisher gave evidence and described the network. However the part I will concentrate on for this post is evidence given by Dale Smith. He was an investigator for the Select Committee on Crime and research analyst in 1978 and 1979 investigating juvenile prostitution and pornography in New York [p44]

Smith states that there were two 2 male “call service operations” in Washington, called Friendly Models and Stables. Call Service Operations is the euphemistic term they use to describe prostitution arranged over the phone. The prostitution of children was mixed in with this.

Stables was a male homosexual call service linked to another locally and two in New York. Arlington Police raided Friendly Models and obtained a warrant for the search and arrest of Stables operation [p56].

Robert Koehler was an accountant of several call service operations in Washington. Koehler said that details of sexual proclivities of abusers were sold to agents of foreign Intelligence [p58]

Johnathan Christopher Reynolds III, call service operator of Brians Boys and Fantasies Unlimited in Alexandria, Virginia. He admitted that information was sold to British and Israeli Intelligence [p59]

“A Public Hearing to consider the Boy Prostitution and Pornography” Report page 59

So British intelligence, presumably MI6, knew of the sexual abuse of children, of the prostitution of children and did nothing to help. In fact, the opposite. They took advantage of children’s suffering and bought information about the sexual habits of the abusers.

Of course that is exactly what their colleagues in the Security services do in the UK. They are steeped in this aberrant behaviour which they see as normal or convince themselves it is somehow in the national interest or or national security, both terms used to obfuscate. Sickos.

They obtain the abusers information, not to bring them to justice, but to control, by blackmail, the child abusers who are often in powerful positions. Blackmail is just another crime to add to the intelligence services long list.

The children and the people that the intelligence services are supposed to protect are the very people they abuse. We get abused and left with child abusers as politicians in power. The intelligence services, stuffed full of people with abnormal, psychopathic behaviours however are realistically immune from prosecution and the law due to inadequate safeguards over the behaviour of intelligence services.

If the security services are not actually running the child abuse networks, then they are neck deep in them.


Parliament standards watchdog resumes Keith Vaz investigation

June 16 2017

 

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The investigation into Mr Vaz has resumed

The Parliamentary Standards Commissioner has resumed her investigation into Keith Vaz.

Commissioner Kathryn Hudson had suspended her investigation into the Labour Leicester East MP when parliament was dissolved on May 3 prior to the election

She has updated her website saying she had restarted her inquiries.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/parliament-s-standards-watchdog-resumes-investigation-into-keith-vaz/story-30393753-detail/story.html


Victims ‘silenced’ by child abuse inquiry

Victims are furious at being asked to sign confidentiality agreements before they can participate fully in the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
Victims are furious at being asked to sign confidentiality agreements before they can participate fully in the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

The public inquiry into child abuse, set up by Theresa May, faces (yet) a new crisis of confidence as victims claim they are being silenced and sidelined.

They are furious at being asked to sign confidentiality agreements before they can participate fully in the work of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

They say the undertakings fly in the face of the inquiry’s commitment to maximum transparency and echo the gagging orders imposed on victims by churches and other bodies when settling compensation claims.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/57601cf0-5066-11e7-8136-9a70942ceadd

Inquiry into child sexual abuse ‘not fit for purpose’, claims victims’ group

June 13 2017

Survivors of Organised and Institutional Abuse becomes second group to withdraw, claiming victims have been ‘totally marginalised’ from process

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/13/inquiry-into-child-sexual-abuse-not-fit-for-purpose-claims-victims-group?CMP=share_btn_tw


 

BBC paedophile couple hid their abuse secrets to organise children’s awards

Tony and Julie Wadsworth have both been jailed for five years for indecently assaulting boys as young as 12

10 JUN 2017

BC paedophiles Tony and Julie Wadsworth hid their shameful secrets to run children’s awards.

They organised Tony and Julie’s Children of Merit honours in 2001 for kids who had “shown great courage or exceptional kindness”.

Also helping conceal their earlier abuse of young boys has been Tony, 69, playing charity gigs nationwide in a Beatles tribute band since 2011.

Our exclusive photo shows the disgraced DJ in a wig and ’60s garb strumming guitar in Leicester tribute act The UpBeatles.

Wife Julie, 60, dances below him, the audience little realising the couple’s sordid past as abusers of boys as young as 12.

Tony and Julie Wadsworth ran children’s awards

This week they were each jailed for five years for indecently assaulting young boys in Warwickshire between 1992 and 1996.

A source said: “To the outside world they were do-gooders. You would never guess that they were paedophiles.”

Another added: “You’d be hard pressed to find two people less suitable to hand out awards to kids.”

The couple ran “Tony and Julie’s Children of Merit” from the BBC’s Pebble Mill studio in Birmingham.

Launching their search, DJ Julie said: “These awards will celebrate the achievements of Midland children who have triumphed in the face of adversity or demonstrated courage and bravery in their reaction to events.”

They ran a hunt for the West Midlands’ 10 bravest children, handing each a silver medal donated by the Birmingham Mint.

A further 1,000 “Tony and Julie medals” were sold to raise charity cash.

The awards were among scores of kids charity projects the Wadsworths took part in during their years at the BBC. In 2007 they put charity wristbands on kids at Birstall cricket club, Leicester.

In 2014 they mingled with terminally ill youngsters at the 20th birthday of Rainbows Children’s Hospice, in Loughborough.

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Rainbows was officially opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in April 1995.

Our picture of Julie in pink boots and minidress was taken in 2012 at a gig in Rothley, near Leicester, to aid the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In a 2013 interview before their 20th wedding anniversary, Julie revealed she once dressed Tony in children’s clothes because he is 5ft 6in.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-paedophile-couple-hid-abuse-10600409

Truthseeker1 @thewakeupcall09

Labour tried to do deals with the DUP last time there was a hung parliament

Under Gordon Brown, Labour had tried to strike a similar deal when there was a hung parliament in 2010.

Yvette Cooper, Shaun Woodward, Ed Miliband and Alistair Campbell were just a few of the Labour supporters or MPs to have recently criticised Theresa May for dealing with the extremely conservative, anti-abortion, anti-LGBT rights party from Northern Ireland.

However, when Brown failed to get a majority he wrote letters to the DUP asking to do a deal.

Amid criticism, former DUP leader Ian Paisley has been relishing telling everyone about Brown’s eagerness to pair up with the party.

http://metro.co.uk/2017/06/11/labour-tried-to-do-deals-with-the-dup-last-time-there-was-a-hung-parliament-6701733/

Gordon Brown, Keith Vaz and the DUP: deal or no deal?

Special Branch monitored Diane Abbot, Jeremy Corbyn and Bernie Grant during the 1990s

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2008/jul/02/dealornodeal


Shatter Boys UK #CSA

Warburtons family – Tory Party supporters hiding the sexual abuse of Thomas Warburton’s –  grandson  Daniel Wolstencroft

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/weve-survived-childhood-sex-abuse-11369593

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Queen Elizabeth speaks to Warburton Bakery chairman Jonathan Warburton

Jonathan is a fifth-generation member of a family whose business success story dates back to 1876 when brothers George and Thomas Warburton launched a small grocery shop at 125 Blackburn Road, Bolton. He has worked elsewhere – for Unilever at one time.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/born-and-bred-into-the-family-firm-1138289

Ian Brady and Myra Hindley ‘killed SEVEN MORE – and THESE are their names’

SEVEN more children have been named as possible victims of serial killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

11th June 2017

The evil couple were caged for life for the torture and murder of five children around Manchester in the 1960s.But police, prosecutors and investigators have long believed the bodies of other victims lie out there unfound.Brady – who died of lung disease at Ashworth maximum security mental hospital last month – even boasted in a letter to a journalist about another five victims.Now Daily Star Online can name seven more possible victims of the sick lovers.

We revealed one other victim – 16-year-old Susan Ormrod – last month.But six other names have emerged – including one teenager girl who very strongly matches an alleged confession of further killing made by Hindley.
Brady and Hindley were convicted of murdering five children between July 1963 and October 1965.Private investigator and writer Darren Rae has spent years trawling records of missing children around the Greater Manchester area.Mr Rae has identified a total of seven more people who went missing during the period that Brady and Hindley were killing:

  • John Betteridge – Missing 1964
  • Jennifer Tighe – Missing December 1964
  • Susan Ormrod – Missing July 1965
  • John Olleren – Missing September 1965
  • Michael Hayes – Missing September 1965
  • Gertrude Brookes – Missing 1965
  • Barbara White – Missing 1965

Neither they nor their bodies have ever been found.

Jennifer Tighe, 14, went missing in Oldham on December 30, 1964.

She is thought to have been picked up while hitchhiking outside Oldham Cinema that night.

Brady has reportedly admitted visiting the spot on the night she disappeared.

And Hindley allegedly confessed to a fellow prison inmate that she and Brady killed a 14-year-old girl with the initials JT.

Mr Rae told Daily Star Online: “A fellow prisoner of Myra Hindley, during her incarceration, has stated that the Moors Murderer confessed to her that they had killed a young hitchhiker who Myra and her lover Ian Brady had picked up.“The so-called ‘Black Widow’, Linda Calvey, claimed Hindley had revealed to her that her fifth victim was a 14-year-old with the initials JT.“One of Brady’s previous lawyers, Giovanni Di Stefano, revealed the girl was 14, her initials were JT and she was staying at a children’s home in Oldham at the time.“Following a period of investigation and speaking to family members, he said the name behind the initials JT was Jennifer Tighe.”Jennifer Tighe normally lives in a foster home in Northenden Road, Sale.She lived at a children’s home in Oldham.Little information exists about the other five missing children.http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/620737/ian-brady-myra-hindley-funeral-death-moors-murders-victims-Jennifer-Tighe-Susan-Ormrod

Manchester Industrial School for Girls, Northenden Road, Sale


Theresa May is doing deals with the DUP to ensure Conservative rule. Nothing to see here though.

 

May reaches deal with DUP to form government after shock election result

DUP figures insist their relationship with May’s team has been close since she became prime minister 11 months ago.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-reaches-deal-with-dup-to-form-government-after-shock-election-result-northern-ireland

What is the DUP?

The Democratic Unionist party (DUP) is the largest political party in the devolved Northern Ireland assembly (where it shared power with the Irish republican party Sinn Féin until the start of this year) and with 10 MPs in the 2017 UK general election, its best-ever Westminster performance, the fifth-largest party in the House of Commons. Founded by Ian Paisley, it is led by Arlene Foster and its support of the Conservatives in parliament will allow Theresa May to form a government.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-reaches-deal-with-dup-to-form-government-after-shock-election-result-northern-ireland

 

Conservatives are calling in the KINCORA MI5 child abuse votes.

Strong DUP links to Kincora…

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/kincora-how-scandal-was-first-reported-in-1980-30417250.html

Ian Paisley founded DUP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2e-9s-TL8U

Kincora: Ian Paisley’s dead pastor friend linked to sexual abuse of children

July 21 2010

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A firebrand preacher who was a good friend of Rev Ian Paisley has been linked to the abuse of children at Kincora.

Pastor Willie Mullan took his own life in December 1980, less than a year after police started an investigation into the paedophile ring operating at the east Belfast care home for boys.

Mullan, who was never charged, had close links to William McGrath — the sinister Orange Order leader who used his role as housemaster at Kincora to sexually assault dozens of boys.

He was also friendly with Joss Cardwell, an Ulster Unionist councillor who preyed on kids at the home and who died by suicide in 1983 after being questioned by the RUC.

“There were strong rumours at the time about Willie Mullan’s involvement in Kincora, particularly as he

killed himself not long after the police investigation began,” said a religious source.

“He would have been |friendly with William McGrath and Joss Cardwell, and this added to some people’s belief that he may have been abusing boys there.”

Rev Paisley had previously described Pastor Mullan, who used to visit him during his time in Crumlin Road prison, as “a very old friend and dearly beloved brother of Christ”.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sunday-life/news/kincora-ian-paisleys-dead-pastor-friend-linked-to-sexual-abuse-of-children-30446746.2010

Knox Cunningham MP, Child Abuser, Kincora

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/knox-cunningham-mp-child-abuser-kincora/

Enoch Powell and the DUP…

I wonder what Hewson cousin Jonathan Denby would have known as aide to Enoch Powell of sex ring abusing boys from Kincora?

The DUP have strong historical links with Loyalist paramilitary groups.

When Enoch Powell was expelled from the Tory party after his fascist turn, he moved to Northern Ireland. There, his campaign manager was a young man named Jeffrey Donaldson, who says on his website:

“I worked alongside two of the greatest names in Unionism in the 20th century. Between 1982 and 1984 I worked as Enoch Powell’s constituency agent, successfully spearheading Mr. Powell’s election campaigns of 1983 and 1986 when the South Down seat was retained despite the fact the constituency contained a natural ‘nationalist’ majority.”

Their most famous politician was Ian Paisley, one of the founders of the party, who entered the Good Friday Agreement with their long standing rivals Sinn Fein which led to peace in Northern Ireland and a period of stability.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/who-are-the-dup-10589910

Enoch Powell has links to DUP

DUP and UUP call for Kincora Boys’ Home to be included in abuse inquiry UUP leader Mike Nesbitt refers to claims children were used by British intelligence services “to gain control over prominent public figures”

The DUP leader who wasted £500 million of taxpayers’ money is now the power behind Theresa May’s throne

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/arlene-foster-dup-who-is-she-hung-parliament-election-results-northern-ireland-theresa-may-a7781721.html

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Brian Hutchinson – late father Dougie helped found the DUP and was once Ian Paisley’s right-hand man

DUP welcomed sex abuser Brian Hutchinson back to party

25 January 2010

A self-confessed sex abuser has been secretly allowed back into Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) — in the latest scandal to rock the party.

Fruit farmer Brian Hutchinson, 42, was voted in as party treasurer in Armagh even though he assaulted a 15-year-old girl for more than a year.

The married dad of five sensationally quit the DUP in 2002 after his litany of abuse was exposed.

But the Sunday Life newspaper can today reveal that he is back in the organisation in a high-profile position controlling party cash.

A DUP spokesman admitted yesterday: “The Party acted on this matter in 2002.

“Mr Hutchinson withdrew from the party and his council position.

“In 2008 he rejoined the party and is the current treasurer of our Armagh branch.

“The Party will be making no further comment on this matter.”

Confirmation that Hutchinson has rejoined party ranks will be yet another blow to the DUP — still reeling over the Iris Robinson cash and sex scandal.

The revelation also comes as embattled Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams is under fire for his handling of child abuse allegations facing his younger brother Liam.

Garden centre manager Hutchinson told us yesterday: “I’m just trying to put all that behind me and get on with party work.”

Hutchinson — whose late father Dougie helped found the DUP and was once Ian Paisley’s right-hand man — was booted out of the party in September 2002 after his teen assaults came to light.

He received a police caution for indecent assault — which involves admitting your guilt — and was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Hutchinson was voted in as DUP treasurer of the Armagh branch just one year after his name came off the list.

The party and Hutchinson have insisted he was not in the party in an official role until after his name was removed from the Sex Offenders’ Register.

But yesterday Hutchinson admitted he was invited to DUP bashes in Armagh before he was taken off.

He confessed: “I was at dinners at the area and DUP events from 2002 to 2008.”

Hutchinson was first suspended from the DUP in July 2001 and in 2002 quit his council seat and the party.

He said at the time: “I have decided it is best to resign for the sake of the DUP.”

The disgraced unionist said in 2002 that “no sex took place”.

But it emerged he’d been groping his 15-year-old prey for more than a year before he was rumbled.

His systematic abuse only came to light when the under-age girl finally plucked up the strength to tell her mum.

After she exposed Hutchinson, he was back behind the counter of his large nursery business in Co Armagh, which he still runs.

He had held his seat on Armagh council for nine years before he resigned.

Hutchinson succeeded his late dad when he retired from the council in 1993, after 40 years in local government.

His veteran politician father served time in Crumlin Road jail for his part in the notorious Siege of Armagh — when civil rights protestors were blocked from marching through the city centre.

Hutchinson spoke to us yesterday at his nursery, and said he did not want to comment on whether he thought it was suitable that he was back in the party.

He said he was voted back into the DUP in 2008 at the party’s Armagh annual general meeting.

Hutchinson added: “My nomination was put forward by someone, and someone else seconded it.”

When asked for the identities of the politicians who nominated him, he said: “I don’t remember who they are.”

We rang councillor Freda Donnelly to comment on his re-appointment — as she’s a DUP councillor in the Armagh City branch.

She slammed down her phone after snapping: “I have no comment to make.”

Ian Paisley’s son is a member of the DUP

Claims of new MLA expenses scandal at Stormont

http://www.ballymoneytimes.co.uk/news/claCims-of-new-mla-expenses-scandal-at-stormont-1-6425338

Everything you need to know about Nigel Dodds and the Democratic Unionist Party

Democratic Unionist Party DUP leader Peter Robinson (r) and deputy leader Nigel Dodds (l)

DUP leader Peter Robinson (r) and deputy leader Nigel Dodds (l)
The DUP has close links to the Dr Paisley’s Free Presbyterian Church has frequently sparked controversy for how it discusses homosexuality.

 

David Cameron & Peter Robinson at a time personally loathed each other. Theresa May just referred to “our friends and allies in the DUP”.

from 2015

Forget the SNP, the DUP Tory coalition is the one you should worry about

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/ampp3d/dup-conservative-coalition-gay-rights-5563837

so it wasn’t a good idea then – but suddenly it is?

Shows how hypocritical May can be.


Secretive DUP Brexit donor links to the Saudi intelligence service

The shadowy donor group that gave the Democratic Unionist Party £425,000 during the Brexit referendum campaign has links to the former Director General of the Saudi intelligence service – also the father of the current Saudi Ambassador to the UK –

The donation to Arlene Foster’s party – which was used to fund key Leave campaign advertisements across the UK in the run up to the European referendum – was initially kept hidden because of Northern Ireland’s donor secrecy laws.

However, under pressure from activists after openDemocracy revealed how Brexit campaigners were funnelling dark money through Northern Ireland to fund “Take Back Control” adverts, the Democratic Unionist Party was forced last night to reveal its major donor to be a group calling itself the Constitutional Research Council.

Little is known about the Constitutional Research Council, including where it got these funds from. However, we do know one thing: it is chaired by the Scottish Conservative Richard Cook.

Cook has strong links with Saudi Arabia – which was seen by economists as a likely beneficiary from Brexit.

In 2013, Cook founded a company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd with the former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz. The prince’s son is the Saudi ambassador to the UK.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/adam-ramsay-peter-geoghegan/secretive-dup-brexit-donor-links-to-saudi-intelligence-service

 

Meet the Scottish Tory behind the £425,000 DUP Brexit donation

Senior Scottish Conservative Richard Cook is at the centre of a major Brexit funding scandal.


Richard Cook and David Cameron.

A modest, semi-detached house in Clarkston on Glasgow’s southside seems an unlikely source for a secretive, £425,000 donation to the Democratic Unionist Party’s Brexit campaign. But the occupant – Richard Cook – is the only person publicly connected with the Constitutional Research Council, a shadowy pro-union group that funnelled dark money to the DUP ahead of June’s EU referendum.

And Richard Cook is not just connected to Northern Irish unionism – he has links that go to the heart of the Scottish Conservative Party, the Saudi intelligence service and a notorious Indian gun running scandal.

Mr Cook is a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservative party and Tory election candidate (for which he was fast-tracked through the selection, according to reports on ConservativeHome). He has campaigned with Ruth Davidson and David Cameron, and his Facebook friends list is a roll-call of prominent Scottish Tories.

Scottish politicians are now calling for the Scottish Tory leader to clarify her relationship with Cook, who in the 2010 general election lost out to Labour’s Jim Murphy in East Renfrewshire. Key activists in his team were subsequently found burning the EU flag and posting Northern Irish loyalist song lyrics on Twitter.

Cook is at the centre of a political scandal raging in Northern Ireland. Back in February, an openDemocracy investigation found that donors had taken advantage of Northern Ireland’s secretive electoral laws to funnel hundreds of thousands of pounds to the DUP’s pro-Brexit campaign. Under pressure, the DUP revealed that the party had received £425,622 from a group called ‘the Constitutional Research Council’. Over £32,000 of this money was spent on data analytics company AggregateIQ, a small Canadian outfit that has been linked to Donald Trump’s billionaire backer Robert Mercer and Cambridge Analytica, who are now at the heart of an investigation by the Information Commission.

We know almost nothing about the Constitutional Research Council. The outfit has no formal legal status. What we can say for sure is that it is chaired by Cook, and he has promised to fund the pro-union campaign in any future Scottish independence referendum.

“More people with more money are ready to step up to the plate this time compared with the last referendum” Cook told the Sunday Times earlier this year. He didn’t reveal who those people are.

The DUP has also refused to say who the backers behind the CRC are, and there is little to suggest that Cook himself is a major donor. Former Conservative colleagues describe Cook as “a nice guy but not a rich guy”.

Richard Cook with his “good friend” Baroness Warsi, former chairman of the Conservative Party.

Cook – who could not be contacted for this piece – appears to retain an interest in Scottish politics. He is listed as an advisor on Think Scotland, a conservative-minded website funded by Scottish unionist businessman Robert Kilgour. Think Scotland is owned by former Tory MSP Brian Monteith. Monteith was head of press during the referendum for Leave.EU, the campaign group run by Arron Banks and Nigel Farage.

Cook’s interests are not confined to politics. Since general election defeat in 2010, he has been involved in a number of international business deals. In 2012, his company Cook Consulting (UK) Ltd held a press conference in Glasgow announcing its involvement in a £640m water desalination project in Pakistan. The firm failed to submit accounts in 2014 and was dissolved by Companies House via compulsory strike-off in 2015.

In 2013, Cook founded another company called Five Star Investment Management Ltd with the former head of the Saudi Arabian intelligence agency, Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz. The prince’s son is the Saudi ambassador to the UK. The other director of the company was Peter Haestrup, a Danish national who has been connected to the Purulia arms drop case, a long-running multinational scandal that involved weapons being dropped over the Indian province of West Bengal in 1995.

Richard Cook with Scottish Tory Jackson Carlaw.

Five Star Investment Management Ltd was registered at Mr Cook’s Glasgow address. The firm filed no accounts with Companies House, and was dissolved in December 2014.

Cook also has connections with right-wing pressure groups in the UK. He was Scottish spokesperson for Conservative Friends of Israel and for the Campaign Against Political Correctness, a campaign allied to the Freedom Association, a right-wing Eurosceptic pressure group that supported apartheid in South Africa.

Back in 2009, Richard Cook spoke alongside current Tory MSP Murdo Fraser at a Freedom Association fringe event at the Conservative party conference in Perth to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s 1979 election victory. Freedom Association Chief Executive Simon Richards later praised Cook as “one of the hardest working PPC’s (Parliamentary Prospective Candidates) anywhere in the country”.

The Freedom Association has historical links with Northern Ireland. Among its original founders was Ross McWhirter, a controversial  journalist who campaigned for strict restrictions on Irish people in Britain, including making it compulsory for all Irish people in Britain to register with the local police and to provide signed photographs of themselves when renting flats or booking into hotels and hostel. McWhirter was shot dead by the Provisional IRA in Enfield in 1975.

The Freedom Association boasts of “friendly links” with the Democratic Unionist Party. In 2007 and 2008, leading DUP politicians Jeffrey Donaldson and Sammy Wilson were involved in Freedom Association “fact finding” events in Northern Ireland. At the time, the Freedom Association said it had “taken a close interest in Ulster matters from its earliest days and is keen to strengthen its ties with the province and to demonstrate its support for the Union.” Donaldson was the chair of the DUP’s Brexit campaign – his name appeared on the election material that the CRC’s £425,000 donation paid for – and Wilson was a prominent pro-Brexit DUP voice throughout the campaign, regularly appearing in the media.

After his defeat in the 2010 general election, Richard Cook wrote: “I believe deeply in our party, its membership and in the need for a centre right party to represent the hundreds of thousands of Scots who believe in the same things we do.” Among the activists he singled out for praise during the campaign were Ross McFarlane and Colin Taylor.

McFarlane was subsequently sacked as a Holyrood assistant by Ruth Davidson in 2011 after footage emerged showing him setting fire to the EU standard while dressed in the robes of Glasgow University amid anti-Catholic taunts. McFarlane had been Davidson’s election agent. Around the same time, it was discovered that Colin Taylor had posted song lyrics on Twitter glorifying Northern Irish loyalist terrorist group, the Ulster Volunteer Force, while serving as president of the student Conservative Association from 2009 to 2010. The social media posts were picked up when Taylor was working for the Tory Press and Research Unit at Holyrood.

Commenting on Richard Cook’s involvement with the CRC, Scottish Labour General Election campaign manager James Kelly said:

“This whole affair is like something from a spy novel and the East Renfrewshire Conservative Party is at the heart of it.

“Richard Cook isn’t just someone who happened to be a member of East Renfrewshire Conservatives. He’s been a leading figure in the local Tories for more than two decades… He’s close to senior elected Tories, including Jackson Carlaw.

“It simply isn’t tenable for East Renfrewshire Tory candidate Paul Masterton to maintain silence on this. Will Mr Cook play any part in his campaign? Will he refuse to take any funds from Mr Cook or anyone who has received money from Mr Cook? Will Mr Masterton make a statement about what he knew and when about these extraordinary allegations?

“This affair now risks tainting the Tory campaign to win the East Renfrewshire seat. It’s clear that only Labour can beat the SNP here.”

An SNP spokesperson said:

“These are deeply concerning allegations The fact that we still do not know the source of such a significant amount of cash used to help bankroll the Brexit campaign is unacceptable, and cannot be allowed to continue.

“Just as concerning are the apparent links to the highest levels of the Scottish Tory party. Ruth Davidson must clarify what links she has with Mr Cook, and whether her party has helped itself to money from the same murky sources.”

The Scottish Conservatives haven’t yet got back to our request for a comment. Richard Cook could not be reached for comment.

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Cook’s “good friend” Baroness Warsi – former chairman of the Conservative Party. Warsi describes herself as a “Northern working-class mum”. She is a member of the Carlton Club

She served as a Special Adviser to Michael Howard for Community Relations, and was appointed by David Cameron as Vice Chair of the Conservative Party. Warsi was sworn of the Privy Council on 13 May 2010

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayeeda_Warsi,_Baroness_Warsi

3h3 hours ago

 

Can she stay? The influential Conservative think-tank, Bow Group, has called for a leadership election this year.

The Bow Group

 

 

Why would the woman who called into being wish to delete all mention of her own father?

Theresa May’s Father

The Serial Killer, The Traveller’s Daughter, and the Cover Ups

https://theswamp.media/theresa-may-s-father

more here

 


Ex Leeds Lord Mayor Neil Taggart admits indecent images charges

June 5 2017

Neil Taggart

Neil Taggart was the Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2003. He also served as a West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman and city councillor

A former Lord Mayor of Leeds has admitted making and distributing indecent photographs of children.

Neil Taggart, who also served as a West Yorkshire Police Authority chairman and city councillor, pleaded guilty to eight child sex offences at Leeds Crown Court earlier.

The 65-year-old has been sacked from the Labour Party after he was suspended in October, a party spokesman said.

The crimes took place between 2007 and 2016, according to the Yorkshire Post.

Taggart, of Marlowe Court, Garforth, is due to be sentenced on 4 July.

In a statement, Labour said it had suspended him “as soon as the party became aware of the allegations he was facing”.

“Following his guilty pleas today, he has been auto-excluded from the Labour Party, as being convicted of a serious criminal offence means he is no longer eligible to be a party member.”

Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake, said: “I condemn these despicable crimes in the strongest possible terms.”

Taggart served as Lord Mayor in 2003. He was a Labour councillor for more than 30 years before being deselected by the party in October 2013 ahead of the 2014 election.

The charges:

  • Three counts of making indecent photographs of children
  • Three counts of distributing indecent photographs of children
  • Possession of prohibited images of children
  • Possession of extreme pornographic images

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-40161436?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_radio_leeds&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=english_regions

http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/this-life-i-believe-there-is-always-a-way-1-6945853

 

July 2016

THERESA MAY, GORDON RIDEOUT, BODKIN ADAMS – FAMOUS EASTBOURNE PEOPLE

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2016/07/famous-eastbourne-people.html

Theresa May’s Father

The Serial Killer, The Traveller’s Daughter, and the Cover Ups

Theresa May's Father

Theresa May’s Father, Reverend Hubert Brasier, was born on 20th August 1917 at 61 Clonmore Street, Wandsworth, London. Like many people a century ago, his was a home birth. Hubert’s father, Tom Brasier, was a military man. He had served as a sergeant in the King’s Royal Rifles, but was a clerk by the time Hubert was born. Hubert’s mother’s maiden name was Amy Margaret Patterson and they had married 8 years prior in Hampshire. Amy and Tom’s first son, James David Brasier, had died within a year of his birth in 1911 in Uttaranchal, India, where Tom Brasier had been deployed whilst in service. Two years later, in 1919, Hubert was joined by his younger sister and only other sibling Jean Robina Brasier.

By 1938, Hubert Brasier was 21 years old and attending Leeds University. On the 27th April 1939, preempting World War 2, Neville Chamberlain’s cabinet introduced limited conscription. Single men between the ages of 20 to 22 were now eligible to be called up for compulsory military service. A month later the ‘Military Training Act’ was passed in the UK Houses of Parliament. On the 3rd of September 1939 WW2 began and the ‘Military Training Act’ became the ‘National Service (Armed Forces) Act’ which increased liability of call up to men aged 18 to 40.

In the year 1940 Hubert Brasier, then 23, had a decision to make. As a man of his age in the early years of WW2 he was probably heading to fight the Nazi Wehrmacht, or heading to defend British colonial outposts. Hubert Brasier felt his only path was that of the Anglican-Catholic Church, and he joined the priests at the Community of the Resurrection Seminary School in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. In years to come the Community of the Resurrection would become known for the systematic sexual abuse of children at the seminary by the Italian Verona brothers, who were rampant sex offenders in the 1960’s and 1970’s. However the seminary in Mirfield in the early 1940’s was just about to start welcoming its first refugee children. In December 1941 mass bombing of Sheffield and other northern industrial towns meant many children were evacuated to the countryside. The residents of Mirfield were some of the first to support the war effort and receive evacuee.

The Community of the Resurrection had only been founded at the later part of the 1800’s. The people of Mirfield took some time getting used to having the single young men of the seminary walking around the village. One Mirfield resident recalled them being referred to as ‘The Petticoat Men of t’Resurrection’. In the early 1900’s the residents of Mirfield grew suspicious of the men of god and this climaxed to a protest outside the Black Bull in Mirfield proper. Father Frere, a talented musician who was popular with the locals, stood on a chair and used his preaching talents to good effect. The community of Mirfield and the Community of the Resurrection were a tight knit unit by the 1940’s. When the northern industrial hub of England began to be targeted by the Luftwaffe nightly, many children from all over England were evacuated to communities such as Mirfield. Hubert Brasier would only stay in Mirfield for the beginning of his training.

In 1942 he was designated to a new church, in London, and after a year of hands on priestly experience he would be ordained. Hubert’s first placement was at The Church of St Andrew on Sandhurst Road in Catford, Southwark. The bombings were numerous in Catford, and the community was very close, soon to be brought closer by tragedy. On the 20th January 1943 a bomb landed directly on the local Sandhurst Primary School, 38 Children were killed alongside 6 teachers. To be a man of God in this devastated community would have meant sharing a lot of suffering and loss. The parents of many of the lost children agreed for them to be buried in a mass grave at Hither Green Cemetary, and for a terraced memorial to be laid in their honour.

Theresa May’s father was still a bachelor priest at this point in history. During the war life, the whole of London could be savage. The bombing brought death daily to Lewisham and the number of funerals were overwhelming for all of the local religious institutions. When war ceased Hubert continued to serve the Anglican-Catholic community of Catford until 1948 where he was relocated to a Reigate in Surrey and the very small, steeple-free church of St Luke, in the Southpark area. In contrast to The Church of St Andrew in Catford, St Luke’s was almost retirement. Obviously the stress and strain of the war experience had affected the still single Hubert, and the transfer made for good respite. In 1952 Hubert had reached the age of 35, and as in Mirfield at the turn of the century, celibacy provided more questions than it answered. Communities were already rife with gossip and speculation about the private lives of others. It can be presumed that the Anglican-Catholic churches history of child abuse is older than just the last 60 years, and it would usually be easier for a priest to be married.

The Serial Killer

The following year, in 1953, Hubert became the Chaplain All Saints at Eastbourne Hospital in Sussex. Over the next 6 years he would work alongside the famous serial killer Dr John Bodkin Adams. For those who are unaware of Dr John Bodkin Adams, he was believed to be the Harold Shipman of his age. He would usually prey upon his more elderly patients, convincing them to put him in their wills, of which over 130 complied. They were soon given an injection by Bodkin Adams, and would conveniently pass away of ‘natural causes’ soon after. On review more than 165 of the deaths that Dr Bodkin Adams oversaw were seen as suspicious. The suspicion was not a well kept secret amongst staff at Eastbourne Hospital, most of the nurses had voiced their concerns to their superiors. They were believed to have been ignored on purpose, as the newly founded NHS was considered to be under political threat and a scandal that could see a general practitioner sentenced to death was to be avoided at all cost. The problem was Dr Bodkin Adams just couldn’t stop himself. He was being protected by Lord Gwynne who was believed to be his secret gay lover, and was an extremely well connected politician.

Hubert Brasier would have given last rights to many of those killed by Adams, he may have even taken confession from Bodkin Adams himself, who when asked by the press if he was guilty of stealing from old women said ‘I have made my peace with God over that’. Eastbourne Hospital is where it is believed that Theresa May’s mother Zaidee Mary Barnes met Hubert Brasier for the first time. Hubert was 11 years her senior and Zaidee had already been diagnosed with MS, and was a regular visitor to Eastbourne Hospital. Whether or not in the 1950’s society it was considered appropriate for a celibate hospital chaplain to marry a patient, that is what happened in 1955. Zaidee and Hubert were married in Reading in front of Zaidee’s father Reginald James Barnes whose profession is recorded in the wedding certificate as a ‘Traveller’. On October 1st 1956 Theresa Brasier was born in Eastbourne hospital. The following year Dr John Bodkin Adams would be acquitted of murder in a trail that was an obvious cover up, however he was convicted on 8 counts of forging a prescription, 4 counts of making false statements on cremation forms, and 3 offences under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1951. He would be temporarily struck of the NHS, only to be reinstated in 1961 when the proverbial dust had settled.

As chaplain of Eastbourne Hospital Hubert was under the Chichester Diocese of the Church of England.

During the 1960’s til the 1990’s this diocese has some of the worst examples of child sexual abuse committed by priests. The numbers and the scope of the phenomenon is truly astounding. Canon Gordon Rideout who was the Vicar of All Saints in Eastbourne was jailed for ten years for 36 separate offences on 16 children between 1962 and 1973. Peter Ball, former Bishop of Lewes was convicted of abuse in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Former priest Keith Wilke Denford of Burgess Hill and organist Michael Mytton were convicted of historic sexual abuse. Vickery House, a former Brighton priest was also convicted along with the former Vicar of Brede, Roy Cotton. Former Vicar of St Barnabas in Bexhill was charged and convicted of historic allegations amongst many others. But Father Hubert Brasier was about to be offered a fantastic opportunity that would take him from the Chichester Diocese.

In 1959, Theresa May’s father, Hubert Brasier was installed as the 1st Vicar of Enstone with Heythrop, deep in the Diocese of Oxford. This cannot be understated, it was quite an achievement. Only 4 miles from Chipping Norton this was a sought after location and Hubert would have been the envy of many men of the Anglican-Catholic cloth. Hubert is approaching his mid forties and it may be time to permanently settle for the sake, and sanity of his family. He lives the quiet life in Enstone for 11 years with only records of baptisms, funerals, and weddings to note his existence. In 1970 Hubert is moved to be Vicar of Wheatley in Oxfordshire as Zaidee’s condition was worsening and he was no spring chicken anymore.

On October 12, 1981, Hubert was killed in a car accident on his way to a service at a local church in nearby Forest Hill. His Morris Marina edged out of a central reservation and in front of an oncoming Range Rover driven by a chartered surveyor named Desmond Hampton. Hubert Brasier died of head and spinal injuries sustained in the crash soon after, Zaidee would pass away months later. The Oxfordshire Coroner Nicholas Gardiner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The Cover Ups

So there is the life of Hubert Brasier, it doesn’t seem like there’s is much to see. Yet just after Theresa May took over at No.10 her campaign team started to request the deletion of web addresses linked to Hubert Brasier. If you were to go to Wikipedia and type in Hubert Brasier there will be no results. I first realised that he had once had a Wiki entry when I found a version of it in French, and then one in Spanish. Any researcher has the wonderfully named ‘Wayback Machine’ to help them nowadays. You can go to the archive and find pages that have been deleted, only if you can work out the original web address. In this case you can copy and paste the Wikipedia page address and add Hubert_Brasier to the end. You will see Hubert’s Wiki page in all its former glory from a snapshot archived on 17th July 2016. For some reason the people around May, or May herself, do not want you looking into the history of Hubert Brasier. After researching Hubert’s life I came across many pages that had been removed, links to nowhere, and a few conspiracy theories too. On investigation of Hubert’s Wiki entry there is nothing damning present. It’s not a large entry, it covers only the basics, so why would you want it removed? The only important information it seems to contain is Hubert’s placements within the Church of England, and that he’s Theresa May’s father.

On 8th July 2014, Theresa May as Home Secretary, oversaw the appointment of Baroness Butler-Sloss to the inquiry set up to investigate child sexual abuse by prominent politicians and clergy in the previous decades. Within 6 days of the announcement of Baroness Butler-Sloss as chair, she was forced to stand down for obvious conflicts of interest. Theresa May had selected somebody whose brother was Attorney General during some of the periods being investigated. Later the same year May chose the then Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, to chair the inquiry. Fiona Woolf had to stand down when it became apparent that she had lived near Leon Brittan, who had also been accused of alleged sexual abuse. She recalled sending him and his wife a dinner invite at around the time of the accusations. It was almost as if Theresa May was sabotaging the inquiry with no regard for the victims who still required answers.

 

On 4th February 2015, May announced that Dame Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand High Court judge, would be taking over as chair. But a month after Theresa May became Prime Minister, in August 2016, the new Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard. Soon after her resignation it was announced that one of the existing panel members, Professor Alexis Jay, became the chair. But now the inquiry has faced serious and obvious questions about its credibility.

To get things so badly wrong must be almost impossible. Theresa May never seemed to meet any of her immigration targets as Home Secretary, and it is truly hard to name her recorded achievements whilst she has been in office. But the inquiry into child sexual abuse seems to be something Theresa May does not want to face. My thoughts are that the investigation will focus on Tory MP’s who frequented the infamous Elm Guest House, but also the Diocese of Chichester, once the ecumenical home of her Father Hubert Brasier. So what is it that you fear Mrs May? The truth about your colleagues, or is it something much closer to home? Maybe May is terrified of people connecting her with the name Brasier?

I have done my best to build an accurate jigsaw from all the pieces I could locate, but it may need a different set of eyes to see the real picture.

https://theswamp.media/theresa-may-s-father


Why is the director of CERN at the Bilderberg conference?

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2017/06/05/why-is-the-director-of-cern-at-the-bilderberg-conference/

CERN discovers ‘satanic human sacrifice’ taking place in Large Hadron Collider grounds

A SATANIC human sacrifice has been staged in the grounds of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern), the home of the Large Hadron Collider.

Aug 18, 2016

http://www.express.co.uk/news/weird/701484/Satanic-human-sacrifice-video-CERN


The Duchess of Cornwall hosts a Garden Party to mark the 150th anniversary of Barnardo’s 2016

Paedophile Jimmy Savile’s friend, Princess Alexandra, Camilla and The Duchess of Gloucester

https://www.princeofwales.gov.uk/news-and-diary/the-duchess-of-cornwall-hosts-garden-party-mark-the-150th-anniversary-of-barnardo%E2%80%99s

Barnardo’s close links with royalty

Barnardo’s close links with royalty started when our work began in 1867, and still continues today with Her Majesty the Queen as our patron and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall as our President. In fact, Barnardo’s has had a royal patron since 1902 and royal presidents from 1923.

There have been a variety of royal events over the centuries ranging from 100 children attending George V’s silver jubilee in 1935, to royal visits to many of our projects and the opportunity for many children Barnardo’s has worked with over the decades to meet our royal supporters.

http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do/our_history/barnardos_and_royalty.htm

Jimmy Savile’s Duncroft school victims set to sue Barnardo’s and Mind

One woman claims she was abused between 1976 and 1980 when it was run by Barnardo’s and three others say they were molested between 1973 and 1976 when Mind ran the school.

Victims from Duncroft ­previously described how Savile sexually assaulted them after being allowed to stay overnight by the headmistress.

More here on Barnardo’s

http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2012/10/monarch-jfk-jimmy-savile-barnardos.html

Child abuse ‘cover-up’ claims after Barnardo’s admits systematically destroying files

June 3 2017

CHILDREN’S charity Barnardo’s systematically destroyed records at its residential care homes where child sex abuse occurred over three decades – but claimed to victims that files had been lost in a flood.

The organisation’s solicitor made the shock admission to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. Victims of abuse say they have been left “distressed” by the revelation that the charity had a policy of disposing of files when they shut care homes where abuse happened in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

Groups representing survivors have accused Barnardo’s of “covering their tracks” after the charity’s solicitor admitted to inquiry chair – the Supreme Court judge Lady Smith – that they were aware of child abuse but did not recognise the need to retain records which could have been used as evidence in criminal or civil cases.

Barnardo’s has denied there was an attempt to cover up abuse and insisted the charity was “acting in accordance with guidelines at the time”.

The inquiry is investigating the abuse of children in care at more than 60 residential institutions and will report to the Scottish Government in 2019.

The first public hearings began on Wednesday when organisations which ran homes where abuse took place were given the chance to make opening statements. Many groups used the opportunity to apologise to victims but Barnardo’s stopped short of saying sorry, only admitting they were “aware” of abuse which “was not investigated at the time”.

The charity’s solicitor, Graham Watson, said Barnardo’s had been asked by the inquiry to provide information on seven former institutions, the last of which closed in 1994. But he said they only retained “around 10 per cent” of “staff records or administrative or governance records”.

Stunned survivors have learned that “it was Barnardo’s practice during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s to destroy those records as closures of homes came about” and “the need to retain records was not recognised at that time”.

Janine Rennie, chief executive of survivors’ charity Wellbeing Scotland, who is assisting people who were abused while in the care of Barnardo’s, said: “They were particularly distressed by the revelation that records had been systematically destroyed. They were led to believe they had been lost in a flood. Barnardo’s was adamant that this was the case.

“Then, on the first day of hearings, we are told that this is different. As a modern charity Barnardo’s should have known how upsetting this would be to survivors. It’s difficult to be critical of Barnardo’s because it is now a modern organisation doing good work but they should not be trying to protect themselves.”

Rennie said that as abuse was happening at the time, any fair minded person could draw the conclusion that Barnardo’s could be perceived to be “covering their tracks”.

She added that it was time for the charity to “to take responsibility and apologise.”

David Whelan of FBGA (Former Boys and Girls Abused of Quarriers Homes), a core participant in the inquiry, warned that the policy of destroying staff records could mean abusers are still working in the care system now. He said: “I’m shocked that Barnardo’s systematically destroyed staff records. I fear that staff who abused children and were asked to leave an institution were then free to move around the care system. Many will have gone on to perpetrate crimes in other places. Some could actually still be in the care system.”

Whelan said he felt that most people would see the destruction of records as “negligent at the very least”.

He added: “They have effectively corrupted the care system by not keeping records on these people.”

Another core participant in the inquiry, Helen Holland, deputy chair of Incas (In Care Abuse Survivors), also said that most fair minded people could interpret events as an apparent attempted cover-up.

She said: “I find it unbelievable [that records were destroyed]. I think the destruction of records is going to be a really interesting factor in the inquiry. It’s certainly going to be interesting for the survivors to find out what records were destroyed and who gave the authority to destroy the records. There are so many questions there.”

She added that “an ordinary person might think they were trying to cover their tracks”.

“The biggest burden I carry as a representative of survivors is whether or not they’re going to get the justice they deserve. Any court system is based on evidence and people have admitted this week that evidence has been destroyed.”

Speaking to the inquiry on Wednesday, John Scott QC, senior counsel acting on behalf of INCAS, said the complications of investigating abuse are “almost as extensive as the unknown number of victims”. He added: “In part this is because of the loss, or deliberate destruction, of records or, in some cases, the failure to keep proper records in the first place.”

Abuse survivor Dave Sharp, of SAFE (Seek and Find Everyone abused in childhood) said the records could have been used as evidence to help victims get justice. He explained: “If records are destroyed we have got to rely on the state to believe us because we don’t have the evidence to say where and why, which makes it very difficult…The organisations [which disposed of records] have to realise we won’t go away, evidence or not, because our lives were destroyed. And every single person in this country has a moral responsibility and a duty to find these people who did it.”

Director of Barnardo’s Scotland, Martin Crewe, said: “While it must be frustrating for victims and survivors to hear that a number of Barnardo’s records are no longer available, the charity was acting in accordance to guidelines at the time and is in no way an attempt to ‘cover tracks’. Barnardo’s has a history spanning 150 years and there will always be things we would wish we had done differently or not at all. But we’ve learnt always to face up to our past, to be honest and work closely with survivors groups.”

 

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15326932.Child_abuse___39_cover_up__39__claims_after_Barnardo__39_s_admits_systematically_destroying_files_at_residential_care_homes/?ref=twtrec

 

Barnardo’s accused of blaming victim of sex abuse for assault that happened in flat owned by the children’s charity 


Victim has spoken about sexual abuse she suffered by gang of men when 16

Abuse happened at Leeds flat owned by children’s charity Barnardo’s

BARNARDO’S…has an image problem.

Unthinkable though it is, some people inside Barnardo’s would like to lose their founder’s name altogether. It isn’t the asset it was, now that the twinkling philanthropist is caricatured asa meddling dunderhead who ran harsh institutions and pioneered child emigration, segregating brothers and sisters and distributing his charges (“planting my seeds” as he put it) about the Colonies. From the beginning, child emigration was a controversial policy. But it continued until 1967 (over 60 years after Barnardo’s death), and in all some 30,000 children were transported – or deported – to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In recent years, some of these children have come forward to complain of mistreatment – of being placed with unsuitable families, of being used as cheap labour, of being physically and sexually abused…

There was controversy early on with Barnardo’s work. Specifically, he was accused of kidnapping children without parents’ permission and of falsifying photographs of children

In other words, the picture was contrived. It wasn’t the only one.“Before” shots were taken, not on the street, but in a studio mock-up of a street, with barrels and orange boxes. “After” shots were taken on the same day as “Before” shots – that is, before the supposed metamorphosis from rags to redemption could have taken place. Children found separately about the East End were photographed in groups looking picturesquely deprived. One said to be a “waif taken from the streets” had in fact been brought in by her mother, who was loving but unable to cope. The poignant match girl, Katie Smith, with broken comb, dish-cloth and box of lights, had been supplied with these by Barnardo himself. Some children even had their clothes torn into rags by a penknife, to make them appear in a worse state than they were.

Barnardo’s former beadle, Edward Fitzgerald, who in happier days – before losing his job for “drunkenness and immorality” – had once been photographed, lantern in hand, with five boys culled from a night’s search (another set-up). …

The claims and counter-claims led to a 38-day Arbitration case in 1877, which focused also on Barnardo’s right to the title doctor (he hadn’t qualified in medicine when he began using it), and on ill-treatment of children, mismanagement and immoral relations (with girls in his care and with a former landlady).

Barnardo always worried about his image, and ensured that most photographs showed him as gentle, genial and bespectacled, surrounded by family or children. In reality, he seems to have been tougher, puffier and more florid: dandyish in a boater, he’s not at all an image of solemn Charity.

The two great stories of his mission’s beginnings – being led by young Jim Jarvis to a “lay” of 11 boys in the gutter of a domed roof, and of himself leading a dinner party of Lord Shaftesbury and friends to a lay of 73 boys sleeping under a tarpaulin in Billingsgate – surely have some basis in fact…

Apart from birth certificates, admissions cards and photographs, no documents can be removed and taken home. The files can be a shock: since they weren’t intended to be read by clients, their language can be cold and judgemental, and it’s upsetting to see words like “imbecile”, “worthless” and “depraved” used about your parents, or “illegitimate” and “rejected” used about yourself.

…Sydney hoped to have these memos to show me, but they can’t be removed from his file in Barkingside. It makes him angry: “Everyone mentioned in them is dead, and I’m 50, so why can’t I have them?” For years he has campaigned for open access, and now access is here it’s still not truly open.

As for donations, it is now ranked 15th among British charities, behind Save the Children, Oxfam and the NSPCC.

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/the-doctors-children-1585899.html

MY PREDICTIONS AS 2 THE OUTCOME OF THE SCOTTISH CHILD ABUSE INQUIRY


Former Penn State President and two other administrators are jailed for failing to report Jerry Sandusky child abuse allegations ten years before he was ultimately convicted

  • Ex-president Graham Spanier, 68, got a sentence of 4 to 12 months, with the first two to be spent in jail and the rest under house arrest
  • Former university athletic director Tim Curley, 63, received a sentence of 7 to 23 months, with three in jail
  • Former vice president Gary Schultz, 67, was sentenced to 6 to 23 months, with two months behind bars
  • Prosecutors argued that the ex-Penn State staffers failed as leaders and cared more about themselves and the school’s image than protecting the children
  • All three individuals  received two years of probation, 200 hours of community service, and up to $7,500 in fines
  • Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30 to 60-year prison term after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys in 2012
  • The scandal, which shocked the Penn State community and ended the career of famous football coach Joe Paterno, who oversaw the school’s team for 45 years
  •  Paterno, who died in 2012, was never charged
June 3 2017

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4565102/Ex-Penn-State-officials-face-sentencing-Sandusky-scandal.html

Gisburne House Industrial School for Girls, Watford, in c.1930, which later became Gisburne House Children’s Home run by Islington Council.

Islington kids were terrorised at this care home: Now it may hold key to new inquiry

1 June 2017

This imposing Victorian property in Watford – now long since demolished – could hold the key to unlocking a wider investigation into the Islington kids’ home abuse scandal.

That is the belief of the Islington Survivors’ Network (ISN), who for six months have been calling for a police-led inquiry into Gisburne House former kids’ home as a starting point for a wider inquiry into abuse at Islington children’s homes.

Survivors of child rape, abuse and neglect have set out in shocking detail why they are convinced an organised network of perpetrators was operating across Islington’s care homes in the 1980s.

The Gazette has interviewed 11 men and women who suffered atrocious childhoods in Islington homes – such as Gisburne House, Grosvenor Avenue, Highbury Crescent and Elwood Street.

The heartbroken family of one victim has also spoken about how they fought in vain to save him from a paedophile care worker.

The survivors say the sheer number of children who were molested or suffered extreme neglect in Islington homes during the late ’70s and ’80s proves networks of abuse must have been in operation.

Today Islington Survivors’ Network (ISN) has again called on Scotland Yard to set up an investigation led by Islington police to explore the allegations.

“It’s affected a lot of lives for a lot of years and people need to be held accountable,” said one survivor, Molly. “They totally let down every child in Islington care.”

In the early ’80s Gisburne House was run by a superintendent called Geoffrey Wylde-Jones. who allegedly led a military-style regime where children were regularly manhandled.

Elwood Street Care Home, which has now been demolished. Picture: Islington Survivors Network Elwood Street Care Home, which has now been demolished. Picture: Islington Survivors Network

Gifted young swimmer, Molly, now 50, says she arrived at the home aged 13 only a week after a teenage girl who had been sexually abused by Wylde-Jones – Jonesy, as he was known to the kids – had left.

Molly had a “lucky escape” after a tense encounter with the care home boss.

“I was in his office and he said something to me that just panicked me,” she said.

“I think because I was so scared and he saw it in my eyes he didn’t pursue it.”

Another survivor Veronica, 50, also remembers being warned by her social worker that Gisburne was “no place for girls”.

She was grabbed by the head and neck and hurled through swing doors by a male staff member as soon as she arrived at the run-down home.

The young teenager once rang then council leader Margaret Hodge’s office when another male worker hit her in the face.

“I never got anywhere,” she said. “I was really terrified. I felt I had no power there: no one cared.”

Grosvenor Avenue Chidren's Home closed down in 2009. Picture: Islington Council Grosvenor Avenue Chidren’s Home closed down in 2009. Picture: Islington Council

Veronica once found a letter hidden behind a radiator in her bedroom.

“It was some girl professing her love for Mr Jones and the things he’d been doing to her,” she said.

The picture Veronica and Molly paint of Gisburne House is of a place where extreme neglect was the norm, where children were in a highly sexualised environment, and this is corroborated by a former staff member.

As a young graduate Kathryn Holt, now 59, began work at Gisburne in 1979. She was a residential social worker who lived part-time in the home with responsibility for children with complex special needs.

It soon became clear her job was to protect these children from being “taunted, assaulted and abused” by the other kids, she explains.

“The overriding feeling I had there a lot of the time was that I was not personally safe,” she said. “The culture of the place was one of male physical power.

“I remember seeing staff dragging children into offices and pushing children against walls.”

Things reached a head when she was attacked by the girl who, it was later revealed, had been sexually abused by Wylde-Jones.

Former children's home deputy superintendent Nicholas Rabet. Picture: Evening Standard Former children’s home deputy superintendent Nicholas Rabet. Picture: Evening Standard

When she went to the kids’ home boss about the assault, she says: “I distinctly remember him sitting behind his desk and smirking.”

Wylde-Jones, now dead, was never prosecuted.

Other care workers who allegedly mistreated children at Gisburne House are alive. They cannot be identified because they have not faced the courts.

“With my 59-year-old head on now I think: ‘Why on earth didn’t I say anything?’” said Ms Holt. “But like the kids I was at the bottom of the pile in the hierarchy.”

There are similar examples of corroborated abuse at other homes.

All the survivors say their lives have been irreversibly scarred by the abuse and neglect they suffered. They want a new police investigation that will explore links between abusers and bring them to court. But the Gazette has struggled to get answers for them.

We have submitted detailed questions to the Met – and this week contacted Islington borough commander Det Ch Supt Catherine Roper to ask if she would meet ISN to discuss their demands.

We have had no reply.

Survivor Richard's care notes include the name of known child abuser Nicholas Rabet Survivor Richard’s care notes include the name of known child abuser Nicholas Rabet

We have twice contacted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who was a serving MP when kids’ homes were operational in the borough.

He counts many survivors among his former constituents and we asked if he supports their calls for a new police probe. He too has not replied.

Islington Council and long-serving Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry have issued statements in support of justice for the survivors.

Otherwise, their voices continue to be largely and shamefully ignored by the institutions that have the power to seek justice for them.

GROSVENOR AVENUE CHILDREN’S HOME

Another infamous home was Grosvenor Avenue in Canonbury, where Nicholas Rabet was deputy superintendent and worked for 15 years. It closed in 2009.

Survivor Richard, now a coordinator at ISN, was placed in the home as a boy of six.

He has vivid memories of being bundled into the back of a van at night and driven past a building with a large red cross on it in Dalston Lane. These are followed by total memory blackouts and he fears he may have been drugged or hypnotised.

These postcards were sent by care survivor Richard to his dad from Jersey during a care home holiday These postcards were sent by care survivor Richard to his dad from Jersey during a care home holiday

When Richard received his care file from Islington Council a few years ago Nicholas Rabet’s name was in it.

Rabet, who was from Jersey, fled the UK for Thailand when the Evening Standard revealed the extent of abuse in Islington homes in 1992.

He killed himself in 2016, days before he was due to stand trial for the rape of 30 boys.

One of Rabet’s known Islington victims was a young teenager who the Evening Standard called Shane when they first reported in 1992.

Shane’s sister told the Gazette how her mother persistently tried to raise concerns that “Nick” had too much interest in her brother.

“Mum can’t move on,” she said. “She felt she wasn’t listened to and it was all covered up.

“She just wants answers. She doesn’t know how Shane is or where he is or if he is alive.”

The family lost contact with Shane some years ago.

Shane was a victim of abuse by notorious alleged paedophile Nicholas Rabet, which fled to Thailand. Picture: Islingon Survivors' Network Shane was a victim of abuse by notorious alleged paedophile Nicholas Rabet, which fled to Thailand. Picture: Islingon Survivors’ Network

He had alcohol and drug problems following his horrific time in care.

Both boys were almost certainly taken on holidays to Jersey, in what are feared to have been exchange programmes with the notorious Haut de la Garenne home, where widespread abuse occurred.

Richard has postcards he wrote his father sent from Jersey. One shows Gorey castle, which is next to Haut de la Garenne.

Shane’s mother remembers receiving a Jersey gift tea-towel from her son, even though she had refused permission for him to visit the Channel Island.

“The inquiries of the 1990s talked about the state of the homes and undertrained staff,” said Richard. “But the one thing they weren’t talking about was the pimping and prostitution and rape of children. None of these inquiries covered it. There is a huge amount of damage that was created and there was no justice.”

ELWOOD STREET CHILDREN’S HOME

Presiding at Elwood Street Children’s Home in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was another alleged paedophile Bernie Bain – a friend of Nicholas Rabet’s.

Orphan Vincent, now in his 50s, suffered racial and physical abuse at Bain’s hands.

“Bernie was a six-foot odd Australian, deceptively charming, but extremely wicked,” he said. “I would be forced to strip to my underpants, punched up, thrown down the stairs, called golliwog, Sambo, that kind of thing.

“I remember once telling my social worker and his words to me were ‘You must have deserved it.’”

Aged 14, he ran away. He later discovered Bain had sexually abused another boy at the home.

“I’d like to see a very clinical inquiry,” said Vincent. “Where perpetrators are known, they should face the full brunt of the law. We use the term ‘child abuse’ and it actually softens what happened. Vulnerable children were raped.”

Bain fled Britain in 1996 just before he could be arrested for the alleged rape of seven young boys in care.

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

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Child abuse inquiry set to drop investigation into Ealing Abbey monks

Lawyers will propose next week that no evidence be called about decades of abuse of pupils at Ealing Abbey and its adjoining independent school, St Benedict’sTimes Newspapers Ltd

An investigation into one of the worst scandals to afflict the Catholic Church in Britain is set to be dropped from the public inquiry into child abuse.

Next week lawyers for Alexis Jay, chairwoman of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will propose that no evidence be called about decades of abuse of pupils at Ealing Abbey and its adjoining independent school, St Benedict’s.

Victims were furious and accused Professor Jay of backtracking on her previous promise not to reduce the scope of the inquiry. They said the move undermined the credibility of the inquiry, which has lost three chairwomen, cost more than £20 million and shown little tangible progress since it was set up by Theresa May in 2014.

 

More on Ealing Abbey here

 

As convicted paedo Rolf Harris walks free from court it must be remembered he is still a convicted abuser of girls as young as eight.

Jury discharged in Rolf Harris case

May 30 2017

The jury in Rolf Harris’s trial has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on four indecent assault charges.

The former entertainer was accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls at public events between 1971 and 1983.

Jurors at Southwark Crown Court were sent out at 14:00 BST on Friday but failed to reach a verdict after almost five hours of deliberating.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40095612

 

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/30/rolf-harris-sexual-abuse-jury-discharged-after-failing-to-reach-verdict


New accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse

May 27 2017

 

Less than three months before Dennis Hastert‘s scheduled release from prison, a new accuser has come forward with allegations saying he was sodomized by Hastert decades ago, according to a lawsuit filed in Kendall County on Friday.

The lawsuit comes nearly two years after an explosive indictment into secret hush-money payments brought down Hastert, a local coaching legend who became one of the country’s most powerful politicians. Federal prosecutors said the former U.S. House speaker touched at least five male students when he was a Yorkville High School coach from 1965 to 1981.

Hastert, 75, did not face sex-related charges because prosecutors said the statute of limitations had long expired. He instead admitted to committing a financial crime — withdrawing more than $950,000 from banks in a way that would avoid detection, in an effort to keep the victim quiet.

That victim, known as Individual A, is now a middle-age married man whom Hastert coached decades ago at Yorkville High School. He said Hastert agreed in 2010 to pay him $3.5 million if he didn’t speak out about Hastert molesting him in the 1970s, when he was 14, while the two stayed overnight in a hotel room as part of a wrestling trip. The boy was not yet in high school at the time, but Hastert was close friends with his parents.

The new accuser, referred to in the lawsuit as Illinois resident “Richard Doe,” is seeking $50,000 in damages from Hastert and Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 for charges including battery, negligent infliction of emotional distress and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The accuser said that during the spring or summer of 1973 or 1974, he stopped by the Game Farm Building, now the Yorkville High School parking lot, to use the bathroom after riding his bike along Game Farm Road. He was 9 or 10 at the time, in fourth grade, the lawsuit alleges.

The accuser entered the bathroom and, while sitting on the toilet in a stall, heard a male voice mutter something outside the stall door, according to the lawsuit. The stall door opened, and he alleges he was sodomized.

When the assault was over, the attacker left. The accuser said he saw the man’s face, but didn’t recognize him.

Several weeks later, when the boy was in gym class at Yorkville Grade School, he saw a large man enter and walk diagonally across the gym toward the teacher. The boy recognized the man and, upon seeing him, began to shake and cry, according to the lawsuit.

The man spoke with the gym teacher and then approached the boy, taking him by the neck into the hallway, according to the lawsuit. The man dropped to his knees and asked the boy if he told anyone about the sexual assault. The boy, crying, said he hadn’t. The man warned the accuser against reporting the attack and threatened that since his father was the sheriff, he could put the boy’s parents in jail if he said anything.

The incident caused the accuser severe mental and emotional distress, which was only exacerbated by his fear of talking to someone about the attack, according to the lawsuit.

In 1984 or 1985, about a decade after the attack, the accuser visited the Kendall County State’s Attorney’s office to report the crime. He was 20 or 21 at the time, according to the lawsuit. He spoke with a longtime friend and political mentor to Hastert.

Upon hearing the accuser’s story, a man there allegedly threatened to charge the accuser with a crime and accused him of slandering Hastert’s name, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit argues that the threats were intended to benefit Hastert, whose political career was just taking off.

As Hastert rose to political prominence, the accuser attempted to suppress memories of the assault. But when Hastert was indicted in 2015, and as news stories began to circulate about Hastert’s abuse of male students, the accuser realized he may have a claim against Hastert for his injuries, according to the lawsuit.

Hastert is currently serving 85 percent of a 15-month sentence at a federal prison in Rochester, Minn., for illegally structuring bank withdrawals in an attempt to avoid reporting requirements. He is due for parole Aug. 16, but that date could come sooner, perhaps in July, as factors like good behavior could shorten his sentence.

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-dennis-hastert-lawsuit-met-20170527-story.html?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Contentutm_content=592d349204d30110f2712ca3utm_medium=trueAnthemutm_source=twitter


More than 100 victims now in Derbyshire’s biggest child abuse scandal

May 29 2017

More than 100 alleged victims of horrific experiments and abuse at a Derbyshire hospital have now come forward – making it the county’s biggest-ever probe into crimes against children.

Police are investigating the actions of controversial medic Dr Kenneth Milner at Aston Hall Hospital in the 1960s and 70s, where he is accused of pumping vulnerable youngsters with drugs to correct “deviant” behaviour.

Dianne Collins, of Nelsons Solicitors in Lodge Lane, Derby, represents around 30 people.

She said: “I have never come across a case like this before, it’s the biggest we’ve ever done or are aware of in terms of people coming forward.

And I think this is just the tip of the iceberg, there will be a lot of other people out there who have not come forward or who might have died which is very sad because they will not be able to get justice.

“One hundred and five is a very high number and I suspect the national coverage this story has received would have meant more people coming forward.”

Richard Scorer, who has been described as one of Britain’s leading specialists in the field of abuse law, said the Aston Hall case was “major”.

Mr Scorer, who works at legal firm Slater and Gordon, said: “This is highly serious and one of the biggest abuse scandals in a mental health institution. It’s is very substantial.

“It looks like Dr Milner had a complete liberty to abuse and it appears there were no safeguarding procedures in place to stop that happening. I have represented 168 alleged victims of Jimmy Savile but that was across various institutions but this is just one.

“Somebody like this would have had a lot of power over very vulnerable victims, especially because this was in a mental health setting. They could not leave and anything they said against him would not be believed.”

http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/lawyers-say-this-is-the-biggest-child-abuse-scandal-they-have-come-across-in-derbyshire/story-30355797-detail/story.html#lSqtF4uusExoZOcJ.99


Janner cases to continue

It has been reported by the Telegraph and Leicester Mercury that 9 cases against Lord Janner have collapsed, as Slater and Gordon withdrew 6 cases against the alleged deceased abuser. Unsurprisingly, Janner’s next of kin, namely his 3 children, have jumped upon this development, and proclaimed it proves that the victims/survivors’ allegations are unfounded.

The family maintain this reinforces their argument that the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA”) should no longer proceed with the investigation into their deceased father, because its focus should rather be upon Parliament/Public Bodies, not an individual. They have called for the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd to intervene.

I gave an interview to BBC Radio 4 Today Programme this morning in response to the allegations, and to set the record straight. I wanted to show that the cases which have been withdrawn do not imply that the Claimants can be criticised in any way whatsoever, as Richard Scorer’s comments in both papers show.

To summarise point by point:-

  1. The cases which have been withdrawn do not imply that the allegations are withdrawn.
  2. Before a case is discontinued it has to be assessed from a risk assessment point of view. Many different factors are taken into account.
  3. Daniel Janner QC has made it clear that he is determined to take all cases to trial with the consequent costs involved.
  4. The estate of Lord Janner is worth, allegedly, between £1 million, and £2 million. Legal Costs are a first charge on the estate, thus if the estate is diluted by the legal fees planned, then there will be no money left to pay compensation.
  5. When these cases were issued Lord Janner was alive, and he is now dead, which makes the argument that there can be a fair trial so many years later that much more difficult.
  6. We are still pursuing the cases which Simpson Millar have pursued, and have not discontinued them.
  7. The chances of the victims obtaining justice, when there is such venom and aggression from the family in response, is less likely.
  8. The victims are clearly hanging their hopes upon the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). Sadly, the Janner family are also trying to demolish that investigation as well. Whilst one has to admire their determination and pertinacity, their attitude does nothing to assuage the anger and frustration which our clients clearly feel. It rekindles their psychological symptoms, and shows a lack of sensitivity towards them.
  9. IICSA are considering wholly different issues than the civil cases, notwithstanding several similarities and common issues.
  10. IICSA are looking at the way in which public bodies, and other organisations like the Labour Party, may have interfered with the various attempts to prosecute Lord Janner since 1991. Was pressure brought to bear upon the Police by those in authority, which resulted in him  not being prosecuted? Certainly, years ago, there was a fear that if public figures faced scandals it could affect national security and ultimately bring about the downfall of government. Today we look at transparency in a wholly different way.
  11. Inevitably, the police and Crown Prosecution Service, should have prosecuted Janner years ago. Just because the criminal prosecutions did not take place, should not mean that the victims do not have the right to a fair trial many years later.
  12. We will also be supporting our clients as IICSA works its way towards hearings, which are presently halted due the IPCC inquiry.

What now happens to Simpson Millar cases remains to be seen, but this development does not help the way in which we view tactics in the future.

http://abuselaw.co.uk/news/peter-garsden-blog/janner-cases-continue/


 

Greville Janner: Alleged victims of sexual abuse drop civil case

May 27, 2017

Six men who say they were sexually abused by Greville Janner have dropped their civil claims against the late Leicester politician’s estate.

The men say they have abandoned their action after receiving “categorical assurances” their allegations will be thoroughly examined as part of a Government-ordered inquiry.

The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is examining 12 other cases of alleged historical sexual abuse by high profile people or within organisations such as the Church of England.

It has been hit by a series of resignations and delays, and has also been criticised for having too large a workload.
http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/greville-janner-alleged-victims-of-sexual-abuse-drop-civil-case/story-30356685-detail/story.html

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Pop mogul Jonathan King, 72, is charged with 18 sex offences from the 1970s and 80s

  • King famed for songs like Everyone’s Gone to the Moon and Hooked on a Feeling
  • He appeared many times on television including shows like Entertainment USA
  • King was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday
May 25 2017

 

Pop mogul and record producer Jonathan King was today charged with 18 historical sex offences against nine alleged victims.

King was famed for songs including Everyone’s Gone to the Moon and Hooked on a Feeling and discovered the band Genesis as a music producer.

He appeared many times on television on both sides of the Atlantic including on shows like Top of the Pops and Entertainment USA.

Surrey Police announced he was charged with offences which allegedly took place between 1970 and 1986.

King, aged 72 years, was bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Monday, June 26, to answer the charges which were uncovered as part of ‘Operation Ravine’.

A Surrey Police spokesman said: ‘Operation Ravine was established in early 2015 following a review by Merseyside Police into the Surrey Police investigation entitled Operation Arundel which launched in 2000.

‘The independent review was commissioned in January 2014 to ensure all lines of inquiry had been identified.

‘A number of actions have subsequently been progressed under Operation Ravine leading to new allegations of sexual offences being identified.’

King was famed for songs including Everyone’s Gone to the Moon and Hooked on a Feeling and discovered the band Genesis as a music producer

Interesting reading in the light of today’s news in more ways than one!

Operation Ravine: Jonathan King And Two Others Arrested

September 10, 2015

Jonathan-King-007

Jonathan King has been desperately attempting to suggest that he has been the victim of false allegations similar to those that have been circulating in the press recently even going as far as coming to Edward Heath’s defence as a character witness in The Spectator (Yeh, right!). This Sunday he wrote:

We see these pathetic stories crumbling, started by mentally unstable characters in a fantasy world wanting attention, sympathy, believing their own stories (reminds me of the man who started my witch hunt, who, it transpires, made money as a teenager telling people his mother was dying of cancer and forcing her to call the donors to deny the tale and apologise)

– carried by media sources desperate for “great stories” (like the wonderful Exaro) – picked up by millions as a “great story” – forcing under funded police forces to spend millions on investigating stupid tales that, a few years ago, would have been dropped in seconds – stirred up by media howls (“Savile WAS a pervert – ignored for years”) expanding unproveable stories and encouraging further mad tales by unhinged “victims”.

King of Shits

It only serves to highlight the dangers of false allegations in the media when they can be used by a man like King to muddy the waters but it seems that he’s not fooling the police – and he certainly doesn’t fool me.

It has been plausibly suggested (though unconfirmed) that the other men arrested with Jonathan King are Deniz Corday (86) who started the Walton Hop Teen disco in 1958 and former Hop DJ Robert Randall (77)

The former music industry figure Jonathan King has been arrested on suspicion of historical child sex offences, the BBC understands.

Mr King, 70, was arrested at his home in Bayswater, west London, by Surrey Police officers on Wednesday morning.

Two other men, aged 77 and 86, both from Walton-on-Thames, were also arrested and are being questioned.

The arrests were made in connection with allegations linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames.

An ongoing investigation, titled Operation Ravine, is looking into allegations of sexual offences against children connected with the disco in the 1970s and 1980s.

Surrey Police said specialist police officers were searching the men’s properties.

BBC News

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Ex-TV star Fred Talbot convicted of indecently assaulting seven boys

May 25 2017

Former ITV weather presenter, 67, guilty of committing sexual offences against boys on trips to Scotland when he was a teacher

A jury found the 67-year-old guilty of indecently assaulting seven teenage boys on the camping and boating trips while he was a biology teacher at a school in the Manchester area.

Talbot, of Greater Manchester, had denied the allegations but was convicted of seven of nine charges after a nine-day trial at Lanark sheriff court.

The former television personality was a regular on the floating weather map in Albert Dock in Liverpool for ITV’s This Morning show. He was previously jailed for five years in Manchester in 2015 for indecently assaulting two schoolboys, the court heard.

The jury took four hours over two days to consider their verdict. Talbot, wearing a short-sleeved shirt and tie, sat impassively as the verdict was delivered.

They found Talbot unanimously guilty of two of the charges against him. The remaining five guilty verdicts were by majority. He was cleared of two charges – one of indecent assault and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices.

He will be sentenced on 15 June.

The offences, against boys aged 15 to 17, all took place between 1978 and 1981 and happened during separate trips to two locations in Scotland – near the St Mary’s Loch area in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and the Caledonian Canal in Inverness in the Highlands.

During the trial, a succession of witnesses, now men in their 50s who cannot be named for legal reasons, told of their initial excitement at going on the trips – sometimes the first time away from their parents.

At the time, Talbot was a young teacher with a more relaxed attitude than others and would talk to the boys about topics such as pop music, alcohol and sex, the court heard.

The men went on to recount how Talbot abused his position of trust to attack them. One man told the court he was indecently assaulted as a teenager after a visit to the pub on a camping trip left him “very much the worse for wear”.

The witness told of his “horror” when he awoke, after being “singled out” to go to the pub, to find Talbot touching him in a tent when he was partially clothed.

Another witness gave evidence over a video link from Australia to recount how he awoke in his tent to find Talbot making a sexual advance on him.

A further witness said he was left “petrified” when Talbot indecently assaulted him on a trip to the Caledonian Canal in 1979.

The Stone Roses frontman, Ian Brown, 54, who was not an alleged victim, gave evidence at the trial and said he had never forgotten the moment Talbot invited one of his young friends to sleep in his tent on a school camping trip.

He told how Talbot would regularly talk about trips during class but would only invite certain people to go on the excursions.

In February 2015, Talbot was convicted at Manchester Minshull Street crown court of indecent assaults on two pupils from the same school and he was jailed for five years the following month.

Those assaults took place on school canal barge trips in the Cheshire area in the mid-1970s.

After the verdicts were delivered, prosecutor Imran Bashir told the court Talbot is still serving the sentence imposed on him in England.

Sheriff Nikola Stewart called for a criminal justice social work report and a risk assessment to be carried out before she sentences Talbot in three weeks’ time.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/25/itv-weather-presenter-star-fred-talbot-convicted-indecently-assault-boys?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

25 May 2017

In the third of our special series on Islington’s notorious kids’ homes, Emma Youle meets survivors – and hears how their lives were torn apart by the very institutions that should have protected them

Calling for a full police-led inquiry, Imogen said: “Those people who were running children’s homes, they need to be accountable. The whole structure has to change. It’s like the Church – it’s no good going after individual priests. You need to go after the establishment that harboured these people.”

NEXT WEEK: In the final part of this series, a care worker and survivors who lived at Gisburne House home speak out – and will Jeremy Corbyn support demands for a police-led inquiry?

http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/politics/islington-kids-home-survivors-speak-out-about-horrific-abuse-still-ruining-their-lives-today-1-5033655

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No news on Colin Pritchard who was due at Crawley Magistrates’  Court yesterday, May 24 2017 :

A former Church of England priest has been charged with sexual offences against a boy.

Ifor Whittaker, who was previously known as Colin Pritchard, has been charged by Sussex Police following offences which are said to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993.

The 72-year-old, of Rectory Road, Sutton, is accused of two counts of citing the boy to commit an act of gross indecency, two for gross indecency, two for buggery and one offence of conspiracy with another man – Roy Cotton – to commit acts of indecency.

Whittaker was vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, at the time the offences are alleged to have taken place in the vicarage when the boy was aged between 12 and 16.

He is due at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on May 24.

http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/15250673.Former_priest_due_in_court_accused_of_sexual_offences_against_a_boy/

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South Africa

Sidney Frankel: The true legacy of a ‘paedophile’ philanthropist

23 May 2017

The original photo: Sidney Frankel.

He was a billionaire stockbroker, a friend of politicians from Cyril Ramaphosa to Barend du Plessis, and a trustee at Constitution Hill. He was also an alleged paedophile, a man accused of sexually molesting eight men and women more than 20 years ago, at a time when none of these people had yet reached adolescence. Now it turns out that Sidney Frankel, who died of cancer in April, may be lending his name to a progressive amendment to the Sexual Offences Act. What’s the moral behind this tragic tale? And why didn’t the Daily Maverick get anywhere with the long-form investigative piece we were preparing in 2016? A report-back by KEVIN BLOOM.

“You know, this guy has destroyed my life.”

You would think, as journalists, as human beings whose work on this planet involves talking to other human beings about how and why their lives have been destroyed, that we’d hear sentences like this all the time. But you would be wrong. Mostly what we hear in such circumstances is defiance and denial. The remarkable thing about human beings is their unwillingness to accept destruction, even when the world is lying in a pile of rubble at their feet. People ignore, people refute, people repress – anything to escape the brutal truth of the devastation that confronts them. Are these people lying to us because we are journalists? Probably. Sometimes, however, even a journalist will get to bathe in the grace that is the heartbreak of a life split open.

“It started when I was six and ended when I was 13,” explained Marinda Smith, the eighth applicant in the sexual assault case brought against billionaire stockbroker Sidney Frankel. It was mid-winter 2016, around nine months before Frankel would die of cancer in his luxury Johannesburg home, and Marinda, 52, had removed herself from the bedroom of her tiny Boksburg flatlet to an old armchair in the lounge that caught the last rays of the sun.

“I’ve still got so much buried,” she informed the Daily Maverick, apologetically. “Sjoe, the dreams I’ve been having. Remembering the walls, the carpets, the ‘outside’ glass lifts in Diagonal Street. It came back to me the other day that I was always so scared to go in the ‘inside’ lifts. Why? Because I was so scared of bumping into him. I also remember the old building in Fox Street, the office was very small. I remember small passages. Diagonal Street was much bigger. And then one night the ‘Juicy Lucy’ came back to me in a dream. The lady’s bathroom. That’s where I went to clean myself up.”

The grace that is the heartbreak of a life split open – Fritz Perls, escapee from Nazi Germany and founder (with his wife Laura) of gestalt therapy, put it like this:

“Truth can be tolerated only if you discover it yourself because, then, the pride of discovery makes the truth palatable.”

Not that Marinda had the help of gestalt therapy, or any other therapy, to lead her to her breakthrough – which, of course, was Perls’s point. She discovered the truth for herself when she was watching Carte Blanche on a Sunday night in 2015. There on the screen was Sidney Frankel, the boss of the company that her mom had worked for when she was little, and all these people were saying that once upon a time he had “touched” them, “fondled” them, “molested” them too.

“Imagine this. You know, not just body-wise, but brain-wise, heart-wise, you know that this thing has happened to you also. I sat there like a zombie. I was numb. Then I started to shake.”

A volcano. That’s how 40 years of repression erupted into Marinda’s waking consciousness. As a young teenager, when she was in high school and her mother no longer needed to take her into the office during term breaks, she became a champion runner. She ran so fast and so far from the memories of her mother’s boss that she became the fastest runner in her school. She won provincial colours in sprinting. She cut her hair short and dressed like a boy so that nobody would find her attractive. When she left school, she drank. “If I wasn’t drinking, I couldn’t have been intimate with my first husband,” she said. She had a hysterectomy after her pregnancy because the period pains were so intense that she would often faint. At 52, she told the Daily Maverick, she was learning for the first time how to form “touch relationships”.

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What is it about the quality of self-hate in South Africa that makes the sexual abuse of minors so ubiquitous?

Mark Peens, Marinda Smith’s boyfriend, a man who had also been sexually abused as a child and who could therefore fill the vacuum where the physical intimacy was supposed to be, shrugged his shoulders. He had been standing behind the counter in the tiny kitchenette throughout the interview, making sure that Marinda was filled up on cigarettes and tissues. He didn’t have a theory for the Daily Maverick about the larger issues – what good were theories anyway? – but he did know that whenever something could be done to change the pattern, something should be done. So on the Monday morning following the Carte Blanche episode, he put his girlfriend in the car. With Marinda shaking like a leaf in the passenger seat, he drove the car down the highway to Sandton. There, up in one of the shiny tower blocks, he located the offices of Ian Levitt, the lawyer who was in charge of the civil and criminal matters that had been lodged against the billionaire Sidney Frankel.

The civil case was straightforward enough: Frankel was being sued for the emotional and physical harm he had allegedly caused to the seven complainants who had already come forward. But the criminal case was something else entirely. Unlike rape, compelled rape, child pornography and trafficking, which have no term of prescription in South Africa, sexual assault in this country is prescribed at 20 years. Levitt, it turned out, was applying to the Constitutional Court to have the law changed so that Frankel could be charged for crimes allegedly committed in the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

In August 2016, much to the dismay of Mark Peens and Marinda Smith and the original seven complainants, Levitt failed. The Constitutional Court rejected the lawyer’s bid for direct access. But he gathered his files and decided to go the long route, which meant taking the case to the High Court. Meanwhile, with the civil case proceeding in tandem with the criminal matter, Frankel had retained the services of Billy Gundelfinger, South Africa’s very own celebrity divorce lawyer a la Laura Wasser. On 13 April 2017, it was Gundelfinger who confirmed to the press that his client had succumbed to cancer. While most observers muttered under their breath about the “convenience” of such a demise, the activist group Women & Men Against Child Abuse (WMACA) were less demure: “It was the worst-kept secret in Johannesburg’s business, Jewish and socialite communities,” they said of the child molestation and sexual abuse charges.

The WMACA, as the Daily Maverick well knew, wasn’t joking. Among the numerous interviews we conducted for a long-form investigative piece that never got written, was one with Renee Rothquel – mother of Shane Rothquel, a former resident of the Arcadia Jewish orphanage and a member of the original seven. “It’s a closed community,” offered Renee, on the Jewish angle specifically, when asked why the alleged abuse had been kept under wraps for so long. “God forbid anybody outside the community should know about it.”

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God forbid. That term could just as easily have been applied to the business and socialite communities too. Speaking of which, what exactly did happen to the long-form piece that the Daily Maverick (read: the author of this short article) spent all those days and weeks investigating? There are multiple answers to this question, but we will burden the reader with only two.

The first answer lies in the term “investigating”, which in its adjectival form – i.e. “investigative” – demands that something new is brought to light. Try as we might, we simply couldn’t move the story forward. We set out on the assumption that if there were eight complainants whose statements under oath pointed to habitual molestation in multiple locations, there were possibly dozens more that hadn’t yet signed affidavits – but this was an assumption that simply could not be elevated to the realm of publishable fact. Our leads landed in unanswered mails, unreturned calls, and assorted other cul-de-sacs.

As for the business community, we were met, on the one hand, with outright hostility, and on the other with a monumental waste of our time. In the latter instance, we learned of a man who was well acquainted with a former long-time PA of Frankel, a woman in her 70s who apparently had a whole bunch of “dirty secrets” in a file in her flat. Why, after countless hours of tedium on the phone and in coffee shops with this contact, did the woman refuse to play ball? Allegedly, because she feared she would get “whacked”.

Whatever that meant, there was the obvious fact that the business community was somehow complicit in the culture of silence. As of August 2016, as pointed out to the Daily Maverick by Paul Diamond – who, along with his sister Nicole Levenstein and his childhood friend George Rosenberg, was one of the first complainants to go public – the official website of Constitution Hill listed a very interesting board of Trustees: Cyril Ramaphosa (chairman), Michael Katz, Joyce Seroke, Cheryl Carolus and Sidney Frankel.

The great “philanthropist” Sidney Lewis Frankel – on the day of his death, even talk radio station 702, whose indefatigable Mandy Weiner did more than any other journalist to publicise the story, was using the word. Frankel sure did give a lot of money to charity, it appeared. He also gave generously of his time and resources. Below, for your edification, a passage from Anthony Butler’s 2008 biography Cyril Ramaphosa:

The true significance of the famous story about Cyril Ramaphosa removing a fish-hook from (National Party Cabinet minister) Roelf Meyer’s thumb is that their host on the day, Sidney Frankel, was chairman of Frankel Pollak, the largest stockbroker on the (then) Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Frankel acted as a facilitator of relationships between foreign and domestic business investors and government. By 1987 Frankel was well connected with the “left” in (the National Party) government – with people such as Gerrit Viljoen, Barend du Plessis and Roelf Meyer – and he began to reach out to the United Democratic Front. On one occasion, he recalls, (President) PW Botha discovered that (Finance minister) Du Plessis was attending a conference, where he was talking to a senior UDF member. Botha had Du Plessis summoned to a telephone and instructed him to leave forthwith.

Sure, so even if the man never met a government he didn’t like, he knew how to spin the PR. It’s hardly a crime. What is a crime, however, is hanging out at the orphanage under the guise of being the big macher Jewish philanthropist and fiddling (allegedly) with the kids.

Which brings up the second reason that the long-form investigative piece never got written. After a certain amount of time pouring over the legal files and re-listening to the interviews, you start to lose faith in human nature. In other words, you begin to get seriously depressed about how much power “power” actually has. And yes, dear reader, you are quite right to ask the question: how, then, must it feel to live in the skin of Nicole Levenstein, Paul Diamond, George Rosenberg, Katherine Rosenberg, Daniela McNally, Lisa Wegner, Shane Rothquel or Marinda Smith?

But it turns out there may be a redemptive ending to this tale. As of Monday 22 May, the first day of the High Court application referred to above, the media were reporting that the bid to overturn the prescription on sexual assault, if successful, could become known as “Frankel’s Law”. Given that the legal representatives for the Minister of Justice, who argued their case on Tuesday 23 May, also supported the application, it’s likely that acting Judge Clare Hartford of the South Gauteng High Court will agree.

The grace that is the heartbreak of a life split open – or, in this case, eight lives. Would it be too much to ask, on behalf of all current and future citizens of South Africa, for us to collectively recognise the bravery of Nicole Levenstein and her brother Paul Diamond, George Rosenberg and his sister Katherine Rosenberg, Daniela McNally, Lisa Wegner, Shane Rothequel and Marinda Smith?

Surely – hopefully – not.

 

https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2017-05-23-sidney-frankel-the-true-legacy-of-a-paedophile-philanthropist/#.WSTQ6ty1uM9

 

Where is Ghislaine Maxwell? Has she done a runner?

Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of criminal and Mossad spy Robert Maxwell appears to have gone underground.

She is connected to the Jeffrey Epstein child sex case and accused of sex acts with children, procuring children for sex, and essentially pimping girls. She is also subject to civil cases, but apparently is refusing to accept service of legal documents.

Does anyone know where she is?

The Epstein operation is thought to be a CIA/ Mossad connected “brownstone” operation for compromising politicians and other powerful people.

                                                        Ghislaine Maxwell

Here is the article from Daily Caller in the US

[1] 2017 May 16 Daily Caller Jeffrey Epstein’s Runaway Procurer

Jeffrey Epstein’s Runaway Procurer

Ghislaine N. Maxwell is on the run again.  A close friend of HRH Prince Andrew and former president Bill Clinton was sued once more.  Maxwell refuses to accept service and instructed her Denver, Colorado attorneys, Haddon, Morgan & Foreman, not to accept service on her behalf.  Maxwell’s attorneys also announced they do not know her whereabouts. The case: Jane Doe #43 vs. Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sarah Kellen, Lesley Groff, and Natalya Malyshev, is the second pending civil lawsuit filed against Maxwell by a sex trafficked survivor.

Filed January 26, 2017, in New York, this case shows how Maxwell and her former companion, Jeffrey E. Epstein, sexually abused Jane Doe #43 when she was a minor living in Manhattan.  Maxwell is a dual citizen of England and France and until recently owned a residence in New York City off Madison Avenue.  Jane Doe #43 otherwise known as Sarah Ransome is a native South African.

Ransome was recruited in Manhattan by Natalya Malyshev who apparently procured for Epstein and Maxwell.  Malyshev introduced her to Maxwell, Epstein, and the alleged procurers named in the case.  Ransome, “Believed her [conformity] with [Maxwell’s and Epstein’s] demands were crucial to her physical, psychological, financial survival.”  During the 6-month period of dependence, Epstein provided Ransome with a cell phone and an apartment at his building at 301 East 66 Street in Manhattan.  The abusive relationship lasted between October 2006 until end of April 2007, when Ransome ran away and left the country.

Maxwell, who allegedly instructed Ransome how to massage Epstein expected the girl to, “Provide Epstein with massages in order to reap the benefits of his and Maxwell’s connections.”  Ransome said, “Maxwell and Epstein threatened [her and] that while they had the ability to advance her education and career, they also had the ability to make sure she would obtain no formal education or modeling agency contracts if she failed to provide the sexual favors… [unless she obeyed] the instructions given her by Epstein and Maxwell.”  Ransome agreed to perform sex acts with Maxwell and Epstein because she wanted to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology, “FIT,” in Manhattan. Case 1:17-cv-00616-JGK Filed 01/26/17

In fact, the introduction by defendant Malyshev, turns out to be part of the massive underage sex pyramid scheme created in the 1990s by Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein, Sarah Kellen and other defendants identified in this case.  Sex crimes apparently committed by Maxwell and Epstein were perpetrated against dozens of at risk, underage, vulnerable girls looking primarily for part time jobs, modeling work, and money to pay for their higher education.

The scope and range of sex crimes against minors were so heinous that Epstein was eventually arrested in 2005.  In 2008, Epstein served 13 months in a private cell in a private building at the Palm Beach County jail followed by 18 months of house arrest in his Palm Beach estate.  Maxwell and the other defendants were never criminally charged in the 2005 criminal case.

Ransome said, “Epstein made it known that further sex would be required in order for her to obtain [his] assistance and avoid Ransome’s threatened retaliation if [she] did not perform as demanded.”  Maxwell and Epstein told Ransome, “other young [girls]…were there not only to provide massages, but also sexual acts.” “Epstein gave [Ransome], no option.”  The girl was coerced “dozens of times to provide body massages to Epstein at his [Manhattan] townhouse and on his private island [Little St. John], in the U.S. Virgin Islands. She was also “Required to perform [sex acts] with Epstein, [and was] transported [on his private jet].”  With the intent to sexually exploit Ransome the defendants, Maxwell, Leslie Groff and Kellen also, “arranged [Ransome’s] commercial air travel on numerous occasions.”

“On one occasion, after suffering verbal abuse and threats by Epstein, Maxwell, and Kellen, Ransome attempted to escape Epstein’s island.  A search party led by Epstein located her and physically returned her to [his] main house.”  Ransome claims she remained with Maxwell and Epstein between October 2006-April 2007 because she was scared and if she had run away perhaps they, “Would physical[ly] restrain and potential[ly] harm her, as well as [damage] her reputation, employability, and state of mind.”  In January 2007, “Maxwell and Epstein along with the other procurers sent Ransome back to South Africa to recruit, for a promised fee, one or more aspiring female models supposedly for Epstein to use as a personal assistant.” They threatened not to pay for her education and help her in her career if she did not meet their terms.

“While in South Africa Sarah Ransome refused to recruit the minor girls, and returned to New York. Maxwell and Epstein threatened her. They also [told] her she would not be [allowed] back to the U.S. unless she went on a diet and lost 57 kilos approximately 125 pounds.”  Vulnerable, ambitious and inexperienced, Ransome believed, “she had no choice and attempted to lose the weight.”

The diet led to “kidney malfunction and extreme emotional and psychological distress.” Epstein and Maxwell, “Called Sarah’s parents in South Africa [to explain] they would take good care of Sarah when she returned to the U.S. and would use their connections and influence to have [her] admitted to FIT or another well-regarded fashion school.”  In February 2007, Ransome returned to New York and was immediately forced to have sex with Epstein.”  By May 2007, when Maxwell and Epstein did not keep their promise “Ransome left the U.S. and did not return.”

It seems, “Epstein’s wealth, influence, power and connections were used both as an inducement to provide sex (in exchange for promises of support), and as a means of threatening punishment (should [Ransome and other minors] refuse to comply with [his] instructions.”. On May 11th, Brad Edwards one of the attorneys representing several trafficked survivors in the Epstein cases, filed an extension of service.  Edwards a South Florida attorney represents Ransome in partnership with David Boies in New York.  Neither attorney returned my calls for comments.  Edwards and Boies are jointly representing another victim, Virginia R. Giuffre, pro bono in the ongoing Virginia Giuffre vs. Ghislaine Maxwell case.

Virginia R. Giuffre vs. Ghislaine Maxwell is related to the same 2005 Epstein/Maxwell sex trafficking criminal case.   Scheduled for trial May 15th, in New York, it has been rescheduled to May 25th.  According to court filings that have been heavily redacted, attorneys for Virginia Giuffre postponed the May 15th jury trial pending settlement talks.  Judge Robert Sweet, a Carter appointee, is the presiding judge.  The New York Post and New York Daily News are on record objecting to the heavily redacted filings.

It seems that after so many years, the case of Virginia Louise Roberts Giuffre, and the attorneys who represented her have agreed to settle for a large payout with Ghislaine Maxwell, the lover and alleged principal procurer of Jeffrey Epstein. This is after displays of lengthy legal battles in the public eye.  Confrontations that served only to massage the egos of the attorneys and make a lot of noise.  The Roberts-Giuffre and perhaps the Ransome sex trafficking cases are text book cases where money, politics, power, and greed win the day over truth and justice.

                                  Maxwell in Background of Prince Andrew and girl

                                                         Maxwell and Epstein

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St. Paul’s School admits 13 staffers engaged in ‘sexual misconduct’

Thirteen former faculty and staff members at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H., engaged in sexual misconduct with students over four decades, according to a report released Monday that faulted administrators for ignoring and even concealing the widespread abuse.

In the sheer numbers of teachers implicated, the abuse at St. Paul’s, a prestigious boarding school, ranked as among the most pervasive that has been substantiated at a New England private school.

The report faulted administrators who it said were often more interested in preserving the school’s reputation than protecting students from assaults and, in some cases, rape by respected faculty members. The report was particularly critical of an investigation the school commissioned in 2000 that failed to address multiple claims of abuse that alumni had brought to school leaders.

School leaders on Monday apologized to the school community and credited survivors for pushing St. Paul’s to acknowledge the misconduct, which occurred between 1948 and 1988.

St. Paul’s is the latest prep school to investigate claims of misconduct following a 2016 Boston Globe Spotlight story that reported on allegations of abuse by more than 200 victims at 67 private schools in New England.

The investigation, which was led by former Massachusetts attorney general Scott Harshbarger, did not receive or review any allegations of misconduct by teachers after 1988. School leaders said, however, that more victims may come forward.

“If they do, the situations will be investigated,” said Cox, son of the famous Watergate prosecutor, also a St. Paul’s graduate. “This doesn’t stop now.”

A student who graduated in the early 1970s criticized the report, saying it named one of three teachers at St. Paul’s who made sexual overtures toward him but did not identify or describe two others.

“It’s not a complete accounting,” he said. “It’s nowhere close.’’

The man said he never contacted St. Paul’s or Harshbarger about the sexual misconduct he experienced but intends to do so now.

While the report focuses on decades-old allegations against faculty, St. Paul’s has more recently been grappling with fallout from a 2015 case involving a senior student accused of raping a 15-year-old classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest called Senior Salute. The senior, Owen Labrie, was acquitted of rape but found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault and other crimes.

The report released Monday documented a range of assaults, harassments, and rape.

In three cases, the misconduct culminated in the teacher marrying the student almost immediately after the student’s graduation. One of the students, the report said, killed herself at age 19, on the same day in 1982 that the teacher she had married died of a heart attack at age 48.

In addition to the 13 teachers whose abuse was substantiated in the report, another 10 former faculty and staff were accused of sexual misconduct, the report said. But they were not named because, investigators said, they did not have enough evidence or the allegations were not serious enough.

Another 11 current and former faculty and staff were accused of sexual misconduct, but because the allegations were made anonymously, they could not be substantiated, the report said.

Lieutenant Sean Ford, a spokesman for the Concord Police Department, said Monday that the department was reviewing the report, along with its own records from that era, to determine if an investigation is warranted.

Last month, Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., named 12 former educators who allegedly sexually abused or assaulted students since the 1960s. In March, Phillips Exeter Academy disclosed credible allegations of sexual misconduct by four former employees.

And last year, St. George’s School in Middletown, R.I., reported that 51 alumni described being abused by faculty and staff in the 1970s and 1980s. Al Gibbs, an athletic trainer, allegedly abused 31 of the victims.

Eric MacLeish, a Cambridge lawyer, said he is representing three St. Paul’s alumni from the 1970s who are considering legal action for the abuse they allegedly suffered.

“This was life-altering in the most profound and negative way,” he said. “People knew about it or should have known about it at St. Paul’s, and they did nothing.”

The report confirmed that St. Paul’s often failed to adequately investigate allegations of abuse or misconduct when they were reported to school leaders.

For example, when a teacher named Edward Lawrence Katzenbach III grabbed a student’s breast in 1974, she immediately reported the assault to a vice rector, John Buxton, who asked her: “What did you do to make him [Mr. Katzenbach] behave that way?” the report said. Buxton told investigators he has “no memory” of the conversation. Katzenbach died in 1997.

When another student engaged in what the report described as a sexual relationship with a teacher, the rector at the time, William A. Oates, arranged to meet the student. But instead of asking about what happened, Oates “only expressed concern about how it reflected on the reputation” of St. Paul’s, the report said. Oates died in 2015. The teacher, Robert Maurice Degouey, is also deceased.

The report also criticized St. Paul’s for the 2000 investigation that was conducted by Robert B. Gordon, who was working at the time for the law firm Ropes & Gray, which handled a range of legal issues for the school.

According to the school, former students had at the time identified 22 faculty members who had engaged in sexual misconduct, but only three were investigated.

St. Paul’s wanted primarily “to protect its reputation (and those of the individuals involved) and reduce the risk of claims being made against the school,” the report said.

Gordon, now a justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court, was questioned about the investigation by Harshbarger’s team. He indicated that, if he were to conduct the review again, he would probably not limit the scope to only living faculty members, as he did in 2000.

Cox, who was not on the board at the time, expressed regret that the 2000 investigation was concerned with protecting the school’s image. “That’s clearly unfortunate, and it’s not something that would ever happen under the current administration and board,” he said.

Hirschfeld said none of the administrators who were cited in the most recent report for failing to respond appropriately to allegations of abuse are still working at the school.

In most cases, the report said, the victims never told school leaders about the incidents because the perpetrators were revered figures on campus.

That included Katzenbach, an English and history teacher from 1971 to 1995, who was accused of 10 acts of sexual misconduct, and Jose “Senor” Ordonez, a history teacher from 1952 to 1987, who committed seven acts of sexual misconduct, the report said. Ordonez died in 2008.

Hirschfeld said St. Paul’s has, for more than a decade, trained teachers on appropriate boundaries and educated students to alert adults if they see misconduct.

Although its scope quickly broadened, St. Paul’s investigation was initially designed to look into concerns that Howard White had been a chaplain and teacher at the school from 1967 to 1971 before he worked at St. George’s School, which fired him for sexual misconduct in 1974.

The investigation found that White also allegedly abused students at St. Paul’s. One student, who was 15 at the time, was repeatedly raped on a six-week summer trip with White, the report said.

Last week, White pleaded guilty to molesting a student at St. George’s School during trips in 1973 and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Why was Rolf Harris sneaked out of Stafford Prison?

May 20, 2017

Prison bosses have been criticised for doling out ‘special treatment’ to Rolf Harris after the disgraced star was sneaked out of jail.

The 87-year-old former entertainer was released from Stafford Prison yesterday – but managed to evade press who had camped outside all night.

He is thought to have exited the jail using a back entrance and was later pictured arriving at his home in Berkshire with security in tow.

Members of the press – including the Express & Star – had gathered from the small hours to try to catch a glimpse of Harris leaving prison after it was confirmed he was due to leave.

However, the former entertainer managed to slip out of a back door at around 5am.

A member of prison staff came out to address the assembled press pack just before 9am to announce ‘Mr Harris is no longer with us’.

West Midlands MEP Bill Etheridge criticised the secrecy with which Harris’s release was conducted.

He told the Express & Star: “There should be no special treatment or privilege for anyone.

“We should all be equal according to the law and everyone should be treated the same.

“People should be treated according to their misdemeanours otherwise the system becomes a laughing stock. I’m disappointed by this special treatment.”

The Ministry of Justice was asked to comment on why Harris was sneaked out of the prison.

However, they refused to answer yesterday – citing election purdah rules and Harris’s ongoing trial.
https://www.expressandstar.com/news/crime/2017/05/20/why-was-rolf-harris-sneaked-out-of-stafford-prison/

Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children

May 19, 2017

Father Dante Simón.
Father Dante Simón.
Father Dante Simón.

In an interview addressing scandal in Mendoza, Father Dante Simón talks of kids who ‘fall in love with a priest’ and are rejected

A Vatican envoy sent to investigate a shocking paedophilia cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province — where priests and employees have been accused of the systematic sexual abuse of minors over decades — has sparked outrage after describing some of the children who laid claims as “spiteful.”

Father Dante Simón, one of the two envoys sent by the Vatican to probe the scandal, suggested that some accusations have been dismissed because they were invented by “spiteful” boys who had fallen in love with priests and were rejected. Despite the fact that more than 60 former students have come forward with allegations involving sexual abuse at the institute, Simón chose to highlight “dismissed” cases.

“A few (cases) have been dismissed,” the priest told the Mendoza Post. “Because there are people who are spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back. The boy can be very spiteful like a woman can. So, they denounce him (the priest),” Simón told reporter Martín Tejerina.

The envoy has spent the past few weeks in Mendoza to investigate the incidents that occurred in the Antonio Próvolo Institute in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Simón was accompanied by Juan Martínez to lead an investigatory commission.

The envoy tried to arrange a meeting with both the victims and family members who have accused the priests and employees at the institute of abuse, but the envoy’s requests were rejected unanimously. One of the victims is reported to have tried to commit suicide after she learned that the Vatican envoy had travelled to Mendoza to investigate the case. According to a lawyer for the victims, Sergio Salinas, Simón’s statements had caused an emotional crisis after the envoy had implied some of the abuses may not have taken place.

More than 60 former students have come forward, saying they were sexually abused at the hands of priests Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho, altar boy Jorge Bordón, and two administrative employees José Luis Ojeda and Armando Gómez. A nun, Kosaka Kumiko, was also recently implicated in the scandal. According to news reports, when a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, Kumiko allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding. Other victims have accused the nun of actively participating in the abuse. Corradi has a history of sex abuse allegations that date back long before Mendoza. Italian judicial authorities had been seeking to prosecute him for a series of sex abuse cases in Verona, Italy, that occurred decades ago.

The priests stand accused of raping, sexually abusing and fondling the students in bathrooms, dormitories, garden and basement at the school. One of the alleged victims told the Associated Press that she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex.

The victims have also requested that Bishop Sergio Buenanueva give testimony about the case. The bishop said in a recent interview with Telam that “one of the greatest errors” of the Argentine Church was to protect priests that are abusers.

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

The Episcopal Conference has published a long-awaited protocol allowing victims of the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) or their family members to access archives pertaining to that dark period. The announcement comes seven months after the Argentine Synod (CEA) and the Vatican published a joint press release stating that they had “finished the cataloging and digitalisation of the archive material.”

Access to the Catholic Church’s documents is highly restrictive. Only victims, family members of detained and forced-disappeared victims, and bishops can request information. The only archives they can request, however, are those in which the name of the victim sought after is mentioned. Those interested have to complete and submit a request to the Secretary General of the Argentine Synod (CEA), which has the authority to reject the request outright.

Many human rights groups weren’t happy with the new protocol. Though the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, for example, praised the CEA’s gesture, they criticised the rules for being extremely restrictive. “Through this method, they will give bits of information to each family… with a filter from the CEA beforehand, which means they also won’t give information linked to the global intervention by the Catholic Church’s embers to the last military dictatorship,” said the organisation.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/225695/vatican-envoy-sent-to-probe-paedophilia-coverup-criticises-

Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children

May 19, 2017

Father Dante Simón.
Father Dante Simón.
Father Dante Simón.

In an interview addressing scandal in Mendoza, Father Dante Simón talks of kids who ‘fall in love with a priest’ and are rejected

A Vatican envoy sent to investigate a shocking paedophilia cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province — where priests and employees have been accused of the systematic sexual abuse of minors over decades — has sparked outrage after describing some of the children who laid claims as “spiteful.”

Father Dante Simón, one of the two envoys sent by the Vatican to probe the scandal, suggested that some accusations have been dismissed because they were invented by “spiteful” boys who had fallen in love with priests and were rejected. Despite the fact that more than 60 former students have come forward with allegations involving sexual abuse at the institute, Simón chose to highlight “dismissed” cases.

“A few (cases) have been dismissed,” the priest told the Mendoza Post. “Because there are people who are spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back. The boy can be very spiteful like a woman can. So, they denounce him (the priest),” Simón told reporter Martín Tejerina.

The envoy has spent the past few weeks in Mendoza to investigate the incidents that occurred in the Antonio Próvolo Institute in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Simón was accompanied by Juan Martínez to lead an investigatory commission.

The envoy tried to arrange a meeting with both the victims and family members who have accused the priests and employees at the institute of abuse, but the envoy’s requests were rejected unanimously. One of the victims is reported to have tried to commit suicide after she learned that the Vatican envoy had travelled to Mendoza to investigate the case. According to a lawyer for the victims, Sergio Salinas, Simón’s statements had caused an emotional crisis after the envoy had implied some of the abuses may not have taken place.

More than 60 former students have come forward, saying they were sexually abused at the hands of priests Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho, altar boy Jorge Bordón, and two administrative employees José Luis Ojeda and Armando Gómez. A nun, Kosaka Kumiko, was also recently implicated in the scandal. According to news reports, when a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, Kumiko allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding. Other victims have accused the nun of actively participating in the abuse. Corradi has a history of sex abuse allegations that date back long before Mendoza. Italian judicial authorities had been seeking to prosecute him for a series of sex abuse cases in Verona, Italy, that occurred decades ago.

The priests stand accused of raping, sexually abusing and fondling the students in bathrooms, dormitories, garden and basement at the school. One of the alleged victims told the Associated Press that she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex.

The victims have also requested that Bishop Sergio Buenanueva give testimony about the case. The bishop said in a recent interview with Telam that “one of the greatest errors” of the Argentine Church was to protect priests that are abusers.

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

The Episcopal Conference has published a long-awaited protocol allowing victims of the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) or their family members to access archives pertaining to that dark period. The announcement comes seven months after the Argentine Synod (CEA) and the Vatican published a joint press release stating that they had “finished the cataloging and digitalisation of the archive material.”

Access to the Catholic Church’s documents is highly restrictive. Only victims, family members of detained and forced-disappeared victims, and bishops can request information. The only archives they can request, however, are those in which the name of the victim sought after is mentioned. Those interested have to complete and submit a request to the Secretary General of the Argentine Synod (CEA), which has the authority to reject the request outright.

Many human rights groups weren’t happy with the new protocol. Though the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, for example, praised the CEA’s gesture, they criticised the rules for being extremely restrictive. “Through this method, they will give bits of information to each family… with a filter from the CEA beforehand, which means they also won’t give information linked to the global intervention by the Catholic Church’s embers to the last military dictatorship,” said the organisation.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/225695/vatican-envoy-sent-to-probe-paedophilia-coverup-criticises-

Vatican envoy sent to probe paedophilia cover-up criticises ‘spiteful’ children

May 19, 2017

 

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

In an interview addressing scandal in Mendoza, Father Dante Simón talks of kids who ‘fall in love with a priest’ and are rejected

A Vatican envoy sent to investigate a shocking paedophilia cover-up at the Antonio Próvolo Institute for deaf children in Mendoza province — where priests and employees have been accused of the systematic sexual abuse of minors over decades — has sparked outrage after describing some of the children who laid claims as “spiteful.”

Father Dante Simón, one of the two envoys sent by the Vatican to probe the scandal, suggested that some accusations have been dismissed because they were invented by “spiteful” boys who had fallen in love with priests and were rejected. Despite the fact that more than 60 former students have come forward with allegations involving sexual abuse at the institute, Simón chose to highlight “dismissed” cases.

“A few (cases) have been dismissed,” the priest told the Mendoza Post. “Because there are people who are spiteful. For example, a girl or a boy falls in love with a priest, and he doesn’t respond back. The boy can be very spiteful like a woman can. So, they denounce him (the priest),” Simón told reporter Martín Tejerina.

The envoy has spent the past few weeks in Mendoza to investigate the incidents that occurred in the Antonio Próvolo Institute in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza. Simón was accompanied by Juan Martínez to lead an investigatory commission.

The envoy tried to arrange a meeting with both the victims and family members who have accused the priests and employees at the institute of abuse, but the envoy’s requests were rejected unanimously. One of the victims is reported to have tried to commit suicide after she learned that the Vatican envoy had travelled to Mendoza to investigate the case. According to a lawyer for the victims, Sergio Salinas, Simón’s statements had caused an emotional crisis after the envoy had implied some of the abuses may not have taken place.

More than 60 former students have come forward, saying they were sexually abused at the hands of priests Nicola Corradi and Horacio Corbacho, altar boy Jorge Bordón, and two administrative employees José Luis Ojeda and Armando Gómez. A nun, Kosaka Kumiko, was also recently implicated in the scandal. According to news reports, when a five-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by a priest, Kumiko allegedly forced her to wear a diaper in class, to conceal the bleeding. Other victims have accused the nun of actively participating in the abuse. Corradi has a history of sex abuse allegations that date back long before Mendoza. Italian judicial authorities had been seeking to prosecute him for a series of sex abuse cases in Verona, Italy, that occurred decades ago.

The priests stand accused of raping, sexually abusing and fondling the students in bathrooms, dormitories, garden and basement at the school. One of the alleged victims told the Associated Press that she witnessed how a girl was raped by one priest while the other one forced her to give him oral sex.

The victims have also requested that Bishop Sergio Buenanueva give testimony about the case. The bishop said in a recent interview with Telam that “one of the greatest errors” of the Argentine Church was to protect priests that are abusers.

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

The Episcopal Conference has published a long-awaited protocol allowing victims of the last military dictatorship (1976-1983) or their family members to access archives pertaining to that dark period. The announcement comes seven months after the Argentine Synod (CEA) and the Vatican published a joint press release stating that they had “finished the cataloging and digitalisation of the archive material.”

Access to the Catholic Church’s documents is highly restrictive. Only victims, family members of detained and forced-disappeared victims, and bishops can request information. The only archives they can request, however, are those in which the name of the victim sought after is mentioned. Those interested have to complete and submit a request to the Secretary General of the Argentine Synod (CEA), which has the authority to reject the request outright.

Many human rights groups weren’t happy with the new protocol. Though the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, for example, praised the CEA’s gesture, they criticised the rules for being extremely restrictive. “Through this method, they will give bits of information to each family… with a filter from the CEA beforehand, which means they also won’t give information linked to the global intervention by the Catholic Church’s embers to the last military dictatorship,” said the organisation.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/225695/vatican-envoy-sent-to-probe-paedophilia-coverup-criticises-

Update on: Palmerston House children’s home:

Man charged with abuse – WILLIAM JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

                                                             Willy JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

                                                             Willy GILLHAM

May 19 2017  Southampton Crown Court

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http://causelist.org/southampton/

Background:

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

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

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

It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE)

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39664693

Tories BOW to wealthy antiques dealers and DROP ban on elephant ivory in manifesto

Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto. Sneakily, the Tories have decided to DROP their previous commitment to introducing a total ban on ivory trade in Britain. This comes after heavy pressure from wealthy antiques traders who have been lobbying Teresa May hard to drop the ban on ivory.

The most powerful UK antique traders association is the British Antique Dealers’ Association – whose president is Tory MP and pal of Theresa May, Lady Victoria Borwick.

On average, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory and their population has fallen by almost a third in Africa since 2007.

Interestingly, this policy puts the Tories in direct conflict with Prince William, who has been a vocal supporter of a total ban on ivory sales.

Will we see the Duke of Cambridge campaigning for Labour – which has pledged to introduce the total ban the Prince has been lobbying for?

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More info on the the Borwicks:


Lady Victoria Borwick is related by marriage to the notorious McAlpine family.

Her husband’s uncle is Alistair McAlpine, alleged child abuser.

Her husband, Geoffrey Robert James Borwick, 5th Baron Borwick aka “Jamie”, is the son of Hon. Patricia Garnett McAlpine – Patricia’s brother is Alistair McAlpine

http://www.thepeerage.com/p14612.htm#i146113

Lady Victoria Borwick is MP for Kensington and Chelsea, preceded by Malcolm Rifkind who is a cousin of alleged child abuser, former Tory Cabinet minister, Leon Brittan.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10650010/Who-do-they-think-they-are-One-in-11-MPs-is-married-related-or-have-ancestors-who-sat-in-Commons.html

Lord Alistair McAlpine was also a collector.

Art collector Lord McAlpine in Sydney

McAlpine also collected works by convicted paedophile Graham Ovenden

Lord Alpine was in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book.


 

Victoria Borwick – gifts and hospitality

https://www.london.gov.uk/about-us/governance-and-spending/sharing-our-information/assistant-directors-and-heads-service/victoria-borwick/gifts-hospitality

She worked in senior management for P&O and DMG World Media (Daily Mail and General Trust plc) before becoming the Conservative Party’s fundraising director.[2]

Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers

2009

The guest list for the Conservatives; premier political dinner last week which gives a fascinating snapshot of the movers and shakers getting ready for their turn to influence Downing Street
Lady Borwick and  Lord Borwick on the guest list

Unveiling a plaque to Lady Churchill with Sir Nicholas Soames

The Busy Borwicks

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed

 

On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary peer The Rt. Hon. The Lord Borwick and Kensington’s Member of Parliament Lady ‘Call me Victoria’ Borwick – and the controversial US hedge fund titan and backer of Donald Trump, Robert Mercer.

 

A director of a multitude of companies, in spite of being just 29 years old, “new media expert” Thomas Borwick – whose mother was forced to apologise “after using City Hall resources to promote her husband’s [now defunct] electric vehicle business” in 2009 – it now transpires, was not only Vote Leave’s chief technology officer but previously worked with SCL/Cambridge Analytica and AggregateIQ. Borwick currently touts himself to his 202 followers on Twitter as the founder of a political canvasing consultancy named Kan.to, an organisation that he boldy claims “will out-organise, out-plan, out-leaflet, out-twitter, out-work and out-vote all of its opponents”.

Mercer, one of the owners of the far-right Breitbart News Network as well as being a major shareholder in Cambridge Analytica, is a man whose “sinister” connections to both Trump and Nigel Farage have rightly been widely criticised.

On that basis, that the son of fervent Brexiteer Lady Borwick – a woman whose constituents voted 69% to ‘Remain’ and whose domain was home to a greater proportion of EU nationals than any other London borough in 2016 – has links to this billionaire and his activities should only encourage the voters of Kensington to ditch her and her out-of-touch party.

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Son of Tory MP beaten unconscious outside Leicester Square KFC by 3 women

He said: ‘At some point they started pushing and shoving – three at that stage, of which only two were particularly aggressive. I couldn’t hypothecate (?) or guess what was on their minds. At some point my food and drink spilled and was taken from me.

‘The rest of my friends quickly came outside. From our group absolutely all of them did nothing aggressive to the ladies, but they continued to react though and many of my friends were attacked.

The computer app writer was queuing with friends when they became embroiled in a row with the women over space.

‘Tom was among a group of six friends on a night out in London,’ said Lady Borwick, who was previously Boris Johnson’s deputy.


2015

Revealed: The ‘triple dipper’ Conservative MP who is paid nearly £100,000 a year for three elected jobs

Victoria Borwick, the MP for Kensington, is paid an extra £30,000 a year as both a councillor at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and member of the London Assembly

 

Mrs Borwick, 59, whose application to replace Sir Malcolm Rifkind in the seat was personally backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson, defended her decision.

She can use the title “Lady” because she is married to Lord Borwick, a hereditary peer who has sat in the House of Lords since 2013. The couple live in a £6.6million home in Chelsea and have four children.

Mrs Borwick’s predecessor as MP for Kensington Sir Malcolm Rifkind had complained that it was “unrealistic” to live on £60,000 shortly before quitting after being caught in a cash for access investigation by The Daily Telegraph in February.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/11686725/Revealed-The-triple-dipper-MP-who-is-paid-nearly-100000-a-year-for-three-jobs.html

 

Slumming it: Tory Lady ventures into East End

Role reversal? Could this be the first time a young East Ender gets to look down on a Victoria Lady?
Role reversal? Could this be the first time a young East Ender gets to look down on a Victoria Lady?
Since the Tories headed up the Coalition after the 2010 General Election, they have been making cuts in public spending and presiding over austerity measures which have made life harder for ordinary Eastenders. Government attacks such as the bedroom tax and welfare benefit tax have left many East End families only able to buy the cheapest, unhealthiest food – or forced them to supplement their own buying with trips to the food bank.

Against this backdrop, Lady Borwick, aka Assembly Member Victoria Lorne Peta Borwick, a Deputy Mayor of London, deigned to drop into Tower Hamlets last week to claim the credit for Tower Hamlets’ work in promoting good health in its schools (that’s the schools which Lady Borwick’s party is trying to dismantle).

Lady Borwick, a Tory councillor in Kensington & Chelsea, spent eleven years as Director of the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair and a further period of time assisting with the International Fine Art Fair in New York. What better experience could there be to  prepare one to understand the problems of the East End?

http://eastlondonnews.co.uk/slumming-it-tory-lady-ventures-into-east-end/

Lord Borwick’s uncle Alistair McAlpine in billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book:


Jeffrey Epstein back in the news again

May 3 2017

The Truth Will Come Out! Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Madam Loses BIG In Court

A lawsuit brought by a former ‘sex slave’ will move forward

Roberts, filing under her married name Giuffre, described very graphic sexual situations in the lawsuit filed in September 2015.

“With the assistance of Maxwell, Epstein was able to sexually abuse Giuffre for years until Giuffre eventually escaped,” the lawsuit says. “As part of their sex trafficking efforts, Epstein and Maxwell intimidated Giuffre into remaining silent about what had happened to her.”

It was while working for Epstein, Roberts claimed, that she had sex with Prince Andrew. She also said she took part in an orgy that the Prince attended on the financier’s private Caribbean island. (The royal has strongly denied all her claims.)

The defamation trial is expected to begin May 15.

http://radaronline.com/videos/jeffrey-epstein-sex-scandal-ghislaine-maxwell-virginia-roberts-lawsuit/

Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ trial postponed

May 10 2017

Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell (top) and Virginia Roberts Giuffre (bottom)

The defamation trial against Epstein’s friend Ghislaine Maxwell was set to start Monday — more than a decade after the billionaire was first arrested for soliciting underage girls — but it has been postponed because lawyers are close to negotiating a settlement, sources say.

Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing Maxwell, whose late father owned the Daily News, in Manhattan federal court because Maxwell called her a liar.

Giuffre — who was 15 and working as a towel girl at Mar-a-Lago when Maxwell met her — claims Epstein turned her into a slave and forced her to have sex with his friends, including Prince Andrew, Duke of York, who denied her allegations.

Since Epstein was also friends with Bill Clinton, and was defended by Alan Dershowitz, their names were dragged into the case, too. But sources say they were never going to be called as witnesses.

Now, in a big disappointment to journalists, anti-sex-trafficking activists and Clinton haters, there may be no trial.

“After 11 years and much high drama, [Giuffre’s lawyer] David Boies asked his client to settle the case,” one insider told me.

Giuffre has already collected a settlement from Epstein and sold her story to the UK’s Daily Mail, but her testimony was hotly anticipated.

The blonde was expected to tell in sordid detail how Maxwell routinely recruited young girls and taught them how to give erotic massages that led to sex and prostitution.

If they don’t settle, the trial is now set for May 25.

http://pagesix.com/2017/05/10/jeffrey-epstein-sex-slave-trial-postponed/

Ex-BBC WM presenters ‘had outdoor sex as young boys watched’, court told

 

Children In Need 2008 Tony Wadsworth & Julie Wadsworth

Notice this couple with Pudsey Bear, the brainchild of Proctor business associate Joanne Leslie. Weird!

Did these two know Harvey Proctor, business associate of Joanne Leslie who designed that bear?

BBC radio presenters appear in court after being charged with sex offences against children

Tony and Julie Wadsworth, dubbed the ‘Richard and Judy of local radio’, are accused of abusing four boys aged from 11 to 15 between 1995 and 1999.

 

The couple mysteriously vanished from their BBC show earlier this year and remain off air.

Bosses said the pair were dealing with “personal issues” – but they were later charged with sex offences.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bbc-radio-presenters-appear-court-7948035

Trial of former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth set to begin

May 16 2017

A jury has been sworn in to try former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth

A jury has been sworn in to try former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who are accused of indecently assaulting boys in an area of parkland in the 1990s.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency by having sex in view of young boys between 1992 and 1996.

Julie Wadsworth, 60, and her 69-year-old husband, also deny counts of indecent assault alleged to have been committed in the Atherstone area of Warwickshire.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency

Julie Wadsworth, who uses the surname Mayer on air, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault relating to seven boys.

Tony Wadsworth denies committing 10 indecent assaults by allegedly keeping watch for his wife.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC is expected to open the Crown’s case against the couple at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa on Wednesday.

The couple, who have also presented shows for Birmingham-based BBC WM, no longer work for the corporation.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/trial-of-former-bbc-radio-leicester-presenters-tony-and-julie-wadsworth-set-to-begin/story-30336134-detail/story.html


 

Cliff Richard & paedophile Tony Wadsworth


Stone Roses singer Ian Brown gives evidence at Fred Talbot trial

  • 16 May 2017

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has told a court that former TV weatherman Fred Talbot tried to sexually abuse his friend on a school trip to Scotland.

He said Mr Talbot had been his biology teacher in Manchester, and would organise trips for pupils.

Mr Brown told Lanark Sheriff Court of an incident on a camping trip somewhere in Scotland in late 1977 or early 1978.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, denies assaulting several boys on school trips between 1978 and 1981.

The singer told the court that one of his school friends told him that Mr Talbot attempted to abuse him after inviting him into his tent.

Mr Brown, who told the court he was self-employed as a singer and songwriter, said he had got on with Mr Talbot before the camping trip.

He said: “He was possibly one of the only teachers who didn’t stick (cane) me.”

The witness said Mr Talbot would regularly talk about trips during class but would only invite certain people.

“Mr Talbot did these trips and he decided who went,” Mr Brown told the court.

“You couldn’t just put your name down and say you were going.”

The witness said he did not know exactly where they had camped on his trip, but between 12 and 20 pupils had left school on a Friday afternoon in a minibus with Mr Talbot.

When they arrived the area was covered in snow and they cooked dinner.

Mr Brown said Mr Talbot had told them he was going to take someone to the pub and one of his friends was selected because he looked older.

He said that when they returned the friend was invited into Mr Talbot’s tent.

Asked what happened next by prosecutor Imran Bashir, Mr Brown said the boy had come back into the tent “in a state”, and had claimed that the defendant had tried to perform a sex act on him.

Mr Brown said: “I’ve never forgotten it, I was shocked.”

Questioned by defence lawyer Alan Gravelle, Mr Brown said he left school before Mr Talbot began to appear on TV but was aware of his career because “he was on the TV every night”.

Music shows

Asked why he had not raised the incident with authorities previously, the singer said: “Every time I saw him on TV I told people this story.

“I’ve told hundreds of people the same as I’m telling you here.”

Mr Gravelle then asked if the witness had ever tried to tell Mr Talbot’s TV bosses when he appeared on music shows with the Stone Roses.

However, Mr Brown said it was “not realistic” to think he would break off from performing with his band to speak to someone.

Mr Talbot faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981, as well as one charge of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

Mr Talbot, best known for presenting the weather forecast on a floating map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning programme, denies all the charges against him.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39934931


DPP says police may charge Pell

Police are examining whether to charge Cardinal George Pell with child sex abuse offences.

Police confirmed a brief of evidence had been delivered from prosecutors about historical sex offence allegations.

Police will now have to decide whether to proceed against the cardinal in the wake of the gravest scandal in the church’s history in Australia.

Police tonight would not comment on what prosecutors recommended in the brief amid a report the force has been told it could charge Cardinal Pell, breaking a months long legal impasse.

Instead, police confirmed simply that the brief had been returned to detectives.

Police have been investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Cardinal Pell, who has stridently denied any wrongdoing.

Allegations relate largely to his tenure as a young priest in the Diocese of Ballarat, where hundreds and possibly thousands of children were abused by the clergy.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/cardinal-george-pell-could-face-child-sex-abuse-charges/news-story/4d750cf4bb0cb46d7212421583832e8a

Victoria Police are considering whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell over sexual assault allegations dating back to the late 1970s after receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Three Victorian detectives flew to Rome last year to conduct a voluntary interview with Cardinal Pell.

Police have issued a statement today saying they had received advice from Victoria’s DPP about a current investigation into sexual assault allegations and detectives would consider the advice before any charges were laid.

The complaints include those by two men now aged in their 40s, from Cardinal Pell’s hometown of Ballarat, who say he touched them inappropriately in the summer of 1978-79 when he was playing a throwing game with them at the town’s pool.

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement at the time, saying he had never abused anyone.

Outside the Vatican today, Cardinal Pell again denied any wrongdoing.

On his way to becoming Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Pell was a priest in the Ballarat diocese before becoming the Archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney.

Cardinal Pell is currently based at the Vatican in the high-ranking role of Secretariat for the Economy, commonly described as the Vatican’s financial boss.

‘Diplomatic immunity’ could complicate case: lawyer

Lawyer Vivian Waller, who has represented many abuse victims who have taken action against religious clergy, said the investigation must be allowed to run its course.

But if Cardinal Pell was charged, it would raise “fairly complex” jurisdictional questions in the criminal process, she said.

“We don’t have an extradition treaty with the Vatican and potentially someone in Cardinal Pell’s position would be entitled to some sort of diplomatic immunity,” Dr Waller told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“I imagine there would be complex questions that arise if in fact Victoria Police do charge.”

Dr Waller said she had been encouraged by the responses from the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

However, things have changed since the commission has wrapped up its final case study.

“Certainly in Ireland, when the royal commission ended there, there was quite a big pushback from Catholic entities and their insurers.

“In my opinion and in my experience over the last few weeks, we’re starting to feel that in Victoria already.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-17/police-considering-legal-advice-on-george-pell/8531960

How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church

 http://www.smh.com.au/national/how-george-pell-gazumped-other-bishops-to-claim-credit-for-tackling-child-abuse-in-the-church-20170510-gw1jrh.html

Fury at sex abuse inquiry snub: Ex pupils ‘devastated’ by bombshell U-turn

May 15 2017

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VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Last night one victim told The Sunday Post: “This has come out of the blue. We’ve been waiting a long time for the inquiry.

“The effect is devastating on our mental health. There have been a number of suicides by ex-pupils because of the abuse.”

He said former pupils are very upset at the bombshell development, especially given Prime Minister May’s earlier support.

In 2015, Theresa May wrote to one of Fort Augustus’s ex-pupils following a number of meetings between the pair where they discussed the alleged abuse he suffered.

Having set up the inquiry less than two weeks previously, she wrote: “With your help we have now established an inquiry to get to the truth about what child sexual abuse occurred in institutions across the UK and why nothing was done.”

But those words now seem empty, after lawyers for Fort Augustus Abbey pupils were contacted last week to reveal the shock evidence reversal.

Fort Augustus Abbey – which was run by an order of English monks – is at the centre of allegations of physical and sexual abuse spanning 30 years.

The exclusive Highlands school shut for good in 1993 but horrific allegations about the way pupils were treated emerged in 2013.

Last year, the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announced those claims would be examined – despite the school being in Scotland.

There is a Scottish inquiry set up to probe similar issues north of the border called the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

But campaigners say the English inquiry has been given more clout to take action, which is why ex-pupils from Fort Augustus lobbied to be included in it.

A spokeswoman for the IICSA said the institutions to be examined were still not set in stone – despite the new proposals.

She said: “No decisions of any sort have been made about the matters to be considered at the hearing.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/fury-at-sex-abuse-inquiry-snub/?utm_source=twitter

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is dead, Ashworth Hospital confirms

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/moors-murderer-ian-brady-dead-13039692

May 16

Only last month they announced Brady letters will remain classified until 2051.


FA investigators seek evidence of paedophile ring

The review into English football’s child sexual abuse scandal is investigating whether a paedophile ring operated in the game, it can be disclosed.

The inquiry into how the Football Association and the country’s clubs dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005 – and whether there was any cover-up – is also examining girls’ football during that period.

  • Aim to publish its final report early next year.

Led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review was commissioned by the FA after the potential scale of the game’s child sexual abuse scandal became clear.

Clive Sheldon QC to lead in-depth FA review into child abuse in football

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/10879015/clive-sheldon-qc-to-lead-in-depth-fa-review-into-child-abuse-in-football

 

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

Rolf Harris had friends in high places

Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

Cliff Richard on Saturday Superstore

 

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

TV presenter accused of indecently assaulting three girls aged 13, 14 and 16 in 1970s and 80s

The entertainer and TV presenter Rolf Harris touched a 13-year-old girl’s breast after filming a children’s TV programme and asked her: “Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?”, a court has heard.

Victim one’: Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

George Michael on the set of the BBC's Saturday Superstore

Rolf Harris on the set of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore

Guests on the programme included late singer George Michael and Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley.

The 87-year-old Australian is accused of groping the schoolgirl after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983, jurors were told.

Saturday Superstore was a children’s TV series, broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1987.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told the jury of seven women and five men at Southwark crown court in London that Harris approached the girl in the green room after the filming of the episode, which also featured Wham!.

Rees said: “She recalls him sliding his open right hand across her back over her clothes and touching her breast.”

Harris is accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 80s. He is also alleged to have indecently touched a 14-year-old girl in 1971 after she asked him for an autograph at a music event for children in London.

He is also accused of twice groping a third teenage girl after appearing on the ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and of telling the 16-year-old she was “a little bit irresistible”, the court heard.

Rees added: “In essence, the prosecution alleges that for his own gratification Harris groped these three young females in a sexual way, without their consent.”

Harris appeared via videolink with the court. He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

“He then said: ‘Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?’ – which the prosecution suggests clearly shows the sexual nature of the touching.”

Rees told the jury: “The prosecution suggests that it offends common sense to suggest that these three women, independent of each other, should choose to fabricate stories of a similar nature. We say Harris had an appetite for touching young females.”

Harris, dressed in a grey suit, with a white shirt and a dark blue tie, listened with his arms folded as the woman, who was 14 in 1971, gave evidence.

She told the jury when she approached him for an autograph at the event, which was attended by hundreds of under-18s and their families at the Lyceum Theatre, that he used both hands to pull her on to his lap.

Giving evidence via videolink, the woman said: “He pulled me on to his knee. I stood up and he put his hand up my dress.”

She added that his hand went between her legs. When Rees asked how that had made her feel, she replied: “Terrible.”

She said after it happened she told her father Harris had put his hand “somewhere private”. Her father, who has since died, spoke to Harris, she said. She added that she did not mention the alleged incident to her mother for many years afterwards.

Rees asked what she did in later years if she saw Harris on television. She replied: “I didn’t want to see him on TV. I would always turn the TV over.”

The trial is due to last for three weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/rolf-harris-groped-three-girls-at-tv-studios-and-music-event-court-hears?CMP=twt_gu

THE former Animal Hospital presenter was said to have groped the breasts of a blind disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1977.

HARRIS was accused of “creepily” touching an 18-year-old girl at a recording studio in front of former boxing champ Barry McGuigan.

Prosecutors said musicians recording with McGuigan spotted the incident and said the teenager was shaken afterwards. Mr Rees said: “Both thought his conduct inappropriate — variously describing it as creepy, cringing and lecherous”.

A WOMAN broke down yesterday as she told how Harris followed her around a concert hall “smirking,” before putting a hand up her skirt.

She said the 1971 attack happened in front of her family at a youth concert at London’s Lyceum, when she was just 14.

Harris had been invited to the festival to dish out awards while the girl was playing in a band.

AN autograph-hunter accused Harris of putting his hand up her skirt when she approached him for his signature at her local radio station.

The woman, then 12 and with her mum, met the Australian performer after he appeared at Radio Victory for an interview in summer 1977.

 

Harris allegedly told the victim she was ‘irresistible’ after fiiming Star Games

A WOMAN claimed Harris spoke to her when she was 16 — telling her she was “a bit irresistible”.

She claimed the entertainer, who had been filming TV show Star Games, then groped her breast and shoved a hand between her legs.

He was working on the 1978 show in Cambridge with fellow stars Michael Aspel, Tony Blackburn, Rula Lenska and Radio 1 DJs Peter Powell and Bruno Brooks.

 

Rolf 'groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet'

BBC
Rolf ‘groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet’

HARRIS allegedly pushed a woman up against a screen, grabbed her breasts and thrust his crotch against her in front of 100 guests at a wrap party in May 2004.

He was celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet, which he presented with Kate Humble, at the Television Centre in West London.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2593042/rolf-harris-accused-of-groping-a-13-year-old-girl-after-filming-bbc-show-as-perv-back-in-dock-accused-of-sex-attacks-on-seven-new-victims/

Saturday Superstore

BBC One London, 7 April 1984

The store has fixed it for Jimmy Savile OBE to be with Mike in the coffee shop this morning, with news of an incredible bargain offer.

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/b7bfd9753947423d93bc03b50e135034

Saturday Superstore: Mike Read, Sarah Greene, John Craven, David Icke.

Joining them for a chat, Cyril Smith, MP. Phone him and John. David has got a special sports bargain on offer you’ll want to win. That’s Life star Esther Rantzen will be dropping in to take your calls. So will Su Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/0936274f6c234edbbcd22f56e358f9d6

 

Prince Edward dropped in to announce the winner of the Saturday SuperStore Search for A SuperStar and stayed for the rest of the morning.

Margaret Thatcher – Saturday Superstore

David Steel, Neil Kinnock and Margaret Thatcher all appeared in quick succession, the Prime Minister famously confronted with some tough questions from the audience, while Prince Edward also popped in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/genome/entries/ca4da4a9-d587-4af2-8aa1-eec4d76d8373

Other Saturday Superstore guests – Delia Smith, Mike ReadPhillip Schofield, Paul Daniels, Esther Rantzen, Norris McWhirter, paedophile Cyril Smith, Roy Castle, Gyles Brandreth

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262987/fullcredits/


Fred Talbot indecency trial begins

May 15 2017

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting several teenage boys on school trips to Scotland.

He is also accused of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, went on trial at Lanark Sheriff Court after a jury of 15 men and women was selected.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr Talbot is also accused of carrying out the offences involving pupils aged 15 to 17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher.

He faces nine charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981 and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

One of the charges alleges he gave a 15-year-old boy alcohol, rendering him intoxicated, during a camping trip.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

The trial, before Sheriff Nikola Stewart, is expected to last for two to three weeks.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39926015

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000 clerical sex abuse cases on backlog

May 14 2017
  • Pope Francis said criticism of slow process is justified and staff are being added
  • This is his first response to the criticism since abuse survivor Marie Collins left his advisory board in March

The prominent Irish abuse survivor left the advisory board citing the ‘unacceptable’ lack of cooperation from Cardinal Gerhard Mueller’s office, which processes canonical cases against pedophile priests.

She also said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ignored or scuttled commission proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.

Francis also denied that he had accepted a request for clemency from a pedophile priest.

Francis has pledged ‘zero tolerance’ for abusive priests, and he won praise for creating the commission to provide the church with expert advice on protecting children and keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood.

But questions have dogged him from the start about whether he really ‘gets it’ about abuse, given he never dealt with the issue as archbishop and has surrounded himself with cardinal advisers who themselves have botched handling cases.

His board has also lost credibility since Collins left in March. She was the only abuse survivor on the commission.


Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts wins round in defamation lawsuit against British socialite and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell who ‘passed her around for sex’ and trained her to be ‘everything a man wanted’

  • Virginia Roberts, 33, persuaded a judge to throw out a motion preventing her from suing British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 55, for defamation
  • The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’  honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying’
  • Roberts claimed Maxwell recruited her as a sex slave when she was  15 for convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and passed around to his friends
  • Maxwell, who was Epstein’s girlfriend at the time, is also accused of forcing her to have sex with Maxwell and other underage girls
  • The 55-year-old responded to the allegations with a damaging press release 
  • In February 2016, a judge denied Maxwell’s request to throw out Roberts’ lawsuit when she said she was just defending herself against allegations
  • Roberts also alleges she was involved in an 11-person orgy with Epstein’s friend Prince Andrew,  a claim the prince has vehemently denied

Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims she was an underage sex slave for perverted financier Jeffrey Epstein has won another round in her fight against the woman she claims recruited her.

Roberts’ lawyers persuaded a judge to throw out a motion that would have prevented her from suing Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell for defamation.

Dailymail.com has learned the decision clears the way for the civil case to go ahead in New York in two weeks’ time.

The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’ honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying.

Maxwell, the daughter of former British press baron Robert Maxwell who died when he fell off his yacht in 1991, had argued that a press release in which she attacked Roberts was protected speech.

But Judge Robert Sweet refused to accept that argument in a 76-page decision, saying that Roberts was arguing that Maxwell released the damaging statement out of ‘malice.’


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

May 12, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

»RELATED: The Post’s complete President Trump coverage

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

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said of Epstein during a 2002 interview with New York magazine. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Sano continues.

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

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


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

May 12, 2017

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

Story highlights

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

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

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

‘I feel sorry for the people caught with it’

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

Arizona’s strict sentences

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

‘Reprehensible,’ but maybe not illegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE HISTORY OF CAVE-FM  

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

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



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

18 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The council vowed it would offer full co-operation.

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

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

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

 

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

PAST POLICE INQUIRIES AND CONVICTIONS

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

Neither led to prosecutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIEWS ON POLICE PROBE

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

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

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

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

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

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

He did not respond.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 May 2017

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

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

https://youtu.be/aReK-qZhExY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She insisted: “I’m not a paedophile.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the inquiry found no evidence of organised abuse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOURNALISTS: ‘WE TOLD SANDY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

11 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandy Marks: In 2014 I asked for a dialogue

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


 

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

1st January 2014

Dear Sandy,

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Liz


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Homeless charity Centrepoint

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

Journey to the other side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Director of Runnymeade – Kenneth Leech, 1987–1991

Chairperson at Runnymeade – Diana Brittan 1998–1999

Centrepoint – Royal Patrons

Centrepoint – Our Patron

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Reverend Leech knew the Kray twins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev Leech and his wife Julie

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

Icebreakers and PIE

 

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

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

 

Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin


Prince Charles and PIE-linked Sir Harold Haywood and Centrepoint

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PIE/Righton/Islington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JERSEY:Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

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

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

 

WHY? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former UK prime minister

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

Heath on the Morning Cloud

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

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

 

Sir Henry Hodge, President of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

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

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

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

Monday Club members:

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

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


young_monday_clubbers

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 18 May 2013

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Lambeth – home to the MI6 HQ

Liz Davies’ Open Letter to Margaret Hodge

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

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

This image has been resized to fit in the page. Click to enlarge.

 

Fresh Savile link to Islington child abuse scandal

 

20 Nov 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks once again to for their coverage of this coverup!

Timing of Islington/ Sandy Marks story:

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

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

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


Lyn Cusack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baby P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10 May 2017

Inquiry begins into child sex abuse in Rochdale

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

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

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

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


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


MAY 8 2017
DARK WEB PAEDOPHILE SITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees

Christ’s Hospital School.

May 3 2017

Four men arrested during 2016 over allegations of non-recent sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, have had their police bail extended from May 3 to July 12 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Sussex Police said today (May 3).
The four and their legal representatives have been informed and did not need to attend police stations on May 3, police said. Sussex police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and another indecent assault on a boy.
 
On December 12, 2016, he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman – before being rebailed.
A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl.
A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls.
A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys.

All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6th May 2017

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

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

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

Reece Scobie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will remain on the register until 27 January 2021.

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


 

First steps in investigation into historic child sex abuse claims

May 4 2017

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

The agents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Hundreds of suspected paedophiles held after dark net forum hacked

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe

 

  • At least 259 sexually abused children identified or rescued from their abusers outside of US

 

  • Lead administrator of one of the world’s largest sex abuse websites sentenced to 30 years

 

  • May 5 2017

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

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

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

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

    Almost 900 people have been arrested worldwide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    09 May 2017

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    boundaries and does not recognise
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    Europol has rushed to the defence of law enforcement agencies criticised for using “proportionate means” to take down a global online child sexual exploitation ring.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

  • 4 May 2017

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

May 3 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Apr 30 2017

 

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

QVS is at the centre of extraordinary allegations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Minogue said the implications of this evidence had never been properly explored and added: “These references quite clearly corroborate Glenn’s story and show that Her Majesty’s Commissioners either didn’t know what was going on at the school they were charged with governing, or they have been less than truthful.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will fully co-operate with their inquiries.”http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/798285/Dunblane-killer-Thomas-Hamilton-paedophile-ring-QVS
Dunblane File Closed for 100 years

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

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

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

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

http://dunblane.site/gh_qvs_story.htm


wp-1491116480135.jpgApril 2 2017,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-b8bz3wvfv  https://archive.is/RqS6c

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

Earlier:

Jul 5, 2015

Top Scots school in abuse claims

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

The allegations centre on Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, which has Prince Philip as its patron and is funded by the Ministry of Defence for the children of Scots service personnel.Last night, the Ministry of Defence said the claims were being “investigated via the appropriate agencies”.Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at the boarding school, first raised the alarm in 1991 when he wrote to parents to warn them that their children were at risk.He also reported his concerns to the former Central Scotland Police but says he was told the school was covered by the Official Secrets Act and therefore out of their jurisdiction.His claims centred on a supposed cabal of individuals known as the ‘Friends of QVS’, which was said to include high profile members of Scotland’s political and legal circles.They apparently enjoyed unfettered access to the school and would often take boys away for the weekend, with the pupils returning “distressed but flush with cash”.
Mr Harrison later said: “They had to take their kilts and clean underwear and I was not given a contact address. What may have gone on at these parties was secret but some boys were very disturbed.“I became disturbed, too, by screams in the dorm at night, empty beds, rituals in dark places and used, warm, filled condoms hurriedly abandoned. There was fear throughout every age group and the teachers knew about it.”

In one instance, Mr Harrison and his wife refused to sit alongside Prince Andrew at a school dinner “in protest at the many unheard voices and suffering of young boys”.


The police responded to his complaint by breaking down the door to his flat and removing many of his personal papers, while he was escorted from the school premises and interviewed by detectives.Mr Harrison also reported his concerns to social services, the NSPCC and the Scotland Office, whose inspectors found evidence of bullying but said other allegations had been “exaggerated”.He moved to Shetland, where he enjoyed a distinguished teaching career, and his new MP Jim Wallace, now Baron Wallace of Tankerness, agreed to raise the matter at Westminster.
In 1993,Hansard recorded a written response from QVS headmaster Julian Hankinson to say that police had “concluded there was no cause for further action on their part”.The story took a twist with the Dunblane massacre carried out by Thomas Hamilton, whose links to Queen Victoria School were established at the Cullen Inquiry.In November 1996, Mr Harrison wrote to The Shetland Times to say: “I believe that, had my allegations in 1991 been properly investigated, there is a strong possibility that Hamilton would have been discovered.”His claims still went largely ignored until being picked up by Brian ‘Robbie the Pict’ Robertson, who led the campaign against Skye Bridge tolls, and justice campaigner Tom Minogue.
Mr Minogue, a retired businessman from Dunfermline, made a formal complaint to Central Scotland Police in November 2003.He said: “Glenn Harrison reported all this before anybody had any suspicions about Thomas Hamilton, never mind Nicholas Fairbairn or Robert Henderson.“With each passing revelation, it adds more credence to what he alleged in 1991.“The stories he told me were absolutely harrowing. I don’t know whether boys were abused from that school but I do know Glenn Harrison was absolutely convinced they were, and he is a sincere, genuine and serious man.”He added the so-called ‘Friends of QVS’ put forward by Mr Harrison represented a “who’s who of the Scottish TV news” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The former housemaster has now retired and left Scotland, telling friends he had “had enough” of being thwarted in his attempts to secure justice.However, a number of individuals who may have been abused at Queen Victoria School have come forward in recent years and the matter has been referred to Susan O’Brien QC, who will chair the Scottish Government inquiry.The school, which began admitting girls in 1996, is open to children of those who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy or RAF.It has been rocked by a number of underage sex and drinking scandals over the years, while two teachers were investigated by the police in 2005 over allegations involving two female pupils.A fiscal later ruled no action could be taken as a new Holyrood law designed to protect children in such circumstances had not been in force at the time.It is the latest boarding school to be hit by historic abuse allegations, after Merchiston Castle School, Fort Augustus Abbey School and Gordonstoun.Alan Draper, of the In Care Abuse Survivors group, urged Ms O’Brien QC to have the “courage” to investigate claims involving high-profile Scottish establishment figures, “even members of her own profession”.He added: “It is a question of how far she is going to be able to deal with it without any interference.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “These cases of historic abuse are being dealt with and investigated via the appropriate agencies. In advance of the completion of any investigations or the finalisation of any inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment on any aspect of the allegations until a conclusion is reached. The MoD is co-operating fully with the investigations.”Detective Chief Inspector Elaine Galbraith, of the Police Scotland Public Protection Unit, said there were no current investigations into any persons connected with Queen Victoria School but any previous reports would be assessed and reviewed if necessary.She added they were committed to the investigation of all reports of sexual crime to bring justice for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of the passage of time and said: “I would encourage anyone who may have been a victim, regardless of when that was, to come forward, safe in the knowledge they will be taken seriously and will always be dealt with professionally.”A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it will be for the inquiry to consider all submitted evidence.http://www.express.co.uk/scotland/588918/Top-Scotland-school-abuse-claims

QVS, Dunblane, VIPaedo, Cover-Up

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

Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017

The judge at the helm of an historic child abuse review in Scotland is being urged to investigate a top private school with links to the royal family.

Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at Dunblane’s Queen Victoria School (QVS), has raised fresh concern that pupils were sexually abused by a paedophile ring during the 1980s and 1990s. He first blew the whistle 26 years ago but has written to Lady Anne Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, making a new case for its inclusion in her review.

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


Trump Campaign Chair Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

https://youtu.be/KuU1luqCJGw?t=240

4 mins in

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

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

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

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


The resurgent blog of Ex- Senator Stuart Syvret

 

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

Well, here’s a surprise.

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

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

Like it was always going to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Apr 30 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CLIFF RICHARD, JIMMY SAVILE, MYRA HINDLEY..

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qttpT9biqUo/UzLuV5zcglI/AAAAAAAABHQ/Soay_kXlxFA/s1600/P1010769.JPG

 

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

Longford was also a friend of Establishment brothel madam Cynthia Payne

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

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

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and former Observer editor David Astor

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

Michael Horgan

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

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

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

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


Labour accused of cover-up over child porn charge councillor

6 Oct 2016

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

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

North Lanarkshire Labour leader Jim Logue

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

North Lanarkshire deputy leader Paul Kelly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Fagan has not appeared in court over the charges.

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

“The report remains under consideration.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Councillor Fagan who is also a parliamentary aide to Karen Whitefield

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