So why did Bramall make a claim under caution which could so easily be refuted by a quick Google search? And why did the Met not query this? And why would Bramall be so at pains to distance himself from Greville Janner?
Leicestershire Abuse Timeline
1942 Jul 19 Frank Beck Born  in Salisbury, the son of a train driver and the youngest of five children [more info]
Beck was raised in Thornton Heath, South London.
Left secondary modern school without any qualifications.
1956-1959 Beck then spent three years working on a farm before suddenly announcing that he was joining the Royal Marines.  [8.16]
1959 -1969 Beck spent nine years as a marine, serving in Borneo and Aden and attaining the rank of sergeant. Emerging with an honourable discharge and campaign medals, Beck apparently turned down officer training and chose instead to train as a social worker.  [8.16]
1966 Beck & Bramall in Borneo (Bramall Lord Mountbatten’s staff from 1963)
Bramall in Dispatches Borneo 1966 [HT @CassandraCogno]
When the Indie reported on the paedophile gangs operating within prisons, David Ramsbotham was HMI Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales. Ramsbotham was in post 1995-01.
David Ramsbotham was the son of a clergyman, John Ramsbotham, who became the Bishop of Wakefield, retiring in 1967. John Ramsbotham is one of the generation of senior clergyman whom we now know colluded with a massive child abuse problem within the Church of England.
David Ramsbotham was educated at Haileybury and the Imperial Service College. Ramsbotham entered the Army to do National Service and was commissioned into the Royal Artillary in 1953. After National Service, he retained a TA commission and then completed a degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.
In 1958 Ramsbotham was appointed to a regular Army commission. He served in Borneo during the Indonesia-Malaysia confrontation, Dec 1965-66. By 1971 Ramsbotham had achieved the rank of Lt Col and from 1970-73 he served as Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, Sir (Later Lord) Field Marshal Michael Carver.
Ramsbotham commanded a battalion of the Royal Green Jackets in N Ireland from 1974-75. By the end of 1978, Ramsbotham had achieved the rank of Brigadier and served again in N Ireland, commanding a brigade based in Belfast from June 1978 and was appointed CBE for his service there in the operational honours of Oct 1980.
David Ramsbotham will know a great deal about shoot to kill, the torture and sometimes murder of suspects, the law breaking that was associated with internment, the miscarriages of justice in N Ireland, the internal wars between different factions of the security services and of course the identity of those who were abusing boys at the Kincora Boys Home, as well as about the activities of the paedophile child psychiatrist who was linked to Kincora, Dr Morris Fraser, who was afforded complete protection by the British establishment.
Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery (above) had “romantic friendships with young boys” including the 12-year-old Swiss lad Lucien Trueb.
Lyra McKee to expose Kincora-driven murder
11 June 2019
Lyra McKee’s book on the assassination of Robert Bradford MP is to be released within a matter of weeks.
The book will explore the deeply sinister links between the slaying of Bradford and the Kincora Boys Home scandal.
Lyra McKee’s forthcoming book may raise questions of the State-sponsored assassination of a sitting Westminster MP by an MI5 agent inside the Provisional IRA? | Village Magazine
The Tory yeomanry …
Christ’s Hospital School chaplain jailed over vile abuse of nine pupils across three decades
Gary Dobbie was found guilty last month of four counts of indecent assault against a boy between 1986 and 1991
12 JUN 2019
The chaplain of a top private school has been jailed for 12 years for abusing nine pupils across three decades.
Gary Dobbie was found guilty last month of four counts of indecent assault against a boy between 1986 and 1991, having already been convicted last year of abusing eight other pupils.
The 67-year-old was a teacher and chaplain at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex when the assaults took place.
He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on Wednesday to 12 years in jail for all 19 offences, a court official said.
He is one of five ex-teachers convicted after police investigated complaints spanning 30 years by 22 of the school’s former students.
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Following the sentencing current headmaster Simon Reid said: “It is hard to find the right words to express the depth of our sadness and dismay, as a school community, at the dreadfulness of this situation.
“We are deeply sorry that the school failed to protect the victims of these offences and those others who were entrusted to our care during what should have been happy and settled years.
“Our apology to them is heartfelt and we hope that this conviction, the culmination of what must have been a very difficult experience in the criminal justice process, will bring some measure of comfort.
“The school today is a very different place, one in which the safety, happiness and wellbeing of our pupils is at the centre of all we do.
“Close links with local statutory agencies help ensure that our practices and decision-making are compliant, effective and open.”
In the latest trial, Dobbie’s victim told jurors it was “habitual” for him to be groped during night visits to his on-site lodgings while he was given wine and once fed smoked oysters.
Dobbie preferred to smoke cigars but would buy Turkish cigarettes for his pupil and also assaulted the boy during two school trips, at one point drunkenly lunging at him in a violent and sexual manner.
Describing him as “a very civilised man” who loved indulging in the grandeur of high church traditions, the man said the whole school would attend Dobbie’s services in the chapel four or five times a week.
He told how visiting Dobbie was an “escape” from being bullied.
But he was shown little sympathy and instead groped under his school shirt while they sat alone on a sofa.
The married father, who still battles with urges to suppress the traumatic memories, said when he confided in a fellow teacher at the school he was told to “get over it and move on”.
Dobbie was arrested while teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, where he worked after leaving Christ’s Hospital. He then moved to France after living in Hereford.
He was found guilty last year of 15 charges detailing multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12 between 1998 and 2001.
He had denied 12 counts of indecently assaulting four boys and two girls, attempting to indecently assault a boy and two counts of indecency with a child.
Sports coach Ajaz Karim, was jailed in August for 10 years after assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993.
In July, James Husband, also known by his middle name of Andrew, was jailed for 17 years for raping and indecently assaulting a girl as young as 14 between 1990 and 1994.
Peter Webb and Peter Burr admitted indecently assaulting pupils at the school between the 1960s and 1980s and were also jailed.
Christ’s Hospital is one of the oldest boarding schools in the country, dating back to the 16th century, and the Queen is a patron.
Pupils still wear a Tudor-style uniform of a long blue coat and high yellow socks with boarders charged fees of up to £31,500 a year.
Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sir Barnes Wallis, inventor of the bouncing bomb, are counted among its famous alumni.
Football coach Bob Higgins jailed for 24 years for abusing trainees
12 June 2019
A former youth football coach has been jailed for 24 years and three months for abusing young players.
Bob Higgins sexually touched and groped 24 victims, most of them trainees at Southampton FC and Peterborough United.
In May, Higgins, 66, was found guilty at a retrial of 45 counts of indecent assault between 1971 and 1996. He was convicted of another count last year.
Judge Peter Crabtree called Higgins a “predatory, cunning” serial sex abuser who “carefully groomed” the teenagers.
Higgins’ victims told Winchester Crown Court of suicidal thoughts and relationship problems later in life.
An emotional statement, read by Dean Radford on behalf of the victims on the steps of the court, said Higgins’ “arrogance was his downfall”.
“You can call us brave, you can call us courageous – we were not – we were the unlucky ones for falling into the entrapment of Higgins’s manipulative, deceitful and sexual behaviour,” it said.
During Higgins’ trial, prosecutors told the court he was “idolised” by trainees, who viewed him as a mentor and father figure.
Victims said they were abused during post-exercise soapy massages, in Higgins’ car while he played love songs on the stereo and at his home where he cuddled with boys on his sofa.
‘Severe psychological harm’
Judge Crabtree said Higgins had shown “not one jot of remorse”.
“They believed you held the key to their futures,” he told the defendant.
“You normalised cuddling and stroking, which paved the way for more intimate abuse.
“For many the impact extended to their performance on the field or to turning their backs on a football career. Some of them suffered severe psychological harm.”
Higgins made no reaction as the sentence was passed.
The allegations arose after the NSPCC set up a dedicated helpline for people who had encountered childhood abuse within football.
It was launched after a number of former footballers, including Billy Seymour, spoke on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme in November 2016.
- Court hears impact on Billy Seymour’s life
- Southampton apologise to Bob Higgins’ abuse victims
- Sex abuse coach ‘was god to players’
Higgins stood trial last year, but a retrial was ordered after jurors failed to reach verdicts on 48 counts of indecent assault.
Mr Seymour, a Southampton youth player who went on to play for Coventry City and Millwall, had waived his right to anonymity to speak publicly.
He gave evidence at last year’s trial but was killed in a car crash in January before Higgins’ retrial.
On Tuesday, his mother Jean read his victim impact statement, written before his death, to the court.
Addressed to Higgins, it said: “I am sick to my stomach of giving you any more thought. I have been a broken man. You have debilitated my whole life.
“The mist is clearing. I can see some light at the end of the tunnel.
“I will beat the hating of you in my soul. This is closure. Goodbye, Bob Higgins.”
Mr Radford had given evidence as a character witness because Higgins was found not guilty of abusing him at a separate trial in the early 1990s.
Reading the victims’ statement, he said: “There were so many warning signs out there but no-one would listen – that let this monster walk free and carry on abusing.
“We believe that many people must have known what was going on, the truth will come out in the end.
“Today is not just about us complainants and witnesses who have suffered through this nightmare, it’s the wives, girlfriends, sons and daughters who have suffered with us.”
He also paid tribute to their “dear friend” Billy Seymour.
“We did it Billy – just like you said we would, you can now rest in peace.”
Det Ch Insp David Brown, of Hampshire Constabulary, said the conviction was “testament to the bravery of those who came forward to give evidence”.
“There can be no understanding of the damage that individual has caused to the lives of the people who stood with us through the criminal trial”.
He said the force was “assessing a number of reports” of further allegations against Higgins.
Southampton FC offered an “unreserved apology” to his victims last week.
In a statement, the club said it recognised boys under its care “suffered exposure to abuse when they should have received protection from any form of harm”.
During his time as a coach, Bob Higgins worked with young footballers who would go on to become national heroes and household names.
But others were not so fortunate.
Some were haunted by their ordeals, and gave up on football entirely.
Such was Higgins’s hold over those he abused, many felt unable to say anything, even to close family members, for up to 30 years.
Order of Canada recipient Peter Dalglish found guilty of child sex assault in Nepal
11 June 2019
Sentencing for Peter Dalglish, expected in about two weeks, could see the well-known aid worker jailed for as long as 13 years.
“This has been like watching a wrongful conviction unfold in real time,” Dalglish’s Canadian lawyer, Nader Hasan, said in an interview Tuesday. “We have deep concerns about the process here, both from the perspective of procedural fairness of the court proceedings as well as certain tactics taken by the police and the state.”
The judge, who rendered his verdict late Monday, has yet to release his reasons for the guilty finding. Dalglish, 62, has denied any wrongdoing.
Originally from London, Ont., Dalglish has spent years working around the globe. Nepalese police arrested him in the early hours of April 8 last year in a raid on the mountain home he had built in the village of Kartike east of the capital of Kathmandu. Police alleged he had raped two Nepalese boys aged 11 and 14, who were with him.
Pushkar Karki, chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said at the time Dalglish lured children from poor families with promises of education, jobs and trips, and then sexually abused them. Karki said other foreign men in Nepal had also been arrested on suspicion of pedophilia.
“There have been some instances where they were found working with charities,” Karki told the New York Times. “Our laws aren’t as strict as in foreign countries, and there is no social scrutiny like in developed countries.”
“There ought to have been reasonable doubt,” Hasan said. “The police intimidation tactics and the police bribes and the police threats ought to have been insurmountable evidence of not just not guilty, but of actual innocence.”
Hasan said the Nepalese legal system, which operates largely in secrecy, bears little resemblance to anything in Canada _ or many other countries. Among other problems, courts do not record proceedings or produce transcripts, leading to confusion about what witnesses actually said.
His lawyers say in one incident, a witness helpful to the defence was testifying when the judge excused himself from the courtroom to go eat dinner. They say he told parties to carry on without him and that he would catch up with the court clerk afterwards.
Hasan said Dalglish’s family — his ex-wife and daughter live in the Netherlands and his brothers in Ontario — as well as friends have been standing by him. In addition, he has strong support in Nepal, where two young men he had previously mentored have been visiting him twice daily in prison in Dhulikhel near Kathmandu to take him food.
“Obviously, (it) was emotionally devastating for him –as it would be for anyone, particularly someone who is innocent,” Hasan said of the guilty finding. “But he’s a remarkably resilient human being and it’s helpful that he has a very strong support system. That helps him stay positive.”
Dalglish, who had spent years doing humanitarian work in Nepal, co-founded a Canadian charity called Street Kids International in the late 1980s. He has worked for several humanitarian agencies, including UN Habitat in Afghanistan and the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia. He was named a member of the Order of Canada in late 2016.
In a statement emailed to Global News, Hasan said Dalglish’s family, friends and supporters were “deeply troubled” by Monday’s verdict and remain “steadfastly convinced of Peter’s innocence.”
“The local legal team in Nepal did not merely raise a reasonable doubt; they demonstrated that Peter was factually innocent,” the statement reads.
Hasan said they remain “optimistic” that Dalglish will be exonerated by Nepal’s appellate courts.
In Khartoum in 1986, Peter Dalglish began the Sudan’s first vocational training school for street children, funded by Bob Geldof of Band Aid.
Peter Dalglish (top right) one of five winners of the 1986 Vanier Awards on March 5, 1986.
I am also intending to write a report on the time Peter Dalglish worked with Ethiopian vulnerable children during the infamous famine of 1984. I am reaching out to the publicist of Bob Geldof, who funded most of his activities for comment. If anyone has any info, please DM me.
8 May 1986
Bernard Doherty – Geldof’s publicist. Bernard Doherty was a publicist for David Bowie and Peter McCartney
Bernard Doherty bio:
1996: Co-founder and CEO, LD Communications
1989: Director, Laister Dickson PR
1985: Head of comms, Band Aid/Live Aid
1981: Head of music division, Rogers & Cowan PR
1979: Press and promotions manager, Hannibal Records
1974: Tour manager and promotions, Jo Lustig Management
1972: Artist and repertoire assistant, Island Records
Mick Jagger’s publicist, Bernard Doherty
The head of LD Communications masterminded the publicity for Live8. Doherty’s reputation rests with his associations with The Brits, The Rolling Stones and Tina Turner. Keeping a coterie of loyal cronies, he can share gossip, safe in the knowledge he will never be betrayed and his clients will never hear. At least that was the theory until the 3am Girls stitched him up over some off-the-record remarks about Mick Jagger. Big-names are thin on the ground but he’s still first on the list for any major event.
Peter Dalglish who runs Street Kids International, of which Manningham-Buller was a patron, has been convicted of child sex assault in Nepal.
thread on Eliza Manningham-Buller:
Eliza Manningham-Buller, nicknamed Bullying Manner, is due to give evidence to
@InquiryCSA on what was known about Peter Morrison, the Puddington Paedophile. A few thoughts on Eliza … https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6767623/Former-MI5-head-questioned-links-Tory-MP.html…
Oxfam failed to act on reports its workers were raping girls as young as 12, damning report concludes
Senior staff failed to alert law enforcement to allegations aid workers were having sex with minors, a damning Charity Commission report concludes
11 June 2019
Oxfam failed to act on reports children were being sexually abused by its workers in Haiti in 2011, according to a major Charity Commission inquiry which concluded the allegations were “not taken seriously enough”.
A report by the Charity Commission into Oxfam GB, undertaken in response to revelations last year of sexual exploitation by its aid workers, concludes the safety of potential victims took “second place”.
It discloses a series of emails received by the NGO in 2011 alleging some workers were having sex with women and girls, including minors, in refugee camps after their homes were destroyed by the earthquake which devastated the country in 2010.
Oxfam suspected the emails were not genuine, and did not raise them with local police.
In one case, two emails dated 18 July 2011 and 20 August 2011 – both said to be from a 13-year-old Haitian girl – alleged she and a 12-year-old friend had suffered physical abuse and other misconduct at the hands of Oxfam staff.
The emails stated the girls had been engaging in prostitution and the author had been “beaten and used by two men who I know work for you”. It continued: “They also have a boss who works for you and I have not met, but my young friend. She is 12. Has had sex with him.”
The inquiry established that the emails were not raised with any law enforcement at the time and former trustees said they were not made aware of them.
Taking into consideration the “seriousness of the allegations” made in the emails, as well as the “clear risks to the safety and security of those minors” if they were true, the Commission said Oxfam “should have tried harder” and taken more steps at the time to identify the source of the concerns and follow up the allegations.
“Oxfam GB should not have taken the risk with the safety of minors. It should have reported the possibility of two girls being at risk to the local law enforcement authorities … The risk to and impact on the victims appeared to take second place and was not taken seriously enough,” it said.
The Charity Commission said that given the period of time that had passed, it would not be possible to conclude with sufficient certainty whether minors were involved or at risk.
But it raised concerns that Oxfam’s handling of these matters was influenced by a “desire to protection the charity’s reputation and to protect donor and stakeholder relationships”.
Oxfam’s chief executive in 2011 has accepted publicly that further steps could have been taken to determine whether minors were involved in the original allegations.
The findings come nearly a year after it emerged that senior aid workers working for Oxfam had used prostitutes in Haiti. Four members of staff were subsequently dismissed and three, including the country director, resigned.
The report also found that incidents in Haiti in 2011 were “not one-off” and examples of poor conduct by staff and behavioural issues dated back to June 2010.
It said failure to consistently hold people to account for poor behaviour and to ensure robust and consistent action was taken in practice had resulted in a “culture of tolerance of poor behaviour” which “likely resulted in putting victims off speaking up”.
“The risk to, and impact on, the victims appeared to take second place at times and was not taken seriously enough; victims, whistleblowers and those staff who tried to raised concerns were let down,” stated the report.
While the inquiry notes that the NGO has since made “significant progress” in improving weaknesses in its safeguarding, it said “significant further cultural and systematic change” was required to address the issues fully.
In light of the findings, the Charity Commission has exercised its legal powers and issued an official warning to Oxfam on the grounds that there has been some areas of mismanagement in relation to Haiti and its safeguarding governance prior to 2018.
Chair of trustees Caroline Thomson said Oxfam was “deeply sorry for its failure to prevent sexual abuse by its former staff in Haiti” and that it accepted it should have improved its safeguarding “further and faster”.
“What happened in Haiti was shameful and we are deeply sorry. It was a terrible abuse of power, and an affront to the values that Oxfam holds dear,” she said.
“The Commission’s findings are very uncomfortable for Oxfam GB but we accept them. We now know that the 2011 investigation and reporting of what happened in Haiti was flawed; more should have been done to establish whether minors were involved.”
The international development secretary, Rory Stewart, said: “The revelations of last year were horrifying and shone a light on fundamental problems. The Department for International Development [DFID] agrees that we must always put people first.
“DFID has driven reform and our priority remains delivering for the world’s poorest and most vulnerable, while keeping people safe from harm.
“Oxfam is an important British institution that saves lives in some of the world’s toughest places. This is a long-term process, in which there are no easy answers or room for complacency. We will be working closely with both Oxfam and the Charity Commission in the coming weeks.”
Kevin Kelly (2nd from right) with Jimmy Savile
Former Celtic chairman claims ‘no knowledge’ of his business links to Boys’ Club sex beast Jim Torbett
Kevin Kelly denies he was a director of the Trophy Centre which was the firm run by convicted paedophile Torbett..
10 JUN 2019
And Kelly, who was vice-chairman of the club when it investigated and then cleared boys’ club “leaders” of any wrongdoing – and was also president of the boys’ club – has told the Daily Record he has “no knowledge of the past”.
Speaking for the first time since the abuse scandal emerged, he said he had no idea that beasts Torbett and Frank Cairney were preying on children over decades on his watch.
The Daily Record revealed last month details of a 1986 probe by the Celtic FC board into allegations of boys being taken to weekend tournaments that did not exist, boys being taken out socially and boys being late home from training.
It appeared to be at odds with Celtic’s claim that the boys’ club was “entirely separate” from Celtic FC and that the club had first learned of allegations against boys’ club predators in the 1990s.
Four paedophiles linked to the boys’ club have been convicted of preying on children in recent months.
At the time of the 1986 probe Kelly, now 81, was vice-chairman of Celtic FC, president of Celtic Boys’ Club and worked for Torbett at his Trophy Centre business.
When we visited Kelly at his home, he was reluctant to discuss the abuse scandal. Asked about the 1986 probe, he said: “I’ve nothing to say about that.
“The club are looking into all these things, so I’m quite happy about that.
“No, sorry about that. As I say I’m quite happy with what’s gone to the police and everything.”
We put it to Kelly the 1986 probe by Celtic FC had cleared Torbett and Cairney of any wrongdoing and that Celtic FC had then endorsed the pair by branding the claims as “scurrilous” and saying they should be “buried once and for all”.
Many of Torbett’s victims were abused after he had been cleared by Celtic FC. Kelly said: “I’m quite happy for the club to do whatever they have to do. Those who committed crimes are in jail and that’s where they should be. That’s all I’ve got to say.”
When we asked about his directorship of the Trophy Centre – Torbett’s company – he said: “I wasn’t a director.”
We put it to him that he has a legal listing as a director of the company.
He said: “Look, I’ve no knowledge of the past, I’m sorry about that.”
Asked if he had knowledge at the time of what was going on, Kelly said: “Not at all, I’d never have joined it if I knew that.
“A lot of it is conjecture and it’s taken the police a long time, and I’ve been told by the police to stick by my statement and not to talk to anyone else until it is all resolved.”
Records show Kelly became a director of the Trophy Centre in October 1989. Torbett was first convicted of sexually abusing three boys in 1998 and jailed for two years.
But Kelly remained a director of the Trophy Centre until 2005.
Boys’ club founder Torbett was jailed in November for six years, former general manager Cairney was jailed in January for four years, fellow boys’ club coach and Celtic FC man Jim McCafferty, 73, was jailed for six years and nine months, while former chairman Gerald King was convicted of preying on children at a Glasgow school, but avoided jail.
Records also show that Kelly and Torbett were the sole directors of a now dissolved company – Panrole Ltd – set up in April 1991.
Helene Gray, 71, who’s son Andrew was a victim of Torbett at Celtic Boys’ Club, said: “There are many who held authority who continue to deny and deflect from what my son and many other young boys suffered whilst in their care at Celtic Boys Club. Their silence and denial is sickening.”
Andrew died after an accident on holiday aged 41. His testimony helped convict Torbett.
Historic Caldey child abuse inquiry call
7 June 2019
A PETITION calling for a public inquiry into historical child abuse on Caldey Island has been launched.
The change.org online petition, created by Lynwen Evans, from Mydroilin, states: “Children have been historically sexually abused on Caldey Island. When the abused later spoke out they faced nothing but judgement and dismissal. Let us pressurise the Government to investigate this abuse, so that these victims can have some closure and to stop the abuse of our children.”
One of those abused was Kevin O’Connell from Ceredigion, who recently revisited the island for the first time since he was abused there as an 11-year-old.Kevin, who has suffered with lifelong anxiety and depression, contacted S4C’s current affairs programme, Y Byd ar Bedwar, and invited them to follow his emotional journey, which was later televised.
It appears Kotik was never questioned by police, who were not informed of allegations against him until 2014.
In 2017 it came to light that the island had a long history of child sexual abuse after six women received compensation from Caldey Abbey in an out-of-court settlement.
Twenty-one victims have come forward to Dyfed-Powys Police, with cases going back to the 1960s.
It has come to light that the abbey was told by a victim about the abuse in the 1980s but did not report it until 2014.
Instead the abbot at the time, Robert O’Brian, asked the victim for forgiveness.
ITV Wales asked the current abbot, Brother Daniel van Santvoort for his response to the latest evidence that Kevin O’Connell was also abused on the island. Despite contacting the Brother several times, he never responded.
The Diocese of Menevia in Swansea was contacted as it has been advising the Abbey on their safeguarding policies and practices for the last 18 months.
The Bishop Tom Burns said: “the Abbey has insisted on retaining its oversight of any specific cases, past, present, or in the future.”
Lynwen, in her petition, adds: “Kevin O’Connell was one of the abused, coming to terms with it 18 months ago was when he confided in his wife of 30 years.
“He came out publicly on an emotional Welsh TV Program called Byd ar Bedwar, where he was taken back to Caldey Island to face his demons.
“The Guardian News Paper states that six other victims had been paid for their silence… Why?
“Kevin is determined that this abuse of trust is not to happen anymore and wants an investigation as to why this has been covered up for all these years.
“An investigation started 29 years ago, but nothing has come of it… We want as many signatures as possible to force the Government to continue with this investigation, and not let it be swept under the carpet for another 29 years.”
Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry: Boys raped by priests at ‘satanic parties’
June 7 2019
A child abuse inquiry witness has told how he was raped by priests during “satanic” drink-fuelled sex parties.
Dave Sharp also described a catalogue of sexual, physical and emotional violence at St Ninian’s in Falkland, Fife, between 1971 and 1975.
Mr Sharp from Glasgow, said the abuse had left him with “lifelong trauma”.
The independent Scottish Child Abuse inquiry is looking in detail at historical abuse of children in residential care.
Mr Sharp urged inquiry chairwoman Lady Smith, to piece together the “jigsaw” of victims’ accounts and called for a “national discussion” on the subject.
The 60-year-old, who has waived his right to anonymity, was put into care after his mother died when he was aged one.
He stayed in several institutions before going to the Catholic-run care home in Fife.
He told how he was groomed by one of the religious brothers, who would tell him he loved him, which “no-one had ever done” before.
The inquiry heard the then-12-year-old was later raped.
Most of the abuse was said to have taken place in the shower rooms, where the witness would be made to stand in the dark through the night as a punishment.
One attack came after he had asked about the whereabouts of a friend who had disappeared. It was later discovered the boy had taken his own life.
Mr Sharp said he was taken to the shower room by a drunken religious brother, tied-up and gagged.
The witness claimed he was hung by a cord, threatened with murder if he spoke out and was then raped.
He added: “It was from that day everything I did was under his complete and utter control.”
The inquiry heard “two or three” boys were trafficked around Scotland and Ireland at a time to be used in drink-fuelled sex parties, which he described as “satanic”.
One occasion in Ireland was said to have involved 10 men taking turns to rape the boys.
It was heard priests were among those involved and incidents took place over the duration of his time at St Ninian’s, which was run by religious order the Christian Brothers.
He left the home aged 16 without “any memory other than continually being abused”.
It was then that he found out he had a family, but he did not settle and became dependent on drugs and alcohol.
He said he struggled with a “£100-a-day” habit for up to 25 years and attempted to kill himself on numerous occasions.
Mr Sharp was married for five weeks during this period, until his wife died of natural causes.
This led to him having a “breakdown” and he was taken into hospital care, where he found religion and decided to “turn his life around”.
The inquiry, before Lady Smith, continues on Tuesday.
They claimed Government inspectors should have acted to remove the victims. Records showed instances of abuse were recorded at St Ninian’s De La Salle List D school at Gartmore as long ago as 1963.
Hundreds came forward in response to the Sunday Mail’s award-winning campaign for justice for the “lost boys”. Police reported dozens more but the Crown charged only Benedict, teacher Charles McKenna, 83, and nightwatchman Jimmy McKinstry, 70, who were all sentenced to two years in jail Although there was enough evidence to charge seven others, the Crown Office failed to act and alleged victims are pressing ahead with a judicial review.
Two of the seven men still had contact with children.
Alan Draper, chairman of abuse campaign group INCAS said: “It is clear that abuse was covered up by all those involved
In 2003, Aberlour Child Care Trust took on a convicted child abuser Charles McKenna as a volunteer to mentor children.
McKenna was allowed to mentor an eight-year-old boy.
The police alerted Aberlour that McKenna had been a key member of a child sex abuse ring at St Ninian’s School in Gartmore, Stirlingshire.
CAMPAIGNERS yesterday demanded new probes into all the Scottish schools run by De La Salle monks.
Lawyers for three men who face sentencing tomorrow after being convicted of abuse at one school claim victims had not come forward from any other institution run by the monks.
But we can reveal dozens of alleged victims claimed to have been abused at other De La Salle schools – although prosecutors refused to take their alleged abusers to court.
Emil Szula, 51, of Glasgow, was abused while a pupil at St Ninian’s school in Gartmore, Stirlingshire.
He said: “I’d give evidence in court about being assaulted.
“But the man who raped me repeatedly when I was a frightened little boy is still walking free.
“I have been told by the Procurator Fiscal’s office that they haven’t decided whether they will proceed with charges against this evil beast.”
Three former members of staff at the school – former monk Michael Murphy, 69; teacher Charles McKenna, 81; and nightwatchman James McKinstrey,
– were found guilty of 10 charges of abusing and torturing pupils at St Ninian’s last month.
CHARLES McKENNA v. HER MAJESTY’S ADVOCATE
Paedophile teacher, 89, is set free
A FORMER woodwork teacher who abused youngsters in his care walked free from court yesterday.
Appeal judges slashed the two-year jail term imposed on Charles McKenna, 89, by half and declared that, because of the usual rules on early release, the six months he had served was enough.
In 2003, McKenna, of Stirling, was found guilty of indecent assault and lewd conduct involving vulnerable pupils at St Ninian’s List D School in the late 1970s.
The school on the Gartmore Estate, near Stirling, was run by the de la Salle teaching order and took in boys who had committed petty offences, or who were thought to be in need of care, until it closed its doors in 1982.
McKenna’s trial heard he fondled three pupils at the school.
He was freed on bail on January 23, 2004, after appealing his conviction.
In June his appeal was thrown out.
Yesterday at the Court of Criminal Appeal in Edinburgh, McKenna’s counsel, Andrew Brown argued the two-year sentence was too harsh.
He also pointed out that another member of school staff, Michael Murphy, had his two-year sentence for assaults on pupils reduced to one year.
Brown also told the court that McKenna was suffering from prostate cancer and other health problems.
Lord Osborne, who took yesterday’s hearing with Lord Eassie, said, in light of what had happened since 2003, the two-year term could be seen as excessive.
He said the sentence should be cut to a year, adding: “McKenna will not require to return to custody since he has, in effect, served that sentence.”
ABUSE TEACHER LIED TO GET JOB AT KIDS CHARITY; THE DE LA SALLE SCANDAL
A TEACHER at the heart of a school sex abuse ring lied his way into a leading children’s charity.
Predatory paedophile Charles McKenna “befriended” an eight-year-old boy after being taken on by the respected Aberlour Child Care Trust.
But the 82-year-old was banned when the trust was alerted by police investigating the abuse of boys at a List D school.
McKenna – nicknamed Lurch by boys he abused – was one of three staff found guilty at the High Court earlier this month of torturing, sexually abusing and assaulting pupils at St Ninian’s School run by De La Salle monks in Gartmore, Stirlingshire.
He was taken on by the Aberlour Trust after answering a newspaper advert looking for volunteers to become mentors to vulnerable children.
The former teacher hoped to use his charity work to show how trustworthy he was around children to help deflect a sickening catalogue of sex abuse charges.
He said he had been vetted and cleared and had spent years as a “father figure” to a child he first met when the boy was just eight. McKenna said: “I built up a father/son relationship with the boy.”
But he was stopped from seeing the boy when Central Scotland Police told him he was under investigation for sex abuse dating back to the mid- 1960s when he was teaching at St Ninian’s.
McKenna said: “The boy was told I couldn’t be his friend anymore.”
The Aberlour Child Care Trust deals with children with learning disabilities, disruptive youngsters and families torn apart by drugs and alcohol.
Last night, their Chief Executive Romy Langeland told of the charity’s horror when they discovered the truth about McKenna, who was exposed by a Sunday Mail investigation into De La Salle schools.
Ms Langeland said: “We were shocked. The problem is that these men don’t look any different from any other. People think you should be able to tell but you can’t.
“We did put him through the full vetting procedure with Scottish Criminal Records Office background checks but nothing showed. We’ve since reviewed our procedures.”
She said as soon as the police investigation emerged, the charity took immediate action to isolate McKenna.
She said: “We ensured there was no possibility of him having any further contact with the boy he befriended.
“We also took strenuous steps to investigate and there were no indications anything untoward happened in relation to the child.
“One of the best ways to protect a child is to make sure they know they can come forward with anything they feel uncomfortable about.”
The children’s charity – the biggest of its kind in Scotland – runs dozens of highly respected projects across the country providing lifelines for vulnerable families and teenagers.
Last night, child abuse campaigner Sandra Brown, of the Moira Anderson Foundation, spoke in support of Aberlour.
She said: “Regrettably, children’s charities are targeted by paedophiles to get access to vulnerable children and their families. Not only does it give them the opportunity to groom victims, it gives them access to the child protection information they often use within their sick `industry’.
“This may also have been a cynical attempt to create an alibi for past behaviour.
“The tragic consequences of incidents like this are that they discredit hardworking organisations and may cause an undeserved public backlash.”
McKenna, who will now be on the sex offenders register for the rest of his life, had applied to the charity to be a volunteer, claiming “retired life was passing me by”.
He’d seen an advert for Aberlour in a free newspaper and was accepted to befriend a vulnerable boy. McKenna had contact with the youngster for several years.
But at the end of 2000, the allegations about McKenna’s involvement in sex abuse dating back to his years as woodwork teacher at St Ninian’s came to light. He was ordered to have no further contact with the boy or his family.
McKenna, of Colquhoun Street, Stirling, had laughed off suggestions he was an evil sexual predator, describing one trembling witness as a “nice little actor”.
But the smirk was wiped off his face when he was found guilty of three child abuse charges.
His fellow-accused were also found guilty of a sickening catalogue of abuse.
Retired De La Salle monk Michael Murphy, 69, known as Brother Benedict, was found guilty of 10 charges of torture, assault, forcing children to eat their own vomit, breaking a boy’s arm and a shameful list of sadistic assaults on vulnerable children.
Nightwatchman Jimmy McKinstrey, 70, of Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was convicted of four sexual abuse charges, despite defence protests that he was mentally retarded.
McKinstrey callously attempted to infiltrate an abuse survivors support group only months before his court appearance, claiming he’d been a victim of abuse in a Catholic home. He left when his motives were questioned.
Michael Murphy, 71, a monk known as Brother Benedict, was found guilty of ten charges of torture, assault, forcing children to eat their own vomit, breaking a boy’s arm and a list of sadistic assaults on vulnerable children.
Jimmy McKinstrey, 71, a nightwatchman of Port of Menteith, Stirlingshire, was convicted of four sexual abuse charges, while Charles McKenna, 84, a teacher from Stirling, was found guilty of three offences. All three were sentenced to two years in jail.
Teacher at monks’ school is jailed
16 Jul 2003
A man convicted of sexually abusing boys during the 1970s and 1980s at a school run by monks was jailed for two years yesterday.
Charles McKenna, 83, a former woodwork teacher, was one of three men convicted of abusing boys at St Ninian’s List D school in Stirlingshire, a residential facility for troubled boys.
Sentencing McKenna in the High Court in Forfar, Lord Carloway told him that despite the offences being historic he had still abused the boys while in a position of trust.
McKenna, a former woodwork teacher, who was found guilty of three charges of sexual abuse, had consistently denied the charges against him despite a series of allegations from witnesses.
Frances Hughes, defending, told the court: “The charges are all historic in nature stretching back from 1976 to 1981 at the latest.”
McKenna, a Second World War veteran from Stirling, had, with the exception of the court case, led a “largely useful life” and had been praised by some staff and pupils at his former school for his guidance over the years.
However, Ms Hughes added that, since the closure of the school, McKenna’s life had become “largely solitary”. “He appears to have few friends and even fewer interests in life” she said.
Lord Carloway rejected a request to consider probation, telling McKenna that it was “in the public interest” to impose a custodial sentence.
On Monday, Michael Murphy, 69, of Liss, Hampshire, who was known as Brother Benedict, was sentenced in the High Court in Edinburgh, to two years in prison after being found guilty of physically abusing boys at the school.
James McKinstrey, 70, of Port of Menteith, Stirling, a former night-watchman at the school, was found guilty of four sex abuse charges and sentenced to two years.
The inquiry was told in October that more than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse at orphanages run by Quarriers, Barnardo’s and the Aberlour Child Care Trust.
Aberlour Orphanage, the Princess Margaret Nursery and Aberlour’s Children Home in Keith will all be scrutinised as part of the inquiry.
1907 – 1953 the royal visits
With the Royal Residence of Balmoral relatively close by, Aberlour orphanage received a number of Royal visits. In 1907 Edward VII visits the orphanage followed by Edward VIII and Queen Mary in 1922. Years later, in 1953 Princess Margaret opens the Princess Margaret Residential Nursery School, an extension of the orphanage at the Dowans.
I would like to know that there has been a thorough investigation into whether there was a paedophile ring in operation on the Isle of Man during the 1970s. Clearly the manager of the
1465 children’s home was sexually abusing the children. We now know that the vicar of St Ninian’s, who the children went to on a Sunday from the children’s home, has been convicted for child abuse. We saw in the Isle of Man newspapers recently that a headmaster at Murray’s Road School … I cannot remember the details, but the newspaper article I read connected the headmaster of Murray’s Road School with child sexual abuse and the children at the Children’s
1470 Centre were sent to Murray’s Road School. So you have got a vicar, you have got a manager of a children’s home and you have got a headmaster: how many other people were involved with abusing children during the 1970s?
We know – well, I know from having spoken to interviewees who were at the children’s home in the 1970s – that children were abused when they went on holiday to the UK under
1475 Mr Marshall, so did this extend out into a UK-wide ring?
My name is Dave Sharp and I am a survivor and a campaigner of historical child abuse.Just after I was born my mother died and I was put into the care of the Catholic church where I spent the first 16 years of my life. I was moved about a lot from home to home and even to this day I cannot seem to get hold of my records to finally be able to know where I actually was.
What I do know is that I was in Nazareth House Kilmarnock and also Nazareth house in Bonnyrigg and at the age of 10 I ended up in St Ninians in Fife which was run by the Catholic order the Irish Christian Brothers.
Almost from the day I arrived I started being abused…
Lord Janner detective: We had proof to charge child sex politician 20 years ago… But top brass told us to stop
Lord Janner, haranguing a group of ex-care children, Broadoak School, Weston! Me nearest to camera at front!
This photo shows me and other ex care home children meeting Lord Janner, which was the prize for writing an essay on our care home experiences. I am slumped, sitting on a desk. Before he would start talking, Janner made the boys unstitch the school badges from their blazers so
I am the girl with long hair and short skirt, sitting on the desk nearest to the camera. Meeting Janner was the prize for writing an essay on our experiences in care. First, Janner made the boys unstitch the school badges from their school blazers so the school couldn’t be traced in any photos that were taken.
Then Janner talked for hours, asking us to repeat any unkind words used against us, names he would constantly throw at us to undermine us. He then took us aside individually and abused some of us. Afterwards I stitched badges on.
…no one could locate the school in any photos. He asked us to repeat cruel names we had been called but kept on using these names against us until we lost all confidence. He saw some of us individually and abused some of us.
The male teacher seen in this photo knew Janner from his time working in Leicester and had set up this meeting. We were told to wear clothes that we might have worn in care, but I seemed to be the only one so scruffily dressed! After the one to one sessions, I was made to sew badges back on for the boys, through my tears
@InquiryCSA I was told by police from Operation Hydrant that I would be eligible for core participant staus if I wanted to attend the inquiry. My mental health is too precarious for me to do that. Just examine what I have told you. There are 13 children in the photo with Janner.
I wonder how many survived?
The awful truth is the Janner attack at Broadoak school was, and probably still is, so dangerous to the school’s reputation that it will always be covered up. If it ever hit the press, who would ever send their child there?
Jill Dando attended Broad Oak school in the 1980s. In her youth, she wrote a letter to Jim’ll Fix It.
Home Office ‘tells Met Police it will fund hunt for Madeleine McCann for another year’ in investigation that has already cost nearly £12million
- Detectives have been given another year’s worth of funding into disappearance
- Over £11.75million has been spent on the UK inquiry since it launched in 2013
- New probe was launched after official Portuguese investigation was closed
The Home Office has given the Metropolitan Police enough funding to investigate missing toddler Madeleine McCann’s disappearance for another year, sources claim.
Detectives asked for more money to investigate the three-year-old’s disappearance in March.
More than £11.75million has already been spent on trying to find the toddler since she went missing from her parents’ holiday apartment in Portugal on May 3 2007.
But today Sky sources claimed police have been given the green light to spend even more public money on the probe, which began in 2013 after the Portuguese inquiry was closed.
At the end of 2018 her parents Kate and Gerry McCann, both 50, from Rothley, Leicestershire, vowed never to give up hope of finding their daughter in an emotional online message.
The family’s spokesman said in a statement: ‘Kate and Gerry are extremely grateful to the Metropolitan Police for making a new funding application and whilst they know it is not guaranteed they are hoping it will be approved.
‘It shows that officers are still doing everything they can to get a resolution after all this time. And it gives them hope that one day they may finally find out what happened to their daughter.
‘It gives them belief there is still work left to be done.’
£12m of our taxes have already been spent searching for Maddie. What is so special about this case? The
#McCanns left THREE toddlers home alone. If they had been working class parents, and not doctors, they would have been prosecuted for child neglect.
Three sex abuse victims name same businessman
Two men have broken their silence to claim they were sexually abused by the same Enniskillen businessman in a suspected paedophile ring over 30 years ago.
The latest revelations about Fermanagh’s dark past comes as the Police Service of Northern Ireland confirms it is now reviewing 19 historic sex abuse cases in Fermanagh. Seven of these cases relate to suspected child abuser and former Ulsterbus driver David Sullivan. It follows a long-running investigation by this newspaper that is set to continue in the coming weeks.
In today’s Impartial Reporter, two men, both of whom came forward separately, claim the now retired businessman sexually abused them while a third alleged victim has claimed the same businessman was in a house moments before he was drugged and raped by Sullivan.
The alleged abuser who two alleged victims say knew Sullivan still lives in Fermanagh, is well known in the business community and held significant positions of trust in the past.
None of the alleged victims know each other; one is based in Belfast, the other in England, and the third still lives in the county. They are from different backgrounds and would have never met.
Paul (not his real name) claims he was first sexually abused on the Ulsterbus Sullivan used to drive to and from local schools when he was 11 years old. He is the second alleged victim of sex abuse on board Sullivan’s Ulsterbus to come forward. Translink has previously declined to comment due to the ongoing police investigation.
“The last drop off was in Hillview, I was the last one on the bus. He pulled over there. He was going on about how he was into model aeroplanes and model cars, and all the rest. He touched me then he made a joke about it. That was it. He parked the bus and went into his house.”
Paul, who is now 40, had first met Sullivan while out fishing at a jetty near Cornagrade.
“It was right where the police station is. He told me he remembered bringing me to Castle Archdale on the school bus. He came back with a Tab cola and a packet of crisps,” recalled Paul.
Sullivan befriended Paul’s mother who was in the same mobility club as him. He recalls him telling his mother he had work for him to do such as painting and gardening.
“He’d say ‘have a wee beer’ when I was 12, 13. It started from there. He was touching me, watching pornographic videos, taking his thing out and masturbating in front of me and other young boys. I would be there for 10 minutes on my own, he’d go off and he’d bring other adult men over. I wasn’t there for that, I was there for the money.”
He recalls first meeting the Enniskillen businessman at Sullivan’s house in Lisbellaw.
“I recognised him from my mother bringing me into his business. He was constantly staring down between my legs. He was a creep. We were sitting there and the beer came out, before I knew it he was over to me and opened my belt, put his hands down my trousers and grabbed my privates.”
He claims there were two other adults in the room and four children from Tamalght, Lisbellaw and Coleshill who he claims were abused at the same time.
Paul was given alcohol by Sullivan after being asked over to paint his mother’s skirting boards in her home in Enniskillen when she was away. A short while later he woke up to find the Enniskillen businessman sexually abusing him as Sullivan sat watching from another room.
On another occasion he was abused by Sullivan in his car and claims the abuse also took place across the Border in counties Leitrim and Monaghan.
He believes Sullivan had managed to ‘groom’ the police, too.
“I got stopped by police driving a car at a checkpoint in Enniskillen when I was 15, Sullivan came up behind in another car, a red polo. He flashed the lights at me as if to say ‘don’t worry’. He stuck his head out of the window and the cop said ‘OK, go on ahead’.
“The cop actually tapped on the top of Sullivan’s car as he drove by,” said Paul.
Now he intends to speak to police. “I think that Enniskillen businessman should be brought before the courts before it is too late to give people a peace of mind. I will absolutely go to the police now,” he told this newspaper.
Chris (not his real name) was 15 when he was first sexually abused by Sullivan after thumbing for a lift near Maguiresbridge.
“It was Spring, Summer and I was looking for a lift to Lisbellaw. It was quite busy, a lot of cars went by, then this man stopped. I recognised him from driving the school bus.
“He started driving and said to me, ‘What’s a good looking fella like you out thumbing for?’ and within minutes he started rubbing my leg, then he put his hand up further and asked me to show him my penis. I said no, I told him he was making me feel uncomfortable. Then he said he would take his out. He kept grabbing me. I was shaking,” recalled Chris, who is now 47. After arriving in Lisbellaw, Chris managed to get away from Sullivan. Several months later he would meet the alleged child abuser again.
He was in a pub in Lisbellaw with his friends when he spotted Sullivan. He froze as the former youth club leader summoned him outside. “He wanted to explain what had happened in the car the last time he saw me. He told me to go to his house which was a few yards away,” he said.
When Chris walked into the front door of the house another man whom he believes was the same Enniskillen businessman was sitting on a seat drinking and smoking cigarettes. “Sullivan asked me if I wanted a drink. I said no and sat down on the settee. Then he said ‘I am sorry about the other time’. He said ‘I want to see all that you’ve got’ and as he said that the other man went out of the room. I was left alone with Sullivan.”
After accepting a cup of tea Chris said he felt himself “getting drowsy” and believes Sullivan may have “put something in my drink”.
“I got drowsy all of a sudden and he started fondling me. Then he raped me, it was horrible, it lasted 10 or 15 minutes. I was screaming and roaring, I just wanted someone to help me but nobody heard me. The other man could have been there too, for all I know.”
He never went to police at the time but will now make a formal statement.
A third victim was 13 or 14 when he was allegedly abused by the Enniskillen businessman in toilets at Nugent’s Entry in the town, around 1988. “I don’t remember what I was wearing but he started touching me while pleasuring himself. I recognised him from a business my mother used to bring me into. I used to get angry at her for taking me there.”
He too intends to report this man’s name to police.
Speaking yesterday (Wednesday) Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman said: “The enquiry into historical sexual abuse in Fermanagh is currently reviewing 19 cases dating back to 1963. Seven of these cases relate to David Sullivan.
“We are taking all of these reports very seriously and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim to please come forward and speak with us. Please be assured that we will make it as easy as possible for you. You do not have to come to a police station. You can report directly to the police via 101 or through a dedicated email address at email@example.com and we will arrange to meet at a time and place that best suits you. Please don’t suffer in silence, come and speak to us,” she told this newspaper.
Half of all top IRA men ‘worked for security services’
Half of all senior IRA members in the Troubles were working for intelligence services, a secret dossier of evidence into the murder of two RUC men has claimed.
The remarkable document has laid bare a startling series of claims about the infiltration of both the police and terror groups during the ‘Dirty War’.
It claims the IRA ran agents in the RUC and also that Dundalk Garda station was regarded by British intelligence as “a nest of vipers”, with at least two officers actively assisting the Provos.
The information is contained in a secret 24-page document in the name of Ian Hurst — a British intelligence whistleblower — which has been seen by the Belfast Telegraph.
The sensational claims are due to be made to Justice Peter Smithwick’s Dublin tribunal of inquiry into the murder of two senior RUC officers in 1989.
The victims, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan, died in a hail of IRA gunfire as they crossed the border following an intelligence exchange with the Garda in Dundalk.
The dossier also claims:
- The shadowy Force Research Unit (FRU) had a file on suspected rogue gardai prepared to pass information to the IRA and act as its agents. MI5 also had a network of agents with the Garda.
- The IRA had a network of informants in public agencies such as social security offices and vehicle licensing departments.
- One in four IRA members was an agent, rising to one in two among senior members.
- Martin McGuinness was involved in all strategic military decisions taken by the IRA.
At the centre of the web of intrigue sat the IRA’s head of internal security, the agent known as Stakeknife, who took information from rogue gardai while himself working for British intelligence.
Perhaps the most shocking claim is that a rogue Garda Sergeant leaked intelligence to Stakeknife. Stakeknife has been identified as Freddie Scappaticci, a veteran Belfast republican.
Scappaticci has strongly denied working for British intelligence and said he had cut his links with the IRA in 1990. He is legally represented at the Smitwick Tribunal and is now considering giving evidence in person.
Last night Mr Hurst refused to comment on the document.
He said: “I believe that this was made public to mess me about. I cannot comment on it because of an injunction preventing me from giving details of my career in special forces.”
Mr Hurst worked in military intelligence between 1981 and 1990, spending most of that time in the FRU, responsible for handling agents and informants in Irish paramilitary groups. The injunction has been varied to allow him to give evidence to Smithwick in Dublin.
However tribunal lawyers are insisting that he give his testimony in closed session, something he suspects is part of a deal with the British authorities to limit potentially embarrassing disclosures.
One of the alleged rogue officers in Dundalk has already been indentified. Owen Corrigan, a detective sergeant, was named by Jeffrey Donaldson under Parliamentary privilege. Mr Corrigan, now retired, has always denied the allegation and appeared at the tribunal to reject them. He is one of three gardai, two based in Dundalk and one in Donegal, named in the document.
In the document Mr Hurst says “the fact that a Garda was passing information to the IRA did not bother me anymore or any less than in the same way members of the RUC/UDR/BA (British Army) occasionally passed information to the IRA and regularly to members of various loyalist paramilitaries.”
Mr Hurst assisted John Stevens’ inquiry into security force collusion with terrorists in Northern Ireland.
The document states Lord Stevens told him that of 210 terrorist suspects he arrested, only three were not security force agents, and some worked for several agencies.
The Smithwick Tribunal is examining claims that members of the Irish police or other employees of the Irish State colluded in the murders of the two most senior RUC officers to die in the Troubles. Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Supt Robert Buchanan were shot dead while returning from a meeting at Dundalk Garda station in the Republic. The tribunal has so far heard evidence from a number of witnesses, some of whom have alleged that members of the Garda passed information to the IRA.
A MAN FROM THE DARK CORNER OF MILITARY INTELLIGENCE
Doubts about Ian Hurst’s reliability were dispelled after I published stories based on his information back in 1999.
The first, an unlikely sounding tale claiming military intelligence had doctored bullets used to shoot Gerry Adams, was immediately confirmed by the Defence Advisory Committee. After that he was arrested, and I was questioned under caution.
For a time I gave him the pseudonym Martin Ingram to obscure his identity, but now that alias has been dropped.
He was the first member of the Force Research Unit (FRU) — the dark corner of military intelligence which ran agents in terrorist groups — to speak publicly.
He had two tours of duty in Northern Ireland. Between 1982 and 1990 he was in Londonderry handling agents like Frank Hegarty, an IRA quartermaster later murdered for betraying a cache of Libyan weapons, and Willie Carlin, who got out just ahead of the execution squad.
A second tour was in Enniskillen between 1990 and 1991. There he met his wife, from a Donegal republican family. That affected his vetting and he bought himself out of the Army in 2003.
Penetration of the Provisionals
Mr Hurst was responsible for handling agents in the IRA and for a time had enhanced access to other agents’ reports, though not their names, on military intelligence computers. He has painted a picture of an organisation penetrated at almost every level and with its head of security, Stakeknife, working for the other side. The document says: “As a rough guide you should expect one in four PIRA volunteers to be agents of one agency or another.” Lord Stevens (above), the former Met chief, is quoted as
saying that only three out of 210 terrorist suspects he arrested in a collusion probe in Northern Ireland were not working for either the RUC, MI5 or the Army. The document claims that Hurst secretly taped a conversation with RAF Air Vice Marshal Andrew Vallance, who was quoted as telling him that the most sensitive matter was the identity of Stakeknife and his role as a British agent.
IRA agents within the Garda
The document claims that the FRU had a file on suspected rogue gardai prepared to pass information to the IRA and act as its agents. It names three people who were allegedly on the list, two in Dundalk and one in Donegal. It quotes Basil Walsh, a senior Garda officer who Mr Hurst met in 1999, as saying he was aware of one named Garda who worked for the IRA. Mr Walsh allegedly told him “that every time something was done to try and eradicate the mess something happened to intervene”. The document also claims MI5 had a network of agents with the Garda. MP Jeffrey Donaldson has named retired detective sergeant Owen Corrigan under Parliamentary privilege in the House of Commons in April 2000, as being a “rogue garda”. Mr Corrigan denies all allegations of collusion. Last week former agent Kevin Fulton claimed Corrigan was passing information to the IRA and was regarded as a “friend” of the group
Role of McGuinness in the IRA
MR Hurst once backed claims that Martin McGuinness reported to MI6, the British foreign intelligence agency. This was based on a document passed to him, and accepted by him in good faith, after he left the Army but which appears to have been a forgery. The document does not repeat that claim but it does put Mr McGuinness in a central role in the IRA. It states the IRA’s “security unit came under the operational command of Northern Command” and adds “the person in charge of that unit throughout the entire Troubles was PIRA member Mr James Martin McGuinness”. It accuses McGuinness of being “directly involved in matters of life and death for persons rightly or indeed wrongly suspected of informing on PIRA members. Mr McGuinness was also a key player in the long-term strategic strategies used by PIRA”. McGuinness has always denied such a leading role and stated that he left the IRA in the early 1970s.
Republican intelligence gathering
It is claimed that the IRA had a network of informants in public agencies such as social security offices and vehicle licensing, North and South. This echoes claims by Martin McGartland , a former RUC agent in the IRA. One section of the document reads: “PIRA was extensively penetrated at all levels, most sources of the information to PIRA were readily identified (by military intelligence) but seldom compromised.” To back up its claims that the intelligence services turned a blind eye to IRA intelligence sources, it claims that in the early 1990s a FRU agent was targeted by the IRA with the help of a social security employee who is still working in the same office. It claims that the IRA could informally “obtain information from driver licensing, social security, councils, utilities far quicker than the FRU”, especially in cross-border areas where red tape was involved in working through the RUC and Garda.
Stakeknife, the Army’s key agent
Stakeknife was a key military intelligence agent within the IRA, a man with a hotline of his own which gave him direct contact with dedicated handlers in an office known as the ‘rat hole’. When he called, he identified himself with a code number, but Mr Hurst learned his true identify by chance while manning the phone. Stakeknife had been caught drink-driving and gave uniformed police the hotline number in an effort to extricate himself. Hurst vouched for him, and it has been claimed that Stakeknife was Freddie Scappaticci, though Mr Scappaticci strongly denies this. The document expands on Stakeknife’s role as head of the IRA internal security. It claims he controlled IRA agents in the Garda. The most corrosive suggestion which Justice Peter Smithwick will have to consider is that officers Breen and Buchanan were allowed to die rather than risk compromising the Army’s most important agent in Ireland.
The web of collusion and spies
MR Hurst has frequently claimed some members of the RUC, UDR and Army colluded with terror groups. The statement portrays a wilderness of mirrors in which every organisation has the other penetrated to some degree and “all sources have a shelf life”. It talks of British agents in the Garda, Garda agents in Northern Ireland, IRA agents in the RUC and Garda and RUC agents in the IRA. It states “the fact that a Garda was passing information to the IRA did not bother me any more or any less than in the same way members of the RUC/UDR/BA (British Army) passed information to the IRA and members of various loyalist paramilitaries. It was a matter for HQNI and the RUC and way above my pay grade … in other words it was a strategic and not a tactical problem”. It concludes that none of this “registered massively on the Richter scale, it was just a fact of life, indeed it was well within the rules of our game!”
The document states Lord Stevens told him that of 210 terrorist suspects he arrested, only three were not security force agents, and some worked for several agencies – a proxy war fought in NI by shadowy competing westminster groups
My office has received several letters from constituents calling for a public inquiry into Celtic boys club. We are looking at the matter very carefully. This story would appear to strengthen the case for a full inquiry
Cathedral music director Scott Farrell admits child sex offences
29 May 2019
A former cathedral music director has admitted child sex offences.
William Scott Farrell, 48, who worked at Rochester and Ely Cathedrals, showed children pornography in his flat before carrying out sexual acts, said police.
Farrell, of Wouldham, near Rochester, admitted three counts of gross indecency with a boy under 16, two counts of voyeurism and one count of taking indecent images of a child.
He was bailed and is due to be sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court.
The counts of gross indecency, which relate to three different victims, all happened in Ely, Cambridgeshire, where Farrell was assistant organist.
The remaining three offences were committed during Farrell’s time at Rochester, where he was director of music.
‘Great bravery’ of victims
Police began to investigate Farrell after receiving reports in November 2017.
It was alleged Farrell befriended children under his supervision at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire between 1999 and 2001.
Farrell was arrested and suspended from his role at Rochester Cathedral during investigations.
Devices were seized from his house which showed voyeuristic images and videos believed to have been shot on hidden cameras in bathrooms and bedrooms, some at his flat and others at different homes.
Police also found 135 category C indecent images – category A being the most severe – which Farrell had taken himself.
Det Con Claire Bamford, from Cambridgeshire Police’s Child Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit, said the victims showed “great bravery in speaking out about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Farrell”.
In a statement, The Dean of Rochester Cathedral, Rev Canon Philip Hesketh said: “We are truly sorry to these victims for what has happened and for what they have experienced.”
He said a review would “examine the circumstances” of how the church responded to the offences.
Malcolm Archer, 66, has been summonsed to face a count of indecent assault and one of committing an act of gross indecency.
Mr Archer was suspended as director of chapel music at Winchester College late in 2017 and has since left the school.
He is due to face a trial on July 15, alongside Kenneth Francis, 71, of Akasaka in Tokyo.
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Patron of the North and Midlands School of Music
SEOs: Dr Colin Parsons MBE, Bill Thomas
General Secretary: Paul Melville
Academic Registrar: Dr Kevin Morgan
Bursar: Derek Matthews
Patrons: Dame Dr Evelyn Glennie CH DBE, Revd Canon Beaumont Brandie MBE, Prof Dr Ian Tracey, Dr Carol Williams, Dr Kemp English, Scott Farrell, Donald MacKenzie, Elizabeth Stratford, Andrew Whelan, Peter Wright
Having been Principal of the School since its inception, in 2004 Professor Dr Colin Parsons retired from the post to allow ‘new blood’ to bring in new skills and experiences. Dr Stephen Oxley took over as head of the NMSM in 2006, establishing a new ‘layer’ of Advisory Executive Management. He brought in two new patrons – Lord Warleigh of Devon, Sir David Lumsden. Malcolm Archer (Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College), an honoury fellow of the NMSM for many years, also became a patron of the School.
In April 2008, David Smalley took over the position of Principal and Dr Carol Williams (USA) and Donald MacKenzie (London) were appointed as patrons. Following a postal ballot, the School decided not to pursue QCA status as members wished it to remain independent and be able to offer its specialised academic assessments.
In December 2009, the NMSM opted to modernise its structure, and Prof Dr Ian Tracey (Livepool Cathedral) became the School’s new President.
In 2013, Dr Carol Williams took over as School President, and in 2016, Malcolm Archer became the School’s new President
Convicted paedophile Scott Farrell is an alumnus of Dover Grammar School for Boys as is convicted paedophile Stephen Madge
In the mid-Eighties, Stephen Madge, who attended Dover Grammar, became Director of Music at St.Martin’s School, Northwood, where he also taught geography. https://contactout.com/Stephen-Madge-76498937…
The charity Madge worked for is Janmarek Music Foundation, now disbanded:
Stephen Madge who repeatedly abused teenage boy while involved in charity project jailed
MAY 7 2019
A paedophile who repeatedly abused a child while involved in a charity project more than 20 years ago has been jailed.
Stephen Madge, from Sevenoaks, was convicted of six counts of indecent assault at Maidstone Crown Court after targeting a teenage boy during the 1990s.
Allegations of abuse were first made to Kent Police in November 2014, when it was reported that Madge, 62, had been responsible for multiple offences during his charity work.
He was said to have developed an obsession with the victim, who he came into contact with in 1993 and repeatedly abused him throughout the year.
Officers arrested him at his home in Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, in May 2015 and despite denials of any wrongdoing Madge was charged with six counts of indecent assault.
He pleaded not guilty and the case went to trial, where a jury unanimously found Madge guilty on all counts.
He was today sentenced to six years imprisonment, with an extended licence period of a further year.
Madge was also made subject of a sexual harm prevention order and added to the sex offenders register, both for indefinite terms.
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Stephen Madge, a conductor of St Andrews Cantata based in Hever & founder of now disbanded charity Janmarek Foundation which he set up to invite choirs from Poland and also offer scholarships, jailed for 6 years for abusing teenage boy in 1990s: http://bit.ly/2DWWbGJ
Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette – Thursday 22 May 1986
John Mash, former headmaster of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood, has avoided imprisonment despite admitting 7 counts of indecent assault on boys under 14.
Uxbridge & W. Drayton Gazette – Wednesday 15 April 1987
Scott Farrell (Director of Music)
Educated at Dover Grammar School for Boys, Scott Farrell took up the organ at the age of thirteen & by the age of sixteen had passed his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists. In 1989 Scott went up to Royal Holloway, University of London as Organ Scholar to read music. He then pursued post-graduate studies at the Institute of Education, University of London combining this with the post of Assistant Organist at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge.
In 1993, Scott took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at St Edmundsbury Cathedral & then in 1999 moved to Ely Cathedral as assistant to Paul Trepte. Whilst here, he undertook tours radio broadcasts and recordings with the choir alongside concert platform performances with the Britten Sinfonia & as Musical Director of Ely Choral Society.
In 2002, the Cathedral Church of St Nicholas, Newcastle upon Tyne claimed Scott’s services as Organist & Master of the Music. It was here that Scott formed a strong relationship with Regent Records, releasing three discs with the Cathedral Choir & a solo organ disc, Vol VIII in Regent’s The English Cathedral Series to critical acclaim (“Nimble playing from Scott Farrell” BBC Radio 3 Record Review). Scott built the reputation of the choir such that they were invited back to the Radio 3 Choral Evensong schedule as well as to perform regularly with the Royal Northern Sinfonia alongside guest appearances with the Mediaeval Baebes & Fine Arts Brass.
In 2008 a new chapter opened as Scott moved to Rochester, the second most ancient Cathedral in England, founded in 604 AD, where he was responsible for all music in the Cathedral until 2018. Under Scott’s leadership, the choir were regular broadcasters on BBC Radio 2, 3 & 4, as well as Classic FM & appearances on television.
The choir released five discs, including three for Regent Records, including Sing Alleluia, Christmas from Rochester and A Year at Rochester, as well as The Rochester Mass with the James Taylor Quartet; a true crossover between the worlds of cathedral music & acid jazz.
Under his direction, the choir toured widely including participating in the Victoria International Arts Festival in Malta three times. They were also invited to the Internationale Chorbiennale, Aachen, Germany to sing in performances of Britten’s War Requiem and enjoyed three Christmas tours to Germany & Holland.
Recent concerts saw the choir join forces with English Touring Opera, London Concertante, The King’s Singers, The Sixteen and, most unusually, the James Taylor Quartet in the Queen Elizabeth Hall & Ronnie Scott’s, the world-famous Jazz Club.
As a solo organist, Scott has recorded discs on the organs at St Edmundsbury, Ely, Newcastle and Rochester. Solo recitals have taken Scott to Sweden, Malta and also Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Temple Church, and the Cathedrals of Liverpool, Canterbury, Chichester and St. Paul’s amongst others.
In October 2017, Scott was awarded an Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music in acknowledgement of his work in cathedral music as well as for the RSCM.
Scott Farrell made regular guest appearances with Mediavel Baebes
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The young organists, Scott Farrell (13) and Martin Ruck (16) gave recitals on the Town Hall organ in July
Dover School – Old Pharosian Newsletter 1988
MUSIC IN THE SCHOOL
19th August, 1988 at 5 pm – Evensong in St. Paul”s Cathedral
At the organ was 17 year old Scott Farrell who has now played in Westminster Abbey, York Minster and St. Paul’s, with Canterbury to follow in October.
27th October in the Cathedral Church of Christ, Canterbury.
The organist was Scott Farrell of the sixth form who excelled himself and after service played a voluntary that suggested he was reluctant to leave such a splendid instrument.
Scott Farrell.A.R.C.O. (1982-89) who, under Adrian Boynton’s training and direction, has played on the organs of all the cathedrals the choir has visited, has gained an organ scholarship for a Bachelor of Music course at The Royal Holloway and Bedford New College in Egham. Surrey.
A CONCERT OF SACRED MUSIC
Ave verum Mozart Prelude and Fugue in G Major J S Bach Missa brevis Pancti Joannis Haydn Introduction and Passacaglia Regcr Mass in G Major Schubert
by the choir of Dover Grammar School for Boys with Scott Farrell, Old Pharosian, at the organ: and with Treble, Tenor and Bass soloists from Canterbury Cathedral, most memorably the treble voice of Benjamin Warn, aged 13.
This concert took place in the lovely Norman church at St Margaret’s at Cliffe on 17th July at 8 pm Conductor: Richard Davies the school’s master of music.
Scott Farrell showed his expertise on the quite excellent organ at St Margaret’s.
Choristers from Dover were among those who attended the wedding at Milton Keynes of Adrian Boynton, former Director of Music at our school. Adrian married Jillian Britton at the Milton Keynes City Church of Christ the Cornerstone, where he is in charge of the music, and she is a member of the choir. Members of the Dover Chamber Choir, representatives from the Dover Operatic and Dramatic Society and some of the local soloists went to the wedding.
Adrian composed much of the music for the ceremony, including the introit as the bride arrived, an anthem and a choral piece, and he conducted some of the music. Also taking his turn at conducting was SCOTT FARRELL (1982-89) who is now assistant director of music at Ely Cathedral.
Former Cripps learning and development manager jailed for historic indecent assaults against teenage boy
Law firm ‘horrified’ to learn about Stephen Madge’s conviction
A former learning and development manager at recently-merged Cripps Pemberton Greenish (CPG) has been sentenced this week after being found guilty of six counts of indecent assault against a teenage boy.
Stephen Madge, who worked for CPG as an external consultant from January 2016 until April 2019, was sentenced yesterday at Maidstone Crown Court to six years in prison, with an extended licence period of a further year.
As reported by Kent Online, the allegations, first made to the Kent Police in November 2014, concerned abuse by Madge of a teenage boy while involved in a charity project during the 1990s.
Following the allegations, Madge — who according to his LinkedIn page (seemingly now deactivated, though Legal Cheek has retained screenshots) has worked for Holman Fenwick Willan (now HFW), Squire Sanders (now Squire Patton Boggs) and RPC — was arrested in May 2015 at his home in Sevenoaks and was charged with six counts of indecent assault. He was subsequently found guilty on all counts.
In addition to the sentence of six years in prison, Madge, aged 62, has been made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and has been added to the sex offenders register, both for indefinite terms.
Responding to the news, Gavin Tyler, managing partner at CPG, told Legal Cheek:
“We were horrified to learn about Stephen Madge’s conviction, and his sentencing [yesterday], for such shocking offences. Our knowledge of Mr Madge was in his capacity as a respected legal education and training specialist, used by many law firms besides ourselves. He worked for us as an external consultant from January 2016 to April 2019. We did not know about his offending, the charge and his conviction until after his contract ended.”
1984 – St Martin’s School Northwood
Head of St Martin’s School, Northwood, avoids Jail for Sexual Abuse
John Mash, former headmaster of St Martin’s Preparatory School in Northwood, has avoided imprisonment despite admitting 7 counts of indecent assault on boys under 14.
The 79 year old was appointed headmaster of the boarding school in or around 1980. He used his position to sexually abuse young boys in his care. Mash would enter the dormitories at night and sexually abuse the young boys whilst they were in their beds. The headmaster preyed upon young boys who had been sent to the boarding school by their parents for an enriching education. Instead, they were abused by Mash for his own desire.
Mash received a sentence of 2 years imprisonment suspended for 2 years and a 2 year supervision order. He was also sentenced to 1 year in prison, suspended for 2 years, at Isleworth Crown Court on 1 April 2016. He is also required to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for 10 years.
The police commended the 4 survivors for their courage in coming forward. The school had over 200 pupils at the time that Mash worked there. It has been commented upon that Mash may have abused more than the 4 individuals who have bravely spoken out against him.
Barrister misled court to block abuse trial, claims Tory MP
Cheryl Gillan alleges QC failed to disclose evidence to judge, blocking prosecution
22 May 2019
A former cabinet minister has accused a barrister of deceiving a court to successfully block the prosecution of a headmaster who had been accused of sexually abusing five boys.
In a debate in the House of Commons on Wednesday, the Conservative MP Cheryl Gillan alleged that the QC, Andrew Bright, “gravely” misled the court while he was representing the headmaster.
Gillan alleged that the QC failed to disclose evidence to a judge who ruled that the headmaster, Peter Wright, would not be prosecuted for the offences.
The MP alleged that had this “hidden” evidence been disclosed, it would probably have undermined the attempt to have prosecution blocked.
A decade later, Wright was convicted in a related case of abusing five other boys while he was headmaster of Caldicott prep school in Buckinghamshire and jailed for eight years.
The allegation against Bright was made by Gillan in parliament, which means she is protected from being sued.
Bright now sits as a judge at St Albans. A spokesman for the judiciary said: “The Solicitors Regulation Authority conducted an independent investigation and rejected the complaint that the court had been misled. It maintained that conclusion after a review.”
Gillan, the MP for Chesham and Amersham, also alleged that a series of authorities – including the attorney general’s department, the crown prosecution service and legal regulators – did nothing to correct the failure to disclose the evidence.
The MP, who was secretary of state for Wales in David Cameron’s government, highlighted the case of Wright, who was the headmaster of Caldicott between 1968 and 1993.
He and three other members of staff have been convicted of sexually abusing boys at the fee-paying school in the 1960s and 1970s.
In 2003, prosecutors prepared to bring Wright to court on 16 charges of sexually abusing boys at the school between 1964 and 1970 while he was a teacher and then headmaster.
Before the case came to trial, lawyers for Wright, then 73, submitted an application to block the prosecution on the grounds that he would not get a fair trial as the allegations were three decades old. In legal terms, this is called a stay of indictment.
On Wednesday, Gillan alleged that Wright’s lawyers misled the judge at Aylesbury crown court, Roger Connor, by failing to disclose relevant information.
“The information could have meant that Connor could probably have considered the stay of indictment not at all justified,” she claimed.
She alleged that Wright’s lawyers had corresponded with the school about obtaining lists of former boys who could be called as witnesses for him. She alleged that his lawyers had “acted improperly” when they told the judge that these lists could not be obtained from the school.
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co-director at Stowe school in 1992 along with convicted paedophile /Nick Clegg’s former headmaster Roland Peter Wright
Roland Peter Wright, 83, of Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire, abused boys aged between eight and 13 at Caldicott Preparatory School from 1959 to 1970
Jonathan Fletcher is brother of David Fletcher, head of Iwerne camps and Titus Trust Trustee. JF was a frequent visitor at Iwerne, along with
Pupils at Caldicott School, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire suffered child sexual abuse over a number of years and a number of abusers. It is now a charity , as are many “public” schools. It is not known what the status of the school was when child sexual abuse offences were being committed by its teachers and covered up by the school.
Known abusers so far were
- Peter Roland Wright, former Caldicott pupil , was finally charged and convicted in 2014. Previous attempts to indict him failed in 2003 due a Judge deciding it was too great a the length of time since offences and the defendants health. A stay on that indictment meant he only faced charges from new victims who came forward. He was sentenced to 8 years. He was tried with offences from 1964-1970 . Victims were mainly 11-13 years old . He was at the school from 1952 -1993, the last 25 years as Headmaster. Wright, and when Headmaster covered up Marton Carsons abuse  See also Court Appeal Roland Peter Wright 5 August 2014 Court of Appeal Peter Wright still lived at a cottage overlooking the school after he retired, before his recent vacation in prison.
- Hugh Edward Henry admitted 13 counts  including two counts of incitement to gross indecency and eleven counts of indecent assault . He is thought to have been at Caldicott between 1958-1963 and offences on one boy were from 1962-63 . He committed some of his offences at his bedsit and on a school skiing trip with Peter Wright. He was also charged with offences at Gayhurst School, Gerrards Cross. Little else is known of his offending, where else he worked and any other possible offences. He killed himself by walking in front of a train before sentencing. 
- John Addrison, another former Caldicott pupil , was charged in 2012 with offences at Caldicott between Jan and July 1978 and at Moor Park School, Ludlow between 1985 and 1988 and sentenced to roughly 5 years. It is also not clear what he did straight after leaving Caldicott; when he started at Moor Park school or what he did after being dismissed from Moor Park School in 1988, although he was teaching in 2010 . It is not known if he committed further offences after 1988. Also see Government UK National College for Teaching and Leadership Mr John Addrison: Professional Conduct Panel outcome Panel decision and reasons on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education  pdf download, and reproduced in Appendix 1 below
- Martin Carson, a science teacher, was found to be committing child sexual abuse offences at Caldicot in 1973, but it was covered up by the school and he received just a 5 year ban from teaching . Carson was charged with two charges of buggery, eight charges of indecent assault and one count of possessing indecent photographs. He pleaded guilty in 2003 and was sentenced to just 2 years in prison. Details are lacking of offences, when employed at Caldicott. Carson resumed his career in 1980 at prep school in Eastbourne where he was appointed Head of Pastoral care  and he taught at Harrodian School, Bath, at the time of the video Chosen in 2008. It is not known if the committed further offences at these school or elsewhere .
- David Keith Geddes, another teacher, was acquitted of offences between 1975-77 after a retrial 
- George Hill Peter Wrights deputy in the 1970s killed himself which probably saved him from facing charges 
the boarding school that British politician Nick Clegg attended as a child; Caldicott School
|Caldicott Preparatory School became a charitable trust in 1968 under the Headmaster at the time Peter Wright.
Today there are around 250 boys. The present headmaster, Simon Doggart, was appointed in 1998; he came from Eton College where he taught history and was master-in-charge of cricket. He is a member of IAPS and the school’s governors include past parents, old boys and headmasters of public schools.
|On 30 September 2008 the school was the subject of a feature documentary, Chosen, transmitted on More4 as part of the “True Stories” strand, about the sexual abuse that went on at the school during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The headmaster Peter Wright was active in this, as well as a number of other teachers, targeting boys good at sports and, to a lesser extent, in the choir. In The Guardian published on the same day, a former parent alleged that Lord Justice Scott Baker former Chairman of the Board of Governors, and Simon Doggart the current headmaster, mishandled a case of alleged sexual abuse of their son by a teacher in the early 2000s.
Martin Carson was dismissed for sexual abuse of a pupil in 1972, and went on to teach at the Harrodian School. He was subsequently prosecuted and found guilty of indecent assault and possessing indecent images of children in 2003.link
Review to begin into alleged sexual abuse by late Bishop of Chester Victor Whitsey
22 May 2019
AN inquiry into reports of sexual abuse by a former Chester bishop will begin imminently – two years after it was first promised.
The Church of England has today (Wednesday, May 22) disclosed details of a ‘learning lessons case review’ into the actions of the late Hubert Victor Whitsey.
Cheshire Police began an investigation in 2016 after a church safeguarding adviser in Chester passed on details of alleged abuse by Whitsey.
A year later detectives revealed that they would have spoken to him in relation to 10 of the witness allegations if he had been alive.
Whitsey died in 1987.
The review will be carried out by His Honour Judge David Pearl, an independent reviewer commissioned by the Church’s National Safeguarding Team (NST).
Documents outlining its ‘terms of reference’, shared with this newspaper by the Diocese of Chester, reveal it intended to cover a timespan of alleged abuse from 1974 to 1982.
However, specialist abuse lawyer Richard Scorer, who represents nine of Whitsey’s alleged victims, said the abuse began earlier and he had requested to have the timeframe extended to 1966.
He told The Standard today: “I welcome the fact that the review has been announced. It is important that the reviewer leaves no stone unturned in investigating what was known within the church, by whom and at what point in time.
“These issues have to flushed out and the reviewer needs to be determined and forceful in his pursuit of answers to these questions.”
Mr Scorer had previously been critical of the way the Church and the Diocese of Chester had handled the Whitsey case, alleging a cover-up had taken place.
His suspicions were reaffirmed earlier this year when it emerged the Diocese had missed two opportunities to report paedophile Warrington vicar Charles Gordon Dickenson who was jailed in March.
A separate NST review is expected to begin shortly to investigate these failings and to determine whether the current bishop of Chester, Dr Peter Forster, was aware of any cover-up.
Mr Scorer, who works for Slater & Gordon, said at the time: “The church cannot be relied on to police itself – we urgently need all these instances of possible cover-up to be investigated independently, and until that happens victims will have no confidence that the church is serious about rooting out abuse.”
A Church spokesman has since apologised for the delay in starting the review into the Whitsey case.
He said: “We apologise for the length of time this has taken to sort and for any distress this may have caused survivors.
“A separate ‘lessons learnt review’ will be carried out into the case of the Revd Dickenson.”
The terms of reference for the Whitsey review state that a total of 19 people have come forward with allegations of abuse by the late bishop.
Outlining its remit, the document states: “This review (“the Review”) will allow those individuals who have indicated that they have sustained harm at the hands of Hubert Victor Whitsey or another Church body or officer to describe their experiences.
“The Review will identity both good practice and failings in the Church of England’s handling of the allegations relating to Hubert Victor Whitsey, including its safeguarding practice, in order that the Church of England can take steps to enhance and improve its response to allegations of abuse and, thereby, ensure a safer environment for all.”
It will focus on two questions: what the Church of England knew about alleged abuse perpetrated by Whitsey and what the Church of England’s response was to those allegations.
The reviewer will investigate whether any further abuse could have been prevented and will pledge to be “transparent and open” about information collected, the document states.
The news comes as the Church faces continued scrutiny over its safeguarding processes in the wake of the Dickenson case – first reported by The Standard and sister paper the Warrington Guardian – and the BBC Panorama investigations team which broadcast a programme on church-related abuse last month.
Gazette was correct about ex-mayor’s pro-paedophile past, top lawyer concludes
07 November 2018
A top barrister has confirmed former Islington councillor Sandy Marks’ past links to a pro-paedophile campaign group.
An independent review by Sarah Morgan QC, published on Wednesday, vindicates the Gazette’s revelations about Sandy Marks’ past links to radical campaign group Fallen Angels – whose publication 18 months ago triggered the lawyer’s probe.
It also confirms Ms Marks and then-colleagues at Islington would have been aware of allegations about the abuse of children in the care system before the horrific scandal emerged in 1992.
But it stops short of suggesting an inquiry into the abuse be re-opened, and asserts that Ms Marks’ involvement with campaign group Fallen Angels had “no impact” on her later oversight of children’s services.
Ms Morgan’s 127-page paper comes at the end of a review spanning eight months and involving thousands of pages of documents, as well as interviews with victims and survivors, with Ms Marks herself, and with the Gazette staff who originally worked on the story in May 2017.
It will make disappointing reading for the Islington Survivors Network (ISN), which is led by social worker Dr Liz Davies – the original whistleblower into physical and sexual abuse taking place across Islington’s children’s homes in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
The group hoped it would recommend the 1995 White Report into the scandal be reopened, as they believe it failed to uncover evidence of organised abuse rather than simply the poor management and negligence it did find.
In the report, Ms Morgan says Ms Marks’ work as chair of the social services committee, which covered children’s services, was likely not affected by her past involvement with Fallen Angels, a radical pro-paedophile activist group.
But she admits it doesn’t “sit easily” that “someone could be associated with an organisation so malign and yet, in the years following that association, it had no detectable impact on her conduct of a role in a public office which included the oversight of the welfare of children in care”.
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Former Islington council leader Margaret Hodge said: ‘If Sandy Marks did hold those views, I was not aware of them.’
‘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.
DRAFT AIM OF BURBIDGE & RIGHTON’S JOINT COUNCIL FOR GAY TEENAGERS, 25 NOVEMBER 1978
Burbidge kept Nettie Pollard (PIE member #70) in the loop on how he and (Peter) Righton were progressing with establishing the National Joint Council for Gay Teenagers. Copies of JCGT minutes in archive are addressed to Nettie in Burbidge’s handwriting.
During this period Burbidge was also active in lobbying for the legal defence of PIE by meeting with Dutch youth parliamentary people (as introduced by the British Youth Council), at Burbidge’s Department of Environment offices to discuss options to report back to CAPM.
A number of the invitees to the Council’s Gay Groups Meeting were of the same view as the Fallen Angels, the pro-paedophile rights groups Councillor Sandy Marks had been involved approximately 18 months before becoming elected – that paedophile rights to liberation such as the abolition of the age of consent – should be campaigned for within the mainstream gay rights movement.
CAPM’s third meeting was attended by (Lord Justice) Adrian Fulford, (Islington Chair of Social Services Committee) Sandy Marks, and two PIE members and NCCL Gay Rights Committee members Nettie Pollard and Tom O’Carroll. As Burbidge was already keeping Pollard appraised of how far progress was being made in pushing his pro-paedophile rights agenda in the gay youth movement, particularly in Islington, it is unsurprising he would document his attempts to network on behalf of CAPM.
Keith Veness recruited Sandy Marks to the Labour party in 1975 and is currently campaigning for her suspension to be lifted following Morgan QC’s Review determining Marks was more likely than not a Fallen Angel and involved with Conspiracy Against Public Morals, campaigning for PIE
Hailed as a PIE supporter by PIE chairman Steven Adrian Smith, Eric Presland, was invited to the meeting by Cllr Bob Crossman and met with Cllr Sandy Marks and Cllr Keith Veness. Veness, who was soon to become Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral agent for the next 9 or so years, has since defended Sandy Marks’ various denials of her involvement with Fallen Angels and following her suspension has demanded her reinstatement to Islington North Constituency Labour Party.
REVEALED: We Found Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Secret Charity
Through a shadowy private foundation, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has continued to shell out cash to celebrities, elite universities—and an all-girls school.
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may have stopped trumpeting his million-dollar donations to charities in light of accusations he molested dozens of underage girls. But he continues to quietly distribute his wealth—including to the nonprofits of Deepak Chopra, Elton John and a doctor linked to President Trump—through a shadowy private foundation called “Gratitude America, Ltd.,” The Daily Beast has learned.
Gratitude America, Ltd. was launched in 2012 to back “organizations around the world that seek to celebrate the United States of America and the American Ideals,” the group stated in its application for tax-exempt status. Those ideals, the nonprofit added, include “liberty, equality, democracy, individualism, unity, and diversity.” At the time, Epstein was three years out of jail, but disturbing allegations from his alleged victims, including one who claimed Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” for his famous friends, continued to hound him.
Epstein apparently needed some favorable news to change the narrative and embarked on a public relations crusade that depicted him as a renowned “science philanthropist,” rather than a convicted sex offender.
Not to be confused with GratitudeAmerica, Inc., a Florida nonprofit for veterans, Epstein’s latest private foundation doesn’t appear to have a website or online presence. The only traces of the group lie in tax returns, a fundraising site for multiple sclerosis, and a book of abstracts from a 2017 academic conference in California.
In 2016 and 2017, Gratitude America Ltd. funded an all-girls school in Manhattan, a youth tennis program, cancer charities, Harvard’s famous theater troupe, posh New York arts societies at Lincoln Center and the Met, and a nonprofit linked to the wife of a former Harvard president who flew on Epstein’s private jet, dubbed the “Lolita Express” by the press.
Indeed, a review of tax returns reveals Epstein’s foundation donated at least $1.84 million to host of causes, including $15,000 to the Hewitt School, the elite private girls school on the Upper East Side; $30,000 to the O’Gorman Garden, a Harlem preschool; and $25,000 to the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, Maryland.
Gratitude America’s biggest donations included a $375,000 payout to the International Peace Institute Inc., a New York think tank staffed by former United Nations officials and run by Norwegian diplomat Terje Rød-Larsen, and $225,000 to the Melanoma Research Alliance—both of which Epstein boasted of supporting financially in years past.
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