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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Ravine: Jonathan King And Two Others Arrested

September 10, 2015

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

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

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

King of Shits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BBC News

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

May 25 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will be sentenced on 15 June.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Africa

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

23 May 2017

The original photo: Sidney Frankel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Surely – hopefully – not.

 

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

 

Where is Ghislaine Maxwell? Has she done a runner?

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

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

Does anyone know where she is?

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

                                                        Ghislaine Maxwell

Here is the article from Daily Caller in the US

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

Jeffrey Epstein’s Runaway Procurer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                  Maxwell in Background of Prince Andrew and girl

                                                         Maxwell and Epstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why was Rolf Harris sneaked out of Stafford Prison?

May 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

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

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

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

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

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

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

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

May 19, 2017

 

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

Father Dante Simón.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rights groups criticise declassiciation attempt

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

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

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

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

Update on: Palmerston House children’s home:

Man charged with abuse – WILLIAM JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

                                                             Willy JOHN GERMAINE GILLHAM

                                                             Willy GILLHAM

May 19 2017  Southampton Crown Court

Case to be listed on trial 25 11:11

Case #

  1. Case Started
  1. Case to be listed for Trial on 25

http://causelist.org/southampton/

Background:

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

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

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

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

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



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

Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tom Pride and TOC


More info on the the Borwicks:


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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord Alistair McAlpine was also a collector.

Art collector Lord McAlpine in Sydney

McAlpine also collected works by convicted paedophile Graham Ovenden

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


 

Victoria Borwick – gifts and hospitality

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

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

Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers

2009

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

Unveiling a plaque to Lady Churchill with Sir Nicholas Soames

The Busy Borwicks

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2015

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Slumming it: Tory Lady ventures into East End

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

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

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

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

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


Jeffrey Epstein back in the news again

May 3 2017

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

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

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

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

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

The defamation trial is expected to begin May 15.

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

Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ trial postponed

May 10 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Children In Need 2008 Tony Wadsworth & Julie Wadsworth

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

May 16 2017

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

A jury has been sworn in to try former BBC Radio Leicester presenters Tony and Julie Wadsworth, who are accused of indecently assaulting boys in an area of parkland in the 1990s.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency by having sex in view of young boys between 1992 and 1996.

Julie Wadsworth, 60, and her 69-year-old husband, also deny counts of indecent assault alleged to have been committed in the Atherstone area of Warwickshire.

The married couple, of Broughton Astley, deny five counts of outraging public decency

Julie Wadsworth, who uses the surname Mayer on air, has pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of indecent assault relating to seven boys.

Tony Wadsworth denies committing 10 indecent assaults by allegedly keeping watch for his wife.

Prosecutor Miranda Moore QC is expected to open the Crown’s case against the couple at Warwick Crown Court in Leamington Spa on Wednesday.

The couple, who have also presented shows for Birmingham-based BBC WM, no longer work for the corporation.

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/trial-of-former-bbc-radio-leicester-presenters-tony-and-julie-wadsworth-set-to-begin/story-30336134-detail/story.html


 

Cliff Richard & paedophile Tony Wadsworth


Stone Roses singer Ian Brown gives evidence at Fred Talbot trial

  • 16 May 2017

Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown has told a court that former TV weatherman Fred Talbot tried to sexually abuse his friend on a school trip to Scotland.

He said Mr Talbot had been his biology teacher in Manchester, and would organise trips for pupils.

Mr Brown told Lanark Sheriff Court of an incident on a camping trip somewhere in Scotland in late 1977 or early 1978.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, denies assaulting several boys on school trips between 1978 and 1981.

The singer told the court that one of his school friends told him that Mr Talbot attempted to abuse him after inviting him into his tent.

Mr Brown, who told the court he was self-employed as a singer and songwriter, said he had got on with Mr Talbot before the camping trip.

He said: “He was possibly one of the only teachers who didn’t stick (cane) me.”

The witness said Mr Talbot would regularly talk about trips during class but would only invite certain people.

“Mr Talbot did these trips and he decided who went,” Mr Brown told the court.

“You couldn’t just put your name down and say you were going.”

The witness said he did not know exactly where they had camped on his trip, but between 12 and 20 pupils had left school on a Friday afternoon in a minibus with Mr Talbot.

When they arrived the area was covered in snow and they cooked dinner.

Mr Brown said Mr Talbot had told them he was going to take someone to the pub and one of his friends was selected because he looked older.

He said that when they returned the friend was invited into Mr Talbot’s tent.

Asked what happened next by prosecutor Imran Bashir, Mr Brown said the boy had come back into the tent “in a state”, and had claimed that the defendant had tried to perform a sex act on him.

Mr Brown said: “I’ve never forgotten it, I was shocked.”

Questioned by defence lawyer Alan Gravelle, Mr Brown said he left school before Mr Talbot began to appear on TV but was aware of his career because “he was on the TV every night”.

Music shows

Asked why he had not raised the incident with authorities previously, the singer said: “Every time I saw him on TV I told people this story.

“I’ve told hundreds of people the same as I’m telling you here.”

Mr Gravelle then asked if the witness had ever tried to tell Mr Talbot’s TV bosses when he appeared on music shows with the Stone Roses.

However, Mr Brown said it was “not realistic” to think he would break off from performing with his band to speak to someone.

Mr Talbot faces eight charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981, as well as one charge of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

Mr Talbot, best known for presenting the weather forecast on a floating map in Liverpool’s Albert Dock for ITV’s This Morning programme, denies all the charges against him.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39934931


DPP says police may charge Pell

Police are examining whether to charge Cardinal George Pell with child sex abuse offences.

Police confirmed a brief of evidence had been delivered from prosecutors about historical sex offence allegations.

Police will now have to decide whether to proceed against the cardinal in the wake of the gravest scandal in the church’s history in Australia.

Police tonight would not comment on what prosecutors recommended in the brief amid a report the force has been told it could charge Cardinal Pell, breaking a months long legal impasse.

Instead, police confirmed simply that the brief had been returned to detectives.

Police have been investigating multiple allegations of wrongdoing against Cardinal Pell, who has stridently denied any wrongdoing.

Allegations relate largely to his tenure as a young priest in the Diocese of Ballarat, where hundreds and possibly thousands of children were abused by the clergy.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/cardinal-george-pell-could-face-child-sex-abuse-charges/news-story/4d750cf4bb0cb46d7212421583832e8a

Victoria Police are considering whether to charge Catholic Cardinal George Pell over sexual assault allegations dating back to the late 1970s after receiving advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Three Victorian detectives flew to Rome last year to conduct a voluntary interview with Cardinal Pell.

Police have issued a statement today saying they had received advice from Victoria’s DPP about a current investigation into sexual assault allegations and detectives would consider the advice before any charges were laid.

The complaints include those by two men now aged in their 40s, from Cardinal Pell’s hometown of Ballarat, who say he touched them inappropriately in the summer of 1978-79 when he was playing a throwing game with them at the town’s pool.

Cardinal Pell’s office issued a statement at the time, saying he had never abused anyone.

Outside the Vatican today, Cardinal Pell again denied any wrongdoing.

On his way to becoming Australia’s most senior Catholic, Cardinal Pell was a priest in the Ballarat diocese before becoming the Archbishop of Melbourne and then Sydney.

Cardinal Pell is currently based at the Vatican in the high-ranking role of Secretariat for the Economy, commonly described as the Vatican’s financial boss.

‘Diplomatic immunity’ could complicate case: lawyer

Lawyer Vivian Waller, who has represented many abuse victims who have taken action against religious clergy, said the investigation must be allowed to run its course.

But if Cardinal Pell was charged, it would raise “fairly complex” jurisdictional questions in the criminal process, she said.

“We don’t have an extradition treaty with the Vatican and potentially someone in Cardinal Pell’s position would be entitled to some sort of diplomatic immunity,” Dr Waller told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“I imagine there would be complex questions that arise if in fact Victoria Police do charge.”

Dr Waller said she had been encouraged by the responses from the Catholic Church during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

However, things have changed since the commission has wrapped up its final case study.

“Certainly in Ireland, when the royal commission ended there, there was quite a big pushback from Catholic entities and their insurers.

“In my opinion and in my experience over the last few weeks, we’re starting to feel that in Victoria already.”

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-17/police-considering-legal-advice-on-george-pell/8531960

How George Pell gazumped other bishops to claim credit for tackling child abuse in the church

 http://www.smh.com.au/national/how-george-pell-gazumped-other-bishops-to-claim-credit-for-tackling-child-abuse-in-the-church-20170510-gw1jrh.html

Fury at sex abuse inquiry snub: Ex pupils ‘devastated’ by bombshell U-turn

May 15 2017

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VICTIMS who claim they suffered horrific sexual abuse at a Scots school have been snubbed by an official inquiry – despite being backed by the PM who said they helped set it up.

When she was Home Secretary, Theresa May wrote to a former pupil of Fort Augustus Abbey school to thank him for his “invaluable” help setting up the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in 2015.

But the evidence of former Scottish pupils like him who attended that infamous boarding school is now unlikely to be heard at the powerful inquiry in London.

Last week, Fort Augustus Abbey was left off the list of schools to be examined by the IICSA later this year.

The snub has prompted fury among those who claim their lives were ruined by what they experienced at the boarding school.

Last night one victim told The Sunday Post: “This has come out of the blue. We’ve been waiting a long time for the inquiry.

“The effect is devastating on our mental health. There have been a number of suicides by ex-pupils because of the abuse.”

He said former pupils are very upset at the bombshell development, especially given Prime Minister May’s earlier support.

In 2015, Theresa May wrote to one of Fort Augustus’s ex-pupils following a number of meetings between the pair where they discussed the alleged abuse he suffered.

Having set up the inquiry less than two weeks previously, she wrote: “With your help we have now established an inquiry to get to the truth about what child sexual abuse occurred in institutions across the UK and why nothing was done.”

But those words now seem empty, after lawyers for Fort Augustus Abbey pupils were contacted last week to reveal the shock evidence reversal.

Fort Augustus Abbey – which was run by an order of English monks – is at the centre of allegations of physical and sexual abuse spanning 30 years.

The exclusive Highlands school shut for good in 1993 but horrific allegations about the way pupils were treated emerged in 2013.

Last year, the English Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announced those claims would be examined – despite the school being in Scotland.

There is a Scottish inquiry set up to probe similar issues north of the border called the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

But campaigners say the English inquiry has been given more clout to take action, which is why ex-pupils from Fort Augustus lobbied to be included in it.

A spokeswoman for the IICSA said the institutions to be examined were still not set in stone – despite the new proposals.

She said: “No decisions of any sort have been made about the matters to be considered at the hearing.”

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/fury-at-sex-abuse-inquiry-snub/?utm_source=twitter

Moors Murderer Ian Brady is dead, Ashworth Hospital confirms

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/moors-murderer-ian-brady-dead-13039692

May 16

Only last month they announced Brady letters will remain classified until 2051.


FA investigators seek evidence of paedophile ring

The review into English football’s child sexual abuse scandal is investigating whether a paedophile ring operated in the game, it can be disclosed.

The inquiry into how the Football Association and the country’s clubs dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005 – and whether there was any cover-up – is also examining girls’ football during that period.

  • Aim to publish its final report early next year.

Led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review was commissioned by the FA after the potential scale of the game’s child sexual abuse scandal became clear.

Clive Sheldon QC to lead in-depth FA review into child abuse in football

http://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/10879015/clive-sheldon-qc-to-lead-in-depth-fa-review-into-child-abuse-in-football

 

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

Rolf Harris had friends in high places

Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

Cliff Richard on Saturday Superstore

 

Rolf Harris groped three girls at TV studios and music event, court hears

TV presenter accused of indecently assaulting three girls aged 13, 14 and 16 in 1970s and 80s

The entertainer and TV presenter Rolf Harris touched a 13-year-old girl’s breast after filming a children’s TV programme and asked her: “Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?”, a court has heard.

Victim one’: Girl, 13, ‘fondled’ after Saturday Superstore, 1983

George Michael on the set of the BBC's Saturday Superstore

Rolf Harris on the set of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore

Guests on the programme included late singer George Michael and Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley.

The 87-year-old Australian is accused of groping the schoolgirl after he appeared in a broadcast of the BBC’s Saturday Superstore in 1983, jurors were told.

Saturday Superstore was a children’s TV series, broadcast on BBC1 from 1982 until 1987.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC told the jury of seven women and five men at Southwark crown court in London that Harris approached the girl in the green room after the filming of the episode, which also featured Wham!.

Rees said: “She recalls him sliding his open right hand across her back over her clothes and touching her breast.”

Harris is accused of indecently assaulting three teenage girls in the 1970s and 80s. He is also alleged to have indecently touched a 14-year-old girl in 1971 after she asked him for an autograph at a music event for children in London.

He is also accused of twice groping a third teenage girl after appearing on the ITV celebrity show Star Games in 1978, and of telling the 16-year-old she was “a little bit irresistible”, the court heard.

Rees added: “In essence, the prosecution alleges that for his own gratification Harris groped these three young females in a sexual way, without their consent.”

Harris appeared via videolink with the court. He denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983.

“He then said: ‘Do you often get molested on a Saturday morning?’ – which the prosecution suggests clearly shows the sexual nature of the touching.”

Rees told the jury: “The prosecution suggests that it offends common sense to suggest that these three women, independent of each other, should choose to fabricate stories of a similar nature. We say Harris had an appetite for touching young females.”

Harris, dressed in a grey suit, with a white shirt and a dark blue tie, listened with his arms folded as the woman, who was 14 in 1971, gave evidence.

She told the jury when she approached him for an autograph at the event, which was attended by hundreds of under-18s and their families at the Lyceum Theatre, that he used both hands to pull her on to his lap.

Giving evidence via videolink, the woman said: “He pulled me on to his knee. I stood up and he put his hand up my dress.”

She added that his hand went between her legs. When Rees asked how that had made her feel, she replied: “Terrible.”

She said after it happened she told her father Harris had put his hand “somewhere private”. Her father, who has since died, spoke to Harris, she said. She added that she did not mention the alleged incident to her mother for many years afterwards.

Rees asked what she did in later years if she saw Harris on television. She replied: “I didn’t want to see him on TV. I would always turn the TV over.”

The trial is due to last for three weeks.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/may/15/rolf-harris-groped-three-girls-at-tv-studios-and-music-event-court-hears?CMP=twt_gu

THE former Animal Hospital presenter was said to have groped the breasts of a blind disabled woman at Moorfields Eye Hospital in 1977.

HARRIS was accused of “creepily” touching an 18-year-old girl at a recording studio in front of former boxing champ Barry McGuigan.

Prosecutors said musicians recording with McGuigan spotted the incident and said the teenager was shaken afterwards. Mr Rees said: “Both thought his conduct inappropriate — variously describing it as creepy, cringing and lecherous”.

A WOMAN broke down yesterday as she told how Harris followed her around a concert hall “smirking,” before putting a hand up her skirt.

She said the 1971 attack happened in front of her family at a youth concert at London’s Lyceum, when she was just 14.

Harris had been invited to the festival to dish out awards while the girl was playing in a band.

AN autograph-hunter accused Harris of putting his hand up her skirt when she approached him for his signature at her local radio station.

The woman, then 12 and with her mum, met the Australian performer after he appeared at Radio Victory for an interview in summer 1977.

 

Harris allegedly told the victim she was ‘irresistible’ after fiiming Star Games

A WOMAN claimed Harris spoke to her when she was 16 — telling her she was “a bit irresistible”.

She claimed the entertainer, who had been filming TV show Star Games, then groped her breast and shoved a hand between her legs.

He was working on the 1978 show in Cambridge with fellow stars Michael Aspel, Tony Blackburn, Rula Lenska and Radio 1 DJs Peter Powell and Bruno Brooks.

 

Rolf 'groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet'

BBC
Rolf ‘groped another woman after celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet’

HARRIS allegedly pushed a woman up against a screen, grabbed her breasts and thrust his crotch against her in front of 100 guests at a wrap party in May 2004.

He was celebrating with staff on Test Your Pet, which he presented with Kate Humble, at the Television Centre in West London.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2593042/rolf-harris-accused-of-groping-a-13-year-old-girl-after-filming-bbc-show-as-perv-back-in-dock-accused-of-sex-attacks-on-seven-new-victims/

Saturday Superstore

BBC One London, 7 April 1984

The store has fixed it for Jimmy Savile OBE to be with Mike in the coffee shop this morning, with news of an incredible bargain offer.

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/b7bfd9753947423d93bc03b50e135034

Saturday Superstore: Mike Read, Sarah Greene, John Craven, David Icke.

Joining them for a chat, Cyril Smith, MP. Phone him and John. David has got a special sports bargain on offer you’ll want to win. That’s Life star Esther Rantzen will be dropping in to take your calls. So will Su Pollard from Hi-de-Hi!

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/0936274f6c234edbbcd22f56e358f9d6

 

Prince Edward dropped in to announce the winner of the Saturday SuperStore Search for A SuperStar and stayed for the rest of the morning.

Margaret Thatcher – Saturday Superstore

David Steel, Neil Kinnock and Margaret Thatcher all appeared in quick succession, the Prime Minister famously confronted with some tough questions from the audience, while Prince Edward also popped in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/genome/entries/ca4da4a9-d587-4af2-8aa1-eec4d76d8373

Other Saturday Superstore guests – Delia Smith, Mike ReadPhillip Schofield, Paul Daniels, Esther Rantzen, Norris McWhirter, paedophile Cyril Smith, Roy Castle, Gyles Brandreth

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0262987/fullcredits/


Fred Talbot indecency trial begins

May 15 2017

Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has gone on trial accused of indecently assaulting several teenage boys on school trips to Scotland.

He is also accused of lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards a boy aged 12 on a trip.

Mr Talbot, 67, of Greater Manchester, went on trial at Lanark Sheriff Court after a jury of 15 men and women was selected.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Mr Talbot is also accused of carrying out the offences involving pupils aged 15 to 17 on trips in Scotland while he was employed as a school teacher.

He faces nine charges of indecent assault between January 1978 and November 1981 and one of lewd, indecent and libidinous behaviour in February 1978.

One of the charges alleges he gave a 15-year-old boy alcohol, rendering him intoxicated, during a camping trip.

Six of the incidents are alleged to have happened on camping excursions in Moffat in Dumfries and Galloway, and three on boating trips on the Caledonian Canal in Inverness.

The trial, before Sheriff Nikola Stewart, is expected to last for two to three weeks.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-39926015

Pope Francis acknowledges 2,000 clerical sex abuse cases on backlog

May 14 2017
  • Pope Francis said criticism of slow process is justified and staff are being added
  • This is his first response to the criticism since abuse survivor Marie Collins left his advisory board in March

The prominent Irish abuse survivor left the advisory board citing the ‘unacceptable’ lack of cooperation from Cardinal Gerhard Mueller’s office, which processes canonical cases against pedophile priests.

She also said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ignored or scuttled commission proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.

Francis also denied that he had accepted a request for clemency from a pedophile priest.

Francis has pledged ‘zero tolerance’ for abusive priests, and he won praise for creating the commission to provide the church with expert advice on protecting children and keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood.

But questions have dogged him from the start about whether he really ‘gets it’ about abuse, given he never dealt with the issue as archbishop and has surrounded himself with cardinal advisers who themselves have botched handling cases.

His board has also lost credibility since Collins left in March. She was the only abuse survivor on the commission.


Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘sex slave’ Virginia Roberts wins round in defamation lawsuit against British socialite and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell who ‘passed her around for sex’ and trained her to be ‘everything a man wanted’

  • Virginia Roberts, 33, persuaded a judge to throw out a motion preventing her from suing British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, 55, for defamation
  • The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’  honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying’
  • Roberts claimed Maxwell recruited her as a sex slave when she was  15 for convicted pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and passed around to his friends
  • Maxwell, who was Epstein’s girlfriend at the time, is also accused of forcing her to have sex with Maxwell and other underage girls
  • The 55-year-old responded to the allegations with a damaging press release 
  • In February 2016, a judge denied Maxwell’s request to throw out Roberts’ lawsuit when she said she was just defending herself against allegations
  • Roberts also alleges she was involved in an 11-person orgy with Epstein’s friend Prince Andrew,  a claim the prince has vehemently denied

Virginia Roberts, the woman who claims she was an underage sex slave for perverted financier Jeffrey Epstein has won another round in her fight against the woman she claims recruited her.

Roberts’ lawyers persuaded a judge to throw out a motion that would have prevented her from suing Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged ‘pimp’ Ghislaine Maxwell for defamation.

Dailymail.com has learned the decision clears the way for the civil case to go ahead in New York in two weeks’ time.

The defamation suit alleges Maxwell instructed her spokesman to attack Roberts’ honesty and truthfulness and to accuse her of lying.

Maxwell, the daughter of former British press baron Robert Maxwell who died when he fell off his yacht in 1991, had argued that a press release in which she attacked Roberts was protected speech.

But Judge Robert Sweet refused to accept that argument in a 76-page decision, saying that Roberts was arguing that Maxwell released the damaging statement out of ‘malice.’


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

May 12, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

»RELATED: The Post’s complete President Trump coverage

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

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy,” Trump said of Epstein during a 2002 interview with New York magazine. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Sano continues.

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

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


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

May 12, 2017

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

Story highlights

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

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

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

‘I feel sorry for the people caught with it’

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

Arizona’s strict sentences

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

‘Reprehensible,’ but maybe not illegal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A LITTLE HISTORY OF CAVE-FM  

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

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



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

18 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The council vowed it would offer full co-operation.

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

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

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

 

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

PAST POLICE INQUIRIES AND CONVICTIONS

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

Neither led to prosecutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

VIEWS ON POLICE PROBE

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

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

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

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

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

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

He did not respond.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11 May 2017

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

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

https://youtu.be/aReK-qZhExY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

She insisted: “I’m not a paedophile.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But the inquiry found no evidence of organised abuse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JOURNALISTS: ‘WE TOLD SANDY ABOUT CHILD ABUSE’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

11 May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sandy Marks: In 2014 I asked for a dialogue

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


 

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

1st January 2014

Dear Sandy,

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

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

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

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

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

Best regards,

Liz


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

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

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

Letter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Homeless charity Centrepoint

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

Journey to the other side

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Director of Runnymeade – Kenneth Leech, 1987–1991

Chairperson at Runnymeade – Diana Brittan 1998–1999

Centrepoint – Royal Patrons

Centrepoint – Our Patron

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Reverend Leech knew the Kray twins.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev Leech and his wife Julie

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

Icebreakers and PIE

 

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

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

 

Centrepoint chief executive Seyi Obakin


Prince Charles and PIE-linked Sir Harold Haywood and Centrepoint

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

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PIE/Righton/Islington

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

JERSEY:Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

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

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

 

WHY? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Former UK prime minister

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

Heath on the Morning Cloud

JERSEY:Children were loaned to rich paedophile yachtsmen

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

 

Sir Henry Hodge, President of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal

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

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

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

Monday Club members:

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

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


young_monday_clubbers

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, 18 May 2013

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

Lambeth – home to the MI6 HQ

Liz Davies’ Open Letter to Margaret Hodge

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

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

This image has been resized to fit in the page. Click to enlarge.

 

Fresh Savile link to Islington child abuse scandal

 

20 Nov 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks once again to for their coverage of this coverup!

Timing of Islington/ Sandy Marks story:

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

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


Lyn Cusack

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Baby P

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10 May 2017

Inquiry begins into child sex abuse in Rochdale

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

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

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

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


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


MAY 8 2017
DARK WEB PAEDOPHILE SITE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bail extended again for former Christ’s Hospital employees

Christ’s Hospital School.

May 3 2017

Four men arrested during 2016 over allegations of non-recent sexual offences against pupils from Christ’s Hospital School, have had their police bail extended from May 3 to July 12 while police reports continue to be considered by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Sussex Police said today (May 3).
The four and their legal representatives have been informed and did not need to attend police stations on May 3, police said. Sussex police said that a 65-year old from Shropshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assault on a girl, indecent assault on a boy and another indecent assault on a boy.
 
On December 12, 2016, he was re-arrested in Shropshire by Sussex officers and was interviewed on suspicion of further offences against six people – five men, and a woman – before being rebailed.
A 66-year old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on January 29, 2016, on suspicion of the rape of a girl and indecent assault on a girl.
A 62-year old West London man was arrested on June 12, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on four girls.
A 74-year old man living in the Charente-Maritime District of France, who is a UK citizen, was arrested in the UK on December 20, 2016, on suspicion of indecent assaults on three boys.

All the men were teachers at the school, police said. The investigation is being carried out by detectives from the Sussex Police Complex Abuse Unit.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TIMELINE OF ALLEGED ABUSE OF ‘HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN’ AT THE PROVOLO INSTITUTE

2009:  Abuse at the Provolo Institute –  which also has a branch in Italy – was first brought to light. Several students came forward and named and accused priests, including Corradi, who has been names again for abusing children in the Argentine Branch of the institute

2010: Vatican ordered its northern Italy branch –  the Verona diocese – to investigate the claims

 2012: the Vatican apologized and sent the results of the investigation to the victims. Four of the accused priests were sanctioned while a fifth was exempted because he had Alzheimers. The priests who were sanctioned were ordered to live a life of prayer and penance and were under supervision, away from children, the Associated Press reported in 2016

2014: The students penned a letter, naming Corradi – who was now in the Pope’s native Argentina – but they received no response

2016:  According to the Associated Press,  a Vatican official said Pope Francis wanted to assure the victims that the church was taking steps to tackle the continuous sexual abuse. In December 2016, he used sign language while delivering his Christmas message, which fell on deaf years in Argentina as the controversy was unfolding.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4480530/Nun-arrested-helping-priests-rape-deaf-kids.html

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Pope Francis ‘told about alleged child rapist’ two years before his arrestProsecutors expect more people to come forward with allegations of abuse28 December 2016Pope Francis was told as early as 2014 that a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing children in Italy had been reassigned to a school in Argentina, where he has since been arrested on suspicion of child rape.The Rev Nicola Corradi, 82, was arrested in late November alongside four other men following allegations of abuse at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing-impaired children in Mendoza province.He was named in the scandal that hit the institute’s Verona school in 2009, when 67 students alleged they had been abused. The Verona diocese apologised to students there and the Vatican sanctioned four priests, though not Rev Corradi. In 2014 the students sent the Pope a letter – acknowledged only this year – again naming him as an abuser, living in Argentina.Two dozen students have said they were attacked by Rev Corradi, the Rev Horacio Corbacho, 55, and three other men at the school in Lujan de Cuyo, a city about 620 miles northwest of Buenos Aires.One told AP: “They always said it was a game: ‘Let’s go play, let’s go play’ and they would take us to the girls’ bathroom.”The Pope told US victims of clerical abuse last year that “all responsible will be held accountable” and called for stronger “oversight to ensure that youth are protected”.His Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has announced that newly-appointed bishops will get comprehensive training on how to deal effectively with the root causes of child abuse.But in February the commission was hit by the sudden departure of British anti-abuse campaigner Peter Saunders from the Vatican, who accused the panel of doing nothing to erase the culture of cover-ups within the Church authority.In June, Pope Francis announced that clerics can now be dismissed from office if they are shown to neglect their duty of care towards vulnerable children and adults, in addition to creating a legal framework which allows for abusers to be tried in the Vatican.Prosecutors in Mendoza expect more people to come forward with claims of abuse and they told AP that the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had been told about the allegations.Pope Francis, who is from Argentina, has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment on Corradi’s arrest to AP.link

 This Dec. 16, 2016 photo show a facade of the Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institu...

The Antonio Provolo Institute in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the institute for hearing impaired children in the Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own. Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

Argentina probes sex abuse at deaf school, what Vatican knew

The clerical sex abuse scandal unfolding at the Antonio Provolo Institute for hearing impaired children in Mendoza province would be shocking enough on its own.

Except that dozens of students in the Provolo Institute’s school in Italy were similarly abused for decades, allegedly by the same priest who now stands accused of raping and molesting young deaf Argentines.

And the Vatican knew about him since at least 2009, when the Italy victims went public with tales of shocking abuse against the most vulnerable of children and named names. In 2014, the Italian victims wrote directly to Pope Francis again naming the Rev. Nicola Corradi as a pedophile and flagged that he was living in Francis’ native Argentina. Yet apparently, nothing was done.

“From the pope down … all of the Catholic Church hierarchy is the same. They all knew,one of the Mendoza victims told The Associated Press through a sign language interpreter.

Pope Francis has not spoken publicly about the case and the Vatican declined to comment.

Advocates of sex abuse victims by priests question how Francis could have been unaware of Corradi’s misdeeds, given he was publicly named by the Italy victims.

“No other pope has spoken as passionately about the evil of child sex abuse as Francis. No other pope has invoked ‘zero tolerance’ as often. No other pope has promised accountability of church superiors,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of BishopAccountability, an online resource about clerical abuse. “In light of the crimes against the helpless children in Mendoza, the Pope’s assurances seem empty indeed.”

On Dec. 11, the pope appeared in a video using sign language to wish deaf people worldwide a merry Christmas — a gesture that fell particularly flat in Argentina as Catholics struggle with the enormity of the scandal.

“Either he lives outside of reality or this is enormously cynical … it’s a mockery,” said Carlos Lombardi, an attorney who specializes in canon law.

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Pope Francis: questions remain over his role during Argentina’s dictatorship

Jorge Bergoglio was head of the Jesuit order in the 1970s when the church backed military government and called for patriotism

Police Scotland refuse to reveal the identity of a paedophile handed rare legal order despite case being heard in open court

6th May 2017

Cops raised legal case to have Reece Scobie placed on sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction from Iceland

POLICE Scotland have refused to reveal the identity of a paedophile who was put on the sex offenders register because of a child porn conviction in Iceland.

The force declined to name the convicted sex offender because it would breach rules protecting his “personal information.”

Reece Scobie

A senior legal source branded the ruling “ridiculous and counter-productive” as the man involved at the centre of the case is widely known to be 22-year-old Reece Scobie.

Police Scotland raised a case at Perth Sheriff Court to have Scobie’s details added to the sex offenders register on the basis of a child porn conviction from Iceland.

The case – which was aired publicly in court – led to Scobie, from Perthshire, being made subject to strict monitoring conditions to protect children.

But when Police Scotland were asked to reveal the detailed terms of the order under Freedom of Information rules, they refused and declined to confirm any order had been made.

Scobie’s name was redacted from the request in their reply.

The force refused to provide the information because it would be “considered exempt” as it is deemed “personal information”.

The senior legal source said: “This seems ridiculous when the case has been called in open court and granted on public record. It seems to only be top secret to the police.

“In practical terms – if Mr Scobie is prohibited from certain behaviour then how can the public know if he is breaching the conditions if no-one is allowed to know what they are?

“It’s counter-productive and flies in the face of having the order granted. Surely the public, and children in particular, would be better protected if this information was public?”

The police position came to light in the same week that they expanded the Sex Offender Community Disclosure Scheme to include an online database.

The scheme lets the public request access to information about sex offenders.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley won the right to monitor paedophile and conman Scobie on the basis of him being caught with indecent images of children while he was abroad.

Notorious Scobie, who has used stolen credit card details to travel the world, was jailed in Iceland in January 2016 after being found with indecent images and videos.

The chief constable lodged a legal case to argue that the nature of Scobie’s conviction in Iceland meant he posed a serious danger to children in Scotland.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley is trying to plan for a future in a rapidly changing world

 

Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley

The rare notification hearing was heard earlier this year at Perth Sheriff Court and was granted against Scobie by Sheriff William Wood.

Scobie has already been caught defying a strict ban on internet use since his return from Iceland and was ordered to carry out 80 hours community work.

The 22-year-old was caught using the internet at his Inchture, Perthshire, home and also having a secret mobile phone which he later disposed of in February this year.

As well as being jailed for 12 months in Iceland last year, he was also ordered to pay the equivalent of £18,000 court costs after he admitted several frauds and having a large haul of images.

He was found with 4,750 photographs and 345 videos of child porn and the internet restricting conditions were in place upon his return to Scotland.

In 2013, Scobie, who was just 19, was locked up for 16 months after he admitted carrying out a massive con to fund his “fantasy” globetrotting lifestyle.

He was compared to notorious Catch Me If You Can fraudster Frank Abagnale in the wake of a global travel con funded by £70,000 he duped from travel agents.

A Perth Sheriff Court official confirmed that the order had been granted against Scobie “based on a conviction from Rejkjanes County Court in Iceland on 28 January 2016.”

He will remain on the register until 27 January 2021.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/967805/police-scotland-paedophile-refused-named-reece-scobie/


 

First steps in investigation into historic child sex abuse claims

May 4 2017

The chair of an investigation into historic child sex abuse claims at care homes in Nottinghamshire will announce key parties in the inquiry next week.

Professor Alexis Jay, chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), will announce the investigation’s ‘core participants’ at a preliminary hearing at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in London on Thursday, May 11.

IICSA defines a ‘core participant’ as “an individual, organisation or institution that “played, or may have played a direct or significant role” in relation to the inquiry. It comes after an open process was launched in March, asking people to come forward.

It was announced in November 2015, that Nottinghamshire’s councils would be among the first to be investigated by IICSA.

http://www.nottinghampost.com/first-steps-in-investigation-into-historic-child-sex-abuse-claims/story-30312479-detail/story.html


Seven British spies uncovered in new biography of real-life M

Author of Maxwell Knight, ‘MI5’s Greatest Spymaster’, uncovers details of hitherto unknown agents in interwar years

Maxwell Knight, pictured with Goo the cuckoo.
Maxwell Knight, pictured with one of the pet birds he wrote about in a number of books.

The agents

Kathleen Tesch, codenamed M/T was an animal-loving housewife with no previous experience of espionage. When Tesch had a one-on-one with Hitler in Germany, shortly before the start of the second world war, she broke the silence with “idiotic remarks, such as ‘What a very beautiful view’”. Hitler gave her an autographed copy of Mein Kampf.

Mona Maund, codenamed M/2 provided vital intelligence about Melita Norwood, who was the Soviet Union’s most productive British agent and spent 40 years undetected inside the British nuclear programme. Maund’s intelligence might have changed the direction of the cold war if Jasper Harker, who later became acting director of MI5, had not ignored it.

Eric Roberts, codenamed M/F became “Jack King”, the bank-clerk-turned-spy who infiltrated British right-wing groups during the war by posing as a Gestapo officer. Roberts was recruited by Knight, who used him to infiltrate the Communist party and then Sir Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists.

Graham Pollard, codenamed M/1 infiltrated the Communist party, first for MI6 and then for MI5. He even married a communist – almost certainly to improve his cover. Pollard was the son of the great Tudor historian AF Pollard and, at one point, ran a fashionable bookshop in Bloomsbury.

Jimmy Dickson, codenamed M/3 was a civil servant who moonlighted in his spare time as an MI5 agent. Dickson wrote comedies for the BBC as well as bestselling thrillers. Under Knight’s guidance, he passed himself off first as a communist, then a fascist, providing the government with valuable intelligence on both.

Vivian Hancock-Nunn, codenamed M/7 was a barrister who worked as an MI5 agent deep inside the communist movement, providing free legal advice to Communist party publications.

Olga Gray, codenamed M/12 was a typist from Birmingham. Recruited over a game of golf to the secret service, Gray was given the task of infiltrating the Communist party and was able to uncover a communist cell operating at the Woolwich Arsenal.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/may/03/seven-british-spies-uncovered-in-new-biography-of-real-life-m?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

Hundreds of suspected paedophiles held after dark net forum hacked

The Playpen website, which let 150,000 members view and trade child abuse imagery without detection, was infiltrated by US investigators

More than 280 suspected British paedophiles have been arrested as part of a huge global operation against child abuse on the dark net.

The National Crime Agency worked with the FBI in the US and Europol in the EU to arrest almost 1,000 suspects after one of the world’s largest online paedophile forums was infiltrated by American investigators.

The Playpen website, which operated through anonymous internet browsers, offered 150,000 members a “safe-haven” to view and trade child abuse imagery without detection. Using software called Tor, its members were able to mask their identities to access and distribute tens of thousands of illegal images.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/hundreds-of-suspected-paedophiles-held-after-dark-net-forum-is-hacked-8zhpgxtmw

Europol sends ‘intelligence package’ to gardaí as part of international investigation into underground paedophile network

  • Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe

 

  • At least 259 sexually abused children identified or rescued from their abusers outside of US

 

  • Lead administrator of one of the world’s largest sex abuse websites sentenced to 30 years

 

  • May 5 2017

    An intelligence package on an underground paedophile network has been sent to An Garda Síochána as part of an international probe.

    Over 360 people have been arrested across Europe as part of the worldwide investigation and hundreds of sexually abused children have been identified and rescued.

    Operation Pacifier is the “largest and more complex investigation” into child sex abuse websites ever undertaken, according to Europol.

    The Europe-wide law enforcement agency confirmed that 368 suspected child abusers have been arrested or convicted in Europe in relation to the investigation.

    Almost 900 people have been arrested worldwide.

    The operation saw the lead administrator of Playpen, one of the world’s largest child sexual abuse websites on the Darknet with more than 150,000 users around the world, sentenced to 30 years in prison in North Carolina earlier this week.

    The two other administrators of the site were each sentenced to 20 years behind bars.

    Europol said it’s role “was to crosscheck, analyse and complete the data received in order to identify offenders mainly located in Europe.”

    They confirmed that intelligence packages were “prepared and disseminated” to law enforcement authorities in countries including Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Ireland, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    The investigation has so far resulted in 368 arrests or convictions in Europe, and 870 arrests or convictions worldwide.

    At least 259 sexually abused children have been identified or rescued from their abusers outside of the US.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” Steven Wilson, Head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said.

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/europol-sends-intelligence-package-to-garda-as-part-of-international-investigation-into-underground-paedophile-network-35685226.html

    Almost 900 arrested in ‘one of the most important’ child abuse investigations

    09 May 2017

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    Steven Wilson: ‘The internet has no
    boundaries and does not recognise
    borders’

     

    Europol has rushed to the defence of law enforcement agencies criticised for using “proportionate means” to take down a global online child sexual exploitation ring.

    More than 120 people in the UK have been arrested as part of an ongoing operation that has resulted in 870 arrests worldwide – with almost 400 suspected paedophiles detained in Europe.

    A two-year investigation into one of the largest known child sexual abuse websites has targeted 150,000 users.

    Operation Pacifier was launched by the FBI in January 2015, with the support of Europol, to track down members of ‘Playpen’ – a site on the dark web which allows its users to access a wide range of child exploitation pictures and videos.

    The FBI is known to have used malware to hack into more than 1,000 computers.

    But Steven Wilson, head of Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre, said the use of “proportionate means” to tackle online child sexual abuse was now necessary in an increasingly sophisticated digital landscape.

    “Those individuals involved in the sexual abuse of children are becoming increasingly forensically aware and are actively using the most advanced forms of anonymisation and encryption to avoid detection,” he said.

    “The internet has no boundaries and does not recognise borders. We need to balance the rights of victims versus the right to privacy. If we operate 19th century legal principles then we are unable to effectively tackle crime at the highest level.”

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said its activity in relation to Operation Pacifier has led to more than 120 people being arrested in the UK and more than half of those being charged.

    In addition, more than 140 sexually abused children in the UK were identified and safeguarded, rising to 259 across Europe.

    Last week, the creator and lead administrator of Playpen, US-born Steven Chase, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

    And in July 2015, a further two men from the US associated with the creation the illicit site were arrested – Michael Fluckiger and David Browning – and have since been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    Europol’s executive director, Rob Wainwright added: “Europol is pleased to have played its part in what ranks as one of the most important investigations of online child sexual abuse ever conducted.

    “I applaud the great work of the FBI and our many other law enforcement partners in Europe and beyond for their cooperation on a global scale to tackle such a serious and challenging public safety issue.

    “As the operation shows the investigation of criminal activity on anonymised platforms has now become an essential part of law enforcement’s fight against serious and organised crime, something to which Europol remains firmly committed.”

    The NCA said international collaboration is “crucial” in cases such as this.

    “Child abuse knows no boundaries and the law enforcement response mirrors that – we work closely with international partners to ensure information or intelligence relating to child abuse images is shared to identify and hold to account those involved,” it added.

Prince Philip to step down from carrying out royal engagements

  • 4 May 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39802636

May 3 2017

IICSA Child abuse inquiry decides not to hold preliminary hearings in case of Lord Janner, late Labour peer accused of abusing children.

The family of the late Lord Janner have lost their battle to have a hearing to discuss concerns about the inquiry into allegations against him.

The Labour peer, who died in December 2015, is alleged to have abused youngsters over a 30-year period.

His family said that, following Lord Janner’s death, the inquiry would be a “proxy trial”.

Inquiry chair Prof Alexis Jay ruled a hearing was not necessary as she had already dismissed the family’s fears.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39795531


Claims of VIP paedophile ring at Scots boarding school –  QVS Queen Victoria School – aired at abuse inquiry

Apr 30 2017

 

SENSATIONAL claims about a VIP paedophile ring at a prestigious Scots boarding school are to be aired at Holyrood’s child abuse inquiry.

QVS is at the centre of extraordinary allegations

The evidence will include claims that Dunblane killer Thomas Hamilton was connected to the network, which is also said to have included leading members of the Scottish establishment.
Queen Victoria School (QVS), which is funded by the Ministry of Defence and has Prince Philip as its patron, is at the centre of the extraordinary allegations.

It was not included in the first round of boarding schools and other establishments identified by the inquiry team, sparking fears of a cover-up.

However, a former teacher at the Dunblane school who has spent decades attempting to unmask the abusers has now been invited to tell his story.

Glenn Harrison was a housemaster at QVS when he began to suspect that a shadowy cabal of powerful individuals was preying on the pupils.However, when he tried to raise the alarm in 1991 the police responded by breaking down the door to his flat, seizing his personal papers and hauling him in to be interviewed.

Yesterday, Mr Harrison said: “After almost 27 years of being ignored, someone is listening and wants to know what really happened to me at QVS. I am pleased and eager to share the experience and emphasise the need for authorities to listen to children when they complain as well as teachers and carers especially in institutions. I hope my experience will help to create a more caring and safer environment for young people in the future.”After leaving QVS, Mr Harrison and his family relocated to Orkney and he made numerous attempts to have his allegations investigated over the years.

The case was finally referred to the Scottish Government’s historical child abuse inquiry in 2015
Earlier this month, it also emerged that Police Scotland detectives are investigating at least two cases of historical abuse linked to QVS. One of them involves former teacher Ben Philip, who died after falling from a ladder at the school in 1993.
Children of Scottish service personnel are eligible to attend QVS, which is now mixed but was an all-boys school at the time of the allegations.

It is governed by a Board of Her Majesty’s Commissioners appointed by the Queen, the Scottish Secretary and the Defence Secretary.

Fife campaigner Tom Minogue, a long-time supporter of Mr Harrison, has also been invited to give evidence by the inquiry’s witness support team.

He said: “I never thought we’d get to this point because of the cast of characters involved with QVS, starting with the Duke of Edinburgh as patron and running down through some of the most powerful people in the land as Her Majesty’s Commissioners.

“The great and the good don’t want us to speak about any of this, starting with the fact that Thomas Hamilton was running about the place.”

Mr Harrison’s allegations centre on a group of men who would allegedly take pupils away for weekends and return them “distressed but flush with cash”.

Five years after the claims were first reported to the police, 16 children and one teacher were shot at Dunblane Primary School by evil Hamilton. To his horror, Mr Harrison recognised the fiend as a frequent visitor to QVS.
In evidence submitted to the inquiry, Mr Harrison states: “When I enquired about him (as well as other unknown visitors), I was told they were ‘friends of Queen Victoria School’; I have never to this day been able to find out who these ’friends’ were.”

The Cullen Inquiry later heard that Hamilton took youth clubs camping in the QVS grounds, that he arranged for an acquaintance to get a summer job at the school and that he took another man shooting at the school’s firing range.

Mr Minogue said the implications of this evidence had never been properly explored and added: “These references quite clearly corroborate Glenn’s story and show that Her Majesty’s Commissioners either didn’t know what was going on at the school they were charged with governing, or they have been less than truthful.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will fully co-operate with their inquiries.”http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/798285/Dunblane-killer-Thomas-Hamilton-paedophile-ring-QVS
Dunblane File Closed for 100 years

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/a04ea11403d74248a1828c1b19634ecd

QVS was a perfect cover for institutional physical and sexual abuse.  At first it was orphan boys.  On and off, over decades, QVS has supplied children (with sealed lips) for abuse: “Where the carcass is, there the eagles gather.”   They were accessible to “eagles” like top brass military, politicians, police officials, sheriffs, fiscals and successful business people in Perthshire.   And fools like me could be squashed, swallowed up or sent to some island somewhere.  They all gather at the water hole.

Outrageous, you say?  There are similar stories from Wellbeck college and Duke of York, where names of the famous are well known associations, including famous Statesmen. The link is Masons, masters of secrecy and deception.  Which is where Hamilton comes in to the story.  The weak link in the powerful chain of abusers.   Here we have a perfect situation where boys, sworn to secrecy, and parents under orders to keep quiet, helpless to complain. Hamilton was unbalanced and had power by knowledge.  This is why he was allowed to have guns.  He was in on the secret and knew names of those other paedophilia members.

f those names get out even now after 12 years, there will be a riot and the press will have a field day!   Lives and careers will be ruined!   Is this why Hamilton‘s file went missing only hours after the killings?  Is this why Lord Cullen, who I believe was a QVS Commissioner, was appointed to preside over the Hamilton investigations?   This is how Masons operate.  They control everything and their allegiance is to each other.  No wonder they want a 100-year embargo on the Hamilton case!

http://dunblane.site/gh_qvs_story.htm


wp-1491116480135.jpgApril 2 2017,

There were fresh calls last night to widen the Scottish government’s child abuse inquiry after a former pupil of a military boarding school in Dunblane claimed he was abused by a teacher.

It has emerged police launched an investigation after a victim broke decades of silence to reveal his abuse at the hands of a housemaster at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in the 1970s.

The man, now in his fifties, was told by detectives last month that his abuser, who died 24 years ago, would have faced being charged if he had still been alive. The former pupil is believed to be the first victim of alleged sexual abuse at the school known to have come forward. It reignites concerns first raised in 1991 by a QVS teacher who feared boys were at risk. A police probe failed to find evidence of wrongdoing at the time.

Separately, detectives have looked into claims that a woman was abused as a child in the 1990s by her father who had links to QVS.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), launched in 2015, has named dozens of establishments under investigation, but QVS is not one of them.

The school is funded by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and counts Prince Philip as its patron.

Janine Rennie, from the charity Wellbeing Scotland, said: “If the inquiry is going to be effective, it cannot exclude an establishment where there is evidence of abuse.”

The former QVS pupil told police last year that he was abused by a teacher, Ben Phillips, while in primary school. Speaking to The Sunday Times, he recalled Phillips “fondling” his genitals while he was in bed in the dormitory and putting his hand down his pants while he was standing at Phillips’ desk during class. The man only told his father of the abuse in 2013.

“I think it’s my duty to mention these facts,” the man said. “[The police] took my case very seriously. It was only [last month] that an officer gave me a final update. If certain teachers had still been alive then there would be enough evidence with what they had accumulated from myself and other ex-pupils to make a case.

“I thought going to the police was the right thing to do, as there may be old boys out there who have suffered over the years.”

The Sunday Times understands that the MoD and QVS co-operated fully with the investigation into Phillips, who lived and worked at the school. He died in 1993, aged 46, when he fell from a ladder while hanging Christmas decorations.

We can also reveal that police investigated claims by a woman that she was abused as a girl in Dunblane in the 1990s. A local resident first raised concerns over the girl’s welfare in 1991, and in 2015 was asked by detectives to provide a fresh statement. The resident, who spoke to this paper last week, said the woman’s father had close connections with QVS and that the case was quietly dropped.

An MoD spokeswoman said: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and any claims of historical abuse involving Queen Victoria School have been passed to the police. We will fully co-operate with their inquiries.”

A spokesman for the SCAI said it will announce further investigations in due course that “may include other boarding schools”.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said: “There is no ongoing investigation in connection with Queen Victoria School. Police Scotland will not discuss further details of any reports made.”

Meanwhile, police in Kent have launched a review after a parent of an ex-pupil at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School complained that the force failed to robustly investigate a historical allegation.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-b8bz3wvfv  https://archive.is/RqS6c

https://spidercatweb.blog/2017/04/02/breaking-fresh-sex-abuse-claims-hit-scots-military-school-qvs/

Earlier:

Jul 5, 2015

Top Scots school in abuse claims

CLAIMS of a powerful paedophile ring operating at a top Scottish military school with links to the Royal Family have been passed to the Holyrood inquiry into historical child abuse.

The allegations centre on Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, which has Prince Philip as its patron and is funded by the Ministry of Defence for the children of Scots service personnel.Last night, the Ministry of Defence said the claims were being “investigated via the appropriate agencies”.Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at the boarding school, first raised the alarm in 1991 when he wrote to parents to warn them that their children were at risk.He also reported his concerns to the former Central Scotland Police but says he was told the school was covered by the Official Secrets Act and therefore out of their jurisdiction.His claims centred on a supposed cabal of individuals known as the ‘Friends of QVS’, which was said to include high profile members of Scotland’s political and legal circles.They apparently enjoyed unfettered access to the school and would often take boys away for the weekend, with the pupils returning “distressed but flush with cash”.
Mr Harrison later said: “They had to take their kilts and clean underwear and I was not given a contact address. What may have gone on at these parties was secret but some boys were very disturbed.“I became disturbed, too, by screams in the dorm at night, empty beds, rituals in dark places and used, warm, filled condoms hurriedly abandoned. There was fear throughout every age group and the teachers knew about it.”

In one instance, Mr Harrison and his wife refused to sit alongside Prince Andrew at a school dinner “in protest at the many unheard voices and suffering of young boys”.


The police responded to his complaint by breaking down the door to his flat and removing many of his personal papers, while he was escorted from the school premises and interviewed by detectives.Mr Harrison also reported his concerns to social services, the NSPCC and the Scotland Office, whose inspectors found evidence of bullying but said other allegations had been “exaggerated”.He moved to Shetland, where he enjoyed a distinguished teaching career, and his new MP Jim Wallace, now Baron Wallace of Tankerness, agreed to raise the matter at Westminster.
In 1993,Hansard recorded a written response from QVS headmaster Julian Hankinson to say that police had “concluded there was no cause for further action on their part”.The story took a twist with the Dunblane massacre carried out by Thomas Hamilton, whose links to Queen Victoria School were established at the Cullen Inquiry.In November 1996, Mr Harrison wrote to The Shetland Times to say: “I believe that, had my allegations in 1991 been properly investigated, there is a strong possibility that Hamilton would have been discovered.”His claims still went largely ignored until being picked up by Brian ‘Robbie the Pict’ Robertson, who led the campaign against Skye Bridge tolls, and justice campaigner Tom Minogue.
Mr Minogue, a retired businessman from Dunfermline, made a formal complaint to Central Scotland Police in November 2003.He said: “Glenn Harrison reported all this before anybody had any suspicions about Thomas Hamilton, never mind Nicholas Fairbairn or Robert Henderson.“With each passing revelation, it adds more credence to what he alleged in 1991.“The stories he told me were absolutely harrowing. I don’t know whether boys were abused from that school but I do know Glenn Harrison was absolutely convinced they were, and he is a sincere, genuine and serious man.”He added the so-called ‘Friends of QVS’ put forward by Mr Harrison represented a “who’s who of the Scottish TV news” in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The former housemaster has now retired and left Scotland, telling friends he had “had enough” of being thwarted in his attempts to secure justice.However, a number of individuals who may have been abused at Queen Victoria School have come forward in recent years and the matter has been referred to Susan O’Brien QC, who will chair the Scottish Government inquiry.The school, which began admitting girls in 1996, is open to children of those who have served or are serving in the Army, Navy or RAF.It has been rocked by a number of underage sex and drinking scandals over the years, while two teachers were investigated by the police in 2005 over allegations involving two female pupils.A fiscal later ruled no action could be taken as a new Holyrood law designed to protect children in such circumstances had not been in force at the time.It is the latest boarding school to be hit by historic abuse allegations, after Merchiston Castle School, Fort Augustus Abbey School and Gordonstoun.Alan Draper, of the In Care Abuse Survivors group, urged Ms O’Brien QC to have the “courage” to investigate claims involving high-profile Scottish establishment figures, “even members of her own profession”.He added: “It is a question of how far she is going to be able to deal with it without any interference.”An MoD spokeswoman said: “These cases of historic abuse are being dealt with and investigated via the appropriate agencies. In advance of the completion of any investigations or the finalisation of any inquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment on any aspect of the allegations until a conclusion is reached. The MoD is co-operating fully with the investigations.”Detective Chief Inspector Elaine Galbraith, of the Police Scotland Public Protection Unit, said there were no current investigations into any persons connected with Queen Victoria School but any previous reports would be assessed and reviewed if necessary.She added they were committed to the investigation of all reports of sexual crime to bring justice for victims of sexual abuse, regardless of the passage of time and said: “I would encourage anyone who may have been a victim, regardless of when that was, to come forward, safe in the knowledge they will be taken seriously and will always be dealt with professionally.”A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it will be for the inquiry to consider all submitted evidence.http://www.express.co.uk/scotland/588918/Top-Scotland-school-abuse-claims

QVS, Dunblane, VIPaedo, Cover-Up

https://spidercatweb.wordpress.com/tag/dunblane/?iframe=true&preview=true/feed/

Abuse inquiry judge urged to investigate Dunblane boarding school

March 5 2017

The judge at the helm of an historic child abuse review in Scotland is being urged to investigate a top private school with links to the royal family.

Glenn Harrison, a former housemaster at Dunblane’s Queen Victoria School (QVS), has raised fresh concern that pupils were sexually abused by a paedophile ring during the 1980s and 1990s. He first blew the whistle 26 years ago but has written to Lady Anne Smith, chairwoman of the Scottish child abuse inquiry, making a new case for its inclusion in her review.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/abuse-inquiry-judge-urged-to-investigate-dunblane-boarding-school-c8fztvwls


Trump Campaign Chair Arrested For Child Sex Trafficking

4 mins in

Police arrested former Campbell County District Judge Tim Nolan on charges of human trafficking and unlawful transaction with a minor, according to court documents and a release from Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

Nolan, 70, who has been outspoken in conservative politics and the tea party movement in recent years, was elected to the Campbell County School Board in November. He was also the chairman of President Donald Trump’s campaign in Campbell County.

The case presents a tricky situation for the legal community due to Nolan’s past as a Campbell County District Judge in the 1970s and 1980s. His daughter, Taunya Nolan Jack, is the Campbell County Circuit Court Clerk

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2017/04/21/former-district-judge-indicted-human-trafficking/100756290/


The resurgent blog of Ex- Senator Stuart Syvret

 

THE PUBLIC’S INQUIRY – INTO THE PUBLIC-INQUIRY – STARTS HERE.

Well, here’s a surprise.

The blog the Jersey establishment strove to prevent you from reading – is back.

Thanks to a variety of campaigners, survivors, whistleblowers, IT experts and concerned citizens in a number of countries around the world, the most evidenced and accessible anti-corruption news and discussion forum in Jersey history lives on.

Like it was always going to.

Certainly, the public inquiry – a good public inquiry – could still do important work – not least at last give recognition to the survivors, give them a forum – listen to their experiences – and force the Jersey government to address their needs.

And in terms of what took place and when, in the long catalogue of systemic breakdown of governance, much detail could be added.

But, you know – in terms of the big picture issues – the overt gross failures of Jersey – what else needs to be added, really?

  • We know that there was extensive and sustained child-abuse throughout many state-run institutions in Jersey.
  • We know that some of that child-abuse was committed by public employees.
  • We know that some child-abuse was facilitated and enabled by public employees.

The true facts of “The Jersey Situation”  are going to be submitted to IICSA. Provided will be – along with supporting dossiers of evidence and narrative critiques  – a remarkable introductory chapter as a detailed  & evidence-bundled, full critical response to @Jerseyinquiry. The facts of “The Jersey Situation” constitute  a “Refuse-To-Incorporate-This-If-You-dare!” – submission to #IICSA.

In that sense – THE JERSEY SITUATION- is a litmus-test – of #IICSA.

But for the traditional British public inquiry to fulfil its divert-distract-and-cover-up function, one or two conditions precedent have to prevail. For example, we have to have the historic cap-doffing, forelock-tugging deference to men & women in silly costumes, with absurd titles and Eaton & Cheltenham accents. When Sir Lady Lord Baronet 27th Earl of Trustfundshire Dame Oxbridge QC, Thane of Lloyds and Groom of the Remembrancer’s Stool, O.B.E is appointed, by those to be inquired into, we have to sink to our knees in gratitude when they address us in their BBC-plausible voice and assure us they really, really do have the serious and genuine interests of us scummy proles upmost in their minds and not those of their fellow multi-millionaires who appointed them and who they’ll be chatting to in a north London lawyer’s club next week.

But does that culture of deference exist anymore? Well – perhaps a little, but it’s oh so diminished.  The traditional power elites are viewed with increasing scepticism across Britain, and even, surprisingly, in Jersey. It’s increasingly obvious that 500 pages of diversionary flim-flam generated via another few million quid of public money thrown into Bedford Row won’t work as it used to – like some kind of sleeping-gas – that would tranquilise and pacify everyone for another five years, before they started to wake up to the fact they’d  been conned.

http://freespeechoffshore.nl/stuartsyvretblog/the-publics-inquiry-into-the-public-inquiry-starts-here/


Love letters between Ian Brady and Myra Hindley to remain classified for 30 years due to ‘secret codes‘ in them

Apr 30 2017

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters contain coded messages which if cracked could reveal the location of Keith Bennett’s body

Ministers involved in a new review of whether to release the correspondence have concluded it still includes secrets about the case.

They are also worried the families of Keith and the other victims would be traumatised and subjected to an “unacceptable level of mental distress” if they were exposed to some of the information.

Earlier this year, it was revealed bullet shells matching a Smith and Wesson revolver, which Brady may have used to murder 11-year-old Keith, had been found on Saddleworth Moor, Greater Manchester.

This has led to calls for a fresh search of the moor, 51 years after the wicked couple were jailed.

Police and Government officials believe the 1965 letters between them contain coded messages which if cracked could close the case.

But following a review, Ministers have agreed the letters should remain classified until at least January 2051.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/love-letters-between-ian-brady-10326571

Maybe the reason to keep the contents covered up has to do with Ian Brady and Myra Hindley’s relationships with members of the elite such as Sir Jimmy Savile, Lord Longford, and LordAstor

 

Child murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had friends in high places

‘I AM the Myra Hindley story,” said Jimmy Savile.

Dan Davies: In Plain Sight – The Life And Lies Of Jimmy Savile

Janie Jones, the madam and former pop star immortalised by The Clash, that when she was released from Holloway Women’s Prison in 1977 after serving three years for controlling prostitution, she received a summons from Savile. The flamboyant Jones had befriended Hindley in prison.

Savile had been the DJ at a Manchester dancehall frequented by Brady and Hindley, he claimed. He bragged to Jones that he knew Brady. “He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley,” says Jones

Janie Jones was a singer who ran sex parties at her home in Kensington, was jailed for three years in 1974 after becoming snared in the payola scandal.

It was a bizarre encounter in which Savile accused her of siding with Myra Hindley, whose release she campaigned for after meeting the killer in jail, while expressing his own desire to have sex with under age girls.

Savile, according to Miss Jones, was an apparently keen supporter of Ian Brady, Hindley’s accomplice in the Moors murders.

Miss Jones, now 75, said: “Savile just kept saying that he could not understand why people went on about 13-year-old girls because they were ‘gagging’ for it. I told him that anybody who wants to go with a 13-year-old is a paedophile.

“Then he was bragging that he had met Ian Brady. He said it was disgraceful that I was siding with Hindley against Brady. At the time he was doing Jim’ll Fix It, but he was interested in 13-year-olds.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/9623109/Jimmy-Savile-Secret-of-BBCs-first-sex-scandal.html

CLIFF RICHARD, JIMMY SAVILE, MYRA HINDLEY..

 

Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer, and by Lord Longford, a former cabinet minister
who took a great interest in pornography.
Astor and Longford plotted to get Hindley released from prison.

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/09/cliff-richard-jimmy-savile-myra-hindley.html

For 35 years he championed her cause, yet to Myra Hindley Lord Longford became a ‘pestilential pain’.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2006/oct/14/ukcrime.weekend7

Lord Longford and Sir Jimmy Savile went on a porno tour with Sir Cliff Richard

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The Pornography Commission gathers for the first time. I sit with Cliff who is dressed in the most gorgeous nut-brown chamois-leather suit, with silken shirt and scarves to match…. Cliff is the prettiest thing here by far.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1221596/Fired-porn-squad-Ronald-Reagans-note-tell-Queen-Mr-Gossip-Gyles-Brandreth-reveals-all.html

 

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Porn Team includes paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile, paedophile Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney, Cliff Richard…

Longford was also a friend of Establishment brothel madam Cynthia Payne

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/05/30/norman-lamonts-dominatrix-brothel-madam-miss-whiplash/

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Myra Hindley was befriended by Lord David Astor, a former editor of the Observer

Moors murderer Myra Hindley and former Observer editor David Astor

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/oct/28/myra-hindley-david-astor-letters

Michael Horgan

Michael Horgan organised and filmed “satanic-themed orgies” at which children were raped.Horgan organised satanic torture and child abuse orgies on Saddleworth Moor, where child killers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley had buried their victims.

Saddleworth Moor, where some of Brady and Hindley’s victims were buried. Photo by Parrot of Doom

Horgan’s step-son Michael Roberts says he was only six when he was sexually abused by 29-stone Sir Cyril Smith.

Sir Cyril Smith was a close friend of Sir Jimmy Savile, friend of the Royal Family, the military and Israel and shared an office with elite paedophile Clement Freud.


Labour accused of cover-up over child porn charge councillor

6 Oct 2016

LABOUR has been accused of hushing up a child pornography charge against one of its councillors ahead of a high-profile byelection.

Airdrie councillor David Fagan was arrested over alleged child images on September 7, while his party was fighting a close-run byelection in neighbouring Coatbridge.

North Lanarkshire Labour leader Jim Logue

North Lanarkshire Council last night said its chief executive learned of the arrest and “broad nature” of the alleged offences on September 8 and then informed council leader Jim Logue.

North Lanarkshire deputy leader Paul Kelly

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14784243.Labour_accused_of_cover_up_over_child_porn_charge_councillor/#

It’s understood Fagan was considered a key player in the local party and was once considered for the role as Labour group leader.

He was a member of the council’s education and social work committees.

In March, he was also made vice-convener of a new committee to monitor arms-length external organisations and external bodies.

His profile on the council’s website also lists him as an “advisor to the Director of the School of Work Based Education, Glasgow Caledonian University”.

Fagan was the Vice Chair of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), the public body responsible for planning and coordinating regional transport.

He came under fire in the role in 2010 when it emerged he was one of three councillors who attended a junket to New York trip.

However, he left the post three years later to take over as convener of North Lanarkshire Council’s Regeneration and Infrastructure Committee.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/labour-councillor-david-fagan-suspended-8979221

A Scottish Labour councillor in North Lanarkshire has quit after becoming dissatisfied with the way the party dealt with criminal allegations against a former colleague.

Gary O’Rorke was unhappy Labour took three weeks to suspend fellow councillor David Fagan, who was charged with alleged child pornography offences on September 7th.

The chief executive of North Lanarkshire council was informed of the “broad nature” of the charges against Mr Fagan, but not the specifics, on September 8, and informed council leader Jim Logue on the same date.

It was reported in the Herald that Scottish Labour general secretary Brian Roy was also told about the arrest, but not the specific charges, on the same day as Mr Logue.

Mr Roy only learned of the detail of the charges on September 29th and Mr Fagan was suspended on the same day.

The suspension came around a week after a keenly-fought by election in Coatbridge that Labour won by less than 200 votes.

Mr O’Rorke, who represents Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig, said he was angry with Labour’s leadership in North Lanarkshire on a number of fronts and confirmed he had “no faith” in the hierarchy.

He confirmed that the delays in suspending Mr Fagan and in informing Labour members of the group about the allegations were factors behind his decision.

He also said: “I can no longer be in the Labour group in North Lanarkshire and had no choice but to tender my resignation. My family has been steeped in the Labour party over generations. I did not want to leave.”

A Scottish Labour spokesman said: “We wish Councillor O’Rorke well in the future.”

An SNP spokesperson said: “Labour have been unable to provide a satisfactory explanation for their failure to immediately suspend Mr Fagan, and Cllr O’Rorke can hardly have been the only person in the party unhappy at these staggering revelations.

“Mr Fagan is facing serious criminal proceedings and must be afforded the presumption of innocence while the case is ongoing – but the public should know why voters were kept in the dark about the circumstances during a local by-election.”

Mr Fagan has not appeared in court over the charges.

A spokesperson for the Crown Office said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report concerning a 52 year-old male in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred between 25 May and 30 June 2016.

“The report remains under consideration.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14919776.North_Lanarkshire_Labour_councillor_quits_amid_row_over_colleague_s_child_pornography_charge/

AN Airdrie councillor, David Fagan,  has appeared in court charged with conspiracy and sending indecent messages.

David Fagan, 52, appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court yesterday to face two charges after he was arrested in September.

The Airdrie South independent representative was charged with conspiracy and another accusation under the Communications Act.

It is alleged he sent “by means of public electronic communications network a message or other matter that is grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character”.

Councillor Fagan made no plea or declaration during the brief hearing and was granted bail. No further court appearance was set.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-charged-conspiracy-sending-9418609

SPT management and executive Councillors, including David Fagan spent more than £57,000 on foreign trips. He was part of a trio of senior staff who ran the organisation and directed this spending.

Councillor Fagan who is also a parliamentary aide to Karen Whitefield

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/airdrie-councillor-under-pressure-resign-2830096

 Director’s profile for David Fagan.

ROYAL GLASGOW INSTITUTE OF THE FINE ARTS.

Education Advisor

TOWN CENTRE ACTIVITIES LIMITED

Councillor

PETERSBURN DEVELOPMENT TRUST

Parliamentary Assistant

NEVIS TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED

Parliamentary Assistant

LINKWIDE LIMITED

Parlimentary Assistant

GARRISON MONITORING SERVICES LIMITED

https://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/director/5056718/david-fagan

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:Br4qdw_q_iAJ:www.b2b-kb.com/person/id/sILbT2G3kKPNKCCp1ekQ2WOjFFw/+&cd=7&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


 

Yet another employee was a previous child sexual abuser – were there victims at the ?

SHIRLEY OAKS KIDS WENT ON JACKANORY SHOW. NO COINCIDENCE HERE, MOVE ALONG

Ex-Jackanory presenter John Earle jailed for sex assaults on boy

Apr 28 2017

A former children’s television presenter has been jailed for sexually assaulting a young boy almost 60 years ago.

Former Jackanory storyteller John Earle admitted indecently assaulting the boy from when he was nine-years-old.

Earle, 87, was deputy head teacher at a school in Okehampton, Devon, when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.

He was jailed for four years and will sign the sex offenders register.

‘Breach of trust’

Sentencing Earle, Judge Erik Salomonsen said: “This was a gross breach of trust.

“You used a young child to satisfy your sexual needs on many occasions.

“It was your responsibility to educate and protect him.”

He admitted six counts of indecent assault on the boy at Upcott House Preparatory School.

Exeter Crown Court previously heard the school closed in the early 1960s and Earle went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.

He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-devon-39748030

The abuse continued in on a weekly basis during term time at the school and on Earle’s boat in Dartmouth on weekend trips.

John Earle
27 Apr 2017
Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Iain, above as a schoolboy, said the abuse began when he moved from Africa to Devon and was sent to boarding school where Earle was a geography teacher

Victim of John Earle’s abuse speaks out

Two and a half years ago, a pensioner walked into a police station and handed in a piece of paper. It revealed a horrific secret he’d kept hidden for most of his life – a litany of sexual abuse he’d suffered at a private school in Devon in the 1950s and 60s. His abuser went on to have a successful career as a children’s TV presenter and author. But now – the truth has finally emerged.

https://www.channel4.com/news/victim-of-john-earles-abuse-speaks-out

Ex-Jackanory presenter admits historic child sex abuse charge

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

A former children’s television presenter and Jackanory storyteller has admitted sexually assaulting a boy almost 60 years ago.

Author and Dartmoor expert John Earle was a teacher at a private preparatory school in Okehampton when he carried out the assaults between 1957 and 1961.

John Earle, formerly of Widecombe-in-the-Moor, pleaded not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.

All the offences were allegedly committed against the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between 1957 and 1961 and when Earle would have been in his late 20s and early 30s.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned the case for a trial on August 21 this year and set a timetable for the progress of the case.


http://www.teignmouth-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109057&headline=Dartmoor%20pensioner%20denies%20historic%20sex%20abuse%20charges&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017

The school, Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton, closed in the early 1960s and he went on to present a short lived children’s programme called Treasure House between 1964 and 1965.

TOM TOM forerunner to Tomorrow’s world and Blue Peter
John Earle with Jan Leeming

He became a familiar figure on television in the late 1960s as co-presenter of the science show Tom-Tom from 1965 to 1970, where one of the other stars was a young Jan Leeming.

Earle went on to narrate two Jackanory stories during the show’s heyday in 1971, where other storytellers included Spike Milligan, Roy Kinnear, Brian Blessed and Milo O’Shea.

Dartmoor Expedition Centre

The Jackanory appearances marked the end of his broadcasting career and he moved on to buy a farm on Dartmoor which he converted into a moorland exploration centre with bunk rooms.

  • Bunkhouse accommodation in 300 year old granite barns.
  • Well equipped, simple but comfortable.
  • Ideal base for groups, Schools, Youth groups, Outdoor Adventure, Activity weeks, Ten Tors and Duke of Edinburgh Award Training, Field Studies, Management Courses, Clubs, Stag and Hen parties, friends and family weekends.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150313175331/http://dartmoorbase.co.uk/?

He ran the Dartmoor Expedition Centre at Rowden Farm, near Widecombe-in-the-Moor until it was sold last year, hosting countless groups of teenagers who were undertaking adventures with the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the Princes Trust, and the Ten Tors challenge.

He became one of the leading experts on trekking on the moors and wrote guides entitled Walking on Dartmoor, Walking on Exmoor and the Quantocks, A Boot up Dartmoor Tors and A Boot up Dartmoor Rivers.

Earle, aged 87, now of Upton Pyne, near Exeter, admitted six counts of indecently the same boy when he was aged nine to 13 between September 1957 and August 1961.

Three other offences are not being pursued.

The case at Exeter Crown Court was adjourned by Judge Mr Justice Dingemans so his defence barrister Mr Nicolas Gerasimidis can obtain medical reports.

The judge told him: ’All sentencing options, including immediate imprisonment, will be available to the court.’

He ordered Earle to sign on the sex offenders’ register immediately. He ordered the probation service to prepare a pre-sentence report.

Mr Richard Crabb, prosecuting, said the victim had been consulted and Earle’s pleas are acceptable.

Mr Gerasimidis said: ’We are in the process of obtaining medical records. The defendant has a number of underlying conditions, principally related to his old age.’

John Earle (right)

Earle was a teacher and deputy head at Upcott House Preparatory School in Okehampton at the time when the offences were committed against a boy aged nine to 13.

G. P. marW. Earle headmaster (1954-55) (John Earle’s father)

The school, with 53 pupils, was owned and run by his father at the time but later merged with another school and moved to Highampton, near Okehampton, before closing.

The building which housed it is now a country house bed and breakfast and some of its former grounds are now a supermarket.

http://www.middevonadvertiser.co.uk/article.cfm?id=109301

CHILDREN’S HOUR

BBC Home Service Basic, 29 June 1952

5.20 app. Children’s Service from Upcott House Preparatory School, Okehampton; conducted by G. P. W. Earle

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/afcae8b4b9104d6ca69791898772a5c3

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John Earle at Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2013

John Earle
came to live at Rowden Farm on Dartmoor in 1970 having lived near Dartmoor since the 1940s after having been evacuated to
Rill Farm near Totnes from Sevenoaks in Kent as a 16 year old boy near the end of World War 2.
John fell in love with Devon and  Dartmoor and he established the  Dartmoor Expedition Centre providing low cost mountain hut hostel accommodation in the heart of the Dartmoor national park and teaching outdoor activities to people from all ages and backgrounds.
John also spent many years with the BBC, first as a cameraman and later as a presenter he presented two series called Rockface about learning to climb and canoe, and will also be remembered by many for presenting
‘Tom Tom’, a children’s programme in the late 1960s.
Co presenting with Jan Leeming  “ though you would have to be over 40 to have seen it ” . He was also the presenter of  other television shows of ten episodes about learning to climb (called Rockface) and canoe.
Local west country people will remember his “Walks on Dartmoor” as well as “Earle’s Islands” and “West Country Rivers” which were shown on Spotlight and his voyages around the coast in his old sailing boat gaffe cutter  “Helen”, with Tony Soper as well as many other documentaries.

As an expedition cameraman, John travelled to many of the great mountain ranges of the world such as the Himalayas, Baffin Island and Tierra del Fuego where he was on two expeditions with the great mountaineer and explorer Eric Shipton. In 1970 and has gathered film , photographs and amazing stories first hand from people such as Eric Shipton that shows amazing clarity and history back in time.John presents unique footage of the epic 1933 expedition to Mount Everest led by Hugh Ruttledge with Eric Shipton, Frank Smythe, Jack Longland and others in the team. The film follows the approach across Tibet, establishing Base Camp beyond the Rongbuk Monastery, and climbing to Everest’s North Col for the summit assault at over 28,000 feet. John provides a unique live voiceover commentary to the films.

Running the centre for over 30 years has given John the opportunity to introduce a great many children & adults  to his own love of climbing, caving, sailing, canning, hill walking and the great outdoors.
He has thoroughly enjoyed being able to pass on his enthusiasm for these activities both here on Dartmoor and all over the world. He has written several walking guide books for the South West including Dartmoor published by Cicerone Press and Halsgrove Press.


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Pauline and John Earle

Pauline Earle

MSc in Counselling, Supervision and Training
MBACP, U.K. Reg. Ind. Snr. Accred. Counsellor

Private practitioner and Senior Counsellor working in G.P. surgeries.

https://web.archive.org/web/20150218133626/http://www.counselling-betweenourselves.co.uk/

John’s Family Web Links

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11-03-2017

Extreme Locations Rigging Ltd is a small-sized vehicle operator with the licence number OF1095108. The firm has one transport operating centre in the country. In their subsidiary in Iver on Pinewood Studios, 1 machine is available. The firm directors are John Dekker Earle and Robin Earle.

There seems to be just one director at present employed by the following business, namely Robin Earle who has been performing the director’s assignments since 2006/04/18. To increase its productivity, for the last almost one month the following business has been providing employment to John Dekker Earle, age 88 who has been looking into making sure that the firm follows with both legislation and regulation.

Extreme Rigging and Robin Earle work closely with Gary Connery helping him to pull off two massive world renown stunts.

Robin (Earle) also played a behind the scenes part in Gary and Marks jump for the London Olympics dressed as the queen and James Bond.

Extreme Rigging Ltd are proud to have been involved as main contractors in a stunning bespoke installation on the South Bank of the River Thames for online retailer Moonpig and mental health charity Mind.

 

 The findings of the investigation into historical child abuse in Jersey are due to be published on July 3rd.


Madeleine McCann detective claims investigation was ‘tainted’ as soon as it was an ‘abduction’

April 27 2017

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities

The former Portuguese detective who led the probe into Madeleine McCann’s disappearance a decade ago claims the investigation was tainted as soon as it was deemed an ‘abduction’.

Goncalo Amaral says Portuguese prosecutors felt ‘intimidated by the United Kingdom’ and claims Kate and Gerry McCann were given special treatment by British authorities because they were doctors.

The ex-policeman refuted claims his officers’ probe was shoddy and says interference from the UK hindered the process.

He maintains devastated parents Kate and Gerry were involved in three-year-old Maddie’s disappearance on May 3 2007 in Praia da luz.

The former officer also pointed the finger at the British class system in an interview which will be aired on Portuguese news channel CMTV on Monday.

He told Portuguese magazine Sábado: “They belong to the upper-middle class and the British do not like their doctors to mess up abroad and get convicted for it.”

Retired Amaral, who was removed as head of the probe after criticising British detectives, claimed UK authorities tried to rush the process.

He said: “It is not normal for an ambassador from a foreign country to come to the place to push in the sense that ‘this has to be quick’.

“If the ambassador and even the consul had not appeared, the investigation would have been directed to what is normal – to suspect those who have responsibility for the custody of the child.

“(The) Judiciary, Public Prosecutor’s Office and the government felt intimidated by the United Kingdom.

“The mistake was the statement about the abduction. It was almost a lack of respect to make the decision (that it was an abduction) and to make it public.”

Portuguese detectives said on May 5 2007 – just two days after her disappearance – that they believed she was still alive in the country after being abducted.

Then director of the Policia Judiciaria Guilhermino Encarnacao made the announcement, stating officers were working on the assumption Maddie was being held between 1.8 and 3.1 miles from the resort.

One eyewitness told the Mirror Portuguese police arrived on the scene at the Ocean Club complex some 90 minutes after Madeleine vanished.

Our source also accused police of messing up key witness statements taken in the days after the tragedy.

But Amaral denies Portuguese police made a string of errors, instead accusing British police of trying to ‘protect’ the McCanns.

Amaral said: “When the couple left, the British police who were here to cooperate and help also left. The feeling was that the British police were here to protect the couple.”

Amaral accused Portuguese police of now ‘doing the politically correct’ thing by following Scotland Yard’s lines of enquiry, to ensure they do not compromise relations between the UK and Portugal.

He said: “The management of the Policia Judiciária and the prosecutor himself are doing the politically correct.

“In the United Kingdom and here the direction of the police walked with Scotland Yard. Do not investigate anything that might compromise your parents or friends. It is a mistake.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/madeleine-mccann-detective-claims-investigation-10309152#ICID=sharebar_twitter

 

Samuel McCuaig

Paedophile guilty of historic child abuse in Coatbridge

Samuel McCuaig committed “horrific sexual abuse” of young girls in 1970s

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/paedophile-guilty-historic-child-abuse-10297225


26 Apr 2017

Colin Pritchard

Colin Pritchard is accused of seven offences against a boy

A former Anglican priest, the former vicar of St Barnabas Church in Bexhill, has been charged with sex offences against a boy in the 1980s and 1990s.

Ifor Whittaker, 72, formerly known as Colin Pritchard, is charged with seven offences involving the boy, who was aged between 12 and 16 at the time.

He is accused of conspiring with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts with the boy.

Mr Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, is due to appear before magistrates on 24 May.

He is also accused of gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between February 1987 and February 1993 against the boy in East Sussex.

Mr Whittaker was vicar of Sedlescombe, near Battle, and it is claimed the offences took place there, Sussex Police said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-39724639

Letters from 1966 between the then Archbishop of Canterbury and a bishop show the Church agreed that a convicted paedophile should be ordained.

The correspondence has emerged in a report into the Church’s failure to support victims of Roy Cotton that was published online and then removed.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Chichester told the BBC the Meekings Report was removed because the document had accidentally included some confidential information.

Both studies looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-13560976

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2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.

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EX-GERS SCOUT IN DOCK

Former Rangers youth scout Harry Dunn appears in court over alleged historical sex abuse charges

Dunn, 84, from Edinburgh, is also believed to have worked as a talent spotter for clubs including Liverpool and Chelsea

26th April 2017

A FORMER Rangers youth scout has appeared in court accused of historical sex abuse charges.

Harry Dunn, 84, is facing one allegation of assault and sodomy and a second charge of assault and attempted sodomy.

Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

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Harry Dunn worked as talent scout for Rangers

Dunn, from Edinburgh, appeared in private at the capital’s sheriff court today where he entered no plea.

The pensioner, who was arrested by police officers in March, was released on bail and the case was continued for further examination.

It is believed Dunn also worked for Liverpool and Chelsea during his scouting career.

Police Scotland joined forces across the UK last year in launching an investigation after allegations of historical abuse in football were made public. The SFA has also set up an independent review into the allegations. A date for Dunn’s next appearance at court has not been decided as yet.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/scottish-news/922532/harry-dunn-rangers-sex-abuse-football-abuse-scout-liverpool-chelsea-edinburgh/


Kids Company founder and trustees may face action amid Insolvency Service probe

April 24 2017

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids Company was founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh

The founder and former trustees of the collapsed charity Kids Company could be banned from holding company directorships.

 

The youth organisation folded amid a storm of controversy in August 2015 – just days after receiving a £3 million Government grant in a final bid to keep it afloat.

Kids Company received more than £42 million of Whitehall funding between 1996 and 2015, thanks in part to founder Camila Batmanghelidjh winning favour with former prime minister David Cameron.

The Insolvency Service is investigating the financial circumstances of the charity and is allegedly bringing disqualification proceedings against Ms Batmanghelidjh.

Former trustees of the collapsed charity, including ex-BBC creative director Alan Yentob and Richard Handover, previously a boss of WH Smith, may also face sanctions.

The trustees, who also include Sunetra Atkinson, Erica Bolton, Francesca Robinson, Jane Tyler and Andrew Webster, responded to the “unconfirmed reports” in a joint statement.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/kids-company-founder-and-trustees-may-face-action-amid-insolvency-service-probe-35650675.html


UN Peacekeepers Caught Up in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal

The United Hations peacekeepers in Haiti are accused of trading sex with children for cookies and treats.
The AP reported:

In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged for food, but they never could scrape together enough to beat back the hunger, until the U.N. peacekeepers moved in a few blocks away.

The men who came from a far-away place and spoke a strange language offered the Haitian children cookies and other snacks. Sometimes they gave them a few dollars. But the price was high: The Sri Lankan peacekeepers wanted sex from girls and boys as young as 12.

Of course this isn’t the first time UN troops were caught up in a sex scandal.

It is part of the UN culture.

Here are a few other past examples from over the years:

UN Soldiers Arrested in Congo On Sex Abuse Charges
UN Peacekeepers Trade Food for Sex… Again!
UN Slapped with New Child Sex Scandal
UN Faces Another Child Sex Scandal
Another UN Broken Record
Again… UN Troops Involved In Another Child Sex Scandal
Monday Shocker… UN Peacekeepers Sexually Abusing Kids
Saturday Shocker: Another UN Official Caught With Child Porn
UN-backed Troops Accused of Killing & Raping Civilians
UN Troops Caught in ANOTHER Rampant Sex Abuse Scandal

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/04/un-peacekeepers-caught-another-rampant-sex-abuse-scandal/


Palmerston House children’s home: Man charged with abuse

A man has been charged with historical child sex offences at a former children’s home in Hampshire.

Willy Gillham, 64, who has an address in France, has been charged with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against young boys during the 1980s, police said.

The charges relate to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home in Botley Road, Romsey.

He has been remanded to appear at Southampton Crown Court on 19 May.

The investigation, which is part of an ongoing review of non-recent child sexual exploitation offences and abuse cases, does not involve any other children’s homes or institutions, Hampshire Constabulary said.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-39664693

A MAN is due to appear in court charged with historic sex offences at a Hampshire children’s home.

William John Gillham is due to appear before Southampton Crown Court.

The 64-year-old was charged on Wednesday with 15 counts of indecent assault and other serious sexual offences against boys who were under the age of 16 during the 1980s in Hampshire.

Gillham, whose address is Rue des Fours Ecoine, Deux-Sèvres, France, faces charges relating to alleged offences at the former Palmerston House children’s home on Botley Road, Romsey.

It charges follow inquiries by detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Operation Marmion, investigating non-recent cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse have charged a man with serious sexual offences involving children.
The work of Operation Marmion also involves child protection specialists from local authorities.

Previous victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse, or anyone with information, can contact Operation Marmion detectives at Hampshire Constabulary’s Southern Training Headquarters at Netley by phoning 101.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15237396.Man_charged_with_string_of_sex_offences_at_children_s_home/#

For many years Palmerston House, which was purpose-built in the 1930s, was used by Hampshire County Council Social services, as a children’s home. In the 1960s it became an assessment centre (Palmerston House Observation & Assessment Centre) and in 1967 it was extended at a cost of £23,000.

In 1988 the assessment unit closed and for the next 11 years it was used as offices by social services until they moved to the Old Magistrates’ Court. Romsey School used the building until last November. Since then it has been empty and is now boarded up.

http://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/5587297.Flats_plan_for_disused_children_s_homes/?ref=arc

Memories of Romsey

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:nWq2nckfSQUJ:www.francisfrith.com/romsey/memories+&cd=8&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Operation Marmion – Football abuse & the notorious Isle of Wight

Hampshire detectives from Operation Marmion, which is looking into reports of historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) and abuse across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, are investigating the football allegations.

Operation Marmion was set up after the Rotherham child sexual abuse scandal, in which some local investigations were never finalised or made public.

http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/national/article/Third-police-force-investigating-child-abuse-allegations-in-football-cf2f7d9b-4124-4ec1-beef-e2ae446ac0a9-ds

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) has released a unredacted copy of the 1985 Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Childrens Homes and Hostels by WH Hughes, WJ Patterson and H Whalley [1] and on wordpress [1a] in response to a Freedom of Information Request [2] on the Whatdotheyknow website. [3]

This is also known as the Hughes Report or the Report into Kincora (although there were several). It also includes inquiries into 9 other homes and concentrates on male homosexual abuse.

The Inquiry was into Kincora Boys hostel 1960-1980; Valetta Park Hostel, Newtownards; Bawnmore Boys Home; Williamson House; Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre; Nazareth Lodge Childrens Home; De La Salle Boys Home, Rubane House Kircubbin; Barnardos Sharonmore project; and Manor House Home

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/hughes-report-1985-into-sexual-abuse-at-kincora/

In Chapter 8 Palmerston Reception and Assessment Centre, they consider the case of Mr Hendry, who had worked at Bawnmore before moving to Palmerston in 1975.

In 1981 a senior social worker discovered that he had been the subject of allegations of improper behaviour at a youth club in Belfast before he was employed at Bawnmore and informed the police; he was suspended and later convicted.

http://www.thetcj.org/child-care-history-policy/the-hughes-report-chaired-by-judge-william-h-hughes


GMP to release Operation Jaguar Report into Knowl View 1969-95 by end of 2017

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/gmp_investigation_report_into_cy#incoming-964992c

G. J. Whitehead Palmerston House Children’s Home Romsey

1972

https://books.google.com/books?id=ZClGAQAAIAAJ&dq=Palmerston+House+children%E2%80%99s+home++romsey&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=Palmerston+House+


Will it be another…

Knowl View: Report into abuse at Rochdale school ‘suppressed’

One former pupil called Peter says he was abused by a staff member on the first day he arrived at the school at the age of 11.

He said the “worst nights” were when people were brought from outside the school.

“We were raped. There was a flat. We were taken there and plied with drink and raped.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27687351

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A two year £750k inquiry into the Knowl View sex abuse ‘cover-up’ has ended without charges

The inquiry was into how previous reports of child sexual abuse at Knowl View were handled or allegedly covered up

One alleged victim of child sex abuse at Knowl View told the MEN: “Everything about Knowl View has been swept under the carpet – not all those people who have spoken out can be wrong. It is terrible and I feel gutted that the investigations have come to nothing.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/two-year-750k-inquiry-knowl-12570603

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/operation-greenlight/north-west-england/lancashire/knowl-view-school/

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    • In 2007, Father Michael Seed, 55, wrote a book, in which he detailed sexual abuse in the school where he had been a pupil.

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Ann Widdecombe edited his autobiographical account“Nobody’s Child

Ann Widdecombe’s and Tony Blair’s priest, Father Seed – Knowl View and child abuse cover-up

Father Michael Seed, 57, started at the school in 1970 and said he was abused by the one person from the school to be jailed for abuse.

The priest said he was interviewed by police about the school in the 1990s.

He has also been asked to provide evidence for Rochdale Council’s internal investigation into the school.

Higgins was jailed in 2002 after admitting indecently assaulting boys at the school and also gross indecency.

Greater Manchester Police is looking at claims of abuse from 24 former pupils at the school as well as allegations of a cover-up of abuse committed by the former MP Sir Cyril Smith.

Earlier it emerged 21 men have been interviewed under caution about allegations relating to sexual and physical abuse from 1969 to 1995.

The Crown Prosecution Service is also investigating criminal allegations of a cover-up.

The BBC has also found that two children from one family were sexually abused in separate paedophile scandals in Rochdale.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-29042597

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Fr Seed

“Surrounded by rent boys, drug dealers and the mentally subnormal, I’d become something of a philosophic eccentric.”

His friends – among whom he numbers six prime ministers and several royals

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/features/3632950/I-hate-the-title-priest-to-the-stars.html

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Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours

One of Britain’s most high-profile Catholic priests has admitted arranging papal knighthoods for wealthy businessmen for money.

Father Michael Seed, who regularly celebrated Mass for Tony Blair and his family in Downing Street, now faces questions from his religious order after an investigation by The Mail on Sunday.

The most damaging evidence concerns his attempted cultivation of an Israeli arms dealer, Hezi Bezalel, who was seeking business opportunities in the Balkans.

He lives rent-free in a flat owned by one of his wealthy papal knights in exclusive Dolphin Square in Pimlico, Central London.


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 JOHN WHITTINGDALE, MP FOR MALDON & EAST CHELMSFORD.

 John Whittingdale: was a student (aged 14-18 yrs old) at Winchester College  1973-1977 when sadomasochist John Smyth was beating students

^ From the Trust Servant – Trusty Servant. This is the major publication of Winchester College Society and is primarily written for Old Wykehamists

https://www.joomag.com/magazine/trusty-servant-nov-2015-no120/0386364001447424078?page=18

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The leading QC John Smyth is accused of having brainwashed 22 young men Britain’s oldest public school, Winchester College in what victims now describe as a “cult”

Among them was Andy Moorse, who was 14-year-old pupil at Winchester College in 1975 when he was groomed. In less than two years, Moorse was accepting regular and violent beatings in  Smyth’s garden shed, he told the BBC.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


John Whittingdale likes to be beaten and is into torture porn


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Charles Napier

….and John Whittingdale’s older half-brother, school teacher, Charles Napier, was part of an elite paedophile ring and a Treasurer of PIE – Paedophile Information Exchange

Paedophile Charles Napier deliberately got a job at a boarding school so he could prey on pupils aged eight to 13.

 

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/548566/Half-brother-of-Tory-MP-John-Whittingdale-jailed-for-historic-abuse

Charles Napier was born in 1947 and John  Whittindale in 1959. – Paedophile Charles Napier was 12 yrs-old when half-brother John was born.

Was older brother paedophile Charles Napier a mentor to younger brother John Whittingdale?

John Whittingdale’s father died in 1974 when John Whittingdale was 15 yrs old.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1612147/pdf/brmedj02000-0085.pdf

 

Both brothers have remained close to their mother.  Charles Napier was living with their mother when he was arrested.

 

Mr Whittingdale is perfectly positioned to talk about the measures he and his family took to alert the relevant authorities whenever Napier took up a new post with access to children.

Mr Whittingdale will have the crucial insight into the family or environmental background that creates such a monster.

When letters arrived from Sweden, Cairo and Turkey to family members during a period when Napier was banned from teaching and Mr Whittingdale was firmly embedded in No 10, what dilemmas did the family face, how did they deal with family loyalty as opposed to public duty expected of a powerful public figure.

https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/peter-righton-charles-napier-david-cameron-john-whittingdale/

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The Guardian
(London, Greater London, England)
28 Aug 1996, Wed  • Page 27

“Charles is such a trial to my mother. Every time he gets sacked, she asks him why he can’t find some work which doesn’t involve children. And then after being on the dole for awhile, he rings her up in great excitement and says ‘ Marvellous news, mummy, I’ve got a new job -it’s in a youth club…'”

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Charles Napier  and John Whittingdale MP

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/charles-napier-arrest-half-brother-tory-1998917

Abuse scandals probe : The man who may hold key to UK’s biggest paedophile network ever

Charles Napier could provide vital evidence for police investigating a child abuse scandal spanning three decades

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/paedophile-scandal-charles-napier-could-1430365


3.04.17

Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement, giving evidence against establishment figures

In his diaries, Righton scored children according to how far the abuse went. This practice was revealed to Parliament by Tom Watson MP, whom Mr Briggs consulted after reading about Righton in a newspaper article.

It was following discussions with Tom Watson that Mr Briggs gave a statement to the police, as part of their Operation Fairbank into a high level paedophile conspiracy operating from Westminster.

Mr Briggs also approached specialist child abuse lawyer Tracey Emmott of Bedford-based Emmott Snell.

He was taken by Righton in his car to London, to meet a man he later recognized as Cyril Smith, the leading Liberal politician. Smith was later revealed to have been a serial paedophile.

Righton also boasted of other friends in high places, including the late Leon Brittan, who was home secretary at the time.

Brittan has come under scrutiny in several child abuse investigations, though has been cleared of involvement in at least one. His widow has received an apology from the police.

But Righton claimed Brittan could influence judicial procedures in his favour should Mr Briggs ever find himself in trouble.
Mr Briggs recalls that Righton was known as ‘the general’ among his friends who called at the flat and in telephone calls.

Charles Napier, another convicted paedophile and friend of Righton and Alston, also visited the flat to gain access to Mr Briggs and his friends.

Napier was convicted and sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment in 2014 for sexually abusing boys between 1973 and 1983. He was the treasurer of PIE.

http://emmottsnell.co.uk/news.php?id=1492076761

Charles Scott Napier was born into the very heart of the British Empire’s military and intelligence establishment.  

At the time of his paedophile offences one of Napier’s distant cousins was married to Sir Peter Hayman, a senior MI6 officer who was later himself exposed as a paedophile though never prosecuted.

How did  Charles Napier manage to continue teaching even after his first conviction for indecent assault in 1972?

http://thameshouse.net/2014/11/18/charles-napier-related-to-fellow-paedophile-in-mi6/

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Claims John Smyth recruited victim – now head of top prep school – to help him carry out beatings

Church Child Abuse Scandal 1974 John Smyth, a barrister, becomes chairman of the Iwerne Trust, which oversees religious summer camps attended by boys from elite public schools
Church Child Abuse Scandal 1974 John Smyth, a barrister, becomes chairman of the Iwerne Trust, which oversees religious summer camps attended by boys from elite public schools


John Smyth beat me first, appallingly, with his usual force. Then Simon Doggart took over while John watched”, said one victim who wished to be anonymous.

I recall immediately the absolute brutality of his beating – far, far worse than Smyth. There was no discussion, no emotion that I recall, just a fit sports man using all his force.

“Then it was over, this was going to be the new regime,” he told the BBC.

The leading QC is accused of having brainwashed 22 young men Britain’s oldest public school, Winchester College in what victims now describe as a “cult”, persuading his victims the beatings could purge them of their sins.

Among them was Andy Moorse, who was 14-year-old pupil at Winchester College in 1975 when he was groomed. In less than two years, Moorse was accepting regular and violent beatings in  Smyth’s garden shed, he told the BBC.

He revealed the boys would “bleed everywhere” from the beatings and when the beatings became too physical for Smyth to carry out alone, he claimed recruited Doggart to his cause.

The BBC said it had spoken to Doggart’s victims and had been handed nine hours of recording left unheard for years which reveal the full extent of the abuse. On one occasion, a victim was beaten for 12 hours.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/04/11/john-smyth-recruited-victim-now-head-top-prep-school-help/


 

Another pedophile doctor:
Apr 19 2017

GP, 65, who was jailed for 15 years after filming himself raping children he drugged and tied to his ‘Satan’s pillow’ admits four more sex assaults at his surgery

He has now been convicted of four more accounts, relating to his time as a GP in the 1980s

He has now been convicted of four more accounts, relating to his time as a GP in the 1980s

  • Robert Wells, 65, was jailed in 2004 for drugging and raping kids as young as 11 
  • One told how he stripped her and strapped her to block he called ‘Satan’s pillow’
  • Further victims came forward and three were raped as parents waited outside
  • Jailed for another seven years after court heard of a ‘grotesque breach of trust’ 
Robert Wells, pictured in 1989, when he was a GP at Caerleon Surgery
Robert Wells, pictured in 1989, when he was a GP at Caerleon Surgery

Roberts was jailed at Winchester Crown Court for rapes committed while he worked for an agency providing on-call forensic medical examiners for Hampshire Police.

He had previously had sexual assault charges brought against him but they had not shown up on police checks because he had been cleared when the trial collapsed.

Wells was arrested after he drugged two sisters, aged five and 11, and their mother became suspicious and reported him to police.

The eldest girl had large amounts of benzodiazepine in her body and the younger girl tested positive for temazepam.

Police found both drugs present in his biscuit tin when they raided his home. They also found a timetable for drugging, filming and abusing the children. 

Officers then spoke to other families he had befriended, which was when another 11-year-old girl reported yet more shocking abuse.

She told police that he strapped her to a polystyrene block he called Satan’s pillow as he removed her Harry Potter pajamas then sexually assaulted her.

Police found shocking pornography on his computers, along with the video camera and polystyrene block in his mobile phone.

Police, who were struggling to access certain information on his computer, said they feared there may be more victims and urged them to come forward. 

The victims in the most recent case came forward after hearing of his 2004 conviction, and relate to his time as a GP in the 1980s, before the other assaults. 

The court heard how the charges related to three girls who were Wells’ patients, one of whom was driven to the brink of suicide by the emotional impact of the assault.

In a statement read out in court, one victim said: ‘He has destroyed my life.’

During the case in 2004, the court heard how Wells filmed himself sexually assaulting one of the girls in his mobile home (pictured)

During the case in 2004, the court heard how Wells filmed himself sexually assaulting one of the girls in his mobile home (pictured)

She said Wells had been regarded as an ‘upstanding pillar of the community’.

Wells was a registered medical practitioner at the time, but has since been struck off by the General Medical Council.

One of the girl’s mothers had made a complaint to Caerleon Surgery at the time, but it was ‘arrogantly dismissed’, and she was ‘told not to be so silly’, Mr Roberts told the court.

Police found the video camera that he used to film the sexual assault (pictured) inside

Police found the video camera that he used to film the sexual assault (pictured) inside

He added: ‘He left South Wales in the late 1980s and went on to commit a series of depraved offences.

Wells was jailed for seven years and an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order was imposed.

Detective Constable Chris Jayne, from Gwent Police, said: ‘I would like to take the opportunity to recognise the bravery of the victims and their families in this case.

‘Wells is a danger to children and the detrimental impact that he has brought to the lives of the victims from a young age through to adulthood has been incredibly significant.

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COMMANDER CHARLES ARTHUR HOWESON – colleague of Prince Philip and Prince Charles – charged with buggery

COMMANDER CHARLES ARTHUR HOWESON – colleague of Prince Philip and Prince Charles – charged with buggery

Top Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson appears at Crown Court

May 08, 2017

A leading Plymouth businessman has appeared at Crown Court where he faces more than a dozen serious sexual abuse charges.

Former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, faces 12 counts of indecent assault, two of buggery and one of attempted buggery between December 1985 and September 1994.

Drake’s Island

The alleged offences relate to 10 different males and prosecutors claim the incidents took place at a number of locations in Plymouth, including Royal William Yard, Drakes Island and HMS Cleopatra.
Royal William Yard- The Ministry of Defence, which owned the site, closed it in 1985. Michael Heseltine was the presiding axeman.

Howeson was not arraigned and no charges were put to him.

Previously, Howeson, of Craigie Drive, Stonehouse, has refuted the allegations and said he had co-operated fully with the police investigation.

A trial was estimated to take between two and three weeks. A hearing to discuss legal arguments was set for June 16. Howeson was released on unconditional bail.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/top-plymouth-businessman-charles-howeson-appears-at-crown-court-on-15-sexual-abuse-charges/story-30319815-detail/story.html

Mar 3, 2017

Police say the charges are two counts of buggery, one of attempt buggery and 12 counts of indecent assault.

These matters relate to 10 alleged victims, all of whom are male.

At the time of the alleged offences one was aged 14/15,another was aged between 16 to 18 and eight were described as being in their early 20s.

Howeson was raised in Mevagissey in Cornwall, joined the Royal Navy in 1967 before making his fortune as a property developer and launching his long career in the public, private and voluntary sector.

Howeson is vice president for life of the Plymouth Drake Foundation, a charity he founded in 2008 to help communities in the city.

In creating the foundation, from which he stepped down in 2012, Howeson established a so-called “charity of charities” designed to support individuals and groups through grants.

The jewel in the foundation’s crown is a £10 annual trust membership for 10,000 Plymothians.


http://www.cornwalllive.com/leading-businessman-charles-howeson-charged-with-15-counts-of-sexually-abusing-boys/story-30175505-detail/story.html#G1j5UT8F31u57sdj.99

Howeson … shocked ANOTHER one bestowed with honours by the queen accused of abuse

Update:

Top Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson in court on 15 sexual abuse charges

April 13, 2017

After the brief hearing today his wife Emma released a statement in passionate defence of her husband

The wife of a former Coutts bank manager today vowed to stand by him as he appeared in court accused of sex offences against men and boys as young as 14.

Charles Howeson, 67, was regional head of the Queen’s bank after serving as a Royal Navy officer, where Queen Elizabeth appointed him as one of her Royal Navy Honorary Captains.

Today his wife Emma came with him to Plymouth Magistrates Court after he was charged with sex offences against 10 teenage boys and young men dating back 32 years.

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HMS Cleopatra

Mr Howeson is accused of committing the offences between 1985 and 1994 including one alleged sex attack on board a Royal Navy ship – HMS Cleopatra.

He is accused of 12 counts of indecent assault, one of attempted buggery of a boy aged between 14 and 15 and two counts of buggery without consent on a male aged over 16.

Howeson who was raised in Mevagissey in Cornwall, joined the Royal Navy in 1967 before making his fortune as a property developer and launching his long career in the public, private and voluntary sector.

He is vice president for life of the Plymouth Drake Foundation, a charity he founded in 2008 to help communities in the city.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4408736/Wife-ex-Coutts-boss-accused-sex-abuse-stands-him.html

Service: 1967 – 1991

https://www.forcesreunited.co.uk/m/charles.howeson

Former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, is facing 12 counts of indecent assault, two of buggery and one of attempted buggery between December 1985 and September 1994.

Dressed in a smart blue suit and accompanied by his wife at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court today, Howeson spoke only to confirm his name and address and said “I understand, thank you” when the charges were read out.

He did not enter a plea and will next appear at crown court on May 15.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/top-plymouth-businessman-charles-howeson-in-court-on-15-sexual-abuse-charges/story-30268790-detail/story.html

HMS CLEOPATRA BACKGROUND:

In 1972, Cleopatra took part in escort duties during the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh‘s South East Asia tour.

The National Archives records that MOD has on file details of intelligence collection activities by Cleopatra in January–March 1978. The original document is still closed, but the bare fact of the activity itself is available.

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C11447305

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Cleopatra_(F28)

Post subject: Re: Any Argyle fans aboard?
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:44 pm
Trev501 wrote:
I had a great time in Bermuda right up until the First Lieutenant landed on me breaking a couple of ribs :-) HMS Montrose, 1998-2000!
Wasn’t that the irrepressible drunken loud eccentric BUT fantastic Charles Howeson. He was just something else :lol: My boss in Gib – had his mini-moke brought out on an RFA :thumbup:
Aaaggghh my Jimmy on the Cleopatra !
Yep, the very same. The most eccentric XO I ever served with :-)
Edited to add, having seen John’s post above it was indeed the Cleopatra not Montrose! I was DWEO from 86 to 88.
He left the RN to try and become an MP but didn’t quite make it. Its one of about 2 reasons the RN are obliged to let you back in again. He would have been huge in the Commons – and kept the bar afloat. :stout:
Cannot argue with that. Would like to have seen a Chief Whip who impose anything on him! He was there (Gib) towards the end of my time and certainly made the social arena and ONH a better place to be. Without ever being near the ship I had heard he was a legend during his time in Cleo.
Cleo was from 84 to 86 so it seems we served together John.

Leading businessman Charles Howeson charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse

The 67-year-old had been appointed by the Queen as a Royal Navy Honorary Captain

It is believed Mr Howeson, aged 61, is the only figure on the list who was actually a naval officer.

Ultimately it will involve me being an ambassador to the Royal Naval Reserves.

“I plan to conduct regular visits to Royal Naval units and sites in Plymouth as part of my role.

“I will also expect to be given up-to-date briefings on Royal Navy affairs.”
 http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/retired-commander-hugely-honoured-prestigious-title/story-11686027-detail/story.html#hxyb7g8CjTkoCgOI.99


Charles Howeson retains his links with the MOD and particularly with the Royal Navy where HM the Queen appointed him one to be of her small number of Honorary Captains in the RNR in 2009.

 

http://www.devonchamber.co.uk/News/news-story.cfm?story=1015


2015
Honorary Officers in the Maritime Reserves
Royal Navy Reserve
Vice Admiral HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO

Commodore Charles Howeson

Lieutenant Colonel Bear Grylls. (more on Grylls below)

Bear Grylls, Sir Michael Grylls, with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Commodore Charles Howeson:
He has been described as an eccentric
His father, ARTHUR COMINGHAM HOWESON, was the creator of the renowned Mevagissey model railway.

His father Arthur Howeson was a director of 2 businesses

MEVAGISSEY MODEL RAILWAY LIMITED
RAILTRONICS LIMITED

http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/arthur-comingham-howeson

Charles Howeson’s younger brother –

2002 Adam talks to EuroTalk chairman Richard Howeson (right)

RICHARD JOHN HOWESON is also a director at both those business

http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/richard-john-howeson

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/richard-howeson-2a516446

He is also a director at  – PROSPECT QUAY LIMITED

RICHARD JOHN HOWESON (current)

Director, COMPANY DIRECTOR, 2007.01.21
315-317 NEW KINGS ROAD , LONDON
SW6 4RF

MICHAEL MANSFIELD and Mohamed al-Fayed

Richard Howeson became a director there in Jan 2007 as did the barrister MICHAEL MANSFIELD Director at Prospect QUAY ltd – MICHAEL MANSFIELD (resigned),

Director, BARRISTER, 2007.01.25 – 2014.03.17
FLAT 2 PROSPECT QUAY 98 POINT PLEASANT , LONDON
SW18 1PR

https://www.companieslist.co.uk/05763211-prospect-quay-limited

PROSPECT QUAY 98 POINT PLEASANT , LONDON
SW18 1PR  PROSPECT QUAY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION LIMITED


More on Michael Mansfield and his links with VIP  CSA cases:
Richard Howeson is also a director at Eurotalk – a
British-based language learning company 

EuroTalk: a look back at 2013

It’s been another busy year at EuroTalk, with new products, new languages… and a new puppy. Throw in a royal encounter and a cake that looks like a Dalek, and you’ve got the makings of an interesting twelve months.

JLC Champion and runners-up with EuroTalk Chairman Richard Howeson

Cannes:
28 Feb 1998
Oui, Cannes Multimedia’s jetsetters go on an annual pilgramage – exposes computing’s beautiful people
Richard Howeson – his Eurotalk is making big waves in Europe – sailing his clients, in style, to his favourite islands offshore.
28 Feb 1998
Oui, Cannes Multimedia’s jet-setters go on an annual pilgramage – exposes computing’s beautiful people…bringing together the elite from the world’s new media content and games industries.

The Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Saturday, February 28, 1998 – Page 204

A RETIRED Royal Navy Commander and prominent city business leader has been granted a rare title by the Queen.

Charles Howeson has been made an Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve by order of the Queen on the recommendation of the head of the Royal Navy, the First Sea Lord.

It is a rare privilege granted to just a handful of people in the UK.

To date only eight people have been presented honorary ranks in the armed forces by the Queen.

During his 25 years in the Royal Navy Mr Howeson commanded the minesweeper HMS Walkerton, and was Second-In-Command of HMS Cleopatra.
Aug 1, 1977After ” II escorting four Dartmouth picket boats to Spithead, the Walkerton (Lieut. Charles Howeson)  made four tours of the Fleet for the benefit of staff and cadets of Britannia Royal Naval
 
WRNS officer cadet Hilary Benyon took command of the minesweeper HMS Walkerton watched by commanding officer, Lieutenant Charles Howeson, and second officer Elizabeth McCombe

The Guardian

London, Greater London, England

Monday, November 15, 1976 – 6

A leading Plymouth businessman and captain of industry is to appear at court to face more than a dozen historic sexual abuse charges.

Former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, has been charged with 15 serious sexual offences – which allegedly date back to 1985.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1985-1994.

The 67-year-old, who lives in Stonehouse, was first questioned by detectives in March 2016 over the claims.

Howeson made his name at the helm of organisations including

First Great Western,

NHS South West and

Charles Howeson, 67, was a senior employee at Coutts

the regional arm of the Queen’s bank, Coutts and Co.

He is due to appear at Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on April 13, 2017.”

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Charles will add strength and depth to DCBC’s strategic lobbying activities through his connectivity into London, Westminster and Whitehall.

In addition, Charles will play a key role in further strengthening DCBC’s position as the single voice for the business community across Devon and Cornwall, something which is more important now than ever before.

http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=1037.10;imode

 

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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with Plymouth businessman, Charles Howeson (centre), charged with sex abuse claims alleged to have taken place between 1985-1994.

Although his success in business and attention to detail has not always made him popular, for reasons he is reluctant to divulge.
“I have got lots and lots of friends in Plymouth. But I know there are one or two people who do not have me on their Christmas card list.


Companies – Charles Howeson

Fairbridge,

MOUNT BATTEN SAILING AND WATER SPORTS CENTRE,

MOUNT BATTEN PARK LIMITED,

DNA FACILITIES MANAGEMENT LIMITED

and many other companies:

https://companycheck.co.uk/director/901620109/COMMANDER-CHARLES-ARTHUR-HOWESON/companies


Previously….

January 24, 2017

A Plymouth businessman and captain of industry has been bailed for a fourth time while police investigate allegations of historic sexual abuse.

In March last year, former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, was questioned by detectives over claims which are thought to date back many years.

Mr Howeson was not charged and was released on police bail.

That was extended in September “pending further inquiries“, before being extended again until Monday, January 23.

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Devon businessman Charles Howeson, rebailed over historical sex abuse allegations

December 07, 2016

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Charles Howeson (centre) with Prince Philip

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A leading Devon businessman and captain of industry has been bailed for a third time while police investigate allegations of historical sexual abuse.

In March, former Naval officer Charles Howeson, 67, was questioned by detectives over the abuse claims.


It’s business as usual for Prince Andrew

  • Thursday 10 March 2011

Buckingham Palace today moved to shore up Prince Andrew’s image by announcing a series of engagements with British businesses.

Prince Andrew met the Queen on Tuesday following the controversy over his friendship with convicted child sex offender Jeffery Epstein. The Standard understands she gave her son her “full support”.

Charles Howeson, who will host a lunch for the Duke (Prince Andrew) at the Plymouth Business Area Association, said that he was a major asset to UK firms hoping to trade abroad. Mr Howeson added: “He has been doing this longer than civil servants and probably longer than many company chairmen, and he has built up a network of contacts that is incomparable.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/its-business-as-usual-for-prince-andrew-6576092.html

Prince Andrew, Duke of York commanded HMS Cottesmore from April 1993 until November 1994. photo andre_zps77c866a8.jpg

Final Fix:  Prince Andrew and Jimmy Savile 1994

Jim’ll Fix It & Princess Anne Daily Express 28-09-79


Prince Andrew, Duke of York commanded HMS Cottesmore from April 1993 until November 1994.

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1990 Sir Jimmy Saville OBE DJ & TV Presenter stands to attention in a naval uniform saluting on board HMS Belfast in London with his Brother John.

Duke forced to miss city visit

March 02, 2010

Prince Andrew had been invited to the city by the Plymouth Area Business Council (PABC) and the University of Plymouth in his capacity as the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment.

He was due to meet 100 leading Plymouth business figures and VIPs at the Commando Forces Officers’ Mess at the Royal Marines Barracks, in Stonehouse yesterday.

Charles Howeson, chairman of the Plymouth Area Business Council, said he spoke to the Duke by telephone after the lunch engagement, which went ahead in his absence.

Mr Howeson said the Duke was ‘mortified’ to have missed the event, and added: “He’s asked us to reschedule the whole visit, which we would be delighted to do.”

The Duke had been due to give a speech to invitees including Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress Cllrs Ken and Wendy Foster, council leader Cllr Vivien Pengelly, Plymouth City Development Company chief executive Gavin Carrier, Plymouth’s top police officer Chief Supt Andy Bickley, and many city business figures.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/duke-forced-miss-city-visit/story-11416758-detail/story.html#BfkxmiuqlLgVjy63.99

 

FGW advisory board chairman Charles Howeson July 19 2014

Mr Howeson made his name at the helm of organisations including First Great Western, NHS South West and the regional arm of the Queen’s bank, Coutts and Co.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: “A 67-year-old man from Plymouth, arrested on suspicion of historical sexual offences, is on police bail until January 23, 2017.”

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Howson served for nearly 25 years in the Royal Navy at home, overseas and afloat, which included secondment to other national governments.

This involved world wide travel and setting up house abroad on three occasions.https://issuu.com/navynews/docs/197503

He left the service at the age of 39 from the post of Chief of the Allied Staff in Gibraltar

1975 When H.M.S. Sirius was manning the guardboat she gave as many volunteers as possible the chance of duty in her – pictured at the Rock are Lieut C. A. Howeson and members of one of the crews who served in H. M. F. T. Ettrick.


He is a Member of the Establishment:

Fellow of the Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Fellow of the Faculty of Building
Fellow of the Nautical Institute
Member of the Royal Institute of Navigation
Freeman of the City of London and Member of the Guild of Freemen
Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights
Younger Brother of Trinity House
Honorary PhD (Management) from the University of Plymouth
Honorary Captain in the Royal Naval Reserve

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Nationally and Regionally

Amongst other appointments he is currently the

Chairman of First Great Western Trains Advisory Board,

Chairman National Health Service Property Services Ltd (National) and

leads DoH/MOD Nationally on veterans and reserves matters),

Chairman the Consumer Council for Water in the West,

The Social Networks of the Public Elite

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Charles Howeson asked to become the Regional Chairman of Coutts and Co private bankers in the South West in Summer 2009
Money laundering at Coutts during his tenure:
…the bank could have been handling the proceeds of crime for a three-year period up to November 2010 after failing to properly deal with customers classified as “politically exposed persons“.[19]

Breaches of money laundering rules

In March 2012 Coutts was fined £8.75m for breaches of money laundering rules after three years of “serious” and “systemic” problems in handling the affairs of customers vulnerable to corruption because of their political links.[19] The Financial Services Authority (FSA) fined Coutts because of an “unacceptable risk” that the bank could have been handling the proceeds of crime for a three-year period up to November 2010 after failing to properly deal with customers classified as “politically exposed persons“.[19]


Charles Howeson:
Former Chief of the Allied Staff of Nato, and commander in Royal Navy; director of six companies; board member of Millfields Community Economic Development Trust, Plymouth Naval Base Museum, Seaton Area Residents Association and Theatre Royal – Portsmouth; patron of St Austell’s Royal Navy Association; vice-president of the charity Tomorrow’s People;
previously ran Groundwork Plymouth and a board member of
Postwatch.
Countess of Wessex is Patron of Tomorrow’s People

Whilst in the private sector Charles has just handed over the Chairmanship of the Rowe Group,one of the largest private company groups based in the South West.

He is the Chairman of SPS Ltd (Pathology) and Regional Chairman of Coutts and Co bankers and of Harvey Nash plc.

He is also a trustee of the Bermuda Institute of Oceanographic Sciences (BIOS) and trustee of the 19th Duke of Somerset.

(John Michael Edward Seymour, 19th Duke of Somerset, DLFRICS (born 30 December 1952), styled Lord Seymour between 1954 and 1984, is a British aristocratic landowner in Wiltshire and Devon, and a member of the House of Lords.)

He recently handed over the Chairmanship of the UK Seafish Industry Authority.

Howeson retains a range of senior voluntary and community sector appointments in Region, mostly now as President, including serving as

Life Vice president of the board of governors of the (Community) DRAKE Foundation for Plymouth, being a school Governor, and Community leader.

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Charles Howeson and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

He remains (after 13 years) the annually elected Chairman of the Plymouth Area Business Council (PABC), comprising the City’s top 250 key sector leaders.
And off Duty

When not working, Charles is a keen family man (youngest daughter 22) who lives in Plymouth, and enjoys being a competent international cruising yachtsman
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SPECIAL GUESTS: Anthony Payne, Lt Col Nick Bruce-Jones, Peter Reichwald, Senior Consultant Harvey Nash plc , Admiral Lord West, Councillor Vivien Pengelly, David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, Charles Howeson and Nigel Theyer

A FORMER First Sea Lord was among the guests at a charity dinner in Plymouth last night.

Admiral Lord West of Spithead, who was also the former Minister of Homeland Security, joined 100 guests at the Lord Lieutenant’s charity dinner at the Royal Marines Barracks at Stonehouse.

The dinner was expected to raise well over £1,500 for the Plymouth Drake Foundation.

Organiser Charles Howeson, chairman of the Plymouth Area Business Council (PABC), said the charity had raised more than £1.3million in the past 24 months and distributed some £400,000 through about 150 local grants.


http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/sea-lord-charity-dinner/story-13490123-detail/story.html#x0cSKkowWBKu3iXk.99




Odd – a man of “his standing” doing a rug cleaning testimonial…

Charles Howeson director at Plymouth College and St Dunstans Abbey Schools Charity

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https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/05189426/officers

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2010 Plymouth College report – lacking: The school does not meet all the requirements…and therefore it is required  to: implement appropriate safeguarding arrangements…

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Charles Howeson who recently opened the new PwC offices in Plymouth has been appointed President of the Plymouth and Devon Chamber of Commerce


Shame Your Social Worker

We are ashamed to be British, who would have thought this goes on in our society?
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Anonymous said...

check out chamber of com, CHARLES HOWESON, DRAKE ISLAND, plymouth THE NAVY AND BOYS.

SIR GEOFF HOLLAND, JOHN STEVEN,
MIKE COLES AND SMALLIES.

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http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/video-drake-s-island-heyday-activity-centre-1960s/story-20471841-detail/story.html

 

SIR GEOFF HOLLAND and Prince Philip

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The Marine Biological Association’s Royal Charter. From left to right: MBA Deputy Director Dr Matt Frost, MBA President Sir Geoffrey Holland, The patron of the Marine Biological Association, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,and MBA Director Professor Colin Brownlee.

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HRH The Duke of Edinburgh meets Sir Geoffrey Holland, President of the Marine Biological Association

Sir Geoffrey Holland is a governor of a school with Elizabeth Butler Sloss

Butler-Sloss is a Devon resident.

Lady Butler-Sloss criticised for giving evidence for defence in child rape trial

Retired high court judge also gave character evidence in 2007 assault trial of Philip Chard, who was convicted this month of raping 13-year-old girl

Butler-Sloss said she had known Chard for 20 years because his mother, Valerie, was her cleaner at her home in east Devon. Chard, from Lympstone, near Exmouth in Devon, often took his mother to Butler-Sloss’s farmhouse home and sometimes stayed there for a couple of hours.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/24/lady-butler-sloss-criticised-for-giving-evidence-defence-child-rape-trial-philip-chard

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Captain Charles and Emma Howeson representing the Royal Navy


Devon History Society: April 2010
www.devonhistorysociety.org.uk/2010_04_01_archive.html?m=0
The campaign, led by Charles Howeson, chairman of the Plymouth Area Business …. will lay the stone, and it is expected to be done with due masonic honours.

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Sir Geoff Holland is a Governor (along with Baroness Butler-Sloss) and Chairman of the Merchant Taylors’ Company Educational Trust (MTET) which acts as steward of the affairs of both Merchant Taylors’ & St John’s Schools.

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https://www.ukcorporations.org/merchant-taylors-school

Mountbatten Britannia Pitcairn – Earl Mountbatten and HRH Prince Phillip visited Pitcairn via the Royal Yacht Britannia during February 1971.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Lord Mountbatten wearing tropical white Admiral of the Fleet uniform with Rear Admiral Trowbridge with Britannia anchored at the Pitcairn Island on the 21st February , anchoring at Bounty Bay

 


Charles Howeson and Prince Charles:

The Charity

The Charity name is ‘The Britannia Association’.


Patron

His Royal Highness Admiral of the Fleet, Prince Charles The Prince of Wales KG GT GCB OM AL CD QSO PC

Deputy Vice Patron

Commodore Charles Howeson – Royal Naval Reserve, FIoD, FCMI, FNI, FFB, FRSA, Hon.D.Man

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The ROYAL BRITANNIA

Howeson, Charles Arthur
Lt N3 – rank
1973-74 – served
Howeson’s commander:

 

Rear Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge, KCVO  Royal Britanniaa 1970-1975

http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/about-the-royal-yacht/life-below-decks/dedicated-crew/commanding-officers/

Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Trowbridge, who died on Sunday aged 83, was the first officer to rise from boy sailor to captain of the Royal Yacht Britannia and the last Briton to serve as Governor of Western Australia.

A personal friend of Prince Philip since they had served in the British Pacific Fleet at the end of the Second World War, he had an unusually long-serving and successful term as Flag Officer Royal Yachts from 1970 to 1975 when Britannia

Trowbridge was commissioned in 1940 and served at sea throughout the Second World War. He was in the destroyer Wakeful after the end of hostilities with Japan when she transported prisoners of war to Sydney; and Lady Mountbatten was in charge of repatriation. Trowbridge was mentioned in dispatches.

This was when he met Prince Philip, who was first lieutenant of another destroyer in the 27th Destroyer Flotilla. Together they were in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed their surrender after atomic bombs had been dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Trowbridge was appointed KCVO in 1983.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1429505/Rear-Admiral-Sir-Richard-Trowbridge.html


Crew enjoy a drink in the petty officers’ mess in August 1973. Each of Britannia’s 20 officers and 220 yachstmen, known as ‘Yotties’, were personally selected by the Commanding Officer to serve on the vessel. They wore soft-soled shoes to reduce noise and were given orders by hand signal to avoid disturbing The Queen. Duties included ensuring the slope of the royal gangway was never steeper than 12 degrees.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-22122763

Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips

The Queen offered Britannia to her daughter, Princess Anne, for her honeymoon with Captain Mark Phillips in 1973.

http://www.royalyachtbritannia.co.uk/about-the-royal-yacht/royal-residence/royal-honeymoons/

Royal Britannia 1973-74

... tour to the Pacific Islands and New Zealand in 1973 and the Far East Tour in 1974

https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection/2317034/hmy-britannia-collection-work-book-32-1973-74

Mr Howeson left the post of Chief of the Allied Staff in Gibraltar aged 39 (1989) according to the Plymouth Area Business Council, of which he is chairman.


PLYMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

some of the directors..

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Brian John Gerrish, Charles Howeson

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BAILEY ENERGY MANAGEMENT LIMITED Company Directors

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BAILEY ENERGY MANAGEMENT LIMITED

BRIAN JOHN GERRISH was the first director of this company.

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^ Brian Gerrish of UK Column was a co-director of Bailey Energy Management Limited and on the PLYMOUTH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY with Charles Howeson

Brian Gerrish served on the HMS Cleopatra with Charles Howeson

 

Lieutenant Commander RN Brian Gerrish, rt: “I was in the Navy for 21 years and left in 1993.

Gerrish then went into business…

The business was energy management.  We looked after the energy accounts, electricity, gas,water for large commercial organisations

https://www.forcesreunited.co.uk/m/briangerrish#?activeTab=1

https://centurean2.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/cpexposed-is-back-up_-lt-cdr-brian-gerrish-royal-navy-rtd/

http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?17918-Scientologist-give-award-to-Brian-Gerrish

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-33674221

https://hoaxteadresearch.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/gerrish-and-stadler-facebook-friends/

 

John Hemming MP – Brian Gerrish had invited him to the conference…. John Hemming and his Fathers Rights friends (one of whom is the convicted paedophile Nigel Oldfield)

http://revolutionharry.blogspot.com/2011/10/pied-pipers-of-truth-movement-how-about.html

You should ask John Hemming of his own involvement with paedophiles NIGEL OLDFIELD and BRIAN ROTHERY

https://hat4uk.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/paedophilia-how-one-piece-of-news-can-kill-a-novel/

You should also ask Hemming about why paedo COLIN TUCKER was allowed to run Birmingham childrens services, and adoption

 

John Alexander Melvin Hemming (born 16 March 1960) is a British Liberal Democrat politician and a businessman. He served as the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley from 2005 to 2015.

Your silence on the lampooning of Esther Baker by your friend Hewson is deafening. You seem to condone her behaviour!

Barbara Hewson, best known for ridiculing Esther Baker, is giving you plugs on her TL. Do you associate with her campaign?

John Hemming MP –

The mistress-loving maverick millionaire

AS his wife is found guilty of stealing his lover’s cat, why life is never dull around John Hemming – the politician accused of having 26 affairs during his marriage.

A former heavy-metal drummer who once put himself forward as a candidate for Britain’s first astronaut, he is a multi-millionaire who set up a company writing software for stockbrokers when he was only 23.

One fellow MP denouncing him as unfit for public office. And as of yesterday he is also the man who drove his long-suffering wife to criminality.

Hemming seems to relish his womaniser image; he once voted for himself in a national poll as Britain’s biggest love rat.

http://www.express.co.uk/expressyourself/274872/John-Hemming-MP-The-mistress-loving-maverick-millionaire

 Paedophile Nigel Oldfield/GhandhisOPhoenix

Gerrish was made a Lieutenant Cdr 1985

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/50080/supplement/4691/data.pdf

Brian Gerrish was awarded a Royal Navy Scholarship in 1972 and served until 1993, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. After an early career in Minehunters and Frigates as a Bridge watch-keeper, Navigator and Principal Warfare Officer, he specialised as an anti-submarine warfare expert during the cold war period. He has extensive experience with RN, United States Navy and NATO forces in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Norwegian Sea, detecting and tracking Soviet Nuclear Submarines. Operations included protection of UK nuclear deterrent as well as joint US/UK anti SSBN (ballistic missile submarine) missions along the eastern seaboard of the USA.

His expertise included fixed, mobile and airborne active and passive sonar systems, electronic warfare, weapons systems, chemical, biological and nuclear protection, communications and COMSEC, oceanography, wide area and local intelligence picture analysis, and associated security matters. Brian also lectured at the Royal Netherlands Navy School of Warfare Den Helder for two years, and headed the Royal Navy’s anti-submarine warfare staff for Flag Officer Sea Training at Portland UK. His last appointment before leaving the service was in Command of HMS Orkney, an Offshore Protection Vessel, tasked with Fisheries Protection and security of North Sea Oil installations.

https://centurean2.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/cpexposed-is-back-up_-lt-cdr-brian-gerrish-royal-navy-rtd/


Charles Howeson – Chairmanship of the United Kingdom Sea Fish Industry Authority

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Fishy Business for Orkney Captains Lieut – Cdr. Brian Gerrish (seated)

Former Cdr RN Charles Howson charged Man many talents business & high society connections up to Royalty. Plymouth Magistrates Court 13 Apr17

Puzzling to see Charles Howeson chosen by former @CommonPurpose Chief @DC_Police Maria Wallis


Directors at Radio Pymouth LTD

HOWESON, Charles Arthur, Commander 2004- 2005 and

2008-2012

SCHOFIELD, Phillip Bryan 2004-2005


Radio station ready to recruit for launch

Plymouth Radio’s board of principal shareholders is made up of leading Plymouth business figures including Charles Howeson, chair of the Consumer Council for Water’s Western committee, and Karen Stockdale, director of the Plymouth media partnership.

TV’s Philip Schofield – who began his career on Hospital Radio Plymouth – is also an investor and is expected to contribute to the on air-launch.

http://www.cornwalllive.com/radio-station-ready-recruit-launch/story-11464639-detail/story.html#6sXZcCrZMKDRCj2U.99

In February 2010, Schofield launched Radio Plymouth in Devon.

When he was 15, his first foray into media was a Sunday show onHospital Radio Plymouth.[2]

In 1985, Schofield returned to Britain, where he became the first in-vision continuity presenter for Children’s BBC on weekdays for two years from September 1985.[2] From 1988 to 1991, Schofield was the host of the Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, a teen magazine awards show.


The television presenter showed a list of alleged paedophiles to David Cameron that included the name of Lord Alistair McAlpine

David Cameron warns against ‘witch-hunt’ amid paedophilia allegations

ITV presenter Phillip Schofield confronts prime minister with list of names of politicians possibly involved in child abuse claims

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2236867/Phillip-Schofield-ITV-pay-Lord-McAlpine-125k-damages-Tory-paedophile-list-blunder.html#ixzz4b7bdYAQw

Jimmy Savile tweets Paul Schofield 2009

https://web.archive.org/web/20121117234649/http://twitter.com/JimmySavile



OU is the magazine for the Old Boys and Girls of Uppingham School.

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Charles Howeson (Fgh 63) – Old Uppinghamian – OU has Masonic Lodge

 http://www.olduppinghamian.co.uk/uploads/publications/A38703-Uppingham-OBAG-Magazine-GILL-P7-web.pdf.pdf

Charles Howeson – (Honorary) Doctor of Management
Charles Howeson served for 25 years in the Royal Navy, retiring in 1991 from the post of Chief of Allied Staff in Gibraltar. In the mid 1990s he established a successful property company, and followed that by founding a retail, wholesale and distribution company group that became a significant retained contractor to the government.
Charles has held a number of significant positions, including Chairman of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Director and Vice Chairman of the Millfields Community Economic Development Trust. He is currently a Board member of the Local Strategic Partnership (2020), and Chairman of First Great Western Trains Advisory Board, the UK Seafish Industry Authority
and the Rowe Group. In the last month he has been appointed Chairman ofthe NHS in the South West.

 


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http://www.olduppinghamian.co.uk/uploads/publications/Magazine-Issue-40-2012-2013.pdf.pdf


Howeson’s daughter is an Old Uppingham alumna

Phillippa ‘Pip’ Menzel (nee Howeson) (Fd 98) is now running her own design

Make a Success of your Start-Up:  Interview with bespoke tailor, Pip Howeson

His daughter Pippa Howeson is a tailor to  Stephen Fry and she is married to Robin Rudolf Menzel (1966), m.2012 Phillippa Howeson

 

Doug Richard and Chris Ingram have invested in Pip Howeson

Dragons’ Den investor Doug Richard.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/businessclub/11577324/Stephen-Frys-tailor-on-stitching-for-the-stars.html

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Pip Howeson’s husband is part of a dynasty –

Descendants of Duke Friedrich of Saxe-Altenburg

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http://www.propertypilot.co.uk/pdf/1710+90.pdf

Father Sam Philpott – Party to celebrate Priest’s MBE

July 31, 2012

Father Sam Philpott was ‘overwhelmed’ that parishioners at St Peters Church in Wyndham Square threw a party for him inviting along many people he had worked with over the years.

Father Philpott has been at the forefront of pioneering projects including the Ship homeless hostel, Plymouth Mediation and The Millfields Economic Development Trust, which he chairs. He also worked with sex offenders to try to get them to face up to their offences and lay down roots so they weren’t constantly travelling round.

He has been involved in schemes including Wheels, which encouraged children to work on car repairs, and Stables, which taught children how to interact more effectively by teaching them activities such as theatre and rock climbing.

He is currently involved in the Widening Horizons project which encourages children’s aspirations.

And he has worked with business leader Charles Howeson on the Drake Foundation which is “raising sums for good things in the city”.

He also sent out a huge thanks to Charles Howeson.

Charles Howeson

Board Director

Millfields Trust

Official opening of the Genesis Building at The Millfields Trust by HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne
One of his most recent achievements was the official opening of the state-of-the-art Genesis building on Union Street by Princess Anne last week.

Father Sam Philpott  visits  Nigerian family(Helen and her six children)  in the Yarl’s Wood centre in Bedfordshire.http://www.thisisplymouth.co.uk/disp…entPK=19784499



CSA at Merchant Taylors’School/Stephen Freedman/the Royal Navy section of the school’s Combined Cadet Force

 FORMER TEACHER , HAD 8,000 IMAGES OF CHILD ABUSE; Jail for Sailing Coach Who Stalked the Net

He was investigated on suspicion of supplying indecent images of children.

arrested on suspicion of distributing indecent images of children

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Stephen Freedman, who worked at Merchant Taylors’ in Crosby for more than 20 years, admitting 18 counts concerning thousands of sick images of children being abused, along with hundreds of videos, and images of people having sex with animals.

Biology teacher Freedman, 54, took early retirement from the school in 2008, but continued to be employed as a sailing teacher and was involved with the Royal Navy section of the school’s Combined Cadet Force up until his arrest in 2010.

Regarded as a pillar of the community he was honoured with the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2000, the Cadet Force Medal in 2002, and a clasp for that medal in 2009.

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From left: Lt Cdr (SCC) Stephen Freedman RNR, Cdr Cedric Loughran RNR, Lt (SCC) Sidney Taylor and POC Christopher Pagett with their certificates

Dedication is rewarded

THERE was a strong Naval element at the annual Lord Lieutenant’s Reserve Forces and Cadets presentations for Merseyside. Not only was RN HQ Merseyside chosen as the venue, but Reserve Forces and Cadets Association Vice Chairman Cdr Cedric Loughran also deputised at the last moment to make the presentations. Three of the main recipients were shining examples of the best of Sea Cadet spirit. As well as teaching biology at the Merchant Taylors’ School in Crosby, Stephen Freedman (48) also dons the dark blue uniform of a lieutenant commander to lead the school’s Combined Cadet Force Naval Section. His citation for a Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate highlighted the fact that Stephen has filled this demanding role with great distinction, and is also second in command of the school’s cadet force. For many years he has run the CCF RN Camp at HMS Bristol at Whale Island, founded the annual Cadet Forces Regatta, staffed a yacht crewed by cadets sailing from Scotland to Norway, and runs the Bridge Trainer for the RN Cadet Camp at Dartmouth each summer.

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Mr Freedman, who has been decorated for his naval work in schools, also occasionally took activities at Liverpool College in Mossley Hill.

From 1991 to 2008, he ran the Royal Naval Section of the Combined Cadet Force at Merchant Taylors’.

His expertise includes dinghy and power boat instruction.

And, in 2006, he was awarded the Lord Lieutenant’s Certificate given sparingly for military service beyond the call of duty. At the time, he said: “It has been the most rewarding part of my career and I like to think that my involvement has not only opened up opportunities for our cadets, but for myself as well.”

“Mr Freedman was an able and experienced member of the biology department who retired from teaching in July, 2008.

“The school has no further comment to make at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.”

The criminal investigation comes three months after a jury found 25-year-old Hannah McIntyre not guilty of having sex with a 16-year-old pupil while employed as a classics teacher at the school.

Dating back to 1620, the independent school is consistently among the country’s best performing.

Ex-Merchant Taylors’ Teacher Arrested over Indecent Images Daily Post (Liverpool, England), July 15, 2010

IN THE NAVY- GAYS AND SPOOKS

 


Duke of Edinburgh prevented women from joining the crew of the Royal Yacht Britannia

No women ever served among the crew on the Royal Yacht Britannia 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4282674/Duke-Edinburgh-banned-women-Royal-Yacht-Britania.html#ixzz4ag2MhC82


 


Paul Burrell/Royal Yacht Britannia orgy scandal

In 1981, 11 members of the crew of the Queen’s yacht ‘Britannia’ were charged.


Paul Burrell (pictured fifth from right) was part of a orgy on the Royal Yacht Britannia, his agent claims. None of the people in the above photo of the Britannia are thought to have been involved in the reported orgy

Reports from 1981 show that a trial against naval members were held in secret, which prompted rumours of a cover-up, which officials denied.

The men involved were accused of ‘disgraceful conduct of a cruel, indecent or unnatural kind’, and sailors were arrested after X-rated photos were found during a drugs raid.

The Queen was kept up to date on disciplinary proceedings during the case, and Prince Phillip was shown a special report on the case, the Sun reported.

Buckingham Palace would not comment on claims that the Queen knew Mr Burrell was involved in the orgy.

The Queen reinstated me and said: ‘Paul, I am so glad to have you back. Let’s put this unsavoury business behind us.’

Mr Burrell has never talked about his sexuality even though it was well known within royal circles that he was gay.

In 1983 he wed Maria Cosgrove, a maid to the Duke of Edinburgh

Paul and Maria Burrell met while they were both working at Buckingham Palace, with Maria serving as the Duke of Edinburgh’s maid, and married in 1984.

An established tradition suggested one of them should give up their job with the Royal Family, but the Queen made an exception for them, allowing both to remain in Royal service.

Burrell, who entered Royal Service at age 18, as a Palace footman, became the Queen’s personal footman a year later.
 

Burrell was the only non-family member to be present at Diana’s private burial at the Spencer estate Althorp.

In 1993 she wrote a letter to him that claimed the Prince of Wales was plotting to kill

Is this Burrell? Press & palace spin story that he was sacked?

The commander of the Royal Britannia yacht, Sir Paul Greening, was promoted after the scandal.


The Queen Mother In A Gondola Venice Italy With Her Is Sir Paul Greening

1981 COMMANDER OF THE ROYAL BRITANNIA:

  Rear-Admiral Sir Paul Greening, commanded the Royal Yacht Britannia in her heyday, and afterwards succeeded to the 500-year-old office of Master of the Royal Household. 
He was appointed an Extra Equerry to the Queen in 1983 and Master of the Household of the Sovereign from 1986 to 1992.[1]

As Flag Officer Royal Yachts from February 1981 to August 1985, he was responsible for the vessel’s safety and efficiency, and for hosting receptions on behalf of the Queen at events held on board in support of British industry.

Greening’s first days in Britannia were spoilt by the dismissal (under the then law) of several homosexuals: the tabloid press had a field day, but he showed his imperturbability in dealing with it. A natural courtier, he had a boyish charm; the puckish impression given by his permanently raised eyebrows disguised an understanding of people, a mastery of detail and an absolute loyalty to the Crown.

As Master of the Household from 1986 to 1992 Greening was a successful head of staff of all the Queen’s palaces, responsible for 250 chefs, sommeliers, event planners, craftsmen, pages and footmen, housekeepers and postmen.

He was a Younger Brother of Trinity House.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/3485237/Rear-Admiral-Sir-Paul-Greening.html

 

The ‘gay mafia’ of the royal household

09/11/2002

Paul Burrell

The rumours have been washing through Fleet Street. Queen Elizabeth intervened in Paul Burrell’s trial, they alleged, to avoid his going into the witness box at the Old Bailey and revealing tales of homosexual rape, male orgies and a gay mafia in control of the royal household.

That there is at least some truth in them has only fanned the gossips’ flames. Prince Charles acknowledges running up a legal bill of at least £100,000 (?160,000) on behalf of a trusted member of staff accused of raping another man. The allegation was widely known in the household, as the Spectator magazine, a staunch defender of the monarchy, reported.

1997

Burrell received the Royal Victorian Medal


09/11/2002

Twenty years ago, Buckingham Palace investigated an alleged homosexual orgy on the royal yacht Britannia, when Burrell was a footman. One member of staff was required to resign.

Some whisper that Burrell was implicated in those events; others mention a telephone call to Scotland Yard after Burrell’s arrest. The Australian caller described “alleged aspects of Burrell’s private conduct that might not entirely tally with his public image”, according to the Spectator.

“a suspicion is taking root that the homosexual mafia that infiltrates the court has had a criminal case stopped to protect the prince from sordid revelations concerning one of its own.

Buckingham Palace butler ‘ran paedophile sex ring while working for the Royal Family’

A former Buckingham Palace butler has been unmasked as a sexual predator who  ran a paedophile ring while serving the Royal Family.

Bachelor Paul Kidd, 55, groomed at least one of his teenage victims for sex by taking him for tea with the Queen Mother at Clarence House, it has emerged.

In 1976 he was appointed as butler to the Queen at Buckingham Palace and served there for six years until being transferred to Clarence House where he served the Queen Mother.

During his years in Royal service, he was said to have met and looked after three American Presidents including Jimmy Carter and Ronald Regan plus many other Heads of State from around the world.

He also appeared on stage with Hollywood actor Robin Williams at the Nemacolin Spa & Resort Centre in the USA.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1066171/Buckingham-Palace-butler-ran-paedophile-sex-ring-working-Royal-Family.html

https://twitter.com/Snowfaked

http://www.independent.ie/unsorted/features/the-gay-mafia-of-the-royal-household-26026804.html

On the last day of his trial the Queen suddenly remembered that Diana did give him some gifts strange that…

Rape tape that set royal alarm bells ringing

As Princess Diana sat by his hospital bedside, the royal manservant had no idea a tape was secretly running inside her handbag.

During their 30-minute conversation, Diana listened sympathetically as he made the astonishing allegation that he had been raped by another male member of the palace staff.

Paul Burrell knew both the ‘victim’ – who is a close friend of the former butler – and the man accused of the violent homosexual assault.

The alleged rapist works closely with Charles.

Last night the Prince was said to be terrified that the man could be identified.

That fear of exposure was increasingly being seen as a possible explanation for the dramatic last-minute royal intervention that led to the collapse of the Old Bailey trial last week.

The Royal Family were terrified that, once Burrell took the witness stand, he would divulge sensational and hugely-damaging secrets – in particular, the existence of the ‘rape-tape’ recording.

It was the explosive tape police were desperately seeking when they raided Burrell’s Cheshire home searching for the so-called ‘Crown Jewels’.

A Scotland Yard inquiry into the alleged rape took place at the same time as the Burrell theft investigation and both were led by the same police officer, Maxine de Brunner.

During the police investigation, former members of the Royal Household were interviewed in intimate detail about the alleged incident and asked ‘prurient questions’ about Charles himself.

The man allegedly assaulted, who has a wife and children from whom he is separated, has since left the royal household with a £50,000 payoff and, as with all palace staff, was required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

At the time several senior royal aides carried out an internal palace inquiry and reported back to Prince Charles and his solicitor Fiona Shackleton.

Charles – said to regard his aide as a ‘loyal and necessary person’ – took the unprecedented step of employing one of the country’s top law firms, Kingsley Napley, to defend him against the rape allegations.

Such was his concern for the servant that Charles is understood to have phoned the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens when the inquiry was launched.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-146235/Rape-tape-set-royal-alarm-bells-ringing.html#ixzz4bmHVDaHl

Mr Burrell sobbed in the arms of his defence lawyer, Lord Carlile, as the decision was announced.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/2385663.stm


Tape went missing after her death. Burrell saved

from testifying at last minute.

The Queen’s intervention in the Paul Burrell case

The Queen’s intervention in the Paul Burrell case came as a complete shock to the defence team, says his QC, Alex Carlile

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/nov/05/law.monarchy

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Just over two weeks after Jimmy Savile emerged from his heart operation, Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris. He was invited to the funeral service at Westminster Abbey but was too weak to attend.

In our final interview, I asked Savile again about his relationships with the royals. ‘What you’ve got to realise is how many books have been written about them by people who don’t really know them,’ he said. ‘Paul Burrell and people like that.’

I put it to him that having worked as Diana’s butler for ten years, Burrell must have surely known her better than most. ‘Yes, he did,’ said Savile, suddenly changing his tune.

‘I helped him get out of his court case.’

In 2002, Burrell was charged with the theft of items belonging to the Princess of Wales but the trial collapsed when it emerged the Queen had spoken to him and a public interest immunity certificate was presented to the court.

‘That was something else,’ smiled Savile, leaning back in his chair, eyes tightly closed as if mentally picturing the next brick being laid on the wall.

‘Nobody could get him off the hook. The entire world had him on the hook. He fell out with [Diana’s] trustees … Paul was very upset about this and because he was so upset, he was a danger, you see.

So they invented this thing that he’d half-inched some of her gear, which he hadn’t.’

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Jimmy Savile and Prince Philip 1998

(Janet Cope showed me a 1998 letter from Paul Burrell in which Diana’s former butler said how much he was looking forward to ‘spending some quality time with Jimmy.

 

I need some sound and wise advice from him as he always knows the right answer.’)

Savile pointed to my tape recorder and told me to turn it off…

pg  410-413

In Plain Sight: the Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile by Dan Davies


 

Geoffrey Dickens: I am concerned The Palace could be part of a chain supplying boys to abusers all over the world

Who brought Colin Tucker to Woolf’s attention and why no mention of his involvement with the Laughing Duck and Paul Burrell?

Former Palace staff member Burrell used to run the Laughing Duck with Fiona Woolf’s footman.

The Laughing Duck. Conveniently links the Palace to Woolf’s footman

Arthur Colin Tucker & Paul Burrell (Laughing Duck)

I’m not a member of the Establishment but the Queen’s butler did get my footman a job!

Now, now! You shouldn’t judge a non-Establishment CSA chair by the footman she keeps!


David Blair Wilson allegedly has compromising pictures of top law officers & prosecutors from the Crown Office caught up in sex orgies with young men & juveniles.
Operation Planet: Tam Paton / Arthur Colin Tucker

Arthur Colin Tucker ‘list’ of paedophiles ?

Colin Tucker
Former Laughing Duck (later The Standard, now Mother’s)

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Colin Tucker, steward to Fiona Woolf, Fettesgate and the Scottish ‘Magic Circle’ Affair, and Wider Networks – Part 1

the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (the trial of a former teacher at which will take place in early 2015), and the City of London School for Girls (whose former trumpet teacher Helen Goddard was jailed in 2009 for abusing an underage girl, as detailed within this long post), there was a hitherto little commented-upon passage concerning an employee at Mansion House:

 

I believe it is appropriate to bring to your attention the report of an inquiry conducted in Scotland in 1993 relating to an allegation to pervert the course of justice. A current staff member at Mansion House, an employee of the Corporation, was referred to in that inquiry; the individual concerned was not in the employment of the Corporation during the time period mentioned in the report. Full details of the inquiry and its conclusions (at pages 106-107) are contained in the attached link to the full report (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/228813/0377.pdf ). I can confirm that I have never discussed this issue with the individual and was unaware of the individual’s prior history until the matter was recently brought to my attention.

The individual in question is Anthony Colin Tucker, a former solicitor who has been steward to the Lord Mayor since the early 1990s. The report in question is W.A. Nimmo Smith QC and J.D. Friel,  In this audio interview, Tucker speaks about his work for the Lord Mayor in what is essentially a butler-like role, suggesting something rather closer than Woolf’s term ‘current staff member at Mansion House’ would imply.

The report refers to the now mostly forgotten almost 25-year old saga involving an alleged ‘Magic Circle’ within the Scottish legal establishment, in which gay judges were alleged to have given more lenient sentences to gay criminals because of fear of blackmail. Tucker’s own trial on charges of embezzlement, for which he was acquitted, was central to this affair; the trial came about after Tucker’s senior partner, Ian Walker, killed himself. One journalist, Graham Grant, Home Affairs Editor for the Scottish Daily Mail, reported on this connection this Saturday (October 25th, 2014), in this article below.

As mentioned by Grant, of central importance is the role of Tucker’s defence counsel, the late Robert Henderson QC. Henderson has been in the news again since his daughter Susie has claimed that she was abused by both him and the late former Scottish Solicitor General Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (Emma Cowing and Graham Grant, ‘I was raped aged 4 by top aide to Thatcher: Woman claims she was abused by senior Conservative MP who visited notorious guest house with paedophile Cyril Smith’, Daily Mail, August 14th, 2014), who has also been alleged to have been a visitor to the notorious Elm Guest House in Barnes, a key location for VIP guests to abuse young boys, said to have been delivered from care homes (‘Sir Nicholas Fairbairn in child abuse scandal link’, The Scotsman, July 13th, 2014). This has led to a renewed interest in the ‘magic circle’ allegations (see for example Jonathan Brocklebank, ‘A magic circle of judges, a sex abuse probe and the sinister truth about the Fettesgate scandal’, Daily Mail, August 14th, 2014), though until Grant no-one had made the connection with someone close to the Lord Mayor of London.

Tucker is also listed as a partner in a company entitled ‘LD Inns’, address 24 Howe Street, Edinburgh EH3 6TG, from March 9th 1988 to July 17th, 1989, together with a Burnett Walker and David Ben Aryeah. It turns out this was the notorious Laughing Duck gay bar (see Rory Knight Bruce, ‘Below the Law: It is a short walk from Edinburgh’s Court of Session to the Laughing Duck’, Spectator, January 27th, 1990), mentioned at various points in the 1993 report, and listed with a three star rating in the 1982 edition of Spartacus International Gay Guide for Gay Men; membership of Spartacus, which was run by Roman Catholic priest John Stamford, who was later convicted of sending pornographic material through the post, also notoriously gave discounts for stays at Elm Guest House, and championed PIE; Stamford also published PAN: A Magazine about Boy-Love

Tucker was also for seven years an elder at St Cuthbert’s, next to Edinburgh Castle (Bruce McKain, ‘Solicitor tells fraud trial his partner had hold over him’, Glasgow Herald, December 16th, 1989). Burnett Walker was also a director of a delicatessen, Victors of Edinburgh; Edinburgh-born David Ben-Aryeah worked for the Israeli military, as a travel agent, and was one of the first journalists to report on the Lockerbie disaster

Amongst other matters, this affair demonstrates the importance that the inquiry incorporates Scotland as well (and Northern Ireland, where the Kincora Boys’ Home scandal is said to have involved intelligence operatives from the mainland). Not only is Fairbairn alleged to have been linked to abusers in both England and Scotland, but also the Paedophile Information Exchange was itself founded in Scotland, in Glasgow in 1974 by Ian Campbell Dunn and Michael Hanson as an outgrowth of the Scottish Minorities Group, of which Fairbairn was himself honorary vice-president in the early 1970s (Guy Adams and Andrew Malone, ‘Revealed: The Full horrifying truth about Sir Nicholas Fairbairn – the other paedophile at Margaret Thatcher’s side’, Daily Mail

 

In the meantime, it is reported today that Fiona Woolf may have to face a second appearance before the Home Affairs Select Committee … it is important that Keith Vaz MP and other members of the committee also question her over this affair and whether it represents a significant conflict of interests.

Below I reproduce a wide range of articles from Tucker’s trial, through the course of the ‘Magic Circle’ and ‘Fettesgate’ affairs, up until the release of the report

Part 2 will include subsequent articles on the affair, the allegations of sexual abuse made in 2000 against Robert Henderson, then some obituaries of Henderson, followed by recent press articles which have revisited these affairs, relating to Henderson and Fairbairn. The Fettesgate affair related to the theft of a report by Detective Inspector Robert Orr on ‘Homosexuality and the Criminal Law’, relating to the possibility of a homosexual network in the legal profession, which can be read here. This is a complex and detailed affair which requires extensive reading.

 

http://ianpace.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/colin-tucker-steward-to-fiona-woolf-fettesgate-and-the-scottish-magic-circle-affair-and-wider-networks-part-1/

Colin Tucker hired as footman to Lord Mayor of Lon BEFORE he was acquitted of embezzlement and WHILE he owned gay bar inv with Magic Circle

 Said he was in Cornwall with friend who suggested he sign up with agency. Footman job came up, had 2 interviews!

L.D. Inns Limited

Colin Tucker hired as footman to Lord Mayor of Lon BEFORE he was acquitted of embezzlement and WHILE he owned gay bar inv with Magic Circle

 Said he was in Cornwall with friend who suggested he sign up with agency. Footman job came up, had 2 interviews!

 

L.D. Inns Limited

What’s Arthur ‘Colin’ Tucker been up to now? Still butler to The Lord Mayor of London? Dresser to the m̶a̶r̶e̶ mayor last I heard!


ORGY on the Royal Yacht Britannia

  • The orgy aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia reportedly took place in 1981
  • The orgy supposedly involved members of the navy, who were later dismissed
  • Mr Burrell wasn’t arrested for the orgy, nor did he face criminal charges because he ‘was the Queen’s right hand man at that point’, Burrell’s agent said

‘Paul was there. But he wasn’t arrested or subjected to any sort of criminal charges because he was the Queen’s right hand man at that point.’

Ah, now I get it: If you’re Queenie’s right-hand man you can get away with blue murder!


amazing if I brought porn into work I would be sacked! Not its alright lad, go and get married to keep job


Boris Johnson has just told the House of Commons he will support proposals to build a new Royal Yacht Britannia

Bloody Tories.  Can find money to do up Westminster & Buckinham Palace plus fund a royal yacht. No money for social care, NHS, the poor…

Boris Johnson calling for a new yacht for the Royals, wonder what stories the Britannia could tell.

and what dna and other evidence it might contain…


11 Britannia Crewmen Charged In Sex Scandal 

The Britania charges happened on the same day as Dickens named PIE member/paedophile Sir Peter Hayman

11 sailors from the crew of Elizabeth II’s official yacht Britannia were charged with “disgraceful conduct of a cruel, indecent or unnatural kind”…
It was Britain’s second official sex scandal in less than 24 hours.
Earlier Wednesday, a former British ambassador to Canada, Sir Peter Hayman, was named as the senior civil servant previously reported involved with a child pornography group.
The Britannia cases were heard behind closed doors.

Britannia /Havers/Hayman/Dickens 1981

Alun tweeted:  Isn’t it just amazing that Theresa May knew nothing of this when she appointed Haver’s sister to head the CSA inquiry?

 


 

 

Shortly before Charles and Diana married on July 29, 1981, the Queen apparently suspended Burrell from his job as footman after he was implicated in a gay pornography ring on the Royal Yacht Britannia  – and only gave him his job back on the understanding that he would marry his now wife Maria (who worked for the Duke of Edinburgh). 

‘Because Paul was the Queen’s footman he was treated like royalty by the other staff and had his own maid.

Paul and Maria Burrell –  shareholders in Black Dragon Group LTD managed by Whitmill Trust

Black Dragon Group LTD – Part of the Panama Papers, the Offshore Leaks and the Bahamas Leaks investigations

 

Agent: Mossack Fonseca



1983 Buckingham Palace…details of a civil servant involved in child sex


 


Plymouth

March 17, 2015

Plymouth ex-detective said Cyril Smith child abuse probe mirrors Goad inquiry

A FORMER Plymouth detective who helped bring paedophile William Goad to justice said she is not surprised Met officers may have been told to halt their inquiry into child abuse by Cyril Smith and other public figures.

Recent news reports claim investigators were ordered to hand over evidence and quit their inquiry into the Liberal MP after his arrest.

Smith was held during a 1980s probe into alleged sex parties with teenage boys in south London, a former Met officer told the BBC’s Newsnight programme.

In 2013, former detective Shirley Thompson told The Herald of her long-standing concerns about the Goad inquiry. Goad was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2004 after he admitted sexually abusing more than a dozen boys.

She noted what she believed was a number of failures by Devon and Cornwall Police, including failing to act on statements by his victims of other paedophiles operating in and around Plymouth.

She said senior officers told her to “put a lid on it” and concentrate her investigation solely into Goad.

She said: “Reading the newspapers today was like a repeat of what I saw with Goad – officers being told to stop investigating, told to ignore evidence, and young men being left to be abused by others. This is what Goad’s victims said for years. It’s what I was told during the inquiry – “put a lid on it and concentrate on Goad”.

“So much of that investigation was not finished. There was an immense possibility and probability there was communication between him and other paedophile offenders in Britain after he fled to Thailand, but no one bothered to look into it.

“There was evidence he snatched boys in other cities and shared his victims with other paedophiles in London and Manchester, but no-one looked into it.”

Shirley said her attempts to get other cases fully investigated in 2004, after Goad was jailed, met with silence. It took another year – and a damning BBC Panorama programme criticising Devon and Cornwall Police – to see an investigation into other men previously mentioned. Even then, only one – Peter Norsworthy – was brought to justice. But by then she said she had been sidelined and left the force soon after suffering breast cancer.

She said: “In relation to the child abuse inquiry in London, I wonder how many whistle blowers have lost their jobs or been ignored and sidelined over the years?

“Now they’re talking about the Met investigating the Met over whether they protected suspected paedophile MPs.

I suppose it could be worse – they could ask Devon and Cornwall Police to do it, or South Yorkshire Police, after the child abuse scandal in Rotherham.

“They need specialist independent investigators, who cannot be influenced or pressured. That way no-one could threaten them with disciplinary action, threaten them with the Official Secrets Act. They would be able to go where the evidence guides them – not senior officers and not politicians.”

Shirley said that despite being told not to go on fishing trips for information, she would often gather damning statements from victims before alerting her superiors.

She said: “We would interview victims who led us to other victims and we’d interview them and so on. After we’d gathered the evidence senior officers would write the action up after the fact, when it should’ve been the other way around. When other suspect names were mentioned we were told ‘don’t go there’.

“Goad would’ve pleaded not guilty if we had stuck to what we were told to do.”


http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/plymouth-ex-detective-said-cyril-smith-child/story-26188129-detail/story.html#2bPl6rSBpG0HXgk0.99

Inside the mind of Plymouth’s most notorious paedophile

April 08, 2017

goadmarket

William Goad was a millionaire whose career began on a market stall

One of Britain’s most prolific paedophiles – Plymouth businessman William Goad – stopped attempting suicide in prison after he believed he would be freed six years into his life sentence.

Goad, of Ford Park Road, was jailed for life at Plymouth Crown Court in October 2004 after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing young boys.

During his sentencing hearing, prosecutor Martin Meeke QC, told the court: “It is believed there has been no single defendant with more victims than this man.”

Millionaire Goad was branded a ‘voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile’ who had once boasted of beating his own ‘record’ of abusing 142 boys in a year

In that time he set up and ran the Mount Gould Camping Club, opened the Cornish Market World in St Austell with a business partner, and later opened a children’s play zone Ben’s Playworld in the same area.

The ‘strictly private and confidential’ minutes revealed how a man revealed during counselling how as a child he was abused by a paedophile gang, naming Goad as the ringleader. The psychiatrist revealed to the group the man had gone to police “in the summer of 1994” and listed other children also abused and names of “some of the paedophiles concerned”.

The minutes revealed how Goad’s house was “kitted out like a boys club” and that “in payment of the abuse the children suffered they were all given BMX bikes”

Some of the abused boys’ parents “had debts paid or overlooked and some were taken away for weekends by Bill Goad and associates”.

The minutes noted: “The weekends away were spent in other large cities such as London and Manchester where the boys were shared with other men in these cities.

“The boys were threatened to keep quiet and were paid off.”

Most ominously, the minutes noted: “It appears that some prominent men in society have or did have associations with this ring.”

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/britain-s-worst-abuser-william-goad-hoped-to-be-set-free-six-years-after-being-jailed/story-30256800-detail/story.html


William Goad (1944 – 20 October 2012) was a British millionaire businessman from Plymouth, Devon who was imprisoned for life for child rape. He was called in various newspapers “Britain’s most prolific paedophile”,[1][2][3] with his assaults causing two of his victims to commit suicide.[2]Goad was sent to prison for life in October 2004.[1] He pleaded guilty to two charges of indecent assault and 14 counts of rape.[a][4]He was described in court as a “voracious, calculating, predatory and violent homosexual paedophile” who sexually abused young boys over a 30-year period.[4]

Goad’s fortune was once estimated to be around £25 million.[6] Goad opened Cornish Market World in 1991, which became at one point Britain’s biggest indoor market with more than 300 stalls.[7]

In the mid-1990s Goad launched Ben’s Playworld, a children’s play zone hosting a range of activities aimed at 2 to 12-year-olds, including mega-slides, giant tubes and a massive ball-pond.[7]

Goad died of natural causes at HMP Isle of Wight, Albany on 20 October 2012.[4][9]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Goad

Timeline of a Child Rapist 4 – William Alexander Goad

William Goad aka Bill aka Billy aka David Scott aka George Healey was possibly the  countries most prolific child rapist.


Lord Justice Sir Peregrine Simon, Justice Simon – William Goad

Andover rapist, Ronald Bennett, jail term cut by judges 

Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake.

5 Mar 2017

 THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

 

Lord Justice Sir Peregrine Simon

Justice Simon – William Goad

Andover rapist, Ronald Bennett, jail term cut by judges

He had gone on to serve the community for over two decades with charity work, he told

Lord Justice Simon,

Mr Justice Soole and

Mr Justice Blake.

Justice Blake.

Judges hand-picked for special cases where establishment links need to be covered-up…

5 Mar 2017

Lord Justice Simon, Mr Justice Soole and Mr Justice Blake cut paedophile’s jail term.

THE founder of an Andover children’s charity – caged for a string of horrific child sex crimes – has had his sentence slashed by top judges in London.

As previously reported by the Advertiser, Ronald Nicholson Bennett, 73, of Launcelot Close, was jailed for 16 years in October for five crimes against two girls.

The offences took place more than three decades ago and caused “life-changing devastation” to the victims.

But after an appeal on Tuesday, three senior judges in London cut the “excessive ” term to 14 years.

Bennett founded the now-disbanded Brave Hearts children’s charity and had refused to go into the witness box to defend himself during his trial.

In 2007 he was fundraiser of the year at the Pride of Andover awards where he was congratulated by Esther Rantzen.

http://www.andoveradvertiser.co.uk/news/15129650.Andover_rapist_jail_term_cut_by_judges/?ref=twtrec

The idea that we keep the political and judicial systems apart in this country is sound. No one would want a crooked government being able to lean on the courts to make sure decisions always went the “right” way. But when you study this week’s decision to cut 10 years from the sentence handed down to Roy Whiting, the killer of Sarah Payne, you might come round to see the justice in my idea for a radical overhaul of our legal system.

To highlight the legal lunacy of the decision made in the High Court by Mr Justice Sir Peregrine (Simon)

Simon, unfortunately it is necessary to remind you of the continued depravity exhibited by the predatory paedophile whose case he has seen fit to support….

…what was going on in Mr Justice Simon’s head when he made that shocking decision to uphold the rights of a child murderer.

The judge “has form” in puzzling verdicts though; five years ago he took two years off the sentences of three Real IRA terrorists jailed for a bomb plot and refused a bid to increase the minimum tariff for William Goad.

Now aged 60, he was dubbed Britain’s vilest paedophile having abused hundreds of boys. As a consequence, he

http://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/180658/Who-would-vote-to-let-paedophiles-be-set-free-early

Paedophile Army sergeant who raped a young girl has jail term cut by top judges

February 22, 2017

A paedophile army sergeant who raped one young girl and committed sex attacks on another has had his jail term cut by top judges.

Alan McCurry, 67, who served in the 4th Battalion Mercian Regiment, based in Farnborough, abused the victims during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

McCurry lived in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, after leaving the Mercians in 1982. And he later served as a chef in a Territorial Army division of the Merseyside-based King’s Regiment.

He was arrested after one of the victims plucked up the courage to go to the police in 2010.

The sick ex-soldier was jailed for 15 years in July 2015 at Colchester Military Courts Centre.

He was convicted of two counts of rape, four of indecent assault and one of indecency with a child.

Lord Justice Simon, at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut his sentence by a year.

Justice Michael Soole

Justice Holroyde / Sir Timothy Victor Holroyde

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Soole, also heard McCurry’s bid to get his convictions overturned.

Lord Justice Simon commented:

“These were very serious offences with a devastating impact on the lives of the victims,” he added.

But aspects of the 15-year sentence were “unlawful” and the overall term had to be cut by a year.

http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/paedophile-army-sergeant-who-raped-a-young-girl-jas-had-his-jail-term-cut-by-top-judges/story-30155484-detail/story.html

Adam Rickwood was the youngest person in modern times to take his own life whilst in custody, at the age of just 14 in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre.

The notorious Medomsley run by the Home Office where much child sexual abuse had occurred had been knocked down. [HT @RandolphTrent]

It was replaced by the Hassockfield Secure Training Centre
It was a custodial centre run by SERCO Home Affairs Ltd, and the monitoring and enforcement of the contract and placement of children was performed by the Youth Justice Board.

Before: The Hon. Mr Justice Blake

Between R(On the Application of Carol Pounder)

v.

HM Coroner for the North and South Districts of Durham and Darlington

Youth Justice Board

Serco Home Affairs Limited

Lancashire County Council

https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/adam-rickwood-1-r-v-hm-coroner-and-others-22-jan-2009-high-court-of-justice/

 Justice Holroyde

British court refuses to extradite suspected American paedophile

UK judges say Roger Giese, a fugitive from FBI since 2007, can only be sent to US after assurances his human rights will not be breached

The two judges at the high court in London made it clear that if no assurance was given, they would refuse to hand over Roger Giese, 40, to stand trial in California, where he is charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 14 from 1998 until 2002.

The former choirmaster has been living in a village in Hampshire under a different name and working for a PR company.

Giese is wanted in Orange County, California, for allegedly committing “lewd acts” with a child. He is alleged to have befriended the boy in 1998, when he was working as a voice coach for the All-American Boys Chorus. He fled the US eight years ago just as he was about to stand trial.

An extradition request from the US was certified by the Home Office in May 2014, and Giese was arrested on 4 June last year. But magistrates court district judge Margot Coleman refused the request last April.

Lord Justice Aikens and Mr Justice Holroyde stated in a joint written judgment that Coleman was right to conclude that extradition would be “inconsistent” with Giese’s ECHR rights. The judges said that if no assurance was given “in due time”, the US government appeal for the right to extradite must be dismissed.

According to a Daily Mirror investigation, Giese set up home with a new partner in the Hampshire countryside. There was no suggestion she knew about his past. Together, the pair built a PR company with clients including the travel firm (Savile-linked)Thomas Cook.

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/oct/07/british-court-refuses-to-extradite-suspected-american-paedophile

(Lord Alistair McAlpine involved)

 

  • Survivors say he was not the only abuser
  • Official report concluded that investigators could have done more
  • Now police launch a fresh search for other paedophiles in the case

William Goad

Police have launched a new investigation into Britain’s worst ever paedophile after an internal report revealed that officers failed to hunt down his sick accomplices.

Goad died last year in prison aged 68, but some of his survivors have long suspected there were others involved in his child abuse ring who escaped the net.

Their claims have now been backed by a police probe which said detectives focused so narrowly on Goad that they sidelined claims he had help.

The report by Devon and Cornwall Police’s Professional Standards Department (PSD) said hundreds of possible new victims have come forward after his conviction but none had even been interviewed properly.

Survivors have always claimed he had links with other paedophiles and sometimes abused boys with them.

A police document from 1996 warned that Goad’s abuse ring contained ‘prominent members of society’ – but none were ever identified.

Devon and Cornwall Police launched their internal probe after a complaint was lodged last November by Paul Wyatt, who was abused by Goad in his teens and has campaigned for years to see the case reopened.

The PSD referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but insisted the force had correctly followed its policy at the time and did not recommend specific disciplinary action.

However, investigators agreed there was a possibility other survivors ‘might have also been abused by other offenders and thus the lack of any police action has potentially meant these offenders have retained their liberty and continued their offending behaviour’.

Mr Wyatt, who said survivors who came forward were simply given a crime number and referred to support services, welcomed the new inquiry.

He said: ‘Of the 17 witnesses who originally were part of the trial which led to Goad’s eventual conviction, some had named other paedophiles connected to Goad who had also abused them. This information eventually led to the convictions of other paedophiles in the last few years.

‘What if these other hundreds of victims, that came forward but were never allowed to make statements, were abused by others as well?

‘They were just given crime reference numbers and a telephone helpline to ring. It means their offenders have been active in Plymouth for all this time without ever being brought to book.’

Mr Wyatt was backed by former detective constable Shirley Thompson, who helped secure Goad’s life sentence in 2004.

William Alexander Goad – companies
Where are William Goad’s lost millions?
And by the 90s Goad was a rich
man. He was a joint owner of a huge indoor market in Cornwall. The business is worth several million.
He knew his share would be at risk if he was arrested and ordered to compensate his victims. In 1998 he
fled abroad. With a false passport Goad set about hiding not just himself but his assets too. He was now
wanted for questioning.Secret filmingBut when police approached Ken Gorvin, associate and business partner of over 30 years, he couldn’t help.
Did he ever offer you any help to tell you where Mr Goad was?SLEVIN: Certainly no information came to us to indicate where he was.POWYS: So there was no information from Mr Govin that “Yes, I know where he is and this is where he
is”?SLEVIN: No.POWYS: What police didn’t know was that the two men were in contact. In October 1999, while he was
on the run, Goad travelled to Spain to meet Gorvin. There they struck a deal. What exactly they agreed
isn’t known, but what is clear from the company documents is that Bill Goad resigned from the business and
transferred his shares. Ken Gorvin became the sole director of a new company in which he and his family
hold all the shares.
In 2003 Goad ventured back to the UK and stayed at this hotel on the outskirts of
Plymouth, he was caught and arrested on his way back from a meeting with Gorvin and lawyers to discuss
the Cornish market’s trading hours. It was then police found out Goad was booked into the hotel under his
false identity.He was booked in under the alias.SLEVIN: Yes.POWYS: What name was given?SLEVIN: The name of Gorvin was used to confirm the booking.POWYS: So the name of Ken Gorvin was used.SLEVIN: And to confirm the credit card booking, yes.POWYS: Was it paid by credit card, cash? How was it paid for?SLEVIN: It was by credit card in the name of Gorvin.Secret filmingPOWYS: Mr Gorvin declined to answer our questions saying we were acting maliciously. We wanted to
ask if he knew of Goad’s false identity and how the business assets had been dispersed. At Goad’s
sentencing the court heard that his money from the deal must have been secreted or hidden, and that as a
result, there was nothing left to compensate the victims. Most of those victims can’t sue Goad either. The
law says victims of abuse have to sue within six years of turning 18. For Ian Gibbons it’s too late, he’s too
old, and he’s been warned his record may put off the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. They
make awards to victims of violent crime, but not always if they themselves have gone on to offend.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/spl…/crimewave.txt

As I mentioned, Goad was extremely close to Gorvin and they were in partnership in the majority of Goad’s companies. Lots of chopping and changing within the companies, no doubt hiding the assets. One of the companies Cubic Vision was originally called Charlie’s Adventureworld and it is this company that eventually appears to have been sold by the now sole owner Ken Gorvin before he set off for a life in Australia.

http://www.townandcountrymarkets.co….ture-land.html

I believe this to be Gorvin, married Mel Gorvin in 2008 and now living what appears to be a very comfortable life in Perth Australia.

http://au.linkedin.com/pub/ken-gorvin/26/454/6a1

https://www.facebook.com/ken.gorvin

https://www.facebook.com/mel.gorvin

Unfortunately those that were abused appear to have received no financial compensation, as the majority of Goad’s millions simply disappeared.

Edit: Yes that is definitely the Gorvins as Mel Gorvin’s Facebook page has a ‘friend’ in the name of Donna Hood who was the company secretary for almost all William Goad’s companies. Perhaps she knows where the money has gone?

http://companycheck.co.uk/director/9…CHRISTINE-HOOD
http://companycheck.co.uk/director/9…CHRISTINE-HOOD


One of the longest associates of William Goad was Kenneth (Ken) Gorvin, who was director of many of Goad’s companies and had an association with him for over 30 years.

He is named and interviewed in the BBC documentary Crime Wave transmitted 6th Jan 2005.


Did corrupt Plymouth policeman tip off Britain’s worst paedophile William Goad?

 February 28, 2014

A “CORRUPT” police detective is feared to have helped derail investigations into one of Britain’s most notorious paedophiles.

William Goad was jailed for life in 2004 after he admitted sexually abusing more than a dozen boys.

However, his survivors have long claimed that Goad appeared to act with impunity for many years.

Goad himself used to boast to his victims that he was untouchable.

Police officers were seen going to Goad’s address while he was under observations by a officers from special “Task Force”.

One officer, who has since died, is repeatedly mentioned in the report and his action have been described as “suspicious” and the decision to have him be part of a later investigation into Goad’s abuse as “concerning”.

The report by PSD notes that in the early 1980s the Task Force conducted observations on Goad’s house “as a result of intelligence received believed to be regarding underage sex at the address”.

One of the two officers who carried out the observations told PSD investigators he recalled how a Detective Constable [Mike} Foulden was seen going to the address.

An Inspector who led the operation, but who has since retired, also confirmed Det Con Foulden’s unexpected presence at Goad’s home.

When police finally raided the property, believing they would find incriminating evidence such as video recordings, they instead found nothing, except “Masonic material”, he report says.

The officer carrying out the observations told PSD investigators that “it appeared that Mr Goad was expecting the police”.

The retired Inspector also told PSD investigators he believed the operation might have been compromised by Det Con Foulden.

The matter was referred upwards to another senior officer.

Another officer – who retired as a distinguished senior officer – was interviewed by PSD investigators and recalled how when they were a constable, they remembered Det Con Foulden coming into the Task Force office and asking questions about the operation.

This incident was also referred to the Task Force supervisors as it was thought “suspicious”.

The PSD report notes that the visit of Det Con Foulden to Goad’s home, together with the suspicion at the time that the observations might have been compromised by him, “does highlight the question of what, if any action, was taken in regards to this.”

Paul has bitterly complained that in 1986, when he was collected for interview by two officers about the abuse he suffered at the hands of Goad.

One of them was Det Con Foulden.

During the trip to the police station, he said the officer said to him: “We’ve heard that Billy Goad popped your cherry”.

As a result of this comment, and others during police interview, Paul felt he could only reveal a small part of the abuse he suffered.

He did not make a fuller statement until 1994, which saw the launch of a new investigation.

This investigation was binned after the Crown Prosecution Service said further charges would be an “abuse of process”.

Two years later more victims came forwards but as police launched another investigation, Goad fled to Thailand until he return in 2003.

At his sentencing the successful Plymouth market trader was described by Judge William Taylor as “a voracious, calculating and predatory paedophile over the past 40 years who has corrupted generations of boys aged between eight and 16”.

The PSD report, which was launched to investigate whether a number of officers were seen going to Goad’s home, has found Paul Wyatt’s complaint cannot be upheld.

However, Paul feels it has uncovered a likely explanation as to why Goad escaped justice for so many years.

Paul told The Herald: “When Foulden said in the police car he’d heard Goad had “popped my cherry” I had not told anyone else at that stage.

“He had come to me because another victim had said I was also victim of Goad’s – but he never said what Goad had done.

“I believe the only way he would’ve known that detail was from Goad himself.

“Because of what he said, and how he behaved during the interview, I never made a full disclosure to him.

“Because of Foulden’s impact on me, Goad was allowed to carry on abusing boys for another 15 years.”

Some quarters have suggested that there could be an innocent explanation, in that Det Con Foulden was a golfer, who played for a police golf team and often encouraged local businesses to sponsor prizes and that his visit to Goad’s address may have been to garner sponsorship.

His arrival at the Task Force office may have been genuine interest in the inquiry and his comments to Mr Wyatt may have come about due to the officers’ “brash, larger than life character”, rather than any dishonesty.

This is dismissed by Paul, who notes that other officers had flagged Det Con Foulden up to senior officers in the early 1980s for his possible links to Goad, yet he was later given a significant role in investigating allegations against the market trader.

He said: “I believe he was aiding and abetting Goad.

“I believe he was feeding Goad statements.

“Just after I made my first statement to police I had the first attempt on my life.

“Other victims of Goad had been sent to get me, one with a big bowie knife.”

He said Det Con Foulden also intimidated him during the 1986 interview, using a specific piece of information which Paul never revealed to police until years later.

He said: “Foulden threatened me with a charge on an incident which involved me and someone else.

“The only way he could’ve found out about it was from direct contact with Eddie Pratt, a man closely linked to Goad, who was later exposed by BBC Panorama as a paedophile.

“I did not reveal this information until I was interviewed in 2005 by Det Con Shirley Thompson.

“There was no way he could’ve know it, unless he was in contact with Eddie Pratt or from Goad himself.

“That information was not in the public domain, or even known to police.

“I think he threatened me in an attempt to keep me quiet regarding Goad.”

Police finally launched Operation Faber into Pratt and others in April 2005.

Eighteen days after Paul gave a video interview, disclosing his abuse at the hands of seven men, including Pratt, Pratt committed suicide by hanging in France.

The operation in the jailing of Peter Norsworthy for 15 years for nine counts of rape.

In 1987 Goad was sentenced to six months, suspended for two years, for the three counts of indecent assaults on Paul.

He was found not guilty on sexual assault charges on six other boys.

Goad died of natural causes in HMP Albany on the Isle of Wight in October 2012.

Paul fears these other boys were also interviewed – and put off giving a fuller account – by Det Con Foulden.

He said: “Foulden interviewed several boys.

“He was one of the main investigators.

“Goad got not guilty’s on all but my charges.”

Paul said the finding by the PSD report, that there was “no case to answer” was “bitter-sweet”.

He said: “It touches on the concept that police knew there was something suspicious about Foulden. A number of officers raised concerns about Foulden at the time, including the observation team and a senior investigating officer. Since then some of Goad’s victims have mentioned Foulden.”

Following a separate complaint by Paul, police last year launched a new investigation made “during and since previous inquiries” into Goad.

Paul said: “It all shows the difference between policing back then and how brilliant it is now.

“Now victims feel safer than ever. They know they will be listened to and it will be properly investigated. That’s what this has always been about for me.”

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police: “The allegations subject of the complaint have been fully investigated by our Professional Standards Department which has involved interviewing both serving and some retired officers.

“However no evidence has been gained to support the allegations and the complaint is not upheld.”

FORMER DETECTIVE: ‘COMPLACENCY, CORRUPTION AND NEGLECT LED TO A DECADE OF FURTHER ABUSE’

THE detective who helped jail Goad said she has long believed there was a “corrupt officer” who “compromised” earlier investigations.

Former Det Con Shirley Thompson said the PSD investigation still leaves questions unanswered.

She said: “I still would like to know the justification for not going to Thailand to seize Goad’s computer after he returned to the UK under a false name.

“It could have given us a lot of information.

“We know he was sending e-mails and had access to a computer, because we had access to information he was sending them to his business partner in England.

“If he was a major drug dealer they would’ve had an officer on the next aeroplane.

“But the rape of young boys? They were not even going to suggest it. It was a case of “put a lid on it” because they were frightened allegations of corruption were going to come out.

“Why was there no investigation of Goad’s Blackpool trip where he procured boys? No investigation into allegations about Goad’s journeys to other cities with kids being kidnapped and abused?

“Why was Goad allowed to live under an pseudonym in Ivybridge before he fled to Thailand?

“If Goad did not know police were after him, why did he use a pseudonym?”

In September last year, The Herald exclusively reported how the former detective had repeatedly urged her bosses in 2004 to go further with the investigation into other alleged abusers linked to Goad, but to no avail.

She said she had first heard Det Con Foulden mentioned in the 1990s in relation to another case.

She said: “I was a probationary officer, dealing with a nuisance phone call case. The woman mentioned a man who was linked to boys’ homes. She said Det Con Foulden would go ‘dining’ with this man on a weekly basis.

“Years later the man committed suicide after a boy made allegations of abuse.

“I heard there had been surveillance years before so I contacted the detective who made the surveillance.

“The detective said I wouldn’t find any of it, saying ‘some people are untouchable’.

“I went to a CID officer asking what should I do with the information I was being given by this woman about this abuser. The detective said leave it with me, but came back later and said if I valued my job, I should burn the lot.”

“I do believe there was a corrupt officer who compromised the initial inquiries.

“There is still so much that needs answering.

“As Paul has said before, there should be a public inquiry.

“I believe that because of complacency, neglect and corruption, it led to a decade more of boys being raped by Goad.”

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/did-corrupt-plymouth-policeman-tip-britain-s/story-20731744-detail/story.html#jIxbPI7tPCgJmQJc.99

IvyBridge area

Well known children’s home in Devon has been temporarily shut down. 

Dame Hannah Rogers children’s home in Ivybridge shut down amid police probe

August 08, 2014

A HOME for children with disabilities has been temporarily closed and alternative living arrangements made pending a police probe.

Details emerged yesterday that children’s residential services at Dame Hannah Rogers Trust children’s unit in Ivybridge have been suspended until at least mid September.

Devon County Council had to plan alternative care arrangements after the action was taken on Tuesday night.

It is understood that the suspension came after the Trust referred itself to the authorities over safeguarding issues.

One of the UK’s oldest charities, Hannahs has sites in Ivybridge and Seale-Hayne, Newton Abbot. It provides learning, care and support to children and adults with a range of disabilities.

A Devon County Council spokesman said: “Due to on-going safeguarding concerns and police investigation the regulatory body Ofsted have made the decision to serve notice of temporary suspension on the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust home in Ivybridge.”All the social care and health authorities who fund placements at the home have been informed and are working together to plan alternative care arrangements.”Councillor James McInnes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for children, schools and skills, said: “We are very concerned about the difficulties this disruption in service places on children with very high needs and their families. We are working with regulators and all other authorities to find solutions to this situation as quickly as possible. We want to ensure the highest quality care for our most vulnerable children and adults and we place their safety at the upmost importance.”
Read more at http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/dame-hannah-rogers-children-s-home-ivybridge-shut/story-22123087-detail/story.html#Jx2MxgvHtBOs8xW6.99

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Dame-Hannah-Rogers-children-s-home-Ivybridge-shut/story-22123087-detail/story.html

We’ve been aware of rumours about the place for some time.

But notice what Gary Streeter, MP, says: ” I do think that Dame Hannah Rogers will come out of this with their reputation intact and their heads held high.”


 MISC

CUB CLASS TRAVEL: Alison Seabeck, left, and Charles Howeson, right, present tickets

A SCOUT group travelled in style to London to collect their environmental awards.

Members of the 47th Plymouth (Langley) Scout Group won a special Green Apple award for their work in supporting villagers in Nepal.

The Scouts were given three first class rail tickets by First Great Western chairman Charles Howeson for their trip to the House of Commons this week.

The Scouts have been involved in fundraising for the charity Clinic Nepal, which was set up to provide a health clinic for the 20,000-strong community of Meghauli, which is 20 miles from the nearest hospital.

In October last year the Plymouth group, along with Scouts from Bristol, held a ‘Jungle Jamboree’ with local Scouts in Nepal.

Fran Cramoysan, whose son Jez went to London this week, said they had laid the foundation stone for the new Scout hut last October, and hoped to have an opening ceremony when they take another group to Nepal in October 2009.

Mr Howeson said: “First Great Western is proud to be able to support Langley Scout Group.

“The work they have undertaken in Nepal is an example to us all. I also wish them good luck in representing their country in the European Awards for the Environment.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/green-scouts-given-class-treatment/story-12681255-detail/story.html#8fceYGAo2m1AiyCX.99

2015
Honorary Officers in the Maritime Reserves
Royal Navy Reserve
Vice Admiral HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO

Commodore Charles Howeson

Lieutenant Colonel Bear Grylls.

Bear Grylls, Sir Michael Grylls, with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Lieutenant Colonel Bear Grylls….. Chief Scout Edward Michael “Bear” Grylls.
TV survival expert, Bear Grylls -in business with Derek Laud.
The son of the late Conservative MP, Sir Michael Grylls, who was himself embroiled in the  Cash-for-Questions scandal.
 
”  For some years Michael Grylls had acted as a consultant to the lobbying company run by Greer at the heart of the Cash-for-questions inquiry. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Sir Gordon Downey, stated that Grylls had “seriously misled” the select committee on members’ interests in 1990 (replaced in 1995 by the Standards and Privileges Committee) by understating the number of payments he had received for introducing clients to ministers[4] and Grylls’ conduct, said Sir Gordon, had fallen “below the standards the House is entitled to expect of its members”.[5][6][7]

“Derek Laud… ran a Pimlico PR agency called Ludgate Communications for a number of years…

“(He was) in cahoots with Ian Greer Associates which has since been scandalised because of the Neil Hamilton Affair and payment for questions on behalf of Al Fayed…

..the Greer lobbying scandal – those involved…Bear Grylls father Sir Michael Grylls deceased, Neil Hamilton
A company run by Laud was the mysterious One Stop Car Shop Ltd.
Sale of new cars and light motor vehicles – Sale and leasing of new motor vehicles and other associated activities.
The company registration number was 03191877.
The list of other directors makes for quite astonishing reading, as they include the following names:
Mr Edward Albert Charles Spencer Churchill
Sir Michael Grylls
Car man, Lord Edward John Barrington Douglas Scott Montagu, also in business (Posmark)  with Derek Laud
Baron Montagu is a British Conservative politician well known in Britain for founding the National Motor Museum, as well as for
”…On two occasions Lord Montagu was charged and committed for trial at Winchester Assizes, firstly in 1953 for allegedly taking sexual advantage of a 14-year-old Boy Scout at his beach hut on the Solent.
When prosecutors failed to achieve a conviction, in what Lord Montagu has characterised as a “witch hunt” to secure a high-profile conviction, he was arrested again in 1954 and charged with performing “gross offences”.
Lord Montagu was also a director with Derke Laud at DELTATHETA LIMITED

Strategy Network International – Derek Laud
In June 1990, Hamilton was recruited by the right-wing Monday Club activist Derek Laud to work for Strategy Network International , a firm specifically created to lobby against anti-apartheid movements and economic sanctions and for apartheid South Africa‘s ‘transitional government’ of Namibia set up in defiance of UN Resolution 435 on Namibian independence. Derek Laud was an ex-Monday Club activist and protégé of Hamilton’s friend Michael Brown, who offered Hamilton a fee of £8,000 per year. Hamilton failed to register the paid-for consultancy. Hamilton took free trips to South Africa in the company of Brown.[19][20]


David Cameron’s freebie trip to South Africa

The trip was organised and funded by Strategy Network International (SNI), created in 1985 specifically to lobby against the imposition of sanctions on South Africa.

Yet when asked by the authors if Mr Cameron wrote a memo or had to report back to the office about his trip, Alistair Cooke – in 1989 his boss at Central Office – said it was “simply a jolly”, adding: “It was all terribly relaxed, just a little treat, a perk of the job.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/camerons-freebie-to-apartheid-south-africa-1674367.html

Southwest Pathology Services (SPS) is a joint venture between Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and private sector partners Integrated Pathology Partnerships (iPP).

SPS has invested in a new, state-of-the-art hub laboratory and equipment to deliver streamlined, high quality, cost effective pathology services across the south west.

The official open day was attended by dignitaries including SPS Chairman Charles Howeson, Lord Carter of Coles and Taunton MP Jeremy Browne.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1CJaMQbKt0

All aboard the train home! Immaculate six-bedroom house complete with outdoor model railway is yours for £800,000

  • Train firm executive Charles Howeson is selling his ‘perfect’ family home
  • It features a 400ft working model railway, perfect for rail enthusiasts
  • Also includes separate flat, landscaped garden, lake and an outdoor hot tub

After much deliberation, train firm executive Charles Howeson has decided to put his ‘perfect’ family home called Smallack Barn, on the market.

Coutts Bank – Charles Howeson, 67, was a senior employee at Coutts

Clients

Until the 20th century Coutts was a clearing bank to the nobility and landed gentry, but today it is a wealth manager to a wider range of clients, including entrepreneurs, entertainers, sportsmen, professionals and executives. The British Royal Family is a noted client.[8][9] There are however stringent requirements to being accepted as a client, not just based on average and total financial assets. Prospective clients need at least £1,000,000 in investable assets, not including real estate.[10]

Coutts is seen as a bank for the rich and famous of British society. Like all banks, it is secretive about its client list. The bank has a regular presence at the annual Cannes Film Festival.[11]

Design

Coutts often collaborates with British fashion designers, including previous designs for its distinctive credit and debit cards. In 2004, British fashion designer and Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng designed the super-premium Coutts World Charge Card[12] whilst in 2006 Stella McCartney was commissioned to design the Coutts Visa debit card.[13



 


1989 FO Gib in Wintex, Commander Charles Howeson


Correspondence re SW connectivity – (1) from Prime Minister David Cameron to Charles Howeson,
Chair of PABC – here ;

Charles Howeson

NHS Property Services Ltd

Duchy of Somerset Estates Ltd

SPS Ltd

First Great Western Trains Advisory Board

Bermuda Institute of Oceanic Studies

Coutts and Co Bankers

WaterFuture Customer Panel (Exeter

Harvey Nash PLC

Crownhill Estates Limited

Buckland Corporate Finance Ltd

Eko-Tek Power Limited

Estates of the 19th Duke of Somerset

Millfields Community Economic Development Trust

Plymouth Area Business Council

RNH (WE)Ltd

Millfields Estate Management Company

UK Railway Heritage Trust

Seaton Area Residents Association

Local Engagement Forum (Bristol)

Customer Scrutiny Group (Wessex)

Customer Challenge Group (Cholderton)

Customer Engagement Planning Forum (Bournemouth)

Honorary Doctorate in Management (University of

Plymouth)

Honorary Captain Royal Naval Reserve

The Plymouth Drake Foundation

The Britannia Association – Alumni of Royal Naval College

Dartmouth

Tomorrows People

Eko-Tek South West Ltd,

Eko Tek Power Ltd,

Crownhill Estates Ltd,

Buckland Corporate Finance Ltd,

Stonehouse Waterfront Developments Ltd,

RNH (WE) Ltd,

DCM (Jersey) Ltd,

Radio Plymouth Ltd

Charles Howeson and Associates (Sole Trader)



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Britain’s Child Migrants/ The Fairbridge Society/The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse IICSA

1979  Prince Charles with Fairbridge boys and the Principal at the swimming pool

1984

Freemasons agree to underwrite the Board of Fairbridge Western Australia Inc

http://fairbridgekids.info/?page_id=2646

Child abuse inquiry may demand access to royal archives

Mar 11, 2017

Britain’s largest public inquiry could seek access to the royal archives after hearing evidence that they hold material relevant to investigations into child abuse cover-ups.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) — which has declared that “no one, no matter how apparently powerful, will be allowed to obstruct our inquiries” — believes that the archives contain evidence about Fairbridge, a charity with high-level royal connections which was heavily involved in child migration schemes.

Thousands of children suffered harsh physical punishment and sexual assaults at remote farm schools run by Fairbridge in Western Australia, which were visited by members of the royal family.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/cd96a686-05d0-11e7-976a-0b4b9a1a67a3


Some files on Fairbridge Farm Schools closed for 75 years

^^ Have you gathered these ?

That is a fascinating question to I for one will be most curious to see if any answer arises.

Certainly

no surprise if conduct of matches that of


Fairbridge Society – 1944 investigation – gross indecency

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester are seen off on their departure for Australia by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (centre) 1945

The Duke of Gloucester was patron of the Fairbridge Society

http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/05/30/from-the-eyes-of-an-eight-year-old/

Chairman of the Fairbridge Society Charles Hambro was head of Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE).

He was involved in with the clandestine organisation (later known as MI6) for many years previously.


The Fairbridge Society child migrant scheme was “shameful” and “barbaric”. 

Fairbridge has refused to apologise for past injustices.

 Gil Woods, the secretary of the UK Fairbridge Society said “my highest priority is to protect the name and the reputation of Fairbridge”

 

 

Viscount Slim

Good Viscount Slim, Australian Governor-General/WW2 leader confirmed as paedo by Inquiry

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2581264/British-military-commander-considered-one-UKs-greatest-World-War-Two-generals-accused-molesting-children-sat-Rolls-Royce.html

I am really angry with Fairbridge. …They just wiped their hands and walked away.” The charity, now known as the Fairbridge Foundation, continues to work with underprivileged children in Australia and Britain.

Unlike Barnardo’s, which has acknowledged that its child migrant scheme was “shameful” and “barbaric”, Fairbridge has refused to apologise for past injustices.

It argued in a submission to an inquiry by the Australian Senate in 2001 that nothing seriously wrong took place at its migrant centres.

“We have conceded all along that the treatment of children was not perfect,” said the chairman of Fairbridge in Australia, John Kennedy. “But what good would an apology do?”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1550381/WWII-hero-accused-of-sex-assault-on-children.html

Sir William Slim, Chief Scout of the Commonwealth

http://www.smh.com.au/national/ww1/gallipoli-100-years-the-veterans-governorgeneral-viscount-william-slim-20150402-1mdhzk.html

Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten and Lt. General Sir William Slim

Field Marshal Sir Claude Auchinleck, Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten and Lt. General Sir William Slim

slim-and-mountbatten

Admiral Lord Louis Mountbatten, Supreme Allied Commander and William Slim (left) – Mountbatten speaking about Slim – Chief of the Imperial Staff

“The finest general World War Two produced.”

Sir Slim William was appointed deputy-constable and lieutenant-governor of Windsor Castle in 1963 and was promoted constable and governor in 1964

The Constables and Governors of Windsor Castle are in charge of Windsor Castle in England on behalf of the sovereign.

He died on 14 December 1970 at St Marylebone, London. He was accorded a full military funeral at St George’s Chapel, Windsor

Slim is further commemorated by a plaque in the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral and by a statue at Whitehall unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.

 


During official visits to the Fairbridge Farm School near the village of Molong in 1953 and 1955, the former general Field Marshall William Slim allegedly fondled young boys as they rode in his official car.

School: The majority of pupils at Fairbridge Farm School, of which Viscount Slim was a patron, were British migrants

Mr Stevens claims Viscount Slim would arrive at the school in his Rolls Royce and ‘the next minute we were sitting on his knee and he’s got his hands up our trousers’.

link

Slim was raised to the peerage, taking the title Viscount Slim of Yarralumla and Bishopston.


Fairbridge had an aristocratic support base

 

Slim Williams with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

The Times, July 9, 1953 The Queen Mother – tribute to the founder of Fairbridge Farm Schools during Rhodesia trip


Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, attends a garden party in the grounds of Government House, Canberra, with Governor-General Field Marshall Sir William Slim  – Feb 17, 1954

Mr Hill said that in 1956 the British government sent a fact-finding mission to Australia to investigate child migration and it had recommended the blacklisting of the Molong school. But he said documents in the London-based Fairbridge Society archives showed members used their influence in the upper echelons of the British establishment to get the blacklisting quietly dropped.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/hero-villain-and-the-school-for-scandal/2007/04/27/1177459984320.html

British Gov’t knew Fairbridge farms were unfit for children, documents show

In 1956 a fact-finding mission was sent to Australia to evaluate how child migrants were being treated.

Mr Hill said that in 1956 the British government sent a fact-finding mission to Australia to investigate child migration and it had recommended the blacklisting of the Molong school. But he said documents in the London-based Fairbridge Society archives showed members used their influence in the upper echelons of the British establishment to get the blacklisting quietly dropped.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/hero-villain-and-the-school-for-scandal/2007/04/27/1177459984320.html


The Times, June 7, 1957 Fairbridge Society, now struggling to get children, introduces the “family scheme”

Sir Charles Hambro…new “family scheme”


British Gov’t knew Fairbridge farms were unfit for children, documents show

The Times, July 26, 1957 Child Migrants Australia – “British Allegations Not Accepted”


 The Times, December 4, 1958 Duke of Gloucester – local authorities now “rather possessive”, so Fairbridge Soc should now target the parents


Princess Alexandra with Governor-General Sir William and Lady Slim, 14 August 1959.


Princess Alexandra visited Australia from 14 August to 20 September 1959.

Prior to arriving in Australia, the Princess met Rolf Harris, an Australian song writer and artist, at a London party for the Royal Commonwealth Society. Harris told the Brisbane Telegraph, ‘Mainly she wanted to know about Australia… She is terribly excited about the trip’. Harris added, ‘Later, when we danced, she asked if I would teach her some Australian terms’. He informed her that a Queenslander is a ‘bananalander’ and that a fine fellow is a ‘beaut bloke’. Harris also stated that, ‘She is a wonderful girl, completely natural and able to put you at ease… She is not the slightest bit stuffy. And she dances wonderfully.’1

The accent during her tour was on the youth.  Officials attempted to invite as many young people as possible to the public functions attended by the Princess.

http://guides.naa.gov.au/royalty-australian-society/chapter11/index.aspx



Fairbridge had an aristocratic support base

 


The Times, July 25, 1934 – Donations to the Child Emigration Society/ Fairbridge Farm Schools

The Times June 15th 1934 – Fairbridge Farm Schools and “the powerful backing of the Prince of Wales”

 

Transcript and evidence from final day of public hearings in child migration programmes case study:

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/1252/view/Public%20hearing%20transcript%2010th%20March%202017.pdf

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents

Part one of public hearings for the Child Migration Programmes case study have concluded. Part two will begin again on 10 July

The violations – incl. kidnapping and sexual abuse in UK *before* they were sent- in institutions,.. “paedophile rings.

“slavery”- “human rights violations” “torture and degradation”, “long term illiteracy”, “collusion and cover up at the highest levels

Some feel they were deported because they were sexually abused in the UK first & in danger of telling- Humphreys


…the sincerity and dignity of the child migrants. It is “their voices that need to be heard”

are the abusers & organizers in Australia going to be investigated & charged?


 Canada Fairbridge was unusual to (Australia) in that a highly publicised fundraising campaign was led by Price of Wales-full page splash in The Times

No. of issues with Christian Brothers – apparently claiming childrens’ money – unpaid labour. Internal audits fraught.

Can’t see any other media coverage of hearings except La Vile?

 

Incidentally (& despite fundingraising), read somewhere PM Baldwin & Ed. Prince of Wales weren’t close, but seems to me they were, always together



Abuse inquiry: Australian orphanage was ‘feast of kids’

1 Mar 2017

A former child migrant, sent from Wales to an Australian orphanage, has told a child abuse inquiry how it was a “feast of kids” for paedophiles working there.

Castledare orphanage near Perth, run by the Christian Brothers order, was like “a legal paedophile ring”, he said.

The witness told the inquiry: “If someone did it in the public eye, he’d go to court, he’d get sentenced and he’d serve time.

“If he’d got a habit on, if you’re a Christian Brother then it seemed to be a free-for-all.

“We knew what would happen if you told somebody, especially in authority, they would say ‘this doesn’t happen here.'”

He went on to claim that Brother Murphy was later “transferred from place to place” to effectively hide him.

He said his time at the orphanage still haunted him and was “probably something I will never forget”.

The inquiry also heard from another former child migrant, Oliver Cosgrove, who is now in his late sixties and who also lived at Castledare.

He said the Christian Brothers, who ran the home, would visit the children’s beds at night.

The first phase of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is looking at the way organisations have protected children outside the UK.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 children were moved from the UK to Australia after World War Two.

They were recruited by religious institutions from both the Anglican and Catholic churches, or charities, including Barnardo’s and the Fairbridge Society.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39131761

Child migrants ‘used for perverted desires’ in orphanage

Mar 3 2017

A former child migrant has described the Australian orphanage he was sent to as “a concentration camp”.

statement by John Francis Hanley was read to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Mr Hanley was migrated to Australia aged six and placed in the Castledare Orphanage near Perth, run by Roman Catholic order the Christian Brothers.

The children were “beaten, abused and used for the Brothers’ perverted desires,” the inquiry heard.

Mr Hanley, who was born in 1947, described being sexually abused by two Christian Brothers, both in his bed and in their rooms.

Another man – who he said “was part of the Christian Brothers paedophile ring” – collected boys from the home and abused them elsewhere, the inquiry heard.

Another former child migrant described to the inquiry the abuse she suffered at Goodwood Orphanage near Adelaide.

The anonymous witness – who was sent to Australia in 1949 – said “she was beaten into submission” by the time she left the home.

She gave evidence that during her time at the orphanage, the institution was visited by the then Archbishop of Adelaide Matthew Beovitch.

A group of the British girls “got together” and decided to tell him about the beatings.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39155279

28 Feb 2017

After 2 1/2 years ICSA inquiry hears evidence from its first non-expert witness. Marcelle O’Brien, born Worthing, shipped to Australia.

IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

2/27/17

Former child migrants are to give “very emotional accounts” about the physical and sexual abuse they faced, the first public hearing in the independent inquiry into historical child abuse in England and Wales has been told.

Thousands of British children were sent to Australia and other parts of the British Empire up to 1974.

Many were exposed to “unacceptable depravity”, the inquiry heard.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of the UK government expressed “deep regret”.

Inquiry counsel Henrietta Hill QC said claims of “systematic sexual abuse” in institutions and work environments would be heard.

The children, she said, were sent without consent of parents, wrongly told they were orphans, and denied basic details about their family backgrounds during their future lives.

One of those giving evidence is David Hill who aged 12, was sent overseas with his two brothers to the Fairbridge Farm School in Western Australia.

He told the hearing: “We’ll never be able to undo the great wrong that was done to these children. But what is important to the survivors of sexual abuse is where this inquiry is satisfied with the evidence – name the villains.

“Many of them are beyond the grave and therefore beyond the law but it would bring a great deal of the comfort to the people who as children were victims of these children if they were named and shamed.”

In 2009, the Australian government apologised for the cruelty shown to the child migrants.

Britain also made an apology in 2010. The apology contained no specific mention of sexual abuse.

The abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

The first phase of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) inquiry is looking at the way organisations have protected children outside the UK.

Between 7,000 and 10,000 children were moved to Australia after World War Two.

They were recruited by religious institutions from both the Anglican and Catholic churches, or well-meaning charities, including Barnardo’s and the Fairbridge Society, with the aim of giving them a better life.

Many, however, went on to suffer physical and sexual abuse in homes and so-called farm schools run by religious orders and charities.

Allegations children were picked by paedophiles to travel abroad and claims of a cover-up are expected to be made.

Aswini Weereratne QC, representing the Child Migrants Trust (CMT) support organisation, said this “long overdue inquiry” would hear of a “crushing catalogue of sexual abuse, deprivation, violence and abuse”.

She said the UK government “does not seek to defend” what she described as a “shameful period in the UK’s recent history”.

Ms Weereratne said the inquiry will hear from 22 former child migrants – their average age was nine when deported and one was aged only three or four years old.

The inquiry began with opening statements from chairwoman Prof Alexis Jay and lawyers Henrietta Hill QC and Aswini Weereratne QC

The abuse that some of the children sent abroad were said to have suffered included “torture, rape and slavery”, Ms Weereratne said.

Opening the inquiry, chairwoman Prof Alexis Jay said the task of the panel is to examine the extent to which public and private institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse in the past.

Speaking on behalf of former child migrant Oliver Cosgrove, who was sent to Australia in 1941, Imran Khan said: “(It was) a scheme to populate the empire with good, white British stock and which led to the physical, emotional and sexual abuse of countless children, many thousands of miles away from their families.

He added: “The fact that the witness statements are so similar in the accounts they give of abuse can mean only one thing: This was a systematic and institutional problem.”

For the government, Samantha Leek QC said: “Child migration is wrong. It should not have been sanctioned or facilitated…

“The lifelong consequences for those involved are a matter of deep and sincere regret.”

A £6m family restoration fund was set up to allow the migrants to travel to the UK and ministers are now considering extending it.

The independent inquiry was set up after the death of Sir Jimmy Savile in 2011 when hundreds of people came forward to say he had abused them as children.

The hearings are taking place at the International Dispute Resolution Centre in central London, with the first phase concerning Australia expected to last 10 days.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39099778

British Government ‘betrayed children’ sent to Fairbridge farms

Commonwealth Relations Office threatened with intervention by Queen’s Uncle Duke of Gloucester if Fairbridge blacklist not removed

The Duke of Gloucester was patron of the Fairbridge Society and on a visit to Launceston in 1965 all the children at Tresca were presented to the Duke at an afternoon tea reception at Launceston Town Hall. The Duke being a royal we had all been told we had to bow when he shook our hand.

http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/2011/05/30/from-the-eyes-of-an-eight-year-old/

THE FAIRBRIDGE SOCIETY. PRES H.R.H THE DUKE OF GLOUCESTER

Threatened with Duke of Gloucester’s (11th Governor-General of Australia 1945-47 intervention to allow children to continue to be sent abroad


A woman who was sent from England to Australia as a child was molested and left so hungry she ate grain meant for pigs, an inquiry has heard.

Marcelle O’Brien, now in her 70s, was four years old when she was sent to a home in Pinjarra, western Australia, run by the Fairbridge Society.

They were recruited by religious institutions from both the Anglican and Catholic churches, or charities, including Barnardo’s and the Fairbridge Society

She was molested by her school’s deputy principal and caned, the inquiry heard.

Ms O’Brien is the first victim to give evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

She described the “mental cruelty” and “sadistic” treatment she endured at the home where she was forced to do “slave labour”.

The inquiry heard she had been told “you’ve got no parents – they’re all dead”.

The inquiry heard that Ms O’Brien’s mother was unaware where daughter had gone.

Henrietta Hill QC, counsel to the inquiry, asked: “Is it your understanding that your mother did not know that you had gone to Australia?”

“That’s true, yes,” Ms O’Brien replied, before adding: “She didn’t know where

The Fairbridge Society in whose care Marcelle was trusted, had royal and establishment supporters. The evidence showed it was prepared to discredit the birth parents of its children.

But the names of the Fairbridge deputy principal Marcelle O’Brien says indecently assaulted her, and the “cottage mother” who treated her so badly, were not given, despite calls for the “guilty to be named”.

This is not a court. The inquiry has no powers of prosecution, only the remit to make “findings of fact”.

The foster mother later wrote to the Queen in an effort to get Ms O’Brien back to the UK, the inquiry was told.

Subsequent correspondence between the Queen’s Lady in Waiting and the Fairbridge Society was read out at the hearing.

“The child’s undesirable mother wanted her emigrated,” said a letter from the society to the Lady in Waiting.

Ms O’Brien told the inquiry this was untrue, adding: “She never wanted that. She wouldn’t have wanted that.”

The palace was apparently reassured by the Fairbridge response.

A letter from the Lady in Waiting to the society said “the Queen was pleased to hear” that it was considered to be in Ms O’Brien’s interests to remain at the school.

Ms O’Brien told the inquiry panel: “They didn’t take any notice. The Royal Family just didn’t want to know anything. They stopped you from going back to your own original home.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39116293

Marcelle was reunited with her British mother by the Child Migrants Trust. Her mother said ‘those bastards took you away from me”


 The Guardian’s spin…

Queen Mother tried to ‘rescue’ British child sent to Australia

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/feb/28/queen-mother-tried-to-rescue-british-child-sent-to-australia?CMP=share_btn_tw

Please explain how the Queen/Mother tried to ‘rescue’ her? This is someone’s real trauma not a fairytale!

 

Disgusting how journalists treat survivors. If they’re not attacking them they’re contriving a romantic tale.

 

Yes Marcelle did write to the Royals too by the sound of it

Peter Bagshaw also wrote

 

For those following today’s hearing, this is a 1951 letter from Buckingham Palace to the Fairbridge Society

The society had assured a Lady in Waiting to the then Queen – wife of King George VI – that Marcelle O’Brien was “happily settled” abroad

Here’s the initial letter to Fairbridge which says the then Queen – wife of the king – had received a letter from Ms O’Brien’s foster mother

The Fairbridge letter said “the child’s undesirable mother wanted her emigrated” but Marcelle O’Brien told the hearing this was untrue

 

Survivor testimony @ Child Abuse Inquiry yesterday & today – unimaginable wickedness. All with longterm collusion of HMG. National shame.

Feb 27

Transcript from the public hearing today into the Child Migration Programmes case study are now on our website –

 Child abuse inquiry faced strong calls yesterday to ‘name the guilty’.
Many of those related to child migrants will now be dead

Aswini Weereratne for the Child Migrants Trust says it is unhappy with the number of perpetrators’ names being withheld from the hearings

Lawyers back call for national child abuse inquiry to name perpetrators

Aswini Weereratne QC says it is an ‘issue of open justice’ that the redacted names of abusers be overturned

1 Mar 2017

Lawyers have called for more transparency from the national child abuse inquiry over the naming of the perpetrators after their identities were withheld from the public hearings.

Aswini Weereratne QC, who represents the Child Migrant Trust, said she was unhappy about the ciphering of the names of abusers at the public hearing particularly as many of them are now dead.

“I want to put it on the record,” she said. “Really it is about the naming of abusers. It is really an issue of open justice that they should be heard.” Weereratne was speaking on the second day of the inquiry’s first public hearings. She indicated she may challenge the whole basis on which the redaction of abusers’ names was being applied.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/mar/01/lawyer-national-child-abuse-inquiry-name-perpetrators?CMP=share_btn_tw

How long before calls for libel law to be extended to cover the dead again


Abused and publicly flogged: the UK child migrants sent for a better life in Australia

Terrible to hear children spoken of as ‘stock’ and sent to ‘distribution centres’.

Note how Ms O’Brien, a child of 4 described as “it”

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and yet more from a century of – vulnerable children, the poor, the mentally ill, the disabled, the indigenous

Expert touches on Eugenics 😦 & how ‘stock’ could be contaminated

27.2.17 David Hill, a child migrant, addresses IICSA about his hopes for societal understanding of effects of CSA

Child migrants sent to live in Australia may have been sex abuse victims before they left the UK

...new evidence from a public inquiry in Australia that suggests many had already been suffering at the hands of predators before they left the UK.

Gordon Brown says the Home Office was warned of the risks child migrants faced abroad at least a decade before the policy was finally stopped in 1970.

More than 130,000 UK children, some as young as three, were sent to former colonies such as Australia from the 20s to the 60s with the promise of a better life.

Instead they were often left vulnerable to cruelty and – in many cases –physical, emotional and sexual abuse.

Mr Brown apologised on behalf of the nation in February 2010 while still PM. He writes: “My apology was incomplete.

“We now know that scores of children were themselves subject to abuse before they were deported to foreign countries.”

One victim revealed they were just five when the sickening attacks started.

Mr Brown said the new evidence needs to be addressed urgently by Britain’s ­Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which was set up in 2014 following the Jimmy Savile case.

That was partly modelled on the Australian inquiry. The UK probe has been beset by ­difficulties and the resignations of three successive chairmen but is now trying to proceed under the leadership of Rotherham abuse expert Professor Alexis Jay.

Mr Brown reveals the new evidence paints a “picture of violence and rape”.

He also warns that a Family Restoration Fund set up by campaigners at the Child Migrants Trust – to which the Government contributed £6million in 2010 – is due to run out of cash within weeks.

It was supposed to help those sent abroad as kids be reunited with their families but at least 100 of them have not received any aid.

Mr Brown writes: “That funding runs out in March 2017.

“But even now at least 100 migrants are waiting for the Child Migrants Trust to trace their families.

“Some are only now in the early stage of making contact with their UK relatives. Others have yet to come forward for help.

“It would be inhumane to deprive them of their last chance to meet their kith and kin.

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UK Government accused of knowingly sending children to ‘crook’ institutions in Australia

Nov 26 2016

The UK Government continued to send child migrants to Australian institutions despite knowing they were being mistreated, according to allegations in a submission lodged to the UK inquiry into institutional child sexual abuse.

Class A homes

Inquiry could prompt more legal action against UK Government

Former child migrants have already successfully brought a class action against Australian authorities over the abuse suffered at Fairbridge.

David Hill, who in 1959, aged 12, was sent to Fairbridge Farm School in New South Wales, said “the British government knew that these institutions were crook and unfit for children”.

Mr Hill said legal action against the UK government following the airing of the allegations against them at the UK inquiry was likely.

“My guess is that as a result of this British inquiry you will see former British child migrants take action against the British Government, and good on them,” he said.

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Workshy Goddard would never have been able to do the child migrants module – she’d already announced there was no CSA problem in NZ despite UN deploring the backlog in cases as inhumane for complainants – everytime wasted time & £££ of CSA Inquiry is trotted out I think of her


Britain’s Child Migrants

...unanswered questions about the rationale for the child migration policy and who drove it forward within a context of secrecy, deception and lies.

…need to address the relationship between the charities, the churches and the state in the implementation of this policy.

April 21, 2016

Liz Davies

The forced migration of children as a social policy began in the 17th Century and continued for 350 years until coming to an end in 1970.

 It is estimated that 130,000 child victims of 200,000 parents were sent to Canada, New Zealand, Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) and Australia. Most child migrants had no idea of their birth families or the reason why they were sent to the colonies and parents were not told what had happened to their children. They were sent to populate the Empire with ‘good, white British stock’. Many of the children lived in large institutions and were used as cheap labour suffering abuse, cruelty and neglect.

The boys were trained as farm labourers and the girls as domestic servants.

But instead of a happy new life in the sun, many children encountered a Dickensian regime of poor food, hard labour and callous treatment.

As early as 1882, Dr Barnardo was sending to Australia, New Zealand and Canada ‘young people of good physique, trained to make use of their hands, of tested moral character, of an age where they were easily adaptable with few home or family ties to bind them to the mother country’ (Williams, 1943 p118).

The Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in Northern Ireland has already heard evidence from child migrants, as has the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

We lived in constant fear of being flogged or molested. We had no dignity or self-esteem. I would cry my eyes out at night and wonder what I had ever done to deserve such treatment when I had committed no crime. We were told we were the sons of whores, the lowest form of humanity.

 We need to be heard so we never, ever see this happen again.

It is not yet known whether the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK will grant child migrants core participant status and therefore enable them to be legally represented.

It is concerning that the main IICSA public hearings are not accepting personal accounts of child abuse which are instead being presented through the Truth Project strand of the Inquiry which is not part of the legal process of prosecution and justice. Continue reading Britain’s Child Migrants/ The Fairbridge Society/The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse IICSA