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BBC has received almost 100 child abuse allegations in three years following Jimmy Savile scandal

The shocking figures include four cases of child grooming, 22 sexual abuse allegations and two accusations of physical violence against children.

18th April 2018,

ALMOST 100 allegations of child abuse were reported to the BBC in three years including six cases against employees, The Sun can reveal.

Shocking figures show that following the Jimmy Savile scandal the corporation was alerted to scores of allegations of child abuse.

 Jimmy Savile abused scores of victims while working at the BBC

Jimmy Savile abused scores of victims while working at the BBC

They included four cases of child grooming, 22 sexual abuse allegations and two accusations of physical violence against children.

Of the 97 reports over three years revealed after a Freedom of Information request, 21 were referred to the police while another 22 were dealt with internally.

Others were passed to the NSPCC or local authorities while just two resulted in no further action.

The BBC said the child welfare allegations – dating from October 2014 to October 2017 – included six concerns about employees.

 Stuart Hall was convicted in 2013 for abusing 13 different girls from 1967-1985

Stuart Hall was convicted in 2013 for abusing 13 different girls from 1967-1985

A source said: “The BBC takes this incredibly seriously after the Savile scandal and staff have been on high alert for any signs of inappropriate behaviour.

“Nobody wants to get into the same situation as with Savile and Stuart Hall so staff are told to raise concerns straight away now.”

In 2016 complaints to the BBC about potential child abuse rose by 56 per cent to 36 from 23 the previous year with another 30 in 2017.

Nine cases were reported to children’s abuse charity the NSPCC while 16 were passed to local authorities and another 14 to schools.

Other concerns raised included five cases of bullying, 11 of online abuse, two reports of neglect and four of emotional abuse against children.

The fresh allegations came while Dame Janet Smith carried out her review into the Savile abuse scandal at the BBC.

 Dame Janet Smith carried out a review of the BBC Savile scandal

Dame Janet Smith carried out a review of the BBC Savile scandal

The 2016 report had found BBC TV and radio star Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, had 72 victims including eight who were raped while he worked at the corporation.

Eleven of his victims were aged under 12 while 19 were linked to the Top of the Pops and another 17 to Jim’ll Fix It.

Radio DJ Stuart Hall, 88, was found to have 21 victims and was jailed in 2013 for indecently assaulting 13 girls.

Dame Janet took four years to produce the 2016 report interviewing more than 700 people including 117 witnesses at a cost of £6.5million.

In its response to our information request the BBC said concerns could also include witnesses to abuse or a third party disclosing they know someone who is a victim.

A spokesman added: “Protecting the welfare of children is our absolute top priority and we will act whenever concerns are raised, even though the vast majority of concerns raised do not relate to people employed by the BBC.

“An independent audit last year found we were setting the standard for safeguarding children procedures in the industry, but we are never complacent so we continually look at what more we can do.”

Last July a BBC journalist Lloyd Watson, 33, from Gateshead, was given a suspended sentence after being caught with 26 videos and nine images of child abuse on his computer.

Watson was sacked by the BBC over the conviction with the abuse material containing the most severe category which includes rape, bestiality, and sadism.




Apr 17 2018

Mr Ethical‏@nw_nicholas:

BAE Systems missiles were used by UK in Syria.

Philip May’s company is largest shareholder in BAE Systems.

Theresa May’s husband’s company is the biggest shareholder in BAE Systems. They bank with HSBC. Amber Rudd’s brother handles the global PR for HSBC.

Last year Amber Rudd shut me down at election hustings for discussing May’s husband’s connections to BAE, HSBC and Saudi Arabia.

Last year Theresa May was in Saudi Arabia, lobbying for HSBC. The FCA relaxed the rules for HSBC advised Saudi Aramco to offer IPO in London. Amber Rudd’s brother handles global PR for HSBC. Govt gave guaranteed $2bn loan to Aramco. It’s pretty bloody obvious what’s going on


How Philip May’s Company Benefits From the Syria Strikes: Lockheed Martin, the JASSM, and the Capital Group

JASSM Strikes in Syria Creates a Conflict of Interest for Philip May

Philip May is an investment relationship manager at Capital Group which owns over 10% of Lockheed Martin

Philip May married the future 81st Prime Minister of the UK, then Theresa Brasier, on September 6th, 1980, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Wheatley, Oxfordshire. They had been introduced to each other by the late Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, during a Conservative Party student disco at Oxford University.

Philip would serve as the Oxford Union Society President in 1979, where he was to personally escort Richard Nixon to a debate, in which the controversial and disgraced ex-POTUS was due to address members of the Oxford Union. They would pass demonstrating students chanting “Stonewall Nixon,” and “Nixon is dead,” as reported by the Washington Post on the first December of that year.

Philip May seated to the left of Nixon

Philip May now works as an investment relationship manager for the Capital Group.

In a BBC Newsnight piece entitled “’A Marriage of Equals: Profile of Philip May,” Conservative Member of Parliament for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, said, “Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher.”

The Mays are openly supportive to each other with PM May often referring to Philip as her rock. Of course, whilst working for Capital Group, Philip May has opened the powerful couple up to suggestions of conflicted interests.

The Syrian air strikes are a perfect example of how companies can profit from acts of war. It is clear that Philip May has an influence on the final decisions which the UK Prime Minister takes, so is it appropriate for him to work for a company which has now profited from UK military action?

The Capital Group

The US financial services company, Capital Group, was officially set up in 1931 by Jonathan Bell Lovelace. However, in Charles D. Ellis’s book, What It Takes: Seven Secrets of Success from the World’s Greatest Professional Firms, Ellis asserts that Capital Group began in 1929 as a “small investment sideline for a tactium 34-year-old finance whiz who had just moved to distant California when few Easterners had ever been there or even thought of going to the Far West.”

The west coast of America was the perfect developing economy for a savvy, young investor like Lovelace.

Ellis goes on to write, “Jonathan Bell Lovelace had accumulated a small fortune as an investor and partner in a stock brokerage firm in Detroit that specialized in serving the newly rich leaders of the booming auto-mobile industry. (Adept at mental arithmetic, Lovelace had served in World War 1 in the artillery unit that was the first to figure out how to shoot down a German plane.) As an objective investment analyst, he recognised that the “New Era” stock market had risen to excessive prices, so he sold all his stocks and got out of the securities business. In California, he continued to invest and started a small firm, Lovelace, Dennis & Renfrew, serving as an expert financial adviser to such local companies as Walt Disney, Lockheed, and Capitol Records.”

Since then, the Capital Groups portfolio has expanded to include shares in Credit Suisse, Volkswagen, Deutsche Bank, Legal & General, Ryan Air, Scottish and Southern Energy, as well as many more.

Lockheed Martin’s JASSM

It is almost 90 years on from their conception, and Capital Groups ties with the American global aerospace, defence, security, and advanced technologies company, now called Lockheed Martin, are as strong as ever. Currently, Capital Group owns around 10.39 percent of Lockheed Martin. So, while UK Prime Minister Theresa May supports Trump and Macron’s military action in Syria, she is also helping her husband’s investment firm to make a killing.

The Syria air strikes that took place on 14th April, 2018 saw the debut of a new type of cruise missile developed by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The JASSM was produced at a Lockheed Martin plant in Troy, Alabama, and has a low radar cross-section that makes it difficult to detect. The air-launched cruise missile is designed to penetrate as far as 200 miles into enemy territory. The extended version, which destroyed the Barzah Research and Development Center located in the greater Damascus area, can fly more than 500 miles.

The Pentagon suggested after the raids that 17 of the 19 JASSM’s, fired from B-1B bombers outside Syrian air space, were effective.

The original vision of the JASSM development project was an 11 year program to produce 2,400 missiles at a cost of around $2.1 billion. Eventually the project was extended due to the missile system failing the majority of its tests.

In October, 2010, in a report to congressional committees by the United States Government Accountability Office entitled “Defence Acquisition: DOD Needs to Reassess Joint Cruise Missile Costs before Starting New Production Phase,” it was reported that the projects overall costs had ballooned to $7.1 billion with a 28 year program to produce 4,900 missiles, though the missiles’ capabilities had also increased from the pre-2008 baselines.

Donald Trump’s tweets in the days leading up to the military attack were well publicized as always. In one of the tweets, the US President stated, “Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and ‘smart!’.” This was a direct reference to the JASSM’s smart capabilities. Technological advancements in the past decade has led to Lockheed Martin’s investment eventually paying off.

Philip May: A Walking Conflict of Interest

Theresa and Philip May outside 10 Downing Street

With each JASSM costing over a million dollars, Lockheed Martin will make a tidy profit. Their investors, including Capital Group, will make a fortune, in part due to of one of their employees partners launching legally questionable air strikes, without the permission of the UK Parliament.

This cannot be allowed. It is clear that the interests of Philip May’s employer are served well by the military actions of Philip May’s wife. Philip May has become a perfect example of the blatant corruption in our society which permeates the very top of our democratic power structures. It is not acceptable for Philip May to stay in his position at Capital Group while Theresa May wields the ability to take the United Kingdom to war.

It isn’t only Lockheed Martin who benefits from the spoils of a middle east crisis. Capital Group has investments in other businesses that get a boost from the future conflicts. The Group own 5.12 percent of Boeing, 9.85 percent of oil giants Royal Dutch Shell, as well as shares in some of the most powerful internet giants such as Amazon, Google, and Netflix. The Capital Group already has an enormous amount of influence. Keeping Philip May is just greedy.

If you feel strongly that Philip May should step down from his position at Capital Group, then please get in touch with Theresa May’s Downing Street office. Stop our leaders making a profit from war.


It is common knowledge that Theresa May’s husband Philip essentially acts as the unofficial advisor to the Prime Minister – a fact proven by the former Conservative MP for Chichester, Andrew Tyrie, who said during a Newsnight profile of the PM’s husband that “Philip is clearly acting as, informally, an advisor to Theresa. Probably much like Denis did to Margaret Thatcher.”

Whilst it is pretty obvious that almost all married couples act as informal advisors to each other in come capacity, Tyrie’s admission that the Prime Minister’s husband has such a great influence over his wife’s decisions is made all the more worrying by the fact that Mr May – who is a Senior Executive at a £1.4Tn investment firm – stands to benefit financially from the decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes.

The fact that Philip May is both a Senior Executive of a hugely powerful investment firm, and privy to reams of insider information from the Prime Minister – knowledge which, when it becomes public, hugely affects the share prices of the companies his firm invests in – makes Mr May’s official employment a staggering conflict of interest for the husband of a sitting Prime Minister.

However, aside from the ease at which he is able to glean insider information from his wife about potential decisions which could go on to make huge profits for his firm, there is a far darker conflict of interest that has so far gone undiscussed.

Philip May is a Senior Executive of Capital Group, an Investment Firm who buy shares in all sorts of companies across the globe – including thousands of shares in the world’s biggest Defence Firm, Lockheed Martin.

According to Investopedia, Philip May’s Capital Group owned around 7.09% of Lockheed Martin in March 2018 – a stake said to be worth more than £7Bn at this time. Whilst other sources say Capital Group’s shareholding of Lockheed Martin may actually be closer to 10%.

On the 14th April 2018, the Prime Minister Theresa May sanctioned British military action on Syria in response to an apparent chemical attack on the city of Douma – air strikes that saw the debut of a new type of Cruise Missile, the JASSM, produced exclusively by the Lockheed Martin Corporation.

The debut of this new – and incredibly expensive – weapon was exactly what US President Donald Trump was referring to when he tweeted that the weapons being fired on Syria would be “nice and new and ‘smart!’”

Every single JASSM used in the recent bombing of Syria costs more than $1,000,000, and as a result of their widespread use during the recent bombing of Syria by Western forces, the share price of Lockheed Martin soared.

Consequently, with the air strikes on Syria having hugely boosted Lockheed Martin’s share price when markets reopened on Monday, Philip May’s firm subsequently made a fortune from their investment in the Defence giant.

Lockheed Martin Share Price Before and After Syria Bombing April 14th 2018
It is obvious that weapons manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin stand to benefit financially from the sales and subsequent use of their weapons in war – and the dramatic surge in the share prices of defence contractors since the so-called ‘War on Terror’ began in 2001 are a testament to this grotesque fact.

The added fact that Investment Firms such as Capital Group are also profiting from these bloodbaths is also disgusting in itself.

But for the husband of a sitting British Prime Minister to be benefitting financially from the very decisions his wife, the Prime Minister, makes on whether or not to send British troops into combat, should make every single person in the entire country, and especially anybody who is still insistent on voting for the Conservatives, feel physically sick.

The Prime Minister took the decision to bomb Syria – without even so much as consulting Parliament – under the full knowledge that her husband’s investment firm would make a financial killing from the resultant bloodbath.

If this isn’t enough to make you sit up and take notice of just how disgustingly corrupt, and morally bankrupt the British Establishment truly is, then surely nothing will.



Theresa May’s husband has worked as a relationship manager for the research investment company Capital Group since 2005. The Tory-BAE links go even deeper, however. The former chancellor of the exchequer and present editor-in-chief at the Evening Standard, George Osborne’s other employer Black Rock is the fifth-largest shareholder in BAE Systems.

Figures revealed as of March 31, 2018 reveal that the Capital Group has amassed over 360,000 shares in the company, up over 11 percent on the previous quarter, which may have contributed to a hefty rise in BAE’s share price, which currently stands at around 600p.

Philip May is Theresa May’s closest advisor and political ally but gets little media attention.


Philip May has ‘questions to answer’ over Paradise Papers

The Prime Minister’s husband’s company is linked to investments made via offshore tax havens in the Paradise Papers




Apr 17 2018


David Mortimer‏ @ukfathers


Human Rights Watch reveals extent of Israel’s phosphorus use in Gaza


Trump Wants Eric Prince as Syrian East Euphrates Military Dictator!

The Wall Street Journal now reports Trump wants to withdraw US military personnel from Syria and replace them with a united Arab army, supposedly comprised of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Republic, Qatar, Egypt, et. al. Trump would have Eric Prince, formerly of Blackwater fame (now called Academi), in effect become the new military general, dictator of all land the US, via the SDF-Kurds, has captured east of the Euphrates River, including al-Tanf which blocks the Damascus-Baghdad Highway.



Vatican finance chief Cardinal George Pell will find out next month if he will stand trial on sexual offence charges

Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, is accused of multiple historic offences relating to incidents that allegedly occurred years ago. He took leave to return to Australia to fight the allegations being heard in the Melbourne magistrates court.

The court said magistrate Belinda Wallington would deliver her decision on whether the case should proceed to trial on May 1.


Football coach Kit Carson pleads not guilty to child sexual offences

Scout, 74, faces multiple charges over alleged offences between 1978 and 2009

Kit Carson leaves Cambridge magistrates court where he pleaded not guilty.
Kit Carson leaves Cambridge magistrates court where he pleaded not guilty. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

A youth football coach and scout credited with helping launch the careers of several professional players has appeared in court charged with sexual offences against 11 boys.

Kit Carson, 74, pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and one of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

The offences are alleged to have happened between 1978, when Carson was 35, and 2009.

Seven of the indecent assault charges relate to boys under 14 and four under 16. The incitement charge involves a boy aged between 13 and 15.

Carson, whose full name is Michael Sean Carson, was arrested in his home city of Cambridge in January 2017 and charged in March this year.

He was the academy director at Peterborough football club from 1993 until 2001 and a number of players he coached there went on to have careers in the Premier League.

The bulk of the alleged indecent assault offences are said to have taken place between 1992 and 2000.

Before working at Peterborough, Carson was at Norwich City from 1983 until 1993, and he has connections with other junior teams. On his LinkedIn page, he described himself as a football consultant and scout for a Finnish club. Carson left Peterborough to become head of talent development at Cambridge United in 2001 and remained there until 2005.

The first two alleged indecent assaults are said to have taken place between September 1978 and September 1980.

According to the particulars of the offences, the first alleged indecent assault happened at a hotel in the north of England. Another eight allegedly took place in or around Peterborough.

The incitement offence allegedly happened between February 2008 and February 2009 in Cambridge.

Carson stood in a glass-fronted dock at Cambridge magistrates court to confirm his name, address and date of birth.

Asked how he pleaded to the 12 charges, Carson replied: “Not guilty.”

Bail conditions were kept in place, which include Carson being barred from coaching children in the UK or travelling abroad to coach young people, and from involvement in scouting under-18s.

The magistrate told Carson the court had declined jurisdiction and he would next appear at Peterborough crown court on 15 May. Reporting restrictions were not lifted.


Cyril Smith with Lord David Steel MP.

Steel put paedophile MP Cyril Smith forward for knighthood ‘even after he was told of abuse allegations’ 

Anthony John Wixted‏ @TrojanManifesto

IICSA Cyril Smith finding:

118. The fact that Cyril Smith’s public standing and professional career were never negatively impacted in any significant way by the suggestion that he was involved in child sexual abuse has given rise to considerable speculation that he was in some way protected by other politicians. We may consider the possibility that Smith was actively supported at the level of national politics, or at the very least, had a blind eye turned towards allegations against him, as part of the Westminster investigation.

Ex-detective felt forced by BBC reporter to reveal Cliff Richard raid, court hears

Matthew Fenwick tells high court he felt he had ‘no option’ but to tell reporter about the search

Apr 16 2018

Matthew Fenwick, who was a detective superintendent with South Yorkshire police, said he believed reporter Dan Johnson would run a story about the investigation into the singer, leaving it “compromised”, unless he was told about the search.

Fenwick said it had been clear Johnson knew the force was investigating an allegation of child sexual abuse against Richard, because he described the singer as a “celebrity paedo” during a meeting.


Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo Apr 16

The Cliff Richard trial shouldn’t be about whether the Beeb flew a chopper over the croaker’s nest, it should be about his multiple visits to Elm Guest House, his relationship to Lord Boothby and the Krays and his closeness to nonces


Ronnie Kray’s letter of praise for Cliff Richard

A Collection of personal items that belonged to gangster twins Ronnie and Reggie Kray has sold for more than £20,000 at auction.

They include a misspelt letter from Ronnie, who reveals delight at being contacted by Cliff Richard.

He writes from Brixton prison to biographer John Pearson: “I had a verry nice letter from Cliff Ritchards. It was marvoulas of him.”



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Why Cliff Richard’s case against the BBC should worry us all

18 Apr 2018

If Richard’s action were to succeed, the ramifications for press freedom and, as a corollary, for open justice, are awful to contemplate. It could create a situation in which the media would be unable to report the early stages of police investigations, such as revealing the identity of arrested people. They would enjoy anonymity until and unless they were charged.

This would be a fundamental change to custom and practice. It would have the effect of allowing police officers to operate in secrecy and would deny journalists the right to scrutinise the activities of the police. The media’s role as a public watchdog, holding power to account and acting on behalf of the public interest, would be fatally compromised.



Christ’s Hospital abuse accused ‘used alternative therapy’

13 Apr 2018

A sports coach accused of indecently assaulting pupils at a private school told a court there was nothing sexual in his actions as he was using a specialist sports injury technique.

Brighton Crown Court heard Ajaz Karim, 63, of Hammersmith, denies the 10 charges against him.

He said he practised an alternative therapy on pupils at Christ’s Hospital School called the Bowen technique.

“There was absolutely not anything sexual,” he said.

Mr Karim, of Baron’s Court Road, denies nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 between 1985 and 1993.

He told the jury: “My relationship with the girls and boys was one of friendship. I wanted to treat them like young adults. I was approachable.

“Teachers at Christ’s Hospital were like gods. You really could not approach them.

“There was a saying, if Mr Karim teases you that means he likes you.”

Former headmaster Richard Poulton has told the court Mr Karim was a Christ’s Hospital “success story” because he arrived as a refugee, went on to be educated at the Horsham school on a scholarship and later returned as staff.

Mr Karim described how President Idi Amin expelled Asians from Uganda in 1972 and his family arrived in the UK, adding: “We had lost everything.”

The court has heard claims he had unnecessary contact with students including giving one a massage while she was virtually naked and pushing another against a wall and kissing her.

Giving evidence, Mr Karim said he carried out some one-to-one sessions to teach students breathing exercises and on occasion would touch their shoulders with his thumbs or pressed on their lower backs.

He said he never touched them while they were naked or gave them massages.

Mr Karim also denied locking students in his study and claimed never to have known one of the complainants.

He said he did not recall some of the alleged incidents as it was a long time ago.

The court heard he was warned by the headmaster in 1990 not to talk to the girls when they were on their own and he “unfortunately” disobeyed this when he spoke to an alleged victim because he felt she needed help.

He said the situation then became difficult because he felt he was “treated like a criminal”, adding: “It broke my relationship with a wonderful headmaster. I really don’t know why I did that.”

The trial continues.


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8 victims seek damages from Legion of Christ

April 12 2018

Eight victims of the Catholic Church’s most notorious pedophile are pressing the Legion of Christ religious order to compensate them for the sexual abuse they endured and the psychological harm they say resulted from the order’s prolonged campaign to discredit them.

The men, some of whom are suffering financial and medical hardships as they age, sent a letter to the Legion’s leadership seeking public recognition of their status as victims of the Rev. Marcial Maciel and the Mexico-based order, which was once one of the fastest-growing congregations in the church but suffered a credibility crisis over Maciel’s crimes and cover-up.

The letter, obtained by The Associated Press, is the latest indication that clergy abuse victims are increasingly demanding recognition and apologies not just for their abuse, but for the retaliation often inflicted on them by church leaders after they reported allegations.

Just this week, Pope Francis acknowledged making “grave errors” in discrediting abuse victims in Chile, and begged their forgiveness.

There was no comment Thursday from the Legion.

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The letter underscores the still-unfinished business surrounding the scandal over Maciel, despite the Legion’s efforts to move on. The charismatic preacher was beloved by the Vatican but turned out to be a drug addict who sexually abused his seminarians, fathered three children and created a cult-like order to hide his double life. The Vatican knew of allegations against him since the 1950s, but only took action against him in 2006. He died in 2008.

In the letter, the victims asked that a compensation commission, which had been active during a Vatican-mandated period of reform after Maciel’s crimes were exposed in 2009, be reopened to consider their cases. For a variety of reasons, the eight men never approached the original commission, and they lamented that the commission never contacted them.

The men, all Mexican citizens who lodged the original official church complaint against Maciel in 1998, called for the commission to develop a plan of action to “determine the harm inflicted on us and its indispensable reparation.”

Jose Barba, who signed the letter on behalf of his fellow former seminarians, said he never approached the original compensation commission because he didn’t trust it. He said he was participating in the new initiative because some victims are truly hurting financially and deserve reparation.

“We believe this is worthwhile, because we have suffered for a quarter-century many humiliations, many defamations nationally and internationally,” Barba said in a telephone interview Thursday from his home in Mexico City.

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After the men went public with their accusations in 1997, the Legion embarked on a yearslong campaign to discredit them. The order and its supporters accused victims of attacking the church and slandering a man held up as a living saint by his followers and praised by St. John Paul II and his cardinals.

As it turned out, the Vatican determined the victims were right. The Legion issued a lengthy apology in 2014.

“I am not interested in shaming anyone,” Barba added. “I am interested in helping, as much as I can in the last days of my life, to improve the church to which my family — my grand-parents, my parents and my children — belong.”

After the Vatican sentenced Maciel in 2006 to a lifetime of penance and prayer for his crimes, Pope Benedict XVI took over the Legion and imposed a yearslong period of renewal. That process included the creation of a compensation commission, which was active from 2011-2014 and compensated 12 people for an undisclosed sum.

In their March 26 letter, the eight men insisted the Legion recognize them as victims of both Maciel’s abuse and the “moral, psychological and spiritual harm” inflicted on them “in a continued, consistent and prolonged way” by the Legion after they denounced his behavior.

They called for the Legion to recognize that their revelations were not a betrayal but rather a service to both the church and the Legion.

No mention was made of the letter in an April 8 press release by the Legion after a recent meeting of Legion leaders to whom it was addressed.

“My expectations are absolutely low,” Barba said. “I know the Legionaires, and I know they don’t care.”



St Hugh’s revealed its governing body commissioned an independent inquiry after claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased Fellow

12 APR 2018

Theresa May’s former Oxford college is the subject of a probe into allegations of misconduct and sexual harassment.

St Hugh’s revealed its governing body commissioned an independent inquiry after claims about the behaviour of a now-deceased Fellow.

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It is understood the Fellow is Prof David Robertson, who died in August last year.

The investigation was set up after author Mel McGrath wrote an article on the website The Pool, accusing Professor Robertson of “doing a Weinstein on me” – a reference to Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein – when she was an undergraduate in the 1980s.

Theresa May read Geography at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, from 1974. She graduated with a second class BA degree in 1977.

Mel McGrath, 54, read Philosophy, Politics and Economic at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford, in the 1980s.

The inquiry will be chaired by Alison Levitt QC, who carried out a review into the crimes of the late Jimmy Savile and who has been tipped to become the new director of public prosecutions.

Ms McGrath wrote: “David, who was my tutor, held tutorials in his flat on college grounds and had an uncanny knack for scheduling a shower, at whatever time of day, just before I arrived.

“He’d open the door – as if innocently – dressed in his bathrobe and, one time, in a tiny towel.

“For the next hour I would have to undergo the humiliating experience of reading my essay, on which I had laboured hard and with serious intent, while David sat opposite, half-naked and man spreading, often smelling of alcohol and sipping from a mug of what was never tea or coffee.”

Ms McGrath was also critical of St Hugh’s, saying that if the authorities at the time had not heard the rumours about Prof Robertson’s alleged behaviour “they couldn’t have been listening very hard”.

The college confirmed that an investigation had been launched and released its terms of reference, but a spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to comment until the investigation was complete.

The terms of reference given to Ms Levitt read: “The College has recently received allegations of historic misconduct and sexual harassment about a now deceased Fellow from two former students.

“The College requests you to carry out an independent investigation about these allegations and whether the circumstances of these or of similar allegations were known to the members of governing body or management staff of the College.

“If so, to report on the adequacy and appropriateness of the College’s responses and any action taken in respect of such allegations or circumstances, with any recommendations for action.”

St Hugh’s was founded in 1886 “to open up the opportunities of an Oxford education to poorer women”. It accepted its first male students in 1987.

Former students include the Prime Minister, Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi, Amal Clooney and suffragette Emily Davison.


St Hugh’s College‏ @StHughsCollege

 “I have been in Oxford since 1979, after starting my career at the University of Essex in 1970. I was originally a political sociologist, and while at Essex I was Co-Director of the British Election Studies. I have worked in three areas over my career: the political sociology of elections and party competition; strategic studies; constitutional politics and constitutional law. Having just finished my second major book on judges and politics, I am returning to the second area, strategic studies. I intend to write next on the genesis, development and impact of doctrine in military organizations. No one ever completely gives up a field in academic life and I expect to continue writing on constitutional politics, especially where it touches on human rights. “

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Allegations against Christ’s Hospital School teacher ‘dealt with in-house as he was success story’

12 Apr 2019

A top public school headmaster took a “soft” approach to allegations a sports coach was inappropriate with female pupils because he was a “success story”, a court heard.

Richard Poulton, headmaster of Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham between 1987 and 1996, told Brighton Crown Court on Thursday complaints against Ajaz Karim were dealt with “in-house” because he was a popular teacher who had been a Ugandan refugee and former pupil.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith, West London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at the school between 1985 and 1993.

Allegations include him massaging a student’s “virtually naked body” while she lay face down on the floor of his locked study and pushing another up against a wall and kissing her on the lips.

Mr Poulton told jurors he knew of complaints from four pupils over three years before asking for Karim’s resignation. He said he made it “absolutely clear” to Karim his behaviour was unacceptable after the first two were made in 1990.

Then the father of another student wrote to Mr Poulton in 1992, claiming Karim was making unwanted visits to his daughter’s room.

Karim left the school in 1993 after what Mr Poulton branded the “last straw” – when another student said she complained of inappropriate massages and kissing.

Dressed in a blue pin-stripe suit, white shirt, blue tie, and using a walking stick, Mr Poulton apologised on several occasions for the “vagueness” of his memory.

When asked why he did not sack Karim, the 75-year-old said: “[Asking for his resignation] was perhaps a soft way of bringing our contract to an end.In many ways he was very popular. He was a success story in Christ’s Hospital terms having come to us as a refugee and being given an education [before returning to teach].”

The school continued to pay his salary for another month after he left.

Mr Poulton said he had no knowledge of any of the allegations being “sexual”, describing the complaints as those of “over familiarity”, “undue physicality” and a “threat of massage”.

He said police and social services were not involved and claimed deputy head Elizabeth Cairncross – now the principal of Wells Cathedral School in Somerset – mainly handled the complaints and would deal with anything of a “female” or “intimate” nature from students.

He added: “It was totally dealt with by school masters and school mistresses and denied by Mr Karim.”

When asked if he knew one of the claims involved Karim giving a student a “full frontal body massage”, he said: “Outrageous, I never heard that alleged. I would have reported that to the police even though that was not protocol at that time.”

But in a letter to solicitors acting on behalf of Karim in October 1993 – a month after he left – Mr Poulton, referring to complaints by students, said: “Despite possible interpretations of its very explicit contents, I did not charge Mr Karim with sexual harassment.”

When asked in defence cross-examination if he was “covering his back” with the letter, Mr Poulton said: “I didn’t see and don’t see it was covering my back. I hope I did what was right in the circumstances.

Mr Poulton said the school had no written rule against teachers touching female pupils because it was “so obvious” and “common sense”, adding: “It was absolutely clear that it was forbidden.”

Male teachers were generally “frightened” of female students as the school had only recently become co-educational, he said.

The trial continues on Friday.


It’s been over a year and nothing further published on  the John Smyth QC investigation, likewise the Jamie Colman & wife Sue Colman  one…


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Archbishop Welby involved…


Predictably, the cover-up continues…IICSA report on Rochdale/Cyril Smith…nothing to see here, move along

 This investigation has focused on Cyril Smith as a Rochdale politician and public figure. The investigation report does not consider any conduct by Smith alleged to have occurred in Westminster or elsewhere unless it directly relates to events in Rochdale.


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It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” yet criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith.


One low level fall guy…

Resigned Rochdale council leader ‘lied to child abuse inquiry’

Richard Farnell faces police investigation after inquiry says he lied while giving evidence

Rochdale’s recently resigned council leader is facing a police investigation after an official inquiry concluded that he lied over evidence he gave about child sexual abuse allegations.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said the evidence given by Richard Farnell about his knowledge of abuse in the Greater Manchester town “defies belief”.

In a report, published on Thursday, the inquiry took the extraordinary step of stating that it believed Farnell lied under oath while giving evidence in October 2017.

Farnell, who is still a councillor in Rochdale, quit on 8 December after weeks of mounting pressure over his testimony at the public inquiry.

In its 154-page report, IICSA described Farnell’s refusal to accept responsibility for events as “shameful”.

Prof Alexis Jay, the chair of the inquiry, said: “After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts. I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”

The report, the inquiry’s first into abuse in the UK, follows three weeks of evidence about allegations spanning from the early 1960s to the mid-90s.
It concluded that there was “no deliberate cover-up by the authorities” but “a careless and wholly inadequate response” to the serious sexual abuse of children at Knowl View school.

The report also criticised Margaret Thatcher’s “remarkable” decision to award a knighthood to the suspected child abuser Cyril Smith. It said the knighthood in 1988 showed the “unwillingness of those at the highest level” to believe his victims.


Independent Inquiry publishes Rochdale report

12 April 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published its report into the institutions where children were placed by Rochdale Council, following three weeks of public hearings in October 2017.

The report is concerned with the institutional responses of the council, the police and the Crown Prosecution Service into child sexual abuse in Rochdale between the early 1960s and the mid 1990s.

It highlights the vulnerability of the children at the council-run Knowl View School and how the institution failed to keep pupils safe from harm for 25 years. It finds staff complacent and arguably complicit.

Sexual exploitation of boys was also happening in the town centre, the bus station and the Smith Street public toilets which were across the road from the council’s offices. The report catalogues the total lack of urgency on the part of the authorities to treat the matters as serious sexual assaults; boys as young as 11 were not regarded by those in authority as victims but as authors of their own abuse.

The Inquiry heard evidence about sexual abuse at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel. It outlines the lost opportunities to prosecute former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith (who was Honorary Secretary of Cambridge Boys’ Hostel) in relation to allegations of child sexual abuse, and the unwillingness of those at the highest level to recognise that a person of public prominence was capable of perpetrating child sexual abuse.

The report is also clear that the Inquiry did not believe the evidence of Richard Farnell, then leader of Rochdale Council, who resigned some weeks after giving evidence about child sexual abuse in council-run establishments. His refusal to accept responsibility for events is described by the Inquiry as shameful.

Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the Inquiry, said:

“After listening to the evidence presented by a number of victims and survivors in Rochdale at the time, I am deeply disturbed at the evidence of extensive abuse and the institutional responses to that abuse.

“Many of those who testified to their abuse have never had the opportunity to seek justice through the courts.  I hope that the public hearings and this report has offered them some measure of acknowledgement for their suffering.”




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Our Cyril Smith story came out in 1979. What followed was a 36-year cover-up

The child abuse revelations have been known to police, security services, national media and politicians for three decades. But they conspired to shield him – and fail his victims



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Elm Guest House List

Leon Brittan

Cyril Smith

Harvey Proctor

Cliff Richard…

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Martin Walkerdine @mwalkerdine

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Why wasn’t Lord Steel called before the inquiry??

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11 Apr 2018

KATHMANDU — Central Investigation Bureau Nepal has detained Canadian Pedophile Peter Dalglish for 25 days after winning the detention order from Kavre court. The investigation is going on full-scale and the CIB will produce its documents to the court after the detention time is over.

Talking to Kathmandu Tribune, an official from the CIB said, “We cannot disclose what we have found right now but we can assure you that we will produce our findings to the court after the detention time is over. The court will then decide the punishment to Mr. Peter Dalglish accordingly.”

Peter Dalglish is now under the custody of CIB Nepal and is going through the rigorous investigation. The official also said that the two children found in the same room where Peter was staying are now safe and sound.

Dalglish was arrested in Kavre on Saturday 7th April morning.


Dalglish  does interviews for Stanford University admissions.



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Peter Dalglish

L to R: Peter Dalglish with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau’s father, Pierre Trudeau, appointed Peter Dalglish as the first director of Youth Services Canada


Former Senior United Nations Official Facing Pedophilia Charges in Nepal

Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) Nepal has arrested sixty-years-old Canadian Peter Dalglish in pedophile case from Mandan Deupur-1, Kavre on Saturday morning around 6:30. Danglish was staying at Chil Kaji Maharjan’s home and was found with two children aged 12 and 14. The children have been rescued and Dalglish is now under investigation for pedophilia.

Dalglish was involved with Himalayan Community Foundation since last two years and have been involved with the community. He was helping the locality for their education, water sanitation, and selected children to help them in their studies and even take them abroad. CIB Nepal has been investigating since the victims could be more than two.

According to Wikipedia, Peter Dalglish “(born 20 May 1957), is a Canadian humanitarian and founder of the Street Kids International charity and the Trails Youth Initiative program. He is currently the Country Representative for UN-Habitat in Afghanistan”.

He is also an alumnus of Stanford University and Dalhousie University. Dalglish has worked as Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Party for UN-Habitat in Kabul, Afghanistan between October 2010 to December 2014. He also became the Chief of Party until the end of his mission in July 2015 from December 2014.

According to Nepal’s law, Dalglish will be sentenced to jail for 15 years and has to compensate to the victims too.

Dalglish was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2017.



Peter Dalglish is the founder of Street Kids International, and is a leading authority on working children, street children, and war-affected children. He was arrested by Nepali police in connection with a pedophilia investigation.

One of the world’s leading experts on humanitarian work with street children and children affected by war has been arrested on pedophilia charges.

Canadian humanitarian worker Peter Dalglish, who helped found the charity Street Kids International, was taken in by police in Nepal on Sunday (April 8), Xinhua news agency reported.

The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) of Nepal Police said they wanted to question Dalglish over claims he was involved in pedophile activities in Kavre district, around 50 kilometers north of the capital, Kathmandu.

An initial investigation claims the 60-year-old had offered children foreign trips and better education before sexually abusing them.

My Republica reported that two children, aged 12 and 14, had allegedly been abused by Dalglish and rescued by authorities.

CIB chief and Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pushkar Karki, said that an organization outside the country had tipped off the police about Dalglish.

“Under the guise of community worker, claiming to educate poor kids and provide necessary support, he had been sexually exploiting these children. We have developed a sound network to track down and arrest pedophiles entering Nepal. We had been following Dalglish’s activities for the last two weeks after we were tipped about his activities,” he said, according to the Kathmandu Post.

Dalglish had been running the Himalayan Community Foundation in the country since 2015. Prior to his stint in Nepal, he had worked for a number of United Nations agencies and was the U.N.-Habitat country representative for Afghanistan.

He was also part of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response in Liberia until January 2016 and has been advisor to the World Health Organization to help tackle the spread of the disease.


Peter Dalglish with Pierre Trudeau

In 1994, Dalglish was appointed by Pierre Trudeau as the first director of Youth Service Canada, the Government of Canada’s civilian volunteer youth corps.


He is a founding member of the board of directors of Ashoka Canada, and is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees.

Dalglish is the recipient of a Vanier Award, Fellowship of Man Award, and the Dalhousie Law School Weldon Award for Unselfish Public Service. He was selected by Junior Chamber International in 1988 as “one of the 10 outstanding young people of the world.”

In December 2016, Dalglish was named a Member of the Order of Canada.[2]


Street Kids International (or Street Kids) is a Canadian-based non-governmental organization founded by Peter Dalglish, Chris Lowry and Frank O’Dea in 1988.[1]

In 1988, Frank O’Dea would found, alongside Peter Dalglish of Street Kids International, whose main objective is for kids who grow up on the street to lead better and safer lives. Initially founded as a Canadian charity, Street Kids International has since expanded its operations into many foreign countries.


1986, Dalglish began the Sudan’s first vocational training school for street children, funded by Bob Geldof of Band Aid.



In January 2015, Save the Children and Street Kids International announced that they will become one to help more children and youth tackle the cycle of poverty by building sustainable income-generating opportunities.


Peter Dalglish

I am a child activist, and I believe that all children have the right to be protected from exploitation and abuse. I travelled to Pakistan and Afghanistan on behalf of an Amsterdam-based organization, HealthNet International


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The Skateistan Global Advisory Board

Peter Dalglish (Chair)
Country Representative for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan

Peter began his humanitarian career in Ethiopia and Sudan with refugees and street children. In 1987 he founded Street Kids International, now a global leader in designing creative self-help project for poor, urban children. In 2002 he was appointed to the UN’s child labor program in Nepal, and later served as the Executive Director of the South Asia Children’s Fund. In 2010 he became Senior Advisor for UN-HABITAT in Afghanistan and in 2013 became Country Representative. Since 2011, Peter has been an advisor to Skateistan’s Executive Director and management team in Kabul regarding youth development best practices and fundraising.

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Peter often quotes Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound and the United World Colleges, who cautioned his own students about “the paralyzing effects of wealth and affluence on young people.”


He spent the last two weeks of 1984 in a refugee camp with 25,000 children in the Ogaden refugee camp on the Somali/Ethiopian border.

He was clerking with Stewart, MacKeen and Covert, one of the largest law firms in Eastern Canada. But three days after being called to the bar on 15 May 95, he set out to work in the Sudan monitoring food distribution in the most remote area of the country: the border region between western Sudan and Chad.

One of Peter’s tasks is to aid Father Joe Maier of the Human Development Center set-up Bangkok’s first Legal Aid Clinic to help these kids.

…He had met Bob Geldoff, so he wrote him a five page proposal and Geldoff funded the project: he wrote Peter a cheque for US$50,000, and the project opened 13 May 86.

…he decided to establish a guaranteed same day bicycle courier service. This was inspired by his Boy Scout experience where he learned Lord Baden Powell had effectively used kids as messengers at the Battle of Mafeking during the Boer War

The volunteers Peter takes on his jaunts around the world are hand-picked, he wouldn’t just let any Upper Canada kid tag along, but the process itself is self-selective. “How many sixteen-year holds want to give up lying on the dock in Muskoka to come and live in a shantytown and work with urchins for a few weeks?,” he asks.

Last fall, Peter was hired by Upper Canada College to run a very ambitious program for inner-city youth in Toronto, called the Horizon Project. It’s similar to programs that very progressive US schools have been using for years.

He has seventy-five kids from UCC volunteering for the project, and it amazes him how they crave the experience of working with inner-city kids.

Having worked with Mother Teresa, he’s fond of quoting one of her favorite sayings: “We can do no great things, we can only do small things with great love.”

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One of PeterDalglish’s tasks is to aid Father Joe Maier of the Human Development Center set-up Bangkok’s first Legal Aid Clinic to help these kids.


Father Joseph (Joe) H. Maier, C.Ss. R., (born 31 October 1939) is an American Redemptorist priest who lives and works in the Khlong Toei slums of Bangkok, Thailand, where he co-founded the Human Development Foundation (HDF-Mercy Centre) with Sister Maria Chantavarodom in 1973.[1] For over 35 years, he has administered to Bangkok’s poorest, providing vulnerable children and families alternatives to and a haven away from drugs, violence, sexual abuse, and prostitution in the squatter slums.[2]

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Father Joe Maier and George Bush

2008 Public Papers – Touring the Human Development Foundation’s Mercy Centre with executive director Usanee Janngeon, right, and founder Father Joseph Maier, left, in Bangkok, Thailand, August 7.

Prince Andrew in Bangkok, Thailand on December 01, 1999 – Andrew talking to father Joe Maier (american pries) founder of the Human Development Centre.


Prince Andrew friend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

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British diplomats and Thai royalty have often visited the Mercy Centre.



Mercy is regularly sought out by foreign dignitaries. Recent visitors have included Prince Alfred and Princess Raffaela of Lichtenstein in March 2003;[11] AIDS activist and American film actor Richard Gere in July 2004;[12] and American president George W. Bush in August 2008.[13][14]


Redemptorist Joe Maier was picked up at the Toronto Airport by Peter Dalgish, the Founder of Street Kids International, and brought to the Provincial House for breakfast.


Recalling his time as a student with Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic, Mr. Dalglish says studying law in such a hands-on fashion emboldened his activist streak. In particular, he cites his experience working alongside fellow activist Elizabeth May on the landmark “Herbicide Case,” which prevented Dow Chemical from using Agent Orange as herbicide in northern Nova Scotia.


Reflections on My Life and Canada Elizabeth May. above Sting, me, and law school classmate Peter Dalglish (founder of Street Kids International). Toronto, May 1989.

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Nepal is also where Nova Scotia businessman Fenwick MacIntosh, a politically well-connected, well-off citizen , is serving a prison sentence for his conviction for sexually assaulting children.

As familiar as many people may be with the details of the case and the outcome of the court proceedings, which ultimately led to country’s highest court upholding the quashing of 17 sex abuse convictions against MacIntosh involving multiple male youths in the Strait area in the 1970s, many questions remain. Central among them is how MacIntosh managed to retain his Canadian passport for years despite an effort to revoke it, allowing him to travel freely internationally and even return to Canada several times after a warrant for his arrest had been issued.


The speed with which the 71-year-old Nova Scotia man was brought to justice in Nepal—arrested in mid-December 2014, days after the boy went to police, sentenced on March 1—stands in stark contrast to how the MacIntosh case played out in Canada: the first complaint was made in 1995; 15 years later he was convicted on 17 charges related to sexual assault. The glacial pace—which would be attributed later, in internal provincial and federal government reviews, to bureaucratic bungling—gave the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal grounds to determine that MacIntosh’s right to be tried within a “reasonable” time had been violated, a ruling upheld in 2013 by the Supreme Court of Canada.

he Port Hawkesbury businessman ran a string of enterprises, including Fentronics, an electronic communications company. Word around town was that he made a bundle on satellite technology. He was politically well-connected, running for the Progressive Conservatives provincially in the Guysborough riding in 1974, coming in second. As an executive with the Strait Pirates Junior B hockey team, MacIntosh drove boys to out-of-town games and housed players in a rooming house he co-owned—“a melting pot of pedophilia,” says Martin.

MacIntosh was living in New Delhi, working for a telecom satellite company, when (survivor)  Sutherland went to the B.C. RCMP in 1995. His wife, a social worker, convinced him MacIntosh was a risk to children, he says. The Port Hawkesbury RCMP laid two charges related to sexual abuse against MacIntosh on Dec. 4, 1995.

Sutherland became relentless, writing letters to provincial and federal politicians, including prime minister Jean Chrétien and justice minister Alan Rock in 1996; both sent boilerplate responses.

MacIntosh’s name was to be added to the passport control list. Yet MacIntosh renewed his passport in India in May 1997.

Among arguments to support MacIntosh keeping his passport to the federal government, his lawyer noted in a 12-page letter dated Dec. 1, 1997, that for “many years Mr. MacIntosh held a Top Secret security clearance issued by the Government of Canada.”

Harris MacLean, a retired Port Hawkesbury RCMP officer who worked the case, says the Department of Justice in Ottawa dropped the ball: “They knew where this fellow was,” he says. “It could have been dealt with a hell of a lot quicker.” Sutherland is more scathing: “There are aspects of this that stink to high heaven.”

The boy who MacIntosh sexually assaulted in Nepal lived at the Jesuit-run St. Xavier’s Social Service Center for homeless children. According to local reports, the boy—who is missing part of a limb—was offered gifts, money and a prosthetic by MacIntosh. The centre receives funding from Canadian Jesuits International, a Toronto-based charity. Its director, Jenny Cafiso, told Maclean’s she knew nothing about MacIntosh’s access to the centre until the news broke.

Bill Robins, a Winnipeg-born Jesuit priest who lives in Nepal and used to run the centre, has never met MacIntosh, he told Maclean’s.


The Jesuits St. Xavier’s Social Service Center…

Father Gaffney, who was 65 at the time of his death, was born and grew up in Ohio in the USA. He established the St Xavier’s Social Service Center at Jawalakhel in 1970 and lived permanently in Nepal after taking Nepali citizenship.

Father Gaffney of  St Xavier’s School had been murdered in Lalitpur on December 13, 1997. Admitting the crime while recording his statement at the court, Khadka said that his friend Man Bahadur Bhandari had introduced him to Father Gaffney. Khadka was then asked to serve him. He, however, claimed that Father Gaffney had unnatural sex with him…



In January 2015, Save the Children and Dalglish’s Street Kids International announced that they will become one

Speaking of Save the Children..

Save the Children inquiry over response to harassment claims

APR 11 2018

Brendan Cox resigned from his role at Save the Children after complaints

Brendan Cox resigned from his role at Save the Children after complaints

Save the Children is to be investigated by the regulator over how it handled serious allegations of misconduct and harassment against senior staff.

The inquiry will focus on how the charity dealt with complaints that Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox, its former chief executive and policy director respectively, sexually harassed young women employees.

The Charity Commission opened a statutory inquiry after receiving “new information”, it said last night. It is concerned that the charity may have withheld the full extent of allegations from the regulator in 2015 when the alleged incidents were first reported. It is a blow to Save the Children, which has commissioned its own review of its working culture. Kevin Watkins, the chief executive who was a trustee at the time of…

Jonathan King case

To be listed on 30 Apr 2018

9 Apr 2019

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Details: For Hearing – Resume – 11:09
For Hearing – Case to be listed on 30-Apr-2018 – 11:26

Christ’s Hospital School – Sex abuse teacher Peter Burr’s jail term extended

 28 March 2018
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Peter Burr, now aged 73, was jailed in January

A former boarding school teacher who abused four pupils in the 1960s and 1970s has had his sentence increased.

Peter Burr, of south Devon, admitted indecently assaulting boys at Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, and was jailed in January at Hove Crown Court.

Appeal judges increased his four-year term to six years and seven months.

After the hearing, Solicitor General Robert Buckland said Burr, now 73, had betrayed his position of trust “in the most despicable way possible”.

Mr Buckland appealed against the original sentence handed to Burr, from Kingswear, who assaulted boys aged 11 to 14 between 1969 and 1973.

He said: “I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place.

“I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.”

The Attorney General’s Office said the pupils at the private school were largely vulnerable young boys from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Some had gained a place at the school following the death of a family member and had been separated from their families.

One of Burr’s four victims came forward after hearing a feature on BBC London about sexual abuse.

Arthur, who waived his anonymity, but decided not to reveal his surname, said three years of abuse had affected the rest of his life.

Headmaster of the school Simon Reid said: “My thoughts are very much with the victims whose lives have no doubt been deeply affected.


A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for sexually abusing four boys has had his sentence increased following an appeal by the Solicitor General. Peter Burr, 73, of The Square, Kingsware, Devon, was originally sentenced to four years’ imprisonment at Hove Crown Court, in January 2018. However, Solicitor General Robert Buckland QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low. The appeal was successful and today (March 28) Burr’s sentence was increased to six years and seven months, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Speaking after the hearing, the Solicitor General said: “I am pleased the Court of Appeal has increased the sentence. I trust this sends a clear message that justice will be served no matter how long ago the offences took place. I hope this helps the victims to get some closure.” Burr ­– a former house tutor and physics teacher at the independent school – previously pleaded guilty to nine counts of indecent assault against four young boys. He became the second former teacher of Christ’s Hospital School to be jailed for historic indecent assault after Peter Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at the school – was sentenced after pleading guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault. Webb was originally sentenced to four years in prison, in December 2017, but – following an appeal by the Attorney General – had his sentence increased to five years and six months in February 2018.



Rent boys at centre of MP Keith Vaz’s sex scandal call cops over claims they’re being followed by spies

Married Labour MP Vaz, 61, was forced to step down as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee after he was caught meeting the duo in 2016.

8th April 2018

TWO rent boys at the centre of the Keith Vaz sex probe have called in police, claiming they are being shadowed by a sinister surveillance outfit.

Married Labour MP Vaz, 61, was forced to step down as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee after he was caught meeting the duo in 2016

The dad of two was placed under investigation by a parliamentary standards watchdog, but the probe has been dogged by delays due to his ill health.

Now the Eastern European escorts, in their 20s, say they have been traced by spooks to a secret hideaway in Poland where they fled after the scandal broke.

Since January, they claim they have been tailed by a car while driving, investigators have asked family for their whereabouts, and that suspicious men rented a nearby house to spy on them.

…fear they’re being hounded as part of a smear campaign and called in cops for protection.

One said: “We believe we’re in danger. It feels like someone is trying to gather evidence to use against us. It feels like some kind of revenge.”

Footage showed Mr Vaz saying to escorts he’d pay for cocaine — though insisting he didn’t take it himself.

He later expressed regret over his actions and said: “Those who hold others to account must themselves be accountable.” A police probe into the MP was closed.



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Left: Artist Marina Abramović and Debbie Harry. Right: Jeffrey Deitch, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. (All photos: Linda Yablonsky)

Let Them Eat Cake

WHEN TWO PROTEAN ARTISTS face off against each other, the confrontation can be titillating. So it went last week in Los Angeles, over the Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual artist-designed fundraiser, conceived this year by Marina Abramović. “The shit has hit the fan,” Abramović said on Thursday, when the leaked draft of a letter that choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer wrote, but hadn’t yet sent, to LA MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch went viral on the Internet.

Rainer was protesting Abramović’s plans for the gala, “An Artist’s Life Manifesto,” scheduled for Saturday, November 12. The “entertainment,” Rainer wrote, promised to exploit the young people Abramović was training to perform for such meager pay that it amounted to abuse by the rich. Their job was to either lie naked under plastic skeletons revolving on the $100,000 dinner tables, or poke their heads through the $50,000 and $25,000 table tops while turning themselves on lazy Susans and locking eyes with guests throughout the evening.

The prospect of this “grotesque spectacle,” the outraged Rainer wrote, reminded her not of Abramović’s The Artist Is Present, the performance empress’s three-month-long sit at the Museum of Modern Art last year, or of her Nude with Skeleton from 2002, but of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s 1975 film Salò, where fascist sadists sexually abuse beautiful youths. “Subjecting her performers to public humiliation at the hands of a bunch of frolicking donors is yet another example of the Museum’s callousness and greed, and Ms Abramović’s obliviousness to differences in context and to some of the implications of transposing her own powerful performances to the bodies of others,” Rainer wrote, suggesting that MoCA rename itself “MODFR, or the Museum of Degenerate Fund Raising.”


But it was the contretemps, not the exploitation issue, that notched up the pre-gala buzz. On her Facebook page, one LA artist called Abramović “deluded” and hoped the performers would rebel. Another posted an article about Vanessa Beecroft’s 1998 invitational performance at the Guggenheim Museum, where nearly naked models had to stand for hours while tuxedoed swells stared at them and nobody cried abuse. Yet the controversy barely flickered to life among the artists and curators at Regen Projects’ Thursday night opening for Sue Williams’s sexually scatological paintings, while Abramović joined the frolickers at collector Eugenio López Alonso’s dinner for designer turned photographer Hedi Slimane. But Deitch took the bait and invited Rainer to a rehearsal on Friday. Abramović, though cooperative, was not pleased.

She was especially exercised by the letter’s allusion to fascism, when she had spent her life opposing everything that her parents, Communist Party heroes in the former Yugoslavia, stood for. The gala, I gathered, would be something like a reverse Occupy MoCA, where wealthy, overdressed patrons would be given white lab coats to “democratize” the proceeding. Five hundred people had auditioned to be the heads and nudes on the tables, knowing they would be paid only $150 for their several hours on display. Though the chosen performers had signed confidentiality agreements to ensure the event would come as a surprise, one of them had complained to Rainer and then quit.

At a prerehearsal gathering that turned into a pro-Abramović rally, Rainer appeared a bit shaken by how quickly her unsent letter had gone public, but sat quietly among the ninety performers while Abramović acknowledged her presence and addressed her complaints. The small fee was all the museum could pay, she said, adding that she was getting no fee at all. She was hiring young people not to take advantage but because it took stamina to get through one of her durational pieces. “I’m the idiot,” she said. “I’m sixty-five and still doing this!”

Their performance as gala centerpieces would not be easy, she said, but she was taking every precaution to protect them. Diners would be instructed not to feed them, touch them, talk to them, or disrupt their performance in any way. Guards would make sure they were unmolested, but if anyone wanted to leave, they could walk out at any time. “It’s an experiment,” said Abramović, “not an entertainment. There’s a huge risk of failure, but this is my work.” This was greeted by a tremendous cheer of support and the rehearsal went forward, with Rainer interviewing the performers one by one. “I wonder how she’d like it if I did that at one of her rehearsals,” Abramović sniffed later.

…the museum on Grand Avenue was filling with a parade of patrons who seemed oblivious to the debate. In very short order, I came across last year’s gala artist, Doug Aitken, Americans for the Arts advocate Nora Halpern, Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, actress Rosanna Arquette, Guggenheim Foundation deputy director Ari Wiseman, and artists Mark Bradford, Alex Israel, and Rosson Crow. The latter was on the arm of designer Jeremy Scott and decked out in a vintage yellow gown by Don Loper—“Lucille Ball’s favorite designer,” Crow was quick to point out. Strolling through the collection galleries, I came across former gala artist Francesco Vezzoli (in Prada) with model Shala Monroque (in Rodarte). “I’m happy that Marina can still raise controversy,” Vezzoli said. “I wish the same for me at her age.”

While Minnie Driver, Gwen Stefani, Will Ferrell, Kirsten Dunst, Pamela Anderson, and David LaChapelle walked the red carpet outside, burlesque artist Dita Von Teese (in Jean Paul Gaultier) and sometime filmmaker and jewelry designer Liz Goldwyn (in a vintage red dress) joined the crowd previewing “Naked Hollywood: Weegee in Los Angeles” and “Kenneth Anger: Icons,” a Hollywood Babylon showcase of Anger’s films and memorabilia, within. “We’re a very creative museum!” said chief curator Paul Schimmel, noting that the shows came on the schedule only recently, and giving the impression he wasn’t all that thrilled at their entry. (His sweeping, and historic, Pacific Standard Time show at MoCA’s Geffen Contemporary took years to pull together.) “You just gotta roll with the punches and all the changes,” he said.

Guards asked everyone to proceed to the humongous dinner tent outside, where one tenet of Abramović’s manifesto was projected over the entrance. “An artist should avoid falling in love with another artist,” it said. Under it, a group of the hired performers helped patrons into their lab coats, though some, like Crow, refused.

Left: Rosanna Arquette. Right: Jerry Brown’s table.

Inside, all thought of exploitation quickly faded, as the 769 guests, who included California governor Jerry Brown and Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as well as Beecroft, took their seats before the rotating heads and nudes-with-skeletons and dug into their food unfazed. (It was delicious.) Some people did hold the gaze of the heads; others winked and elicited forbidden giggles. After brief speeches by gala cochairs Eli Broad and Maria Arena Bell, and another by Deitch, who called Abramović and Deborah Harry, the evening’s main entertainment, “giants in their field,” Abramović took the stage to exhort everyone to keep on their lab coats for the sake of the experiment at hand. (Not all obeyed.) She went on to explain that it hadn’t been her idea, but the museum’s, to use only women as the nudes. Artists rarely made manifestos anymore, she said, referring to the gala’s title, adding that they were necessary in these troubled times to establish a “codex of moral and social behavior.”

John Baldessari and Meg Cranston seemed pleased to be seated ringside, where half-naked and very buff pallbearers periodically mounted the catwalk-like stage carrying a shrouded body on a bier. At trustee Wallis Annenberg’s front-and-center table, Governor Brown was smiling but seemed uncomfortable at the nude before him. “That’s a fake vagina, isn’t it?” asked collector Michael Ostin, refusing to believe that the woman on display did not have “some kind of enhancement.”

He was not the only doubter. During Serbian folk singer Svetlana Spajic’s performance of a haunting tune from Robert Wilson’s The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, someone at the table beside mine loudly expressed his displeasure to Broad Foundation curator Joanne Hyler, dealer Sara Watson, Creative Time director Anne Pasternak, and Schimmel. “This is offensive!” he shouted. “This is shit, not art. Who is she kidding? Jeffrey! Yo, Jeffrey! Stop this!” The source turned out to be artist Thomas Houseago, who evidently had imbibed more than his share of the “Rauschenberg Spirit” wines. He continued his diatribe during a reading by the performers of Abramović’s full manifesto (“An artist should not steal ideas from other artists; an artist should not make themselves into an idol . . . ”) before leaving his dinner partners in peace.

Left: The Marina Abramović cake. Right: Performer Svetlana Spajic.

Once again, the pallbearers mounted the stage, only this time the person under the shroud was the platinum-haired Harry, who sang her first number from a reclining position on the bier before hopping off to do “Heart of Glass,” followed by a rousing “One Way or Another” that brought much of the cheering, camera phone–wielding audience to its feet. After her final number, two more shrouded bodies were brought onstage. Under them was dessert: two eerily lifelike cakes fashioned to look like Abramović and Harry by LA’s Rosebud Cakes and Raphael Castoriano’s Kreëmart organization. Wielding lethal-looking knives, Abramović joined Harry to cut out the hearts of each of their cakes to a shouting, astonished crowd.

Chaos followed, as guests fought over pieces cut by the bare-chested pallbearers. “I want the breast! Give me the vagina!” they screamed, hardly noticing that Tilda Swinton had arrived for photo ops, looking very much like David Bowie in his Thin White Duke phase. When it was all over, the cut-up cakes resembled mutilated bodies that made for a ghoulish sight.

A man I didn’t know accosted me. “Is it me or was this all about violence against women?” he asked. “It’s you,” I said. “Look at that cake!” he exclaimed. “It’s a horribly mutilated woman with knives in her chest. Doesn’t that bother you?” “It’s a cake,” I said. “It represents all the indignities women have suffered at the hands of men. It is women telling their own history.” Apparently, the point was lost on him. “It’s disgusting,” he replied. I asked his name, which he declined to give. “I’m in the social register!” he growled, brushing past me to let Deitch know that this violence against women would result in the withdrawal of funding from the museum.

“Don’t be afraid of art!” Deitch said, when the man stormed off. “Wow,” he added a moment later. “That was intense.” In the end, the gala raised $2.5 million.

1972 Rothschild Illuminati Ball

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On the diner table are dismembered dolls and cracked skulls. This imagery is also prevalent in countless music videos. Its all about the occult elite’s MK culture.

A mannequin-cadaver type thing.

A mannequin-cadaver type thing on the diner table.


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Debbie Harry with Camilla who is a big fan

Debbie Harry

…analysing the video for Blondie’s Rapture, and pointing out the voodoo, occult and mystic symbolism in it. I wondered if Blondie were into that sort of thing, or perhaps I was seeing things. It turned out they were, and one of them – the bassist Gary Lachman…

He first encountered the occult in 1975, when he was playing bass in Blondie, and sharing an apartment with fellow band-members Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. ‘They had a fun, kitschy aesthetic appreciation of the occult, little voodoo dolls, pentagrams, a model of a nun with an upside-down cross painted onto her forehead.’

He was introduced to the writings of Aleister Crowley through Tommy Ramone, who leant him a couple of books. After he’d left the band, Gary became more and more interested in Crowley’s ideas and rituals. One day in LA, he signed up to join the Ordo Templi Orientis, a secret cult dedicated to following Crowley’s religion of ‘Thelema’. For a while he got very into Crowleian magic – he got himself a robe, did every ritual in Crowley’s Magick in Theory and Practice, tried out sex magick with his girlfriend, even consumed a wafer containing menstrual blood as part of a ‘gnostic mass’.


Vatican arrests own diplomat on suspicion of child abuse images

7 Apr 2018

Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, who served the Vatican in US and Canada, faces 12 years in prison if convicted

The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested one of its Washington diplomats who is suspected of possessing images of child sexual abuse in the US and Canada.

A statement identified the accused as Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation.

The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by the pope. The articles cited by the statement related to images of child sexual abuse.

If indicted, the monsignor will have to stand trial in the Vatican and faces up to 12 years in jail.

The US state department notified the Holy See in August of a possible violation of laws relating to child abuse images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington, the Vatican said in September.

A spokesman said in September that the US had requested that the man’s diplomatic immunity be waived but the Vatican refused.

Capella entered the diplomatic corps in 2004 and before serving in Washington he held diplomatic posts in Hong Kong and Italy.

After he was recalled to Rome, police in Windsor, Canada said they had issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of possessing and distributing images of child abuse on the internet.

Capella’s case the worst involving a diplomat since 2013 when former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski faced charges of paying boys for sexual acts, downloading and buying paedophile material while he was the Vatican’s ambassador in the Dominican Republic.

He was recalled to Rome by the Vatican, arrested, and stripped of his duties after an investigation by Dominican magistrates. He died in hospital in 2015 at the age of 67 before his trial at a Vatican court could begin.


Mgr Carlo Alberto Capella is a former staff member at the nunciature in Washington DC

Vatican police have arrested Mgr Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.

The Vatican said that Mgr Capella was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State’s promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal investigations.

“The accused is being detained in a cell in the barracks of the gendarmerie corps,” the Vatican said in a statement.

The arrest, the statement said, was made on the charges related to “Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013.”

Paragraph 3 deals with a criminal who “distributes, disseminates, transmits, imports, exports, offers or sells child pornography through any means, even electronically, as well as whoever possess child pornography for those purposes or otherwise distributes or disseminates knowledge of information directed at grooming or exploiting minors for sexual purposes.”

The violation carries a prison sentence of one year to five years and a fine from €2,500 (about $3,000, £2,200) to €50,000 ($61,400, £44,000). However, the paragraph 5 referred to in the Vatican statement says that “the penalty is increased if a considerable quantity of pornographic material is involved.”

The Italian monsignor was recalled to the Vatican from Washington after the US State Department notified the Holy See in August of his possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images.

“The Holy See, following the practice of sovereign states, recalled the priest in question, who is currently in Vatican City,” and opened the investigation, the Vatican press office had said in September.

Then, police in Canada issued a nationwide arrest warrant for Mgr Capella on September 28 on charges of accessing, possessing and distributing child pornography.

“Investigators believe that the offences occurred while the suspect was visiting a place of worship in Windsor,” the police statement said. A spokesman for the Diocese of London, Ontario, which includes Windsor, confirmed at the time “that it was asked to, and did, assist in an investigation around suspicions involving Mgr Capella’s possible violations of child pornography laws by using a computer address at a local church.”

Mgr Capella, 50, was born in Carpi, Italy, and ordained to the priesthood in 1993 for the Archdiocese of Milan. After studying at the Vatican diplomatic academy in Rome, he entered the Vatican diplomatic service in 2004. He had worked since the summer of 2016 at the Vatican nunciature in Washington.


Christ’s Hospital School – Top private school allowed teacher to continue working after sex assault allegations

File photo dated 03/05/18 of Ajaz Karim, who will stand trial at Brighton Crown Court, where he is accused of sexually abusing students at a top private school between 1985 and 1993. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Ajaz Karim

Ajaz Karim denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls aged 14 to 18 at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1985 and 1993.

Complaints made against him in the early 1990s led him to leave the school, Brighton Crown Court heard on Friday.

The 63-year-old, of Hammersmith in West London, has since worked at Eton College, Queen’s Club, The Hurlingham Club, and has links to London branches of Champneys and Credit Suisse.

Karim is accused of carrying out “wholly unnecessary” massages, kissing a pupil on the lips and trying to “snog” another when he worked at the prestigious Horsham school.

Eloise Marshall, prosecuting, told the court between 1985 and 1987 he massaged a 14-year-old girl’s “virtually naked body” after telling her to lie face down on the floor of his locked study.

Jurors heard how he told her to keep her eyes closed while he put music on and touched her inappropriately.

The alleged victim said she told the school while she was still a pupil but only reported the incident to police decades later – prompted by other complainants who had the “courage” to come forward.

In a recorded police interview played to the jury, she described Karim as “smarmy”.

She added: “I remember feeling very uncomfortable and knowing something was wrong and not quite knowing how to deal with the situation or how to get out of it and feeling very powerless.”

She said initially she did not tell anyone because she was “freaked out” but later confided in schoolfriends and teachers.

She said after telling the school she was “slightly horrified to discover that he continued to teach”, adding: “I hoped the school would act on our information but I don’t believe anything like that happened.”

She said she and a schoolfriend were questioned about the incident in separate rooms and she provided a “detailed four-page statement” to Richard Poulton, the headmaster at the time.

She told the police officer she did not report the allegations earlier because she had told the school and previously felt that was “as far as she could take it”.

Dressed in a dark suit, Karim watched the footage from the dock taking notes and shook his head when the woman burst into tears while recalling the details of the alleged encounter.

Ms Marshall told the court: “Mr Karim used his position as a member of staff and his role in the sports department at the school to use massage of these girls as a subterfuge for touching them sexually.

“They didn’t all appreciate at the time that the touching was sexual but all say they felt uncomfortable.

“The crown say (his behaviour) was inappropriate and unnecessary.”

Another woman claimed that aged 14 he found her alone and was “pretty certain he was going to snog” her.

“He found it funny and she was shocked by his audacity,” Ms Marshall said.

Karim denied the allegations when he was arrested and interviewed in 2016, claiming he was teaching the girls breathing and relaxation techniques and when he did massage them it was to help them bend their legs.

Another girl who complained to the school claiming he kissed her on the lips but he said it was a peck on the cheek.

Founded in the 16th century, Christ’s Hospital charges boarders up to £31,500 a year.

Over the course of two weeks evidence will be heard from the alleged victims, witnesses and senior staff at the school at the time.

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One of William McAlpine’s fellow directors at Fairbridge in Scotland was James Torbett of the Celtic boys club scandal

Ex-Celtic coach James Torbett to stand trial charged with historical sex abuse of SIX boys

6 Apr 2018

FORMER Celtic Boys Club coach and founder James Torbett is to stand trial charged with historic sexual abuse of six young boys.

The 70 year-old today faced the allegations during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow.

Torbett, of the city’s Kelvindale, faces a total of 12 charges spanning from January 1970 to August 1994.

The boys mentioned are said to have been aged between four and 14 when Torbett is first accused of abusing them.

A number of locations are listed on the indictment including Barrowfield Football Ground in Glasgow’s London Road, where Celtic used to train.

Offences are said to have occurred at Torbett’s home, dormitories in Belgium and France as well as training facilities in Glasgow’s west end and Bristol, England.

Prosecutors also list “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.

Torbett’s QC Tony Graham today pled not guilty on his behalf to the charges.

Judge Lady Stacey set a trial due to begin in June. The case could last up to 10 days.

Bail for Torbett was continued meantime.


Offences are said to have occurred at “factory premises” known as The Trophy Centre in the city’s Pollokshaws.

Trophy Centre

Manufacture and retail of trophies, medals, cups and other such goods

Directors and Secretaries at the Trophy Centre where abuse is alleged to have occurred.

James Torbett and Kevin Kelly (Jimmy Savile’s friend)

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Savile with Kevin Kelley and Father Denis O’Connell


Torbett ran The Trophy Centre which supplied goods to Celtic’s shop


Torbett faces a total of 12 charges spanning some 24 years and involving children as young as four.



Kenneth George King aka Jonathan King –  court case at Southwark Court – 6 Apr 2018

No media coverage (except for tweets by Court TV)



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Jonathan King and paedophile Sir Jimmy Savile


31 July 2017

The ex-singer is accused of assaulting boys aged 14 to 16 between 1970 and 1986 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Mr King, 72, of Bayswater, west London, appeared at Southwark Crown Court for the hearing under his real name of Kenneth George King.

The Genesis producer was released on conditional bail until 22 January.

The allegations are linked to the Walton Hop Disco in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and Mr King, who also produced songs for 10cc and the Bay City Rollers, must not contact any prosecution witnesses.

King’s trial date was set for 11 June 2018.


Christ’s Hospital School

Ex-public school teacher, Ajaz Karim,  on trial over sex abuse

THE trial of a former sports teacher accused of sexually abusing students at a top public school has been delayed after his barrister was taken to hospital.

Ajaz Karim, 63, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six girls at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, between 1985 and 1993.

As well as working as head coach at the school for ten years from 1985, the sports consultant held the same position at Eton College for eight years from 2008, and also at The Hurlingham Club for 12 years, from 2003, as well as being head of squash at Queen’s Club for 32 years until last year, according to his Linkedin profile.

He was due to stand trial on Tuesday at Brighton Crown Court but the proceedings were delayed after his defence barrister Jonathan Davies sustained a head injury.

Calling Karim, of Hammersmith in West London, into court to explain the delay, Judge Christine Henson said: “Your barrister Mr Davies had an accident this morning and is currently in hospital. He is seeing a doctor at the moment but realistically, given the time and given he has hit his head and isn’t feeling very well, it seems we are not going to be able to make any progress today.”

She released Karim on bail to return to court today when the trial is now expected to begin.

The prosecution is part of a wider police investigation into separate allegations of abuse by other former teachers at the school.

In a separate trial former Christ’s Hospital School teacher Garry Dobbie was originally accused of ten counts of indecent assault, one attempted indecent assault and two counts of indecency against men and women.

The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of indecent assault of a man between November and December 2001 at a hearing also at Brighton Crown Court yesterday. Dobbie, of Albi in France and formerly of Hereford, is due to stand trial next month alongside another ex-teacher, James Husband.

The 68-year-old, of Wigginton in York, denies four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assaulting a woman.


More here on Christ’s Hospital School


HRH Crafty Muvvski @craftymuvva:  …articles I had stumbled across during my research…many others to follow. I hope they help others with research:


Old headlines revisited.

‘Persistent’ child sex offenders to receive life sentence under new NSW law

“Persistent” child sex abusers will face a maximum life sentence as part of a raft of legal changes announced by the NSW government today.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Attorney General Mark Speakman introduced the reforms, putting the state ahead in its response to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse.

But she stopped short of pushing for state laws to break the seal of confession.

“There is nothing more important than for a government to protect children,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“These historic reforms are designed to deliver survivors the justice they deserve and impose tougher penalties on offenders for their appalling abuse of children.”

Ms Berejiklian said the reforms – which implement more than 50 of the Commission’s recommendations – will tighten laws, “making sure NSW is not leaving any stone unturned”.

Among the key changes will be new offences for failure to report and protect at-risk children.

While leaders of institutions will be targeted under the new law, it will not directly tackle the seal of confession.

The seal of confession prohibits priests in the Catholic church from disclosing anything they learn in the confessional, including child abuse.

“Our report laws will cover every adult, no matter what their occupation background. That includes priests,” Mr Speakman said.

“However, there is a religious confession privilege in uniform legislation that applies to the majority of states and territories.”

Instead, the Premier and the Attorney General said the seal of confession should be approached at a national level.

“They are complex issues which need to be balanced with what people perceive to be religious freedoms,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“We believe it is beyond the boundaries of any one state.”

The new legislation will also ensure victims of child sexual abuse will no longer need to prove the specific circumstances of assaults.

“The problem with the law at the moment is a need to demonstrate specific times or places. We are changing that,” Mr Speakman said.

“What you will have to prove is an ongoing sexual relationship that could be constituted by two or more circumstances.”

Under the new legislation, New South Wales courts sentencing individuals over historic child sex offences will be required to work to contemporary sentencing standards, as opposed to historical standards.

Offenders whose “good character” played a part in “facilitating the offending” will no longer have that “good character” considered.

The state government also introduced two additional charges: grooming an adult to access a child and sexual touching of a child aged 16 or 17 who is under the offender’s special care.


Ampleforth in Charity Commission takeover amid concerns of its management of sex abuse allegations

Ampleforth Abbey has been stripped of responsibility for pupil welfare by the Charity Commission amid concerns about its management of sex abuse allegations.

The Commission has removed responsibility for safeguarding matters from trustees at the prestigious boarding school as it said it had not improved its policies enough since an inquiry into the charity following allegations of sexual abuse was launched in 2016.

It said it had taken action “as a result of continued concerns about the extent to which current safeguarding risks to pupils at the schools run by the charities are being adequately managed”. 

The Commission opened inquiries into Ampleforth Abbey and the St Laurence Education Trust in November 2016 following revelations that alleged sexual abuse at the school had been covered up. 

Ampleforth Abbey runs a 200-year-old religious community on the same site as Ampleforth College in Yorkshire, which is run by the St Laurence Education Trust. St Laurence also runs prep school St Martin’s Ampleforth, which announced its closure earlier this year.

Last year the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard that allegations of sexual abuse had been made against 40 monks and teachers who had previously lived or worked at the Catholic boarding school and religious community. 

Emma Moody, a specialist charity lawyer at Womble Bond Dickinson, has now been appointed as interim manager of both charities.



Child abuse inquiry to look at old East Lothian children’s homes


3 Apr 2018

Glasclune, North Berwick

Glasclune, North Berwick

TWO former children’s homes which were run by Barnardo’s in East Lothian will be part of an ongoing inquiry into historic child abuse in Scotland.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry is looking at the care provided in residential children’s homes and foster homes up to 2014. It launches its next phase in the autumn which will focus on large care providers Quarriers, Aberlour and Barnardo’s.

Among the care homes coming under scrutiny which were run by Barnardo’s are Glasclune, North Berwick, and Tyneholme, Pencaitland.

Glasclune, which was opened in 1944 as a Barnardo’s home for girls, operated as a mixed home from 1953 and in the late 1970s became used as accommodation for children with emotional difficulties.

In 1979 the building, which stood on Greenhead Road, was gutted by a fire which was attended by 60 firefighters at its peak and caused £300,000 of damage.

None of the children in the home at the time were injured in the blaze and the home itself closed three years later.

Tyneholme House in Pencaitland was opened in 1948 by Barnardo’s as a home for boys and became mixed accommodation in 1970 before changing to a home for children with physical and learning disabilities in 1973. It closed in 1985.


Alison Saunders DENIES being pushed out of her job running the Crown Prosecution Service and insists she did a good job despite collapse of rape trials during her ‘disastrous’ tenure

  • Alison Saunders became head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in 2013
  • She has attracted controversy over a series of failed rape prosecutions
  • It has been reported that she has not asked for her contract to be renewed


Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

The most horrific crime of the DPP/CPS committed was to allow Daniel Janner’s father(GREVILLE JANNER), a man who committed buggery, to slip through the net not once but three times …

Why is the son of a serial paedophile repeatedly given a platform to peddle his hate and spew his vitriol in this way? Has he not forgotten that even Henriques agreed with the CPS in saying his daddy should have been brought to trial?

Martin Geddes‏ @martingeddes

Widespread, endemic, embedded, longstanding paedophilia is the Establishment Deep State’s “dark secret” and greatest vulnerability. It’s the vetting process for their psychopath club. There’s no way to spin it as being acceptable. The game’s up, globally.

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

 “Journalist uses parliamentary privilege”, so could journalists name paedophiles?

Inquiry announces publication date for report into Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and Rochdale Borough Council

29 March 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will be publishing its report into the investigation into Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School, and Rochdale Borough Council on 12 April 2018.

The report will be published on the Inquiry’s website at 12:00 noon.

The investigation examined the allegations made about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children at Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel and Knowl View School in Rochdale. Former Liberal Party MP, Cyril Smith, had been named as one of the alleged abusers.




so they have magic money to further fund Madeleine McCann totalling to £11m but they don’t have money for grenfell victims? for those who are still homeless? for the millions of other children that go missing per year? for the NHS? this government is beyond DISGUSTING.

The hunt for Madeleine McCann CONTINUES as Home Office approves Met Police’s request for cash to pursue a ‘final line of inquiry’ 11 years after youngster vanished

  • The Home Office allocated an unknown amount to the Met’s Operation Grange
  • Detectives investigating disappearance applied for more funding in February
  • More than £11 million has been spent so far on the probe to find the missing girl 
Mar 27 2018




Ben Needham’s mum questions why she hasn’t had more cash after Maddie McCann hunt funding boost

Speaking to the Loose Women panel, hearbroken Kerry Needham said she hadn’t had a ‘fraction’ of the help


‘Hero’ paratrooper who ‘served with Prince Harry, trained William and downed Guinness with Charles’ jailed for child rape

Veteran Wayne Domeney, who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland, also boasted about taking Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields during his service

26 MAR 2018

An ex-paratrooper who claimed he served alongside Prince Harry, helped train Prince William and downed Guinness with Prince Charles has been jailed for child rape.

Wayne Domeney, who was once pictured shaking hands with Charles, also boasted about taking Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields during his service.

The 51-year-old went on the run for two weeks after he was convicted of 13 offences – including one count of raping a girl under 13 – in his absence in January.

He was being hunted by cops so he could be sentenced for a string of sex crimes spanning a four-year period – but finally gave himself up after a high-profile search.

Now, he has been locked up for 17 years – as police have said his actions have caused “lifelong consequences” for his victim, who is “still coming to terms with what he did”.

The ex-paratrooper is pictured shaking hands with Prince Charles
The ex-paratrooper is pictured shaking hands with Prince Charles

The former soldier, of Consett, County Durham, had handed himself into a police station in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on February 16 after an arrest warrant was issued.

He was sentenced last Friday following his conviction at Birmingham Crown Court.

Domeney, also known as Wayne Rackham, had been dubbed a hero paratrooper after he left the Army in 2009 following more than two decades of service.

After signing up to the Army in 1985, he had become a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, touring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving in Northern Ireland.

He claimed that, as well as rubbing shoulders with royal brothers William and Harry, he took Diana on a minefields tour and drank pints of Guinness with Charles. He met the heir to the throne during a Colours Parade, and bragged about how he “always remembered me”.

n an interview last September, Domeney said: “He knew I was the boxing champ. I said, ‘We’ve got two pints of Guinness, will you toast the regiment?’ So he stayed for a few pints.

“We were joking about his posh voice so he put on a cockney accent. He was having a good time. I met him after at events and he always remembered me.”

He also claimed he trained William, saying he was “down to earth”.

And he once described how he had served alongside Harry in Afghanistan.

“I met Harry in Afghanistan, we’d talk to him over scoff,” he previously said.

“He was sound, one of the lads.”

Domeney also claimed he escorted Diana when she visited Bosnia. He said they drove her to points on the front line where mines had been placed.

He claimed: “She wanted to know what it was really like. She was very determined about that.”

The former paratrooper, who previously told of how he developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after leaving the Armed Forces, had been on bail.

However, he failed to turn up for his trial and was thought to have fled to the North East of England, where he has family.

He was convicted of one count of raping a girl under 13 and three counts of raping a girl aged between 13-15.

He was also found guilty of assaulting a girl by penetration while he lived in Bedworth, Warwickshire.

And he was convicted of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of intimidating a witness.



Disgraced housemaster found guilty of grooming pupils at top Scots school used by royals and rich

Disgraced Andrew Keir

Andrew Keir was convicted of offences involving 13-year-olds.

9 MAR 2018

A former assistant housemaster at a Scots boarding school used by royals and the rich and famous has been found guilty of grooming pupils.

Disgraced Andrew Keir, 67, was convicted of a string of lewd and indecent offences involving 13-year-old boys in his care almost three decades ago.

A sheriff took just 20 minutes to find the retired physics teacher at Gordonstoun, Morayshire, guilty of the charges after a three-day trial at Elgin Sheriff Court.

Immediately after the verdict the school – where Prince Philip and his sons princes Charles, Andrew and Edward were taught, and David Bowie’s son Zowie – apologised.

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

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

“Our policies and procedures are robust and have been developed and approved by leading child protection experts.”

Keir, now living in Cheshire, had denied swimming and showering in the nude while in a state of arousal with three pupils, and encouraging them to do the same.

He refuted allegations of “skinny dipping” with pupils claiming he could have taken boys into the pool alone – but only if he had an “evil mind”.

Prince Charles in his final year at Gordonstoun School

His three victims, now all in their 40s, told how he took them for secret swimming sessions in the dark and chased them naked in the water.

Keir, a black belt in judo, was also convicted of putting his hand on one victim’s crotch and bottom while they “grappled” in a classroom.

He then put his hands down the same pupil’s trousers while he played computer games and performed a sex act on him.

The witnesses said they told the school’s chaplain what had happened but nothing was done.

Giving evidence Keir claimed his diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome made it impossible for him to come up with a reason why the trio would accuse him.

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Gordonstoun School (Image: PA)

Keir insisted he was often too busy as a housemaster, teacher, judo and sailing coach and driver of the school fire engine to be alone with pupils. He said: “It would have been exceptionally unusual for me to have a half hour spare. I would certainly never be alone with a pupil.”

Keir added: “If I had had an evil mind I might have managed it, but I didn’t. It would have been possible, but I didn’t.”

Prosecutor Alison Young described Keir’s pattern of alleged behaviour of getting victims alone outside of class as “basically grooming”.

Keir was convicted of lewd, indecent or libidinous practices between November 1988 and March 1989 by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of children.

Prince Philip during his schooldays at Gordonstoun (Image: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh)

He was also found guilty of indecent assault by placing his hands down the trousers of a child and disorderly conduct by removing his swimming trunks in the presence of a child.

Sheriff Olga Pasportnikov (CORR) will sentence Keir next month (April).


Alex Renton‏ @axrenton

After years of pleas from victims, Edinburgh’s Fettes_College has at last taken down the portrait of its notorious sadist headmaster, Anthony Chenevix-Trench – and the memorial plaque that was on the chapel wall. Great news, if a little late…

Chenevix-Trench sexually assaulted children during caning sessions while head of and as a senior master This is the first acknowledgement of his crimes by any of those institutions.

Anthony Chenevix-Trench, the former headmaster of Fettes College, was said to have sexually abused young boys

Anthony Chenevix-Trench, the former headmaster of Fettes College, was said to have sexually abused young boys


The plaque in the chapel that commemorated Chenevix-Trench. A second plaque, to Ronald Selby Wright, a former chaplain, has also been removed

The school has  removed a portrait in the great hall and a plaque in the chapel commemorating former headmaster Anthony Chenevix-Trench.

WildCat‏ @calamiTcat

Chenevix-Trench!! I know that name!

And did you know there is a  John & Lucy Chenevix-Trench named in Epsteins wee black book?!

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Mrs John Chenevix Trench

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Nick Hornby and Lucy Chenevix-Trench

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Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, Al Gore and Philip Lader, Morgan Stanley Great Briton 2006.

The African Century Group was established by Jonathan Chenevix-Trench a former chairman of Morgan Stanley, one of the world’s largest financial companies.

It has been investing heavily in African banks, food industries, infrastructure and real estate, with support from Norfund. Another of its subsidiaries, African Century Foods Ltd of Mauritius, owns Frango King Limitada, one of Mozambique’s largest industrial poultry producers. The company intends to “develop into the leading white protein agri-business in Sub-Saharan Africa, capturing as much of the value-chain as possible from farm to fork.”

Chenevix-Trench is also a member of the board of the Mozambican company Machangulo SA, which was established to construct a luxury resort on 80,000 ha of land on the Machangulo peninsula with financial backing from Prince Willem Alexandre of the Netherlands.56 The Crown Prince backed out of his investment in 2012 after media reports of corruption and the violent repression of local fisherman and villagers protesting against the project.57

“I passionately believe in the need to get red-blooded capitalism into Africa,” says Chenevix-Trench.



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Margaret Lucy Ward was born in 1970.1 She is the daughter of Gerald John Ward and Rosalind Elizabeth Lygon.1 She married Jonathan Charles Stewart Chenevix-Trench, son of Anthony Chenevix Trench and Elizabeth Chalmers Spicer.2
Her married name became Chenevix-Trench.2 She was a sculptress.3



A nest for royal newlyweds?

With its 16th-century waterwheel and private polo ground, Old Hayward farmhouse is an ideal retreat for a young prince. And if the talk of locals is anything to go by, it could soon become a home for  newlyweds Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge.

The property, in  Hungerford, Berks, was the home of Lucy and Jonathan Chenevix-Trench, until the couple announced they were upping sticks and moving to Worcestershire.

Sculptress Lucy, 41, the younger daughter of Prince Harry’s godfather Gerald Ward who died three years ago, has inherited the 128-room Madresfield Court, a crenellated, moated pile near Malvern and the inspiration for Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited.

Until recently, Madresfield has been occupied by Lucy’s mother, Prince Charles’s one-time close friend Rosalind, Lady Morrison, who was Ward’s first wife. But Rosalind is ‘retiring’ to a smaller house on the estate and Lucy and husband Jonathan, 50, the former chairman of Morgan Stanley, are moving in.

Tony Blair’s former school, Fettes College in Edinburgh, removes tributes to ‘abusers’

One of the UK’s best known independent schools has started to distance itself from two of the most celebrated figures in its history as it braces for revelations from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

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Ronald Selby Wright with Princess Margaret

Fettes College in Edinburgh, which counts Tony Blair among its old boys, has removed from the chapel a plaque to Ronald Selby Wright, its most famous former chaplain, once described by the school’s historian as the former prime minister’s spiritual mentor.



Top Edinburgh school removes ex-head’s portrait amid sex abuse inquiry

Fettes College is one of the most expensive private schools in Scotland.

25 March 2018

A leading private school has removed a portrait of one its former headmasters from its Great Hall, ahead of a major inquiry into historical sexual abuse examines claims against him. Fettes College in Edinburgh have taken the action as the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry looks into allegations against Anthony Chenevix-Trench following allegations he would beat pupils for his own sexual gratification. The school, whose alumni include former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has also carried out its own internal investigation over the claims. Chenevix-Trench, was appointed to his post at Fettes in 1971 and remained until his death in 1979, aged 60. David Blackie, 71, who claims to have endured brutal sadism from Chenevix-Trench, campaigned for the school to remove the portrait. A statement released by Fettes’ governors said: “We have no information to suggest that any crime was committed by Mr Chenevix-Trench while at Fettes. “However, as we have reported to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, his specific judgment in handling two specific matters did not measure up to the excellent pastoral care we pride ourselves on at Fettes today.”



Priest, Father Paul Moore, convicted 20 years after first confessing

14 March 2018


Moore was sent to paedophile haven, Fort Augustus, after allegedly admitting child abuse to the bishop

An 82-year-old Catholic priest who confessed to his bishop more than 20 years ago that he had abused young boys has finally been convicted.

Father Paul Moore has been found guilty of sexually abusing three children and a student priest in crimes spanning more than 20 years.

One of his victims was just five years old.

A BBC Scotland investigation reported five years ago that Moore had admitted in 1996 that he had abused more than one boy years earlier, and it was initially covered up by the bishop.

The then Bishop of Galloway, Maurice Taylor, did not contact the authorities about the priest’s confession until eight months later. Instead, he sent him to a treatment centre in Toronto.

Bishop Taylor removed the priest from his parish in Prestwick, Ayrshire, and later sent him to Fort Augustus Abbey in the Highlands, which was run by Benedictine monks.

The attached school was by this time closed, but the abbey remained open. That is where Moore joined monk Richard White – who was also a self-confessed paedophile, later jailed for five years for child abuse.

The 2013 BBC documentary Sins of Our Fathers told how Moore was still living in a house which was purchased by the church.

Bishop Taylor said Moore had told him about actions that “occurred years previously”, and that the priest was removed from the pastoral ministry after the admission.

The bishop said: “The initial advice I was given was that since no allegations had been made against Moore but that he had made personal admission to me, I didn’t need to inform the authorities.”

The bishop said he arranged a meeting with the procurator fiscal in Kilmarnock in November 1996.

He said: “The Crown Office informed us in 1999 that they had decided not to proceed with any action but the case remained open.”

It was only when the victims came forward after the BBC documentary that the criminal case was brought.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

n 2013, the BBC revealed claims by a former altar boy that he had been abused by Moore.

Two years later, Paul Smyth waived his anonymity to speak to a follow-up investigation.

He said: “I just want people to know the truth, I’m not running away any more.”

Mr Smyth told the BBC how he’d been sexually assaulted on Irvine beach when he was 11.

He eventually told the police what happened in 1997, the year after Moore apparently admitted the abuse to Bishop Taylor.

Also in the 2015 follow-up, the BBC revealed a second man, another former altar server and now in his late 40s, was abused by Moore for several years as a teenager in Ayrshire.

The investigation obtained a copy of a £10,000 cheque given to the man by Moore in 2009.

Moore denied the cheque was “hush money” and says it was meant as a loan.

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

When confronted, Moore denied that he had confessed any child abuse to Bishop Taylor.

He accepted he was aware the man had made allegations against him, and was asked if he accepted that a payment to an alleged victim may look like “hush money”.

He responded: “Sure, it looks now, I realise that now in these times but it’s not that, it wasn’t hush money.

“In the Bible it says lend without hope of getting things back… as far as I’m concerned he can keep it.”

Asked if the two men were lying about the abuse claims, Moore said: “No, they’re not lying. They think that’s what it is. But it’s not.”

Some of the abuse was alleged to have taken place at St Mark’s Primary School in Irvine

The court case also heard from another man, now in his 40s, who told how Moore sexually assaulted him at St Mark’s primary school in Irvine in 1976.

Nowadays that crime would have been classed as rape.

Another man told of an occasion when he was abused at Irvine’s Magnum Centre when he was still a child.

Moore was ordained in 1960 and served in six different parishes in the south west of Scotland before retirement.

In 1995, he abused a student priest and around the same time he was found to have repeatedly stared at the bodies of young boys in Prestwick swimming pool.

Soon after this he made his confession to the bishop.

Bishop Taylor

Bishop Taylor was told of the abuse in 1996

Bishop Taylor, who is now 92, appeared in court and said Moore had admitted to him in 1996 that he had a desire to abuse minors and he knew it was wrong.

He spoke of abusing boys while they slept and others at a swimming pool.

The bishop was shown personnel records he had taken in 1996 when Moore asked to see him.

He told the bishop he had sexual involvement with two males who had been underage at the time.


Sexual predator Jimmy Savile was regular visitor to Catholic school, Fort Augustus, at centre of abuse scandal

FORMER BBC presenter was frequently invited to Fort Augustus Abbey by Benedictine Order monks.

Queen Elizabeth with Bishop George Bell

A woman known as Carol wrote to Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, claiming Bell had sexually abused her when she was a child (starting when she was 5 years old) in the 1940s and 50s. It was not the first time Carol had come forward: in 1995 she told the then bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, and in 2012 she wrote to Lambeth Palace. No action was taken.


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George Bell was ‘fond’ of paedophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him through ordination

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Paedophile Bishop Peter Ball with Prince Charles

George Bell was ‘fond’ of paedophile bishop Peter Ball and sponsored him for ordination, an inquiry has heard.

As former bishop of Chichester, Bell is considered one of Anglicanism’s heroes. However, it emerged in 2015 the Church of England paid £16,800 to the woman, known as Carol, in a legal settlement after she accused Bell of sexually abusing her as a child.

Now it can be revealed Peter Ball, who was jailed for a string of sex offences against teenagers and young men in 2015, was close friends with Bell.

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Bishop Ball sentenced to 32 months in prison but served only 16 months.

Ball was initially rejected in his attempt to become a priest in 1951 but Bell wrote to the selection panel in support of Ball’s application.

When Ball applied for ordination a second time it was Bell who sponsored him through the process.

In his witness statement to an inquiry investigating child sex abuse within the Church of England, Ball denied that Bell had ‘overruled’ the selection board allowing him to be ordained.

However he said that after his ordination Bell would visit his parish to take services, adding he was ‘aware that he was “fond” of me’.

In response to a question about Bell’s involvement in his ordination, Ball told the inquiry: ‘It is not right therefore to say that Bishop Bell “overruled” the selection board in order for me to be ordained.

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Courtesy of Jimmy JamesBishop George Bell is an iconic figure for the Church of England and was bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958.

‘Although Bishop Bell had indicated in 1951 in a letter to the first Selection Board who did not recommend me for ministry that he would be “prepared to accept me for ordination” even though the Selection Board had not recommend me for training at that time, that is not how matters proceeded.’

He went on: ‘After theological college, it was Bishop Bell ultimately who did sponsored [sic] me for ordination, but with the approval of the Selection Board. Bishop Bell then placed me in the parish of Rottingdean where I undertook my first curacy.

‘He would visit my curacy on occasion to carry out confirmations and to take services.

‘We had a good working relationship; I was aware that he was “fond” of me. He was someone who I looked up to when I was a young curate starting out in the Church.’

Bell, who died in 1958, was revered by Anglicans before the abuse allegations against him emerged. However a report earlier this year heavily criticised the Church’s handling of the accusations and found it ‘rushed to judgement’ and failed to give proper consideration to Bell’s rights.

But the archbishop of Canterbury refused to back down and said a ‘significant cloud is left over his name’.

Ball went on to become bishop of Lewes in the diocese of Chichester and then bishop of Gloucester. He was accused of gross indecency against a 16-year-old in 1992 but escaped with a police caution after he received backing from a member of the Royal Family and a number of other establishment figures. He was told to step down from his role as a bishop. However he continued to minister in churches and schools until 2010 before he was eventually arrested.

At the age of 83 he was sentenced to 32 months for misconduct in public office and 15 months for indecent assaults in 2015. He was released after serving 16 months.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse has been investigation how the diocese of Chichester handled allegations of child sexual abuse as a case study for the wider Church of England.

In his concluding remarks today solicitor David Greenwood said the CofE was more ‘malign’ than the Catholic Church in its response to abuse and accused it of ‘a conscious effort to treat survivors badly’.

The archbishop of Canterbury in his evidence said he had ‘learnt to be ashamed again of the Church’ and warned child sexual abuse would ‘destroy the Church’ if not addressed.


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“At the latest, we are aiming to provide a report concerning the Chichester and Peter Ball case studies during the autumn or by the end of 2018.”

No one from royal family (who were close friends of paedophiles Bishop Peter Ball and Sir Jimmy Savile) to be questioned by the IICSA
Total travesty


The Independent (not so much) Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
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Jimmy Savile was bishop Ball’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household.


Even the Queen supported him after his police caution. In 1994, when she was distributing Royal Maundy money in Truro, Ball was there with his brother, who was Truro’s bishop.

After lunch in the Chapter House, the Queen, who had been on the high table with local dignitaries, went across to Ball, held out her hand and said in the clearest of voices: ‘My love and encouragement, Bishop.’


That Savile committed a number of sex offences in Sussex at the time when Ball was bishop there is not disputed.

During his time in Lewes, Ball got to know Savile well and he was the bishop’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household. After his appointment to Gloucester was announced, Ball became a regular visitor to Highgrove and was held in such high regard that Charles attended his enthronement.

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Revealed: Charles’ dozens of letters to ‘calculating’ paedophile bishop as victims demand they are made public

  • Prince Charles is believed to have written to paedophile bishop Peter Ball 
  • Ball was jailed two years ago for using his position to groom 18 young men 
  • The former Bishop of Gloucester exchanged letters with Prince Charles 

Bishop escaped abuse charges after MPs and a royal backed him, court told

A member of the royal family, a senior judge, cabinet ministers and public school headmasters all supported a Church of England bishop, Peter Ball, who escaped prosecution for sexual abuse 22 years ago, the Old Bailey has heard
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Bishop Peter Ball also a supporter of a “satanist” & pimp, Derry Mainwaring Knight

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The rector’s highly successful fund-raising campaign on Mr Knight’s behalf won the backing of the Bishop of Lewes, the Right Reverend Peter Ball.
On first meeting Mr Knight, he’ told the court, he thought him “a
most evil man,” but after a second meeting he concluded that he was
really “quite nice” and engaged in”a very necessary battle to combat

satanism”. • .

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Institutions and organisations

The Inquiry will investigate a wide range of institutions including:

  • local authorities
  • the police
  • the Crown Prosecution Service
  • the Immigration Service
  • the BBC
  • the armed forces
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • children’s homes
  • churches, mosques and other religious organisations
  • charities and voluntary organisations
  • regulators and
  • other public and private institutions.

It will also examine allegations of child sexual abuse involving well known people, including people in the media, politics, and other aspects of public life.


Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

Wonder what is happening to The MET and @InquiryCSA INQUIRY INTO PIE LIST he handed over to them

John Mann said that the file was handed to him by the same individual who had provided it to Mr Dickens in the 1980s, after it was compiled by former Tory MPs Sir Victor Raikes and Anthony Courtney – both now dead.

The Bassetlaw MP said he would pass it on to the Metropolitan Police to assist them with their investigations into historical sex abuse allegations.

There were two files that Geoffrey Dickens gave to Leon Brittan in 1984, this is the second file and the person who gave it to Geoffrey Dickens has now given a copy to me,” Mr Mann said.


Essex Council refuses to publish report into historic sex abuse allegations against child protection workers

22 March 2018

ESSEX Council has refused to release a report into allegations that some of its former child protection workers sexually abused children in their care.

County Hall confirmed that the document – known as the ’Kenward Report’ – existed, but refused to let the Yellow Advertiser see a copy, saying there was ’no public interest in disclosing the information’.

The YA requested the report under the Freedom of Information Act after learning it had been shown to detectives running Operation SANDS – a reinvestigation of an almost 30-year-old ’child sex ring’ case in Shoeburyness.

In the year 2000, Essex Council contracted independent child protection expert Helen Kenward to investigate historic allegations of abuse within its children’s departments.

Mrs Kenward is also known for her investigation into alleged child abuse in the ’Children’s Homes in Lambeth Enquiry’ (CHILE) in 2003, and her investigation into the death of two-year-old Ainlee Labonte for the Newham Area Child Protection Committee in 2002.

The YA has seen some correspondence connected to the Kenward Report, from the year 2000, which stated that Essex Council had conducted more than 20 investigations into allegations of abuse by Social Services staff in the the last ’few years’.

The correspondence showed one whistleblowing former Essex Council employee, who was interviewed for the Kenward Report, reported concerns and allegations about 18 different child protection professionals, including social workers and police officers.

Essex Police was tipped off that the report existed by whistleblowers, whose work with the YA sparked Operation SANDS two years ago.

The whistleblowers – all former child protection workers – came forward in 2015, after the YA uncovered and reported on secretive compensation payments authorised by Essex Council for ’alleged abuse’ in its children’s departments in the 1970s and 1990s.

They approached the YA to detail ’grave concerns’ about how abuse cases in Essex had been handled by the authorities during the 1980s and 1990s.

In particular, each had concerns about the way in which several agencies had dealt with a paedophile ring, which abused ’dozens’ of children in and around Shoeburyness.

Two men were prosecuted and jailed but documents from the time showed many of the children had reported being abused by more perpetrators, who appeared not to have been pursued.

Police only used a handful of boys’ evidence as ’specimen cases’ in the two men’s prosecution. As other complainants were not involved in the criminal case, the whistleblowers said, Social Services did not recognise them as victims. As a result, they were not case-conferenced and given the appropriate support.

Contemporaneous documents showed several of the children went on to self-harm, attempt suicide, fall into drug addiction, become child prostitutes or even abuse children themselves.

Whistleblowers added that some had since been jailed for serious criminal offences whilst others had died from suicides and drug overdoses.

In late 2015, the YA introduced the whistleblowers to then Essex Police Commissioner Nick Alston, who found them ’eminently credible’ and introduced them to Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh.

In March 2016, as a direct result of the YA’s work, Essex Police announced Operation SANDS.

Last October the YA revealed that despite whistleblowers supplying Essex Police with contemporaneous paperwork detailing alleged police corruption, and despite three new victims coming forward, the force had decided to close the investigation down.

But the YA rescued the case at the last minute by supplying detectives with a dossier of new evidence.

Operation SANDS remains ongoing as police investigate information provided by a fourth victim, who came forward late last year with specific, detailed allegations about a number of men and women in Southend, Castle Point, Basildon and other areas.

The man was known to investigative agencies at the time of the original investigation, in 1990, as a suspected victim – but was not interviewed by police and did not form part of the prosecution case.

As part of Operation SANDS, Essex Police has been allowed to view the ’Kenward Report’, but for now it remains off-limits to Essex taxpayers.

Essex Council has refused to release it, claiming it would ’prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs’ by dissuading people from contributing to future investigations.

It also claimed that the report contained personal data and information which had been provided in confidence.

It described the YA’s request to see the report as ’vexatious’, claiming it would take ’many hundreds of hours’ to redact or remove all the personal or confidential information.

The YA has submitted a new Freedom of Information request seeking some statistical data from the report, making clear that it does not wish to receive any personal or confidential information.

The council is required by law to answer within 20 working days.


THE YELLOW Advertiser has been instrumental in reopening a historic child sex abuse inquiry for a second time, by delivering a dossier of fresh evidence to Essex Police.

Detectives called the YA to police headquarters in Chelmsford last week, to announced the end of Operation SANDS.

But when it arrived for the briefing, the YA handed over a document containing detailed allegations about more than 10 men and women based in and around Southend in the 1980s.

The detailed allegations were made by a man who said he was abused over a years-long period as a teenager. It was compiled and handed to police with his consent. In it, he named multiple childhood friends he believed were also victims.

Expert child protection officer Detective Superintendent Tracey Harman confirmed the man was known to police as a suspected victim and said his information would be followed up.

The force has since confirmed that it is pursuing ’multiple new main lines of inquiry’ based on the document.

Essex Police announced in spring 2016 that it was reviewing an almost 30-year-old investigation into child abuse in and around Shoeburyness.

Dubbed Operation SANDS, the review was launched in direct response to an 18-month YA investigation.

The investigation began in late 2014, with the YA raising questions over 10 secret compensation payments authorised by Essex Council for ’alleged abuse’ in the 1970s and 1990s.

It resulted in four whistleblowers – all child protection workers in the Southend area during the 1980s and 1990s – raising concerns with the YA over a ’sex ring’ they felt had not been properly investigated.

Two men were convicted of child sex charges, relating to six victims, after the original Essex Police investigation in 1990.

But the whistleblowers said they knew other men had abused the same children, and possibly dozens more, yet appeared not to have been pursued.

Nick Alston, then the county’s police commissioner, described the whistleblowers as ’eminently credible’. He and Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh ordered the creation of Operation SANDS.

Det Supt Harman said the review found a number of files connected to the original investigation had been destroyed, in line with the force’s retention policy.

In the records which did remain, some victims did make reference to other men, said Det Supt Harman, but they did not identify them in enough detail for police to trace them.

But the complainant who spoke with the YA said he had named several other abusers, by either their full names or their first names and places of work, to police at the time. He named them again in the document handed to Det Supt Harman by the YA last week.

Det Supt Harman said three fresh complainants had come forward after Operation SANDS was announced, each making allegations about one man, now in his 80s, who was arrested and interviewed.

She said: “However, based on all the information gathered and witnesses spoken to, there was insufficient evidence to charge in this instance. If anyone has further evidence in connection with this or any other investigation, I need them to come forward to us.”

Det Supt Harman said that in addition to prompting complainants to come forward to Operation SANDS, the YA’s reporting on historic allegations had emboldened victims to come forward in other, unrelated cases.

Anyone with information about abuse in and around Shoeburyness in the 1980s and 1990s was asked to call Essex Police on 101. The officer leading Operation SANDS is DC Laura Williams.



I worked as a senior social worker in the child protection team in Chelmsford Essex in the late 1990s. This does not surprise me in the slightest. I was suspended and disciplined when I started to uncover a group of paedophiles in Southminster near Southend. I cannot prove this but I am convinced that powerful people were involved including senior people at Essex County council and social services.


Shoebury ‘paedophile ring’ failures must be independently investigated, says outgoing Essex Police commissioner

May 2016

Essex Police is currently reviewing officers’ conduct in a child abuse investigation in Shoeburyness in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Mr Alston and Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh announced in March that the force was reviewing an investigation which resulted in the conviction and imprisonment of two paedophiles in 1990, for abusing adolescent boys in Shoeburyness.

The review was launched after three whistleblowers claimed victims had reported abuse by far more than just two men, but nobody else appeared to have been pursued.

They also claimed some victims were never interviewed by police and most who were still never received appropriate after-care such as counselling. Some have since reportedly committed suicide, died of drug overdoses, been sent to prison and, in one case, gone on to abuse children.

A fourth whistleblower, tracked down by the YA and now cooperating with the review, echoed the original claims.

Two of the whistleblowers, who worked at a Southend young offenders charity and received abuse disclosures from boys on their books, said they feared cops had failed to take the allegations seriously because they took a dim view of the complainants.

Mr Alston described the allegations as ‘chilling’, telling the YA: “It’s an overwhelmingly credible scenario. The circumstantial evidence is apparently strong.”


In 1990 two local charities – the Rainer Foundation and the Children’s Society – published a report based on assessments of 25 young boys known to have visited the flat of convicted paedophile Dennis King in Shoebury, Essex. Of those 25 boys referred to in the charity report, only a handful were interviewed by Essex Police.

The report suggested, however, that there could be up to 80 victims aged as young as 11 years old.

Of those boys interviewed by the police only two went to court, were formally case conferenced, and received appropriate after-care.

Only two men were convicted, Brian Tanner, then 57, was sentenced to 3 years and Denis King who received 4 years unimprisonment.

Dennis King, 55 years old at the time of his 1990 conviction, had been convicted for sexual offences against boys at least twice before 1990 and has been convicted at least twice subsequent to the 1990 Shoebury conviction – More details HERE

Many of those that have disclosed are clear that more men were involved in the child abuse than just Dennis King and Brian Tanner.

Since then, multiple boys who disclosed abuse to the local charities have died of drug overdoses, committed suicide, or gone to prison.


Thursday, 14 April 2016 By Charles Thomson in Crime
Brian Tanner, left, and Dennis King, right, outside Chelmsford Crown Court in April 1990. Picture: Anglia Press Agency. A MAN convicted of abusing boys as part of a Shoebury ’sex ring’ in the late 1980s had several prior convictions, the Yellow Advertiser can reveal.
Dennis King, then aged 55 and living in Cunningham Close, Shoebury, received a four-year jail term in 1990 after admitting four counts of gross indecency and three counts of attempted buggery.
He was convicted with Brian Tanner, then 57 and living in Beedell Avenue, Westcliff, who got three years for three counts of gross indecency and three counts of attempted buggery.
Tanner has since died and King no longer lives in Essex.
Both men were jailed for their part in what Essex Council described in official papers as a ’sex ring’ targeting ’adolescent boys’.
Essex Police last month announced a review of its investigation into the King and Tanner case, after three whistleblowers alleged a catalogue of failings.
A fourth whistleblower, tracked down by the YA, has now agreed to cooperate with the review.
The YA has now obtained court records showing King was jailed for seven years in 1966 for sexually abusing two boys he met in a public toilet on Southend seafront.
An appeal document states: “According to their evidence, they were hanging around a public lavatory on the front and they got into a conversation with the appellant, who asked them if they wanted to play about with him and offered them 10 shillings each.
“According to them, he took each one of them in turn into a cubicle inside the lavatory where certain of these offences were committed.
“According to them, an arrangement was then made for the appellant to meet them at the same place at about 10.30 that evening and go back to his flat.
“They did meet that evening. The appellant took them back to his flat. One of them slept on the floor and one of them in the bed with him, and it was there that the other offences were committed.”
King denied the allegations but was convicted of two counts of attempting to procure acts of gross indecency, three counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted buggery.
The appeal record shows that before his 1966 trial, King already had several prior convictions for child sex offences.
The record states: “This appellant of 31 has already been sent to prison for six months for attempting to procure gross indecency with a youth of 15, and two offences were then taken into consideration, one of which was with a boy of nine.
“He has been fined for importuning immoral purposes and finally, in September 1964, he was given 12 months imprisonment for attempting to procure gross indecency.”


This former charity boss whistleblower explains how one of the young boys turned to recruiting for the gang so that he wouldn’t keep getting abused himself.

EXCLUSIVE: Former charity boss recalls ‘shock’ of uncovering Shoebury ‘paedophile ring’

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 By Charles Thomson in Crime
Chris Hickey A FORMER charity boss has spoken about how he learned a ‘paedophile ring’ was operating in Shoebury in the late 1980s.
Chris Hickey – former manager of the Rainer Foundation, a young offenders’ charity in Weston Road, Southend – is the fourth whistleblower to voice concerns over Essex Police’s investigation into the abuse of dozens of boys.
Mr Hickey, now a HR consultant, is believed to have received the first abuse disclosure from one of the victims.
He said: “The first time I had any real sense that something really strange was going on, I was working with this young lad. He slowly started to burn himself with a cigarette, rather than tell me what was going on.”
Mr Hickey was tracked down by the Yellow Advertiser and is now cooperating with an Essex Police review, announced last month, into whether the case was properly investigated.
Two men were jailed in 1990 but whistleblowers say the victims reported abuse by more paedophiles who were not prosecuted. They also claim police failed to interview multiple victims and that most of those who were interviewed never received appropriate after-care.
Mr Hickey co-authored a 1990 report criticising the ‘patchy’ response by local agencies, which said victims had already suffered problems including self-harming, displaying ‘abusive behaviour’ towards younger children and ‘graduating into the local rent boy scene’.
Recounting the moment the first boy – a ‘cheeky chappy’ and ‘prolific car thief’ – disclosed his abuse, Mr Hickey said: “It was late afternoon. He was getting less and less responsive. The silences were getting longer and longer. I knew I just had to sit there.
“The room was going dark and I wouldn’t even get up to turn the light on because I knew if I moved the spell would be broken – and if he was going to say something, he was going to say it now.
“I’d been working with him for well over a year and I knew there was something going on. I waited and waited and I watched him burn himself with a cigarette – and then he told me.”
Mr Hickey said the disclosure left him ‘shellshocked’. In the coming weeks the boy revealed he had become a ‘recruiter’ for the paedophiles to stop his own abuse. Soon afterwards, more boys began coming forward to local charities, including 12 to 15 who disclosed to Rainer.
Mr Hickey said: “It was terrible when you realised what had happened. We had no idea this was going on and then it all unfolded before our eyes. It is an experience seared into my memory.”

Child Abuser Morris Fraser, Factual Errors by NI Child Abuse Inquiry

This post contains 3 items from Niall Meehan, Faculty Head, Journalism & Media, Griffith College, Dublin. They show the Northern Ireland Inquiry into “historical abuse” was factually incorrect about Morris Fraser and show Niall Meehan’s attempts to correct the record. It appears the authorities are slow to do this.

1. The first, the text of which is reproduced in this post and on this pdf [1] is a letter from Niall Meehan, pointing out serious deficiencies and errors of fact in the Northern Ireland Abuse (NIA) inquiry when it considered Morris Fraser in his work at Lissue Hospital and also police failures to inform NI Hospitals Authority and RUC of their investigation of Morris Fraser.

2. 2017 Sept Niall Meehan Report published previously in Spinwatch ‘Northern Ireland abuse inquiry (HIAI) failed to investigate paedophile doctor, Morris Fraser, who managed Lissue children’s psychiatric hospital’ pdf [2]

3. Niall Meehan Report published previously in 2017 Nov Village Magazine  ‘Stormont should correct HIAI report to reflect police paedophile delinquency’  pdf  [3] 

The text of Niall Meehans letter is as follows:-

1. Letter /Email from

To: David Sterling. Executive Office, NIO, Belfast
Copy to: James Brokenshire MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
From Dr Niall Meehan, Faculty Head, Journalism & Media, Griffith College, Dublin.
16 November 2017

The HIAI and Dr Morris Fraser (2 pages)

Dear David Sterling,

On 17 May 1972 at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court London, a child psychiatrist
employed by the NI Hospitals Authority, Dr Maurice Fraser, pleaded guilty to abusing
a 13-year-old Belfast boy in London in August 1971.

I attach two reports I authored on Dr Morris Fraser, in September and (just published)
November 2017.

They are entitled:
‘Stormont should correct HIAI report to reflect police paedophile delinquency’, Village
magazine, November 2017 pdf [3]
• ‘Northern Ireland abuse inquiry (HIAI) failed to investigate paedophile doctor, Morris Fraser, who managed Lissue children’s psychiatric hospital’, Spinwatch, September 2017 pdf [2]

(I draw your attention also to my first, March 2016, report on Dr Fraser:  2016 Mar 31 Niall Meehan, ‘Morris Fraser, child abuse, corruption and collusion in Britain and Northern Ireland’ [4] )

Both reports detail a serious deficiency in the findings, and also errors of fact, in the
Report of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI), as they concern Dr Fraser.
I wish to make two points on that subject, which are supported by evidence cited in the
attached reports. I draw your attention in particular to copies of archival documents
(cited here) in my September 2017 report on Dr Fraser.

1. Fraser’s work in Lissue Children’s Psychiatric Unit
The January 2017 HIAI Report, chapter 26, page 82, briefly considered and then
dismissed discussion of Fraser’s work, and of his official treatment. It found that,
… the way the medical authorities and the police dealt with Dr Fraser after his conviction
in London are not matters that fall within the Terms of Reference of this Inquiry and we
have not considered them.

The conclusion was based on a finding, that relied on the 45-year-old memory of Dr
Fraser’s 1971-73 superior, Dr William Nelson, that Fraser’s work in 1972-3, with
institutionalised children in Lissue hospital’s child psychiatric unit, was peripheral, at
best, to his main work with outpatient children in the RVH. Inquiry paragraph 87 in
chapter 26 asserted, ‘There is no evidence of Dr Fraser’s work at Lissue’.

The HIA Inquiry dealt only with the treatment of institutionalised children
As my latest reports point out, the Inquiry ignored (and made no reference to the
possession of) documentary evidence sent to the Inquiry by the General Medical
Council (GMC) in September 2016.

A document, one of two July 1973 letters from
Fraser’s immediate superior, the same Dr William Nelson, for GMC consideration,
demonstrated that Fraser’s main work was in Lissue Hospital’s inpatient child
psychiatric unit, for at least a year after his May 1972 child abuse conviction.

The letter, dated 6 July 1973, stated also that Dr Fraser was promoted to medical manager
of the children’s psychiatric unit within that time period. Finally, Dr Nelson’s letter noted that Fraser interacted with social care workers in allocating vulnerable children to various institutions.

This latter point is in line with an allegation from Kincora Boys’ Home victim Richard Kerr, that the Inquiry attempted to undermine (though Kerr refused to interact with the Inquiry). A second letter from Dr Nelson, dated 11 July 1973, stated a willingness to accept Dr Fraser back working in the child psychiatric unit.

Therefore, the Inquiry decision to ignore investigation of Morris Fraser’s behaviour
and official treatment was contradicted by evidence in its possession, which the Inquiry
decided, irrationally, to ignore. The ignored evidence suggested that Investigation of
Fraser, a paedophile who interacted with vulnerable institutionalised children, was
within the HIA Inquiry’s terms of reference.
That concludes the first point.

2. Police failure to inform NI Hospitals Authority and RUC frustration of
GMC investigation of Morris Fraser

The second issue I bring to your attention concerns how Fraser came to be working
with children, though he was a convicted child abuser. That is because the London
Metropolitan Police plus the Royal Ulster Constabulary (and/or the NI Police
Authority) refused, contrary to explicitly stated official regulations (cited in the
attached November 2017 Village article [3]), to inform the NI Hospitals Authority of Dr
Fraser’s unreported (by the media) May 1971 conviction.

Had the HIA Inquiry found, correctly, that Fraser’s behaviour and treatment was
within its terms of reference, it would have been bound to investigate why the RUC
(and/or the NI Police Authority) failed in its duty to inform a hospital authority that an
internationally known child psychiatrist it employed was also a child abuser. The
police authority admitted an obligation to inform, through duplicating Metropolitan
Police notification to the GMC.

The HIAI would have been obliged also to consider other GMC evidence in its
possession, indicating that the RUC, in particular, frustrated, and also thereby delayed,
the GMC’s investigation of Fraser. The HIAI would have been bound to consider RUC
culpability in the subsequent abuse of children, by a career paedophile whose object
was to scan an available child population in order to select those he might abuse.
The HIAI failed in its duty to investigate a proven paedophile who worked with
vulnerable institutionalised Northern Ireland children.

For that reason I ask you to refer back to the Inquiry those findings and errors of fact as
they concern Dr Morris Fraser, that are clearly contrary to evidence available to the
Inquiry. I ask you also to bring these observations to the attention of responsible
When may I expect notification of your decision(s) in relation to this matter and
considered reply?

Yours sincerely,
Dr. Niall Meehan

                                                                      Morris Fraser



Last year, allegations re-emerged against John Smyth QC, a prominent evangelical. Smyth helped run holiday camps for public-school boys at Iwerne Minster in Dorset in the Seventies. They were religion’s Sandhurst, producing the next generation’s Christian elite. Welby attended them.

MoD worked with tainted company SCL Group until last month

Theresa May’s spokesman said that government departments had previously undertaken three contracts with SCL

Theresa May’s spokesman said that government departments had previously undertaken three contracts with SCL
Theresa May was accused last night of a cover up after it emerged that a data company linked to dirty tricks was working on a defence contract just a few weeks ago.The prime minister’s spokesman said on Wednesday that the government had stopped working with Cambridge Analytica’s parent company, SCL Group, in 2015, before accusations were made that it used millions of people’s private Facebook data to manipulate elections.However, The Times can reveal that the Ministry of Defence paid £42,000 to a branch of SCL for “data analytics” between December and February. The work was commissioned even though there have been widely reported concerns for two years about the company’s techniques.https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/mod-worked-with-tainted-company-scl-group-until-last-month-mwzxpbg8qTom London‏ @TomLondon6Very odd that Information Commissioner has not yet been granted a warrant to search . What could be the explanation? Also concerned that the Information Commissioner does not have sufficient resources to do what needs to be done.

The Deep State Breaks Surface 36

by Craig Murray
I confess I found it difficult to get worked up about the Cambridge Analytica affair. My reactions was “What awful people. But surely everybody realises that is what Facebook does?”. It seemed to me hardly news, on top of which the most likely outcome is that it will be used as yet another excuse to introduce government controls on the internet and clamp down on dissenting views like those on this website, where 85% of all traffic comes through Facebook or Twitter.But two nights ago my interest was piqued when, at the height of Cambridge Analytica’s domination of the news cycle, the BBC gave it considerably less airtime than the alcohol abuse problems of someone named Ant. The evening before, the BBC had on Newsnight given the CEO of Cambridge Analytica the most softball interview imaginable. If the BBC is obviously downplaying something, it is usually defending a deep British Establishment interest.It took me a minute to find out that Cmbridge Analytica is owned by a British company, SCL Ltd, which in effect does exactly the same activities in the UK that Cambridge Analytica was undertaking in the US. I then looked up SCL on Bloomberg.

Image result for Lord Ivar Mountbatten Lord Ivar Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth. Lord Mountbatten’s great-nephew is Deputy Lieutenant of Devon 

The name which jumped out at me of course was Lord Ivar Mountbatten, direct descendant of Queen Victoria and scion of the family closest friends with that of the UK’s unelected monarch. The only person listed by Companies House as having “significant control” – ie over 25% of the shares – is Roger Gabb, the wine merchant known for large donations to the Tory Party. I have now spoken to people who know him fairly well who, I must note in fairness, universally say he is a kind and very bright man, but with no technical input in the kind of work performed by SCL/Cambridge Analytica.SCL is as Establishment as a company can get. The most worrying aspect of this is that SCL is paid by the British government to manipulate public opinion particularly in the fields of “Security” and “Defence”, and still more worryingly SCL – this group of ultra Tory money men seeking to refine government propaganda at the expense of you, the taxpayer – is cleared by the MOD to access classified government information.Image result for Lord Ivar Mountbatten

Ivar Mountbatten with partner James Doyle

I then did a news search on google for “Mountbatten” and “SCL” and it brought up zero results from corporate and state media. I then did a wider search not just of news sites, and found this excellent article from Liam O’Hare on Bella Caledonia. It said everything I had been planning to write, and probably says it better. Please do read it. Liam has actually done this to me before, getting there first. I suspect we may be the same person. Come to think of it, I have never seen a photo of us together.PS Everyone of my generation will remember this joke. “What’s white and flies across the sea at 300mph?” We had a more robust attitude to free speech in the 70’s, and the maudlin deference to the “Royal family” had much less hold on the population.https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2018/03/the-deep-state-breaks-surface/#tc-comment-title 

Liam O Hare on the deep connections between Cambridge Analytica’s parent company Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group)  and the Conservative Party and military establishment, ‘Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.’

The scandal around mass data harvesting by Cambridge Analytica took a new twist on Monday.

A Channel 4 news undercover investigation revealed that the company’s Eton-educated CEO Alexander Nix offered to use dirty tricks – including the use of bribery and sex workers – to entrap politicians and subvert elections.

Much of the media spotlight is now on Cambridge Analytica and their shadowy antics in elections worldwide, including that of Donald Trump.

However, Cambridge Analytica is a mere offshoot of Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL Group) – an organisation with its roots deeply embedded within the British political, military and royal establishment.

Indeed, as the Observer article which broke the scandal said “For all intents and purposes, SCL/Cambridge Analytica are one and the same.”

Like Cambridge Analytica, SCL group is behavioral research and strategic communication company.

In 2005, SCL went public with a glitzy exhibit at the DSEI conference, the UK’s largest showcase for military technology.

It’s ‘hard sell’ was a demonstration of how the UK government could use a sophisticated media campaign of mass deception to fool the British people into the thinking an accident at a chemical plant had occurred and threatened central London. Genuinely.

Board members include an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors. This is scandal that cuts to the heart of the British establishment.

SCL Group says on its website that it provides “data, analytics and strategy to governments and military organizations worldwide.”

The organisation boasts that it has conducted “behavioral change programs” in over 60 countries and its clients have included the British Ministry of Defence, the US State Department and NATO.

A freedom of information request from August 2016, shows that the MOD has twice bought services from Strategic Communication Laboratories in recent years.

In 2010/11, the MOD paid £40,000 to SCL for the “provision of external training”. Meanwhile, in 2014/2015, it paid SCL £150,000 for the “procurement of target audience analysis”.

In addition, SCL also carries a secret clearance as a ‘list X’ contractor for the MOD. A List X site is a commercial site on British soil that is approved to hold UK government information marked as ‘confidential’ and above. Essentially, SCL got the green light to hold British government secrets on its premises.

Meanwhile, the US State Department has a contract for $500,000 with SLC. According to an official, this was to provide  “research and analytical support in connection with our mission to counter terrorist propaganda and disinformation overseas.” This was not the only work that SCL has been contracted for with the US government, the source added.

In May 2015, SCL Defense, another subsidiary of the umbrella organisation, received $1 million (CAD) to support NATO operations in Eastern Europe targeting Russia.

The company delivered a three-month course in Riga which taught “advanced counter-propaganda techniques designed to help member states assess and counter Russia’s propaganda in Eastern Europe”.

The NATO website said the “revolutionary” training would “help Ukrainians better defend themselves against the Russian threat”.

What is clear is that all of SCL’s activities were inextricably linked to its Cambridge Analytica arm.

As recently as July 2017, the website for Cambridge Analytica said its methods has been approved by the “UK Ministry of Defence, the US State Department, Sandia and NATO” and carried their logos on its website.

Mark Turnbull, who joined Alexander Nix at the secretly filmed meetings, heads up SCL Elections as well as Cambridge Analytica Political Global.

His profile at the University of Exeter Strategy and Security Institute boasts of his record in achieving “campaign success via measurable behavioural change” in “over 100 campaigns in Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean”.

Turnbull previously spent 18 years at Bell Pottinger, heading up the Pentagon funded PR drive in occupied Iraq which included the production of fake al-Qaeda videos.

Turnbull’s involvement is just one sign of the sweeping links the company has with powerful Anglo-American political and military interests.

The firm is headed up by Nigel Oakes, another old Etonian, who, according to the website PowerBase has links to the British royals and was once rumoured to be an Mi5 spy.

( He joined Saatchi and Saatchi as a Senior Producer in 1987.[26])

In 1992, Oakes described his work in a trade journal as using the “same techniques as Aristotle and Hitler. … We appeal to people on an emotional level to get them to agree on a functional level.”

The President of SCL is Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former Conservative MP and the Defence Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Pattie also co-founded Terrington Management which lists BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin among its clients.

One of the company’s directors’ is wine millionaire and former British special forces officer in Borneo and Kenya, Roger Gabb, who in 2006 donated £500,000 to the Conservative party.

Gabb was also fined by the Electoral Commission for failing to include his name on an advert in a number of local newspapers arguing for a Leave vote in the Brexit referendum.

SCL’s links to the Conservative party continues through the company’s chairman and venture capitalist Julian Wheatland. He also happens to be chairman of Oxfordshire Conservatives Association.

The organisation has also been funded by Jonathan Marland who is the former Conservative Party Treasurer, a trade envoy under David Cameron, and a close friend of Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby.

Property tycoon and Conservative party donor Vincent Tchenguiz was also the single largest SCL shareholder for a decade.

Meanwhile, another director is Gavin McNicoll, founder of counter-terrorism Eden Intelligence firm who ran a G8 Plus meeting on Financial Intelligence Cooperation at the behest of the British government.

Previous board members include Sir James Allen Mitchell, the former Prime Minister of the previous British colony St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Mitchell has been a privy counselor on the Queen’s advisory board since 1985.

The British military and royal establishment links to SCL are further highlighted through another director Rear Admiral John Tolhurst, a former assistant director of naval warfare in the Ministry of Defence and aide de camp to the Queen.

The Queen’s third cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, was also sitting on SCL’s advisory board but it’s unclear if he still holds that role.

The above examples barely scrape the surface of just how deep the ties go between the UK defence establishment and Strategic Communication Laboratories.

Indeed, it seems evident that the organisation is a product of murky alliances formed between venture capitalists and former British military and intelligence officers. Unsurprisingly, they also happen to be closely tied to the higher echelons of the Conservative party.

International deception and meddling is the name of the game for SCL. We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these characters aren’t operating from Moscow intelligence bunkers.

Instead, they are British, Eton educated, headquartered in the city of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s government.


eugene nowakowski‏ @molecularcont Mar 21

The tories were boasting they were in it with Cambridge Analytica before Snap election.Daily Mail put it all on the front page.. Now The’ May /Tories are saying Dont know them nothing to do with us never heard of them before

The President of SCL is Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former Conservative MP and the Defence Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Pattie also co-founded Terrington Management which lists BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin among its clients.

More on Geoffrey Pattie  here:


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Lord Bramall’s business partners :

Sir Geoffrey Pattie and Lord Bramall – both partners in Terrington Management.

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Sir Geoffrey Pattie, a former defence minister defends vicious paedophile (William Pate)

1978: MPs Successfully Campaign For The Release Of Sadistic Paedophile William Pate.

Pate lived in Hornsey (London Borough of Islington) and worked at a library. Possible that his employer was Islington Council

1978: MPs Successfully Campaign For The Release Of ...

William ‘Bill’ Pate’s specialism was the ligature round the neck all limbs tied style of rape where the victim risked being asphyxiated and having to be revived.

‘all-party group of MPs’  campaigned for the release of paedophile William Pate convicted of  horrific crimes against children, and despite doctors at Broadmoor believing him to be ‘a danger and not fit for release’, the campaign was successful. In 1984 he was convicted yet again for paedophilia and ‘sadistic homosexual practices’ after imprisoning a young boy for 12 hours and abusing him.


Along with the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton (Mr. Pattie), I recently took the case of William Pate to the Ministry. That case has had a lot of publicity and there is no harm in mentioning the name. Had this man been convicted of the offence with which he was charged, he could not have been in custody for more than two and a half years. He has been in custody for nine years and it is difficult to transfer him even now to a less secure unit. He is being kept in custody because he had the misfortune to be sent to a hospital instead of a prison. Although the Bill of the hon. Member for Chertsey and Walton deals with that situation, it must be put right when we come to legislate.



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Sleaze probe into Keith Vaz over male escorts is BACK ON after standards watchdog decides Labour MP is well enough to be investigated

  • Sleaze inquiry into Labour’s Keith Vaz had been put on hold for ‘medical reason’
  • The MP was accused of meeting male prostitutes in 2016 newspaper sting 
  • Married Vaz stood down as Home Affairs Committee chair after scandal broke
  • Questions have been raised over health as he has continued to carry out work 

A sleaze probe into Keith Vaz and male escorts is back on after the parliamentary standards watchdog decided he is well enough to face investigation.

The inquiry into the veteran Labour MP was suspended in December ‘for medical reasons’.

Questions have been raised as he has continued to take part in engagements in the UK and around the world.

However, commissioner Kathryn Stone confirmed on her website today that she has resumed her investigation. 

Mr Vaz, who is diabetic, did not respond to a request for comment this afternoon.

Married Mr Vaz, who has two children, stood down as chairman of the Commons home affairs committee after his involvement with male prostitutes was exposed by a newspaper sting in 2016.

During the liaison, at which he claimed his name was Jim and that he was a washing machine salesman, he discussed buying cocaine with one of the Romanian rent boys, with undercover film footage of him saying he would pay for the class-A drugs but did not want to take any himself.

Later that year, Scotland Yard dropped its investigation into Mr Vaz, but a separate probe by the Commons sleaze watchdog was due to look at whether the MP was guilty of a conflict of interest as he had been leading a review of vice laws at the time of the allegations.

The inquiry was also due to examine whether he had caused ‘significant damage’ to Parliament’s reputation

But in December, the standards commissioner Kathryn Hudson cited medical reasons when she suspended the long-running investigation into Mr Vaz.

However, that same month, Mr Vaz reportedly went on a trip to Saudi Arabia, while in January he posted a picture of himself in Goa, India, with government minister Rohan Khaunte.

That month he was also photographed alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at a meeting of the all party parliamentary group on Yemen.

Since the investigation into his conduct was halted by the standards commissioner, the Leicester East MP has opened a new swimming pool in the city, attended planning meetings, travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia.

n an outing earlier this month, Mr Vaz appeared alongside Bollywood actor Shatrughan Sinha at an event in London, where they were both pictured on stage.

Mr Sinha told the website Bollywood Hungama how he had been invited to come to the UK by the Labour MP.

He said: ‘Keith and the Indian community in London wanted to honour me. I couldn’t say no. This was a huge and humbling honour coming from my brothers and sisters on British soil.’

The MP was also a VIP guest at the Festival of Polish Folklore in Leicester on Sunday, described on its website as a vibrant celebration of Polish dance, song and music that featured more than 400 performers.


Mandate Now @mandatenow

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CARDINAL George Pell may face fresh charges following a shock development in his preliminary hearing.

The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court heard this morning that a witness who was to face cross examination had supplied a new statement to police last night.

The statement is understood to contain criminal allegations against the Cardinal.

Cardinal Pell’s barrister Robert Richter, QC described the new statement — made weeks into the Cardinal’s hearing — as “problematic”.

Cardinal Pell is in the process of a preliminary hearing that will determine whether he faces a jury trial over allegations of historical sex offences.

Mr Richter said his legal team needed to investigate the fresh claims with a view to have them dealt with separately should charges proceed.

“We do not know if charges are to be laid or not in relation to him,” he said.

The witness had only been called to give evidence at Cardinal Pell’s hearing to answer questions about his original statement which placed the Cardinal at a location where alleged offences against others took place.

Mr Richter called for the witness’s first statement be removed from the police brief of evidence and be dealt with separately.

Prosecutors did not oppose the application and it was done.

Mr Richter said he disputed information in the witness’s first statement.

The hearing continues.


Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

Clerics & burnt files again at today: when retired Dean John Treadgold burnt files at Chichester Cathedral during police investigation, Cathedral took no action to question him on which files had been burnt and why. Reminiscent of burnt files evidence in Catholic hearing

The Church tends to deal with their issues of child sexual abuse behind closed doors and it’s a mystery of how they deal with the cases – it appears that there’s no independence. – watch:
Ms McNeill is now discussing Dean Treadgold burning documents in relation to safeguarding, pointing out to the witness that there is now a potential hole in record keeping.
Hearing evidence from Ms Edina Carmi, author of the 2004 independent audit report into Terence Banks and the Diocese of Chichester
FSQC to Edina Carmi: You have been accused of ‘overblowing’ the abuse at Chichester as a place where abuse could flourish EC: We did suggest a link between the perpetrators – 3 of which had been convicted – watch live:
Edina Carmi on her report – “I understood all copies of my report were destroyed” – Watch live:

Gove faces fresh scrutiny over school sexual abuse case

Second witness tells inquiry that then education secretary intervened in Downside case

Michael Gove is facing fresh questions about his alleged intervention in a sexual abuse investigation at a Catholic school after further evidence emerged that appears to link him to the inquiry.

The independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) has already written to Gove asking whether he tried, during his time as the education secretary, to find out about an investigation into a priest suspected of abuse at the Downside Abbey boarding school in Somerset. Now the environment secretary, Gove denied making any calls to the local authority about the investigation.

It has now emerged that a second witness testified to the inquiry that Gove took an interest in the Downside investigation.

In public evidence to the inquiry, Jane Dziadulewicz referred to preparing a report for an MP while she was the safeguarding official for the Clifton diocese, responsible for child protection in that region.

During cross-examination at the IICSA in December, Dziadulewicz, who was in the post from 2003-15, was asked by the inquiry: “Did you attend a number of multi-disciplinary meetings?” She replied: “Yes”. She was then asked: “Including a late-night safeguarding commission meeting in relation to a report being prepared for an MP?” She replied: “Yes”, without being asked for the identity of the MP.

The Guardian has established that, in a written statement to the inquiry which has not been published, Dziadulewicz named the MP as Gove, and said his office had asked local officials to produce a report on the progress of the Downside investigation.

Her evidence adds to that given by Claire Winter, the deputy director of children’s services responsible for children’s social care at Somerset county council, who testified to the inquiry about the investigation on 13 December.

Winter and Dziadulewicz worked closely together with the police during a series of investigations into allegations of sexual abuse at Downside.

In her public evidence, Winter described a sequence of phone calls which she said she had never experienced before or since.

She said there had been concerns about a priest “and it was agreed that the abbot would suspend him from ministry while investigations continued”. The priest “did have, I discovered subsequently, connections to some quite senior figures”.

One afternoon, she received “two phone calls from the office of the minister of state for education asking for the time at which that decision [about the priest] was going to be made. I said, I knew what time it was, but I said it was a child protection matter and that I wasn’t willing to discuss it.

“Then very shortly before the time it was due to happen, I had a phone call from somebody who said they were the secretary of state for education and please would I tell them the time at which – he was quite insistent about the time that decision was due to be made.

“ … I said exactly the same thing, that it was a child protection matter, it was in relation to a criminal matter, and I couldn’t give that information.”

The priest, only identified at IICSA by the reference number F65, was said to have been the subject of an allegation of oral sex with a 16-year-old boy. The investigation resulted in a file being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service but did not lead to any charges because it was deemed there was insufficient evidence.

Gove’s spokesperson said he and the Department for Education had replied fully to IICSA’s requests for information.

“In preparing his response, the secretary of state has reviewed the relevant DfE documents and the witness statements from DfE officials already provided to the inquiry.

“Those documents show DfE officials engaged with the relevant agencies and provided briefings to ministers – this was entirely appropriate and followed normal procedures in handling child protection issues arising in an independent school.

“The documents contain no evidence to suggest any official or minister departed from normal procedures or acted inappropriately in any way.

“The secretary of state has never knowingly met F65 and has no connection with him. It is false to insinuate otherwise.

“The DfE has confirmed there is no record of the phone calls referred to in Claire Winter’s oral evidence and that no one in the DfE at the time, including the secretary of state, recalls any such phone calls.”

The Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who has connections to Downside school, did not respond to the Guardian’s questions about whether he had discussed the investigation with Gove.

Lady Gillian Rees-Mogg, the MP’s mother, was the school governor with responsibility for child protection at Downside for some of this period. Her role, mentioned in evidence at the IICSA inquiry, is recorded in a July 2009 Downside school pamphlet on child protection and a subsequent Downside school parents handbook for 2010-11.

The abbot of Downside, Dom Aiden Bellenger, officiated at Jacob Rees-Mogg’s wedding in 2007, reciting a Catholic mass in Latin at the service in Canterbury Cathedral. The MP, whose constituency is next door to Downside, has spoken at Downside.


Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien – ex-leader of Scottish Catholic Church – dies

Cardinal Keith O’Brien allegedly engaged in inappropriate activity involving four men – three serving priests and a former priest.

Cardinal O’Brien died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle Upon Tyne


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Keith O’Brien, Cardinal Ousted in Sex Scandal, Dies at 80

MARCH 19, 2018

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was removed in 2013 as Scotland’s ranking Roman Catholic cleric after acknowledging that he had engaged in the very sort of homosexual behavior he had earlier denounced, died on Monday in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northeast England, where he had been living in exile. He was 80.

His death, in a hospital there, was announced by the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, which he served as archbishop from 1985 until his appointment as cardinal in 2003 by Pope John Paul II. He had broken his collarbone and injured his head in a fall last month, they said.

Because of the sex scandal, Cardinal O’Brien recused himself from the 2013 Vatican conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI. The cardinal’s decision was considered unprecedented and had, by some accounts, been ordered by the retiring pope himself. Cardinal O’Brien was later ordered to leave Scotland for spiritual renewal and penance.

The scandal broke on Feb. 23, 2013, when three priests and a former cleric were quoted in the British newspaper The Observer as saying that Cardinal O’Brien had made sexual advances toward them after drinking bouts in the 1980s.

One of the men was a seminarian at the time, and the others were young clergymen. He was said to have had an enduring relationship with one of them.

After initially denying their accounts, Cardinal O’Brien issued a statement that March acknowledging, “There have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.”

He added, “To those I have offended, I apologize and ask forgiveness.”

An inquiry by the Vatican’s top sex-abuse prosecutor revealed other complaints against him, as well as evidence that he had quashed a proposed investigation of child abuse by priests since the 1950s.

Pope Francis, Benedict’s successor, ultimately permitted him to retain the title of cardinal but, in effect, stripped him of all privileges associated with that rank, including the right to vote in any Vatican conclave.

Other leading Catholic clerics around the world have resigned for turning a blind eye to sexual abuse; others were convicted of abuse themselves; and some vaguely sought absolution. But few approaching the stature of Cardinal O’Brien have publicly admitted sexual conduct that is frowned upon by the church and that contradicted their own preaching.

While he left Scotland in disgrace, originally living in northern England incognito, Cardinal O’Brien’s legacy went well beyond the scandal. He had fiercely criticized the Act of Settlement, a 1701 British law preventing Catholics from ascending to the British throne; he said it encouraged sectarianism. He also favored Scottish independence.

Before his elevation, Cardinal O’Brien was considered a potential reformer and even a borderline liberal, but during the next decade he rarely veered from Vatican doctrine on such matters as prohibiting artificial contraception, barring women from the priesthood and declaring homosexual behavior immoral.

Cardinal O’Brien once described same-sex marriage as a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right.”

In 2005, though, he said he had no objection to gay teachers in Catholic schools. “I don’t have a problem with the personal life of a person,” he added, “as long as they are not flaunting their sexuality.”

And the day before the Observer article was published in 2013, he said, without elaboration, “It is a free world and I realize that many priests have found it very difficult to cope with celibacy as they lived out their priesthood and felt the need of a companion, of a woman, to whom they could get married and raise a family of their own.”

Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien was born on March 17, 1938 — St. Patrick’s Day — in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

His mother was the former Alice Moriarity. His father, Mark, was a member of the Royal Navy in World War II and, after his discharge, moved the family to Scotland, having found it difficult to get a job in Northern Ireland after the war because of anti-Catholic bigotry there.

Keith O’Brien earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Edinburgh in 1959 and a diploma in education in 1966. He was ordained a priest in 1965.

He was appointed archbishop after serving as spiritual director of St. Andrew’s College in Drygrange and rector of St. Mary’s College in Blairs. Both Catholic seminaries have since closed.

He is survived by his brother, Terry.

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Archbishop Leo Cushley of St Andrews and Edinburgh said: “In life, Cardinal O’Brien may have divided opinion.

“In death, however, I think all can be united in praying for the repose of his soul, for comfort for his grieving family and that support and solace be given to those whom he offended, hurt and let down.

“May he rest in peace.”


WildCat‏ @calamiTcat


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The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, in 1971.

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Cardinal Keith O’Brien (right) with colleague Fr Denis O’Connell – Both firends of paedophile Jimmy Savile

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Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell.

One man from Kilsyth, who was a schoolboy at the time, said: “Savile was here often over a period covering the mid-1970s. We were amazed to see him at first because he was always on TV. When we saw him about the town, he was always with Fr O’Connell or Fr O’Brien.


Cardinal Keith O’Brien was gone in a puff of seedy sex allegations that rocked the Catholic Church in Scotland to its foundations.
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And in his place, parachuted in straight from Rome, the solid, safe and very diplomatic hands of 53-year-old Airdrieonian Leo Cushley.

Church child sex abuse inquiry revealed stupidity and lying, claims bishop

Mar 19 2018

A child sex abuse inquiry has exposed “stupidity, incompetence and lying” at the highest levels of the Church of England a serving bishop has said, calling for an independent body to oversee safeguarding policy.

During two weeks of evidence sessions, with another week still to go, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has heard numerous accounts of abusers within the church whose offences were ignored, dismissed or covered up by senior figures.

The Right Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, agreed with calls on Twitter for the handling of safeguarding policy within the church to be handed to an independent external body. He wrote: “Yes. A terrible week with evidence of stupidity, incompetence, lying, dumping responsibility at every level including…


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The hearing also heard that Dr Williams’ then-press adviser suggested John Hind, then bishop of Chichester, be “thrown to the press as a sacrifice” amid increasing media scrutiny over abuse in the diocese.  (Priest Jonathan Graves jailed for child sex abuse)


George Pitcher said in an email chain shown to the inquiry that stories could be “used to suggest that the Church of England is as bad as Rome” and added that the “aim must be to distance the current Archbishop of Canterbury from it as much as possible”.

Dr Williams, who was Archbishop between 2002 and 2012, said he had no knowledge of the correspondence at the time and was “rather shocked” to see it.


Theresa May’s father, Hubert Brasier, and Chichester Diocese:

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‘I was duped, drugged and broken in’: Dad relives horrific rape in haunting extract from new book about sex and scandal

Playland, Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal Anthony Daly gives his account of the night he claims he was blackmailed into prostitution15 MAR 2018In 1975 Anthony Daly left his home in Northern Ireland hoping to escape The Troubles.He was naive but excited about being in London but after six days in the city he was swindled out of his rent money and began to get scared.So when two wealthy and well spoken men offered to help him he was relieved he’d finally found some kind faces to help him.While his new friends, known to him as ‘Charles’ and ‘Keith’, had been drinking all night he’d stuck to cola. Sadly not everything was as it seemed and his life was about to change forever. As he puts it ‘I was like an unsuspecting lamb to the slaughter’

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Image result for norman skelhornSkelhorn was also the DPP when the ‘Playland’ scandal broke, which saw the Old Etonian Lloyds underwriter Charles Hornby jailed for the sexual exploitation of homeless boys near Piccadilly Circus. It’s widely believed Hornby was the establishment scapegoat and many other VIPs managed to escape justice. The judge admitted not all the perpetrators were in the dock and one of the defendants, David Archer, said he’d presented police with a dossier naming millionaires and titled and influential people involved in the Playland affair. There was “a tremendous cover up to protect these people,” he argued.https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/simon-danczuk/tom-watson-child-abuse_b_8487142.html?1446809985&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/simon-danczuk/tom-watson-child-abuse_b_8487142.html?1446809985&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000067


I’ve just got to reading about the Playland Trial of 1975. Still shocked by the restrictions put in place, to the files still under lock and key  I believe a vast paedophile network was operating in the 70’s. This book confirms it.
The same names keep on emerging. Peter Morrison, Michael Havers, GK Young, Keith Joseph, The Hornby brothers, Charles Irving, Lords Annan and Arran, Peter Righton, Peter Hayman, Tony Hetherington. Sickening and revolting

Seems the Hornby’s are tainted. Charles Hornby’s son ended up in the dock, threatening police officers with a gun.

The late Chapman Pincher had a thick file on Michael Havers, which he handed back to police and he said it contained information, if aired, could be “catastrophic for the government”

He also said that had he gone to trial, he would have had to call the Prime Minister and Lord Havers, to give evidence in court.

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It might be a scandal involving small boys…

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Important that Tim Fortescue’s comments are placed in the context of events of the time he was a whip – Playland Trials 1&2

In the context of Heath report, the Playland trials 1 2 & 3 1970-1975 raise new questions about

the “millionaires, titled & influential” people purchasing runaway boys at Piccadilly Circus and how they escaped trial

Tim Fortescue Chief Whip during Playland Trial No 1 1972

Don’t mention the Piccadilly Clean-Up

Prince Charles’ friend Charles Hornby – Lloyd’s underwriter convicted in 1975 Playland trial just before PIE formed


Charles Hornby,convicted 1975 Playland trial,7 years prior his elder brother’s star & royalty-studded wedding

Playland Amusement Arcade trial 1975 – Charles Hornby & his red mini-transit van – David Archer’s dossier 1976
Missing Playland Trial No 2 (1975) dossiers of Sir Robert Marks & David Archer need to be found
Skelhorn was also the DPP when the ‘Playland’ scandal broke, which saw the Old Etonian Lloyds underwriter Charles Hornby jailed for the sexual exploitation of homeless boys near Piccadilly Circus. It’s widely believed Hornby was the establishment scapegoat and many other VIPs managed to escape justice. The judge admitted not all the perpetrators were in the dock and one of the defendants, David Archer, said he’d presented police with a dossier naming millionaires and titled and influential people involved in the Playland affair. There was “a tremendous cover up to protect these people,” he argued.
Any knowledge of Bernard Briggs in Malta ? He was co-owner/manager of Playland & on hols in Malta for 1975 trial of Hornby&co?

justme‏ @zante03

George Kennedy Young mentioned in Playland book


George Kennedy Young, former deputy director of MI6.
aliasthesaint‏ @aliasthesaint
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Lady Jane Birdwood, 100 Philbeach Gardens in 1979. Radio Enoch. Close friend of George Kennedy Young and Bea Carthew
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She once found work for the Habsburgs’ former crown jeweller.
She helped Ross McWhirter found the far-Right magazine Majority
Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo
That also served as the address for Radio Enoch.Two of his aides were Proctor and Hewson cousin Jonathan Denby.
Why did James Baigrie, murderer linked to Laitner case, choose to hole up in Philbeach Gardens?

Joining the dots in Philbeach Gardens…

Rabid anti-Semite Jane Birdwood, friend of Proctor and Denby, used her Philbeach Gardens home as contact address for Radio Enoch.

Interesting that Philbeach Hotel’s tentacles stretched as far as Edinburgh.

Philbeach hotel: The role of this brothel in trafficking children for sexual abuse must be exposed.

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Daly says that when he met the late Soviet spy Sir Anthony Blunt at an art reception in the Dorchester Hotel, Blunt asked him if he was a graduate of Kincora.


It turns out that Sir Maurice Oldfield had confessed his sexual preferences to none other than Sir Michael Havers. This was disclosed by journalist Chapman Pincher in the Spectator, September 12th 1998:http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/12th-september-1998/20/leakers-i-have-knownPincher had  become a sort of chum to all kinds of people – Dickie Mountbatten, Charles Forte, Michael Havers QC–https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/jul/01/ian-jack-chapman-pincher-fleet-street

PLAYLAND: Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal – New book by Anthony Daly


Secrets of a Forgotten Scandal


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Anthony Daly was just 20 years old when he decided to leave the Troubles in Derry and travel to England.  Little did he realise he would find himself in personal trouble and at the mercy of a number of nasty characters centred around the Playland arcade in Piccadilly.  Those characters weren’t just gangsters or chancers, they included many from the upper echelons society who saw youngsters as commodities and play things.

In his book, Tony gives an extremely candid, brave and heartbreaking account of what he endured in just three months during 1975 when he travelled to England and to his dream job at Foyles bookshop.  Ending up at the mercy of some of the most depraved human beings from all walks of life due to blackmail, Tony found himself engulfed in different circles of depravity and shines a light on the inner workings of how they operated.

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Foyles Bookshop, Charing Cross Road


Anthony pulls no punches when recounting what he went through and so I will urge caution and advise that some people would require a trigger warning.  That said, it is a must-read for anyone interested in London’s West End connections, gangland and underworld, police corruption and VIP paedophile rings because it makes the whole murky business much clearer.  He has also undertaken research into records in order to back up the information he has provided in his book and this also has it’s value in terms of information that was forthcoming during the Playland trial.

I’m not going to go into too much detail of Anthony’s book because it is his story to tell.  However, I have listed some of those who are named in the book and added comments where possible.


The names of those listed below were not all necessarily involved in any wrongdoing. 

Client – Those who obtained the services of boys through either the Playland syndicate or the ‘Network’ (associates of the Hornbys etc).

Names of those Anthony encountered during his time in London:

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Sir Michael Havers
  • Basil Andrew-Cohen – Driver for Charles Hornby and Keith Hunter.  Convicted paedophile who, between 1970-1980, appeared in court six times for 44 offences. Client
  • Noel Annan – Provost of UCL, friend of Blunt and Victor Rothschild.  Name found on paperwork in Gleaves’s office.  Client
  • Ronald Batty – Husband of Christine Foyles.  Well connected.  Friend of Charles Irving.
  • Sir Anthony Blunt – Former spy.
  • Bernard Briggs – Managing Director of Playland, although described as just a ‘respectable front’ for the business.
  • Martin Bromley (aka ‘Wolfman’) – Owner of Playland, American, created SEGA.
  • ‘Butterfly Collector’ – bookkeeper for the Playland firm.  Liked young boys.  Adopted a 10-year old boy.
  • Anthony Chenevix-Trench (aka Tony Trench or TT) – headmaster of Eton (until he was asked to leave due to his excessive corporal punishment of boys), headmaster of Fettes College, Edinburgh. Client
  • Chris – Grenadier Guard.  Client
  • Gerald Citron – pornographer, associate of James and Rusty Humphreys, described as ‘one of the biggest importers of porn’ during trial in 1974, associate of Keith Hunter and DI Legge.
  • Sir Knox Cunningham – Ulster Unionist MP, PPS to Harold Macmillan, friend of Ian Paisley.  Client
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Sir Knox Cunningham
  • Damian (aka ‘Tiger’) – ‘rent boy’ and friend of Tony.  Picked up by Roger Gleaves aged 15.
  • Viscount William De L’Isle (aka ‘Bill Sidney’) – Grenadier Guards, MP for Chelsea, served under Churchill, Governor-General for Australia.  Liked young guards.  Client
  • Tom Driberg – Labour MP, associate of the Krays and Lord Boothby, friend of Christine Foyles, Simon Hornby and Aleister CrowleyClient
  • Bruce Eckert – Manager of Playland, American.  Introduced to the Playland firm by Briggs.
  • Lord Nicholas Eden – son of Anthony, served under Thatcher.  Client
  • ‘Fruit Machine’ – 18st minder, associated with the Richardson gang then went to work for the Krays, becoming one of Ronnie’s ‘boys’.  Went into security work before ending up as part of the Playland firm.  Client (in so far as he had the pick of any boy he wanted.)
  • Mr Fisher – Seemed to call the shots in the Playland firm.  American.
  • Christina Foyle – Owner of Foyles.  Well connected.
  • Arthur Gore (aka ‘Boofy’) – Earl of Arran.  Client
  • Major John Gouriet – British Army Officer and Tory activist.
  • Ian Harvey – Vice-President of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Tory MP.  Client
  • Sir Michael Havers – Shadow and Attorney General.  Penchant for ‘rent boys’ and very indiscreet with classified information.  Client
  • Sir Peter Hayman (aka ‘Grass’) – British diplomat, PIE member, named by Dickens as a paedophile.  Prosecution against him stopped by Sir Michael Havers and Sir Thomas Hetherington.  Client
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  • ‘Herr Mann’ – Alias of a member of PIE.  German.
  • Sir Thomas Hetherington (aka Tony Hetherington) – Director of Public Prosecutions.  Whilst waiting in a flat, there were also two boys in school uniforms. Client
  • Charles Hornby (aka ‘the Lanky Lancer’ and ‘the gentleman jockey’) – Lloyds underwriter, friend of Prince Charles, Etonian, socialite and pimp.  Convicted paedophile.  Drove a Mini and liked young teen boys.  Lived in Montagu Square. Associate of Keith Hunter.  Client
  • Sir Simon Hornbybrother of Charles, Etonian, Grenadier Guards, part of the WHSmith dynasty, married to Sheran Cazalet.  Friend of Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and others. Pimp and associate of Keith Hunter.  Client
  • James Humpert (aka ‘Bagman’) – American, director of Piccadilly Enterprises, created SEGA.
  • Keith Hunter (police believe his name may have been an alias) – Member of the Playland firm, procurer of young boys, close to Malcolm Raywood, Charles Hornby, DI Legge, PIE members (including Peter Hayman) and did security business with Roger Gleaves.  Liked pre-teen boys.
  • Sir Charles Irving – Tory MP for Cheltenham, ‘valued customer’ of Foyles.  Client
  • Sir Keith Joseph – Tory MP for Leeds North East.  Client
  • DI John Legge – Flying Squad, associate of James Humphreys, appeared in court alongside Ken Drury in 1977, met with Hunter. Retired in 1977.
  • Sir David Mitchell – Tory MP and PPS to Sir Keith Joseph. Apologised to Anthony for what was going on and seemed uncomfortable.
  • Baron James Molyneaux – Ulster Unionist MP, vice-chair of the Monday Club.  Client
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James Molyneaux
  • Sir Peter Morrison – Tory MP for Cheshire, PPS to Thatcher.  Allegation of rape at Elm Guest House of a 14-year old boy from Harting, West Sussex, and allegations of involvement in the North Wales child abuse scandal.  Client
  • Myra‘ – Alias of member of PIE.
  • Andrew Novac – Convicted paedophile.   Client
  • ‘The Prophet’: Soho drug dealer. Obtained his drugs from Triad gang in Gerrard Street.
  • ‘Mr Rabbit’: Alias for a member of PIE.  Real name was Peter.
  • John Rae – headmaster of Westminster School.
  • Malcolm Raywood (aka ‘Tony the Butcher’) – Member of the Playland Firm, procurer, convicted paedophile, associated with head of the Flying Squad and PIE members.  Eventually killed by 24-year old Edward Hillhouse in 1991.
  • Richard – Grenadier Guard, used as a play thing by higher ranks. Taken to a stately home near the Irish border for a banquet/party.
  • Gordon Richardson – banker, lawyer and Governor of the Bank of England.  Friend of Annan.  Client
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Gordon Richardson
  • Robby – Boy taken from a care home and delivered to a house of a few men.
  • Edward Tomkins –  Diplomat, British Ambassador to France, friend of Simon Hornby. Client
  • ‘Mr Twist’ – Alias of PIE member.
  • ‘Wendy’ – Alias of PIE Member.
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Christine Foyles and Ronald Batty

Others mentioned within the book:

  • David Archer – Convicted paedophile.  Client
  • Frederick Burden – Tory MP, name found on stationery in Gleaves’s office.
  • Edward Cazalet – Brother-in-law and friend of Simon Hornby and Master of the Heythrop hunt.
  • Sheran Cazalet – Married to Simon Horby.  Daughter of Peter Cazalet, who was the Queen Mother’s horse trainer.
  • Samuel Devenny – Attacked by the RUC and died in 1969.  Chief Supt Ken Drury was sent over to Northern Ireland to investigate.  By 1975, Drury’s report still hadn’t been published.
  • Commander Kenneth Drury – Head of the Flying Squad, friend of James Humphreys and caught in a corruption purge.
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  • Roger Gleaves – (aka ‘The Bishop of Medway), Ran homeless hostels in London.  Predatory paedophile and landlord of Anthony’s friend, Damian.  Did security work with Keith Humphreys.  Did business with Playland.
  • Jimmy Humphreys – porn shop owner and part of gangland London.  Had connections within the Met Police, including Ken Drury and DI Legge, before turning whistleblower.
  • James Kilfedder – Ulster Unionist MP.  Client
  • Billy McPhee (Billy Two Tone) – Murdered by Roger Gleaves henchmen and friend of Damian.
  • Norman – Driver for Charles Irving.
  • ‘Big Jeff’ Phillips – Trained accountant and self-made millionaire from importing pornography and paid senior police officers ‘Dirty Squad’.
  • Victor Rothschild – Owned a flat in Bentinck Street, Marylebone where Blunt and Guy Burgess lived. Flat was known within the homosexual underworld in London, frequented by Annan.
  • Bernie Silver – Known as the ‘Godfather of Soho’, was initially a pimp, but ended up running a syndicate with control over most of the West End thanks to his contacts within the Met Police.
  • Richard ‘Dick’ Stewart – Friend of Simon Hornby and associate of Martin Bromley and Mr Fisher.  American.
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Martin (Marty) Bromley, (left)

Places, parties where Anthony was taken and who attended:

  • Hope House: Catholic hostel where Tony stayed during his time in London.
  • 8 Ennismore Gardens, Notting Hill – Home of Simon Hornby.
  • 38 Montagu Square, Marylebone – Home of Charles Hornby.
  • Golden Lion pub, Soho: Frequented by Charles Hornby, Malcolm Raywood, Keith Hunter.
  • Beeleigh Abbey: Sent there by Ronald Batty and told to assist Charles Irving in looking for books.  Home of Christina and Ronald.
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Beeleigh Abbey
  • Dolphin Square: Monday Club party to celebrate the election of Thatcher and first anniversary of MPs.  Attendees: ‘Stephen’, Peter Morrison, Keith Joseph, Michael Havers and David Mitchell (who left early).  Boys aged around 16 upwards.
  • Snow’s Public House, Piccadilly: basement for boys.
  • Flat in Notting Hill: Sir Thomas (Tony) Hetherington (DPP)
  • Whitehall: Attendees: Michael Havers, Major John Gouriet, David Mitchell (who apologised for what was going on), businessmen, politicians, celebrities and Playland boys from late teens upwards.
  • St James’s Palace: ‘Chris’ the Grenadier Guard.
  • Unknown, London: Attendees: military personnel including Richard, Viscount William De L’Isle and a few ‘rent boys’.
  • Park Lane Casino Club, Mayfair: Attendees: Fisher, Hunter, Raywood, ‘Fruit Machine’, DI John Legge and Gerald Citron.
  • Londonderry House Hotel: Nicholas Eden.
  • Scott’s, Mayfair: Keith Joseph.
  • House in Essex: Attendees: James Molyneaux, Charles Irving, Knox Cunningham, Anthony Chenevix-Trench, Arthur Gore, older men, Dilly boys and boy aged around 12-years.
  • Prunier Restaurant, St James’s: Attendees: Hunter, Raywood and PIE members – ‘Myra’, ‘Wendy’, ‘Peter Rabbit’, ‘Peter Grass’, ‘Twist’ and ‘Herr Mann’.
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Prunier Restaurant
  • Flat, Notting Hill: Attendees: Hunter, Raywood, ‘Fruit Machine’, Peter Hayman, men, two little brothers aged 10 and 8-years.
  • German Embassy
  • Garrick Club, Covent Garden: Michael Havers.
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Garrick Club
  • The Dorchester, London: Attendees: Noel Annan, Brian Sewell, Anthony Blunt, John Rae, Simon Hornby.
  • Guards Club, Charles Street, Mayfair: Attendees: Richard, Harry (pornographic photographer.)
  • Shell Mex building, Strand
  • Club, St James’s Street: Arthur Gore
  • The Dorchester, London: Edward Tomkins
  • Mountjoy House, Barbican: Home of Driberg.
  • Savoy Hotel: Attendees: Simon Hornby and Pat Gibson.
  • The Ritz: Attendees: Simon Hornby, Sir Anthony Hornby, Gordon Richardson, Major John Gouriet and George Kennedy Young.
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The Ritz

Facts about Playland:

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  • Built on the partially demolished St Peter’s Church, a concealed spiral staircase was situated in the corner of the building and stretched up five storeys.
  • The Playland firm was part of the Bernie Silvers syndicate.
  • On the first floor, above the arcade, was a travel agency and also a couple of rooms related to Playland itself.   One was for ‘entertaining private guests’, the other was an office.
  • The London underworld had some stake in the arcade.
  • An American firm owned the arcade.
  • Punters would either select boys within the arcade, or wait at the steps in Great Windmill Street for a boy to be delivered.
  • Two entrances – one in Coventry Street and another in Great Windmill Street.
  • Claims of money laundering and small-scale gambling with some winners claiming a ‘bonus boy.’



Playland police investigation, 1974:

The initial investigation into Playland began a year before Anthony arrived in London and was instigated by a Playland firm whistleblower, who took his story to Peter Earle, crime reporter of the News of the World newspaper.

Police involved:

  • Commander David Helm: West End Central – launched the investigation.
  • Ch Supt Malcolm Ferguson: West End Central – led the investigation.
  • Sgt Geoffrey Bredemear – surveillance.
  • PC Victor Coates – surveillance.
  • PC Maurice Maylin – surveillance.
  • PS Colin Lloyd
  • Det Insp Dick

Police were tracking the movements of 18 men aged 22-60 years, with each man being allocated a code letter.  Those known were:

  • C = Malcolm Raywood
  • T = Charles Hornby

Most of the evidence was gathered between 13th May and 24th July 1974, plus additional evidence gathered between 1st September and 3rd December 1974.

The majority of the Playland files are on extended closure, with just 130 documents currently accessible.  Anthony has compiled a small amount of information from the documents within his book as well as some information from the trials.  He submitted an FOI request for the remaining files to be made accessible, but the Ministry of Justice (from where the files originated) decided against it.

Trial, 22 May 1975:

152 boys were interviewed, and it was discovered that Charles Hornby had used bribes and threats against a few of them to stop them giving evidence.

The Playland trial began on 22 May 1975, the judge was Judge Alan King-Hamilton.  It lasted 46 days and cost £250,000.  The men were sentenced on 22nd September 1975.

Mr X, the unnamed man in the trial, is believed to be the Playland whistleblower.

After the trial’s conclusion, Earle from the News of the World finally published his scoop, in which he stated that dozens more arrests were expected, and some of the men involved were showbusiness celebrities and well-known men within financial circles.  We now know that this never happened.

Two of the boys who appeared in the ‘Johnny Go Home‘ documentary were also witnesses in the Playland trial, which is why the judge requested that the documentary be withheld from broadcast until after the trial had ended.  (The part featuring the two boys was edited out as part of a compromise.)

Further Information:

  • Magazine: Boys Exclusive featured pictures of pre-teen boys.
  • “Scans”: Scandinavian porn
  • Rollers“: Cine film blue movies
  • “Smudges”: Still pictures
  • “Gay smudges”, “straight smudges” and “Juve smudges” (Child porn – more accurately described as images of abuse)
  • “Dilly Boys”: Mid-teens upwards.
  • “Fresh Bunnies”: Boys aged 10-13 years, normally runaways.
  • “Candy Floss”: Boys aged between 5-10 years.  Prearranged deliveries and always accompanied.

Further reading:

The Times, 21 June 1975
The Times, 30 July 1975
The Times, 23 September 1975
The Times, 20th August 1981
The Times, 15 June 1977

The Playland Arcade at Picadilly Circus in London, 1975

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Charles Hornby – friend of Prince Charles

Charles Hornby –  was a pillar of the Establishment. He was a  wealthy socialite, a Lloyd’s underwriter, and an old Etonian, “who on occasion had Prince Charles among his dinner guests”.


in the new book:

justme‏ @zante03

classy family the Hornby lot. 2 brothers were rapists and pimps, then one of their sons done for a shooting at cops.

bessies with Prince Charles as well

 after reading the book we found out it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Prince Charles ‘ pal Hornby was pimping out young lads for business favours + was married to Queen Mother’s horse trainer’s daughter. Loads of filth together.
Michael Havers calls the RAPING of lads aged 8 TRIVIAL ?? But then again, we now know he was partaking in the same type of stuff

Attorney-General Sir Michael Havers denied there was an official cover-up related to Sir Peter Hayman.


HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva

Members of PIE fraternised with the Playland firm… who were pimping kids out to half of Westminster… where PIE just happened to also have an office.

With the Head of the Flying Squad fraternising with the Playland firm and the Attorney General using the ‘resources’, what chance did the vulnerable youngsters have who found themselves in the clutches of London’s evil?

^ The publicly acceptable face of paedophilia… Why was his knighthood never revoked by the monarchy?

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva


So, according to the book, Victor Rothschild owned the flat where Anthony Blunt and Guy Burgess lived in Marylebone. It was known within certain circles as a free-for-all, including politicians, military and boys.


Names of deviants mentioned so far in the new book: (Only 1/4 of the way through atm)

Charles Hornby

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Basil (presumably Andrew-Cohen?)

Keith Hunter (procurer)

Charles Irving MP

Sir Keith Joseph

Peter Morrison MP

Sir Michael Havers – brother of former IICSA chairperson Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

I wonder how Butler Sloss feels about the corrupt and depraved picture of her brother Michael Havers painted in the new Playland book? How could a woman with such direct contacts to paedo scene be chosen as chair?

Nobody can tell me that Theresa May, then Home Sec, didn’t know about the Sloshed Butler’s links to the paedo underworld. Putting her in that role was a slap in the face of CSA survivors!

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
I think you indirectly answered your own question.  That’s exactly WHY she was recruited imo.
HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
According to Tony Daly’s book: At a ‘party’ in a flat in Notting Hill, Peter Hayman was one of a number of men that abused a 10-year old boy who had been drugged, and his 8-year old brother.

And more names from the book:

Jim Molyneaux in 2000

James Molyneaux

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1985  Jim Molyneaux (right)

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Knox Cunningham

Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham, MP, KC

Blunt earned a scholarship to Cambridge in 1926 where he made more Irish friends. One of then was Sir Samuel Knox Cunningham who was slightly younger than him. Cunningham became known as the ‘Boxing Queen’ because of his homosexuality and prowess as a pugilist. He was a heavyweight boxing champion at Cambridge. In later life he was elected as a Unionist MP. In the 1960s he represented South Antrim. He served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister Harold MacMillan, 1959-1963, and as such routinely attended Cabinet meetings at 10 Downing Street. Knox Cunningham often stayed with Blunt while in London and also knew Guy Burgess from their days at Cambridge. He was a rich man and lived on a 70-acre estate at Glencairn Park, and once came within an inch of becoming Grandmaster of the Orange Order. He chose not to stand in the 1970 general election and was succeeded by his fellow Orangemen and election agent, James Molyneaux who later led the Unionist Party. Molyneaux was a friend of another high-ranking Orangeman, William McGrath, one of the staff at Kincora who was convicted for child abuse in 1981.

Cunningham was also a key figure in the odious Anglo-Irish Vice Ring. At the start of Blunt’s debriefing, Peter Wright’s interest in Cunningham would have centred on the fact he had sat around the Cabinet table, was gay and the friend of a self-confessed KGB mole (Blunt) and another traitor who had defected to Moscow (Burgess). By the end of the debriefing in the early 1970s, Cunningham’s lofty position within the Orange Order and central role in Unionist politics would have been of equal interest to MI5. Cunningham was one of many homosexuals active inside the Orange Order who were susceptible to blackmail, especially as homosexuality was still a crime in Northern Ireland, and he undoubtedly knew many of them, including a leading light in the Orange Order, William McGrath, the housefather at Kincora.


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Anthony Chenevix-Trench (headmaster of Fettes college)

Mr Chevenix-Trench’s penchant for caning was the subject of fierce debate when it emerged that a new book by Eton’s vice-provost, Tim Card, claimed that Chevenix-Trench was forced out of his job in 1970 because of his fondness for drink and beating pupils.


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Governor General of Australia William Sidney 1st Viscount De L’Isle

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Governor General of Australia William Sidney 1st Viscount De L’Isle pictured standing with his son

Viscount William De L’Isle

And something else I learnt – the staff room upstairs in Playland was used by some ‘clients’ to conduct their ‘transactions’.

This is also confirmed in the new book – the upstairs office was used to coordinate the network and as an area for private entertainment…

a new name to add to the Playland list of convicted nonces

Cyril Clapp was convicted alongside Cowell and Brown in 1976





According to Anthony Daly’s book in which he talks about the depravity he endured at the hands of the upper and lower classes of evil in London, 1975, he describes a number of occasions where he was forced to participate in sex acts with Grenadier Guards, both for a camera as well as for the viewing pleasure of William Sidney De L’Isle.  He states that the majority of the Playland trial files are withheld and still under extended closure, and that the whistleblower was referred to as ‘Mr X.’

Is this why?…



More on Playland here:

Playland Part 1: When protecting ‘millionaires, titled and influential’ paedophile punters became paramount


and here

Stevross1‏ @stevross1

Unbelievable that this goes on

cathyfoxblog‏ @CathyCathyFox

Unbelievable until you dig into it, its all around, because its controlled by secret services to blackmail people in power

Lady Verity @Anamcara2015

And then see you see how the whole sordid sick story hangs together.

George Pell accused of abuse at family trip to lake

Cardinal George Pell has been accused in court of alleged abuse during a water skiing trip in rural Victoria.

The Vatican treasurer, 76, whose committal hearing for multiple allegations of historic sexual abuse continued at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, was alleged to have been invited to join a Catholic family for an afternoon when he was working as an assistant priest.

A family member said Cardinal Pell arrived with another priest at a lake in regional Victoria just after lunch and enjoyed a trip on skis behind the family speedboat before joining them for afternoon tea. His visit apparently lasted about two hours.

However, Robert Richter, Cardinal Pell’s lead barrister, questioned the father of the alleged male victim about why he did not mention Cardinal Pell’s name in a statement to Sano Task Force in 2015.

In heated exchanges, Mr Richter told the witness, who cannot be named, that the reason Cardinal Pell was not mentioned was because he did “nothing wrong”.

The witness had only mentioned in the statement about another priest accused of abusing the son in another location, Mr Richter said.

“Can I put this to you – by 2015 Pell was a Cardinal … by 1999 he had become archbishop of Melbourne, then the archbishop of Sydney then he became a Cardinal,” he said.

“He was the most prominent Catholic personality in Australia.

“Police came to speak to you about that Father Pell had done something … and you don’t say anything?”

The witness said he had only been made aware of the abuse allegations regarding Cardinal Pell a week before making the statement – after a conversation with another family member.

Mr Richter suggested that claim was “an invention”.

“You’ve just made that up after you made your statement … at some stage between July 2015 and today you made that up.”

The witness strongly denied the accusation, saying to Mr Richter via live video-link to Court 22: “That’s an insult.”

The father later confirmed he had no direct knowledge of anything “untoward” happening at the lake outing in the 1970s.

The court also later heard from the brother of another accuser who told how he once overheard the alleged victim talking in a drunken “emotional outburst”.

The witness said he heard his brother say: “You don’t know what’s happened … some f–––ed up stuff has happened to me.”

Cardinal Pell, who stood aside from his role in Rome when he was charged in June last year, denies all the allegations against him.

The hearing was unexpectedly adjourned after lunch when a visibly distressed Belinda Wallington, the magistrate in the case, said she had received “devastating news”.

It later emerged fellow magistrate Stephen Myall had died.

In a statement the Chief Magistrate said: “Mr Myall was a much loved and respected member of the judiciary who worked at a number of court locations.

“A number of matters before the court were temporarily stood down this afternoon to allow our magistrates to mourn their colleague.”

The Pell case is due to resume on Monday.




InquiryCSA (IICSA)Verified account @InquiryCSA Mar 14 2018

Lord Williams tells FSQC that he didn’t have questions about the impartiality of Dame Butler Sloss to conduct an independent review into child sexual abuse


Lord Rowan Williams

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Former Attorney General , Sir Michael Havers, brother of Butler-Sloss attempted to stop whistle-blower Geoffrey Dickens from airing paedophile allegations in Parliament and Former Attorney General Sir Michael Havers was accused of passing on state secrets to a rent boy in the aftermath of a sordid sex party in Westminster.

Havers was Attorney General at the height of alleged sexual abuse scandal in the 1980s. And he is believed to have tried to stop Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens using ­parliamentary privilege to name diplomat Sir Peter Hayman as a paedophile.

HRH Crafty Muvvski@craftymuvva
According to Tony Daly’s book: At a ‘party’ in a flat in Notting Hill, Peter Hayman was one of a number of men that abused a 10-year old boy who had been drugged, and his 8-year old brother.

Butler-Sloss who was chosen to lead post-Savile sex abuse inquiry defends child rapist in court: Lady Butler-Sloss acted as character witness for man convicted of attacking 13-year-old girl

  • Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss gave character evidence for Philip Chard 
  • 44-year-old is the son of Baroness Bulter-Sloss’ cleaner at Devon home
  • Butler-Sloss said she was ‘astonished’ and had ‘no concerns’ about Chard 
  • He was found guilty of one count of rape and of sexual activity with a child
IICSA Transcript  Mar 14 2018
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Paedophile Bishop Ball’s ‘s arrest is part of broad inquiry into Chichester diocese child abuse
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The Royal family with the Archbishop Rowan Williams, beside paedophile Bishop Ball, at the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla ..


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Ball clearly intimates on many occasions, to Lord Carey and others, that he enjoys the status of confidant of the Prince of Wales.

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He ensured that Lord Carey was aware that he corresponded with the Prince… and that he visited Highgrove House. There are frequent references in Ball’s letters to Lord Carey and others to his attending royal functions and to meeting members of the Royal Family. Following the retirement of Bishop Michael Ball, the brothers lived together in a house which they rented from the Duchy of Cornwall after the Duchy had acquired the house specifically for that purpose…


Dr Rupert Bursell QC speaking to the Inquiry. Dr Rupert Bursell was a diocesan chancellor and would give legal advice to Bishops

“We were made aware of further clergy disciplining measures being bought against Bishop Benn, Bishop Reade and possibly Bishop Hind” Dr Rupert Bursell QC explains decision making for an interim report in 2012

Richard Scorer @Richard_Scorer 1

Dr Rupert Bursell has said his belief is that there should no Seal of the Confessional in relation to child sexual abuse. He notes that the Seal of the Confessional does not apply in relation to terrorism

InquiryCSA (IICSA)‏Verified account @InquiryCSA

Dr Rupert Bursell QC tells the #anglican hearing that the Diocese of Chichester had been very slow to act on safeguarding measures.

Transcript  Mar 13 2018


Mar 12 2018

 Bishop Wallace Benn: There was clearly a paedophile ring, which I inherited. 

Still discussing report by Baroness Butler Sloss

Bishop Wallace Parke Benn is a retired Anglican Bishop. He was the area Bishop of Lewes in the Diocese of Chichester in the Church of England from 1992 until retirement in 2012.

Alistair McBay‏ @AMcBay_NSS Mar 13

Bishop admits to paedophile ring in Church of England diocese. Yet not a big enough story to appear on the BBC either

Cassandra Cogno Retweeted InquiryCSA (IICSA)

Albany Trust’s Rev Michael Butler (pal of PIE’s Peter Righton) moved to E Sussex after running youth counselling with Righton

“In one case ‘priestly ministry was considered, in effect, to be more important than the safeguarding & welfare of children”
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Richard Scorer

Summary of evidence of Bishop Wallace Benn at #IICSA today: lots of things went wrong, but they were other people’s fault, including my secretary’s. The safeguarding adviser was aggressive to me & had a chip on her shoulder. Not my job to report allegations to police

InquiryCSA (IICSA)‏ @InquiryCSA

FSQC: You accompanied Gordon Rideout to the police station is that right? – Bishop Benn: Yes, but only as a taxi driver – I didn’t get out the car or go into the station with him

Bishop Benn admitting breaking the rules and apologising to victim and survivor Phil Johnson in 2007.

Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew

Week 1 of sex abuse inquiry into Anglican Church & @JohnSentamuadmits he received disclosure of abuse but did nothing & says ‘it’s not my job’ AND notes, signs & dates a memo from his safeguarding officer stating there are several victims of a priest sex abuser…& does nothing.

Matthew Ineson‏ @InesonMatthew 13

I’m in Private Eye …! Or more accurately the bishops and appalling safeguarding is. Thank you!

BBC radio star ‘is being probed over claim of sex offence against child under 16’

  • High profile presenter is accused of committing crimes in the late 1990s
  • Investigation into historical sex abuse part of Met’s Operation Winter Key
  • It’s another blow to the BBC, who employed Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris 


A BBC radio star is being probed over claims they committed a historical sex offence against a child under 16.

The presenter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of sexually abusing the child in the late 1990s.

The victim, who was under 16 at the time, came forward last year and is believed to be from the south of England.

It remains unclear if the host has been interviewed at this stage – or even if they are aware they are under investigation.

The presenter, thought to be a high profile dee-jay, could face a crown court trial and a lengthy jail sentence.

The investigation comes as part of Operation Winter Key, the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, told The Sun

The crack unit is linked to operation Yewtree, the special team set up to investigate high profile media personalities accused of historical sex crimes in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

The fresh accusations are another blow to the BBC, which employed Savile while he sexually abused women and young children.

Savile molested 72 victims while at the BBC and was still abusing  in 2006 aged 79 when the corporation brought him back to host the last ever Top of the Pops.

It is unclear if the BBC is aware of the ongoing investigation.

Other BBC figureheads, like Rolf Harris and Stuart Hall, have been jailed over sex offences including children

Harris, 87, was convicted of 12 counts of indecent assault, one of which was later overturned, in 2014. He was sentenced to almost six years.

Former It’s A Knockout presenter Hall has remained unrepentant about his crimes, which included indecently assaulting 13 girls – one as young as nine – between 1967 and 1985.

Michael Fawcett (pictured), who started as a junior footman, has been made the £95,000-a-year chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation

Prince Charles hands key £95,000 job heading charity empire to former valet Michael Fawcett who left his service after selling off royal gifts

  • Mr Fawcett made £95,000-a-year Chief Executive of The Prince’s Foundation
  • In 2003 he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts
  • Bullying complaints saw him resign in 1998 but he was reinstated within a week  

9 Mar 2018

Prince Charles’s controversial former valet, Michael Fawcett, was put in charge of his charity empire yesterday, sealing an astonishing rise to power.

Mr Fawcett, who started as a junior footman, has been made the £95,000-a-year chief executive of The Prince’s Foundation in a major re-organisation of Charles’s philanthropic work.

This has put him in charge of a multi- million-pound budget and gives him responsibility for all the future king’s public work on issues including architecture, heritage, culture and education.

Mr Fawcett’s appointment is all the more remarkable given that he has been forced to resign from the Prince’s service twice.

Last night, one royal source said Mr Fawcett’s rise to power seemed ‘unstoppable’, adding: ‘Many believe the Prince will retain and promote him to an even more senior role when he becomes King. They are simply inseparable.’

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet, setting out his bespoke suits and shirts every morning at Kensington Palace.

He even had to squeeze toothpaste on his master’s toothbrush after the Prince broke his arm playing polo, and became so indispensable that Charles once said: ‘I can manage without just about anyone, except for Michael.’

But colleagues noted how he began to ape his boss both in the way he dressed and the way in which he threw his weight about.

When a number of the Prince’s staff complained to Charles about Mr Fawcett’s overbearing and bullying attitude in 1998, he resigned. Within a week, however, he was reinstated – and promoted.

Then, in 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct.

But the report painted a picture of him as a bully who accepted valuable gifts from outsiders.

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet. Pictured: Mr Fawcett and Prince Charles in 1992

Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as a footman to the Queen, becoming sergeant footman and then Charles’ assistant valet. Pictured: Mr Fawcett and Prince Charles in 1992

After he quit, Charles rewarded him with £500,000 in severance pay – and retained his services as a freelance fixer and party planner.

Indeed, when Mr Fawcett set up the events firm Premier Mode, the Prince became his most lucrative client, relying on him to organise everything from Camilla’s birthday parties to lavish fundraisers.

Royal aides confirmed yesterday that while Premier Mode would not be allowed to cater for Prince’s Foundation events, it would continue to be paid to organise other receptions and dinners for Charles and other royals. Premier Mode received more than £270,000 from the Prince’s charities last year.

For the past five years, Mr Fawcett has also worked as chief of executive of Dumfries House Trust, a stately home rescued by the prince on behalf of the nation which has become the base for his charitable endeavours.

Aides said Mr Fawcett had helped to raise tens of millions of pounds and created 200 jobs at the house, its estate and the wider area in the role. He will not get a pay rise for his new appointment, which was made by the board of The Prince’s Foundation.

Foundation chairman Jayne-Anne Gadhia said Mr Fawcett had an ‘exemplary’ track record, adding: ‘We are thrilled to have Michael Fawcett as the new CEO of The Prince’s Foundation.

Following bullying complaints in 1998, Fawcett resigned. In 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct

Following bullying complaints in 1998, Fawcett resigned. In 2003, he was forced out when an inquiry found he had sold off official gifts on Charles’s orders. He was accused of pocketing a percentage of the proceeds, but was cleared by an internal inquiry of any financial misconduct

‘His achievements as CEO of Dumfries House include raising significant sums for good causes and creating employment for more than 150 people in the very challenging economic climate of East Ayrshire. We have great confidence that he will do a similarly excellent job for The Prince’s Foundation.’

In a video to the staff of his 21 charities and organisations yesterday, Charles stressed he was not ‘stepping back from my charitable work or downsizing in any way’.

But the move will be interpreted by some as helping to ensure a smooth transition to the throne for the Prince, who will be 70 in November. He said: ‘Now, as I approach something of a milestone in my own life, I have had a chance to reflect on how best to ensure my charities can continue to help those people and causes they were initially set up to serve, both now and for many years to come.’

He said an independent review was appointed to examine what changes were needed to let his organisations work ‘as efficiently as possible, whist also allowing me to use my own time with them to greatest effect’. The reorganisation will result in a few job losses, and savings said to be of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

More here on Michael Fawcett and Prince Charles and other members of the Prince’s Trust

Paedophiles involved with the Prince’s Trust

Another Director of The Prince’s Trust – Sir Harold Haywood

Sir Harold Haywood, who also happened to have been Prince Charles most trusted charity aide, responsible for the Prince’s Trust. 

Harold Haywood’s son:

“My father was very involved with the royal family during the Prince’s Trust days in the 1970s and 1980s but remained a close friend and adviser to the Prince.

“I recall my father and late mother, Amy, frequently attending events at Buckingham Palace, including one to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of Charles and Diana just two days before it happened.”

In 1985 Haywood took the Prince on a ‘plain clothes’ visit to a youth hostel and to charity centres in Soho’s red light district.

And yet another paedophile involved in the Prince’s Trust

Sir Harold Haywood was Director of The Prince’s Trust 1977-88
Paedophile Roger Benson started with the prince’s trust in 1980 when Haywood was director. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust – wonder if Haywood appointed Roger Benson?

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Haywood appointed Jimmy Savile as vice-pres of a youth club


Former Director of Prince Charles’ Prince’s Trust is a convicted paedophile

Roger Benson had labelled her “a malicious nutcase and a liar” when he was arrested last year and he did not confess his guilt until she gave evidence in his triallast month.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Benson’s denials had made the girl’s already dreadful abuse worse.

Benson pleaded guilty to five offences of indecent assault that took place on three occasions in September 1986.



Mr. Benson was ‘head hunted’ for the post of Director of Operations, with The Prince’s Youth Business Trust.

March 1980 – October 2001 (21 years)

YOUTH ENTERPRISE SCHEME (N. IRELAND) 16 May 1986 to 24 March 2000 (14 years)


Mr. Benson has had a varied career in industry, education and charity work. Through night school, while undergoing an apprenticeship as a textile designer he won a scholarship to Leeds University to read Textile Technology. After a short period at Courtaulds, he begana career in the academic world, which saw him rise quickly through the ranks to become Head of Hotel, and Institutional Management, at Leeds Polytechnic, which became Leeds Metropolitan University.

Benson has undertaken consultancy/research in small business development with 8 European/North American countries, and with the ILO. He has held many national and international posts, including being the President/Chairman of the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association. (1991 to 1995)

Mr. Benson promotes InBiz in its relationships with the Local, Regional and National Government.

At the time of the assaults, in 1986, Benson was working for the Prince’s trust. The girl told a school friend and the police were alerted but Benson denied the allegations and was not prosecuted until 29 years later.



Prince’s Trust ‘covering its backside’ over child migrant abuse, David Hill says

Former Australian ABC managing director tells UK inquiry the youth charity set up by Prince Charles had child abuse files years before expressing abhorrence



Kevin Spacey – supporter of the Prince’s Trust

Kevin Spacey apologizes for alleged sex assault with a minor


Stephen Fry fundraises for The Prince’s Trust


Stephen Fry’s ‘lurid’ speech was too much even for some of the liberal minded guests at dinner event

The comic treated guests to a graphic story about Gore Vidal’s stay at a top London hotel where he rang a gay escort agency to arrange a boy for an energetic afternoon session.

Fry’s lurid details of the sex act with the young man and what he would or would not perform was too much for some guests. ‘Fry’s speech was deeply distasteful



Fry’s comedy comes under fire.  Plans to stage a comedy penned by actor Stephen Fry about paedophilia in a public school were condemned today.

Plans to stage a comedy penned by actor Stephen Fry about paedophilia in a public school were condemned today.

The play details a homosexual affair between a teacher and his 13-year-old pupil, is to be staged at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe.

But Latin! Or Tobacco and Boys, billed as “a play in two unnatural acts”, has come under fire from a children’s charity and city councillors.

A theatre company is about to sign a contract to stage the comedy as part of the Fringe programme.

Cambridge-based Activated Image said the play celebrated “the love of a man for a 13-year-old boy”.

But the leisure and culture spokesman for Edinburgh’s Conservative Party, James Gilchrist, attacked it as “gratuitous smut”.

He said: “Stephen Fry’s contribution to the world of theatre could be written on the back of a postage stamp.

“What kind of person thinks that paedophilia is funny? .”



Fry still joking about child abuse…last week

 Baftas 2016: Stephen Fry shocks with reference to paedophilia

re: clerical child sex abuse.



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Call for an inquiry into the cover-up of child abuse on the Groucho Club’s members forum

The Groucho club’s management has refused to issue a full and transparent account of the child abuse network, the rapes and the sexual haressment and assult of an employee.

Many of the celebrities now facing allegations, arrested or convicted in the past few years for sexual depravity such as the infant rapist, Ian Watkins, Weinstein, Spacey, Glitter, Saville, Harris, Hall, Max Clifford and others have frequented the Groucho Club. Harvey Weinstein is a lifetime member and was invited to write a chapter in a book about the Groucho Club where he talks about his membership.



Linda Woodhead‏ @LindaWoodhead

IICSA today – Bishop John Hinds of Chichester admits how shocked he was when Bishop Wallace Benn asked for the blemished criminal record check of Revd Rideout to be overlooked, that many mistakes were made, and that the church should not be left to police itself.

Shocking things emerging from IICSA today – Meekings (social worker appointed By Chichester diocese to do a past cases review) says available info on the CRBs etc of clergy later convicted of abuse like Rideout and Peter Ball was missing from the files he was shown.

Church put ‘excessive emphasis’ on forgiving predators, abuse inquiry told

Young victims ‘were often made to feel responsible’

05 March 2018

Clergy figures accused of sexual offences against children were repeatedly allowed to keep close ties to the church, the inquiry heard.

Father Robert Coles

Robert Coles

Retired priest Robert Coles admitted 11 charges of sexual offences against under-age boys


Several of those arrested continued playing an active part in religious life, including Reverend Robert Coles, who was arrested in 1997 but performed more than 100 services at a parish in East Sussex between 1998 and 2002.

No-one at the parish knew of his past, it was heard, and he is alleged to have sexually groomed a child between 2007 and 2008.

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The Bishop of Lewes at the time, Wallace Benn, had accompanied Coles to the police station when he was arrested, Ms Scolding said, adding: “It is accepted that the senior clergy, including the Archdeacon of Lewes, the Bishop of Lewes and the Bishop of Chichester, as well as the diocesan safeguarding advisor knew of this arrest.”

Coles had even met with church figures including Bishop Benn before his arrest and retirement in 1997 and admitted to sexual activity with children, described as “buggery” or “inappropriate fondling”.

He was not placed on any list for clergy that have acted in an unfit manner and was permitted to continue at his ministry until retirement.

In 2012, Coles pleaded guilty to charges of indecent assault and buggery against three boys aged between 10 and 16 in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was sentenced in February 2013 to 8 years imprisonment.


Background on Rideout;

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Peter Ball with Peter Canon Gordon Rideout, from Polegate, East Sussex, who was jailed for 10 years in May 2014. He  was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.




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Gordon Rideout

Canon Gordon Rideout was the vicar of All Saints Church in Eastbourne for 25 years.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was chaplain at Moira House School, Eastbourne, until 2003, and chairman of governors at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne until November 2011.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was a serial sex offender who preyed on young children across the south of England.

In 2013, Rideout, 74, was jailed for 10 years at Lewes Crown Court after being convicted of two attempted rapes and 34 indecent assaults on 16 boys and girls

In the 1970s Canon Gordon Rideout was taken to a military court on child sex-abuse charges.

At that time Rideout was chaplain on a military base.





Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

Extraordinary evidence at this morning – Roger Meekings who did the Chichester diocese pasr cases review says the files on Peter Ball, Gordon Rideout (& others) were filleted so he didn’t see evidence about their abuse. Question now is who filleted them?

Roger Meekings

IICSA Roger Meekings carried out an independent review into past cases of abuse in the diocese of Chichester.

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Meekings was a Professional Supervisor to Shirley Hosgood, former Child Protection Officer, Chichester Diocese.

Linda Woodhead‏ @LindaWoodhead

Didn’t Shirley Hosgood and Bishop Hind say to the inquiry that only the bishop (or bishops) could access the blue files?

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*Schedule amendment* Angela Sibson to give evidence tomorrow with read evidence from Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and Kate Wood to follow from Canon Ian Gibson.

Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

Is Dame “we don’t want to give the press a bishop” Butler-Sloss not giving evidence in person?Not so long ago she was going to run this show

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Nikita McNeill changes the line of questioning to the Past Cases Review

Counsel to the Inquiry Nikita McNeill ask Canon Ian Gibson about the blue files and the status of the files when Canon Ian Gibson took over the job and responsibility of them

Roger Meekings tell the Inquiry that in 2009-2011 the Diocese of Chichester was a very male orientated environment and a female safeguarding officer provided a challenge to male authority

Canon Ian Gibson: “There wasn’t a blue file for Peter Ball”

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about the allegations against Canon Gordon Rideout and his blemished disclosure

Canon Gordon Rideout’s blemished CRB was a safeguarding issue and was raised at a senior staff meeting – Canon Ian Gibson tells InquiryCSA

Bishop Wallace asked Bishop John not to disclose blemished CRB information on Canon Gordon Rideout to the safeguarding advisor of the diocese as he is a friend and much respected person

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about why he believes management experience is important for bishop

Counsel to the Inquiry Nikita McNeill hands over questioning of Canon Ian Gibson to the Chair and Panel.

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Gordon Rideout, Army Chaplain (status of Officer): Court Martial for allegations of abuse against children of Soldiers in the Ranks.

Nikita McNeill asks Canon Ian Gibson about the allegations against Canon Gordon Rideout and his blemished disclosure

‘Blemished disclosure’ on his CRB (Criminal Records Check)?

Panel asks about Bishop Wallace’s knowledge of Roy Cotton’s conviction

The Church of England recruited and posted to multiple parishes Roy Cotton despite his 1954 conviction

Canon Ian Gibson: “There wasn’t a blue file for Peter Ball”

There was – allegedly – no ‘Blue File’ (Personel) on

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“Bishop Wallace asked Bishop John not to disclose blemished CRB information on Canon Gordon Rideout to the safeguarding advisor of the diocese as he is a friend and much respected person”

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Why has the BBC quoted ‘s false statement? Yesterday’s

@CallumMay Would you ask whoever produced this piece to correct Martin Warner’s factually inaccurate statement


Child sexual abuse inquiry considers Jehovah’s Witnesses UK investigation

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse says there have been ‘a considerable number’ of complaints

Mar 8 2018

The national public inquiry into child sexual abuse is considering whether to conduct a separate investigation into The Jehovah’s Witnesses UK after it received a large number of reports about the organisation.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is currently looking at the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

It is examining institutional failures in the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches but has yet to do anything specific on other religious organisations.

An IICSA spokesperson said that while it was currently delivering its existing programme, the panel would “consider calls for a Jehovah’s Witnesses-specific investigation carefully” as work progressed.

IICSA would not say how many reports it had received about the Jehovah’s Witnesses but said there were a “considerable number”. It noted that both members of the public and MPs had raised their concerns, but would not say which politicians had spoken to them.

One solicitor representing abuse victims said she believed there were thousands of complaints of abuse in the UK.

As with other other religious groups facing IICSA scrutiny, there are claims from victims’ representatives and campaigners that practices within the Jehovah’s Witnesses UK organisation compromised child safety. Alleged child abuse victims within the faith had been told not to report it to the police, numerous sources said. And one solicitor said that in order for alleged victims to take allegations of sexual abuse further they had to have two witnesses.

There are also concerns that the power held by senior Jehovah’s Witnesses has historically made alleged victims of abuse fear that they will not be believed. It is alleged that in some cases the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses who are excluded from the faith, or disfellowshipped, are cut off from their family and friends makes coming forward too great a risk to consider.

In a statement, Jehovah’s Witnesses insisted that congregation elders were not shielded from abuse and that the organisation had robust child protection policies.

Alex Chalk, the Conservative MP for Cheltenham, told the Guardian that he was one of those who wrote to IICSA after two constituents approached him saying that abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses was systemic.

He said: “I am waiting to hear back from IICSA and depending on what they say, I am planning to raise the issue in parliament and seek a backbench debate on it. I am not prepared to see this rest, not least because if we are going to drain the swamp it would be a huge missed opportunity not to deal with this [the Jehovah Witness abuse allegations] at same time of other aspects … it would be regrettable unfinished business.”

IICSA was set up in 2014 to “expose those failures and learn the lessons” from the past after the 2011 death of BBC presenter Jimmy Savile, when hundreds of people came forward to say he had abused them as children.

In 2015 the IICSA ordered leaders of 18 religious groups, including the Jehovah’s Witnesses, to release documents of interest to the inquiry. It said it encourages all victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to engage with the inquiry.

Kathleen Hallisey, senior solicitor in the abuse team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, said she welcomed news of a potential new investigation but wanted a firm commitment.

“The Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to recognise the issue of child abuse in their organisation or to create robust safeguarding procedures to protect children. An investigation by IICSA into the Jehovah’s Witnesses is an opportunity for the inquiry to effect real change in an organisation that refuses to shine a light on child abuse and protect children,” she alleged.

Hallisey said she is currently acting on behalf of 15 alleged victims of abuse in the Jehovah’s Witnesses and believed there were thousands more complaints of abuse in this country.

Louise Goode, a former Jehovah’s Witness, says she left the faith because of its responses to allegations of child sexual abuse. “Since leaving … I have become an activist and my aim is to ensure that all abuse cases or suspected safeguarding issues are reported immediately to the police rather than being dealt with in a secretive way in house by three elders who have had no safeguarding training.”

Along with colleagues she started a charity called JW Support Foundation to direct ex-members to information, help and support with all the issues they face when leaving the group.

The Charity Commission is already investigating the Jehovah’s Witnesses charity, the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain. It is examining the child safeguarding policy and procedures further.

In 2017, a Jehovah’s Witness congregation in Manchester was criticised by the Charity Commission over its handling of allegations of child sex abuse by a senior member.

In a statement, Jehovah’s Witnesses said it “abhorred child abuse, and view it as a heinous crime and sin. The safety of our children is of the utmost importance.”

It added: “Whether the victim or parents decide to report the matter is not contingent on the number of witnesses to the offence or whether a confession has been made. Congregation elders do not shield abusers from the authorities or from the consequences of their actions.”


Phil King‏ @CllrPhilKing Mar 3

Mr Vaz seems well enough to author articles for the Guardian but not to answer questions from the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner for ‘medical reasons’ from 2016?

 Keith Vaz pictured with Shatrughan Sinha in Leicester


Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz beams at film gala months after rent boy probe shelved ‘for medical reasons’

The Labour MP has travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia since the Commons’ sleaze watchdog was forced to halt their investigation in December

15th March 2018

But in December, an investigation into whether he broke strict Commons rules over MPs’ conduct had to be suspended for unknown “medical reasons”.

Vaz, who was accused of paying for rent boys and was taped discussing buying cocaine, quit as boss of the Commons Home Affairs committee in September 2016 following the sordid allegations.

Since then, the Leicester East MP has opened opened a new swimming pool, attended planning meetings, travelled nearly 5,000 miles to India and took a trip to Saudi Arabia, Daily Mail reports.

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog launched a probe after Vaz’s involvement with male prostitutes was exposed in newspaper sting in 2016.

 Keith Vaz is under investigation over a rent boy scandal

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Keith Vaz is under investigation over a rent boy scandal

During the meeting, Vaz claimed to be a washing machine salesman called Jim and discussed buying cocaine with one of the Romanian rent boys.

The watchdog was investigating whether his behaviour caused “significant damage” to the reputation of Parliament.

The Standards Commissioner’s inquiry was initially delayed while the police investigated the allegations of his sordid affair.

But the police probe was dropped 2016 and the watchdog was due to look at whether the MP was guilty of a conflict of interest as he had been leading a review of vice laws at the time.


Bishop turned ‘blind eye’ to Bexhill vicar’s abuse, inquiry hears

A damning image of ‘wilful blindness’ in historic cases of sexual abuse of children who were ‘terrified and silenced’ by clergy in Sussex has been set out at a public inquiry. Fiona Scolding QC, lead counsel to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), said yesterday that abuse that left an ‘indelible scar’ on children was often ignored or forgiven.

In one segment, Miss Scolding described abuse by a Reverend Colin Pritchard, former vicar of St Barnabas’ Church in Bexhill and a church in Sedlescombe. She said: “There have been suggestions about the culture of abuse operated by Reverend Pritchard and that Bishop Peter Ball turned a blind eye to that abuse.” Pritchard was arrested in 1997 on suspicion of sexual offences, and again in 2007. Miss Scolding said: “There were no restrictions upon his ability to attend church or be involved in ministry with children from his arrest until July 2007.

Reverend Pritchard, who was vicar of St Barnabas in Bexhill, pleaded guilty in 2008 to seven counts of sexual assault on two boys and was jailed for five years. Pritchard – now known as Ifor Whittaker – was convicted last month of sex offences against a boy and jailed for 16 years. The crimes were when he worked in Sedlescombe, police said. Speaking on behalf of the Diocese of Chichester and Archbishops’ Council for the Church of England, Nigel Giffin QC said the Church’s response to abuse in the last few decades was ‘not nearly good enough’. The IICSA inquiry will look into how far institutions failed to protect children from sexual abuse within the Anglican Church. It focuses on abuse within the Diocese of Chichester, which covers all of Sussex, as a case study. Miss Scolding said: “As a society we have over the past 10 years had to examine some uncomfortable truths about our wilful blindness to such abuse.” Richard Scorer, speaking on behalf of many of the victims, said: “The Church of England claims to offer moral guidance to the country yet clerical sexual abuse cases powerfully undermine the claim. This leads to the cover-up of abuse. “The question is whether the Church can be trusted to put its own house in order.” In a statement, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said: “The failures that we have seen are deeply shaming and I personally find them a cause of horror and sadness. “That children have been abused within the communities of the church is indeed shameful.” The inquiry continues.


Church hit by 48 child abuse claims in one diocese, inquiry told

06 March 2018

The extent of the Church of England’s failure to identify, expose and punish child abusers within its ranks is set to be laid bare by a major inquiry, which heard of a “widespread culture of denial” yesterday.

Abusers were in some cases able to work unchallenged in the church for decades and evidence from witnesses will point to a catalogue of potential failures, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was told.


A 63-year-old man has been charged with a number of historical child sex offences which were alleged to have taken place at a children’s home in Radford.

Michael Robinson, 63, of Hermit Hill, Sheffield has been charged with 19 serious sex offences against children.

These include indecent assaults, possession of images and gross indecency.

All the charges relate to incidents that took place between 1981 to 1983 at Hazlewood Children’s Home, in Radford.

The charges were brought against Mr Robinson following an investigation by officers from Nottinghamshire Police’s Operation Equinox.



They relate to different victims.

A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “Operation Equinox is the force’s dedicated team investigating allegations of historical abuse of children at children’s homes and other institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.”

Ministers drop move over mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse

In 2016 the Government unveiled proposals to introduce a statutory duty to report or act on abuse or neglect.

6 March 2018

Ministers have dropped a move that could have resulted in administrative or support staff at school facing jail if they failed to raise the alarm about child abuse.

In 2016 the Government unveiled proposals to place people who work in roles that bring them into contact with children under a statutory duty to report or act on abuse or neglect.

Two possible models were outlined in a consultation document published by the Home Office and Department for Education in July 2016.

One was a mandatory reporting duty which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect “if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place”.

The other would introduce a “duty to act” requiring staff or bodies to take appropriate action, which could include reporting.

There is currently no general legal requirement on those working with children to report either known or suspected child abuse or neglect.

Statutory guidance states that those who work with children and families should report to the local authority immediately if they think a child may have been or is likely to be abused or neglected.

The Government said the consultation received more than 760 responses from social workers, police officers, local government, children’s charities, educators and health professionals, victim support groups, and other members of the public.

The majority of responses disagreed with the concept of introducing new statutory requirements.

The proposals would have placed caretakers, caterers and secretaries at risk of criminal action.

Ministers concluded that the evidence received does not demonstrate that either of the proposals would sufficiently improve outcomes for children – pointing to feedback suggesting the measures could risk creating unnecessary burdens, divert attention from the most serious cases and hamper professional judgment.

The Government also noted that England already has a higher rate of reporting than countries where such duties are in place, and the evidence from serious case reviews, Ofsted inspections and the consultation responses does not suggest there is a systemic problem.


Survivors of Catholic church abuse in Ireland demand papal meeting

Men hope to use visit by Pope Francis to ask why church has not paid out agreed compensation

Mar 8 2018

Survivors of sexual and physical abuse in schools run by the Catholic church in Ireland have demanded a meeting with Pope Francis during his visit to the country in the summer to discuss compensation.

The Irish Catholic church has invited the pontiff to a religious conference in August. It will be the first papal visit to Ireland since John Paul II’s tour in 1979.

The Guardian has seen a letter from the Irish Survivors of Child Abuse (Soca), in which the campaign group calls for a meeting with Francis to ask why Catholic religious orders have not paid out more in compensation. The letter has been sent to archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, asking him to pass on their request to the Vatican.

Soca is angry about a deal between the Catholic church and the Irish government in 2002 that resulted in the taxpayer footing most of the bill for compensating those abused in religious institutions.

The deal resulted in the church having to pay out €128m of a €1.3bn compensation bill.

Last year, Ireland’s comptroller and auditor general found that only €85m had been paid out of church funds. On top of its criticism of the deal, Soca said the church should at least be forced to pay out in full the agreed €128m.

In the letter to Martin, one of the co-founders of Soca said survivors also wanted Pope Francis to hear about what they described as the “Violence R Us” culture in religious orders such as the Christian Brothers, which ran Ireland’s notorious industrial schools.

“At this time I don’t intend to recite the sums involved but they are substantial and a debt of honour to Ireland is overdue since much remains unpaid and the orders have shown themselves unworthy in this respect,” John Kelly writes. “These matters should now be handled by the papal authorities in Rome through a special remittances office to be established for the purpose. There should be no further quibbling over money owed to the Irish state.

“We are saddened that notwithstanding numerous inquiries over the past 20 years the religious orders that operated institutions on behalf of church and state have not been properly held to account.”

Soca is hoping to hear a response from the archbishop and the Vatican within the next two weeks.

A 2,600-page report released by a child abuse commission in 2009 found that rape was “endemic” in more than 250 Irish Catholic care institutions from the 1930s to the 1990s and that the church in Ireland protected paedophiles in its ranks from arrest or prosecution.

The report found that boys in industrial schools such as Artane in north Dublin were treated more like convicts and slaves than children.


Peter Webb. Picture: Eddie Mitchell

Peter Webb.
Former Christ Hospital teacher’s sentence increased after appeal

Feb 28 2018

A former Christ’s Hospital School teacher who was jailed for indecently assaulting four boys has had his sentence increased, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was originally sentenced to four years in prison, at Lewes Crown Court, in December 2017. However, Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP appealed the sentence on the grounds it was too low and, following a Court of Appeal decision, Webb’s sentence was increased to five years and six months, the Attorney General said. Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault against four boys when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court in October 2017. He pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file. Speaking after the appeal hearing, the Attorney General said: “His victims lost their innocence and for that his crimes deserved a tougher sentence. I hope the increased sentence can bring some comfort to all those affected.”



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Ex-Archbishop ‘faces probe into Church sex abuse cover-up’: George Carey accused of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect jailed bishop

05 Mar 2018

The former Archbishop of Canterbury could face a police probe over claims the Church covered up the activities of a sex abuse bishop, it was reported last night.

George Carey was last year accused in a report of ‘colluding’ with senior clergy to protect Bishop Peter Ball.

Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working.

Bishop Peter Ball, who groomed and abused 18 vulnerable men from 1977 and 1992, was allegedly not added to a list of questionable ministers in 1993 that enabled him to carry on working

Even though the Metropolitan Police has not started a criminal investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is discussing whether to press charges against Lord Carey, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Prosecutors are said to be reading a 70-page report by Dame Moira Gibb, which was released last summer, in order to decide whether to prosecute.

A spokesman for Operation Hydrant – the investigation into historical allegations of child abuse – said: ‘The matters under consideration are complex, and advice is currently being sought from CPS to understand whether anything contained within the report suggests criminal offences have been committed.

‘This does not equate to a criminal investigation being underway.’ Solicitor David Greenwood, who has represented several of Ball’s victims, criticised the length of time prosecutors were taking.

He said: ‘What’s taking the CPS so long? It’s a 70-page report which was published nine months ago.’ Ball, a former suffragan bishop of Lewes, was let off with a caution for molesting a teenage novice monk in 1993. Although the Church knew of other allegations against him, it was not until 2015 that Ball was finally prosecuted and jailed.

He admitted abusing 18 teenagers and young men who had sought spiritual guidance from him between 1977 and 1992. Last summer the report into the scandal by Dame Moira, titled Abuse of Faith, described the Church’s handling of the scandal as ‘lamentable’.

It found Mr Carey ‘colluded’ with senior clergy to protect Ball. The independent inquiry into the scandal found that the Church of England knew of a string of allegations against Ball, then bishop of Gloucester, but failed to alert the police.

Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury, urged his predecessor to step down from his role as an assistant bishop after the report covering his time as head of the Church of England.

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Some of Ball’s victims called for a criminal investigation into senior clergy after the report found that the Church was ‘more interested in protecting itself’ than helping those he had abused, and that at least nine bishops knew allegations had been made against him.

In a Christmas letter last year, Lord Carey attacked his successor Mr Welby for commenting on his handling of allegations against Ball. The 82-year-old lashed out at the ‘unjust’ request for him to step down over his supposed failings 24 years ago.

The news comes as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse prepares to begin today. The inquiry will spend three weeks analysing the actions of the Anglican Church, and is expected to hear from Mr Welby. A spokesman for the Church of England said it would always cooperate with police, but declined to comment.

A spokesman for the Carey family also declined to comment.


Mr EthicalVerified account @nw_nicholas

They’re all at it. The whole corrupt British establishment kowtowing to a monster because of money.

Mar 8 2018

Tom London‏ @TomLondon

Extraordinary lengthy piece praising the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia on @BBCr4today this morning. Airbrushing away his war crimes in Yemen; his internal repression; his use of executions to silence dissent. This is not journalism. This is propaganda. Shameful.

 The crown prince of Saudi Arabia arriving for a historic meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace

 Clarence House later tweeted out a picture of Prince Mohammed bin Salman with The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge


Police look at bishops’ ‘failure to act’ over sex abuse claims

Police are investigating a complaint by a former priest against senior Church of England clergy that they ignored sex abuse claims, the BBC understands.

Matt Ineson said Church leaders failed to act when he told them, more than 20 years later, that he had been raped by a former Bradford vicar.

His lawyer David Greenwood said police were investigating but South Yorkshire Police would not comment.

The Church’s national safeguarding team said it was investigating complaints.

Mr Ineson said the abuse began when, following a family breakdown at the age of 16, he was sent to stay with Trevor Devamanikkam, who at the time was vicar at St Aidan’s Church.

Trevor Devamanikkam


Mr Devamanikkam, who later lived in Oxfordshire, was subsequently charged with child sex offences but killed himself in June before his case came to court.

Mr Ineson says he first disclosed his alleged abuse to Peter Burrows the Bishop of Doncaster, and Steven Croft, the then Bishop of Sheffield, now Bishop of Oxford, in 2012.

A year later he said he also told the former Archdeacon of Sheffield and Rotherham, now Bishop of Leicester, Martyn Snow.

But he claims they failed to act and that lack of concern for his ordeal led him in 2013 to resign as a parish priest.

Mr Ineson then filed complaints of misconduct with the Church in 2015.

They were lodged against Bishop Croft and Bishop Snow, in addition to the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows and Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

However, the complaints were dismissed by the Church because they were filed outside a time limit of one year.

Since then Mr Ineson has given a lengthy statement to South Yorkshire Police and is calling for an independent review of the way the church handled his disclosure.

He said: “By lies, by cover up, the Church of England has gone out of its way to protect them [the bishops].”

Mr Ineson also showed the BBC a church document which describes him as “one of the survivors” of abuse by Mr Devamanikkam although the Church said “we and the police have only ever dealt with one victim – the memo mistakenly contained a plural reference to ‘survivors'”.

As well as the criminal investigation, Mr Ineson is also pursuing a civil claim for compensation from the Church of England.

The Church of England said Mr Ineson’s complaints were being investigated and once that had been completed it would be commissioning a review of the case.

“The National Safeguarding Team has been involved with it [the case] since it was brought to their attention and are taking it very seriously but it is ongoing therefore we would not comment further at this stage.”

It added: “All allegations of abuse are taken seriously by the Church and we are aware this is a very complex and difficult situation.”

“Matthew’s account of the abuse he suffered as a teenager is harrowing and we regret that the church did not offer him better protection and support at that time.”

The Archbishop of York’s office said: “The Archbishop did not fail to act on any disclosure made. As the Diocesan Bishop has responsibility for matters such as these in his/her Diocese, this is a matter for the Diocesan Bishop to inform the Diocese Safeguarding Adviser.”


Accusers of Vatican treasurer to testify in abuse case

March 4, 2018

The alleged victims in the historic sexual offenses brought against the treasurer for the Vatican are to be questioned in court for the first time this week.

Cardinal George Pell, who stood down from his post in Rome in June last year to fight the case in his home country of Australia after being charged by Victoria police on multiple allegations, is required to attend Melbourne Magistrates Court each day of the four-week long committal hearing.
He strongly denies all the allegations against him, and his lawyer has already informed the court he will officially be pleading not guilty.
The unprecedented case, adding to the numerous abuse scandals that have hit the Catholic Church globally, is the first time such a senior figure in the Holy See has faced criminal charges.
Pell’s first appearance in Melbourne last July played host to an international media contingent of more than 100 reporters, court artists, television crews and photographers who’d gathered at the steps of the court.
The first two weeks of this month’s committal are expected to hear solely from the accusers in a closed court. The remaining two weeks will be dedicated to the cross-examination of at least 40 other witnesses.
Once the committal is over, the magistrate will decide if there is enough evidence to go to trial in a higher court.
“A committal hearing has a similar purpose to a Grand Jury hearing in the US,” Gans explained. “It’s a way to test whether there is enough evidence to go ahead with a serious trial. The major difference is that a committal hearing is heard by a single magistrate (a legally qualified lower-ranked judge), rather than a jury.”
Ingrid Irwin, an Australian lawyer who works in the area of historic sexual abuse in Pell’s hometown of Ballarat, Victoria, says it’s a “great flaw” that in the Australian legal system, the complainants don’t have their own lawyers.
“Alleged victims do not have a lawyer during the criminal case so they are not a party to proceeding yet the case is all about them,” she told CNN. “It seems unjust that the matter is about them, and they are not represented.”


Mr Ineson, who has waived his legal right to anonymity, has given a lengthy statement to South Yorkshire Police and says: “By lies, by cover up, the Church of England has gone out of its way to protect them [the bishops].”

ineson became a vicar at Holy Trinity Church in South Yorkshire and only reported the abuse decades later, in 2012, to the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows.


Michael "Kit" Sean Carson

Michael ‘Kit’ Carson: Ex-football coach charged with abuse of 11 boys

2 March 2018

Michael “Kit” Carson has worked as a coach and scout for a number of clubs

A former youth football coach and scout has been charged with indecently assaulting 11 children.

Michael “Kit” Carson, 74, was charged in connection with a football abuse probe in Cambridgeshire.

He is accused of 11 counts of indecent assault and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, all involving boys under 16.

The alleged offences happened from 1978 to 2009. He will appear at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court on 17 April.

Mr Carson, of St Bartholomew’s Court, Riverside, Cambridge, was initially arrested in January 2017.

He has been released on conditional bail.

Mr Carson has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.

He joined the Canaries as youth manager in 1983, working with children aged nine to 16, before joining Peterborough as an academy director 10 years later.

In 2001, he moved to Cambridge United as head of youth development, a post he retained until 2006, when he left to join Histon FC.

Mr Carson has also worked extensively in Finland – where he began coaching youth teams in 2012 – and took UK youth teams on competitive tours of the country.


Crewe ‘burying heads in sand’ after reneging on promise to conduct independent inquiry into Barry Bennell’s crimes

Crewe Alexandra have abandoned plans to launch an independent inquiry into serial child sex abuse perpetrated by the club’s former youth coach Barry Bennell

Victims of Barry Bennell have accused Crewe Alexandra of “burying their heads in the sand” after the club reneged on their promise to conduct an independent inquiry into child sexual abuse by its jailed youth football coach.

The League Two club issued a 925-word statement on Friday afternoon in which they said they would no longer be launching a planned internal review after claiming there was no need to “duplicate the thorough inquiries” of Cheshire Police, whom they said had found no evidence that anyone at Crewe knew about Bennell’s offending.

Crewe also appeared to question the veracity of claims by the club’s former managing director, Hamilton Smith, that he had reported a complaint of abuse by Bennell in the late 1980s by saying nobody at the club, including current chairman John Bowler and director of football Dario Gradi, had any recollections of Smith ever raising the matter.

In a further move to discredit Smith, the club also questioned why he waited until 2016 to report his concerns to the police, and 2001 to the Football Association, by which time Bennell had already been convicted of offences.

The former Crewe and Manchester City coach was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” and “the devil incarnate” when sentenced last month to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of 43 charges of child sexual abuse throughout the 1980s. Another 86 people have since come forward to make complaints of abuse against him.

It was alleged this week that Bennell was fired by Crewe in January 1992 shortly after he was confronted by parents about his behaviour, rumours of which were claimed to be widespread at the time.

But Crewe said the police investigation “concluded that there was no suggestion that Bennell was dismissed by the club for anything other than football-related reasons” and added that an “extremely thorough” investigation by Cheshire Police had persuaded them to pull the plug on the independent review they promised in November 2016. By contrast, Manchester City are more than a year into their own internal review.

One of Bennell’s victims, Andy Woodward, whose interview with The Guardian at that time gave others the strength to come forward and triggered a wave of allegations that culminated in the coach’s trial at Liverpool Crown Court, reacted furiously to Crewe’s statement and accused the club of hiding behind the police. The statement also made no comments on allegations by the BBC this week that a Crewe employee was asked to remove pornography from the home computer of then manager Gradi in 2001. Gradi has always denied any wrongdoing.

“This statement speaks for itself,” Woodward said. “Once again the victims come last, after the reputation of the club. What has happened has ruined mine, my family and many, many others that played for the club as vulnerable children. I’m bitterly disappointed with their response, but I’d rather focus my energy on driving change, so no club can let this happen again, than dwell on the past.

“Crewe had a moral responsibility to investigate their own failings. Instead they seem to want to bury their heads in the sand and, if nothing else, at least people can now see the way the club operate.

“As far as I know, they have not asked to speak to any of the former players from this harrowing court case to learn about how this scandal happened and what could have been done to prevent it. A police investigation, looking for possible crimes, is entirely different to an independent inquiry being set up to investigate what went wrong and make sure it never happens again. For the many victims, this is just another kick in the teeth but, as shocking as it is, nothing should really surprise us about Crewe any more.”

Woodward’s sentiments were echoed in a statement by The Offside Trust, the charity set up by some of Bennell’s victims to support survivors of child sexual abuse in sport. “We believe that these clubs have a moral responsibility to open their doors to a truly independent investigation,” the trust said. “If clubs having nothing to hide, they should not shirk from this duty.

“The healing process for survivors will not be easy. But it is made more difficult when individuals and institutions refuse to properly address the past and fail to demonstrate any empathy and remorse. We sincerely hope that clubs will acknowledge this and agree to appropriate independent scrutiny.”


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Charlotte de Rothschild and Danielle Perrett

May 25, 2012

Charlotte and Danielle have worked together since 1993 and are one of the most successful soprano and harp duos around. In the past decade they have toured France, South Korea, Japan, USA and UK.


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Danielle Perrett and Charlotte de Rothschild ( one of The Remaining Heirs Of The Legendary Rothschild Dynasty)

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Danielle Perrett (centre)

World-renowned harpist who played for Queen jailed for sexually abusing schoolboy

27 FEB 2018

Danielle Perrett, who has performed for the Queen and several Prime Ministers, had earlier been convicted of separately indecently assaulting the boy while he was in his early teens

Perrett, from Alpheton near Sudbury in Suffolk, performed at Prince Philip’s 70th birthday party and has also played for Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Princess Anne, Prince Edward and the Duchess of York.

 Her ex-fiance Richard Barton-Wood, 68, was also found guilty of separately indecently assautling the boy in the 1980s.Barton-Wood had worked as a substitute teacher at his school.
The survivor said Barton-Wood sexually assaulted him on sailing trips and camping trips, and that on separate occasions Perrett took his virginity and performed sex acts on him.


Barton-Wood, from Wymondham in Norfolk, is a warden and publicity officer at 12th century Wymondham Abbey.

He is said to have been working as a teacher in Suffolk when the offences allegedly took place.


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Danielle Perrett

Previous Clients, Venues and Occasions
Where Danielle Has Performed

Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip on the occasion of the latter’s 70th birthday

Dinners & receptions for:

HRH the Prince & late Princess of Wales

HRH the Princess Royal

HRH Prince Edward

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

HRH Princess Alexandra

HRH the Duchess of York

HRH the Duchess of Kent

the late Earl & Countess Spencer

Members of her Majesty’s Government

The US Ambassador and members of Senate 

Belvoir Castle, Leics



East India


Royal Overseas League







More Rothschilds linked to paedophiles:

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Miriam Rothschild  During World War II, she joined a group of scientists working at Bletchley Park on the Enigma decryption project working as a code breaker. She received a Defence Medal from the British government for her work. 

She also helped marshal scientific evidence on homosexuality for the Wolfenden Committee (the Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution)


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Miss Miriam Rothschild wrote the intro to paedophile Michael Salmon’s book on butterflies (the favourite Lepidoptera of the MK Ultra gang).
Miriam Rothschild was the sister of Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild, 3rd Baron Rothschild, who was a good friend of Edward Heath, Blunt, Burgess, worked for MI5 during World War II and alleged to have been the ‘fifth Spy’.
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Michael Salmon was a friend of Jimmy Savile’s.  He worked and abused at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and part of Dreamflight charity.
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Hannah Rothschild and Prince Charles
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Jessica de Rothschild
Jessica and Hannah Rothschild are listed in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book
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Jacob Rothschild with Perer Mandelson ( Mandelson also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book )
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Peter Mandelson – patron of the NSPCC (National Society for the Protection of Children)

Peter Mandelson lobbied Blair to give Janner a peerage AFTER sex abuse claims: Grandee said to have asked then-Labour leader about ennobling him ahead of 1997 election

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  • Janner was made a peer six years after being accused of child sex abuse
Leon Britten or Greville Janner … the police were told “take no action ”
Lord Goodman was the chief solicitor for the Board of British Deputies and answering directly to Rothschild.
This is why so many boys who went to police were turned away with the single statement, “no one will believe you, go away and live with it”
It is known 20 boys complained about Janner
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Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Joanna Lumley, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York and Mark Shand attend the Elephant Parade – Launch Party on June 23, 2009

 IICSA – Fairbridge

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Sir William Slim, Chief Scout of the Commonwealth

The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad

Feb 26 2018

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Slim Williams with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Three former Fairbridge boys have claimed that the then-Australian Governor General, Lord Slim, sexually molested them during rides in his chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce while visiting the home. It is understood these allegations could be considered by the inquiry.

The inquiry could also definitively answer a crucial historical question. Did the British government know it was sending children to be mistreated in a foreign country?

Margaret Humphreys is adamant: “We want to know what happened, we want to know who did it, and we want to know who covered it up for so long.”

In fact, government files reveal that there was a time when the migration programme could have been stopped. It came in 1956 when three officials went to Australia to inspect 26 institutions which took child migrants.

There was enough warning of this “fact-finding mission” to allow a Fairbridge official to warn the manager of the Molong farm

The resulting report, delivered back to the British government, was fairly critical. It identified a general lack of expertise in child care and worried that children were living in institutions in remote rural areas, whereas the trend in Britain was towards fostering them into urban families.

However the report had a second “secret” section, never published, which went a little further.

This named names – including those of five institutions which were not up to standard. When the UK’s Home Office saw the report, it wanted five more added to create what became an infamous blacklist – places which should not receive more children because of poor standards of care. Fairbridge Molong and Bindoon were both on the list.

  • St Joseph’s orphanage, Sydney
  • Dhurringile Rural Training Farm, Victoria
  • St Joseph’s, Neerkol, nr Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Salvation Army Training Farm, Riverview, Queensland
  • Methodist Home, Magill, Adelaide
  • St Vincent’s Orphanage, Castledare
  • St Joseph’s Farm School, Bindoon, Western Australia
  • St John Bosco Boys’ Town, Glenorchy, Hobart
  • Fairbridge Farm School, Pinjarra, Western Australia
  • Fairbridge Farm School, Molong, New South Wales

But the report had barely scratched the surface. It made no mention of sexual or physical abuse.

Dring the post-war years, sexual accusations were made against three principals of the Fairbridge Farm School at Molong.

David Hill has revealed they included a claim that Frederick Woods – the man who beat boys with a hockey stick – was “sexually perverted” and had abused a girl resident. An internal investigation exonerated him.

This does not appear to have been disclosed by the Fairbridge Society either to the public or the 1956 inspectors. They had a schedule to keep to, and their visits to institutions spread across a vast country were fleeting.

Something strongly resembling a cover-up began. Files held at the National Archive set out the response of government officials. One wrote in 1957 that the Overseas Migration Board, which advised the government, was “sorry the mission was sent at all”.

Some on the board “urged very strongly that the report should not be published.”

The government archives record that at a meeting with the organisations running the migrant programmes, Lord John Hope, under-secretary of state for Commonwealth relations, discussed what would be disclosed to parliament from the report.

“I think you can rely upon us to do what we can in as much as we shall pick out all the good bits,” he said. “I shall not be in the least critical in Parliament.”

The UK Fairbridge Society piled on its own pressure – its president was the Duke of Gloucester, uncle to the Queen. Officials discussed the “immediate parliamentary repercussions” which could result from holding up the migrant programme.

Sir Colin Anderson, the director of the Orient Line, which benefited from the business of shipping the children, appealed for the report not to be made public because of the controversy it might cause.

In a sympathetic phone call, a senior official from the Overseas Migration Board responded that the Fairbridge Society was an “extremely fine endeavour for which everyone felt the highest praise”.

And what did the government do? Files at the National Archive show officials squirmed in institutional discomfort at the idea of taking any meaningful action.

In June 1957 the Commonwealth Relations Office sent a secret telegram to the UK High Commission in Australia – “we do not want to withhold approval”, it said, for more children to to be sent from the UK.

After more pressure from the Fairbridge Society, 16 children waiting to travel were sent on their way.

The key recommendation of the inspectors, that the British home secretary agree each and every decision to send a child, was quietly shelved.

The Fairbridge Society continued to ship out children, though concentrated on those whose mothers intended to join them later.

“The British government not only continued to approve children to be sent, but they financially subsidised for them to go. To institutions they had put on a blacklist unfit for children, condemned.”

Molong Farm School finally closed in 1973. The Fairbridge Society is now part of the Prince’s Trust and still runs activity holidays for children.


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The report criticises Her Majesty’s Government for the policy of child migration and recommends that all child migrants are financially compensated by HMG through a redress scheme.

More on Fairbridge and royal connections here




Following the Preliminary Hearing on 31st January 2018, I am providing a brief overview of those who have been given core participant status in this Westminster strand element of the inquiry, as well as those who were refused.  You can find further details here.


Core participants, name of legal/representation and reason for application:

  • Crown Prosecution Service(CPS): Alastair Tidball: CPS has played a direct and significant role in relation to matters under investigation and/or has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation and/or any other reason. The application is put on the basis that as part of the Westminster investigation, the Inquiry will investigate the responses of a wide range of institutions, including the CPS, and will also consider whether prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed.
  • Esther Baker: Ms Baker alleges that she was sexually assaulted by persons of public prominence associated with Westminster and that there were institutional failings in connection with that alleged abuse by police and law enforcement services. Ms Baker also alleges related failings by public officers and bodies.
  • Home Office: Sarah Townsend: The application is put on the basis that Whitehall has given consideration as to how best government departments might assist the Inquiry in the Westminster investigation and that if core participant status is granted, the Home Office will assume the role of the lead government department in coordinating the provision of material to the Inquiry.
  • IPCC (now IOPC): Rachel Taylor: The IPCC is currently managing a significant number of investigations into concerns that Police officers failed to adequately investigate allegations of child sexual abuse in relation to a number of people of public prominence associated with Westminster. The  Westminster investigation will investigate allegations that Ministers, party whips, political parties, the intelligence and/or security services, law enforcement agencies, and/or prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed.
  • Labour Party: Gerald Shamash: As the Labour Party is one of the main political parties at Westminster and has formed governments and the official opposition throughout the period likely to be under examination in this investigation.
  • Metropolitan Police Service: Sabrina Castiglione: The Commissioner, in her role as Chief Officer of Police of the Metropolis has a significant interest in the matters which the Inquiry will consider. The investigation will consider whether law enforcement agencies, and/or prosecuting authorities were aware of the involvement of people of public prominence associated with Westminster in the sexual abuse of children, and failed to take adequate steps to prevent any such abuse from occurring and/or took steps to prevent such abuse from being revealed. It is also stated that the Commissioner will have a direct and significant interest in ensuring that any recommendations which the Inquiry may make can be implemented, and also that the basis that the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) may be subject to criticism in its handling of investigations into allegations of child sexual abuse.
  • RO-A1: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1960s whilst he was a resident at Cambridge House.  He states that Smith pressured him to change the statement that he had made to police.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A1 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A2: As above.
  • RO-A4: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1960s whilst he was a resident at Cambridge House.  He states that Smith pressured him to change the statement that he had made to police and allegation that the Government had served a D-notice to prevent publications of allegations concerning Cyril Smith.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A4 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A5: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the late 1980s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A5 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A6: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the 1960s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A6 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A7: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith in the early 1970s whilst he was a resident at Knowl View.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A7 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • RO-A8: Alleges that he was sexually assaulted by Cyril Smith after he became a resident at Knowl View in 1969.  Possible failure of ‘Westminster’ institutions in connection with allegations made against Cyril Smith was raised by RO-A8 and others at the Rochdale hearings; those matters were outside the scope of the Rochdale investigation, but they are of relevance to the Westminster investigation.
  • TIM HULBURT:  Played a significant part in revealing information relating to the possible funding of the Paedophile Information Exchange in the late 1970s by the Voluntary Services Unit based at the Home Office, where he was a consultant.
  • WILTSHIRE POLICE: May have a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters to which the Inquiry relates and that they may be subject to explicit or significant criticism during the Inquiry proceedings or in the report, or in any interim report. The Inquiry may wish to conduct a review of Operation Conifer(Edward Heath) as part of the Westminster investigation.


  • David Chalmers: Mr Chalmers states that he was formerly a high level Special Branch asset and a central component of a major phone trace and tap operation which was set up to counter a “black psychological operation” targeting the author of some contentious inquiries into child sexual abuse during the 1980s and 1990s.  Mr Chalmers believes this operation was being driven by high-level elements within the state apparatus. Mr Chalmers states that he acted with the authority of former Prime Minister John Major. Mr Chalmers states that the author’s identity was leaked and that the operation became subject to a D-notice. Mr Chalmers states that he can provide full details to the Inquiry.  I have concluded that, by reason of the information that he has provided and the allegations he has made, Mr Chalmers is best placed to assist the Inquiry as a
    witness rather than as a Core Participant.
  • Jonathan Brackenbury: The application is put on the basis that he alleges child sexual abuse as a military recruit serving in HM Forces over a period of eight years. He says that he has been pursuing the Ministry of Defence for an acknowledgment and that he has accumulated a large volume of correspondence associated with this. He also says that he has previously provided information to Operation Midland.  He subsequently wrote to the Inquiry on 14 January 2018 indicating that he wished to withdraw his application for designation in this investigation. He confirmed his willingness to be called as a witness regarding his experience of working as a Homeless Housing Worker in the West End / Earls Court area of London in the 1980s and information he supplied to Operation Midland as a result. He also confirmed his intention to file submissions in the future asking the Inquiry to open a separate investigation relating to child sexual abuse in the military.
  • Daniel Janner QC, Laura Janner-Klausner, Marion Janner: Greville Janner‘s children were denied core participant status due to the fact Janner has his own separate strand to the inquiry.  Mr Janner had a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under the Janner Investigation, in which he had already been granted core participant status, it was not appropriate to grant Mr Janner core participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.  (It’s also worth mentioning that Daniel Janner seemingly told Robert Mendick of his intention to ‘undermine the enquiry from within.’)
  • G-1:  Allegations and awareness of abuse at his school and by clergy of
    the English Benedictine Congregation while in attendance at Fort Augustus School.  He was approached by Exaro News, which he says asked him to amend his police statement to include claims of abuse involving Westminster.’ He believes that his own story of abuse by clergy of the English Benedictine Congregation was adopted and erroneously featured in the ‘Westminster story’.  This does not fall within the scope of the Westminster investigation.
  • WM-A1: States that he told a social worker at Kent County Council and his school headmaster about his allegations, but this was not followed up. He was involved in the ‘rent-boy’ scene in London in the 1960s, and aware of politicians other than Heath attending parties at which sexual behaviour occurred.  His experiences as part of the ‘rent-boy’ scene and his knowledge of the involvement of politicians, as set out in his application and submissions, may well make him a useful witness to this investigation.
  • WM-A4: Alleged that he was raped at Dolphin Square while under the care of Hackney Social Services by a person he believed to have been Lord Janner. He also alleged that he was abused at a care home in Haringey and that Hackney Social Services had been aware of this abuse.  WM-A4 states he was taken to the Apollo nightclub where a police officer took his details and to whom, it is said, it must have been obvious that WM-A4 was young and vulnerable. He also referred to photographs being taken and to WM-A4 being told that the photographs were in a pamphlet which was being shown at Westminster.  WM-A4 was advised to apply for CP status under the Janner strand instead.
  • JA-A10: While JA-A10 has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation in the Janner investigation, in which JA-A10 has already been granted Core Participant status, it is not appropriate to grant him Core Participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.
  • JA-A11: While JA-A11 has a significant interest in an important aspect of the matters under investigation in the Janner investigation, in which JA-A11 has already been granted Core Participant status, it is not appropriate to grant him Core Participant status additionally in the Westminster investigation.
  • JA-A13: As above.
  • JA-A17: As above.
  • JA-A2: As above.
  • JA-A20: As above.
  • JA-A22: As above.
  • JA-A23: As above.
  • JA-A24: As above.
  • JA-A25: As above.
  • JA-A26: As above.
  • JA-A27: As above.
  • JA-A3: As above.
  • JA-A5: As above.
  • JA-A9: As above.
  • SABINE MCNEIL:  Received information from others relevant to alleged child sexual abuse and the alleged existence of a cult in Hampstead, said to be connected with Hampstead Christchurch, and that she can provide information about the actions of a number of agencies, including councils and the police, in relation to these allegations. Ms McNeill expressly states that she is not aware of evidence relating to child sexual abuse by “Westminster personalities” but says that the harassment which she has experienced can only be explained by orders “from ‘high up’”.  This does not fall within the scope of the Westminster investigation.
  • SARAH MCDONAGH: provided evidence of a paedophile ring connected to the Sussex Western Bench on which Ms McDonagh sat as a Magistrate, evidence which she says was suppressed by a number of people.  Ms McDonagh also provides general information regarding Freemasonry in the Chichester area and its alleged influence on the courts, and comments on the reputation of Seaford College.


The full list of all those granted core participant status can be found here.

Justin Welby is to give evidence in person at IICSA on 21 March.


Lord Janner’s children denied formal role in Westminster child abuse probe

The family has been refused the right to directly participate in the investigation into allegations of child sex abuse.

Lord Janner’s children have been denied core participant status in the inquiry into allegations of child abuse in Westminster.

The late politician is alleged to have abused youngsters over a period spanning more than 30 years dating back to the 1950s – allegations strenuously denied by his family.

A strand of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has been formed specifically focusing on the Labour peer.

His son Daniel Janner QC and daughters Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Marion Janner have been granted core participant status – giving them a formal role in the inquiry process – in the Lord Janner strand but have been refused such a position in the strand focusing on Westminster.

Mr Janner has said it is “astonishing and unfair” that the family has lost its application for core participant status.

“If my father was alive it is unthinkable that he would have been refused core participation status,” he said.

“He served in Westminster for over 40 years.

“It is now my privilege to continue to fight for his reputation despite the collapse of all civil claims against his estate.

“Nobody will be there to defend his reputation in a Kafkaesque process.”

He accused Professor Alexis Jay, who is leading the inquiry, of being “blind to the obvious risk of my late father’s good name being trashed in the Westminster strand”.

In her decision ruling Professor Jay said it was “not appropriate” for the family to have core status in the Westminster strand as well as the Lord Janner strand.

She added: “To the extent that Mr Janner’s application is based on concerns about his father’s reputation, and his ability to respond to allegations made about his father, these are matters for the Janner Investigation in which Mr Janner has already been granted core participant status.”


Former Celtic kit man appears in court on child sex abuse charges

Jim McCafferty pleaded not guilty to three charges after being reprimanded in custody for over a year.

24 FEB 2018

Former Celtic kit man Jim McCafferty has pleaded not guilty to three charges of child sex abuse in court.

The 72-year-old appeared in the dock in Belfast after spending 444 days on remand in HMP Maghaberry in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

McCafftery used a walking aid to get into court 11 at Laganside courts, and wearing a brown v-neck jumper and gray sweat pants, he sat with his head bowed occasionally with a female guard at his side.

He pleaded not guilty to three charges of sexual assault on a boy.

The first charge was intentionally touching a male under the age of 16 without consent at some time between December 6, 2012 and December 8, 2013.

Additional medical reports have been ordered and a date for trial was set for May 21.

McCafferty, who is from Motherwell but has been living in South Belfast in recent years, will remain on remand in Maghaberry Jail until trial.

McCafferty was arrested after walking into a Belfast police station in December 2016 following a series of revelations in the Daily Record.

McCafferty worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago.

He was a kit man for other Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland.

McCafferty also coached at youth clubs in West Lothian.



Former Sussex priest, Colin Pritchard, jailed for sex abuse against boy

Feb 22 2018

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Ifor Whittaker was previously known as Colin Pritchard

A “disgusting and despicable” ex-Anglican priest has been jailed for sexually abusing a boy and conspiring with another priest to abuse the child.


2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.


more here: https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/update-on-peter-ball-establishment-cover-up-ball-investigated-in-2008-for-being-part-of-a-suspected-paedophile-ring/

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Ifor Whittaker, formerly Colin Pritchard, was convicted of abusing the boy, aged between 10 and 16 when the abuse happened in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 73-year-old also conspired with ex-clergyman Roy Cotton, who has since died, to commit sex acts.

Whittaker, of Rectory Road, Sutton, south London, was jailed for 16 years.

He was told he will serve a minimum of 10 years in prison. He is already a registered sex offender for life after a previous conviction.

Sentencing Whittaker, Judge Paul Tain described the priest’s behaviour as “disgraceful, disgusting and despicable”,

He said: “It was an obvious and clear case of grooming, where he carefully manipulated a vulnerable child.”

Whittaker had “attempted to bamboozle, cheat and mislead the jury”, the judge said.

He said the abuser had “plied the victim with alcohol” and “emotionally blackmailed the boy by saying ‘no one would believe you over a priest'”.

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The boy had been invited by Whittaker to do gardening work at the church

Whittaker, a former rector of Sedlescombe, near Battle, was convicted of seven counts, which also included gross indecency and inciting the boy to commit gross indecency.

The offences took place between February 1987 and February 1993 in East Sussex, Hove Crown Court was told.

The jury was told Whittaker was a “predatory paedophile” and had organised and facilitated the abuse with Cotton, who worked as a priest in Brede, near Rye, in the 1990s.

He died in 2006 and was never prosecuted.

The victim, now in his 40s, told the court Cotton had been the main abuser and had “just passed me over like a toy to be borrowed by a friend”.

‘Quite forceful’

The court heard the abuse began after he was invited to do gardening work at the church by Whittaker in return for pocket money.

Whittaker and Cotton “had an agreement” and Cotton would often take the boy to and from Whittaker’s house, it was said.

There were also occasions at Cotton’s house when, after abuse had taken place, Whittaker would “suddenly immediately appear in the room as if he had been watching”, the jury heard.

Whittaker’s victim described him as “quite forceful, quite scary”.

The jury was told Whittaker had previously pleaded guilty to gross indecency and indecent assault in 2008 over offences which had take place in Wellingborough in Northamptonshire against teenage boys in the 1980s.

‘Profound regret’

In 2010 Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review into how the two priests were allowed to work at East Sussex churches following the earlier sex abuse allegations.

The diocese apologised “unreservedly” after Baroness Butler-Sloss’s report criticised both senior clergy and Sussex Police over how they dealt with historical claims of abuse by Cotton and the then Colin Pritchard.

Following Whittaker’s latest conviction, the Diocese of Chichester issued a statement saying: “We express our profound sorrow and regret to the victim in this case and our admiration for their courage and determination in coming forward.

“The abuse of children is both a travesty and a tragedy and a complete betrayal of the Christian faith.

“This case demonstrates once again why it is so important to listen to those reporting abuse.”


Charity boss Justin Forsyth resigns from Unicef

Feb 22 2018

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Ex-Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth has resigned from Unicef as he says he does not want coverage of his past to “damage” the charities.

Mr Forsyth faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving Save the Children, the BBC reported this week.

He was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing.

He said he “apologised unreservedly” to the three workers at the time.

Mr Forsyth said the reason for his resignation as Unicef’s deputy director was not because of what he described as the mistakes he made in his former role at Save the Children.

“They were dealt with through a proper process many years ago,” he said in a statement.

“There is no doubt in my mind that some of the coverage around me is not just to (rightly) hold me to account, but also to attempt to do serious damage to our cause and the case for aid.”

A statement from Unicef said it was grateful to Mr Forsyth for his work over the past two years.

An investigation by BBC Radio 4’s PM programme found that the complaints against Mr Forsyth included women receiving a series of inappropriate texts and comments on how they looked, what they were wearing and how he felt about them.

If they did not respond, Mr Forsyth would follow up his messages with an email, asking if they had seen the text.

If they still did not respond, he would ask someone to send them to him for a “quick word”.

Three complaints

Save the Children said it had commissioned “a root and branch review of the organisational culture” at the charity “addressing any behavioural challenges among senior leadership”.

The charity said concerns were raised about “inappropriate behaviour and comments” by Mr Forsyth in 2015.

It said two trustees carried out separate investigations into a total of three complaints made by female employees.

“Both reviews resulted in unreserved apologies from the CEO. All the parties agreed to this and the former CEO apologised to the women in question. At that time the matters were closed.”

Speaking earlier this week, a spokesman for Unicef said the charity had not been aware of any of the complaints against Mr Forsyth at the time of his recruitment in 2016.

“There have been no such complaints concerning Mr Forsyth at Unicef,” he added.

The allegations come after Brendan Cox – the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox – quit two charities he set up in memory of his wife amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour.

The Charity Commission said it had “extensive regulatory engagement” with Save the Children after allegations of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour were made against Mr Cox and Mr Forsyth between 2015 and 2016.


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Archbishop of Canterbury to be quizzed in person at inquiry into Church of England’s handling of sex abuse allegations

  • Justin Welby will appear at Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)
  • Former archbishop Rowan Williams will also be called to answer questions
  • They’ll be asked about the handling of abuse claims in the Diocese of Chichester
  • Welby will be pressed on the investigation involving the Reverend George Bell
  • Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl in the 40s
  • The hearing will also look at the Lord Carlile Report, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and failing to consider the rights of Bishop Bell
  • The hearing in London will start on March 5 and continue for three weeks 

The Archbishop of Canterbury is to be questioned in person over how the Anglican Church dealt with allegations of sexual assaults against children.

Justin Welby is due to give evidence as a witness at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in central London next month.

The most senior clergyman in the Church of England – and his predecessor Rowan Williams – will be quizzed on their handling of a number of high-profile abuse allegations in the Diocese of Chichester in Sussex.

Most notably he will be pressed on the investigation into assault claims surrounding the Reverend George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester.

Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl, starting from when she was just five-years old, in the 1940s and 50s.

A complaint was initially made to the then Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, in 1995 but it wasn’t until a second complaint was made to Welby’s office in 2013 that the matter was passed on to the police.

The subsequent investigation by Sussex Police found that there was sufficient evidence to have arrested Bell had he still been alive.

The diocese apologised and paid compensation to the victim, known only as Carol, in 2015.

The archbishop will be pressed on the investigation into assault claims surrounding the Reverend George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester. Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl in the 1940s and 50s

The archbishop will be pressed on the investigation into assault claims surrounding the Reverend George Bell, former Bishop of Chichester. Bell, who died in 1958, is alleged to have sexually abused a young girl in the 1940s and 50s

While the inquiry will not examine the truth or substance of the allegations into Bishop Bell, it will analyse how the victim was treated and what improvements in safeguarding the Church has made since.

Crucially, the £100 million hearing will also look at the findings of the Lord Carlile Report, published in December, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and of failing to give proper consideration to the rights of Bishop Bell.

At an IICSA preliminary hearing on January 30, it was announced that the Archbishop of Canterbury and Lord Williams had provided witness statements.

The investigation into the Anglican Church has its first public hearing on March 5 which will last for three weeks.

Lambeth Palace say they will make a formal statement once the witness schedule has been finalised.

However, a spokesman for the Archbishops’ Council told MailOnline: ‘The Archbishop was one of the first to call for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse and the Church of England is committed to working with IICSA in a transparent way.

‘He is aware that for the survivors who are brave enough to come forward to the Inquiry and give their testimony this will be a very difficult time which is why he is prepared to do the same.’

The inquiry, chaired by Professor Alexis Jay, is investigating the extent to which institutions in England and Wales failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

As part of its investigation into the Diocese of Chichester it will examine allegations of abuse by other priests, particularly Roy Cotton, Colin Pritchard and Gordon Rideout.

Rev Cotton, a parish priest in Brede, near Rye, Sussex had been convicted for an indecent assault on a child in 1954 but despite this was ordained in 1966.

He is thought to have had as many as 10 victims, which included two brothers from Eastbourne who won damages from the diocese after it recognised that the Church had failed to stop them being abused as choirboys in the 1970s and 80s.

Cotton died in September 2006 before he could be brought to justice.

Pritchard served as the vicar of St Barnabas, in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex until 2007 after being arrested over sex abuse claims

He pleaded guilty the following year to sexually abusing two boys in the 70s and 80s and was jailed for five years.

The offences took place while he was parish priest at St Andrew’s Church in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

A subsequent report in 2011 into Cotton and Pritchard found that victims’ claims had not been treated seriously.

Meanwhile Canon Rideout was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court in 2013.

Crucially, the £100 million hearing will also look at the findings of the Lord Carlile Report, published in December, which criticised the Church for a ¿rush to judgement¿ and of failing to give proper consideration to the rights of Bishop Bell (above, centre)

Crucially, the £100 million hearing will also look at the findings of the Lord Carlile Report, published in December, which criticised the Church for a ‘rush to judgement’ and of failing to give proper consideration to the rights of Bishop Bell (above, centre)

The attacks, which included attempted rape and indecent assaults on both boys and girls, some of whom were 13-years of age, took place between 1962 and 1973 in Sussex and Hampshire.

He later pleaded guilty in 2016 to one charge of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 16 at a children’s home in Reigate, Surrey which took place between July 29 1969 and July 21 1974.

The Chichester hearing will also consider the case of Peter Ball, formerly Bishop of Lewes and subsequently Bishop of Gloucester, and investigate whether there were inappropriate attempts by people of prominence to interfere in the criminal justice process after he was first accused of child sexual offences.

However a separate, more detailed hearing into Ball, who was friends with Prince Charles, will take place in July.

On the website, the inquiry states: ‘There have been a significant number of internal investigations of the diocese carried out both by child protection individuals and individuals within the church itself.

‘The Chichester hearing will examine those investigations, what they found and what has changed as a result.

‘The Chichester hearing will also examine what steps the Church of England as a whole has taken to improve its practice and to respond to the experiences discovered within the Diocese of Chichester.

‘Of importance to the focus to the hearing will be the accounts of disclosure of abuse by complainants from within the Diocese of Chichester: both whether they were believed, how they were treated, and what happened as a result of the complaint.

‘If they were unable to disclose their abuse at the time, why they were so unable and what steps they consider the church could and should have made to improve the processes in respect of safeguarding where they consider that the response given was not adequate.

‘The case study will investigate, amongst other things, the following: the culture of the church, by which the investigation team means its behaviours, values and beliefs, and if those behaviours, values and beliefs inhibited or continued to inhibit the investigation, exposure and prevention of child sexual abuse.’

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 Convicted Paedophile Ex-Paratrooper, who served alongside Prince Harry, Back In Police Custody After High-Profile Manhunt


An ex-paratrooper, who served alongside Prince Harry, is back in police custody after two weeks on the run following his conviction for child rape.

Wayne Domeney, 51, who also trained Prince William, was to be sentenced for a string of sex offences spanning a four-year period when he went on the run earlier this month.

The former soldier, of Consett, County Durham, was remanded at a police station in Basingstoke last Friday night after an arrest warrant was issued.

Domeney was found guilty of 13 offences at Birmingham Crown Court on February 2 after his trial went ahead without him in his absence.

He had been on bail but failed to turn up for the hearing and was thought to have fled to the North East of England where he has family.

Domeney, also known as Wayne Rackham, was convicted of four counts of rape on a young girl and three counts of assaulting a girl by penetration.

He was also found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of intimidating a witness.

On Monday, Domeney, wearing a grey tracksuit and sporting a beard, appeared at Warwick Crown Court.

Recorder Anupama Thompson remanded him into custody and told him he would be transferred to Birmingham Crown Court for sentencing at a later date.

She told him: “You are going to be remanded in custody to appear before Judge Montgomery, who dealt with your trial in your absence.

“She will also deal with any matters with regard to your failure to attend your trial.”

Martin Groves, defending, said:

“He says he gave himself up at Basingstoke police station of Friday.

“He will now need to go before Judge Montgomery at Birmingham Crown Court.”

During a career spanning almost 25 years, Domeney served with 2 Para, took Princess Diana on a tour of Bosnian minefields and also met and was pictured with Prince Charles.

Domeney signed up to the Army in 1985 and became a Warrant Officer Sergeant Major, touring Iraq and Afghanistan as well as serving in Northern Ireland.

He met Prince Charles during a Colours Parade and boasted that he “always remembered me” and drank pints of Guinness with him.

In an interview last September, Domeney said: “He knew I was the boxing champ. I said, ‘We’ve got two pints of Guinness, will you toast the regiment?’ So he stayed for a few pints.

“We were joking about his posh voice so he put on a cockney accent. He was having a good time. I met him after at events and he always remembered me.”



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Boarding school abuse: Dorset Police investigated former head of Sherborne Prep School Robin Lindsay THREE times

Feb 22 2018

Dorset Police most recently received allegations of past abuse by ex-Sherborne Prep head Robin Lindsay in 2014 and 2015

Dorset Police has confirmed it was receiving allegations of sexual abuse by a former headmaster until shortly before his death in 2016.

By this time he was too ill to be interviewed and was never charged.

Dorset Police also confirmed two previous investigations into Robert Lindsay, who is said to have carried out abuse at Sherborne Preparatory School over three decades from the 1970s until he was barred from teaching in 1998.

But these stalled because of “evidential issues” with the investigation, Dorset Police said.

Lindsay never faced criminal charges – something survivors of his abuse think should be investigated and explained.

They describe a “powerful” headmaster who “got away with it” for years.

Police in Dorset confirmed this week they first investigated Lindsay in April 1986 when a male pupil claimed he had been the subject of a serious sex attack.

The headteacher claimed the accusations against him had been made maliciously.

In 1993, Lindsay was investigated for a second time and accepted his physical intimacy with pupils was open to misinterpretation.

This week, Dorset Police confirmed a number of other former pupils from Sherborne Preparatory School came to them in 2014 and 2015 to report allegations of non-recent sexual abuse against Mr Lindsay.

But by that time the former head of the school had been too unwell to be interviewed by them.

Sherborne Prep School response to ITV Exposure documentary

Somerset Live contacted the school on Monday (February 19) for a response to the content of the documentary Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame.

Nigel Jones, the current chairman of governors at Sherborne Preparatory School said it is a completely different body to the school owned and operated by Robin Lindsay.

He said: “The preparatory school was formed as a charitable trust when he (Robin Lindsay) was removed from the school. Governors were appointed.

“It acquired the school from him in 1998.

“It is a completely different financial, legal and governance organisation.

“We don’t know what happened because we are not in any way party to things that went on.

“If the allegations are true, they are totally abhorrent and we accept that.

“It is very difficult when we are approached by people. It happened 20 years ago.

“I have huge sympathy for anyone who has been assaulted.

“If there is something we can do to help, we are happy to talk to them.”

“Safeguarding of children is the number one priority in the school.”

“We have a nominated safeguarding governor.

“We have a strict policy and follow it to the letter, which includes talking to the regulatory authorities, police and charity commission.”

A Dorset Police spokesman said they would always urge victims of sexual assault to come forward, saying they would always take the allegations seriously.

“We have specialist investigators dedicated to to investigating sex crimes and victims are always supported by specially-trained officers and partner agencies,” he said.

“If you have been a victim of a sexual offence, please do not suffer in silence. Come forward and report it to the police. We have specially-trained officers who will thoroughly investigate such offences and safeguard victims.”

During an ITV documentary into sexual abuse at boarding schools, the former chief superintendent of Dorset Police, who investigated the allegations, claimed parents of pupils at the school hampered police and social services investigations into the school.

Retired police officer Gill Donnell gives her account of the Sherborne Prep head teacher scandal

Retired police officer Gill Donnell gives her account of the Sherborne Prep head teacher scandal (Image: Picture courtesy of ITV’s Exposed)

Somerset Live has asked Dorset Police for more information about why the investigations did not continue and the nature of the “evidential issues”. We have also asked what, if any, conclusions were reached by police investigating Lindsay.

Why weren’t there ever any charges?

Gill Donnell was the chief superintendent at Dorset Police and oversaw the investigation in Lindsay in 1993.

She told ITV’s Exposure: “I’ve remembered this case over the many, many cases over the many, many years I’ve worked in the police for the challenges that we had getting the evidence that’s necessary. And in the case that we’re talking about, the main place that evidence is going to come from very small children.”

She added that parents of pupils at the school were reluctant to allow police to talk to their children.

“The majority that I spoke to were very hesitant and some of them made it very clear that they were not going to let us talk to their children.

“It was said to me on more than one occasion that the most important thing for the parents was that their parents went to the required public school and that anything that was done to endanger that, they weren’t terribly supportive of at all.

“Their priority was about the future of their children, and not what may or may not have been happening to them at the time.”

Evidence of wrongdoing

Sherborne Prep School was rocked by scandal in 1998 when it was alleged that the then-headmaster, Robin Lindsay, had committed a catalogue of abuse dating back to 1972.

The head was banned from teaching after a judge leading an enquiry described him as a ‘fixated paedophile’ and Dorset Social Services warned about his behaviour in 1993 and 1997.

Lindsay was accused of committing a serious sexual assault against one pupil at the school, encouraged children to share his bed and joined them naked in the showers.

Western Gazette reporter Anthony Steele approached disgraced Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay after an inquiry's findings in 1998
Western Gazette reporter Anthony Steele approached disgraced Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay after an inquiry’s findings in 1998

Lindsay always denied allegations against him, and died in 2016.

Dorset Social Services warned Lindsay about his behaviour in 1993, while their follow-up report in 1997 was “damning in the extreme”.

It was not until 1998, when concerns over his behaviour became so extreme that the Department for Education held a tribunal and barred him from teaching.

Former Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay, described by an inquiry as a fixated paedophile
Former Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay, described by an inquiry as a fixated paedophile (Image: Courtesy of ITV’s Exposure)

At the time, David Elvin, a treasury barrister acting for the Department of Education and Employment told the tribunal: “There is clear and unequivocal evidence which does show that Mr Lindsay has engaged in conduct of a serious sexual nature, by definition abusive, of children and a gross violation of the principle of promoting the welfare of children.

“The department was satisfied there was sufficient evidence to raise a notice of complaint. Examples of his behaviour are not only sexual offences or sexual assault but also of acts which, in the view of experts, are planned and consistent with the acts of a paedophile and a persistent child-abuser.

“Mr Lindsay regrettably falls into the classic category of a child-abuser who seeks to gain the trust of parents, while at the same time taking such opportunities that he can obtain to indulge his proclivities.”

He also told the panel parents refused to believe the allegations and refused to co-operate, the hearing was told.

Mr Elvin said: “In a number of cases their (the parents’) main priority was for their children to pass the common entrance examination to other schools such as Eton and Millfield.

“Parental support has been a strong stumbling block to police investigations in the 1980s and 1990s.”

How did Robin Lindsay ‘get away with it’?

The grim account of Lindsay’s abuse has some troubling parallels with abuse by football coach Barry Bennell sentenced in February 2018, to 31 years in prison for 43 charges of historic sexual abuse.

In both cases the abusers had:

  • almost absolute power and influence in their professional circle;
  • virtually limitless access to large numbers of young boys;
  • groomed adults around their victims, including parents, to dismiss the notion of wrongdoing;
  • cultivate and expolit a culture of fear, isolation and confusion among their victims.

It is probably for these reasons that it has taken four decades for the full horror of what happened to be disclosed.

Even when an judge-led enquiry branded Lindsay a fixated paedophile and he was banned from working with children, parents and supporters rallied to his support – explaining away his actions as “eccentric” or acceptable.

Although Lindsay is now dead, and Sherborne Preparatory School says it is a completely new and separate entity to Lindsay’s “private fiefdom”, pre 1990s survivors have many questions for authorities about whether they could or should have done more.

These include bodies and individuals involved AFTER Lindsay’s behaviour was exposed and the school was sold.


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Abuse at Sherborne Prep in the 1990s: report revealed full horror of Robin Lindsay’s actions but he carried on as headmaster for another FIVE YEARS

9 APR 2018

A recovered 25-year-old report reveals a sickening list of concerns raised by boarding pupils at a school run by a man later described as a “fixated paedophile”.

A report released from council archives last week documents deeply troubling behaviour by now-disgraced head Robin Lindsay.

It includes accounts of him interfering with male boarding students and how he tried to dismiss a pupil’s allegation of indecent assault as a dream.

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

But a second report, carried out in 1997, said to be “damning in the extreme”, has been either lost or destroyed, the council said.

The inspection was carried out between February 8, 1993 and March 8 the same year, with the inspectors raising a number of serious concerns.

What the pupils told inspectors in 1993

At least nine boys at the school spoke to inspectors about Lindsay’s behaviours. They voiced concerns including:

  • The headmaster supervised their showering most evenings
  • The headmaster watched them while they were in a state of undress
  • The headmaster discouraged them from covering their bodies if they became embarrassed
  • The headmaster insisted on them showering in a large group so that their bodies touched
  • The headmaster sometimes hugged them tightly and smelt unpleasantly of cigar smoke
  • They sometimes woke up in the mornings feeling cold and found the Headmaster sitting on their beds, having pulled down their bedcovers. The headmaster would be sitting watching them in a way that made them feel uneasy.
  • The headmaster bounced up and down on boys or their beds
  • The headmaster had invited boys into his bed during a skiing trip, and into his bed in his room at the school
  • The headmaster often went into their dormitories at night, and asked ‘is anyone awake’. If they were, he sat on their beds and rubbed them on the head or back.
  • The headmaster went about the hotel in scant clothing during the ski trip and invited groups of boys into his room to discuss the next days activities while he was dressing
  • Boys did not want to enter the hotel swimming pool when the headmaster was in the pool, because they disliked his behaviour in the school.
  • Boys felt they could not tell their matron about the behaviour because they felt she would support the headmaster. Others said they could not tell their parents because they might not be believed

Inspectors were told that in 1991, a boarder at the school complained to police he had been indecently assaulted during the night in his dormitory. He had originally told the headmaster, who dismissed his complaint as a dream.

When questioned about it, Lindsay told the inspector that a known individual had been entering the school, and he had attempted to take steps to prevent this. The pupil told police the intruder was male, but wearing a wig, and smelt strongly of cigar smoke.

Staff concerns

Staff at the school told inspectors they had seen the headmaster wear pyjamas while teaching pupils, while the matron of the girl’s dormitory recalled seeing the headmaster cross a corridor outside the boys dorm with his trousers unfastened.

Many of the staff were concerned he was placing himself in potentially compromising circumstances, but none suggested he had behaved improperly towards children.

Concerned by what the pupils had told them, the inspectors contacted child protection services. A number of boys were interviewed at their homes – some parents consented to their children being interviewed, others refused access to them.

The majority of parent interviewed expressed confidence in Lindsay and his care and concern for pupils.

Listening in

The report also reveals that Lindsay would listen in as pupils phoned their parents. He told inspectors he was monitoring conversations for ‘welfare purposes’.

Western Gazette reporter Anthony Steele approached disgraced Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay after an inquiry's findings in 1998
Western Gazette reporter Anthony Steele approached disgraced Sherborne Prep head teacher Robin Lindsay after an inquiry’s findings in 1998

Pupils did not have free access to telephones, which were either locked away, or in school offices.

Corporal punishment

Lindsay admitted he had used corporal punishment in the past but would not use it without parental consent, and not in the case of girls. He did not keep a log of what punishments had been handed down, or what for.

Police investigations

The report also confirms that the Department for Education and police department had records regarding complaints about Lindsay’s behaviour towards boarders in 1974, 1982, 1985 and 1986. More complainants came forward in 2014 and 2015, shortly before Lindsay’s death.

What did the inspectors conclude?

Among the concerns raised by inspectors in the 37 page document were:

  • Lack of proper documentation concerning boarding provision
  • Inadequate staff selection and appointment procedures
  • Inadequate written guidance, management, training and support for staff
  • Inadequate staffing arrangements for care of boarders
  • Inadequate supervision of boards and out of school activities
  • Inadequate provisions for accommodation pupils
  • Poor management of Health and Safety issues

The report also notes: “Boarders expressed disquiet during inspection about the Headmaster’s behaviour towards them in the boarding house shower room and in their dormitories.”

The inspectors said they had “serious reservations” about Lindsay’s suitability as headmaster and recommended that he move out of boarding school accommodation and cease to be directly involved in the personal care of the children.

Lindsay’s behaviour in the decades before he was forced to leave Sherborne Preparatory School in 1999 has been investigated in recent months after survivors of abuse came forward to Somerset Live and ITV.

ou can read the full redacted report released by Dorset County Council below:

John Whittingdale MP – educated at Sherborne Preparatory School


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His half-brother, convicted paedophile, Charles Napier, was the treasurer of PIE and lived and worked in Dorset

Historic abuse allegations at Sherborne Preparatory School back in the spotlight as part of disturbing ITV documentary

Retired police chief makes shocking revelation to documentary makers

19 FEB 2018

An ITV documentary has investigated three decades of abuse carried out by a former head teacher at Sherborne Preparatory School.

The school – one of the top prep schools in the country – was rocked by scandal in 1998 when it was alleged that the then-headmaster, Robin Lindsay, had committed a catalogue of abuse dating back to 1972.

Shockingly, the former Chief-Superintendent of Dorset Police, who investigated the allegations, reveals to documentary presenter Alex Renton that parents of pupils at the school hampered police and social services investigations into the school. They dismissed his behaviour as being “eccentric”, being more concerned about their children’s ability to pass the common entrance examination to other schools.

Lindsay, who was banned from teaching and branded a “fixated paedophile” who posed a serious risk to children, was given a huge send off from the school at Sherborne Abbey, with a standing ovation and parents and pupils singing “for he’s a jolly good fellow.”

What the disturbing documentary reveals

Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame follows journalist and author Mr Renton – himself a survivor of sexual abuse at a boarding school – as he investigates the private schools who appeared to turn a blind eye to predatory paedophiles who groomed and assault pupils for decades.

The documentary is to be broadcast at 10.45pm on Monday (February 19).

During his investigation he interviews a number of abuse survivors and exposes systemic failures that allowed paedophiles not just to go unpunished, but also allowed them to continue teaching.

It also tells the story of one pupil who took his own life after struggling with depression and mental health issues after being abused at a teacher St Aubyn’s in Rottingdean.

In one disturbing scene, Mr Renton meets with a paedophile teacher, who claims the sexual abuse at boarding schools continues to this day because it is “traditional” and has been going on for “generations”.

What does the documentary say about Sherborne Preparatory School?

The abuse at Sherborne Preparatory School is described by Mr Renton as “among hundreds of cases, the one that stood out”.

“Here, the abuser wasn’t just a lowly teacher,” he explains, “It was the owner and head master, whose abuse spanned three decades.

A Western Gazette reporter doorknocks Lindsay following the panel’s findings

“It is a fascinating case,” he says, as he is shown researching the story in old copies of the Western Gazette. “And not least because this man, dismissed as a harmless eccentric, turns out to have been a serious abuser while running that school.

“For a child there, this is the authority figure. There are no governors, no trustees. So where does a child go?”

What happened at the school?

Head teacher and owner of the school Robin Lindsay was accused of committing a serious sexual assault against one pupil of the school, encouraged children to share his bed and joined them naked in the showers.

Police had investigated him in April 1986, but he claimed the accusations against him had been made maliciously. When investigated again in 1993, he admitted a string of allegations and accepted his physical intimacy with pupils was open to misinterpretation.

Dorset Social Services had also warned Lindsay about his behaviour in 1993, while their follow-up report in 1997 was “damning in the extreme”.

But it was not until 1998, when concerns over his behaviour became so extreme that the Department for Education held a tribunal and barred him from teaching.

As a result of the findings he retired from the school, saying he wanted to concentrate on clearing his name.

What did the tribunal find?

The tribunal found that Lindsay weighed boys naked for the rugby team, was sexually abusive, walked about the school in his pyjamas often exposing himself, and repeatedly refused to move out of the boys’ boarding accomodation.

It found three allegations of sexual assault not proven and ordered them to rely on file. The tribunal found that there was enough evidence from police and officials for the notice to have been issued in 1995, at the latest.

Mr Renton interviewed three former pupils at the school, who speak about the abuse they suffered at Lindsay’s hands.

They speak of being watched in the showers, groped, and him rubbing them down with embrocation if they were injured.

Another speaks of being held down in his bed, while Lindsay performs a sex act over him.

Another says that when he tried to talk to his parents, his allegations were dismissed and ignored.

What did the parents say when the allegations came to light?

Despite the tribunal finding him unfit to run a school and branding him a “fixated paedophile” and “a serious risk to children”, parents of pupils at the school rallied to his defence.

When the Western Gazette reported on the allegations against him, parents at the school began to contact the paper in their hundreds, with one claiming: “His only fault is to have a little of the eccentricity that we British are famed for.”

The letter writer continues: “You have denied this headmaster a dignified and happy start to his retirement.”

Another wrote: “We are sicked by your prurient obsession with child sex, and your regular bullying of wretched individuals.”

A former pupil of the school contacted the paper to say: “I firmly believe that many of the allegations made against him, particularly those concerning inappropriate behaviour towards young boys have been blown out of proportion.”

When he was ousted from the school, a service was held for him at Sherborne Abbey, where 700 people sang ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow’ and gave him a standing ovation, before handing him a bronze bust as a leaving gift, as well as cigars, chocolates, a T-shirt and socks.

Why did he not face criminal charges?

Gill Donnell was the chief superintendent at Dorset Police and oversaw the investigation in Lindsay in 1993.

When interviewed for the documentary, she said : “I’ve remembered this case over the many, many cases over the many, many years I’ve worked in the police for the challenges that we had getting the evidence that’s necessary. And in the case that we’re talking about, the main place that evidence is going to come from very small children.”

She added that parents of pupils at the school were reluctant to allow police to talk to their children.

 “The majority that I spoke to were very hesitant and some of them made it very clear that they were not going to let us talk to their children.

“It was said to me on more than one occasion that the most important thing for the parents was that their parents went to the required public school and that anything that was done to endanger that, they weren’t terribly supportive of at all.

“Their priority was about the future of their children, and not what may or may not have been happening to them at the time.”

What happened to Lindsay?

Lindsay joined the school in 1953, when he joined his father who was the headmaster at the time. After his father’s death in 1972, he served as the school’s headmaster.

He was 70 when he retired from the school in the face of the findings of the Department for Education panel.

Speaking after his retirement, he said he had withdrawn his appeal against the findings of the panel to spare the school the publicity of a contested hearings.

He said that he “categorically denied” the allegations against him and that they described “events which simply did not take place. The welfare and happiness of the children in the school and those who have been there has been the prime objective of my life.”


Following the complaint, he was banned from the school premises and had to sever all links with the school. He said it was “scandalous” that the DfEE banned him from teaching.

In a statement released through his solicitors, he criticised the way evidence was gathered and the handling of the case by the tribunal but accepted that “in years past he, like many other schoolteachers did things which are now considered unsuitable.

“In earlier times those in his position were accepted as being ‘in loco parentis’ and fully justified in doing anything a good parent might have done.

“He absolutely denies he was in any sense a paedophile who put at risk children in his school.”

Lindsay never faced police charges, and died in July 2016.

What have the authorities said about the findings of the documentary?

Sherborne Prep School response to the documentary

Somerset Live contacted the school on Monday (February 19) for a response to the content of the documentary.

Nigel Jones, the current chairman of governors at Sherborne Preparatory School said it is a completely different body to the school owned and operated by Robin Lindsay.

He said: “The preparatory school was formed as a charitable trust when he (Robin Lindsay) was removed from the school. Governors were appointed.

“It acquired the school from him in 1998.

“It is a completely different financial, legal and governance organisation.

“We don’t know what happened because we are not in any way party to things that went on.

“If the allegations are true, they are totally abhorrent and we accept that.

“It is very difficult when we are approached by people. It happened 20 years ago.

“I have huge sympathy for anyone who has been assaulted.

“If there is something we can do to help, we are happy to talk to them.”

“Safeguarding of children is the number one priority in the school.”

“We have a nominated safeguarding governor.

“We have a strict policy and follow it to the letter, which includes talking to the regulatory authorities, police and charity commission.”

The Independent Association of Prep Schools said it is “appalled by the events of the past.”

It added that the education, care and welfare of young people is its primary concern and they demand “the most exacting standards” of themselves and their schools.

  • Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame is scheduled to air on ITV on Monday (February 19) at 10.45pm.

Were you affected by abuse at Sherborne Prep School? You can contact us in confidence by e-mail at laura.linham@midsomnews.co.uk

The Notice of Complaint that was sent to Robin Lindsay

The Notice of Complaint that was sent to Robin Lindsay was signed and dated, on Tuesday 5 May, 1998, by the Treasury Solicitor for the Secretary of State for Education and Employment.

Printed below are the particulars of the matters complained of:

SCHEDULE TO NOTICE OF COMPLAINT under section 469 of the Education Act 1996

These particulars (see section 469 (2) of the 1996 Act) set out in more detail the complaints which are made against you grouped under the main headings of the two statutory grounds relied upon by the Secretary of State.
The proprietor of the school . . . is not a proper person to be the proprietor of an independent school or . . . to be a teacher or other employee in any school.

1. Mr Lindsay has engaged in behaviour of an inappropriate nature. Mr Lindsay places himself in situations where he shows that he has, or could reasonably be suspected of having, an inappropriate interest in children (especially boys) and where he would be in difficulty in refuting allegations of inappropriate behaviour or abuse.

2. Mr Lindsays inappropriate behaviour takes, or has taken, the following forms:
(1) Personally supervising the boys showering arrangements despite numerous warnings in the reports referred to below (see Complaint 2) that this should cease. This behaviour has been coupled with a failure to implement frequent recommendations that the boarders showers be altered from their current institutional layout so as to allow privacy;
(2) Following a visit in June 1985, the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools warned Mr Lindsay of his foolish and indiscreet behaviour and advised that he should move out of the boarding house by September 1985. While it is believed that Mr Lindsay initially complied with this advice, he has for a number of years been resident again in the boarding house;
(3) Night-time supervision of pupils, including sitting on boys beds in the dormitory and inviting boys into his bed. Mr Lindsay is, or has been, involved in after-lights-out activities with small groups of boys, such as late-night runs, showers and mathematics lessons;
(4) Inappropriate physical contact with boys (and to a lesser extent girls), often causing distress and discomfort to those pupils, to which Mr Lindsay appears to be oblivious;
(5) Inordinate interest in the physical and, in particular, sexual development of pupils and their physical appearance;
(6) His treatment of the rugby team, which manifests itself, for example, in requiring the team members to be weighed while naked, putting them on diets, seating boys on his lap when driving the bus back from rugby matches (supposedly as a treat), and occasionally taking individual boys to a sauna;
(7) The possession of photographs of young boys in swimming costumes, discovered by a member of staff at the school in early 1998. The photographs were not of pupils at the school and may have been taken on one of Mr Lindsays holidays abroad;
(8) The possession of condoms, discovered in his suitcase by members of staff at the school, prior to departure on a ski-ing trip with a group of boys in February 1998. When confronted with one of the condoms Mr Lindsay denied knowledge of it and sought to suggest that it had been brought into the school by one of the boys;
(9) Taking groups of boys on ski-ing trips unaccompanied by other staff members, despite warnings in the above-mentioned reports that he should be accompanied by another staff member. The latest such trip was in February 1998; and
(10) He sexually assaulted pupils of the school, in particular X, Y and Z.

3. The history of the school over the period since 1993 has been one of considerable and unreasonable delays in implementing the improvements and safeguards recommended by the Dorset County Council Social Services Department and by the Department for Education and Employment. The school has been inspected:
(1) (under section 87 of the Children Act 1989) by Dorset SSD in February and March 1994 and in May 1996. There were brief visits to the school in March 1994 and June 1995. The most recent full inspection occurred in June 1997. Mr Lindsay has been in receipt of reports from Dorset SSD dated 22 July 1993; 16 November 1994; June 1996 (the draft copy of which Mr Lindsay failed to respond to) and July 1997;
(2) By Ofsted/ HMI in November and December 1993, November 1996 and February 1998. There have also been a number of follow up visits (eg 16 February 1995). Mr Lindsay has been in receipt of written recommendations with regard to the school arising out of those inspections.
4. Mr Lindsay has consistently failed to take the action recommended in those reports within a reasonable time or in some cases at all. The DfEE formally requested Mr Lindsay by letter dated 17 January 1997 that (among other things) he should put into place recommendations made by the Dorset SSD without delay. The letter expressed concern as to the length of time that was being taken to implement recommendations.
5. For example, the latest Ofsted report (following inspection on 5 February 1998) noted that at the date of the last Dorset SSD inspection some 47 matters remained outstanding from the previous SSD inspection.

6. Mr Lindsay has manifested an unco-operative and at times hostile or obstructive attitude towards public authorities, most notably towards Dorset SSD. His attitude to that department and its officers is characterised by an unwillingness to recognise or admit the relevance of their views or advice to the proper running of the school, as demonstrated by:
(1) delay in implementing recommendations contained in the above mentioned reports (see Complaint 2), and his unwillingness to deal effectively with the substance as opposed to the form of such recommendations made over a number of years;
(2) his expressed attitude towards health and safety, as illustrated by his disputing the recommendation of the fire officer to fit fire doors of a modern standard, and his explicit condoning and encouraging of the dangerous practice of wedging existing fire doors open (ostensibly to ease the supervision of dormitories):
(3) his attempts to pre-empt and undermine inspections. For example, Dorset SSD and Ofsted/ HMI inspectors have reported that Mr Lindsay has put pressure on staff and pupils with regards to what they say to inspectors;
(4) his inability or unwillingness to recognise and remedy many of the problems highlighted in inspections (e.g. the issue of the supervision of showers).
7. Further, the school has been dismissed from the professional organisation ISC (formerly known as ISJC) in the light of the most recent Dorset SSD report.

8. Mr Lindsays management and organisation of the school is confused, inadequate, inappropriate and inefficient. In particular, as regards Mr Lindsay:
(1) he is closely involved in the detailed running of the school and is unable and/or unwilling to delegate responsibility in an effective or consistent manner;
(2) he is unable to manage properly his time as between his teaching and administrative duties and is frequently late for (or misses) lessons;
(3) his teaching methodology is out-moded;
(4) his administration of discipline is fundamentally flawed in a number of respects (see Complaint 5, below)
(5) his inappropriate behaviour (see Complaint 1, above):
(6) his management of staff is poor and unstructured. He is isolated from many members of staff who regard his influence as counter-productive and divisive, especially with regard to discipline. Relations with staff generally are frequently poor and chaotic;
(7) his conduct of staff meetings is dictatorial, unstructured and generally unhelpful. They often are little more than a monologue and do not encourage serious comment or discussion from members of staff.

9. Mr Lindsays administration of discipline in practice in the school is irregular, inconsistent, unequal and partial. In particular:
(1) Mr Lindsay has shown an inability or unwillingness to back up members of the teaching staff seeking to discipline children appropriately. His interventions are often counter-productive to the proper discipline of the pupils and inconsistent with the approach initially adopted by the member of staff;
(2) on occasions where it has fallen on Mr Lindsay to deal with matters of discipline he has failed to act properly, adequately or consistently;
(3) disciplinary procedures in practice are haphazard, uncoordinated and inadequate;
(4) in the face of bad behaviour (e.g. disturbance in dormitories at night) Mr Lindsay has failed to enforce discipline and has pandered to the wishes of those pupils misbehaving;
(5) on occasions, Mr Lindsay has singled out pupils for punishment or criticism who did not merit such treatment.
10.The above matters have contributed to a worsening of behaviour in the school.

11. Mr Lindsays treatment of and dealings with pupils are often characterised by unequal and unfair treatment. Such treatment is not only inappropriate but is not conducive to proper discipline and fails to instil in pupils a proper approach to their own conduct. In particular, Mr Lindsays treatment includes:
(1) the singling out of individuals for undue blame;
(2) obvious manifestations of favouritism to certain pupils (including in disciplinary matter): and
(3) the lack of equal opportunities between pupils, including between boys and girls.
12. Mr Lindsays unequal treatment of pupils also manifests itself in relation to discipline (see above).

13. Mr Lindsays appearance and behaviour are not, or have not been, in a number of regards fitting and appropriate for the proprietor of a school, namely with regard to:
(1) his excessive consumption of alcohol and cough mixture, which has sometimes been apparent to other members of the school:
(2) his personal hygiene and appearance (in particular he strongly smells of smoke, something that causes discomfort to children with whom he comes into close contact):
(3) his appearance from time to time in the school inappropriately dressed (including appearing dressed only in pyjamas): and
(4) the matters referred to above (see Complaint 1).

14. Mr Lindsay has shown a lack of proper regard to child welfare management, see Complaints 1,2 5 and 6 above and, generally, see below. Further, gap-year staff (who are heavily relied on by the school) do not come to the school with appropriate letters from their local police station.
15. As a result of these matters, the children at the school are exposed to an unnecessary risk of harm in many aspects of their welfare. The fact that the most recent Dorset SSD report contained 47 recommendations which had to be addressed before the proprietor could be said to be properly ensuring the welfare of his boarding pupils in itself raises severe doubts as to his ability to manage the school. This is all the more so given that there have been numerous Dorset SSD reports and recommendations since 1993 (see Complaint 2 above)
There has been a failure, in relation to a child provided with accommodation by the school, to comply with the duty imposed by section 87 of the Children Act 1989.
Section 87 of the Children Act provides:
(1) It shall be the duty of – (a) the proprietor of any independent school which provides accommodation for any child . . . to safeguard and promote the childs welfare.
The complaints under this general heading demonstrate both failure to safeguard and promote the welfare of the pupils of the school and the creation of situations where that welfare has been put at risk.

16. The matters referred to under Complaints 1-8 (above) are repeated.

17. The supervision of boarders and boarding houses and the organisation of staff allocated to supervise pupils is unsuitable and inadequate. The school is over-dependent on young, inexperienced gap-year staff, and rosters do not appear to stay in place for long once Dorset SSD and Ofsted inspections are over. The result is that pupils at the school show increasing behavioural problems and children are exposed to a greater risk of harm than they should be in many aspects of their welfare.

18. Records of boarders are not kept and are not coordinated with the records of incidents and accidents, the result being that children are exposed to a greater risk of harm than they should be in regard to this aspect of welfare. These failings are another example of the mismanagement of the school and the attitude of the proprietor to child welfare management; for example, members of the care committee find that Mr Lindsay has taken arbitrary action before meetings are held. See also Complaints 4, 5 and 6 above.

19. Despite the establishment of a Care Committee there are considerable doubts as to its efficacy and as to the level of pastoral care in the School generally. Meetings do not always result in effectual action and the minutes do not clearly indicate in each case what action is required and who has responsibility for his. The Care Committee suffers from the wider problems of mismanagement of the School and the attitude of the proprietor to child welfare management: for example, members of the Care Committee find that Mr Lindsay has taken arbitrary action before meetings are held. See also Complaints 4, 5 and 6, above.

20. There is, or has been, unsatisfactory management of health and safety issues, in particular as regards fire safety, caused by the expressed attitude of Mr Lindsay towards such matters (see Complaint 3, above). Further, security at the school is poor, which further demonstrates Mr Lindsays failure to manage the school properly.


Ex-Vatican judge takes plea bargain on molestation, child pornography charges

Feb 20, 2018

ROME – A former  judge of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s highest appellate court, has accepted a plea bargain in an Italian criminal court for a conditionally suspended sentence of one year and two months in prison on charges of sexual molestation and possession of child pornography.

Based on reports in the Italian media, 55-year-old Monsignor Pietro Amenta was detained by police after an incident in March 2017, in which Amenta allegedly fondled the genitals of a young but over-age Romanian man in a Roman market. The man reportedly then followed Amenta and summoned police, who took Amenta into custody.

An investigation later discovered roughly 80 pornographic images on Amenta’s personal computer, some involving minors, leading to a second charge in the case.

Amenta resigned his position from the Rota last week, according to a Vatican spokesperson.

According to reports, Amenta has previously faced charges of obscenity in 1991 and sexual molestation in 2004, though neither of those charges led to convictions. In 2013, Amenta himself made a complaint to police of being robbed by two transsexuals.

The Feb. 14 conviction in the Amenta case came just two weeks after the Vatican’s chief prosecutor, Gian Piero Milone, revealed that other such investigations are also underway and said that the Vatican is “determined” to prosecute such crimes.

“The inquiries underway are in their preliminary phase, and are conducted conscientiously, with the greatest discretion, out of respect for all the persons involved,” Milone said.

Amenta’s sentence from the Tribunal of Rome does not rule out the possibility that he could also face either criminal charges or canonical sanctions before a Church court.

The outcome in the Amenta case comes at a time when Vatican prosecutors are also looking into charges against Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, a former official of the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., who faces charges in Canada after allegedly using a computer in Windsor to download and distribute pornographic material, including child pornography.

The charges against Capella were relayed to the Vatican embassy in Washington by the U.S. State Department, and Capella was recalled to Rome to face a Vatican criminal probe. According to reports, he’s currently living under a form of house arrest at the Collegio dei Penitenzieri, the same location where Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, another Vatican diplomat, died in 2015 after facing charges of child abuse during as assignment in the Dominican Republic.

Amenta is one of 22 “auditors,” or judges, of the Roman Rota, and was appointed to the position by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in 2014. Though the Rota can hear disputes involving any aspect of Church law, the majority of its caseload is devoted to annulment procedures from around the world.

Prior to his current assignment, Amenta had served as a lawyer in Italian ecclesiastical tribunals, as a university professor of Church law, and as a judge in the tribunal of the Vicariate of Rome for several years.

From 1996 to 2012, Amenta also served as an official of the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

“Those were 15 years in which I was able to come to know the unique and complex world of the Roman Curia, and where I was able to learn the practice of the law,” Amenta said in a 2013 interview.


Sex abuse claim against Guam church brings total lawsuits to 157

20 February 2018

The latest case, against a priest Louis Brouillard, is for raping an altar boy during sleepovers when he was a teenager in the 1970s.

Mr Brouillard, who is now 96, was on Guam from 1948 to 1981, and is accused of abusing boys in 100 of the lawsuits the church is facing.

He has admitted abusing boys during his time on Guam, before the church relocated him to the United States mainland.

Fifteen other priests, two archbishops and a bishop have also been implicated in abuse that spans from the mid-1950s to the early 1990s.

So far, the sum of the lawsuits the Catholic Church is facing exceeds $US600 million.


Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell jailed for 30 years as judge tells him he ‘appeared as God…but was devil incarnate’

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 50 child sexual offences at Liverpool Crown Court, but it is believed he may have more than 100 victims in total

Feb 19 2018

Bennell has already served three jail terms – one in the United States – since 1995 for similar offences involving 16 separate victims.


How can the same regime still be in charge at Crewe after Barry Bennell made it into football’s house of horrors? For sake of the abused and their families, for the good of his club, Dario Gradi should have quit long ago

  • Barry Bennell found guilty of 43 sex offences and will be sentenced on Thursday
  • It is clear the fight for justice to be served will not end with Bennell’s sentencing 
  • Hard questions need to be asked of Crewe and how they approached the scandal

Before Barry Bennell is sentenced tomorrow at Liverpool Crown Court, it would be fitting and just if some of the survivors of his abuse were allowed to address him one last time in the way some of the survivors of the actions of Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastic team doctor, stood up to eviscerate him in a US federal court this month.

Bennell is scum. He is human trash. I hope the judge hands him a sentence that ensures he lives the rest of his life in captivity for the way he used football as a cover to ruin so many young lives, crush so many dreams and tear apart so many families.

Boys became men and lived with the horrors of what he had done, unable to share their secrets because of feelings of shame and guilt. Some — we will never know how many — killed themselves because of this monster in football’s midst.

Our legal system does not make provision for it but how right it would seem to see courageous men such as Andy Woodward and Steve Walters, whose bravery in coming forward and waiving their anonymity did so much to bring Bennell to justice, confronting him with the reality of what he had done. It was an ordeal for Nassar to hear the wrenching testimony of those he had betrayed. It would be the same for Bennell.

I understand that those instincts to see Bennell suffer just a slice of the humiliation he inflicted upon so many others should quickly be superseded by a determination to make sure the conditions that enabled him to roam free at Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra must never be recreated in the modern-day game.

But it is also clear that the fight for justice to be served properly will not end with Bennell’s sentencing. This is just the start. As soon as he is sent down, many, many hard questions need to be asked of Crewe, in particular, and the way they have approached the scandal that has befallen them. Their response, from start to finish, has been less than impressive. In fact, it has been pathetic.

Questions need to be asked of City, too, and it is already clear that their actions at the time of the abuse in the Eighties left much to be desired. The regime that was in place at the time failed in its duty of care to players. Some of the most distressing, disturbing testimony of recent days suggests that Bennell even abused young players as they lay sunbathing on the pitch at Maine Road.

But even though City have different owners now and an entirely different hierarchy, they have accepted their responsibilities. They have instituted a QC-led inquiry into themselves, investigators have already devoted 4,000 hours and £1million to it and they have uncovered another alleged paedophile with whom they have ‘potential historic connections’.

So far, at least, they have done their best to shine a light on the darkness of the past. Their manager, Pep Guardiola, also spoke movingly on Friday of ‘the terrible history’ that had unfolded and the horror he felt about what had happened.

Crewe’s situation is different. Dario Gradi, the man who was instrumental in bringing Bennell to the club in 1985, is still the director of football. It was left to the Football Association to suspend him in December 2016 after a new wave of revelations about Bennell’s activities while he was a youth coach at Gresty Road emerged.

More than that, John Bowler, who has been a director at Crewe since 1980, is now the club chairman. He has been the club chairman since 1987. Crewe said in November 2016 that they would hold an independent review ‘at the earliest opportunity’ but, 15 months on, it appears that it has still not begun.

Only last week, the Daily Mail revealed that Gradi wrote a glowing character reference for Bennell even after he had been arrested for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in Florida in 1994. There is no suggestion he knew Bennell was abusing children but he knew that children stayed at Bennell’s house. Bennell was even paid expenses to take boys home during his seven years with the club.

Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi (right) faces questions about why he provided a character reference for serial paedophile Barry Bennell (left)

Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi (right) faces questions about why he provided a character reference for serial paedophile Barry Bennell (left)

And Hamilton Smith, a Crewe board member from 1986 to early 1990, said in November 2016 that he was so concerned about Bennell that he had arranged two management meetings in the late Eighties to discuss an allegation against him. The second of these, he said, was in Gradi’s office and was attended by Gradi.

Common sense dictates, surely, that these facts alone and the innuendo surrounding Bennell’s activity that was widespread in the game ought to have tempered Gradi’s and the club’s support for Bennell in the face of such serious charges. It did not.

‘We suffered because of a disgusting predator,’ said Walters last week. ‘But we also suffered sometimes because the sport we loved decided that the reputation of a coach, club or a sport was put above the protection of children. Our abuse is punctuated by the failure of adults to protect innocent children, the failure of adults to act when abuse was reported, the failure to be vigilant and brave.’

So many of Bennell’s crimes happened when Gradi and Bowler had prominent roles in the running of the club and the management of the club’s youth system and yet somehow both men are still in their posts at Crewe. That fact, alone, beggars belief. They may not have known what Bennell was doing but they still bear a heavy responsibility for the lives that were ruined. Unwittingly, Gradi and Bowler empowered Bennell. Parents trusted the club with their boys and the club let them down. It let them down spectacularly.

For the good of the club, for their own dignity, for the sake of the parents who are still coming to terms with what happened to their boys at Crewe, for the sake of those who were abused, Gradi and Bowler should have resigned by now, like any decent men would have.

At the very least they showed an appalling lack of judgment by allowing Bennell to work at the club. Even on Friday, as Guardiola was talking about the horror of what had happened in front of the world’s press, Bowler was sticking to a frosty no comment when Channel 4’s Keme Nzerem spoke to him on his doorstep. The club’s lack of public regret for what happened has been grotesque.

Even the official statement Crewe put on the club website made no apology for what happened. Instead, it featured a long, rambling attempt to try to cover themselves for what had happened and, bizarrely, a boast that Woodward had been unsuccessful in an attempt to sue the club for compensation 16 years ago.

Once more, that was insensitive at best and unfeeling, inappropriate, uncaring, brutal and stupid at worst. There will be plenty of time for the club to look out for themselves but the day when crimes against so many children once in the club’s care were proved was most definitively not that time. They do not understand the gravity of what has happened.

It is time Crewe Alexandra got real. Gradi presided over the most successful time in the club’s history. That is true. But it is also true that while he was in charge, Crewe played host to one of the most prolific paedophiles in English legal history. That is what will be remembered. Not the fact that the club won a few promotions.

And in the future, when we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs and the grim knowledge that, behind the facade, Crewe was English football’s equivalent of a house of horrors.

When we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs 

When we look back at reports of Gradi’s ‘much-vaunted youth system’, we will do so with a sick feeling in our stomachs


David Lean‏ @DavidLeanLeano

I can save the Government millions ‘re an inquiry into Bennell……. Were FA warned & aware ? Yes ! Were Clubs warned & aware ? Yes ! Did CPS get it wrong in some many ways from 97 onwards ? Yes ! So Wonder where this will go now ?

Eton College calls in police over claims ex-housemaster went to parties swapping photos of naked children as new documentary exposes chilling scale of boarding school sex abuse

  • The late Raef Payne is accused of trading indecent images with other men  
  • School reported the allegations to Thames Valley Police when made aware 
  • Since 2012 425 people have been accused of sex attacks at UK boarding schools 
  • Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame – Exposure airs on ITV tomorrow night
  • It is presented by Alex Renton, who was abused at Ashdown House, East Sussex


Feb 19 2018

A former teacher and housemaster at Eton College has been reported over alleged child abuse.

The late Raef Payne has been accused of swapping pictures of naked children with other men at parties in the latest case of suspected historic abuse at a British boarding school.

The elite college reported its former staff member to Thames Valley police after the allegations surfaced in a book.

Eton College (pictured) reported the allegations to Thames Valley police after Raef Payne was accused of swapping pictures of naked children 

Eton College (pictured) reported the allegations to Thames Valley police after Raef Payne was accused of swapping pictures of naked children

These historic abuse allegations follows claims of drunken floggings at the school, The Sunday Times reports.

A spokesperson for Eton told the paper: ‘We became aware of an allegation relating to a former member of staff and we contacted the police.

‘As a school, we take our safeguarding responsibilities extremely seriously and always pass any allegations to the relevant authorities.’

It comes ahead of an ITV documentary that will be shown tomorrow night at 10.45pm titled Boarding Schools: The Secret Shame – Exposure.

It is presented by Alex Renton, a victim of abuse at Ashdown House, which is the former preparatory school of Boris Johnson, Viscount Linley and Damian Lewis.

He was abused by maths teacher Thomas Keane at the school in East Sussex, where paedophile Martin Haigh also taught.

In tomorrow’s documentary, Mr Renton speaks with a person who was abused by Haigh, who was jailed for 12 years in March last year.

Thomas Keane, pictured, abused Alex Renton at Ashdown House in East SussexThomas Keane abused Alex Renton at Ashdown House in East Sussex where Martin Haigh, pictured, also taught before being jailed for historic sex offences at the school

Thomas Keane, top, abused Alex Renton at Ashdown House in East Sussex where Martin Haigh, bottom, also taught before being jailed for historic sex offences at the school

The documentary exposes how one paedophile teacher was sexually abused by five masters when he was at prep school.

‘It never did me any harm,’ is the teacher’s chilling conclusion in the documentary, which focuses on schools at which 75,000 children still board today.

Today 24 police forces released figures showing that 425 people have been accused of sex attacks at UK boarding schools since 2012.

Figures also showed at least 160 people have so far been charged. Of those accused, more than 170 faced allegations of historical abuse, with 125 alleged to have attacked children recently. Police are investigation 31 cases.

n the 1990s, allegations surfaced of drunken floggings at Eton. Anthony Chenevix-Trench, who was the school’s headmaster in the 1960s, was said to have cried after engaging in the beatings.

Some Old Etonians said they deserved floggings while others dubbed it a ‘bizarre ritual’.

It is expected that this year’s independent inquiry into child sexual abuse will consider boarding schools.


Eton paedophiles:


The shocking scale of sexual abuse at the UK’s boarding schools has been revealed by an ITV documentary. Read more:

Today’s Sunday Times – Charities which work with children and vulnerable adults are overseen by an underpowered under resourced regulator in the shape of the Charity Commission. Worryingly, most independent schools are charities.

Mandate Now‏ @mandatenow

BBC News – Children’s rights activist Peter Newell jailed for abuse. His charity is called APPROACH. Q1 News of his sentencing had reporting restrictions applied. Why? Q2: Between 2012-16 the NGO received ££ hundreds of thousands fm @NSPCC @barnardos 1

Children’s rights activist Peter Newell jailed for abuse

Feb 16 2018

A children’s rights activist has been jailed for six years and eight months for sexually abusing a boy in the 1960s.

Peter Newell was the former co-ordinator of the Association for the Protection of All Children charity.

The 77-year-old from Wood Green, north London, was sentenced last month at Blackfriars Crown Court.

He admitted five indecent and serious sexual assaults on a child under 16.

The Association for the Protection of All Children, or Approach, says its objectives are to prevent cruelty and maltreatment of children and advance public knowledge in the UK and abroad.

It says its focus is on protecting children from “physical punishment and all other injurious… whether inside or outside the home”.

Approach operates through the Children Are Unbeatable! Alliance in the UK and the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children.

There is no suggestion the south London-based charity knew about Newell’s behaviour, which occurred before he was employed there.

In 2015 Approach brought a complaint to Europe’s top human rights watchdog against France and six other EU countries over its failure to explicitly ban smacking children.

Newell was listed as Approach’s co-ordinator in its accounts on the Charity Commission website, although the most recent document says he stood down from the role in May 2016.

According to the accounts, for the five years from 2012 to 2016, Approach received hundreds of thousands of pounds in income from the NSPCC, Barnardo’s, Save the Children and Unicef, as well as other organisations abroad and a private donor.

The latest accounts for 2017 show Approach only received funding for its overseas activities, and the NSPCC and Barnardo’s were not listed as having made any contributions.

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said Newell’s offences, which were first reported to it in March 2016, started when his victim was aged 12.

Police said they took place between 1965 and 1968 at a number of addresses and locations in south and east England, including London.

Newell pleaded guilty on 2 January to two charges of serious sexual assault between May 1966 and May 1968 and three charges of indecent assault committed between May 1965 and May 1968.

The Charity Commission said it was informed by Approach about the allegation against Newell in 2016.

It said: “We have been in correspondence with the charity on this matter since 2016 to ensure the charity’s safeguarding procedures are robust and that there are policies in place to protect its beneficiaries.

“The charity has confirmed that it has safeguarding policies and procedures in place which are being kept under review and that the charity and the trustees have very limited contact with children and that there is no suggestion that the charity’s beneficiaries were or are at risk.”

In 2007, Newell co-authored the Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child for Unicef.

Unicef said it has “zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse”.

A spokesperson added: “We are deeply shocked to hear of the arrest of Peter Newell. We had no knowledge of this crime when he worked as a Unicef consultant 10 years ago. Unicef has since set in place strong procedures to vet staff and consultants.”

Barnardo’s said it was “one of over a 100 organisations that supported the Alliance”.



Paedophile Peter Newell involved with the Cleveland Report

BN 68 – Ministry of Health and successors: Inquiry into Child Abuse in Cleveland 1987: Report and Papers

BN 68/87 1987 Jan 01-1987 Dec 31 Day 69 – 10.12.1987: Eric Bryan [Brian] Roycroft (Newcastle Social Services); Peter Newell (Children’s Legal Centre)

Day 70 – 14.12.1987: Dr Ralph Underwager (Institute for Psychological Therapies, Minneapolis); Susan Amphlett (Parents Against Injustice)


Peter Newell teacher/founder – White Lion Free School



White Lion Free School students brought to Jimmy Savile shows

Mr Peter Newell, one of the prime movers behind the school


White Lion Free School in Islington, London, which existed from 1972 to 1990.

Pete Newell and Alison Truefitt were the founders of the school and the key staff members at that time.

At the time I was at the school a lot of effort was put into fundraising and the kids played a big part in this. My earliest office experience was at the age of 11 and 12, writing letters asking for support. I also attended Jimmy Savile shows at Capital Radio and met other DJs with a group of pupils from the school to represent its positive aspects as a means of publicising it in its best light. I did a lot of work raising money to get records for the school disco, posters for the disco and other things that the school really needed at the time.


Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno

When did Peter Newell end up living in Wood Green? How long did he work for the Times Educational Supplement?

Newell’s conviction raises more questions about the sadistic sexual abusers vs the no corporal punishment sexual abusers (PIE) – the two sides were very much aware of one another

Mischief‏ @mischiefx

He was the organiser (may have ran it) of an experimental free school in Islington as well (White Lion Free School, formed 1972, closed 1977) for truants/disruptive children

He was deputy editor at TES, and in 1972 was education advisor to NCCL. (lots of articles/letters in The Times archives by him. )


Newell has three children, which helps him to avoid the accusation thrown at childless supporters of a ban that ‘they don’t know what it’s like to bring up kids’. “It’s part of the CV to have children,” he jokes. He says he has never hit them and was himself spared any blows as a child. “Although I did have my hair pulled once,” he smiles.

Children’s rights have been a major part of his life since he left the Times Educational Supplement in 1971


Peter Newell’s wife Rachel Vanessa Hodgkin  – company secretary at




read about Coram here:


Lawyers’ daughter ‘groomed young women for high-class prostitution ring she ran with Scotland Yard detective

Beatrice Nokes’ mother works for a children’s charity- Coram with Cherie Blair as a trustee

Her mother  – Ceinwen Rowles is a solicitor specialising in education law at Coram Children’s Legal Centre.



Queen and Prince Philip visits Coram children’s charity 2009

Rachel Hodgkin, spokeswoman for the Children are Unbeatable campaign, spearheaded by Barnardo’s, the National Children’s Bureau, the NSPCC, Save the Children, and the group Epoch (End Physical Punishment of Children).



Baroness Hale also part of Coram – she was once considered as a possible head of the IICSA

All part of a very sophisticated high level interactive network trading children as a commodity – for multiple purposes.

29th January 2018

Bruce McLean, 61, charged following investigation into historical sexual abuse at Knutsford children’s home


A MAN has been charged with a number of non-recent sexual offences at two former care homes, including one in Knutsford.

Bruce McLean, 61, of Runcorn, is facing a total of 40 charges including buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault.

The charges follow allegations of abuse at the former Kilrie Children’s Home in Knutsford between August 1980 and March 1991, and Taxel Edge Children’s Home in Derbyshire between October 1975 and June 1978.

Cheshire Police have been investigating the allegations, which relate to eight victims.

McLean is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on February 26.


Kilrie Children’s Home

Kilrie Children’s Home, Knutsford

FIFTEEN victims of a convicted paedophile are to sue the council who employed him at a children’s home.

Care worker Bruce McLean, 42, is now serving a nine-year sentence for indecently assaulting youngsters.

Nine of his victims, now in their 30s, have issued writs and six more are due to take action. All are likely to be demanding pounds 10,000 each in damages from Cheshire County Council.

They were abused by McLean at the council-run Kilrie Home in Knutsford. He also set up a children’s charity the Adventure Farm Trust and persuaded the Duke of Westminster to be its first president.

The sexual assaults took place over a 11-year period, although council officials had warned McLean about his conduct towards youngsters.

Lawyer Peter Garsden said: “Either the council which ran the home deliberately turned a blind eye – or if they didn’t know about it, they should have done.

“The people who suffered at McLean’s hands show symptoms of post-traumatic stress and there is evidence of suicide attempts.”

The Free Library 1998

Wirral Globe 04/03/98



PAEDOPHILE football coach Barry Bennell spent two years working in a children’s care home, it has been revealed. Bennell worked at Taxal Edge residential school in Derbyshire from November 1979 to July 1981



Barry Bennell found guilty of sexually abusing youth footballers

Ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra coach convicted on charges covering 1979 to 1990

The former football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sexual offences against boys whom he targeted in the youth football set-ups of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges at Liverpool crown court and the jury has asked for more time to consider further counts. He was found not guilty of three charges.

He had denied the allegations, which relate to 11 boys, who were aged eight to 14, from between 1979 and 1990, when he was renowned as one of football’s more successful youth team coaches and talent spotters.

Bennell, who appeared in the court via video-link, had already pleaded guilty to seven charges involving three boys and has previously served three prison sentences in England and the US.

He was described by the prosecution as a “devious paedophile” who had “pretty much unfettered access” to young footballers, but his defence had argued that the alleged victims made up the claims for attention and possible compensation.


Manchester City ‘ignored warnings’ and kept Barry Bennell in youth set-up

Feb 15 2018

Bennell continued scouting and coaching for City, abusing countless boys
City youth coach Steve Fleet urged club in 1970s to keep away from Bennell
Bennell convicted of a total of 50 offences against 12 boys

Manchester City, one of the clubs most seriously implicated in the Barry Bennell sexual abuse scandal, have been accused of putting hundreds of boys in danger after it emerged they were warned by one of their own coaches in the late-1970s it was “general knowledge” he was a risk to children.

Bennell, who is facing complaints from another 86 former footballers, continued scouting and coaching for City’s junior teams, raping and molesting countless boys in seven years connected to the club, even though high-ranking officials had been warned to keep away from a man who now faces the rest of his life in prison and has been described as having “almost an insatiable appetite” for young boys.

The revelations leave City facing a number of questions now Bennell has been convicted of 50 counts of sexual abuse against 12 victims. Bennell, 64, will be sentenced on Monday after admitting seven of the charges, with the jury returning guilty verdicts for the other 43 offences.

Cries of “yes” came from the public gallery at Liverpool crown court where six complainants sat with family members as the final verdicts were read out on Thursday and some were in tears. Bennell sat muttering to himself and shaking his head.

The first victim to initiate these proceedings, Gary Cliffe, has waived his anonymity to speak exclusively to the Guardian about the hundreds of occasions when he was abused, aged 11 to 15, in City’s set-up.

Police documents from the 1990s question whether City were later involved in a cover-up, with one of the detectives investigating the case suggesting the club’s priority was to avoid damaging publicity, and the Guardian has seen a written admission from another former employee in which he acknowledges that “suspicions about him [Bennell] were aired on many an occasion.”

An investigation by this newspaper has also led to a taped interview in which Bennell states he had to leave his coaching role at Crewe Alexandra, the club he joined after City, because a complaint had been made against him, raising further questions about why he was not reported at the time. Crewe provided references for his next job and have been the subject of a police investigation as well as being a major focus of the Football Association’s independent inquiry.

However, it can now be revealed that Bennell was identified as a risk long before joining Crewe and that one member of City’s staff, the youth-team coach Steve Fleet, put his own job on the line when the club’s directors wanted to give the man they called “the star-maker” a full-time role as youth development officer.

Bennell was not given the job but, despite those warnings, he remained in City’s set-up, coaching at their old training ground and even abusing boys while sunbathing on the pitch at Maine Road, the club’s former ground, before moving to Crewe in 1985. He is now being identified as potentially the worst paedophile, in terms of the number of boys affected, there has ever been in sport, having preyed on young footballers for almost a quarter of a century before he was arrested on a club tour to Florida in 1994. A second trial is now likely as the police go through the complaints from other former players, mostly from Manchester City and Crewe.

Len Davies, who spent many years working for City as a youth-team scout, has admitted one of England’s major football clubs was “beguiled and hoodwinked” and police documents recall a number of senior staff, including the chief scout Ken Barnes, being “quite evasive” and not prepared to explain why Bennell had left the club, other than citing “irregularities”.

Cliffe, now 47, is convinced City ought to have reported Bennell and removed him from the club’s junior system if there were any concerns about his relationship with young boys. “If those in positions of responsibility had challenged Bennell, hundreds of wrecked lives could have been saved,” he said. “They buried their heads. They had a duty of care and they failed dramatically.”

City are holding a QC-led inquiry and have identified another alleged paedophile – now deceased – with whom they have “potential historic connections”. They named him on Thursday night as John Broome, a part-time scout. They said they believed he was not connected to Bennell and were investigating his alleged offences. The club are facing the possibility of large-scale legal action. Fleet’s evidence shows Bennell continued to work in football for around 15 years after they were warned to avoid him.

“I was an FA coach at the time and at all the coaches’ meetings, at Everton, the Cliff [Manchester United’s old training ground], City and lots of places, whenever the talk got round to Barry Bennell it was never good,” Fleet said. “People would say he was ‘dodgy’ and if his name was brought up everyone would just shake their heads. It was general knowledge and I could see it with my own eyes. He nauseated me. I just knew – instant intuition – that the rumours were sound, that he wasn’t right and that he wouldn’t be good for the club.

“When Ken Barnes and other people at the club tried to fetch him in I told them I didn’t want anything to do with it. ‘He’s a star-maker,’ Ken said, ‘and he finds good lads,’ and that was true because Bennell was a very good scout. But I also knew he was a risk. In football, like any sport where there’s young people, there are perverts and I wouldn’t even let him into our coaches’ room. I felt so strongly about it I put my job on the line.

Barnes died in 2010 and his daughter, Karen, says it would be wrong to suggest he did not take the matter seriously enough. “I can unequivocally state that my father was absolutely and utterly appalled to hear about the abuse suffered. He also complained bitterly that much of what he said when interviewed for Dispatches had been edited. My father was a considerate and honest man, to which any of the footballers who knew him will attest.”

According to police files, the detectives investigating the 1994 case found Barnes “very cagey” and “played his cards close to his chest”. Muir said he had heard rumours about an incident involving Bennell and volunteered a boy’s name. Barnes, however, would not give a proper explanation about the “irregularities” that meant Bennell leaving for Crewe.

“He [Barnes] wasn’t really prepared to go into them at all,” Detective Sergeant Geoffrey Elvey of Crewe CID says in evidence provided to the Florida police. “We found they were quite evasive at the club. It was quite a lengthy interview. Obviously we were probing to try to find out why he [Bennell] left the club and basically I got the impression that Mr Barnes didn’t want or Mr Farrell really didn’t want to tell us. Bear in mind they are quite a prominent professional club and possibly wouldn’t want any sort of media attention drawn to the club.” Farrell declined to comment to the Guardian.

Davies, who died seven years ago, admits in a 2000 book that whereas Fleet “did not ever accept him [Bennell] as a person or coach” other people at City, including himself and Barnes, drastically misjudged the situation.

“Most of us at Manchester City, including those responsible for the enhancement of junior football, were held in awe at the coaching ability of Barry Bennell. I think the majority of us … were taken in and let down. Hundreds of people, and all the kids who played for him, trusted him. I only hope that the boys and their parents who suffered will forgive us in that we, too, were beguiled and hoodwinked by this terrible person.” Davies adds that “inquiries about his behaviour never revealed his paedophiliac mentality until it was too late”.

Crewe are also under intense scrutiny and a number of victims have called for the longstanding chairman, John Bowler, and the director of football, Dario Gradi, a figurehead at the club for more than 30 years, to resign since Andy Woodward and another former player, Steve Walters, told this newspaper what happened to them, instigating what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the biggest crisis he can remember in the sport. Gradi has been suspended by the FA, though no official reason has been given.

Crewe said in November 2016 they would hold an independent review “at the earliest opportunity” but, 15 months on, have still not started it, claiming an unnamed authority told them to hold off until the criminal case was over. City, in stark contrast, say they received no such advice.

Both clubs have been asked by the Guardian if they want to comment about the new revelations and Crewe will also have to explain why Bennell was allowed to continue in his job when their former managing director, Hamilton Smith, has turned whistle-blower to reveal he instigated top-level talks, involving Bowler and Gradi, in the late-1980s because of an allegation against a man who has since described himself as a “monster.

Bennell was even paid expenses to take boys home during his seven years with the club and Gradi, the Guardian can reveal, was one of the people who supplied character references – his written on Crewe letter headed paper – when his colleague and friend was awaiting his 1994 court case in Florida.

In a statement, City offered “heartfelt sympathy to all victims for the unimaginably traumatic experiences they have endured. No one can remove their suffering or that of others who suffered sexual abuse as children as a result of their involvement with football. All victims were entitled to expect full protection from the kind of harm they endured.”

In a statement following the verdict, Crewe Alexandra said the club wanted “to reiterate that it was not aware of any sexual abuse by Mr Bennell, nor did it receive any complaint about sexual abuse by him, either before or during his employment with the club”.

It said that the club cooperated fully with the police in relation to Bennell’s prosecution in 1997 and with the recent investigation. “As a result of their investigations, the police found no evidence to corroborate that the club was aware of Mr Bennell’s offending,” said the statement.

It added: “The club wishes to make it absolutely clear that had it had any suspicion or belief that Mr Bennell was committing acts of abuse, either before, during or after he left the club’s employment, the club would have informed the police immediately


Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity

One woman’s account of clandestine meetings, financial transactions, and legal pacts designed to hide an extramarital affair.

Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell replies to X-rated PORN tweets showing clips of graphic sex scenes

Married father-of-three Mr Barwell responded to the explicit tweet “in error”, a Downing Street source says

14 FEB 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell “regrets” replying to a tweet that showed three porn videos with graphic sex scenes, a source says.

Married father-of-three Mr Barwell responded to the X-rated tweet “in error” at 9.21pm on Monday, a Downing Street source said.

The source said the tweet appeared in the former MP’s timeline and he “regrets the embarrassment this his caused”.

One of the videos features a sex scene with “two schoolgirls” and their “mum”. The clips on the thread were from porn websites called Illustrated Interracial, Blacked and Moms Lick Teens.

Mr Barwell’s reply – which didn’t have any text other than Twitter handles – was still on his account on Wednesday morning, but it was deleted shortly after it was discovered by journalists.

A Downing Street source said: “Gavin Barwell replied to this tweet, which was in his timeline, in error. He has deleted the reply and regrets the embarrassment this has caused.”

Mr Barwell, 46, a former Croydon Central MP who lost his seat in the 2017 general election, has a verified Twitter account with more than 22,000 followers.

The videos that he responded to were posted on Twitter in March last year by an account called Twinkystar.

The Twitter accounts quoted in the reply from his account also contained X-rated content.

Mr Barwell’s tweet was first reported by the website Guido Fawkes, which claimed that the reply was sent from an Android mobile phone.

It was unclear whether it was a personal or work phone.

Mirror Online has contacted Mr Barwell and the Prime Minister’s office for comment.

The reply was discovered amid a sleaze scandal at Westminster and claims that computers were used to access pornography.

In 2013, Mr Barwell, then a Tory MP, accused Labour of putting an “Arab dating” ad on a press release he read online.

But he was left red-faced when it was explained to him Google ads are based on the user’s “interests”.

He spotted the link next to a schools announcement put out on Twitter, and tweeted back: “I know you are short of cash but having an invitation to ‘date Arab girls’ at the top of your press release?”

Labour’s press team replied: “Oh dear.” It then posted a link to a Google Adsense help page.

The page stated: “In addition to seeing ads based on your interests, you may also see ads based on the types of sites you visit.”


Caldey Abbey: first male victim comes forward to describe sexual abuse

Man says he was abused by Cistercian monk during family holidays on Welsh island

A man has come forward to describe how he was groomed and sexually abused as a child by a Benedictine monk on Caldey Island, intensifying calls for an inquiry into what happened at the abbey in south-west Wales.

The victim, who has told police of the abuse he was subject to during summer holiday trips to Caldey Island, is the first man to allege he was sexually assaulted by Father Thaddeus Kotik.

More than a dozen women have come forward to report offences committed by Kotik, a member of the Cistercian order of Benedictine monks who lived at Caldey Abbey on the Pembrokeshire island from 1947 until his death in 1992.

The Guardian has learned that two other men who lived and worked on Caldey Island were subsequently convicted of child sex offences.

The latest victim, Mark (not his real name), came forward three days after the Guardian first revealed that Kotik was a serial child sex offender. He hopes others will step forward to report abuse, which would add to the pressure for a thorough inquiry into the sexual offences committed by Kotik that may have spanned five decades.

“I want a public inquiry to take place about Caldey Island and its lack of child protection,” Mark said. “I will hopefully encourage others to come forward and tell theirs. The more reports there are may prompt an inquiry.”

Kotik’s offences were reported to the monks at Caldey Abbey but police were not notified until after his death.

Mark, who cannot be identified, said he first met Kotik in the 1960s when the family first visited the monastic island, off Tenby in Pembrokeshire. Kotik, who befriended Mark’s father, spent years grooming Mark. “We were met on the green by this man dressed in what I at the time thought were very funny-looking clothes. This was the monk Thaddeus,” Mark said.

Kotik quickly made the visitors feel privileged by inviting them into the monastery’s private walled garden and serving them tea, squash and biscuits. It was not until the following year, in the same garden, that Thaddeus lifted Mark and sat the boy beside him.

“Whilst eating I felt this large rough hand touching my leg,” Mark said. “Throughout the time we sat there I remember Thaddeus rubbed his hand up and down my bare legs a few more times going from one leg to the other and crossing the front outside my shorts.”

Mark, then aged eight, said nothing because he did not want to get into trouble. Kotik behaved as if nothing had happened, leading the family on a personal tour of the island, to the farm, the church and the lighthouse.

Kotik invited the family back the following summer, arranging for them to stay at St Philomena’s guesthouse. Mark’s father carried out handyman jobs in lieu of payment for their holiday, and Kotik offered to mind Mark and his siblings.

On the first day of this holiday, Kotik took Mark into the monastery, beyond the reach of his mother. During a later visit to the monastery Kotik allowed the boy to help wash up in the monastery kitchen. While Mark was at the sink, Kotik stood behind him, wrapped his arms around him and rubbed the boy’s genitals. The monk told the boy to be careful not to leave knives in the water, to divert attention from his actions. Another monk walked into the room and Kotik moved away.

On a subsequent visit to the monastery, Mark was helping to wrap the chocolate bars made at the monastery when Kotik approached him from behind, sat him on a bench, and assaulted him.

“I just froze still. I didn’t say anything but I remember being frightened and upset,” Mark said. He deliberately knocked a chocolate bar to the floor, and moved to pick it up to escape from Kotik’s grasp.

Although Mark avoided being alone with Kotik, the monk remained a family friend and even visited the family in Wales for a week each year. As an adult, Mark returned to the idyllic island for holidays with his own young son but he was careful never to leave him unattended.

Mark fishing with Kotik and Mark’s own son.
Mark fishing with Kotik and Mark’s own son. Photograph: Mark

“Looking back, I cannot forgive myself for putting [my son] in such a vulnerable position despite me or another adult being with him all the time,” he said.

Mark’s father maintained his friendship with Kotik and attended the monk’s funeral in 1992, but Mark has struggled to accept the betrayal by a priest who he thought had been his friend for 27 years.

“It is only since hearing and reading of this abuse that I have finally come to accept that I was a victim of Thaddeus’s abuse,” he said.

Mark says he has not yet felt strong enough to speak to his elderly father, his siblings or his son about the abuse but has confided in an old school friend who is supporting his efforts to break the silence on child abuse on Caldey Island.

Caldey Abbey was asked to comment but had not responded by the time of publication.




Madeleine McCann cops ask Home Office for more money in search for missing child

12th February 2018,

The fresh cash request comes after it was revealed parents Kate and Gerry McCann had more than £720,000 in reserves for their Find Maddie Fund.

The family have just seven weeks left of guaranteed funding for Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange inquiry.

The inquiry has cost taxpayers £11.2 million so far.


HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva

Oh no. No, it cannot be allowed. How about if they allocate money for ALL missing kids and share it between them so the likes of Vishambar Mehrotra and receive the same resources as the well-connected McCanns?

‘He grabbed her hips, pulled her hair and forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way’: Murdered MP Jo Cox’s husband was reported to police over sex assault claim in Harvard bar – nine months before his wife’s death

  • Woman reported Brendan Cox to U.S. police, claiming he assaulted her late at night at Harvard University in 2015; Mr Cox strongly denies the allegation
  • In report filed by police, she claims Mr Cox ‘grabbed [the woman] by the hips several times… forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way’; ‘touched her inappropriately’ in a restaurant
  • Complaint came soon after Mr Cox quit as senior exec with Save The Children in 2015 following separate claims of inappropriate behaviour towards staff

A new charity sex scandal erupted last night after it emerged that the husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox was once accused of groping a senior US government official.

The woman reported Brendan Cox to American police, claiming he assaulted her late at night at Harvard University – although Mr Cox strongly denies the allegation.

Her complaint came soon after Mr Cox quit as a senior executive with the Save The Children in 2015 following separate claims of inappropriate behaviour towards staff

According to a report filed by police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the woman claims Mr Cox:

  • ‘Grabbed [the woman] by the hips several times, pulled her hair and forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way’;
  • ‘Touched her inappropriately’ in a restaurant and tried to ‘push’ her into drinking more alcohol;
  • ‘Pulled her towards him and touched her stomach’ despite her telling him to stop;
  • Texted her later, asking: ‘Are you touching yourself?’

The woman was so upset she ‘couldn’t even look at Mr Cox’. She also said she ‘feared repercussions’ from him. In the police report, seen by The Mail on Sunday, the ‘incident type/offence’ is described as ‘indecent assault and battery on person 14 or over.’

Mr Cox’s lawyers last night said he denies the ‘spurious allegations’ and says no sexual assault took place.

This newspaper knows the identity of the woman, who is in her thirties, and has decided to protect her anonymity.

The disclosure of the report’s existence comes as Oxfam is reeling from claims it failed to warn other agencies about staff who quietly resigned after being caught using prostitutes in Haiti.

The report – filed by police in Cambridge, Massachusetts – says that on Thursday, October 29, she went to Felipe’s (above), a restaurant in Harvard Square with Mr Cox. ‘While there and on the walk back, Mr Cox touched her inappropriately… touched her “ass” , grabbed her by the hips several times, pulled her hair and forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way’

Mr Cox married Jo in 2009 and, since her murder, a week before the EU referendum in 2016, he has focused on raising the couple’s two children and helping to run the Jo Cox Foundation, set up ‘to channel the energy and determination generated by Jo’s life into practical efforts to advance the causes she championed’.

The alleged US incident involving Mr Cox took place in October 2015 weeks after he left his post as senior Save The Children strategist in London following claims of inappropriate behaviour towards female members of staff. Mr Cox denied any wrongdoing there.

Mr Cox attended a two-week course at Harvard’s prestigious John F Kennedy School of Government run by the World Economic Forum, which also organises the annual economic summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Mr Cox, who worked in Downing Street for Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2010, was named a Young Global Leader by the forum in 2012. He attended the 2015 Harvard course along with nearly 100 international rising-star charity officials and civil servants.

Past Young Global Leaders include David Cameron and Google co-founder Larry Page.

The woman – who was studying at Harvard at the time – complained to police in Cambridge, where the university is located, on November 6.

Under the heading ‘offender,’ the report, dated six days later, says the ‘suspect’ is ‘Brendan Cox, white, about 38’ and that the ‘female victim’, who is named in the file, described her alleged assailant as having brown hair and being 5ft 10in to 6ft tall.’

The report says that on Thursday, October 29, she went to Felipe’s, a restaurant in Harvard Square with Mr Cox.

‘While there and on the walk back, Mr Cox touched her inappropriately… touched her “ass” , grabbed her by the hips several times, pulled her hair and forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way.’

He ‘also pulled her towards him and touched her stomach’ even though she had ‘made it clear’ she wanted no sexual contact. ‘She received a text later in the evening from Cox that read “are you touching yourself?”’

The report records the woman’s belief that Mr Cox was trying to ply her with drink. She had had ‘three glasses of wine and one tequila shot’ during the evening and believed ‘Cox was pushing her to consume alcohol’ despite her telling him she did not normally do so.

‘Cox kept saying “Let’s go to your place” or “Let’s go to my place”’ after she had told him she wanted no physical contact.

‘Unwanted touching’ took place between midnight and 1.30am’ and all of it made the woman ‘feel extremely uncomfortable’.

She is also said to have mentioned the incident to Harvard.

It is understood police did not investigate the matter at the request of the woman. The report states she ‘only wanted the incident documented at this time’ and had been ‘reluctant’ to complain to police because she ‘feared repercussions from the suspect.’

Cambridge Police last night confirmed the existence of the case file to The Mail on Sunday.

Mr Cox declined to comment last night, but his lawyers said he denies the ‘spurious allegations’ and says no sexual assault took place.

They added that the fact Mr Cox has never been contacted or questioned by the Massachusetts police was further evidence that the claims were untrue. They also questioned the motivation of the complainant.

That Cox was the subject of a complaint so close to him leaving Save The Children will put renewed focus on British charities as both the Government and the Charity Commission last night announced probes into whether Oxfam covered up the scandal of its workers having orgies with prostitutes after the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.

Chief executive Mark Goldring told ITV News that it was ‘highly likely’ public donations to Oxfam would have fallen if the charity had revealed the scandal. But he denied any cover-up.

The charity says it disclosed sexual misconduct to the regulator.

Last night International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt hinted the Government could pull Oxfam’s funding, which amounted to £31.7 million last year.

She said: ‘We will not work with any organisation that does not live up to the high standards on safeguarding and protection that we require.’



Keith Vaz Makes Trips to India and Saudi Arabia – But ‘Too Ill’ to Face Male Prostitutes Investigation

11 Feb 2018

Labour MP Keith Vaz has remained active internationally, despite an investigation into footage of him using male prostitutes and discussing Class A drugs being suspended due to alleged ill health.

The former Chair of the Commons Select Committee has visited India and Saudi Arabia and attended several engagements in his constituency, all whilst claiming to be too ill to face justice.

In Leicester, he has opened a new swimming pool, attended planning meetings, met a housing developer, and is even alleged to have been spotted at a music gig.

He has also been well enough to appear in public alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and table a number of parliamentary questions.

Now, a Tory MP has compiled a dossier of his activities and is calling for the parliamentary standards watchdog to resume their investigation into his alleged use of Romanian rent boys and hard drugs, the Daily Mailreports.

Mr. Vaz was caught discussing sex and the illegal substances in undercover footage shot by the Daily Mirror in 2016, but has carried on as a member of parliament, and even been appointed to the Justice select committee.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen, who says his office had compiled a dossier on Mr. Vaz’s appearances that would be passed to the standards commissioner, commented:

“He is supposedly unfit to answer questions about his conduct in relation to rent boys and cocaine, but he appears to be out and about in Leicester and elsewhere. He is the most healthy-looking ‘ill’ person I’ve ever seen.

“At the end of the day if he’s unfit to be held to the standards of an MP then he’s not fit to be an MP.

“The parliamentary standards watchdog says she has independent medical advice to say that he cannot face questions. But he looks surprisingly well to me.”

The standards commissioner’s office said: “When she has fresh independent medical advice, the commissioner will review it.”

Mr. Vaz’s office did not respond to request for a comment.


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Human rights barrister Barbara Hewson is accused of rants against child sex abuse victims online

Bar this troll: Human rights barrister accused of vile rants against child sex victims

10 Feb 2018

Law chiefs are looking into claims against Barbara Hewson, 56, following complaints from survivors about foul-mouthed posts on social media

A probe has been launched into a top human rights barrister after she was accused of trolling a string of child sex abuse victims online.

Law chiefs are looking into the claims against Barbara Hewson, 56, following complaints from survivors about foul-mouthed posts.


Messages sent on social media sites from various personal accounts in Hewson’s name have seen her brand victims “lunatics”, “manipulative”, “dangerous”, “cowardly” and “nutwings”.

One outraged victim said: “This can’t go on. She has to be stopped.”

In other posts, Hewson tells those sharing their horrific experiences with others to “shut the f*** up”.

She appears to brand one alleged victim “as vulnerable as a lorryload of gravel” and criticises victims “whinging” about their ordeals.

The Sunday Mirror has also seen a post in which an account in the lawyer’s name refers to an official from the Bar Standards Board as “c*nty” and discloses her home address.

The Bar Standards Board, which was set up to regulate barristers, is one of the bodies investigating complaints against Hewson.

Victim Clare Sheahan has called for the lawyer to be struck off.

Clare, who says she was attacked by a paedophile at 10, told officials that Hewson has trolled her and others on Twitter for two years.

The 62-year-old said: “She has made people’s lives hell. I wish she could see the effect her messages are having on people who are already vulnerable.

“She’s in a position of power and people look up to her but I believe her posts will discourage people from reporting abuse or sharing their pain.

“What if someone self harms, or even commits suicide, because of what she has said? If she’d experienced the complete and utter terror that a child feels when being attacked by a paedophile I’m sure she’d take a different view.”

London-based Hewson rose to prominence after speaking out against the investigation into celebrities that followed the Jimmy Savile scandal.

She has also called for the age of consent to be lowered to just 13.

Hewson got a harassment warning from police last March following a report from fellow lawyer Sarah Phillimore.

The Bar Standards Board also looked at claims by law student Mehul Desai, a supporter of Phillimore, that he had received death threats from Hewson, which saw her receive a harassment warning from the Met Police.

She left her chambers at 1 Gray’s Inn Square the following month and is now self-employed.

Clare said Irish-born Hewson has described her as a “lunatic” and a “fishwife” and questioned her claims to have been abused as a child on holiday in the 1960s.

Clare, from South London, who has spent many years campaigning against child sex abuse and reached out to other survivors online, said she was targeted by Hewson after disagreeing with a point the lawyer made on Twitter.

She said: “I asked her why she was saying such nasty things about child sex abuse survivors. I didn’t understand why, as a barrister, she’d do that.

“That’s when the onslaught started. I eventually blocked her but friends told me that she continued to slag me off.”

Clare is one of at least two people who have complained to the Bar Standards Board. She has also contacted police.

She said: “I’m lucky to have a good support network of family and friends to pick me up. Others aren’t so lucky.”



Sunnyclaribel‏ @Sunnyclaribel

Hi folks Barbara Hewson has sent hate/abuse and intimidated child sex abuse survivors/campaigners & anyone with the guts to stand up to her for years. She thinks putting their personal details on line will intimidate them into silence.


HRH Crafty Muvva

And now the journalist who wrote the article is being targeted, cussed, intimidated and threatened by her and her group. Relentless hate campaign that’s been allowed to go on and on…

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Barbara Hewson’s abuse and closeness to paedophiles on Twitter has a long history. Here is an example of her abuse around the time we exposed her as the cousin of the fraud and criminal Jonathan Denby, lawyer to the paedophile Harvey Proctor:

Hewson: We have a problem – online harassment and how we just don’t deal with it.



Top human rights lawyer faces an investigation after ‘she branded victims of child sex abuse “lunatics”, “nutwings” and “cowardly” online’

  • Barbara Hewson is alleged to have referred to victims as ‘lunatics’ and ‘nutwings’
  • The lawyer is reportedly facing an investigation from the Bar Standards Board
  • It is also claimed she told people speaking out about abuse to ‘shut the f*** up’ 
  • Miss Hewson has previously called for the age of consent to fall to as low as 13

A top human rights lawyer is facing an investigation after claims that she trolled victims of child sex abuse online.

Barrister Barbara Hewson, 56, is alleged to have posted on social media referring to victims as ‘lunatics’, ‘nutwings’ and ‘cowardly’.

It is also claimed that she told people speaking out about abuse they had suffered as a child to ‘shut the f*** up’.

The Bar Standards Board is launching a probe against Miss Hewson, according to the Sunday Mirror.

MailOnline has contacted the BSB for comment.

The barrister, who has called for the age of consent to fall to as low as 13, is facing calls to be struck off.

One woman, who says she has faced trolling by Miss Hewson on Twitter for two years, said it would discourage people from speaking up about abuse.

She said: ‘She has made people’s lives hell. I wish she could see the effect her messages are having on people who are already vulnerable.

‘If she’d experienced the complete and utter terror that a child feels when being attacked by a paedophile I’m sure she’d take a different view.’

A spokesperson for Miss Hewson said she had ‘respectful relations with genuine victims’ but had not been formally notified of a complaint to the BSB.

Miss Hewson previously received a harassment warning from the Metropolitan Police after claims she made death threats over the phone to a law student.

A Nottingham University student had alleged that the lawyer pestered him with nuisance phone calls leaving him ‘frightened and alarmed’.

Miss Hewson previously received a harassment warning from the Metropolitan Police after claims she made death threats over the phone to a law student

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

February 8 2018

Scotland Yard has been unable to locate some of the interviews detectives conducted with the alleged fantasist who prompted the VIP child abuse inquiry.

Detectives described claims made by the man known as Nick, who has since been charged with paedophile offences, as “credible and true” after conducting a series of interviews.

However, at least two excerpts, relating to abuse claims that Nick made about the late prime minister Edward Heath, have gone missing, sources said.

It will add to concerns about Operation Midland, the Met’s £2.5 million inquiry into prominent figures that relied on Nick as its sole complainant.



Bill MacBeth‏ @bill_macbeth

As We all know by now “Theresa May” Hid 114 Tory Child Sex Abusers Files Because if they were made public knowledge would have been the death of the Tory Party!

ZED @ZedTrafficker

Don’t forget this gem too, where back ups of back ups of child abuse testimonies deleted

Child abuse inquiry evidence submissions accidentally deleted

‘VIP paedophile ring’ accuser charged over child abuse images



A dirty card game being played

New rape allegation made against former Leicester MP, the late Greville Janner

MP raped boy in flat and photographs of abuse were shared among Westminster paedophiles, public inquiry is told

6 FEB 2018

A new allegation of child sexual abuse has been made against former Leicester MP Greville Janner – more than two years after his death.

Lord Janner, who died aged 87 in December 2015, allegedly raped a young boy – who was at the time living in a children’s home – in an upmarket block of flats in London.

Photographs of the act of abuse were included in a pamphlet which is now said to have been circulated among paedophiles in the Houses of Parliament.

The claims were outlined by the legal team representing the alleged victim during a hearing last week of the Government’s Independent Inquiry into child Sexual Abuse, (IICSA).

The inquiry is examining 13 separate ‘strands’ of alleged abuse within institutions, such as Parliament, children’s homes and the Anglican and Catholic churches

One of the strands focuses entirely on the allegations against Lord Janner – whose family insist he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

However, the new allegation emerged during last Wednesday’s preliminary hearing into alleged abuse carried out by senior Westminster politicians.

Lawyers acting for the alleged victim – who will be known in the inquiry as A4 in order to protect his identity – were applying for him to be allowed to participate in the Westminster strand.

Sam Stein QC, who represents A4, told the inquiry last Wednesday that Lord Janner took the boy to a nightclub in London and raped him later in a block of apartments called Dolphin Square that night.

Mr Stein said a police officer spoke to the boy inside the club and took his details.

Mr Stein said: “It is obvious, says A4, that he looked young. It would have been clear he was in an inappropriate situation.

“Nevertheless, the police officer was and would have been aware of his position, tolerated it, allowed it and was complicit in allowing him to stay there.

“He was then abused that night. He was raped.

“Photographs of that abuse were taken and he was told by the person, who is in his mind, the facilitator, that those photographs, being in a pamphlet, were being shown at Westminster.”

Lord Janner’s three children, who have been granted core participant status for the inquiry into their father, also applied to take part in the Westminster strand.

Daniel Janner told the hearing he had never heard A4’s allegation before.

Inquiry will hear from 33 men who say Greville Janner sexually abused them



Lord Janner’s Son Calls For Anonymity Of VIP Paedophile Ring Accuser To Be Lifted

7 February 2018,


Darren Pearce‏ @DarrenP24191399

Strongly suggests that MPs are desperate to protect themselves from their own evil guilty acts. They should be for transparency instead they try to whitewash the whole VIPaedo issue


Natalie Rowe‏Verified account @RealNatalieRowe

MP’s will vote to have their anonymity protected if accused of sexual crimes, this will not apply to anyone that isn’t a Politician, so one rule for them, I see where this is going

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Oh, and look who was involved in the rape trial of Owen Oyston, the financial backer behind paedo mecca Radio Pennine of which Hewson uncle Richard Denby was director! Am I surprised?

TWC, the investment vehicle of Owen Oyston, was behind Richard Denby’s Radio Pennine which spawned many paedos.

First DJ employed by Richard Denby’s Pennine Radio was an outright paedophile and Savile buddy! Who recommended him?


justme‏ @zante03

DANIEL JANNER says his father was an innocent man.

Sir Richard Henriques enquiry about Greville Janner says he should have been CHARGED with buggery in 2007…just let that sink in.

Now Janner junior wants to go to CSA inquiry and interogate people saying Grev abused them

For all her love of Henriques, Barbara Hewson never quotes him saying that Janner should have been prosecuted while he was alive. Wonder why?

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

For all her love of Henriques, Barbara Hewson never quotes him saying that Janner should have been prosecuted while he was alive. Wonder why?

Dame Alun Roberts @ciabaudo

I don’t think there’s much left of Greville Janner’s reputation to libel since the CPS and Henriques both agreed that multiple opportunities were missed to bring charges inter alia for buggery against him!

Despite denials, Pope received evidence against cleric accused of cover-up, sources say

February 06, 2018

  • Francis has denied seeing evidence that a bishop he promoted witnessed sexual abuse
  • But two people say he was handed a letter detailing exactly that

(CNN) It all comes down to one letter, and whether or not Pope Francis read it.

As recently as last month, the Pope had said he’s seen no evidence that a Chilean cleric whom he later made a bishop had witnessed a priest abusing teenagers.

But Francis received a letter detailing exactly that in 2015, according to the author of the letter and a former member of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors. It was hand-delivered to him, the two people say, by one of his most trusted advisers, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

A spokesman for O’Malley referred all questions to the Vatican, which declined to comment.

The Pope’s receipt of the letter was first reported by The Associated Press on Monday. The letter’s author, Juan Carlos Cruz, has provided a copy to CNN. In it, he details years of abuse, witnessed, Cruz says, by the man Pope Francis later made a bishop, Juan Barros.

“The Pope goes around the world apologizing for the sexual abuse of children,” Cruz told CNN, “but he doesn’t do a thing.”

This is not the first time the Pope has been accused of having a “blind spot” on sexual abuse.

The commission charged with protecting young people, unveiled in 2015 with great fanfare, has languished since December when its term expired. The Vatican says new members are being vetted.

But some of the commission’s top recommendations, including a tribunal for bishops accused of covering up sex crimes, have been nixed by Vatican officials, said Marie Collins, a former member of the commission. Collins, an abuse survivor, quit the commission last year in frustration over the Vatican’s inaction.

Francis also appointed an Australian cardinal to a powerful Vatican post despite concerns from victims’ groups. Cardinal George Pell is now on trial on sexual assault charges in his native Australia.

“The status quo is not working,” the Rev. Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and expert on the Vatican, wrote in a recent column for Religion News Service.

“Pope Francis needs to make dramatic changes in the way in which the Vatican investigates crimes, especially those by bishops.”

‘A witness to all of this’

“Holy Father, I decided to write you this letter because I’m tired of fighting, crying and suffering.”

That’s how Cruz, who now lives in Philadelphia, opened his eight-page letter to the Pope.

In the letter, Cruz details years of abuse at the hands of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, a charismatic and powerful figure in the Chilean church. The Vatican removed Karadima from active ministry in 2011 after finding the priest guilty of child sex abuse.

Barros “was a witness to all of this I have told you,” Cruz writes in his letter to the Pope.

Cruz said O’Malley told him he had handed the letter to Pope Francis in 2015. O’Malley also told the Commission for the Protection of Minors, which he led, that he had personally delivered Cruz’s letter to the Pope two years ago, said Collins.

Barros has not been accused of sexual abuse and has denied knowing about Karadima’s crimes. A representative for Barros has not replied to requests for comment.

In a statement dated January 30, Barros’ diocese said, “The Bishop … expressed that he is taking everything related to the Pope with faith and joy, asking God for the truth to shine through and especially invoking the Virgin Mary so everyone can reach peace.”

Collins said it was a mistake for Pope Francis to appoint Barros a bishop in 2015.

“If he saw what was happening and didn’t seem to recognize it as abuse, then putting him in charge of a diocese where he oversees the safety of children is a problem.”

In a trip to Chile last month, Pope Francis angered some survivors’ groups and Chilean Catholics by forcefully defending Barros, telling reporters, “There is not a single proof against him, everything is slander.”

That statement made international headlines, with supporters of victims of clerical sex abuse challenging his suggestion that “proof” is a prerequisite for believing a victim’s account.

Francis’ comments elicited a rare public rebuke from O’Malley, the Pope’s top adviser on sexual abuse, who called them “a source of great pain for survivors of sexual abuse by clergy.”

‘He risks it all crashing down’

Questions about Barros dominated a news conference held on the papal plane during the Pope’s return to Rome following his visit to Chile and Peru. In response to questions, Francis admitted he had made an error in choosing his words and apologized to victims of clerical sex abuse.

“I apologize for hurting them without realizing it. But I did not intend this,” Francis said.

“The word ‘proof’ was not the best way to approach a pained heart. I would say ‘evidence.’ In Barros’ case, it was studied. It was restudied. And there is no evidence. And that is what I wanted to say. I don’t have evidence to convict.

“If I convicted without evidence or without moral certainty, I would commit a crime of being a bad judge,” Francis said.

He also reaffirmed his support for Barros — and his assertion that allegations of sex abuse without evidence are slander.

“I am also convinced he is innocent,” he said.

The Pope defended his zero-tolerance position on abuse by clergy, saying that he has received two dozen requests for pardon but has not granted any.

Later, though, Francis seemed to indicate that the church does not have all the evidence in Barros’ case. He has dispatched one of the Vatican’s top experts on sexual abuse to Chile to investigate.

He will go to Santiago “to listen to those who have expressed the will to submit elements in their possession,” the Vatican said in a statement.

Charles Camosy, a professor of ethics at Fordham University, a Catholic school in New York, said it is time for the Pope’s defenders to hold him to account.


Two Freemasons’ lodges operating secretly at Westminster

Exclusive: Lodges for MPs and journalists are so covert even lobby reporters do not know members

4 Feb 2018

Pass grip of a master mason

The top of the thumb presses hard against the space between the second and third knuckles

Two Freemasons’ lodges set up for members of parliament and political journalists are continuing to operate secretly at Westminster, the Guardian has learned.

New Welcome Lodge, which recruits MPs, peers and parliamentary staff, and Gallery Lodge, established for members of the political press corps known as the lobby, both remain active, according to Freemasonry records.

A third lodge called the Alfred Robbins Lodge, which was also set up for journalists, also continues to meet regularly in London.

The identities of the members of these three lodges remain unknown outside the world of Freemasonry, however, and so discreet are the members of Gallery Lodge that few journalists working in the lobby appear to be aware of its existence.

The disclosure that both political journalists and politicians are Freemasons comes after the outgoing chair of the Police Federation alleged that Freemasons were blocking reforms in policing and thwarting the progress of women and officers from black and minority ethnic communities.

After three years as the chair of the Police Federation, Steve White said: “I found that there were people who were fundamentally against any kind of change and any kind of progress, and they always happened to be Freemasons.

The charge brought an angry denial from the UGLE. In a letter to the press, Staples said: “We are quietly proud that throughout history, when people have suffered discrimination both in public and social life, Freemasonry has welcomed them into our lodges as equals.” He added that many Freemasons chose to keep their membership secret in order to avoid being discriminated against.

At Westminster, MPs and peers are not obliged to declare their membership of the Freemasons, although the Commons authorities say they can disclose this information voluntarily on the registers of members’ and Lords’ financial interests. None currently do so.

Nor do any political journalists declare their membership of the Freemasons on the register of journalists’ interests, which is maintained by parliament.

The three lodges each meet four times a year at Freemasons’ Hall, the UGLE’s headquarters in Covent Garden, London.

The UGLE said Gallery Lodge currently has 45 members and Alfred Robbins Lodge – which is named after a former newspaperman and prominent mason – has 18 members.

“None of the members who have joined either of these two lodges since 2000 have their occupation recorded as journalist or anything obviously linked to the newspaper industry,” the spokesman said.

It is unclear how many of their members joined before that year, however, and UGLE will not identify the lodges’ members.

The Guardian understands past members of Gallery Lodge have included former journalists at the Times, the Daily Express, the Scotsman, and several Hansard reporters.

While the New Welcome lodge has about 30 to 40 members, the Guardian understands only about four of the current members are MPs, and that none are peers. Most of the members of the lodge are former MPs, parliamentary staff or police officers who have served at Westminster. MPs who are Freemasons are members of other lodges, however.

Although New Welcome lodge was set up following the 1926 general strike, to admit Labour politicians who had previously been refused entry to Freemasonry, the Guardian understands that none of its current members are Labour MPs.

Many are said to have left the Freemasons in the 1980s, fearing they would lose their seats if they were questioned about membership while reapplying for the Labour party’s nomination in between general elections, which had become a requirement at the start of that decade.

At least one Labour MP is said to have left New Welcome Lodge when facing reselection at this time, and arranged for his membership to be held in abeyance so that he could be quietly readmitted once he knew his parliamentary seat was secure.


Chris Mullin @chrismullinexmp

If masons have nothing to hide, why did they go to such lengths to oppose attempts by the last Labour government to make membership of a secret society (any secret society) a declarable interest for applicants to the judiciary, police, planning inspectorate etc?



Hmm, but wouldn’t that mean if key Islington based PIE member, Keith Harding, associate of Jimmy Savile, Cyril Smith, Jeremy Thorpe and Leon Brittan went on to become head of GCHQ lodge, he be protected by entire Freemason network, up to and including those at Kensington Palace?

 Yes. Just like Brian Rice, the former social services director, criticised in both the Frank Beck and Fred West trials, and who now just happens to be a director of that very same lodge…


Justin Welby ‘blocked’ payouts to abused pupils

February 4 2018

A victim of child sex abuse has written to Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, ahead of next weekend’s General Synod accusing him of “personally” blocking extra compensation payments.

Julian Whiting, now 55, was given a settlement after he said he was raped by a fellow pupil and molested by teachers at Blue Coat school in Birmingham, founded by the Church of England in 1722.

He said a recent public pledge by the church to change its culture in order to better help abuse survivors had been shown to be “empty and meaningless”.

Whiting wrote that the way he had been treated “could not be further from the Church of England’s assertion…that [it] is absolutely committed to its pastoral response to alleged victims and…


3 December 2017

Julian Whiting (Ex-Met Police and Survivor)

I am deeply saddened by the Archbishop’s response to this articulate and considered letter. Does Archbishop Welby have the authority to write a response that reaches out and engages with the questions raised without internal lawyers and insurers checking it first? It plumbs the depth in terms of business etiquette and is a reminder of how power works in this country.


Islington abuse scandal: Inquiry into pro-paedophile past of ex-mayor Sandy Marks is officially opened following Gazette investigation

2  Feb 2018

Sarah Morgan QC, a leading specialist in family law, has been appointed by Islington Council to oversee the investigation and announced its terms of reference as the review was formally opened this week.

It will explore explosive evidence published by the Gazette in May linking former mayor, councillor and social services committee chairwoman Sandy Marks to a clandestine paedophile rights group called Fallen Angels in early 1980.

Fallen Angels campaigned to abolish age of consent laws and legalise sex with children.

The inquiry will look at what impact, if any, that involvement had on the way Ms Marks’ chaired the council’s social services committee from 1991 to 1995 when a child abuse scandal was revealed in Islington.

It will explore whether Ms Marks was aware of the widespread child abuse which took place in council-run children’s homes before October 1992, when the Evening Standard broke the story.

Ms Marks has previously denied the allegations against her as “untrue and unfounded”.

Ms Morgan said: “I am pleased to have been appointed by Islington Council to conduct an independent review to consider and investigate information provided to the council by the Islington Gazette.”

But campaigners who fought to give a voice to survivors of abuse at Islington’s care homes have said the probe is too narrow – and have demanded a full investigation into the scandal that still blights the borough’s history.

The terms of reference for the inquiry include investigating evidence as to the extent and nature of Ms Marks’ involvement with Fallen Angels or any other pro-paedophile groups.

It will also consider to what extent, if any, this affected the way she carried out her later role as a member of Islington Council’s social services committee from 1983 to 1991, or as chair from 1991 to 1995.

And Ms Morgan will investigate whether Ms Marks had any knowledge of allegations of child abuse in Islington Council’s care homes prior to the shocking scandal being exposed by an Evening Standard investigation in 1992.

Islington commissioned 14 inquiries following the revelations, culminating in the White Report in 1995.

The new review will consider whether Ms Marks became aware of anything relevant to allegations of “organised abuse” in Islington’s care homes through dealings with Fallen Angels, or possibly “other paedophile groups”, and what difference, if any, this may have made to the White Report.

Ms Morgan will work alongside barrister and children’s law specialist Lucy Sprinz on the review.

The QC said: “There is a great deal of documentary and archive material that has been made available to us and I know efforts to provide us with documents, written material and digital media that are relevant to the terms of reference are continuing.

“I expect to identify, from that material, individuals who may have information relating to the remit of the review. I intend to contact those individuals in due course.

“I would also be very keen to hear from anyone who has information relating to the remit of the review and will make a further statement in the near future with details of how anyone who believes that they have such information may contribute to the review.

“I will not reach any conclusions until I have considered all of the evidence available to me. At the conclusion of the review I will submit my report to Islington Council for publication.”

But Islington Survivors Network (ISN), a group for survivors of sexual and physical abuse in Islington’s children’s homes, described the review as “limited in its terms of reference”.

Social worker Dr Liz Davies, ISN founder and original whistleblower on the Islington care home abuse scandal, said: “Sandy Marks was only one councillor in post during the period when the reporting of abuse by children, families and some professionals went unheard.

“The exposure of organised abuse, including alleged murders and abductions of children, was met with total denial by the White Report.

“The authors of the 14 inquiries must certainly be invited for interview. So must senior professionals and politicians who closed down or hindered investigations or had responsibility for so many missing documents and files. They must be held to account.”

ISN has been calling for a multi-agency statutory investigation to be set up to establish whether children may be at current risk from abusers who were named during the exposure of the care home scandal in the 1990s.

“Survivors now coming forward to ISN are very worried that the people who abused them might still have access to children,” said Dr Davies. “The statutory team should collate evidence and make decisions about which former staff and their associates still present a

She continued: “The abusers and those who colluded with them were protected. The day the Evening Standard first reported the scandal in October 1992, a number of staff vanished abroad. Some were later arrested in countries such as Thailand and Morocco.”

Graduate research student Charlotte Russell, who worked with the Gazette to uncover documentary evidence linking Ms Marks’ to the Fallen Angels, also called for the inquiry to consider Ms Marks’ appointments to other public committees in the 1980s and 1990s and the extent of her influence.

She said: “Ms Marks is but one of a number of people either employed by, or serving, Islington Council who warrant investigation.

“While I look forward to meeting with Sarah Morgan QC to provide evidence, ultimately we know that previous Islington inquiries haven’t resulted in criminal prosecutions of those who perpetrated abuse of children in Islington’s care homes.

“Understanding Ms Marks’ involvement with pro-paedophile groups will be a step forward but won’t provide the entire picture of how this tiny London borough became a magnet for paedophiles to relocate to from the 1970s onwards.”


Charles Howeson to face trial over sexual abuse charges

The trial will be held in Bristol in June

2 Feb 2018

Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson is set to face a trial in June on charges of sexually abusing a teenager.

The 68-year-old will face a jury charged with attempted buggery and an alternative count of indecent assault against a male person under the age of 21 between November 1987 and December 1988.

Judge Mark Horton start before him at Bristol Crown Court on June 4.

The trial is expected to last one to two weeks.


Heathcliffe Bowen

Heathcliffe Bowen

Paedophile ex-council chief was also trustee of child abuse charity

31 January 2018

A paedophile who helped to run the children’s safety unit in one of Yorkshire’s biggest cities was also a trustee of a controversial charity that helps young victims of abuse, it has emerged.
Heathcliffe Bowen, who served three terms as chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, was jailed for five years on Monday for paying an under-age boy for sex and taking part in explicit online chats with other youngsters. The judge at Bradford Crown Court branded him a “predatory paedophile” who “couldn’t help himself”.
Some of the offences were committed while Bowen, 50, was employed by Bradford Council as administrator of the city’s Safeguarding Children’s Board. At the same time, he was a trustee of the Leeds-based charity Yorkshire MESMAC and a director of its trading arm.
The charity was criticised last year over concerns that its rules appeared to allow workers to sleep with their clients.
Tom Doyle - Chief Exec of Yorkshire MESMAC

Its chief executive, Tom Doyle, said Bowen had resigned from the Board of Trustees before any allegations came to light and was required to resign as a director when it was learned he was under investigation. He added that the charity’s rules had been rewritten with the help of the Safeguarding Children Board in Leeds. Bowen’s former managers at Bradford Council declined to say why they had sacked him in 2014. A spokesman said: “We cannot discuss details of staff disciplinary matters.”

Asked if an inquiry would now be held, the spokesman said: “Naturally, following Mr Bowen’s conviction yesterday we will review council processes in connection with his employment. If lessons need to be learnt from the case, they will be.”



The overall governance of Yorkshire MESMAC rests with the Board of Trustees.

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Karen Reay, Unite regional secretary, and Steve Bridge, Yorkshire MESMAC Chair

Our Chair, Steve Bridge is supported by our Vice Chair, David Eales, and

Andrew Goodchild


Andrew Goodchild is our Treasurer.



Charity that works with child abuse victims and sex workers allows staff to sleep with service users

  • Yorkshire Mesmac, based in Leeds, probed by city’s child safeguarding board
  •  Its conduct policy states – ‘sexual relationships acceptable with service users’
  •  Charity runs outreach for gay men, prostitutes and victims of child sex abuse

A charity has been accused of ‘opening the door to abuse and child exploitation’ after it said workers were allowed to sleep with their clients.

Yorkshire Mesmac, based in Leeds, is being investigated by the city council’s child safeguarding board after its shocking policy was revealed.

The charity, which has received more than £2million in funding from the government, councils and police, performs outreach to victims of child abuse, sex workers and gay men.

Its policy tells employees: ‘Sexual relationships are acceptable with service users initially met during work time, but this would be inappropriate if the service user has entered into a 1-2-1 or ongoing support relationship with the worker’, reports the Sunday Times.

It has been slammed as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘disturbing’ by child protection expert Jessica Eaton, who claimed it ‘opened the door for abuse and child exploitation.’

The charity, which helped 60,000 people across Yorkshire last year, said it was now re-writing its policy and  that the directive had been misunderstood.

Chief executive, Tom Doyle, explained that MESMAC’s work can include giving out free condoms at pub or clubs and anyone who receives a condom is therefore ‘technically’ a service user.

He then went on to say, if the two people then meet again at another setting,  ‘we think it is acceptable for them to develop a relationship’.

Mr Doyle added: ‘We accept that read out of context this could be misconstrued. All staff undergo an extensive induction programme, including a full walk through of our priority policies, which includes safeguarding.

‘Staff at Yorkshire MESMAC are in no doubt about safeguarding.’

New investigation into late Bishop George Bell as CofE says it has received ‘fresh information’

31 Jan 2018

The Church of England today said that it had received ‘fresh information’ concerning the late Bishop George Bell, with Christian Today understanding that a new complainant has come forward following publicity about allegations against the bishop.

George Bell

The Church of England was criticised in the independent Carlile report published in December for a ‘rush to judgment’ in its handling of separate allegations against Bishop Bell, the former Bishop of Chichester who died in 1958, made by a woman known as ‘Carol’. The report by Lord Carlile said that although the Church acted in good faith, its processes were deficient and it failed to give proper consideration to the rights of the accused.

In 2015, the Church of England issued a formal public apology and paid damages of £16,800 to ‘Carol’, plus legal costs.

The fresh information does not relate to Carol, Christian Today understands.

‘The Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team has received fresh information concerning Bishop George Bell,’ said a statement from the Church of England’s safeguarding team today. ‘Sussex Police have been informed and we will work collaboratively with them. This new information was received following the publication of the Carlile Review, and is now being considered through the Core Group and in accordance with Lord Carlile’s recommendations.

‘The Core Group is now in the process of commissioning an independent investigation in respect of these latest developments. As this is a confidential matter we will not be able to say any more about this until inquiries have concluded.’

Bishop Peter Hancock, the Church of England’s lead Safeguarding bishop said: ‘There are ongoing queries and comments around the Bishop Bell case and we would all like this matter to come to a conclusion.

‘However, in light of General Synod questions that need to be responded to and the reference to the case in the IICSA hearing yesterday, I would like to draw your attention to this [above] statement from the National Safeguarding Team. I would ask that we keep all those involved in our thoughts and prayers.

‘Due to the confidential nature of this new information I regret I cannot disclose any further detail until the investigations have been concluded. We are currently developing an action plan in response to Lord Carlile’s independent report which makes a number of considered points as to how to handle such cases in future and we have accepted the main thrust of the recommendations.’

A spokesperson for Sussex Police told Christian Today: ‘On Tuesday 30 January we received information from the Church of England concerning the late Bishop George Bell. The information will be assessed in order to establish what further enquiries need to be made.’

The Church of England’s handling of claims against Bishop Bell are likely to be discussed at the General Synod, which begins next week. Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has been criticised by historians and academics supportive of the late bishop for saying that a ‘significant cloud’ remained over his name.



  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) started new phase today
  • It has begun looking  at alleged abuse in schools, churches and children’s homes
  • Attention today turned to claims senior figures in Westminster abused children



One complainant alleges the Late Lord Janner raped him at Dolphin Square and took him to the Apollo Nightclub in Wilesden Green

Complainant also alleges photos were taken of him and distributed across Westminster, House of Commons and Lords!

Complainant was shown pamphlet of his abuse and was told it was going to be distributed across the Westminster estate

Transcript Jan 31 2018 Westminster


4. What did the various Whips Offices do about allegations and did they act inappropriately? 5. How did the ‘honours system’ secretariat react to allegations? 6. What was the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and did it have members and influence in Westminster.


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Jo Richardson MP was a tireless PIE contact into the House of Commons

PIE and its members lobbied MPs hard – Righton’s early connections to Ian Greer, later professional parliamentary lobbyist are key

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1968-1970: Albany Trust, Peter Righton, Antony Grey and Ian Greer


“It was felt that the research should be of sufficient depth to influence opinion in the Churches, Parliamentary, Government and legal circles as well as the Press; and that in order to be useful, it should provoke general discussion of a nature calculated to remove the legal obstacle which remain in the way of non-hazardous social contact between homosexual people. It would be necessary to delineate the defects of the present situation, social as well as legal, and the contents should include the broader questions of public policy and education.”


It was agreed that the research should be carried out under the auspices of Albany Trust and that Peter Righton would work with Antony Grey on compiling UK organisations and with the Dutch Economist Leo Perk on Continental Organisations. Leo Perk Vlaanderen, resident in England for most of his life, had an interest in the re-education of ex-prisoners and financing the British education of children from developing countries, which had led to him establishing a charitable foundation in his mother’s name.

While Perk was unable to make it to the inaugural meeting, Ian Greer, Allan Campbell, Keith Lye, and Brian Parkinson were all in attendance.

At the time Greer, who thirty years later would achieve notoriety in the Cash for Questions scandal involving the House of Fraser’s Mohammed Al-Fayed,… was also working for the Mental Health Trust. In 1966 in a surprising detour from his political aspirations, Greer’s name had been passed to Lord Butler and Sir Evelyn Rothschild and he had accepted an appointment as National Director. [iv]

Greer’s 13 years at Conservative Central Office and then as a campaign manager in Billericay meant that by his mid-thirties he’d built a wealth of political experience and contacts. During his time at the Mental Health Trust, and a year before joining forces with Righton and Grey on the Study Project, he and his partner John Russell went into business together, establishing Russell Greer Associates, a political PR lobbying firm – a concept very much ahead of its time, although already well established in Washington.



Nearly a thousand schools are under investigation for non recent child abuse. And over 500 children’s homes. New stats from Operation Hydrant


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The purpose of today’s hearing is to provide an update on the work that the Inquiry has been carrying out since the last preliminary hearing and to discuss the necessary preparations for the public hearings into the Anglican Church which start on 5 March

Counsel to Inquiry, Fiona Scolding QC is now listing the rule 9 requests to witnesses in this investigation which include former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey and the current incumbent, Justin Welby

Tees Mayor: New Cleveland Police chief constable Mike Veale ‘shouldn’t be taking charge’


29 JAN 2018

Ben Houchen and Tory colleague Simon Clarke MP have both called for the police and crime commissioner to think again about his appointment

Last week the IOPC piled extra resources into a separate, wide-ranging investigation into allegations of racism and phone snooping at Cleveland Police.

Last year, the force disbanded its professional standards department after several high profile controversies.

Conservative Mayor Mr Houchen has now called on Labour’s Mr Coppinger to halt the appointment.


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Head of Safeguarding children against CSE CSA in Bradford jailed for just 5 yearspaedophile.  Operation Sanctuary

Some of the offences were committed while he was administrator of the Safeguarding Children Board in Bradford.

During his chairmanship, Jim­my Savile was invited to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.

Former Ilkley town councillor Heathcliffe Bowen jailed for series of sex offences involving young teenage boys

Jan 29 2018

A “DEPRAVED” paedophile who served on Ilkley Parish Council for 18 years and was regarded as a “pillar of the community” has been jailed for five years.

Heathcliffe Bowen, 50, was found guilty today of a series of offences between 2013 and 2015 including grooming young boys on the internet with a view to meeting them for sex.

The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said Bowen had a “deep and entrenched interest in underage children”.

Prosecutor Christopher Rose had told a jury at Bradford Crown Court that Bowen’s offending had arisen from online conversations he had engaged in using Skype.

He said some of the allegations involved attempting to engage “young teenage men” in sexual activity, including “meeting men for sex”.

Police later identified one of the people Bowen had communicated with as a 15 year-old boy.

Mr Rose said: “The conversations make it obvious that they were regularly meeting up for sex, for which sometimes the defendant paid.”

One of the exchanges involved Bowen inviting someone who told him he was a boy in Year 8 at school to have unprotected sex if he ever visited Leeds, with another discussion including an offer to take the virginity of a user who said he was a 12-year-old boy.

In one conversation using a webcam, Bowen performed a sex act on himself on camera while a 15-year-old boy watched.

The defendant, of Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, was also convicted of distributing and possessing indecent images of children.

He had told the jury that his online interactions were “completely devoid of reality”, claiming he was just chatting to other adults in a “fantastical roleplay environment”, acting a role in a “bizarre internet drama”.

Bowen, who worked as an administrator for Bradford Council in social services and safeguarding from 1995 to 2014, was convicted of three charges of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, one of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence, one of attempting to meet a child for sexual activity, one of attempting to cause a child to look at an image of sexual activity, and four charges of distributing indecent images of children.

He had already admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children, and was cleared of one charge of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity.

David McGonigal, defending, said Bowen had been diagnosed with an “anxiety and depressive disorder” at the height of the chats in 2014, triggered by disciplinary proceedings linked to his job.

He said Bowen had “suppressed his sexuality for most of his life”, only recently telling his 93 year-old mother, whom he lived with and was the carer for, that he was gay.

Mr McGonigal said Bowen had served the Ilkley community for 20 years, adding: “He has lost everything as a result of these convictions. It is difficult for him to admit what he has done.”

Judge Durham Hall said Bowen was a “predatory paedophile”, who “gave every appearance of being a pillar of society”.

He said: “It is depraved paedophilic activity over a period of years. I suspect until now you did not see the seriousness of it.

“Your plea was that this was all stress-related fantasy. The opposite could not have been more true. You were working very hard to engage in penetrative sexual activity with people under 16.”

Referring to Bowen’s relationship with the 15 year-old boy, Judge Durham Hall said: “This was a real boy, groomed by you, met by you, for the purpose of, clearly, wide-ranging sexual encounters.”

Imposing an indefinite Sexual Harm Prevention Order and ordering Bowen to register as a sex offender, Judge Durham Hall told him: “You were and are addicted to this behaviour and cannot help yourself.

“You have never shown any shame of remorse for these matters. The gravity in this case is the quantity of offending. “As you said in one chat you are nothing more than a perv and a paedophile, and a predatory one at that.”



The former administrator of one of Yorkshire’s largest child safety agencies was tonight beginning a five-year jail term after a judge branded him a “predatory paedophile” following revelations that he paid an under-age boy for sex and took part in sexually explicit online chats with other youngsters.
Heathcliffe Bowen, who had also been chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, was convicted of six charges relating
to attempts to engage children in sexual activity and attempting to meet one child after sexual grooming. Some of the offences were committed while he was administrator of the Safeguarding Children Board in Bradford.
Bowen, 50, was also found guilty at Bradford Crown Court of distributing four indecent images of under 18s. At the start of his trial last week, he had also admitted possessing more than 25 indecent images of children, the jury heard. He discussed meeting for sex with a male who said he was 14 and encouraged the teenager to perform a sex act over a webcam during a conversation on the video messaging service, Skype. Bowen invited another schoolboy to have sex with him “if he was ever in Leeds” and also became involved in sexually explicit Skype conversations with another schoolboy who lived in New York, the court heard. The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said Bowen had given the appearance of being “a pillar of the community”. But he said it was clear that he had a “deep and entrenched interest” in underage boys and the only obstacle to resolving the case had been the defendant’s complete inability to admit what was clearly demonstrated by the Skype logs and everything else, when police arrested him back in 2015. Bowen, of Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, had claimed during the trial that the online chats were fantasy and he never intended anything to happen, but Judge Durham Hall suggested that the defendant was addicted to such behaviour and couldn’t help himself. He told Bowen: “You have persisted in pursuing your lying account from start to finish and you gave evidence in detail and you have never shown any shame or remorse for these matters.” Bowen, who was cleared on one charge, was made the subject of an indefinite sexual harm prevention order which restricts his use of the internet and contact with children and he will now have to register as a sex offender with the police for the rest of his life.
He was already a council administrator when in 2007 he was handed responsibility for the city’s safeguarding children board.
Documents seen by The Yorkshire Post show that he was still its administrator in May 2014, a year after the first offences were committed.
The court heard he had been the subject of unrelated disciplinary proceedings at work when he was most involved in the online sex chat. His barrister, David McGonigal, said Bowen had repressed his sexuality for most of his life.
Heathcliffe Bowen was a well-known figure in Ilkley’s civic community, having served as a parish councillor for 20 years and as council chairman three times. During his chairmanship, Jim­my Savile was invited to turn on the town’s Christmas lights.
The Bradford Safeguarding Board’s “statement of intent” is to “make sure that all people who work with children, and their families and carers know how important it is to keep all children in Bradford safe”. Last night, its independent chairman, David Niven, said: “We are grateful that a comprehensive investigation has caught a serious offender.”


Heathcliffe Bowen, has gone on trial accused of chatting to boys on the internet with a view to meeting them for sexual activity.

A FORMER chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, 

Heathcliffe Bowen, has gone on trial accused of chatting to boys on the internet with a view to meeting them for sexual activity.


A FORMER chairman of Ilkley Parish Council has gone on trial accused of chatting to boys on the internet with a view to meeting them for sexual activity.

A jury at Bradford Crown Court was told that Heathcliffe Bowen, 50, faces charges linked to a “series of sexual offences” alleged to have taken place from 2013 to 2015.

Bowen, of Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, denies a range of offences including intentionally arranging or facilitating sexual activity with a child, attempting to cause or incite a boy to engage in sexual activity, and distributing indecent images of children.

Prosecutor Christopher Rose told the court that Bowen’s alleged offending arose from online conversations he had engaged in.

He said some of the allegations involved attempting to engage “young teenage men” to engage in sexual activity, including “meeting men for sex.”

He told the jury that police had identified one of the people Bowen had communicated with as a 15 year-old boy.

Mr Rose said: “The conversations make it obvious that they were regularly meeting up for sex, for which sometimes the defendant paid.”

The jury heard that other people involved in the conversations had not been identified, but Mr Rose said: “It was obvious that the defendant thought he was talking to children.”

The court was told that Bowen felt his interactions online were “completely devoid of reality” and “complete fantasy”, stating he never intended any meetings to happen.

Mr Rose said that Bowen accepted sending images to others, but stated they were not of children.

He said: “The prosecution say that when you see the pictures, they plainly are”, adding that the content was “highly sexually explicit.”

A previous hearing in the case was told that Bowen, a private tutor, was alleged to have communicated with youngsters on Skype in a bid to arrange to see them at hotels.

The defendant, who is a military historian, served on Ilkley Parish Council for 18 years, and was its chairman three times until his retirement in March 2016.



Ilkley Parish Council chairman, Councillor Heathcliffe Bowen, said he owed Mr Vere “a great deal”, having started his career with the Good Neighbours in 1992 before going on to work for Bradford Children’s Services.


Former Ilkley parish council chairman Heathcliffe Bowen on trial facing child sex offences

Jan 26 2017

A FORMER safeguarding administrator at Bradford Council accused of grooming young boys on the internet has told a jury he was just chatting to other adults in a “fantastical roleplay environment”.

Heathcliffe Bowen, 50, is on trial at Bradford Crown Court charged with a series of sexual offences alleged to have taken place from 2013 to 2015.

Prosecutor Christopher Rose has told the jury that some allegations involved attempting to engage “young teenage men” in sexual activity.

The court has heard details of a number of online conversations that Bowen, who is a former chairman of Ilkley Parish Council, was involved with on Skype, including with one person later identified as a 15-year-old boy.

One of the exchanges involved Bowen inviting someone who told him he was a boy in Year 8 at school to have unprotected sex if he ever visited Leeds, with another discussion including an offer to take the virginity of a user who said he was a 12-year-old boy.

Addressing the jury yesterday, Bowen said he had never engaged in any form of sexual activity with a child, stating that all the online conversations had started in adult chatrooms.

Referring to his “first foray” into gay chatrooms in May 2013, he said: “My intention was to meet like-minded people. Unfortunately most chat does degenerate into quite sexual things.”

Asked by his barrister David McGonigal why he had got involved in sexual chat, Bowen said: “You get into this kind of bravado, you’re almost trying to get one up on other people. That can very quickly get out of hand. You can begin to lose all sense of reality that you are actually talking to real people.”

Asked about the ages of the people he was chatting to, Bowen said: “I believed they were all adults. I met all of them on adult sites. My assumption was they were all over 18.”

On his response when people told him they were younger, he said: “You never entirely believe what people are saying. I was playing a role online. I thought they were making up an age as part of the roleplay.”

Asked again about the interactions, Bowen said: “It was about having that contact. It sounds a bizarre thing but for me, it was serving a need at that time. It was a fantastical roleplay environment. You’re playing a game and making up stories. It was never going to leave the page or go anywhere else.”

The jury was told by Mr Rose that one set of conversations with a 15-year-old boy in 2014 made it “absolutely apparent” that the two had met and regularly had sex.

Bowen, who worked for the council from 1995 to 2014, denied ever meeting the boy and when asked about the chats, said: “Once again, it was a bizarre form of roleplay. We were acting out these scenes and pretending to do various things.”

Bowen, of Woodlands Rise, Ilkley, has admitted sending “highly sexually explicit” pictures to internet users, but said of those included in the images: “My view is that they were at least 18.”

Bowen denies four charges of attempting to cause or incite a child to engage in sexual activity, one of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sexual offence, one of attempting to meet a child for sexual activity, one of attempting to cause a child to look at an image of sexual activity, and three charges of distributing indecent images of children.

He has pleaded guilty to three charges of possessing indecent images of children.

The trial continues.


Coun Heathcliffe Bowen with his paintings. Picture by Ivor Hughes

Heathcliffe Bowen,  – his great-grandfather is noted Staithes Group artist Owen Bowen (1873-1967)


Frustrated academic, local councillor, former civic head, volunteer charity worker, Bettys tea room enthusiast, classical music lover

Heathcliffe Bowen – church warden at St Margaret’s Ilkley


From the right: Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire,
Mr Roger Whittaker, Deputy Lord Mayor of Bradford,
Cllr Valerie Slater, Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council,
Cllr Heathcliffe Bowen, Priest in Charge, St Margaret’s
Church, Canon Philip Gray.

Bowen 2007 – 2014: Administrator, Bradford Safeguarding Children Board


Company Name Bradford Council

Dates Employed Mar 1995 – Oct 2014

Employment Duration 19 yrs 8 mos

Location Bradford, United Kingdom

1995 – 2000: Team Administrator and Service Advisor, Social Services

2000 – 2001: Customer Advisor, Social Services

2001 – 2004: Team Manager, Transport Concessions for Disabled Persons Team

2004 – 2007: Level 3 Administrative Officer, Social Services

2007 – 2014: Administrator, Bradford Safeguarding Children Board


Company Name Ben Rhydding Primary School

Dates volunteered1996 – 2005

Volunteer duration 9 yrs

Cause Education

Member of Governing Body.

Served as Chairman of Curriculum Sub-Committee and Chairman of Staffing Committee.

Served as Vice-Chairman of Governing Body.

Honorary Vice-President


Dates volunteered Jan 1992 – Present

Volunteer duration 26 yrs 1 mo

Cause Social Services

Started working for organisation as Office Co-ordinator, volunteer organiser, mini-bus driver and charity shop volunteer.

Kept up connection with organisation through parish council work.

August 2013: appointed Honorary Vice-President.

Volunteer Experience


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Heathcliffe Bowen and Savile:


Chairman of the council, Coun Heathcliffe Bowen, said a formal letter of condolence would be sent to Sir Jimmy’s family.

“It was a great shock and those who knew him send their condolences to his family,” he said.

“We will formally send the council’s condolences to Sir Jimmy’s family in view of the fact this would have been the third time he switched on the Christmas lights.”


Police were called in to help with crowd control as Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis switched on Ilkley’s Christmas lights.

The 22-year-old actor, who played Neville Longbottom in the popular children’s films, admitted to being hesitant to step in at short notice to fill the shoes of the late Sir Jimmy Savile.

But the former Menston St Mary’s School pupil attracted a big crowd of his own fans to The Grove on Saturday afternoon – and was twice forced to take refuge in a room at Christchurch as a mob of young fans got into the building.

Organiser of the switch-on, local retailer David Giddings, said he had to call police to control the fans surging into the building, and Matthew eventually had to be driven away from the venue in a police van.

His appearance had been publicised on a fan website dedicated to Mr Lewis, and fans armed with camera phones quickly put pictures online of the celebrity making his appearance, via a microblogging website. Matthew led the crowd, which included many families with young children, in three cheers for Sir Jimmy.

Sir Jimmy, who died last month, had been booked to do the Ilkley lights switch-on for the third time.

“I was just so amazed by the vitality he had, even his 80s,” Matthew told the families and teenage fans gathered on The Grove.

“He did so much for so many people, I know he would have loved to be here.”

Matthew previously switched on Ilkley’s Christmas lights in 2004.



29 January 2004

The 50th celebration special leaves Leeds for Ilkley. On board will be Brian Blessed, Everest mountaineer, loud, Yorkshire-born actor, president of the Council for National Parks. Alongside him will be Sir Jimmy Savile


Sir Jimmy is knocked out by Ilkley’s switch-on welcome




Sir Jimmy Savile switches on the Ilkley Christmas lights in 2006, with help from Shirley Britain, Father Christmas, Ilkley’s Town Cryer Chris Richards and Mike Gibbons.

Sir Jimmy Savile switches on the Ilkley Christmas lights in 2006, with help from Shirley Britain, Father Christmas, Ilkley’s Town Cryer Chris Richards and Mike Gibbons.

Sir Jimmy Savile

The death of Sir Jimmy Savile was “a very sad day”, says a close friend, who was hoping to welcome him back to Ilkley to switch on this year’s Christmas lights.

Sir Jimmy first performed the big switch-on in Ilkley in 2001 and regaled an audience along The Grove with tales of his visits to “posh” Ilkley as a penniless Leeds youngster. He returned to turn on the Christmas lights again in 2005.


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Owner of Ilkley gifts and homewares shop Opulent Designs, David Giddings, says Sir Jimmy was looking forward to pushing the plunger to turn on the town’s lights for the third time.

Despite his recent illness, he had been telling people he was “going back to work” with the Ilkley date on November 19, and was excited about the occasion.

“He’ll be greatly missed by me and obviously other people who knew him,” said Mr Giddings.

“He did give a lot of sparkle and love to people, and he had a lot of friends, as well as his family. He chose to live on his own, but he was a very sociable, happy person. All the people who knew him would say that.”

Mr Giddings had known Jimmy Savile for a number of years.

He had been to stay with the celebrity at his holiday home in Scarborough during the summer, and was among a number of friends who saw him last week.

He had been planning to take him out for a daytrip at the weekend. Mr Giddings said: “I went for lunch with a colleague, who is also a heart specialist at Leeds General Infirmary, who is a friend of Jimmy’s, and before we returned to his flat in Roundhay we got some food and shopping in for him. He was particularly after us bringing him some strawberry ice cream.”

“I spoke to him on Friday evening in preparation to take him out on Saturday afternoon for a run up the Dales, coming through Otley, Ilkley and out to Barden. I told him I’d got a copy of the Ilkley Gazette with a picture of him in, for the lights on the 19th, and he said ‘that’s great, I can’t wait to see that’.

“I said I would ring him at 11, and he said ‘okey dokey, I’ll see you tomorrow.”

Another heart specialist had been to see Sir Jimmy at his home on Friday evening, and had wanted to admit him hospital but he had declined, suggesting he could go on Saturday if he was still unwell.

Mr Giddings said Sir Jimmy was advised to rest and drink plenty of water – and he had also asked for a beer from the fridge.

“He was found at about 11 o’clock on Saturday, he had passed away peacefully in the night.”

Mr Giddings said despite being in hospital recently, and having treatment for pneumonia, Sir Jimmy had appeared “quite bright”.

A group of close friends met at a Leeds restaurant on Monday night – which would have been his 85th birthday – and held a minute’s silence in his memory.


Owner of Opulent Designs, David Giddings, is about to retire and close the business – leasing the town centre premises to stationery chain Paperchase.

His co-director, Nick Waines, will run their other business, nearby toy shop Secrets & Surprises.

Mr Giddings, 65, says the time has come to retire, although he plans to make plenty of visits to Ilkley in future, and is pleased to see another retailer moving into the shop.

The shop was previously occupied by Broadbents booksellers for several decades. When My Giddings first established Opulent Designs, he also ran a restaurant on the first floor of the building.

Mr Giddings told the Gazette: “I’ve just loved being in Ilkley and all the time I’ve spent in the shop, making friends with all the ladies who’ve been coming to buy presents over the years. It’s been a big part of my life.”

In addition to the running the shop itself, Mr Giddings once served as spokesman for Ilkley Independent Traders group, which represented local businesses. He also secured celebrity special guests for the official switch-on of Ilkley’s Christmas lights for about 13 years.


Councillor Bowen read a eulogy at the service, speaking of the great legacy Mr Vere left to the town and his own personal debt to Mr Geoffrey Vere, encouraging him to become involved in community service which led to his career in the local authority and standing for the local council.


7 May 2013

Cadet Brave the Sun for Ilkley Carnival

As with last year three cadets were asked to accompany Cllr Heathcliffe Bowen, Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council as his equerries for the day.


Wharfedale Celebrate Triple Success

6 April 2012

The annual presentation evening for Cadets and Staff at 1224 (Wharfedale) Sqn was another successful evening.  The reception was held at the Kings Hall in Ilkley.  Guests were greeted by Cdt Callum Carslaw on the Bag Pipes with the newest cadets on Squadron providing the Guard of Honour arranged by Cpl Karl Verspyck.  Guests were then escorted into the Winter Gardens before taking their seats in the Kings Hall. 

In recognition of their commitment to the Squadron, the Senior Cadets were invited to join the Group Captain Middleton for a buffet. The evening concluded with a presentation to Group Captain Middleton, Mrs Angela St.John, Chair of the Civilian Committee and Cllr Heathcliffe Bowen, Chairman of Ilkley Parish Council by Corporal Lisa Whittaker and Cadet Jack Croft on the adventures of Wharfedale cadets in 2011.



At Monday’s Ilkley Parish Council meeting, parish council chairman, Councillor Heathcliffe Bowen, paid tribute to Baroness Thatcher.

He described her as a “towering figure of British politics”.

“Love her or loathe her, she made a great historical figure and made a significant contribution, particularly her role in ending the Cold War,” he said.

Between 1978 and 1990 Margaret Thatcher made a number of visits to Bradford and the surrounding areas, including Ilkley and Guiseley.

During one such visit in 1991 she was photographed at The Box Tree in Ilkley, a visit which is recorded in the restaurant’s scrapbook and on May 26, 1983, with a General Election pending in June, the Prime Minister stopped off at Harry Ramsden’s fish and chip restaurant in Guiseley for lunch and a photo opportunity.

After she had eaten she briefly served fish and chips to two little girls.


David Allison, 48, of Ottershaw, Surrey, has been jailed for three years after police raided his home and found a haul of indecent photos

Assistant headmaster, 48, and ex-BBC producer who kept a secret hoard of half a million indecent images of children taken on hidden cameras is jailed for three years

  • Assistant head teacher David Allison had huge haul of indecent images of kids
  • Police found 635,902 indecent photos and 15,332 films on Allison’s computer
  • Many were taken on secret cameras hidden at the school where he worked
  • Admitted possessing indecent images of children and was jailed for three years 

An assistant headmaster and former BBC producer amassed a secret hoard of more than half a million indecent images over 20 years.

David Allison, 48, of Ottershaw, Surrey, has now been jailed for three years after police raided his home and found the massive haul – some of which he had taken on secret cameras hidden around the school where he worked.

Officers found several devices containing images of children taken and recorded around the school, including images showing girls undressing.

Allison admitted four counts of making indecent photos of a child, one count of recording a private act and another of voyeurism by installing equipment.

Judge Robert Fraser was told that detectives are still trawling through the images as part of the fast-track prosecution of the teacher.

Disgraced Allison, who was hoping to become a headteacher, appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday afternoon, where the court heard he was the official photographer at the prestigious private Catholic school where he taught.

The 48-year-old paedophile, who had previously worked as an assistant producer in London and had experience on camera and as a newsreader, was told by a judge that it was both depressing and devastating that a man of his background had ended up in court.

Police found 635,902 indecent photos and 15,332 videos on Allison’s computer when they raided his home on November 29 last year.

The 48-year-old was found with 5,038 category A images – the worst level – 8,693 category B images, and 84,300 category C images.

Search words including ‘pre-teen’, ‘hardcore’, and ‘lolly’ were also found on his computer.

‘Recent access to a live stream website out of curiosity was when he felt he had crossed the line,’ said prosecutor Mr Harris. ‘He kept the images and movies on a single hard drive and one day said he would draw a line on it and put the disc through the shredder.’

Allison admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of taking indecent images of children and two counts of voyeurism at an earlier hearing.

Defending him, Sarah Read said Allison fully understood that he needed to be punished.

‘He is deeply ashamed and disgusted in himself and is aware fully of the far-reaching impact on those that are affected,’ she said.

Sentencing him to three years in prison, Judge Fraser said he found it depressing and devastating that somebody of Allison’s background had ended up in court.

‘This is an extremely serious case, not just because of the sheer quantity, but also your position,’ he said.

Detective Inspector Martin Goodwin said after the sentencing: ‘These indecent images showed the girls’ underwear and had been taken without their knowledge.

‘In working with the school extensive work was carried out by detectives in order to identify victims and ensure that the children and their families could access any specialist support they needed.

‘This man blatantly abused his position of trust, giving innocent pupils a false sense of security. He allowed them to believe they were safe from this sort of exploitation and deceived parents and work colleagues alike.

‘We have now put a stop to his predatory behaviour and prevented him from continuing with his criminality.

‘The sentencing of this individual sends a message to those abusing a position of trust that you will be caught.

‘Whilst this won’t reverse what he has done, putting this man in prison will ensure his offending does not continue.’

Allison also received a lifetime Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) and was placed on the Sex Offenders register for life.


Salesian is a Catholic co-education comprehensive school for children aged 11 to 18.

David Allison, who was an assistant head teacher at at Chertsey ‘s Salesian School since 2009


Head of Media Sandringham School 2004-2009

Editor Headliners (UK) 2000-2002 – working with team of children and teens in London and around the UK

Asst producer BBC 1997-1999 Breakfast News BBC1

Producer BBC 1993-1995 Reading – reporter, newsreader



David Michael Allison had worked as a director from the 25th of May 2011 up til the resignation date on the 24th of October 2016.

This managing director had worked in Moat Court Residents Company Limited situated at 7 Burcott Gardens, KT16 0PH, in Addlestone.

Moat Court Residents Company Limited was started on the 17th of August 1981. David Michael Allison worked with many professionals for example: Jonathan Patrick Otter (from the 24th of October 2016 to the 24th of October 2016), Colin Denis Libretto (from the 25th of May 2011 to the 24th of October 2016), Martin Clarke (from the 24th of June 2011 to the 24th of October 2016), Tracy Adams (from the 24th of June 2011 to the 24th of October 2016), Kathleen Obrien (from the 28th of May 2014 to the 3rd of August 2017). David Michael Allison was appointed to 1 company. We found 6 filings mentioning David Michael, for example the documents submitted on: 27th of October 2016 (termination category), 1st of August 2011 (appointments category), 17th of August 2016, 18th of April 2016, 26th of June 2015. David Michael is 48 years old.




Tory cllr Matthew Sephton

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

This really makes you wonder why David Cameron issued his witch-hunt warning. He knew precisely how paedophiles were hiding behind the gay community!

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David Cameron warns of ‘witch-hunt’ against gay people

David Cameron has warned against public child abuse allegations turning into a “witch-hunt” against gay people.

The prime minister made his comment on ITV1’s This Morning programme as he was handed a list of names circulating online as paedophiles.


Tory Cllr Peter Allott, part of Cameron’s Big Society – jailed for child abuse  images – part of paedophile ring

Cameron’s aide Patrick Rock – guilty – child abuse images

Conservatives’ LGBT group linked with paedophile ring after former chairman is jailed for sharing child porn

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  • Matthew Sephton, 42, was found guilty of possessing indecent child images 
  • The Trafford councillor was a member of groups sharing child images online
  • Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was urged to investigate claims the party’s LGBT group was infiltrated by a paedophile ring


New Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was urged last night to investigate claims that the party’s lesbian and gay rights group was infiltrated by a paedophile ring.

The allegation was made after the former chairman of the Conservatives‘ LGBT group was jailed on Friday for sharing the ‘most horrendous child abuse images imaginable’.

Primary school teacher Matthew Sephton, 42, was convicted at Manchester Crown Court of possessing and distributing indecent child images.

The court was told that Mr Sephton, also an ex-Conservative Parliamentary candidate and Trafford councillor, was a member of groups that shared child abuse images.

Ben Harris-Quinney, chairman of the Tory Bow Group, said yesterday he had told Conservative chiefs three years ago of fears that its gay rights group, formerly known as LGBTory, was linked to a wider paedophile scandal.

Mr Harris-Quinney, who is also a director of Grassroots Conservatives, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I raised concerns with senior party figures in 2015 about the behaviour of a group that had connections with LGBTory but I was ignored.

I believe there is substantial evidence that it involved sexual abuse with underage boys, date-rape and paedophilia. It is essential that Mr Lewis investigates.’

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Mr Sephton was chairman of LGBTory, now rebranded as LGBT+Conservatives, until 2014 and played a key role in the campaign to win Tory support for gay marriage.

He will be on the national sex offenders’ register for life.

A party spokesman said: ‘These are serious allegations which the party is urgently investigating.’

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Matthew Sephton and Ken Clarke
Iain Lindley – Matthew is a good friend and will make an excellent representative for local people, and I look forward to working with him over the next few months.
New Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was urged last night to investigate claims that the party's lesbian and gay rights group was infiltrated by a paedophile ring. Pictured: Sephton with David Cameron 
Pictured: Sephton with David Cameron
Matthew is chairman of LGBTory and a musician and qualified teacher. He occasionally blogs here.

Green Altrincham‏ @GreenAlty

The rules for disqualification of councillors are there to ensure residents are properly represented. Trafford Tories granted an extremely unusual exemption from those rules. Why?

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Answers needed from : what motivated him to enable a vote to, quite exceptionally, extend Matthew Sephton’s absence from council beyond six months?


Matthew Sephton Still On The Council Books After A Vote To Extend His Time Allowed Is Carried

We reported earlier today that Matthew Sephton who is not in any party due to his suspension pending an outcome we all know about, was probably going to be given a two month extension until the next council meeting.

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Matthew Sephton

Trafford then responded that a vote was to take place tonight May 24 at Trafford Council chambers HQ in Stretford.

The vote amazingly did not have the normal electronics which meant the public could not see who raised hands, we feel this was unfair, the public more so Altrincham residents deserve to have seen what was going on.

Voting was though expected to be on the side of Sephton who himself could have attended the meeting which clearly was not acceptable.

Matthew Sephton has until July 30 and if no change it will be hard for the Tories to keep hold of the seat in Altrincham and a by-election will be called.

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Cllrs Richard Farnell and Sean Anstee

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Cllr Sephton was also an ally of Trafford Council leader Sean Anstee, who is running to be Mayor of Greater Manchester

Conservative Party councillor Matthew Sephton arrested in relation to child abuse image offences

A Conservative Party councillor and frequent attack dog against social conservatives, Matthew Sephton, has been arrested as part of an ongoing police enquiry into child pornography.

Mr. Sephton — a Conservative councillor in Manchester and primary school teacher — curiously disappeared from social media a few weeks ago before it was announced by his local newspaper that he had been arrested during the investigation.

He has now been suspended from the Conservative group on the council as well as from the national Conservative Party.

Mr. Sephton, 41, frequently used his Twitter and Facebook accounts to take aim at conservatives and fellow Conservative Party members and activists.

While unpopular with the Tory base, his connections at the top of the party, afforded him the position of Parliamentary candidate at the 2010 General Election. His friendship with candidate list formulator David Jones led many to believe he would be afforded as safe seat at the 2020 General Election.

He lost the seat of Salford and Eccles, finishing third.

And Mr. Sephton has routinely been lauded by the Pink News website, which has used him for both commentary on “homophobia” as well giving him a platform to attack fellow Conservative Party members who he felt were not liberal enough on issues such as same sex marriage.

In 2013, he wrote a opinion column for the LGBT blog demanding more action was taken in the House of Lords to secure the same sex marriage bill.

The Pink News site carries no fewer than 49 references to Sephton, including one story from 2009 which laid out a run-in between an independent candidate and Sephton, during which the latter was referred to as a “homosexual pervert”.

Mr. Sephton’s remaining public Facebook activity shows him at events with former Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Theresa May, and at LGBT events.

The National Crime Agency said in a statement: “National Crime Agency officers have arrested a 41-year-old male in the Altrincham area in relation to child abuse image offences”.

A Trafford Council spokesman said: “Trafford Council is aware of the situation but cannot comment further due to an ongoing investigation by the National Crime Agency”.




Councillor Sean Anstee was elected as a councillor for Bowdon in 2008, and as leader of Trafford Council in 2014.

He is a Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Chairman of the Greater Manchester Skills & Employment Partnership. He holds the lead portfolio for Skills, Employment & Apprenticeships.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and the Manchester Growth Company and is a Member of the North West Regional Leaders Board.

Sean is also a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association and a member of the City Regions Board.

Twin brother Sean


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New Tory chairman Brandon Lewis was urged last night to investigate claims that the party’s lesbian and gay rights group was infiltrated by a paedophile ring.
In September 2012 Lewis was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government, working under Eric Pickles.

In July 2016, Lewis was promoted to be the Minister of State for the Home Office with a portfolio including Police & Fire services, as well as EuroPol & InterPol:[22]

On 29 September 2016, he was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom and may therefore use the title The Right Honourable.[23]

Lewis married Justine Rappolt in 1999;

He is a member of the Carlton Club.[2]

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Mr Lewis, who was appointed housing minister, has claimed £30,750 in hotel expenses since 2013.

He currently owns three houses, two of them less than an hour by train from Westminster.

Conservative Party councillor Matthew Sephton arrested in relation to child abuse image offences


A Conservative Party councillor and frequent attack dog against social conservatives, Matthew Sephton, has been arrested as part of an ongoing police enquiry into child pornography.

Mr. Sephton — a Conservative councillor in Manchester and primary school teacher — curiously disappeared from social media a few weeks ago before it was announced by his local newspaper that he had been arrested during the investigation.

He has now been suspended from the Conservative group on the council as well as from the national Conservative Party.

Mr. Sephton, 41, frequently used his Twitter and Facebook accounts to take aim at conservatives and fellow Conservative Party members and activists.

While unpopular with the Tory base, his connections at the top of the party, afforded him the position of Parliamentary candidate at the 2010 General Election. His friendship with candidate list formulator David Jones led many to believe he would be afforded as safe seat at the 2020 General Election.

He lost the seat of Salford and Eccles, finishing third.

And Mr. Sephton has routinely been lauded by the Pink News website, which has used him for both commentary on “homophobia” as well giving him a platform to attack fellow Conservative Party members who he felt were not liberal enough on issues such as same sex marriage.

In 2013, he wrote a opinion column for the LGBT blog demanding more action was taken in the House of Lords to secure the same sex marriage bill.

The Pink News site carries no fewer than 49 references to Sephton, including one story from 2009 which laid out a run-in between an independent candidate and Sephton, during which the latter was referred to as a “homosexual pervert”.

Mr. Sephton’s remaining public Facebook activity shows him at events with former Prime Minister David Cameron, Prime Minister Theresa May, and at LGBT events.

The National Crime Agency said in a statement: “National Crime Agency officers have arrested a 41-year-old male in the Altrincham area in relation to child abuse image offences”.

A Trafford Council spokesman said: “Trafford Council is aware of the situation but cannot comment further due to an ongoing investigation by the National Crime Agency”.



Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

“and RAF Wing Commander Richard Willis, in which the pair exchanged multiple child abuse images and discussed their sexual preferences”.

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Former teacher and councillor jailed for sharing indecent images of children with Sleaford man Matthew Sephton.

26 January 2018

A 42-year-old former primary school teacher shared indecent images of children with a Sleaford Town Councillor has been jailed for two years and nine months after being found guilty of making and distributing thousands of indecent images of children (IIOC). National Crime Agency officers arrested Matthew Sephton, also a former Trafford Councillor representing Altrincham, in December 2016 and seized his phones and computer.

Forensic examination of the devices showed that Sephton had searched for and downloaded thousands of IIOC, some of which were in the worst category possible for sexual abuse. Minshull Street Crown Court heard on one of his phones was a chat application through which Sephton was a member of various groups dedicated to sharing child abuse images.

Also recovered was a series of messages on What’sApp and Facebook Messenger between Sephton and former Sleaford Town Councillor and RAF Wing Commander Richard Willis, in which the pair exchanged multiple child abuse images and discussed their sexual preferences. Willis, 51, of Cuthbert Close, Quarrington, admitted three charges of distributing indecent images of children; two charges of making indecent images of children; and a further charge of taking indecent images of children and in June 2017 was jailed for 16 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. Sephton, of Maximus Drive, Altrincham, denied the charges against him and claimed that a man named ‘Tom’ was responsible for downloading the images and sending the messages. Despite extensive enquiries by the NCA investigation team, the existence of ‘Tom’ was never proved. Today (Friday) at Minshull Street Crown Court, Sephton was found guilty of six counts of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

A Sleaford town councillor and senior RAF officer has been jailed after he downloaded and distributed images of children being sexually abused.

Wing Commander Richard Willis, 51, who served at RAF Cranwell, appeared on the surface to be an upstanding man who was a local councillor and involved in a number of charities.

But in December last year he was arrested as part of a National Crime Agency investigation into a messaging service set up to allow users to trade indecent images of children via WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

Officers seized computer equipment from the home of Willis and discovered he had exchanged hundreds of messages with another man using the messaging service.

“He said he met the boy through Grindr. He said he had taken the boy to the Officers’ Mess at RAF Cranwell.”

The court was told that Willis was “a bastion” of the RAF Charitable Trust and was director of the Cranwellian Association.

He was involved in a number of other organisations including Help for Heroes and was an organiser for the Royal British Legion.

In February 2016 he was elected as a Conservative councillor in a by-election to Sleaford Town Council but resigned in April this year citing “family and personal reasons”.

Willis, from Quarrington, admitted three charges of distributing indecent images of children; two charges of making indecent images of children and a further charge of taking indecent images of children.

He was jailed for 16 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years.

He was also given a 10 year sexual harm prevention order.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, rejected a defence plea to suspend any jail sentence and told Willis: “Once somebody starts to distribute indecent images of the most serious level involving young boys then immediate custody is the only sentence that can be imposed.”




And yet another freemason …

Lodge member Matthew Sephton (right) presenting Roy with a floral bouquet.




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Councillor on trial accused of making and distributing indecent images of children

Matthew Sephton, 42, represented Altrincham for the Conservatives on Trafford council

He is a primary school teacher in Stockport and also represented Altrincham for the Conservatives on Trafford council.

Councillor  Sephton is charged with
making 843 category A indecent images of children between November 6 and December 1;
making 722 category B indecent images of children during the same period;
making 2,111 category C indecent images of children;
possession of six indecent images on an iPhone with a view to distribute;
possession of 106 indecent images of a child; and possession of extreme pornography.
13 May 2016

Our newest members with WM. Left to right Peter Martin, Stephen Woods, WM Roy Eaton, Matthew Sephton, Eric Houghton

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

“and RAF Wing Commander Richard Willis, in which the pair exchanged multiple child abuse images and discussed their sexual preferences”.

Forensic examination of the devices showed that Sephton had searched for and downloaded thousands of IIOC, some of which were in the worst category possible for sexual abuse. Minshull Street Crown Court heard on one of his phones was a chat application through which Sephton was a member of various groups dedicated to sharing child abuse images.
Also recovered was a series of messages on What’sApp and Facebook Messenger between Sephton and former Sleaford Town Councillor and RAF Wing Commander Richard Willis, in which the pair exchanged multiple child abuse images and discussed their sexual preferences. Willis, 51, of Cuthbert Close, Quarrington, admitted three charges of distributing indecent images of children; two charges of making indecent images of children; and a further charge of taking indecent images of children and in June 2017 was jailed for 16 months and placed on the sex offenders’ register for 10 years. He was also given a 10-year sexual harm prevention order. Sephton, of Maximus Drive, Altrincham, denied the charges against him and claimed that a man named ‘Tom’ was responsible for downloading the images and sending the messages. Despite extensive enquiries by the NCA investigation team, the existence of ‘Tom’ was never proved. Today (Friday) at Minshull Street Crown Court, Sephton was found guilty of six counts of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children and was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison. He will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.

Matthew Sephton, who runs LGBTory, the Conservative LGBT group, told me he has never experienced hostility as an out gay man at a local party level in his 10 years as a member.


The sun may be setting on “A Rainy Day in New York” — before the Woody Allen movie ever even sees the light of day.

Sources tell The Post that the film, which is due to be distributed by Amazon later this year, may not make it to the screen.

“‘Rainy Day’ will either not come out or [will] get dumped by Amazon without any p.r. or theatrical release,” said one film-industry executive.

Representatives for Amazon did not return requests for comment.

The one thing Allen has always had going for him — his ability to attract Hollywood’s brightest and best names — might be over.

According to the executive, “He’s having trouble casting his new film.”

This comes on the heels of the news that stars who have worked with the director are now disavowing him and donating their earnings from his movies to charity.

Dylan Farrow, his adoptive daughter with former girlfriend Mia Farrow, accused her father of having molested her in 1992

…around the same time, Allen had an affair with Mia’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, then 19 years old, who would later become his wife. Allen is 35 years older than Soon-Yi.



Up to 17 former custody officers face sex abuse and other charges as police probe paedophile ring at youth detention centre

  • Up to 17 former custody officers may face charges of sex abuse and other crimes
  • Medomsley Youth Detention Centre became the centre of a police investigation
  • Evidence indicates that 14 children reported the abuse after they departed
  • However it is believed that the complaints were not followed up
  • As part of a different investigation, police are looking into a potential paedophile ring at the detention centre

Following an investigation at a closed youth detention centre, as many as 17 former custody officers may be charged with sexual abuse and other crimes.

Medomsley Youth Detention Centre in County Durham became the centre of a police investigation, with over 1,500 victims involved in the enquiry.

Operation Seabrook, which has been looking into the alleged incidents, has discovered evidence which indicates that abuse was reported by 14 children as soon as they departed Medomsley

However, it appears that these complaints were not followed up.

Medomsley, in Consett, closed in 1988.

As part of a different investigation, police are looking into a potential paedophile ring at the detention centre, which infamous Neville Husband is believed to have been involved in.

After a 2003 investigation, warden Neville Husband was jailed for 12 years.

Det Supt Paul Goundry, former head of safeguarding for Durham Constabulary said in 2013: ‘Neville Husband preyed on some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society and left many of them with mental scars which have lasted a lifetime.’

Another officer, Leslie Johnson, was imprisoned for six years following the same investigation.

County Durham Police have charged seven former staff with a number of offences including corruption, physical abuse and sexual abuse.

They are Christopher Onslow, 71, Brian Johnson Greenwell, 70, Alan Bramley, 69, John McGee, 73, Kevin Blakely, 65, David McClure, 62, and Neil Sowerby, 61. They are all former members of staff at Medomsley.

Former detainee John McCabe revealed last year was attacked by members of a gang he said raped him ‘every single day’ at Medomsley. He says he was abused by Neville Husband.

Police re-launched their investigation called Operation Seabrook four years ago after complaints were ignored, amid claims many boys were systematically abused by ‘agents of the state’ in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mr McCabe, who suffered six months of attacks and has waived his right to anonymity to tell his story, told the Daily Mirror: ‘I was asked to work in the kitchens. That’s where I met him (Husband). He told me if I didn’t do what he wanted he’d kill me and nobody would care.

‘I thought I was the only boy he abused. Now I know there were more. A lot more. And it wasn’t just him.

‘I’m fighting for justice for those boys, for myself. Too many people have got away with this for far too long.’

Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

Made new complaint to Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards about Keith Vaz MP alleged illness that is been investigated by Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over his rent boy and cocaine scandal

justme‏ @zante03

vaz out and about again. too sick for questions tho he must have the JANNERitis

Lord Janner’s son denied key role in abuse inquiry

Jan 28 2018

His father Greville Janner was accused of sex abuse while he was an MP and a peer.

(paywall) https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lord-janners-son-denied-key-role-in-abuse-inquiry-gd5f3l6vn

A survivors account:


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Sunday Times 28.1.18.

Denied CP status in the Westminster strand, but has it in the Janner investigation. Janner QC will be addressing next week about it’s decision.


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Mario Testino

In January 2018, Testino was accused by 13 male assistants and models who worked with him of sexual harassment. Models Roman Barrett, Jason Fedele and Ryan Locke complained about his behaviour during campaigns in the 1990s.[41][42]

The Duke of Cambridge with Mario TestinoThe Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, with Mario Testino

Some said the Peruvian photographer’s behaviour, going back to the mid-1990s, included groping and masturbation, the paper reported.


The Royals’ favourite photographer:


Critics are asking who knew about the alleged abuse and turned a blind eye

Mario Testino accused of groping male models

He had been a front-runner to be the official photographer at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle but has been ruled out following the uproar.

Conde Nast — which as publisher of titles such as Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, has done more than anyone to cement Testino’s place as the world’s most prolific magazine photographer — has said it has no plans to work with him for the ‘foreseeable future’

Why the fashion world waited until its hand was forced by these allegations to act against a photographer whose behaviour has reportedly been an open secret in his industry for years.

Kensington Palace has declined to comment on the story, though Testino has been taking pictures of members of the Royal Family for decades, and was awarded an honorary OBE in 2014.

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He took the official engagement photograph of Kate Middleton and Prince William in 2010, and was the official photographer for Princess Charlotte’s christening in 2015. He has also photographed Prince Charles with Princes William and Harry.

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Mario Testino (L) and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attend Fortnum & Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon for the launch of Tom Parker Bowles’ new book ‘Let’s Eat Meat’ at Fortnum & Mason on October 21, 2014 in London, England.

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Mario Testino, Sir Elton John, guests and Bill Clinton attends the 10th Annual White Tie and Tiara Ball to benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation in association with Chopard held at Sir Elton John’s home on June 26, 2008 in Old Windsor, England

Critics are asking who knew about the alleged abuse and turned a blind eye
Testino - pictured here with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein - is alleged to have been ¿aggressive and flirtatious¿ with one model

Testino – pictured here with disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

Conde Nast recently distanced itself from fashion photographer Terry Richardson over claims — which he denies — of sexually assaulting models, which had first been aired years earlier. As with Hollywood, the fashion world is now rushing to acknowledge what it calls ‘revelations’ — even though insiders say they are nothing of the sort.


Following a somewhat lengthy speech by Stephen Fry,

Emma Watson (in McQ) took to the stage to praise a man who “made her feel beautiful and sexy”. Watch the incomparable Mario Testino accept his Inspiration award.


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photo by Testino – used for Prince Charles’ Christmas cards

Mario Testino – charities

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Testino is a Save the Children ambassador

Patron is Princess Anne


Save the Children clinic in Peru for which Testrino auctioned off one of his prints of Diana for £100,000

Mario Testino has charmed Diana, kicked Madonna and insulted George Clooney ? all part of a day’s work for the world’s most in-demand celebrity photographer. Recently he left the glitz behind to help earthquake victims in his Peruvian hometown. ‘But don’t get me wrong,’ he says, ‘I’m no saint’

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An air of superiority. Over all, the impression he gives is of being a human log floating calmly on a rippling social pond.

He also has a certain style, as you would expect from the man who helped discover Kate Moss and Gisele, who became the favourite photographer not only of Diana, Princess of Wales, but also Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, and who persuaded Sir Elton John to get on all fours for a Vogue shoot, so that Elizabeth Hurley could ride on his back. He sits down in a favourite corner – this is his local, around the corner from his house in Holland Park

In recent months he has been travelling for reasons other than work. In his role as a Save the Children ambassador he has raised money to build a playground in a Moscow children’s hospital specialising in cancer (because that was the disease his brother died of at the age of 10). He has also recently returned from Lima, where he opened a children’s clinic intended to help victims of the 2007 earthquake. ‘When I was young I wanted to be a priest. Don’t get me wrong, I am no saint now; I can be terrible, getting plastered, being wild. But doing these charitable things has made me feel that I have got some of the priestly instinct back.

Last year Testino donated a sitting at Elton John’s White Tie and Tiara Ball. It went for a staggering $1.8?million, (£1.26?million) bought by a Ukrainian businessman.



He also supports Aid for AIDS, Life Ball and the Naked Heart Foundation among many others, and has received many awards for his photography and charitable work. In 2012 he opened his first not-for-profit association in Barranco, Lima called ‘MATE’ which will act as a platform for Peruvian art and will hold a permanent exhibition of his works.


Studies of Brad Pitt, George Clooney, David Genat, Jude Law and Colin Firth are as candid as they are curious. David Beckham, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards feature for the courage they have taken in establishing their own identity and contributing to the redefinition of masculinity for an often conventional public in which Testino’s work has played its part.


(Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) – The couple chose fashion and celebrity photographer Alexi Lubomirskito shoot their engagement photos. And while he has major celebrity ties (he has snapped everyone from Julia Roberts to Angelina Jolie), he also has royal ties. The photographer, who is based in New York, is a prince of the Polish House of Lubomirski. His royal lineage dates back 500 years on his father’s side — he even has the official title: “His Serene Highness.” Lubomirski was born in England and moved to Botswana (where Harry and Meghan vacationed!) when he was 8 years old.

“It was an incredible honor to be asked to document this wonderful event, but also a great privilege to be invited to share and be a witness to this young couple’s love for one another. I cannot help but smile when I look at the photos that we took of them, such was their happiness together,” said Lubomirski, who was a protege of Mario Testino.

Source: http://us.pressfrom.com/news/entertainment/-107848-3-behind-the-scenes-secrets-from-harry-and-meghans-dreamy-engagement-photo-shoot/

Denied The Chance To Love: Examples Of Abuse In British Boarding Schools

By Benjamin Fry



There has been a huge response in the press to the journalist Alex Renton’s courageous article about examples of abuse in british boarding schools, which you can read here: Abuse in British boarding schools – why I had to confront my demons

He was writing about his experiences at Ashdown Prep School and the appalling abuse that the children suffered there.

As he says at the end of the article:-

“I thought of those others .. who wanted to speak up. I thought of the children in council care homes, in borstals and mental institutions, who over the years were left in thrall to adults without protection. I thought of .. the great swathe of collateral damage that psychological trauma leaves. I thought of all the kids taken from their homes too early and thus denied, as the writer David Thomas once put it, the chance to love”.

I think Alex Renton’s article is timely as, despite some increasing openness, people in positions of power undoubtedly still feel they can get away with abuse, and proper deterrents are not in place. It is important that there is a strong message in our society that causing sexual harm to children will not go unpunished.

Ben Fry

Benjamin Fry at the age of 18, modelling for Mario Testino

Fry, Benjamin. How I F***ed Up My Life And Made It Mean Something (p. 10). Khiron Books. Kindle Edition.

To give you a case in point, a teacher whom I knew at prep school, up to the age of 12, was prosecuted in 2001 following complaints against him by six former pupils. He was acquitted, which shocked me. You can see why in the extract below from my 2004 book, ‘What’s Wrong With You’.

You will see that I am fairly certain that there has been miscarriage of justice. I hope that Alex’s brave article will go some way to helping to correct the culture which has facilitated that.

Case Study: Hot Rod

It turned out that there were four pedophiles teaching at my prep school. That’s quiet a lot among the staff for only one hundred and fifty boys.






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Disgraced Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson will face retrial later this year

Charles Howeson will be sentenced next month but faces retrial on two charges after a jury failed to return verdicts

23 JAN 2018

Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson is set to face a retrial later this year on outstanding charges of abusing a teenage boy.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed the 68-year-old will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court on February 2 after being found guilty in December of ten counts of indecent assault against eight young men.

The majority verdicts followed 20 hours of deliberations by the jury of six men and six women who sat through the six-week trial.

The jury was unable to reach a decision on a single allegation of attempted buggery and an alternative count of indecent assault against a boy when he was 14 or 15.




Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

BREAKING NEWS – A Labour Lords spokesman says party leader Jeremy Corbyn has asked peer Lord Mendelsohn to step down from the front bench after attending the Presidents Club dinner

Laffin@Mirror again‏ @veniviedivici

What is he going to do about Keith Vaz ?

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Millionaire antiques dealer admits strangling daughter with dressing gown cord

Jan 24 2018

Robert Peters will stand trial for the murder of his daughter, Sophia

A millionaire antiques dealer today admitted strangling his seven-year-old daughter with a dressing gown cord at their £1 million family home.

Peters is said to have business assets of around £1.3million. He runs an antiques business with his twin brother Richard in London.

His third sibling, Paul, is also involved in an antiques business in North Yorkshire.

Neighbours said Peters had lived in the area for less than a year.

One said: ‘From the little we found out about him over the time he has been here, he has an antiques business with his brother somewhere.

‘I have spoken to him two or three times. He seems a perfectly reasonable guy, a normal guy, but we could not make out what his family arrangements were.

‘His car used to disappear, others used to be there, other cars would come and go.’ 

It is understood Sophia’s Thai mother Kittiya Promsat was not at their £1million home at the time of incident.

Three times married Peters didn’t appear in court for a brief administrative hearing today.

Peters, a porcelain specialist who has an antiques business with his twin brother Richard in Kensington

Peters will stand trial for Sophia’s murder.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, the Recorder of London, remanded Peters in custody until a pre-trial hearing on March 28. The trial is due to start on April 23.



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Robert Peters –  ex-wife Sara Peters of Marylebone had not seen him in 20 years. His brother Richard reportedly lives in Tel Aviv.



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Allan Gordon Chappelow FRSA (20 August 1919 – June 2006) was an award-winning writer and photographer living in Hampstead. He was the author of books on George Bernard Shaw, and specialised in portraits of writers and musicians.

Mystery of dead millionaire covered in wax and why the Government ordered his murder trial be held in secret

When Wang Yam was convicted of Allan Chappelow’s murder his trial was the first in modern British history to be held in private. More than 10 years later, he is still protesting his innocence


Even more extraordinarily, journalists are still barred from speculating about the reasons for the trial being held behind closed doors, and Yam still maintains his innocence.

Allan Chappelow was educated at Oundle School near Peterborough, then went on to study moral sciences at Trinity College Cambridge between 1946 and 1948. In the 1950s he worked as a photographer for the Daily Mail and The Daily Telegraph. Afterwards he became a freelance photographer and writer.[1]

Chappelow was the product of an educated, socialist family, whose liberal-leaning father, a successful decorator and upholsterer, had moved to Denmark rather than be conscripted into military service during the first world war. At the end of hostilities, the family returned to London and bought 9 Downshire Hill. Allan grew up in a politically progressive home; his parents were active members of the Fabian Society.

After the war, he took a degree in moral philosophy at Cambridge; after graduating in 1949, he took photos of people in the public eye whom he admired. Through family connections, he met and photographed the writer HG Wells and the economists and reformers Sidney and Beatrice Webb and other people of note.

During the trial, all that could be reported openly was that MI6 had demanded secrecy, that Wang was a “low-level informant” for the intelligence services, and that “part of his defence rested on his activities in that role”. Yet so anxious was MI6 to prevent the details of his defence from emerging in court that, in December 2007, just before Wang’s first trial opened, Jacqui Smith, then home secretary in Gordon Brown’s Labour government, signed a public interest immunity (PII) certificate – a gagging order – in order to prevent Wang’s evidence from being heard, on grounds of national security, and “to protect witnesses”.

Wang’s lawyers appealed to the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, on the grounds that Wang had been deprived of the right to a fair trial as a result of the gagging order. In response, in December 2013, William Hague – then the Conservative foreign secretary under David Cameron – signed another PII certificate, claiming there would be “a real risk of serious harm to an important public interest” if Wang’s defence was disclosed. Wang’s legal appeal was quashed in December 2015 by the supreme court, which ruled that there was a danger of the details of Wang’s defence being leaked by the European judges – whatever promises they might make to keep them secret.

Peter Hall, on reading of the renewed interest in the case in the Camden New Journal in 2015, also got in touch with Wang’s lawyers. Hall said that, between 2000 and 2006, he was a regular visitor to a place on Hampstead Heath known as the “spanking bench”, and a participant in the sometimes violent sexual activities that went on there by night. At the time of the murder, in late 2006, he had seen Chappelow’s photo in the press, and had recognised him as a regular visitor to the bench, whom he knew as “Allan”. Hall took no action at the time, as Wang had already been arrested and the case seemed to be closed. But after reading the 2015 coverage, Hall contacted Wang’s lawyers and told them that on two occasions he had seen Chappelow depart from the bench with much younger men. This raised another possibility for Wang’s defence. If Chappelow did indeed meet strangers on the Heath, might he have brought one of them back to his house?

Nine days after his body was discovered, a fire broke out at the house, causing severe damage.


Mr Chappelow , the son of an antiques dealer…

Mr Chappelow’s only know relative, Michael Chappelow, said he had communicated with him by letter because he refused to leave his home. He received his last letter from him on March 2. “He lived in the house with his parents and brother, who had cerebral palsy and died in the 1950s,” said Mr Chappelow.

Until his father died in 1960 it was quite an ordinary family home, but after that Allan became more and more reclusive.

Tony Hillier, chairman of the Heath and Hampstead Society, said that on the whole people were quite happy to let him live the way he wanted to.


Geoffrey Robertson QC

Geoffrey Robertson QC acted for the defendant

He has also acted in well known libel cases, including defending The Guardian against Neil Hamilton MP.

In 2010 Robertson unsuccessfully defended Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in extradition proceedings in the United Kingdom.

On 28 January 2015 he represented Armenia with barrister Amal Clooney at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the Perinçek v. Switzerland case.[29]

In his 2010 book, The Case of the Pope, Robertson claims that Pope Benedict XVI is guilty of protecting paedophiles because the church swore the victims to secrecy and moved perpetrators in Catholic sex abuse cases to other positions where they had access to children while knowing the perpetrators were likely to reoffend.[35] This, Robertson believes, constitutes the crime of assisting underage sex and when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, the retired pope approved this policy up to November 2002. In Robertson’s opinion, the Vatican is not a sovereign state and the pope is not immune to prosecution.[36] Since Benedict XVI retired, Robertson stated in July 2013: “The committee’s enquiries will inevitably lead it to conclude that the Vatican has broken multiple articles of the convention on a huge scale in many countries. The result in human suffering is incalculable. Francis’s papacy could well be defined by the world’s verdict on his response – more handwringing apologies or calls for a line to be drawn under the past will no longer wash. He will fail unless he initiates bold tangible actions, for example lifting the veil of secrecy that has protected so many clerical rapists, engaging secular authorities and offering rather than resisting appropriate compensation.”[37]



Smyllum children’s home nuns admit series of failures


The nuns in charge of the Catholic order which ran the Smyllum Park children’s home in Lanark have admitted a series of failures.

Sisters Ellen Flynn and Eileen Glancy said allegations of historical physical, sexual and emotional abuse were not investigated.

They told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry that they had been advised the cases might not come to court.

A number of ex-residents have told of beatings and ill-treatment at the home.

The public inquiry sitting in Edinburgh is continuing to hear evidence about people’s experiences of living and working at Smyllum Park.

It was run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul until it closed in the 1980s.

A man who was at an orphanage in the 1960s previously told the inquiry there was a “culture of evil among religious orders” at that time.

Sisters Ellen Flynn and Eileen Glancy have now said they wish to amend a previous apology because they realised there was more than a possibility some abuse took place.


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Times 24/1/18 – Online child abuse expert Jim Gamble gagged by inquiry chief Alexis Jay | Perhaps this is the explanation for the delay to the webcast yesterday. Mr Gamble said in evidence that the NCA (National Crime Agency) chose to spend just £14.5 million of its £450 million budget on CEOP



Michael Evans‏ @Mikey2017Evans

Pope Again Backs Bishop Accused of Covering Up Abuse

Chilean bishop has denied the accusations; Pope Francis spoke after visit to South America

Jan. 22, 2018

Pope Francis reaffirmed his support for a Chilean bishop accused of covering up clerical sex abuse and repeated his dismissal of the accusations as slander, while expressing regret for offending victims with his choice of words.

The pope made his remarks Sunday night to reporters accompanying him on a flight to Rome, following a weeklong visit to Chile and Peru, during which he faced criticism for his handling of clerical sex abuse. He spoke after his earlier statement drew fire from sex abuse victims and an extraordinary rebuke from one of his top advisers, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

In the 50-minute news conference, the pope was asked repeatedly about the case of Bishop Juan Barros.

Bishop Barros once served as a parish priest in Santiago under the Rev. Fernando Karadima. The Vatican concluded in 2011 that Fr. Karadima was guilty of abusing minors and ordered him to a life of prayer and penitence. Fr. Karadima has insisted on his innocence. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

 Victims have accused Bishop Barros of witnessing and failing to report abuse by Fr. Karadima. Bishop Barros has denied knowledge of Fr. Karadima’s actions. He couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

In 2015, Pope Francis appointed Bishop Barros to lead the Chilean diocese of Osorno, leading to protests from laypeople there.

Later that year, the pope dismissed the protesters as “foolish” and urged them not to be “led by the nose by leftists” into opposing Bishop Barros.

Asked about the Barros case by a reporter last week in Chile, Pope Francis said “there is not one shred of proof against him. It’s all calumny.”

That drew a response from Cardinal O’Malley, head of the pope’s advisory panel on child protection, who said in a statement that the pope’s words were a “source of great pain” to abuse victims by suggesting their claims wouldn’t be believed without proof. The cardinal said that such statements “abandon” victims and “relegate (them) to a discreditable exile.”

On Sunday night, the pope thanked Cardinal O’Malley for what he called a “very fair” statement, and said his own words had been like a “slap” in the face of victims. “I apologize to them for hurting them without realizing it,” he said.

The pope said his mistake had been to use the word “proof” instead of “evidence,” but he reiterated his belief that he had seen nothing to indicate the bishop’s guilt.

“I cannot condemn him, I don’t have the evidence. I am also convinced he is innocent,” the pope said.

Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean who says he was abused by Fr. Karadima, said in response to the pope’s comments, “If he wanted evidence, why didn’t he reach out to us when we were willing to reaffirm the testimony that not only us, but so many witnesses, have been providing for more than 15 years. Plus, changing the word proof to evidence doesn’t change a thing since both are synonyms.”

The pope also repeatedly denounced the accusations against the bishop.

“Someone who accuses without evidence, with insistence, this is calumny,” the pope said.

Pope Francis also addressed the case of Luis Figari, founder of a Catholic society in Peru, who has been accused of rape and other abuse. In January 2017, the Vatican ruled that accusations of sex abuse were credible and ordered that Mr. Figari cut his ties with the society.

The pope told reporters that Mr. Figari was appealing his case to the Vatican’s supreme court, but he said there have been new accusations and said “things are rather unfavorable” to him.

Mr. Figari’s lawyer has said that he denies any wrongdoing. The lawyer wasn’t immediately available to comment on the pope’s remarks.


Islington Council appoints Sarah Morgan QC to look into ex-mayor Sandy Marks’ alleged pro-paedophile past

22 January 2018

It is a step eagerly awaited by Islington Survivors’ Network (ISN), and the result of a Gazette investigation published in May.

The inquiry will explore evidence that Sandy Marks had been a member of a pro-paedophile organisation in the early 1980s. Years later, she ended up overseeing social services as Islington’s horrific abuse scandal came to light in the early 1990s.

Ms Marks denies any link to the clandestine group called Fallen Angels, which was supportive of paedophilia and lobbied for paedophile rights.

Initially James Goudie QC and Holly Stout were appointed to look into the Gazette’s evidence.

But after ISN expressed concerns through this newspaper that Mr Goudie’s background rendered him inappropriate for the role, it was announced that the two lawyers would have no further involvement with the probe beyond their initial report.

Before they left, the pair concluded the Gazette’s investigation was sufficient to call into question a landmark, but heavily criticised, government report on the scandal from 1995.

Now Sarah Morgan QC of the 1 Garden Court chambers has been given the top job, and ISN says she is a better fit. She has been a barrister for 30 years and specialises in children’s cases within family law.

“We welcome the ​appointment and look forward to working with Sarah Morgan QC in the investigation,” the survivors’ group said in a statement today.

“She has a complex task ahead of her. As a survivors’ network, we will inform her understanding of the crimes that took place within the children’s homes and the council from the ’70s to the ’90s.

“Organised and institutional abuse of Islington children has never been investigated – the abusers and colluders escaped justice.

“Any attempts at inquiries and investigations have been piecemeal, fragmented and ineffective. Many documents have gone missing and some abusers have died avoiding criminal prosecution.

“With many survivors now coming forward to ISN, we have an opportunity to present our evidence and inform the public about the widespread physical, sexual, emotional harm and neglect that took place in Islington’s care systems and how those children and adults who spoke out were silenced.”

The council said: “Islington Council has commissioned an independent review of the allegations in relation to former councillor Sandy Marks published in the Islington Gazette in May and June 2017 and their relevance, if any, to the findings of the Report of the Inquiry into the Management of Child Care in the London Borough of Islington 1995 [the White Report].

“Islington Council has appointed Sarah Morgan QC as lead investigator to chair the independent review. Barrister Lucy Sprinz will work alongside Sarah Morgan.

“The independent review will begin in February 2018.”


Cassandra Cogno‏ @CassandraCogno:

During 1970s Islington became a relocation destination for paedophiles in the know – Peter Righton, co-founder started working there (NCB), Micky Burbidge (PIE Manifesto co-author) lived there, Dr Morris Fraser moved there from Belfast

PIE Member Michael Taylor was convicted for abuse at LBI run Gisburne House, Conspiracy Against Public Morals (CAPM) held its meetings at #Islington community centre, Roger Moody paedophile activist lived and wrote for Peace News based in #Islington


Hi @KoosCouvee (sorry for old job question) was the ICH Keith Veness was referring to Islington Community Housing? There’s no other mention of what the acronym is for in the article?


The address given for paedophiles & paedophile activists to write to at the IGA 1980 conference was the same address as that listed for Islington Community Housing (according to Kelly’s Postal Directory for 1980) where a Sandy Marks worked so does Veness mean this ICH?@KoosCouvee

Keith Veness reminisces about his time as Jeremy Corbyn’s electoral agent – before his wife Valerie became Corbyn’s PA at House of Commons? “MP’s polls ‘minder’ who had defied Russian tanks” (25.11.11)


What else did Keith Veness say in his 1,439 word statement to @IslingtonTrib on topic of Sandy Marks? Immensely helpful just on what was published – but what else did the statement help clarify? Would be useful for Sarah Morgan QC to receive

(3.11.17) ““It’s almost like a drug for him,” says Keith Veness, a close friend who was his constituency agent during the 90s…


So if Keith Veness is a close friend of Jeremy & a close friend of Sandy (see Facebook) is this why doesn’t feel able to speak up for survivor constituents/whistleblowers?Keith & Valerie have been political mentors to him in many ways since 1971/2 as for Sandy

Child abuse sex ring found (1.8.93)

Several of the most prominent offenders under surveillance are wealthy businessmen. They have been linked to a sex ring abusing young people living in children’s homes in the London borough of Islington.”



Bishop George Bell not to be cleared over ‘abuse’

Jan 22 2018

The Archbishop of Canterbury has rejected calls for him to clear the name of the late Bishop George Bell, who was accused of abusing a young girl.

A review found failings in the way the Church investigated allegations against the Bishop of Chichester in the 1950s.

Supporters of Bishop Bell have called on the Most Rev Justin Welby to pronounce the bishop as innocent.

But Mr Welby said he could not rescind a statement in which he said a cloud hung over Bishop Bell’s name.

Bishop Bell’s supporters have sent three open letters to the archbishop in recent days.

They were written by a group of historians, an international group of church leaders, and a selection of former choristers at Chichester cathedral.

But the archbishop said: “Our history over the last 70 years has revealed that the church covered up, ignored or denied the reality of abuse on major occasions.

“As a result, the church is rightly facing intense and concentrated scrutiny (focused in part on the Diocese of Chichester) through the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

“The Diocese of Chichester was given legal advice to make a settlement based on the civil standard of proof, the balance of probability.

“It was not alleged that Bishop Bell was found to have abused on the criminal standard of proof, beyond reasonable doubt.

“The two standards should not be confused.”

The independent reviewer, Lord Carlisle QC, said the Church of England’s investigation into allegations against the bishop by a woman known as “Carol” were deficient.

The church apologised and compensated Carol after she claimed she had been assaulted by Bell as a young girl.

Lord Carlile said the church had “rushed to judgment”.

But Mr Welby provoked anger among the late bishop’s supporters when he said: “No human being is entirely good or bad. Bishop Bell was in many ways a hero. He is also accused of great wickedness.”


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Vicount Ian Kerr CGC‏ @IanKerr

Why is Gove interested in priest F65 ? F65, is alleged to have had “connections to some quite senior figures”



Child sex abuse inquiry to query whether Gove asked about investigation

Environment secretary’s alleged interest in inquiry into priest suspected of abuse surfaced last month

21 Jan 2018

The child sex abuse inquiry is to write to Michael Gove to ask whether he attempted to find out about the release of an investigation into a priest suspected of abuse at a prominent Catholic boarding school.

The alleged interest of the former secretary of state for education in a police and local authority inquiry into the priest surfaced during evidence given to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) last month.

Gove, now the environment secretary, denies making any phone calls to the local authority in relation to the investigation. A search of education department telephone records, his office has said, can find no trace of any such contacts.

In a statement to the Guardian, IICSA said: “The Roman Catholic Church hearings are ongoing and there are a number of matters that require further investigation, including the evidence heard on 13 December 2017 in relation to the former secretary of state for education. The inquiry will be making requests for further information on this issue.”

The priest, only identified by the reference number F65, is alleged to have had “connections to some quite senior figures”. In evidence given to the inquiry on 13 December, F65 was said to have been the subject of an allegation of oral sex with a 16-year-old boy.

That allegation, IICSA’s inquiry into the Catholic church’s Benedictine schools heard, was investigated by the police and local authority between 2010 and 2012.

It resulted in a file being sent to the Crown Prosecution Service but did not lead to any charges because there was deemed to be insufficient evidence.

F65, however, was made the subject of a “covenant of care” by the Catholic diocese of Clifton, which was intended “to manage perceived risks” when he moved to another institution.

Claire Winter, the deputy director of children’s services responsible for children’s social care at Somerset county council, gave evidence to the sex abuse inquiry about the investigation on 13 December.

Towards the end of her evidence, counsel to the inquiry, Riel Karmy-Jones QC, indicated that Winter wanted to raise a further issue. The lawyer said: “There was significant interest from the office of the secretary of state in relation to one individual, F65, a priest who had previously resided at Downside Abbey. How did that come about?”

Winter then recounted the alleged sequence of events. “I only mentioned it because it was so unusual,” she explained. “I have never experienced it before or since. This was a priest who there were concerns about and it was agreed that the abbot would suspend him from ministry while investigations continued.

“He did have, I discovered subsequently, connections to some quite senior figures, and it was one afternoon I had I think it was two phone calls from the office of the minister of state for education asking for the time at which that decision was going to be made. I said, I knew what time it was, but I said it was a child protection matter and that I wasn’t willing to discuss it.

“Then very shortly before the time it was due to happen, I had a phone call from somebody who said they were the secretary of state for education and please would I tell them the time at which – he was quite insistent about the time that decision was due to be made.

“ … I said exactly the same thing, that it was a child protection matter, it was in relation to a criminal matter, and I couldn’t give that information … I had no further contact after that, but it just seemed very unusual for that to happen.”

Somerset county council told the Guardian that Winter could not elaborate on her evidence.

A spokesperson for the environment secretary said: “The secretary of state does not remember any such incident and a search by the Department for Education has not found a record of any such phone call. No official or adviser that we have checked with remembers such an incident. We will of course fully cooperate with the inquiry if asked to contribute.”




Headmaster of renowned Catholic school, DOWNSIDE ABBEY, is accused of burning evidence into child sex abuse

Father Leo Maidlow Davis burned staff files from Downside Abbey in 2012

Letters from the abbey’s former abbot, Aidan Bellenger, revealed his fears that ‘the issue of child abuse was tolerated by all my predecessors as abbot’. 

In a letter sent last year, (2016) he said of two monks who had been imprisoned over abuse: ‘Neither was penitent. Both were protected (and implicitly) encouraged by their abbots.’

He said of two other monks: ‘[They] avoided trial, but their offences (more than allegations) remain on record.’

His letter included a warning that a monk who still lives at Downside had taken part in ‘perverse and criminal’ activities. 

Two others he said ‘were open to allegations of “paedophilia”‘, adding: ‘Small fry perhaps but in outside perceptions they would be in trouble.’

He warned: ‘More “historic” cases will emerge’, listing five other names, which have been redacted by the inquiry.

The inquiry, which examined the prevalence of paedophilia among Benedictine monks and failures to protect young people, also looked at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, where about 40 monks and teachers have been accused of abusing children since the 1960s.

Daniel Boffey‏ @DanielBoffey

This is very odd. And a very odd answer from gov spokesman: ‘[the SoS] does not remember any such incident’.

A Sunday newspaper regurgitating details of an alleged five- in-a-bed ¿romp¿ involving Michael Gove as an Oxford undergraduate.

Boris Johnson was at Oxford from 1983 to 1986, overlapping one year with Gove. David Cameron was an exact contemporary of Gove, at Oxford from 1985 to 1988.

David Cameron was a close family friend and Boris Johnson an old university mate.

When the couple married in France in 2001, the Camerons were among the 60 guests.

His wife, Vine, ine is even godmother to the Camerons’ youngest daughter, Florence. The families have holidayed together and sent their children to the same schools.


Michael Gove under pressure over teacher who viewed child abuse images

6 Jun 2013

Education secretary urged to tell MPs why his department reinstated Geoffrey Bettley after he was cautioned by police
Michael Gove was under increasing pressure to explain why his department approved a decision to allow a teacher who downloaded child abuse images back into the classroom

The education secretary has been urged to appear in the Commons to tell MPs why Geoffrey Bettley was reinstated after being cautioned by police for possessing an indecent image of a child.

Philip Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said that many parents would be “deeply disturbed” that Bettley, 36, had been allowed to teach again.

Bettley was suspended from St Mary’s Catholic school in Menston, West Yorkshire, in December 2010 after police found nearly 200 child abuse images on his computer. He accepted a police caution and was dismissed by the school following a disciplinary hearing in December 2011.

But a professional conduct panel has ruled that the RE teacher should be allowed to return to teaching after concluding he “does not represent a risk to children and young people”. The decision was signed off by a senior official at the Department for Education.

Speaking during the weekly Commons business statement, Davies said: “He downloaded child porn images and was rightly sacked by the school and put on the sex offenders register.

“In a decision which has been ratified by the education secretary, he’s now been told he’s allowed back to teach again.

“I’m sure you will appreciate many parents will be deeply disturbed someone who has been convicted of downloading child porn should be allowed to teach again.

“Can we have a statement from the education secretary so he can explain what on Earth he was thinking about when he allowed this person to teach again?”

The Commons leader, Andrew Lansley, replied: “I have read the press reports relating to this matter and of course it was a decision taken by the National College of Teaching and Leadership, which was then endorsed by a senior official at the department.

I will, of course, contact Mr Gove so he might be able to give you an account of the process in this case.”

In its judgment, the National College of Teaching and Leadership professional conduct panel said the images viewed by Bettley were “not at the most serious end” of the Copine scale – the rating system used to categorise the severity of images of child sex abuse – and there were “relatively few” on his computer.

The panel said it had considered it safe to conclude that the teacher “does not pose a risk to children”.

While Bettley’s actions were a “serious departure” from the official teachers’ standards, the panel said, it added that it did not consider that there was evidence of “a deep seated attitude on the part of Bettley which leads to harmful behaviour”.

The panel’s report added: “In the circumstances, the panel does not consider that it would be appropriate to recommend prohibition to the secretary of state and it does not.”

At the end of the panel’s report, under a section on the secretary of state’s decision and reasons, a senior DfE official said: “Although the findings in this case are serious ones, for the reasons set out, I support the recommendation of the panel that a prohibition order should not be applied in this case.”

Mr Bettley was employed at St Mary’s from September 2001 to December 2011. He visited a website in March 2009 where he viewed six child abuse images, according