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Caldey Island: Compensation call for sex abuse victims

Dec 29 2017

A call has been made for the founding monastery to compensate people who were sexually abused by a monk in Wales.

A devotee of the abbey on Caldey Island said Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium, had a “moral and ethical duty” to take some responsibility for the offences of Father Thaddeus Kotik.

Teresa Elwes, who regularly visited Caldey Island, off Pembrokeshire, said she was horrified by the allegations.

Scourmont Abbey denied responsibility, saying Caldey was a separate entity.

Father Thaddeus, who lived on the island for 45 years before his death in 1992, is accused of sexually abusing several young girls during the 1970s and 1980s.

Six of his victims were compensated by Caldey Abbey in an out-of-court settlement in March. A number of others have since come forward with allegations.

It is understood the abbot of Scourmont Abbey denied any legal liability in the civil proceedings.

Ms Elwes, a supporter of Caldey Abbey, claimed Scourmont, which brews Chimay – one of Belgium’s most popular beers – could afford to compensate victims more adequately.

She said: “When abuse is revealed you have to do your utmost to apologise, take responsibility, provide compensation and do everything you can for the victims.

“If [Scourmont] said ‘not our problem’ I’d say that’s pretty disingenuous… there are very strong links between Caldey and Scourmont.

“Whether they have a legal duty or not, they have a moral and ethical duty to make sure people are properly cared for and compensated… these people’s lives have been ruined.”

BBC Wales previously reported the former abbot of Caldey, Brother Robert O’Brien, became aware of allegations against Kotik in 1990 but did not refer them to police.

Ms Elwes, a former forensic psychologist who regularly visited Caldey Island from the age of 14 into her 20s, claims Brother Robert, who died in 2009, was appointed by Scourmont.

A book about Caldey Abbey, published in 1996, said the authority for the monastery reverted to Scourmont after the former abbot, Dom James, died.

 

Dom Guerric Baudet with pope

 

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The book stated the then-abbot of Scourmont, Dom Guerric Baudet, appointed Brother Robert.

But this is disputed by the present abbot, Dom Armand Veilleux, who said Brother Robert was “elected” by the Caldey community.

Scourmont established a monastery on Caldey in 1929 and the earliest monks there were Belgian – some were still members of the Caldey community at the time of the alleged abuse.

Although Caldey Abbey became autonomous from the Belgian abbey in the mid-1930s, Ms Elwes points to books about the island which refer to Scourmont’s ongoing financial support for the abbey into the 1970s.

After joining Caldey Abbey, Father Thaddeus spent time at Scourmont as part of his training.

BBC Wales has contacted Dom Armand Veilleux asking him to address these points, but has not received a response.

Ms Elwes, from London, said she met Father Thaddeus on occasions when visiting the island, but was not among his victims.

“I had a wonderful and quite deeply spiritual experience of Caldey, so to think there was a monk doing this is shocking,” she added.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42510923

Four men convicted or accused of sexual offences against children lived or stayed on tiny monastic Welsh island

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The woman, who was abused by Father Thaddeus Kotik in the 1970s and 80s, said she wants an inquiry to be held.

Charlotte said she did not speak out as a child as Kotik had threatened her, saying her parents would not take her back home and that she would go to hell.

She said the impact of the abuse had been catastrophic.

“It changes how you grow up. It changes how you see the world and most importantly, it changes how you see your place in the world,” she said.

Charlotte said she “desperately” wanted an inquiry to happen.

“It’s very important for me to not just have my story told. I don’t want anybody to say to me ‘oh you poor thing, oh that’s really sad, that must have been really hard’.

“I want the whole world to say this is an outrage, and it’s happening and why is it still happening?

“We are destroyed souls and we are left to do our own healing. And it’s an epidemic. There are thousands and thousands and thousands of people like me.”

“I feel sad for the island that it’s had to harbour revolting creatures. I have nothing against the physical island, it’s a piece of nature and it’s absolutely beautiful but I think that Father Thaddeus needs to be removed.

“That’s just the first step. The abbey should be thinking about that themselves. They need to get with the programme and start realising that this is a very, very serious issue.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42257053

July 19, 2009

Chapter at the community of Scourmont

In memory of Dom Guerric Baudet

Dom Guerric left us rather quickly. His heart, with a valve almost clogged, had more and more difficulty to beat. He simply went out slowly. Despite the difficulty of breathing of the last days, he did not experience agony.

His long life ended with a very beautiful old age and also a very beautiful death. He kept all his lucidity, his sharp mind and his memory to the end, to nearly 96 years.         He saw death coming with great serenity. He talked about it more and more often, but in all simplicity.         He was somehow surprised to be alive.         He was happy to live, but was also quite ready to meet the Lord.

I had the privilege of accompanying his last moments.         I recited some prayers very shortly before his last breath, and he recited amen at the end.         He also raised his arms when I sang the Salve in a low voice. By the time his breath stopped, he shook my hand, looking at me with two very peaceful eyes, then he breathed his last breath. All serenely, as he had lived among us in recent years.

We will miss him. He has been so long in the heart of the community. For nearly forty years as superior, followed by twenty years of a much more discreet presence, but still intense.         For me, who came from outside, eleven years ago, he was the model of the abbot who had resigned.         It is never easy for someone who has served his community as abbot for a long time to find his rightful place in community (as it is not easy for his successor either).         This was not the case during the last eleven years. For me, the presence of Dom Guerric in community has always been precious to me.         His advice and advice – which he only gave if asked – have always been invaluable to me.         As everyone knows, things were not easy for him under one of his successors. He never talked to me about it. He was a pacified monk, without rancor.

Although I only came to Scourmont eleven years ago, I had known Dom Guerric for 45 years. My first meeting was at Monte Cistello in 1964, at the first meeting of the Central Commission, which was to become an important organ of the Order.         He was a member of this first meeting (which was originally due to the Westmalle meeting about the Achel group wanting to found in Denmark); and I was a young student. I was studying the liturgy, and one of the issues on the agenda of this meeting (and the next General Chapter) was the place of liturgy in monastic life.

I found him five years later at the 1969 General Chapter. He was the secretary of one of the commissions, and his succinct but witty reports were a treat to hear.

Dom Guerric has had, in a very reserved way, an important role in the history of the Order in the 20th century.

He was a student at the Generalate House from 1936 to 1939.         The list of those who were there at the same time is impressive. A whole series of people who have marked the life of the Order.         Here are the main ones: Vincent Hermans, Achel;

Edmond Mikkers , Achel; Jean-Baptiste Van Damme, Westmalle; Robert Thomas, Seven Fons; André Francheboud , Tamié; Jean de Ruette , Orval; Etienne Cheneviere , La Trappe. Not to mention his colleagues from Scourmont: Maur Standaert, Francis Mahieu, Theodore De Haene and Gall Schuon . This is undoubtedly where he acquired his sense of the Order.

From the beginning of his superiority, in 1950 he became a member of the Liturgy Commission (replacing Dom Anselme Le Bail) and it will be until the creation of a new Commission in 1967.         He will also be the first chairman of the Law Commission from 1969 until 1977.

He was sent with Dom Félicien de Rochefort for an important Regular Visit to Latroun in 1961.

I will come back to another moment about his service to the girl-houses of Scourmont and his love of Africa.

Reading again his interventions in the General Chapters, especially the one of 1969, where we wrote the Declaration on Cistercian Life , I am surprised at how much I felt and feel on the same wavelength as him, despite our difference age. I can say that it is someone whom I have not only greatly appreciated but also loved, and of whom I have always felt accepted and appreciated despite our age difference and necessarily different sensibilities.

Armand Veilleux

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Woman abused as a child by Caldey Island monk waives right to anonymity

22 Dec 2017

A woman has waived her right to anonymity to describe how she and her sister were sexually abused as children by a monk on Caldey Island, calling for an inquiry into how offences were covered up for decades.

Joanna Biggs also claims that a nun lied about the circumstances surrounding the death of her sister, Theresa, at the age of six in a swimming accident on the island 40 years ago, and wants her inquest reviewed.

Biggs is one of a growing number of victims who have come forward to detail offences committed by Fr Thaddeus 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.

In July 1977 the two sisters were among a group of children at Sandtop Bay beach on Caldey under the supervision of a nun called Sister Sheila Singleton, who was leading an educational course for Catholic children.

Theresa went swimming on a windy day unaware there was a dangerous undercurrent and she was swept out to sea. Three boys, 12, 14, and 15, swam out to try to help her but she drowned.

During the inquest at Tenby police station, Singleton, who died in 2004, testified in a written statement that Theresa had defied her instructions not to go swimming because the water was too cold. The boys told a different story but the coroner accepted the nun’s version and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Biggs insists that Singleton’s evidence was false because the nun had given her sister permission to swim. “She [the nun] helped me to put Theresa’s armbands on. And then she said, ‘Off you go.’ My sister was not naughty.”

Biggs said she and her parents have lived with the nun’s lie for more than 40 years. “It is time for my sister to be released from false blame,” she said. Biggs argued that the story of her sister’s drowning was relevant to the abuse scandal because it showed that children’s voices were often ignored.

“The problem with things as they currently are is that everything to do with Caldey has been closed off, unmentioned, swept under the carpet or just whispered about for a very long time.”

The abuse on Caldey emerged after the abbey paid modest sums of compensation to six women who had brought a civil claim against the Cistercian order on Caldey for abuse they suffered as children by Kotik in the 70s and 80s.

After the Guardian exposed the abuse last month, the abbot, Daniel van Santvoort, apologised via the island’s Facebook page that allegations made against Kotik had not been reported to the authorities and expressed regret for any harm caused.

Since then the Guardian has revealed:

A sex offender called Paul Ashton lived on the island for seven years while on the run from the police. It has also now emerged that he ran a cleaning company registered on the island with a convicted fraudster.

A priest, Fr John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island for nine months.

Police are investigating another man over an alleged sexual assault that took place at the same period as the Kotik offences. He was not a member of the abbey or its staff.

Adding her voice to calls for an inquiry from other victims and Tory Welsh assembly members, Biggs said: “I feel like it’s just the start, the box is only just being opened. It seems to me that the best people to investigate that box fairly and thoroughly would be people and organisations who have not been previously associated with the island – and also who do not belong to a particular denomination or faith.

“I think this would be best for Caldey Abbey as well. If they want to try and win back people’s trust that they are truly interested in safeguarding their visitors in future.

“The fact that Fr Thad was left for so many years to continue to do whatever he liked suggests at the very least, tolerance or blindness by Caldey Abbey to that same behaviour in others. These are offenders who understand Catholicism and know how to hide within it and manipulate it.”

Biggs added: “There appears to be a firm position taken by the current abbot towards protecting the interests of the monastery, and a distinct lack of openness, clarity and even goodwill when it comes to the dealing with revelations of the abuse that took place. His order is responsible for covering it up and allowing it to continue. Acknowledgment is everything.”

It can also be revealed that the abbey’s wealthy “mother house”, Scourmont Abbey near Chimay in Belgium, denied legal liability for the abuse. Caldey’s webpage spells out how the island was sold to the Cistercian order in the 1920s to be occupied by a group of monks from Scourmont and adds that the present monks are the successors of the first Caldey Cistercians.

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The Guardian has also established that Kotik spent time at Scourmont. But Armand Veilleux, the Scourmont abbot from 1999 until his retirement in November this year, said Caldey was an autonomous house in civil and canon law.

Teresa Elwes, a devotee who has maintained a relationship with Caldey and Scourmont for 40 years and knew Kotik, said the mother house – which is known for its brewery – could afford to compensate victims properly.

Elwes said: “These young women have been abused by a monk and now that abuse is continuing by the failure of the monastic community to take responsibility and willingly and eagerly pay proper compensation, whilst acknowledging that this alone can never be enough.”

The Caldey Abbey abbot has not responded to requests by the Guardian for an interview and has not granted permission for reporters to land on the private island.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/22/woman-abused-caldey-island-monk-waives-anonymity-joanna-briggs-thaddeus-kotik

Since the Guardian exposed the abuse in November there have been calls from victims and politicians for an inquiry. The Guardian has also revealed that two other men who lived and worked on Caldey were subsequently convicted of child sex offences.

In addition, police are investigating allegations that a seasonal worker sexually assaulted a girl on the island.

Biggs, 48, is the first Kotik victim to be named. She said one of her main motivations was to defend her sister against the accusation that she disobeyed the instructions of a nun and went swimming when she had been told not to go in the water. But Biggs said she and her sister were abused by Kotik, in the dairy on the island when they were aged six and seven.

Kotik’s modus operandi was to befriend families who lived there or who regularly visited. He gave them handmade chocolates and fresh produce, and invited the children to the dairy. He abused children in a room beside the dairy, on walks through the woods, in dens or in isolated rocky coves near the beach.

Biggs said that although she was the older sister, it was Theresa who suggested they avoid Kotik.

“We were always together,” she said. “We played together and talked about everything together. Although I was older, Theresa was more gregarious and bolder. Theresa suggested we should stick together for protection.

“I have a memory of me being in a huddle with her in a garden somewhere by ourselves and her saying that we shouldn’t go to see Fr Thad, even if he gave us sweets, and me nodding in agreement. I knew why she was saying that at the time. I didn’t like what Fr Thad did.

“I feel grateful that she was the one who voiced it. This helped me avoid a different paedophile about a year or so later – not on Caldey, on holiday somewhere else – it flashed into my head like a warning and I listened and ran away from him.”

Biggs told how she and her sister had once begun to act out the abuse they suffered. “We started to re-enact what happened in the dairy to us, taking our pyjamas off – and then we stopped and decided we didn’t like it and didn’t want to play that story.”

Biggs said the Guardian’s original article triggered panic attacks. “It was the picture of Fr Thad holding the two girls – they’re not Theresa and I, but you can see how tightly he held them in his arms. He was very strong and had rough hands. The most bizarre place I had a panic attack was in a supermarket one weekend, next to the freezer section. I was suddenly overwhelmed by the cold, the smell and the noise.”

Another protected Benedictine paedophile – Thaddeus Kotik of Caldey Island

Prince Charles HRH The Prince of Wales meets monks Father Robert, Brother Gabriel, and Acting Abbot Father Daniel during his visit to Caldey Island in 1997

July 26, 1997HRH The Prince of Wales Prince Charles  meets Mrs Veronica Cattini as she works in the Post Office on Caldey Island

Director at Caldey Island JOHN CATTINI

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Priest jailed for child abuse images lived on scandal-hit Caldey Island

Exclusive: revelations mean that four men convicted or accused of sexual offences against children lived or stayed on tiny monastic Welsh island

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months.

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months. Photograph: Archant Cambs/Archant

A priest who was jailed for downloading hundreds of pictures of child sexual abuse is the latest offender to be identified as having close links with the monastic island of Caldey, which is at the centre of a growing scandal.

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months.

The revelation means that four men convicted or accused of sexual offences against children have now been identified as having lived or stayed on Caldey and will increase pressure for an inquiry.

In November the Guardian revealed a string of allegations against a monk, Thaddeus Kotik, dating back to the 1970s and 80s. Kotik was a member of the Cistercian order of Benedictine monks and lived in the monastery on Caldey Island from 1947 until his death in 1992.

It later emerged that police are investigating a second man over accusations of sexual abuse on the island during the same period and that a sex offender called Paul Ashton hid there while on the run from police. Ashton was finally caught on the island in 2011, taken back to the mainland and jailed.

The abbot, Daniel van Santvoort, has confirmed that Shannon, lived on the island in 2008 and 2009.

Shortly afterwards, in 2010, police found 740 indecent images of children on a computer that he had downloaded while working as a lecturer at a Catholic seminary in county Durham. Three of the images were “level five” – of the most serious nature – and 75 were level four.

Shannon’s barrister argued at his client’s sentencing hearing that he had never had a chance to explore his sexuality and viewing the images became a compulsion.

Jailing him at Durham crown court for eight months, Judge Christopher Prince placed Shannon on the sex offender register for 10 years and banned him from working with children for life.

Van Santvoort told the Guardian that Shannon took on the role of priest on a trial basis in 2008 with the abbey’s approval after islanders asked for the parish church of St David’s to be re-opened.

“[Shannon] came with good references and took up residence in a cottage. During this period it was evident the role of a parish priest was not viable and he left the island within nine months of his arrival, in 2009,” the abbot said.

“We understand that some time later, whilst working on the mainland elsewhere in the UK, he was investigated by the police for offences committed on the mainland after he had left the island and was subsequently convicted.

“That inquiry did not involve any allegations of offences committed on the island and the police did not conduct any inquiries on the island in respect of this person. We understand therefore that he had no criminal convictions when he came to the island nor when he left.”

While Shannon was living on the island, Ashton was hiding from police there. Ashton was wanted after police found 5,000 images of child sexual abuse on his computer and in 2011 was found on Caldey , where he had been living under an assumed identity for seven years.

A whistleblower has told the Guardian that another convicted criminal, John Cronin, is suspected to have lived under an assumed name in a cottage owned by the monastery for a month in 2009.

Cronin was jailed in 1992 for sexually assaulting an adult Conservative party volunteer. One of his modi operandi was to pose as a priest.

The source said the man they believe to be Cronin left the island suddenly, taking keys to a property and owing money after he was recognised by a monastery employee from online photographs.

Cronin had allegedly requested through the abbey to stay at a monastery property on the island over winter.

However, Van Santvoort said the abbey did not know of Cronin’s alleged stay.

“We have no knowledge of this person whatsoever. The name is completely unfamiliar to us,” he said.

Thaddeus Kotik and two children on Caldey Island.
Thaddeus Kotik and two children on Caldey Island. Photograph: Supplied

Caldey Abbey settled civil claims by six women in March this year and Van Santvoort has publicly apologised for the abbey’s failure to report Kotik to police despite its knowledge of his offences.

Another six women and a man have since approached the Guardian alleging abuse by Kotik.

The Conservatives’ children’s spokesman in the Welsh assembly, Darren Millar, has called on the Welsh government to launch an investigation into Caldey Island.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/12/priest-jailed-for-child-abuse-images-lived-on-scandal-hit-caldey-island?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

and also on Caldey  island – paedophile Paul Ashton who was in charge of their internet – found with 5000 images


Sex offender hid in Caldey Island abbey for seven years

24 Nov 2017

Paul Ashton was found while on the run after his image was posted on a Crimestoppers Most Wanted list

A sex offender lived in the abbey on Caldey Island for seven years while on the run from police until he was found in 2011, taken back to the mainland and jailed.

Paul Ashton lived among the Cistercian monks on the private island off the Pembrokeshire coast in south-west Wales as police searched for him after finding thousands of images of child abuse on his computer. Ashton was finally found after his image appeared on a Crimestoppers Most Wanted gallery.

Caldey Abbey is at the centre of a scandal after the Guardian revealed a string of allegations against a monk called Thaddeus Kotik dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.

The abbey has been keen to emphasise that the Kotik allegations are of a historical nature and no members of the current community were on the island at the time. But victims claim there is at least one monk still alive who knew Kotik and say the abbot himself knew Kotik from 1990, two years before the monk died in 1992.

The fact that Ashton, a suspected sex offender wanted by the police, was able to live at the abbey so recently and for so long will cause huge concern.

The current head of the abbey, Daniel van Santvoort, has been abbot since 1999.

Following the Guardian’s revelations about Kotik, whistle-blowers came forward to describe how Ashton lived on the island under the name Robert Judd.

Ashton had been arrested by police in West Sussex in 2004 when officers executed a warrant at his address in Bracklesham Bay. He was given bail while police examined his computers. Officers found more than 5,000 images of children but he had vanished when they returned.

At that time, a man in his 50s calling himself Robert appeared on Caldey. Whistleblowers said Ashton arrived on the island as a monastery guest in 2004 but stayed and moved in.

“When Robert arrived, he offered to help and made himself indispensable,” a whistleblower said. “He operated the island’s satellite internet and phone system, managed online accommodation bookings and the accounts and worked in the mail room. He put himself in an ideal position.”

They said that “Robert” changed his phone number frequently, encrypted his emails and never left the island.

In May 2011, “Robert” further aroused the suspicion of the whistleblower by emailing him that he had “met another family” that included two young boys on the island and had invited them to his private quarters in the monastery.

Curious and worried, the whistleblower began investigating Ashton and discovered that a man called James Robert Judd was named as a director of a cleaning company called St Martins of Caldey, according to Companies House records.

The whistleblower carried on investigating. “ I just knew in my gut that something was wrong,” they said. Eventually an image appearing to be Robert was found on the Crimestoppers site. It named him as Paul Ashton.

“One evening we had a phone call telling us to look at a website and there [Robert] was, on the most wanted list,” he said. “I saved and printed the photo, showed it to the abbot and asked him who it was. He said: ‘That’s Robert of course.’ I asked if he was absolutely sure and he said: ‘Yes without a doubt’.”

Whistleblowers have passed on photographs they took of plainclothes police officers escorting Ashton to the boat Caldey Island II beside the island on 6 July 2011.

At Chichester crown court on 1 March, Ashton admitted possessing more than 5,000 indecent images of children and was jailed for 30 months. The court was told he was found after an anonymous call was made to the Crimestoppers charity.

It heard that South Wales police arrested him in relation to the Sussex inquiry – and said that more computer equipment containing further images were found on his Caldey Island computers.

Speaking after Ashton’s conviction, DC David Midgley, of West Sussex CID, said: “Credit must go to the anonymous informant to Crimestoppers who became suspicious and rang in. Thanks to their actions, Ashton was finally brought to justice after spending nearly eight years in hiding.

“In each image, a child was a victim of crime. The length of the sentence shows how the justice system will punish those who download indecent images of children.”

The Guardian has sought comment from van Santvoort who is believed to be in France but has not yet received a reply.

Six women sued the abbey over the allegations against Kotik and another seven women have now come forward to the Guardian since the article exposed the offender last Saturday. The victims have welcomed calls for an inquiry into the protection of child sex offenders on the island.

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Dedication of the statue

On Sunday 9th September 2007 the statue was blessed and dedicated in a moving ceremony conducted jointly by the Catholic Archbishop of Cardiff, Peter Smith, and by Bishop Dominic Walker of Monmouth, Church in Wales. A very large crowd gathered for the occasion, in the region of 800 people.

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Satanic abuse ‘possible’

The belief of social workers that children in Nottingham who were sexually abused were also forced to take part in ritual practices connected with Satanism has now been supported by the director of the city’s social services department. In a report issued last week, Mr David White said that “on the basis of the children’s testimony it would be unwise not to accept the possibility that there were ritualistic elements to this case”. Nottingham Police strongly reject the suggestion that ritual practices played any part in the Broxtowe child abuse case, in which ten adults were jailed in February 1989 for offences of incest, indecent assault and cruelty against 23 children in the extended family; a view which Mr White originally shared.

The case became controversial when some of the children, who had been made wards of court after being sexually abused, started to describe experiences of a bizarre nature of which foster parents and social workers had no previous knowledge. They talked, among other things, of being burnt by sticks, of animals sacrificed and of drinking the blood, of witchcraft parties and even of other children being killed. A report commissioned by Mr White and the chief constable of Nottinghamshire, which appeared in December 1989, concluded that there was no evidence of Satanic abuse. It criticised the work of social workers concerned in the case who, it suggested, had unwittingly encouraged children to believe in and allege bizarre abuse.

The new report, which was expected to be approved on Wednesday by Nottinghamshire social services committee, follows intense media interest in the case and the disruption of working relationships between the police and social workers in the city. It praises the work of the specialist group of social workers concerned, and says that “the disclosures made by the children are unlikely to have been created in their minds by the social workers or foster parents”. Having read the diaries of the children involved, Mr White now supports the social workers’ view that even if the children had not suffered each incident physically they were made to believe that they had.

Mr White argues that the case is of national significance in that it challenges the conventional wisdom about how children should be listened to and how matters can be dealt with which are beyond existing knowledge. Mr White’s recommendations include the setting up of a joint police and social service body to review practices and procedures in the field of child protection; and the establishment by the Department of Health of a nationally co-ordinated research programme to monitor the problem and offer guidance.

Social workers in Manchester, who also had been criticised for encouraging children to make up stories of ritual abuse, were defended recently by the Anglican Bishop of Manchester, Stanley BoothClibborn (The Tablet, 6 October). Allegations of ritual abuse have also been made in Rochdale. Canon Dominic Walker, co-chairman of the Christian Deliverance Study Group, which trains Anglican and some Catholic exorcists, told The Tablet that the Churches are concerned and are holding meetings with social workers, police and psychiatrists. “People are fairly convinced that something is going on“, he said, “and that it is not just an invention of fundamentalism. What is not clear is whether it is a new development of Satanism or whether the people involved are paedophiles who are adding Satanic ritual to their practices.”

The secretary to the Committee for Social Welfare of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Mgr Michael Connelly, noted however that no evidence had been produced of ritual practices associated with child abuse. Only one diocese has informed him of such a case.

Source: archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/10th-november-1990/26/home-news

 Christian Exorcism Group led by PAUL STURGESS

http://collections.mun.ca/PDFs/clegend/ContemporaryLegendVol.041994.pdf

Sturgess, the secretary of the churches’ study group, said Satanist are usually kept loyal by a mixture of fear and blackmail stemming from the devotee’s initiation rites.

 

Ninety per cent of the cases we get are psychological,” sid Canon Dominic Walker, the vicar of the seaside resort of Brighton and the head of the study group.

 

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Sturgess, the secretary of the churches’ study group, said Satanist are usually kept loyal by a mixture of fear and blackmail stemming from the devotee’s initiation rites.

Ninety per cent of the cases we get are psychological,” sid Canon Dominic Walker, the vicar of the seaside resort of Brighton and the head of the study group.

The Report of the Bishop of Exeter’s Com­mission on Exorcism, published in 1972 — a Com­mission which included two Jesuits and a Benedictine monk

Report chaired by the Rt. Rev. John Perry, Bishop of Chelmsford.

Anglican John Richards, secretary of the Bishop of Exeter’s Study Group on Exorcism,

https://books.google.com/books?id=nYerc1uX9QkC&pg=PA168&dq=exeter+report+1972+exorcism&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjFi9yykrrYAhUnl1QKHbHDBvMQ6AEIKzAB#v=onepage&q=exeter%20report%201972%20exorcism&f=false

Exorcism: The Findings of a Commission Convened by the Bishop of Exeter

Apr 20, 1972

by Robert Petitpierre

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It was Dom Robert who exorcised the Astor mansion where the lovely Christine Keeler and friends entertained the rich and famous at the sex and black magic parties. He told me afterwards that these were the most sinister spirits he had ever encountered, and it was a harrowing ordeal to send them back to their own dimension. Dom. Robert felt that the entities he encountered at the Astor mansion were the same spirits later summoned to appear at the Bilderberg meetings.
Dom Robert was even secretly invited to perform an exorcism at the Kremlin at the end of the Cold War, and he claimed that a heavy, morose and brooding atmosphere hung over the building where orders were given to murder millions of Christians. Many souls had to be released from the thrall of the material realm before a lighter atmosphere was introduced and his explanation was as precise a definition as you can get: heavy, morose and brooding sums up the toxic atmosphere of buildings infested with spirits from the lower realms.
The governor of a London Prison told me some time back that a serial murderer had requested an exorcism. As Dom Robert entered the prison in ordinary clothes, the murderer could not have known who he was but began screaming abuse at Dom Robert in a hideous voice as soon as he saw him.
The man was tormented by the demons inside him, and Dom Robert came away from the exorcism sweating and shaking profusely.

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=58106

A Scottish Halloween Haunting – The Truthseeker

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Now directly linked, a must see video. Watch as a young Jew demolishes the standard notion of the Holocaust, highlighting its contradictions and flaws with …

DELIVERANCE

The word “deliver” is significant. As we noted, “exorcism” has in many contexts been replaced by “deliverance”. The Exeter Report, already mentioned, was published originally (1972) under the title of “Exorcism” and its Study Group called itself the Christian Exorcism Group, but after about 1987 it had changed its name to Deliverance Group. Indeed, Michael Perry, writing in 1987, called his book “Deliverance” rather than “Exorcism”. He states that deliverance is a much wider subject and is about “freeing people from the bondage of Satan. It may involve exorcism but generally [he says] it does not”. (p.2; DELIVERANCE) He points out that Christian clerics can overreact to a situation which appears to demand exorcism, but it can be just as bad, if not worse, to deny the reality of the powers of evil. Exorcism, for him, is defined as a specific act of binding and releasing performed on a person believed to be possessed by a non-human malevolent spirit. This type of action is by no means always necessary; deliverance may be much more appropriate.

https://forum.davidicke.com/showthread.php?p=1061824862

https://books.google.com/books?id=3TXBD2Uyi30C&pg=PA437&lpg=PA437&dq=The+Exeter+Report+study+christian+exorcism++group.&source=bl&ots=7Nl8925khB&sig=-pZ1b1iNAaXCvAybwSfxJruz7c4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpwZDyjbrYAhWiiVQKHb9KAJ0Q6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Exeter%20Report%20study%20christian%20exorcism%20%20group.&f=false

Church of England’s Christian Exorcism Study Group in 1972 (known as the Exeter Report) 

https://books.google.com/books?id=3TXBD2Uyi30C&pg=PA437&lpg=PA437&dq=The+Exeter+Report+study+christian+exorcism++group.&source=bl&ots=7Nl8925khB&sig=-pZ1b1iNAaXCvAybwSfxJruz7c4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjpwZDyjbrYAhWiiVQKHb9KAJ0Q6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q=The%20Exeter%20Report%20study%20christian%20exorcism%20%20group.&f=false

https://www.questia.com/read/1P3-69553492/a-fresh-look-at-a-remarkable-document-exorcism-the

https://www.scribd.com/document/356197378/Anglican-Exorcisms

Dominic Walker was one of Ball’s biggest  supporters and he named POWELL, ABSE and WHITELAW as abusers.

 

Enoch Powell accused of satanic sex abuse:

The Right Rev Butler was given the politicians’ names by Dominic Walker, former Bishop of Monmouth, who heard the allegations when he was a vicar counselling in the 1980s.

Mr Walker told senior clerics that Abse was named by three abuse survivors whom he counselled when he was a vicar in Brighton in the 1980s.

He also passed on the names of two former Conservative cabinet ministers, who have not yet been publicly linked to the scandal. Mr Walker was questioned by the Right Rev Butler after the discovery of a book from 1991 in which he described counselling sessions with adult survivors.

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3017207/Enoch-Powell-accused-satanic-sex-abuse-Bishop-Durham-gave-Met-detectives.html

 

Dominic Walker, the former Bishop of Monmouth, has told senior clerics that Abse was named by three alleged adult survivors of abuse whom he counselled when he was vicar of Brighton in the 1980s.

www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/leo-abse-being-investigated-police-8897463

 

BALLS AND MORE BALLS

When bishops start taking spiritual matters seriously, revival must surely be just around the corner! While Graham Dow (Carlisle), recently liberated from the confines of Rose Castle, emerged to find the cause of Foot and Mouth in a large cursing stone ball, the Bishop of Oxford and all his workers have been far from idle in sniffing out Old Nick.

Oxford football club got in ‘Bomber’ Harries to exorcise the place from a gypsy curse. Those of a certain age will know that Harries has the country’s best-known expert on these matters in his team, the Bishop of Reading, Edward Walker. ‘Dominic’, as he is known since his days in the Bishops Ball’s hand-knitted Community of the Glorious Ascension, told us all about his psychic speciality in a glorious Technicolor spread in… wait for it… SAGA magazine!

True soccer psychics will know that Oxford United is really haunted by the ghost of its former owner – triple agent and part-time fraud, Robert Maxwell. They never recovered from his time in charge.

trushare.com/79DEC01/DE0130DA.htm

Paranormal and exorcisms

Walker is an expert on the paranormal and has published many articles on the topic. He is a trained exorcist[12] and has said that during his 35 years of ordained ministry he has performed “countless acts of deliverance along with six exorcisms”.[12]

In an August 2015 article, which concentrated on the death of Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter, Walker rejected the use of violence when performing an exorcism.[13] He argued that an exorcism is the command of the mouth.[clarification needed]

Present

In 2015 the British tabloid press published articles saying that Walker had reported Leo Abse, George Thomas and Enoch Powell to the police as suspected paedophiles.[14] He said that “A number of survivors independently gave the name of a particular MP being involved … I don’t believe there was any collusion in their stories.”[15] Walker went on to tell senior clerics that Abse was named by three abuse survivors whom he had counselled when a vicar in Brighton in the 1980s.

Upon retirement, Walker became a “humble monk”.[16] He has since settled in Monmouth and continues to deliver conference papers and lectures. He lectured in July 2015 at the University of Warwick.[17]

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Walker_%28bishop%29

Rt Revd Dominic Walker OGS, Bishop of Monmouth

Rt Revd Daniel van Santvoort OCSO, Abbot of Caldey

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WHO IS PAUL STURGESS?

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In March 1986, Derry Mainwaring Knight – who I have covered more in depth here and here – appeared at Maidstone Crown Court charged with obtaining money from the church, rich and famous by deception.  The case was reported globally because of the nature of it’s subject – Satanism.

Mainwaring Knight was a self-styled Satanist, who managed to obtain over £215,000 from rich Christians in order to buy artefacts he said would help free him and others from the clutches of the devil.  The trial heard from many people from all different walks of life.  One of those was Paul Sturgess.


PAUL STURGESS, THE COMMITTED CHRISTIAN

Sturgess was a civil servant who took to the witness stand during the trial, having described himself as a ‘committed Christian’ who was associated with the Church of England working party into exorcism.  Has anyone ever heard of this working party?

Here’s an article where you can read more of his testimony:

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The odd thing about Sturgess is, his name also crops up in connection with another person of very dubious character…


PAUL STURGESS, THE FRIEND OF HARVEY PROCTOR

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A year later and Paul Sturgess again appears in a newspaper article.  This time it’s in connection with disgraced former MP, Harvey Proctor, and his use of ‘rent boys’.

Sturgess sparked a security alert after it had emerged he had been taking young boys in to the House of Commons to meet Harvey Proctor.  When confronted, he refused to give details of his position in the House of Commons, but confirmed he had known Proctor for eight years and saw him regularly and he admitted he had taken young boys in to meet Proctor.

Sturgess had also introduced a young man to Proctor named Mark Thane, aged 24.  Thane was looking for work and Sturgess knew that Proctor was looking for a research assistant so arranged for the two to meet.  However, Thane stated that he felt he was ‘set up’ from the outset for Proctor’s sexual benefit.  He found him intimidating and accused Proctor of plying him with alcohol, adding:

I was sickened by what took place.  I was very confused and felt no one would listen to me if I had made a complaint against an MP.

Of course we never discussed the job.  By then I had realised it was just used as a lure.

Sturgess had told me he had introduced other young men, also gay, to Proctor.  I imagine they endured a similar fate.

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So just WHO IS the mysterious civil servant and expert on exorcism, Paul Sturgess?  I believe he may have lived in Earls Court, but what was his job at the House of Commons? Where was he procuring the young boys and men he was introducing to Proctor?  Just how much of this went on inside the Commons – right under the noses of other MPs?  Did he know Terry Dwyer/Allen, who met Proctor at a Conservative Cocktail Party?

Caldey Island: Sex offender evaded justice at abbey

March 2012

A fugitive child sex offender fled to a Pembrokeshire island’s abbey to evade justice and remained there for seven years, it has been revealed.

Paul Ashton, from Sussex, went on the run in 2004 charged with possessing indecent images of children.

When he was discovered at Caldey Island in 2011, more indecent images were found on his computer in the monastery.

He was arrested and brought to justice after a visitor recognised him from a Crimestoppers “Most Wanted” list.

The revelation comes after it emerged six women have been paid compensation by Caldey Abbey after they were abused by a monk on Caldey Island in the 1970s and 1980s.

Since that information came to light last week, a further five women have come forward accusing Father Thaddeus Kotik of abusing them.

Allegations were made to the abbey in 1990 but complaints were not passed on to police.

Dyfed Powys Police was eventually made aware of the allegations in 2014 but could not prosecute Kotik as he died in 1992.

The current abbot, Brother Daniel van Santvoort, has apologised the complaints were not referred to police sooner.

Ashton is understood to have arrived on Caldey Island as a guest in 2004, but stayed and moved into the clock tower which overlooks the island.

He was provided with accommodation and food by the monks, who knew him by his alias Robert Judd.

A source said: “When Robert arrived he offered to help and made himself indispensable.

“He operated the island’s satellite internet and phone system, managed online accommodation bookings and the accounts and worked in the mail room.

“He put himself in an ideal position.”

Ashton had absconded from his home in Bracklesham Bay, West Sussex after Sussex Police executed a search warrant and confiscated computers in 2004.

In July 2011, an anonymous call was made to Crimestoppers by someone who had seen Ashton’s face on its “Most Wanted” list, and he was arrested on the island.

Sussex Police said: “They recognised the picture as a man working in south Wales but under a different name… police were informed and local officers swiftly arrested him in relation to the Sussex inquiry.

“More computer equipment containing further images was also found.”

Ashton, then aged 59, pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court to possessing more than 5,000 indecent images of children on his computers, hard drives and USB sticks.

He was jailed for 30 months in March 2012 and was placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.

Caldey Abbey has been asked to comment.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42121382

Wanted paedophile hid in Welsh island monastery for seven years while on the run from police

25 Nov 2017
He aroused suspicion in 2011 when he emailed a whistleblower saying that he had ‘met another family’, including two young boys on Caldey Island and had invited them to his private quarters in the monastery.

Ashton was escorted off the island by plain-clothed police officers on July 6 2011. 

Appearing at Chichester Crown Court on March 1, he admitted possessing more than 5,000 indecent images of children and was jailed for 30 months.

The court heard that South Wales Police arrested Ashton in relation to Sussex Police’s inquiry and said more computer equipment containing indecent images was found on Caldey Island. 

Man with 5,000 child porn pictures is jailed

A 59-year-old man found with more than 5,000 indecent images of children has been jailed after almost eight years in hiding.

Paul Ashton, from Sussex, but of no fixed address, fled the area after he was arrested in 2004.

Ashton was only caught following a tip-off after he was featured on the Crimestoppers Most Wanted list.

He was discovered living in South Wales under an assumed name.

He has now been jailed for 30 months.

Ashton was initially arrested in 2004 after Sussex Police raided his home in Bracklesham Bay and recovered computer equipment.

He was arrested and bailed while officers analysed the hard drive.

His address was searched again a few months later with more computer equipment seized.

Police said all the computers contained numerous indecent images on the hard drive and USB sticks.

Indecent pictures

However, Ashton fled his home and did not answer bail. He was only traced in July last year after someone spotted his photo on the Most Wanted list.

South Wales Police were told and he was arrested, when more computer equipment with further indecent pictures of children was found.

He pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court to possessing more than 5,000 indecent images at a hearing on Thursday (March 1).

DC David Midgley, of West Sussex CID, said: “This case highlights how an individual’s criminality will catch up with them – whether it’s weeks, months or years later.

“Credit must go to the anonymous informant to Crimestoppers who became suspicious and rang in. Thanks to their actions, Ashton was finally brought to justice after spending nearly eight years in hiding.

“Ashton recognises that in each image, a child was a victim of crime.

“The length of the sentence shows how the justice system will punish those who download indecent images of children.”

Ashton was also given a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and will sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.


Paddy Lyons has written a book about the four years he spent inside Caldey Island’s monastery.

when back in Britain as a 26-year-old, despite a new girlfriend and a three-year traineeship with Unilever in Birkenhead.

“I thought I had to try this lifestyle out because it had never gone away and though I first tried the hermit lifestyle of the Carthusian Order I ended up on Caldey Island,” said Mr Lyons, now 74.

He has since been a social worker, a Financial Times journalist, a press officer for what is now the charity Action For Children, has got married to wife Elsie and raised five children in Barnet

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-198378512/in-the-swinging-sixties-paddy-couldn-t-wait-for-a
Action for Children

Government IT expert is caught with child porn stash… but why did Downing Street keep it secret for six months?

2 August 2014

Not Patrick Rock – Sebastian Crump

Worked for the Cabinet Office – he received promotion at Cabinet Office while he was being investigated

He has spent a decade working in technology and communications for Government offices, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Central Office of Information

He was arrested in January – Patrick Rock was arrested in February

Crump landed a government job after working as a children’s charity website manager, Action for Children, which helps support vulnerable and neglected children, between 1998 and 1999.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713810/Government-digital-chief-caught-child-porn-stash-did-Downing-Street-secret-six-months.html

Father Paul Satori came to me first; his attitude was totally different from the priest who I had first gone for counseling. He was very understanding and gentle; his concern was that homosexuality was still a criminal offense in the United Kingdom.

The meeting with my parent’s local doctor lasted for about an hour, I was told a lot of young men went through a period in their teenage years of confusion about sexuality and, with the right treatment, I would soon be a normal heterosexual man.

Two days later, against my will and to my horror, I was sectioned in a psychiatric hospital and forced to undergo electric shock treatment. I was kept in a private ward in the psychiatric hospital for three months while I underwent a series of shock treatments. After leaving the hospital, feeling very confused and lonely, Father Satori arranged for me to go on retreat for two weeks at the Caldey Island monastery before returning to university.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-227279152/catholic-hiv-positive-and-one-of-god-s-children

Thaddeus Kotik

Revealed: monk who abused children on ‘crime free’ Caldey Island for decades

17 November 2017

Abuse by a monk who preyed on girls on a tiny island off the coast of Wales was covered up in the 70s and 80s

Kotik offended against the six girls between 1972 and1987, though the women believe there may be many more victims, over many more years.

A former soldier who fought in the Free Polish army during the second world war, Kotik moved to the island in 1947, joined the strict Cistercian order and was ordained a priest in 1956. He lived on the island until his death in 1992. It appears he was never questioned by police and that they were not informed until 2014.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1480675/Naive-monks-sacked-cook-and-his-wife-unfairly-tribunal-rules.html

In the late 80s, when she and her family were residents of the island, Emily, then five years old, told the then Abbot Robert O’Brien – who died in 2009 – about Kotik assaulting her. The abbot ordered Kotik to stay inside the monastery enclosure, but Kotik regularly escaped from the monastery grounds and continued to abuse children.

 

Abbot Robert O’Brien

The girls reported the offences to the principal of their school, St Phillip’s Christian College in Newcastle, New South Wales in the late 1980s. According to Charlotte the deputy principal Richard Rule, who now runs a child care centre, prayed for the students and told them they “didn’t need to talk of this again because God has forgiven everyone”.

Also in 2014, Charlotte emailed the current abbot of Caldey Abbey, Brother Daniel van Santvoort, seeking an acknowledgment of the crimes committed against her and her sister. “The effect that this abuse has had on me has been quietly catastrophic,” she wrote.

No secret

But it wasn’t the first time van Santvoort had heard allegations against Kotik. In a response to Charlotte he wrote: “I have heard occasionally about this serious matter as regards Fr Thaddeus”.

Van Santvoort told her the monastery knew about the monk’s offences and that he had been reprimanded and banned from contact with islanders and visitors in the 1980s, but had not been reported to police. “I am fully aware now of this terrible criminal offence and Fr Thaddeus should have there and then been handed over to the police – something that never happened.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/18/revealed-monk-who-abused-children-on-free-caldey-island-for-decades

The island was bought by Anglican benedictine monks in 1906 and it was this group that built the monastery and abbey which sits in the centre of the island.

Now it is home to about 40 residents and a group of about 18 Cistercian monks.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2244669/caldey-island-monks/

Caldey Island is three miles off Tenby and popular with day trippers in the summer.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/aug/26/caldey-island-independence-tenby-council

Caldey Island: police investigate second man over sexual abuse claims

Separate investigation comes after it was revealed that Cistercian monk allegedly abused at least 11 girls in 1970s and 80s

Detectives are investigating a second man over accusations of sexual abuse on Caldey Island after it was revealed that a Cistercian monk allegedly abused at least 11 girls in the 1970s and 80s.

Police said the alleged assault took place at about the same time, and the accused was visiting the island off Tenby in Pembrokeshire, south-west Wales.

Officers refused to give further details because they said it would jeopardise the investigation, but said he was not a member of the abbey or abbey staff.

The Guardian reported on Friday that six women claimed they were abused as children by Father Thaddeus Kotik.

Since then, it has emerged that five others allegedly suffered abuse, and earlier this week, the head of Caldey Abbey issued an apology acknowledging that allegations of serious child sexual abuse made against Kotik should have been passed on to police.

Dyfed-Powys police are aware of allegations by eight women – the six original complainants and two more who have since come forward. A spokesperson said: “Following the recent media reporting of sexual abuse at Caldey Island, police received two further reports of non-recent sexual abuse.

“They relate to offences committed during the same time period (between 1977 and 1987) and with the same named perpetrator, Thaddeus Kotik. These crimes have been recorded and officers are in contact with the victims during the investigation and to offer specialist support.

“Police have also received one further report of a sexual assault by another male at Caldey Island around the same timeframe. The report has been made by one of the original six victims.

“This is being investigated separately to the Caldey Island abuse and concerns a man who was visiting Caldey Island at the time and no longer lives there. No further information can be released at present as it would jeopardise the investigation.”

Simon Thomas, a Plaid Cymru AM, said: “What is most troubling about this case is that the victims of sexual assault felt that they were not able to make a complaint at the time, and that complaints made were not dealt with properly. As a result the perpetrator was never brought to justice and children grew up bearing the weight of being a victim of these terrible crimes.

“Caldey Island is a landmark on the Welsh coast, and children and tourists visit there every day to learn about the abbey’s history. It’s important that people can visit there with confidence. ”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/nov/23/caldey-island-police-investigate-second-man-sexual-abuse-allegations?CMP=share_btn_tw

Caldey Island: More monk sex abuse accusers speak out

 

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Three more women have come forward alleging they were sexually abused by a monk on a Pembrokeshire island in the 1970s and 1980s.

A total of 11 women now claim Father Thaddeus Kotik abused them on Caldey Island when they were children.

A letter seen by BBC Wales shows Kotik’s abuse was reported to abbot Brother Robert O’Brien in 1990, but not to police.

Dyfed-Powys Police said it received reports of the abuse in 2014 and 2016.

The force investigated but could not prosecute as Kotik died in 1992.

Six women have already been paid compensation in an out-of-court settlement by Caldey Abbey following the sexual abuse claims.

But journalist Amanda Gearing, who has spoken to victims, said three more women now claim to have been sexually assaulted by Kotik.

One woman who reported her case to police on Monday told the Guardian she broke down and was unable to sleep for 36 hours after reading about Kotik’s abuse of others.

She said her abuse was “low level compared with others” but it happened when she was sat next to Kotik on a bench.

“He put his hand up my top. Then his hand went up my back and under my arms. I squirmed away from him and walked away. I didn’t go near him after that,” she said.

Another woman told the Guardian she and her two sisters were abused by Kotik, but claimed there was pressure by both the church and family for victims to “shut up”.

Kotik befriended families who regularly visited the island. After gaining the trust of parents he would babysit the children and sexually abuse them, court papers have suggested.

One of them, who has already spoken out about what happened, said she “bitterly regrets” her abuser was never jailed.

There are fears there could be more victims and calls have been made for an independent inquiry by the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors group.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42071238

 

Inquiry calls into abuse complaints on Caldey Island

21 Nov 2017

There are calls for an independent inquiry into allegations of historical sexual abuse at an abbey on Caldey Island off Pembrokeshire.

It’s understood six women were paid compensation following claims against a monk – Thaddeus Kotik in the 70s and 80s. But it’s feared there could be more potential victims.

Police say they did receive reports of historic sexual abuse but could not proceed with a prosecution because the monk died in 1992.

Now a support group, Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors, says an independent investigation should take place and the abbey should apologise.

Six women have received an out of court settlement, after claims they were abused by the monk Father Thaddeus Kotik when they visited the island as children in the 1970s and 80s.

Three of them shared their experiences with Australian journalist Amanda Gearing:

The effect of the abuse on these women has been particularly severe – partly because of the threats made against them which separated them from their parents.

The offender told them that if the children reported what was happening their parents would not want them anymore and would leave them on the island with him

– Journalist Amanda Gearing

It is claimed Brother Thaddeus Kotik groomed, and sexually assaulted the children of families staying on the island and although they spoke out at the time, no formal action was taken.

It wasn’t until almost thirty years later the crimes were brought to the attention of the police. By that time, Kotik had been dead for two decades.

Dyfed-Powys Police told ITV News that “Appropriate professional support was offered and the matter was drawn to a close.”

Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm that in 2014 and 2016 it received reports of non-recent sexual abuse that occurred at Caldey Island with the named offender being the deceased Thaddeus Kotik.

These reports were recorded as crimes and victims contacted by police. During the investigation, information was obtained to confirm that the perpetrator was deceased and therefore a prosecution was not possible.

Dyfed-Powys Police always encourages anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward and report it by calling 101.

– Dyfed Powys Police

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland, says although action should be taken, it’s too early to call for an enquiry.

“I’ve been in contact with the National Catholic Safeguarding Advice Service and also have written directly to the abbey on Caldey Island to seek reassurance that they are following the Catholic churches national safeguarding policies and procedures on child protection.”

The victims believe they’re not alone. and that Kotik – who lived on the island for 45 years – abused others.

ITV News has contacted Caldey Abbey for comment but has not yet had a response.

http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2017-11-21/inquiry-calls-into-abuse-complaints-on-caldey-island/

Caldey Abbey apology over handling of monk sex abuse claims

22 Nov 2017

An abbey at the centre of child sexual abuse allegations has apologised that claims against one of its monks were not passed to police.

Eleven women allege Father Thaddeus Kotik abused them on Caldey Island, Pembrokeshire, in the 1970s and 1980s.

A letter shows Kotik’s abuse was reported to abbot Brother Robert O’Brien in 1990, but not to police.

Caldey Abbey said they should have been reported, adding: “This clearly did not happen and we apologise.”

In a statement, current abbot Brother Daniel van Santvoort said: “It was with great sadness and regret that we heard allegations of historical sexual abuse involving Father Thaddeus who died in 1992.

“Any allegations of child abuse should be reported to the appropriate authorities and investigated. This clearly did not happen and we apologise.”

Brother Daniel said at the time the incidents were alleged to have taken place, the present Caldey Abbey Community was not on the island, which exacerbated the difficulties of the claims.

He said he knew nothing of the allegations when he first came to the island in 1990, or when he later became abbot in 1999, but said he forwarded the matter to police and the abbey’s solicitors in 2014 when he was contacted by a claimant.\

Brother Daniel said: “I acted at every step with compassion and empathy, and expressed my regret and sorrow at any such abuse. I flew to Australia to meet two claimants expressly to apologise.”

He continued: “I am truly sorry that my predecessors did not report allegations to the police and I am sorry that as an abbey, it has taken so long to compensate for these claims.

“Caldey Abbey has worked to ensure this can never be repeated. We now have robust child protection procedures in place on the island including a child protection coordinator.”

“As abbot, I very much regret any harm caused to any layperson as a result of the actions of one of my community, and strive to ensure that every visitor to Caldey enjoys only peace, comfort and the feeling of wellbeing,” he added.

Brother Daniel said the abbey was working with Children’s Commissioner for Wales, however Sally Holland has denied that is the case.

She has advised anyone with concerns to contact police or the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Truth Project, so allegations can be considered.

Brother Daniel added the abbey would fully cooperate with its inquiry and any other investigation.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42087525

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Caldey abbey ran a shop in London right near Brompton Oratory where PIE treasurer Charles Napier’s cousin Father Michael Napier worked

Caldey Abbey across the road from the Brompton Oratory

 

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Fr Michael Napier co-wrote a book w ith Alistair Laing

Michael Napier and Alistair Laing (eds), in The London Oratory Centenary 1884-1984, pp.

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Michael Napier and Alistair Laing (eds), in The London Oratory Centenary 1884-1984, pp.

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Alistair Laing and Colin Peters

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Kit Cunningham wrote Michael Napier’s obit and there was a scandal at Napier’s oratory school …HIV priest

A Gay Priest Who Died of Aids, Claims of Child Abuse, a Boy’s Suicide – the Dark Secrets of London’s Top Catholic School;

(1) the Blairs’ Choice: Cherie with Euan, Who Was Deputy Head Boy at the Oratory (2) Unholy Row: The Oratory in Fulham Is One of Britain’s Leading Roman Catholic State Schools but the Dumping of an Aids Charity This Week Has Resurrected a Scandal That Followed the Death of Father David Martin

In 1991 the order’s provost, the late Father Michael Napier, was told Father David was HIV positive. The information was kept secret and Father David continued his work as chaplain to The Oratory School in Fulham, visiting once a week and holding discussion sessions with pupils.

When he became too ill to continue, he was taken in by The Lighthouse.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-171039353/a-gay-priest-who-died-of-aids-claims-of-child-abuse

Michael Napier’s obituary

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-the-rev-michael-napier-1362175.html

Fr Michael Napier – papal delegate

The Moniter (McAllen Texas) 29 Jan 1993

 

Charles Napier’s father – Major Alexander Napier

was brother to Fr Michael Napier’s father -Maj.-Gen. Charles Scott Napier

http://www.thepeerage.com/p53917.htm#i539163

http://www.thepeerage.com/p53917.htm#i539166

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1977 The cousins used to work nearby each other – Michael at the Oratory and Charles at Nucleus

https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/page/6/


Charles Napier’s father – Major Alexander Napier

was brother to Fr Michael Napier’s father -Maj.-Gen. Charles Scott Napier

http://www.thepeerage.com/p53917.htm#i539163

http://www.thepeerage.com/p53917.htm#i539166

Aelred Carlyle at Caldey,

During the summer months they regularly went sea –
bathing in the nude. Nor did Carlyle
make any secret of his liking for charming young men.

http://www.vulcanhammer.org/wp-content/uploads/File/hilliardUnEnglishUnManly.pdf

 

The Anglican Benedictine community on Caldey Island is described by Peter Especially before the 1950s, when homosexuality was a taboo subject

http://highrollercarwash.com/irk.php?ta=caldey-island-history-1950-s

Bro Robert O’Brien also knew about abuser.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/monks-of-caldey-island-break-silence-over-sacking-of-couple-7907275.html

O’ Brien has been around since 80’s

http://www.ocso.org/monastery/caldey/

David R Hodges (former solicitor) now a Caldey monk poet has been there from at least 1999 – given publication dates http://www.davidhodgespoetry.co.uk/

Brother Michael Strode in the ACROSS group

 

another caldey monk, the former dr Dr. Michael Strode

he started …HCPT or Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust is a United Kingdom based charity which travels with disabled and disadvantaged children and adults on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Lourdes, France. HCPT stands for Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, Hosanna House being the property the organisation owns in the hills above Lourdes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HCPT_%E2%80%93_The_Pilgrimage_Trust

another Caldey monk, the former  Dr. Michael Strode

he started …HCPT or Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust is a United Kingdom based charity which travels with disabled and disadvantaged children and adults on pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, in Lourdes, France. HCPT stands for Hosanna House and Children’s Pilgrimage Trust, Hosanna House being the property the organisation owns in the hills above Lourdes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HCPT_%E2%80%93_The_Pilgrimage_Trust

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HCPT Founder – Brother Michael Strode & Cardinal O’Brien (Jimmy Savile’s friend)

Savile and Cardinal O’Brien

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1955. Dr Michael Strode ..rear – 2nd from right
Founder – Brother Michael Strode
President – The Right Reverend Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton
Patron – HRH The Duchess of Kent GCVO

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The last year in which he participated as a doctor with HCPT was in 1990. In October 1991 Michael entered the Cistercian community on Caldey Island as an Oblate. He took simple vows on 4th June 1995 and made his final commitment as an Oblate on 7th June 1998.

He still plays a very active role in the running of HCPT – and recently travelled to Lourdes to join the 2013 Easter pilgrimage, during which he was awarded the prestigious Médaille Notre-Dame de Lourdes in recognition of his long dedication to pilgrims and pilgrimages to the Shrine.

https://www.hcpt.org.uk/about/history/brother-michael/

Strode and Across

http://www.across.org.uk/content/pages/documents/1293399361.pdf

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Jimmy Savile wearing his Across top with Pope

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Jumbulance & Jimmy Savile long term affiliations

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http://www.sconews.co.uk/news/13832/scottish-catholic-jimmy-savile/

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Cardinal O’Brien and Princess Anne




Angela, manages the day to day running of St Philomena’s –

https://rosesislandramble.wordpress.com/2017/02/17/caldey-abbey-and-monastery/

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Eric Gill (1882 – 1940)

The Prior of Caldey

Series: For Engravings by Eric Gill

Medium: Copper engraving

Year: 1926

https://www.davidsongalleries.com/artists/modern/eric-gill/the-prior-of-caldey/

Dom Theodore Bailey – Caldey monk and assoc of paedophile Eric Gill

The rules of the new guild had been amended so as to avoid the mistakes of Ditchling. After supper one night in Wales he read out his proposals to Philip Hagreen, David Jones and Dom Theodore Bailey, Benedictine monk and artist and another long-term visitor. Hagreen and David Jones rejected the idea, and Gill, hurt …

https://books.google.com/books?id=w4-SBcWUijMC&pg=PA316&lpg=PA316&dq=dom+theodore+bailey+and+eric+gill+%2B+guild&source=bl&ots=uvfxgX6hv1&sig=GElwlQuU6Z5QoTnWn9HMA0lZqfc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjHkJiuv93XAhUM6WMKHQdnBxwQ6AEIKDAA#v=onepage&q=dom%20theodore%20bailey%20and%20eric%20gill%20%2B%20guild&f=false

http://pembrokeshire-herald.com/27748/tenby-arrest-made-over-caldey-island-assault/ 2016 arrest

http://www.penralltgallerybookshop.co.uk/calendar/2016/4/8/in-sight-of-the-sea-poetry-inspired-by-island-and-coastal-living

Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

More extraordinary evidence at : Richard Yeo, until recently President of the Benedictines, admits that during his Presidency sex offenders were knowingly appointed as school governors and had input into safeguarding

Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission into protecting children in the Catholic Church.

Rt Rev Richard Yeo

Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission. as was

Baroness Butler-Sloss
Baroness Butler-Sloss (Vice Chair)

http://www.cumberlegecommission.org.uk/

He was Abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006 having been secretary to the Abbot Primate of the international Benedictine Confederation.

The monk is also one of three senior clerics on a committee which oversees the management of the Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine university in Rome.

The university’s treasurer was convicted paedophile Father Laurence Soper

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/benedictine-head-offers-resignation-from-inquiry-into-sex-abuse-of-pupils-vgdwxc7dnj8

Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse
Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse

Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ at Downside Abbey, Somerset

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/child-abuse-was-encouraged-by-schools-abbots-at-downside-abbey-somerset-009z9ddlg

At about the time Yeo was elected Abbot of Downside in 1998, White was permitted to return from Fort Augustus. White continued to live at Downside until his arrest in 2010. For eight of the twelve intervening years, Yeo was his Abbot.

Of course, as Abbot, Yeo had access to the records of his predecessors. So he would have been fully aware of the abuse that White had admitted to before being kicked north, and it is for this reason that White was kept on “restricted ministry”.

So Yeo must be regarded as a long-term participant in the cover-up of abuse. He said in the that the cover-up “is unacceptable, I’m not defending that.” But he joined in that unacceptable action.

The Catholic Church’s commitment to safeguarding can be judged by the fact that Yeo was one of the participants in the Cumberlege Commission, and was appointed to carry out the Apostolic Visitation to Ealing Abbey.

http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/08/abbot-president-richard-yeo.html

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Father Gildas is responsible for the laundry and is also the cook. He first came to Caldey in 1983.

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Bethan, who was once a resident and pupil at the closed school house, works in the cafe. She lives on the mainland but travels to work by boat each day during the summer.

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Father Jan from Holland trained as a calligrapher and stone carver which he still practices in the Abbey workshop.

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John has lived on the island with his wife Veronica for 40 years and is the commerce manager. He is also the point of contact for Trinity House regarding the island lighthouse which was build in 1829 and was powered by gas until 1997.

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Brother Titus, who is the guest master, holds discussions with his guests in the monastic library

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Brother Luca is the accountant and gardener.

https://web.archive.org/web/20160505154244if_/http://static.afinebeginning.com/content/uploads/2015/07/10.jpg

Rita is a resident of Caldey for over 35 years and lives alone in a bungalow just outside the village. Although long retired she still oversees the management of the water supply and is the organist.

http://www.afinebeginning.com/caldey/

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Billionaire Paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book – Lord and Lady Hanson / the Hon Robert Hanson / Brook Hanson

THE ultimate 80s businessman and arch Thatcherite –

Lord James Hanson

“Lord Moneybags”

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Lord Hanson and his wife, Geraldine, arriving at a party in central London for Conservative leadership candidate Kenneth Clarke.

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James Edward Hanson married into the Meinertzhagen banking family, the patriarch of which, Sir Richard Meinertzhagen, was the first of His Majesty’s professional spies in this century.

Richard’ s cousin, Daniel Meinertzhagen, joined Lazard Brothers in 1936, and served as Lazard Brothers chairman from 1973 to 1980, and was also af director of Pearson and Son Ltd.,

 

James Hanson’s partner, Vincent Gordon White, commanded Special Operations Executive Force 136 in the Far East in the 1940s. White’s brother shared an apartment with Hanson at the time.

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He was a Royal Air Force pilot during World War II in clandestine operations in India, Burma and Thailand. It was during the war that White became friends with Bill Hanson, British show-jumping star and younger brother of James Hanson.

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Lord Lucan and Daniel Meinertzhagen

Lucan also failed to arrive for his 1:00 pm lunch appointment with artist Dominic Elwes and banker Daniel Meinertzhagen, again at the Clermont.[53]

“You have to be prepared to say no when no is the best advice,” was one of his dictums. The formidable takeover player Lord Hanson once told an interviewer: “I could always confide in Meinertzhagen. His impartial advice would be based on my needs, not his.”

Peter Richard Meinertzhagen was born in London on April 16 1946 into an Anglo-German dynasty which had been prominent in the City since a Daniel Meinertzhagen from Bremen married the daughter of another émigré, Frederick Huth, and became a partner in his London banking house in 1833. Though Huth & Co lost much of its trade-finance business during the First World War and closed in 1936, the Meinertzhagens became part of the City establishment — and lived in appropriately grand style at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire.

Peter’s father, also Daniel, was one of four so-called “Colonels” (managing partners) who ran the merchant banking house of Lazards — in a style so relaxed that he habitually snoozed at his desk after lunch with a copy of The Times over his face, and argued against competitive “touting for business”. Peter’s uncle Luke Meinertzhagen was senior partner of Cazenove, while another uncle, Sir Peter, ran the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/finance-obituaries/9751367/Peter-Meinertzhagen.html

3 September 1992

THE father of a teenage student who fell to her death after drinking 17 tequilas has called for a tightening of licensing laws.

Georgina Meinertzhagen, 16, fell from a second-floor bedroom window of lodgings in Oxford, where she was attending a tutorial college. Georgina, a great-niece of the industrialist Lord Hanson, had spent an evening with friends at an Oxford bar where tequila was served at 50p a measure.

Nicholas Gardiner, the Oxford coroner, said he accepted the police theory that she sat on the window ledge to get fresh air, but lost her hand-hold. He recorded a verdict of accidental death.

After the hearing her father, Daniel Meinertzhagen, a Lloyd’s name, of Chelsea, south-west London, said he would not be taking civil action against the bar, Pier 19. ‘Nothing can bring my daughter back.’

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/girl-fell-to-death-after-drinking-17-tequilas-1549194.html

Gambling expert Dan Meinertzhagen, who has died at 72, was the last surviving member of a group of six of Lord Lucan’s friends who met at John Aspinall’s Belgravia home after the peer vanished 40 years ago. 

An Oxford boxing blue, Old Etonian Dan’s life was set when, aged 21, the morning after an all-night gambling session, he was being driven home in a Rolls-Royce. 

Spotting his father at a King’s Road bus stop en route to his City job as chairman of Lazard, Dan, in black tie, rolled down the window and enquired: ‘Daddy, do you want a lift to work?’ Meinertzhagen Sr ‘frothed at the mouth’, we’re told.

Lady Lucan, widow of Lord Lucan, found dead in London

27 September 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-41409597

Lord Lucan’s wife killed herself

9 JAN 2018

The court heard Lady Lucan had gone through the final edit of her autobiography a month before she died with publisher, Pamela McCleave, which she hoped would come out before Christmas.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lord-lucans-wife-killed-herself-11822663

 

Lord Lucan


Lady Lucan ‘left her fortune to charity rather than her children’

Lady Lucan’s husband, John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in November 1974.

Lady Lucan pictured in 1975, as it was reported that she had left her fortune to a homeless charity (PA)

Lady Lucan pictured in 1975

January 14 2018

Lady Lucan, whose husband famously vanished in the 1970s, cut her children out of her will and left her fortune to a homeless charity, her daughter is reported to have said.

The 80-year-old was found dead at her home in Westminster, central London, by police in September after she was reported missing.

Lady Lucan, formally named Veronica, Dowager Countess of Lucan, severed relations with her family in the 1980s, and continued to decline contact with them right up until her death.

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George Bingham, the only son of missing peer Lord Lucan (Nick Ansell/PA)

She had three children, Frances, Camilla and George, now the 8th Earl of Lucan.

Camilla Bingham, a QC, told the Daily Mail after an inquest held in London: “Mummy left her estate to the homeless charity, Shelter.”

The charity told the newspaper the proceeds will “help us to continue fighting bad housing and homelessness”.

Despite Lady Lucan’s severance of ties her family said they remembered her “lovingly and with admiration”.

They said in a statement after her death: “She had a sharp mind, and when she spoke it, she did so eloquently. She was courageous and, at times, outrageous, with a mischievous sense of humour.

“She was, in her day, beautiful and throughout her life fragile and vulnerable, struggling as she did with mental infirmity.

“To us she was and is unforgettable.”

Lady Lucan’s husband, John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in November 1974.

Lord Lucan vanished following the discovery of the body of nanny Sandra Rivett at the family’s home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, central London, on November 7 1974.

Although officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999, he was reportedly sighted in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand, and claims even surfaced that he had fled to India and lived as a hippy called “Jungly Barry”.

On the night of his disappearance, Lady Lucan was also beaten severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby pub, the Plumbers Arms.

Lord Lucan’s car was later found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex, and a year later an inquest jury declared the wealthy peer was the killer.

In 2017 Lady Lucan gave a television interview in which she said she believed Lord Lucan had made the “brave” decision to take his own life.

The aristocrat is said to have killed herself with a cocktail of drink and drugs after wrongly self-diagnosing with Parkinson’s disease.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/lady-lucan-left-her-fortune-to-charity-rather-than-her-children-36485944.html

Lord Lucan

LUCAN

Lord Lucan, and Veronica Duncan, who became Lady Lucan.

 

Lady Diana’s mother Frances Ruth Roche was married to Earl Spencer.

Frances Ruth Roche then left Earl Spencer and married Peter Shand Kydd.

Peter Shand Kydd’s half brother was Bill Shand Kydd.

Bill Shand Kydd was married to Christina, the sister of Lord Lucan’s wife Veronica Duncan.

Bill Shand Kydd eventually brought up the children of Lord Lucan, George Bingham and his two sisters.

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2017/09/lucan.html

Robert McAlpine with Richard John Bingham, aka Lord Lucan, at a bridge tournament

Lord Lucan links with McAlpines as does James Hanson through Margaret Thatcher

“Follow the money”

Lord Moneybags was a large donor 

 

The Jolly Bagman, Lord Alistair McAlpine was Treasurer – to the Tory Party.

James Hanson aka “Lord Moneybags”
Lord Alistair McAlpine aka “Jolly Bagman”

Lord Hanson was one of the largest Conservative Party donors during Thatcher’s leadership

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1475618/A-charming-ladies-man-but-a-ruthless-operator.html

Margaret Thatcher’s Tory MP’s and PPS/general staff -full of pervs – quite a money spinner all round – providing you control the supply & demand ?

 

 

Jeffrey Epstein

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3688656/A-fully-equipped-dentist-s-chair-close-photos-young-girls-backsides-eerie-images-videotaped-walk-billionaire-pedophile-Jeffrey-Epstein-s-Florida-mansion.html

More recently – May 2 2017

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

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

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

May 3 2017

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

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

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

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

The defamation trial is expected to begin May 15.

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

Jeffrey Epstein ‘sex slave’ trial postponed

May 10 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In an affidavit filed last year, Roberts said that she had had sex with Prince Andrew (pictured with Jeffrey Epstein on a stroll in New York) on Epstein's properties. Prince Andrew emphatically denied her allegations 

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Career maker: Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, aspiring actress Cressida Bonas, poses with Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein  at a screening of the latter’s new film Big Eyes in London

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Cressida Bonas slopes off to hobnob with ANOTHER Epstein pal

When Prince Harry’s former girlfriend Cressida Bonas agreed to go skiing with her chum Princess Eugenie, she had no idea she would be caught up in the storm engulfing the Duke of York.

After Prince Andrew joined his daughter and her model friend at their £22,000-per-week chalet in the Alps, it was besieged by the world’s media amid a growing furore over claims Andrew had sex with an under-age girl ‘procured’ for him by his close friend, convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

So it was an unfortunate coincidence that Cressie’s first public engagement on returning to London on Sunday was a bash thrown by another of Epstein’s friends, film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Sloping off: Cressida has recently returned to London from spending time in Verbier in the Swiss Alps with her old friend Princess Eugenie and her family

Dressed in a midriff-baring outfit with her glossy mane worn loose, the 25-year-old posed next to Weinstein, 62, at a screening of his latest offering, Big Eyes.

(Lurking behind was Charles Dance, who in 2004 famously seduced vicar’s daughter Sophia Myles, 33 years his junior, and then cruelly dumped her.)

Despite the movie mogul’s long-standing association with Epstein — the two even made a failed bid for New York magazine in 2003 — the screening was an occasion not to be missed for aspiring thespian Cressida.

Weinstein, who is married to 38-year-old fashion designer Georgina Chapman, a friend of the Duchess of York, is known for mentoring young actresses.

(L to R) Harvey Weinstein, Princess Eugenie of York and Georgina Chapman at attends a VIP screening of ‘Lion’ hosted by Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman at Soho House on December 19, 2016 in London, England

He is credited with propelling Gwyneth Paltrow (pictured below) to A-list status, having collaborated with her on eight films, including Shakespeare In Love, for which she won an Oscar in 1999.

So it is understandable that Cressida, who scored a small part in Harvey’s forthcoming movie Tulip Fever, is keen to nurture her relationship with the Hollywood tycoon.

Aptly she plays a ‘society lady’ in the film, which is based on Deborah Moggach’s novel.

Since splitting with Harry, ambitious Cressida has been taking her acting career seriously.

Last month, she attended a private vocal training school on Orkney to improve her articulation and projection skills.

Meanwhile, her first play, There’s A Monster In The Lake, is being revived later this month at Waterloo Vaults.

Perhaps Cressie, who has given few signs she wants to rekindle her romance with Harry, has set her sights on an even more desirable prize than a prince: an Oscar. 

Brian P Willmot‏ @BrianWillmot

If you are in Public Office or of Blue blood, the CSA/SRA cover-up is a well practised process overseen by the Intelligence Services . . .


Hillary Clinton with financial backer Weinstein

^ Harvey Proctor’s benefactorsDuke and Duchess of Rutland are in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

Belvoir Castle, seat of the Duke of Rutland – Harvey Proctor had been living and working on their estate  until child abuse allegations recently re-surfaced.


James Hanson Memorial Service:

Those who attended included Baroness Thatcher and former Home Secretary Kenneth Baker. From TV and show business, Sir David Frost and lifelong friend Michael Caine.

Lord Palumbo, Lucas White and his wife Normandie Keith, Susan Sangster, Lord Rothschild, Claus von Bulow, Ned Sherrin, Anthony Andrews, Lord Rees-Mogg, Richard Whiteley and gallery director Timothy Jefferies (also in Jeffrey Epstein’s book) – Jefferies wed Prince Andrew’s ex, Koo Stark

 

Former politicians Lord Archer and Jonathan Aitken also attended.

The Earls of Halifax, Liverpool and Westmorland were there, along with the Marquess of Salisbury

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/celebrating-life-lord-hanson-5080971

 


Hansard

Mr. Kinnock

Will the Prime Minister confirm that she is willing—even eager—to sell off PowerGen at a knockdown price to Lord Hanson, another friend of the family?

There is private enterprise, and there is looking after your friends. I think that the country can tell the difference between the two. [Hon. Members: 294“Withdraw!”] How can anyone who is selling off the electricity industry say that he is trying to get a good deal for the country, in any case? Most of all, how can anyone who is selling off that industry at a third of its value say that he is getting good value for the country? Whatever happened to the undertaking given by the Secretary of State for Energy that no one—neither organisation nor individual—would ever be allowed to own more than 15 per cent. of the company?

The Prime Minister can twist and turn all she likes. The truth is that, in breach of the promises that she has already made, she is selling off at a fraction of its value a highly profitable company to a bosom chum and major contributor to the Conservative party. Is not it obvious that this Session is ending as it began—with sleaze and shadiness at the heart of the Government?

http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/108161


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THE MAFIA, MONEY LAUNDERING AND THE LAST SECRET OF MRS T’S FAVOURITE TYCOON;

Revealed: The Explosive Dossiers Linking Lord Hanson to the Mob – and How Both Reports Were Suppressed

IN ITS obituary of Lord Hanson, who died earlier this month aged 82, the Financial Times chose its words guardedly: “After his marriage to the American divorcee Geraldine Kaelin in 1959, he settled down and became very protective of his privacy. Like [Lord] White however, he continued to enjoy the company of attractive young women.”

They liked to fool around, did the peer and his late business partner. As they built their fortunes, taking over company after company, Gordy White and James Hanson lived the swashbuckling life to the full. Buccaneering and charismatic, the debonair duo were far removed from the stereotypical British businessman. In America, they were feted and revered: English lords who knew how to charm and to play, and to make a buck.

But there was a darker side to the legend of Hanson and White, which only now – given his reputation for resisting perceived intrusion into his personal life – can be told. Hanson and White were long suspected by Scotland Yard, the Drug Enforcement Agency in the US, and some of their business enemies in this country, of having close ties to the Mafia.

Repeatedly, in the 1970s and early 1980s, Hanson’s name and those of some of his companies cropped up in official investigations. In 1983, two Scotland Yard officers – DCI Sparks and DC Summers – visited the US to examine links between Hanson and the Gambino and Genovese crime families. In the subsequent report, by Scotland Yard’s C1 department, a copy of which has been obtained by the Evening Standard, detectives appealed to be allowed to probe further.

Having concluded there was insufficient evidence to block Hanson from sitting on the board of Trident Television, which owned a casino as well as a TV station, the report, dated 9 September 1983, states: “Equally there is clearly sufficient doubt created by some of the company connections to suggest that further research is needed … ” None of these suspicions was ever publicly aired at the time. The detectives’ doubts remained a closely guarded secret. If they had ever been revealed, they would have caused a sensation, for under the Thatcher government, no businessman enjoyed the ear of the Prime Minister more than Hanson.

They surfaced again, albeit behind closed doors, when, in 1986, Hanson launched an audacious takeover bid for Imperial Tobacco. The Evening Standard has spoken to those who worked on Imperial’s defence at the time. They remember how they sent a former Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner to the US to look into his business dealings there. To their astonishment, the corporate gumshoe returned with a list of associations between Hanson and the US underworld.

In which case, why was it never used?

Why didn’t they release the dirt they had gathered, or even hint at it, to discredit the corporate aggressor?

“It went to the top of Imperial. They wouldn’t let it be used,” was an ex-Imperial adviser’s far from satisfactory explanation. He said he thought that Imperial was literally terrified of using the material they’d uncovered.

Hanson, he was certain, knew they had it and at least one very senior Imperial director was warned against disclosing it and told in no uncertain terms to call off the investigators. “We didn’t do anything with it, but if you recall, Hanson never did a high-profile hostile takeover again after Imperial.”

HE DID plenty of deals but nothing that would provoke a backlash. The only time he appeared to be gearing for an all-out attack, against ICI, in 1991, he backed down. That was after investigators hired by ICI had found Hanson and White had poured millions of pounds of shareholders’ money into investments in racehorses in the US which had not been disclosed.

Perhaps if he had launched an assault on ICI, the Mafia connection would have come to light. In the event, the racing revelations were enough to force him to back down.

A copy of the study compiled by Imperial has been supplied to the Evening Standard. Together with the official Scotland Yard document, it presents a quite different picture of the charming tycoon, and raises questions which, given his prominence, should have been answered.

The Imperial report is headed Enquiries into Hanson Trust. It says: “The results of enquiries conducted into corporate activities of the Hanson Trust and its subsidiaries in the UK and the US are such as to believe that if they were brought to the attention of the relevant authorities, a full investigation might have to be carried out before the bid for Imperial Group was allowed to proceed.”

Suspicion fell on Hanson in three areas. In 1978, Hanson Trust took over a Chicago company called Interstate United Corporation for $29.5 million in cash. It was described as a foodservice business but it also had subsidiaries involved in gaming and vending machines – industries in the US viewed as being under the control of organised crime. Indeed, Interstate and its employees had been the subject of a series of law actions and investigations before Hanson bought the firm.

The Scotland Yard report states about Interstate: “The Denver, Colorado police suspect that this was a laundering operation.”

In 1976, the New Jersey police were pursuing the Gambino family.

Interstate owned restaurants in the New Jersey area and one of them, Valentino’s, in Cherry Hill, was sold to a member of the Gambino family for $150,000. In 1979, a year after Hanson had bought Interstate, records of the New Jersey Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau showed the English entrepreneur’s acquisition held a $100,000 mortgage on Valentino’s.

Peter Tullio, the president of Interstate at the time of the takeover, admitted in court that he approved $40,000 in payoffs to a restaurant union official. In March 1980, two years after Hanson had taken charge, the city commissioner of Portland, Oregon, described an Interstate company, Volume Services Inc, which had been awarded a contract-for food sales, as a “summary of a corporation with a history of making payments to union officials – some with known Mafia connections”.

STANLEY “Sonny” Singer, the former local president of Interstate in Colorado, was quoted in a written document submitted to a court in 1980 to have established a “slush fund” of $60,000 to make loans to several of the company’s best cigarette customers.

In 1982, an inquiry was held into the way Volume Services won the contract to supply beer at Soldier Field for the Chicago Bears’ football games. In 1985, Hanson disposed of Interstate.

Another Hanson operation to interest the authorities was a trucking business. It changed its name to Canadian Freightway Eastern and moved out of the jurisdiction of the US to Hamilton, Ontario – but not before it had attracted the attention of the DEA. The US drug busters suspected its vehicles were being used to ferry narcotics from Mexico across North America.

But by far the most important strand of the authorities’ investigations concerned a 1975 payment to a US government employee by a suspected Mafia member and gunrunner. The woman official was paid a large sum of money – the Scotland Yard report doesn’t say how much – by one Jaime Moreno.

According to the Scotland Yard report, the “payment was believed to be connected with a large gambling debt incurred by the official while she was stationed in Nice”. She had met Moreno, “who she stated was a wealthy man who owned a yacht in which he commuted between England and the South of France”.

(The detectives later suspected the yacht belonged to Hanson.) The only Jaime Moreno the police could find was a gunrunner from Arizona. What whetted their appetites, though, was the address the woman official gave for Moreno: PO Box 2266 Palm Springs, California. This was a postal pickup address. Four people used the PO Box, including Moreno and Hanson, and the address they gave was that of Hanson’s winter home in Palm Springs, which he used between November and April each year.

One of the four was identified as a Canadian, retired employee of Hanson’s trucking company. He and his wife were caretakers of Hanson’s house. The police interviewed the local postal inspector who said the only mail sent to PO Box 2266 consisted of “small blue papers, folded in half and bearing a return address in Canada”. They examined telephone records for the house “for a period when Hanson was resident … calls had been made to two individuals of note to the DEA”, names we cannot reveal for legal reasons.

The Scotland Yard report says that one of them was a Beverly Hills boutique owner. He had been named in an FBI file as being “part of the second French Connection heroin smuggling ring”. The other was known to the Hollywood police as an associate of the notorious mob boss, Meyer Lansky.

THE DEA had details on file of Hanson meeting Moreno and two associates at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Then the Scotland Yard document says: “Confidential informant of the FBI stated that the Palm Springs residence was being used for ‘illegal activities’ and named Hanson. The informant alleged that the PO Box was being used as a mail drop.”

In their report, the London detectives conclude of Hanson: “There is further circumstantial evidence of connections to organised crime which, while not being conclusive by itself, does reinforce the doubts about Hanson which arise from putting all the fragments together”.

But the investigation ceased.

According to one source, the detectives handed their report up the command line. It carried a clip as having been seen by two people, with the initials HW and PM. No action was ever taken. If he knew he was the subject of such intense speculation, Hanson never let on. Who knows what more strange ties a proper investigation would have uncovered. There may have been an innocent explanation, of course. The point is, the police never had the chance to find out.

THE MAFIA, MONEY LAUNDERING AND THE LAST SECRET OF MRS T’S FAVOURITE TYCOON; Revealed: The Explosive Dossiers Linking Lord Hanson to the Mob – and How Both Reports Were Suppressed
The Evening Standard (London, England), November 18, 2004


 

 

Pilgrims Society member Walter H.  Annenberg was a business and personal mentor to Lord James Hanson


https://books.google.com/books?id=n0SujCRdh4gC&pg=PA453&lpg=PA453&dq=Walter+Annenberg+and+lord+hanson&source=bl&ots=zjd7tsZYsk&sig=pSvpObTsLmTAeErU9-pMcdkaNDY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV9Lzc5dPTAhVE7oMKHXjeCb0Q6AEITzAK#v=onepage&q=Walter%20Annenberg%20and%20lord%20hanson&f=false

Morning Cloud with a spinmaker? It’s just Mr. Edward Heath’s little joke as he points to a photograph of the Isle of Wright area being presented to him as a suprise gift by US Ambassador Mr. Walter Annenberg at No. 10, Downing St. tonight. The photograph was taken from outer space by American astronauts. The Ambassador also handed the Prime Minister a sample of moon rock as a gift from the American people to the British people.

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 Walter Annenberg and family

Walter Annenberg paid for redecoration of the official residence of the American ambassador, donated money for a pool at Chequers, the country home of British prime ministers and even set up a fund to bankroll a concert series that Prime Minister Ted Heath conducted.

http://old.post-gazette.com/books/reviews/19990704review281.asp

“Billionaire Son of Mobster, Enemy of Journalism, and Nixon Toady”

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/press_box/2002/10/citizen_annenberg.html

1974 Prince Charles, Gov. & Mrs. Reagan, and the Annenbergs outside Sunnylands

And on February 27, 1983 the Queen and Prince Philip made a historic stop at Sunnylands to visit their friends, the Annenbergs. The Queen has rarely ever visited a private home in the United States. As a result of the close friendship the visit was scheduled and Leonore and Walter prepared a luncheon in honor of the event.

http://www.sunnylands.org/news/view/593



James Hanson mentor, Walter Annenberg,

member of the Pilgrims Society  –

 The Pilgrims Society, founded on 16 July 1902, is a British-American society

https://isgp-studies.com/liberal-cia-ngo-network


Pilgrims Society Members:

Ambassador Robert Alston  (right)- His brother is convicted paedophile Richard Alston(left)

Richard Alston was the partner of PIE founder (Paedophile Information Exchange) Peter Righton – a member of an elite VIP paedophile ring

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3252352/Former-school-teacher-partner-Paedophile-Information-Exchange-founder-sentenced-21-months-prison-molesting-11-year-old-boy-70s.html

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrims_Society

Paedophile Peter Righton advises the Health Dept – Virginia Bottomley was allegedly clueless about Peter  Righton and was demanding a full report.

Margaret Thatcher and Virginia Bottomley.  Virginia Bottomley’s husband Peter Bottomley is a Pilgrims Society member

Peter Bottomley – member of the Pilgrims Society husband of Virginia Bottomley

 

Margaret Thatcher – friend of  Sir Jimmy Savile and many other paedophiles

 

Queen Elizabeth – friend of  Sir Jimmy Savile and many other paedophiles

My love and encouragement, Bishop” (Peter Ball)

Prince Philip

Prince Charles

 Prince Charles close friendships with paedophiles Jimmy Savile and Bishop Peter Ball

Prince Andrew

Caspar Weinberger

“The Pilgrims Society is a cluster of intermarried old-line rich, royals and robber barons who created the world’s financial structure.”

https://wikispooks.com/wiki/The_Pilgrims_Society

more on the Pilgrims Society members – here


 

Back to Jeffrey Epstein’s Black Book:

Hanson family entries in convicted establishment paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “black book” ..

 

Lord and Lady Hanson and their son Brook Hanson

– many entries for their son The Hon Robert Hanson

Robert Hanson: The happy family man steering Hanson empire into new territory

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/business/profile-robert-hanson-the-happy-family-man-steering-hanson-empire-into-new-territory-1-3230124

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1508273-jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book-redacted.html

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GOGA Ashkenazi, the glamorous oil and gas tycoon, has vociferously defended her “close friend” Prince Andrew and offered insight into his “distressed” state of mind.

In an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard, she says that the Duke of York (who has not yet spoken to the press) had messaged her on his Black-Berry over the weekend, asking, “Have you seen the papers?” and saying that he was “very, very upset” about the way he has been portrayed and “very, very worriedabout whether he’d be able to continue his role as a trade envoy.

Andrew is under “massive and unfair media pressure”, she says, following revelations concerning his friend of 15 years, Jeffrey Epstein, 58, who was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for soliciting a minor for prostitution.

“I told Andrew not to worry, that he’d done nothing wrong, and that it was being blown out of proportion. Of course, he knows it was unwise to fraternise with this Epstein character, and it was silly to be photographed with his arm around Epstein’s masseuse [Virginia Roberts]. But I know Andrew as a lovely, lovely man kind-hearted, impeccably behaved and honourable and I’m quite sure that at the time he had no idea that she was underage or anything more than a masseuse to Epstein.”

The Oxford-educated socialite who lives in a [pounds sterling] 28 million mansion in Holland Park and has known Andrew since the late Lord Hanson’s son Robert introduced them at a party in 2001.

Andrew Is Not the Villain He’s Being Made out to Be. I Have Seen Him in Action and He Is a Superb Trade Envoy’; the Glamorous Tycoon Who Helped the Duke of York Sell His Marital Home Defends Her Royal; Friend but Distances Herself from Wolf-Hunting ‘Acquaintance’ Saif Gaddafi. David Cohen Reports

The Evening Standard (London, England), March 8, 2011

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-250944743/andrew-is-not-the-villain-he-s-being-made-out-to

Friends of Jeffrey Epstein celebrated Sol Kerzner’s birthday including Prince Andrew’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson amd the Hon Robert Hanson

 

Relaxing: Sarah Ferguson and American producer Quincy Jones enjoy the hospitality

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and the Hon Robert Hanson

Sources close to the duchess suggested the trip was paid for by Sir Sol. His office last night failed to respond to repeated attempts to contact them.

A source close to the duchess said: ‘Sol Kerzner is an old friend and this was a long-standing invitation. It’s just a couple of nights and it’s not a holiday, it’s a party.


Close: Not only was Ghislaine Maxwell friends with Prince Andrew, but his ex-wife Sarah Ferguson as well. The pair are pictured together at the opening of the Asprey Flagship Store on 5th Avenue on December 8, 2003, in New York City

Close: Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein (left) at The Queen's residence of Sandringham in 2000. The picture shows just how close she and Epstein were with Prince Andrew

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein at The Queen’s residence of Sandringham in 2000. The picture shows just how close she and Epstein were with Prince Andrew

Friends

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sir Philip Green, Simon Cowell and  Heather Kerzner

Sarah Ferguson – friend of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein accepted an award for her work with children just after she was exposed offering access to Prince Andrew for £500,000.

The reception was held at LA’s  five star Renaissance Hollywood Hotel. She had been expected to stay there but cancelled her reservation after the scandal broke and decided to stay with friends instead.

 

‘Phew, I’ve had a heavy day’: Fergie tries to put on a brave face over £500,000 cash-for-access scandal at star-studded charity dinner

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, £500,000 cash-for-access scandal

The ‘penniless’ duchess was at a black tie reception in Los Angeles having flown in from the South of France where she had been a guest at Naomi Campbell’s 40th birthday party.

She was at the top table alongside Simon Cowell, who was receiving an award for his humanitarian work, and his fiancée Mezhgan Hussainy.

The duchess received the Catherine Variety Sheridan Award, which is given each year by the charity to someone for their philanthropic work with underprivileged and disabled children.

2015 Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew

Law suit: Robert Hanson, with wife Masha Markova, is being sued by the ex-boss of a pornographic film company

Society shock as Lord Hanson’s eligible son Robert finally settles down

Robert Hanson married Masha Markova, a Russian businesswoman 25 years his junior.

Robert Hanson: The happy family man steering Hanson empire into new territory

Barely three months after Robert Hanson married Masha Markova, a Russian businesswoman 25 years his junior, the son of the late industrialist Lord Hanson has found himself embroiled in an unseemly courtroom battle involving a pornographic film company.

Hanson, 49, is being sued by David Newnham of Victoria, in Australia, who claims to be owed £350,000, including interest, after he was sacked as the chief executive of Woodman Entertainment, a Spanish company involved in making pornographic films such as Psycho Sex, Wide Open and Sex Carnage.

Newnham says he met Hanson at the Mayfair offices of his company Hanson Capital. It is a Hanson Family Holdings company, of which Hanson is the chairman.

The deputy chairman is Sir Hayden Phillips, the chairman of the National Theatre and charities consultant to the Prince of Wales. Its directors include the Earl of Dartmouth, the Ukip MEP

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/7964410/Revealed-Hansons-secret-involvement-in-pornography-business.html

Naomi Campbell and Masha Markova Hanson attend The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party

Markova is slightly hazy about her origins. Her parents left Russia in the 1990s for Panama, and their business involved “some freight trucks, transport,” she told Tatler, with probably about as much interest as her squeeze has in haulage. Her parents now live in Miami, and she met Hanson Jr. in Palm Springs. Now “the whole of London is talking about the union of the long-legged Russian and the most eligible British bachelor,” the magazine wrote.

“Masha Markova is quite the partier”

…. a few intriguing hints about Hanson and Markova’s lifestyle. They have a Filipino housekeeper whom Hanson will never sack because she might write memoirs, Markova said. And the whole apartment is decorated with blown-up photos of Markova, some with her in a bikini and some with no clothes at all. Markova charmingly explains that she wanted smaller ones but she thought that she was ordering the size in centimeters, not inches.

Markova is running a fashion store — of course — after studying at Columbia University. But she wouldn’t be a Russian It Girl if she didn’t have artistic aspirations, too. She displays paintings of guns and beautiful thin women on her web site Mashamarkova.com.

There’s plenty of name-dropping in the interview. Markova went to the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation gala dinner organized by Alexander Lebedev & Son at Hampton Court Palace this summer and said she was told about Michael Jackson’s death by Elton John, no less.

http://old.themoscowtimes.com/sitemap/free/2009/12/article/in-the-spotlight-masha-markova/391271.html/

Robert Hanson’s X-rated Lawsuit

The Hon. Robert Hanson was being sued by David Newnham in Australia claiming he was owed £350K including interest after he was sacked as chief executive of Woodman Entertainment, a company based in Barcelona in Spain that produces rough sex “Hardcore Sex Films.

 

It is claimed The Hon. Robert Hanson held a financial investment in Pierre Woodman company Woodman Entertainment.

The company in question, based in Spain, is Woodman Entertainment, founded by fashion photographer- turned-pornographer Pierre Woodman, the creator of more than 60 X-rated films, who claims to have bedded more than 3,500 women.

Hanson, who once dated model Sophie Anderton, herself exposed as an escort girl by a tabloid newspaper, tells me: ‘I am talking to my lawyers and I am not allowed to say anything.

‘But I take this seriously, I can assure you.’

In the writ, it is claimed that Hanson guaranteed the salary of David Newnham, who joined the company as chief executive in August 2008, on a two-year contract on £147,000 a year.

But Newnham left two months later, claiming he had not been paid. Newnham is now claiming the money, plus interest and court fees from Hanson. says a friend: ‘This writ is somewhat absurd. There are two sides to every story.’

But it is all a far cry from when Robert Hanson joined Rothschilds in the eighties, later joining the eponymous company of his tycoon father, who was Baroness thatcher’s favourite industrialist.

Another NM Rothschild man…

From 1982–84, John Whittingdale was head of the political section of the Conservative Research Department. He then served as Special Adviser to three successive Secretaries of State for Trade and Industry, Norman Tebbit, 1984–85; Leon Brittan, 1985–86, and Paul Channon, 1986–87.

 

He worked on international privatisation at NM Rothschild in 1987 and in January 1988, became Political Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Upon her resignation Whittingdale was appointed OBE and continued to serve as her Political Secretary until being elected to Parliament in 1992.[5]

PRIME MINISTER. Cementation contract: Mark Thatcher and the Omanis; part 2

This record is closed

Closed For 65 years
Opening date: 01 January 2054

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16205128

July 21 2016

We may never learn the truth about “corrupt” deals involving Margaret Thatcher and her son Mark after another “establishment cover-up”.

The National Archives are releasing hundreds of government records and notes of Cabinet meetings under the 30-year-rule, covering 1986 to 1988, the middle of Margaret Thatcher’s reign at No10.

But two entitled “Cementation contract: Mark Thatcher and the Omanis” covering the period from 1981 to 1988 are listed as being “retained” for 65 years – meaning they will not be released until 2053 when Sir Mark would be aged 99.

Two others – one entitled “Mark Thatcher and the Omanis; other allegations against Mark Thatcher” and “Request by Electronic Data Systems to employ Mark Thatcher” have been “temporarily retained” with no date for release.

The decision to keep the files closed was ultimately taken by former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, who served as Mrs Thatcher’s political secretary in the last months of her tenure in No10 and who signed off on the secrecy.

John Whittingdale’s half-brother Charles Napier was treasurer of PIE Paedophile Information Exchange

John Whittingdale signed off the decision to keep the files closed

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/fury-files-mark-thatchers-corrupt-8460468.amp

Rothschilds and Jeffrey Epstein
 The Hanson family worked for the Rothschilds

Jacob Rothschild and Lord Mandelson  – Peter Mandelson is controlling director of the NSPCC

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Friends in high places: Lord Mandelson has also vacationed on Epstein’s island

Lord Mandelson yesterday maintained his silence over the extent of his contact with disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.

The former Business Secretary did not respond to questions about why the convicted paedophile’s ‘little black book’ featured ten entries for him and his partner Reinaldo da Silva

When Lord Mandelson, the globe-trotting business consultant, recently announced plans to rent “a modest dwelling in deepest Wiltshire next-door to the herdsman and his family”, he was not being strictly accurate.

It emerges that the one-time Labour business secretary’s humble bucolic retreat is, in fact, a four-bedroom house owned by the billionaire Rothschild dynasty, which enjoys uninterrupted views over the Marlborough Downs.

Lord Mandelson is famously well-acquainted with Nat Rothschild, the natural resources investor known for his ill-fated foray into Indonesian coal miner Bumi, thanks to the pair’s shared trips to Siberian saunas and Mediterranean jaunts aboard the yacht owned by Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

But Diary understands that Nat, who is these days based mostly in Switzerland, spends little time at the farmhouse. The property is owned by his parents, Lord Rothschild, the RIT Capital Partners chairman, and Lady Serena.

Nathaniel Rothschild says sauna with Lord Mandelson was purely pleasure, not business

Rothschild Family also in Jeffrey Epsteins’s black book

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Evelyn Rothschild is a friend of the Clintons and Jeffrey Epstein

 

David ‘Hui’ Newnham as it’s New CEO

Woodman Entertainment the innovative new adult entertainment brand dedicated to delivering a unique combination “

With over 22 years experience in the adult industry David “Hui” Newnham joins Woodman Entertainment from the Australian .

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Judges began to see that the adult industry was hurt by piracy, said David Newnham, AICO board member and general manager of Calvista Australia.

http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=1627783421&page_url=//www.aico.org.au/access/NewsItem.php?newsid=25&PHPSESSID=55474381018d8211cc31264ebe71d60d&page_last_updated=2006-07-12T09:47:58&firstName=Hui&lastName=Newnham

About AICO: Calvista is a founding member of the Adult Industry Copyright Organisation, which operates on a not-for-profit basis, both as an educator, and to discourage breaches of copyright in adult films in Australia. AICO is funded by its members, who are comprised of international, adult-film producers and distributors.

More on David Newnham’s businesses at bottom of post

 



Revealed: Robert Hanson’s secret involvement in pornography business


Sir Hayden Phillips, an adviser to the Prince of Wales (Prince Charles),

and the Earl of Dartmouth, Willian Dartmouth, the Ukip MEP, are on the board of Hanson Family Holdings.

William Dartmouth is also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/private-sydney/disorientated-lady-dartmouth-plays-down-aristocratic-scandal-20130115-2cqoa.html

Is UKIP’s William Dartmouth MEP using an offshore company to conceal involvement in a wind turbine development?

https://autonomousmind.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/is-ukips-william-dartmouth-mep-using-an-offshore-company-to-conceal-involvement-in-a-wind-turbine-development/


26 Aug 2010

Barely three months after Robert Hanson married Masha Markova, a Russian businesswoman 25 years his junior, the son of the late industrialist Lord Hanson has found himself embroiled in an unseemly courtroom battle involving a pornographic film company.
Hanson, 49, is being sued by David Newnham of Victoria, in Australia, who claims to be owed £350,000, including interest, after he was sacked as the chief executive of Woodman Entertainment, a Spanish company involved in making pornographic films such as Psycho Sex, Wide Open and Sex Carnage.
In documents filed at the High Court, Newnham alleges that Hanson has a financial interest in Woodman and, in August 2008, guaranteed his salary for two years. He was, however, sacked in October that year and is now seeking to compel Hanson to honour the agreement.

Newnham says he met Hanson at the Mayfair offices of his company Hanson Capital.

It is a Hanson Family Holdings company, of which Hanson is the chairman.

The deputy chairman is Sir Hayden Phillips, the chairman of the National Theatre and charities consultant to the Prince of Wales.

Its directors include the Earl of Dartmouth, the Ukip MEP. There is no reference on the company’s website to Woodman.

Hanson, who was once engaged to the model Sophie Anderton and whose father was a close ally of Margaret Thatcher, declines to comment. He was on holiday yesterday with his wife.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/7964410/Revealed-Hansons-secret-involvement-in-pornography-business.html

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/z_jpf3WGXmFwKKY3s-tGU9w0T18/appointments

Hayden Phillips has business and charitable interests, including a finger in the rather posh pie that is the Prince’s Trust.

He sits on courts and councils, always a useful player at the table, a man with an excellent contacts book.

Hayden Phillips is a famously deft Whitehall figure to whom colleagues offer admiring tributes like “the mandarin’s mandarin“; a man who has “supped the royal jelly of ministerial private offices” for 30 years;

https://www.theguardian.com/public/features/story/0,,1864730,00.html

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mail/20091017/282106337701699

 

Sir Hayden Phillips
Independent Reviewer

Sir Hayden Phillips has been the Independent Reviewer of ASA Adjudications since 1 January 2010.

Sir Hayden is currently a Director of Westhouse Holdings, of St Just Farms Ltd and of the Energy Saving Trust. He is Chairman of the Digital Cinema Funding Partnership. From 2004 to 2010 he was Chairman of the National Theatre. He was Charities Consultant to HRH The Prince of Wales from 2004 to 2009. He and his wife have a farm in Wiltshire where he is a Deputy Lieutenant, a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, Chairman of its Fabric Advisory Committee and Chairman of Marlborough College.

Sir Hayden’s previous career was in the Civil Service. He served in senior positions in the Home Office, the European Commission, the Cabinet Office and the Treasury before heading two Departments as Permanent Secretary – the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from 1992 to 1998, and the Lord Chancellor’s Department (now the Ministry of Justice) from 1998 to 2004. He has published two reports – on the Reform of the Honours System in 2004, and on the Reform of the Funding of Political Parties in 2007.

https://www.asa.org.uk/about-asa-and-cap/people/independent-reviewer.html


2010

In Lord Ashcroft’s absence, the committee beat up Sir Hayden Phillips, a retired Whitehall eminence who once held the claret jug for Roy Jenkins and later Derry Irvine. Jowly Sir Hayden is florid of face. His hooter is the colour of a lunchtime burgundy.

I sometimes come across him during interval drinks at the Royal National Theatre, where he is chairman. Beautifully-mannered Sir Hayden has the rich creaminess of a ripe Stilton.

Sir Hayden Phillips was Clerk of the Crown in Chancery a decade ago. That fancy title meant he was the top wallah on honours and it was up to him to ensure the formalities of procedure were observed.

Lord Ashcroft has been helping Mr Prentice’s Tory opponent in the marginal seat of Pendle. Mr Prentice is very, very cross about this, believing his Commons career to be in peril.

He accused Sir Hayden of ‘swallowing’ assurances from Lord Ashcroft about his tax status. In effect, Sir Hayden was accused of supervising a lax regime.

Well, dears, of course. The last thing Tony Blair wanted ten years ago was a system which subjected possible new peers to minute examination. Lord Levy would have been horrified!

The Ashcroft affair is undoubtedly whiffy and William Hague was foolish to have become quite so enmeshed with one big donor. But it was hardly surprising. Tory donors make it to the Lords, just like Labour’s trade union friends.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1259073/Sir-Haydens-hooter-colour-lunchtime-burgundy.html

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20090118230434/http:/www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/cabinetoffice/corp/assets/publications/reports/honours/honours.pdf

 


Lord James Hanson gave the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson,  helicopter-flying lessons as a wedding present.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1475684/Lord-Hanson.html

https://i1.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2011/03/08/article-0-0D8381A4000005DC-217_634x387.jpg

 

Relaxing: Sarah Ferguson and American producer Quincy Jones enjoy the hospitality

 (Left) Quincy Jones – friend of paedophile Michael Jackson

Sarah Ferguson and Robert Hanson – friends of Jeffrey Epstein

^ As millionaire financier Robert Hanson helps to cheer up the near-bankrupt Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, while they celebrate the 75th birthday of billionaire hotelier Sir Sol Kerzner, in Sardinia, he is also preoccupied with his own difficulties.

Sol Kerzner is also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/1508273/jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book-redacted.pdf

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sol Kerzner and Heather Kerzner attend the landmark Grand Opening of Atlantis, The Palm Resort, and the Palm Jumeirah on November 20, 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

left to right, Melania , Donald Trump, Heather Kerzner and Sol Kerzner together.

The indictment on which Salerno was convicted in 1988 and sent to prison, where he died, listed the nearly $8 million contract for concrete at Trump Plaza, an East Side high-rise apartment building, as one of the acts establishing that S &A was part of a racketeering enterprise. (While the concrete business was central to the case, the trial also proved extortion, narcotics, rigged union elections and murders by the Genovese and Gambino crime families in what Michael Chertoff, the chief prosecutor, called “the largest and most vicious criminal business in the history of the United States.”)

FBI agents subpoenaed Trump in 1980 to ask about his dealing with John Cody, a Teamsters official described by law enforcement as a very close associate of the Gambino crime family.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-brief-history-of-donald-trump-and-the-mafia


How Donald Trump (also a friend of paedophile Jeffrey Epstein) knows about South Africa

The world’s two major real estate developers, Donald Trump and Sol Kerzner, have been working together quite a bit in the Bahamas and Dubai. No doubt, Donald has been hearing the reality about South Africa from his friend Sol. As regards to what the degree they “hang out together”, the following images may perhaps clarify the situation.

https://hbooyens.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/how-donald-trump-knows-about-south-africa/

He first came to The Bahamas in the late 1960s “when they started developing Paradise Island, and I came here because I was interested always to go and see new hotel developments. I was only here for two days, and then only returned in the 90s.” That was when he acquired more than 600 acres of prime land and a number of not-so-prime properties from Merv Griffin for only $125 million. Griffin had been involved in a struggle with Donald Trump for control of Paradise Island, which left him with no funds to modernize or refurbish the resort once he acquired it.

http://www.thebahamasinvestor.com/2008/kerzner-the-sun-king-grows-his-empire/

Donald Trump and Heather Kerzner together at another event.

https://hbooyens.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/how-donald-trump-knows-about-south-africa/

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The vulgar tycoon – There could hardly be a more vulgar or notorious billionaire than South Africa-born casino magnate Sol Kerzner

He created the infamous Sun City in an independent black state within South Africa, symbol of the worst excesses of that country during the apartheid years. There, white people could indulge their every whim, be it soft porn or gambling, and blacks were there only to serve them.

In the U.S. he has been investigated by the New Jersey gaming authorities who concluded that he had bribed a leading African politician
It is little short of extraordinary that a New Labour government should consider him a ‘fit and proper’ person to usher vast casinos into Britain.
…his vast £900million Atlantis Casino on the Bahamas, where according to one recent visitor you can find children of 12 playing some of the 1,200 slot machines.
Kerzner’s second marriage, to Shirley Besthier, came to an end in 1978, when she killed herself. The couple had a three-year-old son and a ten-month-old daughter at the time.
Many saw Sun City as the hideous, patronising and manipulative face of apartheid.

In December 1986, Kerzner was embroiled in fresh bribery allegations, this time that he paid the then Prime Minister of Transkei, George Matanzima, to gain exclusive gaming rights there.

Documents discovered by the New Jersey gaming authorities a decade later confirmed that one of Kerzner’s companies had indeed transferred £600,000 to the trust account of a middle man “for the ultimate benefit of G Matanzima”.

Matanzima was jailed for nine years and a warrant was issued for Kerzner, but he was never to stand trial. Although Kerzner eventually admitted paying the money, he insisted that it was extorted from him.

He made a secret donation of £600,000 to Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress party

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-432677/The-vulgar-tycoon-loves-boxing-blondes–buying-influence.html


Like James Hanson, Donald Trump has ties to the Mafia

After graduating in 1968 from the University of Pennsylvania, a rich young man from the outer boroughs of New York City sought his fortune on the island of Manhattan. Within a few years Donald J. Trump had made friends with the city’s most notorious fixer, lawyer Roy Cohn, who had become famous as lead counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy. Among other things Cohn was now a mob consigliere, with clients including “Fat Tony” Salerno, boss of the Genovese crime family, the most powerful Mafia group in New York, and Paul Castellano, head of what was said to be the second largest family, the Gambinos.

The indictment on which Salerno was convicted in 1988 and sent to prison, where he died, listed the nearly $8 million contract for concrete at Trump Plaza, an East Side high-rise apartment building, as one of the acts establishing that S &A was part of a racketeering enterprise. (While the concrete business was central to the case, the trial also proved extortion, narcotics, rigged union elections and murders by the Genovese and Gambino crime families in what Michael Chertoff, the chief prosecutor, called “the largest and most vicious criminal business in the history of the United States.”)

FBI agents subpoenaed Trump in 1980 to ask about his dealing with John Cody, a Teamsters official described by law enforcement as a very close associate of the Gambino crime family.

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-mob-organized-crime-213910

A Brief History of Donald Trump and the Mafia

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a-brief-history-of-donald-trump-and-the-mafia

Miss Campbell's boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, left, and Robert Hanson

Naomi Campbell ‘s boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, left, and Robert Hanson

Close friends: The Duchess of York and Naomi Campbell

Unbeknown to many of the revellers, who included Naomi Campbell and Ivana Trump, Old Etonian Robert, 49, son of industrialist Lord Hanson, is being sued for £358,000 by the former chief executive of a porn film company who claims Robert agreed to guarantee his salary.

So far, so unremarkable.

But what makes this particular writ embarrassing to Robert and his loftily beautiful new wife, Ivy League-educated Masha Markova – at 25, almost half his age – is that the man issuing the legal action against him is the ex-boss of a pornographic film company.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1305872/Duchess-York-Sarah-Ferguson-eighth-foreign-break-year.html

Naomi Campbell and  Simon Le Bon are also listed in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1508273-jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book-redacted.html


Magic time: Illusionist David Blaine, left, joins Naomi Campbell and the Duchess of York in Sardinia on Monday

David Blaine was good friends with paedophile Michael Jackson and is also listed in Epstein’s black book

 

Jun 23, 2016

Michael Jackson Stockpiled Nude Images Of Children, According To Police Report
Authorities seized more than 80 video recordings and computer hard drives, as well as notes, diaries, documents, photographs and audiotapes.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-jackson-stockpiled-child-porn-animal-torture-photos-according-to-newly-surfaced-report_us_5769644fe4b0a75709b7d847

Michael Jackson, Uri Geller, Greville Janner MP, Paul Boateng, David Blaine


Pierre Woodman at work in Captown.png

Pierre Woodman  is a French pornographic film director.

The company in question, based in Spain, is Woodman Entertainment, founded by fashion photographer- turned-pornographer Pierre Woodman, the creator of more than 60 X-rated films, who claims to have bedded more than 3,500 women.

Hanson, who once dated model Sophie Anderton, herself exposed as an escort girl by a tabloid newspaper, tells me: ‘I am talking to my lawyers and I am not allowed to say anything.

‘But I take this seriously, I can assure you.’

In the writ, it is claimed that Hanson guaranteed the salary of David Newnham, who joined the company as chief executive in August 2008, on a two-year contract on £147,000 a year.

But Newnham left two months later, claiming he had not been paid. Newnham is now claiming the money, plus interest and court fees from Hanson. says a friend: ‘This writ is somewhat absurd. there are two sides to every story.’

But it is all a far cry from when Robert joined Rothschilds in the eighties, later joining the eponymous company of his tycoon father, who was Baroness thatcher’s favourite industrialist.


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

Billionaire Epstein was jailed for 18 months in 2008 after admitting soliciting an under-aged girl for prostitution.

He is alleged to have used his fleet of private aircraft to traffic under-aged girls around the world for sex.

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

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

Epstein and Miss Maxwell are reported to have stayed at Sandringham as Andrew’s guests, before leaving the country two days later on the same aircraft from Norwich International Airport.

Close: Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein (left) at The Queen's residence of Sandringham in 2000. The picture shows just how close she and Epstein were with Prince Andrew

Ghislaine Maxwell with Jeffrey Epstein at The Queen’s residence of Sandringham in 2000. The picture shows just how close she and Epstein were with Prince Andrew

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell were among guests on this pheasant shoot, attended by Andrew (right), at Sandringham, Norfolk

17 yr-old, Alisa Dmitrijeva death: No action over Sandringham body find

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-19715353


Queen and Hansons
The Air Hanson hangar approx 1978

Air Hanson, a small charter aircraft company

http://www.jparkin.net/brooklands/index.htm


Air Hanson wins UK royal helicopter contract

The award of the 10-year contract to private firm Air Hanson came after the Royal Household invited tenders and advice from the Duke of York, Prince Andrew.


18 February, 1998

SOURCE: Flight International

Air Hanson has been awarded a ten year contract to operate a Sikorsky S-76 on behalf of the UK’s Royal Family.

The leased helicopter will be based at Air Hanson’s Blackbushe, Surrey, headquarters and will replace two Westland Wessex HCC4s operated by the Royal Air Force’s 32Sqn since 1969.

http://www.flightglobal.com/news/art…ontract-32904/

9 December 2006

Last year, Prince Andrew was criticised by the National Audit Office for spending £3,000 on a royal chopper to fly him just 50 miles, to a lunch with Arab dignitaries.

In the previous year, after he had been appointed captain of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, Andrew cost the RAF an eye-watering £32,000, on supersonic jets to fly him between London and St

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/prince-andrew-the-playboy-prince-427707.html

A FATHER and son died when a helicopter crashed in dense woodland near Crowthorne, Berkshire. Another two children and a man were in hospital last night with serious injuries.

Lord Hanson, chairman of Hanson Trust, of which Air Hanson is a subsidiary, said last night that Capt Bates was ‘a highly experienced helicopter pilot’ who had worked for the company for many years. ‘

Captain Colin Bates, Air Hanson’s chief pilot, 46, and his son, Nicholas, 12, were certified dead at the scene.

Nigel Whiteman, 33, Air Hanson’s chief engineer, suffered severe chest and abdominal injuries.

The aircraft was en route from Newmarket, Suffolk, to Blackbushe airport, where Air Hanson is based. A spokesman for the company said that Capt Bates had taken the boys on a day out.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/helicopter-crash-in-woods-kills-pilot-and-son-12-1540456.html

Many entries in paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book for Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duke and Duchess of York

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 Ghiselaine Maxwell – the society fixer alleged to have helped find underage girls for pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein and Sarah Ferguson

More on the Hanson Family – James Hanson’s son, the Hon Robert Hanson – friend of Jeffrey Epstein and Sarah Ferguson worked for the Rothschilds.
James Hanson was known for his defense of disgraced Neil Hamilton who also happened to be a very good friend of Harvey Proctor,

The Hon. Robert Hanson a former merchant banker at N.M. Rothschild. He is now chairman of Hanson Family Holdings (Family Office). The Hanson Family also have a joint venture interest in the corporate advisory group “Strand Hanson Limited”.

His grandfather was also named Robert Hanson and was an Ex-Bankrupt. who effectively and with the help of other Hanson family members and some close friends allegedly swindled their customers from their rightful claim for compensation for loss of property due to a fire.

Robert Hanson sold assets of the company before he was made Bankrupt. His grandfather was severely reprimanded by the court for his unscrupulous actions and his Bankruptcy was latter extended.  The Hon. Robert Hanson’s own father Lord (James) Hanson had a long association with asset stripper Jim Slater. 

Lord Hanson was miss-informed there was already a casino at The Ritz Hotel. The reason London Clubs International re-locating their casino The Ritz Club Casino from The Ritz Hotel, was due to the fact David Barclay and Ex-Bankrupt Frederick Barclay who own The Ritz Hotel were demanding a totally unrealistic premium of £20 Million for a new lease of the basement. London Clubs International decided to purchase the Freehold grade II listed building at 50 St James’s Street, London for just over £13 Million a more desirable street, then Piccadilly.

https://thebarclaybrotherscasinointerests.wordpress.com/2014/03/12/the-barclay-brothers-casino-interests/

Robert Hanson – his dad was Thatcher’s favourite tycoon, but now he’s accused of selling out Venezuelan newspaper to socialists
Caracas staff say son of Thatcherite peer has made his paper a Socialist Party mouthpiece

16 November 2014

His current involvement with the media is… as owner of Venezuela’s best-selling newspaper. He used his company, Hanson Family Holdings, to acquire the paper last year, reportedly for $98m (£62m).

Now the son of Baroness Thatcher’s favourite industrialist, the late Lord Hanson, is attracting media attention again after reporters on Ultimas Noticias became disgruntled over government insiders apparently influencing editorial decisions.

Political observers in Caracas might have been forgiven for expecting Old Etonian Hanson, 54, with his Thatcherite family ties, to be unenthusiastic about Socialist Party President Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded Hugo Chavez in April last year.

During Mr Hanson’s partying years, he reportedly wowed Tom Cruise and other attendees at one of George Clooney’s New York birthday bashes with his “feverish dancing skills” before loudly exclaiming: “I love America! This is the place where things happen!” Not the sort of sentiments to go down well with supporters of the Chavez legacy in Venezuela.

But despite anticipation that the paper would lurch rightwards, the Socialist Party’s former elections adviser Hector Davila has been appointed to the senior role of President-Editor.

And whereas Ultimas Noticias had a history of investigative journalism in exposing features of the Chavez regime, now reporting staff complain that the ruling party exerts editorial control.

One of the reporters, José Rafael Mata, tweeted what he said was a picture of a handwritten note ordering a story to be pulled from the paper’s website because it detailed a former minister’s complaints about the Socialist Party stifling internal dissent. Mr Mata cited the episode as one of the reasons he felt compelled to leave the paper.

However, Mr Davila, a computer scientist, told Reuters that Ultimas Noticias had not abandoned its willingness to criticise the government. “If you’re looking for complaints about the government, pick any edition of the paper and you’ll have [as many as you want],” he said, citing critical stories on problems ranging from decay of public hospitals to corruption by state-backed community groups.

He also said the only instructions he received from the paper’s British owner were merely to run a balanced and profitable newspaper.

Mr Hanson’s father was famous for his close relationships with politicians, including the disgraced Tory MP Neil Hamilton. He set up Hanson PLC in 1964 and built it up by buying under-preforming assets and turning them around. Hanson bought a succession of high-street names, including John Collyer and Allders department stores, before making his most famous acquisition: Imperial Tobacco Group, bought for £2.5bn in 1986.

Lord Hanson was a founder of the anti-European Business for Sterling group and a member of the Bruges Group, which seeks to reduce the influence of Brussels. It is a very different philosophy from that of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, founded in 2007 by Chavez, with whom Thatcher’s old political adversary Ken Livingstone struck up a rapport – and an oil deal – when Mayor of London.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/robert-hanson-his-dad-was-thatcher-s-favourite-tycoon-but-now-he-s-accused-of-selling-out-venezuelan-9864133.html


Nov 29, 1987
IN AUGUST OF 1985, SIR GORDON AND LORD HANSON WERE BEING driven to London’s Heathrow Airport for the Concorde to New York. Sir Gordon had just returned from a vacation in the Mediterranean aboard his 176-foot yacht, which serves as a floating office; Lord Hanson was on his way to his house in Palm Springs, where he stays about three months of the year. In the car, Sir Gordon mentioned in passing that he had scheduled a meeting with Robert S. Pirie, president of Rothschild Inc. in New York, to talk about a run at SCM, the old Smith-Corona company. There was no further discussion of the matter, Lord Hanson says, because corporate raids are Sir Gordon’s turf: ”He’s the one with the gift for takeovers.”
He made a lunch appointment with Kidde chairman Fred R. Sullivan on July 6 at the office of Rothschild Inc., Hanson’s sometime investment banker. Over foie gras, Sir Gordon tried to pre-empt the auction and, when that didn’t work, he proceeded to outbid Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company, the leveraged buyout specialists; by the end of October, he had gained control of Kidde.
Lord Hanson keeps a finger on British operations and serves as company front man. A confidant of Prime Minister Thatcher, who made him a peer in 1983, seven years after he had been knighted by the former P.M., Harold Wilson
By the late 60’s, Hanson’s and White’s names were showing up on the business as well as the society pages. At night they were at the gaming clubs with James D. Slater, the high-flying head of Slater, Walker Securities Ltd., a multimillion-dollar conglomerate. By day, they were among the most successful of the ”Slater Boys,” expanding steadily by buying industrial companies with stock. When the London market collapsed in 1973, Slater’s stock empire collapsed, too.
London Brick has since become one of Hanson’s most profitable units: It happens to be the sole British manufacturer of fletton bricks, which are used for British public housinga priority of the Thatcher administration.

 Liberal Party leader David Steel commented, ”Anyone disposed to cause mischief might be tempted to suggest that the Hanson bid was given the all clear as a ‘thank you’ for Lord Hanson’s role in the Westland affair.”

In January 1986, Westland, a faltering British helicopter company, was the object of rival bids. After disclosures that the Government had sought to influence the sale in favor of the Sikorsky division of United Technologies, two cabinet officers resigned and Mrs. Thatcher’s political future was threatened.
Hanson Trust swept in, bought 15 percent of Westland’s stock for $14.5 million – $1.4 million above market price – and announced that it, too, favored a merger with United Technologies. That was that. (On a more formal level, Hanson Trust has been making annual contributions to the Conservative Party of more than $85,000.)  
1986 Jan 4
Archive (TNA)

Westland: Armstrong minute for Wicks (Lord Hanson’s position) [MT would wish to see Hanson letter to Wyatt] [declassified Feb 2016]

LIKE LORD HANSON, SIR Gordon is a Thatcher supporter, but he is less visible on Downing Street. He is, however, gradually raising his profile in the United States.
Sir Gordon received the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1984 as a result of his fund-raising for the Congressional Awards, a series of achievement medals for teen-agers. And Hanson Industries is a sponsor of the ”Wall Street Week” television show, although Sir James Murray, Hanson’s United States consultant on politics and public affairs, winces when he mentions the $1 million-a-year price tag.

 

Lord Hanson was unafraid of accusations of nepotism, appointing his Eton and Oxford-educated, polo-playing son Robert to the industrial conglomerate’s board in 1992 at the age of 31. The appointment, after years of speculation about the group’s succession, sent Hanson’s shares into reverse.

Lord Hanson also gave a board position to his niece’s husband, Christopher Collins. Robert, whose previous career included a spell at the merchant bank NM Rothschild, was put in charge of Hanson’s search for expansion opportunities in the Far East. In 1995, he became corporate development director, replacing Mr Collins who moved up to become vice-chairman. He remains in the same post at the Hanson rump following the recent demerger.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/concern-as-sportswear-boss-gives-son-top-job-1237400.html

MEAGDEALER FOR THE ROTHSCHILDS

1988

Lord Hanson and Robert Maxwell

http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/04/magazine/meagdealer-for-the-rothschilds.html?pagewanted=all

James Hanson first served as a Territorial with the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment at Halifax, he was called up in 1939, and commissioned in the Royal Army Service Corps. For a time he was an announcer on Forces radio. Demobbed in 1946, he joined his father’s company.

James Hanson was knighted in 1976, in the notorious honours list compiled for Harold Wilson by his secretary Marcia Williams (later Lady Falkender) on lavender notepaper.

His support for her preferred rescue plan for Westland Helicopters cost his company some £6 million. Mrs Thatcher returned the admiration, citing Hanson’s American interests as a model of what British companies could achieve abroad. He was created a peer in 1983.

When in London, Lord Hanson worked long hours in his relatively austere headquarters overlooking the gardens of Buckingham Palace. But later he would spend several months of each year at a second home in Palm Springs, California, whence he continued to run his empire from a poolside telephone.

He enjoyed the trappings of great wealth – his Bentley carried the numberplate JH 1 – and occasionally moved in celebrity social circles, hosting parties for Frank Sinatra and giving the Duchess of York helicopter-flying lessons as a wedding present. But he also placed a high value on family life and privacy.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1475684/Lord-Hanson.html

James Hanson was Thatchers favourite industrialist.

Big fundraiser.

Who was responsible for fundraising again. Lord Mc (Alpine)  wasn’t it.

Lord Alistair McAlpine and Lord Hanson
In his heyday, Alistair had drawn support for the Tory Party from some of the leading industrialists of the time, whom he knew could be relied upon to have made their money honestly and who would be unfailing in their support of the Thatcherite project.
He brought in donors such as Lord Hanson, Hanson’s buccaneering colleague Gordon White, Lord King, who became chairman of the newly-privatised British Airways, and shipping and property magnates the Barclay brothers.

Secret Neil Hamilton backers named

18 June 2001

Several high profile businessmen and politicians were yesterday revealed as secret backers of Neil Hamilton’s disastrous “cash for questions” libel action against the Harrods owner, Mohamed Al Fayed.

Father and son: Mohamed and Karim at the gallery

Father and son: Mohamed and Karim at the gallery

The business tycoon Lord Hanson, and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd, the company set up by the former Tory party treasurer, and the Duke of Devonshire, a former Tory minister, were all named in the high court by lawyers acting for Mr Fayed, (another friend of paedophile Michael Jackson) who is demanding Mr Hamilton’s backers pay a contribution towards his outstanding £1.3m costs bill.

GUEST, KARIM FAYED & ROBERT HANSON .At Karim Fayed Landscape Exhibition in Association with Harrods

 

At discreet meetings in the flat of the pro-Thatcher businessman James Hanson, McAlpine effected the introductions to Reece and an aide of Lord Thorneycraft.

link
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/pe…l-1597826.html

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/busin…tory-1-3230124

http://www.allstarpics.net/pic-galle…anson-pics.htm

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1508273-jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book-redacted.html

Lord Alistair McAlpine, who was at the centre of the child abuse scandal in the UK, is listed in convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s black book

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2015/01/epsteins-black-book-names-listed.html

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1508273-jeffrey-epsteins-little-black-book-redacted.html

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Lord Hanson with his son Mark Hanson at a celebrity party 6th July 2004 hosted by broadcaster Sir David Frost in Chelsea

Head of the giant Hanson group Lord Hanson announces January 31 the development of a 500 million pound new town Stock Photo

A Ruthless Operator

With charm, good looks and fearsome entrepreneurial rigour, Lord Hanson was both loved and loathed by many, but rarely ignored.

He regularly drank whisky with Lady Thatcher, with whom he shared a strong mutual admiration, was once engaged to Audrey Hepburn and supported the disgraced MP, Neil Hamilton.

With an estimated personal fortune of £50 million, Lord Hanson was used to attracting attention and controversy. He was a swashbuckling entrepreneur who built up a £6 billion empire and a reputation as a ruthless asset-stripper. He was knighted by Harold Wilson in 1976 and made a life peer in 1983.

The business which bears his name, which he formed in 1965 with Lord White, reached the height of its success in the 1980s and became a symbol for British boom.

Lord Hanson was one of the largest Conservative Party donors during Thatcher’s leadership and an outspoken Eurosceptic. He was a founding member of the anti-EU organisation Business for Britain and a member of the Eurosceptic thinktank, the Bruges Group.

Known for his fastidious attention to his appearance, he was a striking figure, at 6ft 4ins, and both his dress and his office conveyed an old-fashioned grandeur. A fan of controversial causes, he notably supported the disgraced Conservative MP Neil Hamilton, who lost his libel case against Mohamed Fayed and The Guardian over “cash for questions” allegations.

For three decades, Hanson plc was one the most feared corporate predators in London and New York, taking in chemicals, energy, tobacco and much else.

Keen on quoting Napoleon, Lord Hanson used one of his hero’s sayings, “Circumstances? What are circumstances? I make my circumstances” as a business motto. He once explained his allegiances by saying: “Always be nice to bankers. Always be nice to pension fund managers. Always be nice to the media. In that order.”

As a young man, Hanson had a reputation as a playboy and was one of the founding members of the exclusive nightclub Annabelle’s.

 

He met Audrey Hepburn at a reception when he was 28 and they dated for two years before she cancelled their wedding in 1952.

He recently said of the broken engagement: “It was a strange situation. My mother had got the 50 chickens ready for the wedding reception and we had all the presents, but the fact was Audrey just did not want to get married at the time.”

In 1959 he married the former model Geraldine Kaelin, an American divorcee. She died of leukaemia in February at the age of 75 after 45 years of marriage.

The couple had a son Robert, now 43, and adopted a son, Brook, now 40. Lady Hanson previously had a daughter, Karyn. They had homes in Palm Springs, California, and Knightsbridge, west London.

James Hanson was born in Huddersfield, the son of a haulier, Robert Hanson. In his youth he served in the Second World War.

Lord Hanson retired as chairman of Hanson Turst in 1997 at the age of 75. Two weeks ago he suffered a fall at his home and had to cancel a lecture and lunch in Leeds.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1475618/A-charming-ladies-man-but-a-ruthless-operator.html

Marie-Hélène de Rothschild, threw a party in 1972 that was so different; it still inspires the dark theory that behind the doors of their mansions, the ultra rich are occultists engaged in unspeakable acts of Evil.

Marie-Hélène’s  “Surrealists Ball” was held on December 12, 1972, and its combination of opulence and elaborate, odd imagery is said to have inspired the ritual orgy scenes of Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT.

One of the party’s attendees, aristocrat and banker Alexis von Rosenberg, documented the party, and conspiracy theorists maintain that his photos and descriptions are hard evidence of the occult customs of the top levels of the Illuminati.

Audrey Hepburn at Rothschild occult party.

http://www.blumhouse.com/2016/04/14/a-secret-look-inside-the-creepiest-celebrity-party-ever/

1972 Rothschild Illuminati Ball

The Baroness Hanson, wife of the City legend and corporate raider, the Baron Hanson, died 22 February, 2004, in hospital in Los Angeles. She had been suffering from leukaemia.

Lady Hanson had been the wife of the life peer since 1959. The former Geraldine Kaelin, daughter of Mrs S. Kaelin, of East 76th Street, New York, she was a slightly-built, dark haired American divorcee when she met the then James Hanson in the late 1950s.

The swashbuckling playboy millionaire had been engaged in the fifties (for 354 days) to Audrey Hepburn, and had courted the actress Jean Simmons. Geraldine Kaelin bore more than a passing resemblance to Miss Hepburn.

She married – aged 25- the Yorkshire-born James Hanson, then 36, at Upper Agbrigg Register Office, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, on 17 January, 1959.

She was the mother of two sons, Robert and Brook, and had a daughter Karyn from a previous marriage. (Karyn took the surname Hanson and was married 20 years ago to C. Cheever Hardwick III, of New York.)

Lady Hanson was _a small, elegant woman who dressed in Chanel or
Valentino when she was being casual. She was a private person with a charming public warmth. Most of her time was devoted to her family and running their homes in London, Berkshire, Florida and California_.

The Today newspaper in 1991 said that at Lady Hanson’s dinner parties the food was served by numerous servants and the grub was devoured with gold-plated cutlery.

Her husband was knighted in 1976 (in Harold Wilson’s infamous
resignation honours) and raised to a life barony in 1983.

The funeral service takes place at St Margaret’s Church, Palm Desert, California, Thursday 4 March, 2004.

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.obituaries/7MwU_6cj_aE

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Beatbox77Mar 28, 2013

Why was that comment removed about Lady Hanson being a drunk and jealous of Lord Hanson’s “ladies”?

John GlenJan 19, 2009

I think you want to get your facts right!! There never was a home in the South of France they always stayed at the hotel du Cap. The House in Palm Springs was Norwood West. Fifi was Fiona and a great friend of both Lord and lady Hanson. Lady Hanson liked a glass of wine but was not, not an alcoholic. Robert is the natural son of Lord and Lady Hanson, it is Brook who was adopted and Lady Hanson`s daughter is called Karen. Lady Hanson always spoke with a gentle American accent and I never saw Gregory Peck. I was Lord and Lady Hanson`s butler and personal chef for 15 years.

kimber cottageJul 20, 2008

James Hanson married Geraldine, and they are now both deceased. They had homes in the South of France, Palm Springs (Las Palmas Area), and in the UK (Kimber Cottage). FiFi was a young lady, similar in looks to Audrey Hepburn, whom was a “friend” of the family”, though Lady Hanson did not care for her much at all! Geraldine suffered from alcoholism which she tried to keep hush. They have one adopted son “Robert” and his half-brother “Brook”, and “Susan” if I recall, was Geraldine`s daughter`s name. Geraldine was born in New Jersey, but spoke with a british accent! The Hanson`s had celebrity friends, including Margaret Thatcher, Gregory Peck, Frank Sinatra, Sydney Sheldon, and Kirk Douglas.

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Tory baron’s mistress reveals all

The late industrialist, one of the largest Tory party donors during the Margaret Thatcher years and whose marriage to American divorcee Geraldine Kaelin lasted 45 years, enjoyed a clandestine affair with Seventies pin-up Francoise Pascal.

Now almost 40 years after their liaison, the Mind Your Language actress, whose other lovers include actors Warren Beatty and Sir Michael Caine, speaks out about their trysts for the first time in her forthcoming memoirs, As I Am.

Lord (James) Hanson, who died in 2004 aged 82, met Mauritius-born Francoise when she was 22 at a dinner party she attended as David Niven Junior’s date.

Hanson, who was once engaged to Audrey Hepburn, slipped her his contact details, but it was not until their second encounter at Francoise’s flat that the pair consummated their bond.

‘James was always very cautious how he ate. I guess he needed to have some room for his dinner with Lady Hanson.

After the affair ended, Francoise adds: ‘We kept in touch for a while but he had to be careful because of his political career, his business and his wife.’


Lord Hanson arrives for the memorial service of thanksgiving for business tycoon Lord White of Hull at St Paul's Stock Photo

Freemason Lord Hanson

Although most businessmen keep their Freemasonry secret, a few openly admit it. Sir Michael Richardson, chairman of the stockbroker Smith New Court and adviser to many powerful businessmen including Lord King and Lord Hanson, is one.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/time-to-lift-the-apron-pressure-is-mounting-for-the-freemasons-in-big-business-to-reveal-all-patrick-1552542.html

Lord Hanson's eligible son Robert is engaged to Masha Markova, a Russian former model

Society shock as Lord Hanson’s eligible son Robert finally settles down

It is an announcement that London society had almost given up hope of hearing: Robert Hanson, the 49-year-old son and heir of the late Lord Hanson, is to marry.

Lord Hanson’s eligible son Robert is engaged to Masha Markova, a Russian former model

Mandrake can disclose that the seemingly perennial bachelor is engaged to Masha Markova, a Russian former model 25 years his junior.

Hanson, whose industrialist father was a close ally of Margaret Thatcher, numbers Martine McCutcheon, the former EastEnders actress, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson (also listed in Jeffrey Epstein’s black book), the televison presenter, and Sophie Anderton, the model, among his previous girlfriends. Although Masha may be young enough to be his daughter, she is no ingénue.

Two years ago, she declared publicly that she planned to sue Lindsay Lohan, the hard-living Hollywood actress, after the reported loss of a £5,000 mink coat. Masha, who was still a student, said she would take the legal action against the 23-year-old star of Mean Girls after her coat, which was a gift from her grandmother, disappeared during a party the pair attended at the 10ak nightclub in New York.

Masha’s lawyer alleged that Lohan was later pictured wearing the coat and, when it was finally returned, Markova complained that it smelled of “cigarettes and liquor”. The New York state court filing added that Lohan’s actions were “intentional, oppressive and malicious and carried out with reckless disregard”. Lohan settled out of court.

Hanson’s father, incidentally, was once engaged to Audrey Hepburn. The wedding, planned for 1952, was postponed and then cancelled, amicably, after work on her film Roman Holiday overran.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/7407289/Society-shock-as-Lord-Hansons-eligible-son-Robert-finally-settles-down.html

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Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala – Champagne Reception

LONDON, ENGLAND BY DAVE M. BENETT/GETTY IMAGES REQUIRED) Edward Spencer Churchill (L) and Robert Hanson attend a champagne reception at the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Gala held at the Stud House, Hampton Court on September 22, 2011 in London, England.
Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner - Inside Arrivals : News Photo
Mikhail Gorbachev with Robert Hanson and Masha Markova arrive at the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation Annual Fundraising Gala Dinner, at the Stud House, Hampton Court Palace on June 6, 2009 in Richmond upon Thames, London, England. The night is in aid of the Raisa Gorbachev Foundation – an international fund fighting child cancer. on June 6, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
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Robert Hanson And Tom Parker Bowles, New York Socialite Paris Hilton Celebrated Her New Movie And Her 21st Birthday

2011

Peter Pan of Posh

The ‘playboy’ eldest son of industrialist Lord Hanson,  is famed for his fondness of life in the fast lane and was, until recently, a seemingly permanent fixture on the London party circuit and a regular at society and royal events.

His own parties are legendary.

Texan model and heiress Normandie Keith now married to Hanson’s best friend Lucas White is an old flame, as is It-Girl Tara Palmer Tomkinson. He was briefly engaged to the troubled underwear model Sophie Anderton and dated Lord Halpern’s daughter Jenny, and Lord Baybrooke’s daughter Cazzy, now the Countess of Derby.

His more unusual past amours include former EastEnders actress Martine McCutcheon, native American model Brenda Schad and Waffa Bin Laden, would-be pop diva and niece of Osama.

This year, the 44-year-old was seen squiring stunning blonde and wealthy Russian socialite Victoria Smirnoff, his guest at the Grand Prix in Monaco, Chicago-born model Kat Mack and, more recently, actress Anouska de Georgiou, 26, daughter of a multimillionaire financier.

Quite the womaniser, then, is Robert Hanson. Yet as he grew older and the girlfriends grew younger, friends nicknamed him ‘The Peter Pan of Posh’ because of his apparent refusal to grow up something which reportedly drove his exasperated parents at times to despair of him.

But now, with the death of his father from cancer at the age of 82, there has been a profound shift in Robert’s gilded life and not only because he has become even richer.

He, his adopted brother Brook, 40, and half- sister Karyn, 50 his mother’s daughter from her first marriage who were all at Lord Hanson’s side when he died at his mansion near Newbury in Berkshire on Monday, are expected to share an estate worth close to [pounds sterling]50 million.

Lord Hanson’s [pounds sterling]4 million winter mansion in Palm Springs, California, the Mail can reveal, is already technically owned by Robert, presumably to avoid inheritance taxes, and there are also homes in Berkshire and Knightsbridge which form part of the estate.

However, the question being whispered among his circle is: will he carry on being the ultimate ladies’ man merely richer and even more spoilt for choice or will the loss of both his parents in the space of just eight months force him to grow up?

One of Lord Hanson’s friends in California, Dr Frank Ercoli,

Robert used to run with a Brit pack of party animals, including actress Liz Hurley, and socialised with Princess Diana’s lover Dodi Fayed

In 1959, he married American divorcee Geraldine Kaelin, a part-time model who was working as a buyer at a New York department store and struggling to bring up her five-year-old daughter Karyn. Robert was born the following year. In 1964, they adopted a second son Brook.

And what of Robert’s current on/off girlfriend, actress Anouska de Georgiou, whose bedroom scene in the new film Alfie is the talk of the town? She was discovered as a model aged 17 while at a party at Robert Hanson’s home

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-124278635/peter-pan-of-posh

June 13, 2005

Seven months after his death at the age of 82, Hanson’s son Robert hopes to enshrine the peer’s memory by closely overseeing a biography of his late father.

‘By supervising an authorised book about his father, he is rather hoping it will dissuade any muckrakers intent on digging up scandal from doing likewise.’

According to friends, Old Etonian Robert, 44, who inherited his father’s playboy style, is preparing to pay an American writer who knew his father to pen the biography.

‘Robert will then hawk it around publishers because he is keen not to have any interference,’ I am told. ‘This way he can ensure there are no negative bits in the book.’ I understand that interviews with many of Lord Hanson’s friends, including Lady Thatcher with whom he shared late night glasses of whisky and former British Airways chief Lord King, are now being planned.

A spokesman for Robert confirmed that the biography is on the cards. 

Hanson Brought to Book

Daily Mail (London), June 13, 2005

Lord Hanson, a close friend of Lord King

From Russia with Love: A Mystery Tour

Daily Mail (London), September 20, 2005

HE IS a young man whose playboy image has always been fuelled by his own fortune. So it was no surprise when a legion of his many friends were whisked away on a glossy mystery tour.

The 45th birthday that Robert Hanson was marking was hardly a milestone, but as they boarded a private jet at Luton Airport at the weekend, his 90 guests who included the Hollywood star Val Kilmer and singer Dannii Minogue knew that he has long been a generous host.

They were flown to the Black Sea resort of Alushta in the Ukraine, where an armed police escort was on hand to ensure their two days of celebrating could not be interrupted by anything so mundane as a traffic jam. Once settled in their comfortable hotels, the guests were entertained by an army band, musicians from the famous Bolshoi Theatre and Cossack dancers.

Curiously, what many of Hanson’s guests did not know was that the real host of the weekend was someone else. In fact, the party was financed by a former KGB agent who has become fabulously wealthy in the new Russia and who accommodated the group in his own hotel.

He is Alexander Lebedev, the forty something son of a university professor, who now owns the Russian National Reserve Bank and 30 per cent of the former state airline, Aeroflot.

So just why would Robert Hanson accept so much hospitality? ‘He certainly found it quite amusing that the Russians were so deferential to him,’ a friend tells me.

Actress and model Lisa B wife of property tycoon Anton Bilton who was among the revellers, says: ‘I am exhausted. It was a fantastic weekend.

We stayed at a fabulous hotel and we had a great time.’ Other guests included Lucas White, the son of Lord Hanson’s business partner, Lord White; the Duke of Marlborough’s son, Edward Spencer-Churchill; hotelier Sir Rocco Forte; and party animals Tim Jeffries and Nicky Haslam.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-136419640/from-russia-with-love-a-mystery-tour


Robert Hanson has a five-month-old son called Max.
The family’s haulage firm, founded in Huddersfield 170 years ago by Mr Hanson’s great-great-great grandmother, Mary, was nationalised in 1948.

In January, Mr Hanson returned to his Huddersfield roots to launch a new business venture with storage specialist pH Europe offering specialist plastic crates, boxes and pallets to small and medium-sized businesses.

“It fits into the international story of where we’re going,” Mr Hanson says. “A few years ago, we, as a company, decided to become more international and because my brother and I lived for six years in Hong Kong…we picked China as the place we wanted to expand.” Asia is a huge focus for Mr Hanson who is in the process of buying a Chinese speciality chemicals business, Sinojie Hanson, of which his company currently owns 42 per cent. He is also looking to build a logistics business in China by setting up another joint venture. “The British economy can’t compete and I don’t want to just sit here and try and find customers, I actually want to have businesses and develop them,” Mr Hanson says. “Quite a lot of my time is spent in Asia setting things up and then I leave it to other people to run.” Hanson Family Holdings also includes a group of financial services companies. In 1998 Mr Hanson founded Hanson Capital to capitalise on his worldwide network of close relationships with high net worth individuals. In 2006 Hanson Westhouse was formed by linking Hanson Capital and Westhouse Securities but Mr Hanson switched his allegiance in 2009, selling his 20 per cent stake in Westhouse to form a joint venture investment bank with Strand Partners called Strand Hanson. Mr Hanson says his group of companies has weathered the recession well due to their diversity. He made an early decision in 2008 to sell the delivery business, Home Delivery Network. “We couldn’t figure out whether it was going to be a stupid decision or a brave decision but we sold that business and cut our business in two. It proved very successful,” he says. As a result, Mr Hanson says the businesses avoided making redundancies and instead concentrated on reducing costs, mainly those associated with the Home Delivery Network operation. Now he is looking to build up his portfolio by buying other companies in the chemicals, packaging, logistics or freight forwarding sectors, which will complement the existing businesses.

He grew up in Huddersfield until the age of five when the family, including his brother, Brook, and sister, Karyn, moved to Berkshire.

Mr Hanson was sent to boarding school from the age of eight and was educated at Eton followed by St Peter’s College, Oxford. After graduating he became a banker at N M Rothschild & Sons where he worked initially in London and later at its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Chile and Spain. In 1990, he joined the family firm becoming a main board director in 1992 responsible for strategy, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. However, he was involved in one of the group’s most high profile mistakes with the attempted takeover of chemical group ICI in 1990 when it bought a 2.8 per cent stake in the firm. Although a formal bid was never made, ICI launched a desperate defence, which severely dented the Hanson empire his father had built.

Mr Hanson resigned from the public company at the end of 1997, after his father broke up the business, to chair Hanson Transport Group, now Hanson Family Holdings.

Robert Hanson Factfile Title: Chairman of Hanson Family Holdings Date of birth: October 3, 1960 Education: Eton, St Peter’s College, Oxford First job: Assistant keeper at a reptile house at Windsor Safari Park at the age of 16. Favourite holiday destination: Bali Favourite film: Blade Runner Favourite song: Golden Brown by The Stranglers or Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head Car driven: Porsche Cayenne, which I now drive with a baby seat in the back What I am most proud of: My son

Lady Geraldine Hanson

Her memorial is the Hanson House Foundation she set up, which looks after victims of accidents.’

Hanson House Foundation

Hanson House is a “home away from home” for the loved ones of critically ill and injured hospitalized patients. We also serve the needs of cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatment, parents of newborn babies critically ill in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), military families from the Marine base at Twenty Nine Palms and all families of First Responders. Our services are provided at low or no cost. No one is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Frank R. Ercoli, M.D., FACS, Medical Director of Trauma and Critical Care Services at Desert Regional Medical Center conceived and developed the idea to create a place that provided comfort and care to the families of those patients being cared for in the intensive care units of local hospitals. Dr. Ercoli met project benefactor Lord James Hanson, a British industrialist and part-time resident of Palm Springs. Lord Hanson made a very generous seed donation to start the fund for the facility that is now named for him.

http://www.hansonhouse.org/

 

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Shock death of tycoon Lord Hanson’s adopted son in Belgravia bar

When he was adopted as a child by Margaret Thatcher’s favourite businessman Lord Hanson, Brook Hanson entered a glamorous world where top-level business met high politics.

Sadly, the dashing blond previously seen as one of society’s most eligible bachelors has died suddenly of a suspected heart attack at his local pub in Belgravia, London, to the great shock of fellow regulars.

‘It is very sad,’ says one drinker who witnessed his death at the Duke of Wellington in Eaton Terrace. ‘Brook was a much-loved figure at the pub.’

The death of Brook, whose buccaneering father was once engaged to Audrey Hepburn, came a month after he turned 50 and the party he had hoped for failed to materialise.

Ten years ago, his 40th birthday celebrations were a lavish affair held at the London townhouse of his brother, Robert Hanson, 53, whose ex-girlfriends include former EastEnders actress Martine McCutcheon, It-girl Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and model Sophie Anderton.

Friends such as Lady Eloise Anson, daughter of the late royal photogapher Lord Lichfield, had toasted Brook with champagne and presented him with a camera-shaped cake to reflect his love of photography.

‘Brook had become increasingly disillusioned and reclusive after his on/off affair with an Italian socialite foundered,’ says a friend. ‘He had given up drinking and put on a lot of weight, while his hair turned grey.’

Despite the multi-million-pound fortune of Yorkshireman Lord ‘Moneybags’ Hanson, who died in 2004 within eight months of his wife Geraldine, Brook is said to have struggled to form genuine friendships.

 

His last dinner party in March ended in disaster when the ‘friend’ he had sent out to buy wine from the nearby Duke of Wellington absconded, pocketing the cash.

‘There was a very curious collection of people there, with whom I can’t imagine he had much in common,’ says one guest. ‘I got the impression he was not having fun.’

Since his parents’ deaths and Robert’s move to Los Angeles in 2010 following his marriage to Masha Markova, a Russian model 25 years his junior, there was no one close to offer support. Friends and family will gather for a memorial service at St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge next month.

John Brook Hanson, British marketing professional. Recipient Photography award Nikon School, United States of America. Trooper British Army, 1982. Member Science Exploration Society, The Brook New York, Brooks London
Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, American College London, 1994.

Management trainee Babcock Power, Glasgow, Scotland, 1983. Recce office operation Raleigh, London, 1983. Market researcher Walmsley Ltd., Hong Kong, 1984.

Investment analyst Chin Tong Securities, 1985, James Capel Pacific, Tokyo, 1989. Marketing agent Science Exploration Society, since 1994.

Party affiliation: Conservative Party of United Kingdom
1994
American College London
1983
Management, trainee Babcock Power
Glasgow, Kentucky, United States
1983
recce office operation Raleigh
London, Mpumalanga, South Africa
1984
market researcher, Walmsley Limited
Hong Kong
1985
investment analyst, Chin Tong Securities
1989
investment analyst, Chin Tong Securities
Tokyo, Japan
1994
marketing agent Science Exploration Society
Brook Hanson with his father Lord Hanson

“After leaving Pangbourne Brook wanted to join the Army but failed his Army Officer Selection Board. He went into banking and worked for Rothschilds Bank in Hong Kong for about six years before returning to London. Sometime after this he studied photography in London and became a professional photographer.Outside of work, Brook had a talent for learning languages and learnt Italian and Japanese and apparently could recite Haiku which is difficult for non Japanese. Ten years ago both his parents and sister passed away in a short space of time, which affected him deeply.”

Lady Hanson

GERALDINE Hanson, American wife of Huddersfield-born business tycoon Lord Hanson, died from leukaemia in a hospital in Los Angeles on February 22.

A memorial service will be held in London in June, led by the Hansons’ close friend, the Archbishop of York.

The couple had a son Robert, a daughter Karyn, and an adopted son, Brook.

Hanson once had a reputation as an international playboy, but his engagement to Audrey Hepburn in the 1950s fell apart over whether her career or marriage should come first. He met New Jerseyborn Geraldine on a U.S. business trip.

Hanson married Geraldine Kaelin, whom he met in New York, in 1959.

Lord Hanson Stock Photo

16th May 1996

Lord Hanson, launched a withering attack on “destructive journalism” and accused tabloid and broadsheet newspapers alike of lurid disclosures of the private lives of even minor politicians and public figures.


“Of course he had critics, because he had strong political views. He was very much against the idea of nationalisation and one of Margaret Thatcher’s earliest supporters.”

Tory Party leader Michael Howard said Lord Hanson would be greatly missed.

Mr Howard said: “James Hanson will be remembered as one of the great British industrialists of recent times who played a leading role in the economic regeneration of Britain.”

http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/tycoon-lord-hanson-dies-82-5084634


Daily Mail (London), June 9, 1997

Tory leadership candidates launch cocktail party offensives to win over wavering MPs.

MICHAEL HOWARD:

Venue: Former Treasury Minister Jonathan Aitken’s opulent house in Lord North Street.

Drinks: Laurent-Perrier champagne provided by party host, multi-millionaire Lord Hanson.

Food: Posh canapes.

Guests: List of 150 includes financier Sir Evelyn Rothschild, advertising guru Lord Saatchi, Viscount Astor and columnist Woodrow Wyatt.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-110827297/it-s-party-time-ken-is-ale-and-hearty-as-he-and-his

Mr Howard, who is backed by a number of senior MPs and the millionaire businessman Lord Hanson.

Howard’s Camp Fizzes with Fury as Hague Kills Champagne Pact; a Champagne Toast to Pact with Howard . . . but the Young Pretender Changes His Mind at Breakfast

Daily Mail (London), May 7, 1997

While at Oxford, Robert Hanson was a member of the Assassins dining club, a riotous body of very rich young men.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-111430841/hanson-s-heir-finds-love-with-no-reservations

Pigs’ heads on stakes and a burning map

Another party I went to was a lot smaller – and a lot darker.

It was hosted by the Assassins, another of these elite Oxford drinking societies.

We had to go meet in a park-and-ride on the outskirts of Oxford. We were given a map, which we had to use to drive to the location.

When we arrived the maps were taken from us by people dressed in robes and they performed a ceremonial burning of the map.

There were flaming torches at either side of the entrance gate and two stakes with pigs’ heads mounted on them. There were more stakes with pigs’ heads by the bar.

It sounds exotic but, in Oxford, the covered market has a stall which always has pigs’ heads for sale, so I presume they bought them there.

So, we drove in and parked up. It was at the top of a hill where there was similar music to the other party.

But they made much more of an effort to make it seem mysterious and cryptic. The members were wearing weird robes, looking like a cross between monks and Death.

Someone was wearing a long gown and the mask from the Scream film.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/night-piers-gaveston-society-elite-6486118

The Evening Standard reported  that the so-called Assassins club carried out some of Oxford University’s most debauched behaviour in the ’80s.

A court case in 1982 heard that 19 members of the club went to the Thatcher’s pub in Thame (above, now just The Thatch), where they went through 57 bottles of vintage wine and took part in such drinking games as “Drink if your public school cost less than £3,000 a year” and “Drink if your family name became double-barrelled during the last 100 years”.

Members were seen “vomiting and urinating in the garden, smashing plates on walls, and trying to burn tablecloths, causing £600 in damage.”

Robert Hanson, who was there, told the Standard: “I was there on the night, covered in pink blancmange. So I remember it well.”

https://www.buzzfeed.com/patricksmith/9nsane-stories-from-oxbridges-high-society-drinking-clubs?utm_term=.jcEkdv3G5W#.brG6Rg9KXG


THE PLAYBOY WHO MADE BILLIONS; the Amazing Huddersfield to Hollywood Life Story of James Hanson, Hedonist Turned Hard Man

At the London memorial service for his wife: Lord Hanson, 82, greeted the powerful congregation including Lady Thatcher and David Frost, relying for support on his two sons and his family friend of many years David Hope, the Archbishop of York.

https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-124014393.html

The Hansons’ friend, the Archbishop of York  – David Hope:

Ex-archbishop of York quits church position over report into alleged abuse

Lord Hope steps down from role following finding of ‘systemic failures’ by the Church of England over child abuse allegations
 
Robert Waddington report
David Hope, the former archbishop of York, has resigned from his position as an honorary assistant bishop after a report into into allegations of abuse.

Lord Hope of Thornes failed to follow policy and take advice after he was informed of complaints against Robert Waddington relating to boys in Manchester and Australia.

Lord Hope has always denied suggestions that he covered up allegations.

The report detailed a range of allegations against Waddington that were first made to the C of E in 1999 but dated back as far as the 1950s.

Those who made allegations described abuse in Manchester, York, London, Carlisle and in Queensland, Australia

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/31/former-archbishop-york-lord-hope-steps-down-abuse-inquiry

Archbishop Hope

Rev.Robert M Waddington, Dean of Manchester

Mr Ward said he came from a poor background in Salford and joined the cathedral choir in Manchester at the age of seven.

Robert Wadiington

Robert Wadiington

Four years later Dean Waddington, a former headmaster and then the most senior education official working for the Church’s parliament, the General Synod, arrived in the city.

He said the Dean showed him special favour, helping him with his homework, picking him up in his car to take him to choir practice, asking him out to tea and taking him for days out. He asked Mr Ward’s mother if the boy could stay with him overnight.

The room in which the boy slept had a large poster of a horrifying painting by 16th century artist Hieronymus Bosch, which gave him nightmares.

Cathedral: Waddington targeted a Manchester choirboy as well as a pupil at an Australian boarding school

Cathedral: Waddington targeted a Manchester choirboy as well as a pupil at an Australian boarding school

Mr Ward said: ‘He turned round to me one day and said, “Would you rather stay in my room? Is that painting too scary for you?” and of course I said yes.’

Mr Ward began sleeping in the Dean’s bed.

Mr Ward said that he was told by the Dean that if questioned by the Press he should lie about what was going on.

After a senior cathedral official did begin to inquire about the relationship, the Dean told Mr Ward to quit the choir in 1989 and he did so.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2323085/Archbishop-York-launches-independent-probe-child-abuse-claims-senior-cleric-church-rocked-scandal.html

Mr Waddington was ordained Deacon in 1953, and began his career as curate at St John’s in Bethnal Green from 1953 to 1956. Afterwards he was Chaplain at Slade School in Warwick, Queensland, Australia from 1956 to 1959.

After 18 months as curate of St Luke’s Chesterton, in the Ely Diocese, he returned to Australia to become headmaster of St. Barnabas School, Ravenshoe, where he remained until 1971.

On returning to England he became a Canon Residentiary at Carlisle Cathedral and Bishop’s Adviser for Education 1972 to 1977, then General Secretary of the Church of England’s General Synod Board of Education and General Secretary of the National Society from 1977 to 1984 until becoming Dean of Manchester Cathedral in 1984.

http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/10602488.display/

 Robert Waddington’s cycle of abuse stretches beyond 50 years

Inscription
Inscription in a book given to Ray Munn
THE Church of England banished serial pedophile priest Robert Waddington to Australia, where he abused children across a decade, after suspicions were raised about him molesting choirboys in his London parish.

In an alleged church cover-up spanning almost 60 years, Waddington was suddenly and unexpectedly sent to a small school in regional Queensland in 1956 amid claims he was molesting the son of an English politician.

Last month the Church of England ordered an independent inquiry into the handling of allegations against Waddington, after a joint investigation by The Australian and The Times of London.

But it can now be revealed that Waddington – who died in 2007, facing allegations he abused students in Australia in the 1960s and English choirboys in the 80s and 90s – was molesting children as soon as he joined the church in 1953. The latest allegations have been made by Ray Munn, 70, who was recruited by Waddington, then a curate at St John’s church in Bethnal Green, East London, to sing in the choir in 1953.

He was almost immediately groomed by the Cambridge University-educated clergyman, who took him on holidays in the English countryside, before he began molesting the then 11-year-old.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/robert-waddingtons-cycle-of-abuse-stretches-beyond-50-years/news-story/7d037003bda971d2d6329d1995798f91


Archbishop Hope honoured by Nashotah House in 1999 -Nashotah House child sex scandal in the 1990s

link

Scandal in 1990s

Nashotah House has had its challenges, including a 1990s sex-abuse scandal that led to criminal convictions for three seminarians

http://archive.jsonline.com/news/religion/nashotah-house-seminary-to-get-a-new-president-132390408.html

Hope was enthroned at York Minster on 8 December 1995.  After Peter Tatchell alleged in the same year that Hope was gay as part of a much criticised OutRage! “outing” campaign,[9][10]

Hope said that his sexuality is “a grey area” and that he had “sought to lead a celibate life” and is “perfectly happy and content”.[citation needed]

On 26 October 1995 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO),[11] an honour in the personal gift of the Queen.

Convinced of the Bishop’s homosexuality – largely because Dr Hope had been head of a notoriously gay seminary – Tatchell delivered by hand what he still claims was intended to be a private letter. It urged the bishop to be true to what OutRage! believed to be his nature and, by admitting his sexuality, help to convince the church that it was an honourable estate.

The letter, he insists, contained no threat of exposure, but was just a plea for help and understanding. “But a journalist went to see Hope and told him that we were going to out him. So he called a press conference and talked about his sexuality being a grey area.” Dr Hope, now Archbishop of York, upstaged Tatchell and his would-be tormentor clearly resents it. “The letter was intended to be private and he gave it to the press without the courtesy of letting me know.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2000/feb/12/gayrights.books

In April 2013, it was reported that in 1999 and 2003, Hope had been made aware of allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Dean of Manchester, Robert Waddington.

Hope removed Waddington’s right to officiate at services but did not refer Waddington to the authorities.[17]

Following the 2014 report of the Cahill Inquiry, Hope resigned his post as honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Leeds on 27 October 2014.[18] He retired from the House of Lords on 30 April 2015.[19]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Hope,_Baron_Hope_of_Thornes


Lord James Hanson becoming a transatlantic commuter when the family decided to branch out into Canada – later he loved travelling on Concorde for his frequent trips across the Atlantic.

With his brother Bill, he launched a transport business in Canada and later formed Jet Petroleum. This was sold to Conoco in the 1950s for £12.5m.

More significantly, the good times were facilitated by Gordon White, a fellow “playboy businessman” who had been a close friend of Bill Hanson during the war. White had a cavalier attitude to life: more interested in having fun than building a business, and possessing the panache which Hanson lacked, and setting himself up as a Hollywood impresario in the early 1950s. White became a surrogate brother to the bereaved James, and was eventually the brains of the Hanson takeover machine.

The pair first ventured into business together in the late 1950s, using their American connections to import greeting cards. But their entry into serious business, and the world of takeovers, came through White’s connection to Jim Slater, the accountant turned stock market whizz kid who introduced them to the potential in public company shares.

In 1960, Hanson left the family haulage business in his father’s hands, to concentrate on building his own empire. He occasionally had other interests, such as backing Yorkshire Television and was its non-executive chairman for a couple of years in the early 1970s. But he and White concentrated on emulating Slater’s takeover techniques, building up a public company through acquisitions and disposals.

Unlike Slater, they survived the British slump in the early 1970s, but the “quantum leap” which Hanson had promised shareholders did not come until 1979. That coincided with the beginning of the Thatcher era, which saw a return to unbridled capitalism and a new respect for businessmen such as Hanson and White, who were not afraid to take on trade unions and break up established companies in pursuit of profit.

From 1979 to 1986, Hanson Trust rampaged through stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic, acquiring a string of ever-larger companies, often in bitterly fought takeover battles masterminded by White but fronted by Hanson. In private, he had a fierce temper, but he could be immensely charming, and used that on City contacts as well as the senior financial journalists who could influence City opinion.

Guided by Mrs Thatcher’s favourite public relations guru, Sir Tim (now Lord) Bell*, he was a master of PR, using his growing notoriety in financial circles to provide material to favoured journalists, while rationing his own public appearances. There were defeats, but these were overshadowed by successes in the United States and Britain – such as the Ever Ready company Berec, the retail group UDS, and finally Imperial Group, a conglomerate whose businesses included hotels, the Courage brewery and Golden Wonder crisps.

The Imperial takeover was then the largest ever seen in Britain – almost £2bn – but it was also the most bitter. The battle was conducted in public, through full-page newspaper ads, but also behind the scenes using private investigators who, unsuccessfully, tried to prove allegations of criminal activities in Hanson’s US businesses.

Hanson narrowly won the battle, but was beginning to lose the war. Some of the mud flung by Imperial and other targets was beginning to stick. The Times newspaper awarded him the title Capitalist Of The Year for 1986, but focused on a controversial attempt to take £70m from the Courage pension fund. “This displayed the true lack of sentiment of the pure capitalist”, it said. Critics also attacked a quadrupling of his own salary to £1.3m in 1987, while the City was wondering how the takeover juggernaut could keep rolling, and was increasingly looking for a succession strategy as Hanson and White moved past normal retirement age.

The pair had no intention of standing down, but attempts to continue the proven formula were becoming more difficult. In November 1990 Thatcher was ousted as prime minister, seriously weakening Hanson’s political support. And in the following year that loss proved fatal in what was intended to be the ultimate takeover, but proved to be the beginning of the end.

This time the target was not an anonymous conglomerate, but ICI, the chemical group which had been a symbol of British industry for decades. Success would perhaps have created Imperial Hanson Industries and brought the respectability in the business establishment that Hanson never quite achieved. But the group was symbolic of Britain’s manufacturing and research base, while Hanson was symbolic of financial wheeler-dealing. More to the point, perhaps, ICI had plants and offices all over Britain, which made it a highly political issue for the many MPs whose constituents might be affected – including several in marginal Tory seats. ICI’s defence directly targeted Hanson and White and the way they ran their empire. It unearthed the astonishing facts that White was not on Hanson’s board, that the company owned three of White’s racehorses, and that the group had a string of companies in tax havens. Worse still, Hanson’s son Robert had been in charge of the battle, and had been shown to be naive. Hanson was forced to retreat without launching a formal takeover, with his reputation bruised and plans to hand over to his son shown to be wishful thinking.

He remained chairman of Hanson until 1997, when he finally retired from active business life. But those years saw the decline of the empire he had built, as the City turned against his style of wheeler-dealing and left no option but to break up what he and White had put together. Their legacy survives as Hanson Plc, a building products company that has grown from the group’s brick and aggregates business.

But the conglomerate approach finally came to be seen in the 1990s as primarily destructive, with the value coming from financial engineering rather than business acumen. Indeed, Hanson and White always remained aloof from the operating businesses. Hanson directed operations from his head office overlooking Hyde Park Corner in London, paying more attention to the state of his employees’ desks – he commanded that they be cleared every evening – their hair (he engaged a trichologist) and their cholesterol levels than to the state of his factories.

Hanson occasionally, very occasionally, re-entered the public arena in recent years: he gave his opinion on the Tory leadership race in 2001, and joined the anti-Euro campaign as a founder member of Business for Britain and a member of the Bruges Group.

Hanson’s wife died in February. He is survived by a stepdaughter and two sons.

· James Edward Hanson, Lord Hanson of Edgerton, businessman, born January 20 1922; died November 1 2004

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2004/nov/03/guardianobituaries.obituaries

*On 19 November 1977 Hanson’s “guru” Tim Bell was fined £50 for indecency. He had exposed himself while masturbating at his Hampstead bathroom window on 21 October in full view of female passers-by.[4][5]

The British ad men – the surreal world of the controversial Saatchi brothers, by LORD BELL

HOW MARGARET THATCHER STOPPED CHARLES SAATCHI SHAFTING ME

When I finally left Saatchi & Saatchi, the brothers didn’t want me anywhere near the Conservative Party account. But everyone had reckoned without Margaret Thatcher, then Prime Minister, who said that they’d become too ‘gimmicky’ and negative.

I brought in my new agency, Lowe Howard-Spink & Bell. We came up with a dozen or so examples of what the Government was doing well and added the line: ‘Life’s better with the Conservatives. Don’t let Labour ruin it.’ Margaret took one look and immediately said: ‘That’s it! At last.’

Charles Saatchi wanted revenge. So they mounted an all-out attack. Rumours started about my private life. Then they launched what’s known as a bear raid on the share price of my new agency — which caused £12 million to be wiped off our share price on one Wednesday alone. Shortly afterwards, Margaret rang me at home and said: ‘I understand that those brothers are trying to damage your company. Tell me what I can do to help.’

I replied: ‘Margaret, please don’t. You’ve got a f***ing country to run. I’m perfectly capable of looking after myself.’

She said: ‘I know. But all of us need our friends. I’ll speak to James Hanson.’

James Hanson: He helped Tim Bell at Mrs Thatcher's asking

James Hanson: He helped Tim Bell at Mrs Thatcher’s asking

Hanson, then one of Britain’s leading industrialists, was a strong Conservative supporter who had Saatchi & Saatchi working on his brands. The next thing I knew, I’d been summoned to a meeting in his office, to which Maurice and Charles had also been invited.

Maurice then rambled on about how much they hated me, adding that I was a disgusting person. To which Hanson told him: ‘If you don’t stop your activity, I am going to mount a bear raid to destroy your share price. In the meantime, I’m going to invest a quarter of a million pounds in Lowes in order to return their share price to the correct level — and you will stop this nonsense.’

Thus my agency’s share price went back to where it had been before. Soon after, Margaret asked me round for a drink at Downing Street. ‘I believe James has sorted it out,’ she said.

I said: ‘Yes, it’s absolutely fine.’

She continued: ‘Those people (the Saatchis) are not the kind you can do business with.

‘I understand they want to buy the Midland Bank. Well, I’ve spoken to the Governor [of the Bank of England] and they won’t.’

And sure enough, the bid was killed.

Holly Hamill, his personal assistant for over 30 years, said that Lord Hanson died peacefully at his cottage near Newbury, Berkshire, with his son Robert at his side yesterday afternoon.
Lord White and Lord Hanson were a winning partnership. Hanson was knighted in 1976 – in Harold Wilson’s famous “lavender list” – and created a life peer by Margaret Thatcher in 1983.
Martin Taylor,  worked for the peer between 1969 and 1995, latterly as vice-chairman of Hanson plc.
Derek Rosling, Lord Hanson’s other vice-chairman, who worked for him from 1964 to 1997, paid tribute to him, rating him as one of Britain’s “best businessmen of the last 50 years”, ahead of the modern business heroes such as Sir Richard Branson.

James Edward Hanson Joins USC Board of Trustees

June 3, 2002

James Edward Hanson – retired chairman of global conglomerate Hanson PLC and a member of the British House of Lords – has been named an honorary trustee of the University of Southern California.

Hanson built his company, originally the Oswald Tillotson Ltd., into an international presence with interests in areas including gas, electricity and vehicle distribution, coal mining and building materials. He retired in 1997.

“We are pleased and honored to have Lord Hanson with us on our board of trustees,” said USC President Steven B. Sample. “He’s a remarkable man.”

Hanson joined the British Army in 1939 at the age of 17 and left in 1946, holding the rank of acting major. He went to work for the family’s logistics company and managed its Canadian interests in Ontario from 1949 to 1963.

Hanson built Hanson PLC into one of the largest British-owned conglomerates through a partnership with the late Lord Gordon White, who died in 1995.

In 1995, Hanson PLC consolidated 34 of its companies in the United States, and the new company was named U.S. Industries Inc. Together with its subsidiaries, the corporation manufactured and marketed bath and plumbing products in North America under brand names such as Jacuzzi, Sundance Spas and Rainbow.

In 1996, the Hanson conglomerate started to divide its operations and created four separate public companies focused on chemicals (Millennium Chemicals), tobacco (Imperial Tobacco), energy (Energy Group PLC) and building materials and equipment (Hanson PLC).

When Hanson retired the following year, he became a lecturer and frequent contributor to newspapers and magazines.

He is a former director of Lloyds Bank and is currently a director of Hanson Capital Limited.

He was the founder of the London radio station Melody FM.

Breakfast presenter Bill Bingham (seated) with Melody Radio owner Lord Hanson on launch day. Later Melody FM presenters including David Hamilton – colleague and admirer of Sir Jimmy Savile:

Jimmy Savile: David Hamilton on his former Radio 1 colleague
Above everything else, Sir Jimmy Savile was a showman.

His death at home in Leeds at the age of 84 is a real loss because he had a massive impact on the music world.

We were colleagues together at Radio 1 when I joined in 1973. He had been at the station for five years by then and was enormously popular.

In late 1994 Hamilton presented the Breakfast show on Melody FM for four years

DJ David “Diddy” Hamilton attended Jimmy Savile’s funeral

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/jimmy-savile-david-hamilton-former-88798

http://www.sheengate.co.uk/richmond-and-barnes/2012/11/27/still-in-the-club-interview-with-david-hamilton/

 

He is also former chairman of Trident Television Limited

Trident Television Limited was a British holding company with broadcasting interests. Trident acquired Halas and Batchelor (well known for their cartoons), Scarborough Zoo, Windsor Safari Park, Trident Casinos, Playboy Club, Watts & Cory Scenery, Victoria Casino, The Clermont Club, as well as Trident Holdings (Australia Pty Ltd) and several other companies.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trident_Television

Hanson founded the Hanson Fellowship of Surgery at Oxford University and is a member of the Court of Patrons of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Through the Hanson White Foundation he founded with his former business partner, Hanson gave financial support to the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 1995 to support urology research programs and create the Hanson-White Chair in Medical Research.

Hanson’s various memberships cross a range of fields. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists; a fellow of the National Cancer Research Campaign; a freeman of the city of London; and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Hanson holds honorary degrees from the University of Leeds and the University of Huddersfield.

https://news.usc.edu/2910/James-Edward-Hanson-Joins-USC-Board-of-Trustees/

Lord White

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/25/obituaries/lord-white-72-who-liked-role-as-a-business-buccaneer-is-dead.html

Vincent Gordon Lindsay White, businessman: born Hull 11 May 1923; chairman, Welbecson 1947-65; deputy chairman, Hanson Trust Ltd 1965-73, with special commission to open Hanson Trust’s opportunities overseas 1973-83; KBE 1979; chairman, Hanson Industries 1983-95; created 1991 Baron White of Hull; married 1958 Elisabeth Kalen (two daughters; marriage dissolved 1968), 1974 Virginia North (one son; marriage dissolved 1979), 1992 Victoria Tucker; died Los Angeles 23 August 1995.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-lord-white-of-hull-1597826.html

Prior to being created a life peer with the title Baron White of Hull, of Hull in the County of Humberside on 25 January 1991,[6] White had been appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1979 Birthday Honours.[7]

Hanson Trust: Extract from ‘Written in Flames’

1987

 

http://powerbase.info/index.php/Hanson_Trust:_Extract_from_’Written_in_Flames’
Guess it helps to have had a rich dad with useful business connections…..

After changing hands three times in fairly quick succession over the past decade, the UK’s PremiAir Aircraft Engineering appears to be settling down and renewing its commitment to business aviation. In fact, it was recently appointed by Raytheon Aircraft as an authorized service center for the Premier I.

In November the company was reformed under its new name, after being acquired by Sir Robert McAlpine–the long-established British construction, property and wind energy group. Before this, the firm, which is based at Blackbushe Airport 35 miles southwest of London, had been owned in succession by the Hanson group, Lynton and BBA (encompassing Signature Aircraft Engineering’s Blackbushe and Denham operations). Combined hangar space at Blackbushe and Denham totals 43,000 sq ft, and these facilities are now being upgraded.

 

http://www.ainonline.com/aviation-ne…support-market

Blackbushe – they hold a massive Sunday market there. AIr Hanson had a hangar there, from memory, but re-branded to Premi-air a few years ago.

Part of the film “Rush”, by Ron Howard was filmed there, a film about the 1976 F1 season.

Incidentally, Blackbushe airport is also the home to British Car Auctions, who recently sold at least one of Jimmy Savile’s cars:

http://www.british-car-auctions.co.u…che-convertib/

It was also home to a large pop festival in 1978, organised by Harvey Goldsmith.

Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible

Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible

This Corniche was originally supplied to Sir Jimmy Savile OBE in 1977 for the use of his mother, ‘The Duchess’.  However, the car was too large for her to drive personally and was soon returned to Jack Barkley of London.

 

https://cache.mrporter.com/journal-images/production/2acda7bf-b786-43af-a8b9-826c0e1182d7

Colourful lot these Hansons. Eclectic lifestyles, porn, helicopters, beards……….

Hanson + White + Blackbushe + Helicopters

Air Hanson, a small charter aircraft company

http://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sciences-and-law/economics-business-and-labor/businesses-and-occupations/hanson-plc

A FATHER and son died when a helicopter crashed in dense woodland near Crowthorne, Berkshire, yesterday. Another two children and a man were in hospital last night with serious injuries.

Lord Hanson, chairman of Hanson Trust, of which Air Hanson is a subsidiary, said last night that Capt Bates was ‘a highly experienced helicopter pilot’ who had worked for the company for many years.

Captain Colin Bates, Air Hanson’s chief pilot, 46, and his son, Nicholas, 12, were certified dead at the scene.

Nigel Whiteman, 33, Air Hanson’s chief engineer, suffered severe chest and abdominal injuries. He and Capt Bates’s other son, Christopher, 9, were taken to Frimley Park Hospital in Camberley, Surrey, where both were said to be in a serious but stable condition after surgery.

James Coulter, 12, a friend of the Bates family, suffered serious head injuries and multiple injuries and was taken by the London Ambulance helicopter to the London Hospital in Whitechapel, east London. His condition was said to be very serious.

The aircraft was en route from Newmarket, Suffolk, to Blackbushe airport, where Air Hanson is based. A spokesman for the company said that Capt Bates had taken the boys on a day out.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/helicopter-crash-in-woods-kills-pilot-and-son-12-1540456.html

Another ‘random’ collation on Hanson – Hamilton – Guy – Blackbushe – helicopters – Blackburn? – Grant? – Elm- Trees – Wood – Barnes – Yewtree

… trying to decode the Mary Moss papers referenced the setting up of a brothel in HULL of all places.

Special Forces etc again.

Granted it was the late 80`s early 90`s but it would require at least one of the group of names to have a link to the Humberside region.

Baron White of HULL was HANSON’S lifelong business partner taking on the title AFTER the Elmhouse ring was stopped.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-lord-white-of-hull-1597826.html

Prior to being created a life peer with the title Baron White of Hull, of Hull in the County of Humberside on 25 January 1991,[6] White had been appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1979 Birthday Honours.[7]

2013

Lord Mandelson and former Tory MP Virginia Bottomley were both appointed to ancient ceremonial posts at a special ceremony at Hull’s Guildhall

Lord Mandelson has been officially appointed to the newly resurrected post of High Steward of Hull.

He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Labour foreign and home secretary Herbert Morrison, who was High Steward of Hull from 1956 to 1965.

In a ceremony at Hull’s Guildhall, Lord Mandelson vowed to serve the city to his “best judgement and ability”.

At the same ceremony, former Tory MP Virginia Bottomley was appointed to the rejuvenated role of Sheriff of Hull.

The Queen gave the city permission for the two ancient ceremonial posts to be reinstated after they were abolished in 1974.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-humber-22625513

“A FATHER and son died when a helicopter crashed in dense woodland near Crowthorne, Berkshire, yesterday Another two children and a man were in hospital last night with serious injuries.
The Bell 206 Jet Ranger helicopter, owned by Air Hanson, came down on Forestry Commission land a few miles from Blackbushe airport in Hampshire shortly after midday.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk…2-1540456.html
that contract operated up until at least 2008.

link

https://www.ft.com/content/b7c3a2b6-2c65-11d9-8339-00000e2511c8

Background to Strand Hanson

In May 2009, Strand Hanson announced its successful management buyout of the company from its founding shareholders. The company is 90% owned by staff and the remaining 10% (previously held by EPIC Investment Partners) has now been acquired by Robert Hanson. Operating out of its head office in Mayfair, London, with a further office in South Africa, the Strand Hanson team will continue to focus on providing market leading, independent investment banking advice and will maintain its strong presence across the oil and gas and natural resources sectors – areas in which Robert Hanson has extensive experience.

Background to The Hon Robert Hanson

Robert Hanson joined N M Rothschild & Sons in 1983 where he initially worked in London and later at its subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Chile and Spain. In 1990, he joined Hanson PLC, becoming a main board director in 1992 responsible for strategy, mergers, acquisitions and disposals. Robert Hanson resigned from Hanson PLC at the end of 1997, after the demerger, to chair Hanson Transport Group. In 1998 he founded Hanson Capital Limited to capitalise on his worldwide network of close relationships with private venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, financiers and high net worth individuals. He is non executive director of Nasdaq-listed Ivanhoe Mines Ltd and of South Gobi Energy Resources Ltd. He is also non-executive director of; SUNWING Energy Ltd, the China-based oil and gas development subsidiary of Ivanhoe Energy Inc; Sport & Artist Management Ltd (a boutique sports marketing company); and ECL (e-commerce Logistics Ltd), a Hong Kong based company which provides fulfilment and logistics facilities in Greater China.

http://www.strandhanson.co.uk/news-media/news/appointment-of-the-hon-robert-hanson-as-chairman-and-change-of-name/

Sir Hayden Phillips, an adviser to the Prince of Wales

Sir Hayden Phillips
interviewed by Malcolm McBain on 16 May 2011

PPS to Roy Jenkins

Good friends with Ted Heath defender, Robert Armstrong

I was very fortunate because Robert Armstrong became Permanent
Secretary to the Home Office whilst I was in Brussels and we had become friends. I talked to him about coming back and what I was going to do and when I came back Robert gave me, and I had no reason to expect this, possibly the best job I had ever had in my career, which was in charge of terrorism and riots. Fortunately, we had a great deal of both (laughs), and so I came back into an absolutely critical job, which also, particularly in relation to the te
rrorism angle, had wide international ramifications.

Over that issue, because it involved threats of terror and other things, I had to go and have meetings with Peter Carrington and Malcolm Rifkind, who was then the Minister of State at the
Foreign Office.

In 1992 I became Permanent Secretary for the first time at
what was then called the Department of National Heritage under John Major, whom I worked for in the Treasury when he was Chief Secretary. I did that for six years and then I went to look after the
Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine of Lairg at what is now the
Ministry of Justice. So from 1992 to 1998 I was in Media, Culture, and Sport and then from 1998 to 2004 it was the Courts, the Law and Justice.

I remember Robin Butler who was then Cabinet Secretary, said to me, “you can’t stay at Culture and Sport forever, we must send you
somewhere else”. Various suggestions were made and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do any of them. Finally he said “I’ve got it!

We need someone to look after Lord Irvine  of Lairg and so go to the Lord Chancellor’s Department” to which I replied “You can’t do that, you have to be a lawyer”, which was true, and I wasn’t a lawyer. He
said “That’s all right. We are going to change the law”. So I got the job. It’s a very unusual anecdote this, nothing to do with international diplomacy, but I think I am the only permanent secretary who got his job as a result of primary legislation. They had
to put through a Bill in the House of Commons and the House of Lords saying that the Permanent Secretary of the Lord Chancellor’s Department could be an ordinary person. So that was me.

the BBC in connection with Culture, Media and Sport, I mean that largely fell within your remit didn’t it? That presumably would be the major part of the BBC, the home service …

MM: Is it your opinion that the BBC is a good organisation?
HP: Oh I think it’s an outstanding organisation

I admire Chris Patten very much

MM: Would you like to say anything about the Churchill Archives and their relationship with the Heritage Lottery Fund?

We set up the Heritage Lottery Fund out of the National Heritage Memorial Fund which was a tiny organisation. Jacob Rothschild became the chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund – the three people most involved in this were Lord Rothschild, myself and Robin Butler the Secretary of the Cabinet. The first issue we confronted
was about the Churchill archives. They were going to be sold, distributed to the far flung corners of what is no longer the empi
re, the United States and countries like that. And we took the view that if we received an application, as we indeed did, to purchase the archives, we should do so in the national interest. It was so evident to us that this was the right thing to do, but what we hadn’t grasped was that it wasn’t at all evident to a large section of the British press or the British public, who firstly thought that the state already owned the Churchill archives and secondly were very resentful
of the idea that the first big slug of lottery money should appear to go to a single member of the Churchill family.

So what we thought was going to be a decision that would be applauded by the British public as a whole, turned out to be absolutely ghastly. I have had one similar experience of whatever the truth may be, the truth can be well out of kilter with what the British public thinks it ought to be. This was when Windsor castle burned down while I was in charge of royal palaces. Peter Brooke was my Secretary of State and we explained to the press when they asked who would have to pay for the damage, that Windsor castle was not owned by the Queen, it was owned by the nation and that the nation at the end of the day would have to foot the bill. I’m telling you this story because it is rather like the Churchill archives story.

Has the time come for super-smooth ex-Whitehall mandarin, Sir Hayden Phillips CB, KCB, GCB, to finally secure the peerage that cruelly eludes him? This week the favoured protege of Lord Jenkins – the ultimate smoothie – pops up as chair of appointments at Ipso, Fleet Street’s outlaw response to the Leveson reforms. The job follows his doomed, decade-long efforts to square another impossible circle, the funding of political parties. That was preceded by a review of the honours system (also doomed). A man of many grand hats, he chaired the National Theatre until 2010. There is also Marlborough College, Princess Kate’s alma mater, which is holding up quite well under his stewardship, despite the occasional controversy on his watch. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, but has Fleet Street picked the right one?

The Phillips compromise has to be good for the Party, as well as the country
10 Downing Street is reportedly hoping the Conservatives will – through Sir Hayden Phillips’ review – accept capping constituency campaign expenditure in return for the unions voluntarily ceasing to give large donations to the Labour Party. This potential deal is a little one-sided.

There is of course a cap in place already but it only counts within four weeks of election day. Conservatives usually outspend the other parties in the period before this by having more active and affluent Constituency Associations, and by receiving funding from safe seats, and donors such as Lord Ashcroft who orchestrated a large private funding scheme for marginal seats at the last election.

Labour’s National Executive Committee published its review into party funding in June, specifically mentioning Ashcroft’s target seat support as something a local cap could curtail. The only justification being that it didn’t make sense to merely cap four weeks out of a four year electoral cycle. Downing Street is also hoping that spending caps will start as soon as candidates are selected, thereby reducing the impact of the Conservatives choosing some candidates very early. Bizarrely there is also mention of only applying such caps to the 100 most marginal seats.

The Labour Party’s position seems motivated purely by political expediency which in itself is hardly shocking, but at least the Conservative proposal to cap individual donations will be healthy for democracy. If there is to be a cap on such donations, then why limit how much a campaign can raise from diverse sources and popular support?

http://conservativehome.blogs.com/torydiary/2007/01/the_phillips_co.html

Sir (Gerald) Hayden Phillips
(born 9 February 1943)
GCB 2002 (KCB 1998, CB 1989).
Career Details
Home Office, Assistant Principal, 1967 –
Home Office, Economic Adviser, 1970–72

Home Office, Principal, 1972–74 – Assistant Secretary, and Principal Private Secretary to Home Secretary, 1974–76
Deputy Chef de Cabinet to President, European Commission, 1977–79

Assistant Secretary, Home Office, 1979–81,

Assistant Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, 1981–86

Deputy Secretary, Cabinet Office (MPO, subsequently Office of the
Minister for the Civil Service), 1986–88

Deputy Secretary, HM Treasury, 1988–92

Permanent Secretary, Department for Na
tional Heritage, later
Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 1992–98

Permanent Secretary, Lord Chancellor’s Department, 1998–2003

Permanent Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, 2003–04

Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, 1998–2004
https://www.chu.cam.ac.uk/media/uploads/files/Phillips_Hayden.pdf

 

Hearing no evil: the IPSO panel covers its ears – Brian Cathcart

Having refused to meet Hacked Off, Sir Hayden Phillips, the man in charge of appointments to the big press groups’ planned son-of-PCC, now wants to opt out of email correspondence with Hacked Off and victims of press abuses.

This is a further sign of what can be expected from ‘IPSO’, a body which is the result of consultation by press executives with other press executives – and nobody else.

The Murdoch papers, the Mail and the Telegraph group would like us all to believe that IPSO will deliver a higher level of press accountability than the ‘toothless poodle’ PCC, but even before it has been launched IPSO is proving that it is not accountable at all.

We have written to Sir Hayden Phillips several times since he and the other non-industry members of his panel, Dame Denise Platt and Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, rejected our requests for face-to-face meetings.  Now he has written back to say that ‘we are just going to have to agree to differ’.

This withdrawal from dialogue leaves unanswered several important questions we put to him, and through him Lord Brown and Dame Denise.

They are:

1.  How do the panel members justify engaging with a process that is explicitly designed to defy the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, the wishes of all parties in Parliament, the views of all the leading victims of press abuses and the preference of the public at large?

2.  Do the panel members accept the analysis of IPSO by the Media Standards Trust which shows that IPSO only satisfies 12 out of 38 Leveson recommendations on press self-regulation? (No one has published any response finding fault with this analysis.)

3.  Do the panel members agree that PCC-IPSO cannot be independent of the press industry when (a) the two ‘industry representatives‘ among their number can effectively exercise a veto over their work (thanks to the requirement for consensus) and (b) an industry body called the ‘Regulatory Funding Company’ will dominate IPSO by retaining veto powers in several policy areas and by holding the purse-strings?

4.  Do they acknowledge that they were themselves appointed to the panel under a process that breached written public undertakings of openness given when IPSO was unveiled last November? (In a behind-closed-doors administrative process, the rules were simply altered without public consultation or announcement to permit a behind-closed-doors appointments process.)

5.  What grounds have they to believe that the people who oversaw the PCC during the worst years of press abuses, and who still oversee it, and who are now responsible for setting up PCC-IPSO, can now, suddenly, be trusted to put the public’s interests before those of their own newspapers?

The failure to answer these questions is, in our view, a failure to show accountability. Instead Sir Hayden and his panel appear to be prepared to answer only to their industry paymasters.

Sir Hayden, Dame Denise and Lord Brown have all had long careers in public service. It is sad that they have chosen to risk their reputations by participating in what Lord Justice Leveson would undoubtedly classify as another cosmetic reform of the PCC.

It would be far sadder, however, if their reputations and their involvement helped to encourage anyone to believe that PCC-IPSO could deliver effective, proportionate and fair remedies for press wrongdoing and proper press regulation. PCC-IPSO will not do that. It is designed to prevent it from happening.

https://inforrm.wordpress.com/2014/02/27/hearing-no-evil-the-ipso-panel-covers-its-ears-brian-cathcart/

New deputy lieutenant

16 Oct 2007

http://www.salisburyjournal.co.uk/news/1762515.new_deputy_lieutenant/

Sir Hayden has had a professional career in public service comprising Home Office, Cabinet Office, Treasury and the European Commission. He was former Permanent Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport and the Ministry of Justice, former Chairman of the National Theatre and an adviser to HRH The Prince of Wales. He has held various private sector directorships, was Chairman of Marlborough College and is a Lay Canon of Salisbury Cathedral. He chairs the Fabric Advisory Committee and the Close & Environment Committee of Salisbury Cathedral, Vice-Chairman of the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust and Chairman of the Reviewing Committee on the Exports of Works of Arts. Sir Hayden lives and farms with his wife in Homington , near Salisbury.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/deputy-lieutenant-2016-17-biogs.pdf

 

Kerzner’s son, Howard “Butch” Kerzner died on 11 October 2006 when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed near Sosua, in the Puerto Plata province of the Dominican Republic.[10][11] His daughter, Andrea, is the founder and CEO of Lalela, a charity dedicated to bringing the arts to at-risk youth in South Africa.[12]

http://www.bahamasb2b.com/news/wmview.php?ArtID=9263

2009 One&Only Cape Town: Lunch To Benefit The Mandela Children’s Foundation

Sol Kerzner, Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel laugh during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children’s Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town

http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Sol+Kerzner/Graca+Machel/One+Only+Cape+Town+Lunch+Benefit+Mandela+Children/bX48FYMrb8i

SOL KERZNER AND IVANA TRUMP



 

Hon Robert Hanson’s business partner David Newnham

Digital Sinema Pty Ltd & Jim Karakikes

Australian Industry Group Moves Against Alleged Pirates

7-7-2006
Established three years ago by the adult industry when video piracy was at its worst in Australia, AICO began making headway through the courts against suspected pirates. Although it didn’t win its cases at first, the group began making political inroads.

 

7-7-2006
Established three years ago by the adult industry when video piracy was at its worst in Australia, AICO began making headway through the courts against suspected pirates. Although it didn’t win its cases at first, the group began making political inroads.

Judges began to see that the adult industry was hurt by piracy, said David Newnham, AICO board member and general manager of Calvista Australia.
http://www.zoominfo.com/CachedPage/?archive_id=0&page_id=1627783421&page_url=//www.aico.org.au/access/NewsItem.php?newsid=25&PHPSESSID=55474381018d8211cc31264ebe71d60d&page_last_updated=2006-07-12T09:47:58&firstName=Hui&lastName=Newnham

About AICO: Calvista is a founding member of the Adult Industry Copyright Organisation, which operates on a not-for-profit basis, both as an educator, and to discourage breaches of copyright in adult films in Australia. AICO is funded by its members, who are comprised of international, adult-film producers and distributors.

Digital Playground Announces Exclusive Distribution Deal with Calvista
02/08/2007

Digital Playground is pleased to announce the execution of an exclusive distribution deal with Calvista. The terms of the agreement allow Calvista full representation of Digital Playground products in Australia and New Zealand. Company President, Samantha Lewis is excited about the new relationship, “we wanted to be aligned with a company that knows the territory and can effectively saturate the market. Calvista is highly respected and they have achieved great visibility. Under their representation, I am looking forward to attending the 2007 Adult Ex in Cairns with Jesse Jane.” Hui Newnham, the General Manager of Calvista says, “we are delighted to establish a new partnership with Digital Playground, and represent this pioneering brand in Australia and New Zealand. Digital Playground is an iconic studio and sits well with the family of premier brands that Calvista has a long history of representing. We are thrilled with the opportunity to work with Samantha, Joone and the team, and finally give true local presence to one of America’s leading adult film producers.”

 

David Newnham

Employment History
General Manager – Calvista

Affiliations
AICO Studio List

Board Member
AICO Studio List

Board Member and General Manager

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Hui-Newnham/460269744

Io Group Inc., parent company of multi award-winning gay adult producer, Titan Media, announced the signing of an exclusive Australian distribution agreement with Calvista Australia Pty. Ltd.

According to Bruce Cam, CEO/President of Io Group, under the terms of the agreement, Calvista will be the exclusive distributor of the TitanMen and ManPlay brands of DVDs for Australia, and these brands will be the only gay U.S.-studio brands distributed by Calvista.

Cam and Keith Webb, Titan’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, recently visited Australia where they represented and launched the TitanMen and ManPlay brands at the Adultex 2005 show. Adultex is the largest adult trade show in Australia.

“I am very pleased that my new friend David “Hui” Newnham is committed to strengthening the partnership between our two companies by making us his exclusive gay distribution partner for Australia,” said Cam. “David and his team at Calvista have proven they are the leaders in the Australian marketplace with high-end partners such as Private, Wicked, and Jill Kelly Productions. When expanding into the gay market, it was a perfect fit that they would choose the very best gay brand in the world, Titan Media.”

https://avn.com/business/articles/video/titan-signs-distribution-deal-with-cal-vista-australia-43414.html

Woodman Entertainment Inks Oz Distro Deal – XBIZ.com
http://www.xbiz.com/news/86874

… and New Zealand by Calvista Australia and … Woodman Entertainment Inks Oz Distro Deal. By … David “Hui” Newham, general manager of Calvista …

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Lady Hanson Joins the Fight to Free Martin

By Dempster, Nigel | The Mail on Sunday (London, England), September 16, 2001

FARMER Tony Martin, jailed for life for shooting dead a burglar, has received financial help from an unexpected source Lord Hanson’s wife, Geraldine.

Unlike her husband, who built an empire worth billions, American-born Geraldine keeps a low profile.

But after my item that law-and-order campaigner Peter Cadbury was keen to increase his contribution to Martin’s fighting fund, Geraldine, 68, has also come foward to help.

Chocolate heir Cadbury, 83, former chairman of Westward TV, says: ‘She sent me a [pound]1,000 cheque which I’m passing to Martin’s solicitors and I’m sending a further [pound]1,000 myself.’ Martin was jailed for killing teenager Fred Barras but Brendon Fearon, who led the raid at Emneth Hungate, Norfolk, was released last month after serving half of a three-year sentence for attempted burglary.


Geraldine, always perfectly groomed, became the ideal spouse and hostess, mistress of all her husband’s immaculately decorated homes on both sides of the Atlantic.

Hanson owned his own executive jet (which in 1967 was hijacked and taken to Algeria with the former Congolese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe on board).

In those summers when James and Geraldine entertained friends aboard their yacht, the Boule Dogue in the South of France, the cash flowed like the local wine.

Every day the boat would cruise the coastline and dock at the best shopping areas of the Mediterranean while Geraldine added to her already considerable wardrobe in every port.

While she would change into a fresh outfit for every meal, Hanson would play the generous host in all the local watering holes, such as Tetou and the Hotel du Cap.

At home he was also running around in his own helicopters and fittingly for one who would be knighted by Prime Minister Harold Wilson in his resignation Honours List buying the very one in which Wilson had flown around canvassing for the 1974 election.

Hanson was close to Wilson in those days sharing with him a love of Gilbert and Sullivan and entertaining him along with Gordy (by now on to his second marriage) at lavish dinners in London.

Hanson used his helicopters to ferry guests such as actor Kirk Douglas to his country pad near Newbury. Throughout the Eighties and Nineties, while Gordy moved on to a third, much younger wife, Hanson maintained a highly respectable profile on both sides of the Atlantic, venturing into arts sponsorship in Britain and even showing his ecological credentials by donating [pounds sterling]2 million to put otters back into the river Ure in Yorkshire.

After his retirement in 1997, he spent his time firing off advice in letters and articles about Labour inefficiency and Tory principles but the high life continued.

If it was summer it had to be Ascot and Wimbledon with dinners and lunches in Mark Birley’s elegant Mayfair establishment Harry’s Bar.

There Hanson would entertain his Palm Springs neighbours, including former U.S. ambassador Walter Annenberg and the ageing Kirk Douglas.

He was still booking lunch dates and discussing the future of the Tory Party in his outspoken way right to the end.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-124014393/the-playboy-who-made-billions-the-amazing-huddersfield

A more complete list of those who attended James Hanson’s

Memorial service>>

<<LORD HANSON>>

Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, attended a service of thanksgiving for the life of Lord Hanson held yesterday at St Paul’s, Knightsbridge. The Rev Alan Gyle, Vicar of St Paul’s, officiated, and the Right Rev Lord Hope of Thornes led the prayers and pronounced the Blessing.

The Hon Lucas White and Sir David Frost read the lessons.

Mr William Creasy read from the works of Theodore Roosevelt.

Lord Palumbo gave an address.

The Band of the Corps of REME, directed by Major I. R. Peaple played during the service Last Post and Reveille were sounded by Lance Corporal Stephen Martin, Blues and Royals, by permission of Colonel H. P. D. Massey, Commander Household Cavalry.

The Leader of H M Opposition was represented by Lord Strathclyde. (Chairman of the Carlton Club)

Among others present were:

The Hon Robert Hanson and Mr Brook Hanson (sons), Mr and Mrs Cheever Hardwick III (son-in-law and daughter), Mr Charles Hardwick IV (grandson), Mr Christopher Collins (representing Hanson) and Mrs Collins, Mr and Mrs Donald Hayward, Mr Edward Collins.

The Marquess of Salisbury, Earl Alexander of Tunis, the Earl and
Countess of Dudley, the Earl of Halifax, the Earl of Liverpool, the
Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire, the Earl of Westmorland, Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare, Lord Baker of Dorking, CH, and Lady Baker, Lord Bell, Lord Brabazon of Tara, Lord Brougham and Vaux (Association of Conservative Peers).

Lord and Lady Chadlington, Lord Cope of Berkeley, Lord and Lady de
Mauley, Lady Fanshawe of Richmond, Lord Feldman, Lady Foley, Lord Glenarthur, Lord Henley, Lord and Lady Kalms, Lord Kimball, Lord King of Bridgwater, Lady Palumbo, Lord Patten, Lord Powell of Bayswater, Lord and Lady Plumb, Lord Rees-Mogg, Lord Rothschild, Lord Savile, Lady Elizabeth Anson, the Hon Jamie and Mrs Bruce, Hon Rupert and Mrs Fairfax, the Hon Rachel Marckus, the Hon Sir Peter Ramsbotham, the Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Hon Mrs Lucas White, Sir Tobias Clarke, Sir Tatton Sykes.

Sir Win and Lady Bischoff, Sir Gordon and Lady Booth, Sir Michael and Lady Caine, Sir Ralph and Lady Carr-Ellison, Sir David and Lady Davies, Sir Paul Fox, Sir Owen Green, Sir Angus Grossart, Sir Hayden Phillips, Sir Brian Pitman, Sir John Quinton, Sir Patrick and Lady Sargeant, Sir Nigel and Lady Southward, Sir Rodney Sweetnam and Sir Peter Morris (Royal College of Surgeons of England), Councillor Kevin Gardner and Baroness Gardner of Parkes, Mr Jonathan and the Hon Mrs Aitken, Mr and the Hon Mrs David Heimann, Mr and the Hon Mrs Charles Wilson.

Mr Peter Roe and Mr Russell Graham (Hanson Transport), Mr and Mrs David S Allsopp, Mr and Mrs Anthony Andrews, Mr Antony Ansell, Mr Robert Atwater, Mr and Mrs Jonathan Azis, Mrs Henie Backhouse, Mr and Mrs Nicholas Baldwin, Mr Alan Bennett, Lieutenant-Colonel Gordon Birdwood, Mr Peter P Bland, Mr and Mrs Peter Blond, Mr and Mrs Derek Bonham, Mrs Karen Bonham, Mr John M Bostock, Mr Robin Boudard.

Mr and Mrs Leslie Bricusse, Mr Derek Brierley, Dr J R Briggs, Mr and
Mrs Jack Brignall, Miss Isabelle Brotherton-Ratcliffe, Mr Iain R Bryce, Mr Julian Burney, Mr Charles Butter, Mr and Mrs Justin Cadbury, Mr Leander Cadbury, Mrs Humphrey Carmichael, Mr and Mrs Adam Carnegie-Brown, Mr and Mrs Timothy Chenevix-Trench, Dr H B J Chishick, Mr Peter Clarke, Mr and Mrs Algy Cluff, Mr Stephen Compson, Mr Geoffrey Cretin, Mrs Mark Cubitt, Mr Adolfo de Alvarado, Senora de Rafael Valls.

Mr and Mrs Paul Dimond, Mr and Mrs Denis Doble, Mr and Mrs Nigel Doughty, Mr Duncan Farrell, Mr and Mrs Nicholas Fawcett Mr Keith Fielding, Mrs Harry Fitzgibbons, Mr Jonathan Fountain, Mr William B Fraser, Dr Jeremy Gilkes, Mr and Mrs John Glen, Mr Mark Greaves, Mrs Valerie Greenwood, Mr and Mrs Stephen Hall, Miss Holly Hamill, Mr Aubrey Harding, Mr Jonathan Harris, Mr and Mrs Anthony Hawser, Mr Doug Hayward.

Mr Stanley Hodges, Mr Philip Hoffman, Mr James C Hopkins, Mr Derek Howe, Mr Greg Hutchings, Mr and Mrs David Jacobs, Mr Graham Jaffe, Mr Eric James, Mr Timothy Jefferies, Mr Paul Johnson, Mr Peter Johnson, Mr Rod Johnson, Mr David Keating, Mr James Kenward, Mr and Mrs Nicholas Kerman, Mr Philip Kingsley, Mr Peter Kirwan-Taylor, Mr and Mrs Alex Krasner, Mr William Lamarque.

Mr Charles Lewis, Mr and Mrs Euan Lloyd, Mr and Mrs Peter Lord, Mr Robert D Mackenzie, Mr and Mrs Jeremy Marshall, Mr Bill Martin, Mr Jamie Matheson, Mr David Mayhew, Mr N S Mayhew, Mr and Mrs Malcolm McAlpine, Mr and Mrs Peter Meinertzhagen, Mr John Menzies, Mr and Mrs David Metcalfe, Mr Cedric Middleton, Mr and Mrs Michael Minto.

Mrs George Morris, Mr Alan Murray, Mr Michael Nathanson, Mr Charles Neave-Hill, Mr Anthony Newbold, Mr Paul Nicholson, Mr Richard Northcott, Professor Anthony O’Hear, Mr Anthony Osmond-Evans, Mr Stuart T Painter, Mr Stephen Park, Mr John H Pattisson, Mrs N J Peyton-Jones, Mr and Mrs Colin Purves, Mr Peter Reynolds, Miss Isabel Riberio, Mr Peter Riley, Mr David A Roper.
Mr and Mrs Michael Rose, Mr and Mrs Derek Rosling, Mr Roddy Sale, Mrs Susan Sangster, Mr David Savage, Mr Jonathan Scott-Barrett, Dr Nigel Scott-Moncrieff, Mr and Mrs William Shand Kydd, Mrs Elizabeth Sharp, Mr Ned Sherrin, Mr and Mrs Henry Shires, Dr David Skeggs, Mr John D Smith, Mr Stephen Smith, Mr Timothy J Smyth, Mr and Mrs David Snowdon, Mr and Mrs Paul Spencer, Mr Tim Stewart.

Mr Robin Stormonth-Darling, Mr and Mrs Huw Thomas, Mr and Mrs Ward Thomas, Mr Nicholas Turner, Mr Peter J Turner, Mr Philip G Turner, Mr and Mrs William Turner, Mr Rafael Valls, Mr Claus von Bulow, Mr Nigel Walker, Mrs Philip Walker, Mr and Mrs Gerald Ward, Dr and Mrs Francis Warner, Mr David Webster.

Mr Richard K Westmacott, Mr Jamie White, Mr Richard Whiteley, Mr and Mrs Michael Wigan, Mr and Mrs John Wilford, Mr and Mrs Edward Willis, Mr and Mrs Anthony Wilson, Mr Michael Wilson, Mr Mark Worthington, Mr David Yelland, Mr Gordon Young with many other friends and former colleagues.


More of Annenberg’s friends


Dec 1993 Former US President Bill Clinton (L) applauds philanthropist Walter Annenberg

Leonore Annenberg, Melanne Verveer (Deputy Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton), Walter Annenberg, Hillary Clinton, Margaret Williams (Chief of Staff to Hillary Clinton). January 1995.

Mrs. Annenberg and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the greenhouse at Sunnylands.

George Bush and Annenbergs


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Gary Speed ‘one of four men coached by Bennell who went on to take own lives

Ex-Wales manager Gary Speed was one of four men who went on to take their own lives after being coached by Barry Bennell, a court has heard.

A victim – who Bennell admitted abusing in 1998 – said he had tried to contact the parents of Speed to tell them about the abuse after reading that they had struggled to get closure because they had no explanation for his death.

Speed died by apparent suicide in 2011, aged 42.

“Four people from teams I have played with, with Bennell, have taken their own lives,” he told Liverpool Crown Court.

“Whether they have taken their lives due to Barry solely I don’t know but all I know is how it’s had an impact on me and how it could impact on other people.”

The victim was speaking at the trial of Bennell who denies 48 offences of child sexual abuse against 11 complainants between 1979 and 1990.

Speaking about contacting other alleged victims of Bennell, the victim said: “When people are breaking down on the phone, on the verge of suicide, when you hear of people who have taken their own lives”.

He told the court that he knew of other former youth players who had been left “destitute” and with alcohol problems.


Seven former Medomsley prison, in Consett, officers in court charged with abusing teenage inmates

JAN 16 2018

SEVEN former prison officers who worked at a detention centre appeared in court today charged with abusing teenage inmates in the 1970s and 1980s.

The ex-staff members who worked at Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett, County Durham, were at Teesside Crown Court for an unusual hearing.

Dozens of alleged victims were in court, and a court room next door had to be used to house the others – with a live video-link relaying proceedings.

None of the accused – who are now all in their 60s and 70s – entered pleas to the allegations they face, and dates for fresh hearings were set.

The charges are the result of one of the country’s biggest inquiries into sexual and physical abuse – Operation Seabrook, which was launched in August 2013.

All the former prison officers are charged with misconduct in a public office and physical abuse. Four of them are also charged with sex offences.

The defendants are:

  • Kevin Blakey, 65, charged with two counts of misconduct, two counts of wounding and two of assault.
  • Alan Bramley, 69, charged with misconduct, wounding and two counts of assault.
  • Johnson Brian Greenwell, 70, charged with misconduct, false imprisonment, two counts of assault and a further count of committing a serious sexual offence.
  • David McClure, 62, charged with misconduct, wounding and four counts of assault.
  • John McGee, 73, charged with misconduct, four counts of assault, two counts of indecent assault, wounding and a further count of committing a serious sexual offence.
  • Christopher Onslow, 71, charged with two counts of misconduct, two of buggery without consent, two counts of wounding, two counts of wounding with intent, three counts of assault and one of indecent assault.
  • Neil Sowerby, 60, charged with misconduct, two counts of assault, four counts of indecent assault and three counts of committing a serious sexual offence.

Their addresses cannot be reported for legal reasons, and none of the alleged victims can be identified.

The detention centre, which was closed in 1988, was used for teenage offenders who often had committed minor crimes. They were usually held there for six to eight weeks.

Almost 1,500 former detainees claimed they were abused at the young offenders’ institution.

Prosecutor Jamie Hill, QC, told Judge Howard Crowson during the hour-long hearing that the expected trial would last between 12 and 14 weeks.

Mr Hill said there will be around 15,000 pages of material linked to the case, along with 235 witnesses – 70 of whom are likely to be complainants.

“This is a police investigation which has lasted approximately four years, and the police have had over 1,400 complaints relating to events at Medomsley, principally in the 70s and 80s,” said Mr Hill.

“The way the indictment is drafted, and there are 49 counts for these seven defendants, there are individual charges highlighting the most serious allegations against them and a small handful of common complaints.

“It is conceded this is a large case . . . [but] this is a huge distillation of the case. This case will have evidence from roughly 70 of the 1,400-plus complainants.

“Our current time estimate for these seven is approximately 12 to 14 weeks, taking into account prosecution evidence, defence evidence, speeches and summing up.”

A provisional date for the trial to start – as all the men are expected to plead not guilty at some stage – was set by Judge Crowson for September 3.

The defendants were all released on bail.

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/local/northdurham/consett/15839863.Seven_former_Medomsley_prison_officers_in_court_charged_with_abusing_teenage_inmates/


Poster boy for eastern European immigration dies in horror crash: Devastated fiancée of Romanian man who was first to come to UK after 2014 EU visa deal pays tribute to ‘happiest person on earth’ who ‘lived life to the full’

  • Victor Spirescu was greeted at Costa in Luton Airport by the Labour MP in 2014
  • He worked as a car washer before setting up his own business fitting air valves
  • Friends paid tribute to Mr Spirescu on Facebook and one said, You were the best’
  • He died in crash just one mile from his home in Milton Keynes at 4am yesterday

Victor Spirescu, originally from Sibiu County in central Romania, became famous after he was greeted by the Labour MP outside a Costa coffee branch at the airport in 2014 (pictured)

Victor Spirescu, originally from Sibiu County in central Romania, became famous after he was greeted by the Labour MP outside a Costa coffee branch at the airport in 2014 (pictured)

A poster boy for Romanian immigration into the UK, who was welcomed at Luton Airport by Keith Vaz before setting up his own construction business, has died in a car crash.

Victor Spirescu, 33, became famous after he was greeted by the Labour MP outside a Costa coffee branch at the airport in 2014 following the lifting of rules preventing migrants from new EU members moving to the UK.

Mr Spirescu, originally from Sibiu County in central Romania, died in a collision just one mile from his home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, at 4am yesterday morning.

His heartbroken fiancee, Suzana Mates, 23, today told MailOnline he was the ‘happiest person on earth and said she was ‘so lost’ and ‘cannot believe he isn’t coming back’.

Victor proposed to Miss Mates on May 16 2016 in Ayia Napa, Cyprus, while they were paragliding and popped the question as they were coming in to land on her birthday.

The pair were due to get married and would have been together for three years in March.

They lived together in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and he ran an air conditioning company – but also worked for Glenn Armstrong.

His body will be flown back to Romania where will be buried in Bucharest.

Speaking to MailOnline, Miss Mates said: ‘My future husband was in the car with a friend and there was a car accident on a straight road which is bizarre because Victor was the most confident and reliable driver and I don’t think he would make this mistake, a beginner’s mistake.

We still don’t know what happened, so many people are contacting me. I can’t cope, it is overwhelming.

‘I will book a chapel in London where everyone can come and celebrate his life. He was in the UK for four years.

‘There are a lot of people who know him and love him. The police investigation is expected to last a week.

‘He told everyone that we were going to get married, he was so excited. We were planning the wedding, he proposed to me, we were so happy.

‘There was no ring because rings are meaningless and the love we had was so inexplicable, so unexplained, we were crazy about each other.

‘I am just so lost, I’m so confused, I don’t believe this is happening and that he isn’t coming back. Oh my god, I loved him so much.

‘I need to be patient and wait for the results of the investigation, he was the most wonderful man on this planet and I loved him so very much.

‘He was so smart, so intelligent, he was the happiest person on earth, a wonderful human being and he also said carpe diem – live life to the full.

‘We are suffering, we can’t believe it. We will never forget him, I feel his energy with me even now.’

On the meeting with Keith Vaz, she said ‘he made the UK his home, he worked hard’.

She said he actually met Mr Vaz several years later when he was working near the MI6 building and walking to Westminster tube.

She added: ‘Keith said “Victor, Victor, it’s so nice to see you” and he invited him to the houses of parliament for tea one day.’

They had no date set for the wedding, they were planning one wedding in Romania and one in Cyprus as she is half-Cypriot.

Miss Mates, who spent New Year’s Eve in Scotland with his parents, added: ‘He told everyone we were getting married because he was so excited.’

Friends wrote tributes to Mr Spirescu on social media, with one adding, ‘God takes friends, you were the best’.

Adrian Claudiu posted on Facebook: ‘Today I lost a dear friend to me and my family… left way too fast between us.’

Mr Spirescu’s meeting with Mr Vaz, the then chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, was widely covered by the media.

The Romanian first set up as a car washer, before setting up Air Vent Systems LTD.

His death was widely reported in Romanian media and confirmed to MailOnline by Suzana, who said she felt ‘exhausted and devastated’.

No more details were available on Tuesday evening about the circumstances of Mr Spirescu’s death.

Upon his arrival to the UK Mr Spirescu told reporters that he was not here ‘to rob your country’, adding that he wanted to get a job, earn money, and then go back to Romania with his wife.

He has been linked to several women. He met Zoe Russell, 22, shortly after his arrival in the UK, and moved into her three-bedroom home before Mr Spirescu returned to Ms Suzana, his then ex.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5275901/Poster-boy-Romanian-immigration-UK-dies.html


Retired officers association banned from Navy training centre after failing to bar paedophiles

 

A Royal Navy training centre has banned an association of retired officers’ from using its base after they failed to expel two convicted predatory paedophiles from their club.

For decades, hundreds of members of the President Retired Officers Association attended formal lunches, dinners, lectures and drinks receptions at HMS President on the River Thames in London.

But, senior officers in charge of the “stone frigate” – a naval base on land – launched an investigation after finding that two high-profile sex offenders had been among those attending functions at the reservist training centre, also used by young Sea Cadets.

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Allan Waters and Duncan Grant were allowed to renew their membership of the retired officers association despite both being jailed in India for six years in 2006 for preying on vulnerable boys at an orphanage in Mumbai.

After completing their jail terms and arriving back in the UK five years ago, Waters, a former lieutenant commander, was made honorary secretary of the association, while Duncan Grant, previously a reservist officer, renewed his membership.

The pair triggered a scandal into how paedophiles posing as charity workers were targeting children from the poorest communities in Third World Countries.

They were convicted of using an orphanage Grant had set up to force children into performing sexual acts before passing them on to a network of sex tourists. In 2008, an Indian high court overturned their convictions for “unnatural sex acts” and conspiring to “obtain minors for immoral purposes”. Three years later, the country’s Supreme Court upheld the original convictions and the men were sent back to jail.

When Waters, now 68, and Grant, 73, completed their sentences and returned to Britain they were made to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

Waters’ conviction led to fears he may have targeted children while serving as a senior officer training youngsters in the Sea Cadets. In 2017, a former Sea Cadet​ alleged to a BBC Panorama programme that Waters abused him when he was 14, and attending a Cheshunt Sea Cadets centre in Hertfordshire in 1979

Last year, Commander John Herriman, the officer running HMS President, discovered the two men had been spotted attending the independent association’s functions at the Royal Navy’s centre that serves London reservists and cadets.

He then banned both Waters and Grant and the entire association from using the centre over concerns the club lacked a “rigorous” membership criteria, and consequently posed a threat to the centre’s ability to “maintain a safe training environment”.

A source close to HMS President’s senior officers praised Mr Herriman, who retired last year, for his decisive actions, explaining that he was determined to ensure an “old boys’ club” could not tarnish the reputation of a Navy training centre.

“The main concerns was that individuals who could have been or were on the Sex Offenders Register could be allowed to join such an esteemed association,” the source said. “It wasn’t considered good governance from the perspective of the President Retired Officers Association that these men could saunter back in as if nothing had happened.

“HMS President is essentially a training establishment with young people studying there. There may have been occasions where these two men would have access to the unit for lunches or events.

“The challenge running a military training establishment is to make sure you are creating a totally safe environment and there are no opportunities for risks to occur. The best way to do that was to bar the association that was thought not to have robust membership procedures in place.”

It is understood Grant played on his family’s respected military past to allow him to join the association. Grant is the grandson of Major General Sir Philip Grant, who rallied the defence against the German offensive of March 1918 in the First World War.

Waters was appointed superintendent of the Sea Cadet training centre in Portsmouth in 1996. He later became a member of the Sea Cadet Council, the highest body of the corps.

A Royal Navy Spokesperson said: “The Royal Navy has no official link with the President Retired Officers Association, but can confirm we take a very robust stance where there is any risk to our personnel, in particular vulnerable groups such as minors.”

Although no one from the association was prepared to speak on the record, a source said that Waters and Grant were allowed to renew their membership because they had served their sentence and were only attending functions where no young cadets or reservists would be present.

He added that many of the members of the association felt the blanket ban on holding functions at HMS President unfairly penalised retired officers who played no part in allowing the two paedophiles to renew their membership and may have been unaware of their criminal past.

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Dr Jacqueline Craissati from London is made an MBE by Prince Willim

Jackie Craissati is a HCPC registered Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Trustee of Samaritans, and a Non-executive Director for a large mental health trust.

Patron of Samaritans is Prince Charles

Jan 1989
Clinical Director and Head of Forensic Psychology
The Bracton Centre, Oxleas NHS Trust
Dartford, United Kingdom
Jan 1989
Clinical Director and Head of Department
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust · Forensic Psychology
Dartford, United Kingdom

Psychologist who recommended taxi rapist John Worboys for release has spent 30 years calling for softer sentences for sex offenders and paedophiles

15 Jan 2018

His release was signed off by the Parole Board following a report by Dr Jackie Craissati, a renowned clinical psychologist hired by Worboys’ defence team.

Four years ago, she argued that there were different levels of severity of child abuse in a paper entitled ‘Can paedophiles be good people?’

She also criticised the media coverage of child molesters, claiming that it made them ‘defensive, anxious, withdrawn, uncooperative’.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5272603/amp/The-psychologist-recommended-John-Worboys-release.html?__twitter_impression=true



Lady Lucan, widow of Lord Lucan, found dead in London

27 September 2017

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-41409597

Lord Lucan’s wife killed herself

9 JAN 2018

The court heard Lady Lucan had gone through the final edit of her autobiography a month before she died with publisher, Pamela McCleave, which she hoped would come out before Christmas.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lord-lucans-wife-killed-herself-11822663

 

Lord Lucan


Lady Lucan ‘left her fortune to charity rather than her children’

Lady Lucan’s husband, John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in November 1974.

Lady Lucan pictured in 1975, as it was reported that she had left her fortune to a homeless charity (PA)

Lady Lucan pictured in 1975

January 14 2018

Lady Lucan, whose husband famously vanished in the 1970s, cut her children out of her will and left her fortune to a homeless charity, her daughter is reported to have said.

The 80-year-old was found dead at her home in Westminster, central London, by police in September after she was reported missing.

Lady Lucan, formally named Veronica, Dowager Countess of Lucan, severed relations with her family in the 1980s, and continued to decline contact with them right up until her death.

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George Bingham, the only son of missing peer Lord Lucan (Nick Ansell/PA)

She had three children, Frances, Camilla and George, now the 8th Earl of Lucan.

Camilla Bingham, a QC, told the Daily Mail after an inquest held in London: “Mummy left her estate to the homeless charity, Shelter.”

The charity told the newspaper the proceeds will “help us to continue fighting bad housing and homelessness”.

Despite Lady Lucan’s severance of ties her family said they remembered her “lovingly and with admiration”.

They said in a statement after her death: “She had a sharp mind, and when she spoke it, she did so eloquently. She was courageous and, at times, outrageous, with a mischievous sense of humour.

“She was, in her day, beautiful and throughout her life fragile and vulnerable, struggling as she did with mental infirmity.

“To us she was and is unforgettable.”

Lady Lucan’s husband, John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, disappeared in November 1974.

Lord Lucan vanished following the discovery of the body of nanny Sandra Rivett at the family’s home at 46 Lower Belgrave Street, central London, on November 7 1974.

Although officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999, he was reportedly sighted in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand, and claims even surfaced that he had fled to India and lived as a hippy called “Jungly Barry”.

On the night of his disappearance, Lady Lucan was also beaten severely before she managed to escape and raise the alarm at a nearby pub, the Plumbers Arms.

Lord Lucan’s car was later found abandoned and soaked in blood in Newhaven, East Sussex, and a year later an inquest jury declared the wealthy peer was the killer.

In 2017 Lady Lucan gave a television interview in which she said she believed Lord Lucan had made the “brave” decision to take his own life.

The aristocrat is said to have killed herself with a cocktail of drink and drugs after wrongly self-diagnosing with Parkinson’s disease.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/lady-lucan-left-her-fortune-to-charity-rather-than-her-children-36485944.html

Lord Lucan

LUCAN

Lord Lucan, and Veronica Duncan, who became Lady Lucan.

 

Lady Diana’s mother Frances Ruth Roche was married to Earl Spencer.

Frances Ruth Roche then left Earl Spencer and married Peter Shand Kydd.

Peter Shand Kydd’s half brother was Bill Shand Kydd.

Bill Shand Kydd was married to Christina, the sister of Lord Lucan’s wife Veronica Duncan.

Bill Shand Kydd eventually brought up the children of Lord Lucan, George Bingham and his two sisters.

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2017/09/lucan.html

The arrogant behaviour of some of Lucan’s former associates did little to quell the conspiracy theories. Aspinall, in particular, enjoyed goading the police and the media by camping up the “Clermont Set’s” reputation for ruthlessness and snobbery. “If she’d been my wife, I’d have bashed her to death five years before and so would you,” he told the police .

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11319317/Bill-Shand-Kydd-obituary.html

After leaving the train station, the prince was met by community dignitaries and Sir Jimmy Savile.

Sir Jimmy, who has known the prince for 42 years, said: “In case he had forgotten who I was, I introduced myself as Lord Lucan and because he’s got a terrific sense of humour, that was him finished for the next five minutes.”

Prince Charles and Jimmy Savile

Prince Charles – with Sir Jimmy Savile -praised hospice staff

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/6995971.stm

‘I helped Lord Lucan live a secret life in Africa’

A former assistant to the late billionaire John Aspinall has stepped forward with an extraordinary account of the Lucan mystery.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9276358/I-helped-Lord-Lucan-live-a-secret-life-in-Africa.html

WHY DIDN’T SCOTLAND YARD INVESTIGATE SIGHTING OF LUCAN WITH DIANA’S STEP-UNCLE?

10 March 2012

Scotland Yard received a report that Lord Lucan had been spotted standing on a bridge in Kenya with a close friend but failed to investigate.

A holidaymaker visiting the East African country in the late Eighties told police he had seen the fugitive Earl with his brother-in-law Bill Shand Kydd, the step-uncle of Princess Diana.

A source told The Mail on Sunday that the sighting was believed to be credible because detectives were working on the theory that the aristocrat had settled in Kenya after fleeing Britain.

But within days of the report being made to police in 1988 or 1989, officers were told to discontinue the inquiry and the lead was never followed up.

The source said: ‘It was never said why the inquiry was dropped.’

Scotland Yard would not comment on reports of specific sightings.

Bill Shand Kydd’s half-brother Peter Shand Kydd became Princess Diana’s stepfather when he married her mother Frances.

Meanwhile, a source claimed that two of Lucan’s relatives believe he is alive and are plotting to bring him back to the UK to settle a land dispute case.

It is believed the dispute centres on land in Ireland.

Tenants stopped paying rent when Lucan disappeared in 1974, arguing they should not have to pay to an absent landlord.

The source said: ‘They know where he is.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2113183/Lord-Lucans-son-spent-month-safari-indoors-covered-windows-disappeared-moonlit-walks-4am-It-odd.html



Police arrest 20 men for alleged involvement in Calderdale grooming gang

Police urge victims to come forward after crackdown in West Yorkshire

Jan 16 2018

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/calderdale-grooming-gang-police-arrest-20-men-involvement-child-sexual-abuse-trafficking-girls-add-a8155541.html

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09:

This comes as no shock, as paedophile rings have been operating in Calderdale for decades. Rod Ryall was Calderdale council’s Director of Social Services and convicted paedophile.

Rod Ryall former Calderdale Council’s Director of Social Services – JAILED FOR SEX OFFENCES

Social Work Today 1st December 1988

Brian Roycroft Report 13.19 states “There is no evidence that offences were being committed against any other boys. The police satisfied themselves on this point. None of the offences were committed on boys whilst in care.”

Aillie Kerrane, Calderdale Council operations manager, said: “We were aware of problems and we have got a number of strategies in place to tackle them, including the appointment of a new manager. (2005) Westgarth did not meet basic standards

Calderdale Social Services Inquiry Report

Blood-soaked body of ‘James Bond-style’ private eye who conned the fund to find Maddie McCann out of £300,000 is found at his Surrey mansion

  • EXCLUSIVE: Mystery surrounds the death of private detective Kevin Halligen, 56
  • His body was found at a Surrey mansion and police have launched a probe
  • Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in May 2008 but was later accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000

The blood-soaked body of a private detective who probed the disappearance of Maddie McCann has been found at his Surrey mansion.

Mystery surrounds the death of Kevin Halligen, 56, who is said to have presented himself as a ‘cloak-and-dagger, James Bond-style spy’. Police today confirmed to MailOnline today that a probe has been launched into the circumstances.

Kevin Halligen, 56, pictured, was found dead in a Surrey mansion. Police have launched an investigation into the death which is being treated as 'unexplained', a spokesman said

Halligen took over the private investigation into the McCann case in May 2008 but was later accused of conning the family fund out of £300,000.

It is believed he was found at the home he shared with his long-term girlfriend. There is no suggestion that she was involved in his death. Sources said the house was ‘covered in blood’.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said today: ‘We were called to an address in Cobbett Hill Road, Normandy, Guildford, on Monday following a report of a man in his 50s having been taken unwell, who subsequently died.

‘The death is being treated as unexplained and a file will be passed to the coroner’s office in due course.’

Former associates of Halligen described him as a heavy drinker. One ex-colleague told MailOnline: ‘The house was covered in blood but apparently that was from Kevin falling down so much.

‘His body is now in the morgue. The police are looking into it.’

Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: ‘The lies and alcohol finally caught up with him.’

Another source told MailOnline: ‘He died at his girlfriend’s place near Guildford, a miserable pathetic death caused by alcohol.’

The McCanns hired Halligen’s firm in a bid to boost the search for Maddie after failing to come up with any plausible leads one year after she went missing.

They agreed a £500,000 fee with Oakley International, which was described by a source close to the family as ‘extremely secretive’ but ‘absolutely the best’.

Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: 'The lies and alcohol finally caught up with him'

Defence consultant Tim Craig-Harvey, a former associate of Halligen, wrote online: ‘The lies and alcohol finally caught up with him’

Kate and Gerry McCann were initially impressed by Dublin-born Halligen, believing he ‘was in a different league’ to other private investigators.

He boasted of employing ex-FBI, CIA and Special forces officers while offering undercover surveillance and intelligence gathering in Portugal.

The detective even said he could provide satellite imagery and details of telephone traffic from the night Madeleine disappeared.

But within a year, questions began to emerge about Oakley and Halligen in particular.

Researchers claimed that the firm had not looked into hundreds of calls made to a special hotline – while specialists found that their bills were unpaid.

The promised satellite images also allegedly turned out to have been grabbed from Google Earth.

Six months into the highly-paid assignment, the McCanns were growing increasingly concerned about Halligen.

A family friend said: ‘He had this sense of cloak-and-dagger, acting as if he were a James Bond-style spy.

‘The McCanns found him hard to deal with, because he was forever in another country and using different phones. He promised the earth but it came to nothing.’

The contract was terminated early after £300,000 had been paid to Halligen.

MailOnline understands that relations broke down after the detective’s team discovered he was enjoying a lavish lifestyle, staying in the best hotels and eating at the top restaurants in London – all at the expense of the Find Madeleine fund.

Colleagues said that far from being an expert in undercover operations, Halligen was ‘out of his depth’ with ‘no experience of such investigations.’

There is no suggestion that any former associates are involved in the death of Kevin Halligen.

After being sacked from the McCann investigation in 2009, Halligen was arrested in the UK and extradited to America on fraud charges for an unrelated case

He pleaded guilty to defrauding Trafigura, based in the Netherlands, who had hired him to help free two company executives arrested in Ivory Coast in 2006.

He received about $12 million to provide ‘security, intelligence and public relations’.

Trafigura gave Halligen an additional $2.1 million to ‘hire lobbyists and influence officials in the United States on Trafigura’s behalf’.

The next day, Halligen used nearly $1.7 million of that money to buy a large home with a swimming pool.

The Washington Post reported at the time: ‘Owners of Washington restaurants remember him spending thousands on long, boozy days and evenings. He traveled everywhere in a chauffeured Lincoln.’

One restaurant owner said he and his staff called Halligen ‘James Bond’ because of his stories of spy derring-do and his habit of tossing around huge sums of cash.

His fraud conviction carried a maximum of 20 years in prison, but under federal sentencing guidelines he would serve no more than 41 months.

As he had been in custody awaiting trial for 42 months, he was freed and deported, returning to his birthplace of Dublin.

In 2014, Kevin Halligen made a rare public appearance, agreeing to be interviewed for a Channel 5 documentary – The McCanns and The Conman.

He denied that he misused money raised to find Madeleine. Answering claims that he spent the money on first class travel, luxury hotel suites and a chauffeur, he said: ‘It is gross distortion of what was actually happening.’

A source close to Kate and Gerry McCann said they had terminated their contract with Oakley international at the end of 2008 and had not had anything to do with Kevin Halligen since.

‘Clearly this is now a matter for the police and the Coroner’s office,’ the insider said.

The hunt for Madeleine McCann continues, more than 10-and-a-half years after her disappearance.

A team from Scotland Yard has been probing the case since 2011 at a cost to the British taxpayer of more than £11.3million. Portuguese police have lead status in the investigation.

In October 2017, the Home Office allocated an extra £154,000 to Scotland Yard to pursue a ‘critical line of inquiry’ and extend the search to the end of March 2018.


Former chair of governors, 68, appears in court accused of sex offences against boys and girls at £37,000-a-year private school

Brian Martin is accused of offences against boys and girls aged between 13-17
The 68-year-old carried out the alleged offences between 2005 and 2010
He has denied charges said to have taken place at Queen Ethelburga’s College

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5259275/Former-chair-governors-68-court-accused-sex-offences.html

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate

Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate comprises four schools:- Chapter House Preparatory School, King’s Magna Middle School, Queen Ethelburga’s College and The Faculty of Queen Ethelburga’s. It also has a Kindergarten for children under three.

Controversies

In November 2015 North Yorkshire Police reported that former chair of governors Brian Martin, 66, had been arrested on 20 October in Harrogate on suspicion of indecent assault on a child and on conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and voyeurism. Martin stepped down as chair of governors.[15].[16] He was later charged with 10 counts of indecent assault, three counts of attempted buggery and one count each of possessing indecent images and buggery. All charges relate to two children between 1982 and 1995. He is due to stand trial at Leeds Crown Court on 10 July 2017.[17]

In 2015, £5,000,000 of taxpayers’ money was used to subsidise Armed Forces’ boarders at the school. This was more than double the amount paid to any other fee-paying school. [18]

In May 2016 The Guardian reported that, in March 2012, $20,792 (£14,350) was sent via Lloyds Bank in Harrogate to Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate. This was said to be money laundered from the Russian Hermitage Capital Management fraud.[19]

In September 2017, The Guardian reported that £89,800 were transferred to Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate. The money was reportedly connected to the Azerbaijani Laundromat scandal, in which the Azerbaijani government is supposedly involved.[20]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Ethelburga%27s_Collegiate

Rusbridger’s Ghost‏ @JamesRusbridger

Croydon headmaster John Coatman spared jail for abusing teenage boy

A former headmaster, honoured for his services to young people, has been spared jail after admitting sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy.

In August 2016 retired John Coatman, 76, was found guilty of gross indecency for an offence committed in the 1970s.

His conviction had been thrown out by the Court of Appeal last April because of an error on his charge sheet.

When the case returned to the Old Bailey for a retrial he pleaded guilty to a charge of indecent assault.

‘Rough and tumble’

Coatman, of Leyburn Gardens, Croydon, south London, was sentenced by Judge Anne Molyneux to 21 months imprisonment, suspended for two years.

He was also made subject to a 12-month supervision order.

The court heard that the teenager would visit Coatman’s home, where they would engage in “rough and tumble”, which later took a sexual turn as the adult touched the boy over his clothes.

Matters escalated when, on three separate occasions, the pair undressed in Coatman’s bedroom and the head teacher touched the boy sexually.

‘Difficult to comprehend’

The defendant was headteacher of St Andrew’s secondary school in Croydon, but the complainant was not a pupil there.

Coatman retired in 1998 after 42 years as a teacher and was awarded an MBE in 2012.

Prosecutor Mark Trafford QC told the Old Bailey: “The defendant’s MBE for services to young people was something that he (the complainant) found difficult to comprehend under the circumstances.”

Claims against Coatman, who has inoperable cancer, surfaced in 2014.

In a victim impact statement, the complainant said the incidents had left him with emotional and relationship difficulties.

Sentencing, Ms Molyneux said: “You were in a position of considerable trust, and he trusted you. He enjoyed being with you over a short period of time.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42664643

 


11 January 2018

A man abused as a child by a paedophile teacher is demanding to know why an inquiry into what happened has not been published.

David Nolan started as a pupil at St Ambrose in Altrincham in 1972: the same time teacher Alan Morris joined the school.

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Rev Alan Morris 

The Roman Catholic Holy Angels’ Church

St. Ambrose College is a Catholic Boy’s Secondary School situated adjacent to Holy Angels Church and Hale Road, near the centre of Hale Barns village. The Christian Brothers came to England from Guernsey during the Second World War and remained to establish the college in 1946.

In December 2012, the college was implicated in a child sex abuse case involving teaching staff carrying out alleged acts of abuse both on and off school grounds, although no current staff are said to be involved.[20]More than fifty former pupils contacted police, either as victims of, or witnesses to, sexual abuse. The alleged sexual abuse, including molestation of children while corporal punishment was administered, stemmed from 1962 onwards and continued over four decades.[21]


 

50 ‘old boys’ speak out in school abuse probe

Police have received a steady stream of former pupils alleging they were sexually abused by teachers from St Ambrose College in Hale Barns between 1962 and the 1990s

28 JAN 2013

A police sex abuse probe at a top Catholic school has now uncovered more than 50 possible victims and witnesses.

As the sheer scale of the investigation became apparent, the detective leading the enquiry into St Ambrose College in Hale Barns said he was determined to ensure ‘justice is done’.

Some ‘old boys’ who have been in touch with officers have alleged they were molested both in the school and at the homes of teachers.

Others have come forward as witnesses to alleged abuse.

The police investigation has uncovered at least five former teachers against whom allegations have been made.

One former teacher has already been arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.

The police investigation is concentrating on a period between 1962 and to the 1990s.

It is understood some allegations were made by pupils at the time but they had second thoughts about pursuing their grievances.

Former pupils who have now come forward say they were sexually abused while they were being given corporal punishment.

No current teachers have been implicated in any of the allegations being investigated.

One ‘old boy’ : “All the school friends I have spoken to are expressing a degree of surprise it has taken so long for this to come out.

“There was questionable behaviour going on from members of staff. Most people were aware of it. But, obviously, times have changed since the Jimmy Savile scandal.

“The size of the police investigation just shows how this spans generations. These are not just one-off incidents. There was a culture of violence over several years.”

Det Insp Jed Pidd said: “We have received dozens of calls from former pupils reporting historic sexual abuse. Reporting such matters is clearly a very difficult and distressing thing to do and we are working hard to support them.

“We are determined to identify any offenders and have a dedicated team of officers working towards one primary objective: to ensure justice is done.

“It would not be appropriate to divulge the number of potential victims at this time, but they and the wider public can be reassured that we are working closely with the CPS to ensure this wide-reaching investigation is dealt with thoroughly and as quickly as possible.

“These are historic allegations with the date of the last alleged incident being in the 1990s, and the school has and continues to provide every support and cooperation with this investigation that it can.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/50-old-boys-speak-out-1249474

10th November 2014

Altrincham school suspends staff over Alan Morris abuse allegations

AN Altrincham school has suspended two members of staff over allegations they knew about the sexual abuse carried out by disgraced former teacher, Alan Morris.

Morris, 64, of Rivington Road, Hale, was jailed for nine years in August after being found guilty of committing a string of sexual offences at St Ambrose Catholic College, Hale Barns.

The former Chemistry and RE teacher was convicted of 19 offences of indecent assault and inciting a child to perform an act of gross indecency.

The offences were committed against ten boys between 1973 and 1990.

On Friday, a St Ambrose College spokesman said: “Following allegations from a former pupil that two members of staff may have been aware of Alan Morris’s activities, on the advice of the police and local authority the school has suspended those two members of staff pending an independent inquiry.”

Earlier this year, Minshull Street Crown Court judge, Timothy Mort, concluded that Morris had had ‘shamefully used’ his victims for his own sexual gratification.

The court heard that Morris joined the then Christian Brothers private school straight out of university and quickly established himself as the head of discipline, later becoming deputy head.

He used his position of authority as a ‘cloak’ to make inappropriate use of corporal punishment, often repeatedly targeting specific individuals.

Numerous witnesses, many of whom were at the school during different decades, described Morris taking them into isolated areas of the school because they needed to be ‘chastised’, before he would hit them with various implements or his own hand.

http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/news/11591548.Altrincham_school_suspends_staff_over_Alan_Morris_abuse_allegations/

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Alan Morris was jailed three years ago for abusing 10 boys, including David. As he began his sentence, specialists started an investigation into how he escaped justice for so long.

So why are those findings still a secret?

http://www.itv.com/news/granada/update/2018-01-11/abuse-survivor-demands-to-know-why-abuse-inquiry-is-unpublished/

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Morris was a deacon with Holy Angels Church, Hale Barns, at the time of his arrest and was subsequently withdrawn from active ministry with the Diocese of Shrewsbury.

http://www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/news/11591548.Altrincham_school_suspends_staff_over_Alan_Morris_abuse_allegations/

St Ambrose RC College in Altrincham

Mr. Alan Morris was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Malone in Holy Angels in the summer of 1992, and recently took early retirement.

The first Speech Day under Brother Coleman’s headship took place in the spring of 1985, with Brother Foley, our former Headmaster of 1961-67, as Guest of Honour. This has since become an annual event, with distinguished guests including David Alton, Chris Patten and Dr.John Morrill (Cambridge historian. old boy of Altrincham Grammar School, who has recently been ordained to the diaconate). as well as an old boy in the person of John Bason.

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The first small group of sixth-formers to visit Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight accompanied Alan Morris there in the summer of 1972. This venture became an annual event for the next twenty years.

In addition to joining in the community life of the Benedictine monks, especially the celebration of daily Mass and the Divine Office, the parties visited places of interest on the Island. Osborne House, the favourite holiday home of Queen Victoria, was a great treat. The walk up the extensive chalk downs on the south west corner of the island above Freshwater Bay. Tennyson Down, was always popular. Tours of the ancient churches of the island were conducted by Alan Morris

Brother J.C. Ring (1973-1979)

Brother Ring had taught at St.Ambrose College during the ‘Woodeaves’ period in the 1950s. He had later taught at Blackpool, Orrell and St.Edwardts, Liverpool. A generous, sensitive, sincere man, with a dry sense of humour (a Limerick man!), he was always immaculately dressed. Cultivated and cultured, he enjoyed visiting the theatre and Halle concerts (often in the company of Mr.Alan Morris); his brother was a professional singer.

Brother Sheehan

When some years back, he asked Rev Alan Morris to conduct his funeral, he suggested they got out their diaries!

 

Mr Geoffrey Chilcott

Reverend Deacon Alan Morris presided at the funeral service in a packed church. Geoff came to St. Ambrose from St. Benedict’s, Ealing

http://www.saoba.org/in-memoriam/staff/

Paul Kearns

1962 – 2012

Paul’s service at Holy Angels, was presided over by his Jesuit priest friends from Stonyhurst College , Fr Michael Halloran and Fr John Twist along with Deacon Alan Morris.

http://www.saoba.org/in-memoriam/classmates/

www.messengernewspapers.co.uk/yoursay/thought_of_week/9607679.Rev_Alan_Morris__Holy_Angels__Hale_Barns/





Darren Pearce‏ @DarrenP24191399

What is the ailment that means an MP can go on working and only affects his accountability for his behaviour, I wonder? What doctor recognises such a condition?KeithVaz

Dame Alun Roberts

You wouldn’t think the man standing behind at this Yemen Day event is actually written off sick to avoid parliamentary scrutiny of his rent boys saga, would you?

HRH Crafty Muvva  @craftymuvva

Keith Vaz – Too ill to be investigated by the Parliamentary Standards Office, but well enough to chair the Yemen Parliamentary Group. Can anyone explain this please?

Jan 10 2018

http://www.keithvazmp.com/yemen-day-in-parliament/

Anyone at all? you guys like a good dig at . Perhaps you can get to the bottom of it as aren’t responding.


WESTMINSTER SLEAZE: The investigation into disgraced Keith Vaz, the Labour MP accused of paying for rent boys & was taped discussing buying cocaine, has been suspended… because he’s not very well.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42439333

justme‏ @zante03:

lest we forget it was alleged that KEITH VAZ “young man” Daniel Dragusin paid for the rent boys through the SILVER STAR charity …

“ill” Keith Vaz out and about in last month tweeted by Midland Heart today

Why would it even take nigh on SIXTEEN MONTHS for the investigation to get going on KEITH VAZ . He is using the GREVILLE JANNER defence

“ill” keith vaz in Jan this year out and about


“ill” keith vaz looked miles better 11 days ago



Barry Bennell Trial, day four: Trial continues after Bennell called alleged victim’s allegations ‘impossible’
January 11, 2018

The sex abuse trial of former football coach Barry Bennell enters its fourth day today, after the first alleged victim gave evidence yesterday.

The testimony, provided via video, said that Benell, a scout for Manchester City at the time, was “touchy” with the alleged victim when he first met the coach at the age of about 11.

The complainant said Bennell had a set of bunk beds next to his own bed in the room above the video shop he ran, adding that “he always put music on in the bedroom. It was panpipe music.”

Following a break for lunch the alleged victim was cross-examined while sitting behind a screen, with talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble saying there was some “definite tension” between him and the defence.

The court also saw a recreaction of a police interview with Barry Bennell, in which the defendant said his first alleged victim was “the one that got away with it” by not being groomed.

Bennell also called some of the claims against him “ridiculous” and said he’d never do some of the things alleged while there were other boys in the bed at the same time.

The defendant even described some of the testimony of the first alleged victim as “impossible”, saying he “would never do something like that”.

Bennell has already admitted seven sexual abuse charges, but denies a further 48, relating to 11 complainants.

http://talkradio.co.uk/news/barry-bennell-trial-day-four-trial-continues-after-bennell-called-alleged-victims-allegations


 Roman Polanski will not face criminal charges for allegations of 1975 molesting

Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against director because they say allegations that woman was molested during a photo shoot are too old

Los Angeles prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski after a woman said he molested her in 1975 – when she was 10 years old – because the allegations are too old.

A district attorney’s office memo obtained by the Associated Press on Monday says prosecutors were declining to bring charges in the case because the statute of limitations had expired.

The 84-year-old Polanski has been a fugitive since fleeing to France in 1978 while awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old.

The latest allegations were reported to police in October. The woman said she was molested during a photo shoot in 1975 after Polanski had her pose nude.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/jan/09/roman-polanski-will-not-face-criminal-charges-for-allegations-of-1975-molesting?CMP=share_btn_tw

‘Feminist’ Natalie Portman Wants Child Rapist Roman Polanski Pardoned

January 12, 2018

Natalie Portman is a total feminist. For instance, at the Golden Globes, she wore all black, signaling that it’s “Time’s Up” for sexual harassment in Hollywood. And she made it clear while she was presenting the award for Best Director how uncool it was that only men (gross) were nominated.

The appearance of it all is lovely, of course. But Portman, like the rest of her Hollywood cohorts righteously decked-out in all black, is a phony.

It appears that Ms. Portman only cares about some instances of sexual misconduct, or that people merely believe she cares, since the actresses signed a petition calling for child rapist Roman Polanski to be pardoned.

Portman signed the petition created in 2009 by France’s Bernard Henri Levy, which called for the release of the director. Other Hollywood elites, such as Harrison Ford and Emma Thompson (before she eventually removed her name) also lent their signatures.

Polanski, as you might recall, pleaded guilty to child rape in 1978 and has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least five women.

“The incident which sparked the long battle took place in 1977, when Polanski had unlawful sex with 13-year-old Samantha Gailey at actor Jack Nicholson’s Hollywood home,” reported the BBC in 2009. “The film-maker was arrested and charged with a string of offences, eventually admitting to having sex with a minor. The other charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain.”

But, remember, Portman wore all black and bashed men while the cameras were rolling, so she’s still a feminist. Or something.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/25812/feminist-natalie-portman-wants-roman-polanski-amanda-prestigiacomo


Christina‏ @55krissi55

Private Eye reports TobyYoung attended a Secret Eugenics Meetings in which he discussed & option of giving Children something 2 make them sleep so they would not be aware of being abused. Also, discussed was preventing Working Class from breeding London Free School

Paul Lewis‏ @paullewismoney
So it wasn’t “the one-sided caricature from his armchair critics” but this stunning revelation in Private Eye about Toby Young that would surely have got him sacked. He attended a recent secret eugenics conference with neo-nazis and paedophiles (c) Private Eye

Free School advocate Toby Young linked to neo-Nazi who argues sex with unconscious children is acceptable

Toby Young accepted a request to speak at a eugenics conference organised by a well-known neo-Nazi called Emil Kirkegaard:

Toby Young – who is supposed to be a leading avocate of Free Schools – is openly mixing with people who think raping children is acceptable.

Young spoke at this conference last July.

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Michael‏ @therightarticle 

Michael Gove still defending Toby Young after revelations about his links to Nazi eugenics enthusiasts

https://politicalscrapbook.net/2018/01/michael-gove-still-defending-toby-young-after-revelations-about-his-links-to-nazi-eugenics-enthusiasts/

Some of the tweets which sparked calls for Toby Young to step down from his role

Toby Young RESIGNS from new universities regulator just eight days into role

  • Position at Office For Students watchdog was put into jeopardy over sick tweets
  • Obscene tweets including a sexual ‘joke’ about starving children on Comic Relief

Mr Young – a close friend of Cabinet Ministers Boris Johnson and Michael Gove – was a self-confessed pornography addict who had watched thousands of adult films.

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg said:

I am a huge admirer of Mr Young’s pioneering work in free schools and do not believe he is unsuitable to work with young people in universities.’   

Universities minister Jo Johnson

He spent three months in Kenya in 2013 to help a friend who was trying to establish a primary school and added: ‘I’ve helped set up four free schools and have been running a charity for more than a year, helping other people set up schools.

Mr Johnson, who is Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson’s brother, dismissed Mr Young’s detractors as ‘armchair critics’.

He stood firm in his support of Mr Young, who is a champion of free schools, which were introduced by David Cameron’s administration.

Schools like Pembroke House in Gilgil, where I’ve put my own four children for half a term. In these antiquated institutions, which seem to have been preserved in aspic from the 1950s, the ideals of British education have survived, untarnished by state interference.

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:XC2ssl7Z_yIJ:https://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/01/real-british-education-lives-on-in-kenya/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1

Before setting off for Kenya, where I’m spending six weeks helping The Spectator’s ‘Wild life’ columnist, Aidan Hartley, set up a school,

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:WuCo16lptyQJ:https://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/02/kenyan-highways/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-b-1

 Toby Young’s friend Aidan Hartley

Hartley serves as an adviser in the U.K.-based, oil-exploration company Soma Oil and Gas Holdings Ltd., which is chaired by Baron Howard and active in Somalia, and in which Hartley is a minority shareholder.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aidan_Hartley

Lord Howard

Fraud probe dropped against Michael Howard-led Soma Oil & Gas

https://news.sky.com/story/fraud-probe-dropped-against-howard-led-soma-oil-gas-10695836

After leaving Reuters, Hartley worked as an analyst for the International Crisis Group (Soros & co)

https://www.crisisgroup.org/who-we-are/board

Police officer caught with 1,500 child sex abuse images walks free from court after judge takes pity

PC Darren Wright admitted downloading, possessing and sharing pictures of child sex abuse, but the judge ruled he committed the crimes in a “state of considerable isolation”

The 38-year-old, who worked for Merseyside Police, amassed the collection over a two-year period.

But he was spared jail after Liverpool Crown Court heard how he suffered mental health problems after twice battling leukaemia.

The stash included 23 Category A images – the most serious category in sentencing guidelines – involving child rape.

Wright had downloaded a further 26 Category B and 1,368 Category C indecent photographs.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, said Wright made a positive contribution to society but developed mental health issues after two bouts of cancer.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-officer-caught-1500-child-11819765

HRH Crafty Muvva  @craftymuvva

Since when did mental health issues cause people to become nonces?


Judge Denis Watson QC gets the ‘Judge Mental’ award today for sentencing Andreas Bauminis, a Latvian national to only 8 months in prison despite the fact that he possessed an alleged snuff movie.

“A 20-minute ‘snuff’ video showed a 15-year-old girl being raped, strangled with a wire and apparently murdered before being wrapped in a plastic sheet and dragged out the room.”

Regardless of whether it was genuine or not, and the Judge having watched it thought it was genuine, anyone who would seek to get pleasure from such a video should receive a much greater custodial sentence than 8 months (out in 4 months).

It is also rather odd that a story that involves a ‘snuff’ movie, which must surely now be evidence in a potential murder inquiry somewhere in the world and a tip off from The Ministry of the Interior of the Russian Federation has only been reported in a few local newspapers. So, unusual did this seem to me that I had to contact Liverpool Crown Court and the Police myself to verify the details.

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/judge-mental-judge-denis-watson/

http://www.champnews.com/newsstory.aspx?story=3049865

Man who raped toddler walks free because judge says there is ‘no real purpose’ in imprisoning him

Legal technicality meant John Mason escaped harsher sentence

16 September 2017

Speaking at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Denis Watson, QC, said: “Although you committed a grave offence which has had a lasting impact, you too are wracked with remorse for what you have done.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/man-raped-toddler-free-no-real-purpose-prison-john-mason-liverpool-a7950751.html


Another case where Judge Denis Watson, QC gives a slap on the wrist..HarrisPolak was the “darling” of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party in 1976 when he addressed the conference at the age of 17. 

He stole  £650,000 told to pay back just £1,620

He has a brother Stuart Polak.

 Harris Polak and Stuart Polak



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Fake charity collector who netted £650,000 told to pay back just £1,620

A shamed businessman branded “low” by charities after stealing £650,000 from people who believed they were donating to good causes was ordered to pay back just £1,620 after blowing a fortune on holidays. And his wife got off.

His wife Reva Polak is accused of aiding and abetting him in those alleged crimes.

Reva Polak was also charged with handling stolen goods, the proceeds of the alleged frauds and theft, between October 2007 and October 2011, to which Harris Polak was charged as an aider and abetter.

 

Fraudster Harris Polak with his wife Reva

Polak was the “darling” of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party in 1976 when he addressed the conference at the age of 17

Conman: Harris Polak was today jailed for 45 months after stealing more than £200,000 from charity collection boxes

Harris Polak, 54, organised bucket collections outside supermarkets for charities, including Cancer Relief UK.

He helped raise more than £655,000 from 2007 to 2011 and was supposed to take a small percentage as his commission, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

But instead he swindled the charities, which also included the Wirral’s Clatterbridge Cancer Research Trust and Cerebral Palsy Care For Children, out of an estimated £213,906.83. Polak – who was once the youngest person to address a Conservative party conference – was jailed last July for 45 months.

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Polak was the “darling” of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative party in 1976 when he addressed the conference at the age of 17. A year later, his record was beaten by the now Foreign Secretary William Hague, then aged 16.

Judge Denis Watson QC, said Polak had stolen a “breathtaking figure”, which he largely spent on holidays, including luxury cruises.

The judge added: “The harm to public confidence is immense. Giving to public causes will suffer immensely because of this.”

He ordered Polak to pay back £1,620 within 28 days or face another four weeks behind bars.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/460741/Conman-who-cheated-sick-kids-charities-out-of-213k-repays-pittance

A LIVERPOOL man and his wife are accused of a criminal plot in which cancer charities were allegedly defrauded.

Harris Polak is charged with fleecing a number of organisations of up to £250,000, the ECHO can reveal.

It is alleged the 53-year-old stood outside supermarkets across the country under the guise of raising cash for cancer organisations.

But a Merseyside Police investigation has probed Harris and wife Reva’s business dealings over the past half-decade and will claim a complex and long-running fraud that amounted to a quarter of a million pounds.

It is alleged the Polaks knowingly committed the offences over a six-year period, between January 2005 and September last year.

The ECHO understands the former Broadgreen butcher stationed himself close to shops with collection boxes and lobbied customers for money.

It is believed Polak was in contact with some of the cancer charities but prosecutors will argue substantial sums of money subsequently went missing.

Former King David School pupil Polak, from Childwall , is charged with two counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of money laundering.

His wife Reva, also 53, is accused of three money laundering offences.

Over the past ten years records show he was a secretary or director of at least five different companies, all since dissolved.

The latest, called Portfolio Services Ltd, of which Polak was a charity consultant, collapsed just over two months ago.

Another charity he was connected to was The Longmeade Wellness Foundation while he had senior roles in firms called Pledge Direct UK Ltd, Enablize Limited and Optimum Advice Ltd, official papers show.

Previous to that, in 1997, Polak launched a venture called Professor Polak’s Perfect Pronunciation, designed to turn Scousers into winners in business.

Polak, who once spoke of having a keen interest in public speaking and elocution, is a well-known member of the Jewish community in Liverpool.

Polak became interested in politics when a teenager and was chairman of the Wavertree branch of the Young Conservatives.

Harris and his wife, of Childwall Park Avenue, appeared before magistrates in Liverpool yesterday where proceedings were adjourned for a committal hearing later this month.

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/liverpool-businessman-harris-polak-wife-3338884

 

https://companycheck.co.uk/director/908736071/MR-HARRIS-POLAK/companies

Polak, who once spoke of having a keen interest in public speaking and elocution, is a high-ranking member of the Jewish community in Liverpool and has a hall named after (a family member) inside a synagogue in Childwall.

 

 

Two years ago floodwater caused damage to the room as two inches of rain filled the building, causing a ceiling to collapse.

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), July 4, 2012 |

 

Richard L Polak is his father Harris Polak is his great-grandfather

 

 

 


PORTFOLIO SERVICES LIMITED

POLAK, Harris

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/06859590/officers

GROOM Nick Angel spent 15 hours to reach the Hilton Hotel in Liverpool for his wedding to Bettina Polak.

Nick travelled with his family and friends from his home in London to Liverpool at the height of the recent chaotic weather.

Nick and Bettina met at Leeds University where Nick, son of Melanie and Leon Angel, of London, was president of the Jewish Society.

Bettina, daughter of Reva and Harris Polak, of Liverpool, and Nick were married by Childwall Synagogue’s Rabbi Lionel Cofnas, the bride’s grandfather Rabbi Malcolm Malits and Stanmore Synagogue’s Rabbi Mendy Lew.

Trainee accountant Nick and Bettina, a teacher, started dating in their first week of university.

Best men were the groom’s brother Richard Angel and cousin Simeon Ezra.

Bridesmaids were Bettina’s sister, and Jewish Telegraph columnist, Sabrina Polak, Ilana Angel and Amy Malits and Lauren Silver along with Ella Brand and Talia Jaffe.

Pageboys were Joshua Perry and Louis Grozner.

Grandparents are Rabbi Malcolm Malits, Stephanie and Richard Polak, of Liverpool, and Gloria Green, of London.

Guests attended from Israel and South America.

After sheva brachot, Nick and Bettina spent a week in New York and have settled in London.

https://web.archive.org/web/20130707015121/www.jewishtelegraph.com/simcha_68.html

 

Harris Polak’s daughter Sabrina Polak

Sabrina regularly acts for Local Authorities, parents and children. She has represented parties at interim removal hearings, case management hearings, issues resolution hearings and final hearings. Sabrina has been involved in cases involving neglect, non-accidental injuries and sexual abuse.

Sabrina’s lectures/seminars have included the following:
•A training day for social workers on s17 and s20 Children Act 1989.
•Court skills training with social workers.
•The Children and Families Act 2014.
•The ‘Voice of the Child’ in the Court arena
•Removal of a child at the interim stage and proportionality

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sabrina-polak-018a13b4

 

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sabrina-polak-018a13b4

The Lord Polak CBE

Sir Stuart Polak

 

The Right’s 100 Most Influential: 50-26

31. STUART POLAK

Director, Conservative Friends of Israel

CFI has established itself as a highly effective lobby group. Polak regularly takes leading Conservatives on trips to Israel to educate them. The sceptics invariably return, if not indoctrinated, fully onside.

A familiar face around the corridors of the Houses of Parliament, he has done more than anyone else to promote Israel’s case to the right of British politics.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1564854/The-Rights-100-Most-Influential-50-26.html

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Rothschild and Stuart Polak

https://www.knesset.gov.il/spokesman/eng/PR_eng.asp?PRID=13621

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Stuart Polak:

Stuart Polak encouraged Sir Keith Joseph to help Jewish studentson university campuses.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20171109/281745564664639

THE director of an influential Conservative party organisation is also a partner in a consultancy that lobbied parliament — successfully — on behalf of a foreign defence company.

The two roles of Stuart Polak, director of Conservative Friends of Israel (CFI), have emerged as a result of this newspaper’s exposé last Sunday of “generals for hire”. He denies any impropriety.

As well as heading CFI, a significant party donor, Polak is a key figure in The Westminster Connection (TWC), a political consultancy.

Clients of TWC include Elbit Systems, Israel’s defence electronics giant.

Retired Lieutenant General Richard Applegate, Elbit’s British chairman, boasted of his own and TWC’s role in lobbying MPs on behalf of Elbit when he was secretly taped for last week’s report.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/double-role-of-a-top-tory-lobbyist-wd23prv7gc3

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Home Secretary Theresa May with H.E. Daniel Taub, Ambassador of Israel and Stuart Polak

Taub

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/02/08/update-met-police-investigation-of-former-israeli-ambassador-daniel-taub/

 

London diners raise £350k for the Board of Deputies

November 26, 2010

 Stuart Polak at same function with Janner
Lady and Lord Sacks, Lord Hameed, Lord Janner, Lady Hameed and Vivian Wineman
Lady and Lord Sacks, Lord Hameed, Lord Janner, Lady Hameed and Vivian Wineman
Stuart Polak and Rabbi Abraham Pinter
Stuart Polak and Rabbi Abraham Pinter at the dinner

Fun fact about Chief Rabbi Sacks

Chief Rabbi will be present. He spoke on Radio Four’s Thought For the Day this morning and shared his memories of the Conservative politician, (Margaret Thatcher) recalling how she helped him with homework when he was a schoolboy and she was his constituency MP.

Baroness Thatcher, who was MP for Finchley, served as president of North London branch of CFI.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/leading-reform-rabbi-says-no-to-thatcher-funeral-1.43980

 

Rabbi Sacks – a favourite of the establishment

 

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Chief Rabbi rocked by fraud scandal

1 August 1998

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/chief-rabbi-rocked-by-fraud-scandal-1169091.html

 

Stuart Polak’s colleagues…Janner, Pickles, Rabbi Sacks etc

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Stuart Polak with Cameron and Hague

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Stuart Polak, Baron Polak

Resignation of Priti Patel

On 3 November 2017, the BBC’s Diplomatic correspondent James Landale reported that Polak had accompanied Priti Patel, the Secretary of State for International Development when she had held a series of meetings in Israel in August 2017 without telling the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They met Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel’s centrist Yesh Atid party, and visited several organisations where official departmental business was discussed. Those meetings, and others later, led to Patel’s resignation from the Cabinet on 8 November 2017.[6]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stuart_Polak,_Baron_Polak

Meet Stuart Polak, the Israel lobbyist at centre of Priti Patel scandal

Known for being a back-room operator who keeps behind the scene, this latest scandal has put Polak at the centre of the revelations that continue to unfold in Westminster.


Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

He said it was “a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Elevation to the famous red benches marks the high point of Mr Polak’s 35 years campaigning for Israel and encouraging the leaders of Britain’s political right to back the country.

He will now step down as CFI director, but he leaves the group in a position of undeniable strength as the largest of parliament’s lobby groups.

Honoured alongside him was former parliamentary chairman of the group, James Arbuthnot, who retired as an MP in May after nearly 30 years in the Commons.

In a statement, Mr Polak said: “I have had the enormous privilege of leading CFI for some 26 years and over that time have had the honour to work with some wonderful people both here in the UK and in Israel.

“The aims and objectives of CFI are simple to understand, we support the Conservatives and support our democratic ally Israel. Something we proudly have tried to fulfil throughout the last 26 years.

“The Prime Minister has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the House of Lords which will enable me to continue to advocate for Israel.”

He added that he was retiring from his CFI role next mongth, but would become honorary president of the organisation.

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Eric Pickles and Stuart Polak

He said: “CFI has an amazingly talented young professional team and, together with the directors and the newly constituted Pprliamentary group led by the outstanding Sir Eric Pickles, the future is exciting and I look forward to continuing to play my part going forward.”

As a young chazan, Liverpool-born Mr Polak sang at the city’s Childwall Hebrew Congregation on High Holy Days, before joining fellow teenagers on educational trips to Israel at the age of just 15.

After moving to London he began his career as a United Synagogue youth officer in Edgware, north London. He has gone on to have the ear of almost every senior Tory since Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Mr Polak was an astute networker even as an officer at the Board of Deputies in the 1980s, encouraging then Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph to help Jewish students on university campuses.

He left that role in 1989 — aged 28 — to take on the job at the CFI. At the time the JC predicted he was a “strong prospect for the upper reaches of communal leadership… a ready wit and unaffected style make him a popular figure”.

He offered his own take on his prospects, explaining in 1990: “I was brought up to put as much as possible back into the community. I’m as ambitious as the next man, but I’m motivated more by a sense of duty.”

A CBE in last year’s New Year’s Honours list hinted at what was to come for the 54-year-old. CFI’s annual lunch last December, at which Mr Cameron spoke, was attended by more than 700 people, including almost the entire parliamentary Conservative party and most of the cabinet.

CFI chairman Andrew Heller said: “We are delighted that our friend, colleague and long-term director of CFI, Stuart Polak CBE, has been elevated to the House of Lords.

“This notable achievement is the culmination of work done, over many years, in both strengthening and developing the Anglo-Israel relationship. It is also recognition of the significance and success of CFI as an organisation. We celebrate this richly deserved accomplishment.”

Also joining the Lords will be former Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone.

She lost her Hornsey and Wood Green seat at May’s general election and is elevated as one of former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s selections.

She had been the most senior Jewish politician in the coalition government.

Sir Alan Beith, former long-serving president of the Lib Dem Friends of Israel, was also elevated to the Lords.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge was also made a dame in the list.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/conservative-friends-of-israel-director-stuart-polak-receives-peerage-1.68296

Mr Polak was an astute networker even as an officer at the Board of Deputies in the 1980s, encouraging then Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph to help Jewish students on university campuses.

Rob Halfon MP : Praising Stuart Polak

Stuart’s remarkable 25 year career has so far spanned four Conservative Governments in the UK and a remarkable nine Governments in Israel. In this time he has coordinated and led more than 150 political delegations to Israel. He has helped set up several Jewish faith schools. He has even received a CBE award from Her Majesty the Queen. There isn’t a great deal Stuart hasn’t achieved.

He assembled around him a brilliant team of individuals such as Nathalie Tamam (now in the Cabinet Office) and James Gurd (who leads the CFI Professional Team), Chairman Andrew Heller, Sir Eric Pickles as the Parliamentary Chairmen, and formerly Richard Harrington (now Minister for Refugees) and James Arbuthnot (who is entering the Lords alongside Stuart).

I first met Stuart when I was at University over twenty years ago. He was running Conservative Friends of Israel even then, transforming the organisation from a relatively small base, into the incredible campaigning group that has emerged today.

http://www.businessinsider.com/robert-halfon-admits-affair-with-alexandra-paterson-because-of-blackmail-2015-11

Tory Cabinet Minister has admitted to having an affair with the head of the Conservative Party’s youth wing.

Robert Halfon, who is the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, confessed to having an affair with Alexandra Paterson, the chair of Conservative Future, after he came to believe there was a plot to blackmail him.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Halfon, who is 46 and has a partner, conducted the affair with 30-year-old Paterson at the East India Club, a private members club where he stays when he is in London.

Halfon says he admitted to the affair after he came to believe that Mark Clarke, the former head of RoadTrip (another Conservative party youth organisation), was planning to photograph him with Paterson in order to gain leverage over him.

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Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

 

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

He said it was “a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Elevation to the famous red benches marks the high point of Mr Polak’s 35 years campaigning for Israel and encouraging the leaders of Britain’s political right to back the country.

He will now step down as CFI director, but he leaves the group in a position of undeniable strength as the largest of parliament’s lobby groups.

Honoured alongside him was former parliamentary chairman of the group, James Arbuthnot, who retired as an MP in May after nearly 30 years in the Commons.

In a statement, Mr Polak said: “I have had the enormous privilege of leading CFI for some 26 years and over that time have had the honour to work with some wonderful people both here in the UK and in Israel.

“The aims and objectives of CFI are simple to understand, we support the Conservatives and support our democratic ally Israel. Something we proudly have tried to fulfil throughout the last 26 years.

“The Prime Minister has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the House of Lords which will enable me to continue to advocate for Israel.”

He added that he was retiring from his CFI role next mongth, but would become honorary president of the organisation.

He said: “CFI has an amazingly talented young professional team and, together with the directors and the newly constituted Pprliamentary group led by the outstanding Sir Eric Pickles, the future is exciting and I look forward to continuing to play my part going forward.”

As a young chazan, Liverpool-born Mr Polak sang at the city’s Childwall Hebrew Congregation on High Holy Days, before joining fellow teenagers on educational trips to Israel at the age of just 15.

After moving to London he began his career as a United Synagogue youth officer in Edgware, north London. He has gone on to have the ear of almost every senior Tory since Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Mr Polak was an astute networker even as an officer at the Board of Deputies in the 1980s, encouraging then Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph to help Jewish students on university campuses.

He left that role in 1989 — aged 28 — to take on the job at the CFI. At the time the JC predicted he was a “strong prospect for the upper reaches of communal leadership… a ready wit and unaffected style make him a popular figure”.

He offered his own take on his prospects, explaining in 1990: “I was brought up to put as much as possible back into the community. I’m as ambitious as the next man, but I’m motivated more by a sense of duty.”

A CBE in last year’s New Year’s Honours list hinted at what was to come for the 54-year-old. CFI’s annual lunch last December, at which Mr Cameron spoke, was attended by more than 700 people, including almost the entire parliamentary Conservative party and most of the cabinet.

CFI chairman Andrew Heller said: “We are delighted that our friend, colleague and long-term director of CFI, Stuart Polak CBE, has been elevated to the House of Lords.

“This notable achievement is the culmination of work done, over many years, in both strengthening and developing the Anglo-Israel relationship. It is also recognition of the significance and success of CFI as an organisation. We celebrate this richly deserved accomplishment.”

Also joining the Lords will be former Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone.

She lost her Hornsey and Wood Green seat at May’s general election and is elevated as one of former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s selections.

She had been the most senior Jewish politician in the coalition government.

Sir Alan Beith, former long-serving president of the Lib Dem Friends of Israel, was also elevated to the Lords.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge was also made a dame in the list.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/conservative-friends-of-israel-director-stuart-polak-receives-peerage-1.68296

Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

 

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.

He said it was “a once in a lifetime opportunity”.

Elevation to the famous red benches marks the high point of Mr Polak’s 35 years campaigning for Israel and encouraging the leaders of Britain’s political right to back the country.

He will now step down as CFI director, but he leaves the group in a position of undeniable strength as the largest of parliament’s lobby groups.

Honoured alongside him was former parliamentary chairman of the group, James Arbuthnot, who retired as an MP in May after nearly 30 years in the Commons.

In a statement, Mr Polak said: “I have had the enormous privilege of leading CFI for some 26 years and over that time have had the honour to work with some wonderful people both here in the UK and in Israel.

“The aims and objectives of CFI are simple to understand, we support the Conservatives and support our democratic ally Israel. Something we proudly have tried to fulfil throughout the last 26 years.

“The Prime Minister has given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the House of Lords which will enable me to continue to advocate for Israel.”

He added that he was retiring from his CFI role next mongth, but would become honorary president of the organisation.

He said: “CFI has an amazingly talented young professional team and, together with the directors and the newly constituted Pprliamentary group led by the outstanding Sir Eric Pickles, the future is exciting and I look forward to continuing to play my part going forward.”

As a young chazan, Liverpool-born Mr Polak sang at the city’s Childwall Hebrew Congregation on High Holy Days, before joining fellow teenagers on educational trips to Israel at the age of just 15.

After moving to London he began his career as a United Synagogue youth officer in Edgware, north London. He has gone on to have the ear of almost every senior Tory since Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Mr Polak was an astute networker even as an officer at the Board of Deputies in the 1980s, encouraging then Education Secretary Sir Keith Joseph to help Jewish students on university campuses.

He left that role in 1989 — aged 28 — to take on the job at the CFI. At the time the JC predicted he was a “strong prospect for the upper reaches of communal leadership… a ready wit and unaffected style make him a popular figure”.

He offered his own take on his prospects, explaining in 1990: “I was brought up to put as much as possible back into the community. I’m as ambitious as the next man, but I’m motivated more by a sense of duty.”

A CBE in last year’s New Year’s Honours list hinted at what was to come for the 54-year-old. CFI’s annual lunch last December, at which Mr Cameron spoke, was attended by more than 700 people, including almost the entire parliamentary Conservative party and most of the cabinet.

CFI chairman Andrew Heller said: “We are delighted that our friend, colleague and long-term director of CFI, Stuart Polak CBE, has been elevated to the House of Lords.

“This notable achievement is the culmination of work done, over many years, in both strengthening and developing the Anglo-Israel relationship. It is also recognition of the significance and success of CFI as an organisation. We celebrate this richly deserved accomplishment.”

Also joining the Lords will be former Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone.

She lost her Hornsey and Wood Green seat at May’s general election and is elevated as one of former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s selections.

She had been the most senior Jewish politician in the coalition government.

Sir Alan Beith, former long-serving president of the Lib Dem Friends of Israel, was also elevated to the Lords.

Barking MP Margaret Hodge was also made a dame in the list.

https://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/conservative-friends-of-israel-director-stuart-polak-receives-peerage-1.6829


Former football coach Barry Bennell pleads guilty to child sex offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded guilty to seven child sex offences at Liverpool Crown Court.

The 63-year, ex-Crewe Alexander coach admitted six offences on the first day of his trial, which is expected to last eight weeks.

A reporting restriction on a guilty plea to a charge of indecent assault entered by Bennell at an earlier hearing was lifted by Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC.

Bennell, who was charged under the name Richard Jones, is still due to stand trial for 48 offences including 35 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery.

The charges he will stand trial on relate to 11 complainants and allegedly took place in the 1970s and 1980s, when the alleged victims were boys aged between eight and 15.

Bennell entered the pleas when he appeared via videolink in court wearing a grey jumper.

A jury is expected to be sworn in for his trial on the outstanding charges later on Monday.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/08/former-football-coach-barry-bennell-pleads-guilty-child-sex/

Former football coach Barry Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who abused one boy on more than 100 occasions, a court has heard.

The ex-Crewe Alexandra coach “had pretty much unfettered access” to boys dreaming of a life in the professional game, prosecutors alleged.

Mr Bennell, 63, now known as Richard Jones, denies 48 sex offence charges involving 11 boys.

Liverpool Crown Court was told offences took place between 1979 and 1991.

Prosecutors told the jury the evidence they would hear concerned allegations made against Mr Bennell by boys from England and Wales, and the United States, and that Mr Bennell had served prison sentences in both jurisdictions.

Nicholas Johnson QC, prosecuting, told the jury Mr Bennell had worked as a youth football coach in Cheshire, Manchester and Derbyshire.

He said some of the abuse took place at the ground of Crewe Alexandra and during tours by the football club, but many incidents occurred at the defendant’s home addresses.

‘Play fight’

Mr Johnson said one alleged victim, who says he was abused more than 100 times, met Mr Bennell when he was a scout for Manchester City.

The complainant would stay at Mr Bennell’s house with other youngsters.

“Not only was there the promise of high quality football, but they were given lots of sports kit and allowed to eat takeaway food,” Mr Johnson told the jury.

The court also heard how Mr Bennell would “play fight” with the boys and play a game with them called Follow Me, where they would copy his actions while he would increase degrees of intimacy to gauge how compliant the boys would be to abuse.

The complainant said Mr Bennell would turn the lights off and play music to mask the sounds of the abuse, the jury heard.

Mr Bennell denied sexual contact with the boy when questioned by police.

 

Mr Johnson said another complainant said he had been “desensitised” by Mr Bennell, who committed “relentless” serious sexual assaults against him.

That complainant had described the last time he was abused – after he met Mr Bennell to discuss signing forms for Manchester City – as the “worst day of his life” .

A further complainant described Mr Bennell’s home as a “paradise” for young boys as he had a pool table, fruit machine and big TVs.

Mr Johnson told the court that several of the alleged victims had said they were impressed with the pets he kept it his home – at various times he had a wild cat and a monkey.

‘Devious paedophile’

The prosecutor said that while Mr Bennell “was a skilled and relatively successful coach, we allege that he had a much darker side”.

“He was also, we say, a predatory and determined paedophile. His particular predilection was pre-pubescent boys.”

Mr Johnson told the jury they would need to decide whether they were listening to a group of men, who as Mr Bennell argues, had jumped on the bandwagon and made up stories, or to a series of serious sexual offences by a “devious paedophile” against “very vulnerable lads”.

Mr Bennell is on trial for 35 counts of indecent assault, 11 serious sexual assaults and two counts of attempted sexual assault, on boys aged between eight and 14.

He appeared via video-link on Tuesday. The jury was told this was due to an illness that required him to be fed through a tube.

The court was told how during questioning, Mr Bennell told police he was suffering with cancer which in turn had caused memory problems.

Mr Bennell had said one complainant had financial motivations for accusing him, the jury heard.

Before the trial, Mr Bennell admitted seven charges of indecent assault committed between 1981 and 1991, relating to three boys aged between 11 and 14.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42623499

Cardinal George Pell’s historic sexual abuse case could be dropped before it even reaches court after one of his leading accusers dies in hospital

  • Damian Dignan died in Ballarat on Saturday after a long battle with leukemia
  • He was one of three men who accused Cardinal George Pell of sexual abuse
  • Mr Dignan died weeks before Pell was to face a committal hearing in March
  • Pell has consistently denied multiple historical sex abuse charges
  • The case may be in jeopardy without Mr Dignan’s testimony

Will 1967 Tattingstone suitcase murder of Bernard Oliver ever be solved?

06 January 2018

This weekend marks 51 years since teenager Bernard Oliver left his London home to spend the evening with friends – 10 days before his dismembered body was found in two suitcases in a village just outside Ipswich.

 A clipping from the Evening Star after Bernard Oliver's body was found. Picture: ARCHANT
A clipping from the Evening Star after Bernard Oliver’s body was found.

Known as Operation Tattingstone, the investigation into the 17-year-old’s grisly murder remains one of the county’s longest running ‘cold cases’.

On January 6, 1967, Bernard left the Muswell Hill home he shared with his father and five siblings.

He was seen in the area by people unaware he had been reported missing by his father the following day.

On January 16, his body was discovered in the two suitcases under a hedge in Tattingstone.

https://youtu.be/VgxyxAgp9D0

With no clue as to the identity of the victim, police took the unusual step of sending media a photograph of the head.

Local and Metropolitan police were involved in the inquiry, which then crossed international borders in an effort to establish the source of the suitcases and a laundry mark found inside.

The dismembered body of Bernard Oliver was dumped in a field a few hundred yards from the main Ipswich to Manningtree road. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE

The first months of investigation generated thousands of statements and attracted national interest.

New leads were still being followed up the following year – but the trail grew colder with passing time, until police had only snippets of information to pursue.

An artist's impression of a man police were seeking for interview. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE An artist’s impression of a man police were seeking for interview. Picture: ARCHANT ARCHIVE

Two main suspects – doctors John Byles and Martin Reddington, both wanted for the death and sexual assault of another boy – have since died, but Suffolk police continue to review lines of investigation in a bid to solve the mystery – one of several unresolved crimes on the books of the joint Suffolk and Norfolk Cold Case Team, set up in 2008.

Last year, one of Bernard’s five siblings, younger brother Chris, who was 15 at the time, told this paper of the trauma his family still felt.

http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/will-1967-tattingstone-suitcase-murder-or-bernard-oliver-ever-be-solved-1-5344543?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=Social_Icon&utm_campaign=in_article_social_icons

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The police had a very good idea who did it but didn’t bring prosecutions due to ‘lack of evidence’. More likely they had friends in high places

Two main suspects – doctors John Byles and Martin Reddington, both wanted for the death and sexual assault of another boy – have since died = so never arrested or tried?

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in 2004 revealed that the prime suspects in the Bernard Oliver murder were two medical doctors, Martin Reddington and John Byles.

Martin Bruce Reddington (26 June 1931-May 1995) had a surgery in Muswell Hill. In 1965 a warrant had been issued for Reddington’s arrest on charges of buggery and indecent assault of males. However, before inquiries could be completed, he left the UK for South Africa. Reddington made a number of return visits to the United Kingdom, but no evidence has been found placing him in the vicinity of the murder. In 1977 a private investigator claimed to recognise the suitcase with the initials P.V.A. on its side as belonging to three men who used a laundrette in Muswell Hill, one of whom was Martin Reddington. Reddington was never interviewed in connection with the offence, and it was decided there was insufficient evidence to extradite him from Australia. In 1977 Reddington was charged in Sydney, Australia with committing an indecent assault on a male. He died in May 1995, aged 63.

John Roussel Byles (January 27 1933-19 January 1975) was acquitted along with another man in November 1963 of assaulting a 16 year-old male at their flat in Earl’s Court, London. Byles left the UK for Australia in the early 1970s when inquiries began into the sexual abuse of boys aged between 9 and 14 in Huddersfield. On 17 December 1974 Byles was arrested in Sydney, Australia in relation to an alleged indecent assault on a boy, but absconded on $2,000 bail. His body was found in a room of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Proserpine, Queensland on 19 January 1975. He left two suicide notes, one addressed to Scotland Yard, the other to Martin Reddington. The note to the police contained an apology for his actions, but no direct reference was made to the Tattingstone murder.

Fury as new figures reveal almost half of paedophiles convicted of grooming children for sex online are let off jail by ‘lenient’ judges

  • EXCLUSIVE: 56 per cent dodged jail in 2016 compared to 33 per cent year before
  • The others were handed suspended sentences by judges in England and Wales

Jan 6 2018

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5239755/Almost-half-child-groomers-let-jail-judges.html

Former Christ’s Hospital teacher jailed for sexually abusing pupils

Peter Burr given four years after admitting nine counts of indecent assault on boys aged 11 to 14 between 1969 and 1973

Peter Burr
Peter Burr is the second former teacher from the private school near Horsham to be jailed in as many months. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

A former top private school teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing four of his pupils.

Peter Burr was jailed at Hove crown court on Friday after admitting nine counts of indecently assaulting the boys aged between 11 and 14 at Christ’s Hospital between 1969 and 1973.

The judge, Christine Henson QC, initially sentenced him to 42 months in prison and concluded the hearing.

Moments later, the parties were called back to court.

Henson returned to say she had read out the wrong figure and sentenced him to 48 months instead. She added that her views on sentencing had not changed.

Burr is the second former teacher from the boarding school near Horsham, West Sussex, to be jailed in as many months.

Henson said he displayed a pattern of preying on his victims in a “gross abuse of trust”.

She continued: “You had unlimited access to vulnerable young boys separated from their families. They obtained a place at the school because of the death of a parent or a low income. This strengthened their reluctance to speak out about you.”

Burr, 73, of Kingswear, near Dartmouth in Devon, was handed concurrent sentences for each victim and made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.

Burr would invite pupils to visit his study for tea and cake before fondling them, the court heard.

One survivor described how Burr would entice them with chocolate biscuits, which were seen as a treat.

Ahmed Hossain, for the prosecution, said who was a house tutor as well as a physics teacher, would also become sexually aroused when he played with them in the swimming pool.

One of the survivors tried to report the crimes to officers at Horsham police station in 2000 but felt he was being “batted back” and no further action was taken, Hossain said.

It was not until 3 December 2016 that the former pupil was prompted to email the producer of Vanessa Feltz’s BBC Radio London programme when she discussed the football abuse scandal.

The producer put him in touch with detectives and an investigation was launched after he made contact with police in February last year.

Burr’s prosecution is part of a wider investigation into allegations of abuse by former teachers at the school.

A former house master, Peter Webb, 74, was jailed for four years in December.

Three more men are due in court later this year. Police have said the prosecutions are not linked.

Ajaz Karim, 63, who lives in London, denies nine charges of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against six female pupils. He is to stand trial in April.

James Husband, 67, of York, is accused of four counts of rape and five counts of indecently assault against a woman.

Gary Dobbie, 66, of Albi in France, is charged with seven counts of indecent assault and one attempted indecent assault against two boys, as well as three counts of indecently assaulting two women.

Husband and Dobbie deny the charges and are to stand trial in May.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/jan/05/former-christs-hospital-teacher-jailed-for-sexually-abusing-pupils


 

 Letting abuse commission lapse, Vatican sends disappointing message

Pope Francis listens as Sr. Hermenegild Makoro, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks during an audience with commission members at the Vatican Sept. 21.

In December 2013, Pope Francis  created a group to advise him and future popes on how the church worldwide could protect children, appointing experts on the issue and even survivors of abuse to a new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Now, as of this writing four years later, that commission has lapsed into an inactive state. Its members’ terms of office, as set by the group’s Vatican-approved statutes, expired Dec. 17. Neither the pope nor the Vatican have made known when or if the current members will be reappointed or new members found.

That Francis has allowed this lapse to occur is worrisome. A commission without validly appointed members ceases to be a commission; its members may carry on their work but if they do, they do so as individuals without legal standing or vested authority to back them. What work could they carry on? This never should have been allowed to happen.

That the Vatican felt no need to offer an official explanation is just as worrisome, because it suggests that the protection of children is not as high a priority as statements from the Vatican say it is. That decision makers in the Vatican apparently didn’t realize — or didn’t care — that this lapse would be perceived negatively is also troubling. A lack of an official response sends a tone-deaf and disappointing message to Catholics and the world. It points to the causal negligence at the heart of the scandal that has plagued the church for decades and demonstrates why the church can’t shake allegations that its leaders “just don’t get it.”

We cannot forget that less than 10 months ago, Marie Collins, an original appointee and a survivor of clergy abuse, resigned from the commission out of frustration with an intransigent Vatican bureaucracy.

We’ve been told not to read too much into the vacant commission. It’s just a bureaucratic snafu, we’re told, and it will be corrected by April, when the commission’s next plenary assembly is set. The office in the Curia meant to support the work of the commission will continue its work, we’ve been told. These statements, meant to be assurances, sound too much like hollow promises of the kind we’re been programmed to hear from church officials when it comes to the abuse of minors by clergy.

In March, Collins recalled that when she was appointed, “I said publicly that if I found what was happening behind closed doors was in conflict with what was being said to the public I would not remain. This point has come. I feel I have no choice but to resign if I am to retain my integrity.” We seem to have reached a time again when private actions are not matching public statements.

The Vatican has known since Collins’ resignation that the commission was suffering a credibility problem. Their bureaucratic neglect on commission memberships only exacerbates that problem. We repeat: that the Vatican didn’t recognize this as a problem or doesn’t care that it is a problem is very worrisome.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/accountability/letting-abuse-commission-lapse-vatican-sends-disappointing-message

 


Hundreds of boys ‘tortured’ at youth detention centres in 1970s and 1980s

Survivors calling for public inquiry into sexual and physical abuse during Thatcherite ‘short, sharp shock’ policy

4 January 2018

Hundreds of boys say they were subjected to sexual and physical abuse amounting to “torture” in youth detention centres, sparking calls for a public inquiry.

A lawyer representing the alleged victims said they had been raped, beaten and sexually assaulted during the 1970s and 1980s.

David Greenwood, the head of child abuse at Switalskis Solicitors, said he was already representing more than 400 men and being “approached constantly” by new claimants.

“Clients I’ve spoken to have said it was like torture – they were locked up and couldn’t get away,” he told The Independent.

 

Former inmates at Eastwood Park Detention Centre in Gloucestershire have told Mr Greenwood they were punched if they did not answer officers’ responses with “Sir”.

Others described being regularly hit “for the slightest misdemeanour”, being whipped with rubber pipes, forced to perform extreme exercise, have cold showers and were made to crouch in stress positions without chairs.

Police are already investigating allegations relating to Medomsley Detention Centre in County Durham and Kirklevington Detention Centre in North Yorkshire, where more than 400 victims have already come forward.

But Mr Greenwood said the scale of abuse is “most definitely wider”.

“It was an institutional problem that seemed to have been taking place at all these detention centres at that time,” he added.

When asked what kind of sexual assaults his clients told him took place in the centres, Mr Greenwood listed them as “rape, indecent assault and oral sex”.

Some of the alleged abuse has been attributed to policies brought in by Margaret Thatcher’s government, including Home Secretary Willie Whitelaw’s ‘short, sharp shock’ initiative.

The policy saw young offenders detained in secure units and subjected to quasi-military discipline, despite the fact there was no evidence it would deter them from reoffending.

Victims are calling for a new public inquiry to be opened into the treatment of young male convicts at all detention centres in Britain.

HM Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) claimed the allegations would be covered by the ongoing Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, but critics argue its remit is not wide enough to fully address the new allegations.

Mr Greenwood argued the current inquiry does not specifically address physical abuse, and its scope is also limited by ongoing criminal proceedings. “We’re hoping that the Home Secretary will look at this again and think about a proper public inquiry,” he added.

A HMPPS spokesperson said: “There is already an inquiry looking into these allegations, which is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

“The allegations of abuse by former members of staff at Medomsley Detention Centre are subject to an ongoing police investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/detention-centre-torture-boys-youth-sexual-physical-abuse-inquiry-kirklevington-medomsley-a8142456.html?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter

Sex offender treatment scheme led to increase in reoffending

Jun 30 2017

Inmates on the prison-run programme were slightly more likely to commit further sexual offences on release, a Ministry of Justice review found

ex offenders who completed a group treatment programme in prison were more likely to commit further similar offences, a Ministry of Justice review has found. The analysis warned that group therapy could allow offenders to share “contacts and sources” or normalise criminal behaviour.

Some 10% of criminals who completed the prison-based core sex offender treatment programme (SOTP) committed at least one sexual offence during the period covered by the review, compared with 8% of those who had not received the treatment. For offences involving explicit images of children, the reoffending rate was 4.4% for those who had completed the programme, compared with 2.9% in the comparison group.

Overall, the review found that the core SOTP, which has been used since 1992, was “generally associated with little or no changes in sexual and non-sexual reoffending”, but that “there were small increases in the sexual and child image reoffending rates”.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/30/sex-offenders-on-group-treatment-programme-more-likely-to-reoffend


Ridiculous outcry over Toby Young. He will bring independence, rigour and caustic wit. Ideal man for job

Jon Stone

How British politics works: as editor of the Spectator, Boris Johnson commissioned Toby Young as a writer. Now Boris’s brother, Jo Johnson, a Cabinet minister, gives Young a public sector job. Boris, now also a Cabinet minister, endorses the appointment

One episode where Tobes failed to distinguish himself – other than by once again talking well, but lying badly, was the hacking of schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone on behalf of the late and not at all lamented Murdoch Screws. Young had just been appointed as political correspondent of the Screws’ replacement, the Sun on Sunday

Tobes declared that the Milly Dowler affair was nothing more than “That murdered schoolgirl thing”,

https://zelo-street.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/toby-young-milly-dowler-shame.html

https://twitter.com/PeoplesMomentum/status/948981113581486081


https://evolvepolitics.com/new-tory-university-tsar-toby-young-joked-about-masturbating-over-starving-comic-relief-kids/


Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

David Russell Walters was the Special Assistant in the Mayor of London’s Office

David Russell Walters house during a police raid, was allegedly found to have been in possession of large quantities of child porn?

David Russell Walters BIGGEST EVER FILTHY-RICH ORGY: UPPER CRUST ORGANISERS AND STAFF

(David) Russell Walters, Special Assistant – Education, GLA

David Russell Walters Forsyth (Lord Michael Forsyth) tightens grip on Scots party “Make no mistake: Russell’s in charge, he runs the show”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/11929045.Forsyth_tightens_gr_ip_on_Scots_party__apos_Make_no_mistake__Russell_apos_s_in_charge__he_runs_the_show_apos_/


Bob Higgins: Ex-Southampton coach denies child abuse charges

Jan 4 2018Bob Higgins

Ex-Saints youth coach Bob Higgins is accused of multiple counts of indecent assault against boys

A former Southampton Football Club youth coach has pleaded not guilty to 50 counts of child abuse.

Bob Higgins, 64, is accused of carrying out indecent assaults on 24 boys between 1970 and 1996.

Mr Higgins, from Southampton, was the youth development officer at Southampton in the 1980s.

He was granted unconditional bail by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court and is due to appear for trial at Salisbury Crown Court on 29 May.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-42564403


 

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Terence Ewing was arrested with Gleaves. Who are these MPs?

Were Austin Mitchell and John Hemming aware of the fact that Terence Ewing was a paedophile?

The Association of McKenzie Friends are the group ‘supporting’ Ella Draper and Abraham Christie, who along with Sabine McNeill are wanted for questioning by police in relation to allegations of harassment and child abuse connected to the Hampstead Satanic Claims.

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Belinda McKenzie, Terence Ewing, and Sabine McNeill

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Keith Hammerton and Roger Gleaves

Keith Hammerton and Roger Gleaves are both convicted paedophiles.

And both happen to be former business partners of Terence Ewing  advisor for ‘The Association of McKenzie Friends’

Terence Ewing and Keith Hammerton- Euston Trust

Terence Ewing and Roger Gleaves- Mephistopheles Debt Collection Service

Terence Ewing, having been described by a high court judge as “unattractive and indicative of a lack of personal integrity and honesty”, is banned from taking a civil action in England and Wales unless he has the permission of a High Court judge. (BBC News)

I’m sure that many will think that this proves nothing other than that Terence Ewing has an extremely poor taste when selecting business partners.

However, call me old fashioned but I do believe that it is extremely unethical and potentially illegal for ‘The Association of McKenzie Friends’ to seek to sell “video evidence”, “interviews with victims of child trafficking”, and “documentation regarding child abuse”.

Untitled

John Hemming MP withdrew as patron of The Association of McKenzie Friends on 22nd January 2015.

https://theneedleblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/hampstead-mckenzie-friends-and-terence-ewing/

Former Crewe Alexandra football coach Paul McCann leaves South Cheshire Magistrates Court

Former Crewe coach charged with indecently assaulting boy

3 Jan 2018

A former Crewe Alexandra football coach has appeared in court charged with six counts of indecent assault.

Paul McCann, 57, appeared at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court in Crewe to face the charges relating to a boy under 16 and a boy over 16.

All the allegations relate to one victim and are alleged to have taken place between 1987 and 1990.

Mr McCann, of Great Sutton, Cheshire, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the brief hearing.

He was granted bail to appear before Chester Crown Court on 31 January.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42556383?ocid=socialflow_twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbcnews&ns_source=twitter


 

Two charged with historic sexual abuse at Old Rectory Children’s Home, Singleton

2 Jan 2018

TWO men are facing a total of 26 charges of historical sexual abuse of young boys at a children’s home. 

The alleged offences are believed to have taken place in West Sussex between 35 and 44 years ago.

John Michael Webber, 77, retired, of Clifton Hill, Brighton, and Don Grasty, 94, retired, of Beach Road, Selsey, have been summonsed to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, February 6.

The charges allege that they committed the offences at the long since closed privately-run Old Rectory Children’s Home in Church Road, Singleton, against eight boys aged between nine and 15, between 1974 and 1983.

Webber, who was owner of the Home during the period of the alleged offences, faces 12 charges – seven of indecent assault, two of gross indecency and three of buggery – almost all involving multiple incidents, allegedly committed against five boys.

Grasty, who was a manager at the Home during the same period, faces 14 charges – 10 of indecent assault, three of gross indecency, and one of buggery – again almost involving multiple incidents, allegedly committed against five boys.

Two of the boys are alleged to have been victims of both men.

Police emphasise that the premises closed as a children’s home in the late 1980s and that any management or occupants of the address since that time have no connection whatsoever with this case.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/15802571.Two_men_charged_with_historic_sexual_abuse_at_children_s_home/

 

It was inspected

http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/results/r?_q=The+Old+Rectory%2C+Singleton%2C+Chichester&_p=1950&Refine+dates=Refine

HRH Crafty Muvva 👑 @craftymuvva

Why is Maggie Oliver wanting to reside with Rachel ‘don’t use your leaf blower outside my house’ Johnson, and Anne Widdecombe?

Anne Widdecombe with her good friend Fr Seed

Fr Seed was  put into Knowl View children’s home in Rochdale,  where he stayed until he was 17.  There was a paedophile ring operating there involving Sir Cyril Smith. Seed was abused there and had been asked to provide evidence for Rochdale Council’s internal investigation into the school.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-29042597

 


Maggie Oliver

Maggie Oliver joined Greater Manchester Police in 1996

Rochdale child sex grooming scandal– was assigned as a witness protection officer to some of the vulnerable victims

worked on an almost identical operation in 2004, Operation Augusta

a detective in the Major Incident Team and as a family liaison officer and worked on a number of big cases. But I was contacted in November 2010 and asked to join Operation Span, a major investigation into the abuse in Rochdale.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/who-is-maggie-oliver-cbb-10446273

Former cop Margaret Oliver is backing DC Wedger’s fight

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/550022/Scotland-yard-met-officer-john-wedger-reveals-peado-sex-ring-cover-up

Rachel Johnson (L) and Camila Batmanghelidjh

Rachel Johnson

She was a student at Ashdown House – where abuse ocurred

 We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’

Celebrity Big Brother 2018 line-up confirmed – this is who is entering the house

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/showbiz-tv/celebrity-big-brother-2018-line-14104892#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Ex-Ashdown House School – the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse – head (Clive Williams) cleared of child sex charges

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-39273263


 

Cambridge University students ‘abused child sex slaves’ – escaped prostitute reveals torment

1/1/2018

An underage ‘sex slave’ claims she was hired out to students at the famous university.

She claimed she was just one of many underage sex workers who suffered violence and abuse at the hands of wealthy men in the 1980s.

“I was the youngest one there. A lot of the men were people who wanted to be quite violent,” she said. “There were men who had a lot of money and would pay for a long time.

“Some of it was Cambridge students. A lot of them were rich students who you could tell were training to be politicians and saw themselves as very privileged people. The way they treated us was as if they could do what they liked with us.”

The woman, who has not been named for legal reasons, has since left Cambridge, where she grew up. She described a grooming process that has similarities to the systematic abuse of children in towns such as Rotheram and Newcastle.

“All the men were at least ten years older than the girls,” she said. “You had to sit at the bar and the men would choose somebody. But you would get a lot of free drinks and drugs.

“A lot of it seems really fragmented in my mind. But I remember the flats you were taken to were nearby. It was men queuing up to do what they liked with you. There was a lot of gang raping and really violent men. It was really quite horrible, especially for underage girls.”

The woman says her suffering was so immense that she even considered suicide. She claims she was trapped in the cycle of exploitation.

She said: “I think sex slavery is something you do that you have no choice about. There was violence involved and it was really hard to get out of it.

“There is mental abuse as well as violence, and you are made to feel as if you are not really human. The most important thing for me is it was not work. It was done without a choice.”

She claims she escaped the torment after being hospitalised by an aggressive client: “I had a chance to think about what was going on, and I decided to run away,” she said.

“I thought I should either kill myself or run away. I went to Manchester and it kind of changed my life. I realised I deserved more out of life. I needed to get away from Cambridge to live. I didn’t feel safe.”

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/cambridge-university-students-abused-child-sex-slaves-escaped-prostitute-reveals-torment-1653311

Duncroft School: Jimmy Savile officer criticised

29 December 2017

The TV celebrity was questioned about allegations of abuse in 2009 but no action was taken

A senior officer would have had a “case to answer” over his handling of the Jimmy Savile case, a report has found.

The Surrey Police detective inspector, who is now retired, would have faced misconduct proceedings if he were still active, the police watchdog found.

He failed to pass an allegation against the disgraced TV star to a neighbouring force, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

The force said there were “things which should have been done differently”.

A detective constable who worked on the case also performed “unsatisfactorily”, the IPCC found.

‘Celebrity influence’

Its report concerned the actions of both officers, who investigated sex offences at Duncroft School, in Staines, allegedly committed in the 1970s.

Surrey Police launched a two-year investigation into the school in 2007.

The IPCC said:

  • During the course of the school probe, an allegation of an assault at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in Buckinghamshire, was received
  • The detective did not pass details of this claim to Thames Valley Police
  • As a result, it was not recorded by the force until 2013 – five years after the claim was disclosed to Surrey Police.

Investigators also found Savile’s status as a “very well-known celebrity” influenced decision-making during the investigation.

His status appeared to have been “considered throughout” by the senior officer, referred to as DI B in the report.

In particular, the watchdog said:

  • Savile’s celebrity “affected the way in which police approached witnesses and which agencies were informed and when”
  • The force chose to interview him under caution in October 2009 after prosecutors advised there was no case to proceed
  • Savile appeared “to have dictated the date and location for the interview” based on his own schedule
  • This added ” undue delay to the conclusion of the investigation”
  • It was unclear why Savile, who was in his eighties, was allowed to have a “friend and appropriate adult”, present during the interview
  • Investigators found it “unlikely that a non-celebrity member of the public would have been afforded the same courtesy”.

However, Savile’s high profile had “no influence” on the ultimate outcome of the investigation, according to the report.

‘Pattern of abuse’

Although the IPCC found no other evidence of wrongdoing, it did express concern at some aspects of the investigation.

These included:

  • Communication failures with West Yorkshire police over comments made by Savile about alleged inappropriate relationships with officers on that force
  • And there was also no evidence that witnesses had been made aware of safeguarding measures available to protect their identities.

The second officer’s performance was also described as unsatisfactory and falling below the expected standards of professional behaviour.

But, the report said, she would not have had to answer a case for professional misconduct.

In a statement, Surrey Police said it investigated alleged sex offences by Savile at Duncroft in 2007-09.

It said: “Whilst the enquiries in the original 2007-09 investigation pre-dated much of what we now know about Savile and his pattern of abuse, the force has always accepted there are things which should have been done differently.”

“These were highlighted in a report Surrey Police published in 2013 and relevant organisational learning was implemented as a result.”

As part of its investigation, Surrey Police interviewed more than 100 former pupils at Duncroft, a school for emotionally-disturbed girls which closed in the 1980s.

Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, was a Radio 1 DJ and the presenter of the Jim’ll Fix It show on BBC One.

He was one of Britain’s most prolific sex abusers and is thought to have assaulted hundreds of people between the ages of five and 75.

Savile denied allegations of abuse at the school when questioned by police in 2009.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-surrey-42516042

For their eyes only: the secret stories ministers don’t want you to read

 

At the turn of every year, hundreds of classified government documents are made available at the National Archives in Kew, south-west London. Many due for release are withheld or, as the Guardian has reported, have been lost. Whitehall departments do not have to explain why they have been retained, or where they are.

Documents held back this year include files relating to the Scott inquiry into the arms-to-Iraq affair, a file on allegations of sexual abuse at the Kincora boys’ home in Belfast which the former army information officer Colin Wallace said were covered up by MI5, and a file on the late Brian Nelson, a British army informer in Northern Ireland eventually jailed for conspiring to kill Catholics.

 

Also withheld is a document on Anthony Blunt, surveyor of the Queen’s pictures, who was granted immunity from prosecution before confessing to having been a Soviet spy. Papers are retained, temporarily or indefinitely, while Whitehall weeders conduct what are called “sensitivity reviews”.

The file also reveals that Thatcher and her successor, John Major, were concerned that a planned history of the army’s Intelligence Corps would reveal what the regiment had been up to in Northern Ireland. The Ministry of Defence told them not to worry as any reference to Northern Ireland would be “particularly anodyne”.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/29/secret-stories-ministers-national-archives-lost-whitehall?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Buffer&utm_content=buffer169f1&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer


 

Israeli ambassador claimed former DUP leader Paisley contacted him ‘to obtain arms’, declassified files reveal

29 December, 2017

 

THE Israeli ambassador to the UK claimed former DUP leader Ian Paisley contacted him “to obtain arms”, declassified state papers released reveal.

The claim, which prompted surprise from the Irish government, is contained among hundreds of previously confidential files published in Dublin and Belfast today.

The documents, dating back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, also reveal that:

* The UVF told then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey that an MI5 officer had asked it to “execute” him

* Claims of an ‘inner circle’ within the RUC involved in collusion were raised at a meeting of Irish and British ministers

* The Irish government was told by Fr Denis Faul of rumours that Gerry Adams had ‘set up’ the IRA gang gunned down by the SAS in an ambush in Loughgall

The claim that Mr Paisley had asked the Israeli ambassador about arms is included in files released by the National Archives of Ireland.

In June 1985, Noel Dorr – Ireland’s ambassador in London – wrote a letter to his boss in Dublin on the conversation he had at a recent function.

“I expressed surprise at this since I thought it unlikely that Paisley would leave himself open on something like this,” Mr Dorr wrote.

The Israeli ambassador, Yahuda Avner, said Mr Paisley was talking about “border protection”.

“I said I presumed that the emphasis was on surveillance equipment rather than on arms but the ambassador did not elaborate further on the detail of the request,” Mr Dorr said.

“I would assume that what happened is that Paisley may have written to the ambassador to seek a meeting in regard to ‘border protection’. The ambassador possibly interpreted this general phrase as referring to weapons rather than technology.”

The ambassador told Mr Paisley that “these things” could only be dealt with between governments.

http://www.irishnews.com/news/statepapers/2017/12/29/news/israeli-ambassador-claimed-former-dup-leader-paisley-contacted-him-to-obtain-arms-declassified-files-reveal-1220792/

The documents, dating back to the late 1980s and early 1990s, also reveal that:

* The UVF told then Taoiseach Charlie Haughey that an MI5 officer had asked it to “execute” him

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Haughey was tried and acquitted in the early 1970s, while Lynch was prime minister on charges of conspiring to import arms into Ireland illegally, allegedly for the IRA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1979/09/17/mountbattens-murder-means-more-trouble-for-ireland/9d8ad5b1-2e68-46e9-82be-0322a34c4df7/?utm_term=.2dedfd0714c6

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Haughey believed Jimmy Savile would be a good mediator for Thatcher dealings

A letter in the National Archives reveals details of a meeting between the pair at the Central Remedial Clinic in the 1980s.

Dec 28th 2013

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CHARLES HAUGHEY BELIEVED BBC presenter Jimmy Savile would make a good mediator for meetings between the British and Irish governments.

Following a meeting in 1980 at the Central Remedial Clinic, founder Lady Valerie Goulding, wrote to the Taoiseach to thank him for seeing Savile, one of the charity’s most important patrons.

The document, released under the 30 Year Rule today, repeats a suggestion by the Fianna Fáil leader that the Top of the Pops front man “could be a good mediator as he really is very well in with Mrs. Thatcher and members of the Opposition as well”.

Haughey and Savile sat down for tea at the CRC on 26 May 1980. The DJ became a regular visitor at Abbeville when he visited Dublin to organise sponsored walks as part of his charity work for the CRC.

Jimmy Savile guest of An Taoiseach…Photographed at an Taoiseach’s Office, Government Buildings…1980-05-26.26th May 1980.26-05-80.05-26-80..From left:..An Taoiseach Charles Haughey TD..Lady Valerie Goulding of the Central Remedial Clinic..Jimmy Savile.

It was another two decades before allegations of paedophilia emerged publicly about Savile. The CRC has issued statements to stress that he never had private access to patients during his visits to the treatment centre for those with disabilities.

Since ITV aired a documentary last year, police in London have launched Operation Yewtree to investigate allegations of sex abuse within the BBC. The probe is split into three strands – allegations involving Savile, those involving Savile and others and those involving others.

More than 600 people have come forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Savile alone, making him one of the most prolific sex offenders the UK has ever seen.

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Larger version here. (Image: Sinéad O’Carroll/TheJournal.ie)

The CRC has been at the centre of its own controversy this year as it became embroiled in the salary top-ups scandal.

Under Section 38 of the Health Act 2004, which includes both health agencies and voluntary hospitals, bodies may not supplement approved rates of remuneration with either Exchequer funding or non-government sources of funding.

A internal audit, ordered last year, found that just seven of the 42 organisations in the State that fall into the category were fully compliant with guidelines on pay.

Reportedly, one former CEO received more than €135,000 in ‘top-up’ salary and allowances from the CRC’s own funds. His base HSE salary was €106,000.

http://www.thejournal.ie/savile-haughey-thatcher-1212851-Dec2013/

Haughey and Savile

FORMER Taoiseach Charlie Haughey introduced disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile to his daughter Eimear when she was a young teen

https://www.herald.ie/news/my-meeting-with-savile-haughey-girl-28851428.html

What was Ansbacher?

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/what-was-ansbacher-1.1994945

Haughey and Savile
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Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and Sean Haughey meet the Prince of Wales during a reception at Glencairn House

joe.m @joeman42 @ciabaudo

Gerry Adams father was Paedophile & also Adams bro is Paedophile ..serving jail sentence for raping his own daughter

link

The Sunday People revealed how Jimmy Savile once told one of their journalists that he could fix anyone with just one phone call – to the IRA terrorists.

Savile said: “All I have to do is call my friends in the IRA. They’ll have someone waking up in hospital the next morning eating their breakfast through a f***ing straw.

“I know the IRA, men from the IRA, and you don’t need to ask these guys twice.

“I’m serious. Don’t f***ing think I’m not serious. I can get them done – just with a phone call. That’s all it takes, young man.”

http://aanirfan.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/jimmy-savile-and-ira-child-abusers.html

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Central Remedial Clinic founder Lady Valerie Goulding (Monckton) with then President Erskine Childers and Jimmy Savile. Savile also befriended Charles Haughey.

The Central Remedial Clinic, which Savile fundraised for…

The Irish government has been urged to investigate paedophile Jimmy Savile’s close associations with a children’s charity in Ireland by the man representing 176 of his victims in Britain.

Irish journalist Nicola Anderson has recalled an interview with Savile at the CRC in Clontarf on his last visit to Ireland in 2001.
During the interview Savile boasted of the number of girlfriends he had.
Anderson wrote in the Irish Independent: “In September 2001, I wrote that clad in a gob-smacking suit emblazoned with Superman cartoons, Jimmy Savile had “glided in the door of the clinic in Clontarf like true royalty.
“Some 13 years on, the man’s false sense of entitlement around the Central Remedial Clinic is what remains strongest in my mind.
“Clearly, he considered it to be ‘his’ clinic and the staff to be ‘his’ staff.
“That is my chief memory of our encounter, along with Savile’s peculiar demeanour during our interview: his odd rambling speeches and the almost pathetic clinging to what he clearly saw as his glory days – but which has far, far more sinister connotations today.
“‘You wouldn’t guess how many girlfriends I’ve had’, he told me in an outburst in the middle of that interview in which we had been discussing another topic entirely.
“They were ‘countless’, he claimed. In my ignorance, I smiled politely, thinking that the man must be delusional. He was. They were not ‘girlfriends’ but victims.”

Solicitor Richard Scorer has told Irish media outlets that an investigation needs to look at Savile’s activities in Ireland.

Scorer has called on the Irish authorities to ‘dig deeper’ into the late Savile’s close associations with the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf.

Savile was a regular visitor to the Dublin clinic and spearheaded many fund raising events for the facility.

Ireland’s Health and Children’s ministers have planned to look at the many visits he made here in the 1970s.

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Authorities-urged-to-investigate-Jimmy-Saviles-links-with-Irish-childrens-hospitals.html

Central Remedial Clinic was set up in April 1951 by Lady Valerie Goulding and Kathleen O’Rourke as a small non-residential treatment centre in a house in Upper Pembroke Street in the heart of Dublin

http://www.crc.ie/about_his.shtml

[Jimmy Savile with Central Remedial Clinic founder Lady Valerie Goulding (Monckton)]

Lady Valerie Goulding (Monckton)

Born Valerie Hamilton Monckton, she was the only daughter of Mary Adelaide Somes Colyer-Ferguson and Sir Walter Monckton (later 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley).

On account of her widespread popularity, in 1977 she was nominated by the Taoiseach, Jack Lynch, to Seanad Éireann, where she worked to raise awareness of disability issues. She sought election to Dáil Éireann twice as a Fianna Fáil candidate, both times unsuccessfully. She was spoken of as a possible President of Ireland in 1983, along with former Nobel and Lenin Peace Prize winner Sean MacBride and former head of the International Olympic Committee Lord Killanin, should the president, Patrick Hillery, decline to seek a second term. (Hillery ultimately was re-elected).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_Goulding

Her father

Walter Turner Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley,

A lawyer, Monckton served as advisor to Edward VIII during the abdication crisis, having been Attorney General to the Duchy of Cornwall since 1932. He was Recorder of Hythe from 1930-37.

( she was his letter carrier between the palace and her father )

He worked in propaganda and information during World War II and became Solicitor General in Winston Churchill’s 1945 caretaker government, although he refused to join the Conservative Party. He finally joined after the war and became a Member of Parliament for Bristol West at a 1951 by-election. Churchill soon appointed him to the cabinet as Minister of Labour and National Service, in which post he served from 1951 to 1955. He was Anthony Eden’s Minister of Defence 1955–56, but was the only cabinet minister to oppose his Suez policy, and was moved to Paymaster-General 1956–57

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_…n_of_Brenchley

Her Brother

Gilbert Monckton,

He was promoted Major General in 1963, and became Army director of public relations, dealing with press scrutiny into the behaviour of soldiers in Germany in the aftermath of unhelpful comments from the Secretary of State for War, John Profumo. He became Chief of Staff at the Headquarters of the British Army of the Rhine in 1965. He was appointed a Commander of the Belgian Order of the Crown in 1965 (Léopold III of Belgium was Colonel of his regiment), and Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1966. He left the Army in 1967, but was Colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers from 1967 to 1973.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert…n_of_Brenchley

Her nephew

Christopher Monckton

He is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Broderers,

an Officer of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem,

a Knight of Honour and Devotion of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta,

and a member of the Roman Catholic Mass Media Commission.

He is also a qualified Day Skipper with the Royal Yachting Association, and has been a Trustee of the Hales Trophy for the Blue Riband of the Atlantic since 1986.

In 1979, Monckton met Alfred Sherman, who co-founded the pro-Conservative think tank the Centre for Policy Studies with Margaret Thatcher and Keith Joseph in 1974.

Christopher Walter Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (born 14 February 1952) is a British politician, public speaker,[1] hereditary peer, and former newspaper editor. He has worked for The Universe, The Sunday Telegraph, Today and Evening Standard newspapers. Formerly a member of the Conservative Party, he served in Conservative Central Office and worked for Margaret Thatcher’s Number 10 Policy Unit during the 1980s.

 

HRH and Rosa Monckton are amused by model

Her Niece

Rosa Monckton (“a close friend since the early 1980s“  of convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein)

Rosa Monckton is the daughter of Gilbert Monckton, 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and was educated at the Ursuline Convent at Tildonk in Belgium.[1]

She is married to the journalist Dominic Lawson

Lawson was educated at Westminster School and then Christ Church, Oxford.

He is the elder son of Nigel Lawson, a former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer, and socialite Vanessa Salmon, heir to the Lyons Corner House empire

Thatcher and Lord Nigel Lawson

Lawson has several times been accused of working with MI6 (by for instance Richard Tomlinson), but has denied being an agent.[6]

From 1995 until 2005, Lawson was editor of The Sunday Telegraph. In 2000 the newspaper was named Newspaper of the Year at the British Press Awards. In 2006, he started to write columns for The Independent newspaper and in 2008, he became the main columnist for The Sunday Times.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Lawson

Monckton was a friend of Diana, Princess of Wales. Regarding Diana’s alleged pregnancy at the time of her death, Monckton told a BBC documentary in December 2006 that Diana had had her period while they were on holiday together ten days before Diana died

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Monckton

Rosa Monckton has disclosed that someone close to her was involved with MI6.

Miss Monckton told the inquest into the princess’s death that she personally had “no connection with the security services” but that “someone close to me is connected with the SIS”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…nk-to-MI6.html

Her brother Anthony described by the Times of London as “Britain’s most important secret agent in the Balkans”.

http://cryptome.org/mi6-monckton.htm

His father, Gilbert Monckton was founding Chairman of the Blackwater/Xe alike and very spooky “Defense Systems Limited” http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php…ystems_Limited

So Rosa Monckton and Jimmy Savile were close confidants of princess Diana or were they her handlers

Who was she refering to being in MI6 her husband her father /grandfather/ aunt /brother

or all of the above

More Monckton connections.

From Lord Alun Chalfonts entry in ‘The Pilgrim List’

https://wikispooks.com/ISGP/organisa…rs_list_AZ.htm

Viscount Monckton [his father attended a number of Pilgrims Society meetings], who acted as one of Kock’s patrons in 1967, was a director of Morrison’s company, and Morrison was an associate, too, of Jonathan Aitken [intel-connected; unofficial arms negotiator; head of the private, hard-right intelligence group Le Cercle] both before and at the time that Aitken was director of Astra’s BMARC [1980s]… Years later I bumped into Peter Shore [important politician and Privy Council member] in the changing rooms of the Roehampton Club… What I actually said to Shore was, ‘Why has the main witness not been interviewed [in the Pergau Dam/ Malaysian arms deal affair]?’ Shore, assuming that I meant Thatcher, began to reply – ‘It’s her prerogative as Prime Minister…” When I interrupted, telling him I meant Kock, Shore’s telling response was, ‘But that is another level of government altogether.'”

Chalfont was deputy chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority under Thatcher. Consultant to private security firm Zeus Security Consultants (this firm did high level government contract work), owned by Major Peter Hamilton, a close associate of Stephan Kock, the MI5, MI6, SAS agent who allegedly once headed a government assassination team, Group 13.

Stephan Kock, discussed on this thread previously, is also an ‘associate’ of Sir John Cuckney, Westland.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/nov/03/5

http://www.shellnews.net/rayfoxwebsite/geraldjamesbook.pdf

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt…6854615&page=4

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:56tCTQ0WhTMJ:www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=222773&page=3569+&amp;cd=1&amp;hl=en&amp;ct=clnk&amp;gl=nz

http://caterpillarsandbutterflies1.blogspot.co.nz/2010/08/doc026m01-monckton-leadership-4-ukip.html

At the completion of the Fourteenth Annual Walk in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic in Clontarf, Jimmy Saville visited the CRC itself.


J Holland @Giantkiller173 

The order had to involved Lord peter Brooke….the mechanics of prepping the order had to involved kenneth harvard Hind..then peter brookes PPS…no wonder Brooke was granted 24/7 police protection for the rest of his life.

https://books.google.com/books?id=oAM7DwAAQBAJ&pg=PA6700&lpg=PA6700&dq=kenneth+Harvard+Hind+PPS+LORD+Trefgarne&source=bl&ots=d09ZiBeuPm&sig=PmGN7fq_5MY0mDFHbFDhssLMff0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwja2f3Gs7TYAhVlx1QKHZPcAvcQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=kenneth%20Harvard%20Hind%20PPS%20LORD%20Trefgarne&f=false

Ken Hind

Please ignore Tony Holland he if he tries to contact you .He is a former client convicted in1981 at Bradford Crown Court of receiving having admitted the offences to the police ,He appealed against his sentence but not his conviction which was reduced from 18months imprisonment to 6 months.I last saw him as I left the Court of Appeal in 1982. Following the death of one of the main prosecution witnesses in 1993 he has been abusing in different ways and now on the internet , the solicitors and counsel who represented him , the Judge and prosecutor . Somehow in 1982 he managed to get into Australia where he resides having written a book claiming to be an MI6 officer which was never mentioned at his trial .The essence of the book is that he was framed by the secret service who then connived in sending him to Australia He has stalked and abused the Judge counsel and his solicitor for 20 years. Ignore the ramblings of this man who is obsessed . He is currently the subject of investigation in the UK and Australia.If he sets foot in the UK he will be arrested. His most recent allegations against me are that the Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe who murdered 13 women is innocent and I am covering up his wrongful conviction .This is despite the admissions made to the police psychiatrists and pleas of guilty to manslaughter in the trial on the basis of insanity rejected by the jury who convicted him of murder. He has been interviewed about the deaths of a further 17 women .

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Sutcliffe and Savile

Detectives ‘had a cast made of Savile’s teeth’ to check against bite-marks left on bodies of Yorkshire Ripper victims

  • Police knew Savile used prostitutes, according to friend of dentist involved

Ripper and Savile’s afternoon tea: Inside the sick pair’s weird relationship

A FORMER cellmate of evil Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe has revealed the wicked killer’s twisted friendship with serial paedophile Jimmy Savile.

https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/535953/Jimmy-Savile-Peter-Sutcliffe-Yorkshire-Ripper-Broadmoor-friends-Frank-Bruno-handshake


Caldey Island: Compensation call for sex abuse victims

Dec 29 2017

A call has been made for the founding monastery to compensate people who were sexually abused by a monk in Wales.

A devotee of the abbey on Caldey Island said Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium, had a “moral and ethical duty” to take some responsibility for the offences of Father Thaddeus Kotik.

Teresa Elwes, who regularly visited Caldey Island, off Pembrokeshire, said she was horrified by the allegations.

Scourmont Abbey denied responsibility, saying Caldey was a separate entity.

Father Thaddeus, who lived on the island for 45 years before his death in 1992, is accused of sexually abusing several young girls during the 1970s and 1980s.

Six of his victims were compensated by Caldey Abbey in an out-of-court settlement in March. A number of others have since come forward with allegations.

It is understood the abbot of Scourmont Abbey denied any legal liability in the civil proceedings.

Ms Elwes, a supporter of Caldey Abbey, claimed Scourmont, which brews Chimay – one of Belgium’s most popular beers – could afford to compensate victims more adequately.

She said: “When abuse is revealed you have to do your utmost to apologise, take responsibility, provide compensation and do everything you can for the victims.

“If [Scourmont] said ‘not our problem’ I’d say that’s pretty disingenuous… there are very strong links between Caldey and Scourmont.

“Whether they have a legal duty or not, they have a moral and ethical duty to make sure people are properly cared for and compensated… these people’s lives have been ruined.”

BBC Wales previously reported the former abbot of Caldey, Brother Robert O’Brien, became aware of allegations against Kotik in 1990 but did not refer them to police.

Ms Elwes, a former forensic psychologist who regularly visited Caldey Island from the age of 14 into her 20s, claims Brother Robert, who died in 2009, was appointed by Scourmont.

A book about Caldey Abbey, published in 1996, said the authority for the monastery reverted to Scourmont after the former abbot, Dom James, died.

The book stated the then-abbot of Scourmont, Dom Guerric Baudet, appointed Brother Robert.

But this is disputed by the present abbot, Dom Armand Veilleux, who said Brother Robert was “elected” by the Caldey community.

Scourmont established a monastery on Caldey in 1929 and the earliest monks there were Belgian – some were still members of the Caldey community at the time of the alleged abuse.

Although Caldey Abbey became autonomous from the Belgian abbey in the mid-1930s, Ms Elwes points to books about the island which refer to Scourmont’s ongoing financial support for the abbey into the 1970s.

After joining Caldey Abbey, Father Thaddeus spent time at Scourmont as part of his training.

BBC Wales has contacted Dom Armand Veilleux asking him to address these points, but has not received a response.

Ms Elwes, from London, said she met Father Thaddeus on occasions when visiting the island, but was not among his victims.

“I had a wonderful and quite deeply spiritual experience of Caldey, so to think there was a monk doing this is shocking,” she added.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-42510923

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Martin Walkerdine‏ @mwalkerdine

Former Lib Dem leader “Nick Clegg” to receive knighthood the same person who refused to hold independent inquiry into former MP Cyril Smith involvement in child abuse and what Former Leader David Steele KNEW at that time

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/nick-clegg/10765504/Nick-Clegg-refuses-to-hold-inquiry-into-Cyril-Smith-child-abuse-allegations.html

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/feb/27/nick-clegg-ignored-letters-lawyers-cyril-smith


LazerLight‏ @Lazer_Light23

I would be very interested to see who took out and lost the papers on The Troubles.

Government admits ‘losing’ thousands of papers from National Archives

Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/26/government-admits-losing-thousands-of-papers-from-national-archives?CMP=share_btn_tw

 

LazerLight‏ @Lazer_Light23

‘The disappearances raised fears over how government ministries can remove official papers long after they have been declassified and made available to the public’

Official papers kept secret for 30 years are dominated by issues connected to war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/local-news/thatcher-secret-papers-reveal-jimmy-389605

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Mr Heath is also mentioned

HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva

Christmas 1971: I wonder if Kincora featured in his visit?

The Northern Ireland file said to have been “misplaced” while on loan back to the government dates back to the Heath era, rather than the Thatcher era.

ALT-Right-Delete@Trumpton_VanMan

Elite paedophiles and CSA at Kincora … This gov have a habit of losing abuse files and appointing inappropriate investigation heads

 

Savile and the Falklands

Jimmy Savile declared that he had been in Margaret Thatcher’s company on Sunday 2nd May 1982. Whilst walking together, on receipt of a note her face had turned ashen. Jimmy Savile had looked at her with concern “What is the matter, Margaret”, he said. ” The Belgrano has been sunk”, was her reply.

https://stephentwist.wordpress.com/tag/falklands/

Thatcher appeared to have no emotional reaction after the order was given to sink the Argentine cruiser, the General Belgrano, killing 323 people on board.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/margaret-thatcher-showed-no-reaction-after-order-to-sink-belgrano-ship-during-falklands-war-papers-10330282.html


Whitehall departments have “lost” almost a thousand documents detailing controversial episodes around major events

Pope Francis – Argentina/ Falklands/Dirty War

http://archive.is/bmvNN


Pope Francis (center) attended the funeral mass of cardinal Bernard Law at St Peter's basilica in Vatican.

Pope takes part in disgraced Cardinal Law’s funeral

Pope Francis prayed Thursday for a merciful final judgment for Cardinal Bernard Law, symbol of the Catholic Church’s failure to protect children from pedophile priests and its arrogance in safeguarding its own reputation at all costs.

The dean of the college of cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, celebrated the funeral Mass, along with some 30 other cardinals, and eulogized Law without making any mention of the scandal.

US Ambassador-designate Callista Gingrich and her husband, Newt, as well as some other members of the diplomatic corps were on hand in the pews, along with the Vatican foreign minister, Archbishop Paul Gallagher.

Law, who died Wednesday at age 86, resigned in disgrace as archbishop of Boston in 2002 after revelations that he covered up for dozens of priests who raped and sexually molested children, moving them to different parishes without telling parents or police.

St. John Paul II’s decision to promote Law to head a major Rome basilica in 2004 reinforced the impression that the Vatican — which had turned a blind eye to abuse for decades — still hadn’t grasped the scale of the problem, the trauma it caused its victims, and the moral credibility it had lost as a result.

Francis has inherited that legacy and has promised ‘‘zero tolerance’’ for abuse. But his own record has been marked by questionable appointments, a reneged proposal to create a Vatican tribunal to prosecute negligent bishops like Law, and giving the issue less urgency than his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Just this week, Francis’ much-hyped commission of experts to advise the church on keeping children safe was allowed to lapse after its initial three-year mandate.

Sodano was John Paul’s powerful secretary of state at the time of Law’s downfall and would have been instrumental in the decisions the Vatican took in those years to deal with the burgeoning scandal.

But Sodano himself has a tainted legacy, having been a key supporter of the Rev. Marcial Maciel, the drug-addicted founder of the Legion of Christ religious order who sexually abused his seminarians and fathered three children. It was only after John Paul died and Sodano was sidelined that Benedict ordered Maciel to live a lifetime of ‘‘penance and prayer’’ for his crimes.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/21/vatican-broadcast-cardinal-law-funeral-service/RikvzLGHdPjF7JmEDrasEP/story.html#ampshare=https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/12/21/vatican-broadcast-cardinal-law-funeral-service/RikvzLGHdPjF7JmEDrasEP/story.html

Charles Howeson verdict :

Prominent businessman guilty in sexual offences trial

Members of the jury in the trial of Charles Howeson have returned a verdict.

The prominent Plymouth businessman was accused of sexually assaulting 10 young men and a boy .

The alleged assaults were said to have taken place in Drake’s Island tunnels and in dark rooms at the Royal William Yard, all involving volunteers for a Plymouth charity.

The jury was sent out shortly before midday on Monday to consider its verdict.

Howeson, 68, denied 11 counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted buggery, dating from 1985 and 1994.

udge Horton told Howeson that he was going to be sent to prison. He gave the defendant the chance to speak to a probation officer and face up to his guilt.

Daniel Janner, QC for Howeson, replied: “The defendant’s position remains the same. He didn’t commit these offences and he has been wrongly convicted.”

Judge Horton adjourned the case until February 2 when Howeson will be sentenced or a date will be set for a new trial.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/charles-howeson-verdict-jury-out-965058


MP Mark Garnier cleared of breaking ministerial code

who called his aide ‘sugar tits’ and told her to buy sex toys for him

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42448314


Ex-priest Laurence Soper jailed for sexually abusing boys

21 Dec 2017

An ex-Catholic priest who abused boys at a London school in the 1970s and 1980s has been jailed for 18 years.

Laurence Soper, 74, fled to Kosovo with £182,000 from the Vatican bank in a bid to avoid prosecution for abusing boys at the independent St Benedict’s School, in Ealing, where he taught.

He was extradited to face 19 charges of indecent and serious sexual assault against 10 former pupils.

He is the fourth man to be convicted of molesting children at the school.

Sentencing, Judge Anthony Bate said Soper’s conduct was “the most appalling breach of trust” and he had “subverted the rules of the Benedictine order and teachings of the Catholic Church”.

He said the former abbot and headmaster’s life would now be “overshadowed by the proven catalogue of vile abuse”.

An Old Bailey jury took 14 hours to find Soper guilty of all charges on 6 December.

Prosecutor Gillian Etherton QC told how the victims were subjected to “sadistic” beatings by Soper for “fake reasons” and on many occasions “with what can only have been a sexual motive”.

The “reasons” included kicking a football in the wrong direction, failing to use double margins and using the wrong staircase.

St Benedict’s apologised unreservedly for the “serious wrongs of the past”.

Soper’s victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were supported by relatives in court when he was sentenced earlier.

One victim suffered from nightmares and flashbacks after the abuse, but chose not to come forward out of fear of more beating, the jury heard during the trial.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42443604


WESTMINSTER SLEAZE: The investigation into disgraced Keith Vaz, the Labour MP accused of paying for rent boys & was taped discussing buying cocaine, has been suspendedbecause he’s not very well.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42439333

UnaPooper @TheUnapooper

Wasn’t that the argument for not investigating Lord Janner?

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/693102/Investigation-launched-into-11-people-handling-Lord-Janner-sex-abuse-claims

welladriansays‏ @welladriansays

have we so quickly moved from health being a factor in sentencing , to health being a factor in decision to prosecute and now health being factor in whether to investigate? Perhaps MPs could just be given doctors note in advance to excuse them for anything?

Dame Alun Roberts

So you’re being investigated for stealing a Mars bar from the local newsagent and have a medical condition? Talk to your solicitor about Lex Vaz. I’m sure it will apply to you, too!

Somehow reminiscent of Vaz’s mate Janner, don’t you think?

https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-abuse-janner/infirm-peer-too-ill-to-stand-trial-on-sex-abuse-charges-judge-idUKKBN0TQ1E220151207

 

I simply don’t get it: Labour suspends MPs and aides like a string of pearls yet Keith Vaz offers to buy drugs for his rentboys and gets off scot-free! What is it about that man?

HRH Crafty Muvva @craftymuvva

Is he still undertaking his parliamentary duties? If so there’s no reason for the investigation to be halted.

Andrew Bridgen @ABridgen

I instigated the complaint into Keith Vaz in Sept 2016. If more than 15 months later he is not fit to be held to the standards expected of a Parliamentarian, then he’s not fit enough to be a Parliamentarian and we should be expecting a by-election in Leicester East

Andy O’Brien‏ @Camelot_1966

John Bercow blocked Andrew Bridgen MP from revealing investigation into Keith Vaz after accepting £41,000 in donations with links to Keith Vaz

Just Mick‏ @Stressed_Eric72

He’s not dead, he’s still a working MP, investigation should continue.

Cathy Higgins….‏ @justmebeingme4

How can a guy with the chequered background like Keith Vaz get away with corruption & sleaze 4 so long?…Could the answer be he has Shit on all of ? In 450 pages, the damning verdict on bullying Vaz is laid bare by MPs

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/in-450-pages-the-damning-verdict-on-bullying-vaz-is-laid-bare-by-mps-9196370.html

Dame Alun Roberts

I seem to recollect that Keith Vaz chickened out of an investigation once before feigning ill health.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/1808901.stm

My Sweet Landlord‏ @MySweetLandlord

Keith Vaz has been bloody busy for a man too ill to be investigated by Parliamentary Standards.

Abused Mind‏ @AbusedMind1

Wonder if he will be claiming expenses for all this work , while too ill to answer questions ….

HRH Crafty Muvva

Is it Vaz who is unwell, or the Parliamentary Commissioner?

Most peculiar…

Andre Walker‏r @andrejpwalker 4

On the day Damian Green is sacked for looking at porn. Keith Vaz is allowed to keep his job despite using rent boys. Amazing to see consistency in action

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/765991/John-Bercow-Keith-Vaz-Andrew-Bridgen-police-investigation-donations-select-committee


Damian Green is set to pocket a £17,000 tax-free pay off after being axed over porn on his computer

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/damian-green-set-pocket-17000-11732994

The 61-year-old is the third Cabinet minister after Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel to quit in just seven weeks. But the timing of Mrs May’s decision to accept his ­resignation, just before the Christmas holiday, sparked ­criticism that she was too weak to sack him when the ­spotlight was on him over the pornography claims.

Just hours earlier, Mr Green had sat next to Mrs May at the final PMQs of 2017. Photographers had later arrived at Downing Street yesterday to take pictures of the Cabinet discussing Brexit but were mysteriously booted out 10 minutes beforehand. Mr Green would have been expecting to been by the PM’s side.

The inquiry by Cabinet ­Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood.

David Davis had vowed to quit if Mr Green was sacked over the porn claims. But in yet another Tory U-turn, a spokesman said the Brexit Secretary would not be leaving.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/pornochhio-damian-green-throws-government-11731090


Damian Green sacked after ‘misleading statements’ on porn claims

20 DEC 2017

Damian Green, one of Theresa May’s closest allies, has been sacked from the cabinet after an inquiry found he had breached the ministerial code.

He was “asked to quit” after he was found to have made “inaccurate and misleading” statements about what he knew about claims pornography was found on his office computer in 2008.

He also apologised for making writer Kate Maltby feel uncomfortable in 2015.

Laura Kuenssberg said the PM “had little choice but to ask him to go”.

The BBC’s political editor said the departure of a close friend left Mrs May a “lonelier figure”.

The 61-year old Mr Green, who as first secretary of state was effectively the PM’s deputy, is the third cabinet minister to resign in the space of two months, Michael Fallon and Priti Patel having both quit in November.

In her written response, Mrs May expressed “deep regret” at Mr Green’s departure but said his actions “fell short” of the conduct expected of a cabinet minister.

He had been under investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards journalist and Tory activist Ms Maltby. He denied suggestions that he made unwanted advances towards her in 2015.

He also denied that he had either downloaded or viewed pornography on a computer removed from his Commons office in 2008.

An official report by the Cabinet Office found that two statements he had made in November about being unaware pornographic material had been found on a computer in his office were “inaccurate and misleading” and constituted a breach of the ministerial code.

The report also found that although there were “competing and contradictory accounts of what were private meetings” between himself and Ms Maltby, the investigation found her account “to be plausible”.

Her parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said in a statement they were not surprised to find that the inquiry found Mr Green to have been “untruthful as a minister, nor to that they found our daughter to be a plausible witness”.

They praised their 31-year-old daughter for her courage in speaking out about the “abuse of authority”.

Ms Maltby is not commenting on Mr Green’s resignation until she receives more details from the Cabinet Office.

In his resignation letter, Mr Green said statements he made about what he knew about the pornography could have been “clearer”, conceding his lawyers had been informed by lawyers for the Met Police about their initial discovery in 2008 and the police had also raised the matter within him in a phone call in 2013.

“I apologise that my statements were misleading on this point,” he said.

Damian Green has never been a politician with a huge public persona, or even a hugely well-known character.

But he was an extremely important ally of Theresa May. Not just a political friend but a genuine one, close to her for decades.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42434802?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

Natalie @RealNatalieRowe

Ok Damian Green has been given the boot (temporarily) so it looks good&proper, don’t know about anyone else but I want to know exactly what Genre of Porn he was watching, it’s important, we need to know the mind set of the Man, is he a risk in society ? should he still be an MP?

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

acts which result in or are likely to result in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals; bestiality; or necrophilia. They also provide for the exclusion of classified films etc. and set out defences and the penalties for the offence.

Joseph Ducreux‏ @yawnanothertwit

How can a secure government network access porn websites?

Simon Worrall‏ @sworrall

Quite so. My employer, like many, uses a blocker device which prevents staff access to entire categories of disreputable websites. As you say it would be flagged immediately.


Jon Styler

Jon Styler: £140,000 payouts to alleged abuse victims

19 December 2017

Solicitors representing the eight claimants said Newport council has been unable to find Mr Styler’s old personnel record.

They also claim other education records important to the cases were “lost”.

Jon Styler, who denied all the allegations, hanged himself in 2007

Eight men allegedly abused by a head teacher thought to be one of Wales’ most prolific paedophiles have received £140,000 in settlements.

Jon Styler is said to have abused boys in schools in Newport and Worcestershire in the 1970s and 1980s.

Newport council has agreed out-of-court settlements with the men, with no admission of liability, but said it could not comment further.

A spokesman said: “However, we would like to stress that the allegations in relation to Mr Styler are historical and there are no links between the schools where he taught many decades ago and those schools today.”

Solicitors believe Mr Styler may be one of Wales’ most-prolific sex offenders, with more than 100 victims.

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Life on the Grand Scale featuring Jon Styler at the piano

Styler was well-known  in his home city of Newport.  He was a pianist and as a performer – his name on the billing was guaranteed to pull in an audience.

Sad also to report the death in August 2007 of pianist Jon Styler, who worked with Gerri Smith in The Dorothy Squires Story, which Gerri performed at the Edinburgh Festival and toured in 1999 including a performance at London s Westminster Theatre.

Jon died on 14 August and Gerri says: Jon was an inspirational piano player and, without him, I would never have considered putting the show on. We had a great time rehearsing and performing the show, and both of us had some truly eerie moments when we truly thought Dot was with us along the way.

Jon was at my birthday party of 16 July, and last New Year s Eve we were together performing Say It With Flowers. I will miss him always.

http://www.webfantastic.co.uk/dorothynews2.html

Styler and his deputy head Lyn Millinship

He raised concerns in 1974 with governors, councillors and his union and he had a meeting with a senior official at the Education dept at the Gwent County Council

Styler’s employer Gwent Education Dept

 

Malpas Church in Wales jnr and infants School in Newport (33755452)

Malpas Church in Wales jnr and infants School in Newport

Newport council inherited liability from the old Gwent County Council, which employed Mr Styler when he worked in Wales. Several men have said they were abused by Mr Styler when he was head teacher at the Malpas Church in Wales Primary School in the 1970s.

Styler was arrested in 2007 following an allegation of sex abuse made against him during his teaching career

He has been described as a well-known, charismatic figure who specialised in teaching music and drama, who often taught children alone in his office

One man, who wants to remain anonymous, said he was violently sexually assaulted by Mr Styler as a child.

He said: “This man was a monster, he took advantage of young boys and was able to manipulate staff out of the way for his own sexual gratification.

“I endured terrible sexual attacks against me as a child – I was sexually attacked in a caravan and it was absolutely horrendous.”

He said he has given his money – tens of thousands of pounds – to relatives and they do not know where it has come from.

 

Jon Styler

Jon Styler highlighted in a photograph of Bowbrook private school pupils in the late 1980s

There is at least one more claim ongoing against Newport council.

Solicitors said they have been contacted by men from all over the world.

Rhys Dando, from the law firm Collingbourne Hennah, negotiated many of the settlements and believes there could be more to come.

“This is very much a live issue in our eyes, clients are making contact with us fairly regularly, certainly we’re getting further accounts of experiences,” he said.

“It appears these claims could be widespread and will continue to occur over the next few years.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42401453

Styler had been arrested on suspicion of similar offences allegedly committed 27 years earlier.

The Argus reported that authorities, including the church, governors, unions and the former Gwent County Council allegedly knew about the concerns after a former senior staff member at the school reported his concerns.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/13582524.Second_alleged_victim_of_historic_sex_abuse_speaks_out__and_says__I_didn_t_have_children_as_a_result__I_didn_t_want_to_be_a_Jon_Styler_clone_/

A senior member of teaching staff at the school reported his concerns at the time to the church, governors, unions and the local education authority.

He claims he was effectively warned off and that nothing was done about the allegations.

There are people who were in positions of authority in the Newport education system in the 1970s who are alive and well.

We urge them to come forward and tell the public what they knew of these allegations, if anything.

http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/13520253.ARGUS_COMMENT__Culture_of_silence_must_end/

Styler left Newport in 1980

Cover-Up

https://youtu.be/wQrESj-LdvA

Another was abused by Styler at St Julian’s Junior School in the 1960s

Styler was arrested in 2007 following an allegation of sexual abuse made against him during his time teaching at the Church in Wales school.

However, an investigation by the BBC show has now discovered that police investigating the allegations failed to take into account claims against Styler that were logged two years earlier.

A man, who cannot be named but who spoke to the programme, claims he went to Gwent Police in 2005 claiming he and his brother – a former police officer – were targeted by Styler in the headteacher’s office.

But the man decided at the time not to pursue the matter as a formal complaint because of concerns about the impact a police probe might have on his brother’s career and family.

Despite this, his brother – a police officer at the time – said this information should have been kept on file as a matter of course for intelligence.

He said: ‘It’s such a shame. Little things, details matter in policing. They matter enormously. So why wasn’t that link made? Why wasn’t there an investigation into other teachers from the school? Why weren’t questions asked, even in 2007?’

Three weeks after Week In Week Out contacted Gwent Police, a report was found relating to the allegation made in 2005 against Styler.

Gwent Police has now launched an internal review as a result of the programme’s investigation, which will look into why these allegations did not come to light at the time of Styler’s arrest in 2007.

Newport City Council social services department should also have a log that Gwent Police contacted the authority in 2005 and 2007 but it told the BBC programme that no such record can be found.

The authority also said it has no record of Styler’s personnel files, which it would have inherited from Gwent County Council following local government reorganisation.

Lyndon Millinship, a former deputy headteacher at the school in Malpas, has spoken publicly for the first time about the historic abuse allegations against Styler.

He said he raised concerns with Gwent County Council and governors at the school about Styler’s behaviour in the late 1970s – but Styler was allowed to continue teaching.

Mr Millinship said he was disappointed that no one in authority spoke to the children back then.

‘In hindsight I think you can say it was very costly,’ he said. ‘It’s amazing really: they could have spoken to the children quite easily as long as the parents were present every time.’

He also said he would have been happy to speak to the police in 2005 or 2007 if he had been contacted.

There are now numerous allegations made against Styler spanning 25 years.

The latest person to come forward is a former pupil of Bowbrook School in Hartlebury, Worcester who claims he was assaulted during the 1980s. Bowbrook private school now no longer exists.

In August, another alleged victim – Jeffrey Parry, 50, from Pontypool – came forward to claim he was sexually abused by Styler during his final year at the Church in Wales school in 1975/76.

He claimed that Styler used extra reading sessions in his office, which had a red/green light outside his door, so that he would not be disturbed.

Mr Parry, who was a member of the school choir under Styler’s watch, said that Styler ‘ruled the school with an iron rod’ and was ‘very stern’.

He told the South Wales Argus that Styler would run his hand up and down his right leg and thigh before abusing him.

At the time, a spokeswoman for the Church in Wales said: ‘In the 1970s the Church in Wales didn’t have the formal safeguarding policies it has in place today.

‘However, to ensure that no allegations of sexual abuse had not been dealt with we launched a historic case review in 2009 which involved an independent examination of all clergy files – both those serving and those retired.

‘We also launched an appeal and telephone helpline for people to report any concerns of abuse. The results of that review were published in March 2011.

‘We have no record on our files of abuse claims against Mr Styler.’

Sally Holland, the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, told the latest BBC investigation that the 2004 Clywch Report made clear recommendations about how all public bodies should log and share information on child sex abuse cases.

She said he believes the way the Styler case has been handled should be looked at further.

‘This case fits for me exactly within the Goddard inquiry, that’s a general inquiry into historic sexual abuse claims for the whole of England and Wales’, she said. ‘Its whole intention is to look at where institutions and organisations may have let down children.

‘I’d be absolutely supportive of any of the victims who wished to refer the case forward and my office would be prepared to support them in doing that.’

Ian Johnson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, said mistakes might have been made in the past, but lessons have been learned and he is urging any victims of historical abuse to come forward.

‘Part of the internal investigation now will look at the possibility of there being other cases,’ he said. ‘You need to sit down and put process and procedures in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’

Solicitor Mr Collingbourne also told the programme that the alleged victims did not complain at the time because they did not think their stories would be believed.

But today they are determined to get answers, he said.

‘This is their way of exorcising their demons really,’ he added. ‘It’s a chapter of a book that has remained open all their life and they want to close it.’

He is now bringing a case against Newport City Council on behalf of former pupils alleging that Styler may have been stopped earlier.

It is understood a formal complaint has also been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission regarding Gwent Police’s handling of the case. 

Church in Wales school declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline regarding the latest allegations about Styler.

Week In Week Out: My Teacher the Paedophile, Tuesday, November 10, BBC One Wales, 10.35pm.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3311853/Headteacher-killed-confronted-child-abuse-claim-targeted-100-boys-25-years.html

Contact had been made by Gwent Police with other police forces in Hereford and Worcestershire, Bedfordshire and Surrey.

Styler was then arrested and just as the investigation was widening to other schools he had worked at, including Brynglas Primary School and Bowbrook Private School, the former head teacher was due to be rebailed.

Styler, who lived alone at Queens Hill Crescent in Newport, had not yet been charged and on the day he was due to surrender bail, he committed suicide.

http://www.impartialreporter.com/news/14378619.Ex_top_cop_apologises_to_Newport_man_over_abuse_probe/

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MP Paul Flynn

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MP says he doesn’t remember a hint of scandal when Jon Styler was headteacher

NEWPORT West MP Paul Flynn, who interviewed the former headteacher accused of abusing children at a Malpas primary school, said he did not remember a “whisper of scandal” at the time.

Yesterday the Argus revealed more allegations against Jon Styler, who allegedly molested boys at Malpas Church in Wales School during the 1970s.

Mr Styler, who lived alone on Queen’s Hill Crescent in Newport, committed suicide in 2007 while on police bail.

Mr Flynn MP was councillor for Malpas at the time Jon Styler applied for the leadership post.

In a 2007 blog post, he said: “Jon Styler is dead. I interviewed him in 1972 when he was applying for the headship of Malpas Church in Wales School. He was a very talented and polished 30 year old teacher. It was a bold decision to give him the headship at such an early age.

“He had a long and brilliant career as a teacher and a teacher composer. He added joy and lustre to many lives. Now he has taken his life at the age of 65. The report said that he faced a charge for an offence alleged 27 years ago. He strenuously denied any guilt.

“There are many hundreds of past pupils and his many friends who will be greatly saddened by his passing.”

A former colleague has claimed that concerns about Mr Styler were raised with authorities including Gwent County Council and the church but nothing was done.

Speaking after Wednesday’s interview with an alleged victim appeared in the Argus, Mr Flynn MP said: “I was horrified to read the allegations and I don’t remember a whisper of scandal at the time.”

Collingbourne Hennah Law solicitors, representing the alleged victim, say they have been contacted by other former pupils about abuse at the school since the Argus printed his allegations.

Mr Styler allegedly picked “attractive” young boys to read to him in private in his study, placing a red light next to the door which meant he should not be disturbed.

A former colleague claimed: “I would disregard this and enter the study without notice where I would continue to witness Mr Styler reading with the children while they were sitting between his legs.

http://www.gazetteseries.co.uk/news/13522002.MP_says_he_doesn_t_remember_a_hint_of_scandal_when_Jon_Styler_was_headteacher/

MP Paul Flynn’s daughter committed suicide at a young age

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1254194/Life-hold-worse-pain–Paul-Flynn-MP-day-lost-beautiful-teenage-daughter.html


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‘Officials covered up sex abuse claims’

SEX abuse claims against a teacher and TV dramatist were covered up, claims Welsh children’s commissioner Peter Clarke.

20 APR 2013

SEX abuse claims against a teacher and TV dramatist were covered up, claims Welsh children’s commissioner Peter Clarke.

One official, David Matthews, failed in his duty of care so badly that he may have committed a criminal offence, said Mr Clarke .

Yesterday he unveiled his long-awaited report, Clywch (Listen), into the activities of John Owen, a teacher at Rhydfelen school in Pontypridd, South Wales, between 1975 and 1991.

The report makes recommendations which will have implications for all education authorities in Wales.

Mr Clarke recommends setting up of a new tribunal system to deal with disciplinary complaints against teachers.

He said the Welsh Assembly Government should establish a task force to look into establishing these tribunals.

John Owen, who went on to became a successful TV dramatist, killed himself in 2001, aged 47, the day before his trial on five charges of sexual abuse against boys was due to begin.

Detailed allegations of sexual abuse by Owen were made by pupils at the school in late 1990 and early 1991, but there was a failure to pass on information to the police and to the school governors.

Six pupils made allegations at that time. Police were eventually called in by a parent, but Mr Owen was not charged.

In 2001 four men made further allegations against Owen relating to their time at Rhydfelen. A fresh police investigation led to Owen being charged.

The report found:

* Then director of education at Mid Glamorgan Council Edwin Roberts and area director of education David Matthews led a “consistent and successful effort” to deny the school governors access to information about Owen.

* Mr Roberts “did not bother” to establish the details of the allegations and did a deal with Mr Owen whereby the teacher resigned and the disciplinary procedure stopped. Mr Clarke calls this “grossly irresponsible”.

* Little was done despite a memo, prepared for Mr Matthews in 1991, from senior teachers at Rhydfelen outlining their very serious concerns about Owen’s behaviour and the children’s allegations.

* The WJEC exam board did little despite individual examiners stopping Owen’s drama practicals because they were so obscene and a letter from a mother objecting to an obscene song set for a drama exam.

* Mr Matthews did not contact police or social services in January 1991 despite spending five days at the school re-interviewing pupils and being handed the teachers’ memo.

Mr Matthews is currently director of education at Bridgend Council. Mr Roberts has retired.

The allegations, made in January 1991, include claims that Owen had forced pupils to dance naked in drama practicals, and that he abused children at his home. Pupils were also alleged to have been told to carry out sexual acts with each other during drama classes and exams.

Mr Clarke says: “In and since 1991 there have been allegations circulating in private and in public of a cover-up relating to Mr Owen… I find that the action of the local education authority in 1991 did indeed amount to a collection of acts and omissions that may accurately be so described.”

In a statement issued through his solicitor, Mr Matthews said: “I have spent my entire career promoting the welfare of children and I have every sympathy with the objectives that the commissioner is trying to achieve.

“I strongly believe however that many of his findings in this instance are unjustified and that he has ignored his statement of procedures in making them. The report is riddled with inconsistencies and judgments based on opinions and not facts.”

Wales’s education minister Jane Davidson said the report was “deeply disturbing”.

She said it was essential schools and LEAs had clearer procedures in place, and that there “must be action” from the WJEC to improve its procedures.

The Assembly is to debate the report’s findings in September.

Suicide after arrest

JOHN Arwyn Owen, the domineering drama teacher who went on to create a successful TV teenage drama, created a cult around himself which allowed him to groom children for abuse.

Owen killed himself at a caravan in Trecco Bay, South Wales, in October 2001, the day before his trial on five charges of sexual abuse was due to begin.

He had been a teacher at Ysgol Gyfun Rhydfelen, Pontypridd, between 1974 and 1991, at one stage holding the post of acting deputy head.

He gained a reputation for being different from the other teachers, sometimes wearing a black gown and metal-capped boots.

In November 1983, a cleaning lady burst into Owen’s office and found one boy sitting semi-naked on his lap. Owen was warned about his future conduct but no further action was taken.

Allegations eventually led Owen to resign in 1991, but, following a deal with education director Edwin Roberts, the disciplinary inquiry into his behaviour was stopped.

The allegations included that he suggested pupils touch each other sexually during drama practicals, and that the material he prepared for pupils was obscene.

The inquiry heard testimony from one female pupil who alleges she was raped by Owen after refusing to perform a sex act on another pupil.

After he left the school, Owen wrote television drama series, Pam Fi Duw? (Lord, why me?).

But in May 2001 four young men walked into Pontypridd Police Station, and made further allegations against Owen relating to their time at Ysgol Rhydfelen.

He was arrested in September and killed himself a month later.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/officials-covered-up-sex-abuse-2925823


Son of Greggs bakery founder, 76, who was convicted of indecently assaulting boys over three decades has five years slashed from jail sentence

  • Colin Gregg from Newcastle had been jailed for 13-and-a-half years in March 
  • He had been found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault against four boys
  • Gregg, 76, appealed his conviction and sentence over the historic sex abuse
  • Appeals court judges in London reduced his jail term to eight-and-a-half years

The son of the founder of the Greggs bakery empire has had his jail sentence for indecently assaulting young boys cut by five years.

Colin Gregg, 76, of Home Steadings, Gosforth, Newcastle, was found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault committed against four boys over three decades and was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in March.

Gregg, who helped build up the family business and also worked as a social worker, teacher and headmaster, lost a bid to have his convictions overturned at London‘s Court of Appeal on Tuesday.

But senior judges said his jail term, imposed at Newcastle Crown Court, was ‘too long’ and reduced it to eight-and-a-half years.

Gregg, who watched the proceedings over a video link from prison, was said to have played a ‘significant part’ in the expansion and success of his family’s business.

He was also a well-respected member of the community and had raised thousands of pounds for charitable causes before his convictions.

Allegations were first made against Gregg by a young boy in the 1990s and he stood trial, but was cleared at that time.

During his trial earlier this year he denied all the charges, claiming he was the victim of a ‘witch-hunt’ and the complainants wanted compensation.

Sasha Wass QC, representing him at the Appeal Court, argued his sentence was excessive in light of the fact his offending was not in the most serious category.

Lord Justice Davis, sitting with Mrs Justice Nicola Davies and Judge Nicholas Dean QC, said the appeal against sentence must be allowed.

He added: ‘Having reflected upon the matter, the view of this court is that a total sentence of eight-and-a-half years is appropriate for this offending and for this offender.’

Medomsley detention centre: Former officers in court

19 Dec 2017

Seven former officers at a youth detention centre have appeared in court charged with abusing inmates during the 1970s and 1980s.

Nearly 1,400 men have claimed they were abused at Medomsley, in County Durham.

The seven men have been charged with misconduct and physical abuse, with four also accused of sex offences.

No pleas were entered at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court and they were bailed to appear before Teesside Crown Court on 16 January.

The defendants and their charges are:

  • Kevin Blakey, 65, two counts of misconduct, two counts of wounding, and two of assault
  • Alan Bramley, 69, misconduct, wounding, and two counts of assault
  • Johnson Brian Greenwell, 70, misconduct, buggery, false imprisonment, and two counts of assault
  • David McClure, 62, misconduct, wounding, and four counts of assault
  • John McGee, 73, misconduct, four counts of assault, two counts of indecent assault, buggery, and wounding
  • Christopher Onslow, 71, two counts of misconduct, two of buggery, two counts of wounding, two counts of wounding with intent, three counts of assault, and one of indecent assault
  • Neil Sowerby, 60, misconduct, three counts of buggery, two counts of assault and four counts of indecent assault

Following an application on their behalf, the court did not release their addresses.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-tyne-42417483


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Former Barclays City lawyer is cleared of having indecent pictures of children after blaming a Grindr ‘chem-sex’ party guest

  • Tim Varchmin, 44, cleared at Old Bailey of having indecent images of children 
  • Varchmin previously worked as lawyer for JP Morgan and Clifford Chance

Police also found crystal meth and crack pipe at his home in Lancaster Gate 

A former Barclays banker and judge has been found not guilty of possessing indecent images of children after he blamed a Grindr ‘chem-sex’ party guest.

Tim Varchmin, 44, who worked as a civil and criminal law judge in Germany before securing jobs with JP Morgan and Clifford Chance, was accused of having more than 100 indecent images of children on his computer and phone.

Officers raided his luxury flat in Lancaster Gate, West London, in October 2014 where they found 830 milligrams of the class A drug crystal meth and a crack pipe on his coffee table.

Varchmin denied any wrongdoing, saying he would invite men for drugs and sex parties through the dating app Grindr and allow them to do as they pleased.

He began to host the parties with his former German boyfriend Jacob after learning they both caught a drug resistant strain of HIV, where Varchmin admitted he had unprotected sex with men.

Varchmin told the court: ‘It is a life-changing event. It’s something you have to come to terms with. That bonded us together but at the time we were fighting over it. We developed a more aggressive sexual life.

‘We had the feeling that now these stages of HIV were not a concern any more, we could have more sex with other men, unprotected sex as well. That was our idea.’

Following a lengthy and drawn-out legal battle, Varchmin was found not guilty of seven charges of possessing indecent images of children and possessing 830 milligrams of crystal meth after three hours of deliberation by the jury.

Sky Broadband alerted the National Crime Agency’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection team regarding suspicious searches on Varchamin’s computer.

The court was told how officers carried out a coordinated raid at Varchmin’s home addresses in Lancaster Gate and Edgware Road, as well as his office in Canary Wharf.

Jurors were told how officers ‘pounded on the door’ for five minutes and then smashed the door down when no-one answered. Upon entering, they found 45,000 images and 106 movies on his iPhone and Apple computer, the vast majority of which were ‘adult porn’.

Varchmin pleaded that the crack pipe and crystal meth was not his, and that he only took GHB.

Prosecutor Roger Daniells-Smith said Varchmin had to ‘take responsibility’ for allowing people to come into his house.

He said: ‘If you lie with dogs, you get fleas. If you allow people you do not know to come and use your equipment, you have to be responsible for that equipment.’

Daniells-Smith said the defendent, who was born in Germany, had searched the internet for indecent images of children using Germany words, although Varchmin claimed is could have been his ex-boyfriend.

Speaking following the case, Varchmin said: ‘I am grateful that having been so badly let down by those I once trusted, the trust I chose to place in the jury has been repaid.

‘It is absolutely correct that the police act to protect children and minors from sexual abuse. It is absolutely right that those who perpetrate and view sexual abuse of children are prosecuted with vigour.

‘But it is disproportionate to prosecute every case simply as a point of policy where the evidence against a single individual is so weak and where any number of people could have committed the crime.

‘My mistake was to react badly to my HIV diagnosis, to trust those who did not deserve to be trusted and to find solace from the shock of my illness in the self-destructive world of chem-sex.’

Varchmin worked as a civil and criminal law judge in Germany before securing banking jobs with Barclays, JP Morgan and Clifford Chance

Varchmin worked as a civil and criminal law judge in Germany before securing banking jobs with Barclays, JP Morgan and Clifford Chance

Jury out in trial of Plymouth businessman Charles Howeson

The jury has gone out in the trial of Charles Howeson, a prominent Plymouth figure accused of sexually assaulting 10 young men and a boy.

18 DEC 2017

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/jury-out-trial-plymouth-businessman-941879

 

Downside head ‘may have burnt evidence of sexual abuse’

16 DEC 2017

Five years ago, the headmaster of a leading public school made trips with a loaded wheelbarrow to a distant part of its grounds, where he made a bonfire. Consumed in its flames were staff files dating back to the early 1980s.

Father Leo Maidlow Davis destroyed files

Father Leo Maidlow Davis destroyed files

Father Leo Maidlow Davis, 63, is today the senior monk at Downside Abbey. In 2012 he was in charge of its neighbouring boarding school. The fire may have destroyed evidence of child sexual abuse. The monk was one of the senior Benedictines who gave evidence during three weeks of hearings that ended yesterday at the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse.

Their focus was two fee-paying schools, Downside, in Somerset, and Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, chosen by the inquiry as a case study in its wider investigation into the Catholic church. Sworn testimony came from monks, former pupils, lay staff, police officers and safeguarding experts. No school bonfire could cleanse the sins they revealed.

In his opening statement a lawyer representing abuse survivors warned of the “beguiling charm” of lauded schools in beautiful surroundings, where robed monks invited and received a high degree of trust. Such institutions promised “a Harry Potter world” that hid, in the words of a former Downside abbot, a “heart of darkness”.

At Ampleforth, about 40 monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing children since the 1960s. When police investigated sex offences at Downside in 2010, it emerged that “historic allegations and concerns” had been raised about 16 of its 23 monks.

The inquiry heard of a locked basement room at Downside, used by monks to watch personal videos. It learnt of brown envelopes containing allegations against monks that were locked in the abbot’s safe. Victims described childhood ordeals. Naked boys were taken into monks’ beds. Some were abused so often that it became routine. It was a world in which paedophiles flourished.

That there were child sex crimes at boarding schools is no secret. What shocked observers were the measures taken by Benedictine leaders to protect child abusers. From the Children Act 1989 onwards, the “paramountcy principle” has been central to safeguarding: the welfare of a child must be the primary consideration. The inquiry heard that when a Benedictine was accused of sex abuse it was often the monk’s welfare that took priority.

Each Benedictine monastery is self-governing, headed by an abbot who, within its grounds, holds the place of Christ. Father Timothy Wright, abbot of Ampleforth from 1997 to 2005, wrote in a letter in 2003 that for monastic brethren the abbot was a “trusted confidante”. Father Timothy’s relationship with police and social services was described by his successor, Father Cuthbert Madden, as “very uneasy, if not profoundly secretive”.

Father Charles Fitzgerald-Lombard, abbot of Downside from 1990 to 1998, was asked to whom the abbot was answerable. “Apart from the Almighty, not a lot,” he said, explaining that abbots since medieval times have enjoyed “more or less the status of bishops within their own territory”, which was “a sort of exempt enclave”.

Father Charles, 76, was among three Downside abbots accused by Father Aidan Bellenger, in a private letter, of tolerating child abuse. Father Aidan, abbot from 2006 to 2014, said his predecessors “protected and encouraged” paedophile monks.

Wrongdoers at both schools, including Father Anselm Hurt, brother of the late actor John Hurt, were quietly moved between Benedictine monasteries and parishes.

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Reference was made to instructions from Rome to destroy documents that were damaging to priests. Father Leo insisted that his decision to make a bonfire of Downside’s staff files was prompted by a desire to “get rid of unnecessary old material”. He accepted that the files should, under safeguarding requirements, have been kept for 70 years, conceding that he may have unintentionally destroyed information about child abuse.

Richard Scorer, a child abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represents 29 survivors of Benedictine abuse, said the hearings exposed an organisation “pervaded by casual disregard for the most basic norms of child protection”.

The inquiry is due to produce an interim report next year.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/downside-head-may-have-burnt-evidence-of-sexual-abuse-qm75khgm9

TV Experiment Ends In Expulsion

Take a difficult teenager, send him to a top boarding school charging thousands of dollars a year, and watch as he blossoms into a high-achieving advertisement for good education.

That was the idea behind a British TV show that plucked 14-year-old Ryan Bell from a south London housing project and paid for him to attend the exclusive Downside School in western England.

For nearly two years, the experiment seemed to work: Bell, expelled from his previous school for disruptive behavior and considered unteachable, became a star pupil at Downside. He outperformed classmates in biology and Latin and excelled at rugby.

Ryan’s story was part of a television series called “Second Chance” that was broadcast by Britain’s Channel 4.

But the TV fairy tale turned sour this week when the $24,000-a-year school run by Benedictine monks expelled Bell, now 16, after a Sunday afternoon drinking binge sent him to a hospital with alcohol poisoning.

“Since this is Ryan’s third suspension for a serious breach of school regulations, I have decided with regret that Ryan will not be readmitted to Downside,” headmaster Leo Maidlow Davis said in a statement.

The school refused to give details of Bell’s other breaches of conduct. The Times newspaper reported that one incident allegedly involved taking the data card from another pupil’s cell phone.

“In spite of this sad event, Downside believes that Ryan is an able and gifted young person who has developed during almost two years at the school,” Davis said. “Downside hopes to be able to assist Ryan as he looks for a way forward in his life.”

Channel 4, which aired the series on Ryan’s progress at Downside last month, affirmed its “commitment to support Ryan and his family in whatever they decide the next step should be.”

“The family is considering a range of options,” the station said in a statement. “We are very disappointed for Ryan, but at the same time feel he’s made tremendous strides in his past two years at Downside.”

A spokeswoman for Channel 4 said Bell’s mother, an unemployed catering worker, had found the expulsion “deeply upsetting” and didn’t wish to speak to the press. She also didn’t want her son to be interviewed.

The spokeswoman, Sophie Toumazis, said Channel 4 would pay Bell’s fees if he decided to attend another private school. She also rejected claims by residents of Bell’s Larkhall housing project, reported in The Times, that Channel 4 had “played God” with the teenager.

“The reason that’s not fair is because we worked with the consent of the child, his mother and educationalists on the project,” Toumazis told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “We’re still continuing to do that. We’re giving them as much support and advice as we can.”

May 8, 2003

Dr Tony Sewell, an educationalist and research consultant at the University of Leeds’ School of Education, who advised Pepper Productions during the making of the programme, admits that some errors were made. He said that there should have been a better defined support structure for Ryan beyond that offered to every other Downside student, and that there was little that could be done to stop the new headteacher at Downside from treating Ryan in a ‘ruthless’ manner.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tv-experiment-ends-in-expulsion/

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.

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A celebration of 20 Years of the Groucho Club

contributions from Club members such as Keith Allen, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Dom Joly, Dylan Jones, Gary Lineker, Jonathan Meades, Vic Reeves, Rowland Rivron, Janet Street-Porter, Harvey Weinstein and Sam Taylor-Wood. Introduced by witty, deprecatory forward by Stephen Fry and in memoriam to 2005

https://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/books/art-architecture-photography/a-celebration-of-20-years-of-the-groucho-club-hd_100185690

Katz, the long-established, statement jacket-wearing “prince of Soho”. Having been at the club for 21 years, looking after everyone from Jaime Winstone and Sienna Miller to Noel Gallagher and Damien Hirst, he knows all the secrets of the A-listers that call the place home – and has earned a fearsome reputation as a fixer.

http://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/gallery/100-most-connected-men-in-britain-2015

Former housemaster at top private school jailed for abusing pupils

Peter Webb, 74, sentenced to four years in prison for abusing boys at Christ’s Hospital school in Horsham in 1970s and 80s

Peter Webb arrives at Hove crown court for sentencing.
Peter Webb arrives at Hove crown court for sentencing.
A former teacher at Christ’s Hospital School near Horsham has been sentenced for historic sex offences against young boys. Peter Webb, 75, of Kennedy Road, Dane End, Ware, Hertfordshire, was sentenced to a total of four years imprisonment when he appeared at Hove Crown Court on Friday (December 15) for a series of sexual offences against four boys. Webb – a former woodwork teacher and housemaster at Christ’s Hospital School – previously pleaded guilty to eleven offences of indecent assault when he appeared at Lewes Crown Court, sitting in Brighton, on September 6, 2017. The court heard how one boy was assaulted three times, another on two occasions, the third on five occasions and the fourth on one occasion. Webb pleaded not guilty to another alleged incident against a fifth boy which the court ordered to remain on court file. Webb had previously been sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, in April 2015, after pleading guilty to three offences of historic indecent assault against another boy. On Friday, the court heard statements from three of the four victims who outlined the affect Webb’s abuse has had on their lives. One of the victims said he had kept quiet until another victim contacted Sussex Police, in November 2016, inspiring him to come forward ‘to ensure nobody else experiences the same level of abuse’. Defending, Simon Ray argued Webb’s decision to remove himself from being in contact with children or young boys as soon as he left Christ’s Hospital School should have accounted for a lesser sentence. He said: “Webb resigned from the school in 1984 and decided to abandon his career in teaching and, instead, chose to withdraw all contact completely to pursue a career in joinery. “He took all the practical steps he could after leaving the school to prevent being a risk to children and young boys in particular. “There have been no previous convictions recorded against him since leaving the school in 1984.” Judge Christine Henson QC refused to accept this and argued that Webb missed an opportunity to plead guilty to all offences when he was convicted for separate incidents in 2015. In passing her sentence, she said: “You had the opportunity to wipe the slate clean in 2015 but you didn’t and now you are the author of your present situation. “I have read the impact your abusing has had on the lives of these four people. Their lives will be affected forever because of your offending.” Webb was sentenced to two years and sixth months’ imprisonment for the first five offences to run consecutively with the 18 month sentence for the remaining six offences. In all, Webb was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment and is now a registered sex offender for life. He will serve half his sentence in custody and half on licence. He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) to last until further court order, severely restricting his access to young people. Sussex Police had full co-operation from management at the school during both investigations, according to a police spokesman.

 

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An Alpine apartment, £6m pension pot and lucrative advisory roles: Scandal-hit former Met chief forced to reveal details of his retirement after accepting a peerage

  • Crossbench peer Lord Hogan-Howe enjoys apartment in upmarket Swiss region
  • He has yet to vote or speak in the House of Lords despite his endless perks
  • He has also taken on two paid roles less than a year after collecting huge pension
  • He’s a consultant and advisor for both Towergate Insurance and bank HSBC 

The controversial former head of Scotland Yard was yesterday forced to reveal details of his Alpine holiday home and lucrative new advisory roles.

Crossbench peer Lord Hogan-Howe – who has yet to vote or speak in the House of Lords – enjoys an apartment in an upmarket region of Switzerland popular with wealthy expats.

He has also taken on two paid roles less than a year after collecting his £5.8 million pension pot. He is a ‘consultant on risk management’ with Towergate Insurance and is advising HSBC on ‘financial crime risk reduction’.

The details will enrage critics of the former top officer, whose tenure was marred by controversies including the failed VIP sex abuse inquiry.

Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, who is suing the Met after being falsely accused of child sex abuse, branded Lord Hogan-Howe’s rewards as ‘extraordinary’.

And one ex-colleague said the roles ‘could be awkward’, adding: ‘Despite everything, it seems he is determined to remain in the public eye.’

Lord Hogan-Howe, 60, was ordered to declare details of his income, properties and commitments after accepting a peerage. Yesterday, the Parliamentary website revealed the keen skier and horse rider owns a holiday apartment in the southern Valais region.

Valais is home to some of the world’s most exclusive ski resorts, including Verbier and Crans-Montana. It appeals to visitors all year round, with hikers and mountain bikers enjoying the slopes once the snow has gone.

The peer also took on paid roles with Towergate Insurance and banking giant HSBC. Last year Lord Hogan-Howe was criticised for saying victims of fraud should no longer be reimbursed by their banks.

Towergate issued an apology last July after the Financial Conduct Authority imposed a fine in relation to a former director’s mishandling of an estimated £12 million. The company came close to collapse two years ago and was last year fined £2.6 million for mishandling client funds.

Lord Hogan-Howe left his £270,000 Met post in February. Experts calculate that his gold-plated taxpayer-funded final salary pension pot was worth at least £5.8million. His pension will depend on any lump sum he withdrew on retirement.

Lord Hogan-Howe was widely criticised for presiding over the disastrous £2.5 million inquiry into a fictitious VIP paedophile ring. He was also the driving force behind the Yard’s bungled £20 million Operation Elveden inquiry into alleged payments to public officials by journalists.

Crossbench peer Lord Hogan-Howe – who has yet to vote or speak in the House of Lords – enjoys an apartment in the upmarket Valais region of Switzerland (pictured) popular with wealthy expats

Mr Proctor, who was wrongly accused of rape and murder by a fantasist known only as ‘Nick’, said: ‘It is extraordinary that someone who got so many things wrong in his professional life is rewarded in this way.’

Earlier this week war hero Field Marshal Lord Bramall, 93, who has been paid £100,000 compensation after also being investigated over false child-sex claims, criticised Lord Hogan-Howe.

He said: ‘They say they might prosecute “Nick”, but the ones who should be prosecuted are the police who led the inquiry.’

Lord Hogan-Howe shows no sign of fading from public life.

He appeared on BBC Question Time last month, spoke at Oxford University and undertook a paid speaking appointment for the Business Continuity Institute.

He was seen by some as a potential outside candidate to head the Irish Garda, with a flurry of bets made on him taking the role in September.

The peer remains under investigation by the London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime over comments he made during the VIP sex ring scandal.

He is accused of misrepresenting the origins of the phrase ‘credible and true’, used by the senior investigating officer about the most outlandish allegations.

Lord Hogan-Howe could not be reached for comment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5181325/Former-Met-chief-forced-reveal-retirement-details.html

Verbier, in the canton of Valais

https://us.hellomagazine.com/royalty/2016021129758/sarah-ferguson-applies-residency-switzerland/


 

John Coatman MBE – Crusaders/ Urban Saints Youth Group Leader:

 

Retired Croydon headteacher admits sexually abusing 14-year-old

The retired headteacher of a Croydon school, honoured with an MBE by the Queen in 2012 for services to young people, today admitted to sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy over 40 years ago.

John Coatman of Leyburn Gardens, 76, was found guilty of gross indecency in August 2016 when volunteering at a Christian youth group called The Crusaders in the 1970s.

However, soon after his conviction it emerged that there had been an error in the level of the charges against him by the Crown Prosecution Service and the judge adjourned sentencing as it became obvious the case would go to the Court of Appeal. The Court eventually quashed his conviction in April this year and ordered a re-trial.

At his retrial at the Old Bailey on Monday, Coatman pleaded guilty to an amended charge of indecent assault.

Coatman was headteacher at St Andrew’s Church of England High School in Waddon. During his trial, he told the jury he worked with over 22,000 young people during a 50-year association with the Christian group for boys but “had never had any sort of complaint”. The jury rejected Coatman’s explanations and found him guilty of two counts of gross indecency but not guilty of buggery.

Claims against Coatman emerged in 2014 after the victim was suffering from problems at work and his marriage broke down.

At his trial, he denied the claims that “rough and tumble” had turned sexual, saying the only physical activity the young people engaged in was the children’s game British Bulldog.

Coatman told jurors he was “shocked” and “deeply shaken” after his arrest, saying the theme of sex cropped up in youth group meetings only in reference to religion.

http://www.eastlondonlines.co.uk/2017/12/retired-croydon-headteacher-admits-sexually-abusing-14-year-old-four-decades-ago/

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Tim Varchmin –  Grindr, top level banks etc – wonder if Peter Allott of St Benedict’s attended his chem-sex parties?

Tim Varchmin, 44, was allegedly caught with more than 100 indecent images of children after his devices were seized by police from his luxury apartment in Lancaster Gate, west London.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5172219/Lawyer-caught-child-porn-images-blames-party-goers.html

Mr Varchmin was a judge presiding over criminal and civil law cases in Germany before securing roles with JP Morgan, Barclays and the law firm Clifford Chance.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/judge-blames-orgy-guests-for-child-porn-3x76z0hk7

Tim Nicholas Varchmin

Tim Nicholas VarchminLocality: E14 4BB London, United Kingdom
Job: Assistant Vice President
Organizations: Board Member of German Derivatives Association (DDV), Alumni KCL, Alumni LSE, Rechtsanwaltskammer Frankfurt am Main
Education:  Kings College London (International Business Law, Master of Laws), Universität Hamburg (Rechtswissenschaften, Jurist)
Status: Employee
Language: German, English, French
Experience:   (Assistant Vice President), J.P. Morgan, Investment Bank, London,  (Associate & Senior Counsel/ Rechtsanwalt), Clifford Chance LLP,  (Rechtsanwalt/ Associate Banking & Capital Markets), Clifford Chance Düsseldorf,  (Trainee Solicitor Corporate Finance), Deutsche Botschaft Tokyo,  (Trainee)
Haves: Extensive knowledge in Derivative laws, EMEA OTC and Retail Structured Products, DCM and European securities and regulatory laws.

http://radaris.co.uk/p/Tim/Varchmin/

On the morning of Friday October 17 2014, officers searched Varchmin’s home addresses in Lancaster Gate and Edgware Road and his offices in Canary Wharf.

When officers went to the Lancaster Gate flat, they “pounded on the door” for five minutes and smashed it down when no-one answered, only to find Varchmin walking into the hallway.

They found 45,000 images and 106 movies on his iPhone and Apple computer, the vast majority of which were “adult porn”, jurors were told.

Many of the indecent images that formed the charges against Varchmin were duplicates, the court heard.

Mr Daniells-Smith alleged the defendant, who was born in Hamburg, had searched the internet for indecent images of children using German words.

Officers also uncovered 20 short stories about sexual activity between adults and children, “very sophisticated” cleaning software, and the Tor browser that gives access to the Dark Net.

Varchmin denies seven charges of possessing indecent images of children and possessing 830 milligrams of crystal meth.

http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/crime-court/canary-wharf-lawyer-charged-with-possessing-child-porn-held-sex-parties-at-flat-court-hears-1-5318404

RATV

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/09602187/officers


Richard Scorer‏ @Richard_Scorer

More extraordinary evidence at : Richard Yeo, until recently President of the Benedictines, admits that during his Presidency sex offenders were knowingly appointed as school governors and had input into safeguarding

Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission into protecting children in the Catholic Church.

Rt Rev Richard Yeo

Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission. as was

Baroness Butler-Sloss
Baroness Butler-Sloss (Vice Chair)

http://www.cumberlegecommission.org.uk/

He was Abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006 having been secretary to the Abbot Primate of the international Benedictine Confederation.

The monk is also one of three senior clerics on a committee which oversees the management of the Sant’ Anselmo, the Benedictine university in Rome.

The university’s treasurer was convicted paedophile Father Laurence Soper

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/benedictine-head-offers-resignation-from-inquiry-into-sex-abuse-of-pupils-vgdwxc7dnj8

Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse
Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse

Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ at Downside Abbey, Somerset

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/child-abuse-was-encouraged-by-schools-abbots-at-downside-abbey-somerset-009z9ddlg


 

Priest jailed for child abuse images lived on scandal-hit Caldey Island

Exclusive: revelations mean that four men convicted or accused of sexual offences against children lived or stayed on tiny monastic Welsh island

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months.

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months. Photograph: Archant Cambs/Archant

A priest who was jailed for downloading hundreds of pictures of child sexual abuse is the latest offender to be identified as having close links with the monastic island of Caldey, which is at the centre of a growing scandal.

Father John Shannon, who was subsequently caught on the mainland with pictures of children as young as nine, lived on the island off the Welsh coast for nine months.

The revelation means that four men convicted or accused of sexual offences against children have now been identified as having lived or stayed on Caldey and will increase pressure for an inquiry.

In November the Guardian revealed a string of allegations against a monk, Thaddeus Kotik, dating back to the 1970s and 80s. Kotik was a member of the Cistercian order of Benedictine monks and lived in the monastery on Caldey Island from 1947 until his death in 1992.

It later emerged that police are investigating a second man over accusations of sexual abuse on the island during the same period and that a sex offender called Paul Ashton hid there while on the run from police. Ashton was finally caught on the island in 2011, taken back to the mainland and jailed.

The abbot, Daniel van Santvoort, has confirmed that Shannon, lived on the island in 2008 and 2009.

Shortly afterwards, in 2010, police found 740 indecent images of children on a computer that he had downloaded while working as a lecturer at a Catholic seminary in county Durham. Three of the images were “level five” – of the most serious nature – and 75 were level four.

Shannon’s barrister argued at his client’s sentencing hearing that he had never had a chance to explore his sexuality and viewing the images became a compulsion.

Jailing him at Durham crown court for eight months, Judge Christopher Prince placed Shannon on the sex offender register for 10 years and banned him from working with children for life.

Van Santvoort told the Guardian that Shannon took on the role of priest on a trial basis in 2008 with the abbey’s approval after islanders asked for the parish church of St David’s to be re-opened.

“[Shannon] came with good references and took up residence in a cottage. During this period it was evident the role of a parish priest was not viable and he left the island within nine months of his arrival, in 2009,” the abbot said.

“We understand that some time later, whilst working on the mainland elsewhere in the UK, he was investigated by the police for offences committed on the mainland after he had left the island and was subsequently convicted.

“That inquiry did not involve any allegations of offences committed on the island and the police did not conduct any inquiries on the island in respect of this person. We understand therefore that he had no criminal convictions when he came to the island nor when he left.”

While Shannon was living on the island, Ashton was hiding from police there. Ashton was wanted after police found 5,000 images of child sexual abuse on his computer and in 2011 was found on Caldey , where he had been living under an assumed identity for seven years.

A whistleblower has told the Guardian that another convicted criminal, John Cronin, is suspected to have lived under an assumed name in a cottage owned by the monastery for a month in 2009.

Cronin was jailed in 1992 for sexually assaulting an adult Conservative party volunteer. One of his modi operandi was to pose as a priest.

The source said the man they believe to be Cronin left the island suddenly, taking keys to a property and owing money after he was recognised by a monastery employee from online photographs.

Cronin had allegedly requested through the abbey to stay at a monastery property on the island over winter.

However, Van Santvoort said the abbey did not know of Cronin’s alleged stay.

“We have no knowledge of this person whatsoever. The name is completely unfamiliar to us,” he said.

Thaddeus Kotik and two children on Caldey Island.
Thaddeus Kotik and two children on Caldey Island. Photograph: Supplied

Caldey Abbey settled civil claims by six women in March this year and Van Santvoort has publicly apologised for the abbey’s failure to report Kotik to police despite its knowledge of his offences.

Another six women and a man have since approached the Guardian alleging abuse by Kotik.

The Conservatives’ children’s spokesman in the Welsh assembly, Darren Millar, has called on the Welsh government to launch an investigation into Caldey Island.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/dec/12/priest-jailed-for-child-abuse-images-lived-on-scandal-hit-caldey-island?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other


Jersey man appears in court accused of historical sexual abuse

All the charges date back between 1971 and 1979.

77-year-old Quenault has recently moved back to Jersey from England.

The case has been adjourned until 16 May 2017.

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2017-05-02/man-appears-in-court-charged-with-historic-rapes-on-two-young-girls/

Lester Charles Quenault
 Lester Charles Quenault 

11 December 2017

A trial has started at Jersey’s Royal Court of a 78-year-old man who is accused of sexually abusing two girls and raping one of them.

Lester Charles Quenault has recently returned to Jersey after years of living away.

He’s on trial on 27 counts of sexual abuse. They include six counts of raping a pre-teenage girl.

The other charges relate to another pre-teenage girl and include 11 counts of indecent assault and 10 of ‘procuring the girl to commit an act of gross indecency’.

All the charges relate to the 1970s, all of which Quenault denies.

The trial is expected to last 7 days.

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77-year-old Quenault was born in Jersey but is currently in the process of moving back from England.

http://www.itv.com/news/channel/update/2017-04-04/man-charged-with-historic-rapes-on-two-young-girls/

Lester Quenault and Megan Hughes

24 February 2015


A project to build new disabled facilities at an equestrian centre in Albourne has received a funding boost. West Sussex County Council has awarded £5,400 to Albourne Equestrian Centre and work has already begun to install new toilets and a viewing area that are both fully accessible to disabled people. Megan Hughes and Lester Quenault, owners at the equestrian centre said: “We are so happy to have received the funding.

County Councillor and Chailey Heritage School Governor Peter Griffiths, who supported the bid, said: “I am a great supporter of any project that enhances the community and am excited to see Albourne Equestrian Centre expand to offer more accessibility for users.

Support to secure the funding also came from the local branches of The Pony Club, Riding for the Disabled Association, and Horseheard CIC.

Funding was granted through West Sussex County Council’s Community Initiative Fund – a scheme that has provided vital funds to community groups and organisations across West Sussex since it was started in 2006. The improvements to the Albourne centre will benefit young and disabled people in the Mid Sussex area, along with members of the community with an equestrian interest.

https://www.midsussextimes.co.uk/news/big-funding-boost-for-albourne-equestrian-centre-1-6589172

https://companycheck.co.uk/company/09290648/ALBOURNE-EQUESTRIAN-CENTRE-LIMITED/companies-house-data

Great half page write up in the Mid Sussex Times, all about the funding we have received to refurbish our facilities. A big thank you to SDHW PC, Court Meadow RDA and HorseHeard for your letters of support.

Chailey Heritage Foundation

 Our PatronHRH, The Duchess of Gloucester, our Patron since 2003

https://www.chf.org.uk/patron.html

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Temp Passe in the JEP -25 year old former car salesman Lester Quenault of Woodbine St. Peter, achieving his childhood dream of owning a donkey, and doing Donkey rides down at family land at El Tico, 1964 
Lester Quenault (78), who wasknown as the ‘Donkey Man’ as he used to run a donkey ride business at Gorey,
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About Horsham and Mid Sussex Equestrian Academy We are pleased to present HMSEA – a brand new equestrian facility set on the well established site of Albourne Equestrian Centre, near Burgess Hill, West Sussex. On 19th April 2017, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd took over ownership of the property and Horsham and Mid Sussex

Equestrian Academy (HMSEA) Ltd was formally launched. HMSEA builds on the legacy that has been established by Megan Hughes and Lester Quenault since Albourne Equestrian Centre was formed in 1993.

With the backing of Mayfield Market Towns Ltd, HMSEA aims to support the sport of equestrianism by providing a range of opportunities alongside a high standard of provision, whilst making equestrian pursuits as accessible as possible. HMSEA will be continuing the existing relationship with South Down Hunt West Pony Club branch and hopes to broaden it’s horizons further to service other community areas in due course.

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Lester guarding the rosettes.

Islander in Brazilian bandit ordeal

Jan 25, 2006

ARMED bandits robbed Jerseyman Lester Quénault as he travelled by coach from Rio de Janeiro airport to his hotel last Thursday night.

No one was hurt when the 32 passengers on the Horse Racing Abroad tour were robbed by four men on route to their hotel, but the bandits made off with jewellery, passports and credit cards.

Mr Quénault (66) , who now lives in Albourne, West Sussex, with his partner Megan Hughes, told his Jersey resident son Gavin on Saturday that he did not realise the robbers were armed.

Mr Quénault lived at Mont Mado in St John until the early 1990s and was well-known in the Island for running donkey rides.

He will be heading home to West Sussex tomorrow as planned.

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2006/01/25/islander-in-brazilian-bandit-ordeal/


Tom Symonds‏ @BBCTomSymonds
Lambeth Council has published details of what could be a £100m compensation scheme for victims of child sexual abuse including at Shirley Oaks. Money will have to be borrowed. Scheme still opposed by
‘Hypocrite’ Leeds church minister downloaded sickening images of children and animals being sexually abused
An Anglican minister caught with hundreds of depraved images of children and animals being sexually abused was branded a ‘hypocrite’ by a judge. John Bullamore, 76, accessed the sickening images from his home in Leeds for more than two years before he was arrested.

Leeds Crown Court heard West Yorkshire Police officers went to Bullamore’s home on Hornbeam Way, Whinmoor, in June this year after receiving information that illegal images had been accessed from a computer linked to the address.

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/hypocrite-leeds-church-minister-downloaded-sickening-images-of-children-and-animals-being-sexually-abused-1-8898508

John Bullamore’s parish in Knaresborough (John worked for Tighean Innse Gall, in Stornoway and was a priest at St Moluag’s

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The Reverend John Bullamore, Associate Priest in the Knaresborough Team Ministry, has pastoral responsibility for Goldsborough

https://www.achurchnearyou.com/church/3210/about-us/

Under the leadership of Rev John Bullamore, of the Anglican parish of Swainswick and Woolley, near Bath, Somerset, England, an ecumenical group of Christians connected with Churches near Bath made their way to Iona, a small island off Mull, Scotland, in September 2008

http://iona-bath.blogspot.com/2008/10/john-pat-bullamore.html

https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/news/new-team-in-place-for-knaresborough-church-1-2663723


Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell quits weeks after telling child abuse inquiry he knew nothing about Knowl View scandal

Councillor blamed a ‘small minority’ of Labour members for ‘undermining’ his leadership ever since the hearing

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/richard-farnell-resigns-rochdale-council-14014394

Protector of the Restless Sea‏ @MurtMan888

Rochdale Council protecting perverts again. How many of these inquiry leaders have they been through now?

Kevin‏ @northernscums

Give him his 5 minutes in jail then give him his pension he justly deserves! Isn’t that the standards?


More Benedictine paedophiles and cover-ups….

 

Cardinal Hume and a former Downside Abbey headmaster ‘did nothing at all’ after paraplegic woman informed them of alleged sex abuse, national inquiry told

08 December 2017 

In 1985, the witness visited Cardinal Basil Hume in Archbishop’s House in London and told him about the alleged abuse

Cardinal Basil Hume and a former Downside Abbey headmaster “did nothing at all” after a paraplegic woman informed them that she had been sexually abused by a Benedictine monk from the Abbey over several years, the national inquiry into child abuse has heard.

On the eighth day of a three-week hearing on the English Benedictine Congregation as part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), the inquiry heard from a witness allegedly abused by a chaplain from Downside Abbey in Somerset.

The witness told the inquiry that she had met the chaplain – referred to as F80 – on a pilgrimage at Lourdes in 1984 when she was 17 years old. She was confined to a wheel-chair and told the inquiry that at that time she felt “suicidal.”

In a statement read to the inquiry, the witness described how, over the following two years, F80 visited her in her parent’s home where he sexually abused her. 

“F80 groomed and manipulated me and my emotions and used my fear of others to keep my silence,” she said.

In early 1985, the witness visited Cardinal Basil Hume in Archbishop’s House in London and told him about the alleged abuse.

The witness said Cardinal Hume was “very concerned that I was so distressed” and suggested she talk to the headmaster of Downside Abbey, Father Dom Philip Jebb.

The witness explained to the inquiry that she had told Father Philip who she said was “very sorry and very sympathetic” but that he remained convinced that the alleged abuser should not know that he – Father Philip – knew about the abuse.

The witness said she spoke to Father Philip about the abuse “again and again and again.”

“It was like being passed backwards and forwards between Basil Hume and Philip Jebb,” she told the inquiry.

“I believe that Basil Hume and Father Philip Jebb had a conversation about what was going on,” she added.

Cardinal Hume visited the alleged abuser at one stage and told him to stop, the witness said. However, after a short period the abuse continued.

The witness told the inquiry she went back to Cardinal Hume and told him the abuse was continuing. Again Cardinal Hume told her to approach the headmaster: “and backwards and forwards I went,” she said.

The witness told the inquiry she continued to see Cardinal Hume about the alleged abuse up until he died in 1999.

In June 2007, the witness approached the then Abbot, Aidan Bellenger, and told him about the abuse. F80 was still teaching at the school. Abbot Aidan confronted F80, but did not take any action, the witness told the inquiry.

Eventually in 2010, Abbot Aidan approached Clifton Diocese’s safeguarding team, after which police became involved in the case, the witness told the inquiry.

On the opening day of the IICSA inquiry, a spokeswoman from Downside Abbey made a statement on behalf of the Abbey expressing regret for past abuses.

Kate Gallafent QC, for the English Benedictine Congregation, said that as the number of children abused had become apparent, there had been a sense of shame and “intense sadness at the anguish caused to so many people”.

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8222/0/cardinal-hume-and-a-former-downside-abbey-headmaster-did-nothing-at-all-after-paraplegic-woman-informed-them-of-alleged-sex-abuse-national-inquiry-told

Child abuse ‘was encouraged by school’s abbots’ at Downside Abbey, Somerset

Downside Abbey monks sheltered child sex offenders, a former abott says

 

A renowned Roman Catholic school hid a “heart of darkness” in which monks who sexually abused children were protected and indirectly encouraged by their superiors, its former abbot has claimed.

Aidan Bellenger accused his three predecessors at Downside Abbey of tolerating child abuse. He also alleged that the monastery in Somerset, which owns and runs an adjoining public school, still sheltered paedophiles.

Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse
Father Richard Yeo was accused by Aidan Bellenger of hiding abuse

One monk who is still at Downside was said by the former abbot to be guilty of “perverse and criminal” activities; two more were “open to allegations of paedophilia”. Another monk, who is no longer at the monastery, was accused of “monstrous” behaviour, including “the rape case”.

Among the former abbots said by Dr Bellenger to have sheltered child sex offenders between 1974 and 2006 is Father Richard Yeo, until recently Britain’s most senior Benedictine monk.

Father Richard, Downside abbot from 1998 to 2006, stood down as abbot president of the English Benedictine Congregation in August.

The claims about the monastery were made in letters sent last year by Dr Bellenger to Father Leo Maidlow Davis, the school’s present chairman of governors. Their contents were disclosed yesterday at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which is investigating past offences at Downside and another leading Benedictine school, Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire.

James Whitehead criticised the governance of Downside, where he is headmaster
James Whitehead criticised the governance of Downside, where he is headmaster

The inquiry also heard damning criticism of the Benedictine “culture of monastic superiority” from James Whitehead, Downside’s headmaster.

Alumni of the school, which has 380 pupils and where annual boarding fees are £32,700, have included the journalist Auberon Waugh, the Mad Men actor Jared Harris and the former England rugby player Simon Halliday.

In his letters Dr Bellenger, the monastery’s abbot for eight years until 2014, referred to Father Richard White, known as Father Nicholas, who was jailed for five years in 2012 for gross indecency and indecent assault against pupils in the 1980s. He also mentioned Father Dunstan O’Keefe, who was convicted of performing a sex act in a car outside a primary school, and later jailed for possession of child abuse images.

Dr Aidan Bellenger
Dr Aidan Bellenger

Dr Bellenger wrote: “At the heart of darkness in the [Downside] community is the issue of child abuse which was tolerated by all my predecessors as abbot.” He said he was “particularly concerned that Richard [Yeo], who should have known better, attempted to protect Nicholas and Dunstan when he should have been protecting their victims”. He added: “Neither was penitent. Both were protected and indirectly encouraged by their abbots, John [Roberts], Charles [Fitzgerald-Lombard] and Richard [Yeo].”

The inquiry was told that Father Leo did not reveal the existence of the letters until August this year, when he informed Dr Whitehead.

Dr Whitehead, who is due to leave Downside next year, said that the allegations potentially raised “very serious concerns that those abbots may have actually encouraged paedophilia”. He criticised the Benedictines’ “ineffectiveness of governance”, saying that a “fundamental problem” was that “members of the monastic community aren’t accountable to anyone unless they commit a criminal offence”.

 

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/child-abuse-was-encouraged-by-schools-abbots-at-downside-abbey-somerset-009z9ddlg

X-Men director Bryan Singer sued for ‘raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003

8 Dec 2017

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5158061/Bryan-Singer-sued-raping-17-year-old-boy.html

Former children’s home worker jailed for six years for assault on child

Operation Equinox is Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated team investigating allegations of historical abuse of children at children’s homes

6 DEC 2017

A former children’s residential home worker has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of indecent assault and indecency with a child.

Barrie Pick, 74, of Peveril Drive, The Park, worked at Beechwood Children’s Home, in Mapperley, at the time of the offences in the 1970s.

Pick originally denied the offences, but was found guilty by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court today ( December 6) of two charges of indecent assault on a child and two charges of indecency with a child.

The convictions relate to the same victim – a boy under the age of 14.

Pick had previously admitted six charges of possessing indecent photographs of children.

He today received a six-month prison sentence for each of those offences, all of which will run concurrently with the six-year sentence.

Operation Equinox is Nottinghamshire Police’s dedicated team investigating allegations of historical abuse of children at children’s homes and other institutions in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Chief superintendent Rob Griffin, strategic lead for Operation Equinox, said: “Thirteen people have now been charged in connection with Operation Equinox, and so far six of these have been convicted.

“There are a number of other investigations ongoing into allegations of historical abuse of children and we are determined to seek justice for anyone who has been affected.

“This case demonstrates that we take this issue extremely seriously and even though these offences happened many years ago our dedicated team’s meticulous investigations can lead to prison sentences for those responsible.”

http://www.nottinghampost.com/news/local-news/former-childrens-home-worker-jailed-888307#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Rochdale council leader Richard Farnell faces vote of no confidence

7  Dec 2017

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/rochdale-council-leader-richard-farnell-14008696

 

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Alexis Jay, will propose that no evidence be called about decades of abuse of pupils at Ealing Abbey and its adjoining independent school, St Benedict’.

May.

Dame Alun Robert

Why? Cui bono?

 Soper was on first name terms with Cardinal (Basil) Hume and knew Lord Patten, who worked on the advisory panel while he was Abbot, the court heard.

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Former-abbot-found-guilty-of-abusing-boys-at-Catholic-school

Savile links to Hume & Patten & Royal family

 

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Cardinal Basil Hume was friends with Jimmy Savile

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/celebritynews/9596850/Sir-Jimmy-Savile-causes-anguish-at-the-Athenaeum.html

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Chris Patten is friends with Prince Charles – also a friend of Jimmy Savile

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Chris Patten who was part of BBC Savile cover-up

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2015/12/09/chris-pattenpaedophiles-paedophile-infested-establishment-institutionsst-benedicts-school/

Patten accused of a cover-up on BBC Savile probe blunder: Chairman knew of a tape where inquiry author admit he had made a ‘mistake’

  • Nick Pollard headed inquiry into why Newsnight dropped Savile report
  • In taped phone call he says director-general knew of Savile accusations
  • Mark Thompson denies being told about planned Newsnight inquiry

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521976/BBC-chairman-Chris-Patten-Patten-accused-cover-BBC-Savile-probe-blunder.html

Patrick Rock found guilty of having child abuse images on his computer was an aide to Chris Patten

(Patrick Rock was Patten’s  former adviser on the West Balkans)

Patrick Rock moved to Brussels and worked for Chris Patten (European Commissioner) …Patten preceded by Leon Brittan

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2011 David Cameron brought Patrick Rock back into Downing Street appointing him deputy head of the influential No 10 policy unit. The same year Peter Allott was chosen to work on David Cameron’s Big Initiative Policy Project

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Lord Patten of Barnes is an Old Priorian and the Patron of Ealing’s St Benedict’s School

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Yes, there was a paedophile ring at the school! From reviewing victims accounts, they were all bullied and abused by these monks, and all knew what the other priest was doing. The stories, are horrifying and highlight, the sickening extent of what went on at St Benedict’s

 

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None of these recent news articles about other abusers at St Benedict’s,  mention deputy head Peter Allott

The judge: ‘It was at the drug parties that you became aware of, and addicted to, indecent images of children. I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.

…blew £600 a week on paedophile drug parties is jailed for horrific stash of porn images featuring children as young as two

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3575806/Cambridge-educated-deputy-head-15-000-year-Catholic-private-school-blew-600-week-paedophile-drug-parties-jailed-horrific-stash-porn-images-featuring-children-young-two.html

London priest who fled to Kosovo found guilty of abusing schoolboys

Andrew Soper convicted of sexually abusing pupils at St Benedict’s school in Ealing during 1970s and 80s

6 December 2017

A former abbot who fled to Kosovo to escape justice has been convicted of abusing 10 boys at a Catholic-run school in London during the 1970s and 80s.

Andrew Soper, 74, formerly known as Father Laurence Soper, was found guilty of 19 charges of rape and other sexual offences after a lengthy trial at the Old Bailey.

Soper sexually abused pupils while he was master in charge of discipline at St Benedict’s school in Ealing, west London. He would assault them after subjecting them to corporal punishment using a cane.

The first victim contacted police in 2004 after Soper left his role as abbot of Ealing Abbey and moved to the Benedictine order’s headquarters in Rome.

The former pupil was initially told by officers there was insufficient evidence.

Soper was later interviewed at Heathrow police station in 2010 and subsequently fled to Kosovo while on police bail the following year.

He was arrested at Luton airport in August 2016 after being deported by the Kosovan authorities and returned to the UK.

Tetteh Turkson, a senior Crown Prosecution Service lawyer involved in the case, said: “Soper used his position as a teacher and as a priest to abuse children for his own sexual gratification.

“He compounded this by trying to evade justice and fleeing to Kosovo in order to go into hiding. The victims’ bravery in coming forward and giving evidence has seen him convicted of these serious offences.”

A statement on behalf of the fee-paying independent school was issued by Alex Carlile QC after the conviction. He said: “St Benedict’s school is deeply concerned for, and distressed by, the ordeals faced by the victims of Laurence Soper, who have lived with the pain of his activities for so long.

“The school apologises unreservedly for the serious wrongs of the past. The school regrets that Soper did not have the courage to plead guilty.

“The result has been that innocent victims, whom he abused when they were boys in the school, were compelled to give evidence. They were subjected to cross-examination about matters in relation to which they were both helpless and innocent.

“The fact that these matters took place many years ago does not mitigate the pain and injustice endured by them.” The statement said the school was now “a completely different institution”.

Lord Carlile added: “The tough lessons of the past have been learned, and the errors and crimes of the past are in the daily consciousness and conscience of the school management … St Benedict’s cannot and will never forget Soper’s crimes. Nevertheless they are proud of the school as it now is, and as confident as ever they can be that everything is being done to ensure that such events cannot recur.”

The school, which charges fees of about £5,000 a term, counts the former Conservative chair Lord Patten and entertainer Julian Clary among its alumni.

Gillian Etherton QC, who led the prosecution, told the court victims were subjected to sadistic beatings by Soper for “fake reasons”.

They included kicking a football “in the wrong direction”, “failing to use double margins”, and “using the wrong staircase”, leading to a caning and a sexual assault, she said.

“It is the prosecution case that ‘punishments’ as described by the complainants in this case were carried out by Soper in entirely inappropriate ways and circumstances and, on many occasions, with what can only have been sexual motive,” Etherton added.

Many of his victims have experienced flashbacks and nightmares. During the trial Soper denied using the cane as a ruse to abuse boys.

The judge, Anthony Bate, remanded Soper in custody to be sentenced on 19 December. He was convicted of two counts of buggery, two counts of indecency with a child and 15 counts of indecent assault.

Soper was found guilty of buggery, contrary to section 12(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, since the offence took place when that act was in force. The offence was changed from buggery to rape by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/dec/06/london-priest-kosovo-found-guilty-abusing-schoolboys-andrew-soper-st-benedict-school

The claim comes after previous allegations that deaths of children at Smyllum were ¿covered up¿

Woman ‘was sexually assaulted by hooded figure called The Devil helped by cult of satanic nuns then buried alive overnight’ at orphanage

  • She described sisters who ran it as ‘cult’ which presided over bizarre rituals 
  • The man, at Smyllum Park orphanage in South Lanarkshire, she said was responsible was wearing a hood – and the sisters told her he was ‘the Devil’ 
  • Afterwards, she said she was buried alive overnight then forced to bathe in blood
  • In other chilling evidence, the SCAI heard a young girl was beaten by nuns 

In extraordinary evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), she told how she was sexually assaulted in a candlelit chapel in the grounds of the Smyllum Park home run by the nuns.

The man she said was responsible was wearing a hood – and the sisters told her he was ‘the Devil’.

Afterwards, she said she was buried alive overnight at the orphanage in Lanark, then forced to bathe in what she was told was blood.

The claim comes after previous allegations that deaths of children at Smyllum were ‘covered up’

In other chilling evidence, the SCAI heard a young girl was beaten by nuns – and never seen again.

The claim comes after previous allegations that deaths of children at Smyllum were ‘covered up’.

The testimony about the Satanic sex ritual is the latest in a catalogue of evidence about abuse at the home, which was run by a Catholic religious order and closed in 1981.

The alleged victim addressed a hearing in Edinburgh yesterday, using the name Janie, and said she had been born in 1961 and was admitted to Smyllum in 1965.

She said: ‘To be honest, nowadays I think they were a cult.

‘They would take us from our beds at night, they would take us to the big field [outside Smyllum].

‘There was quite a lot of us, with the sisters, five or six of them, maybe more. They would take us out into a big field and make us stand in a circle and dance around a tree.

‘They would take us to the back of a chapel, they would take us down the stairs – it was dingy and dark with candles. There would be a big square slab, they laid me on that.’

Janie said: ‘I was sitting on one of the nun’s knees, they gave me a lollipop. They said, “The Devil’s coming out now”.’

She said she did not know who her abuser was but ‘it was a guy in a hood – and they said it was the Devil’. She was sexually abused by the man then taken outside, where they ‘buried me alive, left me there’.

One of the nuns whispered to her: ‘Don’t worry, you will get back out.’

She said she was ‘buried in a drain’ and left overnight, and released in the morning.

Janie said the nuns dragged her upstairs in the home, where she was forced to take a bath in what she was told was blood, but now believes to be ‘red dye’.

She said: ‘They made out it was blood, they soaked me under it.’

Smyllum provided care for orphans but also children from poor, working-class families and troubled homes

Smyllum provided care for orphans but also children from poor, working-class families and troubled homes

Janie also said she was ‘constantly’ tied to her bed and had masking tape placed over her face while nuns tried to suffocate her with a pillow.

On other occasions she was trapped in a wardrobe in her room, but was never sure why.

Janie said: ‘I’ve not got a clue. It’s just like they liked doing it. Maybe I was hyper, or wanted to play.’

She said the children were once woken by a nun carrying a box that she had said contained a baby.

Janie said: ‘She woke up the dormitory and said one of the sisters had done a sin, and had a baby, and they were going to bury the baby alive.

‘Were they just trying to play with our heads? Was it true? Was it real?

‘Were they just trying to make us demented?’

Janie also told how she and her older sister were taken away from Smyllum in a van late one night.

They were with some nuns and ‘quite a few men’ who tried to put her in a straitjacket which was too big for her. She believes she was drugged but then ‘conked out’ and was later taken back to the home.

Smyllum provided care for orphans but also children from poor, working-class families and troubled homes.

Other evidence, from a woman called Margaret, described an attack on a girl of about eight or nine

Janie was not an orphan and left Smyllum when her mother spotted that she had bruises and immediately contacted a social worker.

In a statement to the inquiry, Janie said she suspected the nuns had ‘murdered people’, adding: ‘We should get justice.’

It was revealed in September that at least 400 children from Smyllum are thought to be buried in a mass grave at Lanark’s St Mary’s Cemetery.

Other evidence, from a woman called Margaret, described an attack on a girl of about eight or nine.

Margaret, born in 1950, was detailing her ordeal at Smyllum between 1955 and 1960. She said: ‘They beat her up… I never saw her again.’

On one occasion, Margaret said she was taken with other children into a room where a dead nun lay on a bed, and they were told to kiss the corpse.

Margaret refused, spitting on the dead nun instead. She was grabbed by the hair by other sisters who told her she would ‘rot in hell’. Mother-of-two Margaret, now a widow, said: ‘She was probably one of the nuns who had beat the living daylights out of us.’

The inquiry has already heard this week that an eight-year-old girl was sexually abused by a priest at Smyllum, then had her arm broken by a nun who had found out about the assault.

Dr Theresa Tolmie-McGrane, now 55, said she was later forced to receive Communion from the priest who abused her – who told her she was ‘a soldier of God’.

When she alerted other priests to the abuse, she was told to pray for those responsible.

The inquiry has also heard claims that Francis McColl, 13, died after a Smyllum worker struck him with a golf club.

In posthumous testimony, read to the SCAI this month, a former resident said Francis was struck by a ‘psychotic’ employee – who was not a nun and who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Further accusations about Smyllum staff were made by a witness named John, who was born in 1948 and went to the orphanage in 1958.

He described the home as a ‘concentration camp’ where nuns used hairbrushes – concealed in their tunics – to beat children. The inquiry has also heard from a witness named Paul, who was taken into care as a baby and who believes he was born around 1959.

He said he was raped by a priest at Smyllum after revealing that he had been sexually assaulted by another clergyman.

Paul said he was pinned down and beaten with a cricket bat by nuns, and trapped in a wicker laundry basket for four days. A nun once beat him with hosepipe and told him he ‘should be grateful’.

Last week, a witness called David told the SCAI that a six-year-old, Sammy Carr, died days after a nun launched a frenzied attack on him, kicking him in the head.

The inquiry, before Lady Smith, continues.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5155155/Woman-sexually-assaulted-hooded-figure-called-Devil.html

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Shamed priest will be quizzed at child abuse inquiry

A former priest who sexually abused young boys in care is to give evidence at the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Sex offender Bernard Traynor, 64, has been called to give his testimony after allegations about him were made to the inquiry by former residents at Smyllum Park in Lanark last month.

Two former residents told Lady Smith, who leads the inquiry, they were sexually abused by Traynor after they were moved to another orphanage run by the same Catholic order in Newcastle.

One witness said he was sexually abused by Traynor at a caravan park in Scarborough in the 1970s.

Another former Smyllum resident said Traynor had sexually abused him at the Wallis’s Holiday Camp in Cayton Bay, Scarborough.

He also said the abuse continued at the St Vincent’s children’s home in Newcastle, run by the Daughters of Charity of Vincent de Paul, for “two or three years” afterwards.

The two former Smyllum Park residents told the inquiry they were instrumental in Traynor’s first conviction in 1995.

The former Gateshead parish priest was brought to justice nearly two decades after his offences.

Michael told Lady Smith at the hearing on December 7 how having made a complaint to the police in Newcastle, the investigating officer then wrote to the local bishop to say he was investigating Father Traynor.

In evidence, Michael said by the time police went to arrest Father Traynor he had vanished.

He said: “It took the police 18 months to find out where he was.

“They had him hid in a monastery down in Hampshire.”

At Newcastle Crown Court, Traynor escaped a jail term after pleading guilty to committing six offences of indecent assault against four boys.

He was sent to a Catholic retreat in Gloucester where he received therapy and treatment for alcohol abuse.

In 2001, the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle said Traynor had been kicked out the church after being “immediately and permanently suspended from the priesthood.”

But in 2015, Traynor was back in court on new sexual offence charges.

The former clergyman pled guilty to one count of indecent assault on a 13-year-old boy between 1977 and 1978 at the hearing at Teeside Magistrates Court.

The then 62-year-old was sentenced to 21 months in prison, suspended for two years and placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

As well as hearing evidence from Traynor, the inquiry will hear from former St Vincent de Paul staff members, including nuns who worked at Smyllum Park. The inquiry has so far heard evidence that there was widespread physical and sexual abuse at the home, which closed in 1981.

Last September, a Sunday Post and BBC investigation revealed that up to 400 children who went to Smyllum Park are believed to be buried in a mass grave in Lanarkshire.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/shamed-priest-will-be-quizzed-at-abuse-inquiry/?utm_source=twitter



A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to “live and worship in anonymity”.

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

What a damning endictment of the Catholic church as a haven for paedophile priests!

Trent‏ @RandolphTrent

 

Where their sins can be forgiven just like Blair did!

Truthseeker‏ @thewakeupcall09

Am sure Father Seed will forgive him for his sins

Tony Blair’s priest fixed papal knighthoods for cash: Senior Catholic took up to £50k donations for honours

Sex abuse bishop Peter Ball and brother seek Catholic switch

06 December 2017

A former bishop jailed for sex offences and his twin brother have said they are looking to join the Catholic Church to “live and worship in anonymity”.

Peter Ball, who is now 85, was jailed for 32 months in October 2015 for offences against 18 teenagers and men.

The former Bishop of Lewes and of Gloucester carried out the abuse between the 1970s and 1990s.

Ball’s identical twin and former bishop Michael Ball said in an email events had “wearied and reduced us”.

Email from Michael Ball

In the email, mistakenly sent from Michael Ball to BBC South East’s Colin Campbell among others, the brothers said having been “battered by the Church” they would be looking to join the Roman Catholic Church.

They said they would like to “end our days in a church where we can live and worship in anonymity and without constant fear”.

The BBC contacted Michael Ball about the email and he said a move to the Catholic Church was “a possibility”.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton said in a statement: “We confirm that Peter Ball has been in contact with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clifton, in which diocese he now lives, expressing an interest in becoming a member of the Catholic Church.

“This matter is subject to discussions between Clifton Diocese and the statutory authorities, who are the lead with regards to Peter Ball’s risk management in the community.”

‘Manipulative’ campaign

An independent review of Ball’s case by Dame Moira Gibb criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey.

Dame Moira said he had received seven letters from families and individuals following the arrest and cautioning of Ball in 1992 for gross indecency – when he stood down as Bishop of Gloucester – but failed to pass six of them to the police.

Lord Carey had also failed to put Ball on the the “Lambeth List” which names clergymen whose suitability for ministry had been questioned.

Dame Moira also heard Bishop Michael Ball allowed his brother to attend functions in his place, even after his resignation, and on one occasion Peter Ball had introduced himself as his brother.

In 1994 Michael Ball campaigned to Lord Carey to return his brother to the ministry, with one bishop calling the brothers’ activities “manipulative”, Dame Moira reported .

Between 1995 and 1997, with Lord Carey’s backing. Peter Ball returned to church ministry, eventually undertaking duties such as confirmations.

After a series of investigations Balls’ ministry ceased in 2011, Dame Moira reported.

He was released from jail in February after serving 16 months.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-42257380

One of the founding DJs of BBC Radio One, 76, denies historic sex abuse and taking an indecent picture of a 14-year-old boy between 1979 to 1981

  • Chris Denning, 76, accused of historical indecent assault of 14-year-old boy 
  • Denning was one of the founding DJs of Radio One during the 1960s
  • He is accused alongside Graham Soper, 58, who ‘abused and passed on boy’
  • Both deny the charges and are to face trial at Southwark Crown Court next year

The DJ also worked for record label Decca for two years and helped propel Gary Glitter and the Bay City Rollers to stardom

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5156139/Founding-DJ-BBC-Radio-One-denies-historic-sex-abuse.html

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Did Chris Denning head up an international paedephile ring?

Denning charges confirm that BBC was a breeding ground for organised child sex abuse.

Truthseeker @thewakeupcall09

Savile, Kitty & Denning Farewell FAB 208 – Radio Luxembourg 1992 – Part 1

https://t.co/brBpvSQKMF

Jimmy Tarbuck’s restaurant/office was close to Chris Denning’s shop

Beecholme – Wandsworth Council wrong to say they had no Child Abuse Reports

Nun broke my arm as punishment after walking in on me being abused by priest at orphanage

Theresa Tolmie-McGrane had hoped the nun would save but the woman called her a “whore” and slammed her again

6 DEC 2017

She spent 11 years at Smyllum Park in Lanark, and waived her anonymity to recount her physical and sexual torment to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/nun-broke-arm-punishment-after-11647456

Bob Quick demands a public retraction of “liar” allegations from Damian Green:

Howeson cries

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/charles-howeson-cries-court-wife-880059

Vicount Ian Kerr CGC @IanKer

Only now named due to being conveniently dead for nearly a year…….Gordon Anglesea

Gordon Anglesea

5 Dec 2017

A former senior police officer jailed for indecently assaulting boys has been named in a revised version of a judge’s review of an inquiry into abuse of children in north Wales.

Gordon Anglesea’s name had originally been redacted from Lady Justice Macur’s report published in March 2016.

Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns said his conviction and death meant there was “no reason” to keep his name secret.

Lady Justice Macur had reviewed the £13m Waterhouse inquiry into child abuse amid concerns that although it found “appalling mistreatment” of children over 20 years its remit was too limited.

Anglesea, a former North Wales Police superintendent from Old Colwyn, was convicted in October 2016 of indecently assaulting two boys.

He was sentenced to 12 years in prison, dying in jail in December 2016 at the age of 79.

 http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-42237654

Vaz Off International Trade Select Committee

Yesterday’s order paper showed Keith Vaz being discharged from his position on the International Trade select committee, just three months after he joined. Vaz is being replaced by Tom Watson’s old flame Stephanie Peacock. Sources say Vaz hasn’t been seen much around the House recently, and he hasn’t voted since 18 October. A few months back Momentum were coming for his place on the NEC; surely he isn’t now being lined up for a frontbench job? Wonder what he’ll do with his newly free time…

https://order-order.com/2017/12/05/vaz-off-international-trade-select-committee/

Charles Howeson says it would have been ‘impossible’ to grope men on ship

The high ranking officer denies touching the two men in a sexual way whilst aboard HMS Cleopatra

4 DEC 2017

A Plymouth Royal Navy officer said it would have been “physically impossible” to have sexually touched a man whilst on the ship which they both worked.

Charles Howeson, 67, is on trial at Bristol Crown Court for 11 counts of indecently assaulting ten young men and a boy and one count of attempted buggery.

He denies the charges dating from 1985 and 1994.

Under cross examination by Paul Dunkels QC, Howeson, of Cragie Drive, told the jury that accusations of sexual touching whilst aboard HMS Cleopatra would have been “impossible” because he didn’t come into contact with the alleged victims’ genitals.

When questioned about the incident in which one of the victims alleged Howeson had grabbed his backside, the high ranking naval officer said he had stumbled on a curtain shielding part of the bridge, causing him to fall down four steps – which resulted in Howeson touching the victim “chest to chest”.

He added that the impact of the fall pushed the victim backwards against the bulkhead, and that it would have been “impossible” for him to have touched the man inappropriately.

Mr Dunkels said: “When you lost balance, didn’t you grab his [the victim’s] bottom to steady yourself? You didn’t come into contact with the inside of his leg by his genitals?

Howeson replied: “Certainly not, absolutely not. It was accidental and nothing like [the victim] describes. [Sexual contact] would have been impossible.”

Mr Dunkels asked Howeson about another incident alleged to have happened aboard the ship, involving “rubbing his [the victim’s] leg” as he followed him up some stairs.

Howeson told the jury that he recalled going up the stairs before the victim, saying: “It [the touching] would have been physically impossible as I would have been on the bridge.”

The court heard how “commonplace banter” took place between the officer and one victim on HMS Cleopatra, which came about during a man overboard exercise.

Mr Dunkels said that Howeson had made comments about the victim’s stomach being harder than his own, adding that while making those comments Howeson was “squeezing [the victim’s] thighs, penis and testicles – a claim which Howeson refuted.

The 67-year-old said the conversation about his weight was “commonplace banter, not to be misinterpreted as having a sexual component to it.”

Mr Dunkels said: “The truth of the matter is you were using your position in each of these situations [as a naval officer and a boss of the Groundwork Trust] to engineer a situation where you could take advantage of your victims. You had power and control. Was the risk you were taking part of the excitement?”

Howeson replied: “There was no excitement and I did not do this. The risk would have been utterly appalling for anyone in my position to do this.”

Howeson is accused of indecently touching men in the lower naval ranks, civilians in and around his home and some men working for The Groundwork Trust, a charity where he was the boss.

The trial continues.

http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/plymouth-news/charles-howeson-says-would-been-875877

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Alicia Collinson, Damian Green’s future wife, reportedly said of him: ‘He’s got a very strong sex drive, he’s just not all that discriminating.’

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9799234/Damian-Green-the-Police-Minister-and-his-strong-sex-drive.html

One of Theresa May’s closest friends, Alicia Collinson, deals with paedophile rings  via her legal work


Protecting Prince Charles’ friend and mentor convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball ….

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Alicia Collinson, wife of porn-loving Damian Green, is a barrister who deals with cases of child sexual abuse. She is also Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester.

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John Neale, a former bishop and very close friend of Peter Righton, is honorary assistant bishop in Gloucester. Neale was chaplain at Ardingly prior to the paedophile bishop Ball, friend of BigEars, taking up the same post.

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Robert Alston, third from right with Prince Andrew

Robert Alston with Prince Andrew (“Randy Andy“)

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PIE member Peter Righton’s boyfriend’s brother, Robert Alston, was Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College between 2005 and 2010. John Neale, by the way, served in the Royal Artillery during World War II, a division which spawned many paedophiles.

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But back to Damian’s Alicia, close friend of Theresa May: Would Alicia as Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester since 2013 where Ball was bishop have given advice re. Ball?

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The diocese of Gloucester hired a former policeman to investigate, and if possible discredit, Ball witnesses. From the moment the first victims came forward, the response of the church up to the highest level was one of institutional self-protection.

Oh dear! Alicia Collinson, Damian Greene’s wife, deals with all aspects of significant harm and sexual abuse, including paedophile rings. She is Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester I wonder what she thinks of Damian’s jobtime viewing?

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Oh, and while we’re at it: Robert Alston was an aide to l-Don’t-Carey who protected Ball. He was on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999 until 2002.

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Oh, and Alicia Collinson’s friend Theresa May chose Elizabeth Butler-Sloss to head the CSA Inquiry. A weird choice, given her family ties to paedophiles and  her protection of Bishop Ball!

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Alicia Collinson and Queen Elizabeth

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Mike Cameron‏ @mikercameron

So this “parliament” place, then. Seems you can drink like fish in the subsidised bars at all hours, letch over all the employees and walk into anyone’s office to watch porn on their computer.

Do these people have a single fucking clue how they look to the outside world?

Friends: Theresa Brasier, as she was then known, circled with Damian Green. His future wife Alicia is in front row

 

May and Green…pictured alongside each other, above, at an Oxford University Edmund Burke Society dinner in 1976. They grew up 25 miles apart in the Home Counties. In the front row, is Alicia Collinson, Mr Green’s girlfriend at the time and now his wife.

At the time, Ms Collinson was the tutorial partner of Theresa Brasier, as she was then known, at St Hugh’s College. Mr Green attended Balliol.

During his involvement in the Union, luminaries who appeared included Richard Nixon. May’s predecessor as president was none other than Sir Alan Duncan and two years before the post had been held by Damian Green. Both Sir Alan and Mr Green are now MPs and part of Mrs May’s Government.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5139911/Watchdog-says-police-violated-trust-Damian-Green-porn.html

“Alicia and Theresa were great mates,” one Oxonian recalls. “Alicia threw herself into the Union at once, Theresa a little bit later, and looked to Alicia to introduce her and take her round.

“Alicia then fell into the arms of Damian, while Theresa fell into the arms of Philip May, who became President of the Union a few terms after Damian. So they were a sort of quartet at the time, two girls out with two boys. It was the fresh flowering of youthful love.”

https://www.conservativehome.com/highlights/2016/11/profile-damian-green-for-whom-todays-universal-credit-announcement-is-an-early-win.html

Damian  Green – a former financial journalist who worked for the BBC and Channel 4, his Barry-born father, Howard Green, rose up the ranks at the South Wales Echo before moving to Reading to launch an evening paper.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-498556535/will-green-hold-the-key-for-may-politics-political

 


Damian Green’s wife, Alicia Collinson deals with all aspects of significant harm: sexual abuse, including paedophile rings

http://www.harcourtchambers.co.uk/index.aspx?p=73&barristerId=40

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Alicia Collinsonis Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester

http://www.harcourtchambers.co.uk/index.aspx?p=73&barristerId=40

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Where  paedophile Bishop Peter Ball was bishop

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Ball, pictured here with Prince Charles in 1993, was a “frequent visitor” to Sandringham, according to the documents

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-35631415

Alicia Collinson – Deputy Chancellor of the Diocese of Gloucester since  2013 – interesting timing – would she have given advice re: Ball?

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The newly revealed documents also suggest that Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy, that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring, and that he assisted other priests accused of sex abuse.

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/victim-of-peter-ball-sex-abuse-calls-on-police-to-investigate-lord-carey-over-alleged-cover-up/90566.htm

The diocese of Gloucester hired a former policeman to investigate, and if possible discredit, the witnesses.

From the moment the first victims came forward, the response of the church up to the highest level was one of institutional self-protection.

The complaint was not reported to the police, but only to the archbishop of Canterbury, then George Carey, who persisted long past the point of reason in hoping that his colleague was innocent. The police were not told until after the first victim to come forward, Neil Todd, had attempted suicide twice – and even then it was his parents and not the church who made the complaint.

Mr Todd took his own life in 2012, after the allegations against Ball resurfaced.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/25/the-guardian-view-on-abuse-in-church-of-england-reputation-deservedly-damaged

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Jimmy Savile was bishop Ball’s principal entree into the Waleses’ household.

During his time in Lewes, Peter Ball got to know Jimmy Savile well.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html

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.’

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3265742/Jimmy-Savile-Prince-Charles-close-friendship-sex-abuse-bishop-Peter-Ball.html

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The diocese of Gloucester hired a former policeman to investigate, and if possible discredit, the witnesses.

From the moment the first victims came forward, the response of the church up to the highest level was one of institutional self-protection.

The complaint was not reported to the police, but only to the archbishop of Canterbury, then George Carey, who persisted long past the point of reason in hoping that his colleague was innocent. The police were not told until after the first victim to come forward, Neil Todd, had attempted suicide twice – and even then it was his parents and not the church who made the complaint.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/25/the-guardian-view-on-abuse-in-church-of-england-reputation-deservedly-damaged

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/police-whistleblower-claims-theresa-ignored-5420145

And...Robert Alston was an aide to Carey (who protected Ball)

Robert Alston on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999-2002;

and Theresa May chose Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (who protected Ball) to head the CSA Inquiry

and

The newly revealed documents also suggest that Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy, that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring, and that he assisted other priests accused of sex abuse.

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/victim-of-peter-ball-sex-abuse-calls-on-police-to-investigate-lord-carey-over-alleged-cover-up/90566.htm

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Theresa May  a) lost important files on child abuse and b) delayed the work of the CSA inquiry by nominating three compromised chairs in a row

Theresa May put Elizabeth Butler-Sloss (who protected Peter Ball) in charge of CSA Inquiry

 

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Diocese of Gloucester –  where John Neale (friend of paedophile PIE leader Peter Righton)

was honorary asst bishop

 

http://www.harcourtchambers.co.uk/index.aspx?p=73&barristerId=40

Paedophile Peter Righton ‘Had Documents Linking Him To Establishment Child Abuse Ring’

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/09/peter-righton-paedophile_n_5569585.html

Righton was a governor of New Barns school in Gloucestershire where his partner Richard Alston (torture porn fan John Whittingdale MP’s half-brother) was headmaster. In 2015, Alston was convicted and imprisoned for sexual abuse of a former pupil in the 70s.

https://islingtonsurvivors.co.uk/peter-righton/

Alicia was a member of a parliamentary Adoption Forum, advising on the development of the Adoption & Children Act 2002

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The Guild of Freemen of the City of London’s

The Master, Sir Gavyn Arthur presents flowers to Miss Alicia Collinson, wife of Damian Green MP

http://www.guild-freemen-london.co.uk/newsitem.php?newskey=100

 

Mr Green, who was appointed Secretary for Work and Pensions by Mrs May has been an MP for 20 years and has known the Theresa May for around 40 years.

http://royalcentral.co.uk/state/breaking-damian-green-is-appointed-first-secretary-of-state-83606

(Damian Green’s) friendships across the spectrum of the party, including Andrew Lansley, Tim Collins, David Willetts and even John Bercow.

invited to join John Major’s policy unit, specialising in the affairs of the Department for National Heritage, the precursor to today’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

https://www.newstatesman.com/node/152262

Theresa May’s good friend Alicia Collinson – wife of Damian Green

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Leaving their posh West London house this morning with a small suitcase, smiling Alicia Collinson said she does not believe any of the claims being made against her husband.

Asked what she made of the accusations, she said: “I think they are such rubbish.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/damian-greens-wife-slams-accusations-11474836

 


Tory MP denies adultery website Ashley Madison membership after ‘his email’ found on cheaters’ website

14 JUL 2016

The address linked to former Police Minister Damian Green was apparently used from a computer in Parliament in 2007 to register with the cheaters’ site

The address linked to former Police Minister Damian Green was apparently used from a computer in Parliament in 2007 to register with the cheaters’ site.

Whoever enrolled with Ashley Madison typed in the maiden name of Mr Green’s mum – Lyons – for the security question and appealed for a woman who “aches for good sex”.

Last night Mr Green, 59, said he had never used the notorious website.

He added he could not remember whether the aol.com address was his.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-denies-ashley-madison-6296694

Ivan White‏ @ivanwhite48

In 2006, Damian Green told a civil servant to get “as much dirt on the Labour party, the Labour government as possible” and encouraged leaks of Home Office documents. With the typical Tory sense of entitlement, he doesn’t like it when his dirt gets exposed
Samuel Miller‏ @Hephaestus

Jaw-dropping HYPOCRISY as Damian Green’s own Tory council SACKS workers for viewing porn

http://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/porn-shame-of-council-staff-6982/

 

richard oneill‏ @silverrich39

Now the top brass of the Police are rallying to Damian Green’s support, criticising their own colleagues for being whistle blowers! If a member of the Government is involved in something shady, the Country has a right to know, It’s a Police Officers duty!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5139911/Watchdog-says-police-violated-trust-Damian-Green-porn.html


Damien Green recruited by a member of the notorious Hogg family:

Damian Green, Tory education spokesman

From 1978 to 1992 Green worked for the BBC and The Times, as well as Channel 4, where he was a producer and presenter specialising in business programmes. In 1992 he joined John Major’s policy unit, where he worked for 2 years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/people/damian-green

Green first made his name as an adviser to John Major. He was recruited to the former prime minister’s policy unit in 1992 by its head, Sarah – now Lady – Hogg who had been Green’s patron in journalism.

Green had come to the attention of Hogg when she joined the Channel Four News programme when it was launched on the new channel in 1982. He was appointed business producer, a position he held until 1984 when he moved to the Times as business news editor.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2008/nov/27/damian-green-profile

Hogg: a family tree deeply rooted in the British establishment

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/10/charlotte-hogg-a-family-tree-deeply-rooted-in-the-british-establishment

Hogg is the daughter-in-law of  Quentin Hogg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quintin_Hogg,_Baron_Hailsham_of_St_Marylebone

Bank job that opened the door on a royal sex scandal

The ex-gang member said he was terrified to discover one box belonged to the-then head of the judiciary.

He said: “It was owned by Quintin Hogg, the Lord Chancellor.

When we opened it we dropped it on the floor like it was a time bomb. We didn’t want to take anything that might give us extra trouble so we left it. All we wanted was cash and jewels.”

And what was most disturbing was the child pornography we found.

We were disgusted and left it in their open boxes so police could trace the owners.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/bank-job-that-opened-the-door-on-a-royal-293740

Tory MP Hogg who claimed moat cleaning on his expenses has been handed a peerage

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-mp-who-claimed-moat-cleaning-on-his-expenses-will-return-to-parliament-through-lords-10474701.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5310069/MPs-expenses-Clearing-the-moat-at-Douglas-Hoggs-manor.html

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson Policing Minister Damien Green and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howes

Thousands of pornographic images on Damian Green’s computer, says detective

Pressure grows on Theresa May’s deputy amid further pornography revelations from former Scotland Yard detective

1 Dec 2017

Pressure is mounting on Theresa May’s effective deputy, Damian Green, after a detective who examined his computer said it contained thousands of pornographic images.

The former Scotland Yard officer Neil Lewis said the internet history on the device, which was seized in 2008 while Green was an opposition spokesman, showed pornography had been viewed extensively.

Lewis, who retired from the Metropolitan police in 2014, claimed the device contained thousands of thumbnail images of legal pornography.

In his first broadcast interview about the investigation, Lewis was asked by the BBC how he could be sure it was Green, now the first secretary of state, who accessed the images. He said: “The computer was in Mr Green’s office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name.

“In between browsing pornography, he was sending emails from his account, his personal account, reading documents … it was ridiculous to suggest anybody else could have done it.”

Lewis said he was shocked by what he found: “The shocking thing as I was viewing it, I noticed a lot of pornography – thumbnails, which indicated web browsing. There was a lot of them. I was surprised to see that on a parliament computer. I had to take a step back because I wasn’t expecting that.”

He said the images were not extreme, as earlier reports claimed, and featured no images of children or sexual abuse.

Green is the subject of a cabinet office inquiry by its head of propriety and ethics, Sue Gray, into allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a young Conservative activist, Kate Maltby.

Green’s office would not be drawn on Lewis’s claims. In a statement, it said: “It would be inappropriate for Mr Green to comment on these allegations while the cabinet office investigation is ongoing, however, from the outset he has been very clear that he never watched or downloaded pornography on the computers seized from his office.

“He maintains his innocence of these charges and awaits the outcome of the investigation.”

Labour’s Jess Phillips, the chair of parliament’s women and equalities committee, said Green should resign if pornography was found on his computer.

“If what is being said, which I hope is being submitted to the proper investigation, is believed to be true on the balance of probabilities, then yes it does change things and Damian Green cannot stay in his position,” she said.

“The pressure is mounting on him. There is no illegality but would you be fired if you looked at pornography on your work computer? The problem for me in all of this is how people use their power to not live by the same rules that everybody else has to.”
She conceded that Lewis may have be wrong in publicising confidential information about Green, but she added: “Both people can be in the wrong and there still has to be a case to answer.”

The Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell accused Lewis and Quick of trying of blacken the name of his friend.

He told Today: “Mr Green has been absolutely emphatic repeatedly that he never downloaded nor viewed this material. And I think that Mr Green is entitled to be believed. You are not guilty until proven so in this country. I think the hounding of Mr Green over information which everyone is clear was entirely legal, and which he has emphatically denied either downloading or viewing his completely wrong.”

Mitchell, who lost a libel case against the Sun newspaper over a report that he called a police officers “fucking plebs”, added: “Nine years later, after a pretty contentious raid of a senior politicians office, entirely legal information is now leaked to blacken the name of a serving cabinet minister. And I think that is wrong.”

He added: “The police need to explain why there was any record kept of entirely legal activity. He [Lewis] says he is doing it to back up his friend Bob Quick. I don’t think it is proper for retired police officers to behave in this way. I don’t think it is giving Mr Green natural justice.”

Lewis said he had not been contacted by Gray, but the cabinet office was aware of his role in examining Green’s computers.

The search of Green’s computer was made when he was shadow immigration minister, as part of Operation Miser, an investigation into Home Office leaks.

Lewis said: “When I left the police I kept one notebook and that was the notebook for Operation Miser, because that was the case that I was uncomfortable with.”

Lewis said he was motivated to come forward when he read Green denying claims by his superior, Bob Quick, the former Metropolitan police assistant commissioner, who told the Sunday Times that pornography had been found on the politician’s computer.

“His outright denial of that was quite amazing followed by his criticism of Bob Quick,” Lewis said.

He added: “I contacted Bob Quick to offer my support.”

Asked if it was possible for anyone else to access Green’s machine, Lewis said: “It was so extensive, whoever had done it would have had to push Mr Green to one side to say ‘get out, I’m using your computer’.”

He also dismissed a suggestion that a mistake could have been made. Lewis said: “I was the one who seized it from Portcullis House. I was the one who examined it, photographed it. I deal with computer forensics. That’s what I do, I produce digital evidence to court in relation to terrorists at the Old Bailey.”

The senior Labour MP Hillary Benn said the cabinet office should examine Lewis’s claims, but he stopped short of calling for his resignation.

Benn told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We are all waiting for the outcome of it and clearly it should look at all available evidence in reaching a decision. All evidence that is relevant to the inquiry should be considered by the cabinet office. There is a process and we should let it do its work.”

Sophie Walker, leader of the Women’s Equality party, accused Conservative politicians of double standards by defending Green after staying silent about allegation of sexual harassment, calling their backing for the minister “extraordinary”.

Sophie Walker‏Verified account @SophieRunning

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/dec/01/damian-green-thousands-of-pornographic-images-on-computer-says-detective


Andrew Soper trial: Jury deliberating case of abbot accused of abusing boys at Ealing school

The jury is out after a two-month trial into alleged sexual abuse at St Benedict’s School, Ealing

30 Nov 2017

A former abbot at Ealing Abbey accused of abusing boys while working at a school in Ealing is awaiting the verdict in his trial at the