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Why DID the human rights luvvie, Ben Emmerson, quit?

 

Legal chambers founded by Cherie Blair that made millions exploiting Labour’s human rights laws is in crisis after being accused of trying to ‘cover up’ sexual harassment against star barrister

  • Benjamin Emmerson QC, a founder of the firm, is at the centre of controversy
  • Emmerson accused of groping female collegue at work and against her will 
  • Matrix Chambers and Emmerson have both strongly denied the accusations

One thing is certain: they are holier than thou at Matrix Chambers, the influential firm of superstar ‘human rights’ barristers which rarely misses an opportunity to trumpet its credentials as a bastion of high-minded political correctness.

Founded in 2000 by Cherie Blair and a ‘dream team’ of 21 mostly Left-wing colleagues, the firm grew rich and famous cashing-in on the explosion of highly lucrative litigation spawned by the Blair government’s controversial Human Rights Act.

‘Fearless, formidable, and always highly aggressive,’ its members proceeded to ‘shape the modern human rights industry’, in the words of an admiring QC, righting perceived wrongs, taking on authority, and seeking to advance the causes of equality and liberalism in some of the most important and contentious court cases of recent times.

Its now-95-strong cohort of brilliant (if occasionally pompous) lawyers occupy one of London’s great ivory towers: a Victorian former police station situated a short stroll from the Old Bailey and Royal Courts of Justice.

Here, no fewer than three Sirs, two lords and ten professors currently earn their shilling, including several members of the Left-wing establishment, from (Lord) Ken MacDonald, Director of Public Prosecutions during the Blair era, and (Sir) Paul Jenkins QC, who became the New Labour government’s most senior legal official in 2006.

Among the other ‘big beasts’ are Hugh Tomlinson QC, a friend of actor Hugh Grant and founder of the anti-Press lobby group Hacked Off, Lord Brennan QC, a Labour peer, and Philippe Sands QC, the Guardian contributor and high-profile campaigner against the Iraq War.

Working for Matrix is less a job, and more a noble calling — or so this lot would have you believe.

So it goes that, on the front page of its website, the firm trumpets its credentials as a forward-thinking institution that promotes ‘equality’ where ‘diversity and accessibility are widely championed and outdated practice is challenged’.

Among the ‘core values’ is a commitment to being ‘dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women’.

How unfortunate, therefore, and how humiliating, that this bastion of progressive metropolitan liberalism should be accused of cynically betraying those ‘core values’.

For Matrix Chambers was this week revealed to be in a state of virtual crisis over the flawed — and some might say deeply hypocritical — way it handled a high-profile and extremely serious claim of workplace sexual harassment that occurred on its own doorstep.

Amid the fallout, an array of senior female staff members have filed a written complaint alleging widespread sexual harassment by colleagues. It claims that inappropriate comments, innuendo, (and worse), are routinely directed at them by ‘senior men’ on its payroll. Official reports looking at the issue have talked of ‘institutional failings’.

In a surreal twist, another internal email leaked this week accused women who had publicly voiced concerns about sexual harassment of being ‘deeply unsisterly’ because they were damaging Matrix’s reputation.

Ludicrously, it compared them to complaining farm animals, saying: ‘Women must help empower other women, not lead them down the path bleating.’

At the centre of this ugly controversy is one of the firm’s founders and most high-profile members of staff: Benjamin Emmerson QC, a ‘goliath’ of his trade who’s been an eminent human rights lawyers for over two decades.

Famed for his advocacy in a string of headline-grabbing cases, representing people such as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the widow of Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, whose death by poisoning in London was blamed on Vladimir Putin, the ‘smart and charming’ Emmerson was once said to be the model for Bridget Jones’s dashing lawyer-lover, Mr Darcy.

His glamorous social set includes one-time colleague Amal Clooney and her husband, George.

The divorced father of four’s recent ex-girlfriends include Hollywood siren Ellen Barkin, who was once married to Irish actor Gabriel Byrne.

Last September, however, Emmerson abruptly resigned as lead counsel to the Government’s major child sex abuse inquiry, for which he was paid £1,700 a day from the taxpayer.

The departure was put down to unspecified concerns over his ‘leadership’. However it later emerged that the development had also followed an incident in which a female colleague claimed he’d groped her in a lift, during working hours and against her will, at the inquiry’s headquarters in London.

Emmerson vigorously denied the charge, as did Matrix, which subsequently said an inquiry into the incident by a senior judge had established that he ‘had not committed any act of sexual assault or sexual harassment’.

However, this week it emerged that this statement from a legal firm which is bastion of equality had been — at best — very misleading indeed.

For the inquiry had, in truth, ‘found as fact’ that Emmerson had attempted to either put his hand between his colleague’s legs or down her trousers, and that she had pushed him away.

It had described this conduct as ‘unwanted and of a sexual nature’, but concluded that Emmerson (who has always protested his innocence) was not guilty of either harassment or assault, partly because he honestly believed the women would consent.

Furthermore, it emerged this week that the woman had complained to Matrix that he was harassing her nine months before the lift incident. However, nothing was done.

We shall look at these events in detail later.

In the meantime, female staff — many of whom campaign for women to speak out about workplace harassment — were further galled to receive an email from Matrix management instructing them not to talk about the harassment case, saying ‘discussions of this sort may well prove highly corrosive’.

Though the law firm boasts about having fought honourable court battles over free speech and Press freedom, it decided in the message (which was leaked) to tell Chambers staff they were required to ‘respect the confidentiality’ of Emmerson by giving ‘a no comment response’ to journalists who might ask them about the case.

‘We also ask that you let us know [of any media inquiries], so that we may properly and effectively manage the situation and our organisation, in the interests of all,’ it read. To many, this added to the suspicion of a cover-up.

‘It’s impossible to underestimate how angry people are,’ says a source close to the firm. ‘What went on is outrageous. There has been no accountability, and no apology, and no heads have rolled.

‘This is the workplace of some of the most eminent equality lawyers in the world, but when a powerful man at the top of the organisation is accused of serious misconduct by a younger woman, its policies and procedures are in the Dark Ages.’

Several female barristers at the firm are understood to now be helping launch a campaign called Behind The Gown, which says sexual harassment ‘is endemic in our profession’, and plans to use social media to share examples.

Not surprisingly, this saga has been greeted with glee in legal circles, where rival lawyers have long regarded Matrix as too smug for its own good. ‘To say there is a degree of schadenfreude is an understatement,’ is how one human rights QC puts it.

‘Here we have the most preachy, right-on, pompous law firm, which has made small fortunes from discrimination lawsuits, failing to protect female employees in the most egregious way. The hypocrisy is extraordinary.’

To understand such anger, it is important to explain circumstances surrounding the formation of Matrix in 2000, when Cherie Blair and 21 colleagues founded the chambers as a potentially lucrative seam of new cases were expected after the Human Rights Act brought in by the government of her PM husband.

Despite, or perhaps because it was launched with a glamorous party attended by then-PM Tony, the legal media gave Matrix a lukewarm reception.

‘They have already been dubbed “the complaining chambers”,’ wrote one title. ‘They are all the whingers about civil liberties and much of their work will be from complainants.’

Other reports called it a ‘champagne socialist chambers’, ‘Mammon chambers’ or ‘whingers’ set’. The Spectator magazine went further, saying they were ‘leather jacket-wearing thought police’.

Yet for all the sniping, Matrix was hugely successful. It expanded rapidly and took on many high-profile briefs, perhaps most famously that of a Luton schoolgirl who claimed her human rights were violated when her headmistress banned her from wearing a head-to-toe jilbab.

Represented by Mrs Blair, the girl lost her case at the High Court but the verdict was overturned by the Court of Appeal — only to then see the House of Lords rule in favour of her school.

By then, such cases (many publicly-funded) had turned Matrix into one of the UK’s most well-remunerated chambers.

In 2006, its members were revealed to have appeared in 35 House of Lords hearings in the previous 12 months, more than double the number of any other firm. Average annual earnings for all Matrix barristers were then £225,000, though senior QCs were taking home more.

Cherie Blair was one of the higher earners, though her reputation was damaged by her husband’s government’s Iraq War, which was bitterly opposed by colleagues.

She left in 2014 to set up Omnia, an international law firm which has — how sweet the irony! — built lucrative connections with a number of foreign despots.

Matrix sailed on. Yet behind the scenes there were ugly rumours that the workplace conduct of some staff failed to live up to the high ideals of the organisation.

There were whispers (never confirmed) that one man had turned up to an office party accompanied by a prostitute. Another reputedly received an informal ban on working alone with juniors. Secretaries and receptionists are said to have been occasionally propositioned.

Then, last year, came the Emmerson case.

Details first emerged in January 2016 when a female Matrix worker, known in subsequent reports as ‘Ms A’, complained to the then chief executive, Lindsay Scott, that Emmerson had subjected her to sexual harassment.

She is understood to have asked for the matter to be dealt with informally. However, nine months later, matters escalated when an ‘unwanted’ incident ‘of a sexual nature’ took place in a lift at the headquarters of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, where Emmerson and the woman were working.

On September 28, the inquiry suspended Emmerson, expressing concern at ‘aspects of his leadership of the counsel team’.

The following day, he resigned, though continued to be paid his £1,700-a-day fee during a ‘handover’ that lasted several weeks. Then, in October, details of the alleged lift incident were revealed for the first time during an investigation by BBC2’s Newsnight.

Cherie Blair, with whom Emmerson helped establish the influential chambers

Matrix responded by ordering a secret inquiry. Its management committee hired David Calvert-Smith, a retired former Director of Public Prosecutions, to carry it out.

Calvert-Smith had no obvious specialist expertise in the field of workplace abuse or sexual harassment, and was not given details of Ms A’s previous complaints.

Perhaps more importantly, given the need for transparency, his report was never published, even in a redacted version, and was not shown to Matrix staff outside the management committee.

When that committee publicly announced that Emmerson had been cleared ‘without hesitation’, there was outrage.

‘A number of Matrix barristers, male and female, knew some details of the case, and took the view that the statement was at best misleading and at worst downright dishonest,’ says a source.

‘Since they knew the woman concerned, they also believed that Matrix was failing to properly deal with harassment claims.’

As a result, several female barristers wrote to the management committee calling for a review, saying: ‘We need to know that if something happened that required us to make a complaint, Matrix is equipped to handle it.’

Stung by the criticism, a sub-committee of senior Matrix lawyers commissioned a second inquiry into the handling of the abuse claims.

This was carried out by Dame Laura Cox, a prominent expert on harassment and equality law. Published in July, and leaked in part this week, its conclusions are damning.

Dame Laura concluded the chambers made a series of egregious errors, including failing to protect Ms A’s well-being and ignoring her initial complaint, and said the actions of senior management were ‘wholly inappropriate’.

She was also hugely critical of the firm’s original public statement exonerating Emmerson.

Adding that institutional failings had caused Ms A severe anxiety and distress, Dame Laura said the terms of reference of Sir David’s inquiry were too narrow, and was highly critical of the decision to appoint him in the first place.

She concluded that he’d been partly hired on the grounds that he ‘would be charging considerably less’ than any other candidate.

She also pointed out that Matrix management took few steps to ensure he had ‘expertise and experience in cases involving sexual harassment or in conducting sexual harassment investigations which require a particular sensitivity, understanding and approach’.

Regarding allegations of sexual harassment in the lift, she noted that Sir David ‘found as a fact’ that Ms A ‘had pushed Ben [Emmerson] away when he tried to put his hand between her legs / down her trousers. The conduct was, on his own findings, unwanted and of a sexual nature’.

Although Sir David decided this did not constitute harassment. Dame Laura said this took the wrong legal approach by failing to consider the Equality Act’s protections for people in the workplace.

‘The management committee’s decision immediately to accept this report was therefore an error,’ she wrote. ‘I consider that they ought to have realised that [Sir David] applied the wrong test and should have invited him to reconsider.’ Dame Laura’s report was filed in July. Since then, from Matrix, there has been silence on the matter.

‘This report highlights serious, institutional failings at an organisation which is supposed to be dedicated to equality,’ says a source close to the Chambers

‘The management contains some of the most eminent equality lawyers in the country. They have failed abjectly. Yet no heads have rolled and no apologies have been made.’

Emmerson has not commented on recent developments. However, he is understood to deny being guilty of any misconduct, and supporters point out that the Cox report focused on procedure and did not include any examination of first-hand evidence, meaning its author was not in a position to pass judgement over whether there had been harassment.

They add that he was never formally accused by the woman of assault.

Matrix, for its part, is saying nothing. This week, a spokesman declared it ‘does not intend to make any public comment on what are plainly confidential internal matters’.

Perhaps its PR team have other priorities: not long ago, they circulated a press release stating that the British Legal Awards — the industry’s ‘Oscars’ — had decided to short-list them as Chambers of the Year. Apparently, theirs is an industry in which abject hypocrisy pays.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5094637/Legal-chambers-crisis-star-barrister-accused-groping.html

Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo
The bigger they come, the harder they fall…

The silencing of BigBen: Matrix ‘decided in the message (which was leaked) to tell Chambers staff they were required to ‘respect the confidentiality’ of Emmerson by giving ‘a no comment response’ to journalists who might ask them about the case’.

BigBen’s case micromanagement: We also ask that you let us know [of any media inquiries], so that we may properly and effectively manage the situation and our organisation, in the interests of all,’ it read. To many, this added to the suspicion of a cover-up.
Matrix and BigBen’s elevator gropee: ‘Furthermore, it emerged this week that the woman had complained to Matrix that he was harassing her nine months before the lift incident. However, nothing was done’.

Staff at Cherie Blair’s old chambers complain of sexual harassment as review of serious misconduct probe finds ‘institutional failings’ in the way bosses handled investigation

  • The independent review of how law firm Matrix Chambers, in London, handled a serious sexual misconduct allegation noted a lack of support for the woman 
  • Some of the actions of bosses at the company were ‘wholly inappropriate’ 
  • Member Ben Emmerson QC was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a lift 
  • 54-year-old denied misconduct and was cleared by judge ‘without hesitation’ 
  • Female barristers raised concerns over case and review into probe was launche

According to The Times, the Matrix case stems from an incident in September 2016 when founder member, Ben Emmerson QC, was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in a lift.

The 54-year-old denied any misconduct and retired High Court judge Sir David Calvert-Smith cleared him ‘without hesitation’.

However, the report has never been published and female barristers raised concerns about the way it was handled.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5077133/Matrix-Chambers-staff-complain-sexual-harassment.html

Inquiry Updates:

 

BBC News – Child sex abuse inquiry breaches victim’s anonymity

9 November 2017

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has admitted breaching its own procedures by publishing a victim’s name despite his right to anonymity.

The man’s name appeared on its website in the title of a document. The inquiry said it removed the name as soon as it was brought to its attention.

It was the seventh time the inquiry had been alerted to such a breach.

It notified the privacy watchdog – the Information Commissioner – and said it was reviewing its practices.

The inquiry, which was set up in the aftermath of the Jimmy Savile scandal, aims to investigate claims against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions – as well as people in the public eye.

Thursday’s breach was spotted by a BBC journalist who alerted the inquiry to the fact that it had named a man who was applying for so-called “core participation” status at the inquiry.

The name was given in the title of a document, published for about a day, but had redacted that information elsewhere.

The inquiry said: “We understand that the document was viewed five times during that period.

“It was removed as soon as it was brought to our attention and the individual is being contacted and will be offered support.”

‘Totally unacceptable’

Since the inquiry began in March 2015, it has been alerted to seven breaches of anonymity and on four occasions, including this one, it reported itself to the Information Commissioner.

There are 1,150 people taking part in the inquiry who have had their identities hidden through the use of code numbers – this includes 200 core participants who have the right to take part directly in inquiry hearings.

The names of another 575 people are also protected because they are alleged perpetrators in cases where there has been no conviction or findings suggesting their guilt.

Richard Scorer, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon solicitors who acts for many core participants at the inquiry, said: “This breach is totally unacceptable and it is extremely worrying that such a serious breach could occur.

“Such a breach would constitute contempt of court under the inquiry’s own rules.

“They need to review their procedures very urgently and ensure there is absolutely no repetition.”

Trent‏ @RandolphTrent

Totally expected!

Colette L Annesley‏ @ColetteAnnesley

Agreed Randolph. ‘Wilfully negligent’? Not possible to unanonymise the failed victim who’s come forward on account of past significant ‘failures’.

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

It was the seventh time the inquiry had been alerted to such a breach.

Jay Jay Williams‏ @JJsResilience

They get away with it And they will continue to do so to put us off speaking out
 Áine Páine @Just_Me_God

Amazing how there are never ‘mistakes’ against the perpetrators


Human rights lawyers chambers co-founded by Cherie Blair ‘is in crisis’ over new secret review into sex assault claims

  • QC who was lead counsel in abuse inquiry was cleared over sex assault claims
  • But a new review is critical of how the inquiry into the claims was handled
  • The chambers at the centre of the allegations has told members not to comment 

A top law-firm co-founded by Cherie Blair is said to have silenced its own members over a report into alleged sexual harassment.

Matrix Chambers, which was founded by the former Prime Minister’s wife in 2000, was at the centre of a storm last year over claims barrister Ben Emmerson QC sexually assaulted a woman in a lift.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing by a subsequent review by a retired judge, but a secret new report into that review is said to be critical of the way it was handled

The allegations centred on Mr Emmerson, who had been the lead counsel in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

His quit his role on the inquiry after claims were made on BBC Newsnight about the alleged sexual assault.

Matrix Chambers then brought in Sir David Calvert-Smith, a respected senior judge, to look into the claims, over which no formal complaint was ever made.

The £1,700-a-day lawyer quit last September shortly after being suspended over concerns about his ‘leadership’, only to be cleared three months later of any wrongdoing.

Last year a Commons committee said the inquiry’s handling of the sexual assault and bullying allegations on its premises had been ‘wholly inadequate’.

It was accused of a cover up after lawyers who resigned from the probe said they were blocked from speaking out.

The Times reported today that a separate review commissioned by the chambers was critical of legal approach of the previous investigation and some of the findings.

However, the report is not being made public and members of the chambers are being told not to comment on it to the press, the newspaper reported.

The secret report will add to concerns over a perceived lack of transparency surrounding the investigations and any impact it may have had on the public inquiry.

Labour MP Lisa Nandy said: ‘It’s high time we saw some transparency and clarity from Matrix and the IICSA about these serious allegations.

‘It raises critical questions about how an inquiry set up to shine a spotlight on abuse failed fully to investigate allegations of misconduct within its own organisation.’

Matrix has been contacted for comment.

Mrs Blair left the chambers in 2014.


 

 

QC sex scandal could have ended child abuse inquiry Jay

 

  • Prof. Alexis Jay said vested interests could have forced its closure in an interview
  • Inquiry has 220 lawyers looking at cases from churches, schools and councils
  • It is set to end with a final report and recommendations in the early 2020s

 

 

Media chief quits child abuse inquiry

Bron Madson said she had left the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse for “personal reasons”

A senior official has quit the public inquiry into child abuse amid reports of tensions over a consultancy firm that has been paid nearly £300,000.

Bron Madson left her role as head of communications at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) last week. The inquiry revealed that it has paid the consultancy firm Crest Advisory £294,232 since 2015 for “strategic communications advice”.

Ms Madson is the latest high-level departure from the IICSA, which is scheduled to hold its first public evidence session this month. She and her team are said to have been frustrated by the reluctance of senior officials and members of the panel to engage with the media at a time when the future running of the Inquiry…

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/01b56dc8-f16b-11e6-b1cf-e834bbdfda95

Bron Madson  aso a Trustee of the health charity, Headway Cambridgeshire

 

After yesterday’s complaints about Barbara Hewson’s ‘I hold the gun’ tweet, it would appear she has parted ways with Mansfield/Grays

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Who Is Ireland’s Barbara Hewson? Age of Consent to 13, Murder, and Bono. 1498 Til Now

https://theswamp.media/who-is-irelands-barbara-hewson-age-of-consent-to-13-murder-and-bono-1498-til-now

“The myth of pedophilia: stop treating children like children”

 


Update: Dec 16 2016

Another “safe pair of hands”…

Michael Mansfield QC – friend of Ben Emmerson

Tom Symonds ‏@BBCTomSymonds

Shirley Oaks Survivors Association: Michael Mansfield QC will represent them in negotiations with Lambeth Council for abuse compensation

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Shirley oaks and Edward Heath all connected . My hubby went on so called sailing holidays too jersey from Shirley oaks . Lots abused

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It seems strange that they are paying out to ALL children who were in the homes. http://brynalynvictims.blogspot.co.uk/2016/12/lambeth-survivors-get-multi-million.html?spref=tw

Is this to buy silence about Jersey connections etc?

And Mansfield involved = put a lid on it.

 

Door2Door‏ @jamesmcmenamin1

 The inquiry is a matter of life & death for the establishment & anyone who thinks that Twitter Facebook & survivor groups aren’t infiltrated & infested with state sponsored shills & gatekeepers is cuckoo, the establishments very being depends on them.


All in it together

Michael Mansfield, who will be representing survivors, now works in the same chambers as Barbara Hewson and he is a friend of Ben Emmerson.

COSY

Barbara Hewson mocks survivors. Doesn’t gel well

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Age of consent should be 13, says barrister

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(Barbara Hewson’s cousin Jonathan Denby worked for Harvey Proctor and Enoch Powell)


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Here are some of Barbara Hewson’s  thoughts on child abuse survivors:

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Hewson wants investigation into the survivors of convicted paedophile, former cop, Freemason…Gordon Anglesea

Can anyone explain to me why Barbara Hewson ALWAYS sides with the accused and never with the victims?


Several months ago…

Michael Mansfield willing to replace Emmerson in abuse inquiry

30 September 2016

Mansfield suggested Emmerson, whom he described as a “colleague and a friend”, had been unfairly treated by Jay. He said: “He is not abrasive. He is very sharp. His mind is well tuned to all the issues that are necessary and I think most people would have complete confidence in his intellectual abilities.”

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Michael Mansfield said there had been a dismal failure to work with survivors' groups

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More on Michael Mansfield:

Emmerson And Mansfield – members of the HALDANE SOCIETY

Haldane Society –  Mansfield is President.

(Emmerson represented Assange against rape allegations)

Helena Kennedy also a member of Haldane Society

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Helena Kennedy shared chambers with Michael Mansfield and has appeared in court with him.

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Helena Kennedy

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Association of Women Barristers Dinner – Barbara Hewson, Helena Kennedy, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss

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Barbara Hewson and Elizabeth Butler-Sloss’ nephew, Philip Havers – sit on same editorial advisory board – Justice Journal


Michael Mansfield, QC who on Radio 4’s morning programme today argued that Polanski should be treated “compassionately” and because his crime wasn’t as bad as genocide in Guinea and Darfur it shouldn’t be prosecuted.

In March 1977, film director Roman Polanski was arrested and charged in Los Angeles with five offenses against Samantha Gailey a 13-year-old girl[1] – rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.[2


Roman Polanski ‘should not receive special treatment in child sex case’, judge hears

Roman Polanski 'should not receive special treatment in child sex case', judge hears
Prosecutors have called for the Oscar-winning director to return to the US to be sentenced.
20 March, 2017

Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski should return to the US to be sentenced for child sexual abuse and not receive special treatment as a “wealthy celebrity”, prosecutors have said.

A judge in Los Angeles is considering whether the long-running case involving the French-Polish film-maker – who has spent nearly 40 years on the run – should be drawn to a close.

Polanski, now 83, pleaded guilty to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl at actor Jack Nicholson’s house but fled the US on the eve of sentencing in 1978.

Lawyers for the director say he is willing to return to America from France if he is assured he will not serve more jail time.

But prosecutor Michele Hanisee told a court hearing on Monday that Polanski was asking for “special treatment” and for the court to “completely abandon legal principles”.

“The People simply do not believe it is in the best interests of justice to give a wealthy celebrity – and that’s what Mr Polanski is – different treatment than any other fugitive from justice,” she said.

“If Mr Polanski returns, the People are confident he will get a fair hearing here in this court.”

Polanski’s lawyer Harland Braun said his client’s crime was “indefensible” but he fled at the time because he was “lied to” by the court about the sentence he would receive.

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Polanski with the Palme d’Or for his film The Pianist (Anthony Harvey/PA)

“This is a very unique case,” Mr Braun said.

“He is an 83-year-old man with a 40-year-old case that he wants to wrap up.”

Mr Braun told the court that the sentence at the time of Polanski’s offence was a maximum of two years in prison with 50% credit – meaning he would have spent 12 months in custody “at most”.

Polanski had already served 10-and-a-half months in custody in the US and Switzerland, he added.

Polanski fled the US after spending 42 days in an American jail when he feared a now-deceased judge would extend his sentence.

“He knows what he was promised,” Mr Braun said.

“We know he has served eight times what he was promised.”

The lawyer told the court the victim in the case said she wants “this thing over with”. He also called for a warrant issued for Polanski’s arrest to be dropped.

After hearing arguments from both lawyers, Judge Scott Gordon said he would issue a written ruling at a later date.

http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2017/03/20/news/roman-polanski-should-not-receive-special-treatment-in-child-sex-case-judge-hears-970931/?param=ds441rif44T

Director Roman Polanski fails in bid to end 40-year-old child rape case

April 4th 2017

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/roman-polanski-fails-bid-end-10153524#ICID=sharebar_twitter



Charles Manson claims Roman Polanski was involved in child porn

 

Charles Manson & Snuff Films

Dennis Hopper Los Angeles Times 1969

CHARLES MANSON WRITES FROM PRISON

POLANSKI

In Sharon Tate: A Life, author Ed Sanders writes that the Valley of the Dolls star’s husband was a dominating force in her life, urging her to fulfill his sexual fantasies by taking drugs and participating in affairs, orgies and home sex videos that he would later play for his friends at parties. The homemade sex tapes included “sadomasochistic-porno movies” that featured “quite a few recognizable Hollywood faces,” the author writes.

“Sharon told me about Roman – about imposed sexual scenes on her,” her friend, photographer Shahrokh Hatami, tells the author. “He was bringing other girls to have threesomes with Sharon, and Sharon didn’t like it that he was picking up girls on the Sunset and bringing them home to have sex with them.”

Polanski was nine years her senior.

The director allegedly refused to sleep with Tate after she became pregnant with his baby in 1968, and urged her to get an abortion. When she protested, he left the U.S. for London and had an affair with Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, Sanders writes.

The summer after she became pregnant, Polanski “treated her like she was a piece of excess baggage,” writes Sanders. “He was even pointedly cruel to her in front of others at times, calling her ‘a dumb hag’ and criticizing her whenever she expressed an opinion.”

The couple’s baby would never be born. Tate was just two weeks from giving birth when she and four others were savagely killed by members of the Manson Family at her and Polanski’s L.A. home in August 1969.

http://people.com/celebrity/sharon-tates-marriage-with-roman-polanski-orgies-sex-tapes-and-more/


Did Bernadine Dohrn witness the murder of Sharon Tate on film ?

Bernardine Dohrn statements about Tate-LaBianca murders

Bernardine Dohrn WANTED BY FBI poster and supporter of Charles Manson

 Michael Mansfield cases –  Michael Barrymore; Barry George and Mohamed al-Fayed.  Listen here at around 8.45am (give or take ten minutes).

Crimes of rape, globally, prosecution and conviction rates are appallingly low and to say that this is an insubstantial or unworthy crime to follow through on is denigrating every single rape and child sexual abuse survivor in the world.

Other Mansfield cases – Guildford Four and Birmingham Seven, the Angry Brigade; the Orgreave miners; Stephen Lawrence’s family; the Bloody Sunday families

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Mansfield, the man who told the jury at Barry George’s murder trial that Jill Dando’s killer was a professional hitman who might have been recruited by the Serbian warlord Arkan in revenge for the Nato bombing of a Belgrade TV station
Living together: Michael Mansfield QC, 73, and Yvette Greenway, 51, who runs an online video and events business called Anna Christian Productions Ltd

Moneybags QC Michael Mansfield finds a lover 22 years his junior

The radical QC, famed for helping overturn the convictions of the Birmingham Six and alleged Jill Dando killer Barry George, was reported this week to have been arrested, then released without charge after a night in the cells, over an alleged assault at a hot tub party.
Miss Greenway, a divorced mother-of-two, was until a few years ago an accounts clerk, but after taking an Open University course in her 40s she began interviewing downmarket comedians. 

She bizarrely describes herself as a ‘documentalist’, and also publishes a blog. But Miss Greenway, who calls herself Anna Christian, has suddenly found a deep interest in Left-wing politics after meeting Mansfield.

Their relationship began when she interviewed him for her online video channel

On Greenway’s website, Mansfield offers a glowing testimonial to her journalistic skills. It does not reveal that they are lovers.

Before her conversion to support for Palestine and other campaigns, her blogs and tweets had been notably more downmarket.

  • In an earlier version of this article, we alleged that Ms Greenway had recorded an interview with Freddie Starr, and posted online a picture of herself with Stuart Hall. In fact, Ms Greenway has not met either man and is not associated with them.

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Rather curious and specific mistakes to make??

Yvette Greenway, is certainly a woman of many hidden talents.

She has posted a poem, The Cup Of Comfort, on The Silence Of Suicide Facebook forum set up in honour of Mansfield’s daughter Anna, who died last May

The QC,  got into hot water when he was reportedly arrested, then released without charge after a night in the cells, following an alleged assault at a hot-tub party.

Greenway, 51, a divorced mother of two who runs an online video and events business called Anna Christian Productions Ltd, is thought to have been caught up in the incident.


Michael Mansfield’s  daughter committed suicide :

“It was clear that she felt that it was her fault, to some extent, that she had betrayed the company she worked for.

“She thought that she had given away some information about the reconfiguration of the company that she understood was going to lead to the loss of her job.”

Then she said she had resigned, which was confusing in the face of a supposed redundancy. A few days later Mansfield phoned again: “She thought she was being watched, listened to and, therefore, what had happened was getting back to the company,” he says.

He arranged to meet Anna that Sunday and when he called to check the arrangements she replied briskly, “Yes, Dad, yes, Dad – I’ll see you on Sunday. I’m fine.’’ Then she put the phone down.

She worked in the media and had spent 10 years at Reuters, before moving to a similar corporation.

And now he has started a suicide group SOS

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Michael Mansfield QC, presented with the award for Outstanding Achievement 2010 by LALY chair Cherie Blair

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He was a guest on the David Icke-affiliated Richie Allen show discussing the csa inquiry

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Michael Mansfield QC and Mohamed Al Fayed appear for the press at the signing of Mansfield’s book ‘Memoirs of a Radical Lawyer’ at Harrods.  Mohamed Al Fayed – good friends with  paedophiles  Michael Jackson and Vicar Guy Bennett

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Career

Michael Mansfield was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 1967, became Queen’s Counsel in 1989 and was elected as a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2007.

As of 2014 he was the President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and is a Professor at Law at London’s City University. Mansfield is a regular after dinner and keynote speaker.[3]

Notable cases

As well as representing those wrongly convicted of the IRA pub bombings (Guildford Four and Birmingham Six), Michael Mansfield has represented: the Angry Brigade; the Price sisters; Brian Keenan; the Orgreave miners; Mahmood Hussein Mattan, Ruth Ellis and James Hanratty (in posthumous appeals); those involved in the 1994 London Israeli Embassy attack; Stephen Lawrence‘s family; Michael Barrymore at the Stuart Lubbock inquest; Barry George at the inquest into the death of Jill Dando; the gangster Kenneth Noye;[4][5] the Bloody Sunday families; Arthur Scargill; Angela Cannings; Fatmir Limaj, a Kosovo-Albanian leader prosecuted in The Hague; Mohamed al-Fayed in the inquest into the deaths of his son Dodi al-Fayed and Diana, Princess of Wales; and the family of Jean Charles de Menezes.

In August 2001, it was reported that Dr Ibrahim Legwell, the Libyan lawyer in charge of Megrahi‘s appeal against conviction for the Lockerbie bombing, had invited US human rights lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, and Michael Mansfield to join his legal team.[7]

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Many senior lawyers are freemasons and there are a number of lodges based on legal practice.  These include the elite Chancery Bar and Gray’s Inn lodges….

https://www.thelawyer.com/issues/10-july-1995/freemasons-we-have-nothing-to-hide/


Update: Dec 14 2016

Ben Emmerson cleared by Ben Emmerson’s mate.

Ben Emmerson – Cleared by… Ben Emmerson’s chambers?

Mr Emmerson’s chambers – Matrix – set up an inquiry into Ben Emmerson’s conduct, including the alleged sexual assault¹. Mr Emmerson was cleared “without hesitation”.

How thorough was this “inquiry”? What evidence was presented to this “inquiry” for them to come to this conclusion? Did the alleged victim give a statement, was she even spoken to?

Bizarre.

¹Mr Ben Emmerson is innocent until proven guilty.

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Ben Emmerson QC cleared of sexual assault allegation after inquiry ordered by (his own) Matrix Chambers

The former senior counsel on the national child abuse inquiry has been cleared of any wrongdoing in an independent investigation by his chambers.

(oxymoronic?)

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What’s independent about bunch of cronies investigating their own? Particularly if Alexis Jay didn’t release info?

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Sir David Calvert Smith, chair of the Parole Board

Sir David Calvert-Smith, who also served as Director of Public Prosecutions before moving onto the Bench, said he had concluded “without hestitation” that there was no truth in allegations that Ben Emmerson QC had committed sexual assault or harassment while working for the inquiry.

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Background on Sir David Calvert-Smith

Cases

Sir David Calvert-Smith & butler Paul Burrell case

The ferocity of the public outcry that followed the collapse of the trial of the former royal butler Paul Burrell last year still haunts Sir David Calvert-Smith.

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Queens’s Guardsman and wife- and yet another – Paedo probe  at Windsor

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School panic over castle ‘paedo’ wife

Mums demand answers after child-rape raid

The soldier performed guard duties at the castle when the Queen was in
residence.

Parents at the Windsor primary school where Parsons-Davies cared for three to
nine-year-old pupils were “very distressed” last night.

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Warrington couple jailed for role in ‘sick’ child sex ring

A nationwide ring…   ran sex parties with animals at an isolated countryside farmhouse, near Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Case was absolutely vile,he was a former cavalry soldier who even arranged for an HIV sufferer to assault child as he drove round Windsor!

and groomed a young girl to become an animal ‘porn star’!(Their term) Calvert Smith had sympathy & reduced sentence!!

was it not in the public interest?

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Jailed: Lance Corporal Simon Wyn-Davies, of the household cavalry, was jailed indefinitely for child sex offences

Soldier who helped organise ‘paedophile parties’ to ‘block out’ trauma of serving in Afghanistan jailed indefinitely

  • Household cavalry soldier Simon Wyn-Davies, 38, will serve minimum of 11 and a half years in prison
  • Wyn-Davies was part of a paedophile ring that carried out a string of horrific sex crimes against young children
  • Soldier claimed he raped children and hoarded child pornography to block out the trauma of his war-time experiences in Afghanistan

A soldier who was part of a sex abuse ring that held ‘paedophile parties’ has been jailed indefinitely.

Simon Wyn-Davies, 38, claimed he raped children and hoarded child pornography to block out the trauma of his war-time experiences in Afghanistan.

The Household Cavalry soldier told a judge he was suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome following tours of duty in the war-torn country.

The soldier abused a schoolgirl for up to 18 months and had even begun grooming her to become an animal porn star, the judge was told.

He filmed hundreds of indecent videos and still photo images of the molestation and sent the sick material to a string of other perverts by email.

Wyn-Davies even arranged for an HIV sufferer to sexually assault a girl in the back of his Jeep as he drove around Windsor, the hearing at Reading Crown Court was told.

The former Queen’s guard from Windsor, Berkshire, was given an indeterminate prison sentence for public protection at Reading Crown Court and will serve a minimum of 11-and-a-half years.

He was jailed for 22 counts, including rape of a child under 13, conspiracy to rape and distributing indecent images of children.

His sentence follows the previous conviction of his teaching assistant wife, Fiona Parsons-Davies, aged 45 years, who admitted child cruelty after her ‘willful blindness’ at not reporting sexual abuse to police and was jailed for two years.

Three other members of the gang were also jailed indefinitely in September – retired Nicholas Cordery, 63, from Wiltshire, charity worker Peter Malpas, 47, from Moulton, Northamptonshire and IT trainer Anthony Flack, 54, from Bristol.


Provided advice, prosecuted or tried.

Health and Safety

Herald of Free Enterprise. Marchioness. Buncefield.

Fraud

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 Polly Peck (Part 1)

Lord McAlpine and Asil Nadir – on behalf of Tory party between 1985-1990, accepted almost £500 000 from the corrupt Polly Peck tycoon.

Her father is Thomas McAlpine of the Scottish McAlpine construction family She had, she admits, ‘a cushioned childhood’.

Miss Forsyth had been a high-flying personal banker whose clients had included film director David Lean and the Saudi royal family when the Polly Peck affair occurred.

Elizabeth Forsyth, 76, was Nadir’s personal banker at the time of the Polly Peck scandal. In 1996, year she was jailed for five years for handling stolen cash. Asil Nadir sentenced to 10 years for stealing £29 million from his own company more than two decades ago.

The 71-year-old returned to Britain in August 2010 after 17 years in exile following the collapse of his £2 billion company Polly Peck International (PPI).

In March 1996, she was charged with money laundering and found guilty of handling £400,000 of stolen PPI money.

She was looking after wealthy private clients at Citibank when in 1985 she was introduced to Asil Nadir by a Greek, Ted Petropoulos, with whom she had worked at the First National Bank.
Nadir & his “banker” Elizabeth Mcalpine Forsyth

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Profile: Lord Midas, his zenith and nadir: Lord McAlpine, party treasurer for Mrs Thatcher

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Customs

Iraqi Sanctions

Terrorism

Israeli Embassy (Botmeh and Alami), Hindawi (plot to blow up El Al plane), Airlines bomb plot, Karim (plot by BA employee) and a number of the cases tried since 2005.

General crime

Many of the highest profile homicide cases from 1986-1997. Hanson (murder of banker John Monckton), Tobin (murderer of 3 women, 2 of whom he buried in the garden of his house).

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25 July 2012

The Honourable Mr Justice (David) Calvert-Smith has been appointed as the new Chair of the Parole Board today.

Sir David Calvert-Smith has been a High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division since 2004 and was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2006 to 2010. He served as the Director of Public Prosecutions from 1998 to 2003.

The Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke said:

‘I am delighted to announce Sir David’s appointment as Chair of the Parole Board.

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Iraq abuse claims ‘often very poor’ says former DP

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Nov 18, 2016

Abuse inquiry defended after victims’ group quits

The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association, for 600 victims who lived in children’s homes in Lambeth, said it had no confidence in the inquiry’s leadership.

Chuka Umunna MP said the inquiry chair, Prof Alexis Jay, should be replaced.

Raymond Stevenson, who has previously spoken about being physically abused during his time at the Shirley Oaks home in the 1970s, said the group’s members had voted “overwhelmingly” on Saturday to pull out of the inquiry.

Mr Stevenson told the BBC that the group “felt relieved not to be part of this mangled attempt to get belated justice for our members” and he called the inquiry an “unpalatable circus”.

“The inquiry has just lurched from disaster to disaster and we do not believe Alexis Jay, the chair, is the right person to wrench open the Pandora’s box of historical lies and cover-ups that have happened over the decades,” he said.

He said the inquiry was not a “genuine attempt” to look at the truth.

“When you look at the debacle that has taken place with resignations, with heads leaving, claims of racial abuse, sexual abuse, this is not an environment we would put our members through,” he said.

In a statement, the group claimed the inquiry’s fourth chair – former social worker Prof Jay – was planning nothing more than a “social work talk shop”, which it said would achieve nothing, and described her as “an uninspiring leader”.

The Shirley Oaks Survivors Association is planning to publish the results of its own investigation.

It claims that the Home Office, which sponsors the inquiry and provided some of its staff, had a role in covering up abuse in the past.

Chuka Umunna MP said there was concern about her social work background because “for many of the survivors… a lot the perpetrators came from that profession”, and further concern about the “severe dysfunction” in the legal team.

“So for all those reasons I don’t have confidence in this chair and I think we need a new one,” he said.

Resignations

The inquiry has been beset by difficulties since it was set up in July 2014 to investigate allegations made against local authorities, religious organisations, the armed forces and public and private institutions in England and Wales, as well as people in the public eye.

Three chairwomen – former president of the High Court Family Division Baroness Butler-Sloss, her replacement, leading lawyer Dame Fiona Woolf, and Justice Goddard, a New Zealand high court judge – have already stood down.

A number of senior lawyers on the inquiry have also quit – the most recent of which was Aileen McColgan, who resigned on Wednesday amid concerns about the inquiry’s leadership.

Ben Emmerson QC, the most senior lawyer on the inquiry, resigned last month, and Elizabeth Prochaska – the inquiry’s second most senior lawyer – had stepped down on 15 September.

This week it was announced the inquiry has also delayed hearings into the late Lord Janner.

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Theresa May insists she has ‘absolute confidence’ in child abuse inquiry chair hours before its probe into Lord Janner allegations is delayed due to ongoing police investigations

  • Prof Aileen McColgan quits Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse 
  • She has concerns about competency of fourth chair, Professor Alexis Jay
  • Two more barristers  are also poised to leave the ailing abuse inquiry 
  • But PM told MPs she still has ‘absolute confidence’ in Professor Alexis Jay 
  • Inquiry’s probe into late Labour peer Lord Janner postponed to allow separate police investigations to take place 

The departure of Professor Aileen McColgan, a law professor at Kings College London, dealt another major blow to the inquiry due to her experience of leading inquiries into child abuse in the Anglican and Catholic Church. 

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Elizabeth Prochaska – Left Sept 2016

Ben Emmerson QC – left Sept 2016

Aileen McColgan – Left Nov 2016

All Matrix Chambers.


FIVE MOST SENIOR LAWYERS TO QUIT THE ABUSE INQUIRY

Hugh Davies QC – December 2015

Toby Fisher – August 2015

Elizabeth Prochaska – September 2016

Ben Emmerson QC – September 2016

Aileen McColgan – November 2016

Ben Emmerson and other lawyer Aileen Mccolgan who quit both Matrix Chambers & editors on European Human Rights Law Review.

Update:

Abuse probe denies claim top lawyer quit over ‘sex assault’ after Newsnight alleges cover-up of allegation

  • Ben Emmerson QC quit as head of child abuse inquiry on September 29 
  • He denies claim he groped a colleague at the inquiry’s Millbank Tower 

A chum of the Clooneys, Benedict Emmerson led the VIP child abuse inquiry. Now he and his junior have left in a swirl of toxic rumours

  • Benedict Emmerson QC was suspended from his duties by the fourth inquiry chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay
  • Professor Jay had ‘become very concerned about aspects of Mr Emmerson’s leadership of the counsel team’
  • His deputy, Elizabeth Prochaska, quietly quit the inquiry on September 15 in mysterious circumstances
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Screen idol George Clooney, whose marriage to British lawyer Amal Alamuddin was being attended that weekend by other members of Hollywood’s liberal elite pats
left-wing ‘goliath’ of global litigation, Benedict Emmerson QC,  on the shoulder.
Oscar-winner Matt Damon, supermodel Cindy Crawford and U2 singer Bono were all on the wedding convoy, along with veteran actor Bill Murray and American actress Ellen Barkin.

In Venice, his shipmate Ms Barkin, the star with Al Pacino of the film Sea Of Love — whose most recent marriage was to American billionaire Ronald Perelman — was reportedly swept off her feet by the British lawyer.

The odd couple — Mr Emmerson is nine years her junior — were even briefly engaged.

He had founded (along with others) Matrix Chambers, the holier-than-thou barristers’ set with the then Prime Minister’s wife Cherie Blair in 2000.

One of Mr Emmerson’s favoured juniors was — and continues to be — the glamorous and clever Mrs Clooney – British lawyer Amal Alamuddin

Their most high-profile collaboration came in 2011 when they represented WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange in his fight against extradition to Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault.

Mr Emmerson had told the court that Assange’s behaviour towards two women  was not a crime.

Shortly before the Clooney nuptials, he was appointed lead barrister for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA).

It emerged that Mr Emmerson’s deputy, Elizabeth Prochaska — the daughter of the Principal of Somerville College, Oxford — had quietly quit the inquiry on September 15 in mysterious circumstances.

In the last fortnight Mr Emmerson,  was suspended from his duties by the fourth inquiry chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay. Prof Jay had ‘become very concerned about aspects of Mr Emmerson’s leadership of the counsel team’. Those ‘aspects’ were not explained, but have been linked to the resignation of Ms Prochaska.

Twenty-four hours after his suspension, Mr Emmerson, a divorced father of four, had also resigned. Then the shutters came down.

He and Ms Prochaska, a Labour Party activist and women’s rights campaigner who is also at Matrix Chambers, separately signed ‘non-disclosure agreements’ so they could not reveal the reasons behind their departures.
An internal investigation into Mr Emmerson’s behaviour was dropped as soon as he left.

How convenient and befitting for a coverup, non-disclosure agreements all round and no further investigation after resignations!


Emmerson leaves under a cloud of toxic rumour concerning his own behaviour behind the scenes — and, it was revealed this week, not a penny in severance pay, unlike the inquiry’s third chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, who received £80,000 in pay and allowances when she resigned in August.

So many rumours flourished — fuelled by BBC2’s Newsnight, which suggested there were ‘serious problems’ in the working relationship between Mr Emmerson and his junior Mrs Prochaska — that fellow Left-wing legal icon Baroness (Helena) Kennedy of the Shaws QC was moved to issue a statement of support. It did little to quell the hearsay.

After leaving Douai, Mr Emmerson studied at Bristol University and was called to the Bar in 1986. He made his first major mark the following year when he co-authored a report, commissioned by the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers (current President is Michael Mansfield) and a number of trade unions, into the policing of the 1986 Wapping Dispute at the News International headquarters (when war broke out between the print unions and Rupert Murdoch).

His fellow author was another young barrister called Anne Shamash. The two were part of a ‘brilliant young generation’ of civil rights lawyers who emerged during the Nineties.

They married and have four sons, but separated some years ago. Ms Shamash is now an immigration judge and has refused to comment on her ex-husband’s travails.

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Conflicts of Interest:

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Ben Emmerson was a boarder at the Douai School in Berkshire which was run by the adjacent Benedictine Abbey.

Ironically, a number of the school’s former staff were later convicted of child sex abuse offences and it closed in 1999.

Mr Emmerson replied: ‘I didn’t even know the school had closed after sex abuse scandals involving pupils and staff/teachers. I thought it had closed down after an affair between one of the monks and an adult female parishioner.

‘That all happened a long time after I was there, of course.’

This shows a truly amazing lack of interest for a man who was effectively in charge of an investigation into institutional child sex abuse!


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Smith began abusing at the school in 1975 – Emmerson was born in 1963 – wouldn’t Emmerson have been a student at the school when Smith was abusing?

Douai Abbey

David Smith, jailed May 2007, was an assistant headmaster at Douai School from 1975, and an Anglican priest from 1981, who sexually abused a series of boys over a 30-year period.[18] The school closed in 1999. He visited schools recruiting for the church choir

The Rev David Smith; Church failed to act against sex abuse vicar

Vicar jailed for decades of sex abuse after church failed to take action

David Smith, 52, managed to groom and abuse six young boys despite warnings being given to the Church of England about his behaviour.

During the two-week trial, Bristol crown court heard that concerns about the vicar were raised with the church on two occasions, first in 1983 and again in 2001.

On both occasions, the complainants were assured the matter had been “dealt with”, but Smith continued to abuse boys in his parish.

Smith, vicar of St John the Evangelist in Clevedon, Somerset, began the abuse in 1975, during his time as assistant headmaster at the Douai Abbey monastic boarding school in Berkshire.

Ben Emmerson was consultant to Law Commission regarding its response to the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence

https://www.thelawyer.com/issues/19-april-1999/the-top-five-criminal-talents/

http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CP156.pdf

1999 – Ben Emmerson was a winner at the Liberty Human Rights awards.
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Ben Emmerson QC: The human rights lawyer who was expected to lead child abuse inquiry is accused of ‘bullying’ and ‘intimidation’

21 January 2015

Mr Emmerson released a statement describing the allegations as ‘entirely baseless’, adding that the complaints had been ‘fully investigated and dismissed as unfounded’

“Ben ….was the one able to give assurances about being able to see documents covered by the Official Secrets Act and seeing classified documents.

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Elizabeth Prochaska
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Before practising as a barrister, Elizabeth was judicial assistant to
Baroness Hale and Lord Brown
Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE PC QC FBA
 a member of the Athenaeum Club, London
-Lord Brown has  been President of the Security Service Tribunal (from 1989 to 2000), President of the Intelligence Services Tribunal (from 1995 to 2000),  Intelligence services Commissioner (from 2000 to 2006) and Chairman of Sub-Committee E (law and institutions) of the House of Lords European Select Committee from 2005 to 2007.

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^ Mr Emmerson’s deputy, Elizabeth Prochaska — the daughter of the Principal of Somerville College, Oxford: Alice Prochaska
Dr Alice Prochaska

The former college of Margaret Thatcher, Somerville College, have chosen to establish a Margaret Thatcher scholarship scheme, a scheme in which they will give people the chance to succeed ‘against the odds’ and have a chance to study at Oxford University.

It can certainly be seen as a moving tribute to Somerville’s former pupil Margaret Thatcher.

Somerville College publicly refused to honour former pupil Margaret Thatcher, England’s only female prime minister, in 1985, because they saw her cuts on education and spending as contradictory to their principals. Current principal Dr Alice Prochaska spoke of her hopes to ‘readdress the balance’ of relations with Margaret Thatcher….

…hoping to raise £100 million to fund the scheme from Britain and overseas…

Mikhail Gorbachev, George Bush senior, Nancy Reagan and Tony Blair are amongst the list of high profile patrons that are supporting the scheme.

It is believed that Somerville College will be looking to establish a ‘Thatcher House’ within the college campus, in which students will be able to study

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The trust is backed by an array of Lady Thatcher’s contemporaries and other eminent figures from across the political spectrum.

In the US George Bush Senior, the former President, and Ronald Reagan’s widow, Nancy, have both pledged their support alongside Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State, George Shultz, the former Treasury Secretary and Robert Gates, the former defence secretary.

More recent US political figures who have agreed to act as patrons include Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State, and Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former President of the Soviet Union, is another of the patrons along with Brian Mulroney, the former President of Canada.

In Britain, patrons include Sir John Major and Tony Blair, the former Prime Ministers, Lord Owen, the founder of the Social Democratic Party, and Lord Carrington, the former Foreign Secretary.

During a joint press conference with David Cameron in Washington yesterday Barack Obama praised Lady Thatcher as “a great champion of freedom and liberty and of the alliance that we carry on today”.

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Dr Prochaska and Mr Al-Kuwari shake hands after signing the Memorandum of Understanding

Chris Patten behind Dr Prochaska.  Mr Al-Kuwari shaking hands with Dr Prochaska, after signing the Memorandum of Understanding

Chris Patten is patron of St Benedict’s School, which has been run by numerous Benedictine paedophiles over decades.


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Specific case studies will be identified by the investigation. The first case study will examine the English Benedictine Congregation which has been the subject of numerous allegations of child sexual abuse, including at schools run by the Congregation. The Inquiry will examine the relationship between Orders such as the Benedictines and the Catholic Church in England and Wales and consider how that relationship impacts on child protection. In this way the Inquiry will evaluate whether any failings identified within the English Benedictine Congregation, and within any other case studies identified as part of the investigation, are representative of wider failings within the Catholic Church.

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/investigations/investigation-into-failings-by-the-catholic-church

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http://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20140715/282230893805736

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The Chancellor of the University – the Lord Patten of Barnes.

September 26, 2010

Presentation to the Visitor

Last Saturday, Somerville College officially inaugurated its new Principal, Dr. Alice Prochaska. The ceremony is actually known as “Presentation to the Visitor” …”Visitor” here meaning the Chancellor of the University – the Lord Patten of Barnes.

http://complexmatters.blogspot.com/2010/09/presentation-to-visitor.html

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11th May 2016

Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust receives £3m donation from the Qatar Development Fund

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The signing took place in the presence of HE Yousef Ali Al-Khater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in London; Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of the QDF; Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford and Lord Powell of Bayswater, close friend and foreign affairs adviser to Lady Thatcher.

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Left to right: Mr Mubarak Ajlan Mubarak Al-Kuwari, Councilor at the Qatar Embassy; Lord Powell of Bayswater, Patron of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust; H.E. Mr. Yusouf bin Ali Alkhater, Ambassador of the State of Qatar in London; Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College; Lord Patten of Barnes, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Visitor of Somerville College and Patron of the Margaret Thatcher Scholarship Trust; H.E Mr. Khalifa Jassim Al-Kuwari, Director General of the Qatar Development Fund

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Alice Prochaska studied at Somerville College in the University of Oxford and received BA and DPhil degrees in Modern History.

Prochaska was initially a museum curator, and then an archivist at the Public Record Office, now The National Archives.

From 1984 to 1992 she was administrator and deputy director at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

From 1992 to 2001 she was Director of Special Collections at the British Library. She then became head librarian at Yale University, United States, from 2001 to 2010.[2][3]

She became Principal of Somerville College from 1 September 2010.[4][5]  She will be stepping down at the end of her seven-year term in August 2017.[7]

Prochaska was involved with the design of the first National Curriculum for history in the United Kingdom during 1989–90. She was a governor of London Guildhall University, now part of London Metropolitan University. She chaired the National Council on Archives and was a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts.

Prochaska is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and served as Vice-President from 1995 to 1999.[1] In the US she chaired the Center for Research Libraries and several committees of the Association of Research Libraries, served on the Board of Yale University Press, and lectured on subjects relating to archives and special collections. Prochaska currently lectures and publishes on topics related to national heritage and national identity. She now chairs the Sir Winston Churchill Archive Trust, and serves as a Pro Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford.

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Personal life

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Alice Prochaska is married to the historian Frank Prochaska.

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Frank Prochaska was “given access to the Royal Archives at Windsor and he has thus been able to provide a fuller picture of the royal family’s charity work than ever before,” noted Piers Brendon in the New Statesman and Society. The result, Brendon mused, is a book that is “distinctly odd,” but which is nonetheless a “serious and original work of scholarship.”
Frank Prochaska:

 “Giving what amounted to charitable status to statutory bodies stunned the charitable establishment,” he said, noting that Sara Morrison, (Sir Peter Morrison’s sister-in-law) chair of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations at the time, said the act was “the most damaging blow suffered by the voluntary sector for many years”.

He said that the existing contracting culture for public services had resulted in charities “swimming into the mouth of the Leviathan” by moving further from their roots and becoming less likely to be independent.

“The use of charities to do the government’s bidding has been criticised as a devolved form of government administration that turns the intermediary institutions of civil society into agencies of the state through contracts and financial control,” Prochaska said.

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The Mulberry Bush School

Our three-year residential programme runs for
38-weeks a year.

What is progress for our children and families?

Our children arrive from environments of family breakdown, high anxiety and trauma. 

The 15th Mulberry Bush Women of the Year Lunch 20th September 2016

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Milly Soames (The High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire) and Dr Alice Prochaska (The Principal of Somerville)

Milly and her husband Rupert Soames are in billionaire convicted paedophile Jeffery Epstein’s black book

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As is Mulberry School guest speaker at the event Hannah Rothschild

Prue Leith with Hannah Rothschild

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Mulberry Bush Organisation

Seven-year-old Stan. Four years ago he was rescued from a paedophile ring in which he saw other children murdered by members of his own family. By the time he arrived at the Mulberry Bush, Stan had been through 73 foster placements and was widely considered to be beyond rehabilitation.

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Patrons

David Astor, CBE
Sir Hugo Brunner, KCVO
Dame Fiona Caldicott, DBE
The Right Hon. David Cameron, MP
Roger Graef
Lady Heseltine
The Right Hon. The Lord Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE
Ian Marber
Jon Snow, Hon FRIBA
Joanna Trollope, OBE

http://www.mulberrybush.org.uk/our-charity/charity-leadership/

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Milly Soames– wife of Serco chief Rupert Soames a great-nephew of the founders of the Scout movement, Robert Baden-Powell and Olave Baden-Powell.

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Rupert’s brother is the Conservative MP Sir Nicholas Soames, close friend to Prince Charles

http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/people/dr-alice-prochaska/

Elizabeth Prochaska –  should have recused herself due to her family’s links to establishment.


IICSA – “Independent” Inquiry into CSA

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Inquiry Update:

14 Oct 2106

Child sexual abuse judge Dame Lowell Goddard denies saying Britain has so many paedophiles ‘because it has so many Asian men’

Home Secretary claimed Justice Goddard resigned because she was ‘lonely’ and because the probe proved ‘too much’


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/child-sexual-abuse-inquiry-dame-lowell-goddard-denies-racist-remarks-britain-paedophiles-so-many-a7360626.html


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More on The Mulberry Organisation – Tavistock – linked

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Mulberry Bush School is an independent residential special school in the village of Standlake in Oxfordshire, for children aged 5 to 12 years.

The school was founded in 1948 by psychologist Barbara Dockar-Drysdale. It is a registered charity.[1]

Stephen and Pip Dockar-Drysdale -Pip, living in a house on her husband’s family’s 2,000-acre estate in Oxfordshire,  took in evacuees from London.

She explained the theory of the super ego to a Jewish refugee who was familiar with psychotherapy. Impressed, he advised her to read Freud. The next thing that happened was that the Ministry of Education asked her to set up a school for disturbed children

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She trained as a psychotherapist, at the Tavistock Clinic and at the Maudsley Hospital. There she met Melanie Klein, Anna Freud and Leila Rendel (who was running the Caldecott Community for disturbed children that she had founded in 1911), among other pioneers in the same field. She started her most creative and exciting work with children referred to her by child guidance clinics: she showed enormous determination to understand them and had an extremely focused mind. Her greatest mentor was the eminent child psychiatrist, Donald Winnicott, who encouraged her to extend her work.

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

Psychologist Barbara Dockar-Drysdale’s mentor was Donald Winnicott who was influenced by the work of Ronald Fairbairn, father of paedophile Nicholas Fairbairn.

Mulberry Bush – In some ways it was chaotic and the fright of Home Office inspectors.  In 1969, Pip left the Mulberry Bush as principal, but remained as consultant psychotherapist and took on a similar role at the Cotswold Community.

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Sir Nicholas Fairbairn Dad Ronald Fairbairn huge influence on child psychology & early development even writes about abuse effects

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Nicholas Fairbairn had affair with Sir Charles Morrison’s secretary. It got messy, and Michael Mates helped clean up.

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Michael Mates attending service for Leon Brittan


Tavistock & Rudolf Hess

John Rawling Rees became its medical director (Tavistock) from 1934. This group specialised in the new ‘dynamic psychologies’ of Sigmund Freud and his followers, and in particular the Object relations theory of Ronald Fairbairn (Nicholas Fairbairn‘s father) and others.  Recruited to the British Army during the second world war, he became an army Brigadier.

Brigadier John Rawlings Rees and the Rudolf Hess affair

Together with Henry Dicks, a fellow member of the Tavistock Clinic group, Rees was charged with the care of Hitler’s Deputy Rudolf Hess at the secret prison locations where he was held following his capture after landing in Scotland.[3]

Over the four-year period from June 1941 up to Hess’s appearance at the Nuremberg trial, Rees apparently established a relationship with Hess: Hess’s diaries record many meetings with Rees, referred to at this time as Colonel Rees, in which Hess accused his captors of attempting to poison, drug, and ‘mesmerize’ him.[4]

In 1945, Rees was a member of the three-man British panel (with Churchill’s personal physician Lord Moran, and eminent neurologist Dr George Riddoch), which assessed Hess’s capability to stand trial for war crimes.[5]

Post-War “Operation Phoenix”

After the war, Rees and five others got together and formed an ‘Interim Planning Committee’ (IPC) chaired by Wilfred Bion, meeting twice a week to formulate a new way forward for their work at the Tavistock, based on war-time experience.[1]

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March 2016 – John Diamond, CEO of the Mulberry Bush talking to Princess Anne who visited the school earlier this month.

Wheels Within Wheels Or Flies Drawn To The Same Incestuously Corrupt Shithouse?

I have taken the title of today’s post from a comment left by Mike Claybrook in response to a previous post. Mike offered it as a reflection on the cronyism and corruption evident in north east Wales, but it’s a remarkably succinct summary of the prevailing situation in the many institutions, political parties and regions of the UK that have been discussed on this blog.

Readers will be aware that I spent my youth living under the long dark days of Thatcherism and I don’t think that I’ve yet recovered – when I was in north Wales it was a case of poverty and being the victim of the paedophiles’ friends and when I was in London it was a case of witnessing the extreme fuckwittery and greed of the highest echelons of the medical profession whilst they told me that I was a naïve sheepshagger because I wasn’t interested in joining in with their idiocy. I didn’t know at the time, but they too were the paedophiles’ friends, but just rather richer, grander and rather better connected friends than those in north Wales. The paedophiles’ friends in north Wales ended up with OBEs, the ones in London bagged knighthoods and peerages. Despite the joy that erupted throughout the UK at the news of Thatcher’s resignation however, the nightmare of course continued – because John Major took over with pretty much the same bunch of goons in senior positions.

One of the more unpleasant spectacles in the early days of Major’s Gov’t occurred at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton in October 1992, when Peter Lilley decided that the way to endear himself to the Party was to launch into a vindictive poisonous attack on some of the most vulnerable in society. There had been much gnashing of teeth about the ballooning numbers of people claiming sickness benefits – which was of course happening because Tebbit et al had spent years making alterations to the way in which the unemployment figures were calculated in order to hide the ghastly truth and GPs had been quietly encouraged to shift claimants over onto sickness benefits where possible. Lilley achieved notoriety by singing a pastiche of the Lord High Executioner’s ‘little list’ song from The Mikado. He entertained the conference with a ditty about having a ‘little list’ of people who ‘won’t be missed’ – they included people claiming social security benefits, unmarried pregnant women and socialists no less. Liiley’s performance was truly unedifying.

Readers might have noted the date of the Party Conference concerned – October 1992. Six months after the arson attack on a building in Brighton which killed five people with connections to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal. Two more deaths resulted from this event as well – the man who was alleged to have confessed to starting the fire was found dead himself days later and another young man who survived the arson attack alleged that the former residents of the children’s homes in north Wales were being murdered because they had knowledge of liaisons between child prostitutes and politicians but he was subsequently found dead himself after giving evidence. For full details of the fire and it’s aftermath, see post ‘The Silence Of The Welsh Lambs’. Presumably it was felt that after this fire, a few more people who wouldn’t be missed were out of the way.

Well Peter, I’ve got a list as well – a list of all those people whom I know colluded with the activities of a vicious paedophile ring in north Wales. Admittedly it’s not a little list – because of the degree of corruption that was involved it’s a very long list and many have already been named on this blog, but there are still a few obvious loose ends to tie up. So here is my own additional little list, to be read with reference to – and correlated with – previous posts.

My little list begins with three odious people who were friends and contemporaries at York University – Harvey Proctor, Michael Brown and Christine Holman, now Christine Hamilton. I don’t know what was going on at York at the time, but the York University Conservative Association spawned some deeply unpleasant people.

Harvey Proctor is legendary. He was Chair of the York University Conservative Association between 1967-69, then the Assistant Director (1969-71) and a member of the executive council (1983-87) of the hard right Monday Club. He was the Tory MP for Basildon (1979-83) and then for Billericay (1983-87). In the early 80s some mind-boggling rumours circulated about Harvey Proctor, rumours so florid that I didn’t believe them. He was alleged to be taking part in extreme S&M activities with under-aged boys. ‘Private Eye’ ran a few articles about him – he was featured in their ‘The New Boys’ column and I expected him to sue them. However he didn’t. Proctor became a source of fascination to the ‘Eye’ and sometime later they published allegations that a building that he owned was housing members of the League of St George (a far-right group) and then allegations that someone had been walking past his London flat, heard guttural noises coming from within and observed bloody handprints on the outside of the building. Interestingly, no-one from the Tories denied these stories, they just ignored them. The rumours continued to circulate and eventually some Tories started expressing the opinion that Proctor was a serious embarrassment and that they’d rather he stood down.

In 1986 ‘The People’ newspaper claimed that Proctor was in same sex relationships with males and then the shit really hit the fan – in 1987 Proctor was found guilty of gross indecency and fined after participating in spanking sessions in which young male prostitutes were tied up. The prostitutes involved were not ‘children’, but they were under the legal age of consent for gay sex between men, which at the time was 21. Proctor and others who were charged under similar circumstances now angrily point out that they were targeted for being gay and that the men that they were having sex with would these days be over the age of consent. I take their point about the relevant changes in the law – but whereas some of these men were charged for offences involving young men between the ages of 16 and 21, there were constant allegations that some of them had sometimes been sexually involved with boys under the age of 16. Furthermore these rent boys had frequently been trafficked into prostitution at the age of 16-17 after leaving children’s homes, where they had been ‘groomed’ by years of sexual abuse – often accompanied by violence if they resisted. This was certainly the pattern regarding the kids from north Wales children’s homes – and John Allen, the owner of the Bryn Alyn Community, was known to own brothels in London and Brighton where children formerly in his care were sent after they left the children’s homes. The boys pimped by Allen also alleged that he was involved with a major crime ring dealing in child porn and drugs. The defence used by Proctor et al never involves answering any difficult questions about where those rent boys had come from and why they were so willing to have sex with rather deranged sometimes elderly MPs whom they could not have found attractive in any way.

Proctor resigned his seat after his conviction and Theresa Gorman succeeded him. In 1988 Proctor established a shop in Richmond-Upon-Thames selling shirts, ties and waistcoats, after receiving a grant from the Gov’ts Enterprise Allowance Scheme. Proctor had considerable help establishing this business. The Tory Whip Tristan Garel-Jones organised the raising of the sum of £75,000 and over the following years, as Proctor’s shop repeatedly encountered financial difficulties, Tory MPs and former Tory MPs came to the rescue. Some of the people who were financially involved with Proctor’s business were Jeffrey Archer, Michael Heseltine, David Heathcote-Amory, Mark Lennox-Boyd, Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Richard Shephard, David Evans, Neil Hamilton, Christine Hamilton, Tim Yeo, Michael Brown, David Ashby, Sir Neil Thorne, William Benyon and Sir Charles Morrison. Charles Morrison was the older brother of Sir Peter Morrison whom it is now admitted was molesting boys in their mid-teens and younger, including boys resident in children’s homes in north Wales. Heseltine and Archer invested more than £100,000 in Proctor’s shop.

There was a punch-up in the shop in 1992. Two young men entered and asked Proctor ‘have you any ties for tying up rent boys before you spank them?’ Proctor tried to get them out of the shop and a fight broke out. Incredibly enough Neil and Christine Hamilton were in the shop at the time and Hamilton came to Proctor’s assistance when the young men assaulted Proctor. Proctor was punched in the face and had his little finger broken and Neil Hamilton ended up with a broken nose. The two men were charged and convicted.

In spite of the enormous helping hand that Proctor received from well-wishing Tories, his business eventually went bust. In 2003 Proctor was appointed the Private Secretary to the 11th Duke of Rutland at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire. He entered obscurity but of course hit the media again in 2015 when he was named as a suspect in the Operation Midland investigation into child abuse. Proctor held a press conference at which he angrily denied all allegations made against him – which included allegations that he had sexually tortured boys, attempted to castrate one of them and that a boy was murdered. The allegations against Proctor were tied up with allegations that Ted Heath abused boys – Proctor maintained that he hated Ted Heath so much that he wouldn’t have shared a cup of tea with him, let alone have attended an orgy in his company.

The Operation Midland investigation was halted after the publication of Sir Richard Henriques’ highly critical report into the way that the police had conducted the investigation. In Nov 2016 the Commissioner of the Met, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, apologised to Proctor. Proctor began legal action against the Metropolitan Police in Feb 2017. Sir Richard Henriques was the judge who dismissed the appeal of Jeremy Bamber in 2002. Jeremy Bamber is serving a life sentence for the murder of three members of his family – there has been mounting concern for years that his case is a serious miscarriage of justice. Bamber was convicted substantially as a result of the evidence given by a Top Doctor from St Andrew’s Hospital Northampton, an institution with a history of patient neglect and abuse – the Top Doctor seems to have been untruthful when giving evidence (see post ‘Family Annihilation’).

Although I too found it difficult to believe that Proctor would have done anything at all with Ted Health including sexually abusing boys, I note that one of the investors in Proctor’s business, Sir Charles Morrison, had been a big fan of Heath’s. Charles Morrison was the MP for Devizes (1964-92) and died in 2005. His obituary in the ‘Daily Telegraph’ makes interesting reading. It contrasts the political differences between Charles and his brother Peter – Charles being a ‘die hard Heathite rebel’ and Peter being an aide to Thatcher. The Morrisons’ had a sister – Dame Mary Morrison, who was Woman of the Bed Chamber to the Queen for over 50 years. Charles Morrison’s wife was related by marriage to Ian Fleming, who wrote an article entitled ‘To Westminster With Love’, the opening words being ‘Charles Morrison – Licensed To Kill’. Well somebody certainly was, witnesses to the activities of Peter Morrison and his associates were constantly found dead.

Michael Brown, one of Proctor’s friends at York, was a part time research assistant to Michael Marshall between 1975-76 and between 1976-79 worked for Nicholas Winterton MP. In 1979 Brown was elected as a Tory MP himself and remained as one until May 1994. Brown was a member of the Monday Club and the Eldon League. He was a founder member of the No Turning Back group, which included Peter Lilley, Neil Hamilton and Michael Portillo. Brown and Portillo were extremely good friends in the early 80s, so much so that they went on holidays together, along with someone else close to them, Derek Laud, who was Brown’s research assistant for a considerable period of time.

Brown was a supporter of the apartheid regime in South Africa and in Feb 1988 visited South Africa with Neil Hamilton – their trip was funded by the South African Authorities.

Brown was PPS to Douglas Hogg, between 1989-90 when Hogg was at the DTI and then between 1990-92 when Hogg was at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Between 1992-93 Brown was PPS to Patrick Mayhew, Secretary of State for N Ireland. Mayhew was a barrister, who when he was younger had acted as Counsel for the GMC – the GMC who famously allowed Dr Morris Fraser, a child psychiatrist who was a paedophile, to continue practising in the 70s. But then they allowed Dafydd to practice and he was facilitating a paedophile ring. In 1993 Brown became an assistant Gov’t Whip.

Brown was involved with the Cash for Questions scandal, along with Neil Hamilton, Sir Michael Grylls and Sir Peter Morrison. Brown accepted money to lobby on behalf of U.S. Tobacco without declaring it and also failed to declare an interest in the notoriously carcinogenic Skoal Bandits.

Michael Brown resigned as an MP in 1994 after the ‘News of the World’ published photos of him on holiday in Barbados with a gay man who was under the age of consent.

Brown was in the wilderness for a short while but bounced back in April 1998 after he submitted a piece for the ‘Independent’ which they accepted. The Indie then offered him a regular commission as a political sketch writer, starting in 1999. I mentioned in my post ‘Running The Country – And All That Jazz’ that after he left office, Ken Clarke joined the Board of the ‘Independent’. Helena Kennedy, another name which will be familiar to readers of this blog, was also on the Board at the time. Clarke left office in 1997 – he joined the ‘Independent’ at some point after that. Michael Brown then also picked up work for other papers. He is now a political journalist who makes regular appearances as a commentator and newspaper reviewer on British TV, especially BBC News 24 and Sky News.

I note that Brown’s troubles began at the time that Gordon Anglesea sued for libel after a number of media outlets named Anglesea as abusing boys in care in north Wales and just as the Jillings investigation into child abuse in north Wales was launched. His career recovered whilst the Waterhouse Inquiry was nearing it’s end, when Amanda Platell had her feet firmly under the table at Conservative Central Office as Press Officer (see post ‘Did Glenda Occupy A Key Role In Keeping It All Quiet?’) and after Sir Peter Morrison had been found safely dead at the bottom of the stairs at his home.

I have mentioned that Brown and Portillo were good friends with Derek Laud, Brown’s research assistant and they even all went on holidays together. Laud was also a member of the Monday Club in the early 1980s. By the mid 1980s he was working for Tory MPs and Gov’t advisors as a researcher and as a special advisor to Sir Gordon Downey, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. During the second half of the 80s Laud was an aide and speechwriter for Thatcher. He also helped Alan Clark and Michael Heseltine with their speeches. During the 1992 general election Laud acted as a campaign aide and fundraiser for John Major.

In the mid 80s Laud established Strategic Network International, a company set up to campaign against anti-apartheid movements and in the late 80s he worked in private equity finance. In 1992 he co-founded the lobbying company Ludgate Laud. Laud is co-founder and executive director of New City Initiative, a think tank and financial lobbying company. He holds multiple positions at the ‘wealth management’ company Stanhope Capital LLP. In recent years Laud has became a TV celeb – including an appearance on Celebrity Big Brother and in 2005 he partnered Edwina Currie on a TV quiz.

In the 1990s Laud was active in support of the Democratic Turnhalle Alliance (DTA), a political party in Namibia backed by the South African Gov’t.

Laud has a rather different background to many of the people in the Conservative Party with whom he is mates. He came from a Jamaican family in south London but had a very big rift with his mother when he was fourteen, which he attributes to him being gay, but he never quite explained how exactly. He moved out of his mother’s house and had no contact with her for many years – he moved in with Anna Meeham the head of the school that he attended in Clapham. Anna lived with her sister Cecily who was a child psychologist – Cecily was friends with a Judge Ann Goddard. Laud has remained very close to these two sisters, particularly Cecily. In an interview with the ‘Daily Mail’ in 2007 he stresses their importance in his life and says that he consults them about everything.

I mentioned in my post ‘Are You Local?’ that teenaged boys from Ty’r Felin, the children’s home in Bangor run by the brutal Nefyn Dodd, were being trafficked into prostitution. They were hired out to men renting hotel rooms in the local area but they were also taken to London, where they were received by a Tory fundraiser and aide of Thatcher’s who had an apartment in Dolphin Square. I received an e mail from a journalist some weeks ago alleging that the man in question was Derek Laud.

Michael Portillo, a close friend of Laud and Brown’s, graduated from Cambridge in 1975 and in 1976 joined the Conservative Research Dept. He became a Gov’t advisor in 1979 and was elected to the Commons in 1984. He was given a seat in the Cabinet in 1992, as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He was Secretary of State for Employment (1994-95) and Secretary of State for Defence (1995-97). Throughout this time he was known as the ‘darling of the right’ and in his early days as an MP many had seen him as the heir to Thatcher. He lost his seat unexpectedly in the 1997 general election. He returned to the Commons in 1999, after being elected for Kensington and Chelsea, Alan Clark’s seat, after Clark died. He became Shadow Chancellor. Portillo retired from the Commons in 2005 and is now largely known for his media work and is a regular on the BBC.

The right wing of the Tory Party eventually developed a problem with Portillo in the aftermath of him fessing up in 1998 that he had ‘had some homosexual experiences’ when he was a young man. As it became clear that Portillo’s homosexual experiences might have been rather more extensive than he’d let on, people like Norman Tebbit became very angry and accused him of deceiving them. Which I think he probably did – he married a woman in 1982, voted against gay equality legislation and denied the rumours circulating that he was gay. I knew someone in north Wales back in the 1990s who used to go to gay clubs in London and Manchester who told me that he’d seen Portillo in gay clubs. Many years ago Michael Gove alleged in one of his books that there was quite an interesting party scene in Portillo’s Cambridge College – Peterhouse – whilst Portillo was there, including cross-dressing parties at which men were given girls names which were attended by both undergrads and Fellows of the College. There were a number of allegations circulating about Portillo, including that he was one of the Tories who was having sex with under-aged boys. I have no idea whether he was or not – but I think that he certainly knew people who were. He has known one person since he was a teenager who definitely did keep quiet about paedophile activity in children’s homes – Diane Abbott, the former Press and PR Officer for Lambeth Borough Council, whose own children’s homes were rife with a paedophile activity and who also sent children in care to John Allen’s Bryn Alyn Community in north Wales.

Another Tory who was the subject of allegations that he was gay was the man with the little list, Peter Lilley. Lilley felt obliged to issue a denial in the end and he stated that he found the idea of homosexuality about as appetising as eating cardboard. Lilley had been at Cambridge with Ken Clarke, Michael Howard, John Selwyn Gummer and Norman Lamont. Lilley was a member of the No Turning Back group along with Portillo, Hamilton and Michael Brown. He was the Chair of the Bow Group, 1973-75. He was elected as a Tory MP in 1987 and retired in 2017. He was PPS to Nigel Lawson, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (July 1990-April 1992) and Secretary of State for Social Security (April 1992-May 1997). Lilley was always right behind Margaret Thatcher, but when he realised that she was going to lose the leadership contest in 1990 he very quickly changed his allegiances and supported John Major.

The toxic Child Support Agency was one of Lilley’s initiatives, although whether he was responsible for appointing as head of the CSA the equally toxic Ros Hepplewhite – formerly Chief Exec of MIND whilst that organisation concealed horrors in north Wales perpetrated by the paedophiles’ friends – I do not know. In 1977 Lilley co-authored a book with Samuel Brittan, brother of the dreadful Leon, who has been named as a child abuser. Leon’s family and friends have robustly denied the allegations, but what is certain is that Leon lost a dossier given to him by Geoffrey Dickens MP whilst Leon was Home Secretary – the dossier contained names and details of Westminster figures whom were alleged to be abusing children. Many other files relating to child abuse also went walkabout from the Home Office whilst Leon was there. Please see post ‘A Few Of The Relevant Politicians In The Mary Wynch Case’ for an account of the hissy fit that Samuel Brittan threw in the mid 80s when the box office at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival failed to pull strings for him and how dear old Michael Grade promised to help him out.

Lilley’s father was personnel officer at the BBC. R.D. Laing once commented when observing his son growing up that he felt himself rocked by successive generations. I’ve experienced a similar sensation when researching for this blog.

Proctor and Michael Brown’s friend from York, Christine Holman, eventually married Neil Hamilton. Christine had worked as secretary for Tory MP Sir Michael Grylls (father of Bear). Years later, Grylls ended up in a lot of trouble in the Cash for Questions scandal, along with Hamilton, Brown and Peter Morrison. Grylls was a Tory MP for 27 years who stood down in 1997. In 1990 he took cash payments and misled the select committee on members interests.

The most notorious MP involved in the Cash for Questions saga was of course Christine Hamilton’s husband Neil. Neil Hamilton has been involved in such extensive scandal and wrongdoing that I cannot detail it all here, so I’ll just provide a few highlights.

Neil Hamilton grew up in Carmarthenshire – his father was a manager for the National Coal Board. Hamilton eventually became a barrister specialising in taxation. He went to Aberystwyth University, that institution which trained so many of the corrupt lawyers named on this blog, although Hamilton didn’t read law there. After Aber, he went to Cambridge and then embarked on a legal career. There are a lot of people in Wales who remember Hamilton from his time at Aber and there are some interesting stories circulating. He was a member of the Federation of Conservative Students at Aber between 1968-74. He was elected for the Conservatives in Tatton in 1983 and held the seat until 1997, when he was beaten by the journalist Martin Bell who stood on an anti-sleaze ticket. Hamilton was a member of the No Turning Back group and his network included Alun Duncan and Gerald Howarth. He was also a member of the Eldon League.

In June 1984 Hamilton was the subject of a BBC Panorama programme, ‘Maggie’s Militant Tendency’, which detailed some seriously bad behaviour and worrying connections on the part of Neil Hamilton. In Oct 1986 Hamilton and Gerald Howarth sued the BBC for libel. The prosecution was funded by James Goldsmith and Taki, the Spectator journalist. David Davis was at the time a Director for Tate and Lyle and persuaded them to donate to Hamilton’s fighting fund. Hamilton stated that his main character witness would be Norman St John Stevas. I mentioned in my post ‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’ that when I worked at St George’s Hospital Medical School between 1989-91, a member of staff there was a young man well-acquainted with the London gay scene who told me that Norman St John Stevas was known to holding ‘spanking parties with little boys’ and that ‘no-one knows how he’s getting away with it’. I was told this before the many allegations of politicians molesting children appeared in the media on a regular basis.

In October 1986 the BBC caved in to Hamilton suddenly and unexpectedly. A representative of the National Young Conservatives hinted at a stitch-up and the Director General of the BBC Alisdair Milne maintained that he had acted under the instruction of the BBC Governors, who had ordered the Board of Management to settle case before the defence interrogated Hamilton. The BBC paid the legal costs of Hamilton and Howarth and issued an apology. Attention focussed on the actions of Malcolm McAlpine, the cousin of Alistair McAlpine, the Conservative Party treasurer. Malcom McAlpine denied promising Hamilton that he could ‘deliver’ the Governors behind a settlement.

Alistair McAlpine became headline news in 2012, when he was named on ‘Newsnight’ by Steve Messham as being one of the men who had sexually abused him whilst Messham was in Bryn Estyn. McAlpine denied it and successfully sued a number of people who repeated the allegation. The McAlpine family do have a connection to north Wales though – the mother of Owen Lloyd George (THE Lloyd George’s grandson) was a McAlpine. Two descendants of Lloyd George, Annwen Carey Evans and D.B. Carey Evans, signed the ‘memorandum’ presented to Parliament in 2008 – the memorandum that was initiated and largely signed by the paedophiles’ friends (see post ‘A Vampire At Glyndwr University!’) and designed to put a stop to Edwina Hart’s efforts as she confronted the corruption of the paedophiles’ friends in the north Wales NHS.

Hamilton’s action against the BBC involved some very worrying happenings and there were allegations of witness intimidation – a BBC internal memo to the Board of Management claimed that 17 witnesses were intimidated into changing their testimony. Conservative Central Office were accused of orchestrating a cover-up. Dale Campbell-Savours MP maintained that he had evidence in the form of a letter and a tape that demonstrated BBC nobbling. Campbell-Savours sent a copy of the tape to Michael Havers, the Attorney General and accused Conservative Central Office of interfering with potential witnesses.

In Dec 1986 Hamilton became PPS to Sir David Mitchell. Mitchell was a Hampshire MP between 1964-97 and was a Minister in Thatcher’s Gov’t. His is the father of Andrew Mitchell, who was Chief Whip in Cameron’s Gov’t between 2010-12 and at the centre of Plebgate. Andrew Mitchell’s wife is a Top Doctor.

Hamilton became a Whip in 1990. In June 1990 he was recruited by Derek Laud to work for Strategy Group International for which Hamilton received a fee from Michael Brown.

Hamilton was a keen supporter of Thatcher and after Heseltine’s leadership challenge in Nov 1990 was quoted as saying ‘I fed all my intelligence into her campaign’. My post ‘It’s The Sun Wot Won It’ mentions the degree of socialising that the Hamiltons were doing with Sir Peter Morrison – whose constituency was next to Hamilton’s – at a time when Morrison’s abuse of under-aged boys was openly talked about at social events involving the City of Chester Conservative Association. Between 1992-94 Hamilton was a Minister in Major’s Govt.

During the Cash for Questions scandal it was revealed that Hamilton did not register his consultancy fee from Strategy Network International, that he enjoyed free hospitality at the Ritz Hotel in Paris – owned by al Fayed – had stayed at al Fayed’s castle in Scotland without declaring it and that he had received many thousands of pounds from al Fayed which was handed over in the now infamous brown envelopes.

In the wake of the allegations that flew during Cash for Questions, in Jan 1998 Hamilton launched a libel action against al Fayed. Lord Harris of High Cross raised £100k to help fund the case and many other Tories also donated, including Lord Tim Bell and Simon Heffer. Over £400k was raised. Lord Harris had founded the No Turning Back group in 1985 and had a long association with the economists and think tanks which had exerted such influence on the economic policies of Thatcher’s administrations. He was the founding President of the Institute for Economic Affairs from 1990 until his death in 2006, proposed the idea of an ‘independent’ university and then became a Council member of Buckingham University (1980-85), famously the UK’s first private university. In 2003 Harris was also the Chairman and President of FOREST, the pro-smoking charity which was largely funded by the tobacco industry. Between 2008-2001 Harris was a Director of the Murdoch-owned Times Newspapers. Harris also wrote for the ‘Telegraph’.

Hamilton lost his libel action in Dec 1999 and subsequently filed for bankruptcy.

Following their disgrace and a memorable ‘Guardian’ headline confirming that Neil Hamilton was a liar and a cheat, the Hamiltons reinvented themselves as celebs. The BBC welcomed them with open arms and they appeared regularly on various TV shows, including ‘Have I Got News For You’. Their celebrity status had a downside. In 2001 they were accused of rape and sexual assault by a young woman who it later transpired was quite troubled and enjoyed a rich fantasy life. Her allegations against the Hamiltons were found to be demonstrably untrue – although the Hamiltons were arrested and questioned. The young woman subsequently went to prison, which was probably not the best place for her. However, the identity of the Hamilton’s alibi is noteworthy – it was Derek Laud, who maintained that the Hamiltons were having dinner with him at the time that they were alleged to have assaulted the young woman.

Cash for Questions was one of the key factors that did for John Major’s Gov’t. Another Tory MP who faced allegations of sleaze was Tim Smith who was elected in 1982 and stood down in 1997 after allegations that he received bribes. Smith was known to have accepted cash payments from al Fayed. Tim Smith worked for Leon Brittan in the Home Office 1983-85 and was a N Ireland Minister between Jan and Oct 1994.

What is overwhelming obvious here – particularly when considered alongside the information in my previous posts – is what a cradle of filth this was. There were a number of politicians close to Margaret Thatcher at the heart of Gov’t who were utterly unscrupulous and using any means available to them, including the gross abuse of their positions, to line their own pockets. There were some politicians who were known to be abusing young boys and rather more who were using the services of rent boys slightly under the then age of consent without asking any questions at all concerning where those rent boys were coming from. The networks and links – even just the ones that I have detailed on this blog – mean that these activities must have been widely known about in Westminster, as must have been some of the means being used to silence witnesses.

It is striking how many of the people named on this blog as having been involved in child abuse or in keeping it quiet also had careers in the media. Even the Hamiltons who had been utterly disgraced – and that was before the child molesting activities of their mate Peter Morrison became public knowledge – were invited to appear on prime time light entertainment BBC programmes, as though they were simply an entertaining colourful couple rather than a pair of lying, cheating crooks who intimidated anyone who dared take them on. But then there was effectively a deal done between Thatcher’s Gov’t and parts of the media. The BBC was notoriously craven – because it was usually presumed they were terrified of the Gov’t stopping the funding of the BBC via the licence fee. But the BBC was of course also employing and concealing the activities of Savile – who was literally a mate of Thatcher’s. Everybody was doing so much that they shouldn’t have been that no-one dared grass anybody else up. As for the newspapers – well Murdoch and Thatcher had a very obvious deal which I was reminded of when listening to the Radio 4 programme ‘The Reunion’ this morning. They were reminiscing about the Wapping dispute, the means by which Murdoch broke the print unions. The print unions enjoyed the support of many on the left but I don’t think that they should have – their practices were dreadful and involved actively excluding women and ethnic minorities from jobs, as well as large scale fiddling. They were of course happy to keep printing ‘The Sun’ all the way through the Falklands campaign even when it published photos of ‘injured Argies’ and a fictitious interview with a war widow which helped Thatcher to win another election. The print unions only started squealing when Murdoch went after them. He used the anti-union laws that the Thatcher Gov’t had passed to do this – the union was broken when the Courts sequestered their assets. Under Murdoch’s ownership the Times newspapers undoubtedly changed in character with the installation of people like Andrew Neil as editors – all Murdoch’s publications became uncritical defenders of everything that the Conservative Gov’t did. They were never going to publish stories about Thatcher’s aides abusing children and participating in substantial financial corruption, particularly when some of the political figures connected to child abuse were involved with bank-rolling the Conservative Party.

I have mentioned many times in previous posts how the Labour Party stood by impotent – they couldn’t blow the whistle, because so many of their MPs had been Councillors on the London boroughs overseeing the ‘services’ in which the children were sexually abused and then trafficked – to be sexually used by some of the very people whom the Councillors loathed and dearly wanted to see out of office. I have mentioned that some people who later made it big in New Labour actually worked as social workers themselves in those Councils, such as Tessa Jowell and Janet Boateng. This blog has also named a number of ‘radical lawyers’ with connections to the Labour Party who undoubtedly knew what was happening to those kids and the further abuse of them at the hands of the mental health services if they dared complain – lawyers who did not say a word, or even some, such as Patricia Scotland, who actually acted for the state in public inquiries which were no more than massive cover-ups of the abuse of children by public figures. The role of Margaret Hodge as leader of Islington Council whilst the children’s homes were infested with paedophiles has received substantial publicity, but there is one former lawyer who hit the big time with New Labour who is still skilfully hiding away, although her biography suggests that she bloody well knew about all this as well – I am talking about that well-known victim of oppression, Harriet!

Harriet Harman was interviewed by Peter Hennessey on Radio 4 earlier this week and I steeled myself to listen to the whole interview, because I have always suspected that Harriet, daughter of a Harley Street Top Doctor herself and an eternal whinger – referencing very simplistic notions of gender inequality but showing a complete ignorance of class inequality – knew a lot more about institutionalised child abuse than she ever let on. Harriet was famously outed a few years ago as having been involved with the NCCL – along with many of her New Labour mates – whilst NCCL was affiliated with PIE, a group lobbying for paedophiles’ rights. Harriet got very angry indeed and claimed that she was the subject of a smear campaign – and then someone produced a document written for the NCCL by a Harriet Harman in her capacity as their legal officer, which certainly read as though it was arguing for paedophiles rights. See posts ‘The London Connection’ and ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’ for the idiocies of the NCCL and their officers who later became senior figures in New Labour.

I have always accepted that Harriet really is not very bright at all and I could well imagine a young, over-privileged stupid Harriet deciding that she was going to change the world by telling it what to do, only to find herself being used by a bunch of paedophiles’ friends who probably couldn’t believe their luck at stumbling across such a dimwit. I was right! Throughout her interview with Hennessey, Harriet stressed how she wasn’t going to listen to the old fuddy duddies in her family like Lord Longford – she obviously doesn’t understand that she only ended up at the top of the Labour Party because she came from that immensely privileged and well-connected family, it certainly wasn’t through ability – she and her friends were going to change everything and she was delighted to maintain that they did. Some of them even worked whilst they were pregnant, which Harriet pointed out had never been done before – her own mother hadn’t. Harriet – that’s because your mother was Very Posh and could afford not to work. If you had ever read any social history at all, you would know that Poor People have for many generations worked whilst they were pregnant. Likewise, your memories of dressing up in your mother’s barrister’s wig and robes when you were little because she’d put them in your dressing up box was not so much a symbol of your mother’s oppression, it was a Signal to you from your mother of the sort of adult that you were expected to grow up to be. It worked – you are as thick as pig shit but you still became a lawyer and indeed even Solicitor General.

I did however learn a few more things about Harriet from that interview. That she was at York University when Proctor and his mates were there. She mentioned that she was ‘political’ but that the Conservative students at York were foul. Yes and some of them just a few years later did some very interesting things with rent boys and money. Harriet will not have forgotten that she was at York with Proctor et al when they hit the headlines some years later – but she couldn’t say a thing about their activities…

I also learnt that after her stint at NCCL, Harriet worked at Brent Law Centre (1978-82) at a time when the paedophile gangs that supplied the Westminster Paedophile Ring were in full swing. Brent Law Centre will have dealt with child care and mental health cases. In 1984, the complete fuckwittery of Brent Social Services resulted in the death of Jasmine Beckford (see post ‘Ian Brockington’s Mischief’). Jasmine was starved and beaten to death by her stepfather – she had been in the care of Brent Social Services for two and a half years before she died. So Brent Social Services were ‘caring’ for Jasmine whilst Harriet worked down the road at the Law Centre leading the way for the nation’s wimmin and planning her future career in the Labour Party. Paul Boateng was also busy in the area at the time and was MP for Brent South (1987-2005). The Paul Boateng who worked in the legal firm that acted for Mary Wynch (see post ‘The Mary Wynch Case -Details’) and who is married to Janet Boateng, a former social worker for Lambeth who Chaired the Social Services Committee at the time of the death of Tyra Henry in 1984 (see posts ‘Tower Hamlets, Paul Boateng and Tessa Jowell’ and ‘A Few More Who Might Be Able To Answer Questions’). Ken Livingstone was busy in the area as well and served as MP for Brent East (1987-2001). The Ken who led the GLC when so many of the kids in it’s care were abused on Ken’s patch or exported to children’s homes in north Wales to be abused. Brent embraces part of Camden – Tessa’s old stomping ground. For details of the many links that those from the London boroughs had to the North Wales Child Abuse Scandal, see post ‘The London Connection’.

I think that Harriet definitely knew that there was a problem – and her silence meant that her and her mates were not able to ‘change everything’ at all. Harriet didn’t just keep quiet when she was a young woman with an eye on a Labour seat (she was subsequently elected for Peckham, one of the most disadvantaged parts of London. I very much doubt whether the Council there was caring for the kids properly). Harriet’s lips remained sealed when she was an Older Empowered Strong Woman. She was Solicitor General in 2001, shortly after the publication of the Waterhouse Report at the time of the allegations of a huge cover-up. Not a word. In 2005 she was Minister of State for the Dept of Constitutional Affairs and represented Charlie Falconer on the Commons frontbench – whilst Charlie concealed the heap of manure and ensured that anyone who had suffered at the hands of the paedophiles’ friends would have no legal redress by making it impossible to access Legal Aid. Charlie’s withdrawing of Legal Aid also very nearly put the two lawyers in north Wales who were doing a pretty good job of fighting the paedophiles’ friends out of business. Now that would have been a great relief for those we know and love.

When Harriet and her close friend Patricia Hewitt discovered that MI5 had kept files on them as a result of their involvement with NCCL they became very angry, took a case to the European Court of Human Rights and subsequently there was a change in the law. Well Harriet and Patsy were only working for an organisation that was lobbying on behalf of paedophiles whilst there was a problem with senior figures in Gov’t abusing children, children who were later found dead, with the alleged involvement of rogue members of the security services. Why ever would MI5 be keeping files on Harriet and Patsy?

Harriet remains good friends with Patsy to this day. Patsy was formerly the General Secretary of NCCL during it’s Paedophile Period and later became the MP for Leicester West, after Greville Janner stood down. The Greville Janner whom the CPS has admitted should have been prosecuted for abusing boys but wasn’t, for reasons that the CPS have never been able to explain. Keith Vaz – he of the male prostitutes and drugs – also became an MP in Leicester, after a stint working as the senior solicitor for Islington Council in the mid 80s as the paedophile ring operating in the Islington children’s homes ran riot and a further stint working as a solicitor in a Law Centre in Leicester which was funded by Leicester City Council between 1985-87 as the paedophile ring there did it’s best (see post ‘One Of The Safest Pairs Of Hands At The Criminal Bar’ for further details on Keith, his mum and his sister). The paedophile ring in operation in Leicestershire children’s homes had as it’s key figure the social worker Franck Beck who was later imprisoned. It is not only Labour politicians with dirty linen who are drawn to Leicestershire – Harvey Proctor ended up there as well.

During the Hennessey interview Harriet spoke a lot about her battles with the male creatures who clutter up Parliament and explained that the reason why she accepted a place on the front bench when offered one by Neil Kinnock was that Patsy had told her that she ‘had a responsibility’ to sit on the front bench or other wimmin would not believe that it was possible. Thank God we’ve got Harriet to show us the way.

The fuckwittedness of Patsy’s comment had clearly escaped Harriet – whilst Harriet was exercising her responsibilities as a Role Model there was of course a woman PM. Harriet did know this. As she explained her ‘visceral hostility’ to Thatcher to Hennessey, she recounted a little anecdote – that just after her first baby was born (that will have been Joe Dromey who was famously taken into Parliament as a newborn), she was walking down a corridor with her baby when she saw Thatcher approaching. She was so desperate not to allow Thatcher’s ‘eyes to fall on my baby’ that she dived into a side room. Harriet told Hennessey that if that side room hadn’t have been available, she would have covered her baby’s face with a blanket to prevent the wicked witch from giving him the evil eye. I wouldn’t really want any children of mine to be left in the company of Thatcher, but the difference between me and you Harriet is that once I obtained the evidence pointing to a paedophile ring in operation with connections to Westminster that was concealed at the highest levels, I published it as soon as I was in a position to do so. You did not. But then there never was any chance of your child being taken into care by the sort of fuckwitted social worker like Tessa Jowell who were employed in the London boroughs in such great numbers and then being transported to a children’s home in north Wales where he would have been beaten, starved, forced to work free of charge, sexually abused and then trafficked back down to London as a rent boy. That Harriet is why Joe is now a senior research fellow in the IPPR, not stuck in an abusive mental health system, in prison or dead.

Since she released her blockbuster ‘A Woman’s Work’ recently, Harriet has explained that the reason why she never became leader of the Labour Party is of course because she is a woman and Gordon Discriminated. So we all had a lucky escape thanks to Gordon’s entrenched sexism.

There is yet another nightmare scenario looming on the horizon. There is talk in Labour circles of who is going to succeed Jeremy and I am horrified to read that the name being touted about is Emily Thornberry, on the grounds not of her brilliance but that she is of the left and that the next leader ‘must be a woman’. That’s sounds a rather dogmatic position, but if it has to be a woman, please don’t let that woman be Emily Thornberry. Emily is of course best-known for sending out an offensive and massively damaging tweet whilst she was campaigning – a tweet of a photo of a new-build house draped in numerous flags of St George with a white van parked in the drive. Emily’s tweet suggested that the inhabitant of the said house must be a right wing oik from the lower orders – and the world went apeshit with a backlash. Emily was denounced as the worst example of the Labour metropolitan elite, out of touch with and contemptuous of less privileged people. The damage to the Labour Party was massive, but instead of accepting that she probably shouldn’t try and take a leading role in the Party lest she inflict more damage, Emily conducted a series of media interviews in which she stressed her humble origins as a kid from a council estate. She then continued to appear on TV as a spokesperson for Labour, screwing up badly because she didn’t know salient facts – which she blamed on the sexism of the interviewers. At the same time, much appeared in the press about the very expensive house in which she lives – the same part of Islington as the Blairs, just around the corner from Margaret Hodge -and it was revealed that she owns a number of other not at all cheap properties as well. It was confirmed that for a while as a child Emily had lived on a council estate, although no-one was quite sure when or why – yet her father was an international lawyer, a Professor at King’s College London and UN Assistant Secretary General. Emily’s mother had been a Labour Councillor and the Mayor in Guildford. Emily’s mum had encouraged her to go into politics – Emily became Labour MP (she was selected on an all-woman shortlist) for Islington and Finsbury in 2005. It was also revealed that Emily is married to High Court Judge Sir Christopher Nugee, so she is actually Lady Emily Nugee, but she became very vexed indeed when David Cameron called her that.

As ever though, the right wing press haven’t done their homework – well maybe they have, but unlike Service Shenanigans, there is an elephant in the room that they won’t tackle. Has Sir Christopher Nugee presided over miscarriages of justice? No, he doesn’t seem to have. Has his chambers been involved in anything shameful regarding court cases involving politicians and children? No – although the chambers probably doesn’t have clean hands, it specialises in finance, including off-shore trusts.

The elephant in the room is Emily. Before Emily became an MP she was a barrister, between 1985 and 2005. She worked at Took’s Court Chambers, the chambers of Michael Mansfield. I wrote to Michael Mansfield in 1993 or 1994 and informed him of my prosecution in Bangor Magistrates Court for ‘staring at a social worker in Safeways’, after I had complained about law-breaking on the part of the mental health services. I also complimented him on his recently published book ‘Presumed Guilty’, about miscarriages of justice and the abuse of public order legislation – that’s why I wrote to him, I explained that it was that legislation (which Thatcher’s Gov’t had specifically passed to use against striking miners) that was used to prosecute me. I received a reply from Mr Mansfield, but it simply thanked me for my letter and said ‘it is always good to have support’. Michael Mansfield will have known when he read my letter that there had been a recent media storm regarding the possible existence of a paedophile ring in north Wales providing children to politicians and that there were allegations that the police, the social services, the Top Doctors, lawyers, judges and the Welsh Office were involved in a huge cover-up. He will have known that it was a social worker from Bangor, Gwynedd – where I lived, the address was on my letter to him – who had been sacked for blowing the whistle on the paedophile ring. He will have known that a senior police officer, Gordon Anglesea, had been named by two young men on TV as having abused them when they were in Bryn Estyn children’s home and that Gordon Anglesea had launched a libel case against the media outlets that named him and that he was being supported by the Police Federation.

One would have thought that my letter would have had the antennae of the UK’s most high profile radical barrister twitching like mad. Mansfield had defended members of the IRA, acted for the Birmingham Six and given his services to the NUM free of charge during the miners’ strike. He had a reputation as a lawyer who was not afraid to take on the British State at it’s worst. But Mr Mansfield walked straight by on the other side of the road. Although he must have realised that someone had written to him who had evidence that if, pursued, could do serious damage to John Major’s Gov’t as well as to the politicians involved in the previous administrations – including Thatcher herself, who had destroyed his personal friend Scargill. But defending members of the IRA is obviously easier than defending someone under attack from the paedophiles’ friends. Emily was working at Tooks when I sent that letter to Michael Mansfield. Other people who have worked with Mr Mansfied include Helena Kennedy and Patricia Scotland, both stars of this blog and members of the network of paedophiles’ friends…

Not only is Emily one of the paedophiles’ friends, but King’s College London – the home of yet more of the paedophiles’ friends – where Emily’s dad held a Chair, was host to some interesting activities. In the 80s there was a scam going on among some of the students. In order to earn a few quid they were marrying foreign nationals in order for them to acquire permission to enter or remain in the UK. Someone I worked with at St George’s, whilst he had been a physiology student at Kings, had married one of the other students from America to enable her to stay in the UK. He had been paid many thousands of pounds for his service – after the marriage they shared a house whilst leading a separate existence and went their separate ways entirely a few years later, once the legal requirements had been fulfilled. There was also a professor in King’s College School of Medicine who was having sex with his own children. This was openly discussed among the Top Doctors on the London medical scene. No-one suggested any sort of investigation into the Professor of gynaecology concerned.

I think that I’m going to have to devise a classification system for the paedophiles’ friends because there are just so many of them. There’s going to have to be a category of the paedophiles’ bestest friends, such as Arfon Jones, the esteemed North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and dear old Dafydd and Lucille. Then there will have to be the paedophiles’ very good friends, such as Dr Peter Higson. Then the paedophiles good friends; then the paedophiles’ ‘colleagues’ – a mixed bag, some of whom have no problems with the paedophiles at all but this category also includes some who tolerate them in order to gain personal advancement (a very big category); then the biggest category of all, containing many thousands of people from across the UK in many walks of life – those who knew what the paedophiles were doing but were too spineless to do anything at all, no matter how minor, to stop them. I might also need a sub-category – the paedophiles’ friends who are just in it for the money. I met a few of these at St George’s. They would actually drool over the idea of serious money and say things like ‘ooh I’d love to be rich’ – they reached fever-pitch after visits to the West End when they would catch glimpses of the money-laundering crooks with gangster connections of whom they were so envious. They didn’t like me very much, they accused me of being ‘naive’ and being like I was because I was a sheepshagger from Wales. No you stupid fuckers, it was because I had seen what was happening to those kids who were living in the children’s homes in north Wales and being groomed for sex work in London who dared to complain. I met them in the North Wales Hospital Denbigh didn’t I Dafydd – before they died, went to prison or disappeared off the face of the planet.

http://www.drsallybaker.com/uncategorized/wheels-within-wheels-or-flies-drawn-to-the-same-incestuously-corrupt-shithouse/

Sir Richard Denby dining with Heathcote Amory:

 

Some of the people who were financially involved with Proctor’s business were Jeffrey Archer, Michael Heseltine, David Heathcote-Amory

 

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html

 

 

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Lord Norman St John-Stevas MP branded Geoffrey Dickens ‘a disgrace’ for naming doctor that raped an 8 year old girl. The girl suffered ‘horrific’ internal injuries & continued to suffer from psychological damage. The doctor is still alive and well, justice needs to be severed.

I gave Lord St John Stevas name to Geoff Dickens…he was a peadophile vunerable to blackmail..his mate was Lord Robin Maugham who had a flat on the tottenham ct road where they brought young 13 yr old boys and then on to Brighton in st johns roller


2 March 1998

SECRET Service agents bugged and tailed a Conservative MP who later became a Cabinet minister, according to a potentially explosive book by a former agent now living in Australia.

Anthony Holland, who describes his work as an MI5 and MI6 “asset”, claims that the MP was targeted because he was thought to be having a gay affair with the Tory peer Lord Robin Maugham, nephew of the author Somerset Maugham.

If true, his revelations will further embarrass the security services and result in calls for tighter controls on their activities. Last year, the Labour government was rocked to its core by the revelations of former MI5 officer David Shayler, who described surveillance operations on potential “enemies of the state” – who included John Lennon, several Labour MPs and a young Jack Straw, now the Home Secretary.

In Mr Holland’s book, which is due to be published in the summer by a small Melbourne-based publisher, he describes operations in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Iran, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Working as a freelance agent for MI5 and MI6, Mr Holland, 54, claims his real skills as an engineer allowed him to be placed in sensitive areas by the security services.

During one period in 1969, he was found a job at the Rossing uranium mine in South West Africa in order to find out whom it was supplying. He says he reported that it was feeding the Israeli nuclear programme, and even describes one meeting he had with General Moshe Dayan, the Israeli defence minister.

“At that time, we were well aware what they were up to,” Mr Holland claimed from his Melbourne home. “They weren’t supposed to be developing their own bomb, but we helped them by turning a blind eye.”

In Britain, his most audacious operation involved gathering evidence of the MP’s alleged affair with Lord Maugham. He says the MP was regarded as a future minister and a potential security risk, although Mr Holland suspects the evidence was gathered to be used as leverage at a later date. Lord Maugham, who was openly homosexual, died in 1981.

The book, which is known only as “Project 21” at Geoff Coxon Publishing in Melbourne, describes how two addresses in London and Brighton, East Sussex, were put under round-the-clock surveillance. “By the time I joined the operation, most of the groundwork was done,” Mr Holland says in the book.

“They [MI5] had Maugham’s flat bugged throughout and the telephone tapped, and they had two miniature television cameras wired into the ceiling lights in the main bedroom and the lounge, so we could watch the show in comfort.”

The former minister denied the affair when approached by The Independent this week. He said he had no knowledge of ever having been put under surveillance.

Other chapters include details of a spying operation that Mr Holland says he conducted on a German project to help Iran develop a nuclear weapon.

Mr Holland wrote the book as the latest stage in a campaign to clear his name of a crime he says he did not commit. He was jailed in 1981 at Bradford Crown Court for allegedly receiving stolen goods amounting to pounds 250. He claims that he was framed by the security services.

Although it was his first offence, he was jailed for 12 months. Before his term was over, however, he was freed and sent to a new life in Australia, allegedly with the complicity of MI6. Melvyn Hodgson, the man he allegedly persuaded to steal for him, was found hanging in a prison cell in 1992.

His case has been taken up by Australian politicians and is being examined by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

Dr John Illingworth, a Leeds city councillor, has examined the evidence against Mr Holland and described it this week as “preposterous”. He added: “I don’t believe he would be convicted today. It is difficult to check the rest of the claims in the book, but those that can be checked are accurate.”

Mr Holland said: “The only man who could clear me was Melvyn Hodgson because I believe he made a false confession. Once I heard he had been found hanging, I decided to blow the lid off these guys.

“I still don’t know why they framed me, but I had been associating with a suspected IRA commander and perhaps they thought I was going over.

Once the book is published, I know I’ll never be able to return to England. I just want to clear my name. I simply can’t let them win.”

Geoff Coxon, Mr Holland’s publisher, is hoping to avoid the kind of legal fight that resulted in Peter Wright’s book Spycatcher being dragged through the courts.

“If it is published in Australia, your Official Secrets Act does not apply,” he said.

“We are publishing in Victoria because in New South Wales truth is a defence, and we have gone to great lengths to prove the veracity of Anthony’s claims.

“You might have a bit of difficulty getting it over there, but if it goes well, we hope to launch it on the American market next year.”

The Home Office said it would not comment until it had seen the material. It never discusses operational matters.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/mi5-taped-cabinet-minister-book-claims-1147896.html



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Cambridge-educated deputy head of St. Benedict’s Catholic private school jailed for horrific stash of porn images featuring children as young as two

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BBC chairman Chris Patten is facing claims he helped cover up key evidence about the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521976/BBC-chairman-Chris-Patten-Patten-accused-cover-BBC-Savile-probe-blunder.html

Lord Patten, previously from the paedophile-infested BBC is Patron of the paedophile-infested school where Allott has worked since 2004

The school has been dogged by scandal after one teacher was convicted of nearly four decades of sexual abuse of children and another priest is still on the run from a child abuse charge.

The school and its linked Benedictine monastery, Ealing Abbey, was condemned four years ago for a ‘lengthy and cumulative failure’ to protect pupils in its care from child abuse.


Who on earth would feel safe their children were safe at that school?

No statement from patron Chris Patten on the abysmal governance at his school.

Patron:

One that supports, protects, or champions someone or something.  

A noble or wealthy person in ancient Rome who granted favor and protection to someone in exchange for certain services.

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Allott – Hi flyer, Cambridge-educated, former Tory councillor, member of David Cameron’s “Big Society” initiative is a member of “paedophile ring”


1/6/2016

Update

Patrick Rock, former aide to David Cameron, has been convicted of five counts of making indecent images of children.

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Wonder if Peter Allott has any connections with Patrick Rock ?… another of David Cameron’s policy people charged by police over child abuse images and who has also worked under Chris Patten


Cameron brought Rock back into Downing Street in 2011, appointing him deputy head of the influential No 10 policy unit.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory

Rock was deputy head of David Cameron’s policy unit at the time of his arrest and they have known each other since the late 1990s.

Patrick Rock became an advisor to various Ministers during the 1990s, including Michael Howard and also Chris Patten

Patrick Rock is due back in court this month – big secret as to the exact date – no mention in msm.


At the time of his arrest, Allott was the deputy head teacher at St Benedict’s


He was identified after intelligence was received that an individual had been using video conferencing facilities to share indecent images of children with other paedophiles around the UK.


Judge Peter Hillen said :

…engaged in public service and political service. Someone who has engaged in charity work. Someone who was a high flyer

  ‘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.


Allott, a former Tory councillor, who served on the Perivale ward from 2006-2010

Peter Allott, 37, worked at £15,000-a-year school in London but now jailed for 33 months

When detectives from the National Crime Agency’s specialist child abuse team arrested Allott in December last year, they found nearly 700 illegal images and videos of children and extreme pornography.


The deputy head of a scandal-hit Catholic private school was jailed today after admitting getting hooked on child pornography blowing £600 a week on paedophile drug parties.

The Cambridge–educated deputy headteacher became addicted to child sex images and Class A drugs after being introduced to both at ‘chemsex’ parties organised on gay dating app Grindr.

He amassed nearly 400 horrific images of children as young as two, which he kept on his iPhone and on a hard drive in his office at the £15,000-a-year St Benedict’s School.

The private school in Ealing, West London, which counts comedian Julian Clary, Tory peer Chris Patten and actor Andy Serkis amongst its alumni, has been dogged by scandal after one teacher was convicted of nearly four decades of sexual abuse of children and another priest is still on the run from a child abuse charge.

The school and its linked Benedictine monastery, Ealing Abbey, was condemned four years ago for a ‘lengthy and cumulative failure’ to protect pupils in its care from child abuse.

The  scandal led to five monks and three former teachers being linked to child abuse.

 Allott was working at the school at the time of the abuse

Allott, originally from Barnsley, swapped images with a notorious paedophile, who used the internet name ‘Londonpaedo’ through Zoo. The internet sharing facility allows for an online conference call where perverts could chat and exchange images.

He studied history and politics at Hull University and gained a second degree in theology at the University of Durham. 

He became an economic and politics teacher at St Benedict’s when aged 25, and was elected to Ealing Council for the Conservatives in 2006. 

After a stint studying in Cambridge, Allott returned to St Benedict’s and was at the time of his arrest studying for a doctorate. 


Paedophile Peter Allott left for a year in 2011 to work as a research associate for a project on the Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Big Society” initiative and Catholic social teaching at Cambridge University.

Allot’s published work on Cambridge website

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Allott, taught at St Benedict’s  from 2004  and was promoted to deputy head in 2012


Allott, a former Tory councillor, who served on the Perivale ward from 2006-2010…engaged in public service and political service. Someone who has engaged in charity work. Someone who was a high flyer.

Michael Shaw, for the prosecution when asked about the fate of the children in the images, he said: ‘I would be surprised if some of them were still alive.’

Allott admitted possessing 25 ‘grossly offensive’ images on a hard drive and sharing the images with other offenders

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http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/480283/Ealing-private-school-st-benedicts-deputy-charged-child-abuse


St Benedict’s Fr Laurence Soper

Sept 2016

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Child abuse inquiry set to drop investigation into Ealing Abbey monks

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

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

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

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

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St Benedict’s: Paedophile Ring – Chris Patten / Patrick Rock / Laurence Soper / Peter Allott /Balkans / Vatican

This month the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) heard evidence over the abuse of children at Ealing Abbey and the adjacent St Benedict’s School in west London. The hearings took place as part of the inquiry’s investigation into Benedictine order establishments.

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The hearings have become a case study exposing the many systemic obstacles to safeguarding of pupils in the English Benedictine Order (EBO) and the wider Catholic Church, in no small measure as a direct result of control imposed by the Vatican.

Extent of abuse

Serious abuse of pupils that was not reported to the civil authorities has been found in every EBO school in England and the outlying one at Fort Augustus, remote in the Scottish highlands. Fort Augustus has since been closed, having been described in a BBC documentary as a “‘dumping ground’ for problem clergy who had confessed to abusing children“.

Abuse reported to the Ealing Inquiry included “excessive physical chastisement – sometimes apparently for sexual gratification, grooming; fondling of genitalia; anal penetration; and rape”.

Lawyers believed that “since World War II… hundreds of boys were molested at St Benedict’s”. “Monks had been behaving this way at the school for 60 consecutive years to 2010. … [I]t was part of the culture”. Given this and the Inquiry alone learning of 66 allegations, it is plausible that thousands have been abused there since the foundation in 1902 of the school dubbed “one of Britain’s most notorious dens of paedophilia“.

Notably, “at Ealing, the sexual abuse was perpetrated by those at the very top of the organisation”, for many decades. This meant abuse could be perpetrated with impunity which also “turned St Benedict’s into a honeypot for other [abusers]”.

The Vatican Bank withheld the address of Soper on the run from the police. Tellingly, that he had provided it to the bank suggests Soper’s total confidence it would not be divulged, i.e. total confidence the Vatican would defy requests by European police to identify an absconder. That adds to the Vatican’s shameless record as a haven for those fleeing justice.

The latest conviction, once more of a senior master, is Dr Peter Allott, jailed in 2016 for possessing nearly 400 obscene images of children (found in the school but not of Ealing pupils) and class A drugs to which he had become addicted. He was deputy headmaster and had been teaching there since 2004. Allott’s conviction makes it rather harder to claim that such abuse is solely a historic problem.

Most telling of all was that until recently, the school fought shamelessly with all its tenacity to retain the ability not to report abuse complaints to civil authorities where parents or pupils did not wish to do so.

A lawyer testified that “on the very same day, you have a survivor of the kind of abuse on which the report focused being threatened by a member of [headteacher] Cleugh’s staff in the street near the school”. He quoted the survivor: “While I was being interviewed, a car appeared and mounted the pavement, narrowly missing the cameraman. The doors flew open and a man I subsequently learned was a teacher at St Benedict’s leapt out, accompanied by a shaven-headed security thug, and started ranting and raving about trespassing on school property [which it was not].” The inquiry learned that a complaint to Mr Cleugh about this did not even elicit an explanation, far less an apology.

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Head of Catholic order failed to tell police of sexual abuse at London school

Abbot ‘did not know’ if findings at Benedictine school were relevant, national inquiry told
23 Feb 2017

The head of one of the country’s most powerful Catholic orders was made aware of sex abuse allegations dating back to the 1970s at one of its schools but did not alert the authorities – contrary to the recommendations of a church commission on which he sat.

The wide-ranging Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has been shown a handwritten document compiled by Abbot Richard Yeo, who as president of the Benedictines conducted an inquiry at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, in June 2010 following reports that there had been widespread abuse of pupils by teachers and monks.

The year before Yeo’s visit, Father David Pearce, the former head of the junior school, had been jailed for eight years – reduced to five on appeal –after being found guilty of abusing five boys over a 36-year period.

According to notes Yeo took when he visited St Benedict’s, and which will soon be uploaded on to the inquiry’s website, many at the school had been concerned about Pearce decades before he was jailed. Yeo’s notes state: “Mid 70s knew David engaged in dubious activities.” Another monk told him: “Knew since I was junior school head there was something wrong. Graffiti ‘Fr David is bent’.” A third said he was aware of rumours of abuse when he arrived 25 years ago, and expressed disbelief that a former abbot claimed to Yeo he “never knew anything about it”.

The Catholic church’s failure to confront systemic clerical sexual abuse was acknowledged last week at an unprecedented summit on the issue opened by Pope Francis, attended by 180 bishops and cardinals. “The holy people of God are watching and expect not just simple and obvious condemnations, but efficient and concrete measures to be established,” he warned.

Yeo, who stood down as president of the Benedictines in 2017, told the inquiry he did not pass his 2010 notes on to the police because Pearce had already been jailed and that he did not know if they had any evidential value.

But Richard Scorer, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater & Gordon, who is representing several of the victims at the school, and referred to Yeo’s note in a blogpost, said it was not for the abbot to determine what was relevant to the inquiry. He described Yeo’s failure to share his notes with the police as remarkable given that he had been a member of the 2007 Cumberlege commission, the Catholic church’s review of its child safeguarding policies in England and Wales.

“The Cumberlege commission report from 2007 is clear that ‘all allegations of abuse are required to be reported to the statutory authorities who must decide whether a statutory investigation is required,’” Scorer said. “Yeo was a member of this commission, yet when allegations of abuse came into his possession in 2010 he failed to follow the Cumberlege commission’s own rules and report them to the statutory authorities. This demonstrates yet again that senior figures in the Catholic church are happy to ignore the church’s own rules when it suits them and self-policing in the Catholic church always fails.”

Jonathan West, the father of a former pupil, who was instrumental in raising concerns, said repeated failure to investigate abuse at the school highlighted the need for mandatory reporting, which would require all staff working with children to report concerns about the welfare of a child to the local authority.

“Mandatory reporting would make it almost impossible for a long-running situation such as occurred at St Benedict’s to happen,” West said. “First, there will inevitably be a greater climate of awareness making reporting more likely. And second, no head teacher is going to risk being prosecuted for suppressing a report of somebody else abusing. These two factors will make it extremely dangerous for abusers to operate in schools. They won’t dare. Abuse will be prevented as a result.”

The inquiry has heard that there were numerous warning signs which should have triggered intervention.

Katherine Ravenscroft, a drama teacher, said that when she joined the school in 1990, “it was spoken about quite freely among the boys in the school that Father David Pearce would oversee swimming while they were in the junior school and that he would line the boys up naked after swimming to feel them in order to check that they were dry”.

Ravenscroft told the inquiry in a statement now published on its website that there were also rumours about Abbot Laurence Soper – who was convicted in 2017 of 19 charges of rape and other sexual offences against 10 boys at the school.

Ravenscroft raised her concerns with police the same year. When she told the new headmaster, Christopher Cleugh, that she wished she had reported the concerns about Pearce earlier, she said he responded: “You can rest assured he will seek absolution for his sins.”

Ravenscroft said it seemed child protection at the school was not taken seriously until its deputy head master, Peter Allott, was sentenced in 2016. “It still seemed as if things were being brushed to one side,” she said in her statement.

Penny Jones, a deputy director of the independent education and school governance division in the Department for Education, said in 2010 ministers were alarmed to learn monks who had committed sexual offences were still living in Ealing Abbey next to the school. “We lacked the powers necessary to require the abbot to remove monks who had offended from the abbey, as the power to remove monks fell [outside] DfE’s jurisdiction,” Jones told the inquiry.

Who knew about the abuse at St Benedict’s? The entire Catholic Church

Feb 17 2019

At the child sexual abuse inquiry Stephen Bleach sees the truth emerge about the school where he and other boys were harmed. And it hits him: the instinct to shield paedophiles was endemic

Earlier this month the inquiry spent five days examining the appalling record of child abuse at Ealing Abbey, west London, and the school it ran, St Benedict’s — where I was a pupil in the 1970s.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/who-knew-about-the-abuse-at-st-benedicts-the-entire-catholic-church-cmxfv2qm7

 

 @JonathanWest

One thing that became clear at the hearing was how outsiders with concerns were frozen out and ignored (and even accused of anti-Catholic motives) while commissioning advice from people (like Lord Carlile) who said what they wanted to hear, that all is well now.

Had Carlile been right in saying that, there wouldn’t have been so much still to be discovered in the inquiry hearing and there would have been no need for the Abbot (who commissioned Carlile) to resign before the hearing had even finished.

Catholic Abbot RESIGNS after he admits didn’t report priest jailed for child sex offence

THE Abbot of a Benedictine abbey has resigned after it emerged he withheld an allegation of abuse from police about a priest who was later jailed for child sex offences committed while teaching at a leading Catholic school.

Feb 8, 2019

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Abbot Martin Shipperlee has resigned

Abbot Martin Shipperlee of Ealing Abbey offered his resignation in a letter after serving as the head of St Benedict’s Junior School in West London from 1993 to 2000. It comes after Express.co.uk reported Abbot Shipperlee failed to report a claim of abuse against a Benedictine monk to the police when informed of it in 2001. Dom Jamieson, current Abbot President of EBC, revealed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) that today he received a letter from Abbot Shipperlee offering his resignation as Abbot of Ealing.

Abbot Shipperlee stated in his resignation letter: “My administration of safeguarding as has been serially revealed, has been of an insufficient standard.”

To which Abbot Jamieson said: “In light of this I have accepted his resignation.”

David Pearce and Laurence Soper, two Benedictine monks from the abbey who taught at the £16,845-a-year school, were jailed in 2009 and 2017 for historic child abuse offences.

Abbot Shipperlee last week admitted to the IICSA he failed to report a claim of abuse against Soper to the police when informed of it in 2001.

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Laurence Soper was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017

He said: “Because I simply did not believe that this was possible.

“I was outraged that such an accusation could be made against someone of whom I – well, it did not occur to me that it was possible that this sort of thing could happen.”

Reacting to news of his resignaiton, Mr O’Donnell, representing Jonathan West, said: “Under the circumstances, it seems sensible to us that Abbot Shipperlee has tended his resignation, but we do ask the question whether this would have happened if he had not given evidence to the Inquiry.”

“In the current era, can parents really trust Catholic organisations to take care of their children.”

In October 2009, Pearce, a former junior school head master at St Benedict’s, was jailed for eight years for abuse at the school from 1972 to 1992, as well as one offence in 2007.

Soper, the former Abbot, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017 after being on the run for five years.

He was arrested in Kosovo and extradited to the UK, where he was convicted of 19 counts of child sex abuse.

In a witness statement to the inquiry last Thursday, Abbot Shipperlee said he was unaware of receiving any complaints against Laurence Soper between 1980 and 2001.

During today’s inquiry, Imran Khan QC on behalf of G2, said: “It has taken a great deal of courage and resilience for victims and survivors who have clearly been traumatised for sharing their accounts with us.”

While Alan Collins representing G1 and G3 to G6 said: ”If there is no change, the risk of child abuse in Catholic organisations will continue.”

When speaking about lessons learnt, Abbot Jamieson told the inquiry: “The need to stop being self referential, moving beyond that, I want know what is it about the Catholic culture that seems to have facilitated a culture of abuse.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1084413/child-sex-abuse-catholic-priest-resign-st-benedicts

@Richard_Scorer

“It is clear that the Vatican Bank were facilitating Soper’s flight from justice and failed to hand over information which would have assisted the police in locating him… this gives the lie to the Pope’s claims to want to root out abusers in the church”.

Catholic Abbot didn’t report abuse allegation against priest jailed for child sex offences

THE Abbot of a Benedictine abbey withheld an allegation of abuse from police about a priest who was later jailed for child sex offences committed while teaching at a leading Catholic school, an inquiry heard this week.

Feb 8, 2019

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Abbot Martin Shipperlee

Abbot Martin Shipperlee of Ealing Abbey was head of St Benedict’s Junior School in West London from 1993 to 2000. David Pearce and Laurence Soper, two Benedictine monks from the abbey who taught at the £16,845-a-year school, were jailed in 2009 and 2017 for historic child abuse offences. Two ex-teachers who taught at the school at the time of the sex-abuse allegations described the institution then as “a bit like the mafia”.

Abbot Shipperlee admitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) he failed to report an allega

tion of abuse against Soper to the police child protection team when informed of it in 2001.

He said: “Because I simply did not believe that this was possible.

“I was outraged that such an accusation could be made against someone of whom I – well, it did not occur to me that it was possible that this sort of thing could happen.”

In October 2009, Pearce, a former junior school head master at St Benedict’s, was jailed for eight years for abuse at the school from 1972 to 1992, as well as one offence in 2007.

Soper, the former Abbot, was jailed for 18 years at the Old Bailey in December 2017 after being on the run for five years.

He was arrested in Kosovo and extradited to the UK, where he was convicted of 19 counts of child sex abuse.

In a witness statement to the inquiry on Thursday, Abbot Shipperlee said he was unaware of receiving any complaints against Laurence Soper between 1980 and 2001.

The inquiry heard a statement from a mother, whose four-year-old son was going to St Benedict’s junior school around 1997, saying a staff member had warned her about both Soper a

She wrote: “A senior member of the office staff approached me and told me not to leave my son, who would have been four at the time, on his own in the office at any time when Father David or Abbot Laurence were there.

“The person then told me that the child would be safer because they preferred boys with blond hair and blue eyes.

“The person then told me that Father David had been moved from the junior school to keep him away from the younger boys.”

In October 2001, the Archdiocese of Westminster wrote to Abbot Shipperlee with a victim’s claim of abuse by Soper.

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David Pearce and Laurence Soper taught at St Benedicts School when the abuse took place (Image: NC)

A further letter in December, 2001 from the Archdiocese to Abbot Shiperlee said “the serious claim against Abbot Laurence Soper should be reported to the child protection team at Ealing Police Station”.

Inquiry counsel Riel Karmuy-Jones, QC, asked Abbot Shipperlee why he still had not informed the police despite being advised to do so.

He replied he was “convinced in my own mind it must be a spurious claim”.

Ms Karmuy-Jones said: “You took the view that your opinion of the situation had more weight than the opinion of the Diocese of Westminster?”

Abbot Shipperlee said: “Yes. I was wrong.”

Ms Karmuy-Jones replied: “Is that how you have approached safeguarding during your time?”

Abbot Shipperlee said: “No, you can see plenty of times when I have not done that, but you do have to make the judgment yourself.”

Despite not telling the police, Abbot Shipperlee went on to warn Bassingbourn Barracks – where Soper acted as chaplain in the army training regiment in 2002 – about the allegation.

In 2004, another allegation of rape and corporal punishment was made against Soper from the 1970s.

Abbot Shipperlee admitted not asking for a risk assessment about Soper as he “didn’t think it necessary”.

On Wednesday, the inquiry heard statements from two ex-teachers who described St Benedict’s at the time of the abuse allegations as “a bit like the mafia”.

One teacher said in a statement “if anybody complained or said anything about Pearce, Laurence Soper would protect him and to complain meant putting your job on the line.

“There had been a number of complaints against Pearce.”

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Laurence Soper went on the run in Kosovo but was arrested in 2016 and extradited to UK (Image: NC)

A senior accounts assistant, who worked from 1995 to 2005, said she was warned by St Benedict’s head master, Dr Dachs after complaining about Pearce’s behaviour.

In a statement, she said: “On most Friday afternoons when I was on my own in the office, Father David would bring two or three boys to his office.

“He would shut the door and cover the glass window in the door with paper so that nobody could see into the office.

“I can’t remember how old they were, but they were not from the junior school, so would have been 11 or older.

“I was concerned about this so I contacted the headmaster, Dr Dachs. He told me, ‘If you know what’s good for you, keep your head down and do your job’.

“A short time later, I was talking to Abbot Laurence and I mentioned my concerns to him.

“He told me not to worry because the allegations against Father David were unfounded.

“I said that he was still around boys and Abbot Laurence said that Father David ‘just liked little boys’.

“I asked why Father David had been moved from the junior school and he said because he was ‘a sick man’.”

Abbot Shipperlee also told the panel he “did nothing” despite hearing Pearce had “a preference for blond children”.

The inquiry heard Pearce is now living in a flat and has his rent paid by Ealing Abbey through “charitable funds”.

The IICSA is the largest ever Government inquiry and is expected to last until at least 2020.

It is looking at 13 different investigations, including the Catholic Church.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1084189/child-sex-abuse-catholic-priests-st-benedicts

IICSA

The Inquiry will hold a week of public hearings into allegations of child sexual abuse at Ealing Abbey and St Benedict’s School, part of the Roman Catholic Church investigation from 4 – 8 February 2019

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/news/inquiry-hold-public-hearing-ealing-abbey-and-st-benedict%E2%80%99s-school

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The witness concludes his evidence by giving a short statement. “Since WW2 we reckon that hundreds of boys were molested at St Benedict’s. If this country had mandatory reporting like the legislation currently in draft, hundreds of those wouldn’t have been abused.”

@Richard_Scorer

V clear from evidence at that Abbot of Ealing (Shipperlee) delayed in providing crucial information to police which wd have assisted in apprehending paedophile priest Laurence Soper, who had fled to Kosovo. Shows how hollow are Catholic Church “apologies” to victims

Also revealed in today – a “lack of appetite” on part of Vatican to assist with apprehension of paedophile priest Soper. Vatican Bank had his secret address in Kosovo

Jonathan West‏@JonathanWest:

One of the Ealing monks was also chaplain of another local catholic independent school, St Augustine’s Priory School for Girls.

Even after this monk had to resign as a trustee & governor of St Benedict’s and was placed on “restricted ministry” because of allegations of abuse, he remained chaplain & governor of St A for some months.

Was St Augustine’s aware of this? How is a school chaplaincy consistent with restricted ministry of a monk put in place because of concerns for the safety of children?

There is the fact that Lord Carlile’s review made no new recommendations concerning safeguarding at the school. he merely repeated recommendations previously made by the ISI and a previous review commissioned by the Abbey

Why? Did Carlile think safeguarding was now adequate? If so on the basis of what knowledge or expertise in the subject did he reach that conclusion?

In 2009 when all this first started coming to light, St Benedict’s school safeguarding policy was one long excuse for never reporting anything to anybody. Why did it get into that state, and why did it take years to reform it so that all concerns are reported to the authorities?

CourtNewsUK‏ @CourtNewsUK

Soper is unrepentant and claims he has suffered a ‘serious miscarriage of justice’.

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

 

Soper was remanded in custody to be sentenced on 19 December.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42257548

Five convicted child sex offenders at one school. That is too many for it to be a coincidence. In time, those in charge of the abbey and the school will have to account for their failure to protect the children in their care. They will have to do so in public under oath, questioned by lawyers at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA). They have been required to provide copies of all relevant documents to the public inquiry. It wouldn’t surprise me if they have already started rehearsing their answers.

One thing that the monks of Ealing will have to explain is how they not only harboured several criminal paedophiles within their ranks, but actually managed to elect a prolific child abuser as their leader. Laurence Soper was of course Abbot of Ealing from 1991 to 2000.

http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2017/12/laurence-soper-found-guilty-of-abuse.html#comment-form

“It was an amoral and perverted place,”

From the 1950s until well into this century, a succession of paedophiles and sadists were in positions of authority over young boys at St Benedict’s. They enjoyed themselves to the full.

Soper is the fifth teacher from the school to be convicted on charges relating to child abuse. Serious complaints have been made about others. The school was run by the Benedictine monks of Ealing Abbey.

Britain’s Benedictines have an extraordinary record of founding schools and then abusing the children who attend them.

A day after Soper’s conviction it was revealed that Aidan Bellenger, a former abbot of Downside Abbey in Somerset, believed that his three predecessors had tolerated child abuse and had sheltered “perverse and criminal” paedophiles at Downside School.

The week before, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse heard of beatings and sexual assault on boys as young as six at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire. It has become a bit of a tradition.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-monks-who-stole-my-childhood-wfk5rhk9q

Jonathan West‏ @JonathanWest

I agree, sometimes superiors can be abusers as well. The monks of Ealing Abbey managed to elect an abuser as their Abbot. Fr Laurence Soper will be sentenced on Thursday after being convicted last week of 19 child abuse charges.

https://twitter.com/ColetteAnnesley/status/942082144775688193

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/03/ampleforth-charity-commission-takeover-amid-concerns-management/?WT.mc_id=tmg_share_tw

Dr Whitehead, current head of provide evidence to . He was educated at Stonyhurst (Jesuit). Other than a spell at Radley, he has taught exclusively in Benedictine settings

Child abuse ‘tolerated’ and ‘indirectly encouraged’ by former Downside Abbey abbots

12 December 2017

‘The heart of darkness in the [Downside] community is the issue of child abuse, which was tolerated by all my predecessors as abbot’

Downside Abbey “tolerated” and “indirectly encouraged” child abuse by protecting monks who sexually abused children, a former abbot has claimed.

Aidan Bellenger, who retired as Abbot in 2014, accused his three predecessors of tolerating child abuse in letters read to the inquiry. He also alleged that the Somerset monastery still harbours paedophiles, raising questions about the behaviour of three monks.

The letters were also sent to the chairman of the Abbey’s board of governors, Father Leo Maidlow Davis last year. The current headmaster, Dr James Whitehead, told the inquiry he was shown the letters in August 2017.

“It is a very serious concern that he’s raising here, potentially, that these abbots may have actually encouraged paedophilia,” he told the inquiry.

Their contents were disclosed 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).

“At the heart of darkness in the [Downside] community is the issue of child abuse, which was tolerated by all my predecessors as abbot,” wrote Bellenger.

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Richard Yeo (left)

Father Richard Yeo

Among the former abbots named by Bellenger, is Father Richard Yeo, abbot from 1998 until 2006. Bellenger said he “should have known better” and accused him of trying to protect two monks, Father Richard White (known as Father Nicholas) and Father Desmond O’Keefe, who were subsequently jailed for sexual offences. White was sentenced to five years in prison in 2012 for sexually assaulting boys in the 1980s. O’Keefe was jailed in 2004 for downloading more than12,000 pornographic images of children from the Internet.

“Neither was penitent. Both were protected and indirectly encouraged by their abbots, John [Roberts], Charles [Fitzgerald-Lombard] and Richard [Yeo],” he added.

The letters also describe a monk, who is still at Downside, to be guilty of “perverse and criminal” activities. Two others, he said, were “open to allegations of paedophilia.”

The IICSA hearing on the English Benedictine Congregation is expected to conclude on Friday

http://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/8232/0/child-abuse-tolerated-and-indirectly-encouraged-by-former-downside-abbey-abbots-

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

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

Dom Richard Yeo is asked about F65 who is alleged to have abused a boy of 16. F65 thereafter became a Governor, and F77 a Trustee.

Another revelation at today: Richard Yeo, until recently President of the Benedictines, appointed a known sex abuser as his secretary. Unclear what access this man might have had to sensitive files.

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/3553/view/12%20December%202017%20Roman%20Catholic%20Church%20Public%20Hearing%20Transcript.pdf

 

 

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

Paul‏ @Oatcake1967

Former HK Governor Lord Chris Patten is George Pell’s spin doctor

LORD PATTEN OF BARNES is Cardinal George Pell’s covert personal media advisor, head of his “black ops” propaganda unit and chief strategist of damage control.

Independent Australia has been informed that Patten owes Pell his job and felt obliged to respond to Pell’s plea for help after a series of public relations blunders and manoeuvres scripted in Rome and Australia backfired on the increasingly beleaguered Cardinal.

Further, IA is aware that some Vatican and Australian communications personnel have become increasingly disaffected with what they interpret as Pell’s disingenuous conduct, and his continuing lack of duty of care and compassion for victims/survivors.

As well, there is also some antipathy between Pell’s Roman staff and the office of the Archdiocese of Sydney whom, we are told, are getting fed up with being on call 24/7 and acceding to the demands of the autocratic Pell and his various acolytes.

Pell apparently still treats Sydney HQ as his own turf.

PATTEN RECRUITED BY PELL FOR HOLY SEE

In July 2014, the erudite and personable Patten was made president of the Vatican’s extensive media and communications divisions, charged with overhauling all print and electronic matters and to usher the Vatican into the digital age.

Much to the ire of many, Patten was recruited in a phone call “out of the blue” by George Pell, but why was the Prefect of the Secretariat of the Economy now lording it over the Vatican’s communications unit and hiring staff, and overruling incumbent administrators ?

On the surface, Patten’s appointment was ostensibly to cut costs but it was enough to ruffle the feathers of angels.

In response to an earlier report on the Vatican’s media and communications by consultants McKinsey & Company – famous for their Anil Kumar and Rajat K.Gupta insider trader scandals – to overhaul media, Patten was eventually appointed and now oversees a committee that includes former Singapore Finance Minister, George Yeo.

http://linkis.com/independentaustralia.net/L9yst

Dame Alun Roberts

 Ealing1

Mmmh! Rock and Soper both had strong ties to both Chris Patten and the Balkans.

Ealing2

Chris Patten & Laurence (Andrew) Soper born within a year of each other, were students at St Benedict’s at the same time. They go way back…

Ealing3

Laurence Soper was the former Chaplain at Harrow School from 1981 to 1991. Harrow, Sedbergh and Durham schools were all raided in the late 1990s during a nationwide investigation into an alleged paedophile network of teachers at six leading public schools.

Ealing4

Former Harrow School headmaster Ian Beer said Ball was “almost saintly” and had shown a “remarkable influence for the good with the young”. Ian Beer sent boys from all three schools he worked in (Harrow, Lancing and Ellesmere) to Peter Ball.

Ealing5

According to Headmaster Ian Beer, in his letter of support for the paedophile Peter Ball, pupils flocked to Ball for confidential help and advice. Harrow hosted young people from Bishop Peter Ball’s scheme in Sussex Ian Beer was an old chum of Denis Thatcher.

Ealing6

Richard Yeo, until recently President of the Benedictines, admitted that during his Presidency sex offenders were knowingly appointed as school governors and had input into safeguarding!

Ealing7

Father Yeo was a member of the Cumberlege Commission into protecting children in the Catholic Church. He was Abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006 having been secretary to the Abbot Primate of the international Benedictine Confederation.

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And, wait for it, Vice Chair of Cumberlege was the broken chair Theresa May tried to put in charge of IICSA, the woman who loved the church so dearly she would always put it before victims, the one and only Sloshed Butler:


Ealing9

And, of course, Bishop Ball wouldn’t be a ‘proper’ paedophile if he weren’t connected to the PaedoProtector General …

Ealing10

 In fact, Bishop Bollox was a founder member of the Thatcher Foundation set up by the former prime minister. Say no more!

Ealing11
IICSA has now ascertained that Richard Yeo appointed a known sex abuser as his secretary. They certainly keep it in the family!

 


St Benedict’s school Ealing

Another victim said he believed Maestri was running a paedophile ring at the school.

‘When I speak of a paedophile ring, [I say] that there were school masters, lay or clerical, who were or have been convicted of the sexual abuse of children,’ he explained.

‘Therefore it’s reasonable to believe that something like a paedophile ring was operating at St Benedict’s school.

‘I believe that the Benedictine Order should answer for the serial abuse that has gone on in its educational establishments for the last few decades.’

The conviction comes a year after the school’s former deputy head Peter Allott was jailed for child pornography’

His defence barrister Jane Humphryes, QC, suggested his accusers were bitter ‘professional victims’ and fantasists and told one he was determined to ‘squash’ St Benedict’s and become a core participant in the IICSA.

Soper has been expelled from the monastery of St Benedict of Ealing for ‘scandalous behaviour’ but is still a priest.

 

It would be interesting to get some background on Sopers legal team and who was paying for it.

http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2017/12/laurence-soper-found-guilty-of-abuse.html#comment-form

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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Dame Alun Roberts‏ @ciabaudo

Funny bloke this Patten: Dishes out £1000s unnecessarily to McA (Lord McAlpine) and now threatens MP with litigation for searching for truth!

Lord Patten warns Tory MP over Savile scandal evidence

Lord Patten warns Tory MP he risks legal action if he publishes evidence calling into question BBC’s handling of Jimmy Savile scandal

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/jimmy-savile/10509720/Lord-Patten-warns-Tory-MP-over-Savile-scandal-evidence.html

https://web.archive.org/web/20131124064254/http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100246954/lord-patten-must-find-out-the-truth-about-jimmy-savile-mark-thompson-and-the-pollard-review/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/15/bbc-mcalpine-payout_n_2139601.html

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Lord Patten must find out the truth about Jimmy Savile, Mark Thompson and the Pollard Review

 

The cover-ups, scandals and payoffs of Lord Patten’s reign

Lord Patten forced to step down early after presiding over period of unprecedented crisis at the BBC dominated by Savile, McAlpine and Entwistle

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/10812299/The-cover-ups-scandals-and-payoffs-of-Lord-Pattens-reign.html

 

The BBC Trust denied that chairman Lord Patten had threatened Tory MP Rob Wilson with legal action if he released the tape

The BBC Trust denied that chairman Lord Patten had threatened Tory MP Rob Wilson with legal action if he released the tape

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Chris Patten who was part of BBC Savile cover-up

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Chris Patten and Soper go way back

Chris Patten and Andrew Soper were students at St Benedict’s at the same time.

Soper born 1943:

Education St Benedict’s Sch Ealing, St Benet’s Hall Oxford, Collegio Sant Anselmo Rome (STL, STD), St Mary’s Coll Twickenham (PGCE)
Chris Patten born 1944 attended St Benedict’s

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

Andrew Soper, 74, fled to Kosovo with £182,000 from the Vatican bank in an attempt to avoid prosecution

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

A “sadistic” monk who was head of a top Catholic school was convicted yesterday of molesting ten pupils in a campaign of abuse during the 1970s and 1980s that was exposed by The Times.

Andrew Soper, known as Father Laurence, is thought to be the most senior Catholic priest to be convicted of sex crimes in the UK. He withdrew £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and fled to Kosovo to avoid prosecution for attacking boys at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London.

Soper, the former abbot of Ealing Abbey, which adjoins the school, spent five years abroad before he was extradited. A jury at the Old Bailey deliberated for 14 hours before finding him guilty of 19 charges of indecent assault and buggery between 1975 and 1982.

Soper, 74, who is likely to die in jail, is the fourth staff member of St Benedict’s to be convicted of indecent assault and the school apologised unreservedly last night for the “serious wrongs of the past”.

The 60-year history of abuse at the school was exposed by The Times and a report by an independent barrister concluded in 2011 that there had been a “lengthy and cumulative failure” by monks to protect children in their care.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will hold hearings into one of the worst scandals to afflict the Catholic church in Britain.

The first of Soper’s victims to come forward last night told of his relief that justice had finally been served. The man, who came forward in 2004 but was initially told by police there was insufficient evidence, told The Times: “He will never see outside a cell again and that is where he deserves to be. He ruined my life . . . finally I am free.”

Soper was headmaster and senior priest at the school. A series of accusations were made against him after he resigned as abbot in 2000 and went to live at the Benedictine headquarters at the Collegio Sant’Anselmo, Rome. He returned to Britain to be interviewed by police about the claims in 2004, 2009 and 2010, and was allowed to go back to Rome on bail until 2011. Seven days before he was due to attend a police station in the UK, he flew to Kosovo. He was highly regarded as a scholar in the Vatican and his views on the Catholic church were widely sought. Soper has been expelled from the monastery of St Benedict at Ealing but is still a priest.

The Old Bailey was told that he got a sexual thrill from caning young boys and “cunningly” used corporal punishment as an excuse to pull down their trousers. He pulled up his robes to rape one 12-year-old pupil over a desk in his office and warned the boy he could be expelled if he ever told his parents. Detective Superintendent Ang Scott, from the Metropolitan Police, said that Soper was a “manipulative” offender who used his position to carry out “punishments” with a sexual motive.

His ten victims, who have since been plagued by mental health problems, were initially afraid to speak out because their families viewed Catholic priests with “deep respect”. Judge Anthony Bate remanded Soper in custody to be sentenced on December 19.

Soper is the latest in a string of men to face allegations relating to their work at St Benedict’s, which counts Lord Patten of Barnes, the former Conservative chairman, and Julian Clary, the entertainer, among its alumni.

In 2009, Father David Pearce, 75, nicknamed the “devil in a dog collar”, was jailed after he admitted 11 charges of indecent assault dating back to 1975. Between 2003 and 2009, John Maestri, 78, of Chatham in Kent, admitted five indecent assaults against children at St Benedict’s in the 1970s and 1980s and was jailed. In 2010, John Skelton was convicted of indecent assaults against two complainants said to have occurred in 1983 at St Benedict’s.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/andrew-soper-father-laurence-former-abbot-of-ealing-abbey-st-benedict-s-school-guilty-of-raping-boys-qr333lzv2

Father Anthony Gee (the former headmaster of St Benedict’s) faced accusations of abuse, but no further action was taken although civil action was brought against him, jurors were told.

https://www.premier.org.uk/News/UK/Former-abbot-found-guilty-of-abusing-boys-at-Catholic-school

The former pupil said that in his final O level year he told the headmaster, Father Anthony Gee, that he did not want to stay at the school for his A levels, explaining: “I do not want to be taught by perverts masquerading as teachers.”

He said Father Gee became angry at his criticism of “good teachers and good holy men” and “threatened me with eternal hell fire and damnation”.

The headmaster threatened to “destroy” the reputation of his grandfather and his father within the church and wider society,” he claimed.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/court-hears-pupils-story-of-abuse-at-leading-catholic-school-flkkfss5k8b

http://scepticalthoughts.blogspot.com/2011/07/

https://i2.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/03/31/15/32B383F100000578-0-image-a-16_1459433688722.jpg

Few of these recent news articles mention  St Benedict’s, paedophile 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

Andreas Baader‏ @stop1984

Cardinal Hume and a former Downside Abbey headmaster ‘did nothing at all’ after paraplegic woman informed them of alleged sex abuse, national inquiry told

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

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”.

The inquiry has been told that the “abbeys and schools are proud of the tradition of academic excellence and spiritual values” that they offer. It was also told that the Benedictine congregation “expresses profound shame that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse whilst in the care of the schools connected with its abbeys”.

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

Abbots at £32,000-a-year Roman Catholic School ‘encouraged monks to abuse children while staff there are STILL sheltering paedophiles’

  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining abuse in schools
  • Letters from former abbot of catholic school tell of his concerns about abuse
  • In a letter last year, he said he feared the school was still sheltering a paedophile
  • Inquiry heard claims member of staff at school abused girl in a wheelchair

A Catholic school attached to a monastery sheltered child sex offenders and tolerated abuse, its former abbot claimed.

Downside Abbey in Somerset is being examined by Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse after two of its monks were jailed for child sex offences.

Letters from the abbey’s former abbot, Aidan Bellenger, have now revealed his fears that ‘the issue of child abuse was tolerated by all my predecessors as abbot’.

In a letter sent last year, he said of two monks who had been imprisoned over abuse: ‘Neither was penitent. Both were protected (and implicitly) encouraged by their abbots.’

He said of two other monks: ‘[They] avoided trial, but their offences (more than allegations) remain on record.’

His letter including a warning that a monk who still lives at Downside had taken part in ‘perverse and criminal’ activities.

Two others he said ‘were open to allegations of “paedophilia”‘, adding: ‘Small fry perhaps but in outside perceptions they would be in trouble.’

He warned: ‘More “historic” cases will emerge’, listing five other names, which have been redacted by the inquiry.

Earlier this week, the inquiry heard from a woman who said she was abused by a member of the staff at the school in the 1980s, when she was a wheelchair- bound teenager.

Two monks from the Abbey have previously been jailed for child sex offences.

Monk Richard White, 66, was handed a five-year sentence in 2012 after abusing two boys more than two decades ago, including a 12-year-old he paid 50p to hush up.

His court hearing was told that, instead of contacting the police after allegations were raised, the then abbot of the monastery simply stopped White from teaching younger students.

In 2004, Desmond O’Keefe, another former priest from the abbey, was jailed for downloading 12,000 children sex abuse images.

Dr Bellenger, who was abbot for eight years until 2014, has previously apologised to all former pupils affected by abuse.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is currently examining the prevalence of paedophilia among Benedictine monks and failures to protect young people.

It is focusing on offenders who targeted children at two famous Catholic public schools, Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset, over many decades.

But although numerous inquiries have exposed the problem of child abuse within church institutions and a string of offenders have been convicted, safety concerns are said to remain.

Counsel to the inquiry Riel Karmy-Jones QC told a hearing last month the recorded allegations ‘go back many years… and they continue into the present day’.

She added: ‘In considering the evidence and assessing the extent of abuse, it must be remembered that we have to rely on that which has been reported, and the extent and accuracy with which those reports have been recorded, if at all.

‘In that time we have moved from scant records, little more than a handwritten notes on scraps of paper being kept, to electronic records. So some of the records that remain are old and illegible, some incomplete, some lost or destroyed.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5159157/Abbots-Roman-Catholic-School-sheltered-paedophiles.html

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 Old Bailey.

Andrew Soper was headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict’s School, a fee-paying independent school in Ealing, and he stands accused of abusing 10 boys there during the 1970s and 80s.

Now aged 74, Mr Soper denies 19 offences of indecent assault and buggery against the boys, who claim they were subjected to sexual touching and beatings with a cane.

Prosecutors said the school had a history of “both violence and sexual abuse” by the adults in charge, describing it as “sadly prevalent”.

A former pupil accused the school of covering up covering up “serial abuse” by teachers and priests over the past six decades in his testimony.

Jurors heard Father David Pearce, a former headmaster at the school, and John Maestri, a former maths teacher, have previously been prosecuted for child abuse crimes there.

A pupil told the court that he believed Maestri ran a paedophile ring at the school, but defence lawyer Jane Humphreys QC accused the man of concocting the stories to get back at school masters who had caned him.

“You say Mr Soper caned you and other masters did as well. You said that you want to bring the Benedictine order to its knees,” said the barrister.

The victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the beatings were given for “fake reasons” such as kicking a football “in the wrong direction”, “failing to use double margins” and “using the staircase”, the Old Bailey heard.

During his defence, Mr Soper told jurors incidents had been interpreted in a “sexual way” against a “tsunami of media attention as I am named fairly frequently”.

The abbot was extradited from Kosovo for the trial after he fled there from Rome upon learning he was the subject of a Metropolitan Police investigation in 2011.

Explaining why he fled, he blamed “stupidity and cowardice” and told the jury that his life had been ruined by the allegations.

The jury retired to consider the verdicts on Thursday morning following a two-month trial.

 

https://old-bailey.com/old-bailey-cases-of-interest/

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Andrew Charles, Kingston Soper

Nov 24 2017

Details: Trial (Part Heard) – Resume – 10:52
Trial (Part Heard) – Summing Up – 10:59
Trial (Part Heard) – Prosecution Closing Speech – 11:43
Trial (Part Heard) – Case adjourned until 14:00 – 12:55
Trial (Part Heard) – Prosecution Closing Speech – 14:12
Trial (Part Heard) – Case adjourned until 15:40 – 15:28
Trial (Part Heard) – Prosecution Closing Speech – 15:43
Trial (Part Heard) – Case adjourned until 10:00 – 16:03

http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/crown-court-daily/14/lists/2017-11-24

 IICSA – Ampleforth  Week 1

https://www.iicsa.org.uk/key-documents/3360/view/Week%201%20timetable%20for%20EBC%20case%20study%20hearing.pdf

Andrew Soper trial: Accused tells jury caning at Ealing school was ‘interpreted in a sexual way’

Former Ealing abbot Andrew Soper claims victims interpreted caning incidents at St Benedict’s school in a “sexual way”

23 NOV 2017

An Ealing priest has blamed a “tsunami” of media attention for almost identical accounts of boys he is accused of sexually abusing at a fee-paying Catholic school.

Former abbot Andrew Soper, 74, allegedly molested 10 pupils during his time as headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict’s School in Ealing in the 1970s and 80s.

Prosecutor Gillian Etherton QC quizzed the defendant on the “extraordinary” similarities between some of the alleged victims’ stories during his trial at the Old Bailey on Wednesday (November 22).

They claimed Soper “searched them for a book under the ruse of patting to touch their bottom” and offered three strokes of the cane instead of six “severe lashes” if they took their trousers and pants down.

The defendant accepted he had checked boys for “padding” and had changed his account to police on “calmer recollection” of events of some 30 years ago.

But he denied bargaining over the cane, saying: “I never gave that sort of an option because I would never give a boy six strokes of the cane, that’s far too much.

“I normally gave two or three.”

He told jurors incidents had been interpreted in a “sexual way” against a “tsunami of media attention as I am named fairly frequently”.

He cited a “backdrop of heavy media attention for the last 10 years” including a blog and “victim” discussion group, documentaries on Channel 4, Channel 5, Panorama, and news articles naming him and the school.

He said: “Against all that you have then got money, of course, which is a great incentive and the more elaborate the story, the more money you get.”

He went on: “I think, if I’m right, that seven out of 10 complainants left St Benedict’s before they completed their education for various reasons and none of them seem to have had, understandably, any love for the school.

“Also I’m associated in the media and public with a number of people who have been accused, and in some cases pleaded guilty, to child abuse in a relatively small school within the same time.”

He denies the 19 alleged offences of indecent assault, indecency with a child, and buggery allegedly committed against 10 boys.

The trial continues.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/andrew-soper-trial-accused-tells-13942552

 

Priest fled UK out of ‘cowardice’ after sexual assault charges

Nov 21 2017

A Roman Catholic priest fled the country out of “cowardice and stupidity” after being accused of abusing young boys, a court has heard.

Laurence Soper, 74, is charged with 19 counts of sexual assault against boys at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught.

Mr Soper was returned to the UK in May 2016 from after a five-year police hunt in Kosovo, the Old Bailey heard.

Ten former pupils have made allegations dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

The boys allege they were subjected to rape, sexual touching and beaten with a cane.

Mr Soper was arrested in 2010 and bailed, but failed to return to a London police station in March 2011.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for him in 2012.

Mr Soper – who is no longer a monk but remains a priest – said his whole life had been “ruined” by the allegations.

He insisted he did not flee to Kosovo because he was guilty.

He said: “My stupidity and cowardice and wishing to bury my head in the sand played a big part.

“If you want to destroy a priest, vicar, anybody, all you have to do is make an accusation up against them.

“Their future is ruined, their character is ruined.”

Mr Soper said he had been beaten with a cane several times when he too was a pupil at St Benedict’s in the 1950s.

It was “not totally uncommon” to hear of boys being caned with “clothes off”, he added.

Mr Soper told jurors, he had caned boys as a teacher but felt “totally different” about the practice now.

He denies all the charges against him, including indecent assault and indecency with a child.

The trial continues.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-42073351

 

 

http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/crown-court-daily/14/lists/2017-11-21

Why is the Charles Howeson trial getting so much more media coverage, than the Laurence Soper trial?


CASES OF INTEREST AT THE OLD BAILEY ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER 17

Court 7 at 10am Trial Continues in the case of Andrew Soper, a Catholic priest, who has denied sexually abusing 10 boys at a west London school in the 1970s and 80s.

Witness number 24 continues

Soper very protected – Minimal coverage of Soper’s trial:

Priests were ‘part of a paedophile network’

19 Oct 2017

A child abuse victim claims a paedophile ring was operating at a Roman Catholic school where a former monk allegedly sexually assaulted schoolboys, a court heard. St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London, has covered up ‘serial abuse’ by teachers and priests over the past six decades, according to one of Father Andrew Soper’s former pupils. Soper, 74, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of a string of sex…

http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/priests-part-paedophile-network/

Anthony John Wixted‏ @TrojanManifesto

Andrew Soper trial: Alleged child abuse victim claims paedophile ring operated from Ealing Catholic school:

Rev Nicolas Stacey must have had links to many people on the Elm
house guest list…..

Dame Alun Roberts‏@ciabado

Interesting read on Social Work Today and Islington connections.

ONE What is it about Islington, that den of iniquity? Here’s an attempt to join a few dots …

TWO Nick Stacey, a Director of Social Services, instructed his staff not to report alleged paedophiles within Kent Social Services.

 

THREE Stacey was very close to Peter Righton. Stacey, formerly a vicar, was based in Maidstone, where Righton also lived for a time.

 

FOUR They cemented their friendship via Social Work Today and were on a steering ctte to train those working with disturbed young people.

FIVE Also in this group of 6 were John Rea Price, Director of Islington for 19 years while every one of its kids’ homes was run by paedos.

SIX When Liz Davies blew the whistle on Islington, Rea Price quickly legged it to become CEO of NCB, also based in Islington.

SEVEN Also close to Righton and Stacey was Chris Andrews, Chair of BASW and another force within SWT alongside Margaret Claire Jervis.

Read here how Andrews rushed to the defence of paedophile Peter Righton:

Chris Andrews, of BASW, described Righton at the time of his arrest as follows: He [Righton] is a highly respected figure within the residential field, particularly working with highly disturbed children. He is very much concerned with therapeutic work in child care’ (cited in Burden and Rose, ‘Porn Squad quiz Child Care Expert’).

EIGHT Margaret Claire Jervis went on to become Barbara Hewson’s close friend and fellow activist in the false allegations campaign.

NINE When Righton was arrested in 1992, Chris Andrews, who spoke for BASW, was one of the first to jump to Righton’s defence.


Andrew Soper trial: Alleged child abuse victim claims paedophile ring operated from Ealing Catholic school

The former pupil of Father Andrew Soper accused St Benedict’s School of covering up “serial abuse”

19 OCT 2017

A child abuse victim claims a paedophile ring was operating at a school in Ealing where a former monk allegedly sexual assaulted young boys, a court heard.

On Thursday (October 19), a former pupil of Father Andrew Soper accused St Benedict’s school of covering up “serial abuse” by teachers and priests over the past six decades.

Soper, a 74-year-old former abbott of Ealing Abbey, is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of a string of sex offences – including buggery and indecent assault against 10 schoolboys.

Prosecutors claim sexual abuse and violence against children was widespread at the Roman Catholic school from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Jurors heard Father David Pearce, a former headmaster at the school, and John Maestri, a former maths teacher, have previously been prosecuted for child abuse there.

The court heard from one complainant, who accused Soper of indecently assaulting him twice, who said he believes Maestri ran a paedophile ring at the school.

‘The Benedictine Order should answer for the serial abuse’

The complainant replied: “I believe that the Benedictine Order should answer for the serial abuse that has gone on in its educational establishments for the last few decades.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/andrew-soper-trial-alleged-child-13783458#ICID=sharebar_twitter


Laurence Soper, 74, the abbot of Ealing Abbey from 1991-2000, was headmaster and senior priest at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, west London.

Former pupil allegedly abused by Ealing priest denies being a ‘professional victim’

The witness was called a fantasist after claiming he was raped and indecently assaulted by Andrew Soper

A former west London pupil – who won a £135,000 settlement after claiming he was sexually abused by a school priest – was accused of being a fantasist on Monday (October 16).

The alleged victim first came forward after claiming he was raped and indecently assaulted by Andrew Soper, 74, at St Benedict’s School in Ealing in the 1970s.

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/former-pupil-allegedly-abused-ealing-13768954

‘Fantasist’ – with so many other allegations against Soper? – So why did they give him a massive payout – unless they knew his claims were valid?


Jane Humphryes QC defending Soper also defended Fuggle of Colet Court school

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3068710/Child-sex-images-teacher-faces-jail.html

Anthony Fuggle, ex-Colet Court teacher, sentenced over child pornography

 Colet Court is a junior division of St Paul’s Preparatory School. Alumni include Chancellor George Osborne.

Soper –  is no longer a monk but remains a priest

10 Oct 2017

Roman Catholic priest, 74, ‘withdrew £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and went on the run in Albania after being accused of sexually abusing schoolchildren’

  • Father Laurence Soper, 74, was a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London
  • Soper then skipped bail and flew to Kosovo when he was accused of sex offences
  • It is claimed the Catholic priest caned pupils to give himself a thrill at the school

A Roman Catholic priest withdrew £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and went on the run in Albania after he was accused of sexually abusing schoolchildren in the 1970s and 1980s, a court heard.

Father Laurence Soper, 74, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, skipped bail and flew to Kosovo when he was accused of sex offences including buggery and indecent assault on boys under 16, it is said.

Prosecutors say the abuse took place between September 1972 and July 1983 while Soper was headmaster at St Benedict’s School in Ealing.

Soper caned pupils to give himself a thrill at the school, where sexual abuse and violence was allegedly widespread, it is claimed.

One of his alleged victims said children ‘had been targeted by predators and assaulted’ at St Benedict’s and accused the school of a ‘serial cover up’.

A series of accusations were made against Soper after he resigned as abbot and went to live at the Benedictine headquarters at Collegio Sant’Anselmo in Rome, Italy, in 2000.

He flew to the UK to be interviewed by police about the claims in July 2004, June 2009 and September 2010, and was allowed to return to Rome on police bail until 11 March 2011.

But seven days before he was due to attend a police station in the UK, he flew to Kosovo, Albania, with 204,000 euros withdrawn from his Vatican bank account, jurors were told.

Soper, who was then working as general treasurer of the International Benedictine Confederation, claimed he had been paid to study a mystical strand of Islam in the Balkans, the Old Bailey heard.

Gillian Etherton QC, prosecuting, said: ‘As a result of the defendant failing to attend his re-bailed date attempts were made by the police and authorities to locate him.

‘After five-and-a-half years of being wanted by police the defendant was located in Kosovo.

‘A European Arrest warrant was issued for Andrew Soper’s extradition. Eventually the authorities deported the defendant.

‘The defendant was arrested for these offences at Luton Airport coming off a flight from Kosovo on 21 August 2016.

‘He was cautioned and replied: “I vigorously deny these allegations.”‘

She added: ‘You will hear that the defendant is a meticulous man who analyses and plans most things.

‘The prosecution say he carefully organised his leaving of Rome. It was his clear intention to fall below police radar.’

Soper has since been expelled from the monatsery of St Benedict of Ealing for ‘scandalous behvaiour’ but is still a priest, the court heard.

He has been charged with 19 alleged sex offences relating to 10 complainants, including buggery and indecency with a child.

According to charges, he indecently assaulted one boy on a school cycling holiday and anally raped him twice on other occasions.

Soper, who was in charge of discipline at St Benedict’s School while he taught there, is also accused of using caning as ‘a method to rouse and to gain sexual gratification’.

The defendant, described as ‘manipulative’, ‘perverted’ and ‘sadistic’ by various complainants, allegedly kept canes, a cat-o-nine tails whip and a leather strap in his desk.

One former pupil said he was ‘the scariest of the monks there’.

‘He was a disciplinarian and never smiled,’ added the complainant.

Jurors heard the former pupils were told to pull their trousers down while Soper punished them in his headmaster’s room for ‘false reasons’ such as kicking a football in the wrong direction.

The boys were left feeling ‘dirty and ashamed’ after the incidents – but just one of the 10 alleged victims told his parents what had happened.

He claimed his parents, who have since died, didn’t tell the police because ‘priests were much respected’.

Ms Etherton said: ‘A priest or a monk is a person to look up to and hold in deep respect, not someone to challenge or confront.

‘A young boy’s word against that of a priest – you may think it’s little wonder that most of the complainants at the time said nothing.’

One former pupil was paid £135,000 to settle a sex abuse claim against Soper out of court in 2010, while another one was paid £5,900 after launching a civil claim, the Old Bailey was told.

Former headmaster father David Pearce and former maths teacher John Maestri have previously been prosecuted for child abuse at the school, jurors heard.

The court heard that several of the complainants came forward after reading about allegations of sexual abuse at the school on the internet.

Soper, formerly of Peja, Kosovo, denies two counts of buggery, one count of indecency with a child, 10 counts of indecent assault on boys under 16 and six counts of indecent assault on boys under 18.

The trial continues.

 

3 Oct 2017

Court 7 at 10.30am New trial of Andrew Soper, an ex-Roman Catholic priest has denied sexually abusing 10 boys at a west London school in the 1970s and 80s.

https://old-bailey.com/old-bailey-cases-of-interest/

2 Oct 2017

Mandate Now‏ @mandatenowDespite not featuring in Court Listings, the Trial of Soper commences in Court 7 of the Old Bailey at 10.30 today.


Former abbot to stand trial for abusing 10 schoolboys

Ealing

A former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing 10 schoolboys in the 1970s and 1980s will stand trial in October. Father Laurence Soper, 73, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is charged with 18 sex offences including buggery and indecent assault on boys under 16. They are said to have occurred at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught first as a priest before being promoted to abbot.

http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/former-abbot-stand-trial-abusing-10-schoolboys/

Ex-priest Laurence Soper denies sexually abusing boys

 

  • 10 August 2017

An ex-Roman Catholic priest has denied sexually abusing 10 boys at a west London school in the 1970s and 80s.

Laurence Soper, 73, is charged with 18 counts of sexual assault against boys aged under 16, at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught.

The former Abbott of Ealing Abbey appeared before the Old Bailey via video link and spoke only to confirm his name and deny the charges.

He is due to go on trial at the same court on 2 October.

None of the alleged victims, one of whom was aged under 14 at the time, can be identified for legal reasons.

Mr Soper is accused of committing indecent assault, indecency with a child, and serious sexual assault between 1972 and 1983.

In court he was addressed as Andrew Charles Kingston Soper – with Laurence being the name he took when he was ordained as a priest.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40887750


 

 Child abuse inquiry set to drop investigation into Ealing Abbey monks

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

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

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

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

More on Ealing Abbey here

Andrew studied Modern Languages at Bristol University, having attended Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells.

He started his teaching career at Douai School (where csa was covered-up) near Reading before moving to Winchester College, (where csa – John Smyth Qc – was covered-up) where he was Head of Modern Languages.

Andrew joined Birkdale School (Pervert teacher smacked boys admitting it had satisfied his “perverted instincts”.)

in Sheffield in September 2002 as Deputy Head before being appointed as Headmaster of Stonyhurst College (where csa was rife)  in September 2006.

https://attain.news/story/9725

Several former priests and teachers at the Jesuit-run Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley were investigated over sex abuse allegations in the late 90s

Father James Chaning-Pearce, who taught maths and physics there, was convicted of molesting four boys and jailed for five years in 1997.

And Father John James Pearson was later jailed for two years after admitting to more than 20 indecency charges at Preston Crown Court, also relating to Stonyhurst.

Fr “Jock”George Earle, accused of abuse as Headmaster of Stonyhurst, yet he went on to lead the Jesuits’ British Province…

 


Update on Soper court case:

Soper 2nd hearing

Soper’s case has been transferred to the Central Criminal Court. There was a plea and case management hearing on 25th November.

He has been charged with two counts of buggery, one of gross indecency and six of indecent assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A provisional trial date has been set for 13th February.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Soper hearing

There was a brief hearing today at Isleworth Crown Court.
No plea was entered and the case was adjourned until 28th November for a plea and case management hearing
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Soper formrly of to appear @ Isleworth Crown Court on 19 Sept on charges of indecent assault + buggery

In court he gave his name as Andrew Charles Kingston Soper – with Laurence being the name he took when he was ordained as a priest.


Fugitive Catholic monk Laurence Soper is flown back to Britain after a five-year manhunt and charged with abusing five boys as young as 14

Met Police arrested him at Luton airport last night and then charged him.

Soper, who was detained under a European Arrest Warrant in Kosovo in May, will appear at Ealing Magistrates’ Court today.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3752498/Fugitive-Catholic-monk-flown-Britain-five-year-manhunt-charged-abusing-five-boys-young-14.html

British priest wanted on child sex charges should not be extradited – Kosovo court

A former priest wanted on child sex abuse charges from the 1970s and 1980s should not be extradited to Britain because the crimes were committed too long ago, a court in Kosovo ruled on Monday.

Soper will remain in custody and the prosecutor has three days to appeal the ruling, she said.

This is the second time authorities in Kosovo have rejected the extradition request. In June, a court in Pristina rejected the request, seeking more documents from British authorities.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-kosovo-britain-extradition-idUKKCN10J15Y

1 July 2016

A judge in Kosovo has blocked the extradition to Britain of former abbot of St Benedict’s Laurence Soper accused of child abuse.

 A Kosovan court blocked the move because under Kosovan law the child abuse allegations against him – some of which date back to the 1970s – had expired.

In 2010, Laurence Soper was arrested and questioned in Italy, where he was living at the time, after an alleged victim approached police claiming he had abused him.

When British police summoned him again for questioning in 2011 he did not return, sparking what became a five-year Europe-wide manhunt before he was eventually found and arrested in the Kosovan city of Peja earlier this year.

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The Times understands that Soper has travelled around the region on his British passport and made 22 trips to Macedonia since 2011. It raises questions over why he was not arrested there, because Macedonia is a member of Europol.
In 2010, when Mr Soper was living in Italy, a complainant in his 40s reported historical claims of abuse to police. Mr Soper was arrested and questioned, and allowed to keep his passport and return to Rome, where he lived at Collegio Sant’Anselmo, the order’s headquarters. He vanished the next year when he was asked to answer bail in London.

Wanted monk Soper had travelled to Balkans freely

A runaway former abbot arrested in Kosovo over child sex offences had been travelling freely around the Balkans on his British passport, his landlord said last night.

Laurence Soper, a senior Roman Catholic cleric, had travelled to Macedonia and Albania despite jumping police bail and evading a European arrest warrant, it was claimed.

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/wanted-monk-had-travelled-to-balkans-freely-pfvtqgfbs

Laurence Soper has friends in  Balkan state of Montenegro according to a Church source.

Soper lived in Kosovo for years under the name Andre Insajderit. Soper has also used the name Andrew Charles.


CPS appeals as monk accused of child abuse remains in Kosovo

1 Jul 2016

Justice Lowell Goddard has said that the English Benedictine Congregation would be one of the first institutions to be investigated by the national child abuse inquiry

4 June 2016

The Goddard Inquiry

The Goddard Inquiry (also known as the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) has issued a call for applications for “core participant” status in its investigation into abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. The inquiry website states:

“The first case study will examine the English Benedictine Congregation which has been the subject of numerous allegations of child sexual abuse, including at schools run by the Congregation. The Inquiry will examine the relationship between Orders such as the Benedictines and the Catholic Church in England and Wales and consider how that relationship impacts on child protection. In this way the Inquiry will evaluate whether any failings identified within the English Benedictine Congregation, and within any other case studies identified as part of the investigation, are representative of wider failings within the Catholic Church.”

 
Chris Patten/ St Benedict’s child abuse paedophile ring/ Patrick Rock/ Balkans/Vatican

Laurence Soper  is the former abbot of Ealing Abbey. He taught at St Benedict’s (where Chris Patten is patron) for 12 years

The Metropolitan police had sought to bring back Laurence Soper, a senior cleric in the Roman Catholic Church, when he was found in the Balkans, in the eastern town of Peja, after a five-year manhunt.

Neighbours told a reporter that Soper, 72, had lived in the town for some years, did not have a job and had said he was writing a book.

“Kosovo is the unrecognised break-away Serbian state which was at the centre of the bombing campaign that generated huge numbers of orphans.  This bombing campaign … destroyed many families in Bosnia and Herzegovina…

The resulting micro states in the Kosovo-Bosnia-Albanian region are now the hotbeds of child trafficking syndicates who have wealthy customers in the Vatican to the West and Czech and Polish pedo traders in the North West.”

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Laurence Soper – former Chaplain at Harrow School
Soper taught at St Benedict’s from 1972 to 1984 and was abbot at Ealing for nine years until 2000.
He was one of the most powerful figures in the Benedictine order, the oldest Catholic monastic order, and also served as  chaplain at Harrow School  from 1981 to 1991 and as a visiting chaplain at Feltham young offender institution.
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Allegations: Feltham Young Offenders Institution where Fr Soper was chaplain 1988-2000
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Soper retired as Abbot in 2000 and immediately moved to the Benedictine headquarters at Collegio Sant’Anselmo in Rome where he became general treasurer of the International Benedictine Confederation in 2002 until his disappearance in 2011.
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Sant’Anselmo in Rome.

Laurence Soper was bursar of Sant’Anselmo and treasurer of the worldwide Benedictine

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Sant’Anselmo in Rome is the center of the Benedictine Confederation, where the Benedictine abbots of the world meet every four years for the Confederation congress. Sant’Anselmo is the seat of the Abbot Primate.
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His friends say that Laurence Soper also worked at the Vatican Bank.

From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank

For decades, the Catholic Church has been dogged by scandals involving money. Vatican City — a sovereign state — controls its own finances through the Vatican Bank. It developed as a cross between the Federal Reserve and an offshore bank.

The Vatican Bank –  one of the top banks in the world for money laundering

http://www.npr.org/2015/01/30/382374060/from-laundering-to-profiteering-a-multitude-of-sins-at-the-vatican-bank


 2011: In recent years, Soper frequently took himself off on sudden short holidays to Morocco, Tunisia, Albania and Montenegro.


Child abuse case monk in secret trip to Vatican while on the run

Fr Laurence, known as ‘St Benedict’s banker after hiding in Montenegro on the Adriatic coast – where the European Arrest Warrant is not valid – he secretly returned to the Vatican to empty his account.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2066730/Child-abuse-case-monk-secret-trip-Vatican-run.html

Did the Vatican know nothing about his return to withdraw funds?


Harrow school where Laurence Soper was chaplain

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(Harrow, Sedbergh and Durham schools, all raided in the late 1990s during a nationwide investigation into an alleged paedophile network of teachers at six leading public schools. )
2010 Papal honour for distinguished service – for James E Holland who worked with fr Laurence Soper
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Laurence Soper and Dr J E Holland (JEH) worked together in the early years preparing boys for Confirmation
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Laurence Soper OSB worked with JEH (Dr JE Holland) in the early years to establish the bare bones of what would later become the Catholic Chaplaincy.
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At Harrow in 2003,  Lady Diana’s nephew George McCorquodale was punished by housemaster Dr James Holland for bullying

George and Emily McCorquodale are children of Neil Edmund McCorquodale and his wife, née Lady Sarah SpencerLady Sarah, whose godmother was the Queen Mother, was a prosecution witness and had to answer questions about the gifts to Diana’s godchildren and about the “rape tape” – alleged to have contained allegations made by former servant George Smith of a male rape in the royal household.

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‘BULLY’ BROTHER PUNISHED.

EMILY’S illness is the family’s second blow in less than a month after her brother was disciplined for bullying at school.
George, 18, is to be excluded from end of term celebrations at Harrow as a punishment for taunting a fellow pupil.

But the teenager has been allowed to stay on to take his exams.

George, who bears a striking resemblance to close friend Prince Harry, will leave the pounds 19,500 a year school after next Saturday’s Speech Day, traditionally attended by all the school’s pupils. Sources at Harrow said George carried out a relentless campaign of abuse against the other pupil who eventually reported him to his family.

They went to housemaster Dr James Holland, who took action.

While not excusing George’s behaviour, sources suggested he has been deeply affected by his sister’s illness and publicity surrounding his family during the Paul Burrell trial. One said: “Obviously all the other pupils were aware of it and it did not help his behaviour.

“There was some emotional impact and that was reflected in how he behaved towards other pupils.”

Harrow’s headmaster Barnaby Lennon denied George had been expelled. He said: “I’m not prepared to discuss the disciplinary record of any individual pupil.

Harrow is one of Britain’s oldest public schools and has educated six Prime Ministers including Winston Churchill.

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Grandfather of bully George McCorquodale – Lord Alastair McCorquodale-  was a governor at Harrow school up until his death (2009). His son Neil  married Lady Sarah Spencer

Harrow School & convicted paedophile rev Peter Ball
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Jimmy Savile and Prince Charles’ very close friendship with sex abuse bishop Peter Ball

Prince Charles Provided Free House To Bishop Arrested in UK Child Abuse Probe

Charles was a ‘loyal friend’, Bishop said

The UK’s spiraling child-abuse scandal has already reached Prince Charles once – he was a good friend of the children’s TV presenter Jimmy Savile who was a predatory paedophile – and now the prince’s judgment is being called into question again, after it emerged that a retired Church of England bishop arrested by police investigating historic allegations of child sex abuse was given a free house to live in by Charles after the bishop resigned in disgrace having received a police caution for committing acts of gross indecency.

Ball said : ‘He [Prince Charles] has been wonderfully kind and allowed me to have a Duchy house. The prince is a loyal friend.’

‘I have immense admiration for him. He has been through horrific times and is a great person.‘


Establishment figures who helped paedophile bishop Peter Ball avoid prosecution for sex abuse revealed

Harrow School’s relationship with convicted paedophile friend of Prince Charles, the Rev Peter Ball:

Former Harrow School headmaster Ian Beer said Ball was “almost saintly” and had shown a “remarkable influence for the good with the young”.
Ian Beer sent boys from all three schools he worked in (Harrow, Lancing and Ellesmere) to Peter Ball
According to Headmaster Ian Beer, in his letter of support for the paedophile Peter Ball, pupils flocked to Peter Ball for confidential help and advice
Harrow hosted young people from Bishop Peter Ball’s scheme in Sussex
Ian Beer recommended that Peter Ball be made governor

Ian Beer was an old chum of Denis Thatcher

At Denis Thatcher’s Funeral : a poem was read by Sir Denis’s old rugby chum, former-head of Harrow, Ian Beer

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-187319/Maggies-final-farewell-Denis.html#ixzz3wIkGgyyN

Ian Beer attended a Christmas Eve party w/Thatcher & Jimmy Savile at Chequers:

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Carringtons, Tim Smith, Ian Beer (Headmaster of Harrow), Station Commander of RAF Halton, Jimmy Savile, Mr. Hooker, Davids, Hamiltons, Nicholsons, Alison Ward:

http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/125054

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Tim Smith – Leon Brittan’s PPS 1983-1985  He has no memory of the ‘Dickens Dossier’.

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Harrow graduate and a Tory Party ex-vice chairman

Parly under-sec NI Office 1994

On 3 July 1997 he was found guilty  of taking cash for questions from Al Fayed, along with Neil Hamilton


Harrow: In 1974 an IRA bomb exploded at one of the masters’ flats, and in the same year an arsonist set fire to one of the houses, The Grove. The offender, one of the boys in the house, was tried in 1975 at the Old Bailey, where he produced evidence of “card and beer sessions” and claimed to have been the victim of homosexual “attack”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1436495/Michael-Hoban.html

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Bishop Peter Ball

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Thatcher, a Harrow parent, used to visit the school as Prime Minister and in 1987 hosted a fund-raising reception at Downing Street.
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Ian David Stafford Beer; Headmaster at Harrow School 1981 – 1991
Laurence Soper, Peter Ball and Ian Beer at Harrow in the same time frame. 1981-1991
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Peter Ball was Chaplain to the Headmasters’ Conference for a period of time


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Ian David Stafford Beer Headmaster at Harrow School 1981–1991 
Ian Beer of Harrow speaking about Rev Peter Ball:
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Andrew Charles Kingsdon Soper, also known as Father Laurence, was born in Hendon, Middlesex, on September 17 1943, to Alan Kingsdon Soper and Anne, maiden name Morris. His Penzance-born father married his mother in Cardiff in 1936.
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He was a distant cousin of the socialist and Methodist peer Lord Donald Soper.
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Among the prominent Methodists associated with the Kingsway Hall was Donald Soper, who was Superintendent Minister at the West London Mission from 1936 until his retirement in 1978.
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Father Laurence Soper briefly worked for Barclays Bank before entering the monastery in 1964. He taught at St Benedict’s from 1973-83, and became bursar between 1975-1991. He was elected Ruling Abbot from 1991-2000, but quit Britain in 2001 for Rome.
Education St Benedict’s Sch Ealing, St Benet’s Hall Oxford, Collegio Sant Anselmo Rome (STL, STD), St Mary’s Coll Twickenham (PGCE)
Books & Publications The Thoughts of Jesus Christ (1970), T H Green as Theologian (1972)
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The Rt Rev Laurence Soper, OSB

Career Barclays Bank 1960-64; entered monastery Ealing 1964; ordained: deacon (Assisi) 1969, priest 1970; St Benedict’s Sch Ealing: teacher 1973-83, bursar 1975-91, prior 1984-91, ruling abbot 1991-2000; titular abbot St Albans 2000-; episcopal vicar for Religious in Archdiocese of Westminster Western Area 1995-2000; delg to Gen Chapter (sec) 1985 and 1989; pt/t chaplain Harrow Sch 1981-91, visiting chaplain Feltham YOI 1988-2000; chm Union of Monastic Superiors 1995-99, gen treas Int Benedictine Confedn 2002-; Freeman City of Norcia Italy; FRSA 1975


Background on St Benedict’s:

Chris Patten is a former pupil and is on the Board of School Advisers

2011

A review by Lord Carlile QC  (considered a whitewash, especially as it was commissioned by the school’s trustees) into decades of paedophile activity at St Benedict’s school, a Catholic school attached to the abbey, published in 2011, listed 21 abuse cases starting in 1970.

Soper was named as one of five clergy wanted for questioning in relation to paedophile activity involving pupils.

The inquiry at the school was prompted after a former headteacher, Father David Pearce, was convicted of abusing five boys. He was jailed for eight years in 2009 for the abuse over 36 years. Four of the victims were under 14.

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Father David Pearce

Lord Carlile’s report says that as a result of the reforms being put in place, he believes that St Benedict’s is now an “excellent place” for boys and girls to be “educated in safety”.

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In addition to Father David Pearce, two former teachers at St. Benedict’s (John Maestri and Stephen Skelton) have been convicted of sexual abuse of pupils, and the school’s deputy headmaster Peter Allott was arrested in late 2015. He subsequently pleaded guilty to possessing, making and distributing child abuse images and was sentenced to 33 months in jail.

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In 1982 a Middle-School Master called John Maestri disappeared weeks before he was due to replace Dom Laurence Soper as Master of the Middle School.

“It emerged many years later that the parent of the victim had complained to Abbot Francis that she would report John Maestri to the Police if he were allowed to take up the post as Master of the Middle School. He then disappeared.

Maestri has been before Isleworth Crown Court on three occasions. All of them for sexual offences against boys under the age of 14, all of them pupils at St. Benedict’s School, and all the offences relate to his time teaching at the school. In all three cases he pleaded guilty to the charges.

Maestri went on to teach at another school after he left St. Benedict’s.

…The obvious inference is that Maestri was asked to leave quietly to avoid publicity, and that part of the deal involved giving him a good reference that made no mention of the real reason for his departure.

I wonder how many times something like this has happened at the school.

But the most ironic and even tragic thing is that Maestri’s position as junior school headteacher subsequently went to – Father David Pearce.

It was a very strange failure of judgment that caused the Abbot to appoint two paedophile abusers in quick succession as junior school headteacher

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2015

The judge said:

“I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.”

He studied history and politics at Hull University and gained a second degree in theology at the University of Durham.

Peter William Allott, who was the deputy head at St Benedict’s Catholic Independent Day School, pleaded guilty to possessing, showing and making indecent images of children, one offence of possessing extreme pornography and possession of class A drugs

Allott admitted possessing 25 ‘grossly offensive’ images on a hard drive and sharing the images with other offenders

Allott, 36 was arrested by officers from the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command, acting on intelligence was received that an individual had been using video conferencing facilities to share indecent images of children with others around the UK.

The judge said:

“I use the phrase of a paedophile ring, that’s precisely what that was.”

Allott was associated with a man whose online chat name was “London Paedo”.

He added that he shared images on Zoom and had image capture software to save pictures when others sent them to him.

Some of the material featured children as young as 2 years old.

“He was alarmed by some of it. He said he was surprised some of them were still alive.”

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 St Benedict’s:

There’s a pattern here. The abuse is widespread. The perpetrators often seem to have been made headmaster of the middle school at some point in their career. The abuse was common knowledge – to both boys and teachers. And nothing was done, because the authority of the church was behind the abusers. They were monks and priests as well as teachers. Sometimes senior monks – headmaster or even Abbot

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Paedophile Peter Allott left for a year in 2011 to work as a research associate for a project on the Prime Minister David Cameron’s “Big Society” initiative and Catholic social teaching at CambridgeUniversity.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3353705/Deputy-head-leading-Catholic-school-stored-child-porn-office.html#ixzz3uEk75iDC

Chris Patten is linked with paedophile- infested St Benedict’s as patron. Peter Allott of St Benedict’s was  convicted of making indecent images of underage children

Chris Patten is linked to Patrick Rock, a paedophile also convicted and making indecent images of underage children (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

Was Peter Rock involved?

2011: In recent years, Laurence Soper frequently took himself off on sudden short holidays to Morocco, Tunisia, Albania and Montenegro.

Vatican Inquiry into Ealing Abbey Child Sex Abuse

October 25, 2011

2014 Lord Patten named president of new Vatican media team

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory)

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Patrick Rock, former aide to David Cameron, has been convicted of five counts of making indecent images of children.

Patrick Rock – Special advisor to Chris Patten

After his unsuccessful attempts at becoming an MP, Patrick Rock became an advisor to various Ministers during the 1990s, including

Michael Howard and also Chris Patten in Brussels, where he was given responsibility for the Western Balkans.

Tony Blair sent Patten to Brussels.  Patten was there from 1999 – 2004

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Patrick Rock admitted downloading the pictures of young Czech girls while staying at the Pinehurst hotel and golf club in the US

He admitted downloading images of 20 young girls.

Youngest victim would have been 8 yrs old.

Commenting in the Telegraph, Joan Smith pointed out that his youngest victim, now 10, would have been even younger 2 years ago when the offences were committed and that his government duties had included devising policies to make the internet safer for children. Smith expressed astonishment that Rock would not spend a single night in prison and says upper class status protected him

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/politics/humiliation-isnt-why-ex-cameron-aide-patrick-rock-walked-free-af/

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 Patrick Rock, 65, was found guilty of five counts of making indecent images of children in June
Patrick Rock, 65, was found guilty of five counts of making indecent images of children

Patrick Rock, David Cameron’s former aide who was spared jail over indecent pictures of children was given softer sentence because of judge’s blunder

The 65-year-old also served under Margaret Thatcher and worked on child abuse policy when he was arrested

23rd January 2017,

A FORMER aide to David Cameron convicted of having indecent pictures of children was given a slashed sentence because of a judge’s mistake.

Patrick Rock was given just a two-year conditional discharge after downloading images of half-naked girls in sexual poses – some as young as ten – to his iPad.

Under David Cameron, Rock was deputy head of Home Affairs policy unit with responsibility for co-ordinating the government’s response to child abuse images online.

The Oxford graduate also served under Margaret Thatcher as political correspondence secretary.

The minimum period should have been five years, but the mistake Judge Alistair McCreath made in June was not spotted until it was too late.

Judge McCreath only became aware of the “error” in October when he received a letter from the Met Police’s solicitor – but it was after the eight-week deadline to make any changes.

Today, Judge McCreath told Southwark Crown Court: “The position, crystal clear as it was, is now doubly crystal clear. There is nothing that I can do.

Rock served under David Cameron and worked in the Home Affairs policy unit on its response to child abuse

“It has always been the duty of the prosecution to inform the court of its powers to sentence and in the event of the court making an error in its powers of sentencing it is the for the prosecution to inform the court so it can remedy it.

“When an error is made it has to be brought to the attention of the court within eight weeks, this order was made on June 2, the first I heard of it was when a letter was sent from the Met Commissioner solicitors dated October 10.

“I recognise that was unlawful but this error was not brought to my attention in time within the generous eight weeks allowed.

“I have no power to do anything about this because the time has now passed in which I could exercise these powers.

“In these circumstances this application to vary the order has to be refused.”

He said the police lawyer “has fairly acknowledged error on the part of the prosecution at the time of sentence”.

On the possibility of amending the order, he added: “I have no power to do so and I am bound to refuse (this application).”

Rock, 65, of Fulham, south-west London, faced 20 charges of making indecent images of a child in August 2013 and was convicted of five counts.

He was cleared of three and the jury was unable to reach verdicts on the other 12, which were left to lie on file.

Rock was told he must register as a sex offender for the duration of the two years and was also banned from using a device with the internet unless it can retain his browsing history – and must allow police to inspect his history.

Sentencing him, Judge McCreath had told him: “The punishment for you is the loss of your reputation and your very public humiliation.”

Judge McCreath gave Rock a two-year conditional discharge on each count to run concurrently and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Yet a letter from the Met Commissioner’s office dated October 10 last year indicated the discharge should have been for five years, as that is the statutory minimum.

The Crown Prosecution Service indicted it may apply to the Court of Appeal to have the order amended.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2683699/patrick-rock-david-cameron-aide-spared-jail-indecent-pictures-children/

Cameron Aide Guilty of Downloading Child Porn; but Did Policy Chief Delete Indecent Images on Second Computer?

Daily Mail (London), June 2, 2016

It can now be revealed that he may have hid other incriminating evidence before his arrest in February 2014. Rock is believed to have wiped a computer after a tip-off from his sister that the FBI had seized his iPad containing the images. It had been found by builders at his mother’s home in North Carolina shortly after her death.

Investigators believe his sister, who lives in America, emailed him about the search. prompted Rock to erase the memory on a second tablet he had with him in the UK.

https://www.questia.com/read/1G1-453888491/cameron-aide-guilty-of-downloading-child-porn-but

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/05/31/patrick-rock-aide-to-david-cameron-michael-howard-chris-patten/

Slain UK MP Jo Cox Took Close Interest in Bosnia

British MP Jo Cox gave her first child a Bosniak name and had ties to Srebrenica.

Slain UK MP Took Close Interest in Bosnia

…took a passionate interest in the Balkans, Sudan and Syria, visiting Srebrenica and running a camp for orphans from the eastern Bosnian town, where Bosnian Serbs massacred about 8,000 Bosniak Muslims in 1995.

As well as giving her first-born child a Bosniak name, Lejla, she referred regularly to past tragic events in Bosnia – and Kosovo – in parliamentary speeches urging Britain’s Conservative government to intervene more forcefully in the Syrian civil war.



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2. (C) Patrick Rock, External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten’s cabinet adviser on Balkans issues, pointed to the 30 June EU statement offering full support for Ashdown’s actions in Bosnia earlier in the day and stressing the need for full cooperation with the Tribunal. Regarding visa bans, Rock thought that it was possible that the EU would follow the U.S. and add additional names recommended by Ashdown. He was firm, however, in saying that the EU was not able to freeze assets of ICTY indictee support networks, which he attributed to legal issues in some member states. Although the presidency country could not change member-state law, Rock did feel that the Dutch might be able to take a more active approach and encouraged our raising the issue with them. Rock said that the EU’s Western Balkans Working Group (COWEB) would almost certainly consider the demarche at its next meeting and remarked that the UK “could often be helpful.”

https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/04BRUSSELS2828_a.html



Patrick Rock comes from a Catholic family and was schooled by Jesuits

Rock’s headmaster, Fr George Hughes Earle, was a protected Jesuit paedophile

Fr “Jock”George Earle, accused of abuse as Headmaster of Stonyhurst, yet he went on to lead the Jesuits’ British Province…

Young Jock joined the RAF, and served as an Intelligence officer in India and Burma.

On returning to Britain Earle worked briefly for the Ministry of Defence, then read Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford,

Fr George Earle, headmaster of Stonyhurst from 1964 to 1971, and later provincial of the Society of Jesus in Britain  – The judge at his trial concluded that three charges of indecent assault against one boy dating back to 1971 had to be dropped because of an agreement that was made at the time between the solicitor representing the boy’s parents and the Jesuits’ solicitors

http://archive.thetablet.co.uk/article/7th-april-2001/31/the-stonyhurst-file

George Hughes Earle, known as Jock (1925 – 2003)

After stepping down from Stonyhurst, Earle became an assistant to the Provincial for Education; he also became co-editor of The Way, the Jesuit journal of Ignatian spirituality. For three years he was Rector of St Aloysius’s College, Glasgow (Fr. George Earle. 1978 – 1981), with overall responsibility for the Jesuit parish and school. To the further surprise of many members of the Society, he was chosen to head the Jesuits’ English province, which was renamed the British province at his instigation.

One of his special concerns was the Society’s South African region, but he was not pleased when it was suggested that this was because he was preparing a comfortable billet for when he had completed his six years in office.

After a sabbatical, Earle assisted the South African bishops’ conference with the training of priests, and proved a popular retreat giver. When the allegations about his headmastership emerged, Earle returned to Britain, later joining the staff of the Jesuit Refugee Service at Osterley, Middlesex, helping asylum seekers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1444437/Father-Jock-Earle.html


Vatican Inquiry into Ealing Abbey Child Sex Abuse

October 25, 2011

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15442914

Chris Patten attends a mass with newly appointed cardinals held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s

Chris Patten to take up media adviser role to Pope Francis

Former Conservative MP takes up new role only two months after dramatically quitting as chairman of BBC Trust due to heart problems

09 Jul 2014

He most recently was head of the organisation that oversaw the BBC, enduring three turbulent years as Britain’s public broadcaster battled a series of scandals.

He stood down in May after heart surgery, saying he needed to reduce the range of roles he undertook.

Why, then, would he undertake such a significant role?

Jimmy Savile: BBC boss Lord Patten rejects call for independent investigation …
Daily Mail

Chris Patten accused of a cover-up on BBC Savile probe

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2521976/BBC-chairman-Chris-Patten-Patten-accused-cover-BBC-Savile-probe-blunder.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/vaticancityandholysee/10956058/Chris-Patten-to-take-up-media-adviser-role-to-Pope-Francis.html

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten told the Commons’ media select committee: ‘We will publish everything the Pollard review reports.

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Jimmy Savile photographed in the library at Fort Augustus Catholic school

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

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

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Disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, a good friend of Savile’s, was also a regular visitor at the school.

The revelations of Savile’s visits to the school came as it emerged that many more pupils have stepped forward to claim they, too, were victims of monk teachers.

Savile spent much of his time in the Highlands even before buying a cottage in Glencoe in 1998, which was just over an hour’s drive from Fort Augustus.

Fort Augustus was used as a “dumping ground” for problem clergy who had confessed to abusing children.

O’Brien, who was forced to leave Scotland earlier this year after being forced to admit to inappropriate sexual behaviour, was guest of honour at the school’s old boys’ dinner last year.

The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Stirlingshire, in 1971.

Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell.

Five men claimed on the Sins Of Our Fathers documentary that they were raped or sexually abused by Father Aidan Duggan, an Australian monk who taught at Carlekemp and Fort Augustus between 1953 and 1974.

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Victim claims abuse on Manchester United trip

10 November 2017

A 61-year-old man from Glasgow has told the BBC he was sexually abused on a football trip to Manchester United in the late 1960s.

James, who wants to keep his anonymity, believes he was “trafficked” to English football clubs by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order which ran his school.

He said he was repeatedly abused by the brothers at his primary school.

In a statement, Manchester United said it had found no information relating to the Marist Brothers in its review.

The Old Trafford club looked into historical abuse as part of the English FA’s inquiry, led by barrister Clive Sheldon QC.

It is looking at the way clubs or the FA dealt with concerns over child sex abuse between 1970 and 2005.

Initiation ceremony

However, James said he thought his abuse happened on a trip in 1969, when he was 12 or 13.

James told the BBC he was in a group of “elite” young footballers who were selected by his school to take part in a tournament in Manchester.

The boys were taken to Old Trafford and the club’s training ground, where they played matches and toured the stadium, the boot room and directors’ offices.

James said he had visions of becoming a Manchester United player like his heroes George Best and Bobby Charlton but he said he was taken from the hostel where the boys were staying and sexually abused.

He said he did not know who abused him but he was taken outside as part of an “initiation ceremony”.

“It was non-consensual sex,” he said.

“Adult and a child.”

James said he did not know if other young footballers were also abused.

“None of us ever spoke about it,” he said.

According to James, he was not aware at the time that it was abuse.

It was portrayed as part of the “football journey” of going down to the club and possibly becoming a professional footballer.

He said: “I believe I was forced to do it because of my previous experience. I thought there was no escape, I had to take the action.”

His previous abuse was at the hands of the Marist Brothers who ran his primary school, the Sacred Heart Primary School in the east end of Glasgow.

James said he was regularly beaten around the lower body by branches with thorns, belts or by hand for not knowing the answers to questions about the Mass.

He told the BBC he would soil himself when he was beaten and his sister would be sent for to take him out of class.

Grooming process

“That then led to an increase in the abuse which began by befriending you, telling you that you weren’t a bad person, you were a good person,” he said.

“All part of the grooming process, then on to sitting on the knee,.

“Then, after the beatings, removing the clothing to make sure there were no marks.

“And then other sexual activity.”

The beatings stopped when James moved to high School.

But a more sinister form of abuse began, he said.

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James said he was sent to the former Fort Augustus Abbey Roman Catholic boarding school

James said he was sent for a “holiday” to Fort Augustus school in the Highlands where BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence that widespread abuse took place.

He was also sent to Pluscarden Abbey. Both were run by the Benedictine order.

He said he was abused by monks there.

James said he was also abused when his football team were sent to English football clubs.

“I realise now I was trafficked,” he said.

“I didn’t realise that at the time.

“But there is a link between the abuse in the primary school – the Marist Brothers.

“A link to the Marist Brothers sending me to Fort Augustus and Pluscarden to the Benedictines and the Marist Brothers then sending me to the football clubs.”

He said: “My understanding was these clubs were more or less looking at us for potentially signing for the clubs.

“The type of player I was playing football with went on to be professional football players, to be professional football managers and professional coaches at the highest level in the Scottish Football Association.”

Internal investigation

Manchester United said: “We have no knowledge or records of any allegations of this nature.

“However, If we are provided with further details and they allege involvement of anyone connected with the club, we will of course investigate further and involve all appropriate authorities.”

The Marist Brothers no longer run schools in Scotland but they maintain a house in Glasgow.

In a statement the order’s lawyers said it took all allegations against it seriously, and referred them to police and an internal investigation.

It said: “The allegations in question were investigated by the police, and the Scottish Catholic Safeguarding Service confirmed our clients have done all that is possible regarding the allegations made.”

“James wants the public to know about the scandal of the historic trafficking of children round the UK.

“He wants more survivors of sexual abuse to come forward so that the perpetrators of this abuse and the institutions that protected them are held to account and we will continue to support him as he campaigns to achieve this.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-41926783

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

14 March 2018

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

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

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

One of his victims was just five years old.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

Moore being shown the cheque by Mark Daly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nowadays that crime would have been classed as rape.

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

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

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

Soon after this he made his confession to the bishop.

Bishop Taylor

Bishop Taylor was told of the abuse in 1996

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

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

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

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-43398633

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

May 15 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ex-headmaster of Aberdeen school,

Father Francis Davidson,

at centre of sexual abuse allegations resigns from university post

Father Francis Davidson has been accused of failing to act on reports during time at Fort Augustus Abbey School in Highlands.

15 AUG 2013

A FORMER headmaster of a boarding school at the centre of sexual abuse allegations has resigned from a role at Oxford University.

Father Francis Davidson has been accused of failing to act on reports during his time at the Catholic Fort Augustus Abbey School in the Highlands in the 1970s.

He has quit as monastic superior of the Benedictine college St Benet’s Hall, where he was responsible for the welfare of student monks at the university.

Alleged victims who attended the Abbey school told a BBC Scotland investigation that they were molested and beaten by monks over a period of three decades from the 1950s.

It has also been claimed that abuse was carried out at Carlekemp, its feeder school in East Lothian. Both schools are now closed.

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FORT AUGUSTUS ABBEY (Photo: Peter Jolly)

 

Police are investigating the allegations.

One former pupil told the BBC that he told Fr Davidson personally of the abuse but the monks remained in the Abbey. Fr Davidson is the only surviving headmaster of the school.

In a statement issued to the BBC, Fr Davidson offered his sympathies to former pupils for any historic abuse and said he was “shocked and saddened” to hear of the allegations.

He added: “I do not recall them being reported to me during my time as headmaster of Fort Augustus Abbey School.

“As investigations into matters at Fort Augustus Abbey School and Carlekemp Priory School are ongoing, I have stepped aside from my role as religious superior at St. Benet’s Hall.”

Earlier this month, one of Scotland’s most senior Catholics apologised to former pupils amid the claims.

Hugh Gilbert, the Bishop of Aberdeen, said: “It is a most bitter, shaming and distressing thing that in this former Abbey School a small number of baptised, consecrated and ordained Christian men physically or sexually abused those in their care.”

Anne Houston, chief executive of charity CHILDREN 1ST, said: “The focus here must always remain on what’s best for those who were abused in the past and what will make a positive difference to them; that and helping protect children now and in future by taking steps to minimise the risk of this ever happening again.

“It is crucial that the church fully and openly co-operates with the ongoing police investigation and passes on any and all relevant information it may have relating to any allegations of abuse at these schools.”

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Father Abbot Mark Dilworth in his beloved cloisters at Fort Augustus Abbey with Cardinal  Keith O’Brien

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Mr Slater – worked at both CH and Ampleforth – Ampleforth filled with paedophiles.

The name had come up in conversation at IHT’s cottage when JDS (Headmaster John Shippen) and IHT were discussing Mr. Slater, who had been a CH Housemaster and formerly a monk at Ampleforth.

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‘Forty’ abusers at Catholic school

November 28 2017

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire is accused of being a “honeypot” for offenders

Forty monks and teachers have been accused of sexually abusing boys at a leading Roman Catholic school that allegedly became a “honeypot” for offenders, it was revealed yesterday.

Reports of child sex offences at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire were disclosed yesterday at a public hearing of an inquiry into the handling of abuse allegations by the Catholic church.

As a case study, the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) is examining safeguarding policies at two fee-paying boarding schools run by the English Benedictine Congregation — Ampleforth, and Downside in Somerset. Riel Karmy-Jones, QC, counsel to the inquiry, said that it would consider the prevalence of child abuse within the Catholic church and the extent to which Catholic culture “has or does inhibit the proper investigation and prevention” of such crimes.

Since 1996 three monks and two lay teachers at Ampleforth have been convicted of sex offences against pupils, but Ms Karmy-Jones said that the inquiry had been notified of multiple allegations against about 40 monks and teachers.

In an opening statement on behalf of 29 abuse survivors Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, the law firm, said that the “temptation to cover up” such crimes was “particularly acute in institutions associated with the Roman Catholic Church”. He said: “Where reputation is key to an organisation’s existence, there is likely to be an almost overwhelming desire to find some way of avoiding the bad publicity associated with child sex abuse.” Shared awareness among child abusers that their misconduct would be covered up, or dealt with in-house, explained why “some institutions become honeypots where multiple offenders operate”.

Mr Scorer urged the inquiry to consider recommending a change in the law to make failure to report abuse a criminal offence.

On behalf of 14 victims and survivors, David Enright said that it was “very difficult to explain” to a non-Catholic “the power and depth of influence the Catholic church exerts over its members. The abusers were not only men in positions of trust; they were seen by the abused, and their families, as spokesmen for the God they worship. It is hard to imagine a greater hold that a child abuser could have over his victim.”

Matthias Kelly, QC, counsel for Ampleforth, said that the school and the abbey wanted “to apologise for the hurt, injury, distress and damage done to those who were abused as a result of our failings”. He said that the school’s policy today was one of “full, transparent and immediate co-operation with the statutory agencies”.

For Downside and the English Benedictine Congregation, Kate Gallafent, QC, said that the Catholic church was committed to giving the inquiry “its full co-operation. The congregation expresses profound shame that any child has been the victim of sexual abuse whilst in the care of the schools connected with its abbeys.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/forty-abusers-at-catholic-school-w75b7wfjg

Former pupils tell inquiry of sexual abuse by priests at Ampleforth College

Boys as young as six allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted at Roman Catholic school in Yorkshire, inquiry into child abuse hears

29 Nov 2017

Priests at a leading Roman Catholic school abused boys as young as six, including beatings and sexual assaults, the national inquiry into child abuse has heard.

Former pupils at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire gave evidence to a hearing in London on Wednesday, and written statements by other former pupils were read.

Many of the allegations centred on two priests, Piers Grant-Ferris who was jailed for two years in 2006 for 20 counts of indecent assault on boys in his care, and another priest referred to as RCF4.

One witness who spent 11 years at Ampleforth College and its preparatory school Gilling Castle from 1965 to 1976, said RCF4 had treated him “disgracefully”. “He was physically violent from the outset… I was physically and psychologically abused,” he told the hearing. RCF4 had been “nasty, cruel and physically violent towards me”.

In his second year, when the witness was eight years old, he said Grant-Ferris would walk behind boys sitting at long refectory tables for meals and select children for beatings. “If he stopped behind you and tapped you, then you knew it was you. If he stopped behind someone else and tapped them, one thing that disturbs me to this day is the feeling of relief that it wasn’t going to be me,” he said.

Once he was beaten in the chapel confessional by the priest after being told to take off his clothes. “It was always with his hands … and his hands would always linger on one’s bare bottom after each smack.”

On another occasion, the witness said Grant-Ferris told him to undress and lie face down on the priest’s bed. “He proceeded to take my temperature rectally. I didn’t even know people could have their temperatures taken rectally, I’d only ever had a thermometer put in my mouth. I begged him not to do it, because I didn’t know what was happening, but he continued anyway. I think technically that was a form of rape.”

Grant-Ferris, the son of a Tory peer, was “the full authority figure” the witness told the hearing. At the school, there were “sexual overtones and currents all the time”, he added.

After he left school, the witness suffered a “total psychological collapse” which lasted seven or eight years. “I wasn’t able to do anything, I couldn’t function.”

He said he believed that Basil Hume, who was abbot of Ampleforth Abbey for 13 years until appointed archbishop of Westminster in 1976, had been aware of abuse at the schools. “I have no doubt he knew exactly what was going on at the time.”

Another witness, who was sent to Gilling Castle at the age of six, told the hearing that he and other boys would cry under their blankets at night as monks wearing long black robes patrolled the dormitories. Grant-Ferris was known as “Pervy Piers” among the children, he said.

According to yet another statement, Grant-Ferris was “handsome and aristocratic” with a perpetual mood of excitement.

This witness also described how another teacher had put his hand down the boy’s trousers “to check my breathing” when he was auditioning for the choir. As a result of his experiences, he said: “I became a very quiet child who didn’t talk to people much.”

The inquiry also heard from a female former pupil at Ampleforth College, who left the school in 2010. She said that a music teacher, Dara De-Cogan, had sexually abused her over a period of years. De-Cogan was jailed for 28 months earlier this year pleading guilty to 10 charges of engaging in sexual activity while in a position of trust.

The witness said that he had groomed her from the age of 13, and his abuse resulted in her self-harming. “I thought I deserved to be punished somehow for what I was doing … [self-harming] gave me a sense of numbness.”

On some occasions, De-Cogan gave her marks out of 10 for oral sex, she said. “He would comment on it as if it was a piece of homework.”

Child protection procedures at Ampleforth were “very poor”, she said. Because of earlier convictions of monks, the college had an “obsessive emphasis on the completion of paperwork, but common sense and looking at what was in front of their faces – that went by the wayside.”

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse began a three-week hearing on Monday focusing on the Benedictine schools of Ampleforth and Downside. In some cases, abusers were permitted to stay in their posts and allowed to have contact with children and other vulnerable individuals, the hearing was told earlier this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/29/former-pupils-tell-inquiry-of-sexual-abuse-by-priests-at-ampleforth-college?CMP=share_btn_tw

Former pupils tell inquiry of sexual abuse by priests at Ampleforth College

Boys as young as six allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted at Roman Catholic school in Yorkshire, inquiry into child abuse hears

29 Nov 2017

Priests at a leading Roman Catholic school abused boys as young as six, including beatings and sexual assaults, the national inquiry into child abuse has heard.

Former pupils at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire gave evidence to a hearing in London on Wednesday, and written statements by other former pupils were read.

Many of the allegations centred on two priests, Piers Grant-Ferris who was jailed for two years in 2006 for 20 counts of indecent assault on boys in his care, and another priest referred to as RCF4.

One witness who spent 11 years at Ampleforth College and its preparatory school Gilling Castle from 1965 to 1976, said RCF4 had treated him “disgracefully”. “He was physically violent from the outset… I was physically and psychologically abused,” he told the hearing. RCF4 had been “nasty, cruel and physically violent towards me”.

In his second year, when the witness was eight years old, he said Grant-Ferris would walk behind boys sitting at long refectory tables for meals and select children for beatings. “If he stopped behind you and tapped you, then you knew it was you. If he stopped behind someone else and tapped them, one thing that disturbs me to this day is the feeling of relief that it wasn’t going to be me,” he said.

Once he was beaten in the chapel confessional by the priest after being told to take off his clothes. “It was always with his hands … and his hands would always linger on one’s bare bottom after each smack.”

On another occasion, the witness said Grant-Ferris told him to undress and lie face down on the priest’s bed. “He proceeded to take my temperature rectally. I didn’t even know people could have their temperatures taken rectally, I’d only ever had a thermometer put in my mouth. I begged him not to do it, because I didn’t know what was happening, but he continued anyway. I think technically that was a form of rape.”

Grant-Ferris, the son of a Tory peer, was “the full authority figure” the witness told the hearing. At the school, there were “sexual overtones and currents all the time”, he added.

After he left school, the witness suffered a “total psychological collapse” which lasted seven or eight years. “I wasn’t able to do anything, I couldn’t function.”

He said he believed that Basil Hume, who was abbot of Ampleforth Abbey for 13 years until appointed archbishop of Westminster in 1976, had been aware of abuse at the schools. “I have no doubt he knew exactly what was going on at the time.”

Another witness, who was sent to Gilling Castle at the age of six, told the hearing that he and other boys would cry under their blankets at night as monks wearing long black robes patrolled the dormitories. Grant-Ferris was known as “Pervy Piers” among the children, he said.

According to yet another statement, Grant-Ferris was “handsome and aristocratic” with a perpetual mood of excitement.

This witness also described how another teacher had put his hand down the boy’s trousers “to check my breathing” when he was auditioning for the choir. As a result of his experiences, he said: “I became a very quiet child who didn’t talk to people much.”

The inquiry also heard from a female former pupil at Ampleforth College, who left the school in 2010. She said that a music teacher, Dara De-Cogan, had sexually abused her over a period of years. De-Cogan was jailed for 28 months earlier this year pleading guilty to 10 charges of engaging in sexual activity while in a position of trust.

The witness said that he had groomed her from the age of 13, and his abuse resulted in her self-harming. “I thought I deserved to be punished somehow for what I was doing … [self-harming] gave me a sense of numbness.”

On some occasions, De-Cogan gave her marks out of 10 for oral sex, she said. “He would comment on it as if it was a piece of homework.”

Child protection procedures at Ampleforth were “very poor”, she said. Because of earlier convictions of monks, the college had an “obsessive emphasis on the completion of paperwork, but common sense and looking at what was in front of their faces – that went by the wayside.”

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse began a three-week hearing on Monday focusing on the Benedictine schools of Ampleforth and Downside. In some cases, abusers were permitted to stay in their posts and allowed to have contact with children and other vulnerable individuals, the hearing was told earlier this week.

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/nov/29/former-pupils-tell-inquiry-of-sexual-abuse-by-priests-at-ampleforth-college?CMP=share_btn_tw

Top public school suspends child sex charges teacher

3 Mar 2017

THE head of music at a prestigious private school has been suspended following allegations he sexually assaulted a pupil three decades ago.

Sean Ambrose Farrell, 49, denied two charges of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency when he appeared before York magistrates last week.

All four offences are alleged to have been committed against a child aged under 14 at the time at Ampleforth College’s junior school.

Farrell, of Riddings Road, Ilkley, was released on bail on condition that he has no unsupervised contact with children aged under 16.

He has been removed from his post at Wellington College, in Berkshire – which counts the late actor Sir Christopher Lee and Will Young among its alumni – several months ago after North Yorkshire Police launched an investigation.

A Wellington College spokesman said: “In line with our safeguarding procedures, Wellington suspended the member of staff concerned and excluded him from the school site as soon as it was made aware that the police were investigating these accusations.”

http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/15132702.Top_public_school_suspends_child_sex_charges_teacher/

Ampleforth

Monk ‘who ran sex club involving young boys’ at country’s top Catholic School ‘remained in his job for eight years after allegations were first made’

Apr 5 2017

  • Father Jeremy Sierla allegedly ran ‘sex club’ for boys at Ampleforth College
  • He remained at Catholic school for eight years after allegations first made
  • Police told he would make pupils perform sex acts in their pyjamas 
  • Investigation began in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him 

Detectives spoke to more than a dozen young men who attended the school’s Junior House between 1990 and 1993 when Father Jeremy was housemaster.

Some recalled the monk whipping boys’ bottoms with his habit, encouraging the pupils to tie him up, showering naked with them and putting his hands under their duvets, the Times reported.

Photos and video clips – none indecent – of Ampleforth pupils were found on Father Jeremy’s computer, including one of a 12-year-old boy holding a rose in his mouth.

Father Sierla, 59, lived and worked at £30,000-a-year college, pictured, until 2012, despite accusations first being made against him eight years previously

The investigation was triggered when the same boy, in his early 20s by 2004, made allegations to police about abuse he claimed Father Jeremy had subjected him to.

The monk was not charged after prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence against him, and the CPS said the case file was destroyed years ago, the Times reported.

Father Jeremy continued to work in the abbey shop from 2004 to 2012 and posed for photographs to promote Ampleforth’s own brand Abbey Beer.

A music teacher, Dara de Cogan, who joined Ampleforth in 2004 was jailed last week for sexually abusing a female student during violin lessons.

An police investigation was launched into his conduct at the Yorkshire Catholic school, pictured, in 2004 but no charges were ever brought against him

A school spokesman said that Father Jeremy’s continued presence at Ampleforth was approved at a meeting of safeguarding professionals in 2004 and that his case was reviewed again in 2007 by an independent safeguarding commission.

It took a further five years before the Department for Education (DfE)told Ampleforth he should not be allowed on school grounds. 

TheDfE said that it was unable to discuss individual cases but stressed it was ‘paramount that children are protected at school and that there are robust safeguards in place’.

It added: ‘Where schools fail to meet standards, we will not hesitate to take action.’

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4384898/Monk-ran-sex-club-young-boys-Catholic-School.html

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Fort Augustus School

Monk accused of Fort Augustus Abbey abuse arrested in Sydney

23 January 2017

A former Catholic monk accused of child abuse at a Scottish school has been arrested in Australia.

Father Denis “Chrysostom” Alexander was one of several monks accused of abusing boys at the former Fort Augustus Abbey boarding school in the Highlands.

The BBC has learned he has been remanded in custody in Sydney pending his extradition back to Scotland to face trial.

The Crown Office here said it would not comment on legal matters elsewhere.

Father Alexander has always denied the allegations.

In 2013, he was confronted by BBC Scotland in Sydney as part of a documentary which prompted a major police investigation.

Now, three and a half years after that programme, that investigation has taken a significant turn with the former Benedictine monk’s arrest.

He will face a further hearing on Wednesday at the local court in New South Wales, where it will emerge if he will oppose the extradition or not. He will also be entitled to apply for bail.

One of Father Alexander’s accusers, Hugh Kennedy, has previously spoken of his frustration at the length of time it has taken the Scottish authorities to request the extradition of the former monk who is now 80.

One other former Fort Augustus monk is due to face trial in Scotland soon for a series assaults, whilst a further seven cases remain under consideration by the Crown Office in Scotland.

Fr Alexander was returned by the Catholic Church to Australia in 1979, after allegations of abuse were made by another Fort Augustus Abbey pupil, who the BBC has also spoken to.

No report to the police was made, and no warnings were provided about his alleged offending behaviour, to the Church in Australia where Fr Alexander continued as a priest for a further 20 years or more.

He was stripped of his priestly faculties in 2013 after the BBC programme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Operation Sano continues.

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

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

May 17 2018

Ballarat in Western Victoria became an epidemic of clerical paedophilia in the late 20th century. The dark tragedy affects thousands of lives to this day. It is widely acknowledged the Catholic Church protected its worst offenders and moved them on to prey on new unsuspecting communities. But how could offending on this scale have failed to draw the attention of local authorities? Who was protecting whom?

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/ballarats-children/news-story/33580594d14a97741e8cf4ded22179ba

Cardinal George Pell ‘to be CHARGED over child sex abuse allegations’ sending shockwaves through the Catholic Church

Cardinal Pell is not just Australia’s most senior cleric, he is one of the highest-ranking officials in the Catholic world.

For two decades, he has been a frontline figure in the Church’s debate over controversial issues such as homosexuality, Aids and stem cell research.

He has also handled the Church’s official response to allegations of sexual abuse within its Australian ranks during a series of inquiries.

He gave evidence via video link to a Royal Commission into abuse last year.

It is hard to overstate, therefore, the significance of the decision to press charges against him.

When he returns to face those charges in an Australian court, every second will be scrutinised not just by the Australian press, but by members of Catholic congregations across the globe.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40439489

  • Cardinal George Pell will reportedly be summoned to Australia by police
  • The summons is believed to be related to a child sex abuse investigation  
  • Authorities are expected to announce the possible charges this morning

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations.

It is understood Cardinal George Pell will be summonsed to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police.

The summons will be issued today to the 76-year-old head of finances for the Vatican, according to The Australian.

Authorities are expected to provide additional details on the investigation and possible charges this morning.

It is not clear whether the cardinal will return home from Europe or if he will be extradited to face the charges.

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations (pictured eating in Italy)

Cardinal George Pell is expected to be charged over child sex abuse allegations (pictured eating in Italy)

Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police
Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police

Cardinal Pell will be summoned to Australia from Rome in relation to a child sex investigation by Victoria police

Cardinal Pell appeared via video-link for a public hearing of Australia’s national child-abuse Royal Commission in early 2015.

When he was asked to fly to Australia to appear in person, he declined, citing health problems.

The Cardinal was interviewed by three detectives from the taskforce in Rome in October 2016, who updated the evidence.

He has strongly denied the allegations of abuse.

The Office of Public Prosecutions submitted a second brief of evidence on Cardinal Pell to the police last month, according to The Herald Sun.

The summary said charges could be laid against Pell based on the evidence but that it was up to the to decide if they wanted to or not.

The Sano taskforce, which investigates allegations of sexual abuse, has been investigating Cardinal Pell since 2016

The Sano taskforce, which investigates allegations of sexual abuse, has been investigating Cardinal Pell since 2016

Police could be powerless to make Cardinal Pell return to Australia because he is so high up in the Vatican that he has diplomatic immunity.

Cardinal Pell was appointed to the Vatican’s Secretariat of Economy in 2014, the third highest ranked position within the church.

His high ranking grants him diplomatic immunity in Australia, meaning he cannot be forced to attend court or provide information, according to legal experts.

New South Wales state parliament member David Shoebridge told the Newcastle Herald in May that Australia had an extradition treaty with Italy, but it did not include the Vatican.

‘[Australia] hasn’t managed in 44 years to get one in place with the tiny pretend nation-state of the Vatican that exists wholly within Rome,’ he said.

‘This is why George Pell can’t be forced back to face questioning.’

Victoria Police will not comment on reports Cardinal George Pell is to be charged by summons over historic child sex abuse allegations.

 


More protected paedophiles – Thaddeus Kotik of Caldey Island

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

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HRH The Prince of Wales meets Mrs Veronica Cattini as she works in the Post Office on Caldey Island today (Saturday). Photo Barry Batchelor/PA. July 26, 1997

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

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
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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

 

  • 21 November 2017

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/

Dyfed-Powys Police

Married chief constable used police force credit card to entertain his mistress – and skipped meetings to see her

Terry Grange, a married father of three, retired from his post after 30 years’ service,  at Dyfed-Powys Police last November after the woman made a series of damaging allegations.

She said that they had exchanged ‘politically insensitive’ and ‘sexually explicit’ emails between his force computer system and her account.

Yesterday, the IPCC upheld all four of the

allegations it investigated. Last month, the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Grange, 57, for misconduct in a public office or obtaining monies by deception.

He will not face a police misconduct inquiry because he is retired.

Grange had regular dealings with the Government as spokesman for the Association of Chief Police Officers on child protection and the management of sex offenders.

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/married-chief-constable-used-police-force-credit-card-to-entertain-his-mistress-and-skipped-meetings-6631120.html


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

 

THE LEADING CATHOLIC SCHOOL WITH A ‘TERRIBLE LEGACY’

St Benedict’s reputation as one of the UK’s leading Catholic schools has been blighted by a ‘terrible legacy’ of sex abuse by paedophile priests.

Soper is one of seven senior figures either convicted or accused of preying on pupils at the £15,000-a-year private school during the last 25 years.

Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh admitted the school ‘could have, and should have, done more’ to protect victims following a damning 2011 inquiry which concluded that Ealing Abbey monks had to lose their control of the school.

TIMELINE OF ALLEGATIONS AND CONVICTIONS:

1992: The junior school’s former headmaster Father David Pearce is accused of sexually abusing a boy, but police take no further action.

2001: Former abbot Rev Dom Martin Shipperlee receives complaint about Pearce and makes police aware of it.

2003: Former middle school master John Maestri admits three counts of indecent assault against two pupils between 1980 and 1984.

2005: Maestri pleads guilty to another count of indecent assault relating to a sex attack in 1982.

2006: The High Court awards damages to one of Pearce’s victims.

2007: Rev Shipperlee allows Pearce to return to Ealing Abbey as bursar. Pearce sexually assaults a child within months.

2007: Father Stanislaus Hobbs, part of St Benedict’s middle school staff between 1969-1984, stands trial for one count of indecent assault in 1984 but is cleared by a jury.

2008: Former middle school headmaster Father Anthony Gee is accused of caning a boy on his bare buttocks but no further action is taken.

2009: Father David Pearce is charged with 22 counts of indecent assault against six boys between 1975 and 2007 – prosecutors accepted his guilty pleas to 11 of the charges.

2009: Maestri admits one count of indecent assault between 1979 and 1981.

2010: Father Gregory Chillman is accused of one indecent assault between 1975-76, but no further action was taken.

2010: Two female pupils at another school complain about Father Chillman’s ‘inappropriate’ behaviour in 2004 and he is later put on restricted ministry and barred from access to children.

2010: St Benedict’s teacher John Skelton is convicted of indecent assaults against two pupils in 1983.

2011: Pearce is charged with four counts of indecent assault against another boy between 1977 and 1978, but he was cleared following a trial.

2011: Maestri is charged with three counts of indecent assault against another former pupil but is cleared by a jury.

2011: Former headmaster Christopher Cleugh apologises for ‘terrible legacy’ of sex abuse following damning inquiry by Lord Carlile.

2011: Father Andrew Soper withdraws £182,000 from his Vatican bank account and flies to Albania while on bail for sex offences against pupils.

2016: Deputy head of St Benedict’s Peter Allott, 37, is jailed for ‘getting hooked on child pornography’ and taking part in chemsex ‘paedophile sex parties’

2017: Soper convicted of 19 sex attacks on pupils at St Benedict’s in the 1970s and 1980s following an Old Bailey trial.



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Patrick Rock Guilty of making child sex abuse images: aide to David Cameron, Michael Howard, Chris Patten

 


 

 
Patrick Rock, 65, was found guilty of five counts of making indecent images of children

Patrick Rock, David Cameron’s former aide who was spared jail over indecent pictures of children was given softer sentence because of judge’s blunder

The 65-year-old also served under Margaret Thatcher and worked on child abuse policy when he was arrested

23rd January 2017,

A FORMER aide to David Cameron convicted of having indecent pictures of children was given a slashed sentence because of a judge’s mistake.

Patrick Rock was given just a two-year conditional discharge after downloading images of half-naked girls in sexual poses – some as young as ten – to his iPad.

Under David Cameron, Rock was deputy head of Home Affairs policy unit with responsibility for co-ordinating the government’s response to child abuse images online.

The Oxford graduate also served under Margaret Thatcher as political correspondence secretary.

The minimum period should have been five years, but the mistake Judge Alistair McCreath made in June was not spotted until it was too late.

Judge McCreath only became aware of the “error” in October when he received a letter from the Met Police’s solicitor – but it was after the eight-week deadline to make any changes.

Today, Judge McCreath told Southwark Crown Court: “The position, crystal clear as it was, is now doubly crystal clear. There is nothing that I can do.

Rock served under David Cameron and worked in the Home Affairs policy unit on its response to child abuse

“It has always been the duty of the prosecution to inform the court of its powers to sentence and in the event of the court making an error in its powers of sentencing it is the for the prosecution to inform the court so it can remedy it.

“When an error is made it has to be brought to the attention of the court within eight weeks, this order was made on June 2, the first I heard of it was when a letter was sent from the Met Commissioner solicitors dated October 10.

“I recognise that was unlawful but this error was not brought to my attention in time within the generous eight weeks allowed.

“I have no power to do anything about this because the time has now passed in which I could exercise these powers.

“In these circumstances this application to vary the order has to be refused.”

He said the police lawyer “has fairly acknowledged error on the part of the prosecution at the time of sentence”.

On the possibility of amending the order, he added: “I have no power to do so and I am bound to refuse (this application).”

Rock, 65, of Fulham, south-west London, faced 20 charges of making indecent images of a child in August 2013 and was convicted of five counts.

He was cleared of three and the jury was unable to reach verdicts on the other 12, which were left to lie on file.

Rock was told he must register as a sex offender for the duration of the two years and was also banned from using a device with the internet unless it can retain his browsing history – and must allow police to inspect his history.

Sentencing him, Judge McCreath had told him: “The punishment for you is the loss of your reputation and your very public humiliation.”

Judge McCreath gave Rock a two-year conditional discharge on each count to run concurrently and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Yet a letter from the Met Commissioner’s office dated October 10 last year indicated the discharge should have been for five years, as that is the statutory minimum.

The Crown Prosecution Service indicted it may apply to the Court of Appeal to have the order amended.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/2683699/patrick-rock-david-cameron-aide-spared-jail-indecent-pictures-children/


 Judge McCreath:

Involved with fr Anthony McSweeney case

link

1/6/2016

Update

CourtNewsUK ‏@CourtNewsUK

Patrick Rock, former aide to David Cameron, has been convicted of five counts of making indecent images of children.

 

Patrick Rock and David Cameron have known each other for many years.

Jeremy Heywood’s involvement in the Patrick Rock case

Ashworth asked Downing Street’s top civil servant to investigate the circumstances surrounding the arrest of David Cameron’s senior aide Patrick Rock over a suspected offence relating to child abuse images, amid accusations that No 10 has been trying to cover up the allegations.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jonathan Ashworth set out his concerns in a letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, after Cameron’s spokesman refused to answer a series of questions about events leading up to Rock’s arrest and the handling of a separate claim against him


Jeremy Heywood “Sir Cover-Up” – PPS to Norman Lamont

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Jeremy Heywood  (Sir Cover-Up) joined HM Treasury in 1992 and became the Principal Private Secretary to Chancellor Norman Lamont at the age of 30, having to help mitigate the fallout from Black Wednesday after less than a month in the job.

Heywood remained in this role throughout the 1990s under Chancellors Kenneth Clarke and Gordon Brown before being promoted to be the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999.

He stayed in this position until 2003, when he left the civil service in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry where it emerged that Heywood claimed to have never minuted meetings in the Prime Ministerial offices about Dr David Kelly, a job he was required to do.

The Hutton Inquiry was a 2003 judicial inquiry in the UK chaired by Lord Hutton, who was appointed by the Labour government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly, a biological warfare expert and former UN weapons inspector in Iraq.

Sir Jeremy has also been criticised in his current role as Cabinet Secretary, in which capacity he has been involved in protracted arguments about the publication of confidential documents relating to the Chilcot inquiry.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jan/27/sir-jeremy-heywood-most-potent-permanent-elusive-figure-british-politics

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

 


Cameron aide who allegedly made indecent images of children

On the authority of the CPS, the National Crime Agency has today charged Patrick Rock, 63, a former Whitehall adviser, with making indecent images of children and possession of 59 indecent images of children.

David Cameron is under pressure to explain whether his senior aide Patrick Rock was tipped off by Downing Street that he was accused of an offence related to child abuse images hours before his arrest by police.

accused Number 10 late Tuesday of a “lack of transparency” about the senior adviser’s resignation and subsequent arrest, which took place nearly three weeks ago but only became public after a leak to a newspaper.

Patrick Rock’s seniority was demonstrated by the fact that he was one of only three advisers given his own private office in No 10. 

Patrick Rock, born Patrick Robert John Rock de Besombes, is a veteran Conservative Party adviser and has been described as David Cameron’s “fixer”.

In Downing Street, he worked across a wide range of topics, including the government’s policy on child pornography.

London-born Mr Rock, 62, is from an aristocratic family and attended Stonyhust College in Lancashire before winning a scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford, where he studied history.

When he graduated, he went to work for Margaret Thatcher as political correspondence secretary.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10675036/Who-is-Patrick-Rock.html

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Sir Cover Up – Jeremy Heywood, Ed Llewellyn and David Cameron

It also emerged that the aide (Patrick Rock) was previously accused of “inappropriate behaviour” by a colleague and this incident was investigated by his line manager, Ed Llewellyn, Cameron’s chief of staff, who is also an old friend of Rock’s.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/04/cameron-patrick-rock-tip-off

Ed Llewellyn – He has served Cameron for a decade...If you google his name, you discover next to nothing about him: just the repetition of the same bare facts.

No profile of him seems to have been written: a singular achievement when one considers he is one of the most influential men in the country.

After all, Llewellyn had not only worked for Ashdown,… but is on friendly terms, since working in Brussels for Patten, with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of the current Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg.

Hong Kong Governor Chris Patten April 1993

After leaving Oxford, Ed Llewellyn was employed as an aide to former Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, as Patten’s ‘Chef de Cabinet’


 

Ed Llewellyn’s last job before working for Cameron was as an aide to “viceroy” Paddy Ashdown aka “Paddy Pantsdown” in Bosnia.

10/16/02

Edward Llewellyn, a member of the cabinet advising External Relations Commissioner Chris Patten, has left for Bosnia to work with Paddy Ashdown, the EU’s special envoy there. He is replaced by Patrick Rock.

Movers & Shakers

Main News Summary
Saturday, 19 June 2004

Patrick Rock: “The European Commission is not involved in the process of admission of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Partnership for Peace. With no cooperation regarding the arrest of Radovan Karadzic, Bosnia and Herzegovina will most likely not be admitted to the PfP. That is the decision that NATO will have to make. Lord Paddy Ashdown was very clear: The RS must carry the responsibility for the Report on Srebrenica. It does not mean that all people of the RS committed the crime, but only certain individuals”, said Patrick Rock, Advisor to Chris Patten, the EU Commissioner for Foreign Affairs.

http://www.nato.int/sfor/media/2004/ms040619.htm


Paddy Ashdown  a Royal Marine and Special Boat Service officer and as an intelligence officer in the UK security services, became a MP for Yeovil from 1983 to 2001;

Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) in the 2006 New Year Honours and Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2015 New Year Honours

Ashdown left the Royal Marines to join the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6)

‘Child Rapist & Killer Sidney Cooke is not a threat to children’ – Paddy Ashdown :

23.4.98 Leader Paddy Ashdown MP has said that  there was no risk from the convicted paedophile and child killer.
 
via Martin Walkerdine:
 Very strange indeed, considering Cooke had admitted himself that he was likely to re-offend...
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/74151.stm
Adam Ants father Leslie Alfred Goddard was jailed in 1987 with Sidney Cooke as part of the Dirty Dozen gang.
Like Sidney Cooke, Leslie Alfred Goddard was also a chauffeur to rich families.
Adam Ant’s father Alfred Leslie Goddard – VIP child abuse probe
The father of pop star Adam Ant has been linked to shock allegations that VIP paedophiles including top politicians raped and murdered children in Westminster.
The suggestion is that the child sex ring, dubbed the Dirty Dozen and known to have targeted vulnerable youngsters, could have passed on their victims for the MPs to abuse.

Old Etonian Mr Llewellyn  has known Mr Cameron since school and the pair were close colleagues at  Conservative Central Office  in the early 1990s.
Mar 2014    It was discovered that Patrick  Rock had been arrested on the charges of child abuse image claims.

June 2014   Rock was charged with three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child in August 2013

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Cameron lines up top job for Eton friend Ed Llewellyn: Prime Minister promises plum diplomatic role for old school chum

14 May 2015   Llewellyn was sworn of the Privy Council 

Ed Llewellyn is Cameron's chief chum. But does this qualify him to be a member of the Privy Council?

Why has David Cameron appointed his chum Ed Llewellyn to the Privy Council?

 Why should an adviser be given this role?

Privy Councillors are almost all MPs (or ex-MPs), peers or judges.  But it has not, until now, been a reward for members of a political entourage.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2015/06/why-has-david-cameron-appointed-his-chum-ed-llewellyn-to-the-privy-council/

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Questions over Patrick Rock arrest amid cover-up claims:

Ashworth set out his concerns in a letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, after Heywood Cameron’s spokesman, refused to answer a series of questions about events leading up to Rock’s arrest and the handling of a separate claim against him of sexual harassment.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/05/labour-patrick-rock-arrest-cover-up-claims

Patrick ROCK: FORMER AIDE TO PM FACES MAY TRIAL OVER IMAGES OF CHILD ABUSE

October 16, 2015

A former aide to David Cameron accused of possessing child pornography will face trial in May next year. Patrick Rock, 64, allegedly downloaded 62 indecent images depicting females who appear to be between 10 and 14 posing erotically. He charged with six offences of making an indecent photographs of a child of and one offence of possession of 56 indecent images of children. Described as Cameron’s policy fixer, Rock was a key member of the Prime Minister’s inner circle at Downing Street, and had been involved in drawing up government policy on internet porn. –

 http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/online_archive/?name=patrick+rock&sa=Search#results
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The court heard that 62 images, assessed as being Level C, had been found on an iPad in North Carolina. As a British national Rock can be charged in the UK for these offences even though the images are held in America.

District Judge John Zani said he was transferring the case to Southwark crown court because of the “complexity” it involved.

The court also heard that Rock, who was part of David Cameron’s “inner circle” before his resignation, is being monitored by a welfare officer appointed by Downing Street “for his own protection”.

He had known Mr Cameron since working alongside him in the Nineties for then home secretary Michael Howard. Rock, of Fulham

The indecent images which form the subject of the charges were found on an iPad which was forensically examined. It was seized from an address in North Carolina in America where Rock had been living and working until recently.

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Wonder what work the UK government/Downing St had Rock working on in the North Carolina area?

Mr. Patrick Robert John Rock de Besombes, Case Number T20140498

26 May 2016

He’s listed as  Patrick Robert John Rock – he’s dropped the fancy de Besombes part of his name
Details: For Mention – Case Started – 09:32
For Mention – Hearing finished for PATRICK ROBERT JOHN ROCK – 09:48

16 mins

http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/crown-court-lists-hearing-results.php

Patrick Rock – Judge for his May court dates:

Judge Alistair McCreath …background

Patrick Rock knows where the skeletons are buried

Patrick Rock was political correspondence secretary in the government of Margaret Thatcher.

He went on to operate as special adviser to various ministers, including service as a special adviser to Michael Howard in the late 1990s, when David Cameron was also advising Howard

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory.

Patrick Rock later worked in Brussels under Chris Patten, with special responsibility for the western Balkans, before later being brought back into government in 2011 as a Downing Street special advisor, taking on the title of deputy director of policy.

 

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Cameron had last year been reportedly poised to recognise Patrick Rock’s service with a peerage.

Patrick Rock, who has been arrested on suspicion of an offence relating to child abuse imagery, may not be a household name, but he has been a powerful figure in the upper strata of the Conservative Party for decades.

David Cameron and Patrick Rock first worked together as special advisers to Conservative minister Michael Howard in the late 1990s.

Indeed, such was the strength of their relationship that Mr Cameron brought him back into Downing Street in 2011, appointing him deputy head of the influential No 10 policy unit.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory

Jo Johnson, far right

The unit is a key driver behind government decision-making and is currently led by Jo Johnson MP, brother of London Mayor Boris, son of Stanley Johnson

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26435939

Patrick Rock, pictured arriving at Southwark crown court today

Patrick Rock Update:

31 May 2016

I would hazard a guess that a fair deal of sanitising went on in the two years between Patrick Rock being arrested and tried.

They’ve been fixing things for for years.

 

A former aide to Prime Minister David Cameron downloaded images of scantily clad girls as young as 10 but denies the pictures were indecent, a court has heard.

One of David Cameron’s closest aides downloaded 20 indecent photographs of young, scantily clad girls in sexual poses, a court has heard.

Patrick Rock, 64, who has known the Prime Minister for more than 30 years, resigned from his job in Downing Street after he was arrested when investigators seized his iPad and discovered the images in February 2014.

The girls in the photographs ranged in age between ten and 16, with all but one under the age of 14.

With names such as “cutie” and “princess” the girls were pictured in a variety of what the prosecution said were “sexualised poses”.

“While the genitals are not wholly exposed that area is often the clear focus of the picture as if to make the unambiguous suggestion to the viewer ‘look here, look what you can’t’ wholly see’.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/31/ex-cameron-aide-patrick-rock-downloaded-indecent-photos-of-young/

“The child is photographed in a pose that is deliberately sexual in tone, because they are scantily clad and/or their legs are often apart and/or they are showing their bottoms to the camera.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36418535

Patrick Rock, 64, admits downloading 20 images of nine girls to his computer from a free-to-view website over three days in August 2013

Prosecutor Tom Forster told the jury the youngest girl was 10 years and four months old at time the pictures were downloaded in 2013, and the oldest 16 years and seven months, meaning they were all younger than that when the photos were originally taken.

He said all of the images were photographed in such a way as to draw attention to their genital areas, despite them being covered by clothing.

Judge Alistair McCreath told the jurors they would have to decide whether the images were indecent in the eyes of an average member of society, rather than basing their decisions on their own personal views.

http://www.burytimes.co.uk/news/national/14526349.Ex_Cameron_aide_downloaded_images_of_girls_as_young_as_10/


 

Has there been a stitch-up in the child abuse imagery case against Cameron’s aide Patrick Rock?

The trial of David Cameron’s former aide Patrick Rock began today (May 31) – and looks like ending today, after the jury retired to consider whether the 20 images they have been shown were indecent.

Hang on! Only 20 images?

Rock was originally charged with …(three offences of making child abuse images and one of possessing 62 indecent images of children)

Where are the rest of them?

Where are the other images and why has the jury not been shown them?


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Norman Lamont’s Dominatrix, Brothel Madam – Miss Whiplash

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1985  – Norman Lamont (now Baron Lamont Of Lerwick) MP

In June 1991, Norman Lamont, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, was investigated for using taxpayers’ money to handle the fall-out from press stories concerning Miss Whiplash, who was using a flat he owned

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Sara Dale “Miss Whiplash” different  from “Miss Whiplash” (Lindi St Clair )

Lamont’s Kensington home rented out … massage and caning “therapy business …resulted in a call to Carter-Ruck

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Under  Whitehall rules, Treasury is not obliged to reveal money paid to the Chancellor.

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Lamont was able to get help from a secret Conservative Party donor.

The Guardian London 14 Jan 1993

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The Observer 6 Dec 1992

What price justice? There is a savage irony in the news that the Chancellor, Norman Lamont, was given a 4700 government hand-out to pay his private legal bills at the same time as the Treasury had imposed the deepest cuts in legal aid. The result of the latter is to deny millions of people access to affordable justice.



(Later articles refer to Lamont’s “Miss Whiplash” as Lindi St Clair)

Norman Lamont, the Tory Chancellor who let out his London home while he was stationed in Downing Street in the early 1990s to dominatrix brothel madam “Miss Whiplash” Lindi St Clair  nee Marian June Akin

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sex-scandal-former-dominatrix-lindi-379789

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Peter Wright (MI5) client of Miss Whiplash – For some 15 years approx 1972-1987,

(Wright) was a business associate of mine.  I elicited information from sensitive clients he sent my way.  In return he pulled strings to make sure I was never busted.


The Sydney Morning Herald Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Tuesday, May 2, 1995 – Page 27


Peter Maurice Wright (9 August 1916 – 27 April 1995) was the principal scientific officer for MI5, the British counter-intelligence agency, noted for writing the controversial book Spycatcher

Spycatcher was part memoir, part exposé of what Wright claimed were serious institutional failings in MI5 and his subsequent investigations into those. He is said to have been influenced in his counterespionage activity by James Jesus Angleton, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) counterintelligence chief from 1954 to 1975.[1]

During the trial a witness, Sir Robert Armstrong, famously coined (or at least brought back to life) the phrase “Economical with the truth” in response to Wright’s claim that he was telling the truth.[13]

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

NSPCC’s Peter Wanless (left) was Norman Lamont’s PPS

Wanless review ‘fails to find Dickens’ dossier’



 

Lindi once ran a kinky S&M dungeon  below former Chancellor Norman Lamont’s flat in London’s Notting Hill

For many years from the mid-1970s until 1992  St Clair offered sexual services from her own large four-storey house at Eardley Crescent in Earls Court, London

Here she ran a lavish brothel frequented by British and international politicians and aristocrats as a high-profile Madam and dominatrix.

In 1991 it emerged St Clair was renting Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont’s basement flat in Notting Hill

Jimmy Savile paid Miss Whiplash and thirteen-year-old friend £3 for unprotected sex in the 1960s

Former Miss Whiplash, aka Lindi St Clair,  revealed sex-fiend Jimmy Savile paid her and an underage pal £3 for unprotected sex in the 60s.

Lindi, now 60, was 15 when she and a 13-year-old friend were handed the coins by the warped Jim’ll Fix It presenter who took them to his grubby bedsit for a seedy threesome.

The runaway teens were picked up by Savile near Carnaby Street, in London, as he prowled the streets

swns.com/news/jimmy-savile-paid-whiplash-thirteen-year-old-friend-3-unprotected-sex-1960s-26633/

www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/features/14231516.REWIND__All_of_them_stars_in_their_own_right/

 

Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.

Then he was embroiled in a legal dispute with former brothel keeper Lindi ‘Miss Whiplash’ St Clair, who claimed that she was thrown out of Inglewood partway through a course.

And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-259644/PS.html

In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd.

Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.

The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.

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LINDI ST CLAIR – MISS WHIPLASH  speaking about her later life:

As a bankrupt, age 44, I married a 75 year old male-to-female transsexual named Marion Wells. We wed at Eastbourne registry office in 1995. Journalists from The Sunday People newspaper attended the service. Marion was very wealthy and gave me all his/her money.

Our marriage was annulled in 1999 so I could marry our minder  who I’d fallen in love with – he was handsome hunky notorious mercenary Dean Shelley – a known professional hit-man who was questioned by Scotland Yard over the famous Jill Dando murder.

Jill Dando & Cliff Richard

I bought a farm in Herefordshire from my first husband’s money and moved there with Dean. Marion died in 2000. Dean and I divorced in 2001.

Scratch / Marian.

Younger days – Lindi St Clair – member of the 59 club

Unbeknown to me at the time, an English priest called Father Graham Hullet who had known me since I was 15 when I went to a youth club (the 59 Club) he worked at, and who had followed my ‘career’ 

Father Bill Shergold and Father Graham Hullet were leaders of the 59 Club:

The 59 Club was a church run youth club intended to save the souls of errant yobs

In 1963, senior boys at Eton College invited 59 Club members to a dinner-dance at one of London’s most revered and luxurious hotels in the heart of Mayfair, the Dorchester.

Many stars of the time supported the club – most notably Cliff Richard

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Princess Margaret and the Bishop of Bath and Wells meets Cliff Richard (Jill Dando’s friend) at the 59 Club, 1962.

The club became well known, and attracted luminaries such as Sir Cliff Richard, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, and the Bishop of Bath and Wells

Its trustees included Bishop Trevor Huddleston, the famous anti-apartheid campaigner. For British motorcyclists, it was famous for being one of the first places in the UK to preview the previously banned biker movie The Wild One, in 1968

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/59_Club

http://www.godvine.com/testimonies/604


Madame Whiplash/Lindi St Clair claimed 252 Members of Parliament had been on her books.

Norman Lamont’s Madam Whiplash ran for office many times. She was leader of the Corrective Party


“Corrective Party”

Described as the fastest growing fringe party in 1993, the Corrective party was a radical British political party which campaigned for social justice, civil liberties, animal rights and sexual freedom, Fight Sexual Taboo. (NCCL/PIE-like?)

Dominatrix Madam St Clair attempted to become elected to the House of Commons, in eleven by-elections, on one occasion threatening to expose the depraved lives of hundreds of MPs.

Corrective Party concerns – pre-puberty sex education on the National Curriculum;  children’s ombudsperson

St Clair associated with the rockers and Hells Angels

http://www.worldlibrary.net.cn/articles/Corrective_Party

via ww

Lyndie St Claire was a brothel madame was a very successful professional dominatrix and madam, she had printed brothel tokens that could be given as Christmas and birthday gifts from everything from a spanking to being tortured,…she stood for parliament several times with her “corrective party” giving free spankings.
http://thetruthnews.info/spank_account.html

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In the  June 1991 controversy, Norman Lamont, the then Chancellor of the Exchequer was investigated for using taxpayers’ money to handle the press coverage regarding  Miss Whiplash having a brothel in his home.

The Treasury contributed £4,700  of the £23,000 bill which had been formally approved by the Head of the Civil Service and the Prime Minister.

http://kindle.worldlibrary.net/articles/Corrective_Party#cite_note-16


Hague & Lamont 1991

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Norman Lamont Pictured On Budget Day 1991 Pictured To The Left Was Lamont’s Personal Secretary William Hague

William Hague was Leon Brittan’s successor as MP for Richmond, Yorkshire, in 1989

William Hague 1989: Norman Lamont’s Prostitute, Dominatrix, Brothel madam “Miss Whiplash” is on the left

“She came into my headquarters, crashed her whip down on the counter and demanded to see Little Willie.

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There’s “eccentric” Lord Sutch, Simon Hughes and Peter Tatchell

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[ image: William Hague:

“Little Willie” is a supporter of caning

September 24, 1998

A European human-rights court Wednesday condemned Britain

The case before the European Court of Human Rights, based in Strasbourg, stemmed from a 1993 incident in which a man severely beat his stepson, who was 8-years old at the time, with a three-feet long cane. The man was charged with assault but was acquitted after arguing the beating amounted to “reasonable punishment,” a permissible defense under British law.

The case is likely to lead to a ban on parents severely beating their children, although the UK Government says smacking is a separate issue

The nine judges at the court ruled unanimously that Britain had violated a provision of the European Human Rights Convention that bars torture or treatment that is inhuman or degrading.

The decision was hailed by children’s rights activists.

But William Hague, leader of the Conservative opposition, said the ruling amounted to interference in family life.

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Conservative leader William Hague told BBC Radio 2’s Jimmy Young Show:

“We’ve taken the nanny state too far when we have to have court rulings about what people can do with their own children in their own home.

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Norman Lamont held key political appointments at crucial times:– he became UK Minister for Defence Procurement just in time to sign the Al-Yamamah arms deal‎ and he was Chancellor of the Exchequer when Black Wednesday transferred around £3B from UK taxpayers to currency traders.

Before entering Parliament he worked for N M Rothschild & Sons, the investment bank, and became director of Rothschild Asset Management.

Since 1996 Lamont has been Chairman of Le Cercle, a foreign policy Club – Le Cercle Chairman as of 13 October 2008 but not as of April 2013.

^ “important members” Lord Julian Amery, his protege Jonathan Aitken and Lord Norman Lamont (all three members of the Privy Council).

Other Affiliations

  • Bilderberg Attended, 1995
  • Bow Group Chairman 1971-72
  • British Iranian Chamber of Commerce Chairman
  • Iran Heritage Foundation Member, Advisory Board

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Lamont is very close to David Cameron, who worked for him during the dark days of Black Wednesday

David Cameron was working for Lamont at the time of Black Wednesday, when pressure from currency speculators forced the Pound sterling out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism.

1992: The pound is forced out of the European exchange rate mechanism, netting currency market investor George Soros £1bn

http://newsoninvest.com/2015/05/22/thirty-years-of-ft-money/

1992-3

Cameron was rewarded with a promotion to Special Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Norman Lamont.

Cameron

Director of corporate affairs for television company Carlton, now part of ITV, his only professional excursion beyond the cosseted world of Westminster.

Michael Howard and David Cameron

The manner in which he obtained the job says much about how men of Cameron’s background tend to progress through life. The future Tory leader, whose credentials at Conservative central office were already well-established after periods working for Norman Lamont and Michael Howard, believed a stint in the private sector would benefit his political career.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2010/feb/20/david-cameron-the-pr-years

http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/05/david-cameron-covered-up-for-paedophiles-when-he-was-at-carlton-communications-2520666.html

Carlton’s head office was a Tory enclave at a time when the party was facing political extinction. Rachel Whetstone, who worked for Norman Lamont along with Cameron,  was also based there for a time;

she is now married to Cameron’s chief policy advisor, Steve Hilton.

The former colleague says Cameron was “an upmarket guy, but they were all bloody upmarket at Carlton … they were all terribly posh.


Cameron Joke moving into Downing Street

As for whether the Camerons rent or sell their £2.7m house, when asked by reporters, the Prime Minister joked:

“I certainly won’t be renting it to Miss Whiplash, if that’s what you mean.”

He was referring to the notorious case of his old boss Norman Lamont, the Tory Chancellor who let out his London home while he was stationed in Downing Street in the early 1990s only for the press to discover that it had been rented by “a sex therapist”.


www.theweek.co.uk/people-news/14337/camerons-finally-move-downing-street

www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/weekend/features/11869657.Hague_reflects_on_life_as_he_rolls_the_dice_again/


 Norman Lamont and friends Stanley Johnson (father of Jo Johnson see below), Leon Brittan


Norman Lamont? Harvey Proctor?

^ Was Julian Clary outing Norman Lamont?


 


Jeremy Heywood “Sir Cover-Up” – PPS to Norman Lamont

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Jeremy Heywood  (Sir Cover-Up) joined HM Treasury in 1992 and became the Principal Private Secretary to Chancellor Norman Lamont at the age of 30, having to help mitigate the fallout from Black Wednesday after less than a month in the job.

Heywood remained in this role throughout the 1990s under Chancellors Kenneth Clarke and Gordon Brown before being promoted to be the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999.

He stayed in this position until 2003, when he left the civil service in the wake of the Hutton Inquiry where it emerged that Heywood claimed to have never minuted meetings in the Prime Ministerial offices about Dr David Kelly, a job he was required to do.

The Hutton Inquiry was a 2003 judicial inquiry in the UK chaired by Lord Hutton, who was appointed by the Labour government to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of David Kelly, a biological warfare expert and former UN weapons inspector in Iraq.

Sir Jeremy has also been criticised in his current role as Cabinet Secretary, in which capacity he has been involved in protracted arguments about the publication of confidential documents relating to the Chilcot inquiry.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jan/27/sir-jeremy-heywood-most-potent-permanent-elusive-figure-british-politics

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

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/2016/03/20/vip-csa-cover-ups-macur-reviewwaterhouse-reportgeoffrey-howeleon-brittan-and-friends/


More recently:  Jeremy Heywood’s involvement in the Patrick Rock case

Cameron aide who allegedly made indecent images of children

Patrick Rock’s seniority was demonstrated by the fact that he was one of only three advisers given his own private office in No 10. 

On the authority of the CPS, the National Crime Agency has today charged Patrick Rock, 63, a former Whitehall adviser, with making indecent images of children and possession of 59 indecent images of children.

David Cameron is under pressure to explain whether his senior aide Patrick Rock was tipped off by Downing Street that he was accused of an offence related to child abuse images hours before his arrest by police.

accused Number 10 late Tuesday of a “lack of transparency” about the senior adviser’s resignation and subsequent arrest, which took place nearly three weeks ago but only became public after a leak to a newspaper.

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/2/1435849429680/Ed-Llewellyn-David-Camero-009.jpg?w=700&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=d8ac34e359fbe53794034d7c601affc1

Sir Cover Up – Jeremy Heywood, Ed Llewellyn and David Cameron

It also emerged that the aide (Patrick Rock) was previously accused of “inappropriate behaviour” by a colleague and this incident was investigated by his line manager, Ed Llewellyn, Cameron’s chief of staff, who is also an old friend of Rock’s.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/04/cameron-patrick-rock-tip-off

Ed Llewellyn – He has served Cameron for a decade…If you google his name, you discover next to nothing about him: just the repetition of the same bare facts.

No profile of him seems to have been written: a singular achievement when one considers he is one of the most influential men in the country.

After all, Llewellyn had not only worked, in Bosnia, for Ashdown,… but is on friendly terms, since working in Brussels for Patten, with Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of the current Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg.

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Media/Pix/pictures/2011/7/22/1311336728899/Lord-Patten-007.jpg?w=220&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=b6f9910a86572259af3c2d638ad2da03

After leaving Oxford, Ed Llewellyn was employed as an aide to former Governor Chris Patten in Hong Kong, as Patten’s ‘Chef de Cabinet’

Ed Llewellyn’s last job before working for Cameron was as an aide to “viceroy” Paddy Ashdown aka “Paddy Pantsdown“in Bosnia.

‘Child Rapist & Killer Sidney Cooke is not a threat to children’ – Paddy Ashdown :

23.4.98 Leader Paddy Ashdown MP has said that  there was no risk from the convicted paedophile and child killer.
 
via Martin Walkerdine:
Very strange indeed, considering Cooke had admitted himself that he was likely to re-offend...
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/74151.stm
Adam Ants father Leslie Alfred Goddard was jailed in 1987 with Sidney Cooke as part of the Dirty Dozen gang.
Like Sidney Cooke, Leslie Alfred Goddard was also a chauffeur to rich families.
Adam Ant’s father Alfred Leslie Goddard – VIP child abuse probe
The father of pop star Adam Ant has been linked to shock allegations that VIP paedophiles including top politicians raped and murdered children in Westminster.
The suggestion is that the child sex ring, dubbed the Dirty Dozen and known to have targeted vulnerable youngsters, could have passed on their victims for the MPs to abuse.

Mar 2014    It was discovered that Patrick  Rock had been arrested on the charges of child abuse image claims.

June 2014   Rock was charged with three counts of making an indecent photograph of a child in August 2013

https://i2.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2014/06/29/article-0-1F3B397400000578-370_306x423.jpg

Cameron lines up top job for Eton friend Ed Llewellyn: Prime Minister promises plum diplomatic role for old school chum

Old Etonian Mr Llewellyn  has known Mr Cameron since school and the pair were close colleagues at  Conservative Central Office  in the early 1990s.

14 May 2015   Llewellyn was sworn of the Privy Council 

Ed Llewellyn is Cameron's chief chum. But does this qualify him to be a member of the Privy Council?

Why has David Cameron appointed his chum Ed Llewellyn to the Privy Council?

 Why should an adviser be given this role?

Privy Councillors are almost all MPs (or ex-MPs), peers or judges.  But it has not, until now, been a reward for members of a political entourage.

http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2015/06/why-has-david-cameron-appointed-his-chum-ed-llewellyn-to-the-privy-council/

https://i0.wp.com/i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/01/28/00/30A0BEA900000578-3420201-Cosy_chats_Cabinet_Secretary_Sir_Jeremy_Heywood_pictured_has_hel-m-20_1453942099179.jpg

Questions over Patrick Rock arrest amid cover-up claims:

Ashworth set out his concerns in a letter to Sir Jeremy Heywood, the cabinet secretary, after Heywood Cameron’s spokesman, refused to answer a series of questions about events leading up to Rock’s arrest and the handling of a separate claim against him of sexual harassment.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/mar/05/labour-patrick-rock-arrest-cover-up-claims

Patrick ROCK: FORMER AIDE TO PM FACES MAY TRIAL OVER IMAGES OF CHILD ABUSE

October 16, 2015

A former aide to David Cameron accused of possessing child pornography will face trial in May next year. Patrick Rock, 64, allegedly downloaded 62 indecent images depicting females who appear to be between 10 and 14 posing erotically. He charged with six offences of making an indecent photographs of a child of and one offence of possession of 56 indecent images of children. Described as Cameron’s policy fixer, Rock was a key member of the Prime Minister’s inner circle at Downing Street, and had been involved in drawing up government policy on internet porn. –

 http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/online_archive/?name=patrick+rock&sa=Search#results
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The court heard that 62 images, assessed as being Level C, had been found on an iPad in North Carolina. As a British national Rock can be charged in the UK for these offences even though the images are held in America.

District Judge John Zani said he was transferring the case to Southwark crown court because of the “complexity” it involved.

The court also heard that Rock, who was part of David Cameron’s “inner circle” before his resignation, is being monitored by a welfare officer appointed by Downing Street “for his own protection”.

He had known Mr Cameron since working alongside him in the Nineties for then home secretary Michael Howard. Rock, of Fulham

The indecent images which form the subject of the charges were found on an iPad which was forensically examined. It was seized from an address in North Carolina in America where Rock had been living and working until recently.

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Wonder what work the UK government/Downing St had Rock working on in the North Carolina area?

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Mr. Patrick Robert John Rock de Besombes, Case Number T20140498

26 May 2016

He’s listed as  Patrick Robert John Rock – he’s dropped the fancy de bescombes part of his name
Details: For Mention – Case Started – 09:32
For Mention – Hearing finished for PATRICK ROBERT JOHN ROCK – 09:48

16 mins

http://www.thelawpages.com/court-hearings-lists/crown-court-lists-hearing-results.php


Patrick Rock – Judge for his May court dates:

Judge Alistair McCreath …background



Patrick Rock knows where the skeletons are buried

Patrick Rock was political correspondence secretary in the government of Margaret Thatcher.

He went on to operate as special adviser to various ministers, including service as a special adviser to Michael Howard in the late 1990s, when David Cameron was also advising Howard

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory.

Patrick Rock later worked in Brussels under Chris Patten, with special responsibility for the western Balkans, before later being brought back into government in 2011 as a Downing Street special advisor, taking on the title of deputy director of policy.


Cameron had last year been reportedly poised to recognise Patrick Rock’s service with a peerage.

Patrick Rock, who has been arrested on suspicion of an offence relating to child abuse imagery, may not be a household name, but he has been a powerful figure in the upper strata of the Conservative Party for decades.

Patrick Rock and David Cameron have known each other for many years.

David Cameron and Patrick Rock first worked together as special advisers to Conservative minister Michael Howard in the late 1990s.

Indeed, such was the strength of their relationship that Mr Cameron brought him back into Downing Street in 2011, appointing him deputy head of the influential No 10 policy unit.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/04/patrick-rock-tory

Jo Johnson, far right

The unit is a key driver behind government decision-making and is currently led by Jo Johnson MP, brother of London Mayor Boris, son of Stanley Johnson

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-26435939


…Norman Lamont More Sleazy Connections …

Iraqi tycoon Auchi linked to sleaze quiz

Mr Auchi (right) receiving the signed watercolour of the Houses of Parliament from  Lord Sainsbury

Lord Norman Lamont on the board of the UK arm of Auchi’s operation

Nadhmi Auchi also a member of Le Cercle

23 April 1999

Blair, Hague and Kennedy signed anniversary card to chairman

Lord Sainsbury, in congratulating Auchi on … a £1.7bn business empire

Former Liberal leader Lord Steel, who sits on the board of GMH, was there that night

Auchi made his fortune largely thanks to his extensive business contacts in the Middle East, and in particular in his native Iraq, where he is reported to have once been an official of the Iraqi government. Before the Gulf war changed the commercial network of the region for ever, Auchi set up several multi-million pound deals within Iraq.

His extraordinary global business deals have brought him to the attention of investigators in two of the most dramatic corruption scandals post-war Europe has seen.

In March 1993, Battaglia swore a statement that he had given millions of dollars in commission to Auchi to help secure a deal to build a pipeline from Iraq to Saudi Arabia for a consortium of Franco-Italian companies. Battaglia provided a detailed description of the transactions, involving companies in Panama and Guernsey. (Panama Papers?)

While Auchi and his associates say that GMH has no links to the Saddam regime, Iraqi dissidents are not so sure.

Opposition groups remain suspicious and are known to have expressed concern to the Foreign Office as long ago as 1995.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/feb/04/uk.politicalnews?commentpage=1


The King of Sleaze involved.

Keith Vaz on the board of the UK arm of Auchi’s operation

Just two weeks before the party, Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East, had accepted a place on the board of the UK arm of Auchi’s operation


Luma Auch – The daughter of Nadhmi Auchi

…named on a serious fraud office search warrant and is understood to have been directly in charge of running generic drugs manufacturer Regent-General Mediterranean during part of the period between 1996 and 2000 on which the SFO’s investigation is focusing.

Cyril Smith was free to abuse boys for several decades- his defender, Lord David Steel on right

Lord ” All he seems to have done is spank a few bare bottoms David Steel is a General Mediterranean  board member

Other career politicians on the board of General Mediterranean or its subsidiaries are former Liberal party leader Lord  Steel, former president of the European commission Jacques Santer, former Conservative chancellor Norman Lamont and former Tory health minster Gerry Malone, who is chairman of Regent.


www.theguardian.com/society/2003/apr/04/health.business?commentpage=1

Revealed: Vaz’s job with Iraqi tycoon

3 Feb 2001

Foreign Office Minister Keith Vaz accepted a job with a company owned by an Iraqi-born tycoon who is wanted for questioning over a massive European corruption scandal, The Observer can reveal.

Vaz, who is facing calls for his resignation over his business relationships, accepted a directorship of the company owned by Nadhmi Auchi, a British multi-millionaire facing inquiries over his role in an oil deal allegedly involving £40m of kickbacks.



Nadhmi Auchi, convicted of fraud in 2003, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

Nadhmi Auchi, convicted of fraud in 2003, and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg

A controversial Iraqi-British billionaire organised a banquet in honour of Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg

Nadhmi Auchi, 73, was convicted of fraud in the giant French Elf-Aquitaine oil company trial in 2003 and given a suspended sentence

The former Lib Dem leader Lord Steel is a longstanding director of Mr Auchi’s Luxembourg-registered company General Mediterranean Holdings. Other politicians who have worked with Mr Auchi include Lord Lamont and former minister Keith Vaz.

“It is alleged that Mr Auchi and his lawyers, Carter Ruck, have been making strenuous efforts to close down public debate.”

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Obama and Auchi

http://illinoispaytoplay.com/2012/10/23/rezko-obama-and-the-nadhmi-auchi-railroad-linking-chicago-washington-and-baghdad-part-1of-3/


Kenneth Clarke’s Wedding

The photograph, reproduced in biographies of Clarke and Howard, shows Gummer as best man, and the ushers at Clarke’s wedding. From left to right, Fullerton, Howard, Gummer, Clarke, Brittan, Christopher Mason (who became a Liberal Democrat) and Norman Lamont.

http://barneshistorian.com/vm-cambridge.php

CUCA alumni had considerable influence on British politics in the 1980s and 1990s, with the rise to prominence of the ‘Cambridge Mafia’ including cabinet ministers Michael Howard, Kenneth Clarke, John Gummer and Norman Lamont, who had dominated CUCA and the Cambridge Union in the early 1960s.

Considerable overlap between the officeholders of the two societies continues to the present day.

Patrick Rock was SPAD to Michael Howard, friend of Janner & Brittan

 Was Jocelyn Cadbury MP one of the three at the Elm Guest House on the night of this police raid?
“What does Norman Lamont know about the suicide of Jocelyn Cadbury MP, his former Parliamentary Private Secretary, less than a month after Elm Guest House was raided?”
Jocelyn Cadbury –  Bow Group

20 March 2017

Lord Lamont of Lerwick, 74, is enjoying a blossoming friendship with Rebecca Wallersteiner, a writer almost 20 years his junior who has entertained the nation with her colourful love life.

Saucy Rebecca, 56, whose charismatic brother Dr Anthony Wallersteiner is headmaster of Stowe boarding school, is a former lover of the late artist Lucian Freud.

‘Ever since my teens, I’ve had a thing for older men,’ she revealed in 2015. ‘I don’t mean two, three, five years older but decades my senior.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4307514/Is-Lamont-latest-older-man-racy-Rebecca-s-life.html



John Whittingdale & Norman Lamont – 15th April 1992

Lindi St Clair aka Miss Whiplash claimed 252 Members of Parliament had been on her books. – wonder if Whittingdale was a customer?

Top Tory minister John Whittingdale admits to relationship with dominatrix – but says he didn’t know her real occupation

13 Apr 2016

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/top-tory-minister-john-whittingdale-7742826

JOHN WHITTINGDALE INTO “TORTURE PORN”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/18/john-whittingdale-culture-secretary-bbc-rupert-murdoch

Charles Napier arrest: Half-brother of Tory MP John Whittingdale questioned over ‘sexual assault’ by police probing alleged VIP paedophile ring

Media Select Committee Chairman John Whittingdale has spoken out about the arrest this morning of his half-brother Charles Napier, who was nicked by the Met investigating 80s abuse at Elm Guest House in Barnes:

“I am aware that my half-brother was arrested at our mother’s home.

 I have absolutely no idea about the claims but if allegations have been to police they should be investigated.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/torys-half-brother-arrested-in-paedophile-probe-8674946.html

His arrest was part of Operation Fairbank –  the Met Police’s umbrella inquiry into historical child sex abuse claims involving politicians and other public .


CHARLES NAPIER Half-brother of senior Conservative MP John Whittingdale Charles pleaded guilty at Southwark crown court to 29 sex offences involving 21 boys. …  a paedophile ring with establishment connections.

He bragged of easy access to young boys and how he could send obscene images back to Britain in diplomatic bags.

 

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/18/senior-mps-half-brother-admits-historial-sex-offences-young-boys

Standards probe launched into John Whittingdale over his trip to Amsterdam with dominatrix ex-girlfriend

Parliament’s sleaze watchdog has launched a formal probe over John Whittingdale over a trip to Amsterdam he took with his dominatrix ex-girlfriend.

22 APRIL 2016

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/standards-probe-launched-john-whittingdale-7810078#ICID=sharebar_twitter

Napier has also been linked to a shadowy and vile organisation called the Paedophile Information Exchange which campaigned in the 70s and 80s for what they called the age of “child love” to be reduced to four

When police raided his house in Evesham, Worcs, in 1992 they found not only hard-core child abuse images from Amsterdam but a “quarter-century of correspondence” between paedophiles in Britain and around the world.


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Whittingdale- the Criminal Connections: A Dominatrix, a Gangster, a crack addict TV Star, a Gun mad bouncer and Prince
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Mr Whittingdale was unknowingly passing information about his relationship, parliamentary business meetings and movements to Mr Djoughdem via Ms King, who was attempting to sell this information to tabloid newspapers.

Djoughdem, a self described gangster who goes by the name ‘Gerrard’ in underworld circles.

Read more at:https://www.byline.com/column/51/article/1008

Mr Djoughdem spoke about his former association with infamous London gangsters Kray twins and about being one of the ‘biggest cocaine dealers in London.’

Mr Djoughdem used to run infamous high end nightclub Wall St. which was known for being a centre of cocaine dealing, and frequented by celebrities including Prince and Dodi Al-Fayed, lover of Princess Diana.

Darius, Koslowski, one of Djoughdem’s former bouncers, a former bodyguard of Prince, boasts regularly about drugs and guns online.

These revelations will raise fresh questions about the Cabinet Minister’s judgement and suitability for office, particularly in regards to whether Parliamentary security was jeopardized by information passing from him to criminal elements.

https://www.byline.com/column/51/article/1008

Dame Alun Roberts ‏@ciabaud

Today, again, the Krays have cropped up in the Whittingdale case. A couple also linked to Boothby, Cliff Richard and Savile.


Fixer Lord Wyatt of Weeford –  one of his wives – Lady Moorea Black  shows as a co-worker of Patrick Gilbert – she was director at Guild Of Freemen Of The City Of London.
(from 1992-05-22 to 2009-07-08),

People  linked to this family … Murdoch, Thatcher, Norman Lamont, Boris Johnson…

TO MOVE AND TO SHAKE
To some, he’s a gadfly; to others, he’s one of the most influential figures of our age. Lord Wyatt of Weeford – close friend of Maggie, Rupert and the Queen Mum – looks back on a lifetime of courting the rich and powerful

In the 1980s, the Sunday Telegraph called Woodrow Wyatt “the most influential person of our age” – reflecting both his closeness to the Prime Minister, and his almost cabalistic relationship with the other person who most defined that period: Rupert Murdoch. More than anyone else, Wyatt demonstrates the way in which those two great enemies of the Establishment none the less developed an Establishment of their own.

Lord and Lady Wyatt’s daughter Petronella is assistant editor of the Spectator. She was appointed by the magazine’s editor, Frank Johnson

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/to-move-and-to-shake-1353932.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-lord-wyatt-of-weeford-1287784.html

Petronella – it was her mother, Verushka, widow of the late Lord Wyatt of Weeford, who briefed journalists about the alleged affair between Petsy and the Tory MP Boris Johnson, her editor at The Spectator magazine.

Such an unusual approach was always forgiven, though, for Petsy was a hugely popular figure within the Telegraph group (she later edited The Sunday Telegraph’s Mandrake column before moving to The Spectator). She was considered to live an impossibly glamorous life and was much lusted after by male staff, particularly the older ones. She always seemed to be at gatherings thrown by the powerful, singing for Norman Lamont, then the Chancellor, at his 50th birthday party. She is still to be seen at soirées given by the likes of the historian Flora Fraser, granddaughter of the late Lord Longford, or Jonathan Aitken.

After Max Clifford told her that “Carey from the Church of England” had called him for advice, the Spectator ran the line “The Archbishop calls on Max” on the cover. Unfortunately, Clifford had been referring to the then Archbishop of Canterbury’s son Andrew, not George.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/woodrow-verushka-pericles-and-petronella-welcome-to-the-world-of-the-wyatts-533899.html

Petronella Wyatt

http://aanirfan.blogspot.com/2016/06/boris-johnson-and-friends.html

The outrageous confessions of an upper-class Lolita
Laurence Olivier, Robin Day, Lord Lambton … as a teenager, PETRONELLA WYATT was groped by a bevy of her famous father’s friends.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2291904/The-outrageous-confessions-upper-class-Lolita.html#ixzz4vgCNpQzB

 

Sir Simon Hornby,  (older brother of paedophile Charles Hornby) had seven years previously married the Queen Mother’s racehorse trainer’s daughter, Sharon Cazalet, in a star studded wedding. The Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton are all on film walking into a tiny village church in Shipbourne in Kent for the occasion.[ii] At the Cazalet family home Fairlawnes in Kent, the Queen Mother had often been a guest, as well as the historian Elizabeth Longford (nee Harman) and her husband, Labour Peer, Lord Frank Longford

https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/02

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Charles Hornby – abused young boys


https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/?s=charles+napier

howardbarlow.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/web-hague-richmond.jpg?w=590&h=386

www.darlingtonandstocktontimes.co.uk/weekend/features/11869657.Hague_reflects_on_life_as_he_rolls_the_dice_again/

www.mediander.com/connects/2685073/lindi-st-clair/#!/videos/

www.worldlibrary.net.cn/articles/Corrective_Party

https://books.google.com/books?id=DWgeAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&dq=miss+whiplash+lindi+st+clair&source=bl&ots=_wEMhLqXzZ&sig=D9s-rTURN5UP1wDTbbWyPzERi-0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjXu7j6hKfMAhVC02MKHQ5KCTE4FBDoAQgpMAM#v=onepage&q=miss%20whiplash%20lindi%20st%20clair&f=false

https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:8VKlBDfl-ksJ:https://groups.google.com/d/topic/soc.culture.lebanon/x2OvTjbhJ0Y+&cd=59&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us


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Chris Patten/Paedophiles & Paedophile-Infested Establishment Institutions/St Benedict’s School

 

Chris Patten, Chairman of the BBC Trust, Governor of Ditchley Foundation, linked to Bilderberg and the Trilateral Commission and Common Purpose also chancellor of Oxford University

Chris Patten began his political career as Tory MP for Bath. He was elected in 1979, when Margaret Thatcher came to power.

From 1999 to 2004 he was one of the two UK members of the European commission. He became chancellor of Oxford University in 2003 and was made a life peer in 2005.

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Images of children and Chris Patten ..Patrick Rock worked for Chris Patten

Patrick Rock moved to Brussels and worked for Chris Patten (European Commissioner) …Patten preceded by Leon Brittan

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Norman Lamont, Stanley Johnson, Leon Brittan

Patrick Rock was arrested at his home in February. He resigned from his post as deputy head of Cameron’s policy unit after his arrest, which was not made public until the details were published by the Daily Mail three weeks later.

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Jo Johnson ex-head of Cameron’s Policy Unit

Chris Patten is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations along with Jo Johnson

https://goodnessandharmony.wordpress.com/?s=david+cameron

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Lord Patten with Leo Johnson, brother of Boris and Jo Johnson – FT Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Awards 2011

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Chris Patten chaired the BBC Trust, the governing body of the British Broadcasting Corporation until his resignation on grounds of ill health on 6 May 2014.

Patten accused of a cover-up on BBC Savile probe

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From BBC to right hand of Pope: Patten to advise Vatican on media strategy

Former Tory chairman takes new job advising Holy See on how to handle press weeks after quitting BBC for health reasons…a high-level committee to advise Pope Francis on media strategy.
The appointment is sure to cause surprise since Patten stood down as BBC chairman scarcely two months ago, after heart surgery, saying he needed to reduce the range of roles he held. What is particularly striking about his latest job is that it should come so soon after his departure from an institution that has come under withering fire for its failure to deal openly and thoroughly with accusations of sex abuse.
 

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Lord Patten of Barnes is an Old Priorian and the Patron of Ealing’s St Benedict’s School

2014/15  The Senior School Prize Giving on 9 September. Lord Patten of Barnes, the school’s most eminent alumnus, was the guest of honour.

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 9 Dec 2015

A DEPUTY head teacher at a £4,000-a-year Catholic school plagued by a “terrible history” of child abuse was charged with offences related to “child porn”.

Allot, 39, was charged with possessing, showing and making indecent images of children as well as possessing extreme pornography

The former Tory councillor has been a teacher at St Benedict’s since 2004.

He left for a year in 2011 to work as a research associate for a project on the Prime Minister’s “Big Society” initiative and Catholic social teaching at Cambridge University.

In 2011 it was revealed that St Benedict’s, then run by Ealing Abbey monks, was linked to 21 sexual attacks dating back to 1970.

Father David Pearce, the former head of the junior school, was jailed for eight years in 2009 after he was convicted for of abusing five boys over 36 years.

Four victims were under 14.

Wanted priest, Father Lawrence Soper, has been missing since allegations he had also abused pupils emerged.

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Former abbot to stand trial for abusing 10 schoolboys

Ealing

A former Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing 10 schoolboys in the 1970s and 1980s will stand trial in October. Father Laurence Soper, 73, a former abbot of Ealing Abbey in west London, is charged with 18 sex offences including buggery and indecent assault on boys under 16. They are said to have occurred at St Benedict’s School in Ealing, where he taught first as a priest before being promoted to abbot.

http://courtnewsuk.co.uk/former-abbot-stand-trial-abusing-10-schoolboys/

Ex-priest Laurence Soper in court on child sex abuse charges

  • 22 August 2016

No further news on Soper since his scheduled court date in Sept 2016.

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Update on Soper:

29 November 2016

Soper 2nd hearing

Soper’s case has been transferred to the Central Criminal Court. There was a plea and case management hearing on 25th November.

He has been charged with two counts of buggery, one of gross indecency and six of indecent assault.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A provisional trial date has been set for 13th February.

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…Kickin the can down the road…

A provisional trial date has been set for 13th February.

Will he still be alive by the time a trial happens??

St Benedict's junior school in Ealing, West London

Prior sexual abuse at the school…

In October 2009,  David Pearce, a monk of Ealing Abbey and former headmaster of the Junior School, was jailed for eight years, subsequently reduced to five years, for sexual abuse offences at the school in the period from 1972 – 1992 and for one further offence in 2007 after he had ceased to work in the school.

In March 2011  Laurence Soper, the Abbot of Ealing Abbey during the 1990s, was arrested on child abuse charges relating to the period when he was a teacher at, and the bursar of, St Benedict’s School; it was reported in October 2011 that he had failed to answer bail and was being sought by the police.

In the light of these matters, and other alleged but unproven offences, the Abbot commissioned a report to be prepared by Lord Carlile of Berriew with a view to making recommendations on the School’s governance.

As a result of the changes made the Independent Schools Inspectorate said in its 2013 inspection report that the pastoral care at St Benedict’s was excellent.

In October 2011 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered its own enquiry into the same matters, to be conducted by Bishop John Arnold.

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2 years after Carlile’s report:

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Peter Allott was working at St Benedict’s when Lord Carlile made his report for the school

Peter Allott, the former Tory councillor has been a teacher at St Benedict’s since 2004.

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Lord Carlile, is clearly not very good at his job.


Lord Carlile & Janner

As a young reporter, I was given letters that might have helped make a case against the MP for child abuse

The establishment, in the shape of his fellow MPs, men such as Labour’s Keith Vaz, Tory David Ashby and the then Lib Dem MP now Lord Carlile, closed ranks.

Carlile played a prominent part, describing Janner as a man of “integrity” and “determination”. Carlile should have known Janner fairly well.

They were both MPs, both QCs, both members of Friends of Israel, both patrons of UK lawyers for Israel.
They appear still to both be patrons of the Friends of Israel Educational Foundation. They were regulars on the same parliamentary committees dealing with legal affairs. They were both to leave the Commons at the same time and both to join the Lords only slightly apart.

Carlile shared a small Commons office with paedophile Cyril Smith for many years.

Carlile’s mistress and eventual wife was a senior legal adviser to the Director of Public Prosecutions. Cosy world, Westminster, it it not?

DPP Saunders is closely advised by Alison Levitt QC, who happens to be the wife of Janner supporter, Lord Carlile

Carlile went on to be a stunningly illiberal “Independent” Reviewer of anti-terror legislation, where he demonstrated his independence by agreeing to absolutely everything the security services told him. 42 day detention with no charge? No problem. In fact there was no period of detention without charge posited so extreme that Carlile did not support it. Secret courts hearing intelligence evidence the defence were not allowed to see? Fine by Carlile. Control orders? Great. He is a fantastic bastion, protecting the public, is Carlile.

Even better, of course, at protecting his associates.

www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2015/04/the-remarkably-unobservant-baron-carlile/

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Lib Dem peer Lord Carlile attacks investigation into claims of sexual harassment by party’s former chief executive

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At least 10 women…Lib Dem female members who accused Rennard of sexual harassment have criticised their party for not taking disciplinary action against the former chief executive and allowing him to return to his job of helping to write Clegg’s 2015 election manifesto.

Lord Rennard’s friend and legal adviser, Lord Carlile claimed Rennard would not be apologising since he had done nothing wrong, adding he would be resuming his position on the Lib Dem federal policy committee.

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Lord Carlisle

Lord Carlisle rejected any suggestion his public support for the intelligence agencies may have been influenced by his business relationship with one of the UK’s ex-spy chiefs. 

Former reviewer of anti-terror laws co-owns firm with ex-MI6 chief

Lord Carlile, who often defends work of intelligence services, has earned £400,000 from consultancy formed with Sir John Scarlett in 2012

SC Strategy Ltd, the company that Carlile established with Sir John Scarlett, who ran MI6 from 2004 to 2009…

Relatively little is known about SC Strategy, which Carlile and Scarlett formed in late 2012. The company – owned jointly by the two men – has no website or phone number and Companies House only lists a correspondence address for the company at a high-end City accountancy firm.

Clout in Whitehall- Cabinet Office records show that on 10 April 2013 and 6 June 2014, the company had a private meeting with the cabinet secretary “Sir Cover-Up” – Sir Jeremy Heywood – widely viewed as the most influential player in David Cameron’s No 10 – and treated him to breakfast.

Scarlett is also a director and senior adviser at News Corp’s holding company for the Times and Sunday Times newspapers, and has written for the Times as an occasional columnist.

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Update: 

 Lord Carlile to get to the bottom of Bishop Bell’s abuse!

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Lord Carlile has been called in by the Church of England to assess whether it unfairly labelled a revered former bishop as a paedophile.

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MISC.

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 3, 2014

Lord Carlile Won’t Take Chair of Child Sex Inquiry

Carlile said that whoever leads the inquiry should not be a parliamentarian.

He also insisted that he or she should have expertise in issues involving child protection or child abuse.

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‘Devastated and Saddened, Shaking from Limb to Limb’ Ex-MP’s Wife Speaks Out

The wife of Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile of Berriew has spoken of her devastation at discovering her husband’s relationship with a barrister 15 years his junior. Lady Carlile, who lives in Welshpool, said the former MP for Montgomeryshire had admitted a five-month affair with 43-year-old barrister Alison Levitt while they were still together.

Headlines: Liberal Democrat Peer Alex Carlisle, right, had a five-month affair with married Alison Levitt before confessing his adultery to loyal wife Frances, left

Lord Carlile, who is in charge of reviewing anti-terror laws, has now moved Ms Levitt into the flat near his London chambers that he once shared with Frances, his wife of 37 years.

Lady Carlile said her 58-year-old husband, an eminent QC, had told her he was ‘bored’ with her and revealed that he had had another affair years earlier when their children were very young.

‘He said he’s done it because he was bored with me. And he admitted he’s had another affair when the children were very young. He said it lasted for several years but that it had meant nothing.

‘He couldn’t understand why I was so upset and why I felt it made a mockery of the trust between us.’

As a QC he successfully defended butler Paul Burrell when he was accused of stealing millions of pounds of goods from the estate of the late Princess of Wales. He lists his recreations as politics, theatre, food and Association Football and is a member of the Athenaeum Club.

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Carlile’s two daughters – troubled teenagers

I Resented Dad Being an MP – He Never Had Time for My Problems; AFTER ALEX CARLILE QUITS TO HELP TEENAGE DAUGHTER FIGHT ANOREXIA, HIS ELDEST GIRL TELLS HOW SHE DROPPED OUT

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Alex Carlile

Outside Parliament, Alex Carlile was a Lay Member of the General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999.

He is a Non-Executive Director of Wynnstay Group plc, and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

He writes articles, if asked, broadcasts, and is involved in several charities from NACRO to the White Ensign Association. He has a special interest in mental health.

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Nacro charity –

Our people and governance

Jacob Tas

Chief Executive

The current Chief Executive is Jacob Tas, formerly of Action for Children* and The Prince’s Trust

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Patron Her Majesty The Queen

Jonathan Aitken is an ex-prisoner, ex-Cabinet Minister and ex-MP. In his political career he was an MP for 23 years. During his ministerial appointments he served as Minister for State for Defence and in the Cabinet as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

In 1999 Jonathan pleaded guilty to charges of perjury and served seven months of an 18 month prison sentence.

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In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd. Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.

The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.

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Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.

Then he was embroiled in a legal dispute with former brothel keeper Lindi ‘Miss Whiplash’ St Clair, who claimed that she was thrown out of Inglewood partway through a course.

And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/columnists/article-259644/PS.html

Michael Howard is a member of the highly secretive organization ‘Le Cercle'[15], which has deep ties to many intelligence agencies and has a long history of links to many of those involved with organized child abuse, along with shadowy covert acts such as media propaganda, arms dealing and on the ground military action, generally funded by offshore shell companies.

Michael Howard is a long time friend of Jonathan Aitken, global arms dealer and one time head of Le Cercle.

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For more on Aitken and his ties to the current speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, see here

From Jonathan Aitken’s book on Thatcher:

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Members of the same club – Alf Bates Club 1974

Jonathan Aitken, Tim Renton (wrote a letter of support for paedophile Bishop Peter Ball), Leon Brittan, Sir Peter Morrison, Sir George Young, Alan Clark…


Vice Presidents

Lord Boyce

Sir Jimmy Savile was known to have had dinner with Admiral Sir Michael Boyce, Chief of the UK Defence Staff at the time of 9 11, and was known to have had close relationships with the leaders of Israel.

When official lists of those entertained to dinner were released under the Freedom of Information Act, it emerged that Savile had dinner with Dame Judi Dench and Admiral Sir Michael Boyce (Chief of the Defence Staff), which is quite a combination.



*Action for Children*

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

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.

Crump is on bail ahead of sentencing at Southwark Crown Court on August 28. A Cabinet Office spokesman said Crump was suspended in January and quit in March.

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

Child abuse inquiry set to drop investigation into Ealing Abbey monks

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

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

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

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

More on Ealing Abbey here


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