Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection
A leading child protection officer has suggested paedophiles who view indecent images should not be given criminal sanctions unless they pose a physical threat to children, according to The Times.
Lower level offenders should be given counselling and rehabilitation and police should focus on the most dangerous paedophiles with access to children and those looking at the most serious images, Simon Bailey, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, is reported to have said.
…alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
The Times quoted Mr Bailey as acknowledging many people may be horrified at the stance…
MPs call for ‘immediate reassurance’ over child abuse image cases
07 Mar 2017
A group of influential MPs is “very alarmed” that Britain’s most senior child protection police officer should want to keep low-level offenders viewing abuse images out of the courts.
Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) chair Yvette Cooper is calling for “immediate reassurance” after the National Police Chiefs’ Council child protection lead suggested only paedophiles who pose a “really significant” physical risk to children should face a criminal sentence.
While thousands of suspects are being arrested every year in conjunction with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Chief Constable Simon Bailey said alternatives needed to be looked at as increasing reports of sexual abuse have pushed the situation to “saturation point”.
Worried by the “changes in approach” if implemented straight away, Ms Cooper said comments that forces cannot cope with the “huge proportions” of child sex abuse offences – up 80 per cent in three years – are “clearly of great concern to us”.
She wrote to Mr Bailey: “As you will know, for many decades institutions have put children at risk because it was seen as too difficult, not a priority or resources were insufficient to keep them safe.
“I would not want to see the same happen over online child abuse.”
The children’s charity National Association for People Abused in Childhood’s chief executive officer, Gabrielle Shaw, expressed concerns that Mr Bailey’s views could mean that “paedophiles who want to view indecent images of children now have the green light to do so?”.
Ms Shaw added:” If they think they won’t be thrown in jail, what’s to stop them from searching out these images to satisfy their sick appetites?”
Arguing there is no-such thing as a “low-risk paedophile”, she went on: “I don’t want anyone to think for a second that looking at an indecent image of a child is a victimless crime.
“Just because someone downloaded it, maybe paid for it, they might think it’s OK as they didn’t go and hurt a child physically? Except they have.
“They have fed the demand for these images, which means more children will be robbed of their innocence in the worst way possible.
“Those children have to grow up knowing these images will circulate for years – every time someone new views them they are being abused all over again. It never stops.”
“Police priorities reflect society’s priorities. And if you want child protection to be a priority, then let’s all say so.”
Every paedophile needs to face full force of the law
THE suggestion from leading police officer Simon Bailey that paedophiles who look at indecent images online should not be charged with criminal offences unless they pose a direct threat to children is appalling.
His implication is that looking at “low-level images” is not a serious offence. This is completely wrong.
The paedophiles who view these images online may not have physically abused a child themselves but they are funding those who produce such content. They must bear at least some of the responsibility for the suffering of the children featured.
Moreover in some cases viewing images online is just the start. Often it is a precursor to paedophiles committing far worse crimes.
Treating the viewing of images as a minor crime does not provide a sufficient deterrent to further activity and fails to address their behaviour early enough.
Paedophilia is one of the very worst crimes that can be committed. It is shocking that anybody – let alone a senior police officer – could advocate relaxing the laws surrounding it.
April Jones’s mother hits out at senior police officer’s paedophile comments
March 1 2017
The mother of murdered April Jones has warned “anything can trigger” dangerous sexual predators amid suggestions viewing child abuse images should not always lead to prosecution.
A senior police officer provoked a storm of criticism this week by claiming lower-level offenders should instead be given counselling and rehabilitation for looking at child pornography.
Coral Jones, whose five-year-old daughter April was abducted and murdered by paedophile Mark Bridger in 2012, recalled how the killer had viewed grotesque pictures before his crime.
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) also suggested the comments by the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for child protection, Simon Bailey, amounted to telling offenders: “This is a great day to be a paedophile.”
In comments released by the IWF, Mrs Jones hit back at the claim abuse images could be “low-level”, saying: “You don’t know what pictures Bridger was looking at before attacking my daughter.
“He was looking at images hours before he went after April. It doesn’t matter what images paedophiles look at. Anything can trigger them off.
“A child could have a photo taken of their abuse and they will have to live with that for the rest of their life. People can be cruel.”
Chief executive Susie Hargreaves told the Press Association: “I think absolutely we need to make sure we don’t give out the wrong message, we don’t want to be saying ‘this is a great day to be a paedophile because when you look at the images there might not be the ramifications you expected a week ago’.
“What we have to say is we have a zero-tolerance approach to anybody looking at child sexual abuse – it is wrong.
“These are children, these are real children who are abused and whether it’s a category C or a category A that is a real child suffering that abuse.”
“Resources is not a reason to let people get away with child sexual abuse.”
What am I missing about @CCNorfolkPolice proposals re non-custodial cautions & sex offender registrations? Is this not happening already?
I suppose tho’ receiving a caution & saving cost of trial (seem to read about a lot of suspended sentences) would mean no publicity for perp
Would it make the offence of drawings practically speaking null and void?
Steven Smith, last Chair of PIE was a very talented artist when it came to depicting child rape in pencilled detail & as we now know Graham Ovenden’s portraits of female children were painted as he abused them so he could capture an authentic sense of loss of innocence (the fall from Eden/Paradise as he liked to characterise it)
My father, the ‘respectable’ paedophile
6 May 2017
My father viewed thousands of child abuse images over many years, but rather than accept his guilt, he blames my wife and me for ‘refusing to move on’ because we no longer let him see our young daughters
I know from first-hand experience the emotional manoeuvres, the psychological contortions, and the linguistic sleights of hand a user of child abuse imagery will employ to play down the severity of his crimes. This is why the recent recommendation of chief constable Simon Bailey, the lead on child protection for the National Police Chiefs’ Council, makes me so angry.
Bailey has proposed not prosecuting viewers of child abuse images categorised as the least serious, referring to a lack of resources to deal with the large number of people committing these crimes. My understanding is that even if Bailey’s recommendations were put into practice, my father’s crimes would still have been serious enough to warrant prosecution. Nevertheless, the message Bailey is sending out plays into the hands of the perpetrators, and all those who seek to minimise the seriousness of viewing these images.
Perpetrators only get to hear the frank, unflinching words of a judge when a case is prosecuted, and in my opinion it was crucial that my father heard these words. For people like my father, the last thing we should be doing is strengthening the arsenal of arguments they can use to say that what they were doing was not that bad after all. Shining a light on these dark crimes is, in my opinion, the best way to counter them, and prosecution plays an important part in doing this. Sunlight, as they say, is the best disinfectant.
Brian Pead provided Simon Bailey with a copy of his book from Hillsborough to Lambeth which exposed child abuse in Lambeth Council and the Chief Constable failed to act, despite being the national police lead for child abuse.
Simon Bailey has been a police officer for 29 years, serving predominantly as a detective in King’s Lynn and Norwich.
In 1998, he was seconded to the National Crime Squad and as Detective Inspector he was responsible for managing covert operations at a national and international level targeting serious and organised crime gangs.
In 2000 he was further seconded to the Rosemary Nelson murder investigation based in Northern Ireland. He worked for three years on the investigation before he returned to Norfolk as a Detective Superintendent with responsibility for intelligence.
In December 2005 Simon Bailey was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent and as Head of Crime he managed the force specialist crime and operations resources.
In 2007 he was appointed to lead the force modernisation programme and whilst successfully leading this programme he passed the Police National Assessment Centre and between October 2008 and February 2009 attended the Police National Strategic Command Course.
DCC Bailey was promoted to Deputy Chief Constable with responsibility for Legal Services, Human Resources, and Force Performance in September 2010, he was also lead for the Norfolk Policing model Review.
On 10th June 2013, Mr Bailey was temporarily promoted to the rank of Temporary Chief Constable and on the 19th September 2013 was appointed Chief Constable by the Police and Crime Panel.
In January 2014 Mr Bailey became the NPCC lead for Child Protection and Investigation.
He is married with two children and two grandchildren. Educated at Wymondham College and Norwich City College and has a Cambridge University Masters Degree in Criminology and Police Management.
In January 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service.
She was murdered a week before the publication of a report into allegations that police officers had told her clients she’d soon be dead.
What no one had known, however, was that while the RUC itself was under scrutiny, special branch, MI5 and the security service had been spying on her. Between 1994-1998 security reports on Nelson’s private and public life accelerated until, in the summer of 1998, an application for a warrant to put a bugging device in her property went to Mo Mowlam, then Northern Ireland secretary. It troubled Mowlam, but she sanctioned it.
The evidence has stunned the three previous inquiries – costing millions of pounds – into alleged collusion in Nelson’s killing. They had all been told lies, that no intelligence file or files exist on Nelson.
“That was an untruth,” says a furious officer close to the murder investigation headed by Colin Port, now chief constable of Avon and Somerset police.
There has always been an eerie code of silence about Nelson’s death. Despite Port’s “outstanding” stings, said Phillips, the suspects had not spoken. But they had consistently uttered one mantra: “It was the government that did it.”
Rosemary Nelson (née Magee; 4 September 1958 – 15 March 1999) was a prominent Irish human rights solicitor who was assassinated by an Ulster loyalist paramilitary group in 1999. A bomb exploded under her car at her home in Lurgan, Northern Ireland; the Red Hand Defenders claimed responsibility. Allegations that the British state security forces were involved in her killing led to a public inquiry. It found no evidence that state forces directly facilitated her murder, but could not exclude the possibility that individual members had helped the perpetrators. It said that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) failed to protect her and that she had been publicly threatened and assaulted by officers, which helped legitimize her as a target.
In September 2006 the British Security Service MI5 announced it would be represented at the inquiry. This move provoked criticism from Nelson’s family, who reportedly expressed concerns that MI5 would remove sensitive or classified information.
Loyalist McKeown: Police asked me to shoot Rosemary Nelson dead
Loyalist lifer Trevor McKeown could be called to the public inquiry into the murder of Catholic lawyer Rosemary Nelson.
Four years ago he claimed rogue RUC officers directed him to the spot where Rosemary Nelson parked her car and urged him to shoot her there — less than two years before she was eventually killed by a loyalist car bomb.
McKeown says two officers asked him to kill the human rights lawyer while he was being quizzed over the murder of 18-year-old Bernadette Martin — an allegation they strenusously denied.
Since her death there have been persistent allegations of security force collusion in the murder, which is now the subject of an inquiry headed by retired judge Sir Michael Morland.
Ironically, McKeown’s trial for murdering Bernadette Martin started the day mother-of-three Mrs Nelson was murdered on March 15, 1999.
Marie Collins, born in Dublin, Ireland, was a victim of sexual abuse as a child in the 1960’s which included photographic images being taken. She has campaigned for the protection of children and justice for survivorsfor many years. Marie has also campaigned for a better understanding ofthe effects of sexual abuse on children, particularly the taking of abusive images, speaking in many forums internationally to further this understanding.
She was a founding member of the Irish depression support group ‘Aware’ in 1985 setting up their voluntary Helpline which she ran for many years. Marie assisted the Archdiocese of Dublin in setting up their Child Protection Service in 2003 and also that year became a founding Trustee of the Advocacy and Counselling support group for abuse survivors, One in Four (Ireland). In 2010 Marie was the recipient of the Humber Summer School award for Courage. She is married with one son.
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Phil Gormley was in the top 10 highest earning chief officers in the country.
According to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and Norfolk Constabulary, Mr Gormley’s successor, Simon Bailey, is in receipt of a total package of £165,318, including a salary of £136,092.
Row as Police Scotland blocks release of chief constable Phil Gormley‘s financial interests
6 Aug 2016
Police Scotland Chief Constable Phil Gormley
POLICE Scotland is embroiled in a secrecy row after it blacked out the details of the chief constable’s financial interests.
The force’s decision means it is impossible to know if Phil Gormley has any business ties outside of policing.
John Finnie, a Scottish Greens MSP and a former policeman, called on the decision to be reconsidered.
Submitting a register of interests that is available for inspection is a basic element of public sector transparency.
MSPs, MPs, MEPs and councillors are required to produce a detailed list, as are board members of quangos and public agencies.
A key part of this ethics check is financial openness, such as declaring directorships and shareholdings.
The Police Scotland Executive – whose members include police chiefs – also have to submit an internal declaration on public appointments, political activity, gifts and hospitality and potential conflicts of interest.
However, although the force has released a copy of Gormley’s register, the “financial” section has been redacted.
“The public have a right to know of any potential conflicts of interests that senior public figures or elected politicians may have and it is for that reasons we all complete a register of interests.
Myles Bradbury: CEOP ‘failed to alert abuse doctor to police’
Phil Gormley involved in this case.
CEOP received information from Toronto Police, via Interpol, of up to 2,345 UK individuals, including Bradbury, in July 2012.
This was part of the Canadian force’s Project Spade investigating child pornography across the world.
The NCA said the material provided to CEOP included “details” of online purchasers of potentially harmful DVDs and videos.
In November 2013, a few weeks after the agency took over CEOP, the NCA said its deputy director general Phil Gormley became aware the material had not been disseminated to UK police forces and did then share it…
the data on Myles Bradbury was shared with Suffolk Police a few days later on 27 November, which, by coincidence, was the same day a grandparent of a victim at the hospital made a complaint about the doctor.
Queen Elizabeth and Phil Gormley – sharing a special handshake
Norfolk chief constable – on meeting the Queen – hobnobbing with royalty.
11 July 2011
He was once the real Morse, and meets the royals as part of his job, but the Chief Constable of Norfolk was surprised to find himself something of a local celebrity too.
Phil Gormley has been in the job for just over a year, but is still getting used to invitations as diverse as church with the Queen, cricket with a general, or late night knock on his front door to ask him to look into rumours of a village crime.
“The post of the chief constable is one that has a much higher profile in Norfolk than it has in other places I have worked,” he said.
A life-long football fan, he has attended several Norwich City matches since moving to the county – and not all of them as a spectator.
“I’ve been out and policed a couple of matches, and I go out on patrol…”
Philip Michael Christopher “Phil” Gormley (born 1963, Surrey) is a high ranking police officer who became Chief Constable of Police Scotland in January 2016. Prior to this he was Deputy Director of the National Crime Agency.
Gormley has been married twice and has one daughter. His second wife, who he married in 1998, is Claire Louise Stevens, a police officer with Thames Valley Police where she rose to rank of Det. Superintendent in 2009; since 2011 she has been Det. Superintendent with HM Inspectorate of Constabulary..
Of note is that the Deputy Chief Constable of Norfolk was Ian Learmonth, who was one of the senior police officers responsible for policing around the 2005 G8 Summit, then Assistant Chief Constable for Operations at Strathclyde Police.
As with the SDS under his heading of Special Branch, Gormley’s time here is at a crucial period in the history of the spycop unit National Public Order Intelligence Unit, as will be detailed below. While Gormley was overseeing it, this Unit ran notorious undercovers such as Mark Kennedy, Lynn Watson and Marco Jacobs at this time. All three were in attendance in the counter-mobilisation and protests against the 2005 G8 Summit in Scotland. The G8 is a significant period as it was one of great activity by NPOIU, and Mark Kennedy claimed that he’d been told his reports were going direct to the desk of Prime Minister Tony Blair
New chief constable Phil Gormley linked to Met undercover police ‘sex spy’ unit
POLICE Scotland’s new chief constable led the Metropolitan police branch that controlled a notorious undercover unit whose officers had sex with their female targets.
Phil Gormley was in charge of the Met’s Special Branch, which had responsibility for the disgraced Special Demonstration Squad (SDS).
The SDS’s activities are now central to a judge-led inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales.
MSP Graeme Pearson, former Director General of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency, called on the police chief to provide answers on any links he had to the SDS.
Gormley, the former deputy director of the National Crime Agency, came out of retirement to secure the top job in Scottish policing and starts this week.
He succeeds Sir Stephen House, whose term was marked by controversies on stop and search, armed policing, call-handling and unlawful spying.
However, as Gormley prepares to take over, the spotlight is on his career at the Met, where he was a commander for four years from 2003.
The SDS was formed in 1968 – as the Special Operations Squad – in response to mass protests against the Vietnam War.
Over the next 40 years, SDS officers would be embedded undercover into protest and environmental groups with a view to keeping tabs on their activities.
The Unit was based inside the Met’s Special Branch – which focuses on national security.
However, the SDS has become discredited over the tactics used by its undercover officers over the decades.
A number of the plants formed sexual relationships with female activists and one ex-officer, Bob Lambert, even fathered a child with a protestor in the 1980s.
In November, it was announced that seven woman received compensation for what the Met described as “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some of its officers.
The compensation was linked to behaviour by former officers for the SDS and the separate National Public Order Intelligence Unit.
Officers also assumed fake identities by taking the names of dead babies and gave evidence in court using the false names.
The SDS also stands accused of spying in the 1990s on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence – an allegation that led to Home Secretary Theresa May to announce the Pitchford Inquiry. The SDS was eventually wound up in 2008.
According to his online Police Scotland biography, Gormley became a Met commander in 2003: “Initially responsible for firearms and aviation security, then for special branch and counter terrorism.”
His NCA biography provides more details of this stint: “From 2005 Phil led the modernisation of Specialist Operations and took command of MPS Special Branch, driving forward the merger of Special Branch and the Anti Terrorist Branch to form the new Counter Terrorism Command.”
In 2005, when Gormley took command of Special Branch, the SDS – now called the Special Duties Squad – was still in existence.
In an official inquiry into SDS, carried out by Derbyshire chief constable Mick Creedon, the two most senior officers in the SDS pecking order were “Commander Special Branch” and a Detective Chief Superintendent.
MSP John Finnie, a former police officer, said: “I would be keen to understand what the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) knew about Mr Gormley’s policing background and what enquiries, if any, they made about his role with Special Branch and the SDS.
“If the SPA were unaware of this hugely significant matter, then, once again, it would bring into question their competence.
“The public will rightly question how someone who was in charge of Special Branch, which controlled the notorious SDS, is now our chief constable.”
Mr Winnick asked him: “Sudan has a notorious record of outright brutality… Isn’t there a contradiction of this country [the UK] upholding certain principles, human rights and the rest and an organisation like yours having contracts with governments that are totally in the opposite direction?”
Police Scotland has provided training on child protection and crash investigation to officers in the UAE’s police force.
There are widespread concerns the NCA is being run more like a Whitehall department than a law enforcement agency, with too many managers making it difficult for swift action to be taken. Its annual report, published last week, reveals huge turnover in its 17-strong management board. Director-general Mr Bristow is leaving before his contract ends in late 2016, although the Home Office claimed this did not mean he was leaving early.
Deputy director-general Phil Gormley announced in March that he would retire in the coming year.
He became deputy director general of the National Crime Agency in 2013.
NCA… had suddenly been given a lead role in tackling child abuse.
The Home Secretary said last night: ‘Keith Bristow has been an inspirational first director-general.
‘Under his leadership, and alongside Phil Gormley and Trevor Pearce, the NCA re-shaped the UK’s response to serious and organised crime and is a highly effective organisation.’
Norfolk deputy chief constable Simon Bailey, at the “give an hour, help a hero” launch with Help for Heros teddy bears wearing the prototype police uniform designed in Norfolk which will be available countrywide.
Norfolk Police launches Help for Heroes fundraiser – News – Eastern Daily Press
A MAN reported for raping a child was given a caution instead of being taken to court.
The attack on the boy, who was younger than 13, was reported in February last year but the offender was not prosecuted.
Sussex Police took the same approach with 25 other sex crimes reported between April and November, including assaults on men, women and children, figures obtained under the Freedom of Information laws showed.
In the last five years the force issued 221 cautions which included 77 for sexual offences against women and girls over the age of 13. The majority were given to adults and 33 were handed out as youth cautions to children aged 17 and under. These included three for rapes of girls younger than 13 between 2014 and 2016.
It is understood the rape victim, who endured the attack more than a decade ago, did not support prosecution and while statistically it was correctly recorded as a rape, the caution the force issued was for indecent assault.
Katie Russell, of charity Rape Crisis, said it was “hard to imagine” circumstances where issuing an adult with a caution for rape would not be “wholly unacceptable” and called for a review.
Fabia Bates, director of Brighton-based Survivor’s Network which supports rape and abuse victims, said: “It seems impossible to me that an adult could be found guilty of raping a child and be given a caution.”
She queried how anyone could be given a caution for sexual violence but said more information was needed to understand how police decide if a caution is the most appropriate form of action. She was keen to know how the victim is involved in the discussions and if they support the decision.
Detective Superintendent Jason Tingley said cautions for the most serious offences were only used in “exceptional circumstances”.
He said: “We take all offending behaviour very seriously. Cautions aim to deal with offenders outside the court system in appropriate circumstances.
“The response to each case is dependent on a range of factors including the nature and circumstances of the offence, the welfare and views of the victim, whether there had been a clear admission of guilt and the ages of those involved.
“It is also important to recognise a caution is a legitimate criminal justice outcome, with real sanctions attached.
“In cases such as this it includes being placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register and the resulting risk management that follows.
“It can also have long-term implications, such as notification on pre-employment checks.
“We also have a scrutiny panel who assess the use of out-of-court disposals.
“This panel includes magistrates, defence solicitors, the Crown Prosecution Service and youth offending teams.”
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One year after football’s child abuse scandal broke, stories are yet to be told
Last November, Andy Woodward bravely shared his story and 12 months on, the full horror is still emerging with 748 victims coming forward
11 November 2017
It wasn’t easy at first to understand the numbers that were potentially involved. It still isn’t, to be honest, when the latest police figures are so mind-boggling – on average, five new victims coming forward every two days – but particularly so at the start, when Andy Woodward was preparing to go public and telling me he was certain there would be many others, hundreds even, who had experienced the same kind of childhood horrors.
What has happened since started as a trickle but quickly turned into what the Football Association chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a tidal wave. At the time, however, I can remember going to Andy, on the day before publication, to make absolutely sure he was happy to put the numbers so high. His response was that it might even be higher. The story went out. “Difficult knowing how to introduce this one,” I wrote on Twitter. “He’s a brave man and, as of today, he is free of his secret.” And then we waited.
The first six came forward inside five days. By the end of the week it was 11. And on and on. This week brings up a year since Andy became the first former footballer to speak about the sexual abuse he had suffered and the latest police figures, 748 victims, make it easy to understand why at least one force has advertised for retired detectives to help the process of taking statements.
To put it in some kind of context, more football coaches and people connected with the sport, 285, have now been accused of molesting boys than the number of priests and brothers from the Boston archdiocese, 249, who were identified as part of the scandal unearthed by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team.
The victims come from all levels of football and, at the last count, 331 clubs had been “impacted”, meaning they had been named without necessarily being under investigation. Of the victims, 96% are male, the youngest being four years old, and the vast majority of cases happened in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, though some as far back as 1950. Operation Hydrant has had 2,028 referrals and all but 27 relate to football – the others involving basketball, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket and swimming.
It is a lot to take in and, as if all that was not shocking enough, the real number of victims will actually be significantly higher when the figures have not been updated since 28 September and there are so many others who have suffered the same kind of ordeals but chosen not to report what happened.
Many do not think it is worthwhile now their abusers – paedophiles such as Frank Roper, a coach in Blackpool’s junior system, and Eddie Heath, formerly the chief scout at Chelsea – are dead. Others have now reached an age where they have their own children and have elderly parents and, understandably, want to protect their families. Many don’t feel they have the strength to deal with the tortuous, often torturous, process of going through the courts when it can feel sometimes as if there are glaciers that move quicker than the British judicial system.
After a year on this story, I have spoken to almost as many victims who have chosen not to go to the police as those who have. The numbers, again, are frightening and some of the stories that are waiting to be told leave huge questions about what the clubs knew, and what they did about it.
A lot of those stories will have to be held back for now because of the cases being sub judice but suffice to say there is startling evidence of cover-ups, and warnings being ignored, at a number of clubs.
The negligence also appears to be related to money in some cases. One recurring theme is that the people in charge were often reluctant to rock the boat if the person under suspicion was good at his job, potentially making those clubs money. Of everything we have heard over the last year, that perhaps is the most galling part when you stop to think about the number of children it put at risk. Some big football clubs and well-known individuals are going to find it a hard stain to wash out.
Aston Villa certainly need to explain what precisely happened after they were notified about the crimes of Ted Langford, a part-time scout for the club, during the late 1980s and maybe we will also hear from Dario Gradi at some point about his own judgment over the years. Gradi was suspended from all football activities by the FA last November after claims that in his coaching days at Chelsea he visited the house of a 15-year-old youth-team player to “smooth over” a complaint of sexual assault against Heath. Gradi has always denied any wrongdoing but the suspension remains in place, almost a year on, and it is clear the FA wants to distance itself from a man who was once revered for his work in junior football. Gradi was given a lifetime contribution award in 2014 and inducted into the FA Licensed Coaches’ Club Hall of Fame. His photograph has been taken down from the walls of St George’s Park and his name has been removed from the relevant wall display.
Hopefully we will get some more answers when the FA’s independent inquiry, led by Clive Sheldon QC, is published and perhaps, in time, there will also be an explanation from Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, about why his organisation did not do more after the 1997 Dispatches documentary Soccer’s Foul Play made it clear there was a serious problem inside the sport.
Everybody within the game, the media included, needs to look at how this scandal was ignored for so long. Yet the PFA, in particular, has much to answer for when, unlike the FA, it has had very little regime change at the highest level. Taylor has been there since 1981.
Sheldon’s report should be delivered at Easter and you might have seen the story recently about him seeing a counsellor, paid for by the FA, to look after his own mental health when he is being exposed to so many harrowing stories. Fair enough, but it is just a pity, perhaps, that the FA has not been so generous when it comes to the players whose lives have been shaped by the abuse. Many have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and still suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia and panic attacks. They do at least have support groups such as the Offside Trust and SAVE but many have experienced what a hard-faced organisation the FA can be.
Equally, it might have been an idea if the FA had gone to any real effort to help the victims, or anyone else who might have vital information, to understand how to go about the process of speaking to the inquiry. That, after all, is surely the first starting point of any such investigation: to hear from as many people as possible. Yet if you were to click on the FA’s website – the place, you might imagine, where the process might be explained – there is nothing about it all.
Instead, the FA, acting independently of the barrister, has set up a convoluted and hard-to-locate system whereby the only way anyone can submit evidence is by clicking on the website for Sport Resolutions and going through a link named “Football Review”. Even then, it still doesn’t make it absolutely clear what it is. There isn’t even a helpline, just an email address for “written submissions” and no clues whatsoever why the FA should presume anyone would know this was how it worked.
It all feels so dreadfully typical of the FA and helps to explain why, by mid-October, Sheldon had interviewed no more than 15 victims. Clarke, who has described it as the biggest crisis in the history of the FA, claimed during his calamitous appearance before the House of Commons digital, culture, media and sport select committee recently that he had spent 22 hours a day working on the case when the story broke. Perhaps he needed a rest if this was the best he could come up with.
Six County FAs fail to respond to questions on football sex abuse
16 October 2017
The failure by some to cooperate with the independent review into the game’s child sexual abuse scandal was laid bare again on Monday night after it emerged six County Football Associations had not responded to requests for information five months after being asked to do so.
The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, was forced last week to contact the Football Association itself to ask it to act over what one source branded “inertia” on the part of several counties, something that as of last night had the desired effect on only two out of the six in question.
They had originally been written to on May 11 and given a deadline of June 1 to respond, with those which failed to meet that contacted again on June 21.
The six outstanding counties were also sent reminders more recently to provide information which could be vital to an inquiry which is investigating what FA chairman Greg Clarke has admitted is the biggest crisis he could recall the game facing.
It also transpired that the final report by Sheldon had been delayed until at least Easter after the process of examining up to five million documents in an FA archive proved more arduous than anticipated.
Sheldon and his team, who had originally planned to report early next year, had also managed to interview only 15 survivors of abuse – there are 741 potential victims according to the most recent police figures – and 35 other persons of interest.
Alleged victims spoken to include former internationals, although sources refused to confirm whether Matt Le Tissier, David White and Paul Stewart – all of whom had gone public – had been among them.
Survivors’ stories were said to have been “harrowing”, with Sheldon and his team – as well as victims – requiring counselling as a result.
Meetings were planned yesterday with a further 20-30 survivors, as well as with other persons of interest, with the inquiry restricted in who it could talk to due to ongoing criminal investigations and the upcoming trials of former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell and ex-Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins.
Sources close to the investigation confirmed suspended Crewe director of football Dario Gradi – who denies covering up abuse claims – had been on a list of intended interviewees but refused to reveal whether he had been spoken to yet.
Former Aston Villa assistant manager Dave Richardson is also a person of interest after the inquiry was told by one victim, Tony Brien, that former England boss Graham Taylor was involved in a cover-up while at the club.
No one approached so far has openly refused to co-operate with the inquiry.
The Bennell and Higgins trials early next year could also limit either what Sheldon says about allegations against each of them in his report or what the FA is able to publish of his findings.
His report is likely to focus on case studies of 10-12 clubs to paint a picture of the game’s handling of claims of child abuse during the years covered by the inquiry, amid the impossibility of speaking to every potential victim and witness.
Police now investigating over 2,000 child abuse referrals in football
• Specialist unit looking into complaints involving more than 330 clubs • Referrals relating to sports other than football reach a total of 27
The specialist police unit investigating child abuse in football has received 142 new referrals since publishing its last updated figures in June and is currently investigating complaints involving more than 330 clubs.
The figures released on Tuesday reveal that information forwarded by police forces to Operation Hydrant up to 28 September amount to 2,028 referrals, an increase of 142 on the previous figure at the end of June.
A total of 688 referrals came from the NSPCC with 1,340 from the police forces that were contacted. The statistics provided from Operation Hydrant reveal that a total of 331 clubs have been impacted since Andy Woodward’s interview in November sparked the now countrywide investigation.
The vast majority of referrals relate to football. However, a number of other sports have also been the subject of 27 referrals. These referrals include basketball, rugby, gymnastics, martial arts, tennis, wrestling, golf, sailing, athletics, cricket, and swimming.
Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004. He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.
Finding a home for your unwanted football kit in Africa and beyond KitAid is a charity set up by, Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters’ trip in 1998. Derrick, being a mad footie fan, was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he wearing his favourite football shirt (Watford, Chesham Utd, Liverpool FC to name a few).
After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags. Fifteen years on, KitAid has Graham Taylor OBE as its Patron, lots of volunteers and to date we’ve sent out 200,000 kits to children and adults in 40 different countries across the world.
Pictured: Derrick Williams MBE presenting Graham Taylor OBE with a commemorative shirt at KitAid’s 15th year anniversary event.
Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004. He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.
Taylor was a supporter of Sense-National Deafblind and Rubella Association and a Patron of DebRa. He was a Celebrity Ambassador for the Sense Enterprise Board in Birmingham, and worked to raise both funds and awareness, including running the London Marathon in 2004. He regularly hosted moderated “online coaching seminars” on the DALnet channel. He also supported the Royal British Legion and cycled from London to Paris in 2010 to raise funds for the RBL’s Poppy appeal.
Former youth coach Frank Roper accused of abusing 31 young players
A Freedom of Information request revealed 31 people have filed 35 accusations
Several alleged victims have begun legal proceedings against Blackpool
Ex-England player Paul Stewart says he was abused on daily basis for four years
18 August 2017
Thirty-one former footballers including England international Paul Stewart have accused former youth coach Frank Roper of historical sexual abuse.
Several alleged victims have also begun legal proceedings against Blackpool, with whom Roper was closely associated in the 1980s.
Stewart, 52, has claimed that Roper, who died in Stockport in 1995, abused him on a daily basis for four years from the age of 11.
Frank Roper (right) has been accused of abusing 31 former footballers
A Freedom of Information request revealed that 31 individuals have filed 35 accusations against Roper, a former football coach in the North West.
Sportsmail exposed Roper as a serial sexual predator last November. He exploited his power at renowned Manchester youth club Nova and enjoyed strong links with Blackpool.
Stewart, the former Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City striker, said: ‘It’s sad that so many came forward because it meant so many suffered.
‘People will see now how prolific he was, and hopefully the people who suffered will not feel as I have, that the police are only interested in the victims of others.
The former youth coach was closely associated with Blackpool in the 1980s
‘I’m not bothered that he won’t face justice, I never came forward for that. But I’m gutted for those who have reported him and will not see him face justice.’
Roper warned Stewart, who started his career at Blackpool, never to tell anyone of the horrific ordeal or risk his family being killed.
Witnesses revealed how Roper abused children on expensive trips to the Far East, New Zealand and America.
Dino Nocivelli of Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors, representing several survivors, said: ‘The number of children who allegedly suffered sexual abuse at the hands of Frank Roper indicates he was a substantial threat to children.
‘What is even more worrying is that this is very likely to only be the tip of the iceberg — Frank Roper was associated with Blackpool for over a decade, he was granted frequent access to children as a result of this and the abuse is alleged to have taken place not just in England but also in Thailand and New Zealand.
‘I have been instructed by a number of survivors to pursue claims against Blackpool Football Club. A letter before claim has been sent on behalf of one of my clients to Blackpool setting out the abuse that my client suffered at the hands of Roper.
‘Blackpool have confirmed receipt of these papers and I am awaiting their response as to whether or not they admit responsibility for the acts of Roper.’
A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: ‘We will continue to support any victims of non-recent sexual abuse and we are working with charities and partner organisations to help provide them with specialist support.
‘GMP will continue to inform victims of any updates regarding their complaints.
‘We understand that reporting such traumatic events is extremely difficult and we will continue to assist any victims in any way that we can.’
Blackpool were approached but declined to comment.
Bob Higgins, former Southampton youth coach, denies child sexual abuse charges
Higgins faces 65 counts of non-recent sexual abuse against 23 boys
Case to be tried at Winchester crown court
20 July 2017
The former Southampton youth coach Bob Higgins has appeared before magistrates charged with 65 sexual offences against boys as young as 12.
Higgins, 64, was accused of 63 indecent assaults and two attempted indecent assaults between 1970 and 1996. The court was told the alleged offences relate to 23 boys.
The clerk told the court he faced 63 charges of indecent assault between 1970 and 1996 against boys aged under 17 and two attempted indecent assaults against a boy aged under 16 between 1979 and 1983.
He indicated during a three-minute hearing before Southampton magistrates that he would be pleading not guilty to the charges. He will next appear at Winchester crown court on 16 August.
Higgins was a coach in Southampton’s junior system in the 1980s and worked as Peterborough United’s youth-team manager from May 1995 to April 1996 as well as running his own soccer school. He was still involved in football, working with adults at Fleet Town, when the police investigation began last year.
Former football coach Barry Bennell faces a further 14 child sex offence charges
Former football coach Barry Bennell is facing a further 14 counts of non-recent sexual assault on boys aged between 11 and 14.
According to the Crown Prosecution Service the new charges relate to 10 counts of indecent assault and four counts of buggery which were alleged to have taken place between 1983 and 1990.
It follows a string of previous allegations made against the 63-year-old.
A CPS spokesperson said: “Today, 20 June, former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 14 counts of non-recent child sexual abuse against boys aged 11 to 14 years.”
The former Crewe Alexandra coach will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday June 28 in relation to these charges.
In total he is facing charges of 55 offences between 1979 and 1991 against young boys.
He has previously denied accusations made against him during a succession of court appearances.
Former football coach appears in court charged with sexual abuse of boys
• John Marshall charged with offences of indecent assault against three victims • Former coach of junior club in Newcastle area denies all eight charges
14 June 2017
A former coach of a junior football club in the Newcastle area in the 1980s has appeared in court charged with sexual abuse of young boys.
John Marshall, 69, from Longbenton, in north Tyneside, has been charged with eight offences of indecent assault against three complainants. The offences are alleged to have been carried out between 1980-85, on victims who were aged 14 or under.
The first hearing took place at North Tyneside magistrates court. The charges against Marshall follow an investigation by Northumbria police into allegations of historical child sexual abuse at football clubs in their locality, Operation Tide.
One of the alleged victims was 12 and 13 at the time Marshall is accused of indecently assaulting him, another of the boys was 13 and the other was 14.
Marshall denied all the charges and was granted unconditional bail. He is due to appear next at Newcastle crown court on 12 July.
Ex-Celtic youth coach to face child sex charge this week
Jun 5 2017
THE case against a former Celtic youth coach and kit man charged with a child sex offence will be heard this week in a Belfast court.
Jim McCafferty, 71, who now lives in Northern Ireland, was charged with engaging in sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 16 between December 2011 and December 2014.
The case will be heard in Laganside Magistrate’s Court, Belfast, this Thursday.
McCafferty – who also worked at Hibernian, Falkirk and with youth teams – handed himself in at a Belfast police station where he allegedly made a confession.
Since last December he has been in protective custody in prison in Northern Ireland Police Scotland launched an investigation into claims he abused young players in Scotland, and evidence was handed over to Northern Ireland’s prosecution service.
The review into English football’s child sexual abuse scandal is investigating whether a paedophile ring operated in the game, it can be disclosed.
The inquiry into how the Football Association and the country’s clubs dealt with the alleged abuse of schoolboy players between 1970 and 2005 – and whether there was any cover-up – is also examining girls’ football during that period.
Almost six months after it was launched on the back of an avalanche of harrowing allegations at the end of last year, details can be revealed about the scope and status of the review into what FA chairman Greg Clarke admitted was the biggest crisis he could recall the game facing.
As well as looking at whether there was a network of paedophiles abusing young players and investigating both boys’ and girls’ football, that review will:
Examine up to five million documents held in an FA archive.
Investigate the use of gag clauses by clubs paying off alleged victims.
Scrutinise the role of officials from affected teams who also held positions at the FA.
Make recommendations about the governing body’s current safeguarding processes if it identifies weaknesses.
Report any evidence of criminal activity to the police.
Aim to publish its final report early next year.
Led by Clive Sheldon QC, the review was commissioned by the FA after the potential scale of the game’s child sexual abuse scandal became clear.
Its impact was highlighted again on Sunday night when the BBC’s ‘Victoria Derbyshire’ programme won the TV Bafta for news coverage following its emotional interviews with lead whistleblower Andy Woodward and other survivors.
A hotline set up in the wake of the scandal continues to receive calls, while the latest figures from Operation Hydrant, the police investigation into non-recent allegations of sexual abuse, shows it has had 1,432 referrals and has identified 560 victims aged between four and 20, 96 per cent of whom are male.
It has also identified 252 suspects, with 311 football clubs impacted – including several in the Premier League.
More alarmingly still, 46 of 187 alleged attacks since 1996 are said to have occurred between 2005 and 2016, outside the scope of the review.
Sheldon, appointed by the FA after concerns were raised about the independence of its original choice of review head, Kate Gallafent QC, last month completed the first phase of his work.
That involved Sheldon and a team of four barristers laying the groundwork for interviewing witnesses and examining documents between now and the autumn.
Although he has no power to subpoena evidence, anyone who fails to co-operate with the review faces being sanctioned by the FA.
It emerged on Monday night that eight professional clubs were facing that fate after failing to meet two deadlines to respond to a letter from Sheldon requesting any information they have that might be relevant.
As part of his work, Sheldon will seek to establish whether perpetrators acted independently or were part of a local or national paedophile ring, something some victims suspect but others doubt.
Meetings with several individuals have already taken place, including with representatives of survivors’ group the Offside Trust – with one also scheduled with the former players who front it.
Two solicitors and two paralegals have been tasked with locating and examining documents, mainly from the FA’s own archive.
That is in a warehouse containing 9,000 boxes, each filled with up to 1,000 pages, and most of which are not adequately indexed.
That means approximately 5,000 of those boxes being opened and examined to establish whether they contain material pertinent to safeguarding.
The Premier League, EFL and county FAs have also been asked to provide any relevant documents they hold.
The review will seek to compare the game’s approach to safeguarding during the period in question both with that of other sports and other countries.
Although the inquiry will have taken more than a year by the time Sheldon reports, it is understood no constraints have been placed on the cost of it to the FA, which is also fully aware its findings could open the governing body and clubs up to legal action by victims.
Clarke said last year: “When the report comes out, there may well be legal consequences and all of us in the game have to deal with that. Compensation will be a consequence of the facts that emerge.”
Running in parallel with the review is an independent audit of the FA’s current safeguarding practices by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit.
That audit will not stop Sheldon making his own observations about the status quo if he identifies any weaknesses.
Sheldon had represented the Health Secretary in the high court case that upheld the legality of their (junior doctors’) new contract.
Sheldon is tight-lipped as to his view on the junior doctors’ contract, but admits the case was fascinating, especially given Jeremy Hunt’s direct involvement.
In more than 20 years as a barrister representing public sector bodies, this was not the first case Sheldon has had that he couldn’t put on Facebook “because my friends wouldn’t be happy“. In other words, one that would clash with his other life as the child of Guardian-reading liberal Zionists, and as a former Habonim and BBYO member, who volunteered in Israel during his gap year and spent his student days campaigning for Soviet Jewry. Sheldon’s mother is a Holocaust survivor; “knowing about rights and morality and fighting for justice” has always been central to his endeavours.
Last year the father-of-three won a Government case on the so-called bedroom tax, involving a severely disabled boy living in a specially converted house whose family had been told they didn’t need the extra room.
An active member of New North London Synagogue who has represented Masorti on a number of inter-communal committees, including the JLC, and for the last two years has chaired human rights organisation New Israel Fund UK – his record of defending the “establishment” is perhaps surprising
Background on Clive Sheldon QC – Establishment man
In August 2012, Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal
Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry.
Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures.
Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?…
Clive Sheldon was appointed Queen’s Counsel in April 2011, and is recognised by Chambers and Partners as a Leading Silk in the fields of Employment Law, Education Law and Local Government Law. Before taking Silk, Clive was for many years a member of the Attorney-General’s ‘A’ Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.
In his employment practice, Clive specialises in high profile discrimination claims for employers and employees, and disputes involving senior executives and high ranking public office holders. Clive is currently representing the Metropolitan Police Authority defending a series of discrimination claims brought by former Commander Ali Dizaei. Clive is representing the Secretary of State for Justice in a series of claims brought by foreign language interpreters arising from the change to the procurement arrangements for court interpreters.
In his public law work, Clive has particular expertise in matters relating to the police, education, health, local authorities and human rights. Recently, Clive successfully defended the decision of the Secretary of State for Education to convert Downhills School into an Academy. Clive is currently Leading Counsel for a coalition of local authorities, professional associations, schools and students, challenging the GCSE English awards in August 2012. Clive has just represented the Chief Constable of Wiltshire in a judicial review challenge to a misconduct decision made by the Police Appeals Tribunal. Clive regularly advises the Association of Council Secretaries & Solicitors (ACSeS), and local authorities, on standards issues under the Localism Act 2011.
Clive practised for two years as an Attorney with a leading Wall Street firm, where he specialised in commercial litigation, and continues to be a member of the New York State Bar. Clive is also a CEDR trained mediator, and a member of the Professional Complaints Committee of the Bar Standards Board. Clive writes chapters for Tolley’s Employment Law Service and Tolley’s Employment Handbook and Clive speaks regularly on employment and public law issues, including a recent address to the Administrative Law Bar Association on ‘Consultation’.
Football abuse scandal: eight clubs could face sanctions after missing deadlines
• Eight clubs have failed to respond to independent inquiry • Level of non-cooperation is ‘deeply concerning’, says specialist lawyer
15 May 2017
Eight of the professional football clubs contacted by the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual-abuse scandal have failed to respond and now risk disciplinary action unless they tell the investigators what they know, the Guardian can reveal.
The Football Association is ready to step in and has the power to impose sanctions if it considers the clubs who have failed to comply – missing two separate deadlines over the past four months and displaying a level of non-cooperation described as “deeply concerning” by one specialist child-abuse lawyer – are threatening to undermine the investigation into what the organisation’s chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as the worst crisis he can remember in the sport.
The inquiry team, led by Clive Sheldon QC, wrote to every amateur and professional club in England and Wales on 11 January asking them to supply any information that could help relating to the period covered by the review, from 1970 to 2005, and requesting this was done by 15 March at the latest.
Sheldon and his colleagues consider that part of the process to be vital if they are to form an accurate picture of what happened in the past, whether there were institutional failures, who knew and what was done about it. However, the first phase of the investigation has been hindered by the difficulties they have encountered waiting for a number of clubs to cooperate.
The clubs who did not respond within the initial two-month period were contacted a second time and informed that a new deadline had been put in place of the end of April. Yet the fact eight clubs still failed to meet that six-week extension has led to the FA being notified and leaves questions about whether there are still people within the sport who are unwilling to cooperate at a time when Clarke has emphasised the importance of transparency.
“The fact that clubs continue to ignore the FA inquiry and fail to cooperate is deeply concerning,” Dino Nocivelli, a lawyer who is representing a number of the former footballers, told the Guardian. “It clearly shows their disregard for survivors of childhood sexual abuse within football and serious questions have to be asked as to the reasons why these clubs have decided not to engage.”
The last available figures, released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council on 18 April, showed 560 people had come forward citing abuse and 252 suspects had been named since the Guardian began its investigation in November. Around 23% of the reported incidents – with 311 clubs named – related to the sport at professional level and Operation Hydrant, the specialist police unit investigating the matter, had received 1,432 referrals, with almost a third, 457, coming from the north-west.
The inquiry, which will also look into girls’ football, will examine any evidence of a possible network between the offenders.
Sheldon was appointed in December and one part of his investigation will be to examine the reasons why, in 2003, the FA withdrew its funding from a review of child-protection policies, two years into what was supposed to be a five-year project led by Celia Brackenridge, a prominent campaigner and researcher from Brunel University.
Letters have also been sent to every club – a figure close to 20 – linked to the scandal in media coverage to establish if they are holding their own reviews and, if not, asking for the reasons why. Again, the relevant clubs – including Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Southampton, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra – have been asked to submit their evidence to help Sheldon’s own fact-finding mission, with a view to submitting his report to the FA early next year. The terms of reference state the FA will make public as much as is legally possible.
Chelsea, the Guardian has established, have appointed a QC, Charles Geekie, a specialist in child abuse cases, to examine what happened at Stamford Bridge in the 1970s and the chain of events that led to the club paying one of their former players, Gary Johnson, £50,000 hush money in an attempt to prevent publicity about what happened to him in their youth team. Chelsea admitted in December they now considered that confidentiality agreement to be “inappropriate” and issued a public apology about the way the club had handled the allegations relating to Eddie Heath, formerly their chief scout.
Manchester City, facing the possibility of civil action from a number of their former junior players, have started their own investigation, using two of Manchester’s leading law firms as well as appointing Jane Mulcahy, a London-based QC who is on the national child safeguarding in sport panel and has been involved with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s appeals panel in child-protection cases.
The next stage of Sheldon’s inquiry will last several months and be devoted to interviewing the survivors and key witnesses. He and his team have received professional training to ensure the process is handled delicately and there will be the opportunity for people to speak anonymously, with an introductory link on the Sport Resolutions website.
Mike Hartill, a senior lecturer in sociology and sport at Edge Hill University who has previously been credited with improving child-protection policies in rugby league, is liaising with Sheldon and has produced a report for the inquiry to detail the measures that used to exist in football. The inquiry team has been interviewing various members of staff from previous FA regimes, as well as gathering evidence from a variety of other sources, but has also had to devote a significant amount of time to looking for relevant information from among the 5,000 boxes of FA archives.
As disappointing as it has been that almost one out of every 11 professional clubs has missed the various deadlines, that does not reflect the attitudes of the people who have been asked to take part in interviews. Everybody so far has agreed and it is hoped the FA’s involvement may influence the eight clubs who have let down the process so far.
Celtic is a football club in Glasgow, in Scotland.
Jimmy Savile with Jock Stein, manager of Celtic football club. There is a belief that Celtic football club is linked to a powerful child abuse ring that has operated among top people in Scotland and the USA.15-year-old Lawrence Haggart, a Celtic youth football player, was murdered on 16 march 1996, two days after the Dunblane school massacre.
Alleged abusers Jim McCafferty (left) and Jim Torbett (right)Anonymous writes:
“Lawrence Haggart’s father fears that the Celtic ‘kit man’ Jim McCafferty was abusing Lawrence.
“McCafferty used to visit the lads home, phoned him on the day he was murdered and took him to watch games.”
Jim Torbett (centre)Anonymous writes: “Three other men currently awaiting trial were at Celtic at the same time – JIM TORBETT, Frank Cairney, and Gerard King (Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach & chairman ).”Torbett was in business with celtic directors and was paid £1million from celtic after his conviction in the 90s.”Torbett was a director at Fairbridge, now part of the princes trust, with ex Metropolitan Police chief David McNee, Lord McAlpine’s brother William and Lord McCluskey amongst others.”Liam Brady agreed not to go to the police on an allegation of abuse when Cairney took the youths to New Jersey in 1991…”~~ MURDER MYSTERY – LAWRENCE HAGGART – PART ONE
Lawrence Haggart On 16 march 1996, two days after the Dunblane school massacre, Lawrence Haggart, aged 15, was savagely beaten with a blunt instrument and then thrown at the gas fire in his living room.Lawrence was found unconscious in the living room by his older brother John, aged17.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic John Police were called to Lawrence’s house at 1:30am.Lawrence lived in Larbert, in Stirlingshire, not far from Dunblane.Lawrence died in hospital from his injuries.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic LawrenceInitial reports suggested that Lawrence was attacked when he answered the door of his mother’s home late in the evening, or, in the early hours of the morning.Police found no sign of a weapon or forced entry. DennisLawrence Haggart’s mother Janet was on a night out and brothers John, 17, and Dennis, 12, were reportedly ‘asleep’ upstairs.The Murder of Lawrence Haggart, 1996 – The Celtic WikiIncidents, Events and Controversies | About Celtic Larry HaggartLawrence’s father Larry lives nearby in Denny.Lawrence had been returning from an evening out with friends at an under-18 nightclub knows as Ziggy’s at Denny.A friend had accompanied him in a taxi as far as Bonnybridge.Lawrence left the taxi at 10.20pm that night and reportedly got home at 11pm.Six months after Lawrence’s death, Lawrence’s father Larry Haggart said that he was planning a private investigation into the killing.Larry Haggart was furious at the lack of progress by police.Larry claimed the investigation into Lawrence’s murder suffered because it came two days after the Dunblane massacre, also in the Central Scotland Police area.A year after the killing, the police had still not found the murderers. Thomas Hamilton – blamed for the Dunblane school shooting of 1996 – The Dunblane school massacre occurred in scotland on 13 March 1996. The official story is that, on 13 March 1996, a mad loner called Thomas Hamilton shot dead 16 children at a primary school in Dunblane in Scotland. The unofficial story is that Thomas Hamilton was supplying pornography, and young boys, to top people including policemen and politicians; and Thomas Hamilton may have been murdered, to shut him up.In October 1997, it was reported that the police were holding a known child abuser, Brian Beattie, suspected of murdering Lawrence Haggart.Reportedly, Brian Beattie followed Lawrence home.In 1991, Brian Beattie had been jailed for five years for assaults on adolescent boys.He lived just a few miles from the scene of the murder.BUT, initially the police seemed reluctant to pursue Beattie. Lockerbie. Thanks to the Lockerbie Bombing trial, many people believe that the Scottish Criminal Justice System cannot be trusted.Police chief- Lockerbie evidence was faked – The Scotsman / NEW REPORT OF ‘FAKE’ EVIDENCE IN LOCKERBIE/ Police officer said that he planted the Lockerbie bomb …Reportedly, Brian Beattie made incriminating comments to a fellow inmate while in prison on remand.
In November 1997, Brian Beattie, 33, of Stenhousemuir, appeared in court accused of murdering Lawrence by entering the Haggart house in Glenbervie Drive, Larbert, Stirlingshire, on 15 or 16 March 1996.
Lawrence Haggart was murdered at his home in March 1996
In April 1998, Lawrence’s brother John told the High Court in Edinburgh how he dragged his brother from a flaming pyre in the living room of their home.
John, said he found Lawrence after being awakened in his smoke-filled bedroom.
John says his mother arrived home from a party within minutes.
John Brian Beattie lodged a special defence of incrimination, naming Lawrence Haggart’s 12-year-old brother Dennis as the killer.
He also lodged a further defence of alibi claiming he was in Stenhousemuir, Edinburgh and later at his own caravan in Denny, Stirlingshire, on the night of the alleged murder.
In court, Dennis said he had been proud, not envious, of Lawrence’s success in football.
He denied “losing the place” and bludgeoning his brother but agreed that in the weeks after the attack, the police had thought he was the killer.
Dennis told the jury that he and Lawrence had shared a bedroom and got on well.
Moira. 11-year-old Moira Anderson was last seen boarding a bus in Coatbridge, near Glasgow, Scotland. According to The Sunday Times (Pressure on police to release paedophile dossier), 23 April 2006, Strathclyde Police have a dossier listing members of a child-abuse ring. The dossier is said to implicate senior public figures, including senior police officers and members of the Crown Office and former Scottish Office.
A fire officer told the court that two fires had been started deliberately in the room where Lawrence was found dying.
Two seats of fire were discovered. One of those was on the living room carpet and the other was on the settee. Both seats of the blaze had been started deliberately.
In court, pathologist Professor Busuttil was shown a piece of concrete slab – there had been a number lying outside the victim’s house – and agreed that it could have been used by the killer.
Prof Busuttil said: “There were no defensive injuries and no evidence that he (the deceased) was involved in an altercation in which, for example, punches were exchanged. It is very likely he was taken completely unawares and that the incident was short-lived.”
Celtic Boys Club, Scotland. In 1996 former Celtic Boys Club player Alan Brazil revealed that when he was 13 years old he was sexually abused by the club manager, Jim Torbett.
The court heard that Brian Beattie, 33, was involved in a homosexual encounter in a gay meeting place on the night Lawrence was murdered.
Brian Beattie, 33, was interviewed by police while Lawrence was still fighting for his life and told them he was positive he had not been near the victim’s house in Larbert, Stirlingshire, that night.
The High Court in Edinburgh also heard how a detective had “stumbled across” a hammer in the kitchen of Lawrence’s house four days after a specialist team had searched the house for a possible weapon but found no hammer.
Detective Constable Gordon McGown told the court that on March 16, 1996, he had gone to the Evergreen Trailer Park in Denny where Brian Beattie had a caravan.
Brian Beattie agreed to go to Falkirk police station and they tried to establish his movements for the night in question.
The court heard that on March 18 a team of police search experts were called into the Haggart family home and during a three-and-a-half hour investigation found a triangular piece of concrete slab on grass outside the house.
However, scenes of crime pictures taken two days earlier showed no sign of a piece of concrete.
PC Jeffrey Adams told the court that he had been part of the search team and had spent 26 minutes searching the kitchen of Lawrence’s house on March 18. No hammer had been found and in his opinion they would have found a hammer had it been there.
Detective Sergeant Robert Beveridge said he had called at the house four days later and come across the hammer in the kitchen.
He could not recall who had instructed him to go to the house or what he was told to look for, but thought there might have been a problem with the electricity.
The house had been sealed and the inquiry team had taken possession of it.
He explained that he had “stumbled across” the hammer which was lying down the kitchen table.
He said he was “absolutely positive” the hammer, with a hair attached to it, was there when he went into the kitchen.
Reportedly, Brian Beattie confessed to murdering Lawrence and allegedly said that the Dunblane massacre might have “triggered something in me”, the jury was told.
Brian beattie said: “I keep remembering the fear in his face. I want to go to the grave to say sorry to him.”
Detective Sergeant Gordon Munro, 41, said that Beattie was interviewed over a weekend.
Beattie reportedly said he had gone in the front door of the Haggart house and, through the glass-paned living room door, saw Lawrence on a couch covered with a blanket or a quilt.
“I opened the living room door and stepped in. He got up and said something . I hit him a I can remember his face, I will never forget it.
“He fell back on the couch and I hit him again. I keep remembering the fear in his face.
“I do not know how many times I hit him or what I hit him with. It’s a blank. I know I never took nothing in with me but my hands were not sore after it so I must have used something. The next thing I remember is running back down the street.”
He allegedly said in the statement he had gone back to the caravan and had managed to fall asleep. He got up early the next morning and burned his clothes at a lay-by.
Beattie continued: “It was just after Dunblane and I do not know if it was that that triggered something in me. We [Beattie and some of his family] went up there and took flowers.”
The suspects in the case were Dennis Haggart, the 12 year old brother of Lawrence, and Brian Beattie, a known child abuser who lived nearby.A report was sent to the Crown Office saying there was circumstantial evidence to link Dennis Haggart to the attack.
Detective Sgt Alan Stewart had said that he had evidence that Dennis committed the crime.
The initial police team was led by Det Supt Jim Winning, head of Central Scotland CID.
The team’s theory was that Dennis had bludgeoned his brother to death.
After many months, Dennis’s father complained about the lack of progress being made in the case.
At the end of 1996, Supt Joe Holden replaced Winning.
The change of police staff led to Brian Beattie becoming the central suspect.
Celtic youth player Lawrence Haggart was murdered in 1996 by paedophile William Beattie.
Jim McCafferty Celtic kitman at the time and currently remanded in prison in Belfast on sex abuse charges was a suspect as he had phoned the youth on the day of his murder.Gerry McCann was the club doctor at the time.
Lawrence Haggart died on 17th March 1996.
Paedo Brian (not William) Beattie was convicted of his murder.
Tommy Burns (again) was Celtic manager from 1994 until 1997.
Unclear as to exact dates GM (confusion is good”) worked at Celtic.
Ex-Celtic kit man to face child abuse trial Jim McCafferty
May 11 2017
A former Celtic Football Club kit man and youth coach is to stand trial for alleged child sex offences, a judge has ordered. Jim McCafferty, 71, appeared before Belfast Magistrates’ Court charged with eight counts of intentionally touching a boy under the age of 16. The alleged offences were committed in the city on dates between 2012 and 2015. McCafferty, a Scotsman with an address at Raby Street in south Belfast, has been on remand at Maghaberry Prison amid fears for his safety. He was escorted into the dock on a walking frame for the hearing to determine if he has a case to answer. Dressed in a white T-shirt and and grey tracksuit bottoms, the pensioner spoke to confirm he understood the allegations against him. He declined to give evidence or call witnesses at this stage. His solicitor, Stephen Tumelty, did not dispute submissions that a prima facie case has been established. Granting the prosecution application, District Judge Fiona Bagnall returned McCafferty for trial at Belfast Crown Court on a date to be fixed. He is expected to remain in custody until those proceedings get under way. “There is no application for bail,” Mr Tumelty confirmed. The accused was arrested last December after giving an interview to a national newspaper and then walking into a Belfast police station. McCafferty, who previously lived in the Glasgow area, worked at Celtic more than 20 years ago. He was also a kit man for other Scottish clubs, including Falkirk and Hibs, before moving to Northern Ireland around seven years ago
Ex-football coach Barry Bennell is charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14 in the 1980s
Charges relate to four complainants, alleged offences between 1983 and 1991
The former Crewe Alexandra coach, 63, has now been charged with 41 offences
Barry Bennell will appear at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on 17 May
9 May 2017
Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14.
The charges relate to four complainants with offences allegedly taking place between 1983 and 1991.
In total former Crewe Alexandra coach Bennell, 63, has now been charged with 41 offences relating to eight male complainants.
Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with 21 further counts of sexual assault on boys as young as 14 in the 1980s
A CPS spokesman said: ‘Former professional football coach Barry Bennell, 63, was informed that he has been charged with 21 counts of non-recent sexual assault on boys aged between 14 and 16 years of age.
‘These are 18 counts of indecent assault, two counts of buggery and one count of attempted buggery.
‘He will appear via video link at South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on the afternoon of Wednesday, 17 May in relation to these charges.’
Bennell was first charged with eight offences of non-recent child sexual abuse relating to one complainant on 29 November after the Crown Prosecution Service received a file of evidence from Cheshire Police.
On 7 March he was charged with eight more offences relating to two complainants and another four offences relating to one complainant on 9 March.
Bennell, now remanded in custody, worked as a coach for Manchester City, Stoke and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands.
Support for Africa is no ordinary charity – it was formed to help Africa find a solution in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and Malaria through education and awareness with an emphasis on prevention. The President and founder of Support for Africa is singer/actress Patti Boulaye. Patrons are The Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, H.E Dr Christopher Kolade (Nigeria) Lord Janner of Braunstone, The Rt. Hon.Charles Kennedy, The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Fredrick Forsyth CBE and Shaquille O’Neal. Celebrity friends include actor Simon Callow CBE, Craig David, Jim Davidson OBE, psychic Uri Geller, footballers John Fashanu and Les Ferdinand to name a few.
Michael Jackson pledges support 14-06-2002
On the invitation of her dear friend Uri Geller, Patti Boulaye travelled to Exeter City FC with Michael Jackson and members of her Golden Jubilee Gospel Choir.
True to form the fans screamed and rushed at Michael when he tried to board the train to Exeter at Paddington station.
Once at Exeter Michael gave a heartfelt address to an estimated ten thousand fans, in which he praised Patti Boulaye and her charity Support for Africa.
Former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney Ron Zonen, who helped prosecute Jackson’s case, told RadarOnline that many of the materials found were used to “desensitize” children.
The police report describes several of the materials found at Jackson’s estate and notes that many of the books and images “can be used as part of a ‘grooming’ process by which people (those seeking to molest children) are able to lower the inhibitions of their intended victims and facilitate the molestation of said victims.”
World famous Uri Geller the co-chairman of Exeter City had organized the event to include his friends Michael Jackson the King of Pop, David Blaine (known for his headline-making daring and death-defying feats of physical and emotional endurance) and also singer Patti Boulaye . During the journey on the train sick children were invited into Uri and Michaels compartment for a private audience, they emerged smiling and clutching autographs from the stars a short time after their arrival in Exeter; the stars gave the football club its biggest crowd in years as filling the stadium.
Michael Jackson- who had asked for his dressing room to be filled with flowers and kept at a temperature of exactly 74 degrees – arrived in a classic Bentley. Leaping from the vehicle, he paraded down a line of disabled children, gently placing his palm on their foreheads.
He then took to the stage and with a burst of giggles told the ‘wonderful people of Exeter’ how delighted he was to be there. Dressed in a black embroidered jacket, he told the crowd from the stage: “We are here to support children with Aids, to help the youngest of them affected by HIV. “We will help them build a better future, all of us working together for them, a future without prejudice for these children and their families. “We must learn to live and love each other before it is too late.” Jackson was accompanied by his close friend Uri Geller who had organised the charitable event and also number of children on the stage. After his appeal for world peace, he accepted an Exeter City football shirt and said he had confidence in a win for England against Denmark. Michael then made a farewell tour of the stadium in the classic Bentley after his 10-minute appearance.
Boulaye is the founder and President of the charity “Support for Africa”, which has built five clinics in rural Africa and a school with HRH Prince Harry’s Charity, “Sentebale”, in Lesotho.
Around 2000 I began raising money through pop concerts to build five healthcare clinics and a school in Africa via the charity Support for Africa.
I didn’t raise enough for all the work I wanted to do, and a donor came forward who lent me £15,000 but with a time limit on the loan. I had to build a clinic in Cameroon within two years. The pressure I was put under to achieve that was uncomfortable. I’ve since learnt that some people think this kind of deal buys them an MBE or something like that.
Boulaye received her OBE in January 2016
I made Prince Charles blush when I was awarded an OBE last year for my charity work building hospitals in Africa. He said: ‘I wish there were more people like you – the world would be a better place.’ I replied: ‘Your Royal Highness, I wish we had two people like you – the world would be even better.’
Patti Boulaye –v- Guardian Newspapers 1999 (recovered substantial damages for British-Nigerian singer who was a Conservative candidate for the Greater London Assembly falsely accused of being a supporter of South African apartheid)
One of David Cameron’s former top legal advisers tried to stop a Labour MP “challenging” Lord Brittan of Spennithorne over child abuse allegations in the Houses of Parliament, it has been claimed.
In November 2014 the Daily Telegraph reported allegations that Garnier requested that Simon Danczuk “think very carefully” about what he said to the Home Affairs select committee about Leon Brittan and the missing Westminster paedophile dossier. Danczuk said that Brittan was in poor health and Garnier, an old friend, had been asked to intervene by Brittan’s wife.
I met Stephen in 1976 when I was in The Black Mikado at the Cambridge Theatre, London. We went to The Dorchester for tea and in the taxi back to the theatre, he proposed. I’d known him for two hours. I thought he was mad – but I said yes.
Over the years, Patti has worked for charities and served on the committees of eight British charities and she has been a patron of five, including Eastside Educational Trust, Barnardo’s, SOS and Women Into Business. Patti was also a Founder Member and Patron of (HRH Prince Michael of Kent) Enterprise Club for GENESIS, the facilitator organisation for the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the promotion of Small Business. She is also on the Advisory Board of The Iman-Foundation Worldwide, which promotes dialogue and challenges extremism to bring about change. Patti is a Patron of The Commonwealth Resound as well as The British Monarchist Society.
During a visit to Africa and by another twist of fate, Patti was introduced to 60 babies who were saved from being buried alive because they were HIV positive. On her return to England Patti was determined to do something about the affect and stigma of HIV on the lives of African villagers.
She formed a charity Support For Africa and asked the Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH and other prominent persons to be Patrons, all of whom agreed and her charity has built 5 clinics in Africa and helped to build a School in Lesotho with Prince Harry’s Charity Sentebale. Patti hired the Royal Albert Hall for a charity event, which she presented and organised. This was the first of her sell-out “Reaching Out For Africa” events, which she co-produced with Major Sir Michael Parker KCVO CBE at the Royal Albert Hall, starring Sir Cliff Richard, Gabrielle, Uri Geller, Patti herself and BONEY M, amongst others and featured 3,000 Gospel singers whom Patti put together herself.
The event was supported by The Rt. Hon Michael Portillo, Frederick Forsyth CBE, The Rt. Hon Iain Duncan Smith, The Rt. Hon Paul Boateng, The Rt. Hon. Lord Greville Janner QC and the new Miss World. Patti’s second sell out Royal Albert Hall charity event was Football Reaching Out For Africa (FROFA) and starred, among others, footballer Didier Drogba of Chelsea FC, Simon Callow, Boney M, Christopher Biggins, Greg Dyke, David James and The Rt. Hon. Charles Kennedy. Patti also produced ‘Scotland Reaching Out For Africa’ supported by Lord McConnell the then First Minister and Alex Salmond the current First Minister, Football manager Alex McLeish, Leo Sayer, Mazie Willams and Boney M.
Unite unites with Boulaye and digs in to African challenge
Patti Boulaye, actress, singer, motivational speaker, and her husband Stephen Komlosy, who recently invested in Aim-listed mining company Platinum Diversified, hosted a reception last week with Lord Janner at the House of Lords. It was designed to raise cash for her Africa charity.
During the evening, she extracted £25,000 from Bristol-based student housebuilder Unite to help build her next medical centre in Cameroon. It’s Unite’s first overseas project.
In 1994 Ainsworth became the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Jonathan Aitken, and in 1995 became PPS to the Secretary of State for National Heritage, Virginia Bottomley. He was promoted by John Major in 1996 to the Whips’ Office. When the Major government fell the following year he remained a whip in opposition and was promoted to Deputy Chief Whip by William Hague.
At the Support Africa HIV, AIDS and Malaria charity event in London with the Princess of Yugoslavia in 2001 CREDIT: REX FEATURES
Boulaye and Camilla
The President and founder of Support for Africa is singer/actress
Patti Boulaye. Patronsare The Rt. Hon Sir John Major KG CH, H.E Dr Christopher Kolade (Nigeria) Lord Janner of Braunstone, The Rt. Hon.Charles Kennedy, The Rt. Hon. Michael Portillo, Fredrick Forsyth CBE and Shaquille O’Neal.
There may well be another grand gesture tonight from the other star of her show: Didier Drogba, the Chelsea footballer still reeling from the departure of his coach and mentor Jose Mourinho. Drogba is a passionate, articulate man from the Ivory Coast who is loved as a singer back home as well as as a sportsman. He will appear with his own band – but with a microphone in his hand and a sympathetic audience listening, it’s easy to imagine the apparently furious striker telling the world what he really thinks of Roman Abramovich.
Boulaye, of course, would prefer him to talk about the Aids clinic he is opening in the Ivory Coast, one of four started by her charity Support For Africa.”Football is the only language that men in Africa understand,” she says, explaining why she has recruited Drogba to help get her message across to young black men here and on her home continent. A team’s worth of Premiership stars have said they will try to be at the concert. “You know what it’s like with footballers: they don’t turn up for anything. But they will this time.”
Would they dare do otherwise? Boulaye is an overwhelming personality who may smile a lot but is also ferociously determined. Sceptics beware: she believes she has God on her side. “I wake up every morning and I say, ‘Lord, send the ministering angels to help me. I can’t do it on my own.'”
She tells how the Lord (and the Professional Footballers’ Association) led her to big, intimidating Lauren the Arsenal defender who is a pussycat really and even turned up to a reception at the House of Lords on crutches and has opened another of the clinics and if all this sounds a bit breathless it is because that is how she makes you feel as she lurches quickly from one topic of conversation to the next, as if there is so much to say and so little time to say it.
There was a more earthly reason why she fell out of favour, surely? Like sharing a rally platform with Jim Davidson and Margaret Thatcher, when Thatcher was being accused of flirting with National Front policies and blamed for race riots?
She backed Thatcher.
This daughter of a prominent Nigerian politician also developed unlikely friendships in high circles, most notably Sir John Major. “I still adore him. He understands Africans.” In time William Hague asked her to help shift the image of the Tories during the race for Mayor of London. “Oh boy,” she says. “It was the biggest mistake I ever made.”
Newspapers assumed she was running for election, even though she says she wasn’t. Then a Guardian interview quoted her as saying she believed in sticking up loyally for unfashionable causes, including (quite astonishingly for a black Anglo-African) “apartheid”. The words the reporter misheard were “a party”, meaning the Tories.The Guardian apologised and paid damages. But Boulaye had acquired the image of a loose cannon with some dubious views.
She also defended fellow Conservative Jeffrey Archer after he made racist comments about black Britons. Boulaye rallied to Archer’s defence, claiming, “I am talking as a black woman who knows Jeffrey Archer very well…and he is not a racist. I think he would make a very good mayor.”.
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Patti Boulaye OBE
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Guests included HRH Princess Katarina of Serbia, the world’s No 1 Best Selling author Lord Jeffrey Archer, Lord Julian Fellowes (Creator of Downton Abbey, Gosford Park), Lady Emma Fellowes, Lorna Byrne (Angels in my Hair), TV Presenter Tim Vincent, songwriter and author Mitch Murray, actresses Vicki Michelle (Allo Allo), Ann Mitchell (Eastenders), Joan Hooley (Eastenders), Radio Presenter Lizzie Cundy, singer Leee John (Imagination) and famous photographer Richard Young.
I still run Support for Africa, although we are not fundraising at the moment. The three Nigerian clinics have been gifted to the local communities. The two in Cameroon are administered by the Cameroon Baptist Health Services. The school in Lesotho belongs to and is administered by Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity.
I still do a lot of other charity work of course. I have just become a Lady Ratling [the Grand Order of Lady Ratlings is a showbusiness charitable organisation
Patron: Lady Sheila Butlin
President of the Cup of Kindness: Barbara Windsor M.B.E.
The Grand Order of Lady Ratlings (established in 1929) welcomes professional performers and those directly connected with the theatrical profession.
The ultimate accolade for a member is to become Queen Ratling, who presides for one year over the Lodges as well as the charitable work of the Order.
Ex-Celtic Boys Club coach accused of abuse returns to UK
May 3 2017
Ex-Celtic boys club coach Jim Torbett has left the United States and returned to the UK following a visit from US Homeland Security, the BBC has learned.
The BBC understands US officials ensured that Torbett left the country, from Oakland International Airport bound for London. It is not known where he travelled from there.
Torbett was visited by officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) – Homeland Security’s specialist investigative arm – within 24 hours of BBC Scotland story and agreed to leave the country voluntarily.
A US government source told the BBC that Ice officers visited him in Modesto, California.
They have not yet established that Torbett had violated any visa requirements, but advised Torbett that if it was established he had – and he was still in the US – they would look to apply the full effect of US law.
The source also said Torbett volunteered to leave the US during the course of the interview.
The BBC also understands Torbett will be added to a list of people who will not be permitted to enter the US again and that Ice officers are satisfied that the issue for them is now closed.
Mark Daly (back) with Jim Torbett (centre) and a man believed to be William Gilbert
Paedophile former Celtic Boys Club football coach Jim Torbett is tracked down in a Californian shopping centre as he denies latest abuse claims
Jim Torbett, 69, who was the founder of Celtic Boys Club in Scotland, was jailed in 1998 for two years for abusing three young footballers between 1967 and 1974
But new allegations against him have risen over alleged abuse in the 80s and 90s
Torbett was tracked down and confronted in America by BBC Scotland reporter
It is unlikely that he declared his conviction when applying for entry to the US
Ex-coach denied being a paedophile and said he’ll see alleged victims in court
May 2 2017
A British paedophile football was tracked down in a Californian shopping centre amid fresh claims of sexual abuse.
Jim Torbett, 69, who was the founder of Celtic Boys Club in Scotland, was jailed in 1998 for two years for abusing three young footballers – including ex-Scotland international Alan Brazil.
He was only ever convicted for crimes between 1967 and 1974.
But new allegations against him have risen, after former player Kenny Campbell and another man said they were also victims of abuse from Torbett in the 80s and 90s.
BBC Scotland reporter Mark Daly tracked Torbett down and confronted him at a shopping centre in Modesto, California
A major police investigation is under way and he is expected to be questioned on his return from America.
It’s believed he is in the country on an Esta – which means he can only stay there for 90 days.
But questions have been raised as to how he was granted entry into the US with a child abuse conviction and it has been suggested that the paedophile did not declare this on his visa application.
He said: ‘For two days we watched as he and a man the BBC understands to be William Gilbert worked in the garden and washed cars. But with strict trespassing laws in the US, in order to put our questions to him, we needed Torbett to set foot on a public pavement.
‘When they left to go to a local shopping centre, we followed, two cars behind. The pair entered a shop, and we waited for them to emerge. Mr Gilbert recognised me and attempted to stop us.
‘We waited for around 10 tense minutes as Mr Gilbert patrolled the area. Torbett then emerged from the shop, and I began to ask my questions.
‘Mr Torbett declined to answer the majority of the questions I put to him about the abuse claims, but when asked what he had to say to Kenny Campbell, he answered: ‘I have a lot to say. I’ll see him in court.’
‘He denied being a paedophile.’
Celtic Boys Club was founded by Torbett in 1966 and they became an unofficial feeder club for Celtic FC.
When then-manager of the Glasgow giants, Jock Stein, heard that he had been abusing children, Torbett was booted out. But the police were never called.
After Stein’s departure as manager, Torbett returned in the 1980s.
Alleged victim Campbell, from Lanarkshire, claimed he was abused in 80s, when he joined Celtic Boys Club in 1986.
Speaking on BBC programme Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of The Beautiful Game last month, he said: ‘I feel aggrieved at that if they had never let him back in, it would have f*****g never happened in the first place.
‘I could have had a normal life, normal people round about me.
‘If Celtic had done their due diligence as they always say. And it wouldn’t have happened to me.’
Campbell said he turned to drink and drugs as a result of the abuse of Torbett, who had befriended his parents and even spent one Christmas Day with them.
Another victim who spoke to the BBC said Torbett abused him dozens of times over three years from 1990.
The documentary also revealed police have spoken to several others.
Sports radio presenter and ex-Scotland striker Alan Brazil said he was abused Torbett in the 1970s and it ruined his dream of playing for Celtic.
In his 2007 autobiography, the former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur forward, now 57, said he was preyed on as a 13-year-old.
He said Torbett – jailed for three counts of shameless indecency in 1998 – would invite youngsters to his ‘dingy, untidy council flat’ and ply them with ice cream and biscuits, ‘putting his hands all over the lads, kissing them, giving them little pecks’.
Speaking about the abuse he suffered, Brazil added: ‘He found me on the sofa on my own in the lounge. I was bored and wanted to go home. He sat much closer than was comfortable, and without warning he put his hand between my legs. I froze.
‘He started kissing my head and trying to touch the outside of my trousers, but I was wriggling away from him. I remember his horrible swollen face next to mine.
‘He was smiling. He thought this was fun. I was frightened and very confused.’
The US does not have access to the Police National Computer.
But they can request details of criminal convictions on an individual request basis.
Failure to declare previous convictions on an Esta can be a criminal offence in the US.
It is understood Torbett is close to the 90 days maximum and is expected to return to the UK shortly, according to the Daily Record.
Hundreds of paedophiles are using sport clubs to prey on kids with at least one report EVERY DAY
Swimming, martial arts, rugby and gymnastics are the four sports worst affected after football, followed by tennis, cricket and athletics.Local authorities received the equivalent of one report of abuse EVERY DAY between 2012 and 2016.More than half of these allegations were sexual. The remaining cases concern maltreatment such as physical and emotional abuse and neglect.Last night children’s charity the NSPCC said our horrific findings proved that urgent action is needed to beef up Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks.The charity wants to close two alarming loopholes that allow perverts to infiltrate sports clubs.Offenders could lawfully have sex with 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds in their clubs because trust laws do not extend to sports coaches or youth leaders. Clubs can find out if a potential recruit is legally barred from working with children only if that person will be working unsupervised.This means convicted sex offenders are able to get in by taking up assistant or support roles.
Father who took photos of nude boys walks free A FORMER photographer who worked with Celtic FC has walked free from court after admitting taking pictures of naked young boys. John Cullen, 49, of Pollokshaws, Glasgow, took children as young as ten back to his flat before persuading them to pose for the camera. Cullen avoided a lengthy jail sentence and was placed on probation for three years at Glasgow Sheriff Court yesterday after he pled guilty to a charge of lewd and libidinous behaviour. The sentence provoked outrage from one children’s charity after it emerged that none of the boys on the 250 images taken by Cullen had been traced. A spokeswoman for Children First said: “Behind every indecent image of a child, there’s a real child. Children depend on adults to keep them safe. “It is essential that the offending behaviour is addressed and that offenders are not released back on to the streets to repeat such crimes against children. “We must show children that they can come forward to tell about their experiences.” Cullen’s crime was first uncovered in May 2002, when cleaners were sweeping out a room at Celtic Park where Cullen kept his equipment. The workers discovered a black bin bag and opened it to check if it was rubbish. Instead, however, they found bundles of black and white photos of nude and semi-naked young boys. Officials at the club immediately called the police, before quizzing the married father-of-two about the photos. He admitted to inviting children to a house in Glasgow in 1982, where he took a series of photographs. Cullen had first appeared in court last October, but the case was continually adjourned to allow police to try to identify the victims. Despite prosecutors calling in specialist help from Scotland Yard’s paedophile unit, they still remain nameless. Procurator-fiscal Liz Ramsey did say, however, it was believed the boys were aged between ten and 13. Cullen was sacked from Celtic in June 2002. Some of his former colleagues, including Celtic View editor Joe Sullivan and club security chief Ronnie Hawthorn, had been due to give evidence against him. In court yesterday, Sharon Gardener, defending, said: “This man realises that he has problems in his life and needs the help to address them as soon as possible.” Sheriff Susan Raeburn QC told Cullen: “You will be placed on probation, but breach this order and you will be brought back to court, where a custodial sentence will be passed.”
And maybe how former Rangers FC director and player Gordon Smith came to have a convicted child pornographer as his agent
an individual called Jonathon Hope
Jonathan Hope pictured answering his door to a Record reporter at his home in Ayr
Child porn shame of football agent Jonathan Hope who tried to gag the Daily Record
JONATHAN Hope, who claims to have been involved in striker Danny Welbeck’s £16million transfer from Manchester United to Arsenal, was jailed for six months in 2003 for child porn offences.
10 OCT 2014
A SCOTS football agent who claims to have contacts at Britain’s biggest clubs was jailed for six months for downloading child porn, the Record can reveal today.
Shameless Jonathan Hope, 35, from Ayrshire, tried to stop us revealing his child porn conviction and jail term.
He engaged lawyers to fight the Daily Record in the Court of Session.
But his gagging bid collapsed yesterday when his lawyers pulled out of representing him – 15 minutes before the case was to be heard.
We can now reveal that the agent’s true identity is not Jonathan Hope but Steven Hope – the name under which he was jailed in 2003.
We can also reveal how Hope enraged parents at a youth football team by sponsoring the club’s shirts – meaning his name was emblazoned on the back of an under-nine team’s jerseys.
A disgusted parent who found out about his child porn conviction contacted us to blow the whistle on him – prompting his now failed bid to stop us reporting it.
Married father-of-one Hope is a former RAF police officer who now claims he is a leading football agent and a “celebrity” in the world of sport.
But authorised soccer agents need to be licensed by a football governing body and Hope is not licensed as an agent by either the English FA or the SFA. Nor does he appear on the FIFA list of licensed agents.
And at least two of the clubs he claims to have had dealings with say they’ve done no business with him.
He was jailed at Bedford Crown Court under his real first name, Steven.
That means his past is not revealed when people do internet searches on him using his assumed name, Jonathan.
The football team were not aware of his conviction until we alerted them
The angry parent who contacted us said: “A man convicted of child porn setting it up so his name is on the back of children’s football strips is quite troubling, to say the least.”
Bodybuilder Hope – who regularly posts pictures of his muscle-bound body on the internet – also has convictions under his current name for an unprovoked assault on a pub landlord and for drink driving.
Despite his child porn conviction, Hope visited an orphanage in the poverty-stricken Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012.
He posted pictures and a video of a visit there to donate football boots. But the orphanage struggled to get in touch with him after his visit.
Hope claimed in court papers submitted by his lawyers that he had no idea his name would appear on the shirts of the youth football team, who we are not naming.
The documents also claimed he is a “celebrity” whose business would be damaged by publication of the child porn conviction.
Hope maintained he hadn’t known his name would feature on the youth team’s shirts – despite having put a message on Twitter on September 22 saying he was “hopefully going to design a new kit” for the players.
Asked about his jail term, Hope said: “My conviction was years ago and there’s no story here.”
He claims he brokers transfer deals for big-name footballers, including Arsenal star Danny Welbeck.
But both Welbeck and Arsenal insisted Hope was not known to them and had no part in negotiations during Welbeck’s £16million move from Manchester United.
An Arsenal spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Jonathan Hope has no connection to either Arsenal or Danny Welbeck and was not involved with the negotiations to bring Danny to the club.”
When the Daily Record visited his £150,000 rented home in Ayrshire, Hope showed our reporter messages claiming to be from Tottenham Hotspur owner Daniel Levy and a senior finance boss at Manchester United.
But a Manchester United spokesman said: “This man has had no dealings with Manchester United.
“He is not and has not been involved in the club or with any deals involving players including Danny Welbeck.”
A spokesman for Tottenham added: “We have had contact from Mr Hope in the past in his guise as an agent, but have had no dealings or meetings with him whatsoever.”
Hope was on radio stations including talkSPORT and BBC Radio 5 Live on transfer deadline day last month, talking about his supposed role in deals including Welbeck’s move.
Speaking to talkSPORT on August 31, he said: “Danny doesn’t want to go on loan. He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that.
“In the last half an hour I have received some interest in a straight transfer which I’m going to speak to Manchester United about.”
Both stations say they will not offer Hope airtime in future after our revelations.
Hope was convicted in 2003 on three counts of downloading depraved images – including a seven-minute video showing a girl of about eight engaging in sex acts with a man.
He was thrown out of the RAF after the case.
The Record previously exposed Hope in 2006 when, under his real name, he was putting together a fundraiser for Ayrshire Hospice involving former terror chief Johnny “Mad Dog” Adair.
The Daily Record has now begun proceedings to recover our legal costs from Hope. He also faces a substantial bill from the solicitors he instructed to pursue us. Read Record View: Shame on you here.
Celtic Boys’ Club sex predator Jim Torbett given second chance to abuse young players
11 APR 2017
BBC documentary says Torbett was allowed to return to the Boys’ Club after initial allegations while also revealing how former Rangers and Hibs coach Gordon Neely abused kids.
A bombshell TV documentary last night revealed how sex predator Jim Torbett was allowed to return to Celtic Boys’ Club – only a few years after he was kicked out for abusing youth players.
The BBC Scotland programme spoke to more than 20 victims of sex abuse in football and shed light on how big clubs and police missed opportunities to stop known offenders.
The programme, Football Abuse: The Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game, exposed the blatant methods of serial abusers like Celtic Boys’ Club founder Torbett, who was brought to justice after an award-winning Daily Record investigation in the 80s.
It also reveals graphic accounts of abuse by former Rangers and Hibs coach Gordon Neely, from his time at both clubs and with youth club Hutchison Vale.
Alleged victims told the programme that Torbett was able to return to Celtic – even though he as known to be an abuser – which enabled him to attack more victims.
Torbett was only ever convicted for crimes committed up to 1974.
But alleged survivor Kenny Campbell claims he was abused after legendary manager Jock Stein – who booted Torbett out of the boys’ club over child abuse claims – had left Celtic.
Torbett was welcomed back in 1980.
Kenny, of Uddingston, Lanarkshire, moved to Celtic’s reserves in 1989 after three years with Celtic Boys’ Club.
He said: “I feel aggrieved at that if they had never let him back in it would have never happened in the first place, I could have had a normal life, normal people round about me.
“If Celtic had done their due diligence, as they always say, it wouldn’t have happened to me.”
Kenny has fought to get his life back on track after the abuse resulted in drink and drug problems.
He said that after he joined Celtic Boys’ Club at 13, Torbett won the trust of his parents, even spending a Christmas Day with them.
But he added that the abuse soon started and escalated to the point where Torbett was giving him cash – sometimes up to £530 on one day.
Kenny also claimed, in graphic detail, how up to three boys were abused at the same time in his flat.
Another victim who spoke to the BBC said Torbett abused him dozens of times over three years from 1990.
Torbett was jailed for two years in 1998 for sexually abusing three young players between 1967 and 1974.
Ex-Scotland international Alan Brazil was among those to testify against his former coach.
The BBC programme said they had spoken to three other former Celtic Boys’ Club officials – who were employed at the time in question – who also say they were told Torbett was sacked by Stein after complaints Torbett had abused boys. But police were never called.
The show also alleged that Torbett’s departure from Celtic Boys Club was described in club magazine The Celtic View as a business decision – amounting to a “massive cover-up.”
The programme also features a photograph of Stein, the Boys’ Club honorary president, presenting an award to Torbett for services to the club three years after kicking him out.
The documentary claimed directors at Celtic would have known that Torbett had been accused of abuse prior to having him back at Celtic Boys’ Club in 1980, where he stayed until 1996.
Torbett was out of the country when the BBC tried to approach him but he denies the new allegations of abuse.
BBC investigator Mark Daly also spoke to alleged survivors of notorious Gordon Neely, who abused young players for decades.
Survivors provided harrowing accounts of how they were targeted while Neely was a coach at Hibs and later at Rangers, who were not tipped off about the predator.
Rangers claim that when they discovered Neely was a dangerous pervert, they informed police – but the BBC could find no trace of such a complaint.
Neely, who died of cancer three years ago, later abused young footballers on residential courses at Dalguise House, Dunkeld, Perthshire.
Victim Jon Cleland, from Dunfermline, was abused by Neely from the age of 11 while a player for Hutchison Vale in 1982 and later while training with Hibs.
He added: “I can’t be a hundred percent sure but it was at least eight to 10 times over the space of 18 months.”
Another survivor gave details of being attacked by Neely at Hibs in his office at the club in 1984.
Hibs failed to report the coach to the police, enabling him to progress to Rangers with his reputation intact, under the management of Graeme Souness and Walter Smith in 1986.
The abuse allegedly continued at Ibrox. Rangers fired him in 1990 after an accusation of inappropriate behavior.
One former Rangers youth player, referred to as George in the programme, said: “He had his own office inside Ibrox and he’d call you in and he’d make you close the door… I was only about 13.”
After Rangers got rid of Neely, he ran football courses at Dalguise House, where more abuse took place.
One survivor, referred to as Paul, played for Edinburgh clubs between 1995 and 1998.
Paul’s alleged abuse took place around a decade after complaints about Neely were made to Hibs – and more than five years after a complaint was made at Rangers.
Survivors also told of being abused by a major scout, who is still alive but who can’t be named for legal reasons.
Hibs failed to report Gordon Neely to police and he eventually joined Rangers
A spokesman for Celtic told BBC Scotland the Boys’ Club was a “separate and distinct” organisation from Celtic Football Club but asked anyone with concerns to contact them.
They added: “It was vital that justice was served at that time, due to the extremely serious nature of this issue.
In a statement to the BBC, Hibs said they were “saddened to be told” that personnel at the club at the time were “allegedly made aware of concerns” about Neely and allegedly did not contact the police with the concerns.
They said “current policies and practices” would “prevent this from happening today.”
Rangers told us they were aware of an alleged incident more than 25 years ago. They said: “It is understood” the individual was “dismissed immediately” and that the “police were informed”.
Police Scotland told the BBC they could not confirm whether Rangers made a complaint or not. No trace of a police report being sent to the procurator fiscal could be found.
More than 80 men involved in football are being investigated by police across the UK.
Among them are John Hart, former physiotherapist at Partick Thistle, Jim McCafferty, ex-youth coach and kitman at Celtic, Hibs and Falkirk, and Hugh Stevenson, who was a youth coach and referee.
Police have received more than 130 claims of child sex abuse within Scottish football since November.
SFA appeals for child abuse victims to come forward after shocking BBC investigation
Apr 11 2017
The Scottish Football Association have appealed for any abuse victims to contact them as fresh allegations of sexual offences in youth football came to light.
A BBC documentary heard from alleged victims of a Celtic Boys Club coach and revealed new claims about former youth coach Gordon Neely, who died in 2014.
Two players at the boys club, which was a separate entity from Celtic Football Club, told the programme Football Abuse: The Ugly Side Of The Beautiful Game they were abused for three and four years respectively in the 1980s and 90s.
The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority, and Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in football at the end of last year.
In February, the force said it had received 140 reports of alleged abuse.
A number of professional clubs have started internal investigations, while the SFA has set up an independent review into allegations across the game in Scotland.
Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Taylor, from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Child abuse is incredibly difficult for people to revisit and to talk about.
“Our officers are highly specialist and are trained to deal with all reports sensitively. We would ask anyone who has been the victim of abuse, or has information about potential abuse, to contact us.
“We will listen and we will investigate and our first priority will be to ensure that there are no children at risk now.
“If you have suffered sexual abuse, or if you can assist this investigation or you know anyone who may have been a victim, then please call Police Scotland on 101. Or you can call the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.”
SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: “The independent review into allegations of historic child sexual abuse in Scottish football is currently under way and we await its findings.
“The latest allegations are a matter for the investigatory authority, Police Scotland.
“We would urge anyone who has suffered abuse to come forward using the dedicated, confidential NSPCC 24-hour helpline 0800 023 2642, directly to the police on 101 or via email to the Scottish FA at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Matt Forde, national head for NSPCC Scotland, said: “The latest allegations about abuse in football are concerning.
“It’s clear that for far too long, hundreds of people suffered abuse as children in football and elsewhere without feeling able to speak up and seek help.
“But it is encouraging that so many are finally finding their voice in a new climate where they know they will be listened to and supported. Their bravery in coming forward should be commended.”
Damning update on UK Football scandal: The lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials /”rampant Freemasonry”…
The football child abuse scandal just keeps on growing
As fresh cases of abuse continue to emerge, so do examples of official complacency, such as the obstruction and termination in 2003 of an FA review of child protection policies
Apr 2 2017
Operation Hydrant has received reports of child abuse for every year from 2005 – the year the FA’s inquiry cuts off – through to 2016
After everything that has emerged about football’s sexual-abuse scandal – including some extraordinary new details that can be reported today about the lack of co-operation from a number of high-ranking Football Association officials – it can come as a jolt to realise that the problem is not just restricted to what used to be known as the good old days.
Until now, it has widely been thought of as the property of another age. Words such as “historical” or “non-recent” have been applied and the FA certainly seemed to think as much. When the governing body announced in early-December it had commissioned an inquiry into the scandal the terms of reference made it clear it had a cut-off point “up until around 2005”.
That suddenly does not seem so clever, judging by the figures obtained by this newspaper that show 46 of the incidents reported to Operation Hydrant since November, when Andy Woodward’s interview with the Guardian set off what the FA chairman, Greg Clarke, has described as a “tidal wave,” relate to the period from 2005 to 2016. There is not one blank year and, though it can never be an exact science, it would be a mistake to believe this could not involve the sport at its highest level. The specialist police unit in charge of the investigation calculates that 23% of all the referrals (1,016 at the last count) relate to clubs from England’s top four divisions.
These are the numbers, in other words, that dismantle the theory everything goes back to the era – the 1970s and 1980s, predominantly – relating to the majority of the victims, now in their 40s and 50s, who have felt emboldened enough to talk publicly about their ordeals.
Instead, it turns out there have been 187 reported incidents of sexual assaults on junior footballers from the 20-year period beginning in 1996. Twenty-three relate to the years from 2011 onwards and, as if that is not alarming enough, it is also worth keeping in mind the true figure will be considerably higher.
For starters, this data actually goes back 10 weeks to 13 January and therefore covers only the first two months since the scandal erupted. The updated figures will be released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council later this month and it is worth getting the take of Dino Nocivelli, a specialist child-abuse lawyer, on the number of reported incidents – 83 – from 2000 onwards.
Nocivelli has worked on cases involving the Roman Catholic church, the Scout Association and various local authorities and knows from experience that it is often not until victims are in their late 30s or early 40s that they speak out. He is now representing a number of football child-abuse survivors and hopes that the age range will come down on the back of the latest scandal. Nonetheless, he says the figures since the millennium “are very likely the tip of the iceberg”.
For now, all that can really be said with certainty is that it was naive to think this scandal should be talked about only in the past tense and it leaves some awkward questions for the FA bearing in mind its decision, in 2003, to withdraw all funding from a major review of its child-protection policies.
Would football have been a safer place if that five-year research programme had not been abandoned three years early? Would it be too much of a stretch to think a completed project might even have prevented some of the more recent cases? Nocivelli, for one, thinks it is legitimate to link the two. “Questions remain as to why the FA decided to drop the review into safeguarding and whether or not children were subjected to abuse as a result of this decision.”
At the same time, it would certainly be useful to know why so many people at the FA, as well as the sport in general, were openly hostile and obstructive to the team of academics, led by Celia Brackenridge of Brunel University, who conducted the study.
An internal report, seen by this correspondent, states that only four of the 14 FA staff who were asked for interviews bothered to respond. Others, it claims, were “prevented/bullied” from not talking, in keeping with the “wall of silence” the researchers encountered from other areas of the game. “The football community was, in the main, helpful and cooperative about the research but there were also occasions where our fieldworkers faced rudeness, including from people in paid positions and/or in positions of significant authority within the FA,” Brackenridge writes in her notes. “One club official threw the researcher’s ID card back across the table at her; another refused to return numerous telephone calls and even pretended to be someone else on the telephone to avoid being interviewed.”
So, what was it that football objected to so much? And why were there people inside the FA who appear to have been as uncooperative as possible until the organisation’s then head of ethics and sports equity, Tony Pickerin, concluded in one letter – again, seen by this newspaper – that its child-protection budget for 2003 had to be “substantially reduced and the consequence of this will be a much lower level of research activity”? And is it purely just a coincidence that the FA was simultaneously trying to find the money to fund the huge costs of building the new Wembley?
Brackenridge has since made the point that the scale of progress since the 1990s has not been sufficiently acknowledged, saying some FA staff had been “exemplary” and pointing out that the research project, interviewing 189 children and a large number of coaches and administrators, had brought demonstrable improvement.
Yet her experiences at the time “left me asking myself whether some of the senior officers in the game might be simply using CP [child protection] as a kind of ethical fig leaf to cover their embarrassment at the many other problems facing the game – doping, crowd control, bungs and fixes, among others. The more the FA could trumpet their work for children, the better they could deflect attention from the uglier side of the game.”
The sport as a whole can seem hard-faced, to say the least, when it also transpires that the research team – collating information, let’s not forget, to safeguard children – encountered verbal attacks and felt like they were “seen as the police” by some of the people they contacted. One interviewee spoke of “rampant Freemasonry” within the sport.Brackenridge’s notes allude to “organisational inertia” inside the FA and, referring to a year-long delay to sign off the project, concludes that the governing body “did not know what right and left hand were doing”. At the end of the project she says she had to bring in lawyers to force the FA to settle its bills. “On the day we were due to go to court to sue them the money finally came through.” The whole thing sounds a mess.
Perhaps we will get some clarity when Clive Sheldon QC produces what the FA insists ought to be classified as an independent inquiry. Sheldon was appointed at the start of December to judge, among other things, if there had been a cover-up and whether the governing body had been guilty of institutional failures. Yet that, in turn, raises its own questions.However revered Sheldon is in his particular field, how can any inquiry truly be independent when the organisation that is being investigated is also footing the bill?
At least the FA is going through the system – no matter whether you or I agree with the exact processes – whereas it does seem strange that the Football Association of Wales, contrary to its counterparts in England and Scotland, has not thought it necessary when three out of the four police forces in Wales confirmed as long ago as December they were part of the investigation.
Almost four months in, it is perplexing, however, that Sheldon and his research team do not appear to have started interviewing the players who have attracted so much publicity about the events that shaped their lives. It was never going to be a quick process but, after all this time, it probably doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that some of the key witnesses, understandably put out, have started ringing ahead to find out, put bluntly, what the hell is going on.
On a similar theme, can you believe that Crewe Alexandra, even with their consistently unimpressive responses, do not appear to have arranged interviews with any of the relevant former players who have featured in the news during the last four months?
This, more than anything, demonstrates everything that is wrong with the process. It was 26 November – 122 days ago, to be precise – when Crewe announced they would be holding an independent review, declaring they were “determined that a thorough investigation takes place at the earliest opportunity”. Since then, Crewe have refused to say who, if anyone, is leading the inquiry.
On Saturday, when pressed, a spokesperson for Crewe said: “Clubs have been advised not to investigate historical allegations at this stage,” and declined to comment further. They have not supplied a terms of reference and the extensive list of former players you might have thought would be high‑priority calls could probably be forgiven for wondering when, if ever, they will be required to help.
After all this time, their collective suspicion says a lot for what they think of the regime at Gresty Road – the consensus being, as one put it, they “gave up a long time ago”.
In carrying out the Review, Clive Sheldon QC will be assisted by a team of counsel from 11KBW Chambers: David Bedenham, Katherine Eddy, Zoe Gannon and Leo Davidson. Clive Sheldon QC will also receive expert advice on child protection in sport from Dr Mike Hartill, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Sport at Edge Hill University.
Ex-footie starlet claims former Rangers coach Harry Dunn got him drunk and tried to rape him at Edinburgh flat
18th February 2017
Former Ibrox youth player Darren Mixon claims he looked at Dunn as an ‘Uncle’ when he was pinned down on a bed by 25-stone scout for the sex attack
Dunn, 84, worked for Gers, Liverpool and Chelsea after being introduced to scouting by his pal, former Ibrox manager Jock Wallace, who he later followed to Leicester City.
Hibs boss Neil Lennon revealed in his autobiography that when he was 13, Dunn took him and his dad to Ibrox where they had a tour and met Wallace.
Darren has made three statements to police about his assault claims.
He said he kept quiet about it at the time as he felt “humiliated” — but told a pal in 1992 when he learned Dunn was still scouting and escorting young boys around the country.
Friend Tam Smith, formerly a cop and now a social worker, persuaded him to report the attack at St Leonard’s police station in Edinburgh. But Darren didn’t hear back from Lothian and Borders cops and decided not to talk about it again until now.
Police Scotland could not explain why the Lothian and Borders force took no action but confirmed they are investigating Darren’s claims about Dunn.
Police investigating historic child abuse quiz man over ‘incidents linked to Southampton FC’
Mar 16 2017
POLICE investigating allegations of historic sex abuse in football have questioned a man in Hampshire, it has been revealed.
The 64-year-old was questioned by officers from Hampshire Police carrying out an investigation into allegations of non-recent child abuse within the football community – Operation Quantum.
The man has been questioned by officers in a police custody suite, the force has confirmed.
The investigation is believed to be linked to claims of incidents at Southampton Football Club in the 1980s.
A police spokesman said: “This remains an active, significant, and complex investigation undertaken by specialist officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Crime Team.”
The Daily Echo previously reported how the football club had contacted police over allegations of historical child abuse within football in December.
It came about after two ex-Saints youngsters said they were both victims of sexual abuse they suffered in the 1980s.
Last November, a number of police forces from across the UK launched investigations into allegations of abuse
So far, ten suspects have been identified as the scandal continues to grow.
The Echo previously reported that Greater Manchester Police had said it was investigating reports from 35 people, with its inquiry growing on a “daily basis”.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council also confirmed around 350 people across the country had reported abuse allegations.
In a statement released in December by Southampton FC, the club said: “Hampshire Police and Southampton Football Club are committed to working together to investigate any historical allegations that may be brought to light in the Hampshire area.
“The club has informed Hampshire Police that we will offer our full support to any investigation they undertake, for as long as it takes, and with our full focus.
“The club works closely and tirelessly with the Premier League to promote the safeguarding of children and young people who are under our care or using our facilities, and their well-being is paramount to all staff.”
wants a reduction in penalties for child abuse offenders
All FIVE London Premier League clubs are caught up in historic child abuse allegations
Police today said they are now investigating 255 allegations involving 77 clubs
Five teams in the Premier League are involved, as well as three in Championship
Scandal came to light when ex-Crewe Alexandra player opened up on the abuse
Former Chelsea player Keith Weller and scout Eddie Heath also being probe
Jan 30 2017
Keith Weller, a former Chelsea player, had allegations made against him by two women who claimed he indecently assaulted them
In what is quickly becoming the biggest scandal in the history of British football, 77 clubs from the top flight to non-league are now being investigated by police.
There have now been 255 allegations made since former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward lifted the lid on the murky world of abuse in football by opening up about being abused by ex-coach Barry Bennell.
It is understood that Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are being investigated by the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘The allegations are connected with individuals at 77 named clubs or teams.
‘The breakdown for those clubs is five in the Premiership, three against Championship clubs, three against clubs in Leagues One and Two and there have also been 66 other named clubs which would include non-league or non-professional or amateur teams.’
Earlier this month, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC), which is co-ordinating the nationwide police investigation Operation Hydrant, said more than 500 complainants and 184 potential suspects had been identified.
The inquiry involves up to 248 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game from the Premier League down to amateur level.
Latest figures show the total number of potential victims standing at 526, with 97 per cent identified as male. Their ages span from 20 to four.
Chelsea have been openly dragged into the scandal, with former player Gary Johnson admitting he was abused as a trainee in the 1970s
A spokesman for Crystal Palace said today: ‘We have had no contact from the Metropolitan Police so we have no idea whether these allegations relate to Crystal Palace FC. Clearly, should we be contacted, we will co-operate fully with any inquiry and give every possible assistance to the police in their investigations.
‘We urge anyone aware of any instances of abuse that have ever taken place at the club, or who has been a victim, to report it to the police or contact the FA’s NSPCC helpline.’
Other clubs are not thought to have commented on the investigations yet.
Chelsea have been openly dragged into the scandal, with former player Gary Johnson admitting he was abused as a trainee in the 1970s by the club’s chief scout Eddie Heath, who is now dead.
The club apologised to Johnson for the abuse he suffered after he waived the confidentiality clause in the £50,000 agreement they made with him in 2015.
Johnson was a member of Chelsea’s first team from 1978 to 1981, but joined the club as an 11-year-old in 1970 and claimed he had been groomed from the age of 13.
Speaking of the impact of the abuse, he said: ‘I felt shame, I felt my childhood had been taken away. I spent my late teens in turmoil, absolute turmoil.’
Two women have also claimed they were indecently assaulted by Keith Weller, who played for Tottenham, Millwall, Chelsea and Leicester and was capped four times by England during a glittering career.
The accusations were first made in 2002 when a number of women told the Metropolitan Police that Weller had molested them as children in the mid-1960s and early 1980s.
Critics said the force’s original handling of the Weller case is an indictment of how child sex-abuse allegations were treated before the Jimmy Savile scandal.
But after an inquiry spanning several months the Crown Prosecution Service ruled no charges should be brought.
Former Crewe player Andy Woodward waived his right of anonymity to reveal that he suffered years of abuse at the hands of the former youth coach Barry Bennell.
In court proceedings it emerged that Bennell had abused one child on Crewe’s training pitches and another at the home of former manager Dario Gradi, who did not know about it.
Bennell also did work for Manchester City and Stoke City before moving to the United States.
He was jailed for nine years in 1998 for sexual offences against children after admitting 23 specimen charges of sexual offences against six boys, aged nine to 15.
Aston Villa FC accused of not reporting paedophile scout to police
Jan 30 2017
One victim said that seniors at the club pressured him not to go public with the abuse.
Birmingham-based football club, Aston Villa, have been accused of not reporting a scout who was sexually abusing boys to the police after they terminated his services because of the alleged offences.
The scout, Ted Langford, was convicted in 2007 of a number of abuses which took place around the time he worked at the club. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2007 for the sexual abuse of four young players in the 1970s and 1980s..
One victim, waiving his right to anonymity, told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that he had felt pressured by senior club officials not to go public with the abuse. Tony Brien said he was abused by Langford numerous times while he was a player at Dunlop Terriers.
Assistant-manager at the time, Dave Richardson, said he did not pressure Brien from following up the abuse and that he went to other senior officials who launched an internal investigation.
Richardson added that after speaking to the parents of two young boys who claimed that they were abused, the parents said they did not want the matter reported to the police. There was and still is no legal requirement for either Richardson or Aston Villa to report such concerns to the authorities, the BBC notes.
Brien said that he had had conversations with Richardson and another senior figure who asked whether he would be able to “put up with the obscenities from the terraces” if he went forward. Richardson said in a statement through a law firm that he could not recall any such conversation, but speaking to the BBC earlier, he had appeared to acknowledge the conversations.
Brien said that while on trips abroad with Langford, he would “have a different boy in his bed with him every single night” and that boys would turn up with “love bites”.
Langford was sacked by Aston Villa in 1988. He was then convicted of a range of offences that took place between 1976 and 1989, a year after he left the club. Langford died in 2012.
More sex abuse victims come forward claiming to have been abused by paedophile athletics coaches
It is now feared paedophiles could have targeted youngsters at athletics clubs in cases similar to the football abuse scandal
29th January 2017
PAEDOPHILE athletics coaches are feared to have preyed on youngsters at UK clubs.
At least two women claim to have been targeted.
Darrell Bunn is at the centre
It has raised concerns of a sex abuse scandal similar to that which swept football last year.
The latest revelation comes after we told how a woman was suing UK Athletics for failing to protect her from a paedophile coach.
The Sun on Sunday has been told at least one other woman has contacted lawyers over alleged abuse by another coach.
A legal source said: “There is at least one other ongoing case — and probably more.
“People are starting to wonder if there will be a lot more people coming forward.”
We revealed in November how a woman claims coach Darrell Bunn, who trained Olympic gold medallists Jessica Ennis-Hill and Denise Lewis, abused her when she was 16.
The coach also trained Olympic gold-medallist Denise Lewis
Coach arrested as part of football paedophile scandal had links to England supremo
27 January 2017
A former coach and colleague of one of the men responsible for appointing the England manager was arrested on Friday as part of the paedophile scandal to rock the game.
Kit Carson, full name Michael Sean Carson, was detained by police on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.
The alleged offences relate to the 74-year-old’s time coaching at Peterborough United and Cambridge United, where he worked with Dan Ashworth, the Football Association’s director of elite development, who was instrumental in the appointment of both Sam Allardyce and Gareth Southgate as England manager.
Prince William held private talks at Kensington Palace with Sam Allardyce,
Past controversies — such as the 2006 BBC Panorama documentary in which Allardyce and his son, Craig, were accused by the BBC documentary of taking ‘bungs’, or bribes — will have been overlooked. The Allardyces vehemently denied the claims and have never been charged.
Ashworth, whose relationship with Carson dates back to when the latter brought him to Norwich City as a 12-year-old player, is among several high-profile figures listed as providing testimonials on his former coach and colleague’s website. Others include retired England defender Danny Mills and ex-Wales striker Craig Bellamy.
27th September 2016,
DODGY-dealing Sam Allardyce was axed as England manager.
The apparent testimonial from Ashworth, who joined the FA from West Bromwich Albion in 2012, reads: “Having worked with you both as a player at Norwich City and as your assistant academy director at Peterborough United and Cambridge United I have no doubts that boys working under you can progress into the world of football. I was delighted that Kit Carson players were signed at West Bromwich Albion.”
There is no suggestion Ashworth or anyone named as having provided testimonials for Carson has any knowledge of the alleged offences for which he was arrested, which were said to date from the 1970s to the mid-2000s.
Jan 27 2017
Ex-Norwich coach ‘Kit’ Carson held in historical football abuse probe
A former football coach and scout has been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of abuse in the sport.
Michael Sean Carson, known as “Kit”, from Cambridge, has been detained on suspicion of indecency with children and indecent assault.
He has worked for clubs including Peterborough United, Cambridge United and Norwich City.
Cambridgeshire Police said a man in his 70s remains in custody.
Officers are working with the Football Association, local children’s safeguarding boards and councils as part of their county-wide investigations.
He worked at Norwich as a youth coach between 1983 and 1993, before moving to Peterborough to run their youth academy until 2001. He then spent five years at Cambridge as their head of talent development.
More recently, Carson has worked at non-league Histon in Cambridgeshire and been a football scout in Finland. According to his LinkedIn page, Carson has also written two coaching manuals.
This is basically a football web site by an Irish citizen who has spent his whole life in England and his working life in the world of youth development in professional football.
My early school life was based in Kent and Hertfordshire before gaining an economics degree and a Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Hull in Yorkshire. It was at Hull that I gained my first coaching badges.
After a short teaching career, mainly at a brilliant school in Bedford called Pilgrim School, I formed my own football school which at the time was a first in England. This grew and on the way I met many interesting people who I may well talk about on this site at various times. When I teamed up with Gary Johnson we joined the PGL group of companies and our football schools really took off.
From here Gary went on to a very successful career in professional football coaching and management and I went into professional football as a youth developer and had successful times at Norwich City Football Club, Peterborough United Football Club. Cambridge United Football Club and Histon Football Club.
My skill seems to have been in spotting talent and playing a part in the development of that talent. There are many players and coaches in the professional game who say that I played a major role in their road to success and I am very proud of that.
Throughout my life I have been an ardent supporter and follower of the Republic of Ireland national team and got great satisfaction in locating and developing boys of Irish ancestry born and raised in England.
Two arrests made as police examine 130 reports of child abuse in football
Police Scotland are investigating 130 reports of child sexual abuse in football, with two arrests made.
The sport has been rocked by claims from former players across the UK that they were abused by people in positions of authority and Police Scotland launched a major inquiry into non-recent child abuse in football at the end of last year.
Officers have now received 130 reports but believe there will be more to come.
Ex-football coach Barry Bennell denies sex assault charges
Former football coach Barry Bennell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges of sexual assault against a boy under 16.
The former youth coach at Crewe Alexandra denied the eight counts when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.
The charges all relate to allegations of abuse between 1981 and 1986.
Mr Bennell, 63, wearing a blue polo neck shirt and appearing via videolink from HMP Woodhill, in Milton Keynes, answered “not guilty” to all the charges as they were put to him.
The ex-coach, who also worked at Manchester City, Stoke City and junior teams in north-west England and the Midlands, was remanded into custody until 20 March.
Owen Edwards, prosecuting, told the court the alleged victim “preserves his anonymity”.
Former Chelsea youth team referee Allan McGrath accused of child abuse
Jan 14 2017
Four separate witnesses have claimed they were abused by Allan McGrath, who worked as a referee for Chelsea’s youth-team games
Chelsea Football Club is today facing new scrutiny over child abuse in the 1970s, after an investigation by The Independent revealed a second man who worked for the club sexually assaulted boys in their youth set-up.
Four separate witnesses have claimed they were abused by Allan McGrath, who worked as a referee for Chelsea’s youth-team games.
Two of the witnesses have described being driven to McGrath’s home when in the Chelsea youth set-up and sexually assaulted there. Both had been promised lifts home from youth matches when they ended up at the house McGrath – who is now dead – shared with his elderly mother in Ashford, Middlesex.
Johnson was subsequently paid £50,000 compensation by Chelsea for the abuse he suffered, in an arrangement which included a non-disclosure clause.
Chelsea have said they cannot comment on specific cases and urged any further alleged victims to speak to them or to the Metropolitan Police. The Football Association also declined to comment on whether they knew of McGrath or whether he was registered with them. But with the known number of Heath’s alleged victims already six, Chelsea are already facing a possible multi-million-pound claim for damages.
It is unclear whether McGrath was employed full-time by Chelsea. He is remembered by two witnesses for standing in as a referee during summer matches. The Independent has spoken to more than 20 witnesses in Ashford who knew McGrath and who described him as having a number of jobs over a period of 20 years, including as a chauffeur, a school-coach driver and a warden at the HM Prison Feltham Young Offender Institution.
A further two witnesses, one of whom has waived his anonymity to speak to The Independent, described being abused by McGrath, who was then working as coach at Staines United FC, in Middlesex.
Steve Hearn, 58, who lives in Ashford, was eventually spotted by a Chelsea scout and was on the fringes of the squad, as a contemporary of Ray Wilkins, Steve Finnieston and Clive Walker.
But it was while a 12-year-old playing for Staines United under-15s that he encountered McGrath, who was then in his late 20s. “
Another witness, who is now in his late 50s and declined to be named, alleged that McGrath tried to sexually assault him at Ashford Juniors FC in the 1970swhile working there as a referee.Ashford Juniors has since been dissolved and has no links with current clubs in the town.
Staines United has also been dissolved and has no link to Staines Town FC. The Metropolitan Police said it would not discuss individual cases but said its investigation is continuing.
2 chairmen of Chelsea FC both die in helicopter crashes and another seems to be a business associate with a Colin Peters.
Vile paedophile Eddie Heath
FA discovers file documenting football paedophile Eddie Heath’s ‘trail of terror’ between clubs
Jan 14 2017
Ex-Charlton Athletic youth player Russell Davy, who has told of his abuse at the hands of Heath, says an FA safeguarding officer told him they have ‘recovered a personal file’
The latest development in the football scandal emerged as ex- Charlton Athletic youth player Russell Davy flew from his home in Lanzarote to give evidence to police.
The ex-goalie, now 50, told the Sunday Mirror last month how he had warned the FA of Heath’s attacks on him more than 30 years ago. Now he reveals his lawyers sent a “letter of claim” to Charlton when the scandal broke, documenting abuse.
But he has heard nothing from the League One club. “I want to know why I was left alone with him for so long so he could abuse me,” said Mr Davy. “They haven’t even contacted me. It’s disgusting.”
He also claims the FA has so far failed to recover a letter he sent to them about the abuse in 1986. He never got a reply and his life spiralled into a nightmare of drink, crime and drugs, at one point fighting a £600-a-week cocaine addition.
Accusations by more than 350 alleged victims are being investigated by police, with 155 suspects identified, involving 148 clubs.
Last night a Charlton spokesman said the club had “launched an internal investigation” into Mr Davy’s allegations, adding: “The club has contacted police.”
It is understood his teenage son was also on board and died at the scene along with the aircraft’s pilot Stephen Holdich, 49, and Jonathan Waller, a friend of Mr Carter’s.
Mr Carter, a lifelong Chelsea fan, was a close friend of Matthew Harding, the club’s former vice-chairman and major benefactor, who also died in a helicopter crash 11 years ago in similar circumstances.Both Mr Carter and Mr Harding were travelling in twin-engined Squirrel helicopters
Nick Scheele, who was chairman of Jaguar at the time, Duncan Sutherland, the former city council’s development director, and PR guru John Clarke got together to raise funds for a new NSPCC centre in Coventry.
The committee which kickstarted the campaign included more than 20 of the leading figures in the city at the time time including MPs, trade unionists, business and industrial leaders.
Nick Scheele stressed at the inaugural meeting in the Jaguar Browns Lane board-room that the objective of the NSPCC Coventry Kids Appeal was to raise over #400,000 to fund an NSPCC centre in Whitefriars Street, on land opposite the existing cramped NSPCC offices situated above a wine bar – and the aim was to do it in just three years.
The appeal committee not only met that target but topped it thanks to a generous #50,000 cheque from former Chelsea FC vice-chairman Matthew Harding, just months before his premature death in a helicopter crash on the way back from a soccer match in Lancashire.
The NSPCC centre was built on time and opened by Princess Margaret, the NSPCC president, in 1996
The source for this claim is Erik Prince, the founder of the security firm Blackwater (yes, that one.) In an exclusive interview at Breitbart News, Prince first states that the NYPD is “ready to make arrests in Weiner case.”
Prince pivots from the Weiner laptop investigation to claiming that Hillary Clinton accompanied Bill Clinton and billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to “sex island” (aka “sex slave island”).
“They found State Department emails. They found a lot of other really damning criminal information, including money laundering, including the fact that Hillary went to this sex island with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Bill Clinton went there more than 20 times. Hillary Clinton went there at least six times.”
Mr. Clinton flew on the billionaire’s convicted paedophile, Jeffrey Epstein’s infamous jet more than a dozen times — sometimes with a woman whom federal prosecutors suspect of procuring underage sex victims forMr. Epstein. Fox News reported Friday that records show Mr. Clinton declined Secret Service protection on at least five flights.
The network’s investigation reveals Mr. Clinton flew on the Boeing 727 “Lolita Express” 26 times, more than doubling the previously reported 11 trips.
“Bill Clinton … associated with a man like Jeffrey Epstein, who everyone in New York, certainly within his inner circles, knew was a pedophile.
Why would a former president associate with a man like that?” said Conchita Sarnoff of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Alliance to Rescue Victims of Trafficking, Fox reported. Ms. Sarnoff also authored a book on Mr. Epstein titled “TrafficKing.”
Mr. Epstein was arrested in 2005 and signed a plea agreement in 2007 with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, accepting a single charge of soliciting prostitution. He agreed to a 30-month sentence, registered as a “Tier 1” sex offender with the U.S. Virgin Islands and paid dozens of young girls
‘Only after Matthew died did I find he had a second mistress and another love child’
THE WIFE OF TRAGIC CHELSEA TYCOON REVEALS HOW HIS DEATH IN A HELICOPTER CRASH WAS JUST THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF TERRIBLE SHOCKS SHE FACED
Matthew started as teaboy in an insurance office and made his fortune in the reinsurance markets. He also had a pounds 50 million stake in Chelsea Football Club, where he was vice-chairman.
When he was killed in a helicopter crash in October, 1996 he was worth more than pounds 125million and was the 89th wealthiest man in Britain. He and Ruth owned a large estate in Sussex with a tennis court, swimming pool and wonderful views over the South Downs.
Ruth lived there all the time but Matthew came home only at weekends. During the week he lived in London with his Ecuadorian mistress Vicky Jaramillo and their daughter Ella, now five. After his death, it was discovered that his PA had also had his baby.
“There are two illegitimate children,” says Ruth. “So it’s a complicated situation. Only after he died did I know about the second child. There’s just a few months between them. Incredible, isn’t it?”
Ruth knew from the beginning about her husband’s affair with Vicky Jaramillo. She had to tolerate pictures of Matthew and his mistress in the papers when they attended social events together.
Matthew Harding and Ken Bates
Matthew Harding’s great friend, Tory MP Francis Maude, gave the funeral address
Francis Maude was PPS to noted pederast Sir Peter Morrison. Maude then became an assistant government whip (1985–87)
Leon Brittan ‘attended paedophile parties in notorious brothel’
FORMER Home Secretary Leon Brittan was one of a number of high-profile people who attended paedophile parties in a notorious brothel, it was claimed last night.
Brittan is said to have abused children at Elm Guest House, a boarding house in Barnes, west London, which was run as a brothel in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Daily Star Sunday.
Among the shocking accusations are claims that one of Brittan’s victims was a 10-year-old primary school boy.
Other details that were reported include how a social worker described in testimony details seeing photos, taken in the 1970s, of Brittan dressed in kinky outfits with naked boys sitting on his lap.
Over the years, Brittan had been plagued with rumours surrounding his private life and supposed failure to act over an alleged cover-up of a missing dossier containing allegations of Establishment sex abuse.
Matthew Harding’s wife: Two of her great friends are the ex-wives of David Mellor and Glenn Hoddle. The sweet-natured Anne Hoddle is now radiantly happy with a 28-year-old.
Her new husband Richard Gist, 37, works with sexually abused children and when they met he was an area manager for the NSPCC in Coventry.
Matthew had donated pounds 50,000 to the NSPCC centre for abused boys and after he died, Richard invited Ruth to see the work that was being done.
Initially, the vital NSPCC work drew them together. “I went to Coventry and Richard showed me round. Richard is an Arsenal supporter so we obviously got talking about football.
After her husband’s death, Ruth was asked to become patron at Chelsea Football Club. This gave her an enormous amount of pleasure but Matthew and the club’s chairman, Ken Bates, had had many vicious disagreements. In what seemed like an act of spite, Ken Bates told Ruth that he no longer wanted her as patron.
“It’s very sad,” she says. “He didn’t give any reason.” Ruth still goes to games at Chelsea but she remains angry with coach Graham Rix, who was convicted of having unlawful sex with an under-age girl. He has served his jail sentence and has now been reinstated.
“He’s not a close friend of mine but his wife and four children are,” she says. “They are now separated and my heart goes out to the children because they’ve got to live with what their father’s done. When this dreadful situation happened at Chelsea, I was the only one who said, ‘Graham Rix is guilty’. Now society has turned on the girl and said, ‘It was her fault, she shouldn’t have worn short skirts, she shouldn’t be drinking, shouldn’t be smoking’.
“I think Graham does a great job at football, but the sadness is that he’s probably wrecked that girl’s life.”
Ruth is now involved in the NSPCC’s campaign to raise money for the millennium in aid of the most desperate children in Britain. “Until I met Richard, I knew nothing about sexually abused children. A vast number of people have been abused as a child but because people don’t talk about it, it festers away inside them.”
Colin Peters has already been acknowledged as Elm Guest House visitor:
While the Metropolitan Police told The Independent that the boys’ disappearances were not being re-investigated, the predatory nature of some of those who stayed at the Elm Guest House will raise concerns that they could have been targeted.
Anthony Milsom, a paedophile from Hull, who is alleged to have stayed at the property, later moved to Newtown, Powys, where he was convicted of a string of sex offences dating back to the 1990s, including 21 counts of making indecent photographs of children and five counts of indecent assault on a girl when she was aged between 4 and eight. He was jailed indefinitely at Mold Crown Court in March 2011, but six months later appeal court judges reduced his sentence to three-and-a-half years. Another alleged visitor was Colin Peters, a Foreign Office barrister, who was jailed in 1989 for being part of a network which molested hundreds of boys. Reports at the time said the ring “was used by highly placed civil servants and well-known public officials”.
The most infamous alleged visitor to Elm Guest House was Warwick Spinks, a violent paedophile who in 1995 was jailed for a series of sexual offences on boys, including buggery, taking a child without lawful authority and taking indecent images of children. Lewes Crown Court heard that he had he drugged a 14-year-old boy and “sold him” to a gay brothel in Amsterdam
According to documents kept by a former children’s worker, visitors to the property included the Soviet spy Sir Anthony Blunt and the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith, who is now thought by Manchester police to have assaulted teenage boys.
Another was Sir Peter Hayman, Britain’s former High Commissioner in Canada.
Brittan has ‘no recollection’ of dossier
A senior minister in Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet handed a dossier containing allegations of paedophilia in Buckingham Palace and the diplomatic and civil services says he cannot remember receiving the file.
In November 1983 Sir Leon Brittan, the Home Secretary, was given the dossier by the late Geoffrey Dickens, as part of his campaign against the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Asked by The Independent this week what the dossier alleged and what action, if any, he took, Sir Leon, a QC and later European Commissioner, replied by email: “I have no recollection of these matters. Sorry!”
‘Most violent’ paedo freed by loophole …and back ogling teens
A VIOLENT child sex predator recaptured following an international manhunt quaffs champagne on a luxury boat — after he was freed by a loophole.
Evil Warwick Spinks, dubbed the Pied Piper of Paedophiles, was extradited from the Czech Republic in November after 15 years on the run.
He should have then served the last 18 months of his five-year jail term. But when he was caged back in 1995 the law only allowed officials to make offenders serve part of a sentence before automatically freeing them.
That loophole was closed for absconders last year but it cannot be enforced retrospectively.
So officials had to free Spinks FOUR MONTHS after his recapture.
The pot-bellied paedo, who now calls himself property tycoon Willem van Wijk, celebrated his freedom and 49th birthday with a bash for 14 pals, including toyboy Vladimir, 34.
The Sun watched as he:
SIPPED champagne with pals at a luxury floating restaurant.
UNWRAPPED creepy presents including an edible thong.
WRITHED with male go-go dancers, saying: “You’re only as young as the boy you’re feeling.”
CAVORTED starkers in a glass-sided plunge pool with a Slovak lad in front of other perverts.
A source said: “Spinks should be behind bars. Many people in Prague were shocked to see him back so soon acting as if nothing had happened. He is cocking a snook at British justice.”
Spinks was first identified as a dangerous child abuser in 1992. He divided his time between England and Amsterdam, introducing sex tourists to young boys.
He told one undercover cop he could arrange sex with boys in Germany, Prague and Poland for as little as 10p. He was also secretly taped offering to supply a “snuff” video in which a boy, ten, was killed for kicks.
In 1995 he was jailed for seven years at Lewes Crown Court, East Sussex, for several offences against underage boys.
His sentence was cut to five years on appeal but when let out on licence in 1997 he fled the UK, violating his probation conditions.
CLARE MAINPRICE a litigation partner at VAT specialist Mainprice & Co, has just joined accountancy firm Baker Tilly. And before you fall asleep, I should add that Ms Mainprice is a founder member of the Groucho Club.
Ms Mainprice also harbours a dark family secret.Her father Hugh was one of the triumvirate which drew up the UK’s VAT legislation in the early Seventies, making her a second-generation VAT supremo.
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers – a case on whether the institute was a “professional association” and therefore making exempt supplies
Institute of Chartered Foresters – a case on simple or multiple supplies
Institute of Biomedical Science – a partial exemption decision
Grange Farm – a case on the apportionment of input tax deductible by the owner of a premier division football club
Kingscrest Residential Care Homes – whether a care home operated on a for profit basis was entitled to standard rate its supplies (a subsequent decision, Kingscrest No. 2, was referred to the European Court of Justice)
Bissell Homecare (Overseas) Inc – a decision on whether the then three year cap on repayments by Customs was applicable
He set up as a sole practitioner advising on VAT in 2004.
? – obtains an honours degree in Modern History at Oxford University
? – works as Secretary General of the British Chamber of Commerce in Casablance.
1974 – Returns allegedly to Uk from Casablance to study law and later specialises
in indirect tax.
1977 -Colin Peters alleges he begins specialising in the law and practice of VAT.
1979 – 1986 he works in Customs’ Solicitor’s Office as a Senior Legal Assistant in their
VAT tribunal division, conducting more than 100 appeals in the tribunal.
1986/7 – Colin Peters is already by now, according to the documents, remarkably, a QC.
1986 – Colin Peters allegedly leaves the Solicitor’s Office of Customs and Excise,
now HM Revenue & Customs, joins private practice Hugh Mainprice as a partner in Mainprice
and Co, a firm dealing exclusively with VAT. Begins advising on VAT. http://vatattack.co.uk/
1987, December – Colin Peters, Alan Delaney, Ernest Whittington, Victor Burnett remanded. Also charged with the 4 are John Williams, a builder, Patrick Joseph Morris (and his son, 18, dont know if a victim),
Bryan Peter Howard – Edmunds of Harlesden. 5 yrs abuse going back to 1982. 140 boys interviewed.
Also charged was Kenneth Martin (64, market trader). Another man from Hastings *un-named-64 yr old clerk?)
also charged for committing offences with Martin. So 7 men in total charged. 22 men originally arrested.
Victims aged 10-15.
1988- (10th?) November – Colin peters and co trial commences. A 22 year old man was the first ever adult victim of sex abuse to be allowed to give evidence on video. Women’s groups outraged that the first to be allowed is male. Peters, Burnett, Whittington and Delaney in the dock, plus the two Norris half brothers (both aged 18). Charges previously dropped against the father of the boys Patrick Joseph Norris.
So charges dropped for the father and added for the other son. The two Norris boys were found in bed at Colin Peters home when police went to arrest Peters.
Judge Henry Pownall and DCI in charge Roger Gaspar.
1989, February 3rd-Colin Peters and co sentenced at Old Bailey.
The two 18 year olds presumably were acquitted or case dropped against them during the trial.
2004 – Colin Peters allegedly starts VAT consultancy called VATATTACK.
One of the boys he allegedly abused was Peter Hatton-Bornshin, a Grafton Close care-home resident, who later killed himself.
Another said: “He was a regular and was named by two, possibly three, boys as a man who abused them. Peters used camera equipment and hired a conference room at the guesthouse. There was only one reason to do that and that was to make porn films of the boys. There was a sauna attached to the room, which was also used.
From docs; About the guest house:- “Among those using it was Louis Minster, Director of Social Services, Richmond, Colin Peters QC, Donald Naismith, Director of Education Wandsworth & number of police. Boys supplied by Neil Keir OIC (Officer in Charge) Grafton Lodge Childrens Home.” Note dated 17/7/89
“Colin Peters QC one of Haddons clients for porn & sex, knows of our interest – do not know how.
Alerting his friends to ‘take care of us’. Warned to be very careful of this guy.”
Following lengthy research I suspect I may have identified someone who is mentioned within the Elm Guest House paperwork. The person concerned was mentioned in connection with Neil Keir and David Hamilton – Grant and this ‘chart’ of how the different depraved cogs joined together to make one nasty machine also makes mention of him at the top. The person in question is named ‘Barsby’ (incorrectly transcribed in this picture).
David Hamilton-Grant: Video Nasties:
Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape
Named as David Hamilton-Grant in the documentary
Named as David Grant in the documentary
Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship, and Videotape.
PIE paedophile, member of the establishment, Peter Righton received porn videos from Holland
I believe that Barsby was, in fact, ‘Uncle George’ George Barsby – a local man who lived within a stone’s throw of Grafton Close children’s home. Barsby was a 56 year old supermarket manager, who also referred to himself as a ‘voluntary social worker’ when he made numerous appearances at Richmond Magistrates Court on 16 charges of child sexual abuse in 1978 (which tallies with the note at the top of the graph).
After 11 appearances at Richmond, his trial was eventually transferred to the Old Bailey and on 23 March 1979 he was sentenced to five years imprisonment. Interestingly, one of the allegations against him included making pornographic photographs of children (which also tallies with the note at the top of the graph). He was referred to as a counsellor who targeted single mothers and their children. His solicitor argued that Barsby had previous good character but following his social work, he had “fallen for tempation”. He was also found guilty of theft from his employers, Sainsburys, and of false stocktaking figures.
1980 ‘Amsterdam Connection’
A year later, a trial took place at Kingston Crown Court which was described as the ‘Amsterdam Connection’ in which a man named Alfred Hart from Twickenham was found guilty of dealing in child abuse images along with his partner, Michael Dennison from Blackwater, Camberley. Hart was described as “one of the ringleaders” which leads me to believe this was a much bigger case involving more than just the two who appeared in court.
Alan Delaney & the Colin Peters Paedophile Ring
Then 8 years later Operation Hedgerow reaches it’s conclusion and the Colin Peters paedophile ring (including Alan Delaney) appears in court charged with child sexual abuse offences.
As well as procuring boys from the West End of London, Delaney had also lured boys through his Twickenham cleaning business and running a local youth football team.
Delaney lived in Hounslow – on the Twickenham borders – and the reason I have included these trials in one post is down to the proximity of the abusers in relations to Grafton Close childrens’ home.
Here are the addresses mapped so you can see the close proximity of these repugnant individuals.
There were more depraved individuals living within the vicinity at that time and I will add them in due course.
BREAKING NEWS – Northampton Crown Court – Victor James Burnett & Alan Herbert Delaney offences in 1979 were convicted of child abuse linked to offences in Milton Keynes both of these suspects would later be apart of sex ring in Brent Cross area of London under Operation Hedgerow
What is new is the location concerning these two people as this was not revealed to me when I made FOI request to Northampton Crown Court PREVIOUSLY but was mentioned during a telephone call today by a source who I will not name yet
As there are several documents coming to light on Colin Peters, and Sceptic Peg has just published a post on Peters, I am releasing this work in progress that I have not worked on for several months, so that other researchers may make use of it.
It was intended for another use so the Oxendon House parts may not be relevant
I have not archived any btw
1980 Boy from Scotland to Piccadilly  Colin Peters
 1989 Feb 4 Daily Express John Twomey Four faces of evilhttp://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/05/12/the-four-faces-of-evil-4-2-89/ Judge Henry Pownall sentenced Peters to 8 years for buggers, conspiracy to commit buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice . victims in special boarding schools for educationally subnormal. Peters 43 Chepstow Rd, Bayswater . House of lords offficla and link to elm guest house
 1989 Feb 17 EIR Mark Burdman Pedophiles arrested more powerful than mafia. https://webbrain.com/brainpage/brain/0FE31538-2121-8495-33A5-86073BE95DE1/thought/918#-2901 The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters, was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.
Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspicions ,” the Telegraph reported. * Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. ”
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations, is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and sophisticated as any other criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. ”
Although the file is currently closed to the public, you may wish to be aware that the full contents of the file have been made available, unredacted, to the police. The staff working
for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA, or the “Goddard Inquiry”) have also been informed of the file and told that they too can have access to it without any redactions as soon as they request it.
Paedophile Richard Alston (brother of diplomat Robert Alston)
I am much indebted to Richard Alston without whose dedicated editorial assistance I should have found it difficult to see this revised edition through the press. [….] and to Peter Righton for correcting proofs.
On June 2, 1967, Her Majesty opened the new concert hall at Snape Maltings, the brainchild of Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten, who’d felt a larger venue was needed for the Aldeburgh Festival of the Arts. The festival leased and converted one of the main buildings. Almost exactly two years later, after the opening night of the 22nd Aldeburgh Festival, fire ripped through the concert hall.
It was rebuilt in time for the 1970 festival, and the Queen returned to Snape to perform another opening ceremony.
The re-opening of Snape Maltings concert hall in June, 1970, following a fire and rebuilding. The Queen talks to Benjamin Britten while Prince Philip chats to Peter Pears
In May 2009, the Daily Telegraph revealed Lidington had claimed nearly £1,300 for his dry cleaning and had also claimed for toothpaste, shower gel, body spray and vitamin supplements on his second home allowance.
In July 2016, Lidington was appointed as Leader of the House of Commons by new PMTheresa May)
(we stayed with Jack and Alan, who were looking after 4 children, because their mother had been seriously injured in …
Was John, Alan John Brent aka John Alan Spicer, Andrew Spicer and or Alan Delaney ?
‘more powerful than the Mafia
by Mark Burdman
On Feb. 2 , in London’ s Old Bailey court, four men were convicted for running a ring of pedophiles-adults who sex usually use children-which had recruited at least 150 young boys , some as young as nine, for repeated sodomic abuse.
It is the biggest ring of pedophiles yet uncovered in Britain.
British newspapers Feb. 3 said it had been run as a “Mafia like conspiracy. ” One man arrested was too frightened to testify, declaring that the ring was “more powerful than the Mafia. “
According to experts on child abuse in Britain, this case is only the beginning. Interviewed on British television Feb. 3 , Dianne Core, head of the Childwatch organization, stated that “people in high places” were involved in pedophiliac activities , and that the whole matter would “explode” during the coming months.
The London Daily Telegraph’s crime correspondent reported Feb. 3 : “Despite the convictions , police believe there is still a flourishing pedophile network in Britain, with a sophistication said to resemble the Mafia. “
The most prominent figure in the ring, Colin Peters , was trained at Oxford, and was formerly a senior adviser in the British Foreign Office. Following his Foreign Office work, he prosecuted cases for the British Customs and Excise.
Investigators working on the case had interrogated at least one senior member of the House of Lords , one vicar in West London, and officials in Whitehall , “but the police did not have sufficient evidence or manpower to pursue their suspicions ,” the Telegraph reported.
Alan Delaney, the official head of the ring, is a cleaning company director. Delaney would procure young boys for pedophiles , by putting job advertisements in the press .
The ring would also procure boys who were members of a junior soccer team. Many of the youngsters had been at special boarding schools for educationally below-normal children.
Others were runaways , who were caught up by members of the Delaney-Peters ring, who would roam” the streets of London scouting for boys .
According to the Feb. 3 Telegraph account, the young boys were “passed around its members for sexual degradation and, when the attraction faded, abandoned to a life of prostitution, drugs , and petty crime . . . . The boys were tempted off the unfamiliar London streets with promises of food,
accommodation, money, and a sympathetic ear. Some were plied with drugs, including cocaine, and sexually assaulted while under their influence.”
When he was brought before presiding Judge Pownall for sentencing Feb. 3, Colin Peters was told: “On your own admission, you found boys to satisfy your lust. You were prepared to encourage them to drugs or to lace their drinks and you have made matters worse by trying to get witnesses not to attend court. You did that to save your own skin. That was disgraceful. You of all people should have known that. “
‘A permanent conspiracy’ British deputy police superintendent John Lewis , who oversaw the investigations , is calling on Scotland Yard to create a special squad to deal with pedophile rings. Lewis declared Feb. 2 that “these people are as organized and sophisticated as any other criminals, and are involved in a permanent conspiracy which is renewed daily as they hunt for new boys. They need to be targeted like bank robbers. It
is important that we should not feel complacent. Positive policing should be continued.”
British police investigators were reportedly angered by the light sentence meted out to Peters , Delaney, and their two collaborators. The four received, in total, only 34 years of sentences. Peters received only 8 years, for combined charges of conspiracy to commit buggery (sodomy), buggery and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Delaney was jailed for 1 1 years , on conspiracy to commit buggery, indecent assault, taking indecent photographs , indecency with a child, and attempted buggery. One of the four was given only 6 years.
A senior British police officer told the Daily Express Feb.
4: “It should have been more. The damage these people have
done to young lives is very severe.”
In an editorial entitled, “Is This Justice?” the Express Feb. 4 called the sentences “woefully inadequate . . . weighed against the enormity of their crimes and the emotional and physical damage they did to their victims , some of whom were only nine years old. “
Moncini and the Satanist track
The London case has refocused attention on another recent case, in Trieste, Italy, involving one Alessandro Moncini, a businessman nabbed by law enforcement in the United States and convicted in 1988 for importing child pornography (although he received a paltry one-year sentence and was released “on good behavior” after serving less than three months in jail).
Investigators in Trieste working on the Moncini case have recently been to the United States, attempting to accumulate more information on what they believe to be a “most exclusive ring of international pedophiles.”
Informed sources in Britain believe that the Delaney Peters ring and the Moncini-linked networks are connected,
and that both are part of an international pedophile conspiracy.
U. S. law enforcement officials have in their possession tapes of Moncini attempting to procure a young girl, for Satanic-ritual abuse purposes.
Experts on ritual abuse stress that pedophile rings , as horrifying as they are in and of them selves , are actually fronts for, or extensions of, hard-core Satanist cults , for whom the pedophiles provide young boys.
In Britain, however, the Home Office has repeatedly indicated its opposition to allowing the matter of satanism to be pursued by police and in the courts.
Should this attitude continue, it will be impossible to crack the command-structure controlling powerful pedophile rings.
Experts in pedophilia and Satanism report to EIR, that
that the dossiers on previously publicized cases of European
based pedophile rings have never been fully closed, and may
now be reopened. These involve pedophile rings that were
either cracked or exposed in the 1 986-87 period. Three of
them are worth noting:
• On June 1 8, 1987, the head of the Belgian national office of UNICEF was arrested for involvement in a large scale child pornography and pedophilia ring. Ring leader Jozef Verbeeck had used his influential position in UNICEF to procure children, often from broken homes, some as young as eight months old, for some 400 wealthy clients across Europe. The basement of UNICEF in Brussels was used to store pornographic pictures of children.
• In spring-summer 1987 , Dutch authorities uncovered
one of the worst cases of collective child sex abuse in record
ed history. In a small town called Oode Pekala, during the
Easter holidays , a gang of pedophiles , dressed as clowns,
lured more than 70 children into taking part in pornographic
• On Aug. 3, 1986, the Sunday Times of London “Insight Team” exposed the activities of a secretive organization called the Spartacus Club, based near Amsterdam in Holland, which sent pedophile literature to 25 ,000 subscribers in Great Britain, and which specialized in procuring boys from the Philippines for pedophile activity. Headed by one John Stamford, the club was part of Spartacus International, which published homosexual literature and the Paedo Alert News, “a magazine about boy love. “
It’s noticeable how investigating football venues has become more acceptable than investigating Westminster.
AND the survivors of the football abusers are not being referred to as “the usual crop of fantasists, revenge-seekers and money-chasers” – quote from Ann Widdecombe referring to those making claims against former prime minister Sir Ted Heath.
Football child abuse scandal: Police identify 155 suspects
Dec 21 2016
The number of suspects in the UK-wide football child abuse scandal has reached 155, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has announced.
Police say there are now 429 potential victims, some as young as four at the time of the alleged offence, and 148 clubs are now involved.
Separate figures show the number of historical child abuse suspects across all walks of life stands at 3,469.
This is more than double the figure of 18 months earlier.
The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) set up Operation Hydrant to oversee investigations of “non-recent” child sex abuse within institutions or by people of public prominence.
Sussex police report sex abuse claims involving six football coaches THE historical sex abuse scandal unfolding in football continued to widen with a south coast police force becoming the latest to confirm it has received allegations
Dec 19, 2016
“None of the six reports relate to either of the two Sussex clubs in the Football League.”
Former youth footballer reveals links between sex abuse coaches
Dec 15 2016
Hugh Stevenson, a former youth coach and SFA assistant referee
The 62-year-old says he was molested byHugh Stevenson while playing for a club in Easterhouse.
A former youth footballer whose coach was convicted of abusing young players says he had links to other Scottish figures implicated in historic sex attacks.
Robert Smith is serving a two-year prison sentence for abusing three players at a club in Easterhouse, Glasgow, in the 1970s and 80s.
The 67-year-old had denied the offences but was found guilty after standing trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this year.
Following the nationwide revelations over historic sex abuse within British football, a former player who knew Smith in the 1960s talked to STV News and revealed his links to other Scottish coaches involved in the scandal.
The 62-year-old, known only as James, said his mother had warned him to stay away from Smith.
“He was always trying to kiss me, put his hand on me, but I ran away basically because I didn’t think this was right,” James said.
The former player said Smith was friends with Hugh Stevenson, a former youth coach and SFA assistant referee who died in 2004.
Earlier this month another former youth footballer accused Stevenson of subjecting him to repeated sexual abuse from 1979 to 1982. The abuse was reported to the police but Stevenson wasn’t prosecuted.
James says he was molested by Stevenson at Smith’s club in Easterhouse in the 1960s.
He said: “He came over and put his hand in my pockets and started to fumble about. I thought, ‘this is not right’. I came out of that dressing room sharpish.
“Robert Smith, Hugh Stevenson and another lad from Celtic Boys Club, Jim Torbett, all knew each other because we all played each other quite a lot.”
Jim Torbett was jailed in 1998 after being convicted of sex offences against young players.
At the end of Smith’s court case this summer, it emerged that he had been convicted of lewd and libidinous behaviour in 1968, ten years before he started abusing the three young players in Easterhouse.
Campaigners say the case adds weight to their calls for abuse in football to be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
On Tuesday, the SFA announced that it was to establish an independent review into reports of historic child abuse in the sport.
The Scottish Government has declined to extend the inquiry’s remit beyond abuse against children who were in care, wherever it occurred.
Keith Vaz offers to put up bail for jailed Leicester footballers – jailed on rape charges
6 March 2004
Keith Vaz, the MP for Leicester East and a former government minister, yesterday offered to act as a guarantor for the release on bail of three Leicester City footballers held this weekend in a Spanish jail on rape charges.
Mr Vaz, a season ticket holder, said yesterday that the players were internationally known and could not disappear, so should be granted bail.
Chris Gieler – Queens Park Rangers FC FOOTBALL’S SHAME
The interesting part of this most recent Daily Mail scoop is that they spend their time attempting to discredit anyone who discloses abuse against the elite, famous or powerful. I believe that Chris Gieler being independently named as part of this probe, when he was also named within the Elm Guest House paperwork leaves the Fail in an uncomfortable position.
I believe the paperwork isn’t an absolute oracle on abuse, but this revelation does vindicate those who originally produced them (Fay & Moss) proving that some of those mentioned are done so correctly.
It’s good news for those coming forward to disclose abuse, but it’s time the paperwork was given the credit it’s due and some of those named (especially the big names) are properly investigated.
There’s another name alongside Gieler’s within the documents – William Field, St Albans. I know nothing about him or his position.
The party was on the first floor of the South Africa Road stand with many of those present under the age of 18, when Gieler turned off the disco lights, which every works Christmas party presumably had as standard in the 1980s, and instead projected images from a pornographic film onto a wall.
David quickly progressed through the ranks of the Northern Ireland age group teams, and the under-17 team that he played in included some interesting QPR connections. Stephen Lynch and John Murray (both at QPR), Steve Morrow (later of Arsenal and QPR) and David McCallan (then at Carrick Rangers) were all part of that squad.
Queens Park Rangers dragged into sex abuse storm with former chief scout Chris Geiler to be named in allegations
6th December 2016
QPR’s former chief scout Chris Geiler will be named in child abuse allegations
Geiler left QPR in 2003 without warning and his death was not marked in 2004
Complaints about Geiler’s behaviour around academy players have been made
Queens Park Rangers are expected to be the latest club embroiled in the ever-growing sex abuse scandal that has resulted in one of the biggest crises to hit football.
Chris Geiler, QPR’s former chief scout, will be the name at the centre of the allegations.
He was head of youth recruitment for 30 years at Loftus Road before suddenly leaving the club in 2003 without warning or any recognition of his long service.
Queens Park Rangers’ former chief scout Chris Geiler will be named in sex abuse allegations
Nor did QPR mark his death a year later in any form.
A number of complaints about Geiler’s behaviour around QPR’s academy players dating back to the 1970s are known to have been made.
Geiler suddenly left QPR in 2003 without any recognition and died the following year-and his death was not marked
He was employed by QPR for about 30 years, working in youth development and as chief scout.
Mr Gieler arrived at Loftus Road in 1971 as a schoolboy scout and in 1979 he became youth development manager, responsible for the entire youth programme.
Allen Lyndon Farr (44) of Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, admitted indecently assaulting four boys at the school between September 1983 and Oct 1987
1987 – Mr. Christopher Hodson, defending, said Farr was highly regarded by parents, the school chaplain, a fellow teacher and two magistrates who had written letters of support to the court on his behalf.
He said Farr had been seriously injured in an accident in 1970, which could have released “a repressed form of homosexuality.”
“He has maintained that he thought what he was doing was helping him to get closer to the boys. But he now realises that it was a lack of judgment on his behalf.”
“This is not a homosexual housemaster, but a man whose judgment and control were affected by a serious accident which left him in intensive care for three days back in 1970,” added Mr. Hodson.
Judge John Evans, QC, told Farr: “There must be some vindication of the feelings of outrage of parents of boys at this boarding school. They are entitled to think their youngsters are being looked after and not abused.”
And another….West Midlands Police is still anxious to trace former Royal Wolverhampton School maths teacher, Philip Howarth, who failed to return to the UK after being cleared of sexually abusing a 14 year-old Thai boy.
Detectives had wanted to question the 40 year-old schoolmaster about pornographic material found at his home prior to the trial in Thailand. Philip Howarth is also a Wolverhampton magistrate
Norwich is stunningly ‘absent’ For all the reasons below – inc Stingemore
Norwich is linked with convicted paedophile Fr Tony McSweeney, Frank Bruno (friends with Savile, Purdews), and Stephen Fry – who has made numerous inappropriate comments about paedophilia.
And Fr Tony McSweeney links to Elm Guest House (as does Chris Geiler)
McSweeney was arrested as a result of a police investigation into allegations that Elm House guesthouse in Barnes was home to a paedophile ring that preyed on boys from nearby Grafton Close children’s home.
Catholic priest guilty of historic Richmond Council children’s home abuse
McSweeney was found guilty of indecently assaulting one boy who he watched in the shower at Grafton Close children’s home in Hanworth alongside John Stingemore, the former manager of the home.
And Norwich is rife :
Victims of a paedophile headmaster could receive tens of thousands of pounds in compensation following the beatings and sexual assaults that took place at a Norfolk school 30 years ago.
Derek Slade was beginning his first full day in prison yesterday after being sentenced to 21 years in jail following a catalogue of abuse at St George’s School in Wicklewood, near Wymondham, in the late 1970s and early 80s.
Over the course of his 40-year radio and television career Jimmy Savile visited Norfolk for shop openings and charity runs.
•In June 1970 Savile was in Dereham where he opened a boutique, Decimal Fashions, in Norwich Street, spending over an hour in the shop signing autographs.
•In October 1972 he roved around Norwich in a Rolls Royce as part of a visit promoting National Association of Youth Clubs’ week, visiting various youth clubs in the city, including Heartsease Community Centre, and spreading the message about providing facilities for young people.
•InNovember 1979 Savile jogged into Norwich as part of a charity effortwhich saw him run through 31 towns and cities in 31 days.
•In February 1990 the BBC stalwart was back in the city, at Anglia TV’s studios, to promote the 27-hour live Telethon spectacular which was hoping to top the £1m raised in 1988.
•In October of 1990 he opened a new complex in Norwich which gives disabled people a helping hand in starting a business.
AN ACADEMY boss at Premier League West Brom has been arrested over allegations of a sex attack on a young boy in the changing rooms.
Respected coach Mark O’Shea, 34, has worked with dozens of young prospects in nearly five years running the under-seven to under-11 groups at Albion’s academy.
But last night the club confirmed O’Shea had been arrested and interviewed after colleagues became “concerned” about his behaviour towards some schoolboys.
They tipped off senior club officials who suspended O’Shea and called in the cops.
It is believed some trainees were uncomfortable that O’Shea showered with them at the club’s Halfords Lane training complex, near the Hawthorns stadium.
O’Shea was arrested on March 31 and questioned about an alleged sexual assault on a boy under 13. O’Shea is on bail while inquiries continue. It is believed they may centre on complaints made by THREE schoolboys.
One furious dad turned up at the training ground asking to see O’Shea and threatening to “tear his f****** head off”.
A father with a boy at the academy said: “Everyone is in shock.
“Coaches at big academies can become Gods to these boys. This is a nightmare made flesh.”
West Midlands Police confirmed: “A 34-year-old man from Sutton Coldfield has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a child under 13 and bailed while further enquiries take place.” O’Shea said last night: “I have no comment to make.”
In 1997, the Channel 4 Despatches did a programme about paedophile football coaches.
One particular coach named Barry Bennell ( later found guilty of abusing young boys) was a well know coach who found young talented players for some major clubs. His young starlets included Rob Jones who went on to play for Liverpool……. Andy Hinchcliffe and GARY SPEED.
Bennell was found guilty of abusing some of these young boys who were only 9,10.11 years old. His crimes took place between 1978 -1982. Gary Speed would have been around 9 or 10 years old at that time.
Little boy, Paul Kingsley was sexually assauted and then murdered. He was murdered in his scout uniform, strangled with the neckerchief.
Anthony Sinclair, manager of Pudsey Juniors Football Club was convicted of manslaughter as he claimed he killed Paul
Is Anthony Sinclair still alive?
Police determined Paul had been a victim of many sexual assaults in the months before the murder. See Paul Kingsley Assault and Death Bradford 1976 
Who carried out these sexual assaults?
Was anyone else at Pudsey Juniors Football Club involved?
Philip Longbottom was another child abuser in the same sort of area carrying out assaults against young boys. Was he connected in any way?PaedophileScout leader gets life sentence after abusing boys over 60 years
Decorated football coach linked with abuse at two clubs: Dario Gradi, who worked at Chelsea and Crewe, under pressure to explain what he knew
Dec 4 2015
Dario Gradi, 75, was an assistant coach at Chelsea FC during the 1970s
He is under pressure to explain what he knew about sexual abuse
Gradi later became the manager of Crewe Alexandra in the 1980s
Mr Gradi, who was awarded an MBE for services to football in 1998, has denied any wrongdoing – but has yet to provide a full explanation about the disturbing abuse which allegedly took place during his time at both clubs.
Shortly after the 1994 promotion, Gradi became the League’s longest-serving manager. By 2002, he was one of just two managers, the other being Alex Ferguson, to have held their position since before 1990. He later joined the club’s Board of Directors.
Gradi’s contract with Crewe was one of the most controversial in the football league, he personally takes a percentage of profit on any player sold on to another club.
I warned FA about football paedophile 30 YEARS ago, says former youth player
Ex-Charlton Athletic player Russell Davy, now 50, says he wrote to the FA back in 1986 to reveal the pervert Eddie Heath had preyed on him
3 DEC 2016
A former youth footballer tells today how he warned the sport’s ruling body 30 years ago that talent scout Eddie Heath was a paedophile .
Ex-Charlton Athletic player Russell Davy, now 50, says he wrote to the FA back in 1986 to reveal the pervert had preyed on him – ruining not only his career but sending his life into a spiral of drink, crime and drugs.
Russell claims he detailed the abuse he had suffered at the hands of Heath – whose name is now at the centre of the “hush money” scandal rocking Chelsea – including attacks on a team bus and in the showers.
Now, breaking down in tears as traumatic memories flooded back at his home on a Spanish island, he blasted those who were in charge of the sport in the 1980s.
He said: “They had an obligation to help the young players Eddie Heath attacked. I’m gutted they never acted.”
He claimed he was abused as a 15-year-old at Charlton by Heath, who had turned up there after getting the sack from Chelsea.
Heath had claimed he was unfairly dismissed by the Stamford Bridge club and took it to a tribunal, which heard that rather than being out scouting “he spent a lot of his time in his office, decorating and cooking meals for the schoolboy players”.
Police to investigate claims of Scottish paedophile ring
December 4 2016
Police Scotland said it would investigate the Falkirk “cluster” after more than 350 residents reported that they had been sexually abused
A National child abuse charity believes it has evidence that a paedophile ring thrived in central Scotland during the 1970s, after more than 350 men and women in Falkirk reported that they had been sexually abused by different people when they were children.
This weekend, Police Scotland said it would investigate the Falkirk “cluster” after Open Secret, a charity that supports abuse victims, revealed hundreds of residents — most now in their forties — had come forward saying that they had been raped and molested by multiple abusers.
Many of the victims were in sports clubs, including football and swimming groups, when they say the abuse occurred.
Details of three child sex abuse rings handed to police in wake of football scandal
Dec 11 2016
POLICE have been given information about three paedophile rings in the wake of the historical child abuse scandal that has rocked Scottish football.
Scottish child abuse charity Open Secret met with police, having uncovered some 367 people who had suffered multiple abuse mainly in the Falkirk area.
The charity told officers about three paedophile rings operating in central Scotland in the 1970s. It is believed they are rings that have previously been flagged up to Police Scotland, but did not lead to an investigation.
Seventeen more footballers claim they were abused as children
Dec 3, 2016
More than 20 players had already contacted the union to report historical sex abuse.
Some 18 police forces are now examining claims from more than 350 people, across 55 clubs.
“I’ve had 17 individuals who don’t want to go public but want to put weight behind the guys who have gone public, and I think that number is going to continue to grow,” Michael Bennett, head of player welfare at the PFA, told Sky News.
There are another 27 potential victims the PFA is keen to contact, he added.
“I think we are looking at things from previous decades that are finally surfacing.”
Cardinal Keith O’Brien was friends with sex predator Jimmy Savile
The pair met when O’Brien was priest at St Patrick’s Church in Kilsyth, Lanarkshire, in 1971.
Savile was a regular visitor because his mother Agnes was friends with O’Brien’s colleague, Fr Denis O’Connell.
Since 1965, when the Margaret Sinclair Center opened, Agnes Savile made a pilgrimage to the Margaret Sinclair Centre in Rosewell, Scotland
Savile led 500 teenagers on a sponsored walk to pay for the Margaret Sinclair Centre in Rosewell, played football in a half Rangers, half Celtic jersey for St Joseph’s Hospital and gave a sermon at a teenagers’ mass
(pg 26 – In Plain Sight, The Life and Lies of Jimmy Savile, Dan Davies)
June 29, 1965, the National Margaret Sinclair Centre was opened in Rosewell, near Rosslyn Chapel(Templar and Masonic connections).
“The significance of this is more than coincidental,” writes (paedophile and Ted Heath/BBC chauffeur) Niven Sinclair on the Clan Sinclair website. “Even in her brief life, her exceptional spiritual qualities attracted attention and, after her death, her fame spread quickly.”
For both the Kilsyth Community Games and for Kilsyth Civic Week, of which he was a particular supporter, Fr O’Connell often utilised his old celebrity contacts and other than the perennial visitor Jimmy Saville, for many years Kilsyth was awash with celebrity visitors including Jock Stein (Celtic), Billy McNeil (Celtic), Sir Tom Farmer (Founder of Kwik-fit), Willie Woodburn (Rangers), George Young (Rangers), Frank Clement (International Athlete, Scotland), Brendan Foster (International Athlete, England), Eamonn Coghlan (International Athlete, Ireland), John Spencer (World Snooker Champion) and Tommy Younger (President of the SFA) Kevin Kelly (Chairman of Celtic) were a few that come to mind.
One man from Kilsyth, who was a schoolboy at the time, said: “Savile was here often over a period covering the mid-1970s. We were amazed to see him at first because he was always on TV. When we saw him about the town, he was always with Fr O’Connell or Fr O’Brien.
“We would see the flash Roller parked outside the school because it was right next to the priests’ house and we’d know Savile was in town.
“Over the next few days, you would see him out and about in the town, normally with the priests.
“They were always on a fundraising exercise. It was always assumed that Savile stayed with the priests overnight. I’d say over three to four years, you would see Savile twice a year. It got to the stage that it was no longer a surprise.
“As I got older, there were stories that Savile had stopped coming to Kilsyth because he had been interfering with young girls. It was the talk of the place for a while.
“In 1996, former Celtic Boys Club player Alan Brazil revealed that when he was 13 years old he had been sexually abused by the club manager, Jim Torbett. The allegations were heard at the Glasgow Sheriff Court, where Torbett was found guilty of shameless and indecent conduct with three juvenile players between October 1967 and March 1974. Torbett was given a prison sentence of 30 months. Rangers fans have since alleged that Celtic manager Jock Stein attempted to cover up the scandal, by chanting “Big Jock Knew”. Alan Brazil stated unequivocally in 2009 that Stein was not involved, but claimed that the Kelly family knew of the abuse and defended Torbett.”
….guests that includedJimmy Savile, Princess Marina (the Duchess of Kent) and Princess Alexandra; fading film stars such as James Robertson Justice, who starred in the Doctor in the House films, John Gregson, who was in a number of big British war movies, and Ian Carmichael, who played Bertie Wooster in a big BBC TV series in the Sixties. Another visitor was Dick Haymes, an actor and crooner who was famous in the Forties and Fifties and who was married six times, once briefly to Rita Hayworth. Jones described his aunt ‘swanning around as the grand dame of the event, with a celeb on each arm’. ‘It was a really strange scene,’ he (Merion Jones) said
Among the girls at Duncroft were daughters of ambassadors, surgeons and well-known producers at the BBC, as well as others from less white-collar backgrounds. The common factors were they had transgressed and all possessed high IQs. Margaret Jones viewed them as ‘her chosen ones’. 2 Girls were sent to Duncroft for a variety of misdemeanours. One girl, who arrived at the school as a 14-year-old in 1972, insisted years later that ‘half the girls victims of sexual abuse – the “crime” of having sex under age, as we thought it’.
Celtic said Saturday’s gesture was intended to keep the focus on the search for the missing girl.
A Celtic spokesman said: “We were approached to wear the yellow armbands and naturally we were very happy to agree to this. Hopefully, this will keep the focus on the search for Madeleine.
“Clearly, the thoughts of everyone at the club are with Madeleine and her family at this extremely difficult time and, of course, we are pleased to be able to offer any kind of help or comfort that we possibly can.”
Celtic club captain Neil Lennon appealed for anyone with information about Madeleine’s disappearance to contact police during Friday’s weekly press conference.
Hearts players Jose Goncalves and Bruno Aguiar, who are both Portuguese, also issued a joint statement on behalf of their club urging anyone with information to come forward.
The information put together by Richard D Hall is quite amazing. In this part of his investigation, he examines why the British government showed such intense interest in the alleged abduction of Madeleine McCann. It does make you wonder who else might have been involved. Was there someone very high up in British politics present in Portugal during Madeleine McCann’s ‘disappearance’? Blair or Brown possibly?
What is it folk say about boys or sports clubs being used as fronts for deviants…
3 years of articles on the Celtic scandal – but you won’t get any mention of it in the press now – it is toxic for some reason – maybe the people involved? Weird when you think of broken boys into men and lives ruined for what those boys and unknown must have suffered and yet no real justice or compensation akin to the Penn State scandal.
What could have went on in Kilsyth where you have Kelly, Saville, O’Brien, Jock Stein, O’Connell, Tam Paton n the Bay City Rollers etc all around the same time and Prince Charles himself....
Also one-time boxing champ Ken Buchanan pictured above there at the camp meeting Prince Charles – one with a very dodgy private life
James Torbett and Frank Cairney of Celtic boys club abused boys in Scotland, England, Norway, Spain and America amongst other places and it was well known at Celtic.Liam Brady manager at the time of the 1991 scandal involving Frank Cairney agreed not to go to the police – Liam Brady then went on to be the head of Arsenal Youth until this year.
What a coincidence that Kevin Kelly should be in photo above eh. Even more of a coincidence James Torbett being owner of the trophy centre at the time who had a deal with Celtic and had Kevin Kelly as a director too along with Jack McGinn of Celtic in another company.
Torbett was also a director of Fairbridge in Scotland for vulnerable kids that later became part of yes… The Princes Trust. His fellow directors at the time included none other than…
Partly because of his association with the BBC, Fr O’Connell was no stranger to celebrity which he used to good effect either for fund raising or for community events. Now, summer rock festivals are commonplace but there was a time when they were uncommon and one well remembered event set up by Fr O’Connell was the staging of a free open air concert in Kilsyth in 1976 by the Bay City Rollers, then at the height of their fame.
He vaguely knew Tam Paton their manager but his secretary wouldn’t let him in to his office after he had outlined why he was there – to get the Bay City Rollers to play Kilsyth – for free! But eventually she relented and he was allowed to make an audacious request which ultimately lead to another chapter of Kilsyth’s recent history being written! The Colzium was taken over and a free open air concert was staged with many supporting acts and headlined by The Bay City Rollers.
Sir Jimmy Savile OBE KCSG was a frequent visitor during the period when he had a hit TV show ‘Jim’ll Fix It’ or was in between presenting ‘Top of the Pops’ or hosting a show on Radio 1 and could often be seen at 10 O’clock Mass of a morning, sporting a kilt. You could always tell when he was in Kilsyth as his white jaguar car was parked outside the Parish House.
If the cover-ups took place, and did so without Britain’s top policeman knowing, and there is no evidence that casts doubt on Sir David’s testimony, who was responsible? The IPCC and the independent inquiry into historical VIP paedophile allegations launched by Home Secretary Theresa May last year have got their work cut out.
But with each passing week, it seems ever more likely that the pieces of an almighty Establishment scandal are starting to fit together.
My father was feted by legal establishment, but was really a monster who let his powerful friends rape me
Miss Henderson has told the Mail that she was raped as a young child by Sir Nicholas – and that she also suffered years of sexual assaults by her late father, prominent Scottish QC Robert Henderson, who was a friend of the MP.
Her life is still overshadowed by the monstrous actions of her father and his friends – a set of high-powered legal figures who, she says, ritually abused her as part of an organised paedophile ring in the early 1970s when she was between four and eight years old.
Sir David McNee rose to become the most powerful policeman in Britain.
As Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police between 1977 and the autumn of 1982, he wielded great influence and, by necessity, became privy to secrets which other, less robust men would have taken to their graves long ago. But on the eve of his tenth decade, and 33 years after his retirement from the top job, a cloud — or at least a question mark — has appeared over his time as boss at New Scotland Yard.
It concerns an alleged ‘cover-up’, and in this instance the circumstances are particularly disturbing, given that it would have involved turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of minors.
A planned raid was called off at the last moment, allegedly on orders from senior Met command. Photographs and papers that could have been used as evidence then went missing, one officer who was part of the surveillance team has alleged.
The allegation is from the same era as the BBC’s story concerning Cyril Smith. If true, who could have ordered such scandalous and, indeed, criminal interventions? Not the then Met boss David McNee, according to the man himself.
The man in question, Joe Mounsey, was renowned for his detective work, not just in the North-West but nationally.
He had led the team that secured the conviction of Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.
Mr Laugharne told us this week that Mounsey had said to him that a very senior figure in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in London had asked their force to lie about past investigations into Cyril Smith…
If approached by a journalist asking about a file on Smith, which the force had sent to the DPP alleging the indecent assault of a boy at a Rochdale school, the official said they should deny it. Mr Laugharne told us he had seen a record of such a file being sent.
The interference in justice did not end there. As this newspaper reported on its front page yesterday, a former probationary police officer in Greater Manchester was also threatened with the Official Secrets Act by a paedophile police sergeant after the MP had been caught in 1988 at a drunken party with two underage boys.
Former Met Deputy Commissioner Laugharne said he has watched with horror the recent allegations of the deliberate failure to follow through with investigations against Smith and other alleged VIP paedophiles.
Mounsey died in 1997 at the age of 73. Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for his work at the head of Lancashire CID, he became assistant chief constable in 1976 and retired in 1988, when he was awarded the OBE.
The father-of-three’s two sons also went on to become policemen.
Twenty-one years ago I opened a large cardboard box and uncovered a horrific story. Teenage footballers, gifted and driven by dreams of a glittering future, had endured years of the most appalling sexual abuse by their coach.
A few months later I stood for hours outside the FA’s former headquarters in Lancaster Gate, waiting for their director of coaching to arrive. I asked him what rules the FA had in place for the protection of young players.
He ignored me, not even breaking stride as he walked inside. Unfortunately for him the building had a glass front door so we filmed him walking away down the corridor, with nothing to say. And that spoke volumes.
Crewe under fresh scrutiny after youth football ban on Barry Bennell emerges
• Paedophile coach was banned from games in Manchester league in 1990 • Bennell forcibly removed from at least one game on Crewe scouting duties
29 November 2016
Barry Bennell has served three prison sentences totalling 15 years in England and the US since
Crewe Alexandra’s handling of the Barry Bennell affair is under new scrutiny after it emerged their former youth-team coach was so notorious throughout the sport he had been banned from attending fixtures in one of Manchester’s leading junior leagues.
Bennell’s reputation was so tarnished he was forcibly removed from at least one game while on talent-spotting duties for Crewe, and so badly thought of that on another occasion it led to a fight on the sidelines.
Bennell’s behaviour was discussed at a meeting involving representatives of various junior teams, the Guardian has been told, and Andy Woodward, the former professional footballer whose interview began the escalating story of child sex abuse in the sport, has confirmed to this newspaper that he, too, witnessed his abuser being thrown out of junior games.
“If kids’ teams in Manchester knew about him, and Bennell’s reputation had stretched all the way to grassroots junior football 40 miles away from Crewe, it is strange, to say the least, that Crewe are saying they had heard absolutely nothing to trouble them about their own employee,” Woodward said.
Bennell became so infamous in the junior football scene in Manchester, his home city, that he was ejected from a game involving Cheadle Town’s youth team when the manager saw him on the touchline.
The manager, who has asked not to be named, told the Guardian that at a 1990 meeting of the various teams from the now-defunct Manchester Youth Sunday Football League a senior official had told the clubs to be vigilant and not to allow Bennell to watch matches.
Bennell, who was running Crewe’s youth system at the time, subsequently turned up at Cheadle, a team that regularly attracted football scouts from professional clubs, and the game was temporarily halted.
“Everyone in junior football at that time knew the rumours about Barry Bennell,” the manager said. “As soon as I saw him I marched across the pitch with one of the boys’ parents and we told him we had an issue with him being there. I didn’t stop the match but the referee had to blow his whistle because we had gone straight across the pitch, rather than walking round the edge, and made a direct beeline for him.
“It had been made clear to us that if he came to watch a match we were to ask him to leave immediately and that, if he refused, the advice was that we should go to the police. He knew straight away he’d been rumbled. I got hold of him and walked him to the gate and slung him out. And if we hadn’t have done that,
Seems glaringly obvious that despite the Celtic scandal and FA so-called investigation – there are no safeguards for youngsters – then or now. Given that footie is a No 1 sport in UK – these revelations will either wake up more of the population to the extent of child abuse around them – or they will tune out – because of info overload.
A key subliminal emphasis tho is that people are now believing the testimonies from adults who were abused as children. By inference then it bolsters the credibility of care home children who waited years to speak out.
AND who is going to accuse a successful professional footballer of being a compensation seeker???? – which is what ex care home children are most often accused of.
Kevin Eaton – child protection officer/coach – relatively recent case
Football has been hit by several allegations of child sex abuse during the last 12 months.
Former Scotland star Alan Brazil claimed last year that he had been sexually abused when he was a young apprentice with Celtic Boys Club.
Following his allegations, other players came forward and two former Boys Club bosses Jim Torbett and Frank Cairney were charged in connection with their claims.
The claims against Torbett, 47, and Cairney, 56, date back several years and involve alleged assaults on two youths who went on to become Celtic first-teamers.
It is understood some charges relate to incidents on tours to England and North America.
Then in January former referee and youth club official Neil Strachan, 28, was jailed for three years for repeatedly molesting a young boy.
Strachan, a secretary at Edinburgh-basedCeltic East Boys Club, abused the lad for two years before he was caught.
When he was jailed, it emerged that he had been convicted of a similar offence 12 years ago.
Sentencing Strachan, Sheriff Andrew Bell said: “This was particularly disgusting and disgraceful.”
Last month, Crystal Palace youth coach Martyn Cook was found guilty of serious sexual assaults against two young boys and indecently assaulting another six.
During his trial, it was revealed that 47-year-old Cook, a public school teacher, had a system of spending as much time as possible with “favourites” among his pupils.
He would take them to Crystal Palace matches, even turning trips to away games into weekend outings.
He also bought his favourite boys trendy clothes made by popular teenage fashion labels such as Ben Sherman and Ralph Lauren.
The sex beast put himself in further close contact with youngsters by gaining a position as one of Crystal Palace’s community youth training scheme coaches.
The father of one of his victims told the Sunday Mirror: “After Cook was arrested for sexually assaulting my two sons, I went round to the home of Ron Noades, the Palace chairman, to warn him. I spoke to Mrs Noades who was absolutely horrified. She telephoned Ron while I was there and he indicated he would stop Cook working with the young players.”
Palace’s reserve team coach Steve Kember stood by Cook, appearing at the Old Bailey as a character witness.
After the case, Kember said: “I now feel very badly let down. I trusted Martyn.”
Cook is to be sentenced on June 20.
In Ireland, Gaelic football has also been rocked by child-sex allegations.
Police launched an investigation after several young men and women claimed they had been the victims of sex assaults by an official attached to the game’s governing body, the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Scottish paedophile ring found guilty of more than 50 charges
• Gay rights campaigner led double life as ringleader • Two offenders abused children of close friends
7 May 2009
A ring of eight paedophiles, including a former welfare campaigner for young gay men, were today convicted of child abuse and producing indecent images of children. The men, from across central Scotland, were found guilty by a jury in Edinburgh of more than 50 charges, ranging from abusing infants from three months old to conspiracy and holding more than 125,000 images of child pornography.
Two of the leaders of the gang, the biggest paedophile network uncovered in Scotland, were convicted of raping and abusing the young children of close friends while they were babysitting, and sharing images of the abuse.
One, James Rennie, 38, then the chief executive of the gay and lesbian helpline LBGT Youth Scotland, had been babysitting the son of close friends, called Child F during the trial, since the child was three months old. The child’s parents were so comfortable with Rennie that he was allowed to bathe, change and dress the boy, whom he went on to abuse repeatedly for four years, allowing another ring-leader, Neil Strachan, to participate.
An engineer with previous convictions for child sex offences, Strachan, 41, had photographed himself trying to abuse an 18-month-old boy he was babysitting for friends on New Year’s Eve in 2005.
Rennie, a former secondary school teacher since sacked from the helpline, had championed the rights of young gay people. But in private, said Dorothy Bain QC, prosecuting, he had been “polluted by deviant compulsion”.
During one of the most harrowing trials of its kind, the images were so graphic that the court had to be cleared of the public and media during the 10-week hearing. At one stage, the judge, Lord Bannatyne, suddenly adjourned the hearing without explanation after hearing about the rape of a four-year-old girl.
The police uncovered the paedophile ring after Strachan, a maintenance engineer for a paint firm and formerly secretary of Celtic Boys Club in Edinburgh, handed his computer in for repair.
7,000 images were found, together with emails clearly showing that other children were at serious risk. Lothian and Borders detectives launched Operation Algebra, and were given warrants by courts in the United States to obtain email records from Microsoft. Expert witnesses were able to identify one digital camera used to record the abuse from the photographs.
James Rennie, who used the e-mail name “kplover”, standing for “kiddie porn lover”, had a discussion with a man in the Netherlands who described how he would like to torture and “finish” a child. “His ending remains to be seen but I enjoy the thought of strangling him while sodomised,” the man stated.
The investigation began in late 2007. Neil Strachan, 41, a man who had served time for sexually abusing a child and was on the sex offenders’ register, worked as an engineer with Crown Paints at premises in Edinburgh
The 41-year-old was jailed for three years in 1997 for repeatedly molesting a boy. In a sickening echo of the abuse he was yesterday convicted of, the former youth football club official started preying on the boy when he was only five, after befriending his parents. Strachan quit as secretary of Edinburgh-based Celtic East Boys Club after he was caught. The abuse had gone on for two years.
He had been convicted of a similar sex offence in 1985 but had managed to keep his past secret.
Strachan and his partner, Colin Slaven, 23, an IT worker, who shared a flat in Duff Street, Dalry, Edinburgh, were under immediate suspicion. The net widened after checks on Strachan’s e-mail traffic. The “kplover” address was linked to Rennie, 38, who lived in Marionville Road, Meadowbank, Edinburgh, and was then chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, an organisation that helped young people who had difficulties with their sexuality. Further inquiries led to raids on the homes of five other men: Ross Webber, 27, a bank worker, of Gilbert Avenue, North Berwick, East Lothian; Craig Boath, 24, an insurance claims adjuster, of Gourdie Street, Dundee; Neil Campbell, 46, the married manager of a cake business and a churchgoer, of Glendareul Avenue, Bearsden; John Milligan, a civil servant, of Wanlock Street, Govan; and John Murphy, a trained teacher working part-time as a DJ in a gay bar and a receptionist in a gay sauna, of Westmoreland Street, Govanhill, all Glasgow.